* Lagos to count religious centres (Punch) * Buhari pardons 500 inmates in Kano (DailyTrust)

*    Lagos to count religious centres (Punch)     *       Buhari pardons 500 inmates in Kano (DailyTrust)


Lagos to count religious centres (Punch)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has directed the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council to conduct an enumeration of religious centres across the state. Ambode gave the directive while inaugurating 798 members of the NIREC appointed for the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos. He was represented by Dr AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef, the Commissioner for Home Affairs at the inauguration. Read more

Buhari pardons 500 inmates in Kano (DailyTrust)

President Muhammadu Buhari has pardoned 500 inmates in Kano and donated undisclosed cash to them to start businesses. The inmates including men and women were selected from the Kurmawa central prison, Kano. The gesture was part of the Buhari-led government’s effort to decongest prisons across the country. At the Emir’s palace, President Buhari told the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi that he had seen so many things in politics since he joined it in 2003. Read more

Buhari lauds Ganduje on quality healthcare services (Nation)

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, for providing quality health care services to the people in the state.  The President made the commendation at the inauguration of a multi million naira Giginyu Hospital, named after Buhari. He said that Ganduje’s priority on health care was in accordance with the ruling party’s change agenda. Buhari said, “The change agenda is to reform Nigeria and Nigerians and to uplift the lives of Nigerians.” The president, who described the hospital as the best of its kind, urged the beneficiaries and workers to treat the facility with caution in order to maintain its standard. Read more

S/Court fixes March 2, 2018 to rule on Dasuki’s continued detention (Nation)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday fixed March 2 for judgment on an appeal by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, challenging his alleged indefinite detention. The panel of five Justices, led by Dattijo Mohammed, gave the date after counsels to the parties in the case adopted their addresses. The ex-NSA had on June 15, 2016 at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, lost his bid to enforce his freedom after securing bails on all the charges against him. Read more

CBN tasks investors on job, wealth creation (Nation)

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, has urged the private sector to support the Federal Government’s efforts at increating jobs and stimulating growth of the Nigerian economy. The CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said that Emefiele made the call at the Blueband Factory launch organised by the Unilever in Agbara, Ogun. Emefiele also pledged the CBN’s continued support for companies committed to the objective of job-creation. Read more

Buhari names Ojukwu as NHRC boss (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to request the confirmation of the  appointment of Mr. Anthony Ojukwu as executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the letter to senators at the plenary on Tuesday. The letter partly read, “In accordance with provisions of Section 8 of the National Human Rights Commission Act 2010, I have the pleasure to present Mr. Anthony Okechuwku Ojukwu for confirmation as the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission by the Senate.” Read more

Sad! Newborn dies 7 days after mistakenly declared dead by hospital (DailyTrust)

A newborn baby, who was mistakenly declared dead hours after birth a week ago by doctors at a Delhi hospital, died on Wednesday, family members said.  According to the aggrieved family, the twins were born premature on Nov. 30. While one baby was stillborn, the other was declared dead hours later after his condition was stated to be “critical” and “unable to survive”.  “At the hospital we were told that one twin was stillborn while the other died later as his condition was critical. Thereafter, they gave us both babies wrapped in a plastic bag,” said Ashish Kumar, father of the baby. Read more

FEC orders NNPC to end fuel scarcity before weekend (Nation)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Petroleum Ministry to ensure the current fuel scarcity in some parts of the country do not last beyond weekend. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting in Abuja. Stressing that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, could not attend the post- FEC briefing because of an urgent appointment, he said the minister gave FEC assurance that there was no cause for alarm. Read more

Petrolex to invest $6bn in Nigeria’s oil, gas sector (Punch)

An indigenous oil company, Petrolex Ltd., says it has set aside $6bn to enable it to make an impact in the downstream and upstream sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas sector. Mr Segun Adebutu, Chairman of the company said this during a facility tour of the mega oil city in Ibefun, Ogun on Wednesday. Adebutu, who spoke ahead of the inauguration of the company, noted that the amount would also make an impact in the power sector. Read more

