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Insurgents’ activities cause blackout in Borno communities

January 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Residents of Maiduguri in Borno state experienced total blackout over the weekend due to damages to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN’s) equipment in the state. But the TCN in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah , a copy which was obtained by our reporter, said it was working assiduously Read More

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FG rolls out scorecard in 2019 budget performance, sets date for FEC resumption in 2020

December 19, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The federal government said Wednesday that it has achieved 50 percent budget implementation in the 2019 fiscal year with the release of N1.2 trillion capital expenditure.This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, at the end of the over seven hours Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Read More

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FEC okays new portal for import duty exemption

December 11, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a new portal for the management of import duty exemptions and vehicle identification numbers.This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. She said applicants for import Read More

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Ekiti, EU purchase N320m equipment to revamp Egbe Dam

November 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Ekiti state government and the European Union (EU) have collaborated to purchase equipment worth N320 million to rehabilitate  Egbe Dam in Gbonyin local government area of the state. The Commissioner for Public Utilities, Engr. Bamidele Faparusi, explained that the turn around maintainamce (ATM) would make the  dam  function at optimal capacity for water supply to about three local government Read More

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MTN’s $2bn tax dispute case set for January 30-31

October 29, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A federal judge in Lagos has set January 30 and 31 for the hearing of a $2 billion tax dispute between South Africa’s MTN Group and the Nigerian government. The attorney general has demanded the telecoms firm pay the tax bill relating to the import of equipment and payments to foreign suppliers from 2007 to 2017, but MTN argues the Read More

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Updated: Ibadan varsity education faculty common room razed by fire

October 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The common room of the Faculty of Education of the University of Ibadan was Wednesday night razed by fire. It was learnt that during the fire outbreak said to be around  9pm, equipment for social interaction, and networking by the teaching and non teaching staff members were completely razed. The management of the institution has attributed the fire outbreak to power surge, Read More

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Visa racketeers in Nigeria Judo- President

September 25, 2019 Editorial IV 0

President of International Judo Federation, Marius Vizer has alleged  that Nigeria Judo Federation presents non judokas for visas for international events. Vizer said this during an interactive session tagged “#AskVizer” on social media . Marius Vizer informed that IJF has always supported Nigeria with facilities, equipment and funds. He said, “We have supported them but the problem of the Nigerian Read More

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Monguno: 27,000 newly displaced persons get emergency relief

July 30, 2019 Editorial IV 0

More than 4,300 households, recently displaced by the armed conflict in Borno State, have received emergency relief items in Monguno town from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). ICRC’s Economic Security Field Officer in Monguno, Sadiq Baba Ahmed, in a statement on Tuesday said, “These families fled the violence, leaving everything behind them. We’ve supported a total number Read More

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FG takes delivery of N5bn automatic aircraft firefighter

April 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The federal government through the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said the country is ready to take delivery of an automatic aircraft firefighter simulator equipment worth N5 billion. In a statement, the minister said the pre-shipment test by builders, Messrs Alpine Metal Tech company will take place in the United Kingdom and will showcase the full complements Read More

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Enugu: INEC hires 1,700 buses, 10 trailers for election duty

February 14, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will be hiring a total of 1,700 buses for election duty in Enugu state for February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, disclosed this Thursday. Ononamadu said that the 1,700 buses would be complementing the over 22 internal vehicles of the Read More

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ATAP offers free education to physically-challenged students

March 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Rector of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP) Bauchi, Dr Suleiman Lame, has assured that all disabled persons in the state willing to study any course in the school could do that free of charge. Speaking with newsmen at the weekend after inspecting the newly constructed Departments of Tourism and Mass Communication (HND) complex, the rector said, aside the disabled people, Read More

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Quickening justice dispensation: Divergent views greet Onnoghen’s Email Project

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, recently announced July 16 as deadline for stoppage of manual servicing of court processes and other forms of communications amongst legal practitioners in the country. KEHINDE OSASONA reports the divergent views by a cross section of lawyers on the new Email Project It is worrisome that Judges in Nigeria are not equipped with Read More

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North-east c’ttee renovates Bama hospital, procures equipment

January 11, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) has commenced general renovation and rehabilitation of Bama General Hospital, aimed at assisting Borno state government. Besides, committee purchased medical equipment, beds, mattresses, stand-by generating sets, sound scanners, operation tools and kits among others for the hospital. Vice Chairman of PCNI, Alhaji Tijani Tumsa disclosed this yesterday Read More

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Getting railways back on track with China’s help

December 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria has unveiled a major railway expansion project to ease congestion on roads and to boost the economy, writes IJEOMA NDUKWE from the commercial capital, Lagos A train pulls into Ebute Meta station on mainland Lagos. The station is housed within an old railway compound built during British rule in Africa’s most populous state with a population of more than Read More

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Borno re-building: Shettima commends contractors, site engineers

December 11, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, Saturday, embarked on inspection visit to project sites within the state capital, with a view to ensuring quality and timely completion of ongoing reconstruction projects. The projects include new sites for Marini asphalt plants along Baga road and Auno town, primary and junior secondary school also along Baga road, the Read More

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FG set to assist artisanal miners with N5bn BOI fund

December 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The federal government has set aside N5 billion to empower artisan miners across the country as part of measures to ensure participation of all Nigerians in economic development. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said this at the weekend when he inspected the gold mining site at Garin Awal Fakai Local Government Area of Kebbi State. Read More

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Obsolete facilities threaten cargo safety at Ikorodu terminal

December 1, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Absence of perimeter fencing and dilapidation of facilities are posing threats to the safety of cargoes at the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal in Lagos. This is the position of Customs Area Controller (CAC) of Ikorodu Command, Chris Odibu, during a recent visit and facility tour of the terminal by the Zonal Coordinator in charge of Customs in Zone A, Aminu Dahiru. Read More

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Military alerts residents on troops’ movement

November 27, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  The Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, will conduct a field exercise between 29 Nov – 9 Dec 2017 in Labar, Dunki and Sabon Birni general area of Kaduna State. The College Public Relations officer, Maj. Charles Ekeocha said there would be “massive movement of military personnel and equipment as well as sound explosives and fun shot in Read More

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NHRC lauds Red Cross over database on missing persons

November 16, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Binta Shama Abuja Acting Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mrs Oti Ovrawah, has commended the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) for procuring equipment for the establishment of national database on missing persons in Nigeria. She made made commendation during the official handover ceremony of equipment procured by the Red Cross in Abuja yesterday. “This indeed is Read More

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NAF begins local fabrication of aircraft

October 23, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Nigerian Air Force says it will commence local fabrication of aircraft, owing to its recent resuscitation of Machine Tools Workshop at it Base in Makurdi, Benue State. NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that this is line with the ongoing efforts towards robust logistics support and maintenance culture to sustain platforms and equipment serviceability, as part Read More