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Lagos holds 4-day retreat for cabinet members, Permanent Secretaries

A day after Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu constituted the State Executive Council, members of the cabinet alongside Permanent Secretaries are being hosted to a capacity building retreat to prepare

I will give equal attention to Sports,Youth development – Dare

Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development has pledged to give equal attention to the development of Sports and the Youths as he strives to reposition the ministry.

Put Nigeria first, APC UK advises new ministers

The United Kingdom chapter of the All progressives Congress (APC) has advised the ministers to put the country and the people first in the discharge of their duties. Mr Ade

Buhari warns cabinet members against unnecessary altercation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja, cautioned new cabinet Ministers against unnecessary altercation while discharging their responsibilities. Buhari, who gave the warning at the inauguration of ministers at the

FULL LIST: Buhari inaugurates new cabinet, retains petroleum minister position

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday swore in the 43 appointed ministers at the Federal Executive Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari who announced the portfolio of each minister shortly after

ID Africa and Plaqad Announce Second Edition of Social4Media Masterclass

Lagos based marketing and media company, ID Africa and marketing technology startup Plaqad, have announced they will be training over 50 Nigerian media professionals at the 2019 edition of Social4Media

NIMC extends NIN enrolment to Nigerians in Austria, Germany

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has concluded plans to extend National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment to Nigerians in the Diaspora, who are residing in Austria and Germany. Mr Aliyu

SWIMMING IN GLORY PART 7 by Pastor E.A Adeboye (Full Text of RCCG July2019 Holy Ghost Service message)

JULY HOLY GHOST SERVICE THEME: SWIMMING IN GLORY (PART 7): BORN TO BE GREAT 5TH JULY, 2019. BY: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE Thank You Father. Just lift your hands to the

Wadume’s arrest to bring answers to policemen killing in Taraba – IGP

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has commended his men for the perseverance and painstaking efforts exhibited that led to the arrest of suspected notorious kidnap kingpin Alhaji

Sanwo-Olu inaugurates cabinet, charges members on service delivery

…Commissioners, Special Advisers Get Portfolios All roads led to Alausa – the seat of Lagos State Government – on Tuesday for an August occasion. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu constituted the state’s

Court denies application stopping ministerial inauguration

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, refused to grant a request stopping  President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 ministerial nominees over the exclusion of an FCT indigene from his cabinet list.

The applicant, Mr Musa Baba-panya, who was also the counsel in the case, had, on Thursday, approached the court with an exparte motion, asking the court to stop the president from going ahead on the inauguration.

In suit number: number: FHC/ABJ/CS/878/19, Baba-panya, who is also an indigene of Karu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said the president’s action was contrary to an Appeal Court’s judgment delivered on March 15, 2018.

President Buhari is the 1st defendant while the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) is the 2nd defendant in the case. Read more

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Cabinet to be inaugurated this week – Sanwo-Olu

agos State Executive Council will be fully inaugurated on Tuesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said.
The Governor said he would not delay the swearing-in of Commissioner- and Special Adviser-designates already cleared by the State House of Assembly. He spoke at the weekend while receiving a body of retired top civil servants under the aegis of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS). Read more

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Ohaneze Ndigbo youth wing condemns IPOB attack on Ekweremadu

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Worldwide has taken a swipe at the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over their alleged attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike  Ekweremadu, in Germany.

Ekweremadu was reportedly attacked on Saturday by a group, which claimed to be IPOB members, at Nuremberg, Germany during a New Yam festival organised by Igbos.

In a reaction, the leader of the youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Arthur Uchenna-Obiorah, in a statement issued to newsmen on Sunday in Awka, described the incident as unfortunate.

Uchenna-Obiorah warned that Igbo youths would not tolerate such a barbaric act from irate youths that might want to hide under any disguise to abuse its leaders.

He described as unnecessary, the attack on Ekweremadu, whose clear antecedents and activities to end the marginalisation of Ndigbo, he said, were well-known to everybody.

He stated, “As a body, we condemn the attack in strong terms and demand an unreserved apology from the leadership of IPOB group for assaulting one of the most celebrated Igbo icons.” Read more

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Afrobasket 2019: Buhari Hails D’tigress For Victory

President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with national female basketball team, D’Tigress, for a highly impressive outing at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2019 in Dakar, Senegal, that saw them coasting home to victory at the finals, winning the hosts, 60-55.

