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  • 2 weeks CISLAC Applauds FG’s Foreign Asset Recovery Effort ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), has commended the efforts of the federal government to repatriate the stolen Nigerian assets abroad. This, it stated was demonstrated by the latest landmark agreement between the federal government, the Island of Jersey and the United States of America for repatriation of assets looted by Sani Abacha. The Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Rafsanjani, explained in a statement that once the assets are repatriated to Nigeria and put to use for the benefit of Nigerian citizens, it would be an important milestone in the ongoing effort of the Nigerian government, Nigerian civil ... more
  • 2 weeks Work in Progress on LFTZ Deep Seaport ThisDay
    Oluchi Chibuzor The management of the Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) has stated that work on the coastal deep sea is in progress. According to him, the project would accommodate three types of 18,000 TEM size vessels when completed. The firm noted that it was committed to completing the $1.53 billion worth of fixed assets port, which would be among deepest sea coastal port in West Africa towards reducing the capacity constraints at Lagos ports. Speaking to journalists during a tour of the port in Lagos, to ascertain progress made so far, the Technical Director, LPLE, Steven Heukelom, said the ... more
  • 2 weeks Stakeholders Call for Digitalisation of Agricultural Sector ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo Stakeholders at the Global Trade Review (GRT) 2020 have stressed the need for the digitalisation of Nigeria’s agricultural sector, so as to expand it contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). They stated this at the GRT West Africa 2020 conference themed: “Driving Economic Growth with Trade in Lagos, with the theme: ‘Driving Economic Growth with Trade.” Head, Structured Trade Commodity Finance, FirstBank of Nigeria, Mr. Ikenna Egbukole, said digitalisation of the sector was important to improve produce yields in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Egbukole, said the benefit of information technology could not be overruled ... more
  • 2 weeks Delta to Inaugurate ‘Python Programme’ ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Hon. Chinedu Ebie, is expected to inaugurate a free computer technology training programme with emphasis on ‘PYTHON’ programming language. The initiative which is being organised by Dr. Donald Peterson under the aegis of the D. Peterson Foundation in conjunction with the College of Education, Agbor, Delta State, would take place on February15, in Delta State. According to a statement made available to THISDAY by the foundation, “Python is a general purpose and high level programming language that can be used for developing desktop GUI applications, websites and web applications. Also, Python, ... more
  • 2 weeks Farmers to Receive 10,000 Tractors, Inputs ThisDay
    Oluchi Chibuzor Barring any further delay, farmers across the country would receive tractors, fertilizers, chemicals and other inputs under a soft loan scheme designed to boost agricultural mechanisation. The Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, said this during a visit to the Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, recently. Nanono, said the federal government has concluded plans to distribute over 10,000 tractors and inputs to farmers in the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria. He explained that each of the councils would be allocated tractors worth N150, 000 million and inputs as soft loan ... more
  • 2 weeks Maltina Unveils Initiative to Deepen Engagement ThisDay
    Raheem Akingbolu Nigeria’s premium malt drink, Maltina in partnership with the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) has launched a grassroots school sports project to promote the development of kids through sports and also build their interest and participation from an early age. This project which was unveiled recently will see students participate in major track and field events which include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x100m relay, long jump, high jump, shotput and javelin. According to the promoters of the brand, when consumers think of Maltina, one thing comes to mind – sharing happiness. Speaking about happiness, the Corporate Affairs ... more
  • 2 weeks Salute to the First Peoples’ Governor of Kwara State ThisDay
    Samuel Alabi commends the humble disposition of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State Following the breaking of the four regions in Nigeria to 12 states, Kwara State was created on 27th May, 1967. Since then several governors have had the privilege to oversee the affairs of the state. Twenty-three governors have governed Kwara from David Bamigboye to the present Governor. Running through the list, it has become apparent that Mallam Abdulraman Abdulrazaq is the only Governor chosen by the people for the people. From 1967 till 1st October, 1979, all the governors namely; David Bamigboye, Ibrahim Taiwo, George Agbazika Innih ... more
  • 2 weeks I Took Pay Cut to Join Man Utd ThisDay
    Manchester United new boy Odion Ighalo has explained the circumstances behind his dramatic deadline-day loan move to Old Trafford. The Nigerian in an interview with Manchester United TV explains what it means for him to sign for his boyhood idols in an exclusive interview with David Stowell, as he looks forward to wearing the red shirt with pride. Odion, great to see you. You’ve admitted before that you’ve long dreamed of joining United, so how does it feel to be here as a player? “I’m very happy. First, I want say thank God for making this happen and it’s just ... more
  • 2 weeks Court Adjourns El Zakzaky’s Trial till Feb. 24 ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna A Kaduna state High Court has fixed February 24 and 25, for the continuation of trial of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and his wife. The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, adjourned the case on Thursday at the resumed hearing of the case. He said the adjournment was to allow the defendants appear in court to take their plea. El Zakzaky and his wife are standing trial on allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among other charges. Counsel to the IMN leader, Mr. Femi ... more
  • 2 weeks Arthur Nwankwo: Exit of Icon of Democracy at 78 ThisDay
    By Udenta O Udenta On Saturday 1st February, 2020, Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, Founder of the Fourth Dimension Publishing Company LTD, Chancellor of Eastern Mandate Union (EMU), Deputy Chairman, National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Founder and Leader of People’s Mandate Party (PMP), pro-democracy and human rights activist, quintessential Pan-Africanist Publisher and educationist, author, historian, Political Scientist, radical scholar and neo-Marxist theoretician translated into immortality. And for those of us whose ideas he shaped; whose thoughts he crystallized; whose lives he molded; whose destiny he nurtured; and who saw him from the prism of a mentor, a guide and a teacher, what ... more
  • 2 weeks INEC Announces Dates for Edo, Ondo Guber Polls ThisDay
    By Chuks Okocha in Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced dates for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States. According to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, the commission has fixed Saturday, September 19, 2020 as the date for the governorship election in Edo State and Saturday, October 10, 2020 for Ondo State. He further said that the timetable and schedule of activities for the two elections will be published on its website and social media platforms soon. Yakubu said that the tenure of the governors of Edo and Ondo States will end on ... more
  • 2 weeks INEC Deregisters 74 Political Parties ThisDay
    By Chuks Okocha The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday announced the deregistration of 74 out of the 92 registered political parties in the country The decision was conveyed by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference in Abuja. According to the INEC chairman, the political parties allowed to operate in Nigeria are the Accord Party, the Action Alliance, African Action Congress, African Democratic Congress, All Progressives Congress, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Allied Peoples Movement, Labour Party, New Nigeria Peoples Party, National Rescue November, Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Redemption Party, Social Democratic Party, Young Progressives Party and ... more
