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Divide Nigeria into 12 Regions, 54 States — Middle Belt Leaders

Divide Nigeria into 12 Regions, 54 States — Middle Belt Leaders Political leaders and stakeholders from the Middle Belt geopolitical zone on Thursday suggested that the current six geopolitical zones should be further expanded to 12 and the states of the federation increased to 54 as part of restructuring the country for peace and unity. The suggestion was part of the recommendation...... more

NDDC office sealed off over N336m tax debt

NDDC office sealed off over N336m tax debt The Bayelsa Board of Internal Revenue (BIR), on Friday sealed off the Bayelsa office of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), over alleged non-remittance of N336 million Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax liability. The BIR enforcement team served a court order on the staff before they ordered them to leave their...... more

Nationwide teachers’ strike looms

Nationwide teachers’ strike looms The Chairman of the Anambra State branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Ifeanyi Ofodile, Thursday, said that academic activities in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria may be paralysed if the Federal Government fails to address issues of payment of teachers in the primary school system. He made the disclosure...... more

Dickson seeks special attention for Brass LNG project

Dickson seeks special attention for Brass LNG project Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to accord special attention to the Brass Liquefied Natural Gas project (LNG) ensure its successful take off. He also urged the management of Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), to site a modular refinery and build its corporate office...... more

Experts converge on Abuja June 29 to tackle inflation, recession

Experts converge on Abuja June 29 to tackle inflation, recession Economists, financial analysts and policy makers will converge on Abuja next week to discuss modalities to take Nigeria out of recession as well as iron out new initiatives in tackling inflation in the country. The event, a National Roundtable on Inflation will discuss monetary, fiscal and structural aspects of inflation. The...... more

BNYL set to launch Biafra referendum campaign

BNYL set to launch Biafra referendum campaign The Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL) has announced its commitment to begin a grassroots campaign as part of its programme in the quest for a referendum on the creation of a Sovereign State of Biafra. According to a statement signed by the National Deputy Leader, Comrade Ebuta Ogar Takon, the BNYL...... more

Health stakeholders condemn non-inclusion of vaccine procurement in 2017 Budget

Health stakeholders condemn non-inclusion of vaccine procurement in 2017 Budget Stakeholders in the health sector have lamented the non-inclusion of the counterpart funding for the procurement of vaccines from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has been put at N3 billion, in the 2017 Budget. This was part of issues tabled for discussion on Thursday in Abuja when officials of the...... more

Respect court ruling on Otodo-Gbame, CEE-HOPE tells Lagos Govt.

Respect court ruling on Otodo-Gbame, CEE-HOPE tells Lagos Govt.   The Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working for the protection of vulnerable children, has asked the Lagos State Government to respect a recent court ruling which directed it to stop further demolition of Otodo Gbame and other impoverished waterfront communities across the...... more

Rivers sanitation agency announces cleanup exercise for Saturday (June 24), vows to deal with defaulters

Rivers sanitation agency announces cleanup exercise for Saturday (June 24), vows to deal with defaulters This month’s sanitation exercise will hold on Saturday, June 24, 2017, across the various local government areas of Rivers State. As usual, human and vehicular movements will be restricted during the period of the sanitation exercise from 7am – 10am. The Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro...... more

Lagos offers free legal services to inmates of Ikoyi prisons

Lagos offers free legal services to inmates of Ikoyi prisons The Lagos State Prison Watch Team, in furtherance of Lagos State Government’s commitment to the welfare of its citizens, has offered free legal representation to indigent inmates in Ikoyi prisons. The Director, Citizens’ Right Department - Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Clara Ibirogba, who led the team, expressed concern over the congestion...... more

Ex-Abia Speaker chronicles achievements

Ex-Abia Speaker chronicles achievements The Member Representing Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Martins Okechukwu Azubuike, has reiterated his commitment towards making human capital development and service to the people of his constituency the bedrock of his representation. The lawmaker, who was a former Speaker  of  the...... more

DSS uncovers Boko Haram plot to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguri; arrests suspects

DSS uncovers Boko Haram plot to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguri; arrests suspects The Department of State Services (DSS), on Friday, said it had uncovered plot by suspected terrorists to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguri during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration. Mr Tony Opuiyo, an operative of the service who made the disclosure in Abuja, said two suspects — Yusuf Adamu and Abdulmuminu Haladu —...... more

Nigerian woman cured of rare cancer

Nigerian woman cured of rare cancer Thirty seven-year old Nigerian woman, Amina Abubakar, was not sure that she will survive after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 by a Nigerian hospital. But it was a wrong diagnosis for Amina, who was a final year medical student. As it turned out, she was actually suffering from skin...... more

Why we blew up Agip Oil pipeline: Niger Delta militant

Why we blew up Agip Oil pipeline: Niger Delta militant A suspected Niger Delta militant, Suoyo Dickson, a.k.a, Hustler, Thursday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, narrated why he, along with his gang, blew up an oil pipeline belonging to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC). Dickson, who was paraded by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa State Command,...... more

Senator tackles El-Rufai over N3bn contracts

Senator tackles El-Rufai over N3bn contracts The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has tackled Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over alleged sharing of N3 billion contracts to his wife, shildren, State Government officials and members of State House of Assembly. Sahara Reporters, a New York-based online newspaper, had on Tuesday, reported possession of documents exclusively obtained, showing...... more

