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FG earmarks N2.5bn for development of Wawa-Zange grazing reserve

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has earmarked N2.5 billion for the development of Wawa/Zange grazing reserve in Gombe. Dr Musa Inuwa, the Director in charge of the Gombe office of the ministry disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Friday. He said the money earmarked was for the construction […]

Aviation on the brink over welfare row

The drumbeat of welfare agitations is getting louder in the aviation industry. But more unions’ pressure on insolvent airlines may win the battle and lose the war. WOLE OYEBADE writes. The colossal losses in the aviation sector should not have come as a surprise. Air travel is a high end, tight budget industry where every […]

Buhari, stakeholders seek local content, infrastructure expansion

President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, yesterday, reiterated the need to expand local content development in Nigeria across sectors, as part of measures to address unemployment, poverty, and help the country become self-reliant. Speaking at the virtual launch of the 17-storey Nigerian Content Tower, which was built with almost […]

Katsina SEMA records 1,727 flood victims in Baure

People walk on a flooded road at Okokomaiko in Ojo district of Lagos, on May 31, 2017. The Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said it registered 1,727 households that fall victim of flood in Baure Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. Chairman of the Agency, Babangida Nasamu, told the News Agency of Nigeria […]

Lagos to promote students to next classes using continuous assessments

Students in Lagos State Government-owned schools will be promoted to the next classes using continuous assessments. “(For) the reopening (of schools) we’re doing, we are working with the Federal Government so I will not unilaterally say that we are doing this or that but we are planning,” Adefisayo said during a programme on Channels Television […]

Senate to begin work on MTEF/FSP next week

The Senate Committee on Finance will begin the consideration of the 2020-2023 Medium Term Expenditure and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) on Wednesday next week. Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, Sen Solomon Adeola, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said the Senate Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning has dispatched invitations to Ministries, Departments and […]

Gunmen kill Bauchi lawmaker, abduct wife

Member representing Baraza Dass Constituency in Bauchi Assembly, Hon. Musa Mante, has been killed by suspected gunmen. The Nation learnt he was murdered on Thursday night in his residence in Dass Local Government Area. The Nation gathered the gunmen also reportedly abducted his wife. Details shortly…

Diri sends 24 commissioner-nominees’ list to Bayelsa Assembly

BAYELSA State Governor Douye Diri has forwarded the names of 24 commissioner-nominees to the House of Assembly for confirmation as members of the State Executive Council (Exco). The list came six months as after the governor assumed office, following the disqualification of Governor-elect David Lyon by the Supreme Court before his inauguration. Three of the […]

‘Minister: Enugu airport to reopen’

THE Federal Government on Thursday said it would prosecute an architect who allegedly destroyed the concrete perimeter fence being erected at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. Covering about two kilometre, the fence is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the airport. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said the perpetrator destroyed a “national security […]

Oyo Environment commissioner takes oath

A substantive commissioner for Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Idowu Oyeleke, took his oath of office yesterday. Idowu is taking the office after the death of Kehinde Ayoola, who died on May 14. Governor Seyi Makinde admonished Oyeleke to ensure his appointment benefits the state and not his political zone alone. Oyeleke […]

‘PDP not involved in Ogun festival crisis’

PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) in Ire-Ekiti, Oye Local Government of Ekiti State, has debunked news the crisis rocking the town was sponsored by it. The party wondered how the festival crisis could be dressed in a political garment, saying ‘PDP has no hand in it. It was absolutely a festival issue and not a political […]

NEMA warns residents to vacate river banks

NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has appealed to Osun residents to vacate river banks and waterways to avoid loss of life and property. The agency warned there would be heavy rain between August and November resulting in flooding. Zonal Head of Operations for Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states, Olusegun Afolayan, yesterday went round flood-prone areas […]

Sanwo-Olu mourns Chief Folarin-Coker

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has described the death of Chief Nathaniel Folarin-Coker as a great loss to the state and Nigeria. Coker died yesterday in Lagos after a brief illness. He was 97. Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, said the late Folarin-Coker was a front-runner in the […]