  • 2 weeks Senate Urges FG to Investigate Strange Disease in Benue ThisDay
    By Deji Elumoye The Senate on Thursday asked the federal government to investigate the outbreak of a strange epidemic that has claimed 15 lives in Oye-Obi Local Government Area of Benue State. It has, therefore, urged the Federal Ministry of Health to immediately mobilize focal persons to the area to ascertain the nature of the disease. The Senate also urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to promptly put up surveillance to contain the disease, see to the treatment of victims and protect others from contracting it. The Senate resolutions were sequel to the consideration of a motion moved ... more
  • 2 weeks NECO Releases 2019 Nov/Dec Results, 48.68% Pass Maths, English ThisDay
    Kuni Tyessi in Abuja The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2019 November/December Senior School Certificate examination with only 48.68 per cent of the candidates getting distinctions and credits in Mathematics and English. This is coming exactly 49 days after the last paper was written, as the examination was conducted from Monday, November 18 to Wednesday, December 18, 2019. In a statement signed by the acting Registrar, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Gana, he said a total of 29 subjects were examined by the body, which he reiterated is meant for external students in the need of making ... more
  • 2 weeks The Two Nigerians Lighting up Chibok ThisDay
    One is a documentary filmmaker, the other works in the public sector. Fate brought them together to light up Chibok, the North-east town ravaged by terrorism, writes Vanessa Obioha When Damilola Ogunbiyi first met documentary filmmaker Joel Benson nine years ago, he was just a young lanky man with his camera. At the time, she was the General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board. The agency needed someone to produce a documentary and Benson was recommended. She was intrigued by his enthusiasm and passion to deliver on the job that she didn’t blink twice in giving him the deal. ... more
  • 2 weeks Pegi: Resettlement Haunted by Kidnappers  ThisDay
    Pegi is a community in the Kuje Area Council of Abuja. The plight of the dwellers of the community came to public light last year when its tranquility was truncated by kidnappers, who abducted some residents and killed a paramilitary officer, Olawale Ajimotokan and Udora Orizu report Traces of its haunted past are written all over Pegi, a forested community in the Kuje Area Council of FCT. Fear still dominates the minds of members of the community who also always look at strangers with suspicion. The reason for this is not farfetched: last year, one member of the community was killed, ... more
  • 2 weeks Decade of Hope for Indigent Girls ThisDay
    Ayodeji Ake writes on efforts by Ajesola Solarin Majekodunmi Foundation in the last 10 years to provide scholarship opportunities for indigent young girls across the country With the goal of promoting, facilitating and contributing to the development of qualitative female Nigerian professionals and leaders, Ajesola Solarin Majekodunmi Foundation (ASMAF), has for the past ten years been assisting financially the handicapped young Nigeria women by providing scholarships awards covering financial sponsorship for professional courses at tertiary academic level, and leadership skills development. Thus, all roads recently led to Lagos State as monarchs and dignitaries stormed the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs ... more
  • 2 weeks Supreme Islamic Council Urges Buhari to Declare Emergency on Insecurity ThisDay
    Presidency hits CAN, says ransom payment allegation divisive ACF, Afenifere, Atiku fault president’s claim on ratio of Boko Haram victims   Deji Elumoye, Omololu Ogunmade, Chuks Okocha, Olawale Ajimotokan, Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, Segun James in Lagos and John Shiklam in Kaduna Concerns about worsening insecurity in the country remained on the front burner wednesday as the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency on insecurity and accused Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of playing politics with the security challenges confronting the country. The Christian umbrella body also took ... more
  • 2 weeks House Pledges Assistance to Service Chiefs to End Insurgency ThisDay
    IG briefs Senate on concept of community policing Chuks Okocha, Deji Elumoye, Adedayo Akinwale and Udora Orizu in Abuja Less than one week after the House of Representatives urged President Muhammed Buhari to remove service chiefs for worsening insecurity, the lawmakers wednesday promised to work with the military helmsmen to end the war against Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal elements in the country. This is coming as the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, yesterday briefed the Senate on the concept of community policing as well as the force’s fresh strategy to tackle the country’s security ... more
  • 2 weeks Glo, 9Mobile Intensify Efforts to Commence Operations as PSBs ThisDay
    Emma Okonji Two months to the end of the six months’ deadline given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for telecom operators to put the infrastructure in place to enable them to obtain full licence to operate as Payment Service Banks (PSBs), the telcos have intensified efforts to meet up with the demand of the apex bank, THISDAY has learnt. The telcos granted Approval-in-Principle (AIP) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) include: Hope PSB, Money Master PSB and 9PSB. While Money Master PSB is owned by Globacom, 9mobile owns 9PSB. THISDAY gathered that there were some requirements listed ... more
  • 2 weeks Ihedioha Asks S’Court to Reconsider Verdict on Imo Gov Election ThisDay
    Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja A former governor of Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has finally approached the Supreme Court asking it to set aside its own judgment, which removed him and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governor of the state on January 14. Disclosing this yesterday at a press conference in Abuja, the immediate past Imo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ndukwe Nnawuchi (SAN), said the former governor is seeking one-relief – that the apex court should set aside its judgment, which nullified his election. Nnawuchi said the former governor and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party ... more
  • 2 weeks FG Targets 70% Broadband Penetration by 2025 ThisDay
    Phase3 Telecom commends Minister for refocusing ministry The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Ibrahim Pantami, has reiterated government’s commitment to minimum of 70% Broadband penetration across the country by 2025. He stated this during the visit of Phase 3 Telecoms Limited led by its Executive Chairman Mr. Stanley Jegede at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja. The Minister said that Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for digital Nigeria cannot be achieved without broadband penetration in the country. Pantami, said: “Whatever we do we relied so much on broadband penetration. That is why any effort to compliment what ... more
  • 2 weeks Group Announces Formation of Regional Security Outfit for North ThisDay
    By John Shiklam in Kaduna The Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) has announced the establishment of a security outfit known as “Shege-Ka-Fasa”, its own version of “Amotekun”to tackle the security challenges facing the north. Announcing the establishment of the outfit on Wednesday at a news conference in Kaduna, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, spokesman of the group, said the CNG had written to the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) to support the group. He said the if the northern governors and leaders from the region fail to give the necessary support, the CNG will obtain the required legal backing for the outfit from ... more
  • 2 weeks Ihedioha Asks Supreme Court to Set Aside Judgement on Imo Guber ThisDay
    Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja Sacked Governor of Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has finally approached the Supreme Court to set aside its own judgement, which nullified his election on January 14. Disclosing this in Abuja on Wednesday, during a press briefing, the immediate past Imo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ndukwe Nnawuchi (SAN), said the former Governor is seeking one-relief: Asking the apex court to set aside its judgement, which nullified his election. Dissatisfied with the outcome of the January 14 Supreme Court’s judgement, Nnawuchi said the former governor and his party, the People Democratic Party (PDP) decided to ... more
  • 2 weeks Sell Pressure Persists on NSE, Market Capitalisation Loses N175bn ThisDay
    Sell pressure on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) persisted on Wednesday with the market capitalisation shedding N175 billion. Specifically, the market capitalisation, which opened at N14.645 trillion, dipped N175 billion or 1.19 per cent to close at N14.470 trillion. Similarly, the All Share Index (ASI) decreased by 338.51 points or 1.19 per cent to close at 28,093.76 compared with 28,432.27 achieved on Tuesday. The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks such as Mobil Nigeria, Dangote Cement, Nigerian Breweries, Conoil and NASCON. Analysts at Afrinvest Limited expected more corporate releases to influence investors’ appetite towards ... more
  • 2 weeks FG Serial Defaulter, Says ASUU ThisDay
    Puts members on strike alert Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan Academic activities may soon be disrupted in tertiary institutions in the country as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Wednesday came hard on the federal government, describing it as a serial defaulter and bad example for Nigerian youths. The union also accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of eroding the trust people initially reposed in it to reposition the education system in the country. THISDAY learnt that the union has begun national mobilisation for action against the government over failed implementation of agreements. The Chairman, University ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity: House to Work with Service Chiefs to End Boko Haram War ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale and Udora Orizu in Abuja The House of Representatives made a U-turn in its earlier stand when it promised to work with the under fire services chiefs to end the war against Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal elements in the country. The House, had last week, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs following their failure to address the security challenges confronting the country since 2015 when they were appointed by the president, adding that ... more
  • 2 weeks Minimum Wage: Niger Workers Embark on Strike ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo in Minna Despite the appeals made to the organized labour by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, workers in Niger State on Wednesday began “an indefinite and total strike” to press home their demand for full payment of the N30,000 minimum wage. The strike followed a breakdown of talks between organized labour and representatives of the state government headed by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso. Governor Bello had on Tuesday appealed to the workers to shelve the strike in the interest of peace and progress of the state. However, following the deadlock ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity: Senate to Support IG through Legislative Action, Says Lawan ThisDay
    Deji  Elumoye and Chuks Okocha The Senate on Wednesday resolved to support, through legislative action, the efforts of the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, towards tackling rising security challenges facing the country. The Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, who summarised the outcome of the four-hour executive session with the police boss, said the upper chamber listened to the submission of Adamu as regards proliferation of arms and pledged to assist in this regard. “The IG answered questions bordering on national security and requested for the support of the Senate towards solving the myriad of security ... more
  • 2 weeks SOCCIMA: Sokoto Trade Fair to Feature Foreign Exhibitors ThisDay
    Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto The Sokoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Agriculture (SOCCIMA) has said the forthcoming 2020 Sokoto 11th International Trade Fair will feature some foreign exhibitors to strengthen business, trade and investment opportunity in the state and the country as a whole. The President, SOCCIMA, Alhaji Mu’azu Bello MaiWurno, while briefing newsmen on Wednesday at the Press Centre, Zuru road, Sokoto, said foreign exhibitors from Niger Republic and other nearby countries are expected to participate in the exhibition. He further explained that the multi sectoral event had grown exceedingly in scope and ... more
  • 2 weeks Abuja 2020: Dare Urges Nigerian Lifter to Focus on Gold ThisDay
    The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has charged the Nigerian team at the 2020 Para-Powerlifting World Cup in Abuja to focus on making the country proud by winning laurels for the country,even as he urged them to avoid distractions. According to the Special Adviser, Media to the Minister, John Joshua- Akanji , Dare, made the clarion call yesterday when he visited the team’s camp at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja. The Minister restated his commitment to athletes’ welfare, assuring them that he would not allow the politics of sports to hinder him from giving ... more
  • 2 weeks Roche Restates Commitment to Fight against Cancer ThisDay
    Hamid Ayodeji Global pharmaceutical company, Roche has restated its commitment to improve outcomes for everyone affected by cancer in Nigeria. This is as the company said it has consistently invested resources to ensure that patients with breast cancer, the most frequently occurring and most common cause of cancer death in Nigeria, are properly diagnosed and treated. In a statement yesterday to commemorate the World Cancer Day, the Country Manager, Roche Nigeria, Ladi Hammed, stated that the international observance of Cancer Day was a clarion call to remember everyone that had lost a friend or relative to cancer as well as ... more
  • 2 weeks Taming the Cancer Monster ThisDay
    By Bethel Obioma On February 4, 2019, Sahara Group staff clad in various shades of pink in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East rallied behind the energy conglomerate’s ‘#PinkLove’ campaign against the cancer scourge. The campaign reinforced the significance of early detection in preventing avoidable morbidity and mortality from cancer. It was Sahara Group’s way of creating awareness and galvanising action against the menace which claimed the lives of 9.6 million people in 2018. In 2018, Sahara Group launched the initiative of dedicating the month of February to giving global attention to important issues. The maiden campaign was #GreenLove, ... more
  • 2 weeks NSE, SEC Enhance Capacity for Efficient Derivatives Market ThisDay
    Goddy Egene In a bid to ensure an efficient derivatives market, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday organised a capacity building workshop for operators. The workshop, which was on the legal and regulatory requirements of derivatives trading for capital market operators, was put together to guide market participants to properly interpret the approved exchange traded derivative rules and recently released SEC’s derivatives and clearing rules, as well as address concerns on the on-boarding process. Delivering the opening remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema, said: “The introduction of exchange- trade ... more
  • 2 weeks Not Yet Sitting Pretty in the Red Chamber ThisDay
    Nseobong Okon-Ekong writes that Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Peoples Party representing Anambra South may not be in a comfortable position in the senate, following court orders sacking him as a senator and reconfirming Dr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the lawful occupant of the seat It is seven months since the inauguration of the Ninth Senate, yet a few senators still have their fate hanging in the balance. In a small number of senatorial districts, there are contentions over the ultimate winner! A couple of cases are in court challenging the legitimacy of the mandate ... more
  • 2 weeks In Landmark Agreement, US to Return $308m Abacha Assets for Infrastructure ThisDay
