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Minister restates call for peace building

Abuja Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Selcap Dalung, has reiterated the call for peace-building, especially among the youths, saying there couldn’t be meaningful development without peace. Dalung made the call yesterday in Jos, Plateau state, during the opening ceremony of a 3-day national peace-building and conflict resolution workshop, organised by the federal […]

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Buhari to revisit abandoned Chouchi irrigation project

Yola President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pledged to revisit the contract for the construction of abandoned N5 billion Chouchi irrigation project, re-awarded in 1999. The irrigation project was one of the projects handed over by the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF) to the Obasanjo administration in 1999 but has been abandoned by successive governments. It […]

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Reps urge herders’ education on ranching benefits

Abuja House of Representatives has charged the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to liaise with state ministries of agriculture, to urgently educate and encourage herdsmen on the benefits of cattle ranching. The House also urged the executive arm of the federal government to liaise with states that were interested to work out modalities […]

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Don’t politicise insecurity in Benue – Bello

Makurdi Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has cautioned leaders not to politicise the security challenge in Benue state. He gave the caution yesterday during the flag off exercise Cat Race in Bajimba village in Guma local government area of Benue state. Benue state had been recently bedeviled by conflict between herdsmen and farmer, which […]

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Yobe insurgents’ attack: No deaths recorded, 3 men abducted – Police

Abuja Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a girls’ secondary school in Yobs state, police have said. The state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, said yesterday that there was no loss of live in the attack on Government Girls’ College in Dapchi town. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that terrorists attacked the town on […]

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Nigeria 11th highest in newborn deaths globally – UNICEF

Kaduna Nigeria has the 11th highest rate of newborn deaths in the world, a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. The report which was released yesterday focused on Newborn Mortality. The global average newborn deaths per 1, 000 births is 29; but with 37 newborns dying in every 1, 000 […]

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Police warn on disclosing ATM pin numbers

Enugu Enugu state command of the Nigeria Police Force has advised members of the public to be weary of disclosing their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card Pin number as well as that of their Bank Verification Number (BVN) to people to avoid unpleasant consequences of hoodlums wrecking havoc on their bank account. The Command also […]

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Daura youth groups visit Buhari, urge him to seek re-election

Forty-six associations, under the aegis of the Daura Emirate Coalition of Progressive Youth, yesterday visited President Muhammadu Buhari in his Daura residence and pledged to fully support his fight against corruption. The youth groups also expressed their unconditional support for the President’s efforts to transform the country into a nation its nationals would be proud […]

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37% privatised firms failing – BPE

At least two in five companies privatised by the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) since inception are not performing, the agency has stated. The agency said it had privatised 142 enterprises since inception in 2004 with 37 per cent of them (52) not performing. Director-General of the privatisation agency, Alex Okoh, made these known while […]

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2019: Why we endorsed Buhari, Bello – Niger APC

Minna Niger state secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barrister Mohammed Liman, has explained that President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello were endorsed for second term by the state chapter of the party due to their credible performances, especially in areas of security. Liman stated this yesterday in a press briefing in […]

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Ortom urges Operation Cat Race to return IDPs home

Makurdi Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has asked the military to take their exercise into hinterland affected by the herdsmen invasion to ensure that those displaced go back to their homes. Ortom, who stated this yesterday when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai paid him a visit at the People’s House, […]

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Borno justice commissioner urges Bar, Bench cooperation

Maiduguri Borno state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaka Lawan, has said only mutual cooperation between the Bar and Bench in the state will guarantee accessible justice and rule of law. The Bench and Bar have also been assured of government’s support and assistance to create a conducive working environment for the judiciary to […]

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NLC partners Venezuela on social dialogue, decent work

Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared its preparedness to work with the government of Venezuela to advance social dialogue and decent work for workers. The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba disclosed this when the Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria, Miguelangel Della Veccinia and Foreign Affairs Minister, Jonge Anneaza, paid him a visit in Abuja, […]

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Zamfara coalition condemns gunmen attack

Gusau The Coalition of Northern Group, Zamfara state chapter has condemned the attack on Birane community, Zurmi local government area by criminals which claimed over 40 lives. The state chairman of the coalition, Bilyaminu Badarawa, at a press conference in Gusau, the state capital yesterday, described the incident as barbaric and ungodly. It described the […]

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We’ve achieved success in health care – Commissioner

Kano Kano state government has said that it had achieved spectacular success in the area of health care by renovating, upgrading and providing necessary working tools in about 300 health facilities across the 44 local government areas of the state. In a press statement, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, disclosed this yesterday […]

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SERVICOM poised to improve services – NHRC

Abuja Acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Dr Tony Okonkwo, has said the Commission had brought to limelight an effective department of SERVICOM to improve its services for citizens. He stated this at the “Validation of NHRC Service Charter and Sensitisation Programme” on Monday in Abuja. Okonkwo’s speech was delivered by […]

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Embrace dialogue, Nnajofor advises Daily Star pensioners

Enugu Chairman, House Committee on Information, Enugu state House of Assembly, Hon. Paul Nnajiofor, has called on labour leaders to always toe the path of dialogue to show their grievances rather than embark on confrontation with the government. Nnajiofor, who made the call at a meeting with the retired staff of state-owned newspaper, Daily Star, […]

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OAU lecturers pull out of national ASUU

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has pulled out of the national body to form a new body following a feud between both sides. The feud between the national body and the chapter led to the disowning of OAU chapter by the national body. According to the resolution […]

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Civil society wants hajj biometric centres in 774 LGs

Kaduna The Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society orgaisation, said centres for the newly-introduced compulsory data capturing of intending pilgrims should be established in all the 774 local governments across the country. “About 80 – 85 per cent of pilgrims from Nigeria come from rural areas and are mostly farmers. To successfully capture the biometric […]

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Plateau Assembly backs national fire service code

Jos The Plateau state Assembly yesterday received the report of its committee on works and transport on the need for a law to enforce the national fire service code in the state. Presenting the committee’s report on behalf of its chairman, Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Saleh Yipmong, said the bill for the enforcement of the […]

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NEMA distributes 135,500 bags of Chinese rice to IDPs

Maiduguri The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has taken delivery of the first few consignments of 6,779 tonnes of rice to NEMA in Maiduguri for distribution to internally displaced persons (IDPs). Zonal coordinator of NEMA, North East, Alhaji Bashir Garga Idris, stated at a press briefing with newsmen in his office yesterday that the rice […]

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I’ll give priority to agriculture – Auyo

Kano A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Danladi Auyo, has pledged to accord top priority to the agricultural sector if voted into power at the 2019 gubernatorial election. Speaking to newsmen at his residence in Kano yesterday, Auyo said he was ready to take the bull by the […]

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Boko Haram attacks Yobe girls’ school

Damaturu Suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Government Girls’ Secondary School, Dapchi, the headquarters of Bursari local government area of Yobe state. The Commissioner of Police in Yobe state, Sumonu Abdullmaliki, who confirmed the incident said “details of the attack’s casualty is still sketchy” as at time of filling-in this report Both […]

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Zamfara killings callous – North-west PDP

Kano North-west chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the recent killings in Zamfara state, describing it as “callous and clear demonstration of dastardly acts.” In a communiqué issued at the end of the party’s Zonal working committee meeting signed by the National Vice Chairman of the party, Ambassador Ibrahim Musa Kazaure, and […]

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APC has not zoned gov’ship to Delta North– Chairman

Asaba The Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said that the party had not zoned governorship ticket to Delta North Senatorial District as reported by a section of the media. Its Chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, in a statement, said the party was totally committed to and “will strictly follow the party’s […]