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Nine professors, 22 others inducted for Shell sabbatical, research positions

Thirty-one Nigerian academics and research interns including nine professors and four senior lecturers were last week inducted for a one-year sabbatical programme and research internship in Shell companies in Nigeria at a ceremony held at the Port Harcourt Headquarters of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC). Drawn from 10…

Customs intercept bags of foreign rice

Foreign rice in Nigerian markets now 37% – Report

The interventions of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), through the partial border closure against smuggling, and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) via the Anchors Borrowers Programme (ABP) on the rice sub-sector of the Nigerian economy, have drastically reduced foreign rice prevalence in the Nigerian markets, bringing the figure to 37…

AMAMC Head Quarters [Photo: amac.ng]

SERAP asks court to stop payment of life pensions to ex-Abuja council chairs, speakers

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court to: “declare the life pension edict/law 2019, passed by the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) null, void, illegal and unconstitutional; and to restrain and stop AMAC, its chairman; deputy chairman; speaker;…

Amotekun [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian Nigeria]

South-west Houses of Assembly tasked to pass law enabling Amotekun

Diaspora Yorubas in North America, otherwise known as Egbe Omo Yoruba, say they welcome the recent launch of a south west security network in Nigeria called Amotekun, and called on “every state assembly in the South-west to urgently pass the enabling laws to validate the establishment of Amotekun as a…

EFCC Officials

Court jails NDDC official seven years for N4 million contract fraud

Justice A.T Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, on Friday, sentenced one Tarila Ebizimor to seven years imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of N4 million. The convict, a supervisor in the Security Department of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was prosecuted by…

Aisha Buhari

Enugu Governor, Ugwuanyi, praises Aisha Buhari’s ‘leadership qualities’

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has applauded the leadership qualities of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, in promoting and identifying with persons with disability, through sports. Governor Ugwuanyi, who spoke during the dinner organized by the Para Powerlifting Federation, with the support of Mrs. Buhari, to raise funds for…

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

Osinbajo hosts U.S. ambassador, speaks on curbing extremism in Sahel region

The increase in activities and threats by terrorist groups in the Sahel region can be largely curbed by stepping up relations between Nigeria and the United States of America, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Mr Osinbajo stated this in Abuja on Thursday when he received the new U.S. Ambassador…

President Muhammadu Buhari names Kingsley Isitua Obiora, for CBN deputy governor

Buhari names IMF director as CBN deputy governor

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of Kingsley Isitua Obiora to the Senate for confirmation as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, President Buhari said the nomination was in accordance with the provision of Section 8(1) (2)…

Primate Nicholas and El-Rufai

Anglican Primate Okoh visits El-Rufai, says Anglican Church is partner for peace

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has commended the commitment of the Kaduna State Government to peace. Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, stated this Wednesday (today) in Kaduna when he visited Governor Nasir El-Rufai. The primate assured the governor that the Church of Nigeria shares and…

Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

Imo Governorship: We must accept Supreme Court judgement — Atiku

A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has said since the Supreme Court is final, the party must accept its judgment on the elections in Imo State. The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party as the governor of Imo State.…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Nigerian govt to engage more qualified teachers – Buhari

President Buhari acknowledged that Nigeria had a deficit of teachers.President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said the federal government is ready to engage more qualified teachers to increase the teacher-to-pupil ratio in the country. Receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), President Buhari acknowledged that Nigeria had…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo lists Buhari’s signature projects, pledges completion

The Federal Government will continue to implement "game-changing infrastructure projects" around the country to connect the nation’s economic zones and drive economic development, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The Vice President further noted that most of the signature projects of the administration, including the Lagos-Kano Rail, Mambilla Hydro Plant,…

President Buhari and Niger President Issoufou.

