Trump’s withdrawal from climate pledges ‘detrimental’ for Africa

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement was going to be “detrimental” for Africa, environmental activists and politicians said Friday. “It will now be much harder to protect people on the African continent from the effects of climate change,” World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa researcher Jaco Toit told dpa….

Five suspects arrested over planned attack on banks in Lagos

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP’s) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on Friday announced the arrest of five suspected armed robbers who had planned to attack some banks in Lagos. The IRT Commander, ACP Abba Kyari, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Kyari said the arrested suspects also participated in the killing…

Why restructuring won’t work now, by Fed Govt

It is possible, say SANs, others ADVOCATES of restructuring were told yesterday to take it easy. Their “agitation” and “provocative rhetorics”  cannot achieve their dream, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN) said. He warned those behind the quest for restructuring to avoid demonstrations because “it is a complex process”. He…

Biafra Day shuts down Southeast

Major Southeast cities were grounded yesterday — no thanks to a sit-at-home order by two pro-Biafra groups to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the stillborn republic. Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and a faction of the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) declared May 30 “for sit-at-home”. They also said…

Fed Govt woos fleeing firms

SOME companies which left Nigeria may return – if a Federal Government plan to ensure they are back works. No fewer than 3,000 workers lost their jobs in October, last year when some companies left. Such companies include ExxonMobil, Pan Ocean, Sapiem Ground Petroleum, and Hercules Offshore Nigeria Limited. In August, over 20 shipping firms were…

Adeleke died of drug overdose, says coroner

The coroner appointed by the Osun State government to investigate the cause of the death of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, on Monday said his death was caused by drug overdose. The coroner, Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, giving verdict in Osogbo, said the evidence before him in no way pointed to poisoning as the cause of death…

Sacked chaplain: CAN clears Ambode’s wife

THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday threw its weight behind the Lagos State government’s decision to sack its Chaplain, Ven. Femi Taiwo. The government has the power to hire and fire any chaplain appointed to manage its chapel, Lagos chapter CAN Chairman Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, told reporters. He addressed a news conference to clarify…

Olubadan: I can’t be intimidated, says Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said he will not be intimidated by anybody or group over his administration’s efforts to review the Olubadan chieftaincy system. He spoke while inaugurating the new Government Reserved Area (GRA) sited near the old NITEL premises on Old Ife Road, Ibadan. Two high chiefs, Lekan Balogun and Rashidi Ladoja,…

Nigeria, U.S trade volume hits $5.3b

Nigeria’s trade volume with the United States (U.S.) reached $5.3billion in 2015, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said yesterday. Speaking at a trade forum organised by the NPA to welcome the Miami-Dade County, Florida Business Development Mission to Lagos, its Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman said Nigeria’s trading volume with America stands at $5.3billion….

Biafra: Time to put a closure

Memories of two personalities of Southeastern origin have etched on the psyche of Igbo nation and on the mind of an average Igbo man in Nigeria, including myself. They are Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Owelle of Onitsha and the Biafran warlord, Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Ikemba of Nnewi. But both represent two opposing phases…

How strong is EFCC’s prosecuting arm?

After losing strings of high-profile cases bothering on corruption, the Federal Government is banking on appeal to keep the cases alive. But several factors are responsible for the losses. JOSEPH JIBUEZE examines the losses and writes that there must be thorough investigation, diligent prosecution and committed judiciary for Nigeria to win the anti-corruption war. The…

Car diagnostics opens new vista for entrepreneurs

Garu Technologies Nigeria Limited Chief Executive Alhaji Lukman Garu is showing the way in auto repair business. His Auto Diagnostics, which makes service delivery faster and responsive, in line with customers’ demand, is the next big thing for aspiring entrepreneurs. DANIEL ESSIET reports. For aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly those in the auto repair business, car dignostics…

Ronaldo: ‘Humility not always good’

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said that ‘too much humility is not good’ as his team prepare to take on Juventus in the final of the Champions League. Real Madrid will have the chance to become the first side to successfully defend the European Cup in the modern era when they take on Italian…

2017 Guinness Cup: Team Benin emerge overall winner

Team Benin emerged overall winner of the 2017 edition of Guinness Cup after defeating Lagos Team in the football event to clinch the coveted trophy for the first time in three years. Guinness Cup is an employee competition that fosters team spirit and celebrates employees’ prowess in a range of sporting activities. This year’s edition…

Venus Williams Not Sure How To Be An Auntie… Pregnant Serena Smiles

Venus Williams is without her little sister at the French Open this year, as Serena Williams prepares for the birth of her first child…but the press made sure her presence was felt, nonetheless. After Venus’ first round win over China’s Qiang Wang on Sunday in straight sets the No. 10 seed was peppered with questions about…

NDIC to lead Africa in deposit insurance

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) is set to lead the African Sub-Region in enhancing capacity building and bridging skills gaps in the banking industry in general and the Deposit Insurance Scheme (DIS) in particular. The NDIC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, Alh. Umaru Ibrahim made this remark during the accreditation ceremony of the NDIC Academy as a training service provider for its staff and the banking industry by the Council of the Chartered Institute of…