Femi Owolabi

    In flooded Lagos community, canoe replaces Uber and children are on forced holiday

In flooded Lagos community, canoe replaces Uber and children are on forced holiday

More than two weeks after a downpour in Lagos, Esther Abu and her children are still counting their losses as they watch their belongings floating in a stagnant pool. In five years that Abu has lived in Owode Elede, along Ikorodu road in Lagos, the recent flooding is the worst. Apart from finding it hard to get where to lay her [...]

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    Leah Sharibu’s father hasn’t heard a word from Buhari, says cleric  

Leah Sharibu’s father hasn’t heard a word from Buhari, says cleric 

Gideon Para-Mallam, a Jos-based cleric, says President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to reach out to Nathan Sharibu, Leah’s father. Leah, a student of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, was kidnapped by a faction of Boko Haram in February 2018, and has been in captivity because of her faith. The cleric, in a statement issued on his birthday, said the [...]

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    Falana writes Lawan: No need for loans if we recover $103bn oil sale loss

Falana writes Lawan: No need for loans if we recover $103bn oil sale loss

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked the national assembly to work with anti-graft agencies for the recovery of "$103.7 billion lost on oil sale".In a letter to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the senior lawyer said if Nigeria can recover the money lost to oil sale, there would be no need to seek foreign loans.Nigeria is currently [...]

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    We drew Malami’s attention to error in police recruitment, PSC chairman writes Abba Kyari

We drew Malami’s attention to error in police recruitment, PSC chairman writes Abba Kyari

Musiliu Smith, chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), has written to Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, on why the commission is in court over the recent police recruitment.PSC had accused the police authorities of padding the recruitment list of 10,000 constables with unqualified candidates, requesting that the process should be discarded.But Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation [...]

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    Lagos: We confirmed three cases of monkeypox in one month

Lagos: We confirmed three cases of monkeypox in one month

The Lagos state government has confirmed three cases of monkeypox, asking residents to be cautious.Akin Abayomi, commissioner for health, gave the warning at a meeting on Friday.Abayomi said that three suspected cases of monkey pox were reported by health facilities in the past one month.The cases, according to the commissioner, tested positive for the infectious disease as revealed by reports [...]

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    Mass resignation hits Dickson’s cabinet — one month to election

Mass resignation hits Dickson’s cabinet — one month to election

At least 10 members of the cabinet of Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, have resigned. Their resignations come barely a month to the state’s governorship election scheduled to hold November 16. Among those who resigned are Markson Fefegha, commissioner for mineral resources; Ombu Napoleon, senior special assistant to the governor on community development; Iniruo Ipogi, special assistant on student affairs; Stephen Diver, special [...]

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    Buhari slashes estacode on trips for ministers

Buhari slashes estacode on trips for ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a directive for ministers, director-generals and other top government officials to submit travel plans for clearance. Willie Bassey, director of information to Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), announced this in a statement on Wednesday.Bassey also said that henceforth, "travel days will no longer attract payment of Estacode Allowances as duration of official trips [...]

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    Air force decorates female combatant pilots — first time in 55 years

Air force decorates female combatant pilots — first time in 55 years

The Nigerian Air Force has decorated Kafayat Sanni and Tolulope Arotile as the first female fighter pilot and first female helicopter pilot, respectively.The two flying officers who just completed their training courses in the US and South Africa, were among the 13 officers decorated at a ceremony on Tuesday. Speaking at the event, Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff said the [...]

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    Sadiya Farouq takes charge of SIP, gets briefing from Maryam Uwais

Sadiya Farouq takes charge of SIP, gets briefing from Maryam Uwais

Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, has taken charge of the social investment programmes (SIP).Ahead of this, Farouq met with Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social investment, on Monday.Until recently, the SIP was being coordinated by the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.But in his Independence Day broadcast, Buhari had announced that the [...]

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    Dickson appoints 60 new aides — five weeks to guber poll

Dickson appoints 60 new aides — five weeks to guber poll

Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, has appointed 60 new special advisers. This development was announced in a statement signed on Thursday by Fidelis Soriwei, chief press secretary to the governor. The appointees, drawn from the eight local government areas of the state, Soriwei said would help the government finish well. “His Excellency the Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, [...]

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    Austrian, Polish authors win Nobel Prize in literature 

Austrian, Polish authors win Nobel Prize in literature 

Peter Handke, Austrian author, and Olga Tokarczuk, his Polish counterpart, have been announced as winners of the Nobel Prize in literature for 2019 and 2018 respectively. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Stockholm on Thursday. Handke was awarded “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience”.The #NobelPrize in Literature for [...]

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    Sex for grades: UNILAG lecturer to sue lady who posted ‘defamatory tweet’

Sex for grades: UNILAG lecturer to sue lady who posted ‘defamatory tweet’

Fassy Yusuf, a lecturer at the University of Lagos, has asked Precious Okhimamhe, a social media user, to provide evidence of sex-for-grades allegation she levelled against him. In the heat of a BBC documentary exposing randy lecturers at the University of Lagos, many had taken to Twitter to share their experiences. Tweeting via the handle @pretyprexy,  Ohkimamhe had said a friend of hers [...]

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    Buhari: World Bank, IMF reeling out inaccurate statistics about Nigeria

Buhari: World Bank, IMF reeling out inaccurate statistics about Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari says some of the statistics about Nigeria published by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other foreign bodies are not accurate. The president made this statement shortly after meeting with the presidential economic advisory council (EAC) on Wednesday.Urging the council on the need to prioritise primary data, Buhari said statistics from the foreign bodies are [...]

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    Tech firm to launch platform supporting SMEs

Tech firm to launch platform supporting SMEs

NBPrint, a tech solution firm, is set to launch a platform aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria and Africa. The firm, in a statement, said one of the major problems faced by most small businesses is marketing, and as a result of poor marketing, many businesses have gone under and majority of the surviving ones are performing [...]

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    Police PROs to be trained on changing the force’ image

Police PROs to be trained on changing the force’ image

The Nigeria police has announced a workshop to train its public relations officers (PROs) on how to reinvent the image of the institution. Frank Mba, police spokesperson, announced this in a statement issued on Monday. The four-day workshop, Mba said is “in line with the impassioned quest of the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu,NPM, mni for reinventing the image of [...]

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    No evidence of major infection in Queen’s College, says Lagos commissioner

No evidence of major infection in Queen’s College, says Lagos commissioner

Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, says there is no evidence of a major infection in Queen’s College. He said this on Sunday after visiting the school to carry out an inspection. “I came here to have an idea of how many girls are experiencing illnesses in light of the recent report of an excess of upper respiratory tract infection in the [...]

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