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10 things to know about Nigeria’s new law on prisons

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, signed the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill into law. The bill, among other things, changes the name of the Nigerian Prisons Service to Nigerian Correctional Service. Mr Buhari had previously declined to sign the bill back in April after lawmakers first passed and sent it to…

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SEPLAT board chair sells part of his shares

The Non-Executive Chairman of SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company, Ambrosie Orjiako, sold 3.5 million units of ordinary shares which he controlled within the oil firm on Thursday, August 1. The transaction took place in London and a notice of the transaction was sent to the Nigeria Stock Exchange. In the notice,…

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku reacts to report on ‘secret burial’ of Nigerian soldiers

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed his shock over a report published by the Wall Street Journal that at least 1,000 Nigerian soldiers killed by the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) were secretly buried in unmarked graves. He described the report as heartbreaking…

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Libya seeks Nigeria’s help to restore peace

President Muhammadu Buhari has said a peaceful Libya will greatly help the overall development of Africa. He said the early restoration of peace and stability in the country will greatly minimize the current state of insecurity experienced in some parts of Africa. Mr Buhari said this concerning the ongoing conflict…

NIMC Headquarters in Abuja

Nigerian citizens abroad to register for National Identification Number

The National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) has concluded plans to extend the National Identification Number (NIN) registration to other countries including Saudi Arabia, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Senegal, Benin Republic, Mali, India, amongst others. The Director-General, CEO of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said the enrolment of Nigerians in Diaspora is in fulfilment…

Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim

NYSC boss decries ‘poor quality’ of foreign graduates undergoing scheme

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Shuaibu Ibrahim, has condemned the quality of some foreign graduates presenting themselves for mobilisation. He said the development increases the vulnerability of the economy and such graduates did not meet the needed manpower quality to actualise the national dream. Mr Ibrahim…

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

Stop interfering in posting of Corps members, NYSC DG tells Nigerians, organisations

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Shuaibu Ibrahim, has urged Nigerians and corporate bodies to stop interfering in the posting of corps members for primary assignments. Mr Ibrahim gave the advice on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of the sensitisation workshop on the NYSC Act at Rockview…

116 million Nigerians lack decent toilets — WaterAid

WaterAid has said 116 million out of approximately 200 million Nigerian citizens do not have access to decent toilet facilities. This has led to 38.8 million of them indulging in open defecation. The Acting Country Director of WaterAid Nigeria, Evelyn Mere, said this at the launch of the ‘Keep Your…

TETFUND

Nigerian govt approves N208 billion for public tertiary institutions

The federal government has approved N208 billion as the 2019 intervention funds for public higher institutions across the country. The reinstated TETFund Executive Secretary, Suleiman Bogoro, made this known at the annual meeting with the heads of TETFund beneficiary institutions in Abuja on Thursday. According to Mr Bogoro, the annual…

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Buhari approves N208bn for public tertiary institutions

The federal government has approved N208 billion as the 2019 intervention funds for public institutions across the country. The reinstated TETFund Executive Secretary, Suleiman Bogoro, made this known at the annual meeting with officials of TETFund and beneficiary institutions in Abuja on Thursday. According to Mr Bogoro, the annual direct…

Journalists

Press Attack in Nigeria: ’36 journalists attacked in 6 months’

At least 36 Nigerian journalists were attacked between January and July this year, with 30 of the attacks recorded during the 2019 general elections. A civic tech platform that tracks attacks on journalists in Nigeria, Press Attack Tracker (PAT), gave the statistics in a statement on Wednesday. The Press Attack…

School of the Deaf, kuje, Abuja

Police frustrating investigation into sexual abuse of seven-year-old pupil – Mother

The mother of a seven-year-old boy allegedly abused sexually at the special needs school in Abuja has accused the police of frustrating her family's pursuit of justice. PREMIUM TIMES Times reported how the pupil of the School for the Deaf, Kuje, a satellite town of Abuja, was allegedly sexually abused in…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

INEC is most improved public service institution in Nigeria – Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, says the electoral body is the most improved public service institution in Nigeria. Mr Yakubu said this at the 2019 Post Election Review Meeting held at Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday morning. He was represented at the event by a commissioner…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

If Borno govt. had trained their girl child, we would not have Boko Haram – Official

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echeonu, has said if Borno State had been training their female children, Boko Haram would not be in existence. He said this at the 100 year anniversary of ‘Save The Children’, which held at Transcorp Hilton on Tuesday. The official made…

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Insecurity: FRSC to clampdown on motorcycles, tricycles without number plates

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has said it will commence a clampdown on motorcycles and tricycles without number plates with effect from August 1. The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, who directed this action said it has become difficult to identify such category of vehicles when used to commit traffic…

94% of Nigerian students are in public tertiary institutions – Official

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund), Suleiman Bogoro, has said that 94 per cent of Nigerian students attend public tertiary institutions. He said the majority of students in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are in public tertiary institutions. He attributed the large percentage to the…

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Western Sahara: Morocco should be isolated by all countries – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for the isolation of Morocco for holding Western Sahara under colonial control and hindering the state from gaining sovereignty. The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, said this at a press conference at the Congress' headquarters in Abuja during the…

The KCOBA and the IDPs with gift items presented to the IDP's.

Abuja IDPs decry alleged government neglect

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing at the Kuchingoro camp in Abuja have decried the poor condition of the camp, blaming the situation on government’s neglect of the camp. Philemon Emmanuel, the leader of the IDPs, said they have lived on humanitarian services by non-government agents. Mr Emmanuel said this when…

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

Insecurity, preferential posting, major obstacles against NYSC — DG

The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Shuaibu Ibrahim, has identified insecurity and the penchant by corp members for influencing their places of primary assignment as some of the challenges facing the scheme currently. He also urged relevant stakeholders to assist the corps in tackling the other challenges limiting…

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Nigeria allocates only 0.02% of revenue to research and development — TETfund Boss

Despite a pledge in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari to increase investment in research, science and technology, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) says Nigeria invests only 0.02 percent of its revenue on the sector. The Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Suleiman Bogoro, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the…

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

My successes, failure as Nigeria’s education minister – Adamu

Nigeria's education minister, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday identified his successes and major failure as education minister. Mr Adamu spoke at his valedictory press conference in Abuja on Tuesday. He said his inability to reduce Nigeria' out of school children despite his pledge to do so was a shame on him.…

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

Nigerian govt approves N25 billion allowances for ASUU

The federal government said it has approved an additional N25 billion as Earned Academic Allowances for members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The government said the cash was aside the N20 billion that was released in 2018 to public universities. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said…

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Ondo governor seeks Nigerian govt’s investment in global marijuana market

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has advised the Federal Government to explore the opportunities in the cannabis business. Mr Akeredolu made the appeal during his visit to Thailand to see how cannabis is being used to make food and drugs. Also on the trip was the chief executive officer…

UTME: JAMB releases list of suspended CBT centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB) has released the list of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres suspended for aiding examination malpractices across the country. The centres were suspected to have connived with suspects during April's Unified Tertiary Matriculation (UTME) across Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the board announced…