Minister Of Education, Adamu Blames Previous Govts For ASUU Strike

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 2,483 total views The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has blamed a previous administration for the continuous strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Although Adamu was not specific on which administration he was referring to, he said that that government shouldn’t have entered into an agreement with ASUU to pay them N1.3trilion when it knew it couldn’t pay it. He said this while answering a question asked him by a Corp Member on the persistent ASUU strike, during a Town Hall meeting on security issues tagged ‘Engaging the…

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FIDA: Nigeria Has 8 Million Suffering Widows

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 9 total views,  9 views today The Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) has said there are over eight million grossly disadvantaged and suffering widows in the country. The association called for a holistic implementation of the Gender-Based Violence Prohibition Laws and other relevant statutes that protect the rights of women to rescue them from poverty and all forms of discrimination. FIDA’s chairperson in the state, Oyinade Olatunbosun, said this in Ado Ekiti at a press conference commemorating the International Day of Widows, where the group distributed money to help some widows.…

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Why Justice Tanko Resigned As CJN

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 15 total views,  15 views today The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Ibrahim Muhammad, has resigned from his position, reportedly on health grounds. The CJN’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr Isah Ahuraka confirmed this to newsmen. Newsmen report that President Muhammad’s Buhari swore in Tanko as CJN in January 2019 following the suspension and later sack of former CJN Walter Onnoghen. He was expected to resign in December 2024, when he will clock 70. Olukayode Ariwoola, the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, who hails from Oyo State,…

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Russia-Ukraine: G7 Pledges Solidarity With Ukraine

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 9 total views,  9 views today Leaders of top rich nations say they will continue to provide financial, humanitarian and military support to Kyiv. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his country needs a more modern air defence system after a series of deadly attacks on the capital, Kyiv, as well as the regions of Mykolaiv, Chernihiv and Lviv. Zelenskyy is billed to address the G7 summit via video link on Monday. Russia has effectively defaulted on its foreign debt after the grace period on two eurobond coupons expired on Sunday, reports Bloomberg.…

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Lagos Couple Faint As Three Children Drown In Pool

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 25 total views,  25 views today A yet-to-be-identified couple have been inconsolable after their three children drowned in a swimming pool on their estate in the Ajah area of Lagos State. PUNCH Metro gathered that both husband and wife had gone for an event when the three children left their house to swim in the pool. As of the time of filing this report, the circumstances surrounding the tragedy were still sketchy. It was, however, learnt that some residents, including security members on the estate, found the children lying motionless in the…

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NDLEA Arrests Brazilian Returnee With Cocaine In Private Parts

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 341 total views,  198 views today The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a Brazilian returnee with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private parts. This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi. Babafemi stated that the suspect was arrested at the arrival hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos State. He stated that the suspect was nabbed on June 20 upon arrival on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa. He added that…

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Bandits Kill Catholic Priest In Kaduna

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 368 total views,  200 views today A Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Kaduna, Reverend Father Vitus Borogo, has been killed by bandits in Chikun Local Government Area of the state. The victim until his murder was the Chaplain of the Catholic Community of the Kaduna State Polytechnic, and the Chairman of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), Kaduna State Chapter. Although the police authorities have yet to confirm the incident or give details about the attack, the Chancellor of Kaduna Catholic Archdiocese, Reverend Father Christian Okewu, said in a statement,…

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57 Successful Investors Get Marginal Oil Field Licences Tuesday –FG

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 1,619 total views,  858 views today The Federal Government on Saturday announced that the successful investors in Nigeria’s 57 marginal oil fields of the 2022 bid round would get their various Petroleum Prospecting Licences on Tuesday. On May 31, 2021, the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources issued letters of award to investors for the production of crude oil from 57 marginal fields. In January this year, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission announced that a total of 128 awardees emerged as successful bidders in the bid round and had made complete and…

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NDLEA Nabs Baron Who Masterminded Attack On Operatives

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 362 total views,  197 views today The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has announced the arrest of 296 drug offenders comprising 286 males and 11 females as well as the seizure of 3,107.78kg of drugs between June 2021 and May this year in Adamawa State. The Adamawa State commander, NDLEA, Femi Agboalu, disclosed this to mark this year’s United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking observed worldwide on June 26. The command, according to Agboalu, during the period under review was able to secure the conviction of 104…

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National Grid: SERAP Sues Buhari Over Missing N11trn Electricity Fund

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 362 total views,  185 views today The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari “over his failure to probe allegations that over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply since 1999 may have been stolen, mismanaged or diverted into private pockets.” In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1119/2022 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Lagos, SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to investigate how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply has been allegedly squandered…

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U.S. Soybean Council, Nigerians Meet To Strengthen Value-Chain

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 2,617 total views,  857 views today The United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) met with Nigerian soybean stakeholders, agribusiness experts, importers and executives of local soybean processing and milling companies to discuss agribusiness strategies aimed at improving Nigeria’s soybean value chain which is an important element of food security in Nigeria. The reception hosted in Lagos provided an opportunity for U.S. agribusiness experts and their Nigerian counterparts to explore possible areas of collaboration in training and capacity-building programs to meet increased protein demand. Gerald Smith, Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S.…

