• BUA donates 3 COVID-19 ambulances, 100,000 face masks to Yobe

    BUA donates 3 COVID-19 ambulances, 100,000 face masks to Yobe
    Aliyu Idi Hong, Director of Government Relations, BUA Group(left) presenting documents of the three emergency ambulances donated by BUA as part of efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic to Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State(right) at the Government House, Damaturu.
    As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, BUA has donated three ambulances and 100,000 face masks to Yobe State government as part of its social support and humanitarian commitment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
    While
  • Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 3.3m as death toll hits 82,000

    Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 3.3m as death toll hits 82,000
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over 3.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent.
    The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter on Friday.
    WHO stated on its dashboard that there were over 3.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 2.8 million recoveries and 82,000 deaths cumulatively.
    Meanwhile, in a statement posted on its website, the UN heal
  • Abacha Loot: Supreme Court dismisses appeal by brother to late Abacha to unfreeze accounts

    Abacha Loot: Supreme Court dismisses appeal by brother to late Abacha to unfreeze accounts
    The Supreme Court, has for the second time, refused the request by Alhaji Ali Abacha, a brother to the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, to unfreeze accounts traced to him and relatives of the late Abacha in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.
    In a unanimous judgment on Friday, a five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta held that Ali Abacha’s case was statute barred, as at when it commenced in April 2004, at the Federal High Court in K
  • Learn to say goodbye

    Learn to say goodbye
    Love
    ‘Why do you have to say goodbye?
    ‘If I say goodbye the nation learns to move on. It outlives me when I am gone. One last time, the people will learn from me. And if we get it right, we are gonna teach them how to say goodbye…..I will use my position to move the people along’.
    The quote above is an excerpt from a musical titled ‘Hamilton’. The words were attributed to George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. This was when af
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  • UAE signs $23bn deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from US

    UAE signs $23bn deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from US
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday said that it had signed agreements worth 23 billion dollars with the U.S. on former President Donald Trump’s last full day in office.
    The country’s  embassy in Washington said in a statement on its website that the purpose of the deal was for the purchase of up to 50 F-35 jets, 18 armed drones and other defence equipment.
     It said the letters of agreement had been finalised on Tuesday confirming terms of purchase, including costs, t
  • COVID-19: Osinbajo lauds health personnel’s diligence amid ongoing challenges

    COVID-19: Osinbajo lauds health personnel’s diligence amid ongoing challenges
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has lauded the diligent work of Nigeria’s health workers and experts across the country in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic amid its rising cases.
    Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Friday, said the vice president went for a facility tour of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Reference Laboratory, at Gaduwa, Abuja.
    The vice president said the country had expanded its public health response capabilities a
  • Re: Nuclear family and extended family

    Re: Nuclear family and extended family
    By Francis Ewherido
    In reaction to my article, “Nuclear family and Extended family,” in December 2020, some readers wanted more light on how to avoid conflicts among mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law and by extension the larger family.
    Every married man must master the balancing act.  One, having been born into and grown up in a family, you should know the character of your father, mother and siblings. Fast forward, you become an adult and decide to get married.
    Before marryi
  • Nigerian music industry in limbo as COSON, MCSN battle on

    Nigerian music industry in limbo as COSON, MCSN battle on
    By Ayo Onikoyi
    The long battle between Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) as to who is legally responsible to act as a Collective Management Organisation/ Collective Society (CMO) or simply put, collect royalties on behalf of artists rages on.
    Recently MCSN issued a release, which was made available to Vanguard, that they have been empowered by NCC to be the sole CMO for the Nigerian Music Industry (NMI).
    “In a move putting a lie to t
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  • African Union facing unprecedented outrage ahead of leadership election in Ethiopia

