July 17, 2018

* Corruption: We didn’t plug all loopholes, says Jonathan …insists he did well, had sound economic team * I want to go to heaven, says Obasanjo

* Corruption: We didn’t plug all loopholes, says Jonathan …insists he did well, had sound economic team  * I want to go to heaven, says Obasanjo



Corruption: We didn’t plug all loopholes, says Jonathan …insists he did well, had sound economic team

For the first time, former President Goodluck Jonathan said in Abuja on Saturday that his administration did not plug all loopholes in its bid to end corruption in the country.

But he said it was wrong to assume or say that the economy would have been in a worse shape if his administration had not been voted out of power in 2015. Read more

I want to go to heaven, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obansanjo on Saturday at Apostolic Faith Church said he wants to go heaven and longs to sing among the heavenly host.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria Obasanjo made this remark during the 2017 Camp Meeting Concert by Apostolic Faith Church Choir and Orchestral at the Camp Ground Igbesa in Ogun State. Read more

183 federal ministries, agencies in massive illegal recruitment

Almost all federal ministries, departments and agencies have been carrying out illegal mass recruitments, Sunday punch  gathered on Saturday.

Many government parastatals including the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, and the Nigerian Prisons Service, among others have been dogged by recruitment scandals which they have vehemently denied. Read more

Drama as Fayemi, Oni’s group elects new officers

A prominent socio-cultural club in Ekiti, the Ekiti Eleven, has elected Mr. Kola Akosile to replace its 10-year chairman, Mr. Femi Ajiniran.

The club membership includes two former Ekiti State Governors — Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who is now Minister of Mines and Steel Development—Senator Babfemi Ojudu, and a former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele. Read more

Govt targets N30.5tn revenue from non-oil export

The Federal Government is targeting annual non-oil export revenue of $100bn (about N30.5tn, at N305 per dollar exchange rate) through the implementation of the Zero Oil Plan.

The projection is contained in a document prepared by the  Nigerian Export Promotion Council showing how the plan is to be implemented. Read more

US, FG back 20,000bpd oil refinery in Lagos

The construction of a 20,000-barrels-per-day crude oil refinery in Lagos by a Nigerian petrochemical and refining company has received a major boost with the signing of a grant by the United States Trade and Development Agency.

Similarly, the Federal Government has pledged to provide the necessary support to the company towards the completion of the project aimed at ramping up the nation’s oil refining capacity. Read more

Tincan port maps strategies to meet N306.8bn target

The Customs Area Controller, CAC, Tincan Island Command, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, has mapped out new strategies of revenue generation to meet the target of N306.8billion.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Ejesieme Uche, disclosed this in a document signed and made available to Sunday Vanguard, saying that the CAC  met in different sessions with officers in-charge of the terminals and valuation personnel to brainstorm on how  to increase revenue collection for government. Read more

Chevron aids TB diagnosis in Ondo with mobile x-ray machine

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) has donated a mobile x-ray machine for the diagnosing and monitoring of tuberculosis especially in children in Ondo State.

The machine was donated by the oil giant in partnership with the NNPC JV to the lgbokoda General Hospital. Read more

FG’s Intervention On 2.8m Pre-paid Meters Shortage To Gulp N224bn

Federal government’s decision to procure prepaid meters for electricity consumers in the country through a special intervention process will cost the country a whopping N224 billion.

While the figure is based on current estimated cost of a 3 phase meter which is put at N80,000, the decision became necessary following the inability of Distribution Companies (DisCos) to meet their metering obligation. Read more

PDP Can’t Be Intimidated, Ready For 2019 – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan declared yesterday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is ready to take over power at the center in 2019, noting that the party cannot be intimidated.

Jonathan, who spoke at the non-elective convention of the PDP, said despite its recent momentous crisis, the party remains the largest party in Nigeria. Read more

Fashola, siblings honour father with foundation

The Fashola Photographic Foundation in honour of the late father of the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has been unveiled in Lagos.

