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TUC to picket companies for violation of Nigerian labour laws

The Union laments brutality against Nigerian workers by foreigners. The Trade Union Congress, TUC, on Tuesday said it would picket any company involved in the violation of Nigeria’s labour laws. The TUC National President, Bobboi Kaigama, said in Abuja that the congress was determined to protect the right of every Nigerian worker. He said the […]

20,000 Nigerians obtained visas to China in 2013 – Envoy

The envoy said the bulk of those who travelled to China went there for business. The Consul-General of the Peoples Republic of China Consulate in Lagos, Liu Kan, on Sunday said that 20,000 Nigerians were issued visas to China in 2013. Mr. Liu said in Lagos that the visas were issued to Nigerians who travelled […]

Letter: To all human beings who are human, By Journalist Wubushet Taye (Zeway Prison)

“Discussing these types of issues is forbidden,” said the warder rudely and added, “You are only allowed to discuss family matters”. You might suspect that these words were spoken by one of our beloved mother Ethiopia’s prison officers. However, they are actually taken from Maxim Gorky’s 1906 story Mother (page 102). The story was written […]

Nigeria Stock Exchange

Guinness tops losers chart as Nigerian Stock Exchange introduces new trade notification system

Access Bank was the most traded stock. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced that it will discontinue the old trade notification system, Trade Alert, and introduce a fresh notification system known as X-Alert to all its investors in March 2014. Oscar Onyema, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, said the X-Alert is a new […]

Zenith Bank tops most traded shares as Bank Chief is nominated Central Bank Governor

The Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Godwin Emefiele, is to be the next Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Zenith Bank, Thursday, was the most traded shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange after the bank’s boss was nominated as the next Central Bank Governor. Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday, named the Managing Director of […]

Ex-workers accuse FIRS of unjust termination of appointment

The workers accused the agency of violation of agreement. Some former employees of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, have accused the agency of unfairly terminating their appointments last year. In a press conference on Monday in Lagos, the workers said that a “massive” number of them were issued letters of compulsory retirement from service […]

Checking abuse of ”red cap’’ and Igbo chieftaincy institution

The “red cap’’ in Igbo land is a symbol of authority, culture and tradition.

Lagos Informal Sector Reform: Open Memo to Gov. Fashola, By Omoruyi Aigbe

Lagos is among the league of the world’s mega cities, concerns about mega city status are mega urban problems which Lagos has to contend with.

Money laundering: Court adjourns trial of ex-Union Bank executives, Peter Ololo

The bank executives are being charged for money laundering

Nigeria: Celebrating 48 years of solo drama

Nigeria’s foremost Mono Dramatist, Greg Mbajiorgu is currently on sabbatical in the Department of English Language and Literature of the Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja, Nigeria. The Maverick MONO DRAMATIST and THEATRE SCHOLAR is an avant-garde of solo performance art in Africa and a multiple award-winning Dramatist. He is historically acclaimed to be the first […]

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Pakistan begins talks with Taliban

The first meeting held Thursday. Pakistani government negotiators have held the first of a series of scheduled peace talks. The meeting held on Thursday. A Taliban member, Maulana Abdul Aziz, prayers leader of Islamabad’s “Red Mosque”, had said the talks would be held at an undisclosed location. It was be the first meeting between the […]

Kenyan journalist wanted by ICC fails to block arrest warrant

A Kenyan journalist is accused of trying to bribe witnesses. A Kenyan court has refused to block the arrest of a journalist wanted by the International Criminal Court for allegedly trying to payoff witnesses in the crime-against-humanity case against the country’s deputy president, William Ruto. Walter Barasa is accused by the ICC of allegedly trying […]

Should the Nigeria National Anthem be rendered as entertainment song?

