Groups protest in Lagos over killings by insurgents

By Meletus EZE Some Human Rights groups on Friday took to the streets of Lagos in protest against incessant killings by insurgents in the country. The groups, under the aegis of Peace Action Coalition (PAC), started the protest from Maryland Bus-Stop, through Obafemi Awolowo Way to the Lagos State Governor’s office, Alausa, Ikeja. The walk was in collaboration with Builders of New Nigeria and International Organisation for Peace Building and Social Justice. Addressing the protesters at the take-off of the protest, Dr Richard Ikiebe, the group’s Coordinator, urged Federal Government…

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World AIDS Day: Coalition targets 30,000 for HIV/AIDS counseling, testing

By Aliyu DANLADI A national advocacy campaign on HIV/AIDS says it is targeting over 30,000 persons across multiple communities in eight high risk states in Nigeria from Nov. 30. The campaign, organised by the Red Ribbon Coalition comprising Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), Society for Family Health (SFH), Development Communications Network and convened by Coca-Cola Nigeria is part of activities to mark 2018 World AIDS Day. The Nigeria Red Ribbon, a group of NGOs, business concerns and private sector players, was inaugurated in 2015 to contribute its quota to the National…

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2019: US tasks Nigerians on issue- based campaigns

By Elizabeth ADENUGA Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Russell Brooks, the Public Affairs Officer of the  US Consulate in  Lagos, on Friday urged Nigerians to engage in issue-based campaigns. Brooks spoke on Friday in Ibadan at a workshop organised by Fulbright Language Scholars’ Association, Nigeria (FULSAN)  in partnership with the consulate. According to Brooks, the electorate should be bold enough to always ask politicians what they would do for them if elected. “I think that sort of issue-based campaign would be beneficial for all Nigerians. “My comments were directed…

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How varsities can boost national development–Buhari

By Olaleke ASHAFA President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Akure said universities in the country are pivotal in boosting national development. Buhari spoke during the combined 29th and 30th convocation of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) in which 5,402 diploma and degree students and 1,238 Postgraduate diploma, Masters and Doctorate students graduated. Represented by Mr Abiodun Sanni, the Director of Administration of the National Universities Commission, Buhari said his administration would ensure improved access and quality of the educational system. He also said efforts would continue toward ensuring…

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Police begin recruitment of 10,000 personnel

By Kunle SHONUGA The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it has begun the process of recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force. A statement by the commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, on Friday in Abuja, said the exercise was free of charge. Ani warned interested candidates against paying any money to apply and not to return the completed forms to anybody who might in the process demand for processing fees. He added that applications from interested candidates would be received online through the commission’s portal, www.nigeriapolicecareers.net.…

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Harmattan: National Park Service embarks on campaigns on dangers of bush burning

By Meletus EZE The Conservator-General of the Service National Park Service, Alhaji  Ibrahim Goni, says the service will soon embark on campaign against bush burning during the dry season. Goni made this known in buja on Friday, saying the campaign has become necessary following the onset of the harmattan season, stressing that some herdsmen deliberately set fire around wild parks in a bid to get fresh fodder for their animals. “They do this to enable them access Savannah land to influence early regeneration for their animals. “We also have incidences where people embark on either…

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Nigeria to benefit from G20 Summit’s outcome

By Thompson ABISOLA The Government of the People’s Republic of China has said that Nigeria, as the biggest economy in Africa, would benefit from  agreements reached at the just-concluded G20 Summit inHangzhou, China. China’s new Consul-General in Lagos, Mr Chao Kiaoliang, made the remark while briefing Journalists in Lagos on the summit’s purpose and expected outcomes for the developing countries. Kiaoliang said that the Chinese government decided to host this year’s G20 Summit because of its growing interest in offering assistance and sharing experiences with developing countries, including Nigeria. “China knows that the…

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Maintenance of port access roads should be a priority- truck owners

By Giwa SHILE The President of Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) Chief Remi Ogungbemi, has called on the Federal and Lagos State Governments to make the maintenance of the ports roads a priority. Ogungbemi, while evaluating the operational costs of business in Apapa, said on Friday in Lagos that, the maintenance of the roads should be a priority. The AMATO president said that the economic importance of the roads ought not be jettisoned as the bad condition of the roads was impacting negatively on the port users. “Going to…

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Epe monarchs endorse Sanwo-Olu for Lagos State governorship race

By Giwa SHILE Traditional Rulers from Epe division in Lagos State have unanimously endorsed Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for the Governorship election in the state. The traditional rulers are those of Epe, Eredo and Agbowa-Ikosin. The monarchs made the declaration at the palace of Oba Kamorudeen Animashahun, the Oloja of Epe Land, on Friday. The motion for the endorsement of Babajide Sanwoolu was moved by Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja, on behalf of the monarchs in Epe. He was seconded by Oba Ganiyu Asumo, the Oba of…

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Ogun Chief of Staff resigns

By Aliyu DANLADI The Chief of Staff to Gov Ibikunle Amosun, Tolu Odebiyi, has resigned his appointment. Odebiyi, who is the Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ogun West, resigned on Friday to pursue his senatorial ambition. In a signed statement, the former Chief of Staff thanked Governor Amosun for the support, cooperation and the opportunity to serve the people of Ogun during the period. He also thanked the state Executive Council for its support. “I’m pleased with the confidence Senator Amosun reposed in me by the appointment and…

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