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Sharia court saves 2 Nigerian drivers from amputation

The Sokoto Shariah Court of Appeal in northern Nigeria has set aside the judgment of the Upper Shariah Court 2, which ordered the amputation of the hands of two commercial vehicle drivers. The court ordered the immediate discharge and acquittal [...]

March 4, 2014 Environmental issues, General

Nigeria set date for privatisation of power plants

Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has set 7 March for privatisation of its 10 National Integrated Power Plants, NIPPs located in different parts of the country. In a statement released on Monday and signed by Chigbo Anichebe, its spokesperson, [...]

March 4, 2014 General

Bill Gates tops super wealthy list

The rich list of wealthy individuals indicates that technologists have continued to grow their wealth. Bill Gates has regained his title of world's most wealthy individual this year with an estimated fortune of $76bn. But the former chair of Microsoft continues [...]

March 4, 2014 Economy

Dangote To Build $600m Cement Factory In Kenya

President of the Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote has said his conglomerate is planning to build a $600 million cement plant in Kenya. Dangote made the disclosure during the visit of the Kenyan deputy prime minister, William Ruto, to Dangote [...]

March 3, 2014 Business, Economy

Osun Govt. Seals N6bn Agreement With French Firm on Solar Power

The Osun State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a French Company, Vergnet Group, for the construction of a 13 megwatt solar power plant.   The MoU for the power plant was signed in Abuja by the [...]

March 3, 2014 General

Africa needs to harness advantages to prosper

Ivory Coast and Ghana produce 53 percent of the world’s cocoa. But the supermarket shelves in Abidjan and Accra, their respective capitals, are stacked with chocolates imported from Switzerland and the UK, countries that do not farm cocoa. This scenario [...]

March 3, 2014 Africa

Mahama cuts sod for 50 Community Day SHS today

President John Mahama will today, March 3, cut the sod for work to start on the first batch of 50 new Community Day Senior High Schools at Nyanoa, near Adeiso in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern Region. [...]

March 3, 2014 Economy

Nduom can fix economy better but… – PPP

The Youth Wing of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has stated that the flag bearer of the Party, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, would face a major challenge in fixing the Ghanaian economy should he win the 2016 election. Mr. Devine [...]

March 3, 2014 Business, Economy

NPA blames petroleum price increases on depreciating cedi

The decline in the local currency cedi appears to be having a serious effect on the economy. The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) yesterday increased prices of petroleum products between 3 and 6 per cent. However, unlike previous hikes where the [...]

March 3, 2014 Economy, Oil & Gas

AGI hails new commission to check inferior goods

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has welcomed plans by government to establish a Commission to check dumping of inferior goods into the country. President John Mahama in his State of the Nation address said government would soon establish an [...]

March 3, 2014 Africa, Business

Add Cashew to SADA project- Farmer

A cashew farmer at Jenjemireja in the Jaman South District of the Brong-Ahafo Region has appealed to the Government to incorporate cashew production in the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) Project. The farmer, Prophet Daniel Ansu, who is also in-charge [...]

March 3, 2014 Africa, Business

Ogun Announces Nat’l Conference Delegate

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has announced the names of the state representatives to the forth coming National Conference scheduled to hold in the nation’s capital, Abuja later in the year.   Governor Amosun charged members of the delegation [...]

March 1, 2014 Africa

Nigeria, Israel sign agricultural cooperation deal

Nigeria and Israel on Friday signed a cooperation agreement that would see the two countries share expertise and step up cooperation in the agriculture field with the ultimate aim of boosting food security. Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina and Israeli counterpart [...]

March 1, 2014 Agriculture, Economy

Children most vulnerable to climate change in east, south Africa: Report

A new report on the impact of climate change and environmental degradation in five eastern and southern African countries has warned that children are the most vulnerable to climatic fluctuations.   The 34-page report, released on Friday by Plan International, [...]

March 1, 2014 Environmental issues, Geography

Nutrition label makeover will have dairy implications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes to “Nutrition Facts” labels and corresponding rules on serving sizes for packaged foods, including dairy. The proposed changes affect all packaged foods except certain meat, poultry and processed egg products, [...]

