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NAHCON reviews 2019 Hajj, Umrah operations

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has said that it has commenced a review of 2019 Hajj and Umrah activities with a view to improving its operations ahead of 2020 Hajj.
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MIKE SMITH Joint Military Task Force (JTF) spokesman Lt.Col. Onyema Nwachukwu speaks on illegal oil refineries and miltary operations to dislodge oil thieves in Bayelsa State of Niger Delta on April 9, 2013. Shell Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) had threatened to shut down production in April for nine days in the entire Nembe Trunk Line to remove a number of bunkering points on pipelines vandalised by oil thieves in the region. Since 2009, SPDC has experienced an upsurge in vandalisation of pipeline network by criminals causing severe environmental devastation and forcing the company to lose 60,000 barrels daily this year. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

DHQ: Children not detained as terrorism suspects

The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that children were not held as terrorism suspects in any military detention facility in the northeastern part of Nigeria.
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), has promised that the Federal Government would improve on the welfare of officers and soldiers of Nigerian Armed Forces to enhance their efficiency.

Federal government pledges improved welfare for army officers

The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), has promised that the Federal Government would improve on the welfare of officers and soldiers of Nigerian Armed Forces to enhance their efficiency.
L-R: Tokunbo Talabi, Ogun State SSG; Pastor Idowu Iluyomade,Special Assistant to G. O on CSR; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun;G. O RCCG, Pastor Adeboye; Wife of G. O, Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye at the commissioning of an ultramodern Intensive Care Unit, in Mowe, Ogun State.

Ogun jubilates as Pastor Adeboye unveils ICU centre at RCCG Headquarters

The commissioning which is part of the cardinal focus of the church’s Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) and in the fulfilment of its commitment “Help for the helpless, Hope for the hopeless, Food for the hungry, Strength for the weak” brings the total number of donated Ultra-Modern Intensive Care Units to 3 across the country.
Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, the General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry, OPM, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has said God did not call him to buy jet and flashy cars for his wife and children but to preach the gospel and reach out to the poor in a bid to bring them to Christ.

Apostle: God didn’t call me to buy jet, flashy cars

Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, the General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry, OPM, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has said God did not call him to buy jet and flashy cars for his wife and children but to preach the gospel and reach out to the poor in a bid to bring them to Christ.
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Governor Oyetola cancels Dubai trip for council chairpersons

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has cancelled an earlier approved trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for local government chairmen.

Minister: Abuja carnival to gulp N82.109 million

The 2019 edition of Abuja cultural carnival will gulp N82.109 million, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.

Senator Akume: Governor Ortom will lose supplementary poll

Despite loud boasts and expression of confidence, Governor Samuel Ortom and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are bound to lose Saturday’s supplementary election to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator George Akume, has declared.

WFA: Appropriate feeding practices for children lacking in Nigeria

A group, Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WFA), on Monday said appropriate feeding practices for children was still lacking among Nigerians, thus bringing about the prevalence of malnutrition in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to extend its exploration to six basins in the country.

South-west Ulamas back President Buhari’s second term bid

Religious leaders from all the states in the South-west region have thrown their weight behind the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.

UTME: Visually impaired want JAMB provide apex braille machines

Twenty-five candidates from the Bethesda Home for the Blind, Mushin, Lagos State, are to participate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the proprietress said on Tuesday.

Kaduna government releases N694.6 million for scholarship

The Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board said on Friday that the state government had released N694.682 million for disbursement as local scholarship for the 2017/2018 academic session to 7,942 students.
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Benue IDPs lament lack of basic amenities

The Internally Displaced Persons at the Abaagana Camp, Makurdi, have continued to express worry over lack of basic social amenities in the camps and exclusion from the society.
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Nigerians demand review of child adoption laws

Some Nigerians have called for a review of child adoption laws to discourage individuals or couples from patronising baby factories and other illegal outlets to adopt children.

AFCON: NFF advance team off to Seychelles

A two-man advance party of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is set to depart for the capital city of Seychelles ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

No queues at ATM points as salary delays despite Sallah

Bank customers in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday attributed non-payment of salary by the Federal Government as reason for low queues at the various bank Automated Teller Machines.

Governor Akeredolu urges Ondo pilgrims to be good ambassadors of Nigeria in Saudi Arabia

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Sunday, advised intending pilgrims from the state to Saudi Arabia for the 2018 Hajj to be good and responsible ambassadors of Nigeria.

NYSC gives date for commencement of 2018 Batch ‘B’ Orientation

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it will commence the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Orientation course for prospective corps members nationwide on July 24.

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The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Ekiti government to reconstruct Ado township roads

Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, at the weekend said his administration would soon begin the reconstruction of Ado township roads many of which have become deplorable as a result of lack of maintenance in the last four years.
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has assured industrialists in the state of his administration’s readiness to put an end to the deplorable state of road network affecting manufacturers and other road users in the state.

APC: Governor Abiodun’s appeal court victory, true reflection of people’s wishes

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, has described the victory of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, at the Appeal Court as a true reflection of the overwhelming wishes of Ogun people, freely expressed in the March 9 governorship election.

Anti-Ebola radio station closes down after broadcaster’s murder

A local radio station that has been involved in the fight against Ebola in eastern DR Congo said Monday it was closing down after one of its broadcasters was murdered.

Bayelsa guber: NGO preaches against violence, vote buying

Coalition for Development and Democracy in Bayelsa (CDDB), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has admonished political parties to refrain from violence or monetary inducement in the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state.

Aisha Buhari counsels parents on moral upbringing of children

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has challenged parents to take charge of their families by ensuring good moral upbringing of children so as to minimise crime in the society.