Travel Advisory over theft: FG advises Nigerian travellers to US, Europe to be cautious

The Federal Government has advised Nigerians travelling to Europe and the United States to take extra precaution to avoid being dispossessed of their belongings. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the advice on Monday in Abuja at the fifth edition of the ‘President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series’. The scorecard series was organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the fifth edition witnessed presentations by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar. In an opening remark, Mohammed said the…

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Newly Sworn-In Osun Gov. Adeleke directs heads of LGAs to take over from sacked council chairmen

Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke

Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has directed career heads of Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Area Councils Development Areas (ACDAs) in the state to take control and charge of their councils from the sacked council chairmen and councillors. The directive is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s Spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed. Adeleke says the directive is with immediate effect. “Gov. Adeleke also directed the most senior career heads across all the local government areas, to take charge of their councils. “This is in compliance with the judgment of the Federal…

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Nigeria not united because of foundational problems – Omoyele Sowore

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, says the country is not united because it has foundational problems that need addressing. Sowore stated this at the weekend, at a town hall series for presidential candidates organised by Arise TV and Centre for Democracy and Development, (CDD). The AAC presidential candidate said Nigeria did not have a right foundation from the period it got its independence in 1960. According to him, “We have foundational problems, which we finished discussing – those things that divided us”. “We never…

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Flood: UNICEF raises alarm, says more than 1.5 million children at risk in Nigeria

As the devastating floods  wreck havoc across Nigeria,  United Nations Children Education Funds says more than 2.5 million people in Nigeria are in need of humanitarian assistance, 60 per cent of which are children and are at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition. The floods, which have affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country, UNICEF says have displaced 1.3 million people, with over 600 people loosing their lives and over 200,000 houses either partially or fully damaged.  In a statement, UNICEF says cases of diarrhoea…

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60% of extreme poor live in Nigeria, other S/Saharan African countries — World Bank  

The World Bank Group has disclosed that Sub-Saharan Africa now accounts for 60% of all people in extreme poverty —389 million, more than any other region.  The Bank, in its new study, tagged: ‘Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report‘, stated that “most of this extreme poor live in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa. The region’s poverty rate is about 35%, the world’s highest. To achieve the 2030 poverty goal, each country in the region would need to achieve per-capita GDP growth of 9% per year for the remainder of…

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API survey scores Nigeria Social Cohesion Index ‘low’

A non-profit organisation, Africa Polling Institute, (API), has scored the Nigeria Social Cohesion Index, NSCI, 39.6 percent with the Nigeria Social Cohesion Survey #SCS2022. The Institute’s Executive Director, Prof. Bell Ihua, who disclosed this on Thursday, said the API made the survey on the heels of two past editions (2019 and 2021) to compute the Nigeria Social Cohesion Index and measure citizens’ perception on the state of social cohesion. According to the report, this score remains below the average of 50%, and represents a 4.6% decline from the 2021 index…

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Nigeria re-elected as ITU Council Member for another 4 yrs

Nigeria has been re-elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) until 2026, the United Nation’s specialised agency that oversees global telecommunication operations. As a result, Nigeria will serve on the council again from 2022-2026. Nigeria became a member of the union on November 4, 1961. The Nigerian delegation was led to the global event by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Isa Ali Pantami. Other members of the delegation included the Chairman of the board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Adeolu…

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Independence: “No one celebrates life like Nigeria”, says New York City Mayor 

New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, has joined Nigerians from all walks of life in celebrating the 62nd anniversary of their country’s independence. In his remarks at the Independence Day Carnival on Saturday night, Adams praised Nigerians for their tenacity and distinctive social and cultural life. The mayor recalled with memories his visit to Africa, saying his experience in Lagos State stood out. Adams said, “I remember landing in Lagos. I remember landing on a Monday and not sleeping again until Sunday. No one throws a party like Lagos in…

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Nigeria@62: Ramalan urges citizens to elect credible leaders

Aminu Imam The Executive Chairman, Atar Communications Nig. Ltd, (owners of Liberty TV & FM Radio stations), Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, has urged registered Nigerian voters to leverage the 2023 general elections to elect credible leaders at the Executive and Legislative posts that would move Nigeria forward. This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday in Abuja. Ramalan, while congratulating Nigerians in commemoration of the nation’s 62 years of independence, noted the current myriads of socio-economic, security and political challenges facing the nation. He expressed optimism…

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2023: UN backs INEC to conduct credible elections

Cross-section of officials of United Nations-Development Programme UNDP and INEC during training of INECs Heads of Departments in South South and South East held in Port Harcourt on Friday

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2023. Matthew Alao, UNDP Team Lead, Governance, Peace and Security, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day training organised by the UN body in Port Harcourt on Friday.  Alao said that UNDP collaborated with INEC’s Election Monitoring Support Centre (EMSC) to train its Head of Departments (HODs) in South South and South East for successful conduct of the elections. According to him, the successful…

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