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A journalist with PREMIUM TIMES newspaper, Oladeinde Olawoyin. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official facebook page of Oladeinde Olawoyin]

PREMIUM TIMES’ journalist, one other selected for oil reporting fellowship

A journalist with PREMIUM TIMES newspaper, Oladeinde Olawoyin, has been selected for the Natural Resource Governance Institute Media For Oil Fellowship (MFOR). Mr Olawoyin, a First Class graduate of mass communication from the University of Ilorin, reports business, economy, finance, development and the extractive industry for PREMIUM TIMES. He was…

Over 200 observers deployed to Osun ahead of the governorship election

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has deployed about 200 trained observers to Osun state for the upcoming 2018 Governorship elections. Mr. Mboho Eno, the Accountability Program Manager at the PTCIJ disclosed this on Friday after addressing the Observers…

Buhari asks supporters to ignore Saraki’s ‘crude speeches’

The Presidency has urged supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore attacks on him by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Mr Saraki recently defected from the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) and is running for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge Mr Buhari at the presidential…

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (L), heartily welcomes the visiting Senate President and PDP Presidential Aspirant, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, during the latter’s visit to Government House, Yenagoa, for consultation ahead of the PDP presidential primaries. Photo by Michael Owi.

Buhari lacks vision, capacity to develop Nigeria – Saraki

The president of Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the vision, capacity and patience required to develop Nigeria. According to a statement by Fidelis Soriwei, the spokesperson of the governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Saraki made the comment when…

President Buhari, at the APC Mega Rally in Osun [photo: Punch Newspapers]

Buhari formally names campaign organisation

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a campaign organisation for his re-election in 2019 with Chibuike Amaechi as secretary/director general. Mr. Amaechi is the current Minister of Transportation. He is also the immediate past governor of Rivers state. Mr Amaechi was the director general of…

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NLC condemns killing of health worker by Boko Haram

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the killing of one of the abducted health workers by Boko Haram insurgents. The congress made this known in a press statement signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba on Tuesday. The statement, which was made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday, highlighted the…

VP Osinbajo at the launch of OYES latest batch in September 2018

Why Aregbesola’s OYES will remain unforgettable

By the time the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated the latest batch of beneficiaries of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) in Osogbo on Saturday September 15, 2018, a handful of historic things had happened. Most notably of these set of historic landmarks, is the fact that another…

Semiu Okanlawon is the spokesperson of Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola,

INTERVIEW: Why Osun salary crisis won’t affect APC chances in governorship election — Aregbesola’s aide

Semiu Okanlawon is the spokesperson of Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, whose tenure lapses November 27. In this excerpts from an extensive interview with Premium Times' Bisi Abidoye, Evelyn Okakwu and Kunle Sanni two weeks ago, he spoke about the eight years of the Aregbesola administration, what he expects to…

Bello Adoke, father of former AGF, dies at 79

Bello Abdullahi Adoke, a former police PRO and father of Mohammed Bello Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation, died on Wednesday night in Okene, Kogi state. According to Bashir, one of the sons of the deceased, the 79-year-old retired policeman had fallen ill in August 2018 and was treated at…

LADOL Managing Director, Amy Jadesimi

‘How global turmoil can help businesses flourish’

Global turmoil and the search for new operating models are providing an ideal time for sustainable business models and public sector policies to flourish, a business leader has said. Amy Jadesimi, managing director of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, LADOL, said this in a keynote speech at the opening…

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Nigerian govt committed to provision of infrastructure for maritime sector – Buhari

The Nigerian government wants to provide critical infrastructure in the maritime sector to enhance transportation of goods from the ports to the hinterland. President Muhammadu Buhari said this is with a view to boosting the country’s economic competitiveness as targeted by Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). He stated…

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari speaking during his visit to Jalingo

Presidency attacks HSBC over prediction Buhari’s reelection could stunt economy

The Nigerian Presidency has reacted furiously after British multinational bank, HSBC, issued a confidential business intelligence predicting reelecting President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 could plunge Nigeria into deeper economic hardship. In a July report recently cited by the Nigerian media, the bank had  said a second term for Mr Buhari…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Pulse.ng)

