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I won’t decline courtesy calls by opposition candidates ‘ Buhari
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The governorship tussle in Ogun State, yesterday, assumed a new twist as Governor Ibikunle Amosun led the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa. The meeting was held 10 days after a former governor of the state, Segun Osoba, took the candidate of []The post I won’t decline courtesy calls by opposition candidates ‘ Buhari appeared first on Daily Trust.
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PDP campaign seeks intervention of peace panel, world leaders
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) has demanded the National Peace Committee headed by former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar and other world leaders to caution President Muhammadu Buhari against threatening the peaceful conduct of next month presidential election. The PPCO said it would not accept the result of the election if it was manipulated []The post PDP campaign seeks intervention of peace panel, world leaders appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Don’t politicize security, Masari tells PDP
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Governor Aminu Bello Masari has advised the Katsina State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to differentiate between politics and security. The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Aminu Masari on Media and Publicity, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi said it was ‘callous for the PDP in Katsina State to play politics with the issue of security []The post Don’t politicize security, Masari tells PDP appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CSOs speak on INEC timetable, campaigns
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Africa, and the Connected Development (CODE) have spoken on low key campaigns by political parties as elections draw nearer. In separate interviews, the Executive Director YIAGA Africa, Mr Samson Itodo and the Chief Executive of CODE, Mr. Hamzat Lawal, expressed concern that many political parties had []The post CSOs speak on INEC timetable, campaigns appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Why I will win Akwa Ibom gov’ship under APC ‘ Nsima Ekere
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Nsima Ekere is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State. In this interview, the current Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will lose 2019 elections since over 90 per cent of personalities that make things happen have moved to his party. []The post Why I will win Akwa Ibom gov’ship under APC ‘ Nsima Ekere appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Why I want to be Katsina gov ‘ Jikamshi
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The gubernatorial candidate of National Rescue Movement (NRM) in Katsina State, Surveyor Abubakar Halilu Jikamshi, says he is in the race to improve the socio-economic condition of the people. In a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Jikamshi, a former Director at the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) Abuja, said he had consulted various political interests []The post Why I want to be Katsina gov ‘ Jikamshi appeared first on Daily Trust.
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I’ll run an inclusive government in Yobe ‘ Amb Damagum
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The governorship candidate of PDP in Yobe State, Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagun, said he is determined to run an inclusive government in the state. Damagum, who stated that in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu, said the youths, Civil Society Organisations (CBOs), students, women groups and media would be among the stakeholders to take part []The post I’ll run an inclusive government in Yobe ‘ Amb Damagum appeared first on Daily Trust.
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BMO to PDP: Stop blackmailing INEC
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has advised the PDP to stop demonizing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other national institutions. BMO, which said the call was necessary after series of attacks by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on the top echelon of the election management body. The group urged the []The post BMO to PDP: Stop blackmailing INEC appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Why I was absent at Lalong’s re-election flag-off ‘ Dalung
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has cleared the air as to why he was absent at Friday’s re-election flag-off campaign of Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong. Dalung who had several confrontations with Lalong in the past was conspicuously absent at the flag-off which was graced by the National Chairman of []The post Why I was absent at Lalong’s re-election flag-off ‘ Dalung appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Atiku flags off campaign in Kogi today
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Former vice president and presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, will today flag off his campaign in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital. Spokesman of PDP in Kogi State and secretary of the media and publicity committee of the party’s campaign council in the state, Mr Bode Ogunmola, told Daily Trust yesterday that all arrangements []The post Atiku flags off campaign in Kogi today appeared first on Daily Trust.
