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NERI trains school drop-outs, renovates hospital, LG secretariat

February 27, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Damaturu Geidam local government council in Yobe state in collaboration with North-east Regional Initiative NERI has organised a three-day capacity building training on micro-business skills for 100 school drop-outs of Ashekri, Bololo and Filtu communities of Geidam local government area of the state. Declaring the training open yesterday, the chairman of the local government, Mulima Idi Mato, said “the opportunity Read More

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Gov Dickson Unity Cup begins in Ogbia today

February 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The much publicized maiden Governor Dickson Unity Cup, tagged ‘The Ogbia Challenge’, will kick off today in Bayelsa state. No fewer than 32 communities in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State are expected to participate in the football competition aimed at taking the youths away from social vices such as cultism, robbery and kidnapping. In the first phase of Read More

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More Yobe communities for electrification

February 20, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Damaturu In order to provide social amenities to communities abandoned during the insurgency and the subsequent destruction of electricity poles by windstorms, the Yobe State Electrification Board (REB) has embarked on reconstruction and replacement of the affected poles in Damaturu, the state capital. General Manager of the Board, Engr. Umara Mustapha Goniri, who disclosed this, last year, said “in the Read More

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Insurgency: NGO sensitises youths on peace in Yobe

February 14, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Damaturu As peace gradually returns to Yobe, one of the states worst-hit by the Boko-Haram insurgency, a non-governmental organisation, African Youth for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation (AFRYDEV), with support from North-east Regional Initiative (NERI) has sensitised youths in Geidam local government area in the state on the need to participate in peace-building, leadership development and citizenship in their communities. Read More

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Lawmaker donates N3m materials to IDPs in Nasarawa

February 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja A federal lawmaker representing Nasarawa/Toto at the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Ja’afaru Ibrahim, has donated materials worth over N3million to persons displaced by recent crisis between herders and farmers in Benue state. The relief materials, which comprised bags of rice, sugar, garri, tubers of yam and bottled water, were received on behalf of the IDPs by Interim Management Read More

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Lafarge empowers host community with devt project

February 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Calabar As part of its corporate social responsibilities and determination to strengthen relationship between its host communities and the Cross River state government, Lafarge Africa Plc, owners of Unicem cement, said it was taking active part in community day celebration besides empowering host communities with development projects. Speaking during the launch of the Mfamosing Community Day in Calabar yesterday, the Read More

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Ending herdsmen’s crisis

February 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Fred Nwaozor The popular saying – make hay while the sun shines – would only be considered reasonable and rational when there’s still hay left in the bush as well as every arena where it’s usually found. Of course, you can only be conscientized to grab something on time when the stuff in question is still available. For years Read More

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Grief as Cameroon military holds Nigerian community hostage

February 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

If any observer say the second name of Danare community in central Cross River state, is grief, the observer may stating the obvious. This is because the story of Danare is that of grief and total neglect. Danare, about 263km from Calabar, the state capital, is a border community between Nigeria and Cameroon and has about 3500 natives who are Read More

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Adokwe donates materials to victims of Benue/Nasarawa killings

January 11, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Mohammed Tangida Lafia Senator representing Nasarawa South at the National Assembly, Sulaiman Adokwe has donated food items worth millions of naira to victims of the recent attacks on Tiv communities in Nasarawa/Benue border by suspected herdsmen. Adokwe, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Culture made the donation on yesterday in Awe IDPs camp in Awe local Read More

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Benue killings: Ortom okays mass burial for victims

January 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Daniel Agbo Makurdi Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has declared Thursday, January 11 a work-free day in honour of those killed in recent attack by herdsmen in communities of Logo and Guma local government areas. The state will as well conduct mass burial for the dead, same day after a church service. A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary Read More

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Boko Haram defeat not just a claim, but reality – Buratai

January 8, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Stories by Musa Umar Bologi Abuja Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists by the military is not just a claim, but a reality which can be seen from the peace that is returning to the North east. Buratai said this in Monguno, Borno state, during a friendly football match Read More

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Insurgency: Theatre commander seeks Borno police, others’ collaboration

January 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Sadiq Abubakar   Maiduguri Theatre Commander, Operation Lafi ya Dole, Maj.-Gen Rogers Nicholas has called for closer collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to fast-track successful implementation of the counterinsurgency campaign. He made the call at a familiarisation visit to the headquarters of Borno Police Command in Maiduguri yesterday, stressing that Lafiya Dole was a Read More

