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Ambode to launch world class Ikeja Bus Terminal

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, will anytime from now launch a world class  bus terminal, first of its type in Nigeria, in Ikeja, capital of Lagos state,

The  Ikeja Bus Terminal was  developed by the State government  as part of the infrastructure for the Lagos Bus Reforms Project.

It will serve as the hub of all transport activities within the Ikeja Zone, serving over 50,000 passengers daily and providing access to many destinations, including Oshodi, Ojota, Iyana-Ipaja, Maryland, Agege, Ogba, CMS, Obalende, Iyana-Ipaja, etc.

The Terminal is built to provide a safe, secure, comfortable and relaxing environment, unlike the current bus parks and garages, where transport services take place in the sun and the rain, in unhygienic environment with no facilities and with very rickety vehicles. Read more

United Nations sues for peace, diplomacy in Nigeria

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, has called for a surge in diplomacy for peace and for a new emphasis on preventing conflicts in Nigeria and the world in general.

Guterres made the call in a statement made available by the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Nigeria, Oluseyi Soremekun

The Secretary General was quoted as saying this in a message to the Lagos Model United Nations (LMUN) 2017 organised by the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in collaboration with UNIC Lagos.

Guterres’ message was delivered by UNIC Lagos Knowledge Management Assistant, Ms Bolanle Olumekor.

The LMUN with the theme, “Innovation, Development, and Diversity for Global Sustainability” was attended by 200 delegates from 14 Universities in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Read more

IGP Idris sacks 4 policemen in Ijebu-Ode over extortion

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has sacked four policemen attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun State.

The men were found guilty of extorting N50,000 from a man they arrested on trumped up charge.

Affected by the dismissal order are Inspector Mufutau Olaosun, Sgt. Adebayo Temitope, Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin.

According to a statement by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Sogunle, who heads the Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, the men were dismissed after they were found guilty in an Orderly Room trial at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode. Read more

Osinbajo condemns killings in Taraba

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday ordered police reinforcement, deployment of extra military battalion and personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to the troubled areas of Taraba.

Osinbajo gave the order in Abuja while commiserating with victims of the recent violent attacks in a number of communities in the state where deaths were reported.

A statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, said that Osinbajo condemned the attacks in the communities.

He promised that the perpetrators would be brought to book. Read more

Federal, States share N46.6b extra in May

Nigeria’s Federal Government, 36 states and the 774 local councils, shared an extra N46.6 billion in May.

In all, N462.4 billion was shared as revenue among the three tiers of government.

The bonus came as the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) completed the refund of N450 billion to the federation account.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, made the statement on Thursday in Abuja at the monthly meeting of Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).

Isa-Dutse, who represented the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun at the meeting, said that NNPC completed the payment in April this year. Read more

Osinbajo urges governors to safeguard lives, properties

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday urged state governors must safeguard the lives and properties of all citizens residing in their states.

Osinbajo, who gave the advice at a consultative meeting with the governors at the Presidential Banquet, Abuja, said the directive had become imperative in view of the fact that “Nigeria is indissoluble’’.

He warned that leaders must not allow “the careless use of words and careless expressions” that might degenerate into crisis.

He said: “”We are a people that like to talk and we express ourselves loudly but it is expected for us to recognise that it is those same words that can cause conflagration that can unfortunately lead to calamity.

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JAMB: 85,000 candidates get second chance for UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed Saturday, July 1 to conduct supplementary Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 85,000 candidates.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, announced the date in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the examination, which is for candidates who registered late and those with related issues, will be spread across some Computer Based Testing (CBT) centres.

“Following an enlarged management meeting of the JAMB, the supplementary 2017 UTME has been fixed to hold on Saturday, July 1.

“No fewer than 85,000 candidates are scheduled to write the examination. Read more

Another 175 Nigerians flee Libya, return home

Another batch of One Hundred and Seventy-five (175) Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aircraft landed at 7.50p.m Tuesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The returnees were made up of of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants.

They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police. Read more

NSE market value rises by N84bn

The Nigerian stock market on Tuesday maintained a bullish trend with the market capitalisation growing by N84 billion, lifted by gains from cement, breweries and beverages stocks.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation grew by N84 billion or 0.71 per cent to close at N11.887 trillion as against N11.803 trillion achieved on Monday.

