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Edo govt tasks group on wealth-creation

Edo state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Macdonald Obasuke, has charged the Benin Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BENCCIMA) on wealth creation. Macdonald, who stated this during the 47th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the group in ...

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What does Boko Haram really want?

The nation has been recording a litany of dark days and mourning as Boko Haram Islamists heartlessly engaged in the killing of several innocent pupils when they attacked the Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Yobe State. The attackers reportedly ...

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Stellar Ngozi

She totally had me bought over, her delivery at the centenary celebrations during the dinner was spectacular, and for the first time I had a glimpse of her raw skills, unedited, unreported, and she held sway like the captain of ...

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Strike paralyses Abuja National Hospital

Activities at the national hospital Abuja are almost comatose due to the strike embarked by three unions at the hospital insisting that the hospitals conditions of service must be implemented, Blueprint gathered. The three unions which went on strike on ...

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NNPC is a conduit pipe – TUC

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) yesterday asked federal government to x-ray the activities of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), because its operation is viewed as a “conduit pipe for siphoning the national wealth”. Both president and secretary ...

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11 new ministers take oath of office today

President Goodluck Jonathan will today swear-in the 11 ministerial nominees that were cleared by the Senate. They are Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos), Mohammed Wakil (Borno), Abduljelili Adesiyan (Osun), Aminu Wali (Kano), Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom) and   Lawrencia Labaran (Kaduna). ...

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Boko Haram attacks Cameroon, 7 killed

— Nigerian forces set for showdown with Cameroon Few months after threatening an attack on Cameroon over fears of cooperation with Nigeria, the Boko Haram sect has launched an attack on Cameroon, leading to the death of seven people. According to ...

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Kutigi chairs National Conference

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday appointed former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Legbo Kutigi, as the Chairman of the National Conference. The announcement is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim ...

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Winners and losers

—Oscars: Slave, Gravity share Academy spoils Historical drama 12 Years a Slave has won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, while space drama Gravity won the lion’s share of awards. Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to ...

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How we killed Albani – Suspects

Two of seven Boko Haram suspects paraded to the media in Abuja by the Department of State Security (SSS) yesterday recounted their involvement in the assassination of Zaria-based cleric Sheikh Muhammad Auwal Albani, saying they committed the act on directive ...

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PDP governments corrupt – Wamakko

Governor of Sokoto state Aliyu Wamakko has accused the federal government of abetting political crises in All Progressive Congress (APC) controlled states. The governor made the accusation yesterday during a maiden meeting of the APC expanded interim committee, Sokoto state ...

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Northern leaders urged to be focused

President, Northern Youth Consultative Forum (NYCF), Aminu Mohammed, has charged Northern leaders to remain focused and united in order to face the challenges facing the region and the nation. Speaking after the election of new officials of the Forum in ...

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Insurgents now give notice of attack

Attacks by insurgents in North East have taken another dimension as the suspected terrorists now send letters notifying their victims of their intention. An official of Mafa Local Government Council, where the terrorists attacked on Monday, Mallam Bulama Mala, told ...

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Okocha bags traditional title

Prominent author, journalist and human rights activist, Chief Emmanuel Okocha, has been conferred with the title of Onyeamuma Igbo (Prophet) in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the industrious Igbo people. The title was conferred on Okocha ...

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Research bodies fabricate fertiliser plant

Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) and the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria, have partnered to fabricate a fertilizer blending plant using extracts from Moringa oleifera plants, Director-General of NARICT, Prof. Idris Mohammed Bugaje, has revealed ...

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Unity schools to pilot SMASE training – Wike

Federal Government Colleges would be used as pilot for training of secondary school teachers in the Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) project, the Supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has said. Addressing the opening of the second cohort ...

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Kano govt tasks KITF on Special Fair

Kano state government has urged organisers of Kaduna International Fair to always make sure that they organised a Special Fair instead of the usual annual event. Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso made the call at the Kano Special Day at the ...

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Appreciating our parents (I)

About a month ago we travelled to the Haram (the Grand Mosque in Makkah) for the Friday prayers together with a longtime friend in the UK, who has just relocated to Saudi Arabia. It was a great opportunity to meet ...

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2014 Hajj seat: Nigeria to maintain quota

Nigeria will maintain the 20 per cent less seat allocation to this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca due to the inconclusiveness of the expansion work. Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bello Musa Muhammad, disclosed this yesterday at ...

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Obi flags off 2014 Easter Pilgrimage

Governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi, has flagged off this year’s edition of Easter Pilgrimage exercise at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. A statement issued by the information officer of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Celestine Oguguo, ...

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FAA to re-assess Nigeria’s CAT 1 status

United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to visit Nigeria for the mandatory re-assessment of the CAT 1 status which Nigeria attained in September 2010. Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who disclosed this to newsmen ...

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Publisher unveils Insight Destination in Kaduna

A tourism inclined magazine, Insight Destination, was yesterday unveiled in Kaduna. Publisher and Chief Operating Officer of the magazine, Ayodele Martins Arokoyo, while the presenting its maiden edition said, “Nigeria loses about N35 billion annually due to insecurity and inadequate ...

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Taraba gov’s donation not meant for ICPC – Group

National Centre for Anti-Corruption Advocacy (NCACA) and Taraba Transformation Network (TTN) have described as “malicious” the claim that the Acting Taraba state governor, Garba Umar, the N10 million donated to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences related Commission (ICPC). ...

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NIALS builds capacity for the Nigerian Navy

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) has pledged to continue to build the capacity of personnel of the Nigerian Navy for optimum output in their operations. The institute’s Director-General, Prof. Epiphany Azinge, stated this yesterday at a three-day capacity ...

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Yuguda commended over 818 km roads

Bauchi state Governor, Isa Yuguda, has been commended for the construction of about 818-kilometrer roads in parts of the state since he assumed office as governor “despite the financial predicament faced by the government.” A renowned politician, Alhaji Danladi O.C ...

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