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Nigeria loses $1.5bn in GDP annually to micro-nutrient deficiencies

Nigeria loses 1.5 billion dollars in Gross Domestic Products (GDP) annually to Micro-Nutrient deficiency (MND), the World Bank, an international financial institution that provides loan to Nigeria and other developing countries, said. This means that MND causes an increased financial burden on the healthcare system and an indirect loss of productivity, the report states. A […]

Nigeria boosts job creation with safety net job for unskilled persons

• Condemns slave labour The Federal Government has initiated a safety net-job for unskilled persons, as a strategy to move a significant percentage of untrained, un-trainable and idle youths out of the unemployment population. The Director, Special Duties and Project, Federal Ministry Labour and Employment, Dr. Martina Nwordu, revealed this at a National Survey for […]

5G deployment’s first phase to gulp $900b

• Coverage to hit 25% by 2030 Research group, McKinsey, has pointed out in latest report that the wireless industry will invest heavily to promote 5G networks. But in the next 10 years, the first wave of 5G will not benefit most people. McKinsey predicts that the first round of 5G deployment will cost $700-900billion, […]

Government moves to rid Nigerian waters of pollution

• Mulls new bill to ban plastics The Federal Government has launched an action plan to tackle the challenge of marine litter and plastics, to ensure cleaner seas and ocean for healthy living and protection of maritime ecosystem. This is even as the National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Environment are putting finishing touches […]

Digital banking, key to realising financial inclusion targets

As digital innovation positions as the future of payments, opportunities abound for organisations and financial institutions to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and enhance large-scale productivity. Indeed, digital banking in Nigeria has evolved significantly to become an integral part of our daily activities, driving financial inclusion, e-commerce, utilities and effective daily solutions. For […]

Fayemi pledges to complete all abandoned projects

• Begins work on uncompleted secretariat buildings • FG appoints Ekiti First Lady WASH ambassador Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday said that all projects abandoned by previous administrations would be completed by his administration for public use in a bid to put an end to the ugly trend of project abandonment in the state. […]

AMCON takes over Buba Galadima’s residence, company

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1136/2019 has ordered the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to take over the business and assets of Bedko Nigeria Limited and Buba Galadima. Bedko Nigeria Limited and Buba Galadima owe AMCON about N900m through a loan purchased during the first phase of Eligible Bank […]

AEDC official stabbed to death while disconnecting light

AN employee of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was yesterday afternoon stabbed to death in Kabusa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, while one other colleague of the deceased escaped with serious injuries following an attack by assailants. The AEDC workers were on duty disconnecting the electricity of customers who failed to […]

Court sentences Metuh to seven years in prison

Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisah Metuh, and his firm, Destra Investments Limited, have been sentenced to seven years in prison. This was after he was found guilty of count one, two and three of the seven-count charge levelled against them by the Federal Government. Justice Okon Abang of […]

Matawalle donates N10m to fire victims

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has donated N10 million to victims of Yan katako market fire in Gusau. Matawalle, who commiserated with the victims, urged them to consider the disaster as an act of God. “God knows why this happened. I urge you to consider it as a test from our creator, and I pray […]

Nigerian firms frustrating indigenous manpower development’

The Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), which enforces the Federal Government’s policy on the use domestic human and material resources in their operations, has said its major challenge is the unwillingness of Nigerian firms to comply with the policy. ‘Nigerians are the cause of our problems at the board’, Manager of Capacity Building, […]

Kano to stop tree felling

Kano State Commissioner of Environment Kabiru Getso has said plans are on pass a law to end the indiscriminate felling of trees to prevent desertification. He said the states will plant one million seeds in 2020. The commissioner spoke yesterday when the House of Assembly Committee on Environment visited his office. According to him, the […]

CDS seeks security forces synergy

The Service Chiefs on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja. At the meeting were: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas and […]

NIMASA donates to 20,000 IDPs

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated relief materials to 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State. Director-General Dakuku Peterside, who was represented by the Director of Internal Audit, Victor Onuzuruike, said the gesture was part of the NIMASA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to assist victims of natural disasters in the […]

Police on alert over Naraguta conflict

Security agencies have been placed on alert following the land dispute in Naraguta community, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. Police spokesman Gabriel Agaba said policemen have been stationed in the village and will remain there for some time. He said: “We have restored calm in the troubled area; the police have initiated […]

