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Razak Atunwa.

NYSC Certificate Forgery: PDP Kwara candidate Atunwa implicates self in submission to INEC

The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Kwara State, Razak Atunwa, has formally admitted that he has two university degrees, but failed to present himself for national service in a blatant violation of the Nigerian Constitution. PREMIUM TIMES first reported last month that Mr Atunwa did not participate in the…

Razak Atunwa.

NYSC Certificate Forgery: PDP ignores Nigerians, submits Razak Atunwa as Kwara governorship candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party has submitted Razak Atunwa's name to the Independent National Electoral Commission as its gubernatorial candidate in Kwara State, weeks after the politician was caught in a brazen act of forgery. Coming after Nigerians mounted calls on the PDP to reject Mr Atunwa, Friday's development showed the main opposition…

Razak Atunwa.

NYSC Certificate Forgery: PDP keeps mum as Razak Atunwa plots to present WAEC as highest qualification

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has refused to explain its position to Nigerians a week after its governorship candidate in Kwara State, Rasak Atunwa, was exposed for forging the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate. The party's national headquarters and its chapter in Kwara both continue to sidestep the…

Dr Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission with iBass Staff and Delegates from the University of Greenwich

Institute to help Nigerian govt reform education sector

A reform of the education sector in Nigeria is in progress as iBass Institute of Learning has brought its international partner, the University of Greenwich, to help reform the sector. The institute and its technical partner met with a number of Nigerian education agencies including the Universal Basic Education Commission…

Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi briefing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (2/1/18)

Amaechi speaks on CCECC scholarships scandal, says Nigerians shouldn’t complain

The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who is accused of manipulating foreign scholarships offered by a government contractor, has defended the selection process that benefited only people nominated by him and other senior officials. In his first public comments on the matter since PREMIUM TIMES exposed the scandal in July, Mr Amaechi…

Multichoice Nigeria [Photo Credit: Brandcom.ng]

DSTV Tariff Hike: Again, court rules against Multichoice

A judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, in Abuja has rejected an appeal by Multichoice Nigeria against an interim order prohibiting any increase in its DStv or GOtv subscription rates. Multichoice Nigeria had on August 24 filed an appeal against the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja stopping it from increasing the…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Suspected killer of Lagos policeman arrested in Benue

The police in Lagos have arrested the suspected killer of Collins Esiabor, a police sergeant. In a statement in Monday, the police said they arrested Malik Onebiri, an alleged member of the Ẹiyẹ cult, who they claim was the prime suspect. Mr. Esiabor was killed on August 29, when the…

President Muhammadu Buhari

2019: Buhari set to receive presidential nomination form

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to receive his presidential nomination form as the group which purchased the form is expected to present it to him on Tuesday. The presentation is expected be made at the new banquet hall by 11.30 a.m., journalists covering the presidency were told. The Nigeria Consolidation…

President Muhammadu Buhari in China with transport minister Rotimi Amaechi with scholarship students of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the presidency]

Buhari keeps mum on ministers hijacking railway scholarship while meeting students in China

While the presidency has kept mum on the controversial railway scholarship awarded relations of senior government officials by the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), President Muhammadu Buhari met with Nigerian students undergoing training on railway transportation in China. The meeting held while Mr Buhari was in China for the…

High tension electric powerlines

Nigeria electricity regulator plans to ‘reset’ tariffs

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is set to 'reset' its tariffs to provide needed revenue for better performance of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Distribution Companies (DisCos). The regulatory body disclosed this in its quarterly report published on its website, Wednesday. Details in the report also…

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Nigeria communication scholars, professionals hold 5th annual conference

The Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria will commence their fifth annual conference in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday. Discussions at this year’s conference will centre on media narratives on hate speech, fake news and political stability in Africa. The conference will commence on September 5 and end…

Air France

CPC reveals Air France response to alleged poor treatment of Nigerian passengers

Air France has responded to several public complaints and media reports that Nigerian passengers, who were to board flight AF 104 in Paris en route Lagos were mistreated and neglected, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has said. The statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Monday, showed that the response was as…

Nigeria signs MoU with Volkswagen to develop automotive hub

The federal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Volkswagen group to develop an automotive hub in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment (FMITI) has said. The statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Monday, signed by the Strategy and Communications Adviser FMITI, Bisi Daniels, showed that the…

Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja

Nigerian govt calls for inputs to new trade policy

The Nigerian government has called for inputs into a new trade policy it is preparing. Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN), which is under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), made the call in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday. It said the call was part…

Dapo Olorunyomi, The Publisher of Premium Times speaking at #JournalistsWelfareMatter

Nigerian journalists discuss ways to ensure improved welfare, security for media practitioners

The current conditions in which journalism is operated in Nigeria has raised several concerns among practitioners. This primed the tone for discussion at the 'Journalism Welfare' campaign organised on Tuesday by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism in Abuja. Issues ranging from adequate remuneration to security concerns as well…

Federal University Birnin-Kebbi

Federal University in Kebbi gets NUC accreditation for 20 programmes

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has accredited 20 undergraduate programmes the Federal University Birnin-Kebbi (FUBK) offers, a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES has shown. The statement, signed by Jamilu Magaji, head, information & public relations of the university, showed that 12 of the 20 programmes were fully accredited, while the…

NBS

Capital Importation into Nigeria decreases – NBS

The total value of capital importation into Nigeria in the second quarter (Q2) of the year stood at $5.51 billion, a National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report has shown. The report, which was published on the bureau’s website, Monday, showed that the figure for Q2, when compared to the figure…

Oil, manufacturing sectors got highest credits from banks in Q2 – NBS

The oil and gas and manufacturing sectors got the highest credits from banks to the private sector at N3.45 trillion and N2.02 trillion respectively in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. In its report published on Friday, titled ‘Selected Banking Sector Data…

Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Awwal Rafsanjani

CSOs highlight dangers to Nigeria’s democracy

The lingering and recurrent leadership crisis, which has been prominent in the upper Legislative Chamber since 1999, has developed into a threat to the democratic system, a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) have said. This was one of a host of issues highlighted during a press briefing at the…

A NIPCO filling station used to illustrate the story on authentic data

Average price of petrol, diesel reduce in July – NBS

The average prices paid by Nigerians for petrol and diesel decreased by one per cent and less in July compared to the previous month, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. The NBS disclosed this in three reports published on its website on Tuesday and Wednesday. From the report…

Director General, Industrial Training Fund (lTF), Joseph Ari, flanked by Director, Finance and Accounts department, Josephine Gbadamosi (left) and Director, Information & Communication Technology department, Dickson Onuoha, at the media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday

ITF wants vocational education taught from nursery schools

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has proposed an overhaul of the country’s education curriculum to incorporate technical vocational education and skills training for Nigerian youth. The hands-on skills training should begin from the crèche or kindergarten till primary and secondary levels of education. The director general of the ITF, Joseph…

Samuel Ogundipe, a reporter at Premium Times

Police freeze bank account of detained Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe

As part of moves to further traumatise him, the Nigerian police, through the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Tuesday froze the bank account of PREMIUM TIMES reporter, Samuel Ogundipe. Mr Ogundipe was arrested at about 300 p.m. and driven from the SARS headquarters in Abuja to the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force…

A gathering of young Nigerians used to illustrate the story [Photo: Guardian Newspaper]

Civic groups, activists organise summit to discuss Nigeria’s governance alternatives

A group of civil society organisations (CSOs), including budgIT, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), YIAGA Africa, Enough is Enough among others, have organised a summit to discuss the alternative options Nigeria has to the present governance. The programme, tagged Summit of the Alternatives (SOTA) aims to start a paradigm…

L-R: Chairman, Board of Directors, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ambassador Shehu Malami, Managing Director/CEO, AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, AEDC Board member, Alhaji Ahmad Maiyaki, representative of Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Shittu Shaibu, representative of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mrs. Briskilla Sapke and representative of the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Power, Mr. Daniel Madubike, during the Flag-Off Ceremony of Phase 2 of AEDC's Mass Metering Project, at Citec Estate in Abuja, on Wednesday, 08/08/2018.

Fashola commissions second phase of mass metering project around Abuja

At CITEC estate in Abuja, Wednesday, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola commissioned the second phase of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s (AEDC) mass metering project. The project entails the deployment of 222,728 pre-paid meters within the coverage area of the AEDC. The first phase of the…

Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja

Regional body begins training for West African economic managers

A regional training programme to empower officials from West African nations with skills in project appraisal and economic management commenced in Abuja on Monday. The programme, organised by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), has 35 participants from financial institutions across English speaking West African countries…