Breaking: First batch of stranded Nigerians from US head home

May 10, 2020 NAN 0

The first batch of Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is on their way back home. 160 Nigerians, including eight infants, made the first batch of evacuees. They are returning aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft under the special flight arrangements by the Federal Government for nationals stranded abroad. In line with the Read More

FG distributes palliatives to PLWDS in FCT

May 9, 2020 Paul Okah 0

In order to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government, through the  Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has flagged off the distribution of relief items to Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDS) in Karamajiji, Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The items donated to 1,000 individuals (from 460 households) include: one bag of rice, 5kg bag of sugar, Read More

Exposed! Those behind release of ‘illegal foreign miners’ – Minister

May 9, 2020 Editor 0

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, revealed those behind the release of some Chinese illegal miners arrested in Osun recently. Adegbite who spoke in Abuja, said powerful Nigerians were behind such moves. On May 4, some 17 Chinese nationals and nine Nigerians were arrested by the Osun dtate Joint Task Force (JTF) for illegal mining in the Read More

Breaking: At last, stranded Nigerians from UK land in Abuja… Pictures

May 8, 2020 Editor 0

No fewer than 253 Nigerians from the United Kingdom have finally arrived Abuja after hours of delay in Lagos. The returnees touched down Lagos since afternoon, and have been kept at the airport after officials experienced hitches. Confirming their arrival in Abuja, Chairman Diaspora Commission Abike Dabiri-Erewa a while ago via her twitter handle said, “Finally. In Abuja. With 253 Read More

Breaking – Coronavirus: European Union donates €50m to Nigeria

April 14, 2020 Editor 0

The European Union (EU) has donated a grant of €50 million to the federal government as their contribution to Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, the Head of EU delegation, Amb. Ketil Karlsen has announced. Amb. Karlsen made the announcement at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja. Receiving the donation, President Buhari praised the EU commission for the Read More

At last, Buhari hints on lockdown extension, gives condition

April 11, 2020 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, Saturday evening, said the restriction of movement in various states of the federation would be sustained if experts say so. Spokesman to the President Garba Shehu in a statement said, “We realise that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones. And there will be Read More

Breaking: Ogun ‘discharges’ third Coronavirus patient, begins lockdown

April 3, 2020 Olufemi Adediran 0

The Ogun state government has disclosed that the 62-year-old patient of Coronavirus in the state would be discharged from the Isolation centre. Governor Dapo Abiodun who disclosed this, Friday evening while addressing journalists at his residence in Iperu, Remo area of the state, said the patient who recently returned from the United Kingdom (UK) has tested negative for Coronavirus twice Read More

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Breaking: Excitement galore as Lagos treats five more coronavirus patients

March 30, 2020 Editor 0

Lagos state government on Monday discharged five coronavirus patients who were admitted to and treated at the Infectious Disease Centre, Yaba mainland hospital. The survivors are four males and one female, bringing the total number of survivors from the centre to eight. The survivors were quarantined and treated at the isolation centre for two weeks after testing positive for the Read More

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CBN retains lending rate at 13.5%, warns NASS on revised oil benchmark

March 25, 2020 Editor 0

With the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world and causing economic shutdowns, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned the National Assembly (NASS) not to tamper with revised oil benchmark of $30 per barrel. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele gave the warning in Abuja Tuesday while briefing the media after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. Emefiele commended the fiscal Read More

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Breaking – COVID-19: Tougher measures await Nigerians -FG

March 23, 2020 Editor 0

The federal government Thursday said it was planning to roll out tougher measures to stem the tide of the ravaging Coronavirus disease otherwise called COVID-19. It was however silent on the measures which would be rolled out in the next 24 or 48 hours. Also, the government threatened it may be forced to use the military or police to enforce compliance with the measures as Read More

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As Lassa fever rages… Death toll rises to 41

February 1, 2020 Editor 0

In this report, TOPE SUNDAY, chronicles the havoc the resurgence of Lassa fever is wrecking in some major parts of the country, and the steps being taken by governments to put it under control. Nigeria, in the recent times, has been experiencing the outbreak of contagious diseases like Ebola, and lately the Lassa fever. In 2014, Ebola broke out, and Read More

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Coronavirus: Senate wants travellers from China quarantined as Igbo traders drop crucial message for Nigerians

