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Senate passes bill to legalise Peace Corps

The Senate on Thursday passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill which seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for youth. The Bill, which was sponsored by Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), was first read at plenary on March 10 and scaled second reading. It seeks to facilitate peace…

Late Gbadamosi, one of modern Lagos founding fathers – Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday described the late Rasheed Gbadamosi as one of the founding fathers of modern day Lagos. Mr. Ambode, who spoke at a reception organised by the state government in honour of Mr. Gbadamosi in Ikeja, said that the deceased offered selfless services to…

Nigerian crude oil still ‘hot cake’ in global market – NNPC GMD

Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says Nigerian crude oil is not an abandoned commodity. Mr. Baru said this on Thursday while addressing journalists after declaring open the 2016/2017 bid for crude oil grades. According to him, the nation’s crude is not struggling…

One dead, 11 unconscious in Enugu accident; police seek help to identify victims

The Police in Enugu on Thursday said one person died and 11 others lost consciousness in an accident that occurred at Ezeagu community, along Onitsha-Enugu Expressway. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the accident happened…

Reps order FCT to stop demolishing small shops in Abuja

The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, to commence the review of Abuja master plan to reflect the current social, economic and demographic realities. The House also urged the Minister to direct the FCT Development Control to stop the demolition of…

Nigeria Stock Exchange: Total loses N22 to lead losers’ table

Total Nigeria Plc on Thursday for the third consecutive day led the losers’ chart on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, forcing the All-Share Index to drop by 0.10 per cent. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Total dropped by N22 to close at N223 per share. Okomuoil trailed…

Former Liverpool and England captain, Gerrard, retires

Former Liverpool and England captain, Steven Gerrard, announced his retirement on Thursday, a week after confirming he would not be returning to play for MLS side LA Galaxy. “Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football,” Gerrard, 36, said. “I’ve had an…

Lawyers used to illustrate the story

NBA President vows to deal with “bad eggs” in Nigeria’s judiciary

The President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Abubakar Mahmud, said on Thursday that the association was working towards restoring the integrity of the judiciary and legal profession. Mr. Mahmud made this known on the sidelines of the first National Executive Committee Meeting of the Bar, held in Minna. “We…

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Kwara shuts down 132 illegal schools

The Kwara Government said on Thursday that it had closed 132 illegal private schools operating in the state. Zainab Bello, the Director of Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said apart from being illegal, the schools were operating in unhygienic environment. Ms. Bello, who spoke…

Buhari to award N10 million each to national merit awardees

President Muhammadu Buhari will in Abuja on Thursday, December 1, award N10 million each to two recipients of this year's Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM). Etim Essien, Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), disclosed this at a news conference to mark the 9th Forum of…

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

Kogi recalls suspended Head of Service, Perm Secs, others

Kogi State Government on Thursday recalled the state's Head of Service, Moses Atakpa, and 102 Permanent Secretaries and Directors it placed on compulsory leave since February. The state acting Head of Service , Hassanat Lawal, said in a statement in Lokoja said that their recall was ordered by the state…

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South Africa’s biggest union group backs Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming South Africa’s next leader increase on Thursday when a powerful union group backed him to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of the ruling party. Zuma is expected to stand down as African National Congress, ANC, president at a party conference…

PDP Senator defects to APC

Yele Omogunwa, the PDP Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, on Thursday confirmed his defection to All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr. Omogunwa confirmed his defection in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure. The lawmaker, a former Commissioner for Works in Ondo State, said he had…

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria moves 10 places up

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved 10 places up in the November FIFA World ranking, to 50th. In the rankings on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria is now placed joint 50th with Burkina Faso and Slovenia. Nigeria garnered 616 points for the month of November…

Why Ondo election should be postponed – Makarfi

The Peoples Democratic Party has restated its call for the postponement of the Ondo governorship election scheduled for Saturday, to enable it “screen and select agents for the exercise”. The Court of Appeal, on Wednesday in Abuja, dropped the party’s candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim, and replaced him with Eyitayo Jegede, who…

Barack Obama

Obama thanks Americans for trusting him

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, thanked Americans for the trust they reposed in him during the eight years of his presidency. “On this Thanksgiving, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the American people for the trust that you’ve placed in me over these last eight years…

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Benue seals 3 schools for failure to remit tax deductions

The Benue Board of Internal Revenue Services, BIRS, on Thursday sealed off three private schools for failure to remit workers’ tax deductions into government coffers. Victor Beke, BIRS Head of Enforcement, told journalists that the exercise was in continuation of the clampdown on tax defaulters in the state. According to…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari returns to Abuja after Malabo summit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night returned to Abuja from Malabo, Equitorial Guinea, where he participated in the 4th Africa-Arab summit. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Buhari while in Malabo participated in the opening ceremony and working session of the Summit, on Wednesday. NAN reports that…

Lufthansa cancels 912 flights as pilots strike enters Day 2

The strike by Lufthansa pilots in support of a pay demand is in its second day on Thursday, with the German flagship carrier cancelling 912 flights for the day. The strike has hit the travel plans of some 100,000 long-and short-haul passengers. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) Pilots’ Union announced that…

Ondo 2016: INEC obeys Appeal Court, declares Eyitayo Jegede PDP candidate

Ondo 2016: The Independent National Electoral Commission, lNEC, has replaced the name of Jimoh Ibrahim with that of Eyitayo Jegede as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for Ondo governorship election, scheduled for Saturday. A statement signed by the Commission’s Secretary, Agusta Ogakwu, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja. The…

Clinton’s lead over Trump now over 2 million popular votes

Hillary Clinton’s margin in the popular vote against President-elect Donald Trump has surpassed two million, furthering the record for a candidate who lost in the Electoral College. Hillary Clinton’s national popular vote lead over President-elect Donald Trump has now exceeded two million votes, according to an ongoing count by the…

House of Representatives

Reps authorise Buhari to spend N208 billion on new projects

The House of Representatives has increased the N180 billion virement sought for by President Muhammadu Buhari to fund critical recurrent and capital items by N28 billion, taking it to N208.821 billion. The president had written the National Assembly on October 26, seeking the approval of the legislature to vire N180.8…

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

Jimoh Ibrahim says ‘nothing to lose’ in Appeal Court ruling on Ondo

The candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimoh Ibrahim, has reacted to Wednesday's Appeal Court ruling sacking him as the party's candidate in Saturday's Ondo governorship election. The Court of Appeal replaced Mr. Ibrahim with Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi faction of…

Naira gains against dollar at interbank market

The Naira on Wednesday appreciated against the dollar at the interbank market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained 50k to close at N304.50 compared to N305 it traded on Tuesday. At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira was sold at N400 CBN controlled…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Gov. Dickson condemns oil, gas conference hosting in Abuja

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Wednesday expressed disappointment with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for holding its 6th Practical Nigerian Content Forum in Abuja. Mr. Dickson, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Talford Ongolo, expressed his displeasure in his opening remarks at the forum…