Maritime Leaders Fete At NIMPORT 2017

By Bayo Bernard Staunch stakeholders in the maritime sector of Nigerian economy will gather between August 22 and 24 at the Oriental Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos for the annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian International Maritime Ports and Terminals (NIMPORT) conference. Chairman of NIMPORT, Fortune Idu, in a press statement disclosed that the theme of this year’s conference is “Improving Connectivity,Enhancing Trade” and it is aimed at “bringing together all maritime industry leaders to network and discuss on pressing issues relating to global maritime trade,port and logistic development…

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Shettima, Kanu, Fani Kayode Are Terrorists-Osinbajo

By Bayo Bernard The federal government must apprehend individuals behind the quit notice to Igbo in the Northern part of the country to leave the region before October 1, this year to show seriousness on its part to deal with hate speakers in the country. The Arewa Youth Forum had two months ago threatened to force people of Igbo decent out of the North should they failed to move out by that date. It’s barely two months to that deadline and apprehensions loom all over the country. But Acting President…

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Missing the “Lion King”

By Oji Odu The pride is gradually heading for collapse. The centre is struggling to hold. The economy is still in tatters. Higher educational sector has been grounded. Boko Haram insurgents have increased the tempo of their attacks, with many dead and property worth millions of naira destroyed in the North-east, especially in Borno and Adamawa states. The level of kidnapping has increased in the country with ritual killings taking frightening dimension in the South-west. Where is the Lion King? Why is he not yet back from his medical sojourn…

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“Agronomy, Catalyst to Food Sufficiency” —Professor Osita Mouneke

Erudite scholar, Professor Cosmas Osita Mouneke has harped on the importance of food security in Nigeria’s quest for food sufficiency. The Professor of Agronomy and Farming Systems at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, says security exists when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active healthy life. Delivering the 27th Inaugural lecture of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,Umudike,Umuahia recently, Professor Mouneke  remarked “that Food security can be enhanced through procedures…

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Corruption: Buhari’s Government takes the Oscar

Former president Goodluck Jonathan seem to have been vindicated by the National Bureau of Statistics recently when they released figures indicating that Over N400 billion was paid out to public officials as bribes in Nigeria between June 2015 and May 2016. The report said that bribes taken by Judicial officers and law enforcement agents. Jonathan, in a statement during the non-elective convention of the peoples democratic Party, PDP, alleged that more corruption going on in Nigeria now than during his own administration. The statement immediately became mired in controversy, with…

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Brickbats over PDP performance

Since the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, concluded their recent convention,arrows have been flying without restraint between the Party defenders and the All Progressives Congress, APC representatives. The feud, inspired by the speech delivered on the occasion by former President Good luck Jonathan, promises to be the be all and end all of most propaganda statements by the ruling party. Jonathan, in a speech at the Party’s Convention, articulated the achievements of PDP under his watch. He also claimed that corruption is worse under the current administration than during his tenure.…

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Customs: E-Auction Lucky Winners

The e -auction policy of the Nigeria Customs Service produce winners who would want the Service to continue with it for transparency  as obtained in Europe and the United States where there are many auction sites By Stephen Ubanna For years there had been pressure on the Management of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,to change to the e-auction policy to sell  seized and condemned vehicles by the law Court  including  overtime cargoes. The proponents of the policy consider it transparent as it  gives equal opportunities to Nigerians to bid. they…

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Powerless Regulator

By Shedrack Ifurueze For the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, the recent threat action by this arm of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC to delist marketers of petroleum products, particularly fuel, oil and gas that engage in sharp practices is a welcome development. For the umpteenth and first time, this ‘toothless bulldog’ agency of the government read what stakeholders and analysts regard as the riot act to the marketers. DPR, the magazine’s investigation confirms that the agency had in different fora during the heat of the May 2015 fuel…

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Rohr Optimistic of Enyeama’s Return

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed optimism over the return of Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to the national team but ruled him out of the crucial 2018 World Cup double-header against African champions Cameroon, scheduled for September 1 and 5 in Uyo and Yaoundé respectively. Enyeama, Nigeria’s most capped player, quit international football in 2015 after a bust-up with then Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh, who had stripped him of the captain’s armband. The 2013 AFCON winner has since rebuffed moves — even from Rohr — for his return to…

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Anambra Election: Obiano Wins APGA Ticket

The incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on Tuesday emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the November 18 poll in the state. Obiano emerged in a primary of the party held at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka, the state capital. The governor, who was the sole contestant in the primary, polled 1,070 “yes” votes from a total of 1,092.accredited delegates. There were 11 “no” votes against the governor’s candidature while 11  votes were invalid. A former national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor…

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ASUU Says Negotiation Hasn’t Started With Government

The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday presented different views on a parley involving both parties over the strike by university teachers. While the Federal Government said significant steps were taken at the meeting towards the resolution of the issues raised by ASUU, the President of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said it was a “mere consultation.” He said, “We have not yet had a formal meeting (with government); we are still making consultation. Don’t worry; I will get back to you…

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Osinbajo Assigns Portfolio To Ministers

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday assigned portfolios to the two new ministers he inaugurated about 22 days ago. The two new ministers are Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe). The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, announced the development on his Twitter handle. Ocheni was named Minister of State, Labour and Employment; while Hassan was named Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing. “There are now two ministers of state in Power, Works and Housing ministries,” Akande said. Details…

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Super Cup: Real Madrid Awaits Ronaldo’s Card Appeal

Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona on Sunday. The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal and an extra four games for his reaction as “a sign of his disapproval” the RFEF said in a statement. Real Madrid expect today the final word by the Spanish Football Federation on the appeal lodged by the club…

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Wenger Says No Progress On Sanchez Talk

Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday. Wenger’s admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City. Sanchez, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is presently injured with an abdominal strain which will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke City and prevented him from playing in the opening 4-3 win over Leicester City. “He (Sanchez) is a player who goes into the final year of his…

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Airman Who Killed Lover To Die By Hanging

The Nigerian Air Force has sentenced to death by hanging Airman Kalu Bernard, for killing his lover, Solape Oladipupo, aka Shomzy Shomzy, on March 12, 2017. The judgment, which started 9am on Tuesday, dragged till 4pm when it was stood down before the panellists reconvened at 7.30pm. Reading out the 70-page  court findings, which lasted for about two hours, the Judge Advocate, Flight Lieutenant M.A. Umoh, listed the eight-count charges against 21-year-old Kalu to include murder, house breaking, impersonation, attempted murder, among others. The defence counsel, Abimiku Ewuga, urged the…

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Economy: Not Yet Uhuru

As the expectations and promises of May 29, 2015; when President Mohammadu Buhari was sworn in as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have significantly slowed down with most Nigerians now ghosts of themselves. No thanks to what concerned Nigerians consider as the many failed promises of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. By Shedrack Ifurueze An air of obvious expectations for a better Nigeria of our vision was infectious with the APC as opposition then promising Nigerians illusive better life after 16…

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Deadly Fumes

By Oji Odu Nigeria’s power sector has continued to record further losses. Electricity generation recently crashed by about1,835.6 megawatts (mw), as the increased use of electricity generators continue to record pathetic tragedies due to suffocation by fumes. After achieving 4,282.6mw on August 2, 2017, power generation dropped by 1,835.6mw to as low as 2,447mw on August 5, according to the latest data on the performance of the grid. Power generation has continued to fluctuate for several months now, as operators blame the development on gas and frequency constraints. The Transmission…

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Fans Celebrate Okocha and Siasia

Football fans worldwide are celebrating two Nigerian ex-international players, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Samson Siasia. Okocha who clocked 44 today was born on August 14, 1973. Siasia, on the other hand, turns 50. He was born in 1967. The two players were important members of the men’s senior National team, Super Eagles, that appeared at the country’s first World Cup participation in 1994. Some of Okocha’s best club football moments were in German Bundesliga side, Eintracht Frankfurt; Turkish top flight team, Fenerbahçe; French side Paris Saint-Germain and English side…

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Costa Says Chelsea Treating Him Like A Criminal

Diego Costa has accused Chelsea FC of treating him like a “criminal”, in a forthright newspaper interview which will deepen the breach with the Premier League club. The striker is seeking a move back to Spain in the transfer window. He has not played for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May, following which he claims manager Antonio Conte sent him a text, telling him he was not in his plans for the new season. Costa was interviewed at home in Brazil on the same day Chelsea lost their…

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Edo Assembly Speaker Impeached

There was drama at the Edo State House of Assembly when the Speaker of the House, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, was impeached, following an impeachment notice signed by 16, out of the 24-member assembly. The former principal officer of the House representing Akoko Edo I, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, was elected as the new Speaker. Three other members were said to have appended their signatures to increase the number to 19. The new leadership of the House also said that Okonoboh, his deputy, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie; and the former Majority Leader, Mr.…

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