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Nigeria could have been spared ethno-religious tensions with Abiola as president-Buhari

Nigeria could have been spared ethno-religious tensions with Abiola as president-Buhari

  L-R: Gov Dapo Abiodun, President Buhari in handshake with Mr Kola Abiola, son of the late Chief MKO Abiola* President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late MKO Abiola as a bridge builder who could have prevented the religious and tribal issues besetting the country now from happening, if he had been allowed to rule Nigeria. Speaking Tuesday, in Abuja, ... Read More »

Insecurity: States will be licensed to use drones to monitor criminal hideouts, Buhari tells Obas

Insecurity: States will be licensed to use drones to monitor criminal hideouts, Buhari tells Obas

  States wishing to deploy drone technology to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts would soon issued license by the relevant Federal Government agencies to do so as a means of curbing the rising waves of insecurity in the country. President Muhammadu Buhari gave the assurance on Wednesday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja when he received some traditional ... Read More »

Flood: Ogun, others to benefit from World Bank $900million intervention fund

Flood: Ogun, others to benefit from World Bank $900million intervention fund

  Gov Abiodun with the World Bank Country Director, Mr Rachid Benmessaoud* Following a passionate plea made by Governor Dapo Abiodun, the World Bank has agreed to include Ogun among states that would benefit from its $900 million intervention fund on ecological challenges. The good news came when Governor Abiodun met in Abuja with the Country representatives of the Bank ... Read More »

Interview: We Are Working in National Interest – Sen. Uba Sani

Interview: We Are Working in National Interest – Sen. Uba Sani

In this interview with Senator Uba Sani representing Kaduna Central  Senatorial district, the former Special Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Public Affairs and immediate past Special Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Political Affairs speaks on why the Senate postponed its recess for a week to screen and confirm 43 ministerial nominees, the crisis in ... Read More »

NAHCON confirms death of five Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

NAHCON confirms death of five Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has confirmed the death of five Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. Dr Ibrahim Kana, Chairman, National Medical Team, released the figure Tuesday in Madinah from the commission’s National Medical Team Electronic Health Medical Records. “So far, Nigeria has lost five pilgrims including three females and two males; out of which one died in Madina ... Read More »

2019 polls fall short of threshold for credible election, CSOs final report reveals

2019 polls fall short of threshold for credible election, CSOs final report reveals

….Urges INEC to ensure uniform, firm application of electoral rules …..Says huge election budget unsustainable   A coalition of over 70 civil society organisations, under the auspices of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, on Tuesday, released its final report on the 2019 General Elections in Abuja. According to the CSOs, from the lapses noted during the observation of the ... Read More »

Borno Gov shows up 2midnight in hospitals, finds all doctors ‎on call duty absent (See pictures)

Borno Gov shows up 2midnight in hospitals, finds all doctors ‎on call duty absent (See pictures)

  Although medical doctors normally address health troubles, this time around, some doctors are the ones in trouble after Borno’s Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum showed up 2am at the State Specialist and Umaru Shehu hospitals, both in Maiduguri. The Governor found out that none of the medical doctors on duty, was available at Umaru Shehu even as one of ... Read More »

Ogun APC mourns demise of former deputy governor, Ogunleye

Ogun APC mourns demise of former deputy governor, Ogunleye

The former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Alhaji Rafiu Abiodun Ogunleye, who passed away on Sunday, has been described as a “consummate politician, passionate community leader and pious Muslim.” In a statement issued on Tuesday, by the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ogun State, and signed by the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, the late politician’s death ... Read More »

Omo-Agege Moves for Removal of Oil Sudsidy

Omo-Agege Moves for Removal of Oil Sudsidy

… Expresses Concern Over Relocation of Oil Companies from Niger Delta. The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege on Monday, said there is no need for Nigeria to continue with the multibillion Naira oil sudsidy regime. He said  all that is needed to address the lingering issue of inadequate refined oil production to match local consumption, is to ... Read More »

NUJ Commends Omo-Agege over appointment of Journalists as Aides

NUJ Commends Omo-Agege over appointment of Journalists as Aides

The FCT council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commended the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Omo-Agege over the appointment of Yomi Odunuga, and Lara Owoeye-Wise as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, and Special Assistant on Electronic/New Media, respectively. The Council said the appointment of the duo, whom it described as professional and accomplished journalists, ... Read More »

