* Don’t assess Buhari now, Reps urge Nigerians * Again, Militants Bomb Chevron Crude Pipeline in Warri

* Don’t assess Buhari now, Reps urge Nigerians  * Again, Militants Bomb Chevron Crude Pipeline in Warri


Don’t assess Buhari now, Reps urge Nigerians

The House of Representatives on Thursday urged Nigerians to exercise patience while assessing the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the last one year in office.

The House, which said the leadership of the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, remained accountable to the people, said the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government should be assessed from the point of the “decay” in the system prior to May 29, 2015. Read more

Again, Militants Bomb Chevron Crude Pipeline in Warri

Niger Delta militants again last night bombed Chevron’s crude oil pipeline located at Abiteye in Warri South West Local Government of Delta State, forcing the company to shut in crude oil output from some fields in the western Niger Delta.

THISDAY checks on Thursday revealed that the militants, who arrived the spot about 10 pm in two boats, bombed the crude oil pipeline, the company’s major trunk used to convey oil for export.
Army and Navy personnel deployed in the area, according to sources, put up no resistance to the attack. Read more

Finally, PDP Stakeholders Back Makarfi

The peace process in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was consolidated on Thursday as its major stakeholders filed behind the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee appointed by the party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt last Saturday.

The only substantive organ of the party unrestrained by either the decisions of the National Convention or the Federal High Courts sitting in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, the Board of Trustees (BoT), as well as the Governors’ Forum, the National Assembly Caucus, the Professor Jerry Gana-led Concerned Stakeholders’ Forum and the Former Ministers’ Forum resolved at a meeting in Abuja to back the Makarfi committee in the overall interest of the party. Read more

Nobody can arrest Jonathan, Ijaw youths tell Buhari

The Ijaw Youths Congress on Thursday warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government not to contemplate arresting former President Goodluck Jonathan over the ongoing probe of massive fraud and embezzlement alleged to have taken place under his administration.

The youths, who converged  at the Wellington Hotel Effurrun, Delta State, for the 2016 annual Major Isaac Boro anniversary celebration with the theme, “The ideals of Adaka Boro and the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta: The way forward,” criticised the present administration for limiting its anti-corruption campaign only to the Jonathan regime. Read more

Nigeria built on fraudulent federalism, says Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said that the federalism being practised in Nigeria is fraudulent.

He said this in Abeokuta on Thursday while delivering the commemorative lecture for the 2016 Democracy Day, with the theme: ‘Democracy in Nigeria, the pains, the gains: Ogun example.’ Read more

46% of households borrow to eat in North-East —UNDP

A report unveiled on Thursday by the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with Oxfam Nigeria revealed that 46 per cent of households in Nigeria’s North-East borrow money to eat, while 61 per cent of residents in the region lack access to portable water.

The North-East of Nigeria comprises six states which include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe. Read more

Metuh wrote EFCC, ready to return N400m – Counsel

The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh’s lead defence counsel, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), has said his client has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he is willing to return the N400m he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November, 2014.

Metuh is currently being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly receiving the money, which the prosecution alleged was collected from the $2.1bn arms funds allegedly diverted by the former NSA’s office to other purposes aside from buying arms to fight insurgency. Read more

Agatu Massacre: It’ll never happen again, IGP assures Reps 

THE Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, vowed, yesterday, that no hoodlum or group of people will overrun the country or illegally occupy any part of it under his watch as the chief police officer. Arase made this vow while answering questions from lawmakers at a public hearing on the “influx of herdsmen to Benue State and the clashes among Tiv, Agatu communities and Fulani herdsmen” put together by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs. Read more

Alleged pipeline bombing, kidnapping: JTF raids Sandfield II community, Warri
The Joint Military Task Force, JTF, from 3 Battalion Effurun, Delta State invaded Sandfield II community, Warrri, Warri South-West Local Government Area of the state in search of one Mr. Jonathan Oyanwei and his gang over recent bombing of pipeline, kidnapping and illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta region.
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Obaseki no threat to my gov ambition —Ogienmwonyi
GOVERNORSHIP aspirant of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Chris Ogienmwonyi, said, yesterday that he was not intimidated by the seeming support being given to Mr Godwin Obaseki by some government appointees, noting that his 34 years’ experience in the public sector gives him an edge over other aspirants. Read more

