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Nigeria’s power generation at “all-time low”; crashes to 1,327MW

Nigeria’s overall electricity generation has dropped to an unprecedented low of 1,327 megawatts, the Ministry of Power said Friday, a week before the transfer of power from President Goodluck Jonathan to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. As at 12 noon Friday, most key power plants in the country, including those located at…

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I’ll be a peace advocate after leaving office – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said he would be an advocate of peace in the country after leaving office. The president said this when The Apostolic Church Nigeria, FCT Field, presented him with the “2015 Epitome of Peace Award’’ at the State House in Abuja. Mr. Jonathan thanked the church…

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2015 FIFA U20 W ​orld ​C​up​: Ghana coach names final squad

Ghana​'s​ ​U20 football ​coach, Sellas Tetteh, has named his final 21-man squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand May, according to media reports in Accra on Friday. Tetteh, who won the 2009 World Cup in Egypt, retained majority of the players who featured at the African Championship…

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Nigerian Army “pulls out” 34 generals from service

​The Nigerian Army on Friday held the traditional "pull out" ceremony for 34 infantry generals who retired between 2005 and 2015. Twenty former Majors-General and 14 Brigadiers-General took part in the event held at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State. In a speech, Joseph Shoboiki, a retired Maj​or General,…

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​5​0 Heads of State to attend Presidential inauguration – Minister

The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, said on Friday that no fewer than 50 Heads of State and other delegates ​were expected to attend the May 29 handing over ceremony. Mr. Duke, while addressing a news conference in Abuja on the activities lined up for the inauguration of…

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$88.1m needed ​ for ​’last mile’ of ​Ebola ​response — UN official

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Controller, Bettina Bartsiotas, says additional $88.1 million is needed to support the “last mile” of the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. According to a document from the UN Administrative and Budgetary Committee made available to correspondents on Friday, Mr. Bartsiotas reiterated concern…

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Buhari confirms APC’s claim, says Jonathan’s team yet to brief incoming govt

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday confirmed claims by his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, that the incoming administration has yet to receive any briefing from the Goodluck Jonathan government as the country prepares for the transfer of power in a week. Mr. Buhari opened up while receiving the…

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Okonjo-Iweala urges staff to support incoming administration

The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday urged members of staff of the ministry to support the incoming administration for the growth of the country. Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said this at a send-off ceremony organised for her and the minister of state for finance at the ministry in Abuja. She…

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No human meat restaurant in Awka – Anambra govt.

The Anambra Government said it had investigated reports that human meat was found in a restaurant in Awka and found same to be false, thereby urging the public to ignore the story. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mary Nwogu,…

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Nigeria would’ve been in crisis if Jonathan disputed elections – Buhari

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has again commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat at the March 28 polls. Mr. Buhari, who gave the commendation in Abuja on Thursday when he received Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou, said Mr. Jonathan's action turned around Nigeria's nervous political process. He said: “The Nigerien president…

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Hundreds throng Enugu airport to pay respect to Chukwumerije

Hundreds of people on Thursday besieged the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to pay their last respects to late Uche Chukwumerije, a senator, who was en route Abia for burial. Mr. Chukwumerije, also a former minister of information, died in Abuja on April 19 after a protracted illness. Leading the…

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India lands jet fighter on highway as part of trials

India Air Force, IAF, on Thursday landed a jet fighter on a highway close to New Delhi, the first of the country's emergency drill landing. The IAF report said there was always an element of risk in such drills but thorough safety checks were conducted on the surface quality of…

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Nigerian golf star, Odoh relishes victory in Cameroon

Former Nigeria number one, Oche Odoh, has described his defence of the Cameroon International Open title on May 9 at the Yaounde Golf Club as a major boost for his career. Speaking with pganigeria.com recently, he said the victory helped ascertain that all the works he has been putting into…

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Van Praag withdraws from FIFA presidential race, declares support for Jordan’s Al-Hussein

Michael van Praag, an aspirant in the election of the new FIFA President, on Thursday withdrew his candidacy for the presidency of ruling football body. Mr. Van Praag's team said in a statement in Berlin, Germany that he would instead support Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein in the bid to…

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CNPP to Blair: You’re wrong on oil subsidy removal in Nigeria

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties has rejected some postulations offered by a former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on how the incoming All Progressives Congress federal administration should fix Nigeria. Mr. Blair, who was the guest speaker at the APC two-day Police Dialogue on the Implementation of the Agenda…

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South Africa apologises to Mozambique for xenophobic attacks

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday in Maputo apologised to Mozambique for the recent xenophobic attacks against foreigners living in South Africa, in which three Mozambicans died. Mr. Zuma, who was on a two-day state visit to Mozambique, said such acts had no justification, taking into consideration the brotherhood…

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Oil workers want Buhari to declare state of emergency on petroleum sector

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has called on the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the country’s oil and gas sector on assumption of office if the myriad of problems there are to be addressed. The senior oil industry…

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Nigeria owes $60 billion, says Osinbajo

The Vice President-elect, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday said Nigeria’s local and foreign debts now stand at $60 billion. He stated this in Abuja while declaring open the two-day Policy Dialogue on the implementation of the Agenda for Change organised by the Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate of the APC Presidential…

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I resigned as PDP BoT Chair to allow Jonathan take over – Tony Anenih

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, has said his resignation Wednesday, was to allow President Goodluck Jonathan take over the position. Mr. Anenih had earlier resigned his position citing the current state of affairs in the party as his reason. In a…

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America names 40 Nigerians for 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship – FULL LIST

The U.S. embassy in Nigeria has selected 40 Nigerians to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme for Young African Leaders in 20 top U.S. universities, for a period of six weeks. Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle, congratulated the beneficiaries on their selection. Mr. Entwistle explained…

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Online tracking of buildings begins in Abuja

The Department of Development Control of Federal Capital Territory Administration has begun online tracking all ongoing building developments in the territory. This is contained in a statement by Mohammed Sule, the chief press secretary to Bala Mohammed, the FCT Minister, in Abuja on Tuesday. "The scheme, known as Development Control…

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Jonathan would’ve suffered worse defeat if we didn’t help – Fani-Kayode

Former minister and spokesperson for President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, has debunked claims that hate campaign by some members of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation caused the party’s defeat at the March 28 presidential election. Mr. Fani-kayode, who served as Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, spoke with…

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Civilian JTF: The Making Of A Human Time Bomb by Samuel Malik

Twenty-five year old Maimuna Mohammed Bukar, from Machina in Yobe State, has a gripping, pathetic and tragic story to tell, the type one sees only in movies. She is a HIV patient but that is not the worst part of her sad tale. She was infected by her husband who…

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Gunmen abduct Ondo ex-Muslim board chair, demand N15m

By Oluwole Josiah Not content with their nefarious activities in Ekiti State, kidnappers have moved their trade to Ondo State, taking hostage a Muslim cleric in Akure Tuesday morning. They have also placed a N15million hurdle before his family, vowing to keep their victim until the money is paid. Jimoh…

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Military​ Commander​, LG Administrator Claim MTN Golf Championship Prizes

Golfers and enthusiasts of the sport were treated to an impressive and exciting tournament sponsored by one of Nigeria’s ​telecom​ ​c​ompany, MTN Nigeria at the luxuriant Lakowe Lakes over the weekend. The 18-hole world class championship Golf Course is situated along the Lekki–Epe axis in Lagos. The one-day MTN Golf…