Ground handlers rally airlines to right pricing, dollar rate

Worried by the operational challenges in the COVID-19 era, ground handlers and stakeholders have rallied airlines to the right pricing mechanism and service payment in dollars. The operators, at a webinar organised by Association of Aviation Ground Handlers (AGHAN), said right pricing is a better alternative to price adjustment. A former Director-General of the Nigerian […]

Fire engulfs two Guinness warehouses

The men of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service are currently battling to put out the fire that engulfed the two warehouses belonging to Guinness PLC, opposite Sunday Market, Wemco Road, Ogba, Lagos. The Acting Head of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye, who disclosed this morning, stated that a distress […]

Court orders restrain sale of Shoprite

A Nigerian firm, AIC Limited, has warned potential investors against taking over the Nigerian subsidiary of Africa’s biggest supermarket chain, South African-owned Shoprite. Shoprite last Monday said it was looking at selling all “or a majority stake” in its operations in Nigeria after 15 years. Shoprite said lockdown restrictions because of coronavirus had affected its […]

Buhari commissions 17-storey NCDMB headquarters online

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja carried out a virtual inauguration of the new headquarters building of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) located in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Speaking from the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, President Buhari pledged to spend more on infrastructure across the country, focusing on finishing projects delivered […]

NBC fines Nigeria Info N5 million over comments on insecurity

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Nigeria Info N5 million over a comment made by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailaifa on one of its programme. “In line with the amendment of the 6th edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, has been fined […]

FG mobilises flights to evacuate Nigerians from UAE

The Federal Government, yesterday, said three aircraft had been deployed to evacuate Nigerians from Dubai, United Arabs Emirate (UAE) before the window closes this month-end. Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, while receiving 95 girls from Lebanon. She said the special flights were […]

FG denies placing order for Russian vaccine

The Federal Government (FG), yesterday, said Nigeria had not placed order for any vaccines from Russia. It made the clarification following reports that about 20 countries had ordered billions of the controversial Russian vaccine, which were approved by the Russian authority. Also yesterday, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and other medical experts commended Russia and […]

Diri lifts the aged, blind with palliatives

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has donated food items and money to the elderly and blind as part of measures to cushion effects of COVID-19. Beneficiaries got rice, yam, garri and N10,000 each. The governor, who made the donation through a philanthropist, Doubara Kumokou, appealed to the beneficiaries to remain calm and be patient with […]

MURIC denies receiving $200,000 from terrorist group

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has denied receiving funds from a terrorist organisation in or outside Nigeria. The group director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Tuesday, said reports linking it to Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) is illogical, adding that it never had any contact with any terrorist group. Akintola said […]

Buhari, governors, security chiefs in crucial meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a virtual meeting with members of the Governors Forum’s Security Committee, headed by Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi over security developments in some parts of the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the meeting is being attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the […]

Again, court cautions EFCC against breeching provisions of law in Adoke’s trial

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, cautioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against an act contrary to the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in the trial of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, SAN. Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the warning during the beginning […]

NIS boss orders prosecution of man with multiple standard passports

The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Muhammad Babandede, has ordered the prosecution of an irregular Cameroonian migrant, Kouaha Dieudonne, 42, who was caught with multiple standard passports. The Service Public Relations Officer (SPEO) Mr Sunday James disclosed this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. […]

Visually-impaired persons trained on leadership, technology skills

About 20 visually-impaired fellows were, at the weekend, empowered during a virtual leadership and technology boot-camp organised by Initiative for National Growth Africa (INGA) in partnership with Peace First Organisation. The theme of the project was tagged: ‘Vision Impaired, Yet Digitally Equipped 2.0,’ which was borne out of the need to provide career development opportunities […]

Over 1.11m subscribers use portability services

.As 22.7m no-disturbance activations slash VAS growth Seven years into its launch in Nigeria, over 1.111,197 subscribers have so far utilised the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service in the country. This figure was given by the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, in Lagos, at the webinar organised by the Association […]

Ondo State deputy governor quits PDP, picks ZLP guber ticket

• Your defection won’t stop us, party tells Ajayi • APC aspirants collapse structure for Akeredolu Ahead of October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). This was contained in a statement by Ajayi’s […]

Remote factors shaping Edo guber race

The political history of the 29-year old Edo State is again up for review as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) strategise for the September 19 governorship election. But PDP, which regained control of the state just two months ago, thanks to the defection of incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki, is […]

