Haleem Olatunji

    COVID-19: Taiwo Obe to celebrate diamond jubilee with ’60 lessons for young journalists’

COVID-19: Taiwo Obe to celebrate diamond jubilee with ’60 lessons for young journalists’

The Journalism Clinic says Taiwo Obe, its founder, will celebrate his 60th birthday by sharing experience with young Nigerian journalists. Obe will celebrate his diamond jubilee on July 16. In a tweet on Friday, the Journalism Clinic said the celebration will feature 60 answers concerning the next line of action for young and aspiring journalists in the COVID-19 era. It said the discussion [...]

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    270 Nigerians evacuated from Egypt

270 Nigerians evacuated from Egypt

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says 270 Nigerians have been evacuated from Egypt. In a tweet on Friday, the commission said the evacuees departed Cairo, the country's capital, via Egypt Air. The Nigerians were scheduled to arrive alongside two other nationals at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, by 6pm but arrived at 2:30pm on Friday. NiDCOM added that all the evacuees [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: US firm with links to IPOB denies lobbying for Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO bid (upadated)

EXCLUSIVE: US firm with links to IPOB denies lobbying for Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO bid (upadated)

Mercury Public Affairs, an American lobbying firm, has denied it was engaged by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her bid for the top job at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Mercury represents Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and this is believed to have created some discomfort among officials of the federal government of Nigeria. But there is no [...]

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    Shehu Sani: EFCC under Magu was a consultancy outfit for corrupt politicians

Shehu Sani: EFCC under Magu was a consultancy outfit for corrupt politicians

Shehu Sani, former senator representing Kaduna central, says Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was dubious in his role as head of the agency. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over some "weighty" allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot, insubordination and misconduct. In a statement, Sani [...]

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    UK visa application centres in Nigeria to reopen soon

UK visa application centres in Nigeria to reopen soon

The British high commission in Nigeria says work is ongoing to reopen visa application for intending travellers to the United Kingdom. [...]

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    Kogi approves establishment of new university

Kogi approves establishment of new university

The Kogi government has approved a bill seeking to establish a new university in the state. Kingsley Fanwo, commissioner for information and communication, broke the news while addressing journalists after the weekly state's executive committee meeting, on Thursday. He said the approved institution called Confluence University of Science and Technology will be established in Osara, Adavi local government area of the state. The [...]

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    Sylva: We didn’t promise to keep petrol prices low permanently

Sylva: We didn’t promise to keep petrol prices low permanently

Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum resources, says the federal government did not promise to permanently reduce petrol price. [...]

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    Removing Magu ‘may end genuine efforts’ against corruption

Removing Magu ‘may end genuine efforts’ against corruption

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), an anti-corruption coalition group, says Nigerians should expect a more corrupt government following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). NAN had quoted a source as saying Mohammed Umar, director of operations at the EFCC, has been named acting chairman of the agency. But in a [...]

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    Seven killed as explosion rocks NNPC facility

Seven killed as explosion rocks NNPC facility

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    FIRS extends penalty waiver on tax debt repayment

FIRS extends penalty waiver on tax debt repayment

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has extended the deadline of the waiver of penalty and interests to be paid on tax debts owned by individuals and businesses. In a statement on Wednesday, Abdullahi Ahmad, director of FIRS communications and liaison department, said the deadline has been extended from June 30 to August 31. Ahmed quoted Muhammad Nami, the FIRS executive chairman, [...]

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    ‘I can’t afford a PR firm’ — Okonjo-Iweala seeks volunteers for WTO campaign

‘I can’t afford a PR firm’ — Okonjo-Iweala seeks volunteers for WTO campaign

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate for the World Trade Organisation director-general election, says she is in need of volunteers for her campaign. In an interview with Arise TV, Okonjo-Iweala said some of her friends have been helping with media work pro-bono. If elected, Okonjo-Iweala would be the first African to occupy the position. "So far things are going well and I’m grateful for the [...]

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    Richard Quest: I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago but I’m still discovering new areas of damage

Richard Quest: I recovered from COVID-19 two months ago but I’m still discovering new areas of damage

Richard Quest, a presenter for CNN, US news-based pay television channel, says he is discovering new areas of "damage" to his body system, two months after recovering from COVID-19. On April 20, Quest, better known for hosting Quest Means Business, tested positive for COVID-19 but recovered on May 5. In an article published on Tuesday, Quest said indications of the coronavirus, including cough [...]

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    Falana-led coalition expresses solidarity with striking health workers

Falana-led coalition expresses solidarity with striking health workers

The Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), a coalition of 70 labour and civil society organisations (CSOs), has expressed solidarity with striking doctors and health workers in various states across the country. Health workers in Cross River, Ekiti and Kogi, to mention a few, embarked on industrial actions to demand better working conditions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of their demands [...]

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    Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has suggested that the federal government merge the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Immigration Service to strengthen the country's trade policy. In an article titled 'Avoiding or mitigating recession in post-COVID Nigeria', Agbakoba suggested that the National Customs and Border Enforcement Services should be established to replace both agencies. He said [...]

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    ‘There’s no free dollar in Edo’ — PDP taunts Ganduje

‘There’s no free dollar in Edo’ — PDP taunts Ganduje

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taunted Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, over the jibe he threw at Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state. Ganduje, head of APC national campaign council for the Edo gubernatorial election, had accused the PDP of plotting to rig  the Edo election, saying Wike who is the head of the PDP campaign on Edo election, [...]

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    Applications for Chevening scholarship to open Sept 3

Applications for Chevening scholarship to open Sept 3

Applications for Chevening scholarship for 2021/2022 academic session is set to commence on September 3. The Chevening scholarship is an international scholarship scheme which enables students with leadership and networking skills from 144 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom. The announcement was made via the Chevening awards' verified Twitter account on Monday. According to [...]

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