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Omeiza: A slow walk to First Class in Mass Communication

February 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

With a humble and slow start, Rufai Aliyu Omeiza, a 25-year-old graduate of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano, stands out with a first class degree in his academic programme in 2017. ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF writes on how the egghead made it to stardom For Rufai Aliyu Omeiza, a 25-year-old genius, sheer determination, focus, hard work and prayers are necessary ingredients Read More

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Kogi hajj board tasks pilgrims on early registration

February 22, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Lokoja Kogi state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has called on intending pilgrims in the state to come out for registration ahead of 2018 hajj activities in the holy land. The commission also said the national hajj commission has given March, 31st 2018 as the closing date for the registration. At a sensitisation programme across the three senatorial districts of the Read More

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SERVICOM poised to improve services – NHRC

February 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja Acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Dr Tony Okonkwo, has said the Commission had brought to limelight an effective department of SERVICOM to improve its services for citizens. He stated this at the “Validation of NHRC Service Charter and Sensitisation Programme” on Monday in Abuja. Okonkwo’s speech was delivered by a staff of the commission, Read More

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Umahi tasks Ebonyi NASS members on leadership

February 20, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abakaliki Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi, yesterday, challenged Ebonyi federal lawmakers to show leadership qualities at the people of grassroots that voted them to power. Umahi, who spoke through his deputy, Barr Kelechi Igwe at the official flag off of free medical outreach and welfare programme organised by Hon. Linus Okorie at Akaeze, Ivo local government area of the Read More

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UNDP, FG sign MoU on youth entrepreneurship

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Maiduguri The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the federal government on a five year youths and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) entrepreneurship empowerment training in Nigeria. The UNDP Country Director, Mr. Samuel Bwalya, disclosed this, Saturday, in Maiduguri during a media round table with journalists in Maiduguri held after the closing ceremony of a Read More

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SEC targets increased financial inclusion by 2020

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said that it aims to achieve increased level of financial inclusion of Nigerians by the year 2020. Acting Director General of the SEC, Dr. Abdul Zubair stated this during a financial inclusion sensitization campaign held in Karshi, Abuja at the weekend. Represented by Director Market Development Department of the Commission, Mr. Abdul Read More

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Oxfam highlights roles of Right to Food campaign

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

An international non-governmental organisation, Oxfam has highlighted the critical role of Right to Food campaign and access of land in solving inequality in Nigeria. The organisation, which launched and implemented its strategic partnership programme in 25 countries in 2015, has three basic theories for change: Right to food, conflict and fragility and financing for development. Coordinator, Private and Public sector Read More

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Saraki tasks Gates Foundation on primary healthcare

February 16, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday called on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to focus on boosting comprehensive Primary Healthcare in its intervention programmes across the country rather than funding the eradication of individual diseases like polio, tuberculosis and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Saraki gave the charge when the new Country Director of the Read More

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Plateau varsity set for accreditation of 15 programmes

February 16, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The vice chancellor, Plateau State University (PLASU) Bokkos, Prof. Doknan Sheni has said that the university was set for accreditation of its additional 15 programmes by National Universities Commission (NUC). The vice chancellor made the disclosure at a news conference at the university’s senate chambers. “All is now set for yet another round of accreditation of 15 additional programmes by Read More

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Group passes confidence vote on amnesty programme boss

February 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The leadership of the Coalition of APC Youth Support Groups, South-south zone, has passed a vote of confidence on the coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boro, urging him to do more. Chairman of the Coalition, Amb. Fubara Dagogo, while briefing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, said the success stories recorded very fast since Boro’s assumption of office made Read More

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FG trains 11,300 IDPs in North-east

February 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Maiduguri The federal government has planned to train 11,300 internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, disclosed this yesterday at the inauguration of the programme in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The minister was represented by the Director, Skills Acquisition of the Federal Ministry of Labour Read More

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Of BBNAIJA3 and morality

February 15, 2018 Editorial IV 0

When Mahatma Gandhi remarked: “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place”, he must have had me on his mind. I do not aimlessly follow the crowd; rather, I weigh my options before making a decision. Why? If you do not know where you are going, you’ll follow them to where they are going. By implications, Read More

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How Gov Ganduje impacts tricycle operators, mechanics By Abba Anwar

February 14, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has made all efforts to impact on the life of tricycle operators and mechanics who cut across all the 44 local government areas of the state. The efforts are well fruited through the training of 1,500 operators to become self-reliant and law abiding road users. Through the office of the Special Adviser on Automobile Idris Read More

