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Canada Invites Ooni To 150th Independence Anniversary

Canada Invites Ooni To 150th Independence Anniversary

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has been invited as a special guest of the Canadian Government to grace the country’s 150th Independence Anniversary celebrations in July this year. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the special invitation was conveyed to the Ife monarch in his palace on Sunday by a Canadian Member of Parliament (MP), Ramesh Sangha. ... Read More »

Nigeria is set to Launch Africa’s 1st Nanosatellite

Nigeria is set to Launch Africa’s 1st Nanosatellite

Nigeria is to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite (an artificial satellite with a wet mass between one and 10 kg 2.2–22 lb)  into the orbit, the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Prof Seidu Mohammed, has said. Mohammed told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the Nigeria’s nanosatellite would be launched ... Read More »

UK govt reacts to coup rumours in Nigeria

UK govt reacts to coup rumours in Nigeria

The British government has warned against “non-democratic” change of government in Nigeria, amid speculations about military coup as concerns grow over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health. “The British government believes that democracy is actually critical in Nigeria,” the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, said on Wednesday. “There are elections. If you’re not happy with your leaders then you should ... Read More »

Ukraine To Revive Ajaokuta Steel With $1bn

Ukraine To Revive Ajaokuta Steel With $1bn

The Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Valeriy Aleksandruk, has disclosed that his country is ready to invest $1 billion into the Ajaokuta Steel Company in order to revive the plant, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) said in a statement yesterday. The Ambassador, who made this known in Abuja on Wednesday, during a courtesy call on the acting director-general of the ... Read More »

Pilot Phase Of Broadcast Digitisation Commences In Jos

Pilot Phase Of Broadcast Digitisation Commences In Jos

The pilot phase of the switch over from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting in Nigeria has commenced with the switch on in Jos, signalling the beginning of the process which would spread across states. Performing the switch on ceremony on Saturday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, observed that the broadcasting industry at the local, state and ... Read More »

How Kaduna’s school feeding programme helps the poor, returns kids to schools

How Kaduna’s school feeding programme helps the poor, returns kids to schools

Parents in Kaduna have been reacting to the free school feeding recently introduced by the state government. The feeding program for primary school pupils in the state was launched on January 19 by the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai. A cobbler, Kabiru Abu, said the free feeding program for primary school children has taken off the burden of providing school meal ... Read More »

War movie: Army seeks partnership with Nollywood Movie Producers

War movie: Army seeks partnership with Nollywood Movie Producers

By: Bisi Adekunle The military thinks it is imperative to showcase their subtle war against the Boko Haram insulgents and in doing that there is need to go into partnership with Nollywood filmmakers on movies that will endear the military to the people. Overtime, the Nigerian Army enjoys references only in war-related and historical movies, unlike the Nigeria Police, whose ... Read More »

Dangote Group Launches 20,000-Hectare Rice Production Scheme in Jigawa

Dangote Group Launches 20,000-Hectare Rice Production Scheme in Jigawa

The Dangote Group, yesterday launched 20,000 hectare rice production scheme, aimed at making the country self-sufficient in rice production and food secure by the year 2018. Speaking at the flagging-off of the scheme at Hago Fadama kafin-Hausa local government area of the state, the state governor Alhaji Badaru Abubakar Badaru said, the project was part of his government’s commitment to ... Read More »

Aishat Buhari tasks Governors’ wives on ending FGM/C in Nigeria

Aishat Buhari tasks Governors’ wives on ending FGM/C in Nigeria

THE wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has urged wives of the state Governors in the country to use their position towards ensuring that the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) comes to an end within a generation. Buhari, who spoke Tuesday in Abuja, at the formal launch of a national response to eliminate the practice, told wives of ... Read More »

Buhari Returns To Nigeria After a six day Vacation

Buhari Returns To Nigeria After a six day Vacation

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria on Wednesday night after a five-day vacation in the United Kingdom. The spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, announced the President’s return. He began the vacation after a trip to France where he addressed the EU Parliament and and another to the UK for the Syria Donor Conference. President Buhari also met ... Read More »

