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FG Approves Use Of $495m IDA Credit To Boost Nationwide Irrigation

5 years ago /
Business and Economy  

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved the use of the $495 million (about N77 billion) credit it secured from the International Development Association (IDA) to boost irrigation nationwide. The Minister of State for Finance, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council...

Manuel Pellegrini: 'City Suffering Crisis Of Confidence'

5 years ago /
International News  Sports  

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side are suffering from a crisis of confidence after they suffered a humiliating 2-1 home defeat by CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. A woeful performance underpinned by dreadful defending, poor discipline and a lack of character caused a loss that City could ill-afford as they...

Women In Politics Are More Reliable Than Their Male Counterparts - Obasanjo

5 years ago /

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said women in politics are more reliable than their male counterparts; hence they should be given more positions of authority to en­sure the nation’s growth. Obasanjo said this yesterday, while receiving the leadership of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in his hilltop residence in Abeokuta. The...

Nigeria Has Fifth Strongest Army In Africa

5 years ago /
Security 

The Global Fire Power ranking (GFP) measures countries’ military strength and gives a power index number in order to compare them to other countries. Below are the countries with the most powerful militaries in Africa. 1. Egypt Egyptian military is the strongest among other countries in Africa due to the sheer size...

Barca, Bayern, PSG, Porto Advance

5 years ago /
International News  Sports  

Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto all qualified for the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday with Lionel Messi setting another personal milestone. Messi scored both goals – one with a header for only the fourth time in the competition – as Barca beat Ajax 2-0 to equal Raul's record...

NPFL: Ibrahim’s Brace Hands Giwa FC Vital 2-1 Win Against Wasteful Sharks FC

5 years ago /
Sports  

Shuaibu Ibrahim on Wednesday in Abuja scored a brace to hand Giwa Football Club of Jos a vital 2-1 win against Sharks FC of Port Harcourt. The match was a 2013/2014 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled week 33 match. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the game was rescheduled...

Jay Z Buys Armand De Brignac Champagne Brand

5 years ago /
Business and Economy   Entertainment 

US music mogul Shawn Carter, also known as Jay Z, has bought the Armand de Brignac champagne brand. New York wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands said it had sold the luxury brand to the rapper for an undisclosed amount. The champagne, also known as "Ace of Spades", is produced in the...

 

Military Rule Is No Longer Acceptable In Africa - Nigerian Envoy

5 years ago /
Nation 

The Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Mr David Bala on Wednesday said the political crisis in that country was a proof that military rule was no longer acceptable in Africa. Bala stated this in an interview with newsmen on the side line of talks in Ouagadougou, the country's capital aimed at...

Nigerian Biker Ogbonnaya Kanu Sets World Record

5 years ago /
Arts and Culture 

Nigerian biker Ogbonnaya Kanu became the first man to ride from Nigeria to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the African continent. Although it is not the first record achievement of Kanu, who last year rode to Europe and back in 36 days, The Newsrescue reports. Also referred to as Foto Dadi,...

Minister Urges States To Support Local Driven Policies

5 years ago /
Gender and Youth Development 

The Minister of Youth Development, Mr Boni Haruna, on Wednesday called on state governments to increase their local driven policies and programmes that would reduce the rate of unemployment in the country. Haruna gave the advice in Abuja during the youth rally organised by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Leader, National...

Finance Ministry Sets Up Working Group To Address Military Pension Issues

5 years ago /
Business and Economy  

The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has set up a working group to harmonise positions on the payment of pensions to retired military personnel in the country. This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Minister, Mr Paul Nwabuikwu on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement said the...

Boko Haram: Financier Bags 10 Years Imprisonment

5 years ago /
Security 

Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a financier of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labour. The Boko Haram financier was among four suspects tried in camera by the Department of State Security (DSS), before Justice Saliu Saidu The...

China’s Pollution Problem Killed 670,000 In 2012, Study Says

5 years ago /
Environment  International News 

A new study has revealed the staggering cost of China’s dependence on coal to power its economy: 670,000 deaths in one year alone. The study, by Tsinghua University associate professor Teng Fei, lays bare the extent of the country’s pollution problem that is the darkest side effect of the country’s rapid...

 

Scraping Fiscal Responsibility Commission Is A Misplaced Priority - Reps

5 years ago /

The House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on Wednesday urged the Federal Government not to scrap or merge the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) with a similar agency. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano), made the call when the committee visited the commission on oversight function. Jubrin said...

President Jonathan To Attend Ecowas Emergency Summit On Ebola

5 years ago /
Health 

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will join other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra tomorrow for an Emergency Summit on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which continues to ravage Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The emergency summit which will also be attended by representatives of...

2015: Nigeria’s Year Of Political Reckoning – Cardinal Okogie

5 years ago /

A former Bishop of the Catholic church in Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, on Wednesday said the year 2015 was an important year for Nigeria politically, economically and morally. This is contained in a statement signed by Okogie and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to the statement,...

Inquest: T.B. Joshua Yet To Be Served Summons, Says Counsel

5 years ago /
Religion 

Prophet Temitope Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, on Wednesday said he was yet to be "personally served" the witness summons issued by the Lagos State Coroner, Mr Oyetade Komolafe. Joshua made this known through his counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, at the ongoing Coroner's Inquest into the...

First Lady Canvasses Elimination Of Harmful Widowhood Practices

5 years ago /
Oddities 

The First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan, on Wednesday canvassed for the elimination of harmful widowhood practices in the country. The first lady made appeal in Abuja when she received a delegation of women from Kogi, led by the Governor's wife, Hajia Halima Wada, during a courtesy visit to the Presidential...

 

Lagos APC Governorship Primary Not A War - Hamzat

5 years ago /
Politics 

A gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Wednesday said that the race for the party’s governorship slot was a competition and not a war. Speaking with newsmen at a meet the press forum organised by the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian...

You Can't Fine Motorists, Court Tells FRSC

5 years ago /
Transport  

A Federal High Court in Lagos has declared void the powers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to impose fines on motorists for traffic offences. Justice John Tsoho held that the FRSC could not turn itself into a court of law by punishing those who commit traffic offences. The News Agency...