azeezat

Azeezat Adedigba is an education reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. She holds a degree in Mass communication from the University of Jos.  She loves music and arts.

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Buhari set to visit South Africa after Xenophobic attacks

Barring any last-minute change of plans, President Muhammadu will on Wednesday depart for South Africa, presidency sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. The visit is Mr Buhari's first since the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, targetting foreigners. Mr Buhari is expected to be in South Africa till Friday. The relationship…

A Nigerian activist, Chido Onumah. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Chido]

Why I was arrested – Chido Onumah

A Nigerian activist who was arrested on Sunday evening said he was told that his arrest was because he wore a shirt with the inscription: 'We Are All Biafrans.' PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Onumah was arrested at the airport upon his arrival from Europe. He was arrested at about…

Detained Nigerian activist, Chido Onumah, released

A Nigerian activist who was arrested on Sunday has been released. Chido Onumah was arrested by the State Security Service, SSS, at the Abuja airport on Sunday evening at about 5:00 p.m. He was taken to the SSS office in Abuja and detained for about five hours. He was eventually…

UPDATED: SSS arrests Nigerian activist Chido Onumah

Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS) has arrested an activist, Chido Onumah. Mr Onumah, a journalist and author, was arrested at the Abuja airport on Sunday evening, an associate told PREMIUM TIMES. The journalist returned to Nigeria from Spain where he recently bagged a doctorate in communication studies. He arrived via…

One third of Africans studying in U.S. are Nigerians – Official

About one-third of African students studying in the U.S. are Nigerians, an official said on Wednesday. The Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, Malia Heroux, made this known during an education fair for Nigerian students seeking admission into American universities for undergraduate and graduate studies. The fair,…

El-Rufai enrols son in public primary school. [PHOTO CREDIT: Rufai's Twitter handle]

UPDATED: El-Rufai enrols son in public primary school

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has enrolled his six-year-old son, Abubakar, in primary one of a public school in fulfilment of a promise he made in 2017. Mr El-Rufai enrolled Abubakar at the Capital School Malali, Kaduna State. Mr El-Rufai renovated the school with N195 million in 2018 to…

El-Rufai enrols son in public primary school. [PHOTO CREDIT: Rufai's Twitter handle]

El-Rufai enrols son in public primary school

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, has enrolled his six-year-old child, Abubakar, in primary one of a public school in fulfilment of a promise he made in 2017. Mr El-Rufai enrolled Abubakar at the Capital School Malali, Kaduna State. The governor announced this on the Kaduna government's Twitter handle @GovKaduna…

Warure special primary school, Kano State.

SBMC: Inside story of Nigeria’s scheme to reduce out-of-school children in Kano

Located in a suburb along Sani Abacha road, Kabuga/Aisami in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State, Wurare Special Primary School is gradually becoming a prime destination for parents wishing to enrol their children. The school offers opportunities for young boys and girls, the majority of who would normally be…

Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo [PHOTO CREDIT: Osinbajo's official twitter account]

Osinbajo denies flouting due process in contracts’ award

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said all the agencies he supervises always follow due process in the award of contracts and other critical matters contrary to a recent press report. The Office of the Vice President was reacting to a report that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Mr Osinbajo to…

College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti

Teachers in Nigerian colleges threaten strike

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has called on the Nigerian government to accede to its various demands to avoid disruption of academic activities in the colleges across the country. The union said the demands are based on the understanding and agreement reached before the suspension of its…

Chief of Education, UNICEF, Euphrates Efoise giving her speech

UNICEF, DFID call for functional education system in Nigeria

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) and the Department for International Development (DFID) have called for a functional educational system to help the Nigerian youth achieve their goals. The organisations also urged the government to create the right vision that would unite Nigeria as a nation. They spoke in…

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Xenophobia: Abuja minister warns against attacking South African businesses

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammadu Bello, has appealed to its residents, especially students and youth, to eschew retaliatory attacks on South African nationals and business interests in the territory over the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. Mr Bello said the Federal Government was…

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: News Digest]

