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Artisanal, small miners get FG, BOI N5bn funding

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development yesterday in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bank of Industry (BOI) for the management of a N5 billion fund in support of Artisanal and Small Scale Miners in the country. Under the arrangement, the Ministry would contribute N2. 5 billion which would be matched by another N2.5 billion by Read More

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We’ll call off strike if … – ASUU

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

…FEC to deliberate on impasse today   … NANS gives FG 21-day ultimatum       The meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the ongoing strike yesterday suffered a major setback as ASUU made a counter offer to the government. The federal government, through the Ministry of Education had, on August 16, 2017, Read More

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Robbery, extortion thrive at demolished Owerri market

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

Since last Saturday’s demolition of Eke Ukwu Owere by the Imo state government, robbery and extortion have been the order of the day. Blueprint gathered that there had been cases of people breaking into shops picking cell phones, wrappers, clothes, jewelry, etc, belonging to real shop owners who could not meet the 48 hour deadline given by the government.   Read More

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APC senator-elect vows to reconcile Wike, Amaechi

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Senator -elect, representing Rivers East senatorial district of River state, Hon Andrew Uchendu, has vowed to wade into the rift between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, with a view to reconciling them.   Uchendu, who made this remark yesterday in a chat with newsmen in Abuja shortly after he was issued a Read More

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FRSC deploys 33,000 personnel for Sallah

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As part of activities lined up to improve vehicular movement and to mitigate crashes during the Eid el-Kabir celebration, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has approved the deployment of 33,000 personnel, both regular and special marshals, to address wrong road usage by motorists which result in high number of Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) Read More

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NCC orders health checks on telcos

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will sanction operators if they don’t pass financial and technical checks, in order to prevent a repeat of a situation involving Etisalat Nigeria, which was unable to pay $1.2 billion of debt. Sanctions are being considered as the regulator seeks to ensure operators’ fi nancial books are up to date, their networks meet required benchmarks, and Read More

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55 top guns affected in NNPC major shake-up

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Th e Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, has conducted a major shake-up in the Corporation and some of its subsidiaries which aff ected 55 top management staff members. A statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Aff air Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said the development which aff ected 55 senior Read More

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NIPCO breaks monopoly in cooking gas business

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Th e Nigerian Association of Liquefi ed Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) on Tuesday said that the entry of Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company (NIPCO) into the cooking gas market had broken the monopoly of International Oil Companies (IOCs) through their affi liates in Nigeria. Mr Nosa Ogieva-Okunbo, the association’s President, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to NIPCO management in Lagos. Read More

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I’ll complete all projects before I leave – Ahmed

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  Kwara state Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has assured Kwarans that his government will complete all ongoing projects in the state before the expiration of his tenure. The governor gave the assurance during a stakeholders’ meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilorin. He said the state government has put in place Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) Read More

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Police stall ruling on Evans’ right enforcement suit

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Judgement in the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, challenging his continued detention since June 10, 2017, at a Federal High Court in Lagos was yesterday stalled due to an application filed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to stay the ruling of the court. During yesterday’s proceedings, lawyer representing the IGP and the Read More

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Benue postpones anti-grazing law implementation

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Stakeholders in Benue state have agreed to begin the implementation of the 2017 Anti-Open Grazing Law in November. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the law, which was signed by Governor Samuel Ortom in June, gave herdsmen a deadline of October to end open grazing and replace same with ranching from November 1. The stakeholders formally endorsed the deadline Read More

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Niger varsity gets admission quota, pegs cut-off mark at 160

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Vice Chancellor of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), Prof. Mohammed Nasir Maiturare, has said that 2930 candidates admission quota was allocated to the university for the 2017/2018 academic session and that the institution had fixed 160 JAMB scores as cut-off points for admission, this year.   Maiturare stated this yesterday at a press briefing in Minna, adding that Read More

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AL-Makura distributes official vehicles to commissioners

