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Tinubu reaffirms control in Lagos as Ambode bows
Thu, 04 Oct 2018

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has admitted defeat in the state’s gubernatorial primary, ending weeks of intrigues amid failure by the presidency to stave off the incumbent’s fate.

The governor’s press conference on Sunday where he dismissed his challenger as unfit raised tension. Yesterday, however, Ambode was conciliatory, congratulating Babajide Sanwo-Olu and urging Lagos residents to work towards the party’s victory in the 2019 general elections.Admitting “the last few days witnessed intense political activities that gripped the attention of the nation and created palpable tension in the polity,” the governor said he strongly believed the time had come for the state to “move forward, so that the gains of the last three and half years are not lost.”

He described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a great party, stressing that the interest of the state transcends that of any person or group. Observers would be quick to note the admission, coming after accusations that the governor failed to carry the party and its members along.“It is in this regard that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of the Lagos State APC primaries, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and urge all Lagosians to immediately support our party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections and work for the success of our dear party,” Ambode said.He promised to do “everything possible to ensure a smooth transition in the remaining period of this administration and ultimately to the new governor, come May 2019.”

According to Ambode, the progress of the state is non-negotiable and appealed to party members to unite behind Sanwo-Olu to move Lagos forward. According to him, “It (Lagos) is a project that I have passionately worked for in the last three and half years as your governor and one to which I will forever be devoted.”He also thanked the party’s leadership and faithful and APC National Leader Bola Tinubu, his estranged political godfather who threw his weight behind Sanwo-Olu.

The lead-up to the primary and Ambode’s acceptance of defeat meanwhile was not without controversy. The exercise was the subject of false starts, holding after three postponements.A delegation of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), led by Mr. Clement Ebri, had been tasked with overseeing the poll. Its insistence on the use of ballot papers was however rejected by the APC leadership in the state. But as people waited for what could be a fourth and indefinite postponement, the state chapter announced the exercise would go ahead. Across the state, party supporters, aligned with Tinubu’s stand, delivered a landslide victory to Sanwo-Olu.

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EFCC recovers N1.5b, $678.4m in Port Harcourt zone
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The EFCC has said it recovered N1.5 billion, $678,354.80 and 5,254 Euro from fraud and corruption cases in the last nine months.The South South Zonal Director, Mr. Nnaghe Obono, announced this while briefing journalists yesterday.
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Gunmen kill 13 in fresh Plateau attacks
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
No fewer than 13 Berom natives have been killed by unknown gunmen in overnight attacks on Jol village in Riyom Local Council of Plateau State.The council’s Management Committee Chairman, Emmanuel Danboyi Jugu, who confirmed the incident yesterday in Jos, stated that the violence was hatched on Tuesday night.
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CBN, IMF, FMDA harp on economic reforms
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Financial Market Dealers Association (FMDA), were unanimous in calling for a rule-based financial system, compliance and support for the nation’s economy to ensure overall stability.
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Nigeria-China currency swap and economic growth
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
A prominent issue currently engaging the intellect of economic analysts is the proposed currency swap between the Nigerian Naira and Chinese Yen. In my University social media forum it has provoked intense debate.
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Agric finance schemes too complex for Nigerian farmers
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
There is a huge potential in the Nigerian agriculture, but I think we have a lot of work to be done. I very much believe that Nigeria can return to its glory of being a leading food producing country in Africa in term of food production before independence.
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A List Of Women Who Have Won Scientific Nobels Throughout History
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
US scientist Frances Arnold became the fifth women to win a chemistry Nobel on Wednesday, the day after Canada’s Donna Strickland became just the third woman — and first in 55 years — to clinch the physics award. Twelve women have won the medicine Nobel, meaning there have been 19 female winners (Marie Curie received []
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Listen: Wizkid Covers TIDAL’s World Cafe Playlist
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The original StarboyWizkidcontinues to show us why he is still relevant. A few days after releasing Fever and Master Groove, the Nigerian export has appeared on the cover of the WorldCafe playlist for TIDAL. The 50-track playlist features songs from Stonebwoy and Angelique Kidjo. Click here to listen
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Did You Know’ Bible Translation To English Completed And Other Events
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Here is a rundown of things that happened on this day in history: 1535 The Bible is translated into English by Miles Coverdale from Dutch and Latin and printed in Switzerland. The new version is dedicated to Henry VIII. 1879 World-renowned botanist, Edward Murray East was born on this day. His is credited with the []
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Nigerians decry digital services of banks
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
A Five-month survey on banks in Nigeria has revealed customers’ dissatisfaction with some of the digital services rendered by them.Conducted by Agusto&Co and unveiled to journalists in Lagos yesterday, the study indicated that platforms like mobile apps, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data …
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NSE indices extend losses by N94 billion
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The bears maintained dominance at the end of yesterday’s transactions on the equity sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), following price losses incurred by most highly capitalised stocks, as market capitalisation depreciated further by N94 billion.
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A good thing should not be taken for granted
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
There may have been few cutting-edge victories like the one of Adegboyega Oyetola in the recent Osun State governorship election. Oyetola defeated Senator Ademola Adeleke, his closest rival with less than 1000 votes.
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58 years of poor health services, outcomes
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Nigeria, on Monday October 1, 2018, marked her 58th Independence anniversary. While the country keeps increasing in population size, with an estimated growth of over 180 million people, which positions Nigeria as the most populous black country and giant of Africa,….
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Grasshoppers, Defenders maintain good run as Kada Stars battle Seasiders
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Imo Grasshoppers, Defenders Babes and D Defenders secured vital wins yesterday at the on-going Prudent Energy Handball League holding at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park in Lagos.
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Cross River APC voids Usani’s emergence as governorship candidate
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Cross River State has voided the governorship primaries that produced Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani as winner. Usani was declared winner by a faction of the party at its governorship primaries conducted by the Etim John-led executive in Calabar.
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FG and another health sector plan
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Leaders at all levels in Nigeria should realise that citizens of this country should be tired of empty and unsustainable human development goals. There are no good hospitals in the country and education quality is embarrassing.
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Stakeholders renew call for functional universal basic learning
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Stakeholders at the second national conference of Fafunwa Education Foundation (FEF) have highlighted the factors hindering quality teaching and learning of basic education in the country, saying until all the challenges are addressed, it may be difficult for Nigeria to attain the desired heights.
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Nigeria, others to benefit from ‘2.6b European Union funds for growth
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
Nigeria is among some African countries to benefit from the ‘2.6 billion European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD).The EFSD will contain two ‘blending’ facilities/ platforms, which will provide grants to improve the conditions under which public institutions and the private sector working with International Financial Institutions…
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How to cultivate pumpkin for sustainable income
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The pumpkin is popularly known as ugu. It is a native plant of West Africa and is mostly grown and consumed in the southern part of Nigeria. It is increasingly becoming more popular among other Nigerians who have known that the vegetable is full of essential nutrients.
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Army jails two soldiers 10 years for abduction
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
The Nigerian Army has found two soldiers on Operation Lafiya Dole guilty for alleged violation of human rights in Borno State and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment.
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Buhari calls Leah Sharibu’s mother, promises safe return of teenager
Thu, 04 Oct 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday spoke with the mother of the last kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirl, Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu, assuring her of the safe return of her daughter, Leah, from Boko Haram captivity.
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