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First Bank clarifies boards’ reconstitution

Less than 48 hours after the Boards of First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Holdings Plc and First Bank Limited were suddenly dissolved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the first generation bank has issued a statement on the current structure of the Boards.
State Governor Aminu Bello Masari urged security agencies and healthcare professionals to ensure compliance with the directive.

Katsina governor: North not afraid of restructuring

Katsina State governor and Chairman North-west Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has dismissed insinuations that northerners are not favourably disposed to the persistent clamour for the restructuring of the country.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB debars Nigerian firm for three years over ‘fraudulent practices’

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday announced the three- year debarment of Maxicare Nig. Ltd, a consulting organisation, over alleged fraud in a road project to connect the north-west region of Cameroon with Nigeria.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Group decries bandit attacks on Nigerians, calls for unity

A socio-cultural organization, the Agbajowo Advocacy for Yoruba People’s Right (AAYPR) has advocated the need for more unity among the six geo-political regions of the country, saying the move would further cement the bond of relationship in addition to engendering progress and cohesion of the country.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has cried out about the endless martyrdom of youth in the country.

Wole Soyinka: Nigeria is at war

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has cried out about the endless martyrdom of youth in the country. And has called on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek help, saying the killing of three of the abducted students of the Greenfield University, Kaduna was another indication that the country was at war.
National Chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, has said the British government must properly define the type of help it would offer Nigeria to stem the worrisome security situation in the country.

PANDEF seeks South-south security outfit

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has paid a consultative visit to former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja to discuss the current security situation of the country and South south matters particularly the need for a regional security arrangement for the South-South as being done by other zones in the country.
An Italian court has declared Shell, Eni and their managers all acquitted in the controversial Malabu scandal. They were all acquitted by the court yesterday.

Eni to increase oil, gas stake in Nigeria, others

Italian firm, Eni, is considering more oil and gas operations in Nigeria and other West Africa and the Middle East countries to help reduce debt.
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has called on Nigerians, to come together in fighting insecurity.

Lagos deputy governor: Nigerians must come together to fight insecurity

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has called on Nigerians, to come together in fighting insecurity.
Following the decision to host The Experience Lagos — an annual gospel event — virtual, Head Pastor of the Rock Cathedral, Paul Adefarasin, has underscored the importance of technology in a pandemic-riddled year.

Pastor Adefarasin, if Nigeria is a scam; then we’re all scammers

It is the bounden duty of every citizen to hold the government to account. In fact, citizenship is a call to duty – for the state. And there is no compelling duty which supersedes citizens subjecting their employees – the government – to scrutiny and constant vigilance. Criticising the government is within the rights of every citizen, and active citizenship demands taking the government through its paces. No government is without criticism, and none is too special for criticism.
The Chinese embassy in Burkina Faso on Monday presented a mechanism for exempting 97 per cent of products of Burkinabe origin from customs duties, in order to “boost trade cooperation” by increasing the volume of exports to its market.

China to raise proportion of middle-income earners

Last year, the country’s total retail sales of consumer goods reached 39.2 trillion yuan ($6 trillion), and final consumption contributed 54.3 percent to China’s GDP. As a result, China maintained its position as the second largest consumption market of the world.

Nze Nwankpo: Why I chose APGA for governorship race

An aspirant in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, has explained why he chose to run for the poll on the party’s platform.

Former diplomat unfolds blueprint to salvage troubled Nigeria

Amid increasing social discontent in Nigeria in recent times, a scholar and former diplomat, Nnamdi Onochie, has unfolded a blueprint to put Nigeria back on track to achieve peace, prosperity and progress for survival as an entity.

PACN: Report of liquidity issues in Wema Bank never from us

PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited, PACN, has stated that recent media reports to the effect that liquidity crisis had hit one of the nation’s oldest banks, Wema Bank did not in any way represent its position or from them.
PANDEF’s National Publicity Secretary Ken Robinson gave the advice in a statement he issued on Friday in Warri, Delta.

PANDEF: Zamfara governor’s remarks over ‘southern attacks’ irresponsible, unfortunate

The Pan Niger Delta Forum has said a recent comment by the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, that Southerners should stop attacking Northerners in their area else the North would retaliate was irresponsible and unfortunate.
Northern elders have condemned yesterday’s disruption of peace summit and attack on participants at Arewa House in Kaduna State by some hoodlums believed to be sponsored.

