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Good news for Nigeria as oil price rises to $55.61

The price of Brent crude rose to $55.61 per barrel on Wednesday, up 26 cents from the previous day in what will be good news to oil dependent Nigeria. The Nigerian government has repeatedly lamented the impact of the fall in global oil prices on its economy which is suffering…

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China welcomes African island nation’s break with Taiwan

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe to break ties with Taiwan. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not mention any potential links between the tiny nation and Beijing, but offered appreciation for Sao Tome and Principe’s “return to…

Nigerian League top scorer Obaje joins Tunisian club

Godwin Obaje, Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, top scorer and Wikki Tourists forward, has officially joined Tunisian top-flight side, Etoile du Sahel. This is according to a report on the club’s website on Wednesday. The former FRSC and Mighty Jets attacker completed his move to the Tunisian outfit on Tuesday.…

Fresh oil spill hits Ibeno communities in Akwa Ibom

Fresh oil spills suspected to emanate from American giant oil facility- ExxonMobil have hit more than 10 communities situated on the Ibeno shoreline in Akwa Ibom. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, a youth leader in the community, Godwin Robert, secretary of Ulok Ulok People’s Assembly, lamented…

7 Cameroon players shun AFCON

Seven Cameroon players have said they do not want to go to the African Nations Cup finals, setting them on a collision course with the country’s football federation and a possible ban from playing for their clubs while the tournament is on. Joel Matip of Liverpool is one of the…

Gambia: I will not step down, Jammeh vows

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said he would not step down and condemned mediation by West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, that aims to get him to leave power after he lost a December 1 election to challenger Adama Barrow. The comments on state television late on Tuesday were a hardening of…

140 stranded Nigerians return from Libya

Some 140 Nigerians stranded in Libya on Tuesday arrived the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, Lagos, aboard a Libyan Airlines plane. The returnees are among those who voluntarily agreed to return to Nigeria from the North African country. They are 74 adult females, 52 adult males, one female child, two male…

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Kidnapped two-year-old, pregnant woman released after ransom payment

Fareeda, the two-year-old daughter of a slain broadcaster, who was abducted by gunmen in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, has been released. Sources told the News Agency of Nigeria that the abductors released the little girl and a friend of her mother on Monday evening at Ikorodu. They were released…

Another public official murdered in Ekiti

A local government staff has been murdered in Ado-Ekiti, barely 24 hours after the kidnapping and subsequent killing of Ekiti Police Command paymaster by gunmen. The local government staff, an engineer, was identified as Kunle Enisan. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Enisan, a father of two, was…

Former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti Assembly embarks on two months recess after passing 2017 budget

The Ekiti House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the N93.4 billion 2017 Appropriation Bill presented to it two weeks ago by Governor Ayo Fayose. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the assembly passed the budget as presented by the governor. The Appropriation Bill is tagged: “Budget of Consolidation for…

Nigerians abroad remit $35 million home in 2016

The remittances from Nigerian migrants have increased to about $35 million dollars in 2016, the Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration, IOM, Enira Krdzalic, says. She made this known during the Annual Migration Dialogue on Tuesday in Abuja to mark this year’s International Migrants Day. Ms. Krdzalic said according…

Nigeria and the challenge of ending Female Genital Mutilation

“I am in my late 50s with shattered aspirations; no husband, no children or a family of my own due to the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation that was carried out on me when I was a two-year old,’’ says Rosaline Nkwo (not real names). “My mother told me that…

Aero Contractors resumes flight operations

Aero Contractors airlines on Tuesday announced the resumption of its scheduled services across the country from December 21. The airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Fola Akinkuotu, made the confirmation in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday. Mr. Akinkuotu noted that the airline resumed operation after a near four month self-imposed suspension.…

Treatment of Super Falcons “unfortunate” – Dalung

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said on Tuesday in Abuja that the delay in the payment of allowances of the victorious Super Falcons “was unfortunate’’. Mr. Dalung said this at a Special Town Hall Meeting for the Youth organised by the Federal Ministry of information and Culture.…

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N-Power: Kano Govt expresses concern over low number of beneficiaries

The Kano State Government has expressed concern over the low number of youth selected to participate in the Federal Government’s N-Power programme. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria-Power job creation programme is one of the Federal Government’s social intervention programmes established to empower the youths. The state…

Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers Re-run: PDP rejects police investigation of Wike’s death threat audio

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for a holistic investigation into the entire process, before, during and after the December 10 Rivers re-run legislative elections. The party also rejected what it described as selective investigation of the leaked audio that showed Governor Nyesom Wike…

Nigerians spend N3 billion annually to import honey from China – Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has valued Nigeria’s import bill on honey from China to hit $10 million (about N3 billion) annually. The minister said this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to guarantee Nigeria’s hosting of the 2018 ApiExpo (bee-keeping) in Abuja…

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Katsina Govt budgets N140.2 billion for 2017

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has presented a budget estimate of N140.2 billion for the 2017 financial year. Mr. Masari presented the budget before the State House of Assembly in Katsina on Tuesday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2017 budget is higher than the 2016 budget…

What Nigeria must do to stop dangerous, illegal migration of citizens – IOM

The International Organisation for Migration, IOM, has urged the Nigerian Government to tackle the root causes of conflicts to end humanitarian crises. The Chief of Mission of IOM, in Nigeria, Enira Krdzalic, made the call on Tuesday in Abuja during the 2016 Annual National Dialogue with the theme on “Policy…

Yuletide: Police ban use of fireworks, bangers, others

The Police in Jigawa have placed a total ban on the use of fireworks, bangers and other explosives during the Yuletide in the state. The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abdu Jinjiri, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday. “This is to remind the general public that…

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IPMAN threatens strike over non-payment of 18 months claims

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, in Kano State has threatened to embark on strike over alleged non-payment of 18 months bridging claim to its members. The IPMAN Chairman, Bashir Dan-Malam, made the threat in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kano.…

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Buhari meets Ghana’s President-elect Akufo-Addo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja met behind closed doors with visiting President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo. Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Mr. Akufo-Addo expressed confidence that the relations between Nigeria and Ghana would be deepened during his time as president. The president-elect said he would…

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed

Again, Buhari’s govt blames predecessors for current hardship

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the current hardship is not the making of the present administration, but restates commitment to end the hardship. The minister spoke on Tuesday in Abuja at the Special Town Hall Meeting for youth held at the presidential villa. Mr. Mohammed said…

Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State Photo: The Nigeria Guardian

Jigawa governor presents N127.8 billion budget for 2017

Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa on Tuesday presented a budget of N127.8 billion to the state House of Assembly for 2017 fiscal year. Mr. Badaru tagged the appropriation bill,“ The Budget of Economic Diversification and Self Sufficiency.” He explained that N66 billion, representing 52 per cent of the total estimates…

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Arik Air accuses aviation workers of ‘strong-arm tactics’

Arik Air has expressed dismay over the disruption of its operations by unions in the aviation sector on Tuesday, accusing them of using "strong-arm" tactics. The airline made its position known in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji, and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…