    African Union facing unprecedented outrage ahead of leadership election in Ethiopia
    The sheduled African Union Commission elections slated to hold on February 7 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is facing an unprecedented level of public outcry due to the fact that for the first time in its history the incumbent Chairman, Faki Moussa Mahamat of Chad, is running unopposed for a second four-year term.
    Many observers have raised serious concerns about the manner in which the current chair has managed to mobilize stiff opposition from potential candidates.
    President of the Coal
  • 12 people murdered at refugee camp in Syria – UN

    12 people murdered at refugee camp in Syria – UN
    Twelve people were murdered at the overcrowded al-Hol refugee camp in north-eastern Syria since the beginning of the year, according to United Nations figures.
    Imran Riza, the UN’s resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator for Syria, and Muhannad Hadi, regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, expressed concerns over what they called deteriorating security conditions at al-Hol camp.
    From Jan. 1  to Jan. 16, the UN received reports of the murders of 12 Syrian
  • Sonnie Ayere recognized as ECOWAS Icon societal development

    Sonnie Ayere recognized as ECOWAS Icon societal development
    The West Africa Youth Council has recognized Nigeria’s Sonnie Ayere as winner of the ECOWAS Icon of Societal Development for his outstanding humanitarian work and exemplary career as a distinguished financial economist.
    This award was presented under the African Man of the Year with Nelson Mandela Leadership Award for Excellence & Integrity category.
    Mr. Ayere was honoured for playing a crucial pioneering role in transforming Nigeria’s bond markets, investment banking landscape a
  • Ndubuisi Kanu’s rainy salute

    Ndubuisi Kanu’s rainy salute
    By Emeka Obasi
    As a student I stood close to the podium that carried first governor of  Imo State, Lt. Commander Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu during May 27 ,1976 Children’s Day celebrations at the Owerri Township Stadium. The heavens opened up.
    Kanu’s aides quickly rushed to his Aide de Camp(ADC), Sub. Lt Anthony Oguguo with an umbrella. The younger officer smartly covered the governor. His boss quickly removed the umbrella and allowed his uniform to be drenched. I was touched by that
  • Erokam Empire Records disowns music act, City King

    Erokam Empire Records disowns music act, City King
    City King
    By Ayo Onikoyi
    Erokam Empire Records owned by Prince Ekene Okam has disowned their signee, City King who found fame under the label with the song “Street of Ekulu”.
    The warning was made official by a public announcement written and signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the record label, Prince Ekene Okam on the 11th of January, 2021
    ALSO READ: AFAN sets up 7-man electoral c’ttee to conduct national elections March 2021
    “Erokam Empire Records, a record la
  • 2023: Nigeria needs an enlightened President regardless of ethnicity — Prof. Ndigbe

    2023: Nigeria needs an enlightened President regardless of ethnicity — Prof. Ndigbe
    Prof. Okey-Ndibe
    By Dirisu Yakubu
    Ahead of the 2023 election cycle, Nigerians must build an alliance to produce an enlightened President desirous and competent to make the country a better place. This was the submission earlier in the week, of Professor Okey Ndibe, a seasoned columnist and novelist, on the Arise Television breakfast programme, The Morning Show.
    The don who decried the role of poverty in every election cycle in the country in the past, also urged Nigerians to see their count
  • Agribusiness: NASC withdraws, delists 103 seed entrepreneurs in 2020

    Agribusiness: NASC withdraws, delists 103 seed entrepreneurs in 2020
    Seed-fund
    Says farmers to access over 100mts of certified seeds staple crops
    Expresses high hope over passage of Plant Variety Protection Bill
    By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
    The National Agricultural Seeds Council, NASC, Friday, disclosed that 103 seed companies had their operational licenses withdrawn and were delisted due to over activities contrary to quality and standard.
    This was made known by the Director-General, NASC, Dr Philip Ojo, in an address at a media briefing held at NASC’s
  • Here’s why digital presence has become indispensable as per Model Katia Jundi

