Excessive charges: OPay, Moniepoint, others to the rescue?

September 15, 2023 Content Administrator II 0

OPay, Moniepoint, Palmpay and other financial technologies (fintechs) are increasingly being used by Nigerians, who complain of excessive transaction charges by traditional banks. With burgeoning customers, PAUL OKAH asks if fintechs are taking over the role of traditional banks.  OPay, Moniepoint, Palmpay and other financial technologies (fintechs) were arguably not popular or acceptable until the infamous Naira re-design policy by the Central Bank of Read More

Rising divorce cases: Women no longer tolerant?

September 8, 2023 PAUL OKAH 0

In the past, divorce was frowned upon as parents, extended families and religious leaders usually intervened by advising couples to be patient with each other. However, divorces have been on the rise, prompting the question, are women no longer tolerant of their husbands; PAUL OKAH reports. Nowadays, people no longer find it surprising to hear that a marriage they envied Read More

Group condemns falsehood against FCTA perm sec

September 2, 2023 Editor 0

Peddlers of lies and fabricators of allegations against the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr Olusade Adesola, have been charged to dedicate their energy to more fruitful and meaningful ventures that will help move Abuja city forward. They were enjoined not to distract the FCT Minister, Barr Nyesom Wike , who from day one has left Read More

Ex-Benue tax chair move to drag bloggers, others to court over allegation

August 27, 2023 Editor 0

A former Chairman of the Benue State Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) Mrs. Mimi Urubibi-Adzape has threatened to sue bloggers and persons connected to a publication making the rounds in the social media by an estranged wife of a popular Benue businessman against her. The allegation claimed that Mrs Urubibi-Adzape planned to abandon her family and force another man Read More

FCT ministerial slot: What will Wike do differently?

August 25, 2023 KEHINDE OSASONA 0

Nyesom Wike is incidentally the first southern Nigerian to occupy the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ministerial position since 1979. With its over three million population and the myriad of challenges, the question is what will Wike do differently; KEHINDE OSASONA asks? Background Globally, reports have it that it requires being audacious for any government to embark on projects of building Read More

AMAC: Periscoping Maikalangu’s one year in office

July 7, 2023 PAUL OKAH 0

Since formally assuming office on June 14, last year, the chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Christopher Zakka Maikalangu, has faced the challenge of delivering basic amenities to residents, including revenue leakages, poor allocations, debts left behind by previous administrations, among others. PAUL OKAH in this report assesses the chairman’s scorecard. The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Read More

How we celebrated Sallah despite economic crunch – FCT residents

June 30, 2023 TOPE SUNDAY 0

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in this report recount how they celebrated this year’s Eid el-Kabir despite the economic crunch; TOPE SUNDAY writes. This year’s Eid el-Kabir has come and gone. Muslims world over celebrated it in appreciation to God, and in fulfillment of their spiritual rights to God. However, this year’s Sallah was celebrated amidst an economic Read More

Inflation, subsidies, poverty: Agony of Nigerians

June 9, 2023 PAUL OKAH 0

Fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has had a devastating effect on Nigerians, including rise in the costs of goods and services. The worst affected are the low-income earners who are living in abject poverty and struggling to make ends meet and presently ruing the situation; PAUL OKAH reports. When President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced in his inaugural Read More

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Retraction/Apology to Mrs Natasha Hadiza Akpoti-Uduaghan 

May 21, 2023 Admin III 0

On October 31, 2022, we erroneously published a statement from the Kogi state government on our Online Platform with the headline, “Kogi government demands arrest of Natasha over ‘link with terrorist”, which without any known proof, accused Mrs Natasha Hadiza Akpoti-Uduaghan of having links with terrorists. We have since discovered that the said statement against Mrs  Akpoti-Uduaghan was not true and Read More

Media practitioners to honour Mr Vast in November 

May 13, 2023 Admin III 0

Media practitioners and brand experts under the aegis of Otota Oratory have hinted that Nigerian pharmacist and philantopist, Pharm. Christian Chukwuka Vastovers Emordi, popularly referred to as Mr. Vast would be honoured at a grand event scheduled to hold in Abuja come November, 2023. According to the group CEO Yamki Benjamin Ibi, Mr vast is being honoured for his commitment Read More

Man, 95, marries 14-year-old girl

May 10, 2023 Admin III 0

A 95-year-old man identified Alhaji Muhammad Sabo has successfully married a teenage girl said to be 14 years old. The development has sparked massive reactions online. The wedding took place on May 5, 2023, in Dogon Ruwa, under Gawu in the Abaji Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. A wedding guest, Ibraheem Sa’eedu, who attended the event, posted pictures Read More

