Category: News

We produced 15 million metric tonnes of rice this year – Nigerian rice farmers

By Egbogota Clara     Lagos   –    The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) on Sunday said that it produced 15 million metric tonnes of rice this year. RIFAN Deputy National Vice President, Segun Atho, said that the association’s rice production in 2017 was in excess of Nigeria’s population rice requirement of seven million metric tonnes annually. The RIFAN executive spoke at the Celebrating Nigeria Rice ceremony held at the Foursquare Gospel Church, Yaba, Lagos. “We produce 15 million metric tons of rice and Nigerians can only consume six to seven million metric tons; we produce excess and we can ... Read more

NMA urges FG to take urgent steps to reverse brain drain

By Esenvosa Izah   Lagos   –     The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to reverse the increasing level of brain drain affecting the medical profession. Prof. Mike Ogirima, President NMA, who made the call at a news conference on Sunday in Lagos. He said there should be more vacancies in health institutions for doctors to fill, while their welfare should also be improved upon. “Over the last 10 years, there have been isolated cases of migration, but it has become pronounced in the last five years that doctors cannot ... Read more

FG to make Calabar carnival a foreign exchange earner — Minister

By George Odok   Calabar   –     The Federal Government sas it will make the annual Calabar carnival a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this on Sunday in Calabar while flagging off the third dry run of the 2017 carnival which has the theme ‘Migration’. He said that the carnival, which has united the people over the years and had attracted wider participation, was the longest street party in the world with 12 kilometre-lond route. He said that it was time for people to start seeing the ... Read more

Gov Ganduje appoints Isiaku as new Secretary, KANSIEC

By Aisha Ahmed Kano   –    Kano State Governor, Dr.  Abdullahi Ganduje, has approved the appointment of Barr. Wada Bashir Isiaku as the Secretary, Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC). Isiaku was a one – time secretary of the commission from 2003 to 2007. This s contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Malam Mohammed Garba and issued to newsmen in Kano on Sunday. According to the statement, the new Secretary holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and Bachelor’s degree in Law from Bayero University, Kano. He worked with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) , as ... Read more

Nigerians in U.S. honours Amb. Nsofor

By Prudence Arobani   New York   –       The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA), USA, on Saturday organised a reception dinner to formally welcome retired Justice Sylvanus Nsofor to the U.S. as the Nigerian Ambassador in the country. The event, which held at Holiday Inn, Maryland, was attended by many esteemed Nigerians from across the U.S., Nigerian diplomats and other officials of the Nigeria Missions in the U.S. An elated Amb. Nsofor, accompanied by his wife, in his remarks, praised the Nigerians in the U.S. for their show of affection toward him and his wife since ... Read more

Flynas Airline commences weekly flight operations from Kano

By Ramatu Garba   Kano   –      A Saudi-Arabia-based Airline, Flynas has commenced weekly flight operations from Kano to Jeddah as part of effort to enhance bilateral economic ties between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. The Airline’s Official Agent in Nigeria, Alhaji Umar Kaila disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano on Sunday. He said the airline had already made its first flight on Saturday with Airbus 330 Aircraft, with no fewer than 106 passengers on board. According to him, the airline had put in place measures on ground to make the ... Read more

South Africa’s Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma formally nominated to run for president of ANC

JOHANNESBURG   – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress formally nominated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the only candidates to run for the presidency of the party at a conference on Sunday. The official nominations, announced by an election official, come after months of campaigning across Africa’s most industrialised economy set the stage for the start of voting by 4,776 delegates in the tight race between the two candidates. (Reuters)

Commissioner urges Buhari to prosecute war on corruption with iron fist

By Emmanuel Antswen     Makurdi   –     The Public Complainants Commissioner overseeing Benue State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to take the war on corruption with all seriousness. He made the appeal in a message on the President’s 75th Birth Day Anniversary on Sunday, which he personally signed and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi. Tsav advised Buhari to “take the war on corruption with a hot iron where whoever touches it gets burnt. It should not be politicised”. “Some of his age mates have advised him to emulate Nelson Mandella and ... Read more