Children grandchildren and other legatees of the late Alhaji Ademola Fashola, former-Advert Manager of Daily Times, pioneer General Manager of the Times Leisure Services,  avid photographer and father of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), converged on City Hall, Lagos Island, last Saturday  to launch a foundation in his honour. Read more

Actress Ifemelu Dike dares IPOB, begs Anambrarians to vote in election

With the order of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, that the people of Anambra State should boycott the next election coming up in the state in November still hanging in the air and with so much confusion in the land, Nollywood actress, Ifemelu Dike has shown the activist part of her person by publicly appealing to the people to shun the order and come out to vote. Read more

Why I’ll still run for governorship —Isiaka

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State in the 2015 general election, Mr Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI), during a visit to the Tribune House, spoke on his ambition ahead of the 2019 general election, what he would do for the people of Ogun State as governor, his plans Read more

Rats of Nigerian ports: How serving, retired customs officers fleece the nation of trillions of naira

The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff recently raised the alarm over 282 vessels missing from the nation’s seaports including losses of about seven trillion naira in revenue. In this report, tola adenubi examines the intrigues and underhand dealings that milk the government of desired revenue at one of the country’s biggest goldmines – the ports. Read more

Waiting for Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari has been out of the country since May 7, this year, on medical vacation and would only return on the instruction of his doctors. Although Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has been ably holding forte for him in the governance of the country, the state of the nation appears to suggest that some issues would wait for the President’s return before being resolved.

It could be recalled that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had said penultimate Thursday that President Buhari’s illness made Nigeria sick and called for prayers for his healing.  Read more

AFRIFF, Ford Foundation send 20 on scholarship

The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is set to send another set of film students on scholarship – this time, to CineF’abrique, a film school in Lyon, France.

The scholarship is the third in the series, whereby 20 students are selected from the 200 that participated in the AFRIFF Talent Development Workshops annually for further training abroad. The talent workshop is an intrinsic part of the festival programmes that has held sway for seven years. Read more

The Ozubulu church massacre

Last Sunday, a gunman opened fire on early morning worshippers at the St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, killing 13 people and wounding about 18 others in an unprecedented display of barbarism that shocked Nigerians.  The mindless bloodletting is not only sacrilegious, it is abhorrent and alien to Nigerian culture.

The gunman was reportedly brought to the church by a callous gang of killers in a Lexus sports utility vehicle in which they also made their escape after the mass murder of innocent men, women and children. Read more

London 2017: Nigeria’s loss, others’ gain

There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the talent drain that has hit Nigerian sports in recent years, as depicted at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, which ends today in London.

Sports buffs back home were made to endure another agonising championship, as the country’s contingent once again ended without a single medal or mention on the podium. Read more

London 2017: Nigeria keep medal hope alive …qualify for 4x400m final

Team Nigeria’s hope of winning a medal at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 was given a big boost on Saturday when the women’s 4x400m relay team qualified for the final, which takes place at the London Stadium on Sunday.

The Nigerian quartet, made up of Patience George, Onome Nathaniel, Emerald Egwim and YinkaAjayi finished second in 3:25:40, a season’s best, to emerge second behind winners Jamaica (3:23:64) in Heat 2 of the event. Read more

CHAN: Eagles play Benin, Egypt face Morocco hurdle

The home-based Super Eagles will play Benin Republic in the first leg, second round qualifier of the 2018 African Nations Championship at the Stade de l’Amitié in Cotonou on Sunday.

The return fixture comes up at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, a week later, with the winners qualifying for the championship scheduled for Kenya early next year. Read more

Remo Stars, Rivers Utd in tough relegation battle

Games are fast running out for bottom-placed Remo Stars and relegation-threatened Rivers United as they look to preserve their status in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

On Sunday, the ‘Pride of Rivers’ face Remo Stars knowing they must win to enhance their chances of remaining amongst the elite of Nigerian football. Read more

I’m on fire- Man United boss Mourinho ready for Champions League Challenge

Jose Mourinho does not feel under pressure to deliver at Manchester United this season, with the Portuguese manager optimistic about his team’s chances in the Premier League and Champions League.

Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford saw United finish sixth in the English top flight, though they won the Europa League and EFL Cup. Read more

Hart wanted permanent move away from Manchester City

Joe Hart has admitted that going out on loan again was not his ideal situation.

The goalkeeper is set to return to the Premier League with West Ham on Sunday, having joined the club on a season-long deal from Manchester City after spending last term with Torino.

And while he’s happy to have a place to play, the successive loans have left him lacking a sense of direction. Read more

Guardiola: Huge talent will keep Man City strong for next five years

Pep Guardiola thanked the Manchester City hierarchy for their close-season transfer dealings after watching his new-look side kick off the Premier League campaign with victory at Brighton and Hove Albion.

After finishing a disappointing 15 points behind champions Chelsea last term, City embarked on a spending spree to freshen up their squad. Read more

Bayern, Dortmund show no mercy in German Cup

Bayern Munich progressed into the next round after crushing Chemnitzer FC 5-0 while titleholders Borussia Dortmund downed Rielasingen-Arlen 4-0 at the first round of the German Cup on Saturday.

As expected, German record champions Bayern Munich booked their ticket for the second round as Robert Lewandowski provided a brace to smooth the way for a 5-0 victory on the road. Read more

Obama administration urged Australia to change offshore detention refugee policy

The Obama administration urged Australia to change its policy of offshore detention of refugees while agreeing to accept up to 1,200 people to relieve their suffering, a former senior US official has said.

The former US deputy secretary of state Heather Higginbottom, who negotiated the deal designed to take refugees from offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru, makes the revelation in a Time magazine article. Read more

Nuclear war: The atrocities of history are committed by men, not monsters

Just last Wednesday, a memorial bell tolled over a silent and sombre crowd of observers in the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Some wept as the ominous tones rang out. All had their eyes down in deep contemplation.

Just three days prior, a similar ceremony took place in Hiroshima to mark the 72nd anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack in which over 200,000 people lost their lives. Read more

Brazilian cargo ship looted after containers go overboard

Local people had gone out in small boats to the floating containers, taking consumer goods including bicycles and clothing.

Port officials said 45 containers had worked loose from the ship’s deck. An investigation is under way to work out the cause of the accident. Read more

Charlottesville: Virginia governor tells white supremacists: ‘Go home’

A woman died and 19 people were injured when a car rammed a crowd of people opposing a far-right rally there.

Earlier, street brawls erupted between white nationalists and counter-protesters. The mayor of Charlottesville said he was “heartbroken” at the death. Read more

Christian leader says trans people are the oldest, most dangerous kind of heretic

Last week well respected and bestselling New Testament scholar and retired Anglican Bishop N.T Wright wrote a letter to The Times of London weighing in on what he calls “confusion about gender identity.” According to Wright, a professor at Prince William’s alma-mater St. Andrews, “confusion about gender identity is a modern and now internet-fueled form of the ancient philosophy of Gnosticism.” Read more

At China-North Korea Border, Business Carrying on As Usual Despite Sanctions

In Dandong, China, trucks load and line streets then cross to the other side with building supplies, cement, heavy equipment. While severe UN sanctions voted on last week could slash a third of North Korea’s export revenue, here it’s business as usual. Read more

Virginia governor tells Nazis ‘go home’ and calls on Trump to fight hate speech – video

After white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe tells far-right demonstrators and neo-Nazis to ‘go home and never come back’. McAuliffe said he spoke with President Trump and implored him to help ‘stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country, we have got to bring people together’. The governor was speaking in response to a violent incident at a far-right counter protest in which a man allegedly drove his car into demonstrators, killing one and injuring 19 Read more


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