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Ocheme prepares cup gift for Udi

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Giwa FC central attacker, Edoh Ocheme, has assured the side’s new technical adviser, Duke Udi, of a deserving Federation Cup welcome gift against the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, ABS. The Glo Premier League newcomers will clash with the llorin-based side in the Federation Cup round of 64 in Minna, Niger state tomorrow. Ocheme said his side wanted to use Read More

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Ekiti as INEC’s shining star

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

 Nick Dazang On Wednesday June 18, three days to the crucialEkiti governorship election, INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, had solemnly assured that the Ekiti governorship election would be the best conducted by the commission thus far. Solemn as the assurance given by Jega to stakeholders at a meeting at the Great Eagle Hall, Ado Ekiti, most had cause to take Read More

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New Wave of African Writers with an Internationalist Bent

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

More than a decade ago, when the young Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was struggling to get her first novel, “Purple Hibiscus,” published, an agent told her that things would be easier “if only you were Indian,” because Indian writers were in vogue. Another suggested changing the setting from Nigeria to America. Ms. Adichie didn’t take this as commentary on Read More

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Who wins this year’s Caine prize for African Fiction?

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

The winner of the Caine prize 2014 will be announced in some few days’ time after  several readings which is lined up before the event in London . Known as the African Booker prize, this year’s shortlist which was announced by Nigeria’s Nobel laureate  Wole Soyinka in April at Port-Harcourt , reveals  no Nigerian  on the shortlist. Though in previous Read More

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Nigeria vows to ensure POPs free environment

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, has restated the federal government’s commitment to tackle the impacts associated with sinister chemicals known as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) on human health and environment. The minister who stated this during the inaugural ceremony of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) on the Enabling Activities to Review and Update the National Implementation Plan for Read More

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Flood claims 15 lives, destroys properties in Ibadan

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Etta Michael Bisong Over 15 people have been estimated to lose their lives and properties worth several million of naira destroyed due to the impacts of the flood that attacked Ibadan, Oyo state capital. Ten out of the fifteen lives lost during the incident were reported to have died at Apete area of the city due to the sudden collapse Read More

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Benue North-east, Gemade and the Senate

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Samuel Kur For a start, representative government is designed by a synergy between the representative and the constituents. It is rather eerily disappointing that there is no link between Senator Barnabas Gemade and his constituents. Elsewhere, people stake out on days that their representative is coming. Nobody knows when Gemade comes and goes. How can he synergise with his Read More

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Onyeudo dumps Abia Warriors for Sunshine

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Abia Warriors striker, Bishop Onyeudo, is set to take his trade to Sunshine Stars of Akure, thereby becoming the fourth to be raided by the Ondo state-owned football team. Blueprint Sport gathered that Onyeudo was in Akure last week to finalise an agreement with Sunshine Stars officials and is now expected to return in a matter of days to join Read More

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FIFA rejects honour for Yobo’s 100th cap

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

World football governing body, FIFA, has turned down a request by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to honour Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo on his 100 cap–day against France in Brasilia. Should he be picked for the match by head coach Stephen Keshi, it would be Yobo’s one 100th senior cap for Nigeria, since he featured against Zambia in Chingola Read More

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Zaka foresees blissful season for People’s Elephants

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Full back Bala Zakka has reiterated that Enyimba FC of Aba will do more when the 2013/2014 Glo Premier League resumes in July, adding that the People’s Elephants are gunning for double. Enyimba concluded the first stanza of the league season in fifth place with 29 points after the disappointing goalless draw with Giwa FC on Matchday 19 but Zakka Read More

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Niger out of PPP arrangements – Aliyu

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Aideloje OJo Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger state said at the weekend that his administration was opting out of Public, Private Partnership arrangements with developers in the construction of houses and other projects in the state. Aliyu stated this at the weekend in Minna when he commissioned the Lavu Estate, adding that firms were going into PPP arrangements Read More

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Utaka backs S/Eagles to overpower France

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Former Super Eagles’ player, John Utaka, has expressed confidence the Super Eagles will beat France’s Les Bleus in the round of 16 clash in Brasilia. Utaka, who currently plays for Sivasspor in Turkey, has previously played for RC Lens, and Stade Rennes in France, and said the Nigerian team keeps improving with each game and should have enough in them Read More

