Berger to construct 10-storey DPR headquarters in Abuja

January 31, 2021 Agi Onda 0

  Nigeria’s pacesetting engineering construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has been chosen to construct the new headquarters building of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). A press statement by the construction giant issued to newsmen, Sunday, said the iconic 10-storey building design also called The Barrel, located at the strategic Central Business District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, is “a Read More

No fake certificate traced to NECO director Ekele – Group

January 31, 2021 Adoyi M. Aba 0

The Competent Governance for Accountability and Civic Trust (CGACT), a non-governmental organisation, has declared the alleged certificate forgery report against a director at the national headquarters of the National Examination Council (NECO) as fake news. The NGO said, after painstaking verification and fact finding on the alleged certificate forgery by an online media platform, it discovered that the report was Read More

Flood: Food prices soar in Kebbi

January 31, 2021 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

In Kebbi state, the prices of food items have reached the roof top following last year’s flood disaster that destroyed 80 percent of fadama land. Blueprint findings at Kara grains market in Birnin Kebbi revealed that prices of food items such as rice, millet, sorghum and maize have skyrocketed beyond the reach of the poor.  It was learnt that the 2020 Read More

Imo CJ zppointment: Court strikes out suit

January 31, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

A suit instituted against the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Imo state governor, Chief Hope Uzodimma, has been struck out by a Federal High Court in Abuja. In the suit, the Plaintiff challenged the suitability of Justice Ijeoma Agugua who was made the substantive Chief Judge of Imo state. The court action was instituted by Hon Justin Brown Amadi who Read More

Barcelona deny leaking Messi contract

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Barcelona say they will take “appropriate legal action” against Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published details of forward Lionel Messi’s contract.Barcelona denied “any responsibility for the publication of this document”. Argentina international Messi, 33, joined Barcelona at 13 but handed in a transfer request in August.His contract runs out in the summer and there is uncertainty if he will remain with Read More

Farmers/herders crisis: Akwa Ibom ex-lawmaker advocates state ownership of ranch

January 31, 2021 Uko Etim 0

A former House of Representatives member for Oron/Okobo/Urue-Offiong-Oruko/Udung Uko/Mbo state constituency under the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom state, Peter Umoh, has called on the President Mohammadu Buhari to encourage state ownership of ranch in the country.He said ownership of ranch by state governments would effectively tackle the seemingly recurring clashes between farmers and herders than the  Buhari’s system Read More

Lawmaker’s wife empowers Oshodi/Isolo constituents

January 31, 2021 Temitope Mosuwo 0

   Wife of the Lagos lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo constituency II, Lady Roseline Idimogu has empowered some constituents with cash and car gifts in the first phase of an annual constituency empowerment programme. The lawmaker’s wife (Osodieme) and her husband Hon Jude Chukwuemeka Idimogu handed over the empowerment items to the beneficiaries at their residence in Lagos at the weekend.  Hon. Read More

Nigeria Sugar Institute ‘ll develop manpower in industry -Minister

January 31, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

Minister of Industry, Trade and investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo says that the newly commissioned Nigeria Sugar Institute (NSI) will develop the human resources required to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigeria sugar industry. The Minister who spoke at the commissioning of the institute in Ilorin, Kwara state at the weekend said sugar industry holds a special place in Nigeria’s Read More

Promotions: NAWOJ lauds IGP, seeks command for female CP

January 31, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), FCT Chapter, has commended the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, on the recent promotion of senior officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The women journalists, in a press statement signed by the Chairperson, Comrade Annah Daniel, and the Secretary, Comrade Nkeiru Nnoli-Okeke, Sunday in Abuja, made case for command posting Read More

Family member testifies against ex-AMAC manager in land grabbing case

January 31, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

A prosecution witness in a forgery and land grabbing suit, Hope Usiosefe has testified against former Zonal Manager, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Lugard Edegbe. Usiosefe told the presiding Magistrate, Mrs Elizabeth Wonni of Court 18, Wuse Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, that Edegbe was his uncle who trained him and his siblings in school after the death of his parents.  “I Read More

200 Amotekun operatives deploy to Oke Ogun to end banditry, kidnapping – Commandant

January 31, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

Oyo state Commandant of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), Operation Amotekun, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd) on Saturday, said that 200 Amotekun operatives have been deployed to Oke Ogun area of the state. Col. Olayanju in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan said the Amotekun operatives were deployed to bring an end to banditry, kidnappings and terrorism in Read More