2023: Northern groups reject zoning, back restructuring

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and other conveners of the Northern Peoples Summit have described restructuring as a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.

Keston Okoro: Niger Delta not part of Biafra, can never be

Former member of the Delta State House of Assembly, Honourable Liege Lord Keston Okoro Muhammad Al-Amin, has issued a stern warning to Alhaji Asari Dokubo, IPOB and its leader Nnamdi Kanu and all those he described as having no trace of residence to stop labouring hard to annex the Niger Delta region into ‘the so-called Biafra Republic’, stressing that the Niger Delta area stands on its own and should never be considered as part of Biafra as the area can never be part of Biafra.

Easter: God has a special interest in Ekiti people – Segun Oni

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr Segun Oni, has felicitated with the people of the state on this year’s Easter celebrations.
During his church service at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday 5th January 2020, Prophet TB Joshua released his much-anticipated prophetic message for the year 2020.

Prophet TB Joshua insists on adherence to coronavirus protocols

According to a cleric in the church, who had opted for anonymity, “The Spirit of God is not limited by anything, and that is why the Man of God gave a standing instruction that the ‘mountain’ must not be crowded.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has admonished the President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the entire students’ body.

Ekiti governor counsels NANS president on students rights, welfare

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has admonished the President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the entire students’ body.
The President and Chairman of the Council of Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria), Professor Charles Uwadia, has disclosed that digital technologies have proven to be efficient in sustaining social and economic developments.

CPN president: Digital technologies efficient in sustaining social, economic development

The President and Chairman of the Council of Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria), Professor Charles Uwadia, has disclosed that digital technologies have proven to be efficient in sustaining social and economic developments.

Mastercard buys $100 million stake in Airtel Africa’s mobile money

Mastercard has sealed a pact with wireless operator Airtel Africa that will see it procure a minority interest in the telco’s mobile money division, Airtel Mobile Commerce BV (AMC BV).
The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it was ready for fresh and immediate re-trial of the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.

Easter: Senator Kalu preaches unity among Nigerians

Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, has called for a more united Nigeria as he felicitated with Christians on the occasion of Easter celebration.

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US: China acting ‘more aggressively abroad’

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview that aired on Sunday that China had recently acted "more aggressively abroad" and was behaving "increasingly in adversarial ways."
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Rising oil price puts more pressure on NNPC’s finances

Crude oil extended its gains at the weekend after closing at a six-week high with signs of strengthening demand in key markets, thereby piling more pressure on the ability of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to contribute to the Federation Account.
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Airline operator canvases N500 billion aircraft leasing coy

For local airlines to survive and keep afloat in their flight operations, there is need for the Federal Government to set up aircraft leasing company, up to the tune of N500 billion, that will help to strengthen the airlines in the country.
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Kano governor approves 65-year retirement age for teachers

Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has approved the implementation of 65 years as retirement age for teachers and lecturers employed by the state’s higher institutions.
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24 NAMA ATCs get NCAA license, 30 others re-certified

As part of efforts geared towards efficient of air traffic management in the country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has obtained licenses for 24 newly recruited Air Traffic Control officers from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

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Tottenham identify Brendan Rodgers as ‘top target’ as they search for Jose Mourinho’s replacement

Tottenham Hotspur are on the lookout for a new manager after the departure of Jose Mourinho and they identified Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers as their ‘top target’.

SON seizes N600 million substandard tyres, laments absence at port

Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has made seizures of substandard tyres worth N600 million, just as it lamented its absence at the nation’s ports.
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CISLAC decries increasing attacks on journalists in Nigeria

This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, and made available to newsmen, where the organisation pointed that intimidation and oppression of journalists regarded by the Constitution as Fourth Estate of the Realm and watchdog is a violation of human rights and a deliberate attempt to scuttle the democratic process as far as checks and balances are concerned.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed on Tuesday that the Senate may next week consider the report of an Ad-Hoc Committee on security challenges with a view to finding solutions to Nigeria’s security problems.

Senate decries rising insecurity, to meet President Buhari, service chiefs

The Senate at Tuesday plenary expressed anger over the deteriorating security situation of the country, mandating its leadership to book an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari and service chiefs to discuss the issue and proffer lasting solutions.

SIM replacement: NCC fines Glo, Airtel, MTN; warns 9mobile

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined three top telecommunication companies in Nigeria the sum of N78.5 million.