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Netherlands set to facilitate training of Nigerians in ICT, seeks partnership with NiDCOM

Netherlands set to facilitate training of Nigerians in ICT, seeks partnership with NiDCOM

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations is working out a scheme to make migration regular and legal with special interest in Information and Communication Technology, ICT and Agriculture. The General Director, Netherlands Institute of International Relations Monika Sie Dhian Ho disclosed this during a visit to the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission,(NIDCOM)  Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Thursday in Abuja. The ... Read More »

George Soros, American multi-billionaire, announces $1 billion gift for project Open Society University Network

George Soros, American multi-billionaire, announces $1 billion gift for project Open Society University Network

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Open Society Foundations Founder and Chair George Soros announced Thursday a $1 billion gift to start the Open Society University Network—an unprecedented defense of critical thinking and academic freedom that Soros called “the most important and enduring project of my life.” Citing the threat posed to open society by “would-be or actual dictators” in Brazil, ... Read More »

CPJ calls for investigation into killing of Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan

CPJ calls for investigation into killing of Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan

New York based Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has called for investigation into the killing of Nigerian journalist, Maxwell Nashan. In a statement mailed to The State Online, CPJ on Thursday said “Authorities in Nigeria should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the killing of Maxwell Nashan, a reporter and newscaster with the government-owned Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria ... Read More »

FG, Southwest governors finally agree on Amotekun

FG, Southwest governors finally agree on Amotekun

The Federal Government and Governors of the South West have finally reached a truce on Amotekun, the security outfit that has been attracting controversies since it was launched recently by the governors. The agreement followed a meeting between the governors and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday. Also in attendance were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of ... Read More »

Amotekun and why Oranmiyan should stay in its grove – By Dare Babarinsa

Amotekun and why Oranmiyan should stay in its grove – By Dare Babarinsa

It is not too surprising that the Amotekun security initiatives of the South-West is creating a flurry in many quarters. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami sees it as a challenge to the exclusive powers of the Federal Government as far as security is concerned. The irony is lost on Malami, a lawyer of great education but limited understanding, ... Read More »

Amotekun: Regional security arrangement not backed by law – Malami

Amotekun: Regional security arrangement not backed by law – Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has reiterated the position of the Federal Government that any security arrangement not supported by extant laws remained illegal. A statement from Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice indicated that Malami reaffirmed the declaration on Thursday. ... Read More »

Sexagenerian Docked Over Illegal Reconnection

Sexagenerian Docked Over Illegal Reconnection

Nigerian Correctional facility in Ikoyi this week received an unusual guest. This followed a Lagos Magistrate Court order to detain one Tunde Kekere-Ekun popularly known as “Baba Orobo- The Night Climber”. The suspect was arrested in the wee hours of Monday, January 20 while carrying out the nefarious activity that has earned him the moniker “the Night Climber”. His arrest ... Read More »

Bodija Muslim Community gets new officers

Bodija Muslim Community gets new officers

The Bodija Estates and Environs Muslim Community (BEEMC), Ibadan, Oyo State, has appointed new executive officers that will run the affairs of the Community for the 2019/2020 year. This is contained in the final report of the Shurah committee headed by Alhaji Jimo Alihu presented and ratified at the community Extra-Ordinary General meeting held on Sunday 19th January, 2020. Other members ... Read More »

Falana has vindicated FG’s stand on Amotekun – Malami

Falana has vindicated FG’s stand on Amotekun – Malami

By asking for the state governments of the Southwestern Nigeria to “proceed to enact the necessary laws”, in justifying the legality of the establishment and operation of Amotekon, Mr. Femi Falana is reaffirming and reiterating the Federal Government’s stance that the establishment of the operation currently is illegal, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN ... Read More »

To Stop Spread of Coronavirus, 3 Chinese Cities Put on Lockdown

To Stop Spread of Coronavirus, 3 Chinese Cities Put on Lockdown

Following the death of 17 persons infected by the recent Coronavirus outbreak in China, the Chinese government has cut off the city of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou from the rest of the world; putting 20 million residents of the provinces on partial lockdown and travel ban. Also, the Lagos State government has asked residents not to panic as no case ... Read More »

