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Renowned Nigerian novelist and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu, Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ike.

Foremost Nigerian novelist, Chukwuemeka Ike, is dead

Renowned Nigerian novelist and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu, Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ike, is dead. The literary icon died on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikwe Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, Anambra State, at age 88 after a brief illness. A close friend who spoke on the condition of anonymity told PREMIUM TIMES…

Olusegun Runsewe [PHOTO: NCAC]

Runsewe reacts to jail sentence over contempt

The Director-General, National Council of Art and Crafts (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe, on Friday said he is being victimised by some 'powerful forces' because of his ‘patriotic desire’ to protect national assets under his watch. Mr Runsewe said this during a briefing with journalists in Abuja on Friday, following a Federal…

An IDPs Camp in Adamawa used to illustrate the story

2020 Watchlist: Nigeria ranks 4th among countries at risk of humanitarian crisis

An assessment by an international rescue group has placed Nigeria fourth on the list of top ten countries at great risk of humanitarian crises in 2020. Amidst growing concerns for the deteriorating humanitarian situation due to upsurge of security crises in 2019, Nigeria has scaled up to the fourth place…

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry, wife to step back as senior royals

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to step back as 'senior' royals. Harry and his wife, Meghan, stunned the British monarchy and the world on Wednesday by quitting as front-line members reportedly without first consulting Queen Elizabeth II, according to the Guardian UK. In a statement on Wednesday, Harry…

Olusegun Runsewe [PHOTO: NCAC]

Runsewe writes auditor-general, says report indicted predecessor, not him

The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe, has written the Auditor-General of the Federation over an audit report that indicted his agency. In a letter dated January 2 to the Auditor-General, Anthony Anyine, Mr Runsewe expressed deep concern at what he regarded as image tarnishing reports…

Hymar David

INTERVIEW: Why I dropped out of school to pursue writing career – Hymar David

Narratives such as dropping out of school and focusing on a writing career in this part of the world are very hard to come by. The insinuation is often that most dropouts end up in despicable conditions. Yet, a young Nigerian writer, Hymar David, defies the presumed status quo and…

Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC). [PHOTO CREDIT: The Nation]

Nigerian tourism agency indicted for failing to remit unspent funds, illegal payments

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) failed to return its unspent balance of N8.6 million at the end of the 2016 fiscal year to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), the Auditor-General’s report for 2017 has revealed. The 2017 report is the latest by the auditor-general and was recently made public.…

National Arts Theatre, Lagos

Audit report indicts Nigerian arts and culture agency of multi-million naira scam

The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Olusegun Runsewe, failed to explain why he spent N5.6 million to buy a car without certification from the agency's transport officer and auditor. This is one of several cases of irregularities cited by the 2017 report of the office of…

Xmas: Locals, IDPs scramble over relief items in Abuja camp

Xmas: Locals, IDPs scramble over relief items in Abuja camp

A slight scuffle erupted between locals and internally displaced persons on Sunday when a not-for-profit group hosted a party for the IDPs at Karmiriji IDP Camp, Abuja. The unidentified locals had tried to pilfer all the provisions brought for the IDPs and this led to a scrambe. The group, Ray…

National president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview with Premium Times

Christmas: Nigerians deserve better – ASUU

The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, said on Wednesday that Nigerians deserve better welfare systems to alleviate hardship in the country. Mr Ogunyemi, in a message to workers, said the situation in the country has made life unbearable for Nigerian masses "while the few rich continue…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Christmas: Buhari, Atiku preach love, goodwill

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Nigerians to be guided by the principles of love and bear goodwill towards one another as they celebrate this year's Christmas. In the message he personally signed on Christmas eve, Mr Buhari who felicitated with Christians urged Nigerians to jettison their differences and push for…

Magic Land Park

Ten budget-friendly relaxation spots to enjoy Christmas in Abuja

Celebrating Christmas in Abuja when you are low on cash may dampen your spirits because of the high expenses you might incur this festive season. It is almost impossible to take in all that the city has to offer, from its exquisite bars to exotic restaurants, gardens and lush parks…

The United Nations General Assembly (Photo Credit: Bashir Ahmad on Twitter)

ANALYSIS: How Nigeria has voted at UN General Assembly since 1960

Nigeria has mostly voted in support of the United Nations General Assembly's resolutions on colonialism, human rights and Isreali-Palestinian conflict, among others, since the country's independence in 1960, an analysis of data sourced from an international broadcaster, Al Jazeera, shows. The General Assembly (UNGA) is the main deliberative and most…

