Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buhari to visit Niger Delta this week

President Muhammadu Buhari will this week make his first visit as president to Nigeria’s oil-producing south, which has been riven by an upsurge in violence from militants, his office said Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


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Commemorating the 53rd Africa Day 2016

Wednesday commemorates the 53rd Africa Day, celebrated throughout the continent and its diaspora. It’s also a national holiday in six countries: Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. This year’s theme is “Building a Better Africa and a Better World” with special focus on human rights and an emphasis on women’s rights—in line with the African Union’s 2063 Agenda. These are timely topics considering the whereabouts of many of the Chibok schoolgirls, who were captured by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago, remain unknown.

PIND To Partner Cross River In Boosting Agriculture

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The Foundation for Partnerships initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) has revealed plans to partner with the Cross River State government to boost its agricultural sector.

National Population Commission To Introduce Biometric Technology For 2017 Census

The National Population Commission (NPC) in Nigeria, says it will adopt the use of biometric data technology for the 2017 population and housing census.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The future of public transit? China unveils model for its elevated bus that rides above the traffic

DP World Raises $1.2 Billion From Sukuk to Fund Bond Buyback

DP World Ltd., the Dubai-owned company that operates ports from China to South America, raised $1.2 billion from the sale of Islamic bonds and said a tender offer to buy back securities received 48 percent more bids than the target. The company sold a seven-year sukuk that will be priced to yield 237.5 basis points, or 2.375 percentage points, over the benchmark midswap rate, according to two people familiar with the deal, who asked not to be identified because the information is not public yet.

Drug resistance 'could kill 10 million people annually'

Antimicrobial resistance could kill 10 million people every year by 2050 - or one person every 3 seconds - unless global action is taken to tackle the problem. This is the conclusion of a final international review chaired by British economist Lord Jim O'Neill, which sets out 10 areas that need to be addressed to combat the threat of "superbugs.".  

GM crops already feed much of the world today – why not tomorrow’s generations too?

The World Bank estimates that we will need to produce about 50% more food by 2050 to feed a population of nine billion people. And the past 50 years have seen agricultural productivity soar – corn yields in the US have doubled, for example. But this has come with sharp increases in the use of fertilisers, pesticides and water which has brought its own problems. There is also no guarantee that this rate of increase in yields can be maintained.

central Syria attack by so-called Islamic State

New satellite imagery appears to reveal extensive damage to a strategically significant airbase in central Syria used by Russian forces after an attack by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Welcome to the reality: Nigeria is broke


Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed last week said that Nigeria is broke. He spoke to State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja. He said the Federal Government took a painful decision by increasing the pump price of petrol from N86.50 to N145 per litre. According to him, the current problem is not about subsidy removal but a result of dwindling income of the government. He said: “The current problem is not really about subsidy removal. It is that Nigeria is broke. Pure and simple!

Transfer news LIVE as Manchester United plot summer spending spree plus Liverpool and Arsenal latest

The domestic football season is all but over, which means the transfer window is almost among us. We'll bring you all the latest gossip, rumours and done deals.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

EgyptAir crash: Plane 'made sharp turns before plunge

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo made two sharp turns before plunging into the Mediterranean Sea, Greece's defence minister says.

Nigeria is ready for nuclear energy- Fashola

The Federal Government on Wednesday, said Nigeria was ready to commence the production of nuclear energy. The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made this known at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, said Nigeria had secured the necessary certification from the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

(HealthDay News) -- Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems -- such as obesity -- even into young adulthood, new research suggests. And having one kind, caring parent doesn't seem to counteract the effects of the harsh parent. "Harshness, as we measured it, is always bad for kids. But it is particularly bad if the adolescent perceives high levels of warmth and support from the other parent," said study lead author Thomas Schofield.

Nigeria-China ties to extend to tourism

The Minister of Information and Culture Alh Lai Mohammed says Nigeria and China have a lot to benefit from each other in the areas of information, culture and Tourism. He stated this in Abuja when the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Gu Xiojie paid him a courtesy visit. Alh Lai Mohammed said President Buhari’s recent state visit to China was a clear indication that China was ready to assist Nigeria in the development of infrastructure, culture and tourism The Minister of Information and Culture commended China for helping to develop broadcasting Nigeria which he said went a long way in reducing subscription of tariff for the viewers.

Lead campaign for diversification of ECOWAS economy, FG tells OTUWA

The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja urged the Organisation of Trade Union of West Africa (OTUWA) to lead the campaign for the diversification of the economy of the ECOWAS sub-region. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, made the call when he declared open a three-day workshop of OTUWA. Ngige said the diversification of the economy of the ECOWAS sub-region was imperative because of the adverse effects of the global economic downturn. He said the mono-economic bases of West African countries were largely responsible for their current economic woes.

