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    64 million Nigerian adults ‘are illiterate’

64 million Nigerian adults ‘are illiterate’

The National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) says Nigeria's adult illiterate population stands at 64 million, describing the figure as worrisome.The chairman of the Governing Board of the commission, Dr Esther Udehi, made this known on Monday in Awka during a courtesy call on the deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke.The visit was part of the activities lined up [...]

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    Stock market maintains bullish trend

Stock market maintains bullish trend

Weekly equity transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) reopened on bullish note  on Monday with some blue chips sustaining price rally.Nestle led the gainers' chart, gaining N45 to close at N1,100 per share.Guinness came second on the gainers' chart with N9.5 to close at N199.5, while Dangote Cement rose by N2 to close at N222 per share.Nigerian Breweries grew [...]

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    Arik resumes flight operations to Gambia after Ebola

Arik resumes flight operations to Gambia after Ebola

Arik Airline will resume flight operations to Banjul, The Gambia, on October 1 after its suspension due to Ebola virus disease outbreak.Mr Chris Ndulue, Managing Director, told journalists on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, that the security and safety of air passengers and crew was a top priority to the airline.He noted that the airline would continue to [...]

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    Bauchi Christian pilgrims tested for Ebola

Bauchi Christian pilgrims tested for Ebola

No fewer than 417 intending Christian pilgrims under the Bauchi state government sponsorship were on Monday screened for the 2014 pilgrimage.Addressing the pilgrims in Bauchi, Rev. Shuaibu Byel, the chairman of the Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims' Welfare Board, said the screening was necessary to avoid complications.Byel said that all the pilgrims must be screened to verify their credentials and confirm [...]

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    No resumption on Monday, Kogi teachers insist

No resumption on Monday, Kogi teachers insist

Teachers in public primary and junior secondary schools in Kogi state will not resume for the 2014/1015 academic session on September 29 as directed by the state government, but this decision is not based on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) fears.On September 17, the state commissioner for education, Dr Magret Okhai, directed all schools in the state to resume normal academic [...]

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    Medical panel set up ‘not to remove Suntai’

Medical panel set up ‘not to remove Suntai’

The acting governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Garba Umar, has debunked reports that the medical panel set up to ascertain the health of ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai was to remove him from office.He spoke with journalists after paying a courtesy call on the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) on Thursday in Abuja.He was received by the PDP deputy [...]

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    2015: IG vows to disqualify ‘criminal candidates’

2015: IG vows to disqualify ‘criminal candidates’

The acting inspector-general of police, Mr Suleiman Abba, says politicians with criminal records will be stopped from contesting in  the 2015 general election.His pronouncement is bound to generate controversy as the supreme court had ruled in 2007 that only a court of law can stop a candidate from contesting in an election.Abba, at his maiden meeting with state commissioners of [...]

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    South Africa’s pro-gay mosque to shut down

South Africa’s pro-gay mosque to shut down

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque must close because of lack of parking spaces, Cape Town council has ruled.According to a BBC report, the Open Mosque has violated municipal by-laws.The mosque officially opened its doors on Friday despite criticism from members of the local Muslim community.Women are also allowed to lead prayers, contrary to established Islamic practices.But the founder, Taj Hargey, [...]

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    1.4m at risk of Ebola in West Africa, says US

1.4m at risk of Ebola in West Africa, says US

The US government says between 550,000 and 1.4 million people might be infected with Ebola in West Africa by January.This is considered a grim report, especially as countries such as Nigeria and Senegal have contained the virus disease.But the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said its projection was based on data from late August.Since it did not [...]

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    NUPENG: Oil workers’ strike cost Nigeria over N10bn

NUPENG: Oil workers’ strike cost Nigeria over N10bn

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Tuesday said that over N10bn in revenue was lost during the five-day industrial action of the union.Chairman, South-West Chapter of the union, Tokunbo Korodo, said this in Lagos in an interview with NAN.The operation of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was shut down on September 15 due to non-payment of N85bn pension [...]

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    Ebola: Bush meat business picks up in Kwara

Ebola: Bush meat business picks up in Kwara

Bush meat sellers in Kosubosu community in Kwara state have something to cheer: their business was gradually picking up two months after the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The Ebola outbreak had threatened bush meat business because wild animals are prime carriers of the virus.Some of the meat sellers who spoke with NAN in Kosubosu said they had started [...]

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    34 Kano LG chairmen declare assets

34 Kano LG chairmen declare assets

Thirty-four of the 44 newly-elected council chairmen in Kano state have declared their assets, Alhaji Umar Mati, director, code of conduct bureau in Kano, said on Tuesday.Mati, who made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), added that the vice chairmen in 24 local governments have also done the same.“We have 480 councillors here in Kano state, [...]

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    Max Air airlifts 32,000 intending pilgrims

Max Air airlifts 32,000 intending pilgrims

Max Air Limited said on Monday it had made 62 flights with over 32,000 prospective pilgrims to Saudi Arabia since the exercise started on September 6.The airline’s public relations manager, Alhaji Ibrahim Dahiru, disclosed this in an interview with the NAN in Kano.According to him, the airline made nine flights for prospective pilgrims from Sokoto, and seven trips each for [...]

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    Forte Oil, Aiteo Group target Oando’s downstream assets

Forte Oil, Aiteo Group target Oando’s downstream assets

Forte Oil Plc and Aiteo Group on Monday emerged the major contenders for Oando Plc downstream assets nationwide.Investors’ interest heightened after Oando Plc announced plans to concentrate mainly on upstream petroleum activities and divest from downstream, petroleum products marketing.Mr  Alex’ Irune, head, corporate communications of Oando, in a statement confirmed investors’ appetite concerning their divestment from downstream petroleum operations.According to the [...]

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    More suspected terrorists ‘surrender’ in Borno

More suspected terrorists ‘surrender’ in Borno

Another suspected 10 Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to troops at Kawuri in Borno on Sunday, security update posted on defence headquarters’ website said on Monday.It said that the terrorists, who voluntarily gave up, had been taken into custody for necessary security debriefing.Five terrorists had surrendered to troops on Saturday at Konduga, Borno, along with their weapons and pleaded for mercy.The [...]

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    Police in Akwa Ibom ‘foil’ bomb explosions

Police in Akwa Ibom ‘foil’ bomb explosions

The Akwa Ibom state command of the Nigerian police force on Monday disclosed that it discovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in a male hostel within the campus of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO).Etim Dickson, the police public relations officer in the state, told reporters that the explosives, which were home-made, were defused by the police , consequently averting what [...]

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