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2019: Amosun disappoints Ogun elders, fails to name successor

By Peter Moses Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday resisted pressure mounted on him by Ogun West elders to name his preferred candidate for 2019 governorship polls in the state. The All Progressives Congress (APC) elders from the zone popularly known as Yewa/Awori, who ‎met Amosun at his Oke-Mosa office in Abeokuta, the […]

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2019: PDP has gone forever – Minister

By Bayo Alabira Dutse Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had gone forever and “will never return to power in this country.” He said with the tremendous achievements made within the two years spent by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, “no reasonable Nigerian will […]

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Regional integration: Osun holds 2017 youth summit

By Lateef Dada Osogbo To further strategise on ways to promote regional integration, the Osun state government would in December hold this year’s Regional Youth Summit. This was contained in a release signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Regional Integration, Mr. Wale Alabi in Osogbo yesterday. According to the release, governors […]

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Pope Francis to Dogara: I pray for the peace of Nigeria

By Joshua Egbodo Abuja His Holiness, Pope Francis XVI has said that he had been praying for the peace and stability of Nigeria. The Pope made this known when he met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara in Saint Peters Square in the Vatican City. A statement by the […]

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Buhari assures on protection of women, girls’ rights

By Ene Osang Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has assured of the protection of the rights of Nigerian women and girls, assuring that there would be adequate female representation in governance. Buhari gave the assurance in Abuja while addressing the 2017 Women and Girls Summit, organised by the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) on the […]

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Abubakar tasks corps members on inter-tribal marriages

By Najib Sani Bauchi Bauchi state Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has advised corps members to involve themselves in inter-ethnic marriages as a way of promoting unity and national integration. Speaking yesterday during the swearing-in ceremony of the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream I corps members posted to the state, the governor, represented by the Head of Service, […]

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2019 polls discussions unhelpful – Tambuwal

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has said the increasing discussions about the next elections in 2019 were both distractive and unhelpful to all office holders. Speaking at a meeting with journalists in Sokoto, Tambuwal said “what should be paramount now are discussions about governance and how the mandates given in […]

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Kwara proposes N182bn budget for 2018

By Bayo Umar Abdulwahab Ilorin Governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has presented a budget estimate of N181, 886, 056, 555.00 (N182 billion) for the 2018 Financial Year. Laying the budget before the lawmakers at the House of Assembly yesterday, Ahmed said the proposed budget reflects an increase of N15,781,009,150 (N15.8 billion) or 9.5 per […]

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Buhari commends Benin Kingdom for stabilising Nigeria

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, expressed delight with the stabilising roles that the Eweka Dynasty of Benin Kingdom has been playing in the affairs of the country. Speaking while receiving the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, at the State House, the President said […]

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FG to reintroduce toll gates across Nigeria – Fashola

By Taiye Odewale Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, yesterday, disclosed that federal government has concluded arrangement to reintroduce toll gates in 38 points across the country after completion of the highways. Fashola, who made the disclosure to the Senate Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) during an interactive […]

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Tambuwal, Wike Bello, Bindow for recognition in Abuja today

By Saminu Ibrahim Abuja Federal Civil Service Staff Cooperative Union (FEDCOOP) has concluded arrangements to honour the governors of Sokoto, Niger, Adamawa and Rivers states today. A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the President of the Cooperative Union, Barrister Onjefu Obe, indicated that “the rationale behind the nominations of the awardees was as a […]

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48 hours after presentation, Ogun’s N345bn 2018 Budget scales 2nd reading

By Peter Moses Abeokuta Barely 48 hours after its presentation, the N345 billion 2018 Appropriation Bill yesterday scaled second reading at the Ogun state House of Assembly. Blueprint recalls that Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Tuesday presented the budget proposal christened “Budget of Accelerated Development” to the legislators for their approval. At the yesterday sitting, Hon. […]

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Yoruba language must not go into extinction – Ogun commissioner

