2021 budget: Will Reps insist on ASUU demands, compensation of police brutality victims? 

November 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

JOSHUA EGBODO writes on issues arising from the 2021 budget deliberations in the House of Representatives  Buhari’s message Besides the request for quick passage of the 2021 budget bill, one thing that seemingly gladdened President Muhammadu Buhari was the effort of the National Assembly at returning the nation’s budget cycle back to a January-December format, which it successfully instituted through the Read More

Accept N1m empowerment, stop attacking us, Umahi begs IPOB members, others

October 29, 2020 Paul Okah 0

Following the mayhem repeatedly unleashed on the state this week by hoodlums suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which led to the death of security agents and civilians, including the burning of police stations, Ebonyi state governor, Engr. David Umahi, has continued to woo youths in the state. During a courtesy call on the governor Read More

Crime correspondents get new executive to pilot affairs for two years

October 18, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Crime Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CCAN) has elected new executive members to pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years.CCAN is the umbrella body of journalists in frontline electronic and print media organisations in Nigeria covering crime in the FCT. The election which was held physically, weekend, at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Chapter’s Read More

Interest Lawyers write AGF, want prosecution of Journalist

October 6, 2020 Editor 0

A group of public interest lawyers under the umbrella body of International Human Rights Protection Forum (IHRPF) has written the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, calling for the prosecution of a journalist, Mr. Ahmad Salkida, over alleged acts of terrorism. In the letter signed Eze Njokwu, Esq, Advocacy Officer of the group said Read More

Nigeria at 60: A glimpse of a nation at the period of debut

September 30, 2020 Abdullahi Bala Isa 0

The congratulatory messages that heralded the country’s attainment of self rule is overwhelming as evident from the historic copy of the Nigerian Citizen Newspaper in my possession. The excitement that heralded the granting of independence and the celebration of the hoisting of the new nation flag and the lowering of the British union jack flag as captured by the tabloid is unprecedented! The paper itself existed for seventeen years altogether (twelve years before and Read More

A university’s drive towards academic excellence

September 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Federal University Wukari in Taraba State is one of the fastest growing, new universities established by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. In this piece, ANDREW OJIH who visited the university recently takes a look at the gains of the institution under the leadership of Professor Abubakar Kundiri.No doubt, when the name of Professor A M Kundiri was flashed as Read More

Insurgency: Begin rehabilitation efforts in 5 liberated states, CSO urges FG

August 20, 2020 Adoyi M. Aba 0

The Centre for African Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has called on the federal government to begin the process of rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in the five states liberated from Boko Haram in the North-east. The centre also hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for liberating five states in the North-east from the terrorists. CALSER called on the government to begin rebuilding Read More

Lawmaker lauds Buhari over appointment of new NECO registrar

June 1, 2020 Aideloje Ojo 0

A lawmaker from Abia state and spokesman of House of Representatives, Honourable Benjamin Okezie Kalu, has applauded President Mohammedu Buhari for the appointment of Professor Godwill Obioma as the registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), describing the appointment as a square peg in a square hole. Kalu stated this Monday  in a congratulatory letter to Professor Obioma as the Read More

Chelsea ‘close in’ on Coutinho

April 21, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Chelsea are ‘close’ to sealing Philippe Coutinho transfer as an agreement grows near with Barcelona amid interest from Arsenal, according to the Sun. The Brazilian left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 but failed to live up to expectations and was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich last summer. The Blues are hoping to snap up the 27-year-old from Read More

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Buratai: Anatomy of a super General

July 29, 2019 Editorial IV 0

“In today’s volatile operational environment, our Army must remain ready to answer the nation’s call anywhere and anytime, with little or no notice. Because of this, readiness for large-scale ground combat is our first priority.” The above quote attributed to Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th Chief of the US Army, succinctly summarises the guiding principles of General Yusuf Buratai, Read More

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Reps fail to announce principal officers

July 2, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Contrary to high expectations that the remaining principal officers of the House of Representatives would be announced at resumption of plenary, no such move was made by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila Tuesday. Beside the positions of speaker and deputy speaker, which were filled at the inauguration of the House on June 11, by Gbajabiamila and Hon Idris Wase respectively, the other Read More

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Dortmund coach Favre extends contract until 2021

June 18, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has extended his contract until the end of 2020/21, the Bundesliga club confirmed on Tuesday. Favre, 61, took the reins at Dortmund at the beginning of last season and led the club to a second-place Bundesliga finish behind perennial title winners Bayern Munich in his first year in charge. “Lucien has created clear structures and Read More