President Buhari congratulates the D’Tigress for a remarkably synergized play that enabled them to outpace and outplay all the teams at the tournament to retain the title they won in 2017, further consolidating their position as African champions with four titles. Read more

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Nigeria’s D’Tigress defeat Senegal to retain Afrobasket title

Nigeria’s female basketball team D’Tigress on Sunday defeated Senegal 60-55 to win the 2019 women’s Afrobasket title they won two years ago.

The final match played at the at the Dakar Arena, Senegal saw about 15,000 fans watch the Nigerian ladies overpower the tournament host Senegal to win back-to-back titles.

The result means D’Tigress became the first team to win back-to-back FIBA Women’s AfroBasket titles since Angola followed up their 2011 triumph with another in 2013.

To make it to the final, Nigeria eased past Mali, 79-58, in Friday’s first semifinal, while Senegal defeated Mozambique 60-57.

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GTBank Releases 2019 Half Year Audited Results, Reports Profit before Tax of N115.8Billion

Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its audited financial results for the half year ended June 30, 2019 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges.

The half year result shows positive growth across key financial metrics and reflects GTBank’s leading position as one of the best managed financial institutions in Africa. The Bank reported a Profit before Tax of N115.8billion, representing a growth of 5.6% over N109.6billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2018. The Bank’s loan book grew by 1.0% from N1.262trillion recorded as at December 2018 to N1.274trillion in June 2019 and customer deposits increased by 6.3% to N2.418trillion from N2.274trillion in December 2018.

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Ihedioha appoints Kanu Nwankwo SSA on Sports

Imo State governor has appointed Nigeria’s football legend. Kanu Nwankwo as his Senior Special Assistant on Sports.

Ihedioha made the announcement when Kanu visited him at the government House Owerri to present his CAF medal.

According to a statement by

“ Izuchukwu Akwarandu, the governor’s aide on new media, Kanu Nwankwo’s appointment is with immediate effect.

“Papilo, as fondly called by his fans, came to present his most recent CAF award, which was given to him at the just concluded Nations Cup in Egypt, to the sports-loving governor of Imo State. The star also presented a branded jersey to the governor.” Read more

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Buhari Meets With IDPs In Katsina, Assures Of Better Protection

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Batsari Local Government Council, Katsina State, assured all victims of banditry attacks that the Federal Government will deploy security measures and strengthen operations to safeguard lives and property, warning that perpetrators will not go unpunished.

Speaking to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), drawn from seven local governments that were affected in Katsina at Basari council secretariat, the President said the Federal Government was fully aware of the plight of citizens and will remain focused on delivering on its mandate of securing the lives of citizens.

He said: “I am very sad that the consequences of these actions have brought hardship and affected the socio-economic life of our people in the localities. Agriculture, which is the mainstay of the economy and source of livelihood is worse affected.

“I would like to assure you that the Federal Government is fully aware of your situation as I receive daily reports from security agencies and the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who personally visited and briefed me on the killings and wanton destruction by the armed bandits not only in Katsina but in other states as well. Read more

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Why Buhari suspended Obono-Obla – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla.

The Presidency on its twitter handle announced that the suspension of Obla was with immediate effect to allow the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) conclude the investigation on him. Read more

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I Will Fight For The Poor, President Buhari Assures Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Daura, Katsina State, said he will use his second term in office to improve the lives of Nigerians by paying close attention to the poor and those on the lower rungs of society.

Addressing leaders of various communities from five Local Government Areas of Daura Emirate, who paid him a visit as part of Eid El-Kabir celebration, the President said he is convinced that majority of Nigerians understand who he is and his mission, on account of which they returned him for a second term in office with larger margin of votes than 2015.

“You know how much I laboured to get here. I ran three times in the past. The fourth time, God used technology to do it for me. The fifth time I ran (February 23, 2019), I went to all the states of the federation. The turnout of crowds was overwhelming.

“Truly, the people know and understand my mission. This is what the votes showed. The administration will dwell on our campaign issues — security, economy and corruption. We will fight for the poor,” the President said.

He emphasized the important place of agriculture under his administration, promising to appoint a minister who is knowledgeable and will know how to promote interest and investment in the sector. Read more

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Sanwo-Olu transmits final list of Commissioners, SAs to Assembly for screening

Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, transmitted the final list of his cabinet nominees to the State House of Assembly.