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AEPB to ensure clean environment in 2019
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has put measures in place to ensure dirt-free environment in 2019. AEPB Head of Information and Outreach Unit, Malam Mukhtar Ibrahim, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. Ibrahim said the measures were aimed at ensuring a clean, hygienic and sustainable []The post AEPB to ensure clean environment in 2019 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria imported N2.3trn fuel in 2018
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol valued at N2.289 trillion was imported in the country in 2018, a report from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said. According to the report, a total of N802.4 billion was imported in the first quarter of the year, N744.28 billion in the second quarter and N742.82 billion recorded []The post Nigeria imported N2.3trn fuel in 2018 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Forex: CBN makes first $210m intervention of 2019
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday, January 4, 2019, made its first intervention in the inter-bank sector of the Foreign Exchange market for 2019 with a total sum of $210 million injected into the wholesale segment and other sectors of the market. A breakdown of the figures obtained from the CBN on Friday []The post Forex: CBN makes first $210m intervention of 2019 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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We’ve processed over 10,000 loan transactions ‘ Sterling Bank CEO, Suleiman
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Mr Abubakar Suleiman is the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc. In this interview, Mr Suleiman speaks on the bank’s handling of non-performing loans, its pacesetting initiatives to drive growth in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, its involvement in oil & gas and how it has made the BRT scheme in Lagos State a business success, []The post We’ve processed over 10,000 loan transactions ‘ Sterling Bank CEO, Suleiman appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lagos-Ibadan rail can drive down inflation ‘ Expert
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
An economist and financial analyst, Mr. Bismarck Riwane has said the Lagos-Ibadan double track rail project when completed has the capability of driving down inflationary pressure on Nigeria’s economy. Riwane spoke during the inspection of the construction works on the facility by the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. He joined the minister on the []The post Lagos-Ibadan rail can drive down inflation ‘ Expert appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Customs to surpass N1.2trn collection record, seeks support
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has sought the collaboration of stakeholders to surpass the N1.202 trillion revenue it collected in 2018. The spokesman, Mr Joseph Attah in a statement at the weekend said the amount generated surpassed that of 2017 by N164.897 billion as the Service generated N1.038trn in 2017 Lauding stakeholders for their cooperation []The post Customs to surpass N1.2trn collection record, seeks support appeared first on Daily Trust.
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BUA, CBMI sign pact to build 3m capacity Kalambaina Cement plant
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
BUA Group has signed a contract with CBMI, a cement manufacturer for the construction of a 3 million metric tonnes per annum Kalambaina Cement Line 2 in Sokoto State. In a statement, the group said it comes barely 90 days after the completion of another 3 million MTPA BUA Obu Cement line 2 in Okpella, []The post BUA, CBMI sign pact to build 3m capacity Kalambaina Cement plant appeared first on Daily Trust.
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BEDC reconnects 42 communities across 4 states
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Benin Electricity Distribution Company PLC (BEDC) said it has reconnected 42 communities within its franchise states of Delta, Edo, Ondo and Ekiti states which were hitherto without power supply to the national grid, as at November 2018. The Distribution Company (Disco) in a statement said the notion that BEDC has not been responsive to community []The post BEDC reconnects 42 communities across 4 states appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FG budgets N21.5bn for Abuja 2nd runway, national carrier
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Federal Government is to spend N21.5 billion on the ongoing construction of second runway of Nnmadi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja and for a national carrier, the 2019 budget estimate has shown. While the runway will gulp N13bn, the suspended national carrier project will take N8.5bn. Spending for the national carrier comprise N8bn []The post FG budgets N21.5bn for Abuja 2nd runway, national carrier appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Air Peace begins direct flights to Banjul today
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
From Abdullateef Aliyu, Lagos Air Peace has said it will begin non-stop flights from Lagos to Banjul, The Gambia from Monday, January 7. The airline said it would no longer route its Lagos-Banjul flights through Accra, Ghana. The carrier had earlier broken its connecting flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone. It now operates direct Lagos-Freetown-Lagos flights. []The post Air Peace begins direct flights to Banjul today appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nuclear energy: IAEA reviews Nigeria’s regulatory performance
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has examined the performance and operational framework of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA). The IAEA, also assessed the operations of nuclear regulators in other African countries in the course of a four-day African regional coordinating meeting held recently in Abuja. According to Director, Radiological Safety, NNRA, Prof. Timothy []The post Nuclear energy: IAEA reviews Nigeria’s regulatory performance appeared first on Daily Tr
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Apple and iPhone at a crossroad!
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Since iPhone 6 was released in September 2014, Apple’s revenue and capitalization have grown exponentially, and last summer, the company became the first ever to hit the one trillion dollar capitalization target of any publicly-traded entity, with a share price of $207.39 to boot. However, on 3 January 2019, Apple traded lower than $142.64 a []The post Apple and iPhone at a crossroad! appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Court battles, trade war, no 5G phones: How 2019 could get worse for Apple
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
By Zakariyya Adaramola, with agency reports A pple’s chief executive Tim Cook has his work cut out in China this year: the iPhone maker faces the looming threat of a court-ordered sales ban, the uncertain outcome of trade war talks and the roll-out of a new 5G network, where it finds itself behind rivals []The post Court battles, trade war, no 5G phones: How 2019 could get worse for Apple appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria’s quality of telecom service one of the best globally ‘ ALTON
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Nigeria’s quality of telecom service is one of the best in the world, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has said. The ALTON chairman Engr Gbenga Adebayo who said this in a statement yesterday also said despite the extremely high cost of providing services in Nigeria, the telecoms industry is the only []The post Nigeria’s quality of telecom service one of the best globally ALTON appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Mandatory use of NIN
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced last week that implementation of the mandatory use of National Identity Number (NIN) has commenced from the beginning of 2019. NIMC’s Director General Engr. Aliyu Aziz said federal government ministries, agencies and departments that take records of personnel or provide services requiring the identification of a person shall, []The post Mandatory use of NIN appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Eight elections to watch in 2019
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Last year saw important and momentous elections. Some came as a surprise, while in others, old figures secured another term. In 2019, several countries will also witness crucial elections in which millions of voters will be faced with clear choices regarding fundamental issues ranging from the economy, security, immigration and corruption. Nigerian General Elections []The post Eight elections to watch in 2019 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Military siege on Daily Trust, threat to press freedom ‘ IPAC
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has described the military siege on Daily Trust offices in Maiduguri, Lagos and Abuja as an unfortunate threat to press freedom and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday night by IPAC, the umbrella body of all []The post Military siege on Daily Trust, threat to press freedom ‘ IPAC appeared first on Daily Trust.