Govt offices shut in Ekiti as workers strike lingers
All government offices in Ekiti State were under lock and key yesterday, as the industrial action declared by workers paralysed governance in the state. The workers, under the aegis of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) , had embarked on indefinite strike on Thursday to press home for series of demands from the state government. Read more

KOGI ASSEMBLY CRISIS: Drama as Police try to stop G15 lawmakers from sitting
There was commotion at the Kogi State House of Assembly complex in Lokoja, yesterday, as armed Policemen barred the reinstated Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, MomohJimoh Lawal and 14 lawmakers loyal to him from entering the Assembly complex, leading to scuffle between the lawmakers and the security personnel. Read more

Fuel hike: NANS shuts down institutions in S’East, S’South today
PEEVED by the recent hike in the pump price of fuel from N86.50 to N145, the National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS, zone B, yesterday threatened to shutdown all tertiary institutions in the zone comprising 11 states today (Friday) in protest against the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to remove fuel subsidies. Read more

Oil crisis gets worse as militants step up attacks

Oil giant Chevron’s operations yesterday came under threat after another attack on its facility at the 18-inch Abiteye line in Warri South-West council area of Delta State.

Members of a militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), destroyed a major crude oil facility, grounding Chevron’s swamp operations in the state.

The NDA, in a tweet, claimed responsibility for the attack, which is  bound to alter oil production and, in effect, Nigeria’s revenue. The group tweeted: “We warned Chevron, but they didn’t listen. @NDAvengers just blew up the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline.”Read more

Anyone Invited by EFCC Can’t Come out Clean, Says Magu

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday said there is no one who would “come out clean” after honouring the invitation of the anti-graft agency.

Speaking on Question Time, a programme on Channels Television, Magu said the commission carries out thorough findings before inviting suspects. Read more

Ese Oruru, Alleged Abducted Girl, Delivered of Baby Girl

Ese Oruru, the teenager who was allegedly abducted and impregnated by Yunusa Dahiru, a Kano indigene, has been delivered of a baby girl in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.Her baby came on Thursday about 10.15 am at the Government House Clinic in the state capital. Her elated father, Charles Oruru, confirmed yesterday that the girl, who was in Junior Secondary School at the time she was allegedly abducted, was in good health after going through the early morning labour stress. Read more

EFCC gets 140 convictions in six months

A former court registrar got 10 years for an $8.4 million scam and a secondary school leaver bagged 37 years for defrauding an American of $40million.

These and many others, including former Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) chief Raymond Omatseye who got five years for a N1.5billion contract scam, are some of the 140 convictions the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has secured in six months.

But EFCC Chairman Mr. Ibrahim Magu said Nigerians should expect a very rigorous war against corruption. Read more

Workers accuse Fayose of insincerity as strike begins

Government business and academic activities in public schools were paralysed yesterday as civil servants and teachers in Ekiti State began an indefinite strike to protest the non-payment of five-month arrears of salaries and deductions.This followed the expiration of a 48-hour ultimatum issued by the state councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC).

State chairmen – Ade Adesanmi (NLC); Odunayo Adesoye (TUC) and Oladele Blessing (JNC)- noted that they had no option than to strike “having displayed uncommon understanding over the financial position of the state” and endured with the government. Read more

Uduaghan urges dialogue with Avengers

Former Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has advised the Federal Government to consider engagement and dialogue as an option towards arresting the upsurge of militancy in the Niger Delta.Recent attacks by the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, has crippled oil and gas production from Delta/Bayelsa axis of the Niger Delta and the ex-governor said peaceful engagement is the best option available.

The former governor who was a key player in the amnesty offer to former militants,  said the engagement should be between regional leaders on one hand and another between the leaders and the Federal Government. Read more

PDP BoT backs Makarfi’s caretaker panel

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged party members who are pursuing court cases against the party to withdraw such cases and embrace reconciliation. The litigants were advised against involving external forces in the affairs of the party but to find amicable means of settling their differences.

Rising from an enlarged meeting of the BoT, the Concerned Stakeholders group and the Caretaker Committee in Abuja yesterday, the party chieftains expressed concern over the unity and stability of the party. Read more

Ambode inaugurates projects in LASU

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday inaugurated several projects at the State University (LASU) to commemorate the 20th convocation and installation of the Chancellor, Justice Adeshola Oguntade.

