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FAA begins re-assessment of Nigeria’s CAT 1 status

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As the four-man team from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) begins a re-assessment of Nigeria’s Category 1 safety status today, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it has prepared for the exercise. The spokesman for aviation agencies, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said at the weekend in Lagos that the CAT 1 certification had improved Nigeria’s aviation industry rating in Read More

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BOKO HARAM/SSS SHOOTOUT:21 killed in gun battle around Villa

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— President Jonathan is safe, says Abati Chizoba Ogbeche Abdullahi M. Gulloma At least 21 persons were killed yesterday at the headquarters of the Department of State Security (SSS) located close to the Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja when suspected Boko Haram detainees allegedly attempted to break out of the facility. Residents of the Asokoro district of the city Read More

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I have forgiven Atiku, says OBJ

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Adebimpe Afunku Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday disclosed that he has forgiven former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar and any other persons perceived to have offended him. Atiku was Obasanjo’s deputy between 1999 and 2007 and was believed to have scuttled the third-term ambition of his boss in 2006. But Obasanjo, who was reacting to a request of the Northern Youth Read More

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Poor turnout mars Jonathan’s rally in Bauchi

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There was poor turnout during the North-east rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comprising of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states which took place over the weekend at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stadium Bauchi. Our correspondent reports that although the stadium has 20, 000 seats, only one section of the stadium was fully occupied where the President Read More

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Troops avert bloody clash in southern Kaduna as 18 arrested with arms

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Soldiers in the early hours of yesterday averted what would have been a bloody clash in Southern Kaduna area of Kaduna state. The incident occurred in Laduga Fulani settlement in Kachia local government area of the state. The troops, from 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, acting on a security tip, successfully arrested 18 suspects and recovered several arms. Read More

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Buba Marwa dumps APC for PDP

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Former Military Governor of Lagos state  and a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa,  retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, has formally defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with his teeming supporters. The decision by Marwa  followed a meeting held on Sunday with his supporters in Yola after their  complaint of  being marginalised in the  APC. In his speech, Read More

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The colour of corruption in Nigeria

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Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed The law of gravity states that whatever goes up must come down, but the astronomical index of corruption in Nigeria is clearly an exception to that rule. Corruption which had been the country’s curse from time immemorial had progressively become more severe in the past few decades, without lessening, and has now transmuted into a national malaise. Last Read More

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APC pays N5m each to consultants to castigate Jonathan, others – PDP

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Samuel Ogidan Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) paid the sum of N5 million each to consultants masquerading as newspaper columnists to attack and insult individuals, including President Goodluck Jonathan. The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, also said the agenda of the APC “is to destroy Nigeria’s democracy and Read More

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NAAT decries poor state of laboratories in varsities

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By Moses John Abuja National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) at the weekend lamented over the poor standard of laboratories in the nation’s universities. Its president, Comrade Suleiman Sani, who stated this during the foundation-laying ceremony of the NAAT National Secretariat at the University of Abuja, called on the NEEDS Assessment Committee and the Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) to “ensure Read More

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Tears, prayers for Rabi Mustapha

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The ‘Lata Mangeshkar of the Hausa film industry’ was fondly remembered by her colleagues when her sudden death was announced, IRO MAMMAN writes The news of Rabi Mustapha’s death on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 was a big blow to the Hausa film industry. It was more shocking as it happened suddenly, with many a stakeholder asking the inevitable question: “Was Read More

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Why should the blame go to another initially?

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Doosuur  Iwambe It is on record that on Saturday, March 15, 2014; about 520,000 job-seekers attended the recruitment exercise organized by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior in different centers across Nigeria to fill just 4,556 vacancies. It will also remain on record that the NIS imposed application fees of N1, 000 through Read More

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BUK seeks Chinese varsity partnership on agric research

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Bayero University Kano (BUK) has expressed its preparedness to partner with the Shenyang Agricultural University in China on agricultural research and staff development. The vice-chancellor, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, stated this in Kano when he received a delegation from the Shenyang Agricultural University. According to him, the university would continue to give agricultural research the priority attention it deserves in order Read More