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Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has distributed 17 brand new GAC model of vehicles to members of the state executive council in the state.   Distributing the vehicles yesterday at the state Presidential lodge in Lafia AL-Makura said the vehicles would ease the cabinet members in performing their duties and charged them to exhibit the maintenance culture in using Read More

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Lake Rice: More residents besiege sales centres

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More Lagos state residents yesterday besieged the centres designated by the state government for the sale of Lake Rice as part of activities marking the forthcoming Eid el-Kabir celebrations.   The state government had last Thursday commenced the sale of the rice. 50kg of the rice is being sold for N12, 000, 25kg for N6, 000 and 10kg for N2, 500.   Read More

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Cross river police parade pastor ‘found with human heart’

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The Police Command in Cross River state yesterday paraded a pastor, Tony Obo-Ekpeyong, for allegedly being in possession of the heart of an 18-month-old baby girl whom he killed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Obo-Ekpeyong is the pastor of Royal God’s Commandment Ministry, Calabar. Parading the suspect, the spokesperson of the command, Irene Ugbo, said that Read More

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Osinbajo commissions cement, fertiliser coy in Edo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday commissioned a fertiliser blending plant in Auchi, Edo state, and reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s commitment to ensuring the “ease of doing business in Nigeria.”   This was just as the Osinbajo also inaugurated the BUA Cement factory, a three million tonnes capacity ultra modern plant in Etsako East local government area of the state.   He Read More

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Plateau youths rally for Buhari, Lalong

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Youths in their hundreds from the 17 local government areas of Plateau state yesterday staged a solidarity rally in Jos, the Plateau state capital, to pass vote of confidence on President Muhammad Buhari-led Administration and Governor Simon Lalong. Chairman,  All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth forum in Plateau state, Pius Tongmaan, said the solidarity match in respect of President Buhari and Read More

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UniLag’s Post-UTME holds Sept 18-22

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

University of Lagos yesterday said its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) aptitude test for prospective students for the 2017/2018 academic session would hold from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22 The Institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information, Mr. Toyin Adebule, said in a statement that online registration for the Post-UTME screening exercise for placement into courses/programmes for the new academic session would take place from August 31 Read More

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Stop imposing perm secs on us, JUAC warns OHOSF

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Workers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have kicked against what they described as the “persistent posting of permanent secretaries” by Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (OHOSF) despite scraping of such office in the administration.   The aggrieved staff, under the aegis of FCT Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC), stated that such deployment is an Read More

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Masaka market elections postponed

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

The much-publicised general elections to elect a new leadership at the Masaka Market Traders Association (MTA) could not hold at the weekend as scheduled as it was shifted to October. The management said the reason for the postponement was to allow the on-going building work of their new office that was gutted by fire recently to be completed. Speaking to Read More

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Police area commander reads riot act to miscreants

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

Criminal elements hibernating in Kuje and its environs have been warned that police raids on their hideouts will be more regular to ensure that the crime rate in the Federal Capital Territory “does not jump up precipitously.” Police Area Commander for Kuje, Gwagwalada, Kwali and Abaji, ACP Jahum Mohammed, gave the warning on telephone interview with our correspondent in Gwagwalada Read More

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LG chair seeks autonomy for councils

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

A local government administrator has remarked that appreciable development cannot be achieved by the 776 local government areas of the country when governors cart away council revenue and leave them with nothing for development projects. The Sole Administrator of Kogi local government area, Barrister Mohammed Tanko, noted that many councils even find it difficult to pay monthly salaries of workers Read More

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Mariya Sidi: A peep into medical student’s love of poetry

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

Sometimes people find their love in odd things. For Mariya Sidi, despite the stress of studying medicine, the Kano-state-born still finds time to sustain her love for poetry. However, the 23 year old final year student of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Bayero University Kano revealed that poetry helps her free up the stress. She said: “With all Read More

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Extortion: NIS bans cash payments at passport offices

August 30, 2017 Administrator 0

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has banned cash payments for passport processing as part of eff orts to eliminate corruption at all passport offi ces nationwide. NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja. He said the ComptrollerGeneral of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, had directed that henceforth all payments for Read More