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Nigeria, global bodies move to stop illicit financial flows in Africa

Nigeria, global bodies move to stop illicit financial flows in Afric igeria and global organisations, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank Group, have agreed on high-level collaborations with Nigeria and other African countries to stop Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) in Africa. This was a major resolution reached at […]

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Tertiary institutions begin indefinite strike in Nasarawa

The Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions, Nasarawa State Chapter, yesterday, embarked on an indefinite strike following the state government’s failure to meet their demands on welfare issues. The Chairman of the union, Samuel Bashayi, who disclosed this in a statement in Lafia, said that the decision to embark on the strike was taken at the […]

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Media tasked on factual reportage, love for country

    Media practitioners in the country have been tasked on factual reportage as well as demonstration of patriotism and love for country. National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile, handed the charge at the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), FCT Chapter’s 2018 Valentine’s Day Celebration of Couples with […]

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7000 students couldn’t pay fees in Benue varsity – VC

  Management of the Benue State University has closed down the school following protest by some students in solidarity with those driven away from the examination hall over non- payment of school fees. This is even as 7000 students in the state university could not register for the 2016/2017 academic session because of paucity of […]

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18 years after: Supreme Court reinstates sacked Unilorin lecturer

  Eighteen years after she was sacked by the University of Ilorin Governing Council, the Supreme Court has set aside the 1999 sack of Mrs. Aize Imonokhome Obayan (now a professor) as a lecturer and reader in the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ilorin. The apex court, in a unanimous judgment by a […]

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ACF condemns killing of 41 Zamfara hunters, 12 herdsmen in Oyo

  The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday condemned the killing of 41 innocent people by armed bandits in Birane, Zurmi LGA of Zamfara state and reported killing of 12 herdsmen by suspected local farmers at Okere in Iseyin, Oyo state. ACF, while describing the killings as unfortunate and barbaric, noted that bloodletting in the country […]

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FCMB commits to growth of media industry

  First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has reaffirmed its commitment to support the Nigerian media industry by empowering its practitioners with the requisite knowledge that promotes the values of professionalism and ethics in the discharge of their duties. This, according to the Bank, is as a result of the critical role the media plays in […]

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WB approves $486m to address Nigeria’s electricity challenges 

    The World Bank has approved a facility loan of $486 million for rehabilitation and upgrading of electricity transmission substations and lines. The investments under the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project will increase the power transfer capacity of the transmission network and enable distribution companies supply consumers with additional power. Together with other investments and […]

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Why I support senators on order of elections –Jonathan

  Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has backed the National Assembly on its recent re-ordering of the 2019 general elections as contained in an amendment to the Electoral Act. The National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment) Bill had on Tuesday adopted a re-ordered sequence of the 2019 elections, which now puts the presidential […]

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‘Marrying man with 3 wives like settling for expired commodity’

Aisha Abubakar Usman is only one year old in Kannywood; however, the 24-year-old actress has featured in more than 30 hit movies like Blackberry; Achuci Maza; and Ibro Maciji. Aisha, who obtained a Diploma in Civil law from college of Islamic and legal studies, Kano, before venturing into acting, speaks to ALIYU ASKIRA on marriage, […]

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Shettima, enjoy your ride

When the Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, expressed the wish not to bequeath the Boko Haram to his successor like his predecessor, Sen. Ali-Modu Sherriff, did in 2011, I said to myself: “Hmmm… this sounds like a wishful thinking.” You can’t blame me for being pessimistic. Considering the resilience of the insurgents, even after […]

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We didn’t invite northern govs for Sardauna’s memorial conference — MD

Unlike previous years, all the 19 northern governors were absent from the 52th anniversary of the death of Sir Ahmadu Bello, premier of former Northern Region and the absence elicited a lot of rumour. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, the Managing Director of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Dr Shettima Aji Ali, gave reasons […]

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Obasanjo’s coalition of disgruntled politicians

  Anwar el-Sadat, a former Egyptian leader, was a staunch ally of the United States in the search for peace in the Middle East. This alliance with America made him very unpopular at home, especially with radical elements. He was assassinated in a spectacular fashion by fundamentalist army officers on October 6, 1981. The assassination […]