Ondo deep seaport to attract N500 billion investment

Succour is on the way for Ondo State as the government declares that the deep seaport project would attract over N500billion investments to the host communities in Ilaje Local Government Area, when completed. Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ forum, said the deep seaport would generate more than N500billion new […]

Group tasks INEC on electoral misconduct

The Forum of Registered Political Parties (FRPP) Edo State chapter has stressed the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to put measures in place aimed at criminalising vote-buying and other issues hindering smooth management of elections in the country. In a statement yesterday in Benin City by its chairman and secretary, Comrades Ogba […]

PDP seeks review of 2019 presidential election verdict

•Accuses ruling party of intimidating judges •APC support groups urge S’Court to appraise Bayels, Zamfara rulings The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it was approaching the Supreme Court to seek a review of its judgment on the petition it filed in respect of the 2019 presidential election.This is just as the main opposition party […]

Okowa urges presidency to speak up on herdsmen menace

Donates 35 vehicles to security agencies Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday urged the Federal Government to speak up on the herdsmen menace, insisting that clarifying the situation would help to douse tension in the country.He, however, dashed the hopes of those clamouring for an anti-grazing law in the state, as a measure to curtail […]

NDDC restates commitment to Niger Delta’s $129m agro project

•Rules out witch-hunt in forensic audit Despite its seeming instability, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) management has reiterated commitment to the $129.17 million agricultural project in the oil-rich Niger Delta. NDDC’s Acting Managing Director, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, said the interventionist agency remained committed to its partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) […]

Nigeria to overhaul N-Power, other NSIPs

The Nigerian government has said it will overhaul the N-Power scheme, school feeding programme and other projects under the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs). “All present processes, especially beneficiary enrolment and payments including for consultancies, are being scrutinised and stakeholders are being consulted for inputs that will lead to the total overhaul of the programmes […]

Ex-Naval director forfeits N500m to Fed Govt

A FORMER Director of Navy Accounts, Rear Admiral Tahir Yusuf, has permanently forfeited about N500 million to the Federal Government. Rear Admiral Yusuf, who was second-in-command to the Chief of Account and Budget, Naval Headquarters (NHQ),, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), held the cash in seven accounts with two banks. Five […]

My plan for Bayelsa, by Diri

BAYELSA Governor Douye Diri on Sunday unfolded his agenda for the state, saying he knew the take-off point, having been part of the immediate past administration. He also told reporters in Abuja that he dubbed himself a miracle governor. Diri said: “I christen myself a miracle governor. At a point, everybody gave up; we (the […]

Buhari orders aggressive battle against sect

MIFFED by the persistent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on soft targets, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered an aggressive battle against the sect. He said the battle soon to be launched will rout the terrorists once and for all. Reacting in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, […]

Oshiomhole should inform me before visiting Edo, says Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Sunday said courtesy demanded that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole should notify him whenever he intended to visit home. The former governor, who was in Benin at the weekend for a funeral, was booed at the airport by youths. His convoy was pelted with water […]

CBN sets rules for domiciliary account

THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Sunday said customers can deposit dollar into their domiciliary accounts but are not allowed to transfer it to another party. In a statement, CBN, Corporate Communications Director, Isaac Okorafor, said the apex bank had not prohibited the acceptance of foreign currency cash deposits by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs). […]

Nasarawa for agro-processing zone

Nasarawa State has been selected as one of the agro industrial zones by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Governor Abdullahi Sule stated this at the weekend during the 2019 Banker’ Committee dinner and award night in Lafia. Sule said officials of the bank have confirmed that Nasarawa is among the six states selected to benefit […]

Group opposes jail term for minor crimes

Pensioners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) has kicked against the imprisonment of offenders with minor crimes to decongest the prisons. Programmes Officer Mrs. Katumi Iboirien, who addressed reporters during PRAWA’s second coordination meeting yesterday, recommended that cases of minor offenders should rather be mediated out of court and resolved. According to her, most of these […]

Governors upset by Excess Crude Account depletion

GOVERNORS are worried about the depletion of the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and the resurgence of insecurity especially the upsurge of Boko Haram attacks, it was learnt at the weekend. Also of concern to the states helmsmen is the reluctance of the Federal Government to tinker with the revenue allocation formula which they believe is […]

Katsina community enjoys medical outreach

One hundred and seventy persons in Modaji, Katsina Local Government Area of Katsina State enjoyed free medical outreach organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Medical Team/Red Cross Community Development Service. State Schedule Officer and Head of Corps Welfare Okoliko Daniel, who represented the State Coordinator, Yahaya Ahidjo, urged host communities to create the […]

