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New Year: Use your votes and make Nigeria great again, Gana beckons

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) , Professor Jerry Gana has expressed optimism that Nigeria will be great again. To this end, he urged Nigerians to vote wisely as the New Year ushers in the general election. Gana  who stated this in a New Year message contained in a statement issued by the Director of Media and Read More

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New year massage: I’m confident of my re-election – Buhari

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

For the umpteenth time, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019, just as he expressed the hope that Nigerians will return him to office in next year’s election. In a New Year message to Nigerians, the president said greater number of Nigerians believed that government would deliver on its promises for a level Read More

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‘Tough time awaits Boko Haram in 2019’

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

Concerned Professionals’ Congress (CPC) has declared that notwithstanding the recent Boko Haram’s attacks in the North East, 2019 will be a very tough year for the sect and its international affiliates, the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP). The group expressed confidence that the re-invigorated counter-terrorism initiative sealed two weeks ago by the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of Read More

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2019: Buhari assures on credible elections

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has again promised to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019. In a New Year message to Nigerians, the President said greater number of Nigerians believe that government would deliver on its promises for a level playing field at the polls.  “2019 will be an election year for us. In about two months, the polls are Read More

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New Year: SDP tasks Buhari on free, fair, credible polls

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party ( SDP), Chief Olu Falae has counseled the President Muhammadu Buhari government to consider the security and unity of Nigerians as a priority. The party enjoined President Buhari to act in the interest of all Nigerians by ensuring a free, fair and credible election in the country in the first quarter of Read More

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52 year-old man defiles minor in Kaduna

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

A 52-year old civil servant, Mohammed Lawal Ahmed was on Monday arraigned before a magistrate court for allegedly defiling an 11-year-old boy in Kaduna.  The suspected defiler was said to have perpetrated the act on December 14, at about 9am after enticing the minor with stipend and sweets to his house located at number CU2, Ikara road, Sabon Gari, Tudun Read More

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US boxing Stars resurrect from retirement as Mayweather punch down Japanese

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement. Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed Read More

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Infrastructural development: Emmanuel’s giant strides

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

At the last count, the government of Akwa Ibom state, under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel, has completed no fewer than 1,700 kilometres of roads and 35 bridges across the urban and rural areas of the state. And for this reason, the governor in his 2018 Democracy Day message to his people affirmed that he has kept his electoral Read More

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2019; The Butcher washes his hands before weighing the meat

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

So it’s some 24hours into 2019, Nigerians would be going to the polls, to imagine that only 19 years ago, her democracy was only a year old. Between a Buhari and an Atiku presidency I have tried to confront the reality that we live in the Age of the Strongmen – the time of authoritarianism. The broad smiles of the Read More

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Nigeria’s ongoing war with Boko Haram

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria is in a state of war but it looks as if we are taking things lightly. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines state of war as (1) a. state of actual armed hostilities regardless of a formal declaration of war and (1) b. legal state created and ended by official declaration regardless of actual armed hostilities and usually characterized by Read More

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Bye, bye 2018, year of division in senate

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

As 2018 rolls away in few hours to come, the Senate like other political institutions in the polity, experienced all manner of fireworks within and without which culminated into strong division among senators. Taiye Odewale chronicles them. Cantankerous beginning Though the 8th Senate under the bipartisan leadership of Senators Bukola Saraki as President and Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy President, took off as a Read More

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2019: INEC’s preparations and allied matters

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  EMEKA NZE examines INEC’s preparations towards 2019 elections in sharp contrast with previous elections’ management bodies and their modus operandi.   Between Iwu, Jega and Yakubu   If the actions of the current Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are indices of a free and fair election, then, Prof Mahmood  Yakubu may be coasting to etching his name in the book Read More

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I’m bitter because APC betrayed me- Shehu Sani

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, says his grudge against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is largely on account of its betrayal of those that worked hard for its victory in 2015. In this interview with Aliyu Askira, he also says President Muhammadu Buhari did not do enough to assist him retain his senatorial ticket. Your party the APC Read More

