Postponing 2019 elections was tough for me –Yakubu

November 27, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

  Poor performance of most political office holders in the country culminating in bad governance is responsible for voter apathy, re-nominated Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has said. The re-appointed INEC boss also said postponing the 2019 general elections was for him, a tough decision. Similarly, he said the electoral body had before it 1,508 Read More

Shock Nigerians with massive human, capital devts, not defections, CUPP chides APC

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 National Secretary Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP), High Chief Peter Ameh, has described defection from one political party to the other as “the usual way that unprincipled and non-ideologically driven politicians exhibit their lack of love for Nigeria. Ameh made this remark in a statement Thursday while reacting to reports attributed chairman All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Caretaker Committee, Alhaji Mai Read More

NOUN advocates digitisation for effective service delivery

November 26, 2020 Eleojo Idachaba 0

Towards effective service delivery, the deputy executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Ambassador Chris J Maiyaki, has identified full digital transformation and application of computer software as the cornerstone for the effective service delivery of staff working in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) centres in the country. He was speaking during a three-week intense virtual training on ‘The Read More

FG hands over N105.3bn power plant to Transcorp

November 26, 2020 David Agba 0

The federal government on Thursday handed over the N105.3bn Afam Power Plant to Transcorp Power Consortium based on the approval of the National Council on Privatisation. Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoh, handed over the power plant to the preferred bidder on behalf of the government in Abuja. This came as the BPE also announced that the lingering tussle Read More

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Ease of doing business: Kwara inaugurates 12 man council

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Kwara state government has inaugurated a 12-person Ease of Doing Business Council to drive its efforts to lift bureaucratic bottlenecks that hurt businesses as well as attract new investments to the state.The setting up of the council is one of the recommendations of the ease of doing business Report 2020 approved by governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, deputy governor Kayode Alabi Read More

Bandits attack 2 villages, face troops around Kaduna-Niger boundaries

November 26, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Armed bandits on Wednesday morning attacked Kugosi and Kajari communities in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna state, but faced troops firepower in Kawuri Chikun LGA close to the boundaries with Niger state. A statement issued and signed by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Thursday said a place of worship and a residential building were set ablaze Read More

Allocation drops again as Kwara receives N3.4bn for November

November 26, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state government Thursday said it has recorded a drop in its monthly allocation for the month of November haven  received a total sum of N3,415,372,533:31 as federal allocation.A statement by the state’s Finance and Planning Commissioner Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi said.  The figure is N364,521,954:41 less than the allocation for October which was N3.7bn. The drop is the second time Read More

2021 Budget: Senate seeks additional N9bn for Nigeria railways

November 26, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Thursday demanded additional N9 billion for the Nigeria Railways Corporation in the 2021 budget proposal.The Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe Central), made the request to the Committee on Appropriation while presenting Budget estimates of both the Marine and Land Transport to the Committee. Addressing Journalists after submission of the reports, the former Gombe Read More

Architects propose law to curb menace of building collapse

November 26, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

 The Nigerian Institute of Architects has indicated it will sponsor a bill with the help of the national Assembly to bring to an end the menace of building collapse in the country. The issue of Building collapse has become a serious problem in the country , resulting into  loss of lives and properties . The National President of the Institute Read More

Anti-Corruption, ethics: ICPC rates NiMet high

November 26, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission, ICPC, has lauded the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, for promoting ethics. In a letter written in respect of that, the Commission stated further that NiMET tough stand was capable of discouraging corrupt practices and behavior in the country. In addition, ICPC also commended the agency for creating the right environment for the Read More

UniLag, UniAbuja, 10 others, get TETFund’s Centres of Excellence

November 26, 2020 Uji Abdullahi Iliyasu 0

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has selected  the Uuniversity of Lagos (UniLag) University of Abuja (UniAbuja) and ten other federal universities as the pioneer Centres of Excellence to define the trajectory for the transformation of tertiary institutions.Executive Secretary, TETFund, Professor Suleiman  Elias Bogoro, at the inauguration of the twelve maiden Centres of Excellence Thursday, said the objective was to address a specific Read More