    •Praises Buhari for fight against corruption Obinna Chima The Government of Jersey, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of the United States of America have entered into an Asset Recovery Agreement to repatriate over $308 million of forfeited assets to Nigeria. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), described the agreement that would see the return of looted funds to the country as a victory for Nigeria as well as other African countries. In a joint statement issued yesterday by the three countries, the funds will be deployed in the construction ... more
  • 2 weeks Don’t Let Terrorists Divide Us, Buhari Urges Nigerians ThisDay
    •Says no place for those forcing people to change religion •Pays tribute to slain CAN chairman, Andimi Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja urged Nigerians not to allow terrorists to divide them along the fault line of religion, saying there was no place for members of Boko Haram whose stock in trade is to force people to renounce their faith. Buhari made this declaration in an article that he wrote as his reaction to the brutal beheading of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, ... more
  • 2 weeks New Visa Policy to Create Globally Competitive Economy, Says President ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja With the official launch of the federal government’s new visa policy yesterday in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari, the president has disclosed that the document would propel Nigeria to attain a globally competitive economy, improve the country’s business environment and boost tourism. Under the new policy, Africans willing to visit Nigeria without visa can now obtain visas on arrival at four entry ports excluding the land borders. Tagged: “New Visa Policy,” the new document launched in the State House by Buhari in company with the Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, and the Comptroller ... more
  • 2 weeks A New Shine on the Corporate Image of Kwara ThisDay
    Nseobong Okon-Ekong applauds Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State on his 60th birthday for holding out a robust promise that his rallied the people behind him On his 60th birthday, today, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has requested of his friends and associates the honour of a private and solemn celebration. Normally, joining the Diamond Club of senior citizens deserves all the accompanying merriment and thanksgiving, but it may not be an auspicious time in his calculation, simply because he is in public service. If he had attained this landmark age as an average citizen, perhaps, he would have ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus Not Yet a Pandemic, Says WHO ThisDay
    •House kicks against evacuation of Nigerians from China •No request for evacuation of Nigerians, insists Chinese govt Iyobosa Uwugiaren, Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja and Ejiofor Alike in Lagos with agency reports The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday stated that the outbreak of the deadly Novel Coronavirus, which has spread from China to two dozen countries, does not yet constitute a pandemic. This is coming as the House of Representatives yesterday kicked against the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Wuhan Province, China, the epicentre of Coronavirus. Head of WHO’s Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness division, Sylvie Briand, told reporters in Geneva, ... more
  • 2 weeks Taxation of Informal Sector will Address Budget Deficit, Says FIRS ThisDay
    James Emejo in Abuja The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Muhammad Nami, yesterday said Nigeria and the rest of Africa must exploit the potential in the informal sector of the economy to reduce budget deficits and increase tax revenue collection. He said bringing the informal sector into the tax net may further promote good governance and political accountability as tax strengthens the social contract between citizens and the government. Nami was speaking at the opening of the ninth Country Correspondents meeting and African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) 1st experts meeting on taxation of the ... more
  • 2 weeks FG Begs US for Quick Delivery of Acquired Fighter Jets ThisDay
    Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The federal government has appealed to the United States to speed up the delivery of the acquired A-29 Super Tucanos aircraft for efficient military operations in the country. The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), stated this when he played host to the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Berth Leonard, in Abuja yesterday. Magashi commended the US government for its continued support to Nigeria in the areas of healthcare and military operations. According to him, “Nigeria has benefited from the US in providing equipment for the Nigerian Air Force, activation of the Charlie ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity is the Issue ThisDay
    THE HORIZON BY KAYODE KOMOLAFE  In the last few days, the National Assembly has appropriately captured the mood of the nation. The legislators have truly represented their respective constituencies by making insecurity the issue of the moment. From the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), came the call for the resignation of the president, accusing his government of failing to ensure security of lives and property. That may sound as an extreme reaction depending on which side of the partisan divide you stand. Even then, members of the president’s own party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the legislative chambers ... more
  • 2 weeks Disclosures and Closure on the War ThisDay
    By Issa Aremu The quantity and quality of spoken and written commentaries on the Nigerian civil war once again point to the groundswell of an emerging national consensus. It’s time for some forms of closure to the grim stories of the national tragedy of the dark years of 1966 to 1970. Any war brings scars which can hardly go away. Closure is not meant to forget but to learn how to build a nation without another round of human wastage. The “Never Again Conference” organised in Lagos on Monday January 13th particularly captured my imagination. Many thanks to the ... more
  • 2 weeks THE LAGOS BAN ON MOTORCYCLES ThisDay
    The government should develop a framework for effective regulation instead of an outright ban The crisis that followed the ban of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in some key local government and development areas in Lagos State is quite unfortunate. Yet when in 2016 the then Governor Akinwunmi Ambode first mooted the idea of placing a total ban on the use of these means of commercial transportation in the state, we raised certain pertinent questions that remain unanswered: What are the alternatives for the operators? Will many of them not stray into anti-social activities? How will those presently commuting by commercial ... more
  • 2 weeks PFN to Hold Miracle Crusade at Ibeju-Lekki ThisDay
    The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) will organise the Ibeju-Lekki Miracle crusade with the theme: ‘The Name of Jesus’ from March 12 to 14, by 5p.m at the Awoyaya RCM Primary School, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State. According to the programme made available to THISDAY by the organisers, there will be Ministers/Church Workers Conference on March 13 at 9a.m, while on March 14, there will be free drugs, medical check-up, gift and food distribution at 9a.m. They also said bus transportation will be available at Shoprite, Sangotedo, Abuo, Eleko Ibeju Onosa, Magbon, Akodo, Shapati, Gbogije bus-stop all through the days of ... more
  • 2 weeks Korean Companies to Flood Nigeria as FG Settles SHIN, LADOL Dispute ThisDay
    Peter Uzoho The positive intervention of the various agencies of the federal government for the resolution of the feud between Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited (SHIN) and LADOL, has boosted the confidence of Korean companies in Nigeria, THISDAY’s investigation has shown. It was gathered that with the resolution of the feud between SHIN and LADOL, many of the big Korean companies have shown interest in investing in the various sectors of the Nigerian economy. Multiple sources close to these companies confirmed to THISDAY that some of these companies are planning to establish strong presence in Nigeria. “The promoters of these ... more
  • 2 weeks TUESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2020 ThisDay
