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American citizen jailed over insulting tweet on Mugabe


The Zimbabwean police today dragged an American citizen, Martha O’Donovan, to the magistrate’s court and charged her with insulting President Robert Mugabe on Twitter. The tweet for which Martha was charged was a retweet of the tweet 29 September by @mmatigary. But in the police charge in court, she was accused of creating the account. While Martha spent Friday night ...

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Blame the system, not teachers for students’ woe — UNESCO


GLOBAL Education Monitoring (GEM) Report which has just been released, has indicated that it is the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is indispensable in achieving the goal. The Report warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality and damaging learning. UNESCO ...

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FG to support universities affected by insurgency – Buhari


President Muhamadu Buhari said Federal Government would support universities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East Buhari, who was represented by Prof. Salihu Abdullahi, said government would provide special fund to MAUTECH to enable it complete some vital projects. “In the light of the peculiarity of your location in the north eastern part of the country, I ...

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UNIOSUN inaugurates Alakija-sponsored access road


The Chairman, Governing Council of the Osun State University, Mr. Yusuf Ali, SAN, has said the N250m donated by the Chancellor of the university, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, to the construction of the access road to the Osogbo campus of the university is responsible for the quick completion of the project. Ali said this at the inauguration of the newly constructed ...

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We’ll use ICT to tackle graduate unemployment – NITDA


Nigeria must employ entrepreneurship in Information and Communications Technology to tackle graduate unemployment, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development, Dr. Isa Ibrahim, has said. Ibrahim said this at a stakeholders’ meeting on the ICT entrepreneurship in Abuja, saying it was in the realisation of this that NITDA created a subsidiary known as the Office for ICT Innovation and ...

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Real estate needs good environment to thrive – RICS

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Nigeria Group, has called on the government and professionals in the built environment to create an enabling environment for real estate to thrive in the country. According to the institution, with the rising housing deficit in the country, there is a need for the industry to grow beyond its current status. The Chairman, RICS ...

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Insurers to reduce fake marine certificates with NIID


The Executive Director of General Business, Leadway Assurance Company Limited, Mrs. Adetola Adegbayi, has said that the Nigerian Insurance Industry Database will reduce fake certificates in the marine sector. She said this during a training programme organised by Leadway for journalists in Lagos. Adegbayi observed that a lot of people were still buying fake insurance documents. She regretted that most ...

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Facebook, StartZone empower 500 front-end developers


Facebook Developers Circles Lagos and StartZone, a Nigerian innovation hub, have partnered to empower 500 front-end developers in the country. During a React Summit 2017 in Lagos, React and JavaScript experts and beginners converged to discuss how they could build better products using the framework, and proffer solutions to common challenges in their workflow. According to the organisers, the summit is ...

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Oando Foundation, Sumitomo create solar-powered ICT centres


Oando Foundation and Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese Chemical Company, have partnered to support Information and Communications Technology education through the establishment of three solar-powered ICT centres in public primary schools across the country. The foundation, in a statement on Monday, said the collaboration would impact on the lives of over 2,400 beneficiaries, bridge the existing gaps in the implementation of ...

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FG targets N5tn from non-oil export


The Federal Government through the Nigerian Export Promotion Council plans to grow the country’s non-oil export revenue from N1.5tn per annum to N5tn within the next three to four years. The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, confirmed the figure to our correspondent in Abuja. To achieve the target, he said the agency was implementing ...

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N388bn Paris Club Loan spending protected by professional privilege, confidential – AGF

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has told the Federal High Court in Lagos that the record of spending of N388.304bn London Paris Club Loan refunds by 35 states “is protected by professional privilege, and therefore confidential.” Idris was responding to the suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project seeking “an order of mandamus directing and/or compelling the ...

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We’ll deal resolute, merciless punishment on US – North Korea


North Korea on Sunday warned Donald Trump against making “reckless remarks” as the US president began a marathon Asian tour dominated by the nuclear threat from Pyongyang. Ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Americans were pressing for the president’s early impeachment because tough remarks by a “spiritually instable” Trump could bring about “nuclear disaster to the US mainland”. After arriving ...

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Fuel: Nigerian airlines spend 11% more than global average


Nigerian airlines spend more on aviation fuel than their counterparts in other parts of the world, experts in the industry have said. On the average, Nigerian carriers are said to spend about 40 per cent of their expenditure on fuel, whereas their counterparts globally spend about 29 per cent, showing a difference of 11 per cent. The Chief Executive Officer ...

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Osinbajo’s state has the highest number of federal appointments — Presidency


The Presidency, on Saturday, revealed that Ogun, the home state of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, had the highest number of Chief Executive Officers appointed to head federal agencies by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. This was contained in a graph made available to journalists by the Presidency to fault a recent media report that 81 out of 100 appointments made by ...

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Trump doesn’t know what it means to be president –George Bush

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Ex-President George W Bush has criticised Donald Trump, saying “this guy doesn’t know what it means to be President”. Mr. Bush went on record along with his father, George HW Bush, to discuss their thoughts on Mr Trump as part of a new book about the pair. “I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know ...

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Nigerian companies, employees now prefer Apple products – iStore

Apple's IOS 11 Updates Siri to A More Natural Human

Apple’s flagship store in Nigeria, iStore, on Thursday, said companies in the country were fast adopting Mac computers, MacBook laptops and iPhones as official gadgets for their employees. The firm stated this as part of activities to mark its fifth year anniversary in Nigeria and the formal unveiling of Apple’s new devices – iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The ...

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