Simon Achuba Sworn in as Kogi Deputy Governor

Simon Achuba Sworn in as Kogi Deputy Governor

Finally, a deputy governor as emerged in kogi State in person of Simon Achuba. His swearing in took place on Tuesday in Lokoja the capital of the north-central state. Mr Achuba last year defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and he is a former Deputy Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly. Mr ... Read More »

Zika Virus: WHO Declares Global Emergency

Zika Virus: WHO Declares Global Emergency

The World Health Organization has said that a disease linked to the Zika virus in Latin America poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response. With the increasing report of infection as a result of the virus, experts are worried that it is spreading far and fast, with devastating consequences. The infection has been linked to cases of ... Read More »

UBA, Zenith, FirstBank, Others Make Global Top 500 Banks

UBA, Zenith, FirstBank, Others Make Global Top 500 Banks

United Bank for Africa Plc and Zenith Bank Plc are among the four Nigerian banks listed among the global top 500 bank brands. According to the rankings, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd retained its number one banking brand ranking in Nigeria for the fifth consecutive year in the 2016 The Banker and Brand Finance Top 500 Banking Brands in the ... Read More »

National Assembly urges NERC to halt new electricity tariff takeoff

National Assembly urges NERC to halt new electricity tariff takeoff

THE House of Representa­tives has urged the Nige­rian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to halt implementation of a new electricity tariff re­gime today. The NERC has sched­uled today to implement the new tariff regime na­tionwide. Last December, the House promised to halt any increment in electricity tariffs across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) The ... Read More »

Kogi East APC nominates Gowon Usman Egbunu as Yahaya Bello’s deputy

Kogi East APC nominates Gowon Usman Egbunu as Yahaya Bello’s deputy

The campaign coordinators of Kogi State Governor-elect Yahaya Bello in Kogi East have nominated an Abuja-based publisher and politician, Mr. Gowon Usman Egbunu, as their preferred deputy governor. Egbunu, a Christian, is an indigene of Ofu Local Government. He is from Aloji Ward. James Abiodun Faleke, who was picked by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the running mate to ... Read More »

Zaria Massacre: Nigeria Shi’a group releases 705 names, photos of ‘missing members’ – FULL LIST

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has released 705 names and photographs of people it said are its members missing since December 12 and 13, 2015, when Nigerian soldiers carried out raids on the sect’s bases in Zaria, Kaduna State. The raids took place after members of the sect barricaded a road, stopping the convoy of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, ... Read More »

Minister of Transport Orders 48 Hours Cargo Clearance

Minister of Transport Orders 48 Hours Cargo Clearance

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday urged maritime agencies in Nigeria to ensure their operations are in line with the 48 hours international cargo clearance policy. Mr Amaechi, the former Governor of Rivers State made the statement in Lagos State while on an assessment tour of facilities in some parastatals attached to the Transport Ministry. The Minister also called ... Read More »

FG to pay Unemployed, Poor Nigerians N5,000 monthly

FG to pay Unemployed, Poor Nigerians N5,000 monthly

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration at the weekend declared that there are ongoing plans to implement one of its striking campaign promises that it will pay N5,000 each to the poorest Nigerians across the country monthly. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who gave the hint noted that government is “currently evaluating the best ways to collapse existing cash transfer and social welfare ... Read More »

Salary and Allowances: Buhari to earn N14 million Annually

Salary and Allowances: Buhari to earn N14 million Annually

Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, will earn annual basic salaries of N3, 514, 705 and N3, 031, 572.50 respectively, according to the information on the website of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission. The RMAFC is statutorily empowered by Section 32 (d) of Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the Constitution to determine ... Read More »

Full Text: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Inaugural Speech

Full Text: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Inaugural Speech

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of ... Read More »