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Foundation launches rural health connect initiative

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

In furtherance of its commitment to make life better for the people of Nigeria and Africa in general, the Jelani Aliyu Foundation has launched the Rural Health Connect Initiative aimed at bringing volunteer health care professionals to rural communities in need.Founded by world acclaimed automotive designer and Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu Read More

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Assign tracking number to customers, CBN orders bank

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria  (CBN) has embarked on the development of the consumer complaints management system (CCMS) to engender public confidence in the financial system. The apex bank said that the CCMS was introduced to promote a stable financial system. The apex regulator in a circular to all institutions siged by Director , Consumer Protection Department of the CBN, Kofo Salam-Alada Read More

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Ecobank introduces Xpress Point banking services

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Ecobank Nigeria has called on its customers to avail themselves the services of its Xpress points across the country, during weekends and public holidays, particularly this Yuletide season. Ecobank Xpress Point is a unique type of agency banking that allows customers to access basic banking services even after regular banking hours. Executive Director, Consumer Banking, Carol Oyedeji, said the Xpress Read More

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Manufacturing, non manufacturing sectors record expansion in Dec. 2018 – CBN

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria Purchasing Managers index (PMI) report for the month of December 2018 showed that manufacturing and non manufacturing sectors sustained expansion profiles. The Manufacturing PMI in the month stood at 61.1 index points, indicating expansion in the sector for the 21 consecutive months, growing at a faster rate when compared to the previous month. The PMI survey report released by Read More

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Farmers target 25mmt output in 2019

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN) has pledged the commitment of its members to produce about 25 million metric tonnes of the commodity next year, AgroNature has reported.MAAN National President, Mr. Bello Abubakar, who gave the assurance recently in Abuja, explained that a total of 50,000 hectares of land were currently under maize cultivation nationwide with the capacity to meet Read More

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Foundation builds capacity of 24 agric ministry staff

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, has trained 24 staff of the Federal Ministry of agriculture on Survey, Design and Implementation. The training organised through the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Abuja was tailored to equip participants with the methodologies of survey design and implementation strategies. It is expected that this will provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to Read More

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2019 election: Group set yardsticks for agric performance in agriculture

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

As the 2019 elections continue to draw close, the Voices For Food Security (VFS), has resolved to establish appropriate yardsticks for monitoring the performance of public office holders after the 2019 elections. VFS is civil society organisation in the agricultural sector. Addressing the press in Abuja recently, the Chairman, Professor Gabriel Ayoola, said the group will be build a template for Read More

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Women farmers seek inclusion in budget preparation

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

As President Muhammadu Buhari, presented the 2019 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly, the Nigerian Smallholder Women Farmers has called for inclusiveness and participation of four women  farmer’s in the budget planning process especially in the area of agriculture. The women farmers in a charter of demands presented by ActionAid recently in Abuja also called for easy Read More

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Access to sufficient nutritious food, solution to malnutrition – Report

December 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report on the 2018 State of Food Security And Malnutrition in the World revealed that hunger continues to rise globally in the last three years.  The UN agency noted that there was need to implement and scale up interventions that guarantees access to nutritious foods and break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition. Food as Read More

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Omeruo settles for La Liga Club

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

Kenneth Omeruo will welcome his loan move to be made permanent at CD Leganes because the La Liga club feels very much like home. The Super Eagles defender is on loan from Chelsea till the end of the season and he has already established himself at Leganes, who have done well so far to stay clear of the relegation pack. Read More

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Nigeria’s unemployment levels to worsen in 2019 – Report

December 31, 2018 Editor 0

Majority of Nigerians say the country’s unemployment levels would further rise in 2019, the National Bureau of Statistics has revealed.  The agency, in its labour force statistics report covering fourth quarter 2017 to third quarter 2018, put the figure of unemployed Nigerians at 20.9 million from 17.6 million in 2017. In its Consumer Expectations Survey Report for Q4 2018, the Read More