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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Monday attributed the hike in Hajj fare to the current economic depression and devaluation of Naira against major currencies. Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, the NAHCON Commissioner for Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, made the assertion in Ilorin, at a day sensitisation for stakeholders. Yusuf said that intending pilgrims would have paid about N700, 000, if the value of Naira had not fallen at the international market. He said that there was remarkable reduction in the transport, accommodation and feeding in Saudi Arabia when compared with 2016 Hajj. The NAHCON commissioner said that the ...
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South African President, Mr Jacob Zuma, on Monday denied allegations that he had sought residency in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “I would like to reiterate that I do not own any property outside South Africa. “Further, I have not requested anybody to buy a property for me or on my behalf abroad,” Zuma said in reply to questions in Parliament. The president also confirmed that he had never sought any residency outside South Africa, either for himself or his immediate family. The Sunday Times had alleged that its reporters made an investigative trip to Dubai in 2016, during ...
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Details of final results of Saturday’s local government election in Lagos released by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) on Monday indicated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won four councillorship seats in the polls. A statement issued by the commission ‘s Director of Publicity, Mr Oladapo Olatunde, indicated that Accord Party also won three councillorship seats in the election. According to the statement, the PDP won the four councillorship seats in Agege Local Government Area (LGA) Ward C, Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area (LCDA)Ward A, Ikorodu LGA Ward G, and Oriade LCDA Ward A. Accord Party won in ...
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Security operatives have foiled an attempted jailbreak by some inmates of Okaka Prisons in Yenagoa. Mr. Victor Chiabua, Controller, Nigerian Prison Command in the state told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, that the incident occurred at about 9.02pm on Sunday. Chiabua said that the investigation revealed the six inmates detonated an an explosive device in their cell. ”Investigation into the dastardly act revealed that the mastermind of the attempted escape got IED through one of his visitors. The IED was concealed in ‘blue band margarine’ butter pack. ”They put the device inside cellophane and covered it (IED) ...
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Security operatives have foiled an attempted jailbreak by some inmates of Okaka Prisons in Yenagoa. Mr Victor Chiabua, Controller, Nigerian Prison Command in the state told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, that the incident occurred at about 9.02pm on Sunday. Chiabua said that the investigation revealed the six inmates detonated an an explosive device in their cell. ”Investigation into the dastardly act revealed that the mastermind of the attempted escape got IED through one of his visitors. The IED was concealed in ‘blue band margarine’ butter pack. ”They put the device inside cellophane and covered it (IED) ...
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The Naira on Monday regained strength against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained one point to exchange at N365 to the dollar at the parallel market, stronger than N366 posted on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N475 and N420, respectively. At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira traded at N362 to the dollar, while the pound sterling and the Euro closed at N417 and N419. The Naira, however, depreciated at the investors’ window as it closed at N367.3 to the dollar. Trading ...
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Cardinal George Pell, Vatican’s economy minister, will  make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sex crimes. Pell,  on June 29 became the most senior Catholic to be charged with sex crimes  before a Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. He has vowed to fight the still-unspecified charges, calling them false and the result of a “relentlelss character assassination”. The cardinal declined to respond to interview requests for this story. Police have not released details of the charges, but the start of Pell’s court battle in Melbourne revisits a troubled past for Ballarat. Ballarat, the former gold town of ...
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A Lagos State High Court has ordered NAFDAC to pay N2million as fine for approving Sprite and Fanta
A Lagos State High Court has ordered that The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to pay a fine of 2 million naira for approving Sprite and Fanta, products of the Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC). The court also dismissed NBC’s application filed before the court seeking a stay of execution of the judgement where it was asked to include on its label a warning to consumers against taking Sprite and Fanta with Vitamin C.
The trial judge, Justice, ...
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(BBC) A Nigerian state governor says he expects President Muhammadu Buhari to return home from the UK within the next two weeks.
Governor Rochas Okorocha was a member of a delegation who met the president in London on Sunday.
Mr Buhari has been receiving treatment in the UK for an unspecified illness.
His absence has led to some anxiety in Nigeria, with some speculating that he might have died. Others have worried he may not be able to return to duty.
The presidency later released images of Mr Buhari, 74, at the meeting with governors from his party. It is ...
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Diplomats said the European Commission is divided over how to answer U.S. sanctions against Russia that could affect European firms.  A bill agreed by U.S. Senate and House leaders foresees fines for companies aiding Russia to build energy export pipelines. EU firms involved in Nord Stream II, a 9.5 billion euro (11.1 billion dollars) project to carry Russian gas across the Baltic, are likely to be affected. Both the European Union and the U.S. imposed broad economic sanctions on Russia’s financial, defence and energy sectors in response to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and its direct support ...