    The post TUESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2020 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 2 weeks Revealed! Trilateral Agreement on Abacha Loot Obligates Nigeria to Repay Lost Funds on Returned Assets ThisDay
    More details of the trilateral agreement signed on Monday by the United States, Bailiwick of Jersey and Nigeria for the repatriation of $308 million Abacha loot have emerged as a clause in that agreement obligates Nigeria to repay any funds lost as a result of any new corruption or fraud to the account established to hold the returned assets. This was revealed in a statement issued Tuesday by Morgan Ortagus, spokesperson of the US Department of State. The three countries had on Monday at a ceremony hosted by the US Department of State in Washington DC., signed an agreement ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari, Akeredolu Meet over Amotekun ThisDay
    President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday met with the Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja THISDAY gathered that the meeting was to enable Akeredolu, who is the chairman of South West Governors, to formally brief the president on the South-west regional security outfit, Amotekun. Details later… The post Buhari, Akeredolu Meet over Amotekun appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 2 weeks Ortom Expresses Worry over Increasing Security Challenges ThisDay
    George Okoh In Makurdi The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has expressed worry over the increasing security challenges in the country, even as he said with the establishment of Operation Agro Rangers in the state, the fight against crime will be complemented. The governor stated this Tuesday at the launch of Agro Rangers at the zonal headquarters of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Makurdi. He further commended the federal government for approving the establishment of Operation Agro-Rangers in the country. Ortom also lauded the NSCDC personnel for their resilience and doggedness in ensuring that peace and ... more
  • 2 weeks World Cancer Day: FG Puts Number of Deaths from Cancer at 72,000 Annually ThisDay
    * NMA laments poor execution of action plan against cancer Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that the number of deaths caused by cancer in the country annually is 72,000 while about 102,000 new cases of cancer are recorded annually. The frightening statistics came just as the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed worry over what it described as low implementation of Nigeria’s cancer control action plan. The minister spoke at a press briefing held in Abuja to commemorate the 2020 World Cancer Day. While giving statistics on the occurrence of the ... more
  • 2 weeks Address Rising Insecurity Now, NLC Tells Buhari ThisDay
    By Onyebuchi Ezigbo Organised Labour has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently take necessary steps to check the upsurge in killings, abductions, kidnappings and other crimes in the country. Apparently lending support to the move by the governors from the South West zone to set up a security outfit known as Amotekun, NLC said the clamour for regional security was as a result of deteriorating insecurity in the country. While addressing the meeting of the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the congress on Tuesday, NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said that although the administrationn of President Muhammadu Buhari recorded impressive ... more
  • 2 weeks Lagos Airport Customs Command Intercepts $8m ThisDay
    Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) on Tuesday disclosed that the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command intercepted $8.06 million from the airport. Ali during a media briefing held in Lagos, said that the dollars loaded in six big `bagco’ bags were packed in a coaster bus belonging to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company and was intercepted at the airport tarmac. He added that one suspect, the driver of the bus, Chimezie Okonkwo was arrested and taken into custody with the intercepted consignment. According to him, his visit today is connected to one of the critical roles customs play as ... more
  • 2 weeks Rivers has Taken Steps to Combat Lassa Fever, Says Gov’s Chief of Staff ThisDay
    By Ernest Chinwo The Rivers State Government has said it has taken concrete steps to combat the further spread of Lassa fever in the state. The Chief of Staff to the Rivers State governor, Chukwuemeka Woke, while declaring open a one-day sensitisation seminar on Lassa fever for the staff of Government House, said in the last one week, the state has not recorded any new cases of virus following the maximum support the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has put in place through the Ministry of Health. “The Rivers State Government through the Ministry of Health has taken drastic measures with ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Drama as House Kicks against Evacuation of Nigerians from China ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks 17 States Commence Payment of Minimum Wage, Says NLC ThisDay
    By Onyebuchi Ezigbo The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that 17 states have so far commenced the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage for civil servants in their employment. The labour movement also said that negotiations on the payment of the new minimum wage are still on-going in 16 states. According to detailed updates made available to journalists on Tuesday at its National Administrative Council (NAC) meeting in Abuja on the progress made on the implementation of the new minimum wage by the states, NLC said that only Taraba State is yet to begin negotiation with its workers. ... more
  • 2 weeks FG Launches Visa on Arrival Policy ThisDay
    By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The federal government Tuesday in Abuja launched a new visa policy which allows travellers to visit Nigeria without visas and only commence the process of obtaining visa upon arrival into the country. The new visa policy was launched in the State House by President Muhammadu Buhari in company with the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede. The new visa policy broadened the scope of visa obtainment in Nigeria from the hitherto six categories to 79. Briefing journalists after the launch, Aregbesola said the visa ... more
  • 2 weeks Court Grants Perpetual Injunction against FG over Compulsory Acquisition of Land ThisDay
    George Okoh In Makurdi A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, presided over by Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon has declared the federal government policy, plan or proclamation to establish RUGA settlement and cattle colonies in Benue State as unwarranted, unlawful and unconstitutional. Delivering judgment in the suit filed by the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Michael Gusa, against the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Agriculture, Justice Olajuwon declared that any move by the federal government to compulsorily acquire land for RUGA settlement or cattle colony in ... more
  • 2 weeks One Killed, 20 Kidnapped as Bandits Invade Niger Communities ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo in Minna One person has been confirmed killed, three others are seriously injured, while 20 people have been kidnapped in a bandit raid on some communities in Borgu Local Government area of Niger State. The Imam of the emir’s palace mosque simply called Malam Habibu was among those kidnapped. It was the first of such invasion in the area since insurgency commenced across the state. A competent source told THISDAY that the incident occurred at about 5.30pm on Saturday. The bandits, who were said to be many, rode on motorcycles and carried sophisticated guns, cutlasses and knives. “They ... more
  • 2 weeks Edo 2020: FCT Minister Receives Unity Torch ThisDay
    Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello yesterday received the Unity Torch of the National Sports Festival at a brief ceremony held at the FCT Administration. He received the Torch from a contingent of FCT athletes led by the FCTA Director of Sports, Chief Dilichukwu Onyedinma. The Minister expressed hope that the torch will go through all the 36 states before arriving Benin City in Edo State where this event will be hosted in April. “As we flag-off the journey of this beautiful torch of unity for the unity games …we hope that God ... more