Buhari commiserates with Niger President over terror attack

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday evening spoke to Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou on the telephone to commiserate with him, the government and people of Niger Republic, over the terrorist attack of January 9, 2020, in Chinagodrar, which killed scores of soldiers in a military base. President Buhari expressed deep sympathy…

Swedish Ambassador to ECOWAS, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mr. Carl Grans at NCC Head Office

NCC targets Swedish SPIDER initiative for ICT capacity building, improved broadband

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Thursday, hosted the Swedish Ambassador to ECOWAS, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, Carl Grans, at NCC Head Office with discussions focussing on how the country can enhance Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capacity development and broadband penetration in Nigeria. This is in line with the…

A Sierra Leone Policeman guards a road block forming part of a three day country wide lockdown on movement of people due to the Ebola virus in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, March. 27, 2015. Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)

Journalists threatened, assaulted while covering local politician in Sierra Leone

Authorities in Sierra Leone should investigate recent attacks against journalists covering local politics, and should ensure that reporters can do their jobs safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 4, a group of men slapped and hit Foday Conteh, a reporter with the privately owned Calabash newspaper,…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Look beyond ethnicity, religion when you lead Nigeria, Buhari tells youth

With all certainty, someday you will have to take up the mantle of leadership in this country, and you should be prepared for huge responsibilities, President Muhammadu Buhari Friday told Nigerian youths in Abuja. The president, who received All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leaders from the six geo-political zones, advised…

Some of the people that flee their residence as a result of cult violence

Rivers Cult-related killings: Government not doing enough to protect communities — Amnesty International

There is a rise in cult related killings in Rivers State, Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, has said. The organisation said at least 60 were killed in ten months in Khana and Gokana LGA and at least five killed in two days in Rumuodogo, Emohua local…

The leadership of INEC Nigeria, led by the Commission Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu today, briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2019 elections. IG of Police and DSS Boss were in attendance.

Ensure all elections are credible, violence-free, Buhari urges INEC, police

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday followed with action his resolve to engender a free, fair and credible electoral process. He met at State House, Abuja, with Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, other top officials of the electoral body, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.…

Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi

I’ll join Buhari’s critics if … – Oluwo of Iwo

The Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has expressed his readiness to join the league of critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration should the proposed federal college of education in Osun State not be located in his town. The monarch said taking the proposed higher institution to a town other…

A UBA Plc bank used to illustrate the story

UBA Africa gets new CEO

The United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) today, announced that Oliver Alawuba has been appointed as CEO of UBA Africa, overseeing the bank’s 20 African country operations, ex-Nigeria. He succeeds Victor Osadolor, who retires from the Group Board, after nine years of service working at UBA. UBA Africa serves over…

Afenifere Renewal Group [Photo Credit: Elendu Reports]

Reflections on Nigeria in 2019, by Afenifere Renewal Group

Introduction Y2020 is significant to Nigeria's policy environment and direction for two reasons. First, it is the year the country should be taking stock of the objectives of Vision 2020, which was launched in 2009 and was designed to lead Nigeria to become one of the Top 20 economies by…

Nigeria Police officers

Phone thief arrested in 2017 caught stealing again – Police

A suspect who had been arrested and charged for pickpocketing and stealing in 2017 by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command, was again rearrested by RRS for similar offence. The suspect, Tunde Ajeigbe 27-years-old, with two other accomplices (Ekene and Bolenbe) allegedly rode…

L-R: Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Limited, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar; Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Nigerian Communications Commission, Engr. Ubale Maska; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami; Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Mr. Inuwa Abdullahi and Managing Director, Nigerian Communications Satellites Limited, and Dr. Abimbola Alale during the maiden Press parley by the ministry in 2020.

Pantami explains reasons for digital economy drive in Nigeria

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has justified the necessity, appropriateness and significance of the re-designation of the Federal Ministry of Communications as Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) in October 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, as he recalled the modest strides of the ministry…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

SERAP asks Buhari, Osinbajo, governors to publish their assets

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent Freedom of Information requests to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, 36 state governors and their deputies, urging them to use their good offices to: “provide information on summary of the assets, specifically property and income, contained in your asset…

Four journalists of the Burundi's independent media Iwacu Press Group:(L to R) Agnes Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Terence Mpozenzi, Egide Harerimana and the driver Adolphe Masabarakiza appear at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019 for complicity in endangering the internal security of the state. - The Burundian prosecution demanded 15 years in prison against four journalists and their driver arrested on October 22, 2019, while covering the incursion of Burundian rebels from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga / AFP)

Burundi prosecutor seeks 15-year prison term for Iwacu journalists

Burundi’s public prosecutor on December 30 asked for a 15-year prison term for four journalists for privately owned online news outlet Iwacu and their driver who are charged with undermining state security, according to Iwacu and other news reports. The prosecutor is also seeking to have the five stripped of…