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Jonathan conferred legality on confab – Kwara lawmaker

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A member of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Hon Hamid Giwa Afolabi has said that the legality of the ongoing national conference lied on the raison d’être of its set-up by President Goodluck Jonathan and that its outcome would be subjected to a referendum. Hon Giwa Afolabi who stated this during his visit to Abuja at the weekend noted Read More

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Confab: CYC seeks specific mandate for delegates

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John Oba The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) has advised that specific mandate be given to every delegate, especially the youth delegates. A statement issued by the CYC’s Secretary, Media, Publicity and Public Relations Committee, Popoola Isiaka Olamilekan, at the weekend, said delegates should be patriotic and participate actively since they were doing service to their fatherland. Its chairman, Ahmed Adamu, Read More

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Poor prison conditions and jail breaks

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The observation made last week by the Chief Judge of Oyo state, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, that the poor conditions of prisons in the country contributes significantly to the growing incidence of jail breaks in the country is poignant. Adeniji made the observation during a visit to one of the prisons in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital following a directive from Read More

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OPC chieftain calls for respect for one another

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Odua Peoples Congress delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Otumba Ganiyu Adams has taken a swipe on his fellow delegate who forcefully snatched a microphone from a female delegate during the plenary. Otumba Adams who had rushed to rescue the woman on the floor of the conference described the act as a show of shame on the part of the Read More

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Kidnappers’ den: Forensic reports by police, experts ‘ready soon’

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Agboola Bayo Oyo state government has called on the people of the state to await the outcome of police investigations on the Ibadan kidnappers’ den discovered at Soka area of the town a few days ago. Also, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Ndabawa, has said that police forensic experts were currently carrying out investigations on decomposed bodies in Read More

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Kilankwa residents cry out for road

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Awaal Gata Residents of Kilankwa community in Kwali Area Council have called on the authorities of the council to complete the construction of the road that leads to their community. Speaking to our correspondent yesterday, Abdullahi Magaji, a resident of the community, lamented that the Council had started constructing the road, but had abandoned it midway. He said the construction Read More

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Just before Nigerians join Cameroon…

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Prince Charles Dickson At the national conference, it was week two and the drama continued, from where it stopped in the first week.We had been treated to the drama of language of debate and women had protested marginalization, so with the ball rolling, the week was in no way going to disappoint, it continued with the ‘sleep elite’ and the Read More

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UBA posts N56bn profit as its non–performing loans drop to 1.19%

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United Bank for Africa (UBA), has recorded  growth in  its financial result for the year ended December 31, 2013 as its  profit before tax grew to  N56.058 billion . The result submitted to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that the bank’s profit rose by 7.8  per cent when compared with  N52.010 billion achieved in the comparative period of 2012. Read More

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Thoughts on 2015 elections

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The disdain that some of our politicians have for the people exhibited in anti-people policies like fuel scarcity in the midst of abundant crude oil, suffocating economic policies, lack of consideration for people’s plight in policy formulation, total disregard for people’s right in execution of government policies etc, stem from their realization that Nigerians are easy to manipulate either by Read More

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FG backs Kano govt against drug dealers – Perm sec

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The permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health, Ambassador Sani S. Bala, has said that the decision taken by the Kano state government to sanitise the operations of drug dealers had the backing of the federal government. Speaking when he paid a curtsey visit to the Kano state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, Bala said the decision Read More

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APC not alternative to PDP – Metuh

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Samuel Ogidan Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the weekend took the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to the cleaner, describing it as a party of wolves and hypocrites that can never be an alternative to the ruling party. PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Olisa Metuh, also described the APC as “a rudderless ship heading for crisis and self Read More

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Northern Imams Forum: Sultan preaches peace, harmony

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The Sultan of Sokoto and chairman, National Islamic Council Affairs of Nigeria, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to learn to live together in harmony, peace and unity. He said this at the weekend at a three-day workshop for Imams of 19 Northern states with the theme “Muslims Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Challenges to Muslim Unity in Northern Nigeria” Read More

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Cholera kills 3 in Adamawa

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Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz Cholera has claimed three lives in Kilbawo, southern part of Adamawa state, even as 13 others have been reportedly hospitalised in Jada local government area. The member, representing Jada-Mbulo constituency in the House of Assembly, Hon. Hamman Tukur Yettisumi, disclosed this in Yola. Consequently, the House of Assembly has passed a resolution mandating the Ministry of Health and Read More

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Savannah Conference:Mark Mentors eye continental ticket

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Moments after humiliating Kada Stars of Kaduna 95 – 50, in one of the matches decided in the Savannah Conference of Nigeria’s top Basketball League season at the weekend in Abuja, chief coach of Mark Mentors, Mr. Peter Ahmedu, has declared that side are ready to secure a continental ticket despite gaining promotion recently from the Atlantic Conference. Before rattling Read More

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NIS tragedy: Any hope for unemployed graduates?