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Sanwo-Olu charges lawmakers to live up to expectations

June 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged members of Lagos 9th assembly to live up to expectations saying much is expected from them by Lagosians. The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said this when he proclaimed the birth of the 9th assembly in line with the constitution.  He appreciated the people Read More

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Buhari will deliver on the Next Level agenda – Hauwa Dbell

June 3, 2019 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in for a second term in office on May 29, 2019. In an interview with Chamba Simeh, one of the principal voluntary support groups, Grassroots Mobilisation for the All Progressives Congress (APC), which canvassed for the president’s re-election, spoke of its expectations for the people of the country with this victory through its national woman Read More

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Oyo assembly commences orientation for members- elect

May 13, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Oyo State House of Assembly (OYHA) Monday commenced a three-day orientation programme for its 9th Assembly members- elect. The Speaker, Mr Olagunju Ojo, urged the new members to make the best of the opportunity by surpassing the expectations of their various constituencies. Addressing the members-elect at the orientation programme in Ibadan, Ojo said the maxim “to whom much is Read More

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High expectations as Air Peace moves for long-haul operation

March 14, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Following dismal outing of local carriers on the international routes, Air Peace Airlines is set to foray into the long-haul operations, and on its wings are high expectations from stakeholders. The airlines, besides flying the Nigerian flag, also avails competitive options for Nigerian travellers. Air Peace will operate into six routes: Dubai and Sharjah to start with, and then followed Read More

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ECOWAS meet to discuss how to improve Telecoms, ICT

March 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Department of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (TIT) of the commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), commenced a three-day retreat on March 4, 2019 in Goshen city, Nigeria in order to enhance and modernise the telecommunications, Information and Communication technology, ICT, and postal sectors in the region by improving the operational efficiency of the department. Speaking Read More

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Inadequate infrastructure albatross for interior industry business – Expert

February 17, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Internationally renowned interior designer and project/ procurement management specialist, Mr Gillis Grant, has identified inadequate infrastructure necessary to generate needed revenue as an albatross for the interior/hospitality industry. According to him, most of the problems can be summarized as unrealistic expectations in terms of the inability of the infrastructure to generate the expected returns. Sometimes owners expect yields that the Read More

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Sun Life shoots past market expectation in Q3 2018

November 9, 2018 Administrator 0

Sun Life has announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 20, reporting a net income of CA$567 million (around SG$593 million) and underlying net income of CA$730 million (around SG$763 million). “In the third quarter, underlying net income was strong at CA$730 million, and return on equity was 14%, at the high end of our target range,” Read More

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ABU to change to postgraduate varsity

October 26, 2018 Administrator 0

The authorities of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria are planning to move the institution to postgraduate university in order to reduce workload of its academic and allow younger universities to grow. Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ibrahim Garba this at the biennial international conference of the university’s School of Postgraduate Studies, yesterday. He pointed out that the intention to migrate Read More

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Corps members decry facilities at Kaduna camp

September 18, 2018 Administrator 0

Corps members yesterday decried poor state of facilities at the permanent orientation camp Kaduna. The corps members, in a letter sent to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, at the closing ceremony of 2018 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) joint orientation course for corps members deployed to Kaduna and Niger states, revealed their dissatisfaction about the state of facilities at the camp. The letter, Read More

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Jigawa: Fool’s Day or phoney defection?

March 22, 2018 Editorial IV 0

It was all targeted at the 2019 polls’ battle and phoney methods are being adopted to test the ground by desperate contenders, as BAYO MUHAMMAD ALABIRA observes in this report In what appeared as a dramatic turn of event over the weekend, in Birnikudu town, the headquarters of Birninkudu local government area of Jigawa state, where All Progressives Congress (APC) Read More

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Ajaokuta Steel: We’ll resist concessioning – Dogara

February 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has expressed reservations for any plan to once again concession the moribund Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, insisting that “Nigeria has the means to bring it back to life.” Recalling how two of such attempts were made without success in the past, Dogara said: “No country of the world would concession Read More

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N45bn severance benefits : Nigeria Airways retirees vs Kemi Adeosun

February 8, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Retirees of the defunct Nigeria Airways have continued to mount pressure on the Ministry of Finance for the release of N45 billion approved by the federal government for payment of their retirement benefits, reports IME AKPAN Despite the seemingly poor salary, many people still find the civil service attractive and a place to work because of the benefit of receiving Read More