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MDAs spent N26.6bn without vouchers in 2017 – Ayine

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF) Anthony Ayine, has said some federal government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) spent N26.606 billion in 2017 without payment vouchers or requisite approvals for such expenditures. The report, has reported by a section of the media, indicated that massive financial infractions were still prevalent in many MDAs, in spite of the anti-corruption stance of Read More

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Fire Service saved 375 lives in 2019 – Director

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

No fewer than 375 lives were saved in different fire incidents across Jigawa state between January and December in 2019, the state Director Fire Service and Rescue Directorate, Alhaji Ahmed Gumel, has stated. Speaking to newsmen in in Dutse, Gumel said the directorate received about 246 cases of fire outbreaks. He said 34 lives were lost and property worth N210,010,157.92 Read More

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Saraki land: Behind the lines

December 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Why do we have to continue to dissipate unnecessary energy on the Ile Arugbo land re-acquisition by the Kwara  state government that originally owns the land? Bukky knows the truth that he illegally used his position as the then sitting governor of the state to corner the land for his father. Questions to be answered by all decernible minds are Read More

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Kano: NDLEA arrests 906 suspects, convicts 107

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

No fewer than 906 suspects of drug related offences were arrested in Kano by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the year 2019, during which 107 were convicted.  The commander of the agency in Kano state, Dr Ibrahim Abdul, said this Tuesday in his office during his end of the year press briefing.  The commander said the state Read More

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BH: Civil Defence ready to take over liberated areas – Spokesman

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assured the federal government of its readiness to take over all the liberated areas initially occupied by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists. The Corps assured that already about 5,000 of its personnel for such task. The federal government had on Monday said it would gradually withdraw military operations in some volatile Read More

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Thriving ICT innovations from emerging economies

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Interaction of dynamic ecosystems comprising of government, academia, research institutes and increasingly educated populations are turning developing countries into hot beds for innovations. Firms across the world want to set their foot in developing regions for profits and inclusion of masses through a plethora of innovative services and products that could be developed in today’s opportune times by the incorporation Read More

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New Year: NSCDC drums public support over security challenges

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assured residents of Kaduna state of improved security in the New Year. The country security outfit said with public support and collaboration safety of lives and properties will be guaranteed.NSCDC Kaduna State Commandant, Babangida Abdullahi Dutsinma, disclosed this in a New Year message to the people of the state on Tuesday, stressing Read More

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Sokoto: Tambuwal resurrects state judicial, law reform commissions

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has said his administration is set to resuscitate the operations of the State Judicial Service Commission and the Law Reform Commission. Tambuwal who stated this while swearing in acting Grand Khadi of the state and three new high court judges said they would serve in the state Sharia Court of Appeal and High Court. Read More

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2020: Improved economy, rule of law, security top Nigerians expectations from Buhari

December 31, 2019 Editorial II 0

Nigerians have asked President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to prioritise the issue improved economy, rules of law, improved security and stop blame game in the New Year 2020. Speaking on their expectations from the federal government in the New Year, some Nigerians who responded to a question on Facebook by the Blueprint, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government should Read More

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Make knowing your HIV status part of your New Year resolution – NACA

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has urged Nigerians to know their HIV status as we enter into a New Year. NACA Director General Dr Aliyu Gambo said the agency has been partnering with development and implementing partners, including stakeholders at both states and local government levels. He NACA has taken bold steps to prevent new infection by consistently providing information, Read More

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Breaking: Shehu Sani arrested by EFCC over alleged extortion

December 31, 2019 Editorial II 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Sen. Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly between 2015 and 2019. According to a source, Sani was arrested for alleged extortion of $20,000 from the owner of ASD Motors. The source said: “He was said to have collected the $20,000 from the owner of ASD Read More

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Despite Sardauna’s legacies, Northerners still embrace poverty – Ex-Gov

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF) and former Governor of Niger state, Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu, has lamented that despite Sardauna’s legacies, northern region has continued to embrace poverty.He said that while late Sir Ahmadu Bello laboured to unite the north regardless of ethnicity, tribe or religion and left credible legacies, these have not been Read More

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Arsenal need to win games, trophies –Saka

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Bukayo Saka admits Arsenal “need to win games and win trophies” after hitting a serious slump, with Mikel Arteta being backed to turn the tide in north London. The Gunners have collected only one win from their last 15 games in all competitions and have slipped to 12th in the Premier League. Arteta has picked up a baton put down Read More