The inaugurated projects are the new Faculty of Science Complex and the Faculty of Law Twin Lecture Theatre and the LASU Radio donated by a philanthropist, Chief Adebutu Kessington. Read more

‘No plan to impeach Oyo Speaker’

The Chief Whip of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Akimoyede Olafisoye, has debunked the rumour that lawmakers are planning to impeach the Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, for incompetence. Akinmoyede said though three parties are represented in the House, they are working as one.He added that the lawmakers are aware of the current national financial difficulties which made it difficult for states to pay  salaries.

Calling on the public to pray for Nigeria, Olafisoye said the Assembly will work together with the government to ensure prompt payment of salaries. Read more

Buratai: herdsmen ‘affiliated’ to Boko Haram

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Yusuf Buratai, has said the perpetrators of attacks on villagers and farmers in some parts of country may be affiliated to Boko Haram. Buratai urged Nigerians to be security conscious and to report to security agencies, any suspicious persons or group of people roaming about in their communities.

The Army Chief of Staff gave the hint in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, when he visited Governor Ibikunle Amosun yesterday. Read more

APC, PDP Bicker Over Alleged N3.2bn Presidential Expenses

Though the much publicised two days working visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos State has come and gone, the financial cost of hosting the presidential visit at a time the country is experiencing a downturn in economy has been a subject of criticisms.A day after the visit, the Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the state government spent N3.2bn in preparing for the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, who turned out to be represented by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, in the working visit to the state on Monday.

It would be recalled that President Buhari was scheduled to begin a two day visit to Lagos last Monday and commission some projects completed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, but this was carried out on his behalf by his deputy, Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo. Read more

INEC Invites Observers For Edo, Ondo Governorship Elections

With the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) confirming that the Edo and Ondo State governorship elections will hold on September 10, 2016 and November 26, 2016 respectively, the agency on Thursday invited applications from registered civil society organisations and interested stakeholders who wish to observe the polls.According to an INEC statement made available to Independent on Thursday, such civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must be those whose focus is on democracy, governance and elections.

The statement added that such stakeholders should visit the commission’s website (www.inecnigeria.org) for the application forms. It stressed that the recent instruction was without prejudice to previous correspondence with the commission as completion of the prescribed application form (s) (EPMC 01) remains the acceptable format for putting in application(s). Read more

Buhari’s Absence In Lagos Not Ill- Motivated – Akande

Chief Ayo Akande, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State on Thursday said the last minute cancellation of the two days working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state is not ill-motivated. Speaking with  Independent on the alleged rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola  Tinubu as being responsible for the aborted trip, Akande said nobody should read any negative meaning into the event  other than the reasons given by the aides of the  president.

“President Buhari’s absence in Lagos for the two days working visit cannot be ill-motivated. Nobody should read any negative meaning into it. His aides have said it was due to scheduling difficulties and that he will be in Lagos for the commissioning after Ramadan. That is what we believe. Read more

Anambra PDP protesters demand certificates from INEC

Some Anambra State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders  have vowed to exploit every legal means available to ensure that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issues them certificates of returns.

The aggrieved protesters were candidates of the party removed by the commission prior to the general elections last year on the account of the Appeal Court judgment which has since been set aside by the Supreme Court ruling. Read more

NITDA Holds Children’s Day ICT Sensitisation Workshop For Schools

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in its bid to inspire secondary school students across the country to embrace Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool for wealth creation and national development,  is organising a one day sensitization workshop for secondary students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Organised to take place today in Abuja, the workshop is aimed at not only stimulating the consciousness of the students on what they can use ICT to achieve as future ICT experts; but also strengthen the children’s ICT awareness with a view to catching them young to embrace ICT as part of their growing up. Read more

Why I Dumped PDP-Ex-Niger Speaker

Former speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, Barrister Adamu Usman who recently dumped Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and joined All Progressives Congress  (APC) yesterday said he left the PDP   because of impunity and hypocrisy in the party.

Usman who joined  APC yesterday  at his Jebba north ward in Mokwa local government area said having analysed happenings within PDP over the years   he decided to either be passive or withdrew his membership hence his decision not to recontest in the 2015 general election. Read more

NECO Provides Learning Materials, Boreholes For Host communities

National Examination Council (NECO) has donated two boreholes and learning materials to the host communities in Gidan Mogoro and Gbaganako, Chanchaga local government areas of Niger State to enhance the relationship with the host communities.