Government issues alert, precautionary measures, on Coronavirus

No cases of the virus have been identified in Lagos State or Nigeria • Lagos ramping up its level of preparedness • Collaborating with the Federal Ports Authority on Screening and Surveillance • Advise Citizens on Precautionary Measures against contagious infections The Lagos State Government has alerted the public to a new virus, the novel Coronavirus (nCoV) which is currently ... Read More »

FIRS: Mani approves appointment of Dr Ahmed as Director, Communications & Servicon

FIRS: Mani approves appointment of Dr Ahmed as Director, Communications & Servicon

The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS), Mallam Muhammad Mani has approved the appointment of Dr Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmed as Director, Communications and Servicom Department of the agency. The approval conveyed on Wednesday, is believed to be part of re-organisation in FIRS affecting no fewer than 50 directors. Mani replaced Mr. Babatunde Fowler as EC of FIRS in December. Read More »

Imo State will prosper under my watch – Gov Uzodinma

Imo State will prosper under my watch – Gov Uzodinma

New Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has assured that the State will prosper under his watch. The newly sworn-in Governor also said that the era of Executive Lawlessness and neo-feudalism, in the state is gone forever. Addressing Imolites in his maiden broadcast on Wednesday, 22ndJanuary 2020, Governor Uzodinma enumerated policy measures which his Administration intends to apply to ... Read More »

Professor Kabir Bala Emerges New ABU Vice Chancellor ( See his profile)

Professor Kabir Bala Emerges New ABU Vice Chancellor ( See his profile)

Professor Kabir Bala is the new Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His emergence was announced on Wednesday by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the university,  Alhaji Adamu Fika. The selection was held at the Arewa House Kaduna and eleven contestants vied for the position. Professor  Bala will assume office as the Vice Chancellor on May ... Read More »

Fast-track prosecution of power sector corruption cases, SERAP tells AGF, EFCC, ICPC

Fast-track prosecution of power sector corruption cases, SERAP tells AGF, EFCC, ICPC

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami SAN; the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, and Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye to: “revisit and fast-track prosecution of all cases of corruption in the electricity ... Read More »

Nigeria LNG and Total Gas & Power sign 10-year sale and purchase agreement

Nigeria LNG and Total Gas & Power sign 10-year sale and purchase agreement

Nigeria LNG Limited and Total Gas & Power (TGP) on Wednesday signed a LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for some of the remarketed volumes from NLNG’s Trains 1, 2 and 3. The agreement is for the supply of 1.5 Million Metric Tonnes Per Anum (mtpa) for a 10 year term on a Delivered Ex-ship and Free on Board (FOB) ... Read More »

Bala-Usman lauds attempt by Ogun State to resuscitate abandoned Olokola Sea Port Project

Bala-Usman lauds attempt by Ogun State to resuscitate abandoned Olokola Sea Port Project

Managing Director of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman has commended efforts by the Ogun State Government to resuscitate the abandoned Olokola Sea Port project in the Ogun East Senatorial District of the State. She gave the commendation when the state Deputy Governor Engr. ( Mrs) Noimot Salako-Oyedele led a government delegation on an official visit to ... Read More »

Magu vows to secure Diezani’s extradition

Magu vows to secure Diezani’s extradition

The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has vowed that a former minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke will be extradited before the end of the year to face corruption charges. He also accused the anti-graft agencies, international partners, especially in the United Kingdom of giving what he described as undue protection to the former minister. Magu spoke on Wednesday ... Read More »

US Plans to Add Nigeria, Others on Travel Restrictions

US Plans to Add Nigeria, Others on Travel Restrictions

The United States government has revealed its plans to add seven countries to a group of nations subject to travel restrictions, including Nigeria. Accordingly to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), some countries could be banned from participating in the diversity visa lottery programme, which awards green cards to people in countries with low levels of immigration to the US. It added ... Read More »

Zulum Approves N100m For Borno Workers’ Health Scheme

Zulum Approves N100m For Borno Workers’ Health Scheme

By Inusa Ndahi, MAIDUGURI Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the sum of N100 million as counterpart funding to the newly established Borno State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (BOSCHMA). The approval of the sum was announced by the Governor when the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuiabu paid him a courtesy ... Read More »