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Buhari to sign 2018 Budget Wednesday

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the country’s budget tomorrow, seven months after the spending list was presented to the National Assembly. Expectedly, the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held usually on Wednesdays will not hold. “President @MBuhari will sign the 2018 [...]

June 19, 2018 Government and politics

EFInA highlights significant Fintech opportunities that could redefine the access to financial service landscape in Nigeria

To further promote financial inclusion in Nigeria, Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) a financial development organization funded by DFID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation organized a FinTech Breakfast forum at Eko Hotel and suites on the 14th of [...]

June 19, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

How Bankers’ Committee wants to onboard 40m Nigerians into the financial system

That only 40% of adults in Nigeria is included in the financial system is a threat to the target of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to have 80% inclusion within the next two years. The umbrella body of Nigerian [...]

June 19, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

New Boko Haram video shows Shekau leading insurgents in Eid prayers

Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram’s leadership, has claimed that the insurgents observed Eid prayers over the weekend. In a tweet on Monday, Salkida posted a collage of images showing the insurgents praying, led by [...]

June 18, 2018 Boko Haram And Terror

Tompolo speaks on ‘decamping to APC’

Former militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, has denied rumours that he has joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking to Vanguard through Paul Bebenimibo – his media adviser and consultant, Tompolo described the report as [...]

June 18, 2018 Government and politics

Why Saraki will be spending 3 days in Russia from Tuesday

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will by tomorrow, Tuesday, lead a delegation of the Senate on a three-day parliamentary visit to Russia, aimed at deepening legislative best practices and further strengthening the relationship between both countries. During the [...]

June 18, 2018 Government and politics

Three killed in London after being hit by train

Three people died in south London after being hit by a train, police said Monday, amid reports they may have been graffiti artists. Police said they were treating the deaths as unexplained, but media said spray paint cans were found [...]

June 18, 2018 International

French Development Agency to split the $76M African Development Fund in three parts

But not providing modalities regarding how the African development funding will be handled indeed left many Africans confused. Read more on [...]

June 18, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Emulate legacies of MKO Abiola, Agbakoba urges presidential aspirants

A human rights lawyer, Dr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), on Monday urged presidential aspirants to emulate the legacies of the late MKO Abiola to enthrone good governance in 2019 and beyond. Agbakoba, also a former President, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), made [...]

June 18, 2018 Government and politics

Air Force deploys two helicopters to Zamfara to combat terrorism

The Nigeria Air force has deployed two helicopters to 207 Quick Response Group Air Force Base in Zamfara state to combat terrorism and beef up security. The deployment was made to support personnel operation in the fight against army bandits [...]

June 18, 2018 Government and politics

Abuja airport records 1.02m passengers in Q1 – FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says that no fewer than 1.02 million passengers travelled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during the first quarter of 2018. FAAN’s First Quarter Report obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria [...]

June 18, 2018 General

Bayelsa Deputy Governor visits oil spill site, raps Shell

The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, retired Rear Admiral John Jonah on Monday criticised Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over the frequent spills on oilfields in the state. He spoke at one of the spill sites at Agoro community in Ekeremor [...]

June 18, 2018 Environmental issues

Fresh controversy trails N400b shortfall in aviation revenue

A fresh controversy has emerged over the total number of passengers that travelled the Nigerian airspace and ticket fares generated in 2016 and 2017, especially the harmonised figures recently released by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The apex regulatory [...]

June 18, 2018 Government and politics

Why Nigeria’s electricity generation to national grid dropped to 1,087.6MW

On Sunday, a statement by Mrs Ndidi Mbah, General Manager of Public Affairs for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says electricity generated into the national grid has dropped. According to a report, the decline in electricity generation totaled 1,087.6 [...]

June 18, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Sanusi warns politicians on tension over 2019 elections

The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, has raised the alarm over growing political friction ahead of the 2019 general elections. He made the observation during the Hauwa Nassarawa, a traditional Sallah homage paid by Kano State governor, Abdullahi [...]