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Confab will definitely fail, says Dino Melaye

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Oyibo Salihu A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dino Melaye, has said that for the country to enjoy a meaningful national conference, President Goodluck Jonathan must exhibit the fatherly posture in the late Nelson Mandela. Otunba Melaye stated this at the weekend at the burial and thanksgiving service of Chief Isaiah Aro, father of a former House Read More

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Reps leadership change: Court delivers judgment today

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Today is judgment day at the Federal High Court in Abuja, in the suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, his Deputy, Emeka Ihedioha, and other members of the house who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP, in the suit filed on January 7, 2014, is seeking to restrain Read More

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54% of women are illiterate – Varsity teacher

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A senior lecturer at Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Dr. Abul-aziz Sani Zango, has said that women illiteracy is currently in the lead worldwide as, according to him, they are the most deprived in the world. Delivering a lecture entitled “Equality for Women, Progress for All” as part of activities marking the International Women Day celebration in Kano,  Zango said out Read More

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PDP vanguard begins youth mobilisation for Wada

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Emeka Nze The Coordinator, Peoples Democratic Party Vanguard in Kogi state, Comrade Alfa Ebune, has said that mobilisation of youths had begun to ensure that Governor Idris Wada clinched another term of four years. Ebune said after the group’s meeting in Abuja that they were doing “this in appreciation of the governor’s numerous achievements.” He said the governor, as a Read More

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‘Confab meant to distract Nigerians’

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Patrick Ahanor The member representing Orhionmwon South 2 state constituency at Edo state House of Assembly, Barrister Friday Ogierhiakhi, has taken a swipe at the ongoing national conference, saying that it was conveyed to distract Nigerians from the 2015 general elections. He said the conference was an avenue to squander tax payers money by enriching pockets of few, adding, “it’s  Read More

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The media is not given due recognition at the confab

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Brenda Akpan is the pioneer National President of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) which came about in the late 80s. In this chat with ZAINAB SULEIMAN OKINO, the media activist and delegate at the National Conference disc What do you think of the attempt to gag the media at the ongoing National Conference? Order 14, Rule 7 was Read More

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National confab or national theatre?

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Salisu Suleiman The golden age of Nigeria’s National Theatre was between the early 1970s and 80s, when Nigeria participated in cultural activities around the world and hosted cultural troupes from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Nigeria hosted the unmatched 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts, dubbed FESTAC ‘77. It was a grand art and cultural assembly of Read More

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Super Obasi says he can do more at World Cup Finals

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Nigerian international, Chinedu Obasi, shone for Schalke against Hertha Berlin and he said he could do even more at the World Cup Finals in June. Obasi was outastanding as he scored a goal and provided the assist for Schalke to beat Hertha Berlin 2 – 0 in the German Bundesliga at the weekend. Schalke are third on the table with Read More

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Hughes hails Osaze

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Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes, is delighted with the impact made by Nigerian striker, Peter Odemwingie, on the club so far since joining the outfit. Odemwingie has scored five league goals for Stoke since joining from Cardiff City in January. His latest strike was recorded in the 62nd minute on Saturday as the Potters beat Hull City 1 – 0 Read More

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Confab: Testing strength of players in tug of war

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Blueprint examines past hopes and efforts at national consensus turned awry resulting in public cynicism about the correct one in this report  by Emeka Nze, the conference is seen as a welcome development considering optimism and positive attitude among many delegates to the conference. The big question is where will the resolutions of the conference end this time? The vicarious Read More

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FG seeks UNIDO’s support on creation of green industries

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The federal government has called on the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to support Nigeria’s efforts towards the creation of her various green industries initiatives aimed at empowering the teeming population. Addressing a delegation led by the Director-General of UNIDO, Mr. Li Yong, in Abuja, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, solicited for continued support on the development Read More

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FG will establish rice levy fund – Adesina

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The Minister  of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr AkinwumiAdesinahas said thefederal government would establish rice levy fund to support local rice production. Adesina made this known at a public hearing on the federal government’s new rice tariff regime organised by the House of Representatives committee on Customs and Excise. It would be recalled that the federal government increased levy on Read More