Gov Okorocha assures residents of adequate security

Owerr   –     Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo has assured residents of adequate security in the state during the Christmas period. Okorocha gave the assurance in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, made available to newsmen in Owerri. He said that the 2017 Christmas will be the best ever to be celebrated by Christians in the state in particular and across the nation. The governor urged Christians to focus on the promises of God for their lives and not on the problems confronting them. According to him, peace shall reign in the land. Okorocha also assured Imo ... Read more

Gov Obaseki’s aide rallies support to fight human trafficking

By Igbaugba Ehigimetor   Benin   –     Edo government says it would work with civil society groups to sensitise people of the state on the dangers associated with human trafficking and illegal migration. Mr Solomon Okoduwa, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration to Gov. Godwin Obaseki said this in a statement issued in Benin on Sunday as part of activities to mark the International Migrants Day holding on Monday. The SSA noted that the annual rally which is convened under the umbrella of Network against Human Trafficking, (NCAHT), will also afford stakeholders the ... Read more

Gov Obaseki describes Buhari as exemplary leader at 75

By Joy Odigie   Benin   –    Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has described President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his 75th birthday as an exemplary leader. Obaseki made the remark in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategies, Mr Crusoe Osagie in Benin on Sunday. The governor said: “As you mark this day, we are inspired by your exemplary leadership, dedication to the cause of the common man and relentless commitment to restoring the country to greatness”. He noted that Nigeria’s standing in the international community is fast changing ... Read more

FAAN investigates alleged theft of crew baggage

By Adekunle Williams   Lagos   –  The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has begun investigations into the case of a burgled aircraft on Tuesday. The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the burgling of a Vista Jet aircraft with Call Sign VJT 584, reportedly occurred, while it was taxiing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. Yakubu said a combined team of FAAN’s Aviation Security (AVSEC) department, the Airport Police Command and other relevant security agencies had begun investigation into the ... Read more

PDP to evaluate performance of new councils in Akwa Ibom–Scribe

By Isaiah Eka Uyo  –   The  People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom says it will monitor the performances of the newly elected Council Chairmen and Councillors and evaluate them on the basis of  the party’s  template. The Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Ini Ememobong made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Sunday. He said the measure was aimed at ensuring that the elected office holders at the grassroots  deliver dividends of democracy to the people. Ememobong said that the party has set a minimum standard of performance for all ... Read more

Crawford University: Best Graduating Student says avoided campus dating to achieve dream

By Olanrewaju Akojede/Folashade Martins   Lagos   –     The overall best graduating student of the Crawford University, Igbesa in Ogun, Samuel Ogunlana, says he avoided campus romance just to achieve his dream of becoming the best student. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogun-born Ogunlana finished from the Department of Political Science, College of Business and Social Sciences with CGPA of 4.94. Ogulana told NAN on Sunday in Lagos that to focus on achieving his lofty dream; he needed to streamline his social activities, especially interactions with opposite sex which might distract him. “I did not have a girlfriend ... Read more

Buhari to attend 59th Independence Anniversary of Republic of Niger Monday

By Ismaila Chafe   Abuja  –     President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger in Tahoua, Niger. The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday that Buhari alongside the Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger would participate in the historic event. The event is being held every year on Dec. 18 to commemorate the founding of the Republic of Niger and creation of the Presidency. The presidential aide disclosed that after the ceremony, the Nigerian leader ... Read more

Ekiti Govt restates commitment to non-interference in LG elections

Ariwodola Idowu Ado Ekiti   –      Ekiti State Government has restated its commitment to ensuring  non-interference in the affairs of the state Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC)  poised to organise  a free, fair and credible local government election scheduled for Saturday in the state. The Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Dr. Modupe Alade gave the assurance while speaking to journalists in Ifaki, Ekiti on Sunday. According to her, the electoral commission comprised men and women of honour and integrity who would not  succumb to any form of manipulation in the course of discharging their statutory responsibilities as electoral ... Read more

