Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ebunoluwa Olafusi

    Ogun leads as Nigeria’s solid minerals output jumps by 33%

Ogun leads as Nigeria’s solid minerals output jumps by 33%

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says the solid minerals sector contributed N43.22 billion to government coffers in 2016.In a report released by the agency on Tuesday, it was also recorded that Nigeria's solid minerals production jumped by 33 percent in the same year, with Ogun state taking the lead in production and revenue receipt.The report, signed by Orji [...]

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    Kano assembly ‘bows to pressure’, suspends probe of Ganduje

Kano assembly ‘bows to pressure’, suspends probe of Ganduje

The Kano state house of assembly has stopped investigating allegations that Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, collected bribe from contractors.This is in line with a court order. A group known as Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria, had asked the court to compel the assembly to halt the probe.Ruling on an ex parte application filed by one Muhammad Zubair, national coordinator [...]

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    ‘175 killed, 10,000 hospitalised’ in fresh Cholera outbreak in north-east

‘175 killed, 10,000 hospitalised’ in fresh Cholera outbreak in north-east

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says cholera has killed 175 people in Borno, Adamawa state and Yobe states.According to the council, about 10,000 people have also been hospitalised in the three states.It attributed the cholera outbreak to crowded internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and host communities.In a statement on Tuesday, Janet Chenero, programme manager of NRC, said there is urgent need [...]

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    Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Myanmar leader

Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Myanmar leader

Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s "shameful betrayal" of the values she once stood for.On 11 November, Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s secretary general, wrote to Suu Kyi to inform her the organisation is revoking the 2009 award.Half way through her term in office, [...]

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    Julius Berger: Lagos-Ibadan expressway will be completed by 2021

Julius Berger: Lagos-Ibadan expressway will be completed by 2021

Thamm Olaf, operations manager, Julius Berger, says the Shagamu-Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway project will be completed by 2021.According to PUNCH, Olaf said this when the senate committee on works inspected the project on Sunday.He was quoted to have said the project, which was supposed to be completed in 2017, was stalled due to paucity of funds and the [...]

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    Segun Adeniyi to unveil new book on Nov 22

Segun Adeniyi to unveil new book on Nov 22

Segun Adeniyi, chairman, THISDAY editorial board, will unveil "FROM FRYING PAN TO FIRE: How African migrants risk everything in their futile search for a better life in Europe", his latest book, in Abuja on November 22.Adeniyi disclosed this during a visit to Ford Foundation office at Banana Island, Lagos state, on Thursday.He said Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano, would [...]

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    Timi Frank asks Okorocha, Yari, Amosun to defect from ‘house of deception’

Timi Frank asks Okorocha, Yari, Amosun to defect from ‘house of deception’

Timi Frank, ex-deputy spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun to ditch the ruling party.He also advised Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, and Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east, to join the next batch of defectors from the APC.In a statement on Friday, Frank said Nigerians will soon [...]

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    Asset declaration: Court refuses to order Ekweremadu’s arrest

Asset declaration: Court refuses to order Ekweremadu’s arrest

The federal high court in Abuja has declined to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, over his absence at the hearing of his asset declaration case.Binta Nyako, the judge, declined to issue the warrant, noting that Ekweremadu was already challenging the jurisdiction of the court and validity of the charge against him.The special [...]

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    Shehu Sani: SURE-P, N-Power are handouts for political gain

Shehu Sani: SURE-P, N-Power are handouts for political gain

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) and the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) are largesse dispensed for political goals.The SURE-P was created in 2012 during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan while the NSIP was created by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to reduce unemployment.Sani alleged that the programmes are aimed at throwing [...]

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    Don’t unleash war on Akwa Ibom, governor warns opposition

Don’t unleash war on Akwa Ibom, governor warns opposition

Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state, has asked his opponents not to turn the state into a battlefield.Emmanuel said this one day after Moses Ekpo, his deputy, and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were attacked in Essien Udim local government area.He said the state has been enjoyed peace since he came into office.“The people of Akwa [...]

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    PDP suffering from ‘masses rejection syndrome’

PDP suffering from ‘masses rejection syndrome’

A civil society group says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is  suffering from “masses rejection syndrome”.The group said this while questioning President Muhammadu Buhari’s interest in social intervention programme (SIP).The leading opposition party had tackled the president, claiming the SIP funds was specifically being used for the 2019 general election.The PDP also alleged that Buhari’s primary purpose is to wooing [...]

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    US institute: We did NOT say Buhari ‘less likely to lose 2019 polls’

US institute: We did NOT say Buhari ‘less likely to lose 2019 polls’

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has denied predicting victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.In an earlier report, the organisation was quoted as saying it is less likely for Buhari to be defeated in the 2019 elections.But the institute says the report, which also analysed the chances of violence marring the elections, was based on [...]

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    First ever Muslim women elected as Democrats take over US house of reps

First ever Muslim women elected as Democrats take over US house of reps

Two Muslim women emerged victorious as Democrats took over the US house of representatives at the midterm elections on Tuesday.Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, Democrats from Minnesota and Michigan respectively, will be the first Muslim women to serve in congress.Massachusetts will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.The result [...]

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    Wellbeing of education sector dependent on oil prices, says minister

Wellbeing of education sector dependent on oil prices, says minister

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says the wellbeing of the education sector is dependent on oil prices.Adamu made the statement while addressing reporters at the headquarters of the ministry of education on Monday.The interaction took place after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite strike.Abiodun Ogunyemi, national president of ASUU, had said the strike became necessary [...]

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    Cambridge: We can only release Buhari’s certificate if he requests for it

Cambridge: We can only release Buhari’s certificate if he requests for it

The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, now known as Cambridge Assessment, says it can only release the certificate of President Muhammadu Buhari if the president requests for it.The exam body said this in response to inquiries by Nigerians interested in authenticating Buhari's certificate.Cambridge, a United Kingdom-based examination body, oversaw the conduct of final year secondary school examination in Nigeria [...]

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    More trouble for FG as ASUU begins nationwide strike

More trouble for FG as ASUU begins nationwide strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has ordered its members across the country to commence indefinite strike.Abiodun Ogunyemi, national president of ASUU, disclosed this to reporters after a meeting of leaders of the union  at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, the Ondo state, on Sunday.He said the union took the decision due to the poor funding of universities in [...]

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