Women: Towards advocating for more voice in Nigeria

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The slow pace of implementating the National Action Plan of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1325 on women in Nigeria continues to draw concerns and criticisms from women groups. SULEIMAN IDRIS reports. To reduce the impacts of increasing insecurity, violence and injustices against women, the 15 members United Nations Security Council on October 31 2000 adopted a document Read More

EFCC nabs human organ trafficker in Port Harcourt

May 6, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Port Harcourt Zonal office, have arrested the alleged leader of a syndicate specialised in selling and buying human organs for trafficking to foreigners. EFCC Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in  a press statement, Thursday in Abuja, said “The syndicate leader: Ukaeje John Emeka alias Dr. Phil Mark,  Dr. Donald Phillip,  Dr. Wesley David, Read More

As tenureship crisis trails headship of a federal institution…

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

In fragrant disregard for laid down public service rule, head of a medical institution located in Plateau state still retains office despite serving out his tenure. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU reports.  Public service rule stipulates punitive measures against erring officers. While this same rule provides interdiction of erring officers, the Ministry of Health has continued to retain embattled Dr Sunday Etukudor Read More

USAID awards $300m to UNICEF for mothers, children globally

May 6, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded about $300 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve the lives of mothers and children globally. A press statement by USAID, Thursday, said Administrator Samantha Power announced the renewal of USAID’s long-standing and successful partnership with UNICEF to improve the health and well-being of mothers, children, families, and Read More

The tasks on Muslims’ during ‘Eid Al-Fitr

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

There are many tasks for Muslims to do on ‘Eid Al-Fitr. They are as follows:1-   Paying Zakat Al-Fitr before the ‘Eid prayer2-   Saying Takbeer on the night of the ‘EidAllah The Almighty Says (what means):{To complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.} [Quran 2:185]Zayd ibn Aslam  said that {To glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you} means if Read More

HAJJ 2021: The clock is ticking, lets kick the ball rolling (II)

May 6, 2021 Ibrahim Muhammed 0

Let’s do an inventive arithmetic.During Hajj 2019, Saudi Arabia increased Pakistan quota by 15,000 to a total of 179,210 which ranks second in the top ten counties. Indonesia ranked highest with 221,000.So, 50,000 by 179,210 is equivalent of 27.9 percent of Pakistan’s 2019 Hajj Seat quota. Scary indeed.So, what is the 28 percent of 95,000 being Nigeria’s Hajj 2019 allocation?The Read More

Letter to Gov El-Rufai

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Sir, it is with due respect I write this letter to draw your attention to the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections scheduled to hold tomorrow, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Kauru local government area.Sir, if I could recall, immediately after the Kaduna State Electorate Commission (SIECOM) released the local government elections’ guidelines and fixed date for the election, you Read More

UEFA confirms Istanbul as CL final venue

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Champions League final will take place in Istanbul, Turkey despite current lockdown restrictions, UEFA has confirmed.Manchester City will face Premier League rivals Chelsea on May 29. It was suggested Wembley could have been a potential destination for an all-English final but the stadium is already committed to hosting the Championship play-off final on that date.UEFA hopes to secure at Read More

Murtala Mohammed: Lai Mohammed missed it

May 6, 2021 Alhassan A. Bala 0

If there is anyone that I would least expect the never-ending accusations by the Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for the failure of the past and current administrations in the country, is the Nigeria’s finest Head of States and an Africanist, late General Murlata Mohammed. In an interview on a national TV on April 26, 2021, the minister Read More

Magoro: Soldier, administrator, elder statesman @ 80

May 6, 2021 Ibrahim Muye Yahaya 0

May 7, 2021, will come and go, but it’s going to be a red letter day in the lives of thousands. Major General (Senator) Muhammad Magoro (rtd), a soldier-turned- administrator, business tycoon, politician and elder statesman was born on this day, 80 years ago. To him, and particularly those who have benefitted from his large heart including this author, 80 Read More

A drab Workers’ Day

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The world celebrated the International Worker’s Day on May 1. Nigeria was not left out of the celebration even though it had nothing worthy of celebration. Most of the workers leave civil service corridors without being giving pension, gratuity and any form of recognition. The welfare of the civil servants is no longer on the government front page, as most Read More

Who is responsible for the killings in Nigeria?