Navy recover 1330 jerry cans of petrol from oil thieves

By Henry Oladele   Lagos   –    The Nigerian Navy says they have recovered 1,330 jerry cans filled with petrol during a raid on oil thieves in Atlas Cove Island in Lagos. The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROCT Commander, Rear Adm. Maurice Eno, told journalists on Saturday night that the product was evacuated from a storage facility in Ilado/Idimangoro area of the island. According to the naval chief, the petroleum product was stolen from vandalised NNPC pipelines on Atlas Cove Island. Eno said that no person was found at the storage facility during the raid. He said that the navy monitored ... Read more

90% of Nigerian nurses lack basic life support skills – Group

By Felicia Imohimi   Abuja   –     Inspire Nurses Network Africa (INNA), an NGO, on Sunday in Abuja said 90 per cent of Nigerian Nurses lacked basic life support skills on emergency care. Josiah Okesola, Leader of the group, disclosed this while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Okesola, who was accompanied by Mrs Regina Askia-Williams, emphasised that every nurse was supposed to be trained on emotional intelligence and critical thinking as well as basic life support skills. She said these would enable them to respond effectively to emergency anywhere they found themselves. NAN reports ... Read more

Healthcare: Regina Askia-Williams wants Govt to invest in Nurses

By Felicia Imohimi   Abuja   –     Regina Askia-Williams, a New York-based Liver and Kidney Transplant Nurse, has called on the Government to “invest in the Nurses” to achieve efficient healthcare delivery in the country. Askia-Williams made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. “ It is time for government to invest in the nurses in terms of providing a good environment of care, improving their skills, especially training and provision of right equipment, ” she said. She also stressed the need for government to create an enabling environment ... Read more

Onanuga elected into FAAPA Executive Council

Casablanca   –   The managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Onanuga  has been elected into Executive Council of the Atlantic Federation of African News Agencies (FAAPA) The election took place on Friday at the third General Assembly of the three year old organization in Casablanca, Morocco. The head of Cape Verde news agency was similarly elected into the governing council that now has nine members, two more than was elected at the inauguration of the group. Mr. Onanuga attended the general assembly of the group for the first time. Head of Moroccan news agency, Mr. Khalil Hachimi ... Read more

Fayose’s aide advises Ekiti indigenes to protect projects in their communities against vandalism

By Ariwodola Idowu Are-Ekiti   –     The Chairman of the Ekiti State Implementation Committee on Millenium Development Goals, (MDGs), Chief Dipo Anisulowo on Saturday advised the citizens of the state to support the state government by initiating community-based projects in their domains.   Anisulowo also  the Chief of Staff, (COS) to Gov. Ayodele Fayose of  Ekiti said such support and partnership had become necessary as the  government alone could not shoulder every responsibility of the state. He said that the state government would  not know the exact  immediate needs of most communities unless they decided to  embark on ... Read more

Kano Govt to spend over N80m on Health Week

Kano    –      Kano State Government says it is planning to spend over N80 million in the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week(MNCH). The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, announced this at a news Conference ahead of the week in Kano. Getso said during the programme, over 2.6 million children below the age of six were expected to be supplemented with Vitamin A, while other children would receive free immunization against communicable diseases. According to him, “about 650 pregnant women will also have access to free ante natal screening as well as other treatments such as malaria”. The commissioner ... Read more

Obasanjo calls for unity among Yorubas

By Suleiman Shehu Ibadan –   Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for unity among Yorubas, especially among the Owu people. Obasanjo, the Balogun of Owu Kingdom, made the call on Saturday in Ibadan during the 26th National Convention of Royal Union of Owu People (RUOP). The former president said that the purpose of establishing RUOP was to foster unity and assist the less privileged among Owu people and Yoruba in general. He urged the people to always ask about the welfare of one another, saying it had been the legacy of their forefathers. He asked the people to make ... Read more

Buhari Challenges ECOWAS Leaders On Prudent Management of Resources

By Ismaila Chafe Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday called on ECOWAS member states to urgently review their spending patterns for optimisation of strategic goals of the Community. President Buhari made the call at the 52nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held in Abuja. He said the call had become imperative in view of the recent recession and economic challenges faced by ECOWAS member states, as evidenced by the severe drop in real growth rate for ECOWAS from 6.1 per cent in 2014 and 3.3 per cent in 2015 to an alarming ... Read more