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BREAKING! Armed soldiers, police lay siege at Lagos office of Daily Trust
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Lagos Bureau Office of the Media Trust Ltd (publishers of Daily Trust newspaper titles) has been taken over by a combination of armed military and police officers. The security operatives had earlier in the day besieged and shut down the Borno regional office of the newspaper before arresting the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and []The post BREAKING! Armed soldiers, police lay siege at Lagos office of Daily Trust appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Security votes is a guise for looting’Kano PDP guber candidate
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Kano state Governorship Candidate under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engineer Abba K. Yusuf has disclosed that he would end security votes in Kano if given the mandate to govern the state in the forthcoming election. He described security votes as a guise under which state governors loot funds meant for []The post Security votes is a guise for looting’Kano PDP guber candidate appeared first on Daily Trust.
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I attracted 30 road projects to Abia North- Kalu
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Former governor of Abia State and APC senatorial candidate for Abia North zone, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu at the weekend kick started his campaign in Arochukwu, promising quality and responsive representation. Kalu also urged support for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that the Federal Government has embarked on 30 projects in the senatorial []The post I attracted 30 road projects to Abia North- Kalu appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Kogi West PDP leaders call for immediate release of Senator Dino Melaye
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Leaders of Kogi West Senatorial district of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for immediate release of Senator Dino Melaye who is currently in custody of the Nigerian Police over alleged murder attempt. The PDP leaders made the call in a communique issued at the end of their meeting held over the weekend at []The post Kogi West PDP leaders call for immediate release of Senator Dino Melaye appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ogoni activist says MOSOP abolished, warns against impostors
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Dr Goodluck Diigbo, President, Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority (OCIA), has said that the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has been abolished, warning the public against impostors. Diigbo gave the warning as the people marked the 27th Ogoni Day in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers. He said that MOSOP, having achieved []The post Ogoni activist says MOSOP abolished, warns against impostors appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Breaking: 20 kidnapped members of JIBWIS regain freedom
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Jamaatu Izalatil Bidah Wa’ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) has confirmed the release of 20 members of its First Aid Group, (FAG) that were kidnapped on December 23rd in Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State. Their released was made known by the National Chairman Ulama Council of the group, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir during a press []The post Breaking: 20 kidnapped members of JIBWIS regain freedom appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Python Dance III: South East governors’ tasks army on professionalism
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The South East Governors Forum has called on officers and men of the Nigerian Army to be professional in the execution of their duties under the Operation Python Dance III in the zone. Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, who is the Chairman of the forum, gave the charge in Abakaliki, while receiving the General Officer []The post Python Dance III: South East governors’ tasks army on professionalism appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Memo to Nigeria
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The new year finds you wondering why you’re so distinguished in your lack of distinction. You agonise that you’re considered a synonym for dysfunction. Those who don’t truly know you think you’re trash; those who know you know you’ll transcend the stars if only you tried. Because you don’t even know your own capabilities []The post Memo to Nigeria appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Rating Nigeria’s democracy
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Idon’t subscribe to columnists and opinion leaders who popularly blame Nigerian politicians and party candidates seeking office, for coming short on ‘issue-based electoral campaigns’. Because, that basically is politics in its inglorious essence- politicians are partaking in whatever inanities that will get them elected into office. The citizens and the electorates should be faulted squarely []The post Rating Nigeria’s democracy appeared first on Daily Trust.
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The Shehu Shagari I knew
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
President Shehu Shagari is a leader I admired and respected for all the years we came to know ourselves over half a century ago. When I joined the Nigerian Ports Authority in September 1960, Shehu Shagari was already a top-flight politician. Preparatory to independence in 1960, he had been Federal Minister for Commerce and Industry []The post The Shehu Shagari I knew appeared first on Daily Trust.
