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Land tenure system should be reviewed–Adejana

Mr. ‘Debo Adejana is the Chief Executive Officer of Realty Point limited, a thriving Real Estate Development Company. An advocate of real estate investment, Mr. Adejana, in this interview with TOPE SUNDAY says access to land is a major challenge to investors in the sector. You are an advocate of real estate investment in Nigeria, […]

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Housing deficit: FG sets up task force on ‘home delivery’

Stories by Tope Sunday Abuja The federal government has set up a Task Force to facilitate the implementation and delivery of 100 housing units in the Family Homes Housing Project across the nation. The task force is saddled with the responsibility of proffering a lasting solution to the huge national housing deficit in the country. […]

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Obaseki, PFN leader for Edo Correspondents’ Chapel lecture

By Patrick Ahanor Benin City As part of its corporate social responsibility, the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Edo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has concluded plans to host a monthly public lecture series billed for Monday, next week. In a statement, Acting Chairperson of the Chapel, Mrs. Nefishetu Yakubu, who is […]

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Court orders final forfeiture of £578,080 to FG

By Jerry Uwah Lagos A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of the sums of £578,080.00 to the federal government of Nigeria. The forfeited sum was discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the account of a maritime firm, ZAL Marine Limited domiciled in Diamond Bank. EFCC told […]

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Why we want Buhari to continue, by Kogi gov

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has reiterated his call on Nigerians to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, saying his re-election “is in the best interest of Nigerians.” Bello, who stated this through a statement issued by his Director-General on Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja yesterday, added that […]

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Okorocha establishes 6 tertiary institutions in Imo

  Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has announced the establishment of six new tertiary institutions in the state. Okorocha, who made the announcement in a meeting with journalists in Owerri yesterday, said the step was part of plans to revolutionise the education sector in the state. The new institutions are University of Engineering, Onuimo, […]

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El-Rufa’i to corps members: Don’t compromise 2019 polls

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state yesterday urged corps members not to compromise the integrity of the 2019 general elections. The governor said in a message to the opening of joint orientation course for Batch B Stream II corps members deployed to Kaduna, Niger and Kogi states, that their unalloyed commitment to the nation would […]

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Kwankwaso still in APC – Chieftain

By Bashir Mohammed Kano A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Arch. Aminu Abubakar Dabo, has confirmed that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was still a card-carrying member of the party, despite the reports being bandied about in the media that he was set to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Speaking to newsmen in […]

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Buhari’s visit: Police deploy 4,000 personnel in Nasarawa

By Mohammed Yangida Lafia The Nasarawa state Police Command has disclosed that it had deployed over 4,000 officers and men to ensure a hitch-free visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state today. The Commissioner of Police, Bello Ahmed, told journalists yesterday in Lafia, the state capital, that the command had put up a robust […]

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Again, monarch appeals to FCTA, Bwari chair on infrastructure

By Donald Iorchir With the rising dearth of infrastructure in Dei-Dei community, the village head, Malam Saidu Hamza Sani, has again appealed to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Bwari area council to make provision for basic infrastructure in the community. Sani said it had become imperative to remind the government of its promises […]

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FCTA, AEDC to ease power shortage – AMMC boss

By Abdullahi Muhammad The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed that the Administration has paid a bill to the tune of N9 million as payment for electricity charges as part of its efforts to sustain and illuminate major streets of the nation’s capital. The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Shuaibu Umar, disclosed this […]

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Councils begin measles, polio immunisation campaign Thursday

By Donald Iorchir Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area councils have commenced the 2018 measles, cholera and polio immunisation campaign with public enlightenment programmes targeted at remote areas of the Territory “where strict adherence to religious and cultural practices have prevented vulnerable children from benefiting in the annual vaccination exercise.” It was gathered that the six […]

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Revival of moribund textile firms in Kaduna

