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Ill work against Ogun APC gov candidate, says Amosun
Tue, 04 Dec 2018

The Ogun State Governor and the All Progressives Congress’ candidate for the Ogun Central Senatorial District, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday said he would work against the governorship candidate of the APC, Dapo Abiodun, in the 2019 governorship poll.

Amosun said this while addressing a stakeholders’ meeting of the APC which was attended by his preferred governorship candidate and the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement, Adekunle Akinlade, at the Presidential Villa in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

As Amosun was addressing his supporters, a former state governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, at another venue described those against Abiodun’s candidacy as “disappointed” party members.

Amosun, however, said he would remain in the APC to contest the senatorial seat and ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He insisted that he was in support of the action of the APC aggrieved members who dumped the ruling party for the APM.

Amosun’s statement came as 26 aggrieved candidates of the APC loyal to him announced their movement to the APM.

God won’t forgive me if I dump Akinlade –Amosun

Amosun, who said he had attempted to stop the defection of Akinlade and other aggrieved candidates to another party, said God would not forgive him if he had stopped them from protecting the tickets given to them during the APC primaries.

The governor disclosed that some people, whose name he did not mention, had been begging him to ensure the unity of the party in the state.

He said his only condition to them was to return the name of Akinlade as the governorship candidate of the APC before any discussion could take place.

He said, “When these people came, they told me they were leaving the APC, I said ‘no’ but I couldn’t stop them. In fact, Akinlade has my full support. I am not going to stop him. Everything I have, I will use to support him, let them try whatever they want to try, we also have our strategies and I am not going to hide behind one finger.

“I remain in the APC because that’s what those people want. They want us to leave the APC but they are joking. I will stay in the APC to ensure that (President Muhammadu) Buhari wins in Ogun State and to let them know that they can’t subvert the will of the people of Ogun State.

“Every day, I will campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari, we will do everything possible to ensure Buhari wins massively in Ogun State, but they should not miss it. I, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will not support anyone (Dapo Abiodun) they are bringing.

“Why would a reasonable person with less than 10 per cent lord it over the majority? It can’t happen. They know there was only one primary and they have called me to say that, and we have done everything possible to right the wrong, but they are already destroying the party.

“God will punish me if I stop Akinlade. All of you who are supporting Akinlade, you have my support and blessing. They are talking about party supremacy, what happens to party supremacy at the local level?”

Political offices’ll be zoned – Osoba

However, Osoba promised that the APC would zone all political offices, if its governorship candidate, Abiodun, won the governorship election in 2019.

Osoba said this on Monday at the formal unveiling of the APC governorship running mate, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, held at his Abeokuta residence, saying that the next APC administration in the state would place more premium on zoning all political offices in order to give members a sense of belonging.

According to him, it was the zoning arrangement of all political offices that made him disagree with Amosun.

He said he would not support a situation where a particular zone would benefit from the appointments to the disadvantage of the other two districts.

However, Osoba implored all the chieftains and members of the party to work in harmony.

He stated, “Whether they like it or not Dapo Abiodun has become the Ogun State APC governorship candidate. Those who don’t wish the APC well have been disappointed. The task has begun. We are in the midst of enemies and we should come together as one.

“I want to urge all, that we have just started. I am 80 years old and I am old enough to say things the way they are. We don’t want any group within the APC. It is an insult.

“We are just going into an election period and we should stop insulting our candidate.

“From now onward, let us be one. Leaders, don’t hold group meetings, but what you should be having is the APC meeting as a party and it should be for the governorship candidature of Dapo Abiodun.

“Three-quarter of your poster should bear the APC logo, a quarter for a candidate’s picture and another quarter for the party’s slogan.