January 31, 2020 Editor 0

The federal government was Thursday directed to immediately take steps at ensuring that all persons arriving from China, especially Chinese citizens resident in Nigeria who  travelled for the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, are put in self-isolation(quarantined). Giving the directive at plenary, the Senate specifically advised affected persons to stay indoors in their various homes for at least two weeks before mixing with Read More

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One week after national grid’s collapse: NEC admits power sector setback, N1.7trn spent in 3 years

January 24, 2020 Editor 0

The National Economic Council (NEC) Thursday said the entire country’s power sector is broken and needs intervention to avoid national disaster. This position came barely one week after the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announced the collapse of national grid, a development that put some parts of the country into darkness. Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the Read More

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Amotekun: FG ‘ll fail if … – Afe Babalola

January 20, 2020 Editor 0

Foremost lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Aare Afe Babalola, has said the federal government would fail if it goes ahead to challenge the legality of Amotekun, the South-western security initiative recently launched by governors in the region. Babalola, who spoke to journalists Sunday in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state capital, said the idea was accommodated and given vent in the 1999 Read More

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Breaking: FG makes u-turn on suspension of Ogunbiyi as REA MD

January 7, 2020 Editor 0

The federal government has made reversed the suspension of Managing Director of Rural Electricity Agency (REA) Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, instead her resignation has been considered. Ogunbiyi resigned in a bid to take up a new job with the United Nation. She was suspended on December 31, 2019 over alleged malpractices. After her suspension, Ogunbiyi, first female MD of the REA, Read More

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2020: Envoy harps on infrastructure dev’t as Korea, Nigeria diplomatic relations hit 40 years

November 21, 2019 Editor 0

Ahead of proposed 40th year anniversary of relations between Korea and Nigeria, Korean Ambassador LEE In-Tae, has beckoned on Africa’s most populous nation to deepen concern on infrastructure development. In-Tae who spoke during the opening session of Korea-Nigeria Joint Partnership Infrastructure Seminar which held in Abuja on Thursday, said that any country’s economic status was strongly dependent on its level of Read More

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Zamfara: Sack minister of defence now, group tells Buhari

December 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Following the seemingly unabated killings in Zamfara state, the Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive action to halt the killings. PAIR in a statement in Abuja, on Thursday, said it was tragic and unfortunate that the federal government has failed to arrest the security challenge in Zamfara for over two years now, Read More

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Fresh ASUU/FG negotiation collapses

December 11, 2018 Editor 0

Another meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended Monday night without resolution to the dispute. The meeting which held at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment was to find a lasting solution to the ongoing industrial action by the university teachers but it ended with no compromise on either party. At least Read More

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Miners meet Buhari over multiple taxes, others

December 8, 2018 Editor 0

Officials of the Miners Association of Nigeria on Friday had a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over multiple taxes and disruption of mining activities by government agencies. Fielding questions from State House correspondents, national president of the association, Mr. Sani Shehu, said miners in the country face interference, poor funding, lack of proper mechanisation for operations and multiple taxations. He Read More

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Students query invitation of Osinbajo to OAU convocation 

December 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have expressed indignation over the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the forthcoming 43rd combined convocation of the university holding next week. According to a statement by Gbenga Ololoniran, the Protem Chairman of Great Ife Students’ Union Action Committee, it is condemnable to invite Osinbajo to a university that is a victim of government’s negligence of the education Read More

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NEMA donates relief materials to victims of Awgu windstorm

November 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

The management of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Wednesday put smiles on the faces of the victims of windstorm disaster in Agbogugu community, Awgu local government area of Enugu state. The victims were presented with a lorry load of assorted relief materials worth millions of naira. The violent disaster which ravaged both residential and commercial buildings in some parts of the Read More

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Alleged N3.97bn fraud: Badeh to open defence Jan 16

November 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has asked former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, to open his defence in the alleged N3.97 billion fraud charge preferred against him by the federal government. Consequently, the trial judge on Thursday fixed January 16, 2019 for the defence. At the resumed trial, solicitors for both parties agreed on the date following the Read More

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Strike: Students may stay at home for months, ASUU warns

November 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that the ongoing industrial action may be prolonged as no concrete resolution has been reached in the negotiation with the federal government.   The union called on parents and students to show understanding over the development so as to save the nation’s university system from total decay. ASUU’s national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this in Read More