Again, Senate fires NDDC over alleged blackmail

May 31, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate for the second time within a week, fired at the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged blackmail to stop it from carrying out investigation on alleged mismanagement of N40billion by the Commission between January and March, 2020. The Chairman Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP Delta North), had Read More

PDP sweeps Benue LG polls

May 31, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the electoral positions contested in the local government council polls held on May 30 in Benue. The elections were conducted in 23 local government councils across 276 council wards of the state. The elections, which were adjudged by a team of election observers led by Ibrahim Sheka from Kano, was remarkable in Read More

Nigerian banks and smallholder farmers’ lack of access to credit

May 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigerian smallholder farmers have been the backbone of food production, yet this set of farmers despite all government efforts have not been able to access credit from the commercial banks, JOHN OBA, writes. Lack of capital Nigeria has over 40 million smallholder farmers and also that over 90% of these farmers can’t access loan facilities from the commercial banks, yet agricultural credit Read More

Lagos residents demand further easing of lockdown

May 31, 2020 Segun Odunewu 0

Residents of Lagos and other states affected by the federal government’s stay-at-home order which began on March 30 to curb spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, are beginning to express a sign of relief over the expectation that the federal government may likely re-opens the economy fully as the second week of gradual easing of lockdown expires today, Read More

Celebrating a legislative icon @ 56 by Umar Muhammad Puma

May 31, 2020 Umar Muhammad Puma 0

A popular anonymous maxim says “life is like a piano. Anyone can play a song through meaningless repetition, but it takes passion to play a masterpiece” . In other words, God has endowed every human being with knowledge and talents, but only self-motivated and determined people with personal conviction do live a vibrant and energetic life that leads to success. Read More

Oil industry to face tough challenges as economy contracts

May 31, 2020 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

  A financial Analyst has said that the nation’s oil and gas industry is likely to witness a lot of challenges in the future as the non performing loans in the sector will be on the increase, due to the contraction of the economy, reduction in production level. Principal Consultants, DRNL Consult Limited, Ms Ronke Onadeko who made this statement in Read More

Kidnapped CAN chairman regains freedom

May 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nasarawa state chapter, Joseph Masin, who was abducted by gunmen Thursday in Lafia has regained his freedom. The Commissioner of Police (CP), Bola Longe, confirmed the release of the CAN chairman to journalists on Sunday in Lafia.  Longe said four suspects have been arrested in connection with the abduction and that investigation was ongoing Read More

Gombe: APC govt has nothing to celebrate – Kera

May 31, 2020 Chamba Simeh 0

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe state, Mallam Dahiru Hassan Kera, has said there is nothing for the Inuwa Yahaya administration to celebrate, adding that the state has been dragged backwards. Kera, who was special assistant on media and publicity to former Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, stated this Friday, in an interview with our correspondent. He Read More

Kogi: NGOs distribute food to persons living with HIV

May 31, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

  A nongovernmental organisation, Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), in collaboration with Kogi based Initiative for Grassroots Advancement (INGRA) has provided emergency palliatives to 400 Persons Living With HIV and AIDS (PLWH) in Kogi state. The NGO has also provided 70 hand-washing apparatus to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as security, media, religious bodies, youth council, markets, motor parks and Read More

COVID -19: INEC to test-run modified processes with bye-elections

May 31, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

Ahead of Edo and Ondo governorship polls scheduled for September and October 2020, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said it is determined to test run its modified processes with some pending bye elections.   Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made this known, at the opening of the commission’s first virtual meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). The INEC chairman noted Read More

Karu honoured late Jummai, not Aduda – KAGBADA

May 31, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Karu Gbagyi Development Association (KAGBADA) has debunked report by an online medium that the Community Town Hall bankrolled by Upper River Niger Basin Authority, was named after late Mrs Jummai Aduda by her son, Senator Philip Aduda, as a constituency project . KAGBADA in a statement signed by its chairman, Dangana Jimiko, said the project was unanimously named after Read More

Farmers, herders tasked on peaceful co-existence in Nasarawa

May 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Traditional Ruler of Gom Mama in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Mustapha Zubairu, has urged farmers and herders to always embrace dialogue as a means of settling conflict to boost food security in the country. Zubairu made the call in a report by Agronature Nigeria news during an interview in Lafia, Nasarawa state. He said remains a vital requirement to develop Read More

N7bn uncompleted building: Senate to probe activities in agric sector

May 31, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

All plans are on deck by the Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and his committee members to checkmate the scandal rocking the Ministry of Agriculture in connection with the allegedly buying of N7 billion uncompleted building. Senator Adamusaid the probe was on the activities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development by its former Permanent Secretary, Read More

Rising from a crisis – A more self-reliant Africa after coronavirus?