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Dont crucify Mbaka, says Peter Obi
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Peter Obi, has asked people to stop attacking Rev Ejike Mbaka over his prophecies. Obis reaction came following a pronouncement by Mbaka on Sunday that both Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and President Muhammadu of the All Progressives Congress
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Capital market funding would compromise varsities
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan Lecturers in the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, have said that the Federal Governments proposed solution to better funding of the nations universities by raising money through the capital market was capable of compromising the university system. They made this known during a one-day colloquium themed, The Nigeria Project and Nationhood,
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Osinbajo is welcome in OAU Olarenwaju
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, has called on the general public to disregard, in its entirety, a release written by a supposed student expressing a personal opinion that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was not welcome in the university. This was made known in a statement issued by OAUs Public Relations Officer, Abiodun
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Buhari charges varsities to embrace FGs entrepreneurial education policy
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Peter Dada, Akure President Muhammadu Buhari has urged tertiary institutions in the country to key into the entrepreneurial and technology education policy of the Federal Government. He also charged the tertiary institutions to intensify efforts on the actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals for economic growth and national development. The President said this during the
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Tension over alleged move to sack Kogi Speaker
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja There was tension in the Kogi State House of Assembly on Monday over an alleged move by some legislators to sack the Speaker, Mathew Kolawole. Our correspondent gathered that some members were not happy with the Speaker over his alleged hobnobbing with the executive arm of government. The state lawmakers had last
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Im still in charge, says suspended Abia PDP chair
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The suspended Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State, Chief Johnson Onuigbo, on Monday said he was still in charge. He said the misunderstanding among members of the partys state executive council that led to his suspension had been resolved. Onuigbo told journalists at the party secretariat in Umuahia, the
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Buhari will fight to have a better Senate in 2019 Tinubu
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Mudiaga Affe The senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu, has expressed the belief that President Muhammadu Buhari will work hard to ensure that the nation has a better Senate in the 9th Assembly. She said it was important for the President to do so in order to forestall a repeat of the present
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Four Bauchi lawmakers, four National Assembly aspirants dump APC
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi Four members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, including the Deputy Speaker, Abdulmumini Fanti, have dumped the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Redemption Party. Two senatorial and two House Representative aspirants also dumped the APC. Member representing Bauchi Constituency, Mr. Abdullahi Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in
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Ladoja meets Lanlehin, Alli in Lagos
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan Former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State on Monday met the governorship candidates of the African Democratic Congress and the Zenith Labour Party, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and Chief Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli respectively in his Apapa, Lagos residence. Both gladiators arrived Ladojas house unannounced. Sources at the meeting confided in our correspondent that
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Why Discos will not end crazy bills
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
That the issue of erratic and non-supply of electricity to Nigerians is a daily discourse is no longer news! Irrespective of the daily release of data by the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that the power situation in the country has improved from the pre-2015 era, Nigerians are asking, like President Muhammadu
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Access Bank gets SERAS awards
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Access Bank Plc has been recognised as the most responsible business in Africa, among others. The bank said in a statement that it got four awards at the 12th edition of the SERAS CSR Awards, an annual event aimed at recognising and celebrating organisations for investing resources in the improvement of lives and the environment
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Fidelity Bank stays focused on plans, CSR
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Managing Director, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, has said the bank is committed to achieving its five-year strategic plan, and developing the society through its corporate social responsibility programmes. Okonkwo said this in Lagos during the banks end-of-year party, organised to celebrate 10 years of doing good in the country and to appreciate its
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FID expresses commitment to economic empowerment
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Founder, Friends for Islamic Development, Aisha Tukur, has said the group is committed to empowering Muslim youths and helping budding entrepreneurs to connect with the successful ones. She said this during the maiden edition of FID Hub Event in Lagos, organised for Muslim entrepreneurs looking for a platform that could grow their businesses. Tukur
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CIBN woos Nigerians abroad to invest in economy
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Dr Uche Olowu, has said the institute is committed to encouraging Nigerians abroad to contribute to the development of the countrys economy, as part of its advocacy programmes. Olowu said this while speaking about some of the initiatives being embarked on by the CIBN during the 53rd
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Transfurd recognised by WORLDCOB
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Transfurd Limited has been honoured with the business excellence award, The BIZZ, for its commitment to promoting agriculture in Nigeria. According to a statement, The BIZZ is a business excellence recognition only given to companies and entrepreneurs who have done well in their fields of endeavour by the World Confederation of Businesses, USA. The company
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FG recorded N66.51bn deficit in October CBN
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Federal Governments collected revenue fell by 38.4 per cent in October, and it recorded a deficit of N66.51bn within same period. The Central Bank of Nigeria revealed this in its Economic Report October 2018 which was released on Monday. In the report, the apex regulator stated, Federally-collected revenue (gross) was estimated at
