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Five killed in Abia auto crash
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia Five occupants of a commercial vehicle reportedly died when their car rammed into a stationary truck. The incident, which involved a Toyota Sienna SUV with number plate Enugu MH 630 UWN, occurred at the Umunka village area of the Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway on Sunday evening. Some residents of the community, who witnessed
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Dont misappropriate project funds, Ugwuanyi warns community leaders
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has cautioned traditional rulers and leaders of communities against misappropriation of funds provided by the World Bank for various rural projects in the state. Ugwuanyi gave the warning while presenting the first tranche of the funds to each of the five benefiting communities on Tuesday in Amodu, Nkanu East
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Cross River trains 1,000 farmers in modern farming techniques
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Ada Wodu, Calabar The Cross River State Government has announced plans to deploy digital technologies to improve the skills of farmers in the state and boost crop yield. In this regard, the government has presented iPads to at least 1,000 farmers, who had undergone training in modern farming techniques at the Nigerian-Israeli Training Centre in
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US donates $3.85m mosquito nets to Bauchi
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The United States Embassy has donated long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets worth $3.85m to the Bauchi State Government as part of its comprehensive efforts to control malaria across the country. The donation was made possible through the US Presidents Malaria Initiative and jointly implemented by the US Agency for International Development and
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KEDCO targets N48bn in 2019
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The Managing Director of the Kano Electricity Distribution Company, Dr Jamilu Gwamna, has revealed plans by the firm to generate N48bn for its operations in 2019. Gwamna said the company had put in place all the necessary modalities to boost revenue generation. He spoke after the just concluded KEDCO marketing conference held
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NEMA probe: We are not plotting Osinbajos removal Reps
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives has denied having plans to institute impeachment processes against Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was said to have summoned the member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency, Edo State, Mr Johnson Agbonayinma, who alleged that some members were collating signatures with the aim of
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CBN, EFCC to expose banks, others over forex infractions
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it will partner with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to expose and sanction institutions that work against its foreign exchange policy on stimulating domestic production. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, was quoted in a statement as saying this in Lagos. Emefiele said, The CBNs Economic
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Okorochas son-in-law dumps APC, slams Oshiomhole
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Tmo State Governor Rochas Okorochas son-in-law Uche Nwosu on Tuesday defected from the All Progressives Congress to Action Alliance after losing his battle to contest the 2019 Imo governorship poll under the banner of the APC . Prior to his defection, Nwosu was locked in a fierce battle with the National Chairman
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2019: Atiku takes campaign to North-Central, South-West
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Success Nwogu, Abuja The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will on Wednesday (today) take his campaign to the North-Central. Our correspondent learnt on Tuesday that the North-Central rally would hold in Ilorin, Kwara State. Recall that Atiku started his campaign with the North- West rally which was held in Sokoto
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Ex-minister begins campaign, receives defectors
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Justin Tyopuusu Jalingo The Governorship Candidate of the United Democratic Party in Taraba State, Aisha Alhassan, on Tuesday in Jalingo, the state capital started her campaign with a promise to reposition the state if elected. The former minister of women affairs urged the people of the state to ignore politicians who she said were questioning
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Plateau ADP replaces governorship candidate
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
James Abraham, Jos The Action Democratic Party in Plateau State has affirmed Gen.Jonathan Temlong,( retd. ) as its governorship candidate for the 2019 election. Temlong replaced Mrs. Margaret Inusa who won the ticket during the partys primaries held in October. The partys Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Danjuma Auta, confirmed the development in a
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Over N244.8bn lost to breaches in Forcados pipeline NNPC
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Femi Asu and Okechukwu Nnodim The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said on Tuesday that over $800m (N244.8bn) had been lost to breaches in the Trans Forcados Pipeline, one of the nations key export routes, this year. The corporation disclosed this in a statement while clarifying the award of oil infrastructure surveillance contract to Ocean Marine
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S/African Airways airlifts three million Nigerians in 20 years
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi South African Airways says it has airlifted three million Nigerians since the airline began flight operations into Nigeria about 20 years ago. The airlines operations commenced on December 4, 1998 when it launched its first flight into Lagos, following a Bilateral Air Service Agreement signed between Nigeria and South Africa. The Global Chief
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Better ways to start, run a bee farm
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The practice of keeping and maintaining bees and their hives is known as apiculture. Beekeeping is becoming a popular small business that generates funds for many beekeepers. Experts in the industry say that the raw honey, beeswax, and royal jelly, which are products of apiculture, are much sought after commodities. In September
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States to get $700m for public finance management reforms
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the Federal Government would release $700m to states to improve the level of governance and public finance management. He said this at the annual conference of Auditors-General of Nigeria. The conference with theme Nigerias drive towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals: The strategic roles of
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Tips for a profitable holiday season sales
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Once the wild, bargain-fuelled frenzy of Black Friday sales die down, the challenge for retailers is finding a way to keep some of that momentum going through the weekend and on to Christmas. Retailers searching for customers, though, need not look far. For some businesses, the holiday season can represent up to 29 per cent
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Nigeria loses $3bn annually to illegal trade in gemstones
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria loses about $3bn annually to illegal export of gemstones, stakeholders in the mines and steel industry have said. The stakeholders spoke under the aegis of the African Gems and Jewellery Exhibition and Seminar at a press conference in collaboration with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in Abuja on Tuesday.