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria as a democratic nation that has the record of promoting peace, unity, and progress has now become a war zone, far beyond the fiction that is being displayed in a movie.  The insecurity resulting to the killing of many Nigerians is now becoming more alarming than ever. According to the Council for Foreign Relationship, over 37,500 Nigerians have been Read More

The attempted crucifixion of El- Rufai

May 6, 2021 Danjuma Musa 0

“In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times” – Winston Churchill  The All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 orchestrated the unimaginable, the resounding defeat of an incumbent government, the first of such feat in Africa, where the defeat of a party in power is a taboo. But the APC victory had come at a great Read More

Communal clashes: Senators sue for peace in Benue, Ebonyi

May 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Worried by the lingering communal Clashes among people of some communities in their States, Senators Abba Moro (PDP Benue South) and Sam Egwu (PDP Ebonyi North), have sued for peace. The two senators at a joint press conference on Wednesday in Abuja , said the warring communities across the two states should cease fire  by allowing the National Boundary Commission to Read More

Elitist conspiracy fuels insecurity – Chukwu

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Chief Celestine Chukwu is the secretary general of Igbo Community Assembly in the FCT. In this interview with ROSEMARY MORIBIRIN and SOLOMON AROWOLO, he speaks on ways out of current security situation ahead of 2023 general election. 2023 is around the corner. What do you expect from political parties? One thing that is very key is to ensure that there Read More

Obasanjo

Break Nigeria, expose minorities to oppression, extermination, OBJ warns

May 6, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described calls for the disintegration of Nigeria as unmindful and insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country.  Obasanjo made the observation Wednesday when he received the Tiv Professional Group (TPG) from Benue state, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.  The former president recalled a discussion between Read More

APC Senators to minority caucus: Your plan to impeach Buhari dead on arrival

May 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

  Twenty four hours after federal lawmakers on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) threatened to take up President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged breaches of the Constitution, their counterparts in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Wednesday declared the planned action dead on arrival. Minority’s stand At a joint press conference Tuesday, Minority Caucus of both Chambers of the National Assembly Read More

Buhari reacts to release of Forestry School students

May 6, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday welcomed the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, and congratulated their friends, families and the government and people of Kaduna State following the happy end to the saga.  “We are happy they have been released. We express our deep appreciation to all the actors who contributed one way or Read More

How we lifted education from abyss in Taraba – Ishaku

May 5, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state said Wednesday that his administration prioritise the revitalisation of education because it is a springboard for rapid development of the state and its people.The governor said this when he received a delegation from Blueprint newspaper at the state government’s lodge in Abuja.He said without quality education, little can be achieved in the socio-development of Read More

Despite FOI Act, FG still acts like military regime — Ehusani

May 5, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Executive Director of Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, Rev. Fr. George Ehusani, Wednesday, said despite the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI Act, the Federal Government is acting like old military regimes. Ehusani, a rights activist and cleric, spoke in Abuja at the stakeholders’ forum on journalists’ safety and press freedom limitations in Nigeria, organised by the International Read More

In Kaduna, troops rescue 13 kidnapped persons, gunmen kill 2

May 5, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Gunmen killed two vigilante and kidnapped 13 people in Gwagwada Chikun local government area of Kaduna state before troops arrived the scene to rescue the 13 kidnapped persons after fierce gun battle.  According to Kaduna state government account, “troops have reported the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from bandits in Gwagwada, Chikun local government area.“The 13 citizens, originally from Read More

BON Hotels: Success of business amidst Covid-19 pandemic

May 5, 2021 David Agba 0

Nigeria’s leading stakeholder in the hospitality business, the management of BON Hotels are obviously not resting on their oars to remodel, re-strategize, and expand their reach for efficiency and ultimately to meet the demands and satisfaction of their customers despite the challenges of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic which took a heavy toll on every aspect of human endeavours across the Read More

NCC, NIGCOMSAT sign MoU that’ll facilitate 5G services

May 5, 2021 Ayoni M Agbabiaka 0

The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) and  Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have developed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the use of C-band spectrum for 5G services in Nigeria.Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Garba Dambatta at the MoU signing, detailing all aspects of the undertaking said the two agencies agreement will facilitate the release Read More

Grobank formally becomes Access Bank South Africa

May 5, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Following the completion of all regulatory procedures, Grobank Limited has been officially renamed Access Bank South Africa Limited.The deal was finalized after Access Bank’s acquisition of controlling shares in the former Grobank Limited, South Africa. With this new development, Access Bank South Africa Limited is positioned to deliver a robust banking operation that connects key African markets.At an official closing Read More

Stock market sustains bearish run, loses N193bn

May 5, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday sustained bearish run, declining by N193 billion.Specifically, Market Capitalisation of listed equities declined by 0.93 per cent to N20.637 trillion from N20.830 trillion reported the previous day. The NSE All Share Index also depreciated by 367.97 basis points to 39433.81 points from 39801.78 traded on Tuesday.Investors exchanged 349.558 million shares Read More