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Keshi charges Eagles to exhibit strong mentality

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi, has exuded confidence that France will fall once his players are able to exhibit strong character and mentality as they confront the former world champions today. Both teams clash in the round of 16 at the 2014 Fifa World Cup inside the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia with the French regarded as favourites to Read More

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Eagles’ll fly over France – Maigari

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

African champions, Nigeria, have the quality to torpedo France from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, so says president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Mohammed Maigari. The 58–year old administrator has presided over Nigeria football for the past four years and is excited at the litany of records his board has set on and off the pitch. “We are not Read More

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Nigeria, France go for broke

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

—  Eagles tipped for victory By Gbenga Jolaosho Nigeria and France will be mobilising the entire arsenal at their disposal to outshine each other as both sides clash today in the round of 16 of the ongoing World Cup Finals in Brazil. The encounter which will hold in the city of Brasilia promises to be explosive, energy sapping, full of Read More

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Kogi PDP stakeholders endorse assembly member for second term

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Oyibo Salihu Leaders and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lokoja local government area of Kogi state yesterday endorsed a member of the House of Assembly, Hon. Suleman Baba Doko, representing Lokoja 1 state constituency, for second term. Addressing a press conference in Lokoja, the secretary of the party in Lokoja council, Shaibu Momoh, said Baba Doko Read More

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Group gives IGP 14 days to restore order at Edo assembly

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Patrick Ahanor Worried by the legislative logjam at the Edo state House of Assembly, a group of patriots and intellectuals, under the aegis of Edo Unity League (EUL), has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubarkar, to restore law and order in the complex. Legislative activities at the complex had been grounded since Read More

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Hyat set to battle Yero for 2015 governorship

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Samuel Aruwan A former Minister of Aviation, Felix Hassan Hyat, is set to challenge Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in 2015 Kaduna state governorship election. Sources close to the former minister told our reporter yesterday in Kaduna that he was currently abroad allegedly putting finishing touches to preparations ahead of making it official to the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Read More

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AHGM recommends Nigeria for FATF membership

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Nigeria has been recommended for membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The Ad Hoc Group on Membership (AHGM)  had in its report presented on June 26, 2014 to the FATF Plenary holding from 25 to 27 June 2014 in Paris recommended Nigeria and other three countries,  Israel, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia for the FATF membership. Nigeria, the only Read More

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Enterprise Bank speaks on fitness, healthy living

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Chief executive officer of Enterprise Bank Limited, Mallam Ahmed Kuru, has called on Nigerians to be conscious of their lifestyle and prioritise the habits of regular exercise and healthy eating to ensure a fit and healthy life. Kuru, who spoke at the end of the 2nd edition of the Walk-For-Life campaign, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative organised by the Read More

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NSE raises concern over FG’s GDP rebasing programme

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

Stories by Amaka Ifeakandu The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has said that the recent rebasing of the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP), by the federal government has impacted negatively on the contribution of the NSE’s market capitalization to the GDP. Chief executive officer of the NSE, Oscar Onyema, who spoke in Lagos at the second quarter capital market committee (CMC) Read More

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Misconduct: Edo school owners suspend ex-chair

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Patrick Ahanor The Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (APPS) in Edo state has suspended, indefinitely, its immediate past president, Bishop Opukeme Eseimokumor Godly, from participating in its activities. The proprietors in a press statement by the Edo state President and Secretary of the association, Sir Enosakhare Ogbeide, and Prince Shaka Momodu, respectively, said the State Executive Council took Read More

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Digitalisation: Digitalisation: GOtv launches campaign for NBC launches campaign for NBC

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu In line with the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) digital migration flag-off in Jos, the GOtv Nigeria has launched its public awareness campaign, dubbed, Digilevelz Don Land: Jos, Step-up, officially done by its General Manager, Mrs. Elizabeth Amkpa. She said they deemed it necessary to flag off the campaign in Jos in support of the NBC’s plan Read More

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We’re not part of VC’s selection process – SSANU

June 30, 2014 Administrator 0

By Moses John Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), UniZik chapter, has denied media reports that it was supporting the candidacy of Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku as vice-chancellor of the institution. The union, arising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on June 23, 2014, said SSANU had never been part of the selection of VC since inception and Read More