  • 2 weeks In Landmark Agreement, US, Govt of Jersey to Repatriate Fresh $308m Abacha Loot to Nigeria ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks THISDAY Suspends Two Deputy Editors over Report on Oyedepo ThisDay
    The management of THISDAY Newspapers Limited has suspended two of its deputy editors, Mr. Yemi Ajayi and Mr. Olawale Olaleye, over the story: “Drama as US Embassy Denies Bishop Oyedepo Visa,” published last Friday. The story, which claimed that Bishop Oyedepo was denied visa by the US Embassy, was subsequently refuted by the embassy to be false. Following the rebuttal, the newspaper management investigated the publication and found that the two deputy editors failed to follow its well established traditions of carrying out the necessary checks and confirmations expected of personnel of their status in a sensitive story of that ... more
  • 2 weeks High Expectations in Kogi as Bello Takes Oath of Office for Second Term ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks SEC DG Harps on Importance of Private Equity Firms for Economic Growth ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Applies to Raise N1.057bn Capital ThisDay
    Goddy Egene Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc (CHI) has applied to raise about N1.057 billion from shareholders via a rights issue, as part of its recapitalisation exercise. In a notification to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), through its stockbrokers, CHI applied to make a rights issue of 2.033 billion ordinary shares of N0.50 each at N0.52 per share on the basis of one new share for every four ordinary shares held. Shareholders of the insurance company had last November approved the raising of additional funds to boost its operations, play a leading role in the industry and deliver superior returns on ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari, Lawan, Gbajabiamila Meet, Agree to Intensify Fight Against Insecurity ThisDay
    •Constitute committee on periodic review of security situation Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Almost a week after the National Assembly raised concerns over worsening insecurity in the country and called for the removal of service chiefs, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, met with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in the State House to discuss the raging issues. In a swift response to the concerns of the legislature, the three leaders resolved to work together over the country’s security affairs and resolved to constitute a committee to periodically review security issues ... more
  • 2 weeks Obaseki Demands Oshiomhole’s Arrest as Edo APC Crisis Worsens ThisDay
    Kingsley Nwezeh and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State degenerated yesterday as the state government said it had petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, and the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Yusuf Binchi, demanding the arrest and prosecution of the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, for consistently perpetrating the breakdown of law and order in the state. The Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Phillip Shaibu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists, after a meeting of the Good Governance ... more
  • 2 weeks NUPENG, Others Picket General Electric over ARCO ThisDay
    THISDAY SEPCIAL RELEASE Peter Uzoho and Ugo Aliogo Oil and gas workers under the umbrella of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG), Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) yesterday picketed the Lagos office of General Electric (GE) over alleged non-refund of excess withholding tax and gratuity of employees of ARCO Group Plc. The protesting workers in their large numbers as early as 4 a.m. blocked the entrance gate of GE’s office on Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, with their private cars, ... more
  • 2 weeks Delta: SSG Set to Flag off Python Programme ThisDay
    Ugo Aliogo The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Hon. Chinedu Ebie, (esq) will flag off a free computer technology training programme with emphasis on ‘PYTHON’ programming language. The initiative which is being organised by Dr. Donald Peterson under the aegis of the D. Peterson Foundation in conjunction with the College of Education, Agbor, Delta State, would take place on February, 15 at the College Main Hall, Old Site. According to a statement made available to THISDAY by the foundation, “Python is a general purpose and high level programming language that can be used for developing desktop GUI applications, websites ... more
  • 2 weeks Saraki vs. Abdulrazaq: O to ge ThisDay
    BACKPAGE BY REUBEN ABATI On January 24, at the Federal High Court in Ilorin sitting over the matter of Asa Investment vs. Attorney General of Kwara State, counsel representing the plaintiff, in this case the Olusola Saraki family, informed the court that both the family and the state government have agreed to “an amicable out-of-court settlement.” At a previous sitting, the court had advised that this option should be explored, in the interest of peace, so obviously both feuding parties heeded the advice of the court. Counsel to the Saraki family confirmed in open court that the state government had ... more
  • 2 weeks Trump Deletes Tweet Congratulating Kansas Chief on Super Bowl Victory ThisDay
    President Donald Trump of the United States of America was quick to congratulate the Kansas City Chiefs for winning their first Super Bowl in 50 years Sunday night. No sooner had the Chiefs dispatched the San Francisco 49ers than he tweeted: “Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure. You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU! His exuberance was understandable, given the exciting game, and Kansans are certainly proud of the Chiefs, but the team is ... more
  • 2 weeks Monday 3rd February 2020 ThisDay
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  • 2 weeks Demolition: Call Zamfara Gov to Order, APC Guber Candidate’s Family Petitions Buhari ThisDay
    The family of the 2019 gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mukhtar Idris, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, over the plan by the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle to demolish a property belonging to their father in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital. In a two-page petition to the President, signed by three members of the family including Aminu Shehu Idris, Sani Shehu Idris and Salisu Shehu Idris, the family, accused the governor of persecuting the family members. Alhaji Mukhtar Idris, Koguna Gusau, a member of the family was the Governor-elect of Zamfara in 2019 before his victory ... more
  • 2 weeks EFCC Arraigns Rep Member over Alleged N300m Fraud ThisDay
    Alex Enumah in Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a member of the House of Representatives and former Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and Gas Resources, Hon. Nicholas Mutu, over corruption and fraud allegations in the sum of N320.1 million. He was arraigned alongside two firms — Airworld Technologies Limited and Oyien Homes Limited — on an 11-count criminal charge before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. He pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to him. Following his not-guilty plea, the lawyer to the EFCC, Ekele ... more
  • 2 weeks Lagos Sets up Incident Command for Coronavirus ThisDay
    Segun James As reports of the fast-spreading coronavirus become almost pandemic across the world, the Lagos State government in a bid to prevent an outbreak on Monday launched an Incident Command System. To show the importance the state government attaches to the prevention of the disease, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will be the Commander of the Incident Command System. Sanwo-Olu, while launching the Incident Command System, said the measure is not to stigmatise citizens of any country but to serve as a precautionary measure taken in the interest of the people. The governor noted that relevant health professionals, in conjunction with ... more
  • 2 weeks Sahara Group Dedicates February to Campaign against Substance Abuse ThisDay
    Leading energy conglomerate, Sahara Group, has said it is dedicating the month of February to a campaign against substance abuse which claims the lives of 11.8 million each year, that is more than the number of deaths from all cancers. In a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Sahara Group, Bethel Obioma, the firm said the focus of the campaign tagged #CleanLoveFeb, is to sensitize the public, particularly young people, to the dangers of substance abuse, adding that it will involve various activities across Sahara Group’s locations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In 2018, Sahara Group, ... more