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El-Rufai on the threshold of history

El-Rufai on the threshold of history Greatness is not about achieving everything. It is about achieving something extraordinary, even if it is a single thing. During his campaigns, Governor Nasir El-Rufai promised the people of Kaduna State that he would conduct free and fair elections into the 23 Local Government Councils of the State within […]

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Danare: A C/River community under siege

Located in Cross River state, Danare shares border, language, culture and religion with Camerounian communities but it lacks almost every basic amenity of modern life. Coupled with this neglect, the farming community is being constantly raided by Camerounian soldiers in search of rebels, adding to the residents’ trauma as KINGSTON OBUNG who was there, narrates […]

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NHIS controversy: Yusuf’s long-drawn battle with minister, HMOs

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been dogged by several crises since the appointment of Prof. Usman Yusuf, as the Executive Secretary (ES) by President Muhammadu Buhari, majorly as a result of long-drawn battle him and the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) as well as staff of the agency. […]

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Guest Writers’ Session to feature Anima Aboje, Elsie Ogheneka

  Two female writers, Amina Aboje and Elsie Oghenekaro, will take centre stage at the February 24, 2018, Guest Writers’ Session of the Abuja Writers Forum (AWF). A statement signed by Edith Yassin, on behalf of the AWF, said the event which will hold at Aso Hall of Nanet Suites by 4pm, would also features […]

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ANA receives N3m grant for 2018 literary campaign

  The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has secured the 2018 ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign grant of N3,000,000, which was donated by Yusuf Ali (SAN), an Ilorin-based legal practitioner, author and philanthropist. ANA in statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, South, Wole Adedoyin, said this year’s grant would be deployed to facilitate a […]

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It’s herculean task to get traditional publishing deal –Speaking Pen

Nigerian poet, Abegunde Sunday Olaoluwa, fondly called ‘Speaking Pen’ is the winner of World Union of Poets Prize 2016. He is the principal director of Speaking Pen International Concept (SPIC). The author of bestselling self-help book, ‘Unleash Your Potential: Beyond Just Motivation’, in this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE speaks about his unflinching commitment to […]

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Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu: Giving succour to women with breast cancer

Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is the wife of the Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu. She is the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN); a non-profit organisation that champions awareness campaigns on breast cancer. She is also an aquacultrist and philanthropist. In this chat with ENE OSANG, she speaks on BERCAN activities and […]

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Kaduna LG poll: Better late than never

During his gubernatorial campaign in 2015, Malam Nasir el-Rufai promised to organize local government election in Kaduna state within three months of assuming office. However, the governor of Kaduna state has run the local governments for almost three years without elected council chairmen, in spite of several court order compelling him to hold elections. Last […]

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2019 elections’ budget ready in 7 days –INEC Chairman

  The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yakubu Mahmood, yesterday, said that the 2019 General Elections budget would be ready in seven days. Mahmood disclosed this at a two-day 2019 Election Project Plan (EPP) Implementation programmme for the senior management staff of the commission in Lagos. He said: “It is exactly a year […]

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Buhari, APC governors in secret meeting in Daura

  President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, met behind closed doors with 18 state governors of the APC controlled in Daura, Katsina state. The governors that attended the meeting include the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Zamfara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari; Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Abubakar Muhammed (Bauchi); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Malam […]

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State Police: Still a long way to go

Since Vice President Yemi Osinbajo okayed the idea, the possibility of a State Police has been gaining traction as the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has embraced it. However, several law makers and other stakeholders, including security experts, have kicked against it as ELEOJO IDACHABA, EZREL TABIOWO, TAIYE ODEWALE, TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA highlight in […]

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Kaduna: New attraction for literature – BM Dzukogi

BM Dzukogi is former general secretary Association of Nigerian Authors and founder of the Hill-Tops Art Centre based in Minna, Niger state. He is also a facilitator of numerous literary initiatives. In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, he discusses his new initiative, Nigerian Festival of Teen Artists (NIFESTEENA), scheduled to hold in Kaduna state.   […]