The NOA said it wants the second stanza of the anthem rendered as a prayer

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Cote d’Ivoire: Gbagbo’s release will facilitate reconciliation in Cote d’Ivoire – Son

Mr. Gbagbo is held at the International Criminal Court, for his role in the 2011 post-election violence that gripped Cote d’Ivoire. Michel Gbagbo, son of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, has called for his father’s release, saying it would facilitate reconciliation in the country. An Abidjan-based newspaper, Le Temps, on Sunday in Abidjan quoted Michel […]

National Competitive Council and the quest to improve Nigeria’s global competitiveness ranking

Chika Mordi defends the establishment of the NCCN.

Nigeria lost N797.8bilion to waivers, tax exemptions in 3 years, says Okonjo-Iweala

Minister Okonjo-Iweala says tax waivers and concessions have had negative impacts on the country’s revenue base. The Federal Government lost about N170.74billion to waivers and tax concessions granted to various government and private businesses in different sectors of the economy between 2011 and 2013, the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, disclosed on Thursday. That disclosure […]

NSE chief says 2014 market projections largely positive

Oscar Onyema says that he is optimistic that Nigeria will get to the emerging markets index. Despite concerns about Nigeria’s political, currency and interest rate risks, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, Oscar Onyema, has said the projections for the Nigerian capital market are largely positive for the year. Speaking on […]

Nigeria Muslims pray to mark end of Ramadan

It is improper for Muslims to celebrate birthday of Prophet Muhammad – Imam

Imam says celebration of Prophet’s birthday is commercialised. An Ibadan-based Islamic scholar, Fadhilulah Hamzat, says it is not appropriate for Muslims to celebrate Mawlud Nabiyy or the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. Mr. Hamzat, who made the remark during a Friday sermon at the W.O. Lawal Central Mosque, Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State, said that those […]

Kenya: Al Shabaab commanders killed in air strikes

Air strikes part of reprisal attack for Westgate Mall. The Kenyan military has killed more than 30 al Shabaab militants, including commanders, in its first major barrage of air strikes in Somalia, a spokesperson said on Friday. The air strikes were in retaliation for the Islamists’ attack on a Westgate shopping mall, Nairobi in September, […]

Nigeria: Debt Management Office to issue N90 billion bonds January 15

Bonds will mature in 2016 and 2030. The Debt Management Office, DMO, says it will on January 15 auction N90 billion worth of Federal Government bonds which will mature in 2016 and 2030. The DMO in its January 2014 FGN Bond Circular on its website on Friday, said settlement for the bonds would take place […]

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe

Japan to partner West African leaders to promote peace, security

Japan says it’s ready for massive investments in West Africa. The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on Friday in Abidjan, said his country would partner with West African leaders to promote peace and security in the sub-region through dialogue. Mr. Abe, who spoke at the opening of a meeting with ECOWAS Heads of Government, said […]

The Silent Revolution in Osun Education Sector, By Erasmus Ikhide

Something interesting is happening in Osun State, and its is in the education sector.  As someone from outside this state I recently took time to follow developments in that state and I encourage others who are so interesting to follow my cue. Based on basic research and direct visitation, I can say with confidence that, […]

President of Uganda Yoweri K Museveni gestures as he speaks during a news conference in a hotel in St Julians, Valletta, Malta on the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Friday Nov. 25, 2005. CHOGM was opened by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Friday and the event is due to hosted by Uganda in two years time. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

Uganda’s Museveni threatens South Sudan rebel leader with “defeat”

The world’s newest nation, South Sudan, has plummeted into a civil war.

Nigerian Ministries, Agencies to present performance report in 2014 – Maku

The FEC held its last meeting for 2013 on Wednesday. The Executive Council of the Federation (FEC) on Wednesday ended its 2013 session after reviewing the macro-economic performance of all its ministries, departments and agencies (MDA). Addressing the State House correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, identified 2013 as “a very […]

Nigeria now Cameroon’s number one trade partner, says UN envoy

The two countries have also resolved the Bakassi controversy. The UN envoy for the West Africa region, Said Djinnit, said Nigeria had become Cameroon’s number one trade partner over the last two years. Mr. Djinnit said this during a briefing at the UN Security Council at the Headquarters of the world body on Tuesday in […]