Wike accuses APC of plot to disrupt Edo polls

PFN tasks FG, stakeholders on violence-free election The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been accused of plotting to stoke up violence that will compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend the Edo State governorship election till November. Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council for the Edo governorship election, Governor Nyesom Wike […]

Bayelsa lawmaker lauds Buhari, Sylva over Oloibiri museum

Fred Obua, representing Ogbia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the construction of the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and Research Centre, 64 years after the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantities in that town. The symbolic project was recently launched by the Minister of State […]

HURIWA warns FG against borrowing to fund budget

Demands account of revenues generated Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has told the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, that continuous borrowing from international organisations to fund the yearly budget is destructive to the country’s image. HURIWA noted that Nigeria had been on expansionist budgets since 2016, with its budget rising from the N4 […]

Gunmen kill educationist in Taraba

• Bandits kidnap girl, 13, injure man in Katsina • Masari to engage monarchs in intelligence gathering Unknown gunmen on Sunday evening hacked down proprietor of Winners Comprehensive High School (WCHS) in Jalingo metropolis, Taraba State, Danlami Shamaki. The late Shamaki also reportedly founded the popular New Edition Primary School, Jalingo.The news of his death […]

Take your country back, Na’Abba, Utomi charge Nigerians

Patriots of the National Consultative Front (NCFront), Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba and Prof. Pat Utomi, have charged Nigerians to take back their country, reminding them that the time has come to show they hold the power and the future of the nation is in their hands. The movement’s joint chairmen in separate presentations at a […]

Niger Delta groups want Buhari to suspend procurements in NDDC

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to suspend all procurements in Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). In a petition to the President, 29 civil society organisations across the Niger Delta recommended that supervision of the NDDC should moved back to the presidency. The petition was signed by Vivian Bellonwu (Social Development Integrated Centre); Jaye Gaskia […]

South kaduna Killings: STF arrests 8 suspects

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), maintaining peace in Plateau and part of Southern Kaduna and Bauchi states, has arrested eight suspects in connection with the recent killings in Southern Kaduna. Presenting the suspects to journalists on Monday in Kafanchan, the Commander of the task force,Maj.-Gen Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, said the arrest was part […]

PDP gives Gbajabiamila seven days to declare Dogara’s seat vacant

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to declare Yakubu Dogara’s seat vacant in seven days or they proceed to legal action. The former Speaker, Dogara had on July 24 defected from PDP to the All Progressives Congress. But in a copy of the letter made […]

18 ships discharging petrol, other items at Lagos port – NPA

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday said that 18 ships at the Lagos ports were discharging petroleum products and foodstuff. The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. It listed the contents of the ship as […]

Forex demand hits $1.16b as naira slides

With the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adjusting foreign exchange rates in search of uniform framework, local demand has hit $1.16 billion on the back of outstanding obligations. Local manufacturers have also warned that many factories may shut down if obligations of over one year to foreign suppliers are not met. Some of the producers […]

APC wins Nasarawa by-election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Ismail Danbaba, winner of the Nasarawa State constituency bye-election. Declaring the result on Saturday night, the returning officer, Iiyasu Umar said Danbaba scored 7,475 to defeat Bage Nuhu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 4,608 votes. Umar stated that 12,217 […]

Human Rights Commission to establish court

The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Geneva, said it is making wide consultations and preparations towards the establishment of a Pan-African Human Rights Court in the continent. Director/Ambassador, African Region of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Geneva, Switzerland Dr Tivlumun Ahure, made this known to reporters when he led a delegation to visit the […]

EFCC – Presidency widens Salami panel’s mandate

THE Presidential Investigative Committee on activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been granted judicial powers, it was learnt at the weekend. Chairman of the panel Justice Isa Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal, and his members will operate in line with Section 1 of the Tribunals Inquiry […]

Illegal land allocation letters been issued of FCTA

Letters of land allocation are being issued to members of the public illegally by some civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), it was learnt at the weekend. Acting Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Abdulhamid Sulaiman, who briefed reporters in his office warned the civil servants to desist or face prosecution. “The […]