Ex-gov’s son takes mum to court over Dad’s property

January 31, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

One of the children of late Abdulkadir Kure, former Governor of Niger state, Umar Abdulkadir Kure, has taken his mother, Senator Zenab Kure  to Sharia Court of Appeal of Niger state challenging the distribution of his father’s estate by an Upper Sharia Court/Administrator.   In the motion on notice filed as No SCA/NS/CV/O4/2020 against the decision of Upper Sharia Court/Administrator in Read More

COVID-19:SON alerts Nigerians over under-dispensing of oxygen, medical gases by plant owners

January 31, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has warned the public of recent complaints received on under-dispensing of oxygen and other medical gases by plant owners in some parts of the country. A statement from the office of the Director General, Mallam Farouk Salim described Oxygen as a critical product in the treatment of respiratory ailments in emergency situations, particularly in Read More

Nigerian risk post-AfCFTA dumping, MAN warns

January 31, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has expressed worries over the possible challenge of dumping of substandard goods in Nigeria by other African countries. President of MAN, Engr. Mansur Ahmed who disclosed this at the weekend, described dumping as a huge challenge that may hinder manufacturers, even as he stressed the need to ensure that all participating countries obey the Read More

Unacceptable infant mortality rate

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The ranking of Nigeria as 11th country with the highest number of newborn deaths in the world ought to give government at all levels and healthcare givers a serious cause for concern. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released the damning statistics in Lagos not quite long ago. According to the report, eight of the 10 most dangerous Read More

Use pension funds to settle retirees, Zamfara assembly urge Matawalle

January 31, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara State House of Assembly has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to reclaim about N500m unclaimed funds domiciled in different accounts of Pension Fund Administrators and settle outstanding retirement benefits retired civil servants in the state. The House also recommended that the Governor should seek audience with Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice as well as Read More

FG generates N295.72bn as CIT in 4Q

January 31, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The recent report from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that revenue of N295.72 billion was generated as Company Income Tax in the fourth quarter of 2020. This represents a drop of N120.29 billion or 28.92 per cent quarter by quarter compared with N416.01 billion recorded in the third quarter of 2020. It also declined year on year by N66.29 Read More

Nigeria’s oil export drop amid rise in OPEC+ supply

January 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries )OPEC), including, Russia and others oil output has risen for a seventh month in January, a Reuters survey found, after the group and allies agreed to ease record supply curbs further, although an involuntary drop in Nigerian exports limited the increase. Among the countries showing lower output, the biggest drop was in Nigeria after Read More

Shell back in Court over Nigeria oil spills liability ruling

January 31, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Royal Dutch Shell says it is not guilty of polluting their land. It thus has appealed earlier ruling to pay damages. Analysts say, any decision reached will be a landmark, since this is the first time the issue is receiving such serious legal attention. The case is the first in which a company and its foreign subsidiary have been tried Read More

FG unveils 50mt capacity yam storage facility in Nasarawa

January 31, 2021 John Oba 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, has commissioned 50 metric tons yam storage facility at the Faculty of Agriculture, Nasarawa State University, Keffi-Shabu- Lafia. A statement signed by the Chief Information Officer, Mr Ezeaja Ikemefuna on Sunday said the 45 to 50 metric tons yam seeds storage facility is estimated to cover 16 hectares of Read More

NPFL: Abia Warriors pick first away point as MFM, Lobi drop guards at home

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Under pressure Abia Warriors on Sunday picked their first away point of current the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season in a pulsating encounter against Lobi stars in Makurdi. Also, Kwara United grabbed a point in Lagos state when they threaded tackle with Mountain of Fire Ministry (MFM) football club. In Akure, Sunshine stars overpowered visiting Rangers Int’l club 3-1 Read More

Smear Campaign: Your failures are after you, PDP replies presidency

January 31, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the allegations by the Buhari Presidency, that certain Nigerians, particularly the elites, are waging a smear campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, has further confirmed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration is being haunted by the shadows of its own failures. PDP in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Sunday also Read More

Nigeria set for shift in economic competitiveness with maritime transport policy – Saraki

January 31, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, says the National Maritime Transport Policy being developed by Nigeria would lead to improved Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow and enhance the ability of the Nigerian maritime sector to compete internationally. Saraki said this in Lagos at the opening of a stakeholders’ validation forum on the draft policy. The minister said the Read More

Premier League: Tuchel claims first win as Chelsea boss

January 31, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Emphatic finishes from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso gave Thomas Tuchel his first victory as Chelsea head coach against a below-par Burnley. Captain Azpilicueta – the longest-serving player in the team – drilled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s lay-off high past Nick Pope just before half-time in the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge. Azpilicueta’s fellow Spanish defender Alonso added a classy second Read More