…As Messi shuns Barca training

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Lionel Messi failed to turn up for Barcelona training on Monday, with the forward no longer considering himself a part of Ronald Koeman’s squad.The Argentine, who has played for the Spanish giants for almost 20 years, informed the club last week that he wants to leave. La Liga meanwhile has dashed his hopes of leaving Barcelona on a free transfer Read More

Argentina President urges Messi to return home

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Argentina’s president Alberto Fernandez has advised Lionel Messi to return to his homeland and finish his career at his former youth team club Newell’s Old Boys.Messi,33, shocked the world of football last week by informing Barcelona of his intentions to move on this summer following a turbulent season at the Nou Camp. He has been most strongly linked with a move to Manchester Read More

‘Insolvent’ states: The way out

August 31, 2020 Zayyad I. Muhammad 0

On August 24, 2020, the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) raised the alarm over the ‘extremely poor’ Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by state governments. Thus, Katsina, Kebbi, Borno, Bayelsa and Taraba states are declared as ‘insolvent’. Figures from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) also indicate many states struggle to generate internal revenues and record a decline in Read More

NFF mourns as Head of ICT, Tolulope Abe, dies

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The top hierarchy and rank-and-file of the Nigeria Football Federation have been thrown into deep mourning following the death on Saturday evening of the Federation’s Head of ICT, Mr. Tolulope Abe. Abe passed on at the National Hospital, Abuja as a result of complications that arose after a surgery. He was 48. Highly dedicated, diligent, energetic, savant, proficient and goal-driven, Read More

Supreme Court judgement: Governor Bello reacts

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Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said the judgement of the Supreme Court upholding his election for a second term in office was an affirmation of the landmark victory entrusted on him by the people at the November 16, 2019 polls. Governor Bello polled a total of 406,222 votes against his closest rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate who Read More

Need for citizens’ participation in budgeting processes

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Participatory budgeting represents a direct-democracy approach to budgeting. It offers citizens at large an opportunity to learn about government operations and to deliberate, debate, and influence the allocation of public resources. It is a tool for educating, engaging, and empowering citizens and strengthening demand for good governance. The enhanced transparency and accountability that participatory budgeting creates can help reduce government Read More

Yobe at 29

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As we celebrate the 29th birthday of our dear Yobe state, there is a need for reflection to look into the challeges facing, and achievements recorded by, the state. We shall carefully look around and ask ourselves about important landmarks, especially in the areas of education, infrastructure, human development, social, political and economic development. The challenges facing the youths concern Read More

Leverage on the polio-free status

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Report that the Africa Regional Certification Commission has declared Nigeria and the rest of Africa polio-free is quite cheering. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this marks the eradication of a second virus from the face of the continent since smallpox 40 years ago.  This is a welcome development, considering the fact that the coronavirus pandemic had wreaked enormous damage on Read More

Salvaging our hospitals

August 31, 2020 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

The precarious situation in our health institutions became a source of worry going by the first experience of some relatives and friends in recent times. Before now, stakeholders in the health sectors have cried out over the deplorable conditions that have taken a heavy toll on the people seeking medical attention. A sickening citizen would be incapable of contributing meaningfully Read More

Agriculture as the way out of impending recession

August 31, 2020 Jerry Uwah 0

Everyone expected the flurry of bad news on Nigeria’s economy streaming in from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). However, few expected the figures to be so deep in negative territory. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had estimated that Nigeria’s economy would shrink by 4 to 5 per cent in the second quarter of 2020. The Read More

Breaking: Local contractors storm finance ministry, protests non-payment

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Local contractors on Monday stormed the Ministry of Finance Headquarters in Abuja protesting the delay in their payment.  The protesting contractors, who were singing “Zainab pay us we no go go”, “we borrowed money to execute contracts”, “You paid your husband, Zainab pay us” amongst others.  In a statement that was later made available to journalists, the group’s Publicity Secretary, Read More

Women participation in governance should be b national priority —Kwara REC

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Malam Garba Attahiru–Madami , the Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) has declared that women participation in governance at all levels remains a national priority that  require a constitutional amendment to achieve.  He has therefore mandated all women groups and stakeholders and men of good conscience to raise national consciousness of the urgency of this need, through advocacy, workshops, seminars Read More