Buhari mourns Shehu Rabiu

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief over the death of renowned Kano businessman, Shehu Rabi’u, from the Isyaku Rabi’u clan. In separate condolence messages to the Isyaku Rabiu family and Abdulsamad Rabiu, Chairman and CEO of BUA Group, who is a nephew of the deceased, the President paid tribute to Shehu for his immense contributions […]

Why I paid inherited N35b pension in Anambra, by Obi

FORMER Anambra State Governor Peter Obi has explained why he paid off an accumulated pension and gratuity debt of N35 billion, which he inherited from the previous administration. The former governor said he took the decision because of the sufferings of the elderly who were being denied their rights. Obi, who stated this in an […]

JAMB to shift 2020/2021 admissions’ date

TERTIARY institutions may be prevailed upon to delay the screening of admission seekers for the 2020/2021 academic session, it was learnt on Sunday. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of all tertiary institutions are billed for a meeting today to discuss the possibility of shifting the commencement of admission processes to a […]

LASG – Apapa will open to traffic in October

The Lagos State Government says all roads and bridges under construction in Apapa, the nation’s port city, will be completed by October. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance on Sunday during an inspection tour of roads and bridges under construction in Apapa area of Lagos. Sanwo-Olu said that the traffic gridlocks experienced in the axis […]

Secret agenda driving trouble ahead Edo guber poll

Forty days to the September 19, 2020 off-cycle gubernatorial election in Edo State, the state has already attained the status of a huge theatre, the theatre of grand political ‘war’. Although the contest appears as a straight fight between the people and politicians, the combatants are of different categories. They include the governorship candidates of […]

North East governors want FG to equip police for anti-terrorism war

Six governors of the North East geo-political zone have called on the Federal Government to incorporate the Nigerian police into the ongoing fight against terrorism in the region. The terrorism ignited by Boko Haram in 2009 has claimed over 36,000 lives and property worth over N3 trillion in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. A communiqué […]

Ekiti doctors accuse government of paying lip service to healthcare, welfare

The striking National Association of Government General and Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) in Ekiti State has accused the state government of paying lip service to delivering the desired healthcare services to the people of state. The association made the assertion in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr. Kolawole Adeniyi and Secretary, Dr. […]

Tanker drivers start strike Monday as talks with LASG end in deadlock

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has said that the planned strike by Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos would start on Monday as its meeting with Lagos State Government ended in deadlock. The South-West Chairman of NUPENG, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria […]

French aid workers among eight killed by gunmen in Niger

Gunmen on motorcycles killed eight people including a group of French aid workers as they visited a part of Niger popular with tourists for its wildlife, officials said. “There are eight dead: two Nigeriens including a guide and a driver, while the other six are French,” the governor of the Tillaberi region told AFP on […]

SESSPN commends police, charges new NBA Exco to raise the bar

The South East South South Professionals of Nigeria (SESSPN) has commended the Nigerian Police over the prompt arrest of the criminal gang that attacked a bullion van in Ebonyi state, shortly after the news of their grave operation claimed four lives of their personnel, and ignited public apprehension. In a release by the Publicity Secretary […]

Buhari endorses Ize-Iyamu for Edo governorship election

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Osagie Ize-Iyamu for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State. Buhari endorsed Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday when he visited the Presidential Villa in the company of the party’s caretaker committee chairman and Yobe State governor Mai Mala Buni. Details later.

22 feared killed in fresh Kaduna attack

The subsisting curfew notwithstanding, gunmen, yesterday, invaded four communities in Zangon Kataf council area, killing 22 persons and setting ablaze a number of buildings. The victims were mainly women and children, while scores scampered for safety. The affected settlements are Apyiashyim, Atak’mawai, Kibori and Kurmin Masara, all in Atyap chiefdom. An Atak’mawai resident, Irimiya Gandu, […]

Revenue crisis may push budget deficit above N6tr

Revenue crisis, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, may push Nigeria to further borrowing, therefore pushing budget deficit beyond the projected N4.28 trillion to at least N6 trillion. This comes, even as imposition of new taxes on citizens faces pushback. Of this year’s revised N10.8 trillion budget signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, a deficit of N5.365 […]