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The Federal Government on Monday expressed concern over the increasing number of out-of-school children in the country. Dr Adamu Husaini, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, made the remark at the opening of the 62nd National Council on Education (NEC) meeting in Kano. “It is sad to note that Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world considering the fact that of the 20 million out-of-school children in the world, 10.5 million are in Nigeria,’’ Husaini said. He said that the affected children include: girl-child, Almajiris, children of nomadic Fulani, children of migrant fishermen and farmers ...
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Four Vietnamese fishermen were injured in the South China Sea at the weekend after the Indonesian navy fired at a Vietnamese fishing boat, authorities said on Monday. Vietnam’s provincial search and rescue committee said in a statement on its website that the incident occurred on Saturday, injuring four men, two of them seriously, from Binh Dinh province. “A Vietnamese fishing patrol ship has taken the two seriously-injured men to Vietnam’s Con Dao Island, about 180 kilometres from Vung Tau City’s south-east coast,’’ the committee said. The fishermen were fishing about 245 kilometres south-east of Vietnam’s Con Dao Island. Disputes and ...
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A mother, Monsurat Ayinde, who allegedly recruited some thugs to beat her child’s teachers in a secondary school, was on Monday charged before an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adelaja, however, released her on bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum. Ayinde, 40, whose address was not provided, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, assault and breach of peace. She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Eigbejiale had told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 20 at 11.00 a.m. at Saje High ...
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…As Osinbajo, Obasanjo address food security ….AfDB’ll invest $24bn in turning agric into business – Adesina From: Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan Former Military Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon, on Monday, said he was not scared of the unity of Nigeria and that the country would not break in spite of agitations by some groups and events suggesting the break-up of the country. He spoke at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) held at the Conference Centre of the institute in Ibadan. The anniversary also witnessed commissioning of the $700,000 Akinwumi A. Adesina Agripreneurs Building, a ...
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Nigerians took to Google search engine during the week to get more information on the ill-health of Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar and death of Don Meon, an American gospel singer, among others. Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Anglophone West Africa, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade made this known in Lagos on Thursday. Kola-Ogunlade said that trending search topics on Google Nigeria search in the week included Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar and the death hoax of singer and evangelist, Don Moen. He said also trended on Google were issues on the rebranding of Etisalat Nigeria to 9mobile, the new season of ...
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From: Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, on Monday, signed the state Anti-Open Grazing Bill, recently passed by the state’s Assembly into Law. Ishaku said that the law became expedient on him as the Chief executive of the state who has the responsibility to ensure the security, safety and wellbeing of lives and property of the citizens. He lamented that the “activities of these herdsmen have not only resulted in total destruction of farmlands, but heartless killings of farmers using sophisticated AK47 automatic guns, and in most cases, destruction of settlements, rustling of cattle belonging to indigenous ...
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From: Molly Kilete, Abuja The police Force Headquarters, in Abuja, have announced the dismissal of three officers over extortion and illegal detention of innocent Nigerians. The dismissed officers Inspector Okelue Nkemeonye, Sergeant Braimoh Sunday and Sergeant Yusuf Olukoga, who were until their dismissal attached to Area ‘N’ Command Ijede-Ikorodu under the Lagos State police command. Their dismissal, according to the commissioner in charge of Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), Abayomi Shogunle, followed series of complaints against them from innocent Nigerians. The complainants had alleged that the dismissed policemen were “Yahoo Yahoo boys” as they specialise in arresting, detaining and ...
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From: Agaju Madugba, Katsina A Katsina senior magistrate court, presided by Hajiya Fadile Dikko, has ordered the remand of a 29-year-old man, Abdul Rasheed Suleiman, in prison custody over allegation of having anal sex with an eight-year-old boy. The accused, who hails from Unguwar Tofa village of  Bakori Local Government Area of the state, allegedly committed the offence on July 11, in an uncompleted building in the that area. According to the Police First Information Report (FIR) number KT/988X/17, the accused lured the victim into the uncompleted building in his area and forcefully had sexual intercourse with him through anus ...
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The Oyo and Osun state governments have announced the constitution of a 7-man Governing Council for Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), saying that the council would be headed by a retired Head of Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi. Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mr. Olalekan Allli, said this in a statement issued and signed, on Monday, listing Professor Lai Olurode, Prof. (Mrs.) Olaide Adedokun, Mr. Abiodun  AbdulJelil Owonikoko (SAN), Mr. Isiaka Olagoke, Mr. Tise Adenipekun and Bade Adesina as members of the Governing council. Alli explained that Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his Counterpart ...
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From: Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha ….Says, ‘Any attack on  Kanu or assassination attempt will radicalise the struggle’ The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Monday, raised the alarm over alleged plot to assassinate its leader, Mazi  Nnamdi Kanu, by some security agencies, individuals and groups in Nigeria. The group, who put the whole world on notice over the alleged  threats to the life of Kanu on ‘clueless vampires, individuals and groups in Nigeria on IPOB leader… and other members of IPOB since over one month now’. Media aide and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, in a statement, on ...