Breaking: Ex-Flying Eagles goalkeeper Felagha is dead

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Former goalkeeper of Nigeria’s under-17 and 20 John Felagha has been confirmed dead. Confirming the his demise via their official twitter handle, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a while ago on Monday wrote, “Former National U17 and U20 goal keeper John Felagha has died. Felagha died on Sunday in Senegal. He was aged 26. Our thoughts and prayers are with Read More

Breaking: Yahaya Bello remains Kogi governor, Supreme Court affirms

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The Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Monday dismissed the case of Engr. Musa Wada of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressive Congress (APC), saying the appeal lacked merit. The court therefore upheld the victory of governor Yahaya Bello as winner of the November governorship election in kogi state. In the lead Read More

Dangote fertiliser crucial to agricultural agenda – Nanono

August 31, 2020 Patrick Andrew 0

The federal government has called on the Dangote Fertiliser plant in Lagos to assist its agricultural transformation agenda to boost food security in the country. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, who stated this during a facility tour of the Dangote Fertiliser plant in Lagos at the weekend, said the agenda and extension services for small Read More

Gov Yahaya distributes relief materials to Billiri flood victims

August 31, 2020 Auwal Ahmad 0

In continuation of its outreach to communities ravaged by natural disasters, the Gombe state government has distributed relief materials to households affected by food in Tal and Tanglang districts of Billiri local government area of the state.  The state Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr Mela Audu Nunghe, who presented the materials on behalf of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, told the Read More

Gombe partners NDE on job creation, skills acquisition

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Gombe state government is to partner the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in the area of job creation, skills acquisition and entrepreneurial development.  Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya announced this at a meeting with NDE Director-General Dr. Nasiru Ladan Mohammed Argungu, during a visit to the agency’s headquarters in Abuja. He said his administration was poised to ensuring inclusive and sustainable Read More

Cleric tasks FG on Southern Kaduna bloodshed

August 31, 2020 Abubakar Labaran 0

Founder, Throneroom Trust Ministry, Kafanchan, Kaduna state, Apostle (Dr) Emmanuel Nuhu Kure, has called on  the federal government to arrest the senseless bloodshed going on in Southern Kaduna before it leads to anarchy. The cleric made the statement as a guest speaker at the grand finale of the prayers and indoor protest sessions against killings in Southern Kaduna, organised by Read More

COVID-19: JAMB relaxes services

August 31, 2020 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

To ensure that candidates who took the UTME prior to 2020 or applied through Direct Entry (DE), and who require certain corrections of their processes are accommodated, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has lifted the suspension earlier placed on processes covering those years.A statement signed by JAMB’s head of media, Dr Fabian Benjamin on Sunday reads in part,  Read More

Suspension of legislative activities: Save yourself of another bad press, CSOs tell NASS

A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria has condemned the leadership of the National Assembly over the suspension of legislative activities.  The CSOs said even if the decision was taken with good intentions, it was ill-advised, ill-timed and unhelpful, and therefore urged the lawmakers to save themselves another bad press. They made the position known in a statement Read More

Daura transportation varsity ready Sept 2021, FG assures

August 31, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that the University of Transportation Daura will be completed by September 2021. Amaechi made this disclosure on Saturday in Daura, Katsina state when he embarked on maiden inspection tour of the ongoing project.    In a press statement issued in Abuja by his director of press, Eric Ojiekwe, Amaechi explained that Read More

‘Fake news threat to democratic values, Nigerians’

August 31, 2020 Binta Shama 0

Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), Mr. Idayat Hassan, has said fake news has become common and detrimental to the democratic values of the nation, and should be tackled because it poses as a threat to Nigerians. The CCD-West Africa boss stated this in Abuja during a webinar Hackathon meeting on Combating Disinformation and Fake News in Northern Read More

Group thumbs up Buhari on Biu Army varsity confirmation

August 31, 2020 Adoyi M. Aba 0

  The North-East Peace Ambassadors (NEPA) has said the establishment of the Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB) is a confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s genuine commitment to peace and development in the region.  In a statement issued by its national coordinator, Yusuf Bala, NEPA said President Buhari has kept his promise of not only stamping out insurgency but bringing development Read More

60th confab fallout: NBA splits as parallel body emerges

August 30, 2020 Ise-Oluwa Ige 0

A group of lawyers from the northern part of Nigeria have formed a parallel body known as New Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). In a statement jointly issued Sunday by Mr. Nuhu Ibrahim and Mr. Abdulbasit Suleiman, the lawyers said they came together with the aim of protecting their interests as encapsulated under Section 40 of the Constitution. The action is a fallout Read More