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MTN/Attorney General case stalls over judges absence
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The MTN Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation case over a $2bn tax demand has been adjourned to February 7, 2019 as the presiding judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, was away on administrative leave. The Federal High Court in Lagos did not sit on Monday for the hearing of all applications as
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Firm advocates workplace safety
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
An indigenous oil drilling company, Tasaniola Nigeria Limited, has emphasised the need for business organisations to ensure conducive environments to safeguard the mental and physical well-being of workers. This firm, during its retreat, themed, Organisational leadership and behavioural-based health, safety and security, said this was necessary in order to achieve and maintain a high level
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More airports to get international certification in 2019 FAAN
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Following the certification of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, more airports are set to be certified in 2019 by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation safety standards. The certification of airport improves its safety and other ratings in
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MDAs not on payroll platform wont access personnel budget FG
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja There are indications that agencies of government that are yet to be enrolled in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System may not be able to access their personnel budget from 2019. The indication was contained in the 2019 budget circular which was obtained exclusively by our correspondent from the Budget Office of
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Businessmen lament poor infrastructure in Ogun
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Businessmen have decried the poor state of infrastructure and operating conditions at the Ota-Agbara area of Ogun State. The Ota-Agbara Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, in a statement on Monday, said members raised the alarm at a recent statutory meeting to deliberate on the state of the operating environment. It said
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Why we enjoy safe port operations NPA
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt THE Nigerian Ports Authority has said that the continued dialogue between it and its host communities has engendered successful port operations at the Onne Port. The Manager, Onne Ports, Alhaji Alhassan Abubakar, stated that such strategy had built mutual trust and confidence in the hearts of stakeholders, especially community leaders. Abubakar
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NIWA blames boat accident on neglect of safety guidelines
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Anna Okon The Management of National Inland Waterways Authority has announced that failure to adhere to safety guidelines caused the boat accident that happened on Saturday in Lafiagi, Edu Local Government area of Kwara State. Nineteen people reportedly lost their lives in the boat accident which happened while passengers were being conveyed across the River
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Subsidy debt payment delay ll affect fuel loading DAPPMAN
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association has said the delay of the payment of outstanding subsidy debts owed to marketers by the Federal Government, will affect loading of petroleum products at depots. Oil marketers were reported on Monday to have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government for the payment of
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Forget oil marketers threat, theres sufficient petrol NNPC
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday said that Nigeria will not encounter a scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, this season regardless of the recent threat and ultimatum by oil marketers. The corporation said it was engaging the marketers and other agencies of government to address the demands
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FG, ICAO plan aerospace university, aviation security upgrade
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Government says it will be partnering with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a specialised agency of the United Nations on aviation, to establish an aerospace university in Nigeria. The partnership is expected to be through the aviation sector of the Ministry of Transport. The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi
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FG goes to London Stock Exchange with mining opportunities
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigerias mining industry is full of fresh opportunities for both foreign and local investors, the Federal Government has said. Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Bawa Bwari, said this when he led a delegation to the London Stock Exchange. In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on
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Falling oil prices, threat to economy LCCI
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that if the trend of declining global oil price continues, it will pose a major risk to the Federal Governments economic projections for 2019 fiscal year and adversely impact its Medium Term Expenditure Framework. The chamber noted also that the situation would further threaten
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Stock market opens month bearish as insurance stocks slump
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The nations stock market started the month of December on a bearish note as the market capitalisation of equities listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange shed a further N28bn on Monday, which is the first trading day in the month. The market capitalisation, which stood at N11.271tn on Friday, dropped to N11.243 on
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Hidden costs of buying a property
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Abiodun Doherty When it comes to buying a property many first-time investors underestimate the cost. They often treat a property purchase the same way they buy at the supermarket. They are surprised by several additional costs and sometimes resist or delay paying for certain services. In addition to the property price, you should be prepared
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Effective ways to save travel cost this Yuletide
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Many people travel during the Yuletide. Such trips could be for business, pleasure, etc. The cost of air tickets often rise during the Yuletide. Operators and experts in Nigerias aviation sector usually advise air travellers to make good travel plans in order to save cost, catch their flights and enjoy the trips,
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SEC launches guidelines on green bonds issuance
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched guidelines on green bonds issuance. SEC said it partnered the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange and the Financial Sector Deepening Africa on the green bonds market development programme to support the development of a non-sovereign green bond market in Nigeria. According to a statement issued by SEC