March 1, 2014 Health issues

France Eyes Africa’s Mining Industry With $550m Investment

Europe’s second largest economy, France has revealed plans to invest €400 million ($548 million) in establishing a new state-owned mining company called Compagnie National des Mines de France (CMF), with sub-Saharan Africa being looked at for significant investment. CMF, another [...]

March 1, 2014 Economy

Africa Investment Round-off

Africa’s rapid economic growth is fast yielding positive dividends as investments in various sectors continue to rise. This week, a series of diverse acquisitions deals have been announced across the continent in both the private and public sectors. Acquisitions were [...]

March 1, 2014 Business, Economy

FG Seeks End to ASUP Strike, Offers to Pay N40b in Two Instalments

The Federal Government has appealed to the Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria to prevail on the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics to end their now five month strike which has grounded activities [...]

March 1, 2014 Business, Economy


In continuation of the activities lined up for the centenary celebrations, Vice President Namadi Sambo led a group of prominent Nigerians to offer special Juma’at (Friday) prayer in Abuja. Among those that participated in the prayer session were former Head [...]

March 1, 2014 Environmental issues

Nigeria shortlists 42 bidders to purchase 10 power plants

On the epileptic supply of electricity in some parts of the country, Mr. Suswam said efforts had been intensified to address the problems by the appropriate authorities. “There are difficulties in any transition,” the governor said. “Since Independence, government has [...]

March 1, 2014 Economy, Power

Nigeria Police promotes 5,115 inspectors to ASPs

The Police Service Commission, PSC, on Thursday announced the promotion of 5,115 Inspectors to the ranks of Assistant Superintendent of Police II. This is contained in a statement issued by Ferdinand Ekpe, Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations in the [...]

March 1, 2014 Military

Experts Link Hunger to Aids in Africa

Experts have warned that poor nutrition may be a factor in accelerating the spread of HIV in Africa and could slow treatment and care for people living with AIDS. According to Professor Onesmo Ole Moiyoi from Kenya's Aga Khan University, [...]

February 28, 2014 Economy

STACO Insurance to raise N3 billion from capital market

Underwriting firm, STACO Insurance plc is planning to raise additional capital up to N3 billion that enable the company play stronger in the nation’s financial services market. Consequently, it has secured the approval of its shareholders through a special resolution [...]

February 28, 2014 Business, Economy

NGO, US company partner to build 11,700 ‘green’ houses

A non-governmental organisation, the Environmental Ethics and Safety Corps (ESCORP), said it was partnering with a US-based company, Millenniumblok, to build 11,700 housing units of ‘green houses’ across the country. Mr Emenike Eme, ESCORP’s Coordinator-General, made this known in Abuja, [...]

February 28, 2014 Economy, Key sectors

PPPRA warns marketers against hoarding, selling above N97 per litre

The new management of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has warned marketers against hoarding and selling premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, above official pump price of N97 per litre. The new Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Farouk Ahmed, [...]

February 28, 2014 Economy, Oil & Gas

Power Sector: Kano Distribution Coy To Partner With Turkish Firm

Residents of Kano State and its environs have got a reason to smile, as the state’s electricity distribution company is set to partner with its Turkish counterpart towards improving the quality of power supply in the state. At a meeting [...]

February 28, 2014 Economy, Power

NBTE Restores Accreditation Of Crown Polytechnic

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has restored the accreditation of Crown Polytechnic, a private institution in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti, A   News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent,  who visited the institution on Friday,  reports that it was jubilation galore in [...]

February 28, 2014 General

NEMA Introduces Air Ambulance Service

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Friday that it had introduced a nationwide air ambulance service with the hub in Abuja. The Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Sani Sidi, said this in Sokoto. Sidi spoke through NEMA’s Director [...]

February 28, 2014 Business, Economy, Health issues, Societal issues, Technology

Lafarge Cement Plans N220bn Investment In Capacity Expansion

Lafarge Cement Wapco Plc has again demonstrated its commitment as a long- term player in the Nigerian economy with the plan to invest additional 1billion Euros (N220 billion) over the next three to five years on  expansion programmes across the [...]

February 28, 2014 Business, Economy

Anambra LG staff, two others nabbed for trafficking babies

A senior staff of Onitsha South Local government,, Mrs Sabina Izuorah has been nabbed by the police in Anambra State for alleged involvement in child trafficking. According to the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka, (DSP), Izuorah, a Deputy [...]

February 28, 2014 General