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Coronavirus: Health Commissioner heads Kaduna Emergency Operation Centre

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

Following the announcement of the first case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19) in Lagos last Thursday, Kaduna state has constituted an Emergency Operational Centre (EOC), headed by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Mohammed Baloni. A press statement issued by the Kaduna state Health Ministry on Saturday and signed by Dr Amina Baloni, stated that the committee was set up to respond quickly Read More

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Govt College Keffi, model for national unity – Lai

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

 Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described Government College, Keffi, as a great model for theunity of Nigeria as envisaged by the nation’s founding fathers. The minister stated this at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the college inKeffi, Nasarawa State, on Saturday.He noted that if Nigerians wouldallow themselves to be guided by the Keffi Model, the Read More

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No CorronaVirus in Oyo state- Health Commissioner

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

Despite sharing boundaries with Lagos and Ogun states, Oyo state Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello Saturday said the state was CoronaVirus free and fully ready to prevent its spread. Dr Bello dropped this hint in Ibadan while featuring on Fresh FM, Ibadan live programme “South West Political Circuit ”  The Commissioner pointed out that since December19, 2019 when CoronaVirus Read More

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Introducing Berbiedoll, class act Nigerian brand/style influencer

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

Christiana Kayode widely known as Berbiedoll, has carved an enduring niche for herself as a brand/style influencer of note. Through her mouth-watering Instagram page which is decorated with beautiful and stunning pictures of her promoting many top class brand, she has become a force to reckon with. There’s hardly any style brand, fashion brand, beauty brand, hair brand and more Read More

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Who will salvage Bauchi APC? By Salisu Muhammad Sani

February 29, 2020 Blueprint 0

By way of introduction, I consider it important for me to begin this write up by doing a reference to a popular, even if inaccurate, saying that “politics is a dirty game.” If we are to trace the way politics is being played in the country, we would almost certainly be left with the grim realisation that politics over here Read More

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Buhari suspends Amnesty Programme coordinator, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday approved the suspension of the Coordinator of Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo. This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina. The statement reads: “Following numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Programme, the National Security Adviser (NSA) set up a Caretaker Read More

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FG assures implementation of 2nd Peer Review reports

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

The Chief Executive Officer, African Peer review Mechanism (APRM) Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, has assured of the federal government commitment to implement recommendations of second cycle Review of the country. In a statement signed by Media Assistant to the NC/CE0  AUDA-NEPAD/APRM, Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu,  Akobundu disclosed this in Abuja when she led leaders of APRM Continental and other Country offices Read More

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Female editor clitches NUJ-Radio Nigeria Chairmanship chapter

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

A female editor in the Network News Directorate, Sandra Udeike, has won the chairmanship election of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Radio Nigeria chapter. Sandra in her acceptance speech described the election as “epoch-making”, adding that the chapters’ Union has changed, the paradigm has been shifted and the narrative redefined. According to Udeike, “the bar has been raised and Read More

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Patricia ushers Africa into digital age with first Bitcoin ATM Card

February 29, 2020 Editorial II 0

Today, Patricia launched its exclusive and eagerly awaited PATRICIA BITCOIN  ATM CARD, and as some users will call it, Africa’s First Bitcoin card; a global initiative that simplifies the way that its current and new users interact with bitcoin, giving them access to do everyday financial transactions at the swipe of a card.  The firm is offering a simple, single entry-point Read More

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Osinbajo, Gowon urge sacrifice for Nigeria’s growth

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and a former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, have stressed the need for Nigeria leaders to make sacrifice for the country’s growth and development. The eminent personalities urged leaders to shun greed and embrace humility by exemplifying sacrificial tendencies while presiding over the affairs of the people. They spoke in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti Read More

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Coronavirus: Ogun quarantines 28, sets up centre

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Friday disclosed that so far, 28 people had been identified and quarantined as those who had contact with the victim of the coronavirus in the state. The governor, who made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital, said the Isolation facility located in the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) in Sagamu, Read More

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Turning the other cheek

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

Turning the other cheek is a teaching by Jesus Christ. See Matthew 5: 39. It is a doctrine that discourages one from retaliation when offended by someone in a world where everyone is someone’s enemy. In other words, if a man/woman slaps you on the right cheek, rather responding with a Tyson-like punch, you are admonished to offer the left Read More