Buhari pledges FG’s support to end women, child abuse

By Ahmed Ubandoma Abuja –   President Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed the Federal Government’s readiness to support the fight against women and child abuse in Nigeria. President Buhari said this on Saturday while speaking at a one-day National Workshop on War against Abuse in Nigeria. The Programme was organised by Mrs Aisha Buhari’s NGO, the “Future Assured Programme’’ in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja. Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, said abuse against women and children was a major source of concern to the federal government. He ... Read more

Sultan urges Muslims to look for new moon

By Muhammad Nasir Bello   Sokoto  –     The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Sunday, urged Muslims to start looking for the new moon of Rabi’u Assani 1439 AH from Monday (Dec. 18). This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto and made available to newsmen. It said: “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, Dec. 18, which is equivalent to 29 day of Rabi’u Awwal 1439 AH, shall be the day to look for the new moon of Rabi’u Assani 1439 AH. ... Read more

NGO donates telephones to IDPs

By EricJames Ochigbo   Abuja   –    A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Hope’s Door Foundation (HDF), said it donated 700 telephones, 600 bottles of pre-natal vitamins and 8000 sanitary pads to Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East. It said that it also gave out underwear, toiletries and class materials for school children in the IDPs’ camps, especially in Borno, Adamawa and Nasarawa. The Founder of the foundation, Mrs Iby Ikotidem, made this known at a fund-raising event in Abuja on Sunday. She also said that the organisation had concluded plans to set up a shoe factory and renovate existing ones, with equipment ... Read more

Zamfara Govt partners AL-HANDA University on education development

By Ishaq Zaki   Gusau   –      The Zamfara State government is partnering with AL-HANDA International University Niamey in Niger Republic on education development. Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari stated this in Gusau on Sunday at the official commissioning of the university’s liaison office in the state. Yari represented by his deputy, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala described the establishment of the office in the state as a welcome development especially as it would assist the teeming youths from the state who have the interest to further their studies in various fields of knowledge. According to him, one of the major policies ... Read more

Okiro charges new cadets to be committed to duty

By Joseph Edeh   Abuja –      The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, (PSC), Mr Mike Okiro, has charged new Cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police, (ASPs) to be committed to their duties. The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the cadets were part of the 10,000 policemen President Muhammadu Buhari approved in 2015 for recruitment. Okiro, according to a statement by Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations on Sunday, spoke to the cadets at their passing out parade at the Police Staff College Jos. He said the police profession calls for ... Read more

Igbo Union plans database of members in South Africa

By Mike Mbonye   Johannesburg  –     The Igbo Union, a South Africa-based socio-cultural organisation, says arrangement has been concluded to collate the data of its members in that country. The union’s Public Relations Officer, Rev. Stanley Uba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday that the census would be used to ascertain the population of Igbos in that country. “This project is the first of its kind to be done in South Africa. We will use the data collated to plan for programmes and projects and assist members when necessary. “The exercise ... Read more

Migration: Atiku calls for enabling environment for job creation

By Emmanuel Oloniruha   Abuja   –      Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has advised governments at all levels to create the enabling environment that would attract and sustain investments that would create jobs for the army of unemployed in Nigeria. A statement by Atiku Media Organisation on Sunday in Abuja reported Abubakar as making the recommendation to mark the United Nations International Migrants Day holding on Monday. He said that creation of jobs and opportunities with inclusive government that did not engender crisis would help to stem the ill-fated migration of Nigerians. Abubakar said that the major driver of migration, which ... Read more

Double registration: Gov Bello will prove his innocence – Aide

By Stephen Adeleye   Lokoja   –      Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi is prepared to prove his innocence on the allegation of double registration leveled against him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), his media aide has said. The Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said in a statement on Sunday in Lokoja, that the governor was “upbeat in the midst of allegation of double registration against him”. He said that the governor was prepared to prove his innocence. “We have not said anything about the allegation because we have to allow our legal team ... Read more