Emir of Kano receives Staff of Office

Emir of Kano receives Staff of Office

Jonathan, PDP leaders absent THE historical city of Kano was agog on Saturday with pomp and pageantry as the  Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, formally received the staff of office as the 14th emir from the Fulani clan, with the state governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, telling the mammoth crowd that attended that the qualities that singled out the ... Read More »

Nigerian Navy takes delivery of new warship donated by United States

Nigerian Navy takes delivery of new warship donated by United States

The Nigerian Navy (NN) on Friday took delivery of a new warship called “NNS OKPABANA”, as part of its efforts to tackle maritime related challenges. Receiving the vessel in Lagos, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, said the addition of the vessel would boost the navy’s war against maritime crimes. According to him, OKPABANA was the ... Read More »

Full Text Of President Goodluck Jonathan’s New Year Broadcast

Full Text Of President Goodluck Jonathan’s New Year Broadcast

NEW YEAR BROADCAST TO THE NATION BY GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, GCFR, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, JANUARY 1, 2015. Dear Great People of our nation, 1.         I greet and felicitate with you all as we enter the New Year today. As we mark the beginning of this New Year, 2015, a new nation is being born.  A new nation is ... Read More »

Cameroonian Soldiers Chase Nigerians Out Of Bakassi

Cameroonian Soldiers Chase Nigerians Out Of Bakassi

The Cameroonian military has begun cracking down on Nigerians in the Bakassi peninsula suspected of evading taxes. Cameroon gained total control of the peninsula in August 2013, but most inhabitants in the oil-rich area are Nigerians “We don’t understand Cameroon’s tax laws,” a provisions store owner, Stanley Obi, told the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA), adding that ... Read More »

Read The Full Text Of President Jonathan’s Christmas Message

Read The Full Text Of President Jonathan’s Christmas Message

I greet and felicitate with you all once again as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I join all of our Christian compatriots in giving thanks to God Almighty for the divine gift of Jesus Christ the Messiah whose earthly incarnation we commemorate today. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who the Prophet ... Read More »

We asked for better weapons, they gave death sentence – Condemned soldier

We asked for better weapons, they gave death sentence – Condemned soldier

One of the 54 soldiers sentenced to death by a Nigerian Army court martial for mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny has taken to the social media to express his frustration. The soldier, who bears the name Fahat Fahat, posted on his Facebook page on Friday that all the soldiers asked for were better weapons. “Hello ladies and gentlemen. I ... Read More »

2015 Elections: Buhari takes campaign to Facebook

2015 Elections: Buhari takes campaign to Facebook

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has deployed the use of major social networking sites, to worm his way into the hearts of the electorate. Checks on Facebook on Thursday showed that the retired general had begun keeping up with the use of the social service with a view to attracting the support of ... Read More »

New N100 Notes goes into circulation on Friday

New N100 Notes goes into circulation on Friday

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says the commemorative N100 banknote that was recently unveiled by President, Goodluck Jonathan will go into circulation from Friday, December 19. A statement from the CBN said the new note would be launched by the Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, at a ceremony in Abuja on Friday and would be immediately followed by a simultaneous ... Read More »

Nigerian govt. to procure N9.3 billion Cooking Stoves, Wonderbags

Nigerian govt. to procure N9.3 billion Cooking Stoves, Wonderbags

The federal executive ‎council has approved the award of contract for the procurement of 750,000 units of “clean” cooking stove and 18,000 Wonderbags for the National Clean Cooking Scheme. Over 20 million clean stoves will be distributed free of charge in the next five years under the scheme aimed at reducing fuel costs, felling of trees and carbon emission. The Wonderbag ... Read More »

BREAKING: Oil benchmark reduced to $65 from $73 per barrel

BREAKING: Oil benchmark reduced to $65 from $73 per barrel

Federal government has reduced the revenue benchmark for 2015 budget to $65 from $73 per barrel of crude oil. This is as a result of falling oil prices. Following the plunge of the global price of crude oil, the federal government made the adjustment in relation to the 2015 budget. Paul Nwabuikwu, special adviser to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the coordinating minister ... Read More »