This is coming four weeks after the Governor sent the first batch of the list to the lawmakers for screening.

Thirteen Commissioner- and Special Adviser-designates made the second list, which had already been transmitted to the legislature.

A statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said the second list had names of accomplished politicians and technocrats who “understand the current need of Lagos” and the development agenda of the Governor.

The Governor’s media aide said the selection process was rigorous, because of the need to constitute the best team that would serve Lagos in line with the Sanwo-Olu administration’s vision of delivering a city-state that will rank among the top most liveable cities in the world.

Below are names in the second batch of nominees:

1. MR. OLADELE AJAYI

2. MR. OLUWATOYIN FAYINKA

3. MRS. YETUNDE AROBIEKE

4. MR. OLANREWAJU SANUSI

5. MR. JOE IGBOKWE Read more

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Gov. Abiodun to launch job portal for unemployed youths this week

The job portal promised by the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, will be formally launched on Thursday.

The public presentation will take place at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta at 12 noon prompt.

The portal would register, on a continuous basis, employed and unemployed youths in the State with a view to providing them jobs and training opportunities suitable for their trade and academic qualifications.

The job portal which was under review recorded over 5,000 candidates where a test-run was done last month for only two hours.

According to Kunle Somorin, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, the response underscored the enthusiasm of Ogun citizens to the State Government job creation initiative

“The Government of Ogun State is partnering with the public-private sector stakeholders to create opportunities, upskill and expand the job space for our teeming young men and women and those who have special talents,” the statement quoted the Governor as saying.

“It is a major pillar of our quality governance model. We are going to have an inclusive government that will utilise valuable potentials that abound in the State and that’s why we are involving the private sector. Read more

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30 years after: Soccer fans remember Okwaraji

Ebonyi football fans on Monday remembered the late Nigerian midfield maestro, Samuel Okwaraji, who died on Aug. 30, 2019 at the National Stadium, Lagos during a World Cup qualifier against Angola.

The fans who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki said the memory of Okwaraji who slumped during the encounter, would remain evergreen in their minds due to the rare qualities he displayed during his lifetime.

A Soccer Historian, Julius Ijeaku, recalled that he was inside the jam-packed stadium on that day as several football fans died on the terraces out of possible suffocation.

“No one took notice of Okwaraji’s slumping until Samson Siasia saw him gasping and foaming from the mouth and subsequently raised alarm.

“The medics at the stadium tried resuscitating him before taking him to the hospital and before the end of the match, news have started flying that he had died,” he said.

Ikechukwu Itumo, Team Manager of Ebonyi United FC of Abakaliki, said that Okwaraji still holds the record of Nigeria’s most patriotic player even in death.

“He was not only reputed for offsetting his air fares to Super Eagles matches and declining collecting allowances, he related with his teammates with utmost humility in spite of being a doctorate degree holder in Law. Read more

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Photo News: Inspection of LAWMA operations by MD/CEO, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin & Mgmt team

Highway sweepers in action during today’s inspection of LAWMA operations at Marine/Apapa bridge, by the MD/CEO of the Authority, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin and the management team.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, MD/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) (2nd right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Executive Director (r); Mr. Kemi Sulaimon, coordinator, LAWMA central district operations (2nd left); and Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, Asst. Dir. Public Affairs (L), during the inspection of LAWMA operations at Marine/Apapa bridge, Ijora, on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, MD/CEO. Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) (2nd right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Executive Director (r); Mr. Kemi Sulaimon, coordinator, LAWMA central district operations (2nd left); and Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, Asst. Dir. Public Affairs (L), during the inspection of LAWMA operations at Marine/Apapa bridge, Ijora, on Monday, 12th August, 2019.

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Eid-el-Kabir: Secondus urges Nigerians to pray for unity, stability

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has urged Nigerians to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebration to  pray for the unity and stability of Nigeria.

Secondus in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by his Media Aide, Mr Ike Abonyi, to mark the Eid-el-Kabir festivities, said  Nigeria’s present situation required God’s intervention.

He said intense prayers for the country had become very necessary more than ever before.

The PDP chairman said  the killing of innocent souls and security situation should be enough mitigation to plead to God to save the country. Read more

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