Delta APC Blasts Okowa for taking credit of FG N28Bn loan for council workers’ salaries (DailyTrust)

Delta APC Blasts Okowa for taking credit of FG N28Bn loan for council workers’ salaries. Delta State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday blasted Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for taking credit for the recent N28Billion loan package offered to the 35 states of the federation by President Buhari to pay local government workers’ salaries. Addressing newsmen in Ughelli, the state APC Chairman, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, applauded President Buhari for the workers relief package, considering the succour such payment would bring this Yuletide to families of council workers who had suffered extreme neglect. Read more

Why six power plants remain idle – SPDC (Nation)

Despite the worries over a record of 800 million standard cubic feet per day flared gas in Nigeria, six power plants remained idle for want of gas to fuel their operations, it was learnt Wednesday.  The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Senior Commercial Adviser, Upstream Gas, Emmanuel Anyaeto made this known to journalists on the sideline of “Gas Aggregation Buyers’ Forum” which the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) organized in Abuja. According to him, the plants could not operate as there were no infrastructure to convey gas to their locations. Read more

Security: Kogi to conduct biometric registration of Fulanis (Punch)

Kogi State Government is to conduct a biometric registration of all Fulani resident in the state, according to a government statement issued in Lokoja on Wednesday. The statement was signed by the Information Officer in the Department of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Jordan Akpata.  Akpata said the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Local Government and  Chieftaincy affairs, Mr Abubakar Ohere, disclosed this during a meeting with traditional rulers. Read more

Bauchi governor’s wife to pay fines, secure release of 50 inmates (DailyTrust)

Bauchi State governor’s wife, Barrister Aisha Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar will secure the release of 50 inmates through payment of fines.‎ This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Prisons Service ( NPS) Bauchi State command ,ASP Adam Abubakar Jibrin. According to the statement, the governor’s wife has requested for the list of 50 Prison inmates with option of fine and compensation for immediate payment. He said that the governor’s wife intends to pay the fines for the inmates to enable them be with their families at home. Read more

OPS decries effects of bad Apapa roads on businesses (Nation)

The Organised Private Sector ( OPS )  has urged the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the problem of bad access roads to Apapa ports in Lagos which is affecting the cost of businesses. The OPS spoke on Wednesday at a conference in Lagos on the Petroleum Industry Bill and the impact of bad roads in Apapa on businesses. The OPS comprises Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association ( NECA ), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria ( MAN ) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture ( NACCIMA ). Read more

Cashier steals N625m from customer’s account, charged to court (Punch)

A cashier, Shola Adeyemi, who allegedly converted a Wema Bank customer’s N625m  for personal use, on Wednesday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Thirty-year-old Adeyemi, a resident of Catholic Church Road, Torikoh, Badagry, is facing three counts of conspiracy, stealing and forgery. The prosecutor, Sgt. Edward Abiodun, told the court that the accused and others still at large committed the offences ‎ in October at the Badagry branch of Wema Bank. Read more

Labour Unions issue 21-day ultimatum to Osun govt over salary arrears (DailyTrust)

Labour Unions in Osun State have issued a 21-day ultimatum to Osun state government over the arrears of salaries of workers in the state and threatened to go on strike if salary arrears were not paid within the period. The letter of the ultimatum which was addressed to the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola was signed by Chairmen and Secretaries of 19 labour unions in the state including the Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) Trade Union Congress, (TUC) Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT) among others. Read more

Kiss Daniel releases official statement over case with former label G-Worldwide (Guardian)

There were reports in the media yesterday that a court case had been filed against Nigerian singer Kiss Daniel by his former label, G-Worldwide Entertainment. Now, the singer has taken steps to let his fans know the true state of things by issuing an official statement.  The statement released by Kiss Daniel, signed by his lawyer T. Oluawaseye Lawal of L&A Legal Consultants, states that the court refused to grant an injunction against Kiss Daniel, restraining him from recording, performing or using the stage name “Kiss Daniel”. Read more

Coca-Cola advises Nigerians to eat more fruits (Punch)

The Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd. has advised Nigerians to choose a healthy lifestyle by reducing their sugar intake and eat more fruits.  The company Marketing Manager, Stills and Flavours, Mr Gbolahan Sanni, gave the advice at the launching of three new variants of Five Alive juice in Lagos on Tuesday.  The new variants are Tropical, Apple and Family size of pulpy orange in Lagos. Sanni said that taking more of fruits daily, either by eating or drinking, makes one healthy. Read more

Goldberg splashes ₦8.4m on 28 entrepreneurs (Tribune)

Goldberg, the leading culture centric beer brand from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc, on Friday rewarded 28 entrepreneurs and small-scale business owners operating in Ondo State with a total sum of 8.4million through Isedowo, its empowerment initiative. The 28 beneficiaries received a business grant of 300,000 each after being selected from a large pool of over 700 business entries received in the state. Read more

Kwara to legislate against ritual killings, corpses exhumation (DailyTrust)

The Kwara House of Assembly is to pass a bill into law prohibiting ritual killings and exhumation of corpses in the state. The Speaker of the House, Dr Ali Ahmad, made this disclosure in Ilorin while receiving members of the ‘Concerned Muslims of Kwara’ led by Prof. Lanre Badmus. Ahmad expressed disaffection on the rate at which some individuals engaged in inhuman activities such as selling of human parts, exhumation of corpses and ritual killings. Read more

FG approves six new private universities (Punch)

The Federal Government has approved the establishment of six new private universities in the country. The decision was reached at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council held on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of meeting which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently on an official visit to Kano State. Read more

Farmers group builds school, employs 250 youths in Nasarawa community (DailyTrust)

Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFG-CS) has built a six-room structure for a primary school in Gaate, a rural community in Nasarawa State. Mr Redson Tedheke, the National Coordinator of NFG-CS, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gaate on Monday that the gesture was part of the corporate social responsibility activities of the group. He said that the group had also engaged over 250 members of the community, mostly youths, to work in its 2,000-hectare maize farm which was located in the community. Read more

UNIUYO student shot dead while watching UEFA league matches (Nation)

Suspected hoodlums on Tuesday night stormed a popular viewing centre, Kaneworld Resort in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, and shot dead a final year student of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) while watching the UEFA Champions League matches. Our correspondent gathered that a three-man gang, stormed the viewing centre located at 17, Idak Okpo lane, few minutes to the end of the matches involving Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich and shot the victim. The heavily armed gunmen reportedly ordered viewers to lie face down while they searched for their target. Read more

Dalung indicts officials of aiding doping among athletes (DailyTrust)

The Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung has accused some stakeholders of sports federations of encouraging young and innocent athletes of taking prohibited  drugs just to make sure they win.  The Minister, who stated this while speaking at a two-day anti-doping seminar for presidents and secretaries of sports federation yesterday in Abuja, said, Nigeria is not interested in winning at all cost but interested in winning fairly and honestly. Read more

Russian air strikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria (Punch)

Russian air strikes killed 21 civilians early Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a monitor said.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombing raids hit the village of Al-Jerzi on the eastern bank of the river, which cuts across Deir Ezzor province.  “Twenty-one civilians were killed, including nine children, very early Wednesday in Russian air strikes targeting residential buildings in Al-Jerzi,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. Read more

Donald Trump to plunge Middle East into ‘fire with no end’ with Jerusalem speech (Guardian)

A cacophony of angry and despairing voices across the Middle East and the world has urged Donald Trump not to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at a planned speech on Wednesday, warning him that any such announcement would destroy the peace process, strengthen the extremists and weaken the US’s standing in the world.  The pope issued an unusually heartfelt plea to the president to respect the status quo on the city, and to conform with UN resolutions. He told thousands of people at his general audience… Read more

Vladimir Putin makes it official – he’s running for re-election in 2018 (Guardian)

Vladimir Putin has made the long-expected announcement that he will seek a new six-year presidential term at elections in March.  If he wins, which he almost certainly will, Putin will have spent 24 years as Russian leader by the end of his term in 2024, including four years in which he was prime minister but still called the shots.  “I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian Federation,” said Putin during a meeting with factory workers in the city of Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday afternoon. Read more

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