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As a student, I still have the fear of tomorrow after graduation if one could get a job or die while searching for non-existing vacancy. In fact as many have lately observed, we are now sitting on a time-bomb when millions are unemployed. A 2012 survey by the National Bureau of Statistics put Nigeria’s youth unemployment figure at 54 percent. Read More

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Jonathan’s agriculture testimonial

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All across the country, a revolution in agriculture is taking place.  Under the Jonathan administration, agriculture has seen a new day. In Kogi State, over 7,000 hectares of rice have been cultivated in the dry season, the first ever in the history of the state.   The success story of rice production has given room for the upsurge of integrated rice Read More

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IPAC flays Jonathan over ‘old men at confab’

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The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) said it is disappointed with the composition of the ongoing national conference which merely accommodated only five political parties and leaving the rest out. A communiqué signed by the chairman, Dr Tanko Yunusa at the end of its meeting noted that it was part of President Goodluck Jonathan’s schemes to deregister the 20 political Read More

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Army asks court to dismiss soldier’s N100m claim over detention

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The Nigerian Army has asked an Abuja Federal High Court to dismiss N100 million claim over illegal detention by Lance Cpl. Michael Emefik. Blueprint gathered that Emefik, a soldier, with Nigerian Army School of Medical Sciences, had on Jan. 9, sued the army over illegal detention. Emefik’s counsel, Adejoh Jibrin, in his submission said that his client had been in Read More

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CBN expresses concern over sudden rise in domiciliary account balances

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has  expressed concern over the sudden surge in domiciliary account balances, saying that it  might offset the gains from imposing 75 per cent cash reserve requirement (CRR) on public sector funds. A statement issued by the CBN signed by Acting Governor of CBN, Sarah Alade after monetary policy meeting also said that  the pressure on Read More

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Dickson tasks young professionals on nation-building

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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayels state has called on the over 700 young professionals that converged on Yenagoa, the state capital, to actively participate in the socio-economic development of the country. A statement from the Government House lauded the initiatives of the young professionals, especially in the organisation of a one-day summit aimed at x-raying the socio-economic and political situation Read More

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Energy and resources wasted – Gadzama

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In this report, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), counsel to the PDP, ventilates his frustration with the unnecessary attitude of lawyers and litigants in instituting cases that are of no significance. AMEH EJEKWONYILO reports The judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court which declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lacks power to declare vacant the seats of National Assembly members Read More

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Eaglets’ screening open to uninvited players

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Determined to offer more teenagers opportunity to stake a claim in the new set of Golden Eaglets, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has requested players within the age limit to try out their luck at the on-going screening holding at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project Site in Abuja. Interested players are to report from tomorrow with a caveat that they would Read More

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Energy research centres task NAEC on funding

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The Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT), ABU, Zaria, and the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD), OAU, Ile Ife at the weekend challenged the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) to restore hope to the sector by responsibly discharging its administrative obligations, adding that the current administrative deficiencies of NAEC is a serious threat to the realization of Read More

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NCCN calls for increased focus on competitiveness

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The National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN), has  the government to pay  more attention on competiveness in the country. The Chief Executive Officer of the NCCN, Mr. Chika Mordi  made this call in his presentation at a media briefing on the forthcoming business community outreach event of the agency expected to take place in  Lagos. Expressing the need for more Read More

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40 stalls burnt in Abuja market fire

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Etta Michael Bisong No fewer than 40 stalls were burnt in a fire outbreak at the Garki Model Market in Abuja on Saturday morning before it was put out. Manager, Abuja Market Management Limited (AMML), Mr Ibrahim Yahaya-Joe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the fire started at about 6.02 a.m. Yahaya-Joe said he received a phone call Read More