Senator distributes 12,600 bags of fertilisers to farmers

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Senator Aishatu Binani on Thursday distributed 12,600 bags of fertilisers to farmers in Adamawa State. Binani said the fertilisers were given out free to farmers to boost a bumper harvest irrespective of party affiliation. She said the beneficiaries include farmers in all the seven […]

We will defend our votes, say Edo youths

Youths from the 18 local governments have said they are ready to defend their votes. The youth, under the aegis of Edo Youths for Progress, said they would ensure that an unpopular candidate was not foisted on the people. Speaking with reporters in Benin, through their Secretary, Osahon Isibor, the youth urged the Independent National […]

Residents protest killings in Katsina villages

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Katsina State yesterday, burning tires and raining abuses on bandits who attacked their communities. The protesters, mostly from Maiturare and Dogon Ruwa villages in Dutsima Council, blocked the highway linking Katsina and Zaria town, demanding an end to the attacks. Some of them reportedly called for the […]

Enugu Rangers ready for 2020/21season, says Davidson Owumi

Enugu Rangers’ General Manager, Davidson Owumi, has revealed that the Flying Antelopes are ready to battle for the top honours when the 2020/21 season kicks off next month. Rangers, who won the title for the first time in 30 years in the 2016 season, according to Owumi, have acquired every material necessary for the task […]

DHQ insists attack on Zulum’s convoy not sabotage

‘DICON will supply military equipment to fight terrorism’ The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that the attack on Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum in Baga is not military sabotage. Following the conclusion of investigation into the attack, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, stated in Abuja yesterday that the governor’s accusation of the […]

DMO releases details, puts Chinese loans at $3.1b

The Debt Management Office (DMO), yesterday, put Nigeria’s loan liability to China at $3.121billion as at March 31 2020, representing 3.94 per cent of the nation’s $79.3 billion debt portfolio. The move might have followed recent controversies generated by the issue in the public space. The government agency explained that in terms of foreign sources, […]

Ortom signs fiscal responsibility, three other bills

Nasarawa domesticates UN action plan on women, security Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday assented to bills to establish the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility as well as Council on Public Procurement. This, he said, is in fulfilment of his earlier promise to ensure transparency and accountability in governance. He also signed a law for the […]

Enugu NMA election turns bloody

The crisis that engulfed the Enugu State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) took rather a dangerous dimension on Thursday evening as the much-advertised election of the body turned bloody. Some members of the association who gathered at the Michael Okpara square for the election suffered serious injuries from thugs who invaded the venue […]

Uncertainty rules fuel pump price

The pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), which is expected to be modulated monthly by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), has become uncertain as some marketers yesterday directed their members to sell at N150 per litre. Projected estimate by The Guardian shows the price may hit N157 per litre going by the […]

Nigeria missing as space race gathers momentum

sw In recent times several countries including United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and China have made giant strides in the race to space. The United States (U.S.) has also recorded major breakthrough in her plans to send tourists to space with the splashing down of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in the Gulf of Mexico on […]

No plan to absorb repentant Boko Haram fighters into military – Presidency

The Presidency says none of the 601 de-radicalised former Boko Haram members will be absorbed into the military as being peddled by mischief-makers. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday. The presidential aide added that none of them had […]

Ex-soldier, nine others arrested in Enugu for murder, armed robbery

Barely days after the police arrested some serving and dismissed soldiers among suspects over the attack on a bullion van that led to the death of four cops in Ebonyi State, the Enugu State police command yesterday paraded another dismissed soldier and nine others for various criminal activities in the state. The state’s Commissioner of […]

Why pact waiving sovereign immunity should by repudiated, by lawyers

Lawyers have alerted Nigerians to possible take over of the country if the contract waiving Nigeria’s sovereign immunity in respect of multi-billion dollar loans obtained from China to finance infrastructure is not repudiated. According to them, the sovereignty-terminating loans are toxic and pose serious danger to the country, given that the capacity of the state […]

INEC to meet Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu for peaceful Edo guber poll

• Gov’s wife receives 2,000 APC women defectors, pledges more projects • Power belongs to Edo people, says incumbent as lawmakers impeach deputy speaker • ‘State chief executive’s manifesto addresses post-COVID-19 economic shocks’ In an effort to end politicians’ constant threats of violence ahead of the Edo State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission […]