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Understanding requirements for opening bank account
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Opening a bank account is one of those tasks that need to be donebut it is not exciting. Plus, it is not something you do every day, so you may be uncertain about how to do it: What information do you need, and how do you know which account is best’ Whether you are opening
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Eight soldiers, 10 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Yobe, Borno attacks
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja More than 10 soldiers were allegedly killed after the Islamic State West African Province faction of the Boko Haram insurgents attacked army bases in Kangarwa, Malumfatori and Arge areas of Borno State and Buni Gari, Yobe State, between Saturday and Monday. The attacks started with Buni Gari on Saturday and spread to
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Insecurity: FG orders air chief to join Buratai in North-East
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Twenty-four hours after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was ordered to remain in the North-East to coordinate army operations, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has also directed the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to relocate to the region until the security situation improved. This
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TASCE workers report Amosun to Buhari over N4bn arrears
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The employees of Tai Solarin College of Education,Omu-Ijebu,Ogun State, on Tuesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to pressure on the state government to pay them their salary arrears. In a Save Our Soul letter to Buhari, the workers complained that the state government was owing them N4bn Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure and
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Cloning: Fear of Buhari makes some people mad, desperate, says Osinbajo
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the fear of President Muhammadu Buhari is making some people mad. He also said some discredited elites were ganging up against the President because of his zero tolerance for corruption. Osinbajo spoke at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups
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Anambra Assembly crisis: DSS invites factional Speaker
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A factional Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly Ikem Uzoezie was on Tuesday invited for a meeting by the Department of State Services. Uzoezie was seen driving out of the assembly complex at about 11am with DSS officials. Some minutes later, he circulated a Whatsapp message which read,Im in the
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Biase communal clash escalates, eight feared killed
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Ada Wodu, Calabar Several casualties have been reported and properties worth millions of naira destroyed as four communities in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State clashed on Monday and Tuesday over land matters. It was gathered that the fight between the Abanwan and Orugbam communities claimed three lives on Monday, as the people
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Nine-man Assembly suspends NULGE activities in Ondo
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State House of Assembly has ordered the suspension of the activities of the state chapter of Nigeria Union Local Government Employees. This was part of the decisions taken on Tuesday by the nine lawmakers of the Assembly, during the plenary session. The House gave the order following a petition by
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2019: Ill grant autonomy to varsities, says Ezekwesili
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, has promised to convert the budgetary allocations to universities to grants. According to her, such measures would check the frequent shutdown of tertiary institutions due to poor funding of the education sector. She also pledged to grant full autonomy
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Nasarawa ex-poly rector, others to refund N2bn
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has ordered a former rector of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Professor Sailas Gyar, and two others to refund the sum of N2bn immediately. A statement signed by the chairman, governing council of the polytechnic, Mr Mohammed Bako, quoted the governor as explaining that the decision was
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Buhari seeks help on safe release of remaining Chibok girls
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the safe release of the remaining Chibok girls remains a top priority of his administration. He said the administration would not rest until the last of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014 was brought back home. Buhari added that his administration welcomed help
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Lagos got nothing from PDPs 16 years presidency Ambode
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday took a swipe at the 16 years Presidency of the Peoples Democratic Party, saying the state benefited nothing from the partys reign. Ambode spoke at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, a coordinating body of all the groups campaigning for
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List your achievements, Agbaje tells Sanwo-Olu
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Tobi Aworinde, Abuja The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has described the promise by the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to restore the glory of Lagos as an admission of failure. Agbaje, in a statement by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina, said
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Strike continues after FG, ASUUs third meeting
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono, met with the leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday in Abuja, and reviewed further the Memorandum of Action signed in September 2017. Our correspondent learnt that ASUUs strike however continues
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Former IG lauds Buhari over new police salary