Senegal rise to 17th in world rankings

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Sadio Mane-inspired Senegal climbed four places to 17th in the Fifa world rankings on Thursday after home and away Africa Cup of Nations qualifying victories over Guinea-Bissau. The Teranga Lions, whose stars include Liverpool forward Mane and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, are the only one of 48 Cup of Nations contenders who boast a 100 per cent record after four Read More

CSO seeks Okebukola’s removal, writes Buhari

November 26, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

A civil society organisation, Youth Global Vision for Peace In Africa, has called on the federal government to remove Professor Peter Okebukola, the current Pro- Chancellor and Governing Council Chairman of the National Open University (NOUN). In a petition to President Mohammadu Buhari, the organisation accused Professor Okebukola of age falsification. There were allegations that the professor presented three different Read More

Insecurity: Sultan of Sokoto, NIREC, others set agenda for FG

November 26, 2020 Paul Okah 0

The President-General Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has challenged the federal government to put more effort in tackling myriads of problems affecting the common man in Nigeria, including increase in prices of food items, fuel and electricity tariff hike; in order to arrest insecurity in the country as Read More

Ndume: Court fixes date for ruling, EFCC kicks

November 26, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja Thursday fixed Friday for ruling on the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume. Although the Prosecution lawyer at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, opposed the application, the trial Judge Justice Abang adjourned for ruling after Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, argued the bail application. But Read More

Ikoyi Property: You ‘ve case to answer, EFCC tells Saraki

November 26, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

At the resumed trial of a legal brawl between former Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a witness has narrated how the embattled former governor of Kwara State purchased the controversial Ikoyi property. The witness, Olamide Sadiq, who testified before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has insisted that Saraki allegedly purchased Read More

FEC approves action plan to end statelessness

November 26, 2020 Paul Okah 0

The federal government has approved a Joint Council Memo of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development with the Ministry of Interior to end statelessness in Nigeria. The approval was given at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the State House on Wednesday, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. In statement made available Read More

Lady Maimunah A woman of high morals

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Maimunah bint Al-Harith became one of the wives of Prophet Muhammad seven years after Muslims emigration. 11 Wives of the Prophet Muhammad – Who Are They?She had already been divorced once, after which she re-married and was later widowed.Many women would have given up on love by then, but Maimunahs story was slightly different.When she became Prophet Muhammads wife, she was a vibrant Read More

Turkey print Quran in every languages, to send to Muslim countries

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Turkeys top cleric has said his Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) will print copies of the Quran 24/7 to send to Muslims in other countries. Diyanet President Mehmet Görmez said they would print copies of the Quran at a press in Ankaras Sincan district. We will send copies of the Quran to our Muslim brothers living in many countries, who Read More

In Ondo, Akeredolu hails rural women cash grant Flag-off

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The special cash grant programme for rural women has commenced in Ondo state. The program which was flagged off by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq is targeted at 200 women from each of the 13 local government councils of the state, a press statement from Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Minister’s Special Media assistant Read More

Hadeeth: Whoever relieves a believer of some worldly distress

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah  said: Whoever relieves a believer of some worldly distress, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever alleviates the hardship of an insolvent debtor (i.e. grants him respite or writes off his debt), Allah will Read More

Zakat (the poor due): Meaning, ruling and benefits

November 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The literal meaning of “Zakat” is purity. Its Islamic technical meaning designates the annual amount of wealth, food, property etc. which a Muslim with the adequate means must distribute among the rightful beneficiaries.Zakat is a remarkable institution and a major pillar of Islam. Allah, Almighty, Says (what means): “And establish the Prayer, and pay Zakat (the poor due)…” [Quran, 2:43]. Moreover, Zakat Read More

Nasarawa govt charges contractors on project specifications

November 26, 2020 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Nasarawa state government, Thursday, charged contractors awarded contracts to ensure strict adherence to specifications and timely execution of projects.Executive chairman Nasarawa state Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) Muhammad Musa Dan’azumi gave the warning at a bid opening ceremony 2019 intervention fund in Lafia. The chairman who was represented by Permanent member 1 of the board, Mr. Freeman Kasa, warned Read More