Kano State to reopen secondary schools August 10

Kano State government has said secondary schools in the state will be re reopened on August after four months of closure occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic. The resumption date is exclusively meant for final year students in preparatory for the West African Senior Secondary Schools Examination (WASSSE). Addressing journalists on Monday, Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sanusi […]

Obaseki denies alleged unfair award of contracts

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has denied the allegation of bloated contracts, using his company, Afrinvest Ltd., to siphon state’s funds. Obaseki’s denial is contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie and made available to the News Agency of (NAN) on Tuesday in Benin. NAN reports […]

Yoruba leader, Fasanmi, goes home today

• How his death will inspire Yoruba unity When Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, the leader of one of the factions of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, took his last breath at the ripe age of 94 last Thursday, July 30 2020, one of the questions it raised was, whether the nonagenarian, and some of his contemporaries that […]

Campaign tactics unsettling Obaseki, Oshiomhole’s camps

Following the commencement of electioneering campaigns in Edo State ahead of the September 19 governorship election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have continued to fight dirty over who takes over Government House on Osadebey Avenue, Benin City. The fierce campaign between PDP and APC candidates and supporters has many […]

Wike urges Edo electorate to stop politicians with questionable character

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, urged Edo State electorate to truncate the political aspiration of inconsistent politicians with questionable character in the September 19, 2020 governorship election. Wike, who is Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for the Edo election, stressed that Governor Godwin Obaseki’s integrity, credibility and performance qualified him as […]

Ekiti labour protests against BEDC’s outrageous billing, epileptic power supply

The organised labour in Ekiti State yesterday staged a protest at the office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), ordering it to stop outrageous billing and incessant epileptic power supply or leave the state. The visibly angry labour leaders of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Joint Negotiating Council JNC) lamented […]

Malami, Amaechi clarify Chinese loan, insist Nigeria’s sovereignty not under threat

• OPC accuses President of running down economy Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami and his Transportation counterpart, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, have faulted the National Assembly’s position that the nation’s sovereignty was at risk following the loan agreement with China. During a live programme yesterday in Abuja, the pair […]

Students return home as Enugu government shifts reopening of schools

• CACOVID commends Ugwuanyi’s efforts There was no resumption of schools in Enugu State yesterday, as some students who had gone to their schools in anticipation of the reopening, were sent back home on the orders of the state government. It was learnt that they were told to go home and await further directives on […]

Change your tactics now, Buhari orders service chiefs

• Rep seeks better protection for notorious Kano forest Disturbed by the worsening insecurity in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, gave a matching order to the service chiefs to come up with a lasting solution to the challenge. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this while briefing State House […]

Level of preparation to determine schools resumption in Abia

The Abia State Government has declared that resumption of private and public primary and secondary schools would depend on the level of preparedness and adherence to government’s directives on COVID-19 safety measures by teachers, students and school authorities. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had on Monday directed teachers and students in exit classes to report yesterday, August […]

Buhari orders NDDC to pay fees of stranded students abroad

• Commission denies bribe-taking, group canvasses accountability President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to offset fees and stipends of its foreign scholarship beneficiaries. Hundreds of Nigerian students studying abroad on the scheme have reportedly been suffering owing to abandonment.NDDC’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, said the […]

Wike signs revised 2020 budget

RIVERS State Governor Nyesom Wike has signed the revised 2020 appropriation bill of N300 billion into law. The new budget represents 48 per cent reduction from the N530 billion originally budgeted for spending. Wike, who said effects of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the review, however promised it will not affect the delivery of quality development […]

Ekiti workers, Ondo doctors end strike

THE organised labour in Ekiti State has suspended the three-day warning strike embarked on to protest the failure of the government to pay its members’ entitlements. The industrial action, which began on Monday, was suspended indefinitely following government’s readiness to meet some of the demands outlined by organised labour at a meeting held midnight Sunday. […]

APC to PDP: Account for failed $460m Abuja CCTV Project, $2b China loan

THE ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to account for the failed $460 million Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project the then ruling party awarded in August 2010. It listed some of the opposition’s economic misdeeds while it was in power between 1999 and 2015. In a statement yesterday […]

