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Daouda Toure

FG approves N1bn for adult, youth literacy

The UN official described literacy as a “fundamental requirement for peace” The Resident Coordinator, United Nations System in Nigeria, Daouda Toure, said on Monday, that the Federal Government has set aside N1 billion self-benefitting funds-in- trust, to be domiciled with UNESCO, to revitalise adult and youth literacy in the country.…

Hannatu Massawa

Oil, Oil Everywhere? By Hannatu Musawa

Considering the way in which we are so immersed in the fact that we are an oil producing country, one would have thought that any prospect of discovering more oil within our borders would be one that the government would jump at. The acceptance by academic experts and geologists in…

UN nuclear chief demands immediate access to Iranian site

The IAEA is worried that Iran may have conducted nuclear tests in a restricted military facility The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief pressed Iran on Monday to grant his inspectors access ``without further delay’’ to a military site where they believe Tehran may have conducted explosives tests relevant to the…

NYChinedu

Security Crisis: Dialogue Discreetly but Tackle Sturdily By Chinedu Nwagu

As a matter of security concern, President Goodluck Jonathan must learn to dialogue secretly. There has been much talk about the security situation in the country. With every speech about how the situation is under control, every motion without movement in the nation’s security architecture and every condemnation of the…

President Goodluck Jonathan in prayers

Catholic bishops blast Jonathan over corruption in govt

Clergymen want government to tackle corruption, insecurity in the country. (more…)

APGA: Between extreme unction and extinction, By Isidore Emeka Uzoatu

These are indeed trying times for us floor members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State. Like one co-afflicted put it, one does not know just what to say and not be misunderstood. That is, unless one has – literally and literarily speaking – taken sides in…

Mike Adenuga

Adenuga, Odili, Igbinedion,146 others to get National Honours

Mike Adenuga, multi-billionaire businessman and 148 other Nigerians are to be conferred with the National Honours Award on Sept. 17. This is contained in a statement signed by Henry Akpan, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The statement said that…

NNPC officials working on vandalised pipeline

Pipeline vandals kill 3 NNPC staff

The management of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation on Sunday confirmed the killing of three of its staff by men suspected to be pipeline vandals.  Fidel Pepple, the acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, said in a statement on Sunday the three were members of…

Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi

South-East governors set up committee on kidnapping, other security challenges

Governors of states in the South-East zone of the country have set a committee to eradicate kidnapping and  other security challenges in the region. Briefing newsmen at the end of a joint security meeting, which was also attended by heads of security agencies in the zone, the Chairman of the…

Nigeria came third behind Tunisia and South Africa

Nigeria is Africa’s 3rd best at London 2012 Paralympic Games

As the 2012 Paralympic Games rounded off in London on Sunday, no fewer than 10 African countries made the medals table, winning a total of 112 medals over the 11 days of the Games, Aug. 29 to Sept . 9. African nations’ performance at the Games represented a marginal improvement…

Maxim Uzoatu

Nigeria and the National Conference Imperative, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The late comedian Mohammed Danjuma once told the joke of how he was once mid-air inside a plane only to see one man in parachute knocking on his window and telling him: “I don go-o! Na me be pilot of this plane-o. If you like-o, continue to stay there-o, but…

Femi Fani-Kayode

Air crashes, weekends and sacrificial circles, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Every single major air crash in Nigeria in the last 10 years has taken place on a weekend. EAS Airline crashed in Kano on June 4th 2002 resulting in the loss of 77 souls. This took place on a weekend. Bellview Airlines crashed in Lisa village just outside Lagos on…

Pita Okute: The nation needs not saddle governors yet with additional burden of managing crime detection agencies

On State Police: Let’s think again, please, By Pita Okute

The arrest last Wednesday of a robbery kingpin in Anambra State and the seizure of a small armoury from his residence should serve as morale booster to the police and other security agencies. The war against crime proceeds as an ever shifting struggle and every victory against the criminal underworld…

Ayobami Oyalowo writes about the death of Governor Yakowa and co. in a plane crash warning the Nigerian elite, "if the roads aren’t safe for us, even the air will be contaminated for you"

