Saturday, September 22, 2018

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    UNICEF: 69 million Nigerians lack access to safe water

UNICEF: 69 million Nigerians lack access to safe water

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says 69 million Nigerians do not have access to safe water.Zaid Jurji, chief of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), UNICEF Nigeria, said this while substantiating‎ the recent multiple indicator cluster survey (MICS) conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2016/17, which indicated that about 40 percent of households lack access to clean [...]

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    ‘Most of the narratives are false’ — DHQ reacts to Amnesty’s report on Dapchi

‘Most of the narratives are false’ — DHQ reacts to Amnesty’s report on Dapchi

The defence headquarters has described as outright falsehood the report of Amnesty International that security agencies failed to act on the information given before the abduction of 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state.The human rights group had said the military was informed that Boko Haram fighters were heading towards Dapchi on February 19.But John Agim, acting director of defence information, [...]

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    Lassa fever death toll rises to 119

Lassa fever death toll rises to 119

A total of 119 persons have been killed in the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, according to  the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).The agency says a total of 376 confirmed and 1,495 suspected cases have been recorded so far."In the reporting Week 11 (March 12-18, 2018) nine new confirmed cases were recorded from four states: Edo (two), [...]

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    PHOTOS: Fire still burning at Ojota dumpsite — after six days

PHOTOS: Fire still burning at Ojota dumpsite — after six days

Six days after a wildfire erupted at the Olusosun dumpsite in the Ojota area of Lagos state, a significant portion of the site is still on fire.When TheCable visited the dumpsite on Monday afternoon, thick smoke billowed in the sky as the surroundings and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway were also clouded by the heavy smoke such that passersby found it hard [...]

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    WHO deploys 826 personnel to contain Lassa fever in Nigeria

WHO deploys 826 personnel to contain Lassa fever in Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has deployed its personnel to rapidly contain the outbreak of Lassa fever in more than 18 states in Nigeria.This was contained in a statement released in Abuja by Charity Warigon, communication officer for WHO in Nigeria.The statement said: “For the Lassa fever response, 271 are involved in active case search, 235 in contact [...]

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    Mugabe: I never thought Mnangagwa would turn against me

Mugabe: I never thought Mnangagwa would turn against me

Robert Mugabe, ousted Zimbabwe President, says he never expected Emmerson Mnangagwa, his successor, to turn against him.The former president, who ruled Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2017, said this on Thursday in an interview with South African state broadcaster SABC.Mugabe, 94, stepped down under pressure from Mnangagwa’s allies in the army in November. He quit as parliament began a process [...]

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    5.8 million Nigerians ‘may face acute food shortage’

5.8 million Nigerians ‘may face acute food shortage’

Global food agencies have warned of a possible food shortage that could affect 5.8 million people in 16 northern states and the federal capital territory (FCT).The agencies include the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).The warning was issued on Thursday in Abuja at the presentation of the results of the March 2018 Cadre Harmonisé (CH) [...]

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    Aero aircraft makes emergency landing in Sokoto over ‘faulty gear’

Aero aircraft makes emergency landing in Sokoto over ‘faulty gear’

An Aero Contractors flight from Sokoto to Abuja made an emergency landing on Wednesday due to a faulty landing gear.The Boeing 737/500 aircraft was said to have touched down at the Sultan Abubakar III Airport, Sokoto, at about 2:45pm while the passengers were asked to disembark and wait at the departure lounge for further briefing.Ismail Sani, one of the passengers, said [...]

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    ‘Eight vehicles burnt to ashes’ — witnesses recount Lagos dumpsite inferno

‘Eight vehicles burnt to ashes’ — witnesses recount Lagos dumpsite inferno

At about 4pm on Wednesday, a wildfire erupted at the Olusosun dumpsite in the Ojota area of Lagos state, destroying goods worth millions of naira.The sudden fire outbreak, which started with pockets of fire, was said to have been caused by gases from chemical substances at the site which later snowballed out of control. While the officials of the [...]

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    Obi to students: Education will set you free

Obi to students: Education will set you free

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, has urged pupils to focus on their education, as that is the greatest weapon to liberate them from ignorance and also prepare them for life ahead.He said this while celebrating with pupils of Girls Secondary School, Agulu, Anambra state and Christ the King College, Ijebu Ode, Ogun state at events to mark “My [...]

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    Five DisCos default N16.2bn December remittance

Five DisCos default N16.2bn December remittance

A report by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) has shown that five of the eleven electricity distribution companies (DisCos) failed to remit over N16.2 billion electricity generation companies (GenCos) supplied to them in December.The five DisCos did not remit any amount in the month of December, while two others made late payments after the due date, and four [...]

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    Pompeo, the man who succeeded Tillerson as US secretary of state

Pompeo, the man who succeeded Tillerson as US secretary of state

Less than 24 hours after Rex Tillerson, the outgoing US secretary of state, briskly rounded off his visit to five African countries, including Nigeria, President Donald Trump announced his dismissal on Twitter and was replaced with Mike Pompeo, director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).Branded as a relentless voice of moderation in addressing global issues in the Trump administration, Tillerson, has [...]

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    Graduated from UNICAL, prosecuted Charles Taylor…  five things to know about Eboe-Osuji, Nigerian-born ICC president

Graduated from UNICAL, prosecuted Charles Taylor… five things to know about Eboe-Osuji, Nigerian-born ICC president

On March 9, 2018, Nigerian-born Chile Eboe-Osuji was elected as president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Netherlands for a three-year term.As the president of the ICC, Eboe-Osuji will play a key role in providing strategic leadership to the ICC as a whole, while he also provides input into a broad range of administrative policies affecting the court’s overall [...]

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    ‘You’ve been used’ — judge tells British woman who sent £11,500 to Nigerian ‘scammer’

‘You’ve been used’ — judge tells British woman who sent £11,500 to Nigerian ‘scammer’

Jane Pope, a woman in Whitehaven, England, has sent £11,500 from her husband’s bank account to a Nigerian man she met on Facebook.The 55-year-old woman was sentenced to 180 days in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to undergo 45 days of rehabilitation at a West Cumbria Magistrates court on Friday after she admitted sending £4,000 and £7,500 from [...]

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    Secondus leads dignitaries to Delta as Urhoboland celebrates Ibori

Secondus leads dignitaries to Delta as Urhoboland celebrates Ibori

The people of Urhoboland in Delta state are planning a grand reception for James Ibori, a former governor of Delta state.Among the dignitaries to witness the event scheduled for Saturday are Uche Secondus, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta; Emmanuel Uduaghan, the immediate past governor.It will hold at the Unity Square Ovwor, Olomu, Ughelli [...]

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    NHIS ES says new governing council will douse tension

NHIS ES says new governing council will douse tension

Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the  National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has expressed confidence that the new governing council of the scheme will offer a "fresh breath of air by dousing the tension in the system".There has been crisis at NHIS since the government of President Muhammadu Buhari reinstated Yusuf who was suspended by Isaac Adewole, minister of health.Adewole suspended the [...]

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