  • 2 weeks Insecurity: Lawan, Gbajabiamila Meet Buhari ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House over the protracted security crises plaguing the country. After the meeting, Lawan who said Buhari opened up to them, added that security matters are uppermost in the president’s mind. Details later… The post Insecurity: Lawan, Gbajabiamila Meet Buhari appeared first on THISDAYLIVE. ... more
  • 2 weeks Niger Workers Commence Strike Tuesday ThisDay
    Laleye Dipo In Minna Workers in Niger State are set to begin an indefinite strike following the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum given to the state government to implement the new minimum wage across board. While the ultimatum was on, the government commenced the payment but only for workers on grade level 1-6 blaming inadequate funds for its action. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had also claimed that 80 per cent of the state’s revenue is committed to the payment of salaries and allowances, insisting that if government pays the minimum wage across board “civil servants will smile but other people ... more
  • 2 weeks US: We Informed Nigeria of Impending Visa Ban Since March 2019 ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The United States government has revealed that it notified all foreign governments of a change in its performance metrics for identity-management and information sharing criteria since March 11, 2019. It added that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified the worst-performing countries for further interagency review and for an assessment of the potential impact of visa restrictions The US government in a proclamation published on the White House website said that Nigeria and the five other affected countries were among the worst-performing in the world. It stated: “The process began on March 11, 2019, when the United ... more
  • 2 weeks Edo Govt Petitions IG, DSS, Demands Oshiomhole’s Arrest ThisDay
    Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja Edo state government has said that it had petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, as well as the Department of Security Service (DSS), demanding the arrest and prosecution of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for constantly flouting the orders of the state government. The State Deputy Governor , Phillip Shuaibu, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists. He noted that the “suspended” national chairman needs to seek the governor’s consent as the leader of the party in the state before holding any political ... more
  • 2 weeks Gowon, Sultan, Kukah, Turai Yar’Adua for Farida Waziri’s Book Launch ThisDay
    The public presentation of a book, One Step Ahead-Life As A Spy, Detective And Anti-Graft Czar, written by former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs Farida Waziri, has been scheduled for February 11. The book presentation will hold at the Ladi Kwali Hall and Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja at 10am. Top on the list of eminent Nigerians expected at the occasion include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the special guest of honour; former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon who is the chairman of the event and former First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua as mother ... more
  • 2 weeks Tambuwal Warns Contractors against Substandard Service Delivery ThisDay
    Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has warned the contractors working in the state against delivering substandard jobs. Tambuwal gave the warning in Sokoto on Sunday at the inauguration of the 2018 Matching Grant Project and Distribution of Intend Letters to successful contractors. The governor said that the delivery of substandard jobs by any contractor in the state would not be accepted. “The state government will not and will never accept any job by any contractor that is not up to standard. “As such, any substandard job by a contractor will be revoked and that person/company will never be considered ... more
  • 2 weeks UNICEF: 100,000 Nigerian Children Die of Water-borne Diseases Annually ThisDay
    Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano A Communication Specialist with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mr. Geoffery Njoku, has said more than 100,000 Nigerian children less than five years of age die each year due to water-borne diseases. Njoku, who works with UNICEF Kano Field Office, said the figures was according to the European Union (EU) report which indicated that diseases like diarrhoea was responsible for 90 per cent of the death due to unsafe water and sanitation. “The lack of WASH facilities in schools is of serious concern as children who do not have access to water are most likely to ... more
  • 2 weeks Surviving Chopper Crash Miraculous, Says Osinbajo ThisDay
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described his survival of the February 2, 2019 helicopter crash as an act of miracle. The vice president yesterday marked the one-year of surviving the 2019 helicopter crash with a thanksgiving service at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja. Osinbajo and 11 other persons had survived the helicopter crash at Kabba, Kogi State, while campaigning for the 2019 general election. The vice president was joined at the thanksgiving by his wife, Dolapo, family members and his aides, including some of those who were with him during the crash. Osinbajo, who spoke with State House correspondents ... more
  • 2 weeks Lagos Police Arrest 40, Impound 188 Motorcycles, 78 Tricycles ThisDay
     State govt hails compliance to ban by operators  Warns against violence Chiemelie Ezeobi As part of the full enforcement of the ban on motorcycles, popularly known as okada,  and tricycles, also known as keke  in some local governments and routes in Lagos State, the state police command has arrested 40 violators, and impounded 188 motorcycles, as well as 78 tricycles across the banned areas. This is coming as the state government has hailed motorcycle and tricycle operators for complying with the restriction from six local government areas, major highways and bridges. The government has also warned all those who are planning to ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari, Fayemi Mourn Ex-NADECO Chieftain, Arthur Nwankwo ThisDay
    Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja and Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti President Muhammadu Buhari and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi at the weekend condoled with government and people of Anambra State over the demise of former Vice Chairman of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and prolific writer, Dr. Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, saying posterity will always remember his labour and sacrifices. In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina,  Buhari commiserated with the family, friends, professional and political associates of the deceased. According to Adesina, Buhari encouraged them to find solace in the contributions the writer made ... more
  • 2 weeks Edo, UK Govts Partner to Introduce Video-conferencing for Human Trafficking Court Cases ThisDay
    Sunday Okobi The Edo State Government and the United Kingdom have concluded plans to introduce video-conferencing in courtrooms to make it easier for people to testify in cases of human trafficking. This was disclosed when the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, received the British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Harriet Thompson, on a courtesy visit at the Government House in Benin-city. The governor, in a statement made available to THISDAY at the weekend, disclosed that his administration has also increased investment in education, digital infrastructure, job creation and power, among other reforms to tackle illegal migration and human ... more
  • 2 weeks Army Rewards 37 Officers, Soldiers for Gallantry in North-east ThisDay
    Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Nigerian Army has rewarded 37 officers and soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in recognition of their gallantry in the ongoing counter insurgency campaign in the North-east. The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, made the disclosure in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja. Iliyasu disclosed that 37 officers and soldiers were identified by the military authorities in its periodic assessment of the conduct of troops under the OPLD. He said that the personnel were found to have distinguished themselves on the battle field for outstanding gallantry; professionalism, profound commitment, exemplary conduct and ... more