Senator Lawan releases list of chairmen, Vice-chairmen of 69 Senate committees

Senator Lawan releases list of chairmen, Vice-chairmen of 69 Senate committees

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has named the chairpersons for the Senate’s 69 standing committees. The announcement was made shortly after the lawmakers unanimously voted to embark on the Senate’s annual recess. As expected, some senators loyal to the Senate president were given committees that are considered to be key. Generally, the Appropriation Committee, which deals with federal budgets, is ... Read More »

Special Features- Ten Years Of Boko Haram: This Is How Far The Buhari Administration Has Come, By Garba Shehu

Special Features- Ten Years Of Boko Haram: This Is How Far The Buhari Administration Has Come, By Garba Shehu

  *Garba Shehu* The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated. What we have now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in Maghreb together with West African terrorists bonding together. This is a fall out ... Read More »

Gov Abiodun leads Ogun elders and leaders of thought to Aso Rock (See pictures)

Gov Abiodun leads Ogun elders and leaders of thought to Aso Rock (See pictures)

  * President Buhari receiving a card from Gov Abiodun and the Deputy Governor* Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun Tuesday afternoon led a delegation of elders and leaders of thought from the state to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari. On the delegation were the Deputy Governor, Engr. (Mrs) Noimot Salako-Oyedele two ... Read More »

Opinion:  A Response To  Sonala Olumhense’s   Diatribe Against Diaspora Day Celebration, By Dr Abdullahi Dauda

Opinion: A Response To Sonala Olumhense’s Diatribe Against Diaspora Day Celebration, By Dr Abdullahi Dauda

  *Dr Abdullahi Dauda* The article, Nigeria’s ‘Diaspora Day’ Nonsense, by Sonala Olumhense is most unfortunate, coming as it was, from a journalist who should ordinarily be well informed and respected. The resort to insults and name-calling as well as a patent disregard for the truth seemed to indicate more a very personal vendetta rather than a desire for objective ... Read More »

Opinion: Nigeria’s Diaspora Day Nonsense, By Sonala Olumhense

Opinion: Nigeria’s Diaspora Day Nonsense, By Sonala Olumhense

  In 2018, Nigeria’s diaspora remittances rose to U.S.$25 billion, up from $22 billion in 2017. These numbers are the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. As Andrew Nevin, the chief economist at PriceWaterCoopers (PwC) Nigeria, explained, this makes Nigerians abroad the country’s biggest export. Professor Nevin observed that the 2018 figure represented 6.1 per cent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product and ... Read More »

Gov Lalong Appoints NTA’s Makut Macham  Director Of Press and Public Affairs

Gov Lalong Appoints NTA’s Makut Macham Director Of Press and Public Affairs

Plateau State Governor, Mr Simon Lalong has appointed Makut Simon Macham as his Director of Press and Public Affairs, with immediate effect. The appointment was announced in a statement signed by Mr Richard Tokma, acting Secretary to the State Government. According to the statement, Macham was until his appointment the Manager News and Current Affairs with the Nigerian Television Authority ... Read More »

Nigerian pilgrim dies in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian pilgrim dies in Saudi Arabia

An elderly female Nigerian pilgrim from Sokoto State was on Tuesday confirmed dead. The unidentified woman died in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, few days to the commencement of 2019 Hajj rites. Dr Hamidu Liman, Head of Medical team, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), who made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Madinah on Tuesday, said the deceased had an ... Read More »

Senate Confirms All Ministerial Nominees

Senate Confirms All Ministerial Nominees

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed all the 43 ministerial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari. The confirmation came after the nominees were screened and grilled by the upper legislative chamber. President Muhammadu Buhari submitted the list of the nominees to the Senate on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, for screening and confirmation. The screening started on Wednesday, July 24, ... Read More »

Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency meets IDP camps coordinators

Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency meets IDP camps coordinators

  By Inusa Ndahi, Maiduguri The Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BoSPHCDA) under the leadership of the Executive Director, Dr. Sule Meleh and Nigeria State Health Investment Project- Additional Financing (NSHIP-AF), a World Bank assisted Project to strengthen the health system across the state through the Project Coordinator, Hajiya Habiba Saidu on Monday had a fruitful meeting with ... Read More »

Birthday Tribute: The Rescue Captain( Gov Darius Ishaku) is 65, By Bala Dan Abu

Birthday Tribute: The Rescue Captain( Gov Darius Ishaku) is 65, By Bala Dan Abu

  Gov. Darius Dickson Ishaku* A couple of weeks ago, I sought for and got an audience with my boss, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku. The venue was his main office in Government House, Jalingo and my mission was to first remind him of his 65th birthday anniversary which was fast approaching and then seek his permission to make some elaborate ... Read More »