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From: TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will be expected in Rivers State,  on Thursday,  for the commissioning of some projects executed by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration. Also, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnonghen, will on Wednesday, lay the foundation stone for the construction of a Judges’ Quarters in the state. Governor Wike announced this, on Monday,  while speaking during a courtesy visit by Anglican bishops of the Province of the Niger Delta on Monday,  adding that Osinbajo would commission, “Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road in Etche Local Government Area, IgboEtche-Chokocho-Rumuokwurusi Interchange Road, Rukpokwu Market Junction to ...
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Two people were killed and 14 injured after a train and a bus collided in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina early Monday morning local time. The accident occurred at around 3:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) at the town of Merlo. The bus driver was among the dead. A witness said that the staff is responsible for putting down the guardrail fell asleep when the incident happened, which didn’t manage to stop the bus. The injured have been sent to hospitals. The cause is under investigation. (cgtn) ...
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From: Desmond Mbo,Kano Nigeria has highest number of out-of-school children in the world, says the Federal Ministry of Education, on Monday. Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan made this revelation during the opening ceremony of the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) meeting, in Kano. Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan, who was represented by Dr. Adamu Hussaini indicated that, out of the 20 million out of school children in the world, 10 .5 million of such children were found in Nigeria. He said these children included the girl-child, Almajiri-child, children of nomadic pastoralists, boy-child dropout, area boys, children of migrant ...
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…It‘s politically-motivated – KASTELEA boss From: Sola Ojo, Kaduna In Kaduna, on Monday, many early risers were stranded at their various bus stop following a peaceful protest embarked upon by commercial vehicle drivers over what they described as ‘unhealthy’ extortion and harassment of their members by men of Kaduna State Transport and Environmental Agency (KASTELEA). Some of them told Daily Sun that once KASTELEA arrested them, they had to cough out between N20,000 and N50,000 which had rendered many of them jobless since they could not afford the charges levied against them over minor offences like ‘wrong’ parking. Residents of ...
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From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba The recent war of words between the immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and former president candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi has been described as very healthy for the growth of the oil-rich state. A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Engr. Hyacinth Enuha, who made this known, noted that the exchange between the two prominent sons of the state as regards the finances of Delta State was quite revealing to members of the public. According to Enuha who made his opinion known through a statement by his Media Aide, Mr. Nnamdi Ofonye, ...
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From: Gyang Bere, Jos Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating very fast, and would return from medical vacation before the National Convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Lalong stated this during the swearing in of Management Committee Chairmen and Secretaries of the 17 Local Government Areas, held at Government House Rayfield. He said the cheering news about the recuperation of the President has cause more devastation for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were celebrating the Supreme Court Judgement of the party and the absent of the President in the country ...
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National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says it is expecting at least 25 countries and 150 exhibitors at the 10th African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo scheduled for Abuja. The Director-General, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. Runsewe said that participants from these countries and the exhibitors were expected to showcase their unique cultural identities at the expo which is holding from Aug. 27 to Sept. 17. He expressed commitment to justifying his appointment by using culture as the only tool to change the ...
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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says it will partner with its Ugandan counterpart to boost monitoring, investigating and prosecution of human rights violations in their respective countries. Acting Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah, made this known, on Monday, at the opening of four-day training on Human Rights for Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) in Yola. Ovrawah said that the two countries were committed to promoting human rights, particularly in areas of sharing ideas and training in ensuring   protection of human rights, particularly in areas of conflicts. She also said that the cardinal objectives of the training in Yola were ...
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…Six inmates rounded up, police deploy anti-bomb squad  From: Femi Folaranmi Yenagoa  A combined team of security agencies, on Sunday night, foiled a jail break operation at Okaka Medium Prisons, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.  The Okaka prison, with a capacity of 300 inmates, presently has 600 inmates and twice in the last three years suspects awaiting trial have escaped from prison vans conveying them to court, prompting extra security beef up at the prisons including the deployment of soldiers and an Armoured Personnel Carrier to the Okaka prisons to prevent any jail break.  Investigations revealed that the attempted jail break was carried out ...
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From: Uche Usim, Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, charged African leaders, especially members of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO) to urgently see ways of diversifying their economies by weaning them from over-dependence on crude oil in line with global trend. He also said the continent needs to invest in infrastructure and modern technologies to ensure global competitiveness while creating robust non-oil revenue generating arteries for the continent. Speaking at the opening of the extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers of APPO, in Abuja, the Acting President urged the various African Ministers of Petroleum present to heavily ...