The Governor of Niger state Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello represented by the Commissioner of Education , Science and Technology Hajiya Fatima Madugu  commended  NECO for living up its  corporate Social responsibility toi the host communities. Read more

NHRC probes Kano toddler’s torture

The National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday that it had ordered a preliminary investigation into the alleged torture of a 20-month-old baby, Musa Murtala, in Kano State.

A statement by the commission’s Chief Press Officer, Mrs. Fatimah Mohammed, said the disturbing picture of the baby’s condition appeared in a newspaper on Wednesday.

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Colonel jailed seven years for duping church of N34.5m

Justice M. N. Yunusa of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has sentenced Col. Eugene Okpala (retd.) to seven years in prison in a case of conspiracy, and obtaining money under false pretences to the tune of N34.5m.

The convict duped a church, Dominium City Church, of the sum in 2010. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that the 62-year-old convict was earlier slated for trial on Wednesday but the case took a different turn when the retired colonel decided to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty”. Read more

High-tension wire kills school- leaver, injures landlord

Tragedy struck on Fagbeyiro Street in the Alakuko area of Lagos State after a high-tension wire fell on a 14-year-old girl, Deborah Faleke, who was electrocuted.

Our correspondent learnt that Deborah, who had come to stay briefly with her elder sister, Bukola Ogunbajo, on the street, just left secondary school, having finished sitting for 2016/2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination about three weeks ago. Read more

Police battle NSCDC for shielding killer officials

The Lagos State Police Command and the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps are at daggers drawn over the refusal of the NSCDC to release its officials accused of killing a motorcyclist, Osita Okoye.

Findings by our correspondent showed that detectives at the State Department of Criminal Investigations, Yaba, have established that Osita was killed by bullets from the gun of a female officer of the corps. Read more

Parents demand police action as apprentice abducts kids

The parents of two abducted sisters – Chikamso Okpara aged two, and four-year-old Chinaza Okpara – say they have not heard any positive news from the police about the kids’ whereabouts since their abduction on May 14, 2016.

They said they had explored all avenues to trace the abductor, identified only as Rose, to no avail and urged the police to ensure that their children were rescued safely. Read more

Rejected suitor remanded for allegedly killing lover

A rejected suitor, Mr. Ogundele David, aged 35,  who allegedly killed her lover, Miss Tosin Ashinwo (30),  an MTN worker;  has been remanded in  the Federal Prison in Madalla, Kwara State by Mrs. Mercy Adebola of the Ilorin Magistrate’s Court.

Our correspondent gathered on Thursday that the Kwara State Police Command had arraigned the accused before the court for alleged murdering the lady. Read more

My Travails In Sambisa Forest – Female Escapee

We really suffered a lot and we passed through a lot of tribulations to the extent that I thought I would never survive the ordeals. We suffered degrading and dehumanising conditions as we received a lot of beating, we mostly stayed with hunger and most times living on fruits. The only time we got something to eat was when the insurgents raided communities and even at that they usually gives us small morsels which we cook in order to survive. Read more

3 policemen detained for alleged murder of driver lDPO, DCO removed

Three policemen have been detained by the Anambra state police command for allegedly clubbing to death, a 40- year- old driver, Nonso Uchenwoke at Okpoko, Ogbaru local government. Read more



We can’t guarantee full budget implementation —Finance minister

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said on Thursday that there was no guarantee that the Federal Government would implement the 2016 budget in full.

The minister, who took her turn to address members of the House of Representatives at the ongoing sectoral debate initiated by the House, explained that much depended on how much money was available to the government from crude oil sales to implement the N6.06tn budget. Read more

US carrier, United Airlines, stops flights to Nigeria

United States carrier, United Airlines, will stop flying to Nigeria next month, ending operations on its only African route because of weakness in the energy sector and difficulties in repatriating money from tickets sold in the country.

This came barely six weeks after Spain’s national carrier, Iberia Plc, stopped flights to Nigeria, citing dwindling passenger traffic as the reason. Read more

Dangote gives N400m grant to disabled, others

The Dangote Foundation yesterday disbursed N400 million micro grants to 40,000 indigent women in Lagos State to cushion the effect of the economic downturn.It is part of the grassroots poverty alleviation strategy of the Foundation created by Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote in 1993. Read more

Okumagba, Edozien Get 20 Years Ban from Capital Market Activities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has banned the Managing Director of BGL Plc, Mr. Albert Okumagba and his deputy, Chibundu Edozie, from carrying out capital market activities for 20 years ,and ordered his companies to restitute investors over N2 billion.