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Tunde Oyekola A former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for increasing the salary of the police. However, Arase said increase was not enough to solve the problems facing the force. The retired police chief spoke in an interview with our correspondent at the University of Ilorin where he chaired a
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Irregular migration: EU bank to commit $1bn for youth empowerment in Africa
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Adekunle Peter, Benin The European Union Bank has expressed willingness to increase investment in funding economic programmes in Africa to $1bn to empower youths and discourage irregular migration. The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Ketil Karlsen, made this known on Tuesday in Benin, at the launch of Managing Migration Through Development Programmes, Coordination
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Buhari support groups back Atiku
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Fifty-nine support groups formerly rooting for President Muhammadu Buharis re-election have made a U-turn and endorsed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for president in the 2019 polls. The groups explained that they took the decision because the government we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people and we
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$8.1bn demand: MTN opts for out-of-court settlement with CBN
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Oladimeji Ramon Telecoms firm, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, on Tuesday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to further adjourn hearing in the suit it filed to challenge the $8,134,312,397.63 being demanded from it by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The $8.1bn demand by the CBN followed an alleged unlawful forex remittance by MTN. On
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Osun gov appoints CPS
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has appointed Mr Adeniyi Adesina as his Chief Press Secretary. According to a statement from the governors office, the appointment took immediate effect. In this capacity, Adesina will oversee the governors media matters, as well as projecting effective relationship between the government and the general public. Adesina,
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Prostate cancer and its management
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Oladapo Ashiru A recent survey has shown that there are far more cases of prostatic enlargement and Prostate cancer in Nigeria than imagined. This should be of serious concern to every Nigerian. Earlier, we reported that in 1999 approximately 334,888 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States of America had caused the death
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FG to fight malnutrition with N68.63bn Minister
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has said that one of the priorities of the Federal Government is to fight against malnutrition in the country. Speaking during the opening ceremony of the 5th Family Planning Conference held in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister also said the government would invest the sum
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50,000 Benue IDPs to celebrate Xmas in camp
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
John Charles Makurdi There are strong indications that about 50,000 displaced persons in various IDP camps in Benue State may celebrate Christmas in the camps. This is coming as the state government declared that there was no plan to close the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state between now and January. The Executive Secretary,
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Doctors must look after their health before treating others
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The Chairman of the Medical Guild, Lagos State branch, Dr Babajide Saheed, has called on doctors to look after their health in order to provide quality health care services to the patients. Saheed, while answering questions from journalists on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the associations Annual General Meeting and Scientific
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Alimosho APC seeks infrastructure to support party
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin Leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State have asked the governorship candidate of the party, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to give the area infrastructure. A statement said the leaders spoke on Tuesday at an APC stakeholders meeting in Ipaja, Alimosho, where the governorship hopeful met with key
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Gap in HIV diagnosis a major limitation for anti-AIDS campaign
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The Assistant Director, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Mr Raheem Mohammed, has described the gap in HIV diagnosis as a major limitation in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Mohammed made the statement on Saturday in Surulere, Lagos at the HIV/AIDS Walk organised by the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS to
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Ex-customs boss makes case for disabled persons
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo A community leader in Osun State, Prince Francis Fadahunshi, has decried the lack of laws that can guarantee better living for people with special needs in the country. Fadahunshi, a retired assistant comptroller-general of customs, said laws to protect people with special needs should be of concern to people in positions of
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Igbo group honours el-Rufai with chieftaincy title
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has been honoured with a chieftaincy title of Ochi-Udo Ndigbo in Kaduna over the role he played during the notice to quit handed down by some northern youths to Igbo by northern youths under the umbrella of Coalitions of Arewa Youths in June 2017. Igbo in the
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15 migrants die after boat capsizes off Libya
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Fifteen migrants died and 10 others survived 11 days at sea after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday, citing the survivors. The migrants had set off for Italy from the city of Sabratha, west of Tripoli, but their vessel overturned and they came ashore in Misrata
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