By Peter Moses Abeokuta Ogun state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Muyiwa Oladipo, has called on stakeholders to revitalise Yoruba language and salvage it from going into extinction. Oladipo made the call yesterday at a press conference to herald this year’s edition of Ewa Ede, a cultural programme, in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. The programme with the […]

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Teachers’ sack: El-Rufai appeals to Kaduna NASS members, receives 43, 806 applications

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has appealed to National Assembly members from the state to “help save future generations of the state from servitude by ensuring quality public education.” Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday during a regular consultative meeting with members of the National Assembly from the state, he informed […]

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Lawmakers disagree as Senate rejects REC nominee, okays 2 others

By Taiye Odewale Abuja The Senate yesterday rejected the nomination of Ahmad Bello Mahmud as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Zamfara state. It, however, confirmed the nomination of Rufus Akeju representing Lagos state and Mahmuda Isa representing Kebbi state as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners. The approval and rejection […]

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Breaking: Atiku dumps APC

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has resigned from the All Progressives Congress. Abubakar confirmed this in a statement he personally signed on Friday. He also gave reasons for quitting the party. However, he did not state which party he intends to join, but said he is pondering on his political future. The statement, titled: […]

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Ex-PDP N/chair’s wife joins APC

Wife of the former National Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Amadu Ali, has joined the ruling All Progressives  (APC) . Mrs. Marian Ali, who contested and lost the PDP Delta North Senatorial district ticket for 2015 general elections was received at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja by the party’s […]

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US, Amnesty condemn Mubi mosque attack

The United States has condemned the suicide attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state, which killed no fewer than 50 people and injured several others. The U.S. Department of State, in a statement by its spokesperson, Heather Nauert, described the blast as “a terrorist attack,” and extended its condolences to the Nigerian people and […]

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Group calls for Atiku, five ex- governors, others’ return to PDP

***Says they’re not fairly treated in APC A group operating under the aegis of the PDP Unity Forum has appealed to the five governors and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who left the party to return now  that normalcy has returned to the party. The group hinged their call on the reason that the […]

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Buhari inaugurates c’ttee on recovered loot

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday inaugurated a three-member audit Committee on the Recovery and Management of Stolen Assets within and outside Nigeria. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in Abuja, the President said he would never allow […]

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PDP chair: Why South-west can’t adopt consensus candidate

Ahead of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), crisis in the South-west zone of the party has remained unabated as two factional executives recently held simultaneous meetings which produced two positions. SAMINU IBRAHIM examines the implications. At a time other chairmanship aspirants from the South south geo-political zone are criss- crossing the […]

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PDP chair: Makarfi, Wike didn’t draft me into race – Secondus

By Saminu Ibrahim Abuja Former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one of the chairmanship aspirants of the party has said neither chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi nor Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, drafted him to join the race for the party chairmanship. He also denied insinuations […]

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Ekwueme was a stabilising factor – Ibori

Former Governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, described the death of Dr. AlexEkwueme as most shocking noting that Ekwueme was the stabilizing factor in Nigeria’s politics. “Dr. Alex Ekwueme was a great leader, a national father-figure, a stabilizing factor in Nigerian politics, I, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, can never stop asking “what if”! In […]

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local government areas of the state. Convention’ll determine PDP’s fate – Dickson

By Patrick Andrew Abuja Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson, has said that the survival of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would depend largely on the outcome of its forthcoming December 9 National Convention in Abuja. Dickson, who spoke when a PDP National Chairmanship aspirant, Chief Bode George, visited him in Yenagoa, therefore urged the […]

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South Africa, now shareholder at Afreximbank

In a demonstration of its commitment to promoting intra-African trade and economic integration, South Africa has taken up shareholding in the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the African continental multilateral trade finance institution. DAVID AGBA reports Africa not united The African continent has remained like no mans’ land because of lack of socio-economic and political integration. […]