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Shettima bans campaigns, threatens to punish offenders

January 1, 2018 Editorial IV 0

From Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has banned political campaigns by political appointees and civil servants alike noting that “ it is not yet time for political campaign whatsoever”. The Governor also threatened to sanction any civil servant found wanting in this regard noting that indulging in campaigns now would distract from delivering dividends of democracy Read More

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Combating cultism in Imo

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The reported killing, on October 5, 2017, of the two most wanted cult leaders and kidnappers in Imo State, Tochukwu Egbelu, aka black face, and Enyia Iwu, aka Sparrow, by the operatives deployed by the state police command to the Assa, Obile and Awarra communities of Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area brought unspeakable joy and much needed relief to the traumatised Read More

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16 Kwara communities get N34m World Bank projects

December 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency (KWCSDA) yesterday presented a cheque of N34 million to 16 community beneficiaries of the World Bank-assisted community development projects in Kwara state. The 16 communities were spread across 8 local governments in Kwara North, Central and South, bringing the total number of benefiting communities to 104 in 2017. Read More

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Woman arrested for burning rival’s son with hot water

December 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Stories by Donald Iorchir A middle-aged woman, Kadijat Yahaya has been arrested by the police in Kuje, in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) for allegedly dumping the 18 month old son of her husband’s second wife in boiling water and causing the little boy grievous harm in the process. The distressed mother of the child, Mrs. Nana Yahaya, who narrated the Read More

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On farmers, herders’ persistent conflicts…

December 15, 2017 Editorial IV 0

When Vice President Yemi Osinbajo started a series of national consultations with groups aimed at finding lasting solutions to the perennial conflicts between farmers and herders in some parts of the country, his action is seen in some quarters as rather late. Still, his action is better taken now than never. So, it’s gratifying that the Vice President had a Read More

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Ali Ahmadu: Miracle Chibok boy that inspires hope

December 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Six-year old Ali Ahmadu, the Chibok boy, who, three months ago, sustained spinal cord injury from Boko Haram attack, and treated in far away Dubai, has returned home fit, inspiring hope in insurgency victims. SADIQ ABUBAKAR reports Effect of Boko Haram attacks There is no doubt to say the least that in the past nine years of Boko Haram insurgency, Read More

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B/Haram: New Operation Lafiya Dole commander urges media support

December 12, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri New Theatre Commander, Oppression Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen Rogers Nicholas, has appealed to the media to be objective in their reportage and assist the Nigeria military end the Boko Haram insurgency. He also assured that the Nigerian military was determined to end the crisis soon and solicited for the support and cooperation of the government, troops, media Read More

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Azman airline backs IDP’s match

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Azman Air Services Limited has thrown its weight behind the forthcoming charity match between African legends and Kano Pillars football club for Internally Displaced persons in the country. The company’s managing director, Alhaji Faidal Abdulmunaf said in Kano that the organisation was happy to be associated with such project aimed to create awareness on the plight of the IDPs. ” Read More

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Establish more schools, Emir tells Lalong

December 4, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos The Emir of Kanam, Muhammadu Babangida Muazu, has urged Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, to establish more schools in Jos North local government area. The Emir said, in recent time, schools that were not up to standard around Anguwan Rogo/Anguwan Rimi communities and others were closed down by the state government in areas where Read More

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Bosso/military clash: Lawmaker carpets Niger over panel report

December 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Aideloje Ojo Minna The senator representing Niger East senatorial district at the National Assembly, David Umaru, has lambasted the Niger state government over its inability to implement the report of the judicial commission of inquiry instituted into the clash between the military and Bosso communities 12 months after the commission submitted the report. Umaru stated this yesterday at the Read More

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Anniversary: Rhema empowers Kwara host communities

November 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Rhema chapel international churches yesterday began activities marking its 30th international convention anniversary in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital with delegates from over 100 countries of the world attending. The one week convention which also coincides with the 60th birthday anniversary of the apostolic overseer of the church, Rev, George Adegboye, has the theme: “Anointed Read More

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Orphanage to FG: Put end to ‘evil babies’, killing

November 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Donald Iorchir A non-governmental organisation, Divine Inheritance Home, Kiyi, Kuje, Abuja, says it has received increased cases of rejected twins in communities within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja in recent times. Management of the home has therefore appealed to Nigerians to show concern for such babies, mostly attached with myths and misconceptions in their birth. Founder of the Read More