June 18, 2018 Government and politics

Africa News Roundup: Beads for science

Here are last weekend’s top headlines on startups, entrepreneurship, innovation and tech from around Africa. Battling pneumonia According to iAfrikan, Ghanaian scientists — at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital — have designed [...]

June 18, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Tension as Air Force jets bomb Benue villages

Fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force conducted air strikes on at least three Benue State communities on Saturday, in an operation which lasted several hours. The development sent the communities panicking. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, [...]

June 17, 2018 Military

World Cup 2018: Modric speaks after Croatia’s win over Nigeria

Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric has spoken on Croatia’s 2-0 win over Nigeria in their opening World Cup 2018 group D game on Saturday evening. The Croatian captain scored from the spot 15 minutes from full time after Ogenekoro Etebo’s [...]

June 17, 2018 Sports

Buhari speaks on his health

Buhari speaks on his health: President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that now that this year’s Ramadan fast is over, he is healthier to attend to national issues. The nation’s leader disclosed that he refused to abstain because he knew the [...]

June 17, 2018 General

Ekiti election: PDP reveals Buhari govt’s ‘plan’ to favour Fayemi

Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Muhammadu Buhari government of allegedly shortchanging the state government in the Paris Club refunds to the tune of $20million. The party alleged that this was to weaken the [...]

June 17, 2018 Government and politics

Peterside speaks on ‘resignation’ as NIMASA DG, Amaechi’s ‘rejection’

Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that he has not resigned his position to join the Rivers governorship race. Peterside, the 2015 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in [...]

June 17, 2018 Government and politics

Rivers LG poll violence-free, marred by voter apathy

The Rivers State local government election, which held yesterday, was characterised by voter apathy and late arrival of electoral materials. The All Progressives Congress, which boycotted the election, described it as a sham and illegal. Contrary to the state government’s [...]

June 17, 2018 Government and politics

Nine years after Boko Haram, peace returns to Borno council areas

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, has said no council area is under the control of Boko Haram, as returnees have commenced farming and fishing activities in liberated communities. The six emirs that migrated to neighbouring [...]

June 17, 2018 Boko Haram And Terror

Croatia leads Group D, beats Nigeria 2-0

The Super Eagles opened their campaign at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup on a losing note, as they were beaten 2-0 by Croatia in their first game. The defeat at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, effectively dimmed Eagles’ hopes [...]

June 17, 2018 Sports

APC Convention: Presidency, govs in last minute troubleshooting

APC Convention: Barely six days to the elective national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Presidency and the party’s 24 state governors are locked in serial meetings in a last ditch effort to avert a possible outbreak of [...]

June 17, 2018 Government and politics

Victor Moses is trending on Twitter as Nigeria loses to Croatia in her first 2018 World Cup match

Victor Moses is the most talked about player as Nigeria loses its first FIFA World Cup 2018 match to Croatia Read more on [...]

June 16, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

MKO Abiola: Why we won’t vote for Buhari in 2019 – Afenifere chieftain, Adebanjo

A chieftain of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Ayo Adebanjo, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari won’t get votes in the South West despite honouring the late M.K.O. Abiola. The constitutional lawyer insisted that the Yoruba race will not be deceived [...]

June 16, 2018 Government and politics

Shekau’s mother forced to flee home after Boko Haram attack

Falmata Abubakar, the mother of Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram, was a victim of her son’s terror attack. Hope For Nigeria earlier published the lamentation of Ms Abubakar over her son’s terror activities. In the story, based on an interview [...]

June 16, 2018 Boko Haram And Terror

Click-On Kaduna, in partnership with Digital Naija, set to create opportunities for the Nigerian graduate

Youth unemployment in Nigeria has become a lingering threat to our socio-economic stability with many graduates and skilled youths idle. To curb the menace of youth unemployment in Nigeria, the Kaduna State Government and the World Bank with the support [...]

June 16, 2018 Technology Business & StartUps

Nigeria vs Croatia: Super Eagles starting XI for World Cup 2018 opening match revealed

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has been forced to make two changes to his desired starting XI against Croatia. Leon Balogun is set to sit out the match, after picking up an injury. He failed to take [...]

June 16, 2018 Sports