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PDP supporters defect to APC in Kwara

February 13, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Ilorin About 100 members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday dumped the opposition party to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Agbonda, Ajase Ward II of Irepodun Local government area of Kwara state. The APC state chapter, the secretary, Mr. Olabode Adekanye, received the defectors at the empowerment programme he organised for the people of Read More

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Towards secure and safer Korean Peninsula By Tunde Garba Ladan

February 12, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The latest move by both North and South Korea to present joint athletes for the Pyeongchang Olympics is a cheering development and a sign of peace that must be sustained. This is especially so as the North Korean President Kim Jong Un had in his 2018 New Year address called for dialogue between his country and South Korea. This Read More

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No need for anti-grazing law in Kogi – Bello

February 12, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has stated that the state has no need of anti-grazing law as the cattle colonies embark upon will make grazing outside the designated area unnecessary. Bello who stated this on Friday during a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, where he declared that the state has enmarked 15000 Read More

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CMD recovers N1.5bn corporate headquarters, trains 6, 000

February 12, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja Outgoing Director-General, Centre for Management Development, Dr. Kabir Kabo Usman, has revealed that the agency conducted an impact assessment programme for over 2,000 participants, and management training for another 4,000. He also disclosed that under his watch, the agency bought N250 million (now worth N1.3 billion) property as office accommodation in Abuja, and also regained its N1.3 billion worth Read More

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2019: CNM not ploy to bring OBJ back – Oyo coordinator

February 12, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Ibadan Oyo state coordinator of Coalition for National Movement (CNM), Chief Olayiwola Olakojo at the weekend declared that the formation of CNM by former President Olusegun Obasanjo was not meant to actualise any personal political ambition. Featuring on Fresh FM Ibadan programme on Saturday, Chief Olakojo said as far as Chief Obasanjo was concerned, it was all over for him Read More

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Bichi COE gets NCCE nod to run courses

February 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano National Commission for Colleges Education (NCCE) has approved all the courses offered by Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi. This was contained in a press statement issued by the College’s Public Relations Officer, Hajiya Fatima Ahamad, indicating that the approval was sequel to the visit paid to the college by the NCCE team between July 2 Read More

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NGOs sensitise, task media on cancer awareness

February 8, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Chizoba Ogbeche As part of activities to mark this year’s World Cancer Day, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), FCT chapter, in collaboration with a group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have held a one-day cancer awareness campaign. Speaking during the programme, Wife of the Minister of Transport and Founder, Empowerment Support Initiative, Dame Judith Amaechi, said cancer which Read More

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Adamawa Muslims raise alarm over almajiri influx

January 4, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Muazu Abari Yola The Adamawa chapter of the Muslim Council has raised concern over the influx of Qu’ranic school pupils (Almaris) into major towns in the state. The council, in a communiqué issued at the end of its 29th General Assembly meeting in Yola yesterday, called on parents and governments at all levels to do something about it. The Read More

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Budget tracking key to transparency, accountability – CITAD

December 31, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Senior Programme Officer, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Malam Isiyaku Garba Yakasai, has described consistent budget tracking by citizens as a veritable key to ensuring transparency and accountability in ideal democratic setting. Speaking at a one day stakeholders’ forum on budget tracking, organised by CITAD in Kano yesterday, Yakasai said the essence of electing Read More

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‘Why postgraduate students spend more years on Campus’

December 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

A PhD student at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, who preferred anonymity said most post graduate students in public universities reportedly spend more time than usual to complete their programmes principally due to thesis delay. Many doctoral students are said to have spent between five and 10 years on their individual thesis while others were frustrated and forced to abandon Read More

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Russia 2018: Buhari to watch Eagles warm-up match in Abuja

December 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have said they expect the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari to attend a Super Eagles World Cup warm-up match on May 27 in Abuja. NFF president Amaju Pinnick announced this on a Cool FM Abuja programme SportsMax on Thursday monitored in Abuja . “We hope President Buhari will bid the Super Eagles farewell during a friendly Read More

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Zamfara NGO raises N21m to create jobs

December 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sanusi Muhammad Gusau Over N21 million was raised at the formal launching at the Imma Community Health Circle Initiative (IHCI), Zamfara, aimed at sustainable job creation in the state. Speaking during the occasion, the Executive Director of the NGO, Zainab Abdulaziz Yari said Help Centre conceived the effort as a means of facilitating critical intervention with a view to Read More