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Pfizer raises cancer awareness, sets up support group

On February 4, Pfizer joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. It is a singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo with State Governors at the NEC meeting

Nigeria’s Troubled Economy: What Osinbajo, governors discussed at NEC meeting

A meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) held Thursday in Abuja with members discussing measures they said are planned to take the country out of recession. NEC is composed of all the 36 state governors, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the governor of the Central Bank…

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor

How we shared forex in December, January – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria said on Thursday three key sectors of the economy received the largest foreign exchange allocations between December 2016 and January. The CBN said out of a total of $2.83 billion disbursed during the two months to critical sectors of the economy, manufacturing, agriculture and raw…

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Knowing real owners of oil, gas firms crucial to curb corruption – NEITI

Knowing the real owners of companies in the oil and gas sector is critical to checking corruption, money laundering, drug and terrorism financing, tax avoidance and evasion, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Waziri Adio, has said. Mr. Adio, who was addressing a consultative forum on…

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Volleyball: Nigerian teams qualify for World Championships

Nigeria’s under-21 beach volleyball teams have qualified for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball Under-21 World Championships scheduled for Nanjing in China from June 13 to June 18. Habu Gumel, President of the Nigeria Beach Volleyball Federation, NVBF, who broke the news on Monday in Abuja said both the male and…

Wale Babalakin Team Inauguration

Nigerian govt inaugurates Babalakin team to renegotiate ASUU Ag‎reement

The Federal Government has inaugurated its 16-member team tasked with renegotiating ‎the 2009 agreement with unions in Nigerian universities, headed by Wale Babalakin. Speaking at a ceremony held in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said: "The inauguration of the Renegotiating Team is significant as it confirms…

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N9.7 billion fraud: How Nigeria’s ex-Air Force chief acquired property with NAF funds – Witness

The trial of Umar Dikko continued on Monday before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting its first witness, S. A. Yushau, who narrated how the defendant used NAF funds to acquire properties in Abuja. Mr.…

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Over one million Nigerian school children fed by government daily – Osinbajo

The Federal Government has now released enough funds to start the delivery of one hot meal a day to more than one million primary school pupils across seven states in the country, under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said. Mr. Osinbajo, speaking through his…

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (2nd right),Zonal Director North -West, Engr.Busari Olalekan (2nd left), Federal Controller of Works, Kaduna, Engr. Saad Tukur (left), Director Highways, Construction and Rehabilitation, Engr. Femi Oguntominiyi, (right) and others during the Minister's inspection tour of the ongoing Emergency Repairs of Kaduna - Abuja Expressway, Kaduna on Friday 10th, February 2017.

Abuja airport closure: Fashola inspects work on Kaduna-Abuja highway

Ahead of the planned reconstruction and repair of the Abuja Airport runway which would lead to a diversion of air traffic and passengers from Abuja to Kaduna, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the weekend inspected progress of work on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway. The minister, who…

Aisha Buhari speaking to the press on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Aisha Buhari returns to Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has returned to Nigeria from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she performed Umrah or Lesser Hajj. Mrs. Buhari arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 3:15. She was received by Toyin Saraki, wife of Senate president, Bukola Saraki, wives of the governors of Kebbi and…

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Magu commends EFCC official who recovered $9.8 million from former NNPC GMD

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has commended Adamu Dan Musa, the Commission’s head of operations in Kano Zonal Office, who led a team that recovered over $9.8 million from the residence of a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,…

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Osinbajo, Obasanjo to attend 2017 Murtala Muhammed lecture

The 2017 Murtala Muhammed Memorial Lecture will hold in Abuja on Monday, February 13. The Murtala Muhammed Foundation is an organization founded on the ideals of late Murtala Muhammed and committed to improving the lives of Nigerians and Africans and has led efforts to develop innovative approaches to dealing with…

Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest

Nigerian Army confirms Boko Haram attack on troops, says 7 killed

The Nigerian Army has confirmed an attack on its troops by Boko Haram insurgents, which led to the death of at least seven soldiers. PREMIUM TIMES had earlier broken the news, quoting insiders who confirmed that seven army recruits were killed and 20 others injured during a firefight with the…

Lagos Marathon [Photo credit: The Nation]

100,000 athletes from 27 countries to participate in Lagos marathon, Govt says

A total of 100,000 athletes from 27 countries including Nigeria will be participating in the second edition of Access Bank Lagos Marathon billed to hold from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 11, 2017. About 64 elite athletes from 26 countries and 102 from Nigeria, as well as 30…

The bundles of cash recovered from Former GMD of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu's residence

How EFCC recovered $9.8 million from Yakubu, Ex-NNPC GMD

A special operation conducted by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on February 3 on a building belonging to a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, in Kaduna, yielded the recovery of $9,772,800 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Seven Two Thousand,…

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Pray for Buhari, Atiku urges Nigerians

Former Vice President and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians of all faiths to lift up President Muhammadu Buhari in prayers. In a press statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Friday, Mr. Abubakar said every one us is a…

Governor Ibikunle Amosun

Gov. Amosun commutes death sentence of two convicts

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has commuted the death sentence on two convicts to life imprisonment and ordered the release of three other prisoners. The two convicts had been sentenced to death last December for armed robbery. The governor's gesture was contained in a letter addressed to the Controller…

Former Minister Dan Etete, the man behind Malabu

Malabu $1.1 billion scandal: Italian prosecutors request trial of Etete, Shell, Eni, others

Sources close to Italian law enforcement on Wednesday confirmed that they have requested that Shell, Eni and several Eni senior executives including the current CEO Claudio Descalzi, be sent to trial for alleged international corruption offences over the 2011 purchase of the massive Nigerian OPL 245 oil block. Italian prosecutors…

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Again, Appeal Court strikes out move by Lagos govt to stop hijab in schools

The Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, has hailed the striking out of a motion seeking an injunction to stop hijab usage in the state by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Tuesday heard the motion - stay of execution…

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The Gionee M6 is the new way to a man’s heart

Smartphones are everywhere, but one with features as alluring as the Gionee M6 will always stand the test of time. If you think the way to a man’s heart is food, trust me, the new Gionee M6 will change your mind. Despite the ubiquitous nature of smartphones, the Gionee M6…

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No going back on closure of Abuja airport – Minister

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, says the Federal Government will ensure the total rehabilitation of the Abuja Airport runway for smooth operations and deliver it in six weeks. Mr. Amaechi, who acknowledged the pains closure of the airport would cause the economy, maintained that his Ministry would ensure the reopening after…

A joint press briefing by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, and Vuyani Jarana, chairman of Vodacom Business Nigeria.

Kaduna partners Vodacom in use of ICT for health, education

The Kaduna State Government and telecoms giant, Vodacom, on Monday announced an ICT for development initiative. The goal of this partnership is to support mass service delivery in healthcare, education and agriculture through the deployment of tailored ICT solutions to promote greater efficiency in each sector. The new partnership was…

President Buhari in company of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, others. [Photo credit: Twitter - Garba Shehu]

Buhari extends vacation, writes National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly informing it of his desire to extend his leave. The extension, he said, is "in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors." "The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening,…

Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida

IBB returns to Nigeria from medical vacation

A former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, has returned to Nigeria after a 7-week medical vacation in Switzerland. He arrived Minna International Airport on Saturday evening at 6.45 p.m. Alighting from the aircraft, Mr. Babangida expressed gratitude for prayers and goodwill messages from different quarters during his vacation. He said: “I…

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Premium Times Centre organises workshop on No News Is Bad News in Nigeria

The media landscape, digital security and press freedom in Nigeria, is the theme of a 3-day baseline workshop organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, and its partner, Free Press Unlimited, FPU, in Abuja from Sunday, February 6-8. The workshop which will hold at the AES Apartments,…