Ekiti PDP rejects Fayose’s consensus arrangement

The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected plan by former governor Ayodele Fayose and some elders in the party to pick a consensus candidate ahead of the coming congress slated for April 2. It was gathered that Fayose’s camp were making an arrangement to scheme in favour of anointed chairmanship […]

SARS operative slumps, dies in office

Plain-clothed operatives attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos State police command are mourning the death of their colleague. The operatives are also seeking divine help to stop the cold hand of death from taking away officers in their unit. It was gathered that on Friday, a newly promoted senior operative of the unit, […]

No victim died in Abeokuta market crisis, says police

After the crisis that erupted last Thursday following the shooting of two persons at Olomoore market, Abeokuta by men of an anti-cultism team of Ogun State police command, the command has dispelled rumour circulating on social media that the two victims have died. While chasing some cult boys, the police had accidentally shot two men […]

Reps ommittee summons NIMASA to explain unaudited accounts

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has summoned the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to appear before it on Feb. 25, to give reasons for its unaudited accounts. Chairman of the committee, Rep. Wole Oke, who made the announcement during an investigative public hearing into the presentation of […]

Edo, Ondo: INEC fixes date for party primaries

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed date for party primaries and nomination of candidates for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections slated for September 19 and October 10 respectively. The party primaries for Edo state will hold from 2nd to 27th June, while that of Ondo State will hold from 2nd to 25th […]

Lagos shop owners lament demolition in spite notification

Some shop owners at the Ikotun market have lamented the demolition of their shops in spite of notification by the government because of its impact of their livelihood. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that parts of the market was demolished in order to reconstruct the roundabout and expand the road for easy vehicular movement. […]

Reps urge Fed Govt to appoint more Supreme Court justices

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to appoint more justices to the Supreme Court to accelerate determination of cases and dispensation of justice. This followed the adoption of a motion of Urgent Public Importance by Onofiok Luke (APC, Akwa Ibom) during Thursday’s plenary presided over by Deputy Speaker Idris Wase. The motion […]

‘Amnesty’ plan for repentant Boko Haram members risky

A proposal before the Senate for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram members has been described as “risky”, although not totally out of place. The Senate on Thursday got a Bill seeking “An agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020”. It is sponsored by Senator […]

Supreme Court verdict stained me says Lyon’s deputy

All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate in the Bayelsa State governorship election in Bayelsa State Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo on Thursday said the Supreme Court judgment which nullified their victory has damaged his reputation. The party on Thursday filed an application for a reversal of the February 13 verdict. The Supreme Court held that Degi-Eremienyo, […]

Buhari won’t quit over insecurity, says Government

Those calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the rising insecurity in the country should hold their breath. The President will not resign but will remain in office till the end of his “overwhelming mandate”. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed observed on Thursday that “incendiary and reckless” comments by some Nigerians, […]

Obaseki revokes Ibori’s C of O

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has revoked the right of occupancy granted to a former Delta State Governor James Ibori on a property on Plot 103A, Aiguobasimwin Crescent, Old GRA, Oredo Local Government. Obaseki said he revoked the property in the exercise of the power conferred on him by sections (28) 1 and 38 of […]

EU pledges N32m aid to fight Lassa fever

The European Union (EU) has announced the allocation of €80,000 (N32 million) in humanitarian funding to assist in Lassa fever eradication in Nigeria. The fund will be used to assist families affected by the outbreak of the disease. The EU fund is also expected to support the Nigerian Red Cross in promoting hygienic practices and […]

Buhari: Fed Govt committed to restoring peace in Plateau

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to restoring peace and prosperity in Plateau State. The President spoke on Thursday when he hosted Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong and other dignitaries from the state at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. A statement by his Special Adviser (SA) on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, […]

Samsung wins tech award

Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHIN) has won the technological breakthrough award at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS). The firm was also nominated in the award for excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and award for project of the year categories. It won the award for technological breakthrough for the innovations it deployed during the […]

UPP joins APC

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has announced the collapse of its structures nationwide into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following its recent deregistration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In a statement yesterday, former National Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said the National Executive Committee (NEC), the Board of Trustees (BOT) […]

10 years after, Enugu PDP secretariat project still in limbo

The Enugu State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since its inception in 1999 produced various chairmen. They include Chief Charles Egumgbe, who is the current Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, the traditional ruler in Aninri council of the state, His Royal Highness, Igwe Onyioha Nwanjoku, Chief Vita Abba, Mr. Ikeje Asogwa, also Chairman of […]