  • 2 weeks Super Bowl 2020: Kansas City Chiefs Pull off Sensational Comeback to Beat San Francisco 49ers ThisDay
    Patrick Mahomes produced a staggering fourth-quarter performance to guide Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years as they came from 10 points behind to stun the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. Quarterback Mahomes, 24, had endured a difficult evening under the pounding pressure of the 49ers and looked set to miss out on the big prize. But then, with his side 20-10 down heading into the fourth quarter, last year’s MVP found two superb throws on third down to continue a season of comebacks as the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points in four minutes and ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari Queries Nanono over Fertilizer Import Waivers ThisDay
    Cancels licenses, CBN warns banks, forex dealers against violations of fertilizer initiative Ibrahim Mohammed President Muhammadu Buhari has queried the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, for issuing import wavers to some companies to import fertilizer into the country contrary to the presidential fertilizer initiative policy, which focuses on increasing local production capacity for the product. The query came through the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, requesting explanations on the breach of presidential policy. Nigeria and Morocco had signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2016 to help the former revive its ailing fertilizer ... more
  • 2 weeks N’Assembly Leadership Meets President This Week over Insecurity ThisDay
    Adeboye leads protest as CAN demands overhaul of security architecture Military helmsmen rally retired colleagues on Nigeria’s Unity Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja, Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti and James Sowole in Akure The leadership of the National Assembly is to meet this week with President Muhammadu Buhari over the tenure of military service chiefs and the rising insecurity in the country, a reliable source told THISDAY yesterday. Senators and House of Representatives members had last Wednesday called for the resignation of the service chiefs, failing which the president should remove them over the rising insecurity in the country.  ... more
  • 2 weeks Police Constitute Committees on Recruitment for Community Policing ThisDay
    State commands await guidelines from IG Our Correspondents Barely one week after the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, directed state police commands to kick-start the process of the recruitment of special constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of federal government’s community policing policy, many state commands have constituted screening committees and are awaiting approvals and full guidelines from the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The IG in a signal had ordered all state Commissioners of Police (CPs), Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in their domains ... more
  • 2 weeks Digital Economy Nigeria’s Most Promising Alternative to Oil, says Obaseki ThisDay
    Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City In order to diversify the Nigeria economy, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for adoption of smart Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and solutions as an alternative to oil. He also warned that the country would not develop if the bulk of the country’s savings are still tied to buying foreign exchange for importation. The governor who stated this at the Edo State Annual Banker’s Dinner held in Benin City, recently, said the growth of the digital economy was vital in providing ICT-driven solutions to everyday problems, noting that the sector remains ... more
  • 2 weeks Lagos Police Impound 188 Motorcycles, 78 Tricycles as Enforcement of Ban Begins ThisDay
    By Chiemelie Ezeobi Lagos State Police Command has commenced full enforcement of the ban on motorcycles popularly known as okada and tricycles, also known as keke in some local governments and routes in the state. Already, the police said they have arrested 40 violators, and impounded 188 Motorcycles, as well as 78 tricycles across the affected areas. According to the state Police Spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, the CP Hakeem Odumosu had on February, 1, 2020, deployed area commanders, divisional police officers to effect the ban. Also deployed were state, area and divisional traffic officers, as well as the Lagos State ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Lagos Orders Travelers from China to Observe 14-Day Self-Quarantine ThisDay
    Insists no confirmed case in Lagos Virus kills 305, infects 14,628, spreads to 28 countries By Martins Ifijeh Following the rate of spread of the novel Coronavirus outbreak from China, the Lagos State government has ordered all returning travelers from China and those exposed to travelers from China to observe self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Lagos. The state government has also dismissed reports that a case of novel Coronavirus has been recorded in the state, noting that the person in question who traveled from China has no sign of the virus. Also, the outbreak has so ... more
  • 2 weeks Bayelsa Deputy Gov Alleges Looting of Guest House ThisDay
    • LG boss denies complicity By Emmanuel Addeh The outgoing Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd), at the weekend alleged that his guest house located in the heart of the Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa, was looted by some unknown persons. He urged the state government to investigate and recover the alleged stolen items, asking the public to take notice that he was not part of the looting. The deputy governor had not been seen in the Government House since he lost in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in September to the governor’s preferred candidate, Senator ... more
  • 2 weeks Plateau Killings: NGF, Northern Governors Pay Solidarity Visit to Lalong ThisDay
    Useni donates cash, relief materials to victims By Seriki Adinoyi Saddened by the recent killings in Kulben village of Mangu Local Government and Kwatas ward of Bokkos Local Government area of Plateau State, the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Northern Governors Forum paid a solidarity visit to Governor Simon Lalong over the weekend to commiserate with him and the entire people of the state. The delegation led by the Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu included his counterparts from Bauchi, Bala Mohammed and Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru Mohammed, who met Governor Lolong at the Government House, Rayfield Jos. They condemned ... more
  • 2 weeks Osun Vows Economic Liberation for Women ThisDay
    By Yinka Kolawole The Osun State government has assured indigenes of the state that no fewer than 200 indigent women will be economically independent before the end of the first quarter of the year. Speaking on the menace of rape, domestic violence and other forms of oppression against women in Osogbo weekend, the state Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Olubukola Olaboopo, said no stone will be left unturned in making sure women in the state are economically liberated. Olaboopo urged women to speak out any time their rights are tampered with. According to her, “We have immediately commenced activities. ... more
  • 2 weeks Tunde Ayeni, Others in Trouble over Alleged ₦6.5bn Fraud ThisDay
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has earned itself a reputation at home and abroad of being matchlessly merciless, untiringly tolerating, and rather disposed to pursue matters with harsh determination. And the latest set of individuals to be caught in its nets is no less reputable than the last – and will definitely not be the last. Included in this group in EFCC’s eagle eyes are former Chairman of Skye Bank, Mr. Tunde Ayeni; former executive governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada; retired Air Vice Marshal Salihu Atawodi, and about four others – and a serving governor who ... more
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