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Bread Producers Threaten Strike Over Bakery Materials’ Price Hike

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 35 total views,  6 views today Bread producers and caterers on Friday threatened to withdraw their services nationwide due to the unprecedented increase in bakery materials and the neglect of the Federal Government to this matter. In a communiqué issued by their national body – Association of Master Bakers and Caterer of Nigeria, they stated that the cost of flour, sugar and other materials used in bakery business had skyrocketed beyond the reach of many bakers. In the communiqué, which was issued after the National Executive Council meeting of the association in…

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2023 Elections Must Be Peaceful, Credible – EU Ambassador To Nigeria

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 620 total views,  195 views today The European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, Samuela Isopi, has said that it is important that the forthcoming elections in the country are “good, peaceful, credible and transparent.” Isopi stated this during an interview on AriseTV, on Saturday, which was monitored by our correspondent. She stated that the recent ‘Youths Vote Count’ campaign was a huge success, and a great move to encourage the youth population to participate in the forthcoming polls. The campaign was organised by Yiaga Africa,…

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RULAAC, Others In Partnership For Improved Policing System In Nigeria

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 609 total views,  186 views today The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) has inaugurated a Civil Society Organisation to promote accountability and effective policing of the country. Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, RULAAC Executive Director, disclosed this during the inauguration of the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) in Ibadan. Newsmen report that RULAAC is a member of a Consortium implementing different activities under a Police Reform Project. The newly-inaugurated body would play observatory role on the implementation of the Police Act 2020, Police Trust Fund Act 2019 and capacity building. The project,…

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Catholic Bishop Charges Christians To Join Parties, Get Voter’s Card

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 283 total views,  5 views today Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Martins Uzoukwu, has urged Christians to get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC). The cleric also charged them to become members of political parties. Uzoukwu spoke to newsmen in Minna. He stressed that it was high time more Christians joined politics to be able to influence the outcome of elections. ”We should not be left behind, hence the need for sundry to register in electing a leader that will ensure good democratic governance in 2023″, he said. The bishop advised leaders to…

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Voter Registration Won’t End June 30, INEC Assures Nigerians

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 222 total views,  72 views today The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu on Saturday assured Nigerians that the ongoing continuous voter registration would not end on June 30 as earlier announced. Yakubu disclosed this on Saturday during the Youth Vote Count Mega Concert 2.0 organised by the commission in partnership with Yiaga Africa and funded by the European Union at the old parade ground, Abuja. Yakubu, who was silent on the duration of the extension, said the commission would decide on the timeframe and communicate the outcome to Nigerians. He…

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INEC Lists Conditions For Political Parties To Substitute Vice-Presidential Candidates

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 71 total views,  2 views today The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday listed the conditions for political parties to substitute candidates whose names have been forwarded to the commission. For the electoral umpire, the law does not give any political party the right to replace a validly nominated candidate as it is the prerogative of the individual to be substituted. This comes amid reports that some political parties, including the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party, nominated their vice-presidential candidates as placeholders, pending the conclusion of talks for a…

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Abortion: It’s Tragic Error, Biden Slams Supreme Court Ruling

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 259 total views,  58 views today US President, Joe Biden Friday slammed the US Supreme Court for ending the right to abortion, accusing it of putting women’s lives at risk in the name of an “extreme ideology.” “The court has done what it has never done before, expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans,” Biden said. “It’s a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court in my view.” The apex court on Friday ended the right to abortion in…

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Pope Francis Warns Fr. Mbaka’s Followers, Condemns Attack On Enugu Bishop

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 475 total views Pope Francis has condemned the social media attack on Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga by followers of controversial priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka. The attack on the bishop followed the directive to Catholics in the Diocese to stop attending Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry in Enugu. Mbaka shut the adoration ground until further notice after the ban, resulting to protests by the members of the Adoration, who insulted the bishop for prohibiting Catholics from the Ministry. One of the…

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Extension Of Voter Registration Is ‘Inevitable’ – INEC

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 426 total views,  73 views today The Independent National Electoral Commission will extend the deadline for its Continuous Voter Registration exercise, national commissioner Festus Okoye said on Friday. Civil society organisations have called for the deadline of June 30 to be extended to enable more Nigerians register to vote in the 2023 general elections. INEC “is disposed towards extending the date for the CVR,” Mr Okoye said while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today. However, while civil societies such as Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have argued that INEC should stop…

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2023: Lawan, Akpabio, Umahi Missing As INEC Releases List Of Senatorial Candidates

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 483 total views The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the list and particulars of candidates vying for various positions at the federal level in the 2023 general elections. Conspicuously missing were the names of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi. The trio had contested the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress but may have been hoping to reclaim the APC senatorial seats after failing to win the top seat. Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday,…

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