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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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Technology will produce more African entrepreneurs

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In a bid to showcase innovations by African entrepreneurs, an organisation, Africa as a Platform, has organised a one-day programme which will bring together innovators from across Africa. Themed: “Machines. Millennials. Money,” the programme would feature discussions on how young Africans could make use of new technologies to create wealth in the 21st century. The event would also feature exhibitions ...

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UPDATE: We’ll consider Nigeria’s $400m loan request – AfDB

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The African Development Bank on Tuesday said it could consider Nigeria for an additional $400m loan if such a request was approved by its Board. “An additional $400m in support could be considered, if requested and approved by the Board, as part of a larger coordinated effort with other development partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund,” ...

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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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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of a controversial re-run of the presidential election. He won 98% of the vote with turnout at just under 39% – less than half that recorded in August’s vote, according to the election commission. The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, pulled out of the re-run and urged his supporters to boycott it. Mr ...

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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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Death toll from Kenya poll violence rises to three

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At least three people were shot dead Thursday as opposition protests sparked violence during Kenya’s presidential re-run, according to police and hospital sources. One man was killed in Nairobi’s Mathare slum, one of the hotspots where protesters tried to block the vote which has been boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga, prompting clashes with police. A police statement from assistant ...

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FEC approves 2018 Appropriation Bill

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The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the 2018 Appropriation Bill, therefore paving the way for President Muhammadu Buhari to present the document to the National Assembly. The approval was given at a meeting of the council presided over by Buhari. The Minister of Budget and National Planning,  Udoma Udoma, confirmed the approval to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. ...

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