Ex-sports Minister, Sango, emerges PDP Chairman in Plateau

Former Minister of Youths and sports development Mr. Damishi Sango has emerged the chairman of the people's Democratic Party, PDP in Plateau State.

Minister calls for understanding on new Petroleum Price regime

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu has called for understanding on the new Petroleum Price regime. Mr. Ibe Kachikwu made the call while briefing Radio Nigeria State House correspondents after a Stakeholders’ meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.

Gov Okorocha advocates military training for NYSC Corp members

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has advocate military training for National Youth Service Corps members to equip them with defense tactics in times of distress. The Governor made the call when the Director- General of the Corps Brigadier-General Sulieman kazaure visited him in Owerri. Radio Nigeria Correspondent reports that the Director-General was in the state to inspect the new NYSC Orientation camp by the Imo state government at Eziama Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state.

We'll resist fuel price increase, says NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it will resist the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit, announced by the government on Wednesday. The statement, issued by NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, in Abuja on Wednesday, described the increase as insensitive.

CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial till May 17

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, adjourned further hearing on the 16-count criminal charge pending against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, till May 17. The Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal adjourned the case to enable Saraki’s lawyers to further cross-examine the star prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas. Wetkas, who is an investigative officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been on the witness box since April 6.

Nigeria Discusses ICT as Alternative Revenue Source at CeBIT 2016

Nigeria has taken a major practical step in its efforts to actualise plans to diversify its economy away from oil by sending a high-powered delegation to attend Center for Office Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunication (CeBIT) 2016, the world’s leading information and communications technology conference and expo. The Nigerian delegation was led by the Acting Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji, who represented the Honourable Minister of Communication, Bar. Adebayo Shittu. The delegation, which also included ICT stakeholders, regulators, as well as the chairmen of the ICT Committees in the Senate and House of Representatives, Senator Abdultfatai Buhari and Honourable Mohammed Onawo, Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Engr. Ubale Maska and the Director, Customer Affairs Bureau of NCC, Mallam Abdullahi Maikano, Dr. Agu Collins Agu, Director, Infrastructure and Technical Support Services and Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs NITDA.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

We don’t want Cameron’s apology, but return of stolen money- Buhari

Cameron and Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he would not be demanding any apology from British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron over his diplomatic gaffe, describing Nigeria, along with Afghanistan as ‘fantastically corrupt’.

Queen filmed calling Chinese officials 'very rude'

The Queen has been filmed saying Chinese officials were "very rude" during last year's state visit by President Xi Jinping. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It’ll Be Great To Have My Funeral Used In A Movie Scene – Adesua Etomi

AMVCA’s 2016 Best Actress in a Movie, Adesua Etomi, was recently the guest of Channels Television and she spoke about fighting battles of her mind and winning so far.

President Buhari To Host Security Summit

Nigeria will host the second regional security summit in Abuja as part of efforts by the federal government to boost the security of lives and properties.

Agriculture Is A Lifetime Opportunity For Nigeria – Aliko Dangote

Nigeria’s leading industrialist and President of Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote, has again challenged the country to further explore agriculture as this is its surest way to break free from economic challenges.

Petrol to sell for N130 per litre

The Federal Government is set to commence partial deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector, allowing major and independent marketers to sell Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, at prices convenient for them.

Threat Reduction Remarks

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, provides remarks as former U.S. Sens. Sam Nunn of Georgia, center, and Richard Lugan of Indiana look on during a ceremony commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program at the Pentagon, May 9, 2016. DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, provides remarks as former U.S. Sens. Sam Nunn of Georgia, center, and Richard Lugan of Indiana look on during a ceremony commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program at the Pentagon, May 9, 2016. DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

Monday, May 9, 2016

Nigeria bans unauthorised use of drones

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has banned the launching of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, RPA, in the Nigerian airspace without its permit and that of the Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA. This is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, in Lagos, yesterday.

Tanzania Readies for Zanzibar Film Festival

The 2016 Zanzibar International Film Festival will be held from July 9th -17th 2016. A total of 490 films from 32 countries have been submitted for this year's Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) to be showcased from July 9 to 17.

Economic diversification: Culture and Tourism summit hold in Abuja

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Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory will, in the last week of April, 2016, play host to key stake holders and think tanks in the country’s Culture and Tourism sector courtesy of the dogged pursuit and passionate commitment of the Hon Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to reposition the enormous resources that abound in the country’s Culture and Tourism industry.

