kemibusari

Kemi Busari is a senior reporter covering the Nigerian Senate for PREMIUM TIMES. He has interest in human rights and has won awards for his works, including the Hans Verploeg Award and the PwC Business reporting award. Twitter: @kemi_busari

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The two brothers

VIDEO: Inside Nigeria’s rice mills where manual, child labour thrive

The clatter of the belt against the roller sets a familiar motion for the workers. The resulting noise brings a grim countenance to the faces of the workers. In an instant, those feeding their babies stopped, while the ones eating hastened up. Others engaged in other chores outside shelved them…

Sun drying at Engine Hajia

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Nigeria’s rice mills where manual, child labour thrive

The clatter of the belt against the roller sets a familiar motion for the workers. The resulting noise brings a grim countenance to the faces of the workers. In an instant, those feeding their babies stopped, while the ones eating hastened up. Others engaged in other chores outside shelved them…

One of the faculty buildings at Federal University, Wukari

SPECIAL REPORT: Eight years after, new federal university in Taraba faces infrastructural shortage

When the federal government in 2011 decided to establish nine new universities, it was with the intention of enhancing access to quality tertiary education and a deliberate effort at equitable educational development of different regions in Nigeria. To achieve these aims, the Goodluck Jonathan Administration approved N1.5 billion for each…

TETFUND

Contractors react to PREMIUM TIMES report on TETFUND projects

Two contractors currently handling projects under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) have faulted PREMIUM TIMES’ report on the eligibility of their companies to be awarded jobs. The contractors - Bamaco Investment Limited and Nuhu Abe And Sons Limited - said they were qualified to carry out projects awarded to…

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi. [Photo credit: The Nation]

Headline: EDITOR’S NOTE

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been withdrawn for containing claims that have turned out to be inaccurate based on new evidence. We apologise to all those who feel hurt by the initial content of the story.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi. [Photo credit: The Nation]

Amidst shortcomings, TETFUND initiative helping Nigerian universities (1)

Magdalene Peters is yet to complete a full semester at her new school, but she is already used to the drill: get to the laboratory quick enough or miss the opportunity to see practicals. Ms Peters, a 100 level Microbiology student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, was only admitted in…

National Assembly

Sacked Nigerian lawmakers flout Supreme Court order, risk jail terms

Three former federal lawmakers risk being imprisoned following their refusal to honour Supreme Court judgements ordering them to return some monies to the National Assembly. The court in 2017 awarded judgement debts against Abubakar Danladi, then a senator, Herman Hembe and Sopuluchukwu Ezeonwuka, both members of the House of Representatives…

UEFA logo

Tough battles as UEFA draws 32 teams for Champions League group stage

The 32 teams gunning for UEFA Champions League glory have been drawn into eight groups. The draw, held at Monaco Thursday evening, produced potential tough battles in Europe’s football. One of the toughest groups, D, has Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moskva. 2019 African Games: Nigeria’s Flying Eagles…

Van Dijk

Van Dijk wins UEFA player of the year; beats Messi, Ronaldo

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk, has been named UEFA Men's player of the year. Van Dijk was announced winner of the award at a ceremony held in Monaco on Thursday. The Dutch international won the award ahead of former winners: Juventus' Christiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. In the season…

UEFA logo [UEFA.com]

LIVE UPDATES: Top European teams know opponents in UEFA Champions League

Europe’s football governing body, UEFA, is set to draw top-flight teams for the first phase of the UEFA Champions League. The group stage, which is expected to start on September 17, will be a tussle between 32 teams -- 26 having direct entry to the group stage and six winners…

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke dragged by the EFCC.

$50 million yacht linked to Diezani’s ally sold

Galactica Star, a super yacht belonging to oil magnate, Kola Aluko, fingered in multi-billion dollar petrol import and crude export deals has been sold. The yacht, valued at $50 million, was sold after the Nigerian government and U.S. Department of Justice secured a court order to forfeit the property. Mrs…

Ekweremadu addressing journalists after his loss to Senator Omo-Agege for the seat of Deputy Senate President

Ekweremadu reacts to Nnamdi Kanu’s threat to attack Igbo leaders

Former Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has advised South East leaders to feel free to travel abroad, saying his attack on Saturday by members of the outlawed IPOB did not represent the behaviour of the larger Igbo people in the diaspora. Mr Ekweremadu said he had "moved on" and cared less…

