UDP governorship candidate pledges to tackle acute poverty in Kwara

By Meletus EZE The governorship candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in Kwara, Mr Adetunji Oyabambi, has pledged to fight high rate of poverty in the state if elected in the 2019 general election. Oyabambi made the pledge on Sunday on his arrival at the Ilorin International Airport ahead of 2019 general election. According to him, a walk through the state capital has shown that people are bedridden with high poverty, hence the need to tackle it. He described poverty as a state of mind that affected people’s thinking…

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GenCos yet to receive payment for electricity since June – Official

By Thompson ABISOLA The Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC) says power Generation Companies (GenCos) have not received payment for electricity generated since June 2018 from the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET). The Executive Secretary of APGC, Dr Joy Ogaji, said this on Sunday. Ogaji also said that GenCos were owed N500 billion for power generated from 2013, when they took over electricity generation, to December 2016. “The GenCos debt is classified into about three categories, so when you are talking about debts, before even NBET came, market operators…

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Forged documents for UK visas attract 10-year ban — High Commissioner

By Giwa SHILE The outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria. Mr Paul Arkwright has cautioned Nigerians seeking visas to the UK to avoid presenting forged documents. Speaking  in Abuja, Arkwright warned that anyone caught flouting the rule would be denied entry into the UK for at least 10 years. “I know there is a feeling in Nigeria that we refuse visas more often than we accept them. That is not the case. “We are not trying to keep Nigerians out but it is important Nigerians stick to the rules when…

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BDCs: ABCON says new rule limiting directorship tenure difficult to implement

By Olamilekan FAWAS The Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has said that Central Bank’s new corporate governance policy limiting the tenure of directors of BDCs might be difficult to implement. President, ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said in Lagos that the difficulty would arise because the business of BDCs was largely driven by trust and personality of operators. The CBN had on November 2 introduced new code of corporate governance rules for BDCs which, among others, limited the number of family members that could be on the…

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Prince Charles to address herdsmen attacks during Nigeria visit, says Envoy

By Aliyu DANLADI The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, announced in Abuja on Sunday that Prince Charles would engage in peace-building activities, including addressing the persistent attacks of herdsmen on farming communities in Nigeria. The Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall are expected in Nigeria from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 in a high profile visit during which the royals would also have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. Speaking  ahead of the visit, Arkwright said that one…

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Lagos settles N688m accrued pension rights

By Thompson ABISOLA The Lagos State Government said it released N688 million to 178 retirees in October to offset part of their accrued pension rights. The Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), Mrs Folashade Onanuga, said N40. 93 billion was paid as accrued pension rights into the Retirement Savings Account (RSA) of 9,982 retirees from 2015 till date. “Gone are the days that retirees languished in the quest for their legitimate rights; The Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2004, as amended in 2014, has improved pensions landscape in the country,” she…

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Dancers, disc jockeys bemoan music ban at Lagos Trade Fair

By Giwa SHILE Dancers and disc jockeys on Sunday decried the ban on the use of public address system and music gadgets at this year’s Lagos International Trade Fair. They said the music ban at the ongoing Fair had affected their livelihoods and rendered many youths idle. Miss Yetunde Gbadebo, an undergraduate at the Lagos State Polytechnic, said that she used the money realised from her dancing engagements at the Fair for her upkeep and to support her education. “Yearly, I look forward to the commencement of Lagos Trade Fair…

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Akran urges indigenes/residents to attract investments to Badagry

By Aliyu DANLADI The Akran of Badagry, De Wheno Aholu Menu Toyi 1, has appealed to indigenes and residents to attract more investments to the coastal town to provide job opportunities for its teeming youths. Menu Toyi made the appeal on Saturday at the maiden edition of De Wheno Award ceremony organised by the Royal Kingdom of Badagry, Lagos State. The Badagry monarch said that the coastal town had produced successful people in all areas of life, adding that they should contribute their quota to the development of the town.…

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2019: Politicians using religion to divide Nigerians, says cleric

By Giwa SHILE The Senior Pastor, Father’s Touch Ministry Church, Nyanya, Abuja, Pastor Evans Idoko, has accused some politicians of using religion and ethnicity to divide Nigerians ahead of the 2019 election. Idoko made the allegation on Sunday in Abuja. “It’s regrettable that the unity of Nigerian is strengthened during sporting activities and otherwise becomes the case during electioneering activities. “It is an indication that politicians have taken pleasure in using religion to divide Nigerians against themselves for political or selfish reasons. It must stop forthwith! Nigerians must resist it…

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Insecurity: Miners want use of vigilantes in mining sites

By Aliyu DANLADI The Chairman, Miners Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State branch, Alhaji Lawal Mayere, on Sunday urged the Federal Government to formulate a policy that would allow the use of vigilantes for security in mining sites in the country. Mayere made the call in Abuja. At least 10 local miners were allegedly killed and several others injured by suspected armed bandits in Janruwa community of Birnin Gwari council area of Kaduna State in April. Mayere said it had become desirable for the government to formulate a policy that would allow…

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