May 31, 2020 Jean Senahoun 0

When the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement was launched on 21 March 2018, African leaders did not imagine that the tenets of the agreement could possibly save the continent from a pandemic-fueled food and economic crisis. The world has been grappling with the crippling economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic since February 2020. The crisis persists, threatening to Read More

Taraba savings and Loan acquires N1bn shares – CEO

May 31, 2020 Andrew Ojih 0

The Chief Executive Officer of the Taraba Investment and  Properties  limited, Mr. Iliya Ezekiel, Friday disclosed that the state Mortgage Bank, Taraba Savings and Loans Limited has increased her share capital to N1 billion. He said the funds were injected by His Excellency, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, to meet the requirement of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the state will Read More

FG urged to set rules on downstream oil sector deregulation

May 31, 2020 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The federal government has been called upon to set the rule guiding its deregulation policy in the downstream oil sector in order to attract fresh investment and funding. Principal Consultant, DRNL Consult Limited, Ronke Onadeko, who spoke at a Webinar organised by the Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER) in partnership with the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) said Read More

NiDCOM office space controversy: NCC opens up on Communication Minister’s involvement

May 31, 2020 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stated that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) was never involved in the process of offer of office allocation to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) at the NCC’s Communications and Digital Economy Complex located at Mbora District, Abuja, as the public is being made to believe. The Read More

Methanol ‘ll improve our economy- Onu

May 31, 2020 Binta Shama 0

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that the use of methanol will help improve the economy and provide jobs amidst COVID 19 and after. The Minister made this statement during the final meeting of the cabinet committee to source funding for the implementation of the national policy on methanol fuel producing, in Abuja. “With the Read More

Resident doctors threaten indefinite strike

May 31, 2020 Najib Sani 0

Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government to implement all the agreements entered into with the association or risk an indefinite strike action. NARD issued the ultimatum in Bauchi, Saturday, at the end of its 2020 Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) with the theme: ‘Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health in Nigeria.’ Read More

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Wase assures constituents of constant empowerment

May 31, 2020 Muhammad Tanko 0

Deputy Speaker of the Federal House Representatives Ahmad Idris Wase Saturday assured his constituents of constant support  to better their lives. Wase stated this while disbursing four  tractors, 200 sets of sewing machines, 200 sets of grinding machines, 152 motorcycles, and three galaxy cars, as empowerment to members of the 122 polling units, within Wase Federal Constituency, held at his Read More

I’ll defeat you in 2023, Fintiri tells opposition parties

May 31, 2020 Muazu Abari 0

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state weekend told his political opponents and aspirants in opposition political parties that he would stage a comeback in 2013. The governor stated this in Yola while receiving a former member of the Federal House of Representatives,  Adamu Kamale, and some prominent politicians from his senatorial zone in Adamawa north who defected from the Read More

Bauchi to construct access road to Unguwar Alkali

May 31, 2020 Najib Sani 0

Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has said his government is  planning to construct an access road from Unguwar Alkali to gwangwangwan to Kofar dumi quarters in the Bauchi metropolis. The governor made the disclosure Saturday during his one year anniversary media chat held at Command Guest House, Bauchi. He said the idea is to facilitate easy transportation of people, goods Read More

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Adeboye advocates inclusion of home based players in Super Eagles squad

May 31, 2020 Akeem Busari 0

The Senior Special Assistant to Lagos state Governor on sports Prince Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye has called for the inclusion of local based players in the Super Eagles.  Speaking exclusively on leading WhatsApp sports platform, Nigeria Sports Centre said local based footballers are good enough to play for the Super Eagles alongside their foreign based compatriots. “I believe that we have Read More