Calabar Carnival, platform to develop creative economy – Mohammed

By Rotimi Ijikanmi   Calabar   –     The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the Calabar Carnival is a veritable platform to turn the nation’s creative industry to creative economy. The Minister stated this on Sunday in Calabar when he declared open the final dry run of the 2017 Abuja Carnival. Mohammed said that the carnival had developed over the years to become the Africa’s biggest street party preoccupied with celebrating culture, tradition, creativity and intelligence. He said besides providing employment for youths and boosting local economy, the carnival attracted participants from within and outside the country. The ... Read more

Marine engineer urges govt to review seafarers’ programme

By Adeleye Ajayi Lagos –  Mr Olu Akinsoji, former Sole Administrator of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) in Oron, Akwa Ibom, has urged Federal Government to review the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP). Akinsoji, former Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday. He said that the NSDP scheme being coordinated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) should be reviewed to pave way for Maritime Academy of Nigeria to be strengthened in line with its basic function of ... Read more

Group urges healthy criticism of govt programmes, policies

By Olasunkanmi Onifade Abuja –   Mr Emmanuel Okeme, the National Coordinator, Initiative for Promotion of Peace and Unity in Nigeria, on Saturday, called for healthy criticisms of government programmes and policies to move the country forward. He made the call at the National Interfaith Thanksgiving Project for the survival of President Muhammadu Buhari and stability of Nigeria in Abuja. He said “Nigeria has gone through various challenges, but the country still stands together; that is why we need to stop unhealthy criticisms and appreciate the efforts of this administration. “The interfaith thanksgiving is to appreciate God for the stability ... Read more

NCS seeks stronger collaboration with other agencies to curb smuggling

By Deborah Coker Benin –   The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Saturday called for stronger synergy with other sister agencies and host communities in the state in the war against smuggling. Superintendent of Customs Clement Atinse, the Officer in Charge of the Benin outstation, made the call during its end of year activities. The occasion was used as an avenue by the outstation to interact with invited stakeholders and forge stronger ties. Atinse said that the outstation had enjoyed good working relationships with the other sister agencies and stressed the need to strengthen the collaboration. “There is room for ... Read more

Magboro residents protest IBDEC’s crazy bills, erratic power supply

By Akojede Olanrewaju Lagos –  Magboro residents are in the news again. The community near the Ibafo-Mowe axis on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway hit the headlines last year for being without power for close to a decade. After being connected to the grid, residents now said they have not been enjoying seamless power supply and they are often slammed wayward bills by Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBDEC). Some of the residents on Saturday protested what they called “crazy bills and insensitivity” of IBEDC. The community popularly referred to as “Second Lagos’’, described IBDEC services as a rip off . The protesters, ... Read more

Communal efforts: CDA embarks on construction of N5m Link-Bridge in Lagos

By Yemi Adeleye Lagos –  The Alaguntan and Abule Oki Joint Community Development Area (CDA) in Alimosho area of Lagos State has commenced the construction of an 11-metre long link-bridge estimated to cost N5million. The link-bridge would connect Kokumo Road to Aboru road in the area on completion. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the project site on Saturday observed that construction work was in progress. Mr Rasak Jinadu, the Chairman, Abule-Oki Central CDA and Chairman of the Joint CDA Project Committee said that the project was borne out of the determination to open up ... Read more

Aisha Buhari urges stakeholders to stand against all forms of Women,Child Abuses

By Ahmed Ubandoma Abuja –  The wife of the President Mrs Aisha Buhari, has urged stakeholders to make concerted efforts towards eradicating all forms of abuses in Nigeria. Mrs Buhari made the call on Saturday while delivering her speech at the National Workshop on War against Abuse organized by her NGO, the Future Assured programme in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja. The wife of the President said that the workshop was organized to sensitise the general public on issues related to all forms of abuse in Nigeria. She also said, the workshop was intended to ... Read more

Nigerian develops ‘Mbele App’ to increase access to quality education

By Femi Ogunshola Abuja –  Mr Peter Ayeni, a Nigerian has developed an App tagged “Mbele”, that will help to increase access to quality education using technology and creating a fun learning environment in Nigeria. Ayeni told newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that “Mbele is a social enterprise in Nigeria that uses technology innovation to provide access to quality and fun learning environment for all’’. He said that the App was a learning platform that would change the challenges of learning among young Nigerians. According to him, its mission is to increase access to quality education anywhere in the country. ... Read more