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The plight of senior citizens

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

In a country where one senior citizen dies in every 20 minutes as a result of many factors among which are poverty and lack of care, the policy of “Owo Arugbo” introduced sometime ago by the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state is highly commendable. A simple calculation shows that three aged people die every hour, 72 on Read More

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Matawalle lauds Buhari for appointing Zamfara indigene

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

The governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing his former Commissioner for Science and Technology, Biyaminu Yusuf Shinkafi, as a federal commissioner of the National Assembly Service Commission for the North-west. In a statement issued in Gusau Friday, the director-general on media, public enlightenment and communication, Yusuf Idris, quoted the governor as saying Read More

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2020, Pivotal to gender equality advancement

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

Asmau Benzies Leo, a certified trainer and development consultant, is the executive director Centre for Non-violence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria. She is also the convener of Peace Hub-Nigeria, an online campaign on the engagement of young people in governance, democracy, and peace building and Women in Public Service Initiative (WIPSER). In this interview with ENE OSANG, speaks on the Read More

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4,000 divorce cases in 2 months: Which way family values?

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

Between January and now, a total of 4, 000 divorce applications were reportedly filed before various courts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). But is the figure a reality or over-bloated, TOPE SUNDAY seeks answer in this report.  Before now, divorce was hardly discussed in public in Nigeria. It was seen and tagged as a taboo and unfit for public Read More

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Towards improving Nigeria’s aviation industry

February 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

Apparently worried by the risk posed to flight operations in the country by wildlife, especially birds, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, recently took another bold step to confront the challenge head-on. The organisation’s previous helmsmen had appreciated the challenge and the need to effectively tackle the threat, but with the myriad of pressing operational Read More

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Checkmating the desecration of the constitution

February 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

Recently, Senator Ahmad Lawal, President of the Senate, constituted a ‘powerful’ 56-man committee, saddled with the responsibility of reviewing the 1999 constitution. The amendment committee comprises principal officers of both chambers of the National Assembly, a senator from each state and two other federal lawmakers to represent each of the geopolitical zones. The reason for the review, he said, is Read More

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Still on proposed commission for repentant insurgents

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

In this piece, ELEOJO IDACHABA takes a look at the National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria Bill, 2020 which generated bitter controversy among senators and Nigerians. However, sensing the animosity it generated, its sponsor, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, withdrew it. Although he is said to have withdrawn the bill, but the controversy it Read More

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The doctors’ exodus

February 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

It’s no longer news that Nigerian doctors are leaving the country in droves for greener pastures According to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), of the 75,000 Nigerian doctors registered with NMA, more than 33,000 have left the country, with 42,000 to take care an estimated 200 million people. Every problem has a solution if government is ready to head off Read More

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Rethinking the unemployment crisis

February 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

It is a known fact that every government agency, business enterprise or technological approach that once solved or is still solving the needs of mankind started with an idea which was conceived on a fertile human mind, believed and acted upon immediately. And if this is generally accepted, it translates then, to the fact that unemployment can only happen when Read More

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Diaspora voting desirable

February 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

The millions of Nigerians who reside outside of our shores, pursuing lives of meaningful achievement in their various fields have as much a stake in the present and future of Nigeria as those of us who live here. These Nigerians, having chosen to pursue their dreams elsewhere, rarely forget the place from whence they’ve come. Our diaspora citizens use their Read More

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Beat the gong, Mr President By Dan Agbese

February 28, 2020 Blueprint 0

The National Population Commission held a retreat at the very impressive Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, February 17-21. The theme of the retreat was a mouthful: Harnessing Demographic Data for Effective National Planning and Development.             I was privileged to attend the morning session on the third day. I was impressed by the glittering assemblage of NPC commissioners, Read More

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N5.04bn official cars: Like Senate like Reps

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

The move by the leadership of the House of Representatives to procure “operational vehicles” for lawmakers has continued to generate controversies. In this report SAMSON BENJAMIN examines the criticisms surrounding the decision The House of Representatives recently resolved to acquire Toyota Camry 2020 model, otherwise referred to as utility vehicles, for members as official cars. The Punch reported that the Read More