The ban followed complaints from investors against Okumagba and his company over failure, refusal and or/neglect to liquidate their investments in both the Guaranteed Consolidated dated Notes and Guaranteed Premium Notes, two investment products run by the company. Read more

FBN Holdings optimistic of improved performance

FBN Holdings Plc will drive down cost, improve operating effi-ciency and focus on disciplined growth that ensures improved returns to shareholders as the financial services group moves to harness synergies from its businesses and enhance its long-term prospects.

Directors of FBN Holdings gave this assurance yesterday at the annual general meeting of the group held at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Read more

Reps clear coast for talks on MTN’s $3.5b fine

The House of Representatives yesterday said the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) can resume talks with MTN Group over the $3.9 billion fine imposed on it while the lawmakers continue an investigation into the penalty.

In October last year, NCC fined the telco. The chairman, House Communications Committee, Saheed Fijabi said the NCC should lead the negotiations. The lawmakers will complete their probe and release something “very soon,” he said. Read more

Works, power contractors owed for three years —FG

Most contractors who have been working for the Federal Government in the power and works sectors are being owed for an average of three years, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said.

Fashola said this at a press conference hosted by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja on Thursday as part of activities to mark the first year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more


FBN eyes merchant banking arm for growth

FBN Holdings Plc says the expanding budget deficit of the Federal Government as a result of the continuing low oil price  will provide enormous fund-raising opportunities for its merchant banking business across the various tiers of government.

It also said the huge infrastructure gap in the country would open up new opportunities to provide project finance, debt capital raise (infrastructure bond) and financial advisory services by FBN Merchant Bank. Read more

Kwara lauds BUA’s $300m investment in sugar plantation

The Kwara State Government has applauded the efforts of BUA towards ending sugar importation by investing $300m in sugar production in Lafiaji, Kwara State.

A statement from the firm quoted the Governor, Kwara State, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, as saying that the investment was capable of creating 6000 direct and 19,000 indirect jobs.

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FRC recovers N367bn operating surpluses from FG agencies

The Acting Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Mr. Victor Muruako, on Thursday said the commission had so far caused over N367bn to be remitted into the Consolidated Revenue Fund by the Federal Government’s revenue generating agencies.

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Equities gain N211bn, 49 stocks appreciate

Gains in 49 stocks boosted the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation by N211bn at the close of trading on the floor of the Exchange on Thursday, two days after the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee announced plan to adopt flexible exchange rate policy.

The NSE had gained over N300bn on Wednesday. Read more

FBN Holdings Shareholders Receive N5.4 Billion Dividend

Shareholders of FBN Holdings Plc on Tuesday approved a dividend of N5.38 billion proposed by the board for the year ended December 31, 2015. The dividend, which translates to 15 kobo per share, was paid despite a major fall in the profit of the bank.

The company posted a profit after tax of N 15.1 billion in 2015, down from N84 billion in 2014 due to N119 billion impairment charges.The shareholders, who spoke at the annual general meeting (AGM) in Lagos, commended the payment of dividend. Read more

ACCA to Hold Learning Provider’s Conference

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) said it has concluded plan to host the annual sub-Saharan Africa Learning Provider’s Conference in Zimbabwe.
The two day conference will take place on 15 and 16 June. The theme of this year’s event will centre on partnerships.

According to a statement, the BPP, Kaplan and Becker-ATCi would be among the learning providers attending this year’s event. Representatives of ACCA, partners, universities and key employers will also be in attendance. Some of our speakers will be from University of South Wales, Standard Chartered Tanzania and University of London. Read more

Experts Highlight Integrity, Ethics as Recipe for Organisational Growth

A former Chairman of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Dr. Felix Ohiwerei has stressed the need for workers and employers to imbibe spirituality in work place.

This, he said is essential for the growth of any organisation.
Ohiwerei, who was also a former Chairman of Unilever gave the advice in an address at the 2016 Audit Committee conference titled: “Spirituality and Ethics in the Workplace: Positive Impact on Governance, Financial Reporting and Anti-corruption,” that took place in Lagos. Read more

Ebonyi, Union Dicon Sign Pact on Cassava Cultivation, Processing

The Ebonyi State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Dicon Salt Plc for large scale production and processing of cassava in the state.