Govt. policies make air crashes imminent — Airline operators

Govt. policies make air crashes imminent — Airline operators Airline operators in Nigeria have warned that the era of air crashes may return to the country if the Federal Government does not redirect the strangulating economic policy, which, they said, has consistently affected the growth of aviation industry. To avoid imminent crashes, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) on Thursday charged...... more

20 rights groups drag FG to court over Port Harcourt Refinery

20 rights groups drag FG to court over Port Harcourt Refinery Despite the recent clarifications by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, that the Federal Government has not given out the Port Harcourt Refinery to private investors, 20 rights groups have dragged the Federal Government to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over the planned concession of...... more

Nigeria to help Ghana develop maritime sector

Nigeria to help Ghana develop maritime sector The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to provide support to the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) through a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) expected to be signed soon. Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, made this known during a working visit by the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA)...... more

DHQ defends extension of service of military officers

DHQ defends extension of service of military officers The Defence Headquarters says the Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have not committed any illegality in extending the service of career officers. Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Director Defence Information made the clarification in a statement he released on Thursday. Enenche said that the clarification followed a publication captioned:...... more

NOUN matriculates prisoners in Abia

NOUN matriculates prisoners in Abia The Nigerian Prisons Service, Abia State Command, recently witnessed the maiden matriculation ceremony of 13 of her inmates into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for the 2016 /2017 academic year. The event, which took place in Umuahia Prison on Friday, June 16, 2017 saw10 males and 3 females matriculate...... more

Yobe approves N2.1bn for capital projects

Yobe approves N2.1bn for capital projects The Yobe State Government has committed the sum of over 2.1 billion Naira for the execution of capital projects spread across the state. The State Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mala Musti revealed this to journalists at the end of the state executive council meeting held in Damaturu the...... more

Amaechi’s wife didn’t collect money from us: Ex-Rivers commissioners, LG chairmen reply Wike

Amaechi’s wife didn’t collect money from us: Ex-Rivers commissioners, LG chairmen reply Wike Former Chairmen of Local Government Councils and Commissioners in Rivers State during the administration of Chibuike Amaechi have reacted to a recent media interview granted by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, refuting claims by the Governor that Dame Judith Amaechi extorted N2 million and N3 million monthly from Commissioners and Local...... more

Osinbajo deploys troops to Taraba

Osinbajo deploys troops to Taraba Soldiers have been deployed to troubled areas in Taraba State where ethnic militiamen attacked dozens of Fulani villages in the last four days resulting in heavy casualties. Scores were killed and hundreds of houses destroyed in the attacks said to have been carried out by Mambilla militiamen. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo...... more

Court restrains El-Rufai from sacking over 4,000 Kaduna traditional leaders

Court restrains El-Rufai from sacking over 4,000 Kaduna traditional leaders A High Court sitting in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, has granted an interim injunction restraining Governor Nasir El-Rufai and others from sacking over 4,000 traditional leaders across the state for several reasons including lack of finances to manage them. The presiding judge, Justice S.S Daka, noted that the restraining order, which was...... more

FG, States, LGs share N462bn for May 2017

FG, States, LGs share N462bn for May 2017 A total of N462.359 billion has been distributed as Federal Allocation for May 2017 to the Federal Government, State Governments and Local Government Councils. A communiqué issued on Thursday by the Technical Sub-Committee of Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the end of the meeting held in Abuja and signed by...... more

Nigeria to begin exportation of yam to Europe, US June 29

Nigeria to begin exportation of yam to Europe, US June 29 Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the country will on June 29, export 72 tonnes of yam to Europe and the United States of America (USA). A statement by Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, the Special Assistant to the minister (Media), in Abuja on Thursday, said Ogbeh disclosed...... more

Nigeria grows mobile subscriptions by 3m in Q1

Nigeria grows mobile subscriptions by 3m in Q1 Nigeria grew its mobile subscriptions by three million in the first quarter of 2017, the 12th Ericsson Mobility Report has shown. The Managing Director, Ericsson Nigeria, Mr Rutger Reman, while presenting the report in Lagos on Thursday, said that globally, there were 107 million new mobile subscriptions added in the quarter....... more

6 tips to save time with your smartphone

6 tips to save time with your smartphone Time is an essential commodity that cannot be trifled with. Notable American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn captured it succinctly when he declared that: “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Nevertheless, your smartphone, when used effectively, can be...... more

Anger in Ogoni over oil spill clean-up delay

Anger in Ogoni over oil spill clean-up delay Under a leaden sky in oil-rich southern Nigeria, young men hang around with nothing to do, covering their noses from the noxious fumes of the polluted swamp. The sight in Bodo, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Port Harcourt, is repeated in communities elsewhere in the maze of creeks that...... more

INEC notifies Dino Melaye of petition for his recall from the Senate

INEC notifies Dino Melaye of petition for his recall from the Senate The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has sent a letter notifying Senator Dino Melaye of a petition for his recall. This, according to the commission, is in accordance with its guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly. INEC’s National Commissioner and Member of its Information and Voter...... more

 

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