Hopes blinks for our moribund textile companies as Vlisco group has signified interest to invest in them courtesy of the Kaduna State Government investment drive. This is one thing I have always prayed for. In the 90’s a young student of Command Secondary School Kakuri, Kaduna, I knew how lively those textile companies were and […]

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Tracking the National Housing Fund

In its determination to make ‘housing for all’ a reality, the Federal Government established the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) in 1956. It was formerly known as the Nigerian Building Society (NBS). The Federal Government, by the Indigenisation Act [1973], acquired the NBS and consequently renamed it the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN). […]

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Garba Shehu, don’t stifle free press

The cornerstone, indeed, the beautiful bride, of a civilised democracy is free and uninhibited free speech. Thus, it becomes troubling if the one who should be a protagonist of this free press issues a strong rebuke to the “Fourth Estate” to, like everyone read and understood that directive, desist from objective commentaries on the Benue […]

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‘I was 12 when I married a 35-year-old’

All too often girls in countries across sub-Saharan Africa can be married off an early age, trapping them in a cycle that is almost impossible to escape. They can be held by poverty, sexual and domestic violence, and social stigma. But a charity, Camfed, is working to keep girls in school, in the belief that […]

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The situation is bad, IDPs are over 60,000 – Ortom

How have you been managing the internally displaced and refugees situation in your state? What is their condition? The situation is bad, the IDPs are over 60 000, but we are still counting. We have released N100 million for essential materials to be bought for the IDPs. They are in four locations, three in Guma […]

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Benue killings: FG agencies have failed Buhari – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom, in this interview with some newsmen in Makurdi, bares his mind on the herdsmen attacks in Benue, implications of the attacks on food security, among other issues. DANIEL AGBO was there How have you been managing the internally displaced and refugees situation in your state? What is their condition? The situation is […]

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Minamata Convention: UNIDO pledges to support Nigeria

Reactions have continued to trail Nigeria’s ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) promising assistance, and a civil society operative urging greater national consultation and awareness. The UNIDO Representative and Regional Director, Regional Office Nigeria, Jean Bakole, in a reaction, described the development as an achievement for […]

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GMOs: Biosafety agency reviews policy

Stories by Helen Oji with agencies The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it has reviewed its operational policy to meet best global practices. Head of Communication, NBMA, Mrs. Gloria Ogbaki, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. Ogbaki said the reviewed policy was in “tandem with NBMA Act and emerging biosafety issues which are […]

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Hajj 2017: Senate hearing and the morning after

By Bolaji Olakunle Historically, Hajj has never been an easy time for administrators, pilgrims and even family members. There are excitement, apprehension and worries. The 2017 Hajj was particularly full of these, especially with the upshot in the cost of Hajj fare from N900,000 in 2016 to N1.5m in 2017. The uproar that greeted the […]

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JAMB and quest for good governance

By Hamidu Danbarewa By now, the most concerned parties in the annual UTME must have come to terms with the unrelenting tenacity of the Oloyede-led JAMB in detecting and scuttling “smart cheating” tactics across the examination environment. While the criminal ingenuity of the examined remains highly adventurous, the examiner’s curiosity is on steroids and the […]

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I sold recharge cards to fund my SSCE exams – Technician

Goals are not only absolutely necessary to inspire us, they are very important to motivate and keep us going, so says Atsen Levi, an Abuja-based recharge card seller and phone technician, PAUL OKAH reports. It is without doubt that sales of recharge card, repair of phones as well as SIM registration is a lucrative business […]

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Equity market sheds N136bn

By Amaka Ifeakandu Lagos Trading activities on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday opened week in bearish trend, depreciating N136 billion. Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities declined by 0.85 per cent to N15.883 trillion from N16.019 trillion recorded on Friday. Also, the NSE All Share Index fell by 378.27 basis points to […]

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Nigeria should deepen economic ties with China – Kayode

By Donald Iorchir Abuja The President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has described the economic and diplomatic ties with China and Nigeria as one that has impacted positively on both nations emphasizing that it must be maintained. The ACCI president who spoke during the week at the Annual Reception […]