    Here’s why digital presence has become indispensable as per Model Katia Jundi
    With more and more businesses implementing a digital shift, working on one’s digital strategies and presence has become crucial. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd, especially when the internet has become nothing less than a space of sensation.
    At such times, maintaining an online presence as an individual or a brand is critical. What has drastically changed is the conventional ways of marketing, since modern-day technologies have taken over. Dubai-based Katia Jundi, a model, social
  • Gov Sule earmarks N7bn for yearly payment of inherited N50bn debt

    Gov Sule earmarks N7bn for yearly payment of inherited N50bn debt
    Governor Abdullahi Sule
    By David Odama— LAFIA
    Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State inherited over N50bn debt from the previous administration on assumption of office in 2019. The government is earmarking N7bn as a yearly payment from the 2021 budget for the settlement of the huge inherited debt.
    The state Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Planning, Haruna Adamu Ogbole, disclosed these while fielding questions from journalists at the 2021 budget breakdowon in Lafia, the state ca
  • Agency moves to stop worm infections in Kogi

    Agency moves to stop worm infections in Kogi
    Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
    By Boluwaji Obahopo— Lokoja
    AS the threat posed by worms continues to afflict many communities in Nigeria, a public-spirited organisation has taken steps to educate many communities in Kogi State and provide medical support to prevent the escalation of the health challenge going forward.
    The non-governmental organisation leading the way to save lives in some communities of the state, known as the Hallelujah Medical Mission, HMM, has already taken the cam
  • Clean Air: Kaduna residents take to solar ovens with excitement

    Clean Air: Kaduna residents take to solar ovens with excitement
    Stock image of solar panels.
    By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
    SOMETHING new is taking place in Kaduna and it is engendering unbridled excitement. It is the experimentation with solar power to cook. It is giving residents enormous joy as they continue to try how the newly discovered method will lead to a better way of saving cost and producing a clean environment for all in the days and years to come.
    Already, the trial has gone on smoothly giving hope to many that the idea of stemming environmental hazards
  • Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 3.3m as death toll hits 82,000 — WHO

    Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 3.3m as death toll hits 82,000 — WHO
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over 3.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent.
    The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter on Friday.
    WHO stated on its dashboard that there were over 3.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 2.8 million recoveries and 82,000 deaths cumulatively.
    Meanwhile, in a statement posted on its website, the UN heal
  • Ganduje rules out school closure amid COVID- 19 surge, outlines new strategy

    Ganduje rules out school closure amid COVID- 19 surge, outlines new strategy
    Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that the closure of schools, amid COVID-19 surge, could cause a set back to the society, a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, on Friday, said.
    The governor, who made the observation in Kano at a meeting with Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and order stakeholders, at the Government House, said there was, therefore, a dire need to fight the pandemic, through all available avenues.
    “There is a dire need
  • Singer, Dash.omd joins Chase Your Dreams Entertainment

    Singer, Dash.omd joins Chase Your Dreams Entertainment
    Dash.omd
    By Ayo Onikoyi
    David Ikpeme-Oji known as Dash.omd musically has inked his first mouth-watering record deal with Chase Your Dreams Entertainment.
    Dash.omd is an emerging Afro pop artiste whose music is a perfect inter-flow of RnB and soul music.
    ALSO READ: COVID-19: Lagos Assembly Mosque lifts ban on Jumat Service
    Dash, who is heavily influenced by legendary artistes like King Sunny Ade, Fela and Michael Jackson connects deeply with his fans, creating a sound and melody reflecting a
  • US Congress to deliver Trump impeachment charge on Monday

    US Congress to deliver Trump impeachment charge on Monday
    Donald Trump
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who displaced McConnell as the chamber’s leader after Democrats won two Georgia runoff elections this month, announced the move on the Senate floor on Friday.
    Schumer did not say when Trump’s second impeachment trial would begin.
    “The House will deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate. The Senate will conduct a trial of the impeachment of Donald Trump.
    ”It will be a full trial. It will be a fair trial,” Sch
  • Kinetic Abia Tours: Ikpeazu commissions 4 roads in Aba