Ekweremadu returns to Nigeria

Ekweremadu returns to Nigeria after assault in Germany

Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has returned to Nigeria three days after being physically assaulted in Germany. Mr Ekweremadu returned to the country on Monday, his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES. “Yes, he’s back to Nigeria,” Mr Anichukwu said in a telephone conversation. His return comes…

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Lawan, Abaribe, other lawmakers speak on harassment of Ekweremadu in Germany

The leadership of Nigeria’s National Assembly has reacted to the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Germany. In separate statements, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Senate Minority Leade Enyinnaya Abaribe and Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the…

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu’s harassment an embarrassment to Nigeria – Official

The Nigerian government has condemned the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Mr Ekweremadu was, on Saturday, ambushed by a mob who denied him entrance into a venue of the annual Igbo Cultural Festival held in Nuremberg, Germany. Videos…

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu dragged, assaulted in Germany

Nigeria's former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was on Saturday physically attacked by a mob while attending a cultural event in Germany. Mr Ekweremadu, who confirmed the attack in a statement, said the attackers were members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), a South-East secessionist group. Earlier in the…

A miner in Dan Marke

VIDEO: Inside Kankara caves where miners toil daily to earn little

In Kankara, Katsina, a North-Western State in Nigeria, local miners toil daily to extract kaolin inside caves. This is Tsani mine with over 100 miners. To extract kaolin from this cave, miners have to travel hundreds of metres under the ground. PREMIUM TIMES reporter joined in this laborious journey. [youtube…

A miner in Dan Marke

SPECIAL REPORT: The travails of Nigeria’s artisanal kaolin miners who toil daily to earn little

“You want to enter? Come, let’s go in,” the badgering voice of Abubakar Sadiq urged this reporter. “Just follow us, you don’t need to be afraid. Come and see how we get this thing from under the ground,” he added, now motioning the newcomer to the opening of the cave.…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

UPDATED: Police invite Nigerian journalist over report critical of politician

The police have invited Oke Epia, the publisher of OrderPaper Nigeria, over what it described as ‘criminal complaint’ lodged against the journalist. The letter, dated July 26, requested Mr Epia report to the National Assembly Division of the police on July 30. Without further information on the complaint, the letter…

Ahmed Lawan Senate President

Senate moves to avert looming strike in Nigerian universities

The Nigerian Senate has resolved to take quick measures to avert a looming strike in Nigerian universities. The lawmakers on Tuesday resolved that the leadership of the Senate engage the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU). Both groups are threatening to go on…

Shiite stormed the main entrance of the legislative complex on Wednesday afternoon

Avoid large crowds and demonstrations, U.S. warns citizens in Nigeria

The United States has advised its citizens in Nigeria to avoid large crowds and demonstrations in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and Lagos, its commercial nerve centre. The U.S. Mission in Nigeria issued the alert on Friday ahead of ‘expected’ protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). “The U.S.…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: © AFP]

Buhari seeks Senate’s confirmation of Muhammad as Nigeria’s Chief Justice, 15 special advisers

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the confirmation of Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. Mr Buhari’s request was contained in a letter read at the start of Senate plenary on Thursday. Mr Muhammad was first appointed in January after the president controversially suspended Chief Justice Walter…

Nigerian Police on patrol

How our NASS protest turned violent – Shiite spokesperson

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has denied being responsible for the face-off that led to the hospitalisation of two police officers at the National Assembly on Tuesday. In a statement signed by Abdullahi Musa, a leader of the group’s Academic Forum, IMN said the injured officers were attacked by…

Nigerian Senate

Senators worried about Lagos pipeline explosion, open investigation

Nigerian senators have expressed worry over the recent pipeline explosion in Ijegun, Lagos State. The lawmakers tasked one of the Senate ad-hoc committees to investigate the incident. The explosion which claimed many lives occurred on July 4 in Ijegun, Igando/Ikotun Local Council Development Area, Lagos State. In a motion on…

senate plenary

Senate asks foreign airlines to provide records of Nigerians in their employment

Some senators on Wednesday advocated for the protection of Nigerian airlines from what they described as unfair competition from their foreign counterparts. As one of the measures to surmount this challenge, the lawmakers directed foreign airlines to provide statistics of Nigerians in their employment. The subject was brought to the…