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From: Chuks Onuoha, Umuahia A widow, Mama Comfort Enyinna,  mother of  an only son, Athur Enyinna,  who was reportedly arrested by the Army, while he was gong to work a forth night ago, and has not been seen since then, has cried out to the Army authorities to release his son, insisting he is not a criminal. Mama Comfort spoke to Daily Sun in an emotion-laden voice over the disappearance of his son was emphatic that his son, Athur. According to her , Arthur, who works with  the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), Aba zone, was sick and came home to his community  Abala, ...
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President of the African Development Bank (AFDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina,  says  the bank would invest $24 billion in agriculture in Africa over the next 10 years. Adesina made the disclosure at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan on Monday. The AFDB president said the bank was committed  to turning  agriculture into a business across Africa and to ensure that the continent fed itself within the next 10 years. Adesina said that AFDB had decided to work with IITA to help drive Africa’s agricultural sector transformation and unlock  its full potentials. “At the core ...
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A herbalist, Ifawale Ibrahim, who allegedly duped three friends of N3.61 million on the pretext of performing for them money rituals, was on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. The 47-year old accused, who resides at Olomowewe Adiyan Area of Ogun, was arraigned for obtaining money under false pretences. The Prosecutor, Sgt. Mike Unah, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 26, at Ajisegiri Street, Ojokoro, Lagos. Unah alleged that the accused obtained N3.61 million from the complainants – Aminatu Bello, Iyabo Popoola and Keji Lawal – with a promise to perform money rituals that ...
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Some financial experts on Monday said that the current economic indices would sustain the Nigerian stock market’s bullish trend this week. The experts made the assertion when they spoke, in Lagos. Head of Banking and Finance Department, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Dr. Uche Uwaleke, said that investors’ reaction to the half year financial results by some listed companies had been good. Besides, Uwaleke said that the anticipation of the benchmark interest rate retention at 14 per cent by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on July 25 would aid the capital market’s growth. Uwaleke added that lower inflation figure released by ...
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From: Gyang Bere, Jos The National Implementation Committee on the curtailment of Cattle Rustling and Special Squad committee on curbing multiple taxation on Nigerian highways, has arrested two police officers and seven hoodlums in Kuru, Plateau State, for extortion of money from commercial drivers on the highway. Desk Officer of the committee, North Central Zone, Superintendent of Police Yahaya Usman, who confirmed the arrest, on Monday, during a stakeholder meeting of Nigeria Association of Agricultural Product Dealers in Plateau State, warned that any police officer found extorting money from the public would be arrested. He said the arrested police officers ...
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A 30-year-old driver, Haruna Suleiman, was on Monday arraigned in a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Nasarawa State, for allegedly abducting his girlfriend’s two sons.
He, however, denied committing the offence, while the judge, Mr Albert Maga, granted him bail in the sum of N100,000, with a surety in like sum. Suleiman, who resides at New Karshi, in Nasarawa State, is standing trial for alleged abduction.
The prosecutor, Agabi Auta, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 16, at 12.16 p.m. at Mararaba, Nasarawa State.
Auta alleged that one Patricia Jarguma, the defendant’s girl friend and ...
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A 41-year-old woman, Lois Atimosho, on Monday at an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, confessed to child theft. The guilt-racked Lois will know her fate on Thursday as the court has reserved judgment. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused risks a minimum of 14 years imprisonment according to
Section 275  of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 (revised). The Magistrate, Mrs A.B. Adelabu-Olagbegi, who gave the ruling, said the court has found Lois guilty of child theft and
fixed Thursday for sentence. The accused, who resides at Agbede area of Ikorodu,had pleaded guilty to the charge ...
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From: AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, at the weekend, received the Honorary Consul of Uruguay Designate to Nigeria, Emeke Cletus Enye, at the Tafawa Balewa House, Abuja. Enye was at the Ministry to present his Letter of Commission to Onyeama, signalling the commencement of his official diplomatic duties in the country. In his remarks, Enye said Uruguay, with a population of 3.5 million Hispanic people, where farming is the mainstay, has a wide expanse of land that is majorly occupied by cattle. According to Enye, “I would like to implore you to imagine that you are ...
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From: AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the only way to put an end to the increasing numbers of youths seeking greener pastures in Europe through the Mediterranean Sea was for Africans to move up in the value chain. Onyeama stated this, in Abuja, when he received, in audience, a trade delegation from Mali which was at the ministry to seek the support of the Federal Government towards the promotion of locally-made products. The trade delegation was in Nigeria to visit the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited (Innoson Motors) for the purchase of 400 IVM ...
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…Lagos, a shining example of sustainable development – ICAN president Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Monday, said his administration had already embarked on reform aimed at generating 3000MW of power within the next few years, adding that the initiative, which is on course, would go a long way in scaling up the State’s economy and make life more comfortable for the people. Speaking in Ikeja while declaring open the 7th Annual Public Lecture of the Lagos State Public Service Chapter (LSPSC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) with the theme [email protected]: Unlocking Its Economic Potentials For Sustainable ...
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