    Kinetic Abia Tours: Ikpeazu commissions 4 roads in Aba
    Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu; His Eminence, Nzie Nsi Eke, Prelate and Moderator of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, and the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu at the commissioning of four roads in Aba— Milverton, Eziukwu, Ojike and Chisco link roads on Friday.
    Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has officially opened for public use four roads in the economic hub of Aba including Eziukwu Road, Milverton Avenue, Ojike Lane and Chisco Link Road, all in Aba South
  • FRSC to introduce digital driver’s licence

    FRSC to introduce digital driver’s licence
    The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi on Friday, announced the corps plan to  introduce a digital driver’s licence that would guard against theft.
    Oyeyemi made the announcement in  Abuja at the year’s first strategy session of zonal commanding officers and sector commanders on zero tolerance to crashes.
    He said that the plan was pursuat to the federal government’s deliberate effort at  making the nation’s economy digital.
    O
  • Residents of Ogun community decry road vandalism by land grabbers

    Residents of Ogun community decry road vandalism by land grabbers
    Residents of Feru, Ado-Odo Local Government Area, Ogun, on Friday decried the destruction of the Oguntedo-Feru road by land grabbers.
    The residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in separate interviews, appealed to the government to bring the perpetrators to book.
    They alleged that, on Jan. 20, some land grabbers brought bulldozers to damage the road, thereby disrupting economic activities in the affected area.
    The 2.5 kilometer road is said to be the major access road linking
  • Ilesanmi, Abayomi, 6 others become fellows of Nigerian Academy of Letters

    Ilesanmi, Abayomi, 6 others become fellows of Nigerian Academy of Letters
    By Olasunkanmi Akoni
    The Nigerian Academy of Letters has admitted eight new members into its College of Fellows for 2020.
    This was contained in a release by the secretary of the Academy, Prof. Ayobami Kehinde, in Abuja, on Thursday.
    The statement stated that the new fellows were selected based on their contributions to knowledge in their respective fields of specialisation.
    “It is with great delight to announce that eight of the members of the Nigerian Academy of Letters have been admitte
  • Actress, Nazareth Jesse emerges first female “Mayor” of Abuja AGN

    Actress, Nazareth Jesse emerges first female “Mayor” of Abuja AGN
    Nazareth Jesse
    By Ayo Onikoyi
    Nollywood actress, Nazareth Jesse Bako has been appointed as the first female Mayor of the Actors
    Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Abuja chapter. The actress broke the news through her WhatsApp Status.
    She said, “This appointment is a remarkable one as I’m the first female Mayor/Chairperson of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Abuja. I’m also the first Youth to attain such a position in the Actors Guild of Nigeria as Mayor. This is a great honour to me and to all my
  • Smuggling ringleaders get decades in prison for lorry migrant deaths

    Smuggling ringleaders get decades in prison for lorry migrant deaths
    The ringleaders of a people-smuggling group who were convicted for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a lorry in England in 2019 were on Friday sentenced to decades in prison.
    A court ruled on Friday on Gheorghe Nica, 43, from Essex, east of England and Haulier boss Ronan Hughes, 41, of Armagh, who were identified as the ringleaders.
    Also read: 65-year-old woman bags 43 years jail term for sharing online posts that criticise royal family
    Nica was sentenced to 27 years, while Hughes go
  • NiMet predicts dust haze, sunshine Saturday to Monday

    NiMet predicts dust haze, sunshine Saturday to Monday
    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze and sunshine from Saturday to Monday.
    NiMet’s weather outlook released on Friday in Abuja predicted dust haze with visibility range of 1km to 3km on Saturday.
    According to it, localised visibility of less than or equal to 1,000m is anticipated over the northern region, the North Central and the inland cities of the South throughout the forecast period.
    The agency envisaged the coastal region to be in dust haze condition wi

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