Anthony Joshua may be crowned Ajagungbade of Yorubaland

World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, will bag a chieftaincy title in his hometown, Sagamu when he returns to Nigeria in March. Joshua was given a hero’s welcome in Sagamu on Wednesday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the town, his first appearance in Nigeria since he reclaimed his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO […]

Abiodun seeks transfer of federal roads to Ogun, Lagos

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and former Governor Segun Osoba yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where they demanded the handover of Epe-Ijebu-Ode and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta roads to Ogun and Lagos states respectively. Abiodun, who spoke with journalists after their closed-door meeting with the President, said they were in the […]

Call for Buhari’s resignation unnecessary, says Archbishop

• Cleric urges President to change leadership style • Group warns against politicisation of security issues in Nigeria • Accuses opposition parties of sponsoring protests on service chiefs’ removal Against the backdrop that President Muhammadu Buhari should resign because of the insecurity situation in the land, the United International Association Of Pentecostal Bishops said the […]

Amotekun; Lagos Assembly to set for public hearing Monday

The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday backed the South-West Security Outfit, code-named Amotekun, and has fixed a public hearing for Monday, February 24, 2020. The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, subsequently committed the bill to the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy for a public hearing during plenary. The committee, headed by Tunde Braimoh, […]

Police arrest man over alleged possession of fake currency

The Police in Jigawa has arrested a 33-year-old man over alleged possession of fake currency in Kazaure Local Government Area of the state. The police spokesman in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Thursday. Jinjiri said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday in […]

Customs to close supermarkets, shops selling foreign rice, others

Nigerian Customs Service has warned off supermarkets and shops in some parts of the country to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited goods. “In our effort to suppress smuggling, the Nigerian Customs Service Kano/Jigawa area command deemed it fit to write and seek for your cooperation to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited […]

APC senator introduces bill to create agency for repentant Boko Haram

The Senate on Thursday introduced a bill to establish an agency to de-radicalise repentant Boko Haram insurgents. The bill christened “National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and Integration of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” was sponsored by former Yobe Governor, Senator Ibrahim Geidam, representing Yobe East Senatorial District. Details later.

Sanwo-Olu vows to uphold sanctity of judiciary

LAGOS State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Wednesday that his administration would strive to preserve the sanctity of judiciary, for it to be independent and uphold the rule of law. The governor, who spoke when he hosted the delegation of justices of the courts of appeal led by their President, Zainab Bulkachuwa, at the Lagos […]

CAN leaders march for Leah Sharibu

CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday held a church service and a peaceful march to mark the second year of Miss Leah Sharibu in Boko Haram captivity. In Abuja, CAN President Rev. Samson Ayokunle and the Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Center, Dr. Paul Enenche, warned that killings in the country could lead to […]

Buhari, Lawan decry Nigerians’ perception of lawmakers

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigerians perceive Federal lawmakers as collecting a lot of money for which they do little or no work. He said this perception emanated from the lack of understanding of the job the legislators do for the nation. The President spoke yesterday in Abuja at the unveiling the Green Chamber magazine, […]

Buhari replaces Nunieh with Pondei as NDDC Acting MD

THE Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has a new Acting Managing Director. He is Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei. He replaces Dr Joi Nunieh, a lawyer, who had been heading the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) since inception. Pondei is a professor of medicine at the Niger Delta University and former provost of the institution’s College of […]

World Bank approves $250m facility for Ogun

THE World Bank has approved a $250million fund for developmental projects in Ogun State. Ogun is one of the six states approved by the world financial institution to support development priorities in the country, including improving immunisation, enabling a stronger business environment for the private sector, expanding the digital economy to promote job creation and […]

We are not recruiting, PSC warns

THERE is no on-going recruitment of cadet assistant superintendents and cadet inspectors, the Police Service Commission (PSC) said on Wednesday in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani. The commission cautioned Nigerians against falling for conmen who may want to extort them by promising to assist in job placements. Ani said: […]

Senate demands sources of $22.6b loans, guarantee

Indications emerged last night that the Senate had asked the Federal Government to disclose the sources of its proposed $22.6billion loans as preconditions for their approval. It also demanded sovereign guarantee for the loans to ensure repayment. The loans will however be obtained over a four-year period and spent on 39 projects across the country. […]