Minister directs scholarship board to pay Nigerian students in Russia

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has directed the Federal Scholarship Board to process the payment of scholarship stipends to Nigerian students studying in Russia. Mr Adamu gave the directive when the Nigerian Ambassador to Russia and Belarus, Steve Ugba, paid him a working visit in his office in Abuja.…

Students in a packed classroom without desks and chairs

UNICEF to assist with enrolment of one million Nigerian girls in schools

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it is targeting the enrolment of at least one million girls in schools through its School-Based Management Committee (SBMC). UNICEF’s project coordinator in Kano State, Richard Akanet, disclosed this on Tuesday in Kano. The School Based Management Committee intervention programme is a strategy…

Students writing an exam used to illustrate this story

UPDATED: NECO releases 2019 SSCE results

The National Examinations Council(NECO) has released the results of the 2019 June/July Senior School Certificate Examination. The acting registrar, Abubakar Gana, announced the release at the council headquarters in Minna, Niger State on Tuesday. He said 829,787 candidates, representing 71.5 per cent, made five credits and above, including in English…

Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, protesting against Labour Minister, Chris Ngige.

NLC chides Nigerian government over poor economic performance

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has rated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government low on the economy. The NLC made the call in a communiqué it released at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Kano. The communiqué was signed by the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, and its outgoing…

Candidates writing the JAMB exam at a CBT centre

Ex-JAMB Registrar recommends mobile courts to prosecute exam cheats

A former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has recommended the establishment of mobile courts for the trial of examination fraudsters and offenders. Bello Salim made this recommendation to the current Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, according to a JAMB bulletin released and sent to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Salim,…

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

60% of Nigeria’s 2019 budget to be rolled into 2020 – Minister

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Thursday said less than half of the 2019 budget will be implemented this year. He said the lack of "aggressive implementation of the 2019 budget meant that 60 per cent of the other (2019) budget will be rolled into the 2020 budget.”…

Nigerian university workers demand N30 billion earned allowance

Nigerian non-academic university workers have demanded N30 billion as payment of their earned allowances from the Nigerian government. The union lamented that 80 per cent of the money earlier released to the universities was for academic staff which it described as 'discriminatory'. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Nigerian university workers announced…

Vice President Yemi-Osinbajo

Nigerian govt plans to use N-Power beneficiaries, corps members for community policing

The National Economic Council (NEC) says plans are underway to engage N-Power beneficiaries and National Youth Service Corps members in community policing. This was made known in an email sent to PREMIUM TIMES from office of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Thursday night. According to the statement, the governor of…

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Economic Advisory Council will meet him periodically.

Buhari creates five new federal ministries

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced the creation of five new ministries. The new ministries are Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Police Affairs, Special Duties and International Affairs; Aviation; and Power. The aviation ministry was initially part of the transportation ministry and was headed by Hadi Sirika, who…

Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria’s ‘new’ health, education ministers report for duty

The newly appointed health ministers, Osagie Ehanire and Olorunimbe Mamora, and education ministers, Adamu Adamu and Emeka Nwajuiba, on Wednesday, assumed office after being sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Ehanire takes charge as Minister of Health while Mr Mamora is now Minister for State for health. Health The…

Buhari swears in ministers (LIVE UPDATES)

Buhari swears in ministers (LIVE UPDATES)

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has sworn in his 43 new ministers. The ministers were sworn in on Wednesday, inside the Federal Executive Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Among those present at the event was the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Secretary to the Government of the Federation…

NYSC members

NYSC management visits Katsina over death of corps members

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has paid a condolence visit to Katsina State over the death of three corps members in a road crash on Sunday. The management said the purpose of its visit was to assess the level of medical attention given to those who…

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post Nigeria]

Pass all requests for meetings with me through Abba Kyari, Buhari tells ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told incoming ministers that all requests for meetings with him should pass through his chief of staff, Abba Kyari. Mr Buhari said this in his closing remark at a presidential retreat for minister's designate in Abuja. "In terms of coordination, kindly ensure that all submissions…