RCCG Academy celebrates Osinbajo as Groups recognize VP

For Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the last several months have been a galore of celebrations. From the secondary school he attended, to the University which produced him, his professional group and friends, he has been invited to one recognition event after the other.

Burkina Faso: Protect girls from forced marriage

Across Burkina Faso, thousands of girls and young women, some as young as 11, are being forced into early marriage. This has to stop.

Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, UNDP reiterate commitment to N’Delta development.

Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have re-emphasized their commitment to the sustenance of infrastructural and socioeconomic development of the Niger Delta region.This disclosure was made in Abuja on Friday, 6th May, 2016, when the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani hosted a delegation of the United Nations, led by the new United Nations (UN) Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Fatma Samoura, who also doubles as the UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria.

DHQ warns mischief makers

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) hereby warns that it will not condone any unwholesome acts by persons or group seeking to engage in acts that are capable of causing breaking down of law and order in any part of the country.



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Friday, May 6, 2016

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Reps order immediate re-seal of Kogi state house of Assembly

The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, to immediately re-seal the Kogi State House of Assembly pending the resolution of its crisis. The reseal order followed the recommendation of the ad hoc committee constituted by the house to reassess the assembly’s impasse.

Buhari set to sign 2016 budget into law today

The signing of the 2016 Budget into law by President Mohammadu Buhari may be a matter of minutes barring any change of mind which is doubtful. All is set for the all-important assignment which has set the presidential Villa, Abuja agog momentarily.

2 Major-Generals to face court-martial over indiscipline

Members of the court martial sit during the inauguration to try soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014. Nearly 100 soldiers tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's far northeast appeared at a military court martial on Thursday, facing a range of charges including mutiny. The hearing comes just weeks after a tribunal sentenced 12 soldiers to death following their conviction for shooting at their commanding officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in May. AFP PHOTO

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has ordered the military trial of two Major Generals of the Nigerian Army for what military sources said were offences contrary to service discipline. The senior officers are Major General Ibrahim Sani, former Chief of Army Transformation and Innovation Centre and Major General Patrick Falola, former Commandant, 68 Military Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

Cologne attacks: First trial for sexual assault on New Year's Eve begins

A 26-year-old Algerian who faces charges of assaults on woman during New Year"s Eve celebrations in Cologne, covers his head at a regional court in Cologne, western Germany, May 6, 2016

The first trial for sexual offences has got under way in Cologne over alleged attacks on women in the German city during New Year celebrations. 

North Korea: Kim seeks to cement power at rare congress

A man on the street in Pyongyang, North Korea, on 6 May, 2016
North Korea is holding its most important political gathering in a generation, where Kim Jong-un will cement his status as leader
The country's first full congress in decades is being closely watched for any shift in policies or changes in political leadership. Mr Kim is expected to reassert his nuclear ambitions, amid speculation he will soon conduct a fifth nuclear test. Foreign media have been invited but are not allowed inside the venue.

Zimbabwe to print own version of US dollar

Zim dollar note

Zimbabwe is set to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease a cash shortage in the country. 

Central bank governor John Mangudya said the cash, known as bond notes, will be backed by $200m (£140m) support from the Africa Export-Import Bank. The specially-designed two, five, 10 and 20 dollar notes will have the same value as their US dollar equivalents. Zimbabwe introduced the US dollar after ditching its own currency in 2009 following sustained hyperinflation. Since then Zimbabweans have been using the dollar as well as a number of other foreign currencies including the South African rand and the Chinese yuan. Africa Live: More on this and other African news stories.

NASS hands over 2016 budget to Presidency

File: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.

FINALLY, the corrected version of the 2016 budget was, yesterday, handed over to the Presidency through the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senate (Senator), Ita Enang. The final conclusion and onward transmission of the corrected version of the budget, which had suffered delay, was disclosed by the Deputy Chairman of House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Jonathan Gaza, while briefing journalists at the assembly

Global Fund uncovers fraud in malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS grants to Nigeria

File photo: A rally to mark HIV/Aids Day.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, GFATM, an international financing institution that invests the world’s money to save lives, has suspended disbursement of funds for malaria, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, following discovery of large scale fraud by recipient organisations in Nigeria.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Obamas dance with stormtroopers, R2-D2 on Star Wars Day

The White House tweeted a video of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama celebrating Star Wars Day Wednesday with a dance featuring Star Wars stormtroopers and the beloved robot, R2-D2.