FOR THE RECORD: Full text of Kemi Adeosun’s resignation letter

14th September, 2018 His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria State House Aso Villa Abuja Dear Excellency, Let me commence by thanking you profusely for the honour and privilege of serving under your inspirational leadership. It has been a truly rewarding experience to learn from you and to…

Kemi Busari, a journalist with PREMIUM TIMES Nigeria

PREMIUM TIMES journalist, 11 others shortlisted for Thomson Foundation Award

Kemi Busari, a journalist with PREMIUM TIMES Nigeria, has made a shortlist of 12 to contest for the Thomson Foundation’s 2018 Young Journalist Award. The foundation (FPA) made the announcement on Friday. The award, in its sixth year, enables journalists aged 30 and under, from countries with a Gross National…

EFCC denies raiding head office of Standard Chartered Bank

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has denied raiding the head office of Standard Chartered Bank. The bank was among those indicted by the Central Bank of Nigeria for allegedly helping telecom giant, MTN, illegally remit millions of dollars of foreign currency abroad. The bank has denied the accusation. On Friday, the…

Abia monarchs praise Buhari over infrastructural development in South-east

Traditional rulers from Abia State have praised President Muhammadu Buhari over infrastructural development by his administration in the South-east region. According to a statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the traditional ruler spoke on Friday during a visit to Mr Buhari at the State House, Abuja. Speaking on behalf of…

Buhari appoints new SSS Director-General

President Muhammadu Buhari has named a new head for the State Security Service (SSS). The new director-general is Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Mr Buhari's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a statement. The new head replaces Matthew Seiyeifa, who has been operating in acting capacity since Lawal Daura was dismissed. Read Mr…

SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

Buhari appoints new SSS Director-General

President Muhammadu Buhari has named a new head for the State Security Service (SSS). The new director-general is Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Mr Buhari's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in a statement. The new head replaces Matthew Seiyeifa, who has been operating in acting capacity since Lawal Daura was dismissed. Read Mr…

President Muhammadu Buhari receives Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from a socio-political group, the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

2019: What Buhari said when he received APC nomination form (FULL TEXT)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday collected the All Progressives Congress expression of interest and nomination forms donated to him by a group of Nigerians. The group, NCAN, had last week announced it bought the N45 million form for the incumbent president. The form was presented to Mr Buhari at the…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari receives report of audit of assets and funds recovered by MDAs

The committee that audited assets and funds recovered by federal ministries, departments and agencies has submitted its report to President Muhammadu Buhari. The committee which Mr Buhari inaugurated November last year turned over its report to him on Tuesday. It examined the reports of recoveries by federal establishments between May…

Imam Abdullahi Abubakar. [PHOTO CREDIT: US Emabssy Interview posted on its official Facebook page]

INTERVIEW: Why I safeguarded scores of Christians during Plateau attack – Imam

In an interview with the Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy, Abuja, David Young, Abdullahi Abubakar, an imam who helped save scores of Christians from being killed during the recent killings in Plateau State, speaks on the experience. This interview was conducted and published by the U.S. Embassy on…

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2019: Buhari not opposed to card readers – Presidency

The presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari was not opposed to the use of card readers for the 2019 general elections. A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement Sunday evening. Mr Shehu was reacting to criticisms of Mr Buhari’s decision to decline assent to an electoral…

University of Ibadan Names Conference Centre after Otunba Subomi Balogun

Nigeria’s premier tertiary institution, University of Ibadan (UI), has again honoured the Founder of FCMB Group, Otunba (Dr.) Michael Olasubomi Balogun by naming its modern and multi-purpose conference centre after him. On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Centerwas unveiled and renamed Otunba Subomi Balogun Conference Centre. According to the University,…

Abba Kyari

Presidency speaks on corruption allegations against Buhari’s chief of staff

The Presidency has reacted to allegations of serious corruption against the chief of staff to President Muhammad Buhari, Abba Kyari. A man claiming to be Mr Kyari's relative has recently spoken to the media alleging wide-ranging acts of fraud by Mr Kyari. The reports say the man was used by…

Donald duke and the national secretary of the party

Why I dumped PDP – Donald Duke

Former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, on Friday said he joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to run for the office of president in the 2019 election because his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had “unconstitutionally” zoned political offices. In a series of tweets, Mr Duke, who submitted…