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Of digitalisation, prison decongestion and justice sector reforms

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Recently, at a public forum, stakeholders in the judiciary sector revisited the issue of reforms in the sector and the place of technology; KEHINDE OSASONA was there. The Attorney-General of the Federation was instrumental to the speedy passage of the Nigerian Correctional Services Bill in December 2018 which was subsequently signed into law on August 14, 2019, by President Muhammadu Read More

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Grassroots devt as tool for poverty eradication, employment generation

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Experts have attributed the lack of grassroots development for the rising insecurity, poverty, unemployment in Nigeria. According to them, developing the grassroots will curb rural – urban migration that gave rise to these malaises; BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes.  It has over time been said that a large proportion of Nigeria’s population resides in the rural areas sometimes referred to as the Read More

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Child trafficking: When parents lose sleep over human vendors

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

These are certainly not the best of times for parents, especially careless ones, as child traffickers are on the prowl, stealing under-age children for sale to childless couples or luring unsuspecting girls into illegal migration, prostitution or forced labour and leaving families in distress. This is even as the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and security Read More

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We’re primed to end one-chance, other vices in Abuja – FCT NSCDC boss

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Mr. Patrick E. Ukpan is the commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command. In this interview with BABA YUSUF, he says security operatives need information from the public in order to effectively curb the activities of one- chance operators and other criminals in the territory What strategies are you putting in place to curb Read More

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NCPC gets 4 new directors, 17 senior officers

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) has promoted four deputy directors to directors, while 17 officers were promoted in various grades. According to a statement issued by the commission’s head of media, Celestine Toruka, this was contained in a circular released on November 22, 2019, by the assistant director of administration, Mr. Nkaiso Edemenang, on behalf of the acting executive Read More

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IPCR tasks African leaders on peace-building

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has called on African leaders to remain committed to peacebuilding in their respective countries. The Director General of the Institute, Dr. Bakut T. Bakut, made the call Friday in Abuja while speaking at the opening ceremony of a three-day Conference on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution in Africa with the theme, “Conflict Read More

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Pay 13% derivation fund directly to us, Urhobo communities beg Buhari

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The oil-producing communities in Ughievwen and Udu Kingdoms, both in Ughelli South and Udu council areas of Delta state, have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct that 13% derivation fund “is henceforth paid directly to host communities.” The communities, in a letter addressed to the president, said the call became necessary in view of the need to stop state governors Read More

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MHWUN tasks health workers on ethics

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Federal Medical Centre, Keffi chapter, Friday, urged its members and other health workers to continue to adhere strictly to their professional ethics in order to improve on the standard of living of Nigerians. Its chairman, Mr. Monday Otso, gave the charge during the maiden branch conference and awards ceremony held in Read More

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Accolades as Solitaridad W/Africa marks 50th anniversary

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Stakeholders and beneficiaries of Solitaridad West Africa’s operation in Nigeria gathered Friday in Abuja to mark its 50th anniversary celebration. During the event, stakeholders especially beneficiaries of its agricultural support services in the country, especially from Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Enugu states, took time to felicitate with the organisation by highlighting the various levels of assistance and intervention Read More

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Unqualified teachers to lose jobs Dec 1 – TRCN

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Segun Ajiboye, Friday said that the federal government had directed that all unqualified teachers be flushed out by December 31, this year. Ajiboye stated this in Ibadan while inducting over 200 education graduates of the University of Ibadan. He said the quacks teaching Nigerian children would be thrown out and replaced Read More

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‘Nigerian Prize for Leadership’ll be conferred on role models’

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL), Prof. Anya O. Anya, said the award would be bestowed annually on role models that had distinguished themselves in service to humanity. Anya stated this recently in Abuja when the technical team mandated to design criteria for the selection of winners of Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL) submitted its Read More

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Cross River govt, host communities laud Lafarge over CSR

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The government of Cross River state, as well as 10 communities hosting Lafarge Cement Company in the state, has lauded the company for living up to expectation in respect of its corporate social responsibility efforts and supporting socio economic development of Cross River people. Speaking during the Lafarge Africa Plc Mfamosing Plant Hosting Communities 2019 Day, Governor Ben Ayade’s wife, Read More

