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Daily Archives: August 16, 2018

NIMASA seeks  maritime data bank for economic growth

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that the Agency is pushing for a single data window system of all activities in the Nigerian maritime sector in such a way that data required will be available on a single platform, as a maritime data bank to help engender the nation’s ... Read More »

Govs insist anti-corruption fight must follow due process

The governors of the 36 states of the federation met on Wednesday night in Abuja to deliberate, among others, on anti-graft agencies’ handling of the war on corruption in the country and resolved that they must adhere strictly to due process rather than engage in illegalities. Meeting under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), the governors affirmed their support for ... Read More »

WAEC, others explain poor candidates’ performance in WASSCE 2018

Stakeholders in the education sector have explained why more than half of candidates who sat this year’s April\May West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) failed the examination. This year’s performance with 923,486 (representing 49.98%) out of the total 1,572,396 candidates who sat the examination and obtained credits and above in at ... Read More »

Bloomberg, Ford give grants to NGOs in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa and the Ford Foundation have awarded grants to ten non-governmental organizations across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to advance market transparency, and enhance access to information about business and finance, policies and practices that impact inclusive economic growth and human development. The funds, awarded over two years, aim to elevate voices from local communities and ... Read More »

2019: Bayelsa warns aspirants, says election is not war

The Bayelsa State Government on Wednesday has said it would work with security agencies to ensure that the state remains safe and peaceful throughout the electioneering period in 2019. The government therefore appealed to all aspirants not to heat up the polity with unnecessary political activities but to play by the rules of the game. The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, ... Read More »

Court sentences 45 to death over killings

A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011, the justice ministry says. They are accused of opening fire on dozens as rebel forces closed in on the capital during the uprising against former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. It is thought to be the highest number of death sentences ... Read More »

NNPC explains drop in power generation 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has blamed the drop in power generation on the continuous rejection of load by the distribution companies due to frequency management. A statement signed by Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, on Wednesday in Abuja, disclosed that power generation dropped by 712MW on August 13, compared to the previous day’s ... Read More »

Our companies have so far invested $10bn in Nigeria – Indian Envoy

The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Nagabushana Reddy, has disclosed that the investment of Indian companies in the various sectors of the Nigerian economy has reached about $10 billion, noting that over 135 Indian companies currently operate in the country. Reddy, who also described Nigeria as a major strategic partner of his country both in Africa and globally, said Indian ... Read More »

Safe motherhood: Bayelsa’s health, information officials parley

The Bayelsa State government has told women to key into its safe motherhood initiative to enjoy the abundant benefits of the programme. Apart from registering and receiving free ante-natal care, the government said enrollees of the safe mother initiative would get free insecticide treated mosquito nets, HIV/AIDS screening, tetanus injection and routine immunisation. Other benefits include, free diagnostic tests where necessary as ... Read More »

Prayer vigil for ailing Aretha Franklin

The Detroit church once led by Aretha Franklin’s father — and where she first tested her remarkable voice — filled with music once again Wednesday as dozens gathered for a prayer vigil for the ailing “Queen of Soul.” Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and music legend Stevie Wonder were among the latest to visit the 76-year-old icon, as news of her failing health led ... Read More »