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FG okays 13-year technology road map for Nigeria

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said the Federal Government has approved a 13-year National Science, Technology and Innovation Road Map to transform Nigeria from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy. The minister stated that the NSTIR would cover 2017 to 2030, noting that the Federal Executive Council gave the approval for the plan to help ...

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149 more Nigerians return from Libya

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The National Emergency Management Agency on Monday received 149 Nigerian returnees who had been stranded in Libya, bringing the total number brought back to the country in the last five weeks to 975. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Registration Number 5A-DMG, which flew in the returnees, touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, ...

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FG to support universities affected by insurgency – Buhari

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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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Insurers to reduce fake marine certificates with NIID

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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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Fuel: Nigerian airlines spend 11% more than global average

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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

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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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‘NNPC will find crude in commercial quantities in inland basins’

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The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, on Tuesday announced that the aggressive exploration of the inland basins would soon yield result with hydrocarbon finds in commercial quantities. Baru stated this when he received a delegation from the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, led by its President, Mr. Abiodun Adesanya, in Abuja. He noted that based on ...

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PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS BOSS MUSTAPHA NEW SGF, TERMINATES APPOINTMENTS OF BABACHIR LAWAL, AYO OKE

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President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke. The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of ...

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AfDB cancels $400m loan to Nigeria

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The African Development Bank has called off a loan to Nigeria that would have helped fund the country’s budget, the Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth, AfDB, Amadou Hott, has said. He said the bank would likely be redirecting the money to specific projects in Nigeria rather than give to the country to fund its budget. Hott ...

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UNIBEN student wins international essay contest

A medical student at the University of Benin, Joshua Borokinni, has emerged third place winner of the 2017 Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. Out of a total of 12,300 youths from Commonwealth countries who took part in the competition, Borokinni was the only one from Nigeria and Africa. He emerged second runner-up and bronze medallist after Annika Turon-Semmens from Australia and ...

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Health Ministry, MTN Foundation partner to tackle maternal, infant deaths

The death toll is expected to rise after at least 123 were initially reported be burnt alive and dozens of others injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province. Victims were said to be scooping fuel when oil tanker, which had overturned after skidding off a national highway in Ahmed Pur Sharqia exploded and burst into flames. The injured were moved to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital and other health facilities in an incident where many vehicles and motorcycles were burnt.

MTN Foundation, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, has inaugurated the Yellow Heart Initiative to prevent the prevailing death of mothers and their children in the country. The campaign is part of the Foundations initiatives to provide Nigerians with information on maternal health and help improve the poor indices across Nigeria. At the launch in Abuja, the Minister ...

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Crocodile Smile 2: Army arrests 399 suspects in Lagos, Ogun

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The Nigerian Army on Saturday said no fewer than 399 suspects were arrested for various offences during the Exercise Crocodile Smile 2 in Lagos and Ogun states. The 35 Artillery Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Bassey Adonkie, disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the Crocodile Smile 2 held at 192 Battalion, Ajilete, Ogun State. He said the Crocodile Smile 2 ...

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Politics not opportunity to amass wealth – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday described politics as a public service and not an opportunity to amass wealth overnight at the expense of the ordinary people. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said this while congratulating a former civilian governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who ...

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Microsoft rolls out family benefits for employees

Microsoft on Wednesday informed its employees in Nigeria that it was enhancing its family leave benefits to ensure that they had adequate time to care for the people who matter most in their lives. The company stated that it had increased maternity leave to 20 weeks paid at 100 per cent and paternity/parental leave to six weeks paid at 100 ...

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Positioning Nigeria for a prosperous future – Minister of Finance

Since the middle of 2014, when the price of crude oil fell dramatically, Nigeria’s finances became challenged. This is not hard to explain: we’ve historically depended on crude oil for as much as 70 per cent of government revenues, and 90 per cent of foreign exchange earnings. The outcome – pressure on government’s finances – was by no means unusual. ...

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A President and his men

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By Frank Ofili I am on record for calling for the sack of over 50 percent of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet members. There are far too many of them not living up to the demands of the time, and it is a wonder how President Buhari himself still believes his cabinet as presently constituted can help him deliver on his ...

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Mobil takes over Qua Iboe power plant

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Mobil Producing Nigeria, operator of NNPC, MPN Joint Venture, on Thursday said it had reached commercial terms with Qua Iboe Power Plant Limited for the transfer of ownership of the Qua Iboe power project. The General Manager, Public and Government Affairs, Mr Paul Arinze, in a statement said the agreement included the supply of gas from the NNPC/MPN joint venture offshore ...

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FG recovers $85m from UK on Malabu oil deal

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Still on the Malabu’s case, $85m has been recovered from his oil deal in the UK…  

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