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PDP govt will ensure uninterrupted academic calendar ‘ Atiku’s wife
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given assurance that if elected back to power in 2019, it will ensure an uninterrupted education calendar in the sector. Mrs Jennifer Atiku, wife of the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, gave the assurance in her remarks at the flag-off of the Edo Central Senatorial campaigns by the []The post PDP govt will ensure uninterrupted academic calendar ‘ Atikus wife appeared first on Daily Trust.
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FCTA to reintroduce ‘park and pay’ policy
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The FCT Transport Secretary, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, has said that arrangements are being put in place to reintroduce park and pay on some major streets of the territory. Opeifa stated this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja last Thursday. He said the reintroduction of the policy had become necessary to restore sanity on major roads []The post FCTA to reintroduce ‘park and pay’ policy appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Be bold and tell us the truth, Kuje chair tells clerics
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Alhaji Abdullahi D. Galadima, has urged clerics in the area to be bold and tell them (politicians) the truth whenever they err so that they can make amends. Galadima stated this when he joined members of the Rubochi branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at ECWA church []The post Be bold and tell us the truth, Kuje chair tells clerics appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Abaji chairman commissions timber market
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulraman Ajiya, has commissioned the newly established timber market located on Toto road, in the area. Ajiya, while commissioning the timber market said it was unprecedented not only under his administration but in the entire political history of the council. He said it was the first time []The post Abaji chairman commissions timber market appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Police nab 4 men for allegedly robbing churches
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Ogun State police command yesterday confirmed the arrest of four suspected robbers they described as specialists in robbing churches and other places of worship in the Awa-Ijebu area of the state. The suspects 43-year-old Akinniyi Moses, alias Conjure; Ogunfowoke Kayode, 23; Michael Idogun, alias Headboy, 35; and Izunna Odah, 29, were reportedly []The post Police nab 4 men for allegedly robbing churches appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Task force arrest 23 hoodlums with hard drugs
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force at the weekend arrested about 23 suspected hoodlums at the Shitta area of the metropolis and recovered from them many bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and other substances believed to be hard drugs. The operatives also arrested eight suspected members of a notorious group of []The post Task force arrest 23 hoodlums with hard drugs appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Our priority is to make our people happy ‘ Ekiti govt
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has said that the priority of the government is to make everybody, especially civil servants, happy through its policies. Egbeyemi said part of the ways of fulfilling this promise was the payment of the one month salary arrears owed by the immediate past Ayo Fayose administration to []The post Our priority is to make our people happy ‘ Ekiti govt appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Multiple taxes: Traders move against Amuwo-Odofin LG
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Traders at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Lagos Badagry expressway, Lagos, have challenged the imposition of multiple taxes on their members by the Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Council. The aggreived traders on Friday filed a suit against the Council before an Igbosere High Court, Lagos. The claimants are the Registered Trustees of Auto Spare Parts []The post Multiple taxes: Traders move against Amuwo-Odofin LG appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Arson, looting in Ibadan communities as Olubadan summons Baales, Mogajis
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
There was pandemonium in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at the weekend as hoodlums attacked communities, stole their valuables and vandalised properties. Affected areas include Idi-Arere, Bode, Oke-Ado and Allelluyah petrol station, all in the heart of the ancient city. One of the residents who spoke with Daily Trust, Mr Sola Okiki, said the attack []The post Arson, looting in Ibadan communities as Olubadan summons Baales, Mogajis appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NLC demands immediate release of detained Daily Trust journalists
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for the immediate release of Daily Trust staff arrested in Maiduguri by armed soldiers and urged the Nigerian military to end its siege on the newspaper’s offices in Borno, Lagos and Abuja. In a statement signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, on Sunday night, the labour []The post NLC demands immediate release of detained Daily Trust journalists appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lagos govt to clampdown on traders on rail lines
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Lagos State Task Force Agency, on Sunday, warned traders and other persons doing businesses on rail lines in the state to leave or be ready for arrest and prosecution. The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, gave the warning through the Head of Public Affairs, Mr Adebayo Taofiq. He warned that there would []The post Lagos govt to clampdown on traders on rail lines appeared first on Daily Trust.
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AFGHANISTAN: Gold mine collapse in Badakhshan kills 30
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
At least 30 people have been killed in the collapse of a gold mine in north-eastern Afghanistan, officials said. The collapse occurred in the Kohistan district of Badakhshan province. Villagers had reportedly dug a 60m (220ft) deep but makeshift shaft in a river bed to hunt for gold and were caught in its collapse. Afghanistan []The post AFGHANISTAN: Gold mine collapse in Badakhshan kills 30 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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