Similarly, the All-Share Index rose to two-year of 34,375.60, appreciating by 240.50 points or 0.70 per cent compared to 34,135.10 recorded on Monday.

Julius Berger recorded the highest price gain to lead the gainers’ pack, increasing by N4.04 to close at N43.84 per share.

Dangote Cement followed with a gain of N3.97 to close at N213.97 and Nigerian Breweries garnered N3 to close at N168 per share.

Nestle also increased by N3 to close at N910, while International Breweries added N2.30 to close at N30.65 per share. Read more

FG to launch intervention for refugees, IDPs

The Federal Government says it would unveil a National Integrated framework for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in September.

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this during the commemoration of the 2017 World Refugees Day on Tuesday in Abuja.

Represented by Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Osinbajo said that the framework would integrate appropriate interventions through effective utilization of data, research and planning for the return, resettlement, rehabilitation and reintegration of all persons of concerns

He said that the new approach would be a shift from relief dependent measures to real and measurable durable solution strategies. Read more

FIRS generates N778bn in first quarter 2017

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) says it generated N778.19 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2017.

This is according to a progress report by the FIRS sent to the Federal Ministry of Finance, and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

The report, which showed the revenue performance for the first quarter of 2017, gave a breakdown of money collected.

According to the report, the FIRS collected N338.3 billion as Petroleum Profit Tax between January and March, as against the N176.7 billion collected in the period under review in 2016.

Similarly, Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue increased from N198.7 billion in first quarter of 2016, to N221.37 billion in first quarter of 2017. Read more

Introducing Playhouse Children Centre

Playhouse Children Centre is an early childhood setting providing quality care from birth to 5 years. It was started 13 years ago with the sole aim of creating an amiable environment for the care, entertainment and education of children, equipping them developmentally for their formative and sensitive years. We take pride in raising imaginative, inquisitive and intelligent young minds.

Our core values of professionalism, love, care, fun, creativity, clean and safe environment; has been our mainstay over the years. We also run an entertainment outfit which caters to children during seminars, weddings etc.

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Acting President Osinbajo signs 2017 budget into law

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday signed the 2017 budget almost four weeks after the National Assembly transmitted the appropriation bill to the presidency.

At the signing ceremony witnessed by principal officers of the National Assembly, led by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Osinbajo declared that the N7.44trillion budget will bring back an era of abundance in the Nigerian economy.

The budget passed by the National Assembly since almost a month ago, was dogged by some delay on the executive side as there were some arguments over the alterations of some priority projects by the Assembly and also an expansion of the budget from what President Buhari presented last December. Read more

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder meets Lola Omolola

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday received Nigeria’s Lola Omolola, founder of a secret Facebook group called Female in Nigeria (FIN).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FIN was founded in 2015 by Omolola, a movement of women focused on building compassion and providing support for one another, with the goal of having up to 1000 members in the group.

However, the group exceeded its target as it recently hit one million members.

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FG pays N375.8m to 20 Whistleblowers

The Federal Ministry of Finance says N375.8 million has been paid to 20 providers of information under the Whistleblower Policy.

The Director of Information, Mr Salisu Dambatta in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said that payment was related to the recovery of N11.6 billion.

Dambatta explained that the payment was only for recovered assets that had been declared free of legal disputes or litigation by the Attorney-General of the Federation.

He said that in addition, taxes have been removed before final payments to beneficiaries.

“This payment, which is the first under the Whistleblower Policy, underscores the commitment of the President Muhmmadu Buhari-led administration in meeting obligations to information providers under the Whistleblower Policy.

“The policy is an essential tool in the fight against corruption. Read more

RCCG donates ICU equipment to LASUTH

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Apapa Family, on Sunday donated some sets of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

The equipment include: four CR 5,000 ICU Beds, four Alpha Active 4 Mattresses, B-Braun Infusion Pumps, Syringe Pumps, Muliti-Parameter patient monitors and bedside lockers

The church had also refurbished and equipped the ICU in the Surgical Emergency section of the hospital.

The Head Pastor of RCCG, Apapa Family, Idowu Iluyomade, spoke at the inauguration of the units and handing over of the equipment.

Iluyomade said that the donation was part of the church’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. Read more

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