‘Northern Nigeria should embrace economic restructuring’ – Veteran broadcast journalist, Sa’idu Carpenter

A veteran broadcast journalist, Sa’idu Carpenter has advocated that Northern Nigeria should embrace economic restructuring as canvassed by some Nigerians. Carpenter stated this during a LibertyTV discussion programme, ‘Guest of the week’ yesterday in Abuja. The veteran broadcast journalist, while sharing his opinion on how the country should tackle the issue of restructuring, said, “Although many political leaders have made several statements on their understanding of restructuring, we shouldn’t forget that a lot of Northerners are the ones facing the brunt of most the challenges facing the nation, whether in…

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IMF increases Nigeria’s 2021 economic growth forecast to 2.5%

…To recommend debt repayment relief The International Monetary Fund, (IMF), has revised upward its growth forecast for the Nigerian economy for 2021 to 2.5 percent, from its earlier projection of 1.5 percent it announced in January. The IMF announced the new projection in its World Economic Outlook update released yesterday. The new growth projection is 1.0 percent higher than the multi-lateral institution’s 2021 forecast in January, which was a downward review from the forecast it shared in October 2020. This is just as there are strong indications that Nigeria may…

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Buhari appoints Acting Inspector-General of Police

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of DIG Usman Alkali Baba as acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP). The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, made the disclosure to State House correspondents yesterday. Baba replaces Mohammed Adamu as Nigeria’s Police Chief. Recall that Buhari had, on February 4, extended the tenure of Adamu as the IGP for three months. Adamu, however, spent two months and three days of the extended period. Reacting to why the President did not allow the outgoing IGP to last the three months of his extension,…

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2023: Shehu Sani warns Tinubu against Northern conspiracy

…Reminds him of Abiola A former Kaduna-Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has warned the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to completely trust northern politicians ahead of his 2023 presidential ambition. The human rights activist gave the warning in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. Sani warned that Northern politicians may sabotage Tinubu’s 2023 presidential ambition as they did to the Late MKO Abiola in 1993 and urged him to make sure he knows the actual feeling in the North in order to avoid what…

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‘WASSCE will not hold in May/June’ – WAEC

…Gives reason The West African Examinations Council, (WAEC), yesterday said its 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, (WASSCE), for school candidates, earlier scheduled for May/June, may not hold. The Council’s Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, gave the hint while announcing the release of results of the 2021 first series of the WASSCE for private candidates yesterday in Lagos. Areghan said the effect of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is still much felt in the education sector. He noted that the entire education calendar has been distorted, therefore, it may…

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Imo jail break: FG to pardon escaped inmates — ‘if they voluntarily return’

The Minister of Interior, Ra’uf Aregbesola, says the fugitives who escaped from the custodial centre in Owerri, Imo State capital, will be pardoned if they voluntarily return. The minister gave the assurance while inspecting the centre yesterday following an attack on the facility. He said unlawful escape from custody is a crime but assured that willful returnees will be exempted from prosecution. The minister said he will ensure that those involved in the attack are brought to book. Aregbesola said the federal government will leave no stone unturned to fish…

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NNPC signs $1.5m contract for Port-Harcourt refinery rehabilitation

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), has signed a contract with an international company, Maire Tecnimont SpA, for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery Company. The contract signing comes amid opposition to the proposed repair by experts, who argued that it is a waste of scarce resources. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently approved the sum of $1.5 billion for the project. Speaking during the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract signing ceremony yesterday, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said: “Mr. President promised Nigerians he…

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NDLEA storms drug cartel in Nasarawa, Edo, FCT

…Nabs wanted drug baron, intercepts 1330kg cannabis The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has arrested a wanted drug baron, Sami Ashoko, in Nasarawa State and seized 100 bags of illicit drug weighing 1,095.3 kilogrammes meant for Easter sales at his warehouse. Ashoko, 39, who hails from Ibilo in the Akoko-Edo area of Edo State, was arrested in Shinge, Lafia, in Nasarawa State, based on actionable intelligence. According to the Commander, Nasarawa State Command of the NDLEA, Justice Arinze, “Sami Ashoko is the most wanted drug baron, who has been…

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