DANA License Suspension: The good, the bad and the ugly, By Ayobami Oyalowo

On June 3rd 2012 at about 4 p.m., I got a BB message, that a plane came down in a residential area somewhere within a Lagos suburb, I initially dismissed it as another of the usual silly BB messages, especially as our dear NTA was busy showing us the wonders of cassava…

Reuben Abati, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan

The Gains Of Jonathan’s Diplomacy, By Reuben Abati

The gains of President Jonathan’s diplomacy are often overshadowed by misrepresentations of the size of his delegation, ignorance about the value of his foreign travels, and the positives of his constant engagement with the international community. I have had cause on more than one occasion to expose the lie about…

Adeolu Ademoyo

Dame Jonathan, Diezani Madueke, Dignity and Africa As a Pathology, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Perhaps because of my family’s Diaspora location, the issue of how we Africans represent ourselves at home and in the Diaspora is very important to us as a family - children, mom and myself.  Sadly, some Africans - both at home and abroad  tend to see things differently. To this…

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Anglican Bishop tackles Governor Akpabio on massive poverty in Akwa Ibom

The Anglican Bishop of Uyo Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Isaac Orama, has advised Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom to fight the widespread unemployment and poverty in the state. Mr. Orama gave the advice on Saturday in Uyo, while delivering the Bishop’s Charge 2012 at the first session of the sixth Synod of…

First Lady, Patience Jonathan

Patience Jonathan, Okonjo-Iweala receive honorary doctorate in Delta

Patience Jonathan, Nigerian First Lady, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, were on Saturday awarded honorary doctorate degrees of the Delta State University, Abraka. Receiving her degree, Mrs. Jonathan, who was represented by Zainab Maina, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, thanked the Delta Government and the university authorities for…

Tunji Ariyomo

Between Cashless and Senseless Economy: Sustainable development challenged, By ‘Tunji Ariyomo

Nigeria’s penchant for doing what is not necessary with possessive passion while leaving what ought to be done with carefree abandon is legendary. As a result, capacity for sustainable development is whittled away which in turn undermines growth. Individuals can be excused for fitting into the damning description in Eric…

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Police arrest 200 suspected thugs in Zamfara

The Police Command in Zamfara said on Friday that  it had arrested  200 suspected  thugs, known as  “sara suka”. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Usman Hassan, told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), that the thugs  were arrested in Gusau and its environs. He said the police acted on information  it received from the public to…

Justice Ayo Salami

Suspension: Appeal Court dismisses Justice Salami’s application

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the application of its former president, Justice Ayo Salami, to compel the Federal High Court to hear the suit against his suspension. Delivering the ruling on Friday in Abuja, Justice Husseini Muktar held that the application was incompetent. He said the Federal High Court…

Pius Adesanmi

Asiwaju Goes to Charlotte, By Pius Adesanmi

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was at the just-concluded convention of the Democratic Party held in Charlotte. Glossy pictures are already circulating in social media. There is one of him clapping excitedly in the audience. There is another of him in an outside pose with one of his men Friday, Governor Kayode…

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Telecoms and Boko Haram, By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

The much expected claim of responsibility for the attacks on offices and installations of telecommunication companies (telecoms) in Nigeria byJama’at Ahlus Sunnah lid Da’awati wal Jihad – or Boko Haram as they are popularly called – finally came yesterday. With it, it is certain that the two elephants are locked in…

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

El-Rufai on Friday….Introducing Young Voices, By Nasir El-Rufai

Every other week, this column will introduce a young Nigerian and give him or her the opportunity to express views on governance and public policy issues that matter to their generation which, by the way constitutes more than 70% of our population. It is my singular honour to present ‘Yemi…

Onyeacholem tackles Fani-Kayode on his recent piece on Nigeria's troubles, saying he was part of those who dragged Nigeria into its current mess

14 years of PDP; 13 years of national calamity, By Godwin Onyeacholem

In its habitual unscrupulous fashion, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s crooked ruling party that likes to fraudulently describe itself as Africa’s largest party with all the deceitful boldness it could muster, recently remembered 14 years of its pathetic existence, thirteen of which it has spent superintending a fantasy wrongly…