NDDC’s N6.25b COVID-19 palliatives diverted, says top official

THE N6.25bn approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as COVID-19 palliatives for indigent persons in Niger Delta was diverted by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chairman of the Palliative Distribution Committee (PDC) , High Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, has alleged. Jackrich, in a petition he sent to both the Senate […]

N58.9b loan dispute: We’re yet to settle, parties tell court

A Federal High Court in Lagos has heard that parties to a N58.9billion loan dispute between Pan Ocean Oil Corporation Nigeria Limited (POON), its affiliates and Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) are yet to settle. Lead counsel for the firms, OAR Ogunde (SAN) and his AMCON counterpart, Kunle Ogunba (SAN) told Justice Mohammed Liman […]

Two feared killed, five injured in another Lagos gas explosion

Two persons, including an artisan were on Monday killed and at least five others injured after another gas explosion occurred in Orile-Iganmu, a Lagos slum community. The artisan identified as Ajibola Olaoye died on the spot where he was welding an articulated vehicle around 5pm at Wema Bank Bus Stop, off Coker in Ajeromi Ifelodun […]

Air Peace cuts pay by 40%, sacks pilots

AIR Peace on Monday sacked over 70 pilots cutting across its fleet types as the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a huge toll on its operations like other mega carriers in Europe, America, Middle East, Asia, Australia and other parts of Africa. The airline said the decision became painful, but rightful in […]

Deputy Speaker, 16 other lawmakers back Ize-Iyamu

SEVENTEEN of the 24 members of Edo State House of Assembly are backing the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Deputy Speaker Yekini Idiaye, who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency I, and four other members also pledged support for Ize-Iyamu. Idiaye was on Monday joined by Emmanuel Agbaje (Akoko-Edo Constituency II), Nosayaba […]

Governors protest nation’s ‘worsening security situation’

GOVERNORS have joined the growing list of Nigerians bemoaning the security situation in the country. They have planned a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service chiefs to discuss “this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.” The states helmsmen conveyed their feelings in a letter to their counterpart – Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum – […]

Cracks in Ondo PDP as five governors back Ajayi’s ZLP move

THERE were indications on Monday that cracks had developed in the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This followed reluctance of the party’s governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, to accept embattled Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi as his running mate. Also, the division in the state’s chapter of the party has been linked to […]

Locals not helping in war against banditry, says Masari

Kastina State Governor Aminu Masari has identified lack of cooperation from communities affected by banditry as a major setback in the war against insecurity challenge in the state. According to the governor, as long as locals shield suspected bandits or refuse to divulge information about them to security agencies, the end to the problem may […]

Wike’s suspension of council chairmen sparks row in Rivers

The suspension of three elected local government chairmen by Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has sparked a row between All Progressives Congress (APC) and Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Rivers State. Amid the war of words between APC and ALGON, Governor Wike has been facing intense criticism also by civil society […]

Police nab soldiers, other suspects of Ebonyi bullion van robbery

The police have arrested seven suspects, including serving and dismissed soldiers, for the alleged attack on a bullion van that lead to the death of four policemen in Ebonyi State last week. The bullion van was attacked on July 29 on its way to Enugu State, and the suspects were arrested by operatives of the […]

Return of 1.86m IDPs, refugees to 19 Borno communities begins

Arrangements to return 1.86 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to 19 communities in Borno State have started in earnest. According to Governor Babagana Zulum, 300,000 refugees will be repatriated from Cameroon and Niger Republic, where they have been for five years due to Boko Haram activities. Zulum disclosed this yesterday while receiving the […]

Ortom constitutes panel to probe Owukpa mining activities

Restates commitment to road construction Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has set up a committee to look into the controversy surrounding mining activities in Owukpa, Ogbadibo Council of the state. Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mr. Terver Akase, disclosed this to journalists yesterday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi. The CPS said the […]

Presidency faults TUC’s planned protest over Buhari’s alleged inaction

The Presidency, yesterday, faulted the planned nationwide protest by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged “inaction on the high-level of corruption uncovered at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).” In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant […]

INEC denies replacing AAC’s running mate for Ondo guber poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied replacing the name of the deputy governorship candidate for African Action Congress (AAC) for the October 10, 2020 election. The commission said that all names uploaded by political parties on its dedicated portal were same names published. The rebuttal was a reaction to the claim by the […]
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