Board says Crisis between Oluwo, other monarchs is avoidable

The apex decision-making body in Iwoland, the Iwo Board of Trustees, comprising Iwo elders, has said the altercation between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi and the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Sikiru Akinropo, is avoidable. Rising from a meeting to review the fallout of the peace meeting involving the Oluwo and the monarchs […]

Afe Babalola, Adebanjo, Nwodo insist on Nigeria’s restructuring

At 85, Akintoye urges sober reflection President of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, his Ohanaeze Ndigbo counterpart, Nnia Nwodo and Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) yesterday insisted on restructuring of the country. They urged Nigerians to persuade National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently […]

Man in court for allegedly beating wife to death

A man, John Onyema, who allegedly beat his wife, Esther to death, was yesterday docked in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State. The defendant, aged 53, had appeared on a charge of murder. His plea was not taken. Earlier, Onyema, who was helping homicide detectives in their bid to unravel how her […]

NSA absent from FEC as Fashola accuses NCC of siding telcos

The crisis in the power sector took the front burner during deliberations yesterday at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. In the memo presented to the gathering that lasted several hours, the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, spoke on the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) which he stated had failed to honour their commitments to […]

BREAKING: Abraham Ngobere emerges Bayelsa Speaker

The Deputy Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Abraham Ngobere, has been confirmed the new Speaker of the Assembly. This coming after the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Monday Bubou-Obolo, stepped down to pave way for Abraham. This happened because the Governor Douye Diri is from the same Senatorial District […]

BREAKING: Buhari replaces Nunieh with Pondei as NDDC Acting MD

President Muhammadu Buhari has reorganised the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), replacing Barr Joy Nunieh with Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, as Acting Managing Director. The President also increased the number of the committee from three to five persons, including Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Ag. Executive Director (Projects); Mr Ibanga Bassey Etang, […]

DSS arrest tanker drivers for embarking on strike in Kano

Operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, on Tuesday clamped down on members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers who went around to enforce the shutting down of filling stations in protest over the arrest of four of their members for alleged attempt to smuggle petroleum products out of the country. However,, reports indicate that […]

Anger as Taraba governor rules state from Abuja

It is no longer news that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State has joined the league of governors that run their states’ affairs from either the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) or overseas. What people of the state find upsetting, however, is his failure to hand over power to his deputy before leaving. The situation […]

Two Abuja based doctors arraigned for death of patients

The Medical and Dental Practitioners Investigative Panel on Tuesday sentenced two Abuja-based Doctor, Mr. Ikeji Nwabueze and Mr. Terhemba Lan to a six-months suspension from medical practice. The doctors were investigated and arraigned on the charge of gross negligence and incompetency in the management of medical conditions of their patients which led to their death. […]

Petrol drivers accuse customs of extortion, illegal detain of trucks

Fuel scarcity maybe looming in Kano as petroleum tanker drivers vowed to embark on industrial action over alleged extortion and harassment of men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Besides, the tanker owners accused Customs of detaining their trucks illegally with full loaded products in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina, thereby frustrating supply of the product […]

Experts see economic potential in data mining in Nigeria

With the world fast-evolving, and nations gradually becoming less oil dependent, experts have canvassed the importance of data mining for business and economic growth in Nigeria. Data mining is a process used to extract usable data from a larger set of any raw data for information sharing, among others. Speaking in Lagos, at a financial […]

Customs rakes in N6b daily over Border closure

Nigeria rakes in between N5 billion and N6 billion daily from imports since the closure of its land borders with neighbouring countries. Prior to the closure in August 2019, daily duty collections hovered between N4 billion and N5 billon, said the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Lagos on Tuesday. The NCS Comptroller-General Col. Hammed Ali […]

U.S. envoy says Visa ban on Nigeria is temporary

The visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries was a temporary measure, the United States (U.S.) said on Tuesday as the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, said the issue could be resolved if the conditions that necessitated the ban are met by the Federal Government. She listed information sharing goals as one of […]

Wike opposes BVN requirement for e-passport

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has criticised the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for stipulating Bank Verification Number (BVN) as a condition for obtaining the new e-passport. Wike, who spoke yesterday at the roll-out of the enhanced international e-passport in Port Harcourt, said providing BVN was not necessary as it would create problems for couples intending […]

Experts agree, flay IMF downgrade of Nigeria’s outlook

Economic experts have agree with some of the observations by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leading to its downgrade of earlier forecast of 2.5 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 2.0 percent in 2020, while also faulting some prescriptions that tend to keep Nigeria under perpetual importation. They criticised that some of the prescriptions […]