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Akwa Ibom Assembly approves govt. request to guarantee N5 billion loan for private firm

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly at plenary on Tuesday approved a request to allow the state government guarantee Wizchino Construction Company to borrow N5 billion from a bank. The approval followed Governor Udom Emmanuel’s request to allow the government stand as guarantor to enable the company to borrow…

Igbo Renaissance: Anambra to float Igbo radio station, mandate students to wear traditional attire

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Tuesday said he would float a radio station that would broadcast its programmes in Igbo language. He made this known during a public event organised by an Igbo cultural society known as “Otu suwakwa Igbo’’ headed by former Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Pita…

Jonah Jang

How I withdrew N16.7 billion cash for Jonah Jang – Government Cashier

A former cashier has told a probe panel of enquiry how he withdrew N16.7 billion cash for former Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang. Yusuf Pam, a former cashier attached to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, told the panel that he withdrew the N16.7 billion based on…

Chieftain of the APC, Segun Oni

Ondo 2016: Oni to lead 6-member team to coordinate APC Situation Room

The Deputy National Chairman, South, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Segun Oni, will lead a six-member team from the party’s national leadership to coordinate the Situation Room during the Ondo governorship election. The information is contained in a statement by Edegbe Odemwingie, the party`s Assistant Director of Publicity, made…

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Fashola talks tough, warns Nigeria’s electricity distribution companies

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has warned Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to stop blackmailing the Federal Government over outstanding debts allegedly owed them by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA). A statement in Abuja on Tuesday by Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser, Communications to the minister, stated that…

Hajj used to illustrate the story.

How we diverted N94 million paid by pilgrims – Former Executive Secretary

The immediate past executive secretary, Plateau Muslim Pilgrims Board, Salisu Mohammed, has owned up to diverting N94 million from funds paid by intending pilgrims. Mr. Mohammed made the confession on Tuesday in Jos, while testifying before a Judicial Commission of Inquiry setup by the Plateau government to probe activities of…

Aliko Dangote

Nigerian govt., Dangote sign N11.5 billion road project

The Dangote Group said on Tuesday it had signed a contract with the Federal Government for the construction of a 42.5 km Obajana-Kabba Road in Kogi. According to a statement by the regional spokesman of the conglomerate, Jibrin Abubakar, in Abuja, work will commence in full on the project after…

Ooni unveils Moremi statue, charges governments on youth engagement

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Tuesday unveiled a uniquely designed Moremi Statue of Liberty, with a charge on governments to meaningfully engage the youths. A statement signed by Moses Olafare, the Director of Media and Public Affairs in the palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, said that the Ooni…

Naira Notes

Naira weakens against dollar as CBN maintains benchmark rate

The Naira on Tuesday weakened against the dollar few hours after the CBN maintained its benchmark interest rate and endorsed the crackdown on parallel market traders by security operatives. It lost N5 to exchange at N470 to the dollar at the parallel market from N465 it traded on Monday, while…

Federal Secretariat Abuja

Eliminating ghost workers saves Nigeria N20 billion monthly – Official

The Federal Government says it has been saving about N20 billion on salaries monthly since it began to fish out ghost workers. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, said this while addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja on the sideline of a workshop on cost management. The workshop…

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Swiss defend title of world’s richest people

The Swiss are the richest people in the world, with an average wealth of $561,900 per adult, Credit Suisse said in its annual global wealth report on Tuesday. This confirms Switzerland’s top ranking for the 16th year in a row. People in the United States trailed with asset worth $344,700,…

Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH)

LUTH celebrates birth of first IVF baby

The Assisted Fertility Centre (AFC) at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, on Tuesday celebrated the birth of its first In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) baby born through assisted reproductive technology. Osato Giwa-Osagie, professor and coordinator of the centre, made this known during a verification visit by a team…

Dame Patience Jonathan

$15 million: Patience Jonathan loses in Court

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court Lagos, on Tuesday refused to restrain a fellow judge from taking steps in relation to the frozen $15.5 million allegedly belonging to Patience Jonathan. Mr. Idris declined an application by counsel to the former first lady, Ifedayo Adedipe, who sought an order…

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Ondo lawmakers want governorship election postponed

The Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to extend the November 26 governorship election as a matter of urgent public importance. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the assembly presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Fatai Olotu, unanimously voted in…

Nasarawa cattle breeders adopt oath-taking for ‘instant result’ against thieves

The Nasarawa State Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says it has adopted traditional method of “oath taking” to tackle cattle rustling, armed robbery and other criminal acts among its members. The Chairman of the association, Mohammed Hussaini, stated this in an interview with the News…

Cameroon’s English speakers in violent protest over ‘marginalisation’

Thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians on Tuesday violently protested what they called attempts to marginalise them in the mainly French-speaking West African nation. Protesting their “second-class citizenship status,” demonstrators erected barricades with burning tyres and set several houses on fire in Bamenda, the capital of the North West Region, and Buea,…

Mikel, Iheanacho, other Nigerians fail to make CAF shortlist of African best players

The African Football Confederation (CAF) has released the names of five players shortlisted for the 2016 Glo-CAF 2016 African Player of the Year Award. No Nigerian made the list. The names of the 5 players according to a statement on the body’s website, cafonline.com are: 1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon &…

Ondo poll: Police to deploy 26,000 personnel, 3 helicopters, 12 APCs

The Nigeria Police Force said that it would deploy 26,000 personnel, three helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and 20 gunboats for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State. The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, said this on Tuesday in Akure during a meeting he held with INEC…

Adams Oshiomhole

Edo residents protest planned N200 million home for Oshiomhole

Pro-government and anti-government protesters clashed in Benin on Tuesday over the alleged plan of the Edo Government to build N300 million retirement homes for former Gov. Adams Oshiomhole and his deputy. The pro-government group and members of some civil society organisations (CSOs) fought at Ring Road, Benin, when the latter…

CBN endorses SSS raid on currency traders

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday endorsed the crackdown on parallel market forex traders by the officials of the Department of State Services (SSS) across the country. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the end of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in…

ASUU warns of imminent, indefinite strike

As a week nationwide warning strike by university lecturers ends on Tuesday, the teachers are threatening to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met. A meeting with the Senate on Monday failed to resolve the issues. Ifeanyi Abada, the Chairman of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka…

Police confirm death of 3 persons in Suleja skirmish

The Niger Police Command has confirmed the death of three persons in a skirmish in Suleja on Monday afternoon. The Public Relations Officer of the command, Bala Elkanah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Minna that normalcy has, however, being restored. “A thief who stole a…

In new video, Trump outlines incoming administration’s policy plans

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday released a “video message” to Americans, sharing his specific agenda in his first 100 days in office. Mr. Trump, in the video uploaded on You Tube and Facebook, outlined his key policy platforms ahead of his inauguration on Jan. 20, beginning on day one…

Ondo 2016: Aregbesola, Ambode, Ajimobi apologise for boycotting APC rally, Governor claims

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau on Monday said the South West All Progressives Congress governors who were absent at the Saturday APC Mega Gubernatorial rally in Akure, Ondo State, had sent in their apologies. Mr. Lalong, who is the Chairman of Ondo APC Governorship Campaign Council, made this known to…

Jega criticises bread, sachet water production in Nigerian universities

The former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, has criticised the trend where universities engage in bread and sachet water production to generate funds. Mr. Jega, who is the Pro-Chancellor, Plateau State University, Bokkos, expressed displeasure over the trend at the opening of the three-day 2016 Nigerian…