The ceremony, which took place in Abakaliki had in attendance, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Benard Odoh, who signed on behalf of the state; the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Chief Augustine Nwankwegu and the Managing Director of Union Dicon Salt, Mr. Chuka Mordi, who signed for his company. Read more

‘Ogoniland Clean-up Needs Planning, Professionalism’

The cleanup of Ogoniland and other parts of the Niger Delta needs strategic planning and professionalism in order to achieve the desired result, Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, Prof. Hilary Inyang has said.

According to him, the different sites have to be properly identified and categorised, especially as they have different risks before clean-up. Besides, he said due processes, including the creation of a cleanup fund, contribution of the federal government and other stakeholders have to be made in advance. Read more

Nigerian artworks in record N500m sale at London auction

Nigerian artworks have made history in a London auction garnering N568, 338,750 (£1,159,875) gross realised sale from the works of three renowned artists. The auction for works by some African leading artists, which held at the Bonhams Africa Now – Modern Africa Sale in London on May 25, 2016, witnessed a host of new world. Read more

Intra-Africa Trade to Play Larger Role in GDP Contributions

As growth in developed markets such as Europe, China and North Africa continue to stagnate, greater regional integration in Africa, amongst all role players, is needed to capitalise on the continent’s growth potential.

This, according to the CEO of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, Hennie Heymans, who said comparing intra-regional trade statistics, Africa’s rates amongst the lowest in the world, with less than 20 per cent of what is produced in the region, remaining on the continent. Read more



Production down to 1.67m barrels as price rises above $50

The Federal Government’s anticipated revenue have further been constrained by the renewed attacks on oil facilities by Niger Delta militants.

In Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State this week, there was an attack. A section of the Tebidaba-Brass pipeline along Azuzuama- Ikienghenbiri creek in Bayelsa State that belongs to Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an arm of the Italian oil giant Eni, was blown up. Read more

Avengers’ bombings: Chevron suspends onshore operations …as US offers to help resolve Niger Delta crisis
Militants, Thursday, blew up Chevron Nigeria Limited’s onshore oil facilities in the Niger Delta, forcing the company to shut down its operations. This was even as the price of crude oil rose above $50 a barrel, for the first time in nearly seven months as a global supply glut that plagued the market for nearly two years showed signs of easing. The disruption in Chevron’s operation was caused by the Niger Delta Avengers, who claimed the bombing of the facility’s mains electricity feed. The group said they blew up the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline. Read more


Stars light up Port Harcourt for Yobo

Port Harcourt will stand still on Friday evening  as former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, stages a testimonial match in celebration of his retirement and centenary appearance for the national team.

The Joseph Yobo Foundation has organised the event in conjunction with the Rivers State Government to honour the player,  who had a record 101 caps for Nigeria. Read more

NFF appeals re-listing of Giwa case

The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday appealed against the decision of the Jos High Court to re-list a case brought against the federation by Obinna Ogba and Yahaya Adama. Ogba and Adama are members of the factional NFF President Chris Giwa’s board. Read more

Confident Yusuf, Eagles face Mali in France

The Super Eagles interim coach, Salisu Yusuf and his team are very confident going for victory against their Malian counterparts in Friday’s friendly match at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, France.

Yusuf, who is assisted by Imama Amapakabo and Kennedy Boboye, told thenff.com that they had worked with a relatively young team in just three training sessions but they are encouraged by the bold spirit of the entire squad going into the clash with their fellow West Africans. Read more

 Lille celebrate as Enyeama extends deal

Lille goalkeeper  Vincent Enyeama has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the  French Ligue 1 side    until 2019, the club confirmed on  Thursday.

The 33-year-old former Super Eagles  number one, who  guided the Northern French  club to a Europa League spot next season,  was beaten to  the 2015-16   Ligue 1’s Best Goalkeeper award  by Olympic Marseille’s Steve Mandanda. Read more


Eagle lager: the Ugandan beer that aims to help local farmers and communities

Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy in Uganda. Despite its favourable climate, however, the country’s population has yet to fully benefit from the potential the sector offers for fuelling economic growth. As a result, companies willing to invest in local farmers, support improvements and generate lasting markets are both welcome and necessary. Read more

Berned again! Sanders calls out Hillary’s ‘arrogance’ on Jimmy Kimmel
Bernie Sanders resumed slapping at his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with a little prodding from late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

Sanders stopped by the studios of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Hollywood only to be shown a clip from Clinton’s interview last week with CNN’s Chris Cuomo where she declared, ‘I will be the nominee for my party … That is already done.’ Read more




































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