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Sharapova to play in Brisbane

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Russia’s Maria Sharapova will compete at the Brisbane International in January after receiving a wildcard. The 32-year-old former world number one played just 15 matches in 2019 because of a long-term shoulder injury. Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova last played a competitive match in the first round of the US Open in August. “Brisbane, I’ve missed you and I’m so Read More

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City clash will be good barometer of Everton’s progress –Ancelotti

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Manchester City will provide a test of see how genuine Everton’s revival is, Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday, despite the Premier League champions’ shaky campaign. Everton coach Ancelotti, 60, has guided Everton to two wins in his first two matches in charge since replacing Marco Silva, who was sacked in early December after they slipped into the bottom three. However, Ancelotti Read More

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Tacha dumps Tblizz

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Anita Natacha Akide, popular known as Tacha and her former manager, Tblizz has officially parted ways, following a press release on his social media handles about their unanimous resolution of engagement after a 3-month successful contract that brought Tacha to limelight.See press release 

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Sadiya Isiyaku Gwamna: Exit of a prodigious matriarch

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

 I lost my biological mother, Hajiya Adama Hassan, on Sunday, November 11, 2019. It was the gloomiest moment of my life and indeed every family member, especially my siblings.In fact, since the passing away of my  beloved mum, I realised how severely agonising it is for anyone to lose his or her beloved mother. It, in fact, occasions one of Read More

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Training facilitators on girl child education in Bauchi

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

  In order to encourage the girl child education in the north especially in Bauchi state, a non governmental organisation is training some persons in order to create the awareness. NAJIB SANI reports. The northern part of the country still has a high rate of out-of-school children especially the girl child.  In many cases some of these girls are sent Read More

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Sheikh Gumi Central Market: El-Rufai transfers 6,546 shops to traders on long-term lease sales

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state is set to return the 6,546 shops in Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Central Market to traders on long-term lease, allowing the traders to purchase the shops to which they currently hold temporary titles. A statement issued by the Managing Director of Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company (KMDMC, Muhammad Hafiz Bayero, on Tuesday said that the state government will Read More

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Saraki’s Land: Aged women protest as armed policemen take over Ilofa road

December 31, 2019 Editorial IV 0

There is anxiety in Ilorin ,Kwara state capital Tuesday following deployment the of armed policemel to the large expanse of land belonging to the late Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr Olusola Saraki, on which the state government said would be use for construction of secretariat. The  Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, had on Friday last week revoked the land belonging Read More

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Breaking: REA gets new MD

December 31, 2019 Editor 0

The  appointment of Ahmed Salihijo as Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari with with immediate effect. A statement published on the Facebook page of Federal Ministry of Power on Tuesday morning said Salihijo will replace Damilola Ogunbiyi who was sent on suspension by the Minister of Power last week. The new REA boss, Read More

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Amoo expects better performance from NFF in 2020

December 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Former Super Eagles fringe player and national U-23 assistant coach, Fatai Amoo has said that he said he expects the country’s football to thrive better than it did last year at all levels. Amoo a former Julius Berger and Shooting Stars of Ibadan gaffer said apart from the Super Eagles who performed above average in 2019, other national teams score Read More

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CAF Confed Cup: Enyimba drop to 3rd after loss

December 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Confederation Cup, Enyimba of Aba slumped to the third position in the group after beating 1-0 by Algerian newcomers Paradou in Blida on Sunday. A second half strike from Abdelkader Ghorab was enough for Algerian Paradou to grab their first maximum points at this stage. Ghorab capitalized on a blunder by Enyimba defender Abiodun Adebayo Read More

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Date set for WhatsApp to stop working in windows phone

December 31, 2019 Editor 0

Social messaging app WhatsApp will stop working on phones running on Windows mobile operating system from December 31. A FAQ section on the instant messaging app’s website stated, ‘You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019”. Further, the company said WhatsApp app had been removed from the Microsoft Store after July 1, Read More

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Again, Lagos stands still for Akinwumi Charity show

December 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Lagos, the Centre of Excellence, was again agog on Sunday as the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation mini-tournament caused pleasant ‘tremors’ around the Campos Square and the larger environment of Lagos Island. Top –flight politicians, traditional rulers, heads of parastatals, business moguls and other distinguished personalities converged on the venue to honour Akinwunmi, First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Read More