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Ogun Assembly passes bill upgrading MAPOLY to university

The Ogun State House of Assembly  on Tuesday passed a bill upgrading Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, to a University of Science and Technology. Adeyinka Mafe, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill during plenary in Abeokuta and was seconded by the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa.…

No work, No Pay: Nigerian govt warns striking polytechnic lecturers

The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja indicated that it would implement the 'No work, No pay' rule on striking polytechnic lecturers. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, stated this although he also appealed to the lecturers, ASUP, to suspend their 5-day warning strike. Mr. Ngige stated these…

Ajaokuta Steel plant

Ajaokuta will help Nigeria save $5 billion from importation

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Abubakar Bwari, on Tuesday said revival of Ajaokuta Steel Company would save about $5 billion annually for the country. He said that the amount was usually spent annually on the importation of equipment for railway expansion and maintenance. Mr. Bwari stated this…

Protest in Ekiti after traditional ruler allegedly shoots resident dead

The police have arrested two persons in Ayede Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, following a violent protest which trailed the alleged killing of one person by a traditional ruler in the area. The protest, which lasted for hours, was said to have been ignited when the victim…

N15 million scandal: Suspended Ondo Speaker denies wrongdoing

Jumoke Akindele, the suspended Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, on Tuesday said she did not misappropriate N15 million as alleged by some of her colleagues. Mr. Akindele, who was reportedly suspended on Friday by 14 lawmakers, said in a statement in Akure that although she was a signatory…

Osinbajo meets National Assembly leadership on 2017 budget

In continuation of consultations between the Presidency and the National Assembly on the 2017 budget, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday met with leadership of the National Assembly, NASS. The meeting, which was held behind closed doors in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, had the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki,…

Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

Nigeria can produce 3 million barrels of crude per day, says Kachikwu

The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources , Ibe Kachikwu, said that Nigeria is capable of producing three million barrels of crude oil per day from the Niger Delta region. Mr. Kachikwu stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs on Tuesday in Abuja. The…

Bags of rice

Court adjourns trial of Borno council chairman accused of diverting 300 bags of rice meant for IDPs

A Maiduguri High Court has adjourned till February 9, hearing in the case of Shettima Maina, Chairman of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno, along with two others, charged for allegedly diverting food items meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Mr. Maina could not be produced in court on Tuesday…

AfDB introduces new model to allow faster disbursement

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has introduced a new Development and Business Delivery Model (DBDM) to improve performance, accountability and streamline processes for faster loan disbursement on the continent. The bank announced this in the January edition of its newsletter issued by its Nigeria Country Office in Abuja on Tuesday.…

Morocco says citizens among victims in Canada mosque attack

One Moroccan was killed and three others wounded in Sunday’s attack on a mosque in the Canadian city of Quebec, local media reported on Tuesday. Citing sources at Morocco’s consulate in Quebec, Hespress news site said that one of the wounded was in critical condition. The mosque attack in Quebec…

South Africa’s ruling party regrets Morocco’s readmission into AU

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday expressed regret over the readmission of Morocco to the African Union (AU). “The ANC notes the regrettable decision by the AU to readmit Morocco into the organisation,’’ ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement. The 54-member AU voted overwhelmingly…

Obama backs protests against Trump’s Refugee Order

Breaking his silence only 10 days after he left office, former President Barack Obama has backed nationwide protests against President Donald Trump’s Refugee Order on Monday. In a strongly worded statement issued through a spokesman, Kevin Lewis, and reported by networks, Mr. Obama said he was “heartened by the level…

African Union [Photo: Wikipedia]

AU re-admits Morocco

Morocco was on Monday readmitted into the African Union at the 28th AU summit of Head of States and Government in Addis Ababa. Morocco left the organisation in 1984, after AU recognised the independence of Western Sahara, regarded by Morocco as part of its historic territory. Western Sahara is also…

Trump fires acting Attorney-General for refusing to enforce travel ban

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday night fired acting Attorney-General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his Refugee Order designed to protect the citizens of the country. The White House, in statement obtained by the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, announced the appointment of…

South African prosecutor who jailed Pistorius quits

Gerrie Nel, the South African prosecutor who obtained a jail sentence for Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend has resigned, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday. Pistorius is the double-amputee former Olympic sprinter who killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by firing four shots…

Christian Chukwu heads Rangers FC new management

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the appointment of former Super Eagles Coach and Captain, Christian Chukwu, as Chief Executive Officer and Manager of Rangers International FC of Enugu. The approval came after a fact-finding meeting held on Monday at the Government House, Enugu, between the governor and…

U.S. deploys ‘iron soldiers’ to Europe, warns Russia

The U.S. says its Army’s 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is ready for any mission to protect the territorial integrity of its allies in Europe, warning Russia over its invasion into Ukraine. U.S. European Command’s Deputy Commander, Timothy Ray, Air Force Lt. Gen., gave the warnings on…

We will protect 2face-led anti-government protest – Nigeria Police

The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, says the command is aware of a proposed demonstration which popular artiste, 2face Idibia, plans to lead on February 5. Mr. Owoseni said this on Monday while addressing journalists in Lagos. The police chief also paraded the publisher of Biafra Times and nine…

APC condemns attacks on Buhari

The North-West zone of All Progressive Congress (APC) has condemned the issues being raised over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health and vacation, saying it was unwarranted and unpatriotic. In a statement after its meeting in Katsina on Monday, the party said the issues smacked of desperation of the opposition parties. It…

Darius Ishaku, Taraba State Governor

Taraba sacks 8 directors over delay in payment of salaries

The Taraba Government on Monday said it had sacked eight directors over allegation bordering on misconduct, even as workers give strike notice. Addressing journalists on Monday in Jalingo, Bello Yero and Yakubu Agbaizo, permanent secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Executive Secretary, State Primary Education Board, respectively,…

APC expels Rivers Assembly Minority Leader

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has expelled Benibo Anabraba, the Minority Leader in the state House of Assembly, over alleged anti-party activities. This is contained in a copy of the expulsion letter signed by Davies Ikanya, the APC Chairman in the state, and made available to journalists…

LAUTECH

LAUTECH Crisis: ASUU lists conditions to resume academic activities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso chapter, on Monday gave its conditions for ending the ongoing industrial action at the institution. Biodun Olaniran, the Chairman of the union, told journalists in Ogbomoso that meeting the conditions would end the crisis. The News…

President Conde elected AU Chairman

President Alpha Conde of the Republic of Guinea has been elected as the new Chairman of the African Union. He succeeds President Idriss Deby of Republic of Chad. His election was conducted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, during their 28th Ordinary Session holding in…

Don’t eat Suya without vegetables, nutritionist warns

Consumers of barbecued beef popularly called “Suya” have been advised to always ensure that generous portions of onions, cabbage, tomatoes and other vegetables were eaten along with it. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as kidney, liver and tripe are also used. The thinly…

Court declines to stop police investigation of Rivers Rereun

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday declined to stop a police investigation into the Rivers Rerun election. The Nigeria Police also challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear a suit filed by Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike. Mr. Wike is seeking to stop the police from investigating allegations, petitions…