Nigerian subscribers groan under DStv, Gotv ceaseless rate hikes

May 5, 2023 Admin III 0

South African leading cable network, MultiChoice, is, once again in the eye of the storm as a result of its ceaseless hiking of DSTv and GOTv subscription rates, which has left many Nigerian subscribers groaning; PAUL OKAH reports. The hope of many Nigerians to enjoy digital satellite TV services may be cut short as a result of the incessant price Read More

Cripple nabbed for drug trafficking

April 24, 2023 NAN 0

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 42-year-old cripple, allegedly trading in illicit drug on his wheelchair in Edo. This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja. Babafemi said the suspect was arrested in a raid of drug joints in parts of the state. He Read More

Tragic! Hippopotamus kills pregnant woman in Benue

April 20, 2023 Admin III 0

An hippopotamus has allegedly killed an undisclosed pregnant woman along the old bridge, River Benue on Tuesday in Makurdi, Benue state. According to the Nation, the victim went to the island with other traders to buy vegetables for commercial purposes when she was attacked at the shore of the river. The victim was being ferried in an engine boat, which Read More

LP crisis: Case of party divided against itself?

April 14, 2023 Admin III 0

The conclusion of the 2023 general elections appears to be the beginning of intra-party crisis in the Labour Party (LP) as many members have been laying claim to the national chairmanship of the party and causing unprecedented political upheavals; PAUL OKAH reports. “A house divided against itself shall not stand” is a common quote traceable to Matthew 12:25, which is Read More

Pastor attends crusade, pack dozens of phone, money, absconds

April 7, 2023 Admin III 0

Residents of Aponrin in the Agbowo area of Ibadan are now on the trail of a pastor who allegedly absconded with 52 Androids and iPhones, money and other valuables after a three-day crusade. He allegedly told his victims that he was led by God to travel from Gambia to Ibadan for the crusade. On the last day of the crusade, Read More

2023 presidential election: Frank urges Tribunal to transmit proceedings live 

April 6, 2023 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Thursday, called on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) to  transmit its proceedings live. Frank in a statement in Abuja, said this has become necessary to ensure transparency and openness in the conduct of the tribunal.  He said the move would make Nigerians feel a Read More

Vox pop: Any lessons from the 2023 guber, state assembly elections?

March 24, 2023 Admin III 0

The 2023 general elections have been held, with upsets caused in different states. Although results of the guber election are yet to be announced in some states, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in different states. PAUL OKAH speaks with a cross-section of Nigerians on the lessons learnt from the elections. Electoral Read More

What Naira re-design has done to livelihoods

February 17, 2023 Admin III 0

Since the re-designing of the N1, 000, N500 and N200 notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), scarcity of the new notes has been a pain in the neck of the citizens who spend more time in banking halls, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) galleries and Point of Sale (PoS) terminals for withdrawals. Poor sales, damage of perishable goods and Read More

How realistic is CBN deadline on the new notes?

January 13, 2023 PAUL OKAH 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had announced that the old N200, N500 and N1,000 bank notes would cease to be legal tender by January 31, 2023. However, many Nigerians have expressed reservation over the deadline given challenges in accessing the new notes. PAUL OKAH speaks with a cross section of Nigerians on their take on the deadline. Deadline unrealistic Read More

2023 : A wake up call to South-east leaders

December 19, 2022 Admin III 0

The incessant attacks on government’s facilities in the South-east region of the country are condemnable and if the ugly trend is not stopped there is a high possibility that elections may not hold in the region and even if it holds it will not be peaceful. On July 4, 2022, it was reported that hoodlums attacked the INEC office in Read More

Ceaseless disasters: As fire outbreaks take over from floods…

December 9, 2022 Admin III 0

To many Nigerians, the country faces ceaseless disasters every year as floods destroy lives and property during the rainy season, while the dry season heralds avoidable infernos. Though the rainy season is over for the year, reported fire outbreaks have taken over from floods; PAUL OKAH reports. Nigeria can best be described as a nation of ceaseless disasters as hardly Read More

FCT minister redeploys directors

December 2, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has approved the immediate redeployment of some Directors in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). The redeployment is to reenergize the respective Secretariats, Departments and Agencies for optimal service delivery to the public. According to the letters of redeployment signed by Muhammad Bashir, Director, Human Resource Management, FCTA, Read More

Pandemonium as Police teargas protesters for demanding CJN’s resignation 

There were high tension and pandemonium in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Tuesday as Police teargassed and dispersed hundreds of protesters staging protest to demand resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Tajudeen Ariwoola, over his alleged partisanship comment recently made in Rivers state. The protesters who brandished several placards and banners while marching towards the Federal Ministry Read More