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Commission to verify 84 FG projects in 6 geo-political zones

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has stated that it had concluded plan to inspect and verify 84 selected federal government projects across the country. Its acting chairman, Mr. Victor Muruako, disclosed this in Abuja Friday at a news conference on the proposed 2019 capital projects verification which will begin on December2. Muruako said the projects were situated in the six Read More

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Insecurity, others: Aisha Buhari thumbs down govs, ministers

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has thumbs-down governors and ministers over the inability of Nigerians to access potable water and the rising insecurity across the country. She said the rising insecurity which was as a result of injustice had made it impossible for some Nigerians to travel to their states and villages and live peacefully. She stated this Friday Read More

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Court orders re-instatement of FUOYE lecturer

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has voided the sack of Prof. Adeyemi Oluwagbemiga of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), by the management of the university. A copy of the judgement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Friday indicated that the court described the sack of the lecturer in the department of Demography and Social Statistics Read More

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IPPIS: We’re winning the struggle –ASUU

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Friday declared that the union was winning in the rejection of enrollment of its members into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). The union in a statement issued by the chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter, Prof Deji Omole, stated that the union “has received reports of overwhelming compliance of Read More

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Work on Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline’ll begin soon –Buhari

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the federal government would soon begin the construction of the 600-kilometre Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline which would move gas from the Southern part of the country to the North. The president disclosed this Friday while addressing the 5th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit at the Sipopo International Conference Hall, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. According to him, Read More

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NASS to legislate on NCAT’s ACT –Rep

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The House of Representative will facilitate amendment of Act establishing the famous Nigerian College Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria with to upgrade to full pledge tertiary institution in the aviation sector. The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation,  Nnolim Nnanji, has said in an interview with journalists in Zaria when he led members of the committee on an oversight to Read More

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Appeal Court affirms Lalong’s victory

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos Friday affirmed the victory of Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong in the March 9 supplementary elections. The PDP candidate Lt.- Gen. Jeremiah Useni (retd.) rejected the verdict and vowed to appeal against it at the apex court. The five-member penal of the appellate court, which upheld the decision of the Justice H. A. Read More

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7 LG chairs in Ekiti dump PDP for APC

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Seven local government chairmen elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). The local government chairmen who defected to the APC Friday, along with their supporters, described Fayemi as “a true leader who plays inclusive politics and never victimised them since coming to power last year.” They were Ayodeji Daniel ( Read More

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Missing money: EFCC probes El-Rufai

November 30, 2019 Editor 0

The Federal High Court, Abuja, says Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him. Justice Binta Nyako said this while delivering the judgment, on Friday, in a suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/60/09 filed by Mr El-Rufai. The governor was seeking the court’s determination whether as the then minister of the Federal Capital Territory Read More

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Superstition as a religion

November 30, 2019 Editor 0

Superstition is a global phenomenon. Every society (worldwide) has a belief it holds on to. Superstition feeds on omens, good or bad. For instance, an itchy palm suggests that some cool money is coming your way. Similarly, if you unconsciously wear a dress inside out, you are persuaded to believe that a fortune is by the doorstep. If the inside Read More

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APC vs PDP: Have Bayelsa, Kogi polls’ outcomes decided 2023?

November 30, 2019 Editor 0

For political gladiators, permutations on how to win the 2023 elections have started. The race, according to what played out in the 2019 elections, is for now, zeroed on the two major political parties in the country, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Have the outcomes of the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections shown how Read More

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FG to develop Ebonyi salt deposit for GDP growth

November 29, 2019 Editorial III 0

Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, has said that the federal government would develop Ebonyi salt deposit to expand its commercial quantity. He stated this Friday in Abakaliki during a courtesy call on Governor Dave Umahi, explaining that getting salt in large quantity in Ebonyi will boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the government and also Read More

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Mompha granted N100m bail

November 29, 2019 Editor 0

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday granted N100m bail to suspected money launderer, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha. Mompha was arraigned for alleged N33billion fraud. The EFCC arrested Mompha on October 19 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. He was remanded in the commission’s custody following a court order.