CSOs to INEC: We’ll hold you accountable on Edo poll

September 18, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of CSOs, has said it would hold the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accountable to its promises and assurances on preparedness for the governorship election in Edo state. The CSOs in a preliminary statement on the election signed by the Alternate Chair, Barr Esther Uzoma, Friday, said the group, which would be Read More

Concerns as food poisoning-related ailments soar despite advocacies

September 18, 2020 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

Many lives have been lost to incidences of food poisoning a development that has jolted relevant government agencies into taking steps in the form of campaigns against it ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. There are several food preservation methods used to avoid the consequences of mishandling perishable goods, however, some people who are all about making quick gains could not be bothered. Read More

NAF jets strike bandits in Kaduna forest

September 18, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

Following sustained air strikes against bandits in the North-west, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has killed several bandits and destroyed their meeting venues during air strikes in Kwaimbana forest area of Kaduna state. The operation was conducted under Operation THUNDER STRIKE on 17 September 2020. Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj.- Gen. John Enenche, said who disclosed this in a statement Read More

LG polls: Bauchi APC faults replacement of electoral officers

September 18, 2020 Najib Sani 0

Ahead the October 17, 2020, local government polls in Bauchi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cried foul over the sack of all Electoral Officers (EOs) in the 20 local governments and the appointment of new ones by the government. The party in a press release issued by its state publicity secretary, Adamu Jallah, on Friday alleged that the government Read More

Kwara gov’s son Farouk lauds Buhari on N75bn youth investment fund

September 18, 2020 Uko Etim 0

Frontline politician and business development manager, Farouk Abdulrasaq, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the approval and establishment of a N75 billion Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for three years following a memo presented by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development. In a statement issued to newsmen Friday, Farouk, who is the son of Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Read More

Millions of good writers die without publishing a book – Ekeocha

September 18, 2020 Editorial III 0

Mr. Franklin Ekeocha is the author of War Without Bloodshed, Father Church: A Living Sacrifice, among other books, who resigned from different jobs to take up writing as a profession. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he speaks on declining reading culture in Nigeria, societal ills, attitude of publishers to authors, even as he hopes for a better Nigeria. What Read More

Suleiman Adokwe, Abubakar Sodangi: Where are they now?

September 18, 2020 ELEOJO IDACHABA 0

In these days of stock-taking, one is bound to look at the records of some former public office holders for the sake of posterity. This week, ELEOJO IDACHABA looks at how these gentlemen fared while in public service. Nicholas Ugbane Nicholas Ugbane once represented the people of Kogi-east senatorial district in the Senate between 2003 and 2011. He served for Read More

Now that Covid-19 cases decline daily…

September 18, 2020 PAUL OKAH 0

For some months now, the number of recorded Covid-19 cases in Nigeria is on a steady decline, with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) often reporting less than 100 or even 75 cases in a day. PAUL OKAH takes a critical look at the implications. Before the berthing of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria in February this year, many Read More

Edo: CTA lauds Abdulsalam’s peace c’tte, Oba of Benin over pre-election accord

September 18, 2020 Bode Olagoke 0

The Center for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has commended the General Abdulsalam Abubakar led Peace Committee in making the political parties and their candidates to sign the peace accord. The organisation also thanked the Oba of Benin, Ewuari III, for calling the political parties and their candidates to order. In a pre-election statement signed and made available to newsmen Friday in Read More

Terrorism, banditry, others: A look at military operations

September 18, 2020 SAMSON BENJAMIN 0

It’s clear from all indications that Nigeria is at war. But like wildfire, this unconventional warfare has spread to neighbouring countries within the Lake Chad Basin such as Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report takes a look at the scenario. Though, some may beg to differ with the aforesaid thesis, probably because they are not living very Read More

Refineries’ rehabilitation: Fresh or old story?

September 18, 2020 BENJAMIN UMUTEME 0

When the federal government announced an increase in the price of petrol, there was outrage across the country, considering the fact that Nigeria is a major oil producer. However, with plans to rehabilitate the nation’s moribund refineries, analysts believe there could be hope in the horizon; BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports. When in 1959, oil was discovered in Oloibiri, in the present Read More

Tackling SGBV through gender responsive budgeting

September 18, 2020 ENE OSANG 0

The lack of adequate resources in terms of budgetary allocation has been named as one of the major reasons why Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) has persisted amidst all efforts to bring the menace to a stop in Nigeria. ENE OSHABA writes Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) has been a lingering problem in Nigeria for many years now, Read More

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Cleric to Nigerians: Don’t politicise insecurity