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ASEA seeks to attract SMEs to capital market
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The African Securities Exchanges Association has said it is seeking to increase the attractiveness of exchanges as capital raising platforms for Small and Medium Enterprises. The association said it established the SME Facilitation Working Group, comprising various stock exchanges and chaired by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, to establish the efficacy of financing of
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Carsbazrauctions Banky Ws Range Rover for N2.3m
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Carsbazr, Nigerias pioneer car retail service specialising in verified locally used cars from Cars45, has held its 26th live auction over the weekend. The live auction held in Lagos at Circle Mall, Lekki, with a recorded success of over 20 cars auctioned at fantastic prices. Among the cars successfully auctioned was Nigerias renowned R&B star
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Youre architect of Benues underdevelopment, group tells Akume
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
John Charles, Makurdi A group under the auspices of Benue Concerned Citizens on Monday accused the former senate minority leader, George Akume, of being responsible for the under-development of the state. Chairman of the group, Tim Nyor, at a press conference held at the NUJ secretariat, Makurdi, said that the former governor represented the worst
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2.95 million voters to determine Ajimobis successor INEC
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said 2, 954,720 registered voters would determine the fate of the next governor and other politicians contesting the 2019 general elections in Oyo State. Thirty-seven political parties have presented governorship candidates for the next election, according to the INEC State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mutiu
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Muslim parents serve UI, VC court papers over Hijab in ISI
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan Some Muslim parents of the University of Ibadan International School dragged the management of the school to court demanding the fundamental human rights of their wards to compulsorily wear hijab. In the suit No: M/706/2018 filed on behalf of the 14 applicants by Messrs Abdulkareem, Fajimite and Co. at Oyo State High
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Don knocks Saraki for not swearing in Kogi senator
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A professor of Political Science at the University of Abuja, Ojochide Abalaka, has faulted the refusal of Senate President Bukola Saraki to swear in Air Marshal Isaac Alfa (retd) as the senator representing Kogi East in spite of several court rullings affirming his candidature. Speaking with our correspondent in a telephone chat,
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FG cedes five per cent employment slots to disabled people SGF
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday said that part of the Federal Governments efforts to run a government of inclusiveness was the establishment of a policy which would ensure that five per cent of vacancies in public service was ceded to people living with disabilities in
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Climate change: No country can fight it alone, Buhari tells UN summit
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that fighting climate change was not a task any single country could succeed in doing alone. He noted that to succeed, nations worldwide must collaborate to confront climate change. Buhari spoke in Katowice, Poland, while addressing the opening session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference,
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UN assesses North-East crisis
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The United Nations has said humanitarian response alone cannot address the insurgency challenge in the North-East. The United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, stated that a three-way approach must be adopted to achieve a durable solution for the region. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day
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Ogunshola to get CIIN 2018 honorary fellowship Thursday
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
A Former chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Chief (Dr.) Ajibola Ogunshola, is to be conferred with the 2018 honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria on Thursday. A maths graduate from the University of Ibadan, he entered the insurance industry in October 1967 as an actuarial trainee in the actuarial department of the
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EFCC prosecutors absence stalls Shekarau, others trial
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions prosecutor in the alleged bribery trial of former Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Aminu Wali, and Ahmed Mansur on Monday failed to appear before the Federal High Court for the commencement of trial. The first defendants counsel Jibrin Otutekpa, told the court
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Tension in Taraba over attack, killing
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo There is a palpable tension on the border between Taraba and Benue states following the attacks on some communities in the area by gunmen. A youth leader, Mr. Clement Tor, told our correspondent that one person was killed and some houses burnt when armed men suspected to be Jukun youths from Wukari
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Jonathan, PDP chair mourn Fasheun
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the family of Dr. Frederick Fasheun, the Ondo State Government and the people of the South-West over the death of the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress. In a condolence message on Monday, Jonathan described the deceased as a nationalist and a hero of democracy. He
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2019: NYSC DG warns corpers against electoral offences
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig Gen Suleiman Kazaure, has warned corps members against electoral offences during the 2019 general elections. The NYSC boss gave the warning during an inspection visit to the 2018 Batch C stream II orientation course at Kusalla in Karaye Local Government Area of Kano State. Kazaure was represented by
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2019 polls: IG orders police to protect campaign venues
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan THE Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Monday told the Commissioners of Police in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as well as the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in the 12 zonal commands to protect all venues for political campaigns and rallies throughout the country. Idris spoke in Ibadan during
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27.3 million Nigerians living with disabilities
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Adekunle Peter, Benin No fewer than 27.3 million Nigerians live with various forms of disabilities. This was made known on Monday by the President of Network for the Advancement of people with disabilities, Melody Omosah. Omosah urged the Federal Government and the international community to make provisions for persons with disabilities living all IDP camps.
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