House of Representatives plenary on Tuesday, 17th September, 2019. Photo credit: Speaker’s Media Office

CSOs write NASS, demand action on electoral reform, shrinking civic space

A cohort of civil society groups and some concerned Nigerians have written the National Assembly to demand legislative action that would protect electoral integrity, and address shrinking civic and media space in the country. The cohort comprises Partners for Electoral Reform, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa),…

Minister of Communication, Dr Isa Pantami

Nigeria inaugurates committee on new broadband penetration target

To achieve increased broadband penetration after the just ended 2013-2018 target, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Monday, inaugurated the Nigerian National Broadband Plan Committee for the development of the 2020-2025 target for Nigeria. The 28-member committee chaired by the CEO, MainOne, Funke Opeke, was drawn…

A cross-section of the NYSC Batch B Corp members during their closing ceremony at Wailo NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Bauchi on Monday (13/8/18). 04366/14/8/2018/Deji Yake/JMH/HB/NAN

Corps members will enjoy new minimum wage in 2020 – DG

Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will receive the new minimum wage as allowance starting next year, the Director-General of the scheme, Shuabu Ibrahim, has assured. Mr Ibrahim made the confirmation in a message to PREMIUM TIMES when the newspaper reached out to him on the matter. The…

SARS

SARS officers trained on complying with ACJ Act

Officers of the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have concluded a training workshop on how to operate within the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJ Act) 2015. The Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) facilitated the two-day sensitisation workshop for the SARS personnel in Abuja on Wednesday. The workshop…

Handke receives Nobel Prize for Literature amidst protest

Austrian author Peter Handke received his Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Sweden, amidst protests on Tuesday. The 76-year-old writer was pronounced the 2019 winner alongside 57-year-old Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk, who won the 2018 edition a month ago in Stockholm, Sweden. The 2018 Nobel Prize was delayed…

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. [PHOTO CREDIT: Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism]

How corruption triggers agitations for revolution — Soyinka

Nigeria’s foremost writer and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has blamed corrupt practices of political leaders in Nigeria for the call for revolution in the country. Mr Soyinka spoke at the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with Nigeria Shippers’ Council, held…

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore,.

Falana to FG: Stop subjecting Sowore to media trial

The Federal Government has been cautioned to stop its "media trial" of the detained publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. A rights activist and counsel to Mr Sowore, Femi Falana, gave the warning in a statement on Monday. Mr Falana said it was ‘embarrassing’ that the federal government could hardly…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

Sowore: APC backs SSS, attacks Atiku

Like the presidency, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday defended the State Security Service (SSS) over its treatment of an activist, Omoyele Sowore. In its first official reaction to Friday's invasion of an Abuja Federal High Court by SSS officials in a bid to rearrest Mr Sowore, the APC…

A Dubawa volunteer and a respondent having a heart-to-heart talk on fact-checking

#WeekforTruth: Dubawa raises nationwide awareness on fact-checking

Nigeria’s foremost fact-checking platform, Dubawa, has embarked on a weeklong event aimed at educating Nigerians on combating disinformation and stopping the spread of false information through fact-checking. The platform did this during a street-to-street awareness across the country on Friday. The nationwide awareness was the concluding part of the weeklong…

Winner of Nigeria Stock Exchange essay competition emerges

Winner of Nigeria Stock Exchange essay competition emerges

A student of Grandmates Schools in Isolo, Lagos, Adesewa Adeniyi, has won the first prize at the Nigerian Stock Exchange 2019 Essay Competition for Senior Secondary School students. She emerged winner ahead of 40,965 students across the country and was given N500,000 in scholarship fund for university education, N500,000 worth…

ICPC Head Office

Education, Health, Justice ministries rank low in ‘ethics, integrity compliance’ – ICPC

The ICPC has scored the Federal Ministries of Education, Health and Justice low in its assessment of ethics and integrity standards in public institutions. In a recent report titled “Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard on 108 MDAs,” the anti-graft agency evaluated Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the areas of…

Senator Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye stars in Cinema movie role

A popular Nigerian politician, Dino Melaye, has landed a lead role in a new Nollywood movie titled ‘Lemonade’. The film was shot in several locations in Abuja. The producer of the movie, Joy Idoko, has said that Mr Melaye played the role of a “distinguished senator." Ms Idoko said this…