September 18, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Bishop, Diocese of Kaduna Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. Timothy Yahaya, has urged Nigerians to rally together to tackle insecurity, noting that “it is a common enemy that should not be politicised, but rather needs to be handled holistically.” Yahaya said it was a monster that was everywhere and targeting everybody irrespective of religion, status, sex, race, level of education Read More

Lawmaker hails Buhari on new Police Act enactment

September 18, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

A member of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Gadgi, who sponsored the proposal for a new regulatory law for the Nigeria Police has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for signing the Bill into law. Gagdi, who represents the Kanam/Pankshin/ Kanke Federal Constituency of Plateau state, while lauding the president’s action, said the Police Act, 2020 would doubt promote intense security in Read More

Covid-19: Plateau schools may re-open October ending – Lalong

September 18, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has expressed fears that state “remains an epic centre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria.” According to him, it is disturbing that the state is faced with most dangerous step of the pandemic, where schools are expected to re-open with children in high risk of contraction. Lalong expressed the fears Friday while declaring open, a Read More

RAPE: NARICT trains 100 girls in Benue

September 18, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

The National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria, last week, alongside other experts, trained 100 girls on various skills in Benue State. Blueprint reports that the one-week training was organised at the instance of Miss Idoma Ambassador, Queen Esther Ene Daniels. The participants, who were drawn from the nine LGs of Benue South, were trained from September 7-12, 2020 Read More

Anambra community mourns as man butchers mother, 2 own kids

September 18, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Nnewi in Nnewi North local government area of Anambra state has been thrown into mourning over alleged murder of an 85-year-old woman, Mrs. Agnes Ezimadu, and her three grandchildren. The three deceased, it was learnt, were on Thursday macheted to death by Agnes’s son, Mr. Emeka Ezimadu, aged 47, who incidentally fathered the two slain children, Ifechukwu, 9, and Mmeso Read More

FG seeks synergy with states for solid minerals devt

September 18, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

The federal government has called for synergy with states and local governments for enhanced solid minerals development, saying doing so would improve and shore up the nation’s revenue base thereby helping Nigeria to turn away from oil as mainstay of the economy. The Minister of State, Mines and Steel development, Sampson Ugah, made the call Thursday evening in Calabar during Read More

Revenue generation: Maritime sector to harmonise operations

September 18, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

Maritime agencies in the country have resolved to work together for the purpose of putting the nation’s water ways into effective use to improve the economy of the country and the safety of Nigerians. Briefing newsmen after the meeting of heads of the nation’s maritime agencies at its third monthly meeting held at the National Inland Waterways (NIWA) headquarters in Read More

Security: Nigerians in diaspora hail Buhari, Service Chiefs

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

The United kingdom (UK) chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs for improving the security situation in the country.  Describing the progress made as “giant strides”, the group said its feedback mechanism back home rates the current administration high in the war against terrorism, bandits and other criminal gangs.  In a Read More

Breaking – WTO job: Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iwela crosses first hurdle

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

Nigeria’s former coordinating Minister of Economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been shortlisted alongside three others who are eligible to go into another stage of World Trade Organization (WTO) contest. In the first stage, three candidates were dropped from the race to be the next Director General of WTO. The contestants will be reduced to two final candidates between on September 24 Read More

#BBNaija: Why I want Laycon, Dorathy out – Nengi

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

One of the seven remaining Big Brother Naija lockdown housemate, Nengi has revealed why she want fellow mate Laycon evicted on Sunday Nengi who is the current Head of Head said during her diary session with Biggie on Thursday night that Laycon was a strong contender and would hinder her chances of winning the show. She further stated that she Read More

Happening now: Tottenham fans besiege airport as Bale arrives UK ahead Premier League return

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

Gareth Bale has arrived in the UK to complete his loan move back to former club Tottenham Hotspur, Mirror reports. The Welshman will rejoin Spurs on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid after the club’s agreed to split his wages across the course of the season. Bale arrived at London Luton airport on Friday afternoon along with his Real teammate Sergio Reguilon, who Read More

How Buhari’s emergence, Military’s counter-insurgency tactics wiped out Boko Haram from Bauchi – CSOs

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergence in 2015 and the military’s counter-insurgency measures have ended Boko Haram activities in Bauchi state and other parts of the North East.  The team led by Global Amnesty Watch (GAW), also consisting of non-governmental organisations and the media came to this conclusion at the end of Read More

Breaking: Relief as FG makes u-turn on self-certification form

September 18, 2020 Editor 0

The federal government on Friday reversed its decision on self-certification, and apologised for asking all account holders in the country’s financial institutions to register their details again. The apology contained in a statement was issued by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) via the Government of Nigeria twitter handle @NigeriaGov. According to the statement, “This is to clarify the publication Read More