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Motorists groan as Ogun ram market causes gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Motorists on Wednesday found themselves stranded on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as buyers and sellers of livestock at the Kara Market blocked sections of the road causing a massive traffic jam. Our correspondents, who monitored the traffic congestion along the corridor, observed that large trucks carrying livestock, which were parked by the side of the highway for offloading, compounded the gridlock on the corridor. While the livestock were being offloaded from […]

todayJune 13, 2024 3

POLITICS

N80bn fraud: EFCC accuses colleagues, others of shielding Yahaya Bello

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday, said ex-Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, who is accused of N80.2bn fraud, had ridiculed the Nigerian justice system by failing to present himself for trial in court. The EFCC acting Zonal Director, Benin Zonal Command, Mr Effa Okim, stated this during a familiarisation visit to the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Asaba, Delta State capital. The EFCC […]

todayJune 13, 2024 3

NEWS

Minimum wage: FG warns of mass sacking as Labour disowns agreement

The Federal Government on Wednesday admonished organised Labour to consider the broader economic implications of its push for an unrealistic higher national minimum wage. The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who handed down the admonition, hinted that the N250,000 minimum wage demanded by labour could undermine the economy, lead to mass retrenchment of workers and jeopardise the welfare of Nigerians. However, the labour unions refuted President Bola […]

todayJune 13, 2024 4

NEWS

Inspector sentenced to death for killing phone dealer

The Delta State High Court sitting at Asaba on Tuesday sentenced Inspector Ubi Ebri of the Nigeria Police Force to death on a murder charge. The court presided over by Justice C. D. Diai convicted and sentenced the Inspector to death for killing a phone dealer, Mr Onyeka Ibeh, in Asaba. Ibeh, a popular phone dealer in Asaba, along with his wife was driving from Ugbolu to Asaba on April […]

todayJune 13, 2024 3

NEWS

Should Nigerian politicians earn N62,000?

Each time a country goes through minimum wage negotiation, you can take it for granted that the argument to put politicians on that same salary scale will come up. It is a common argument, one that the Victorian Socialists Party in Australia included in their campaign promises. Granted, they were an upcoming party—the equivalent of the many political parties in Nigeria that exist through their press releases until elections are […]

todayJune 13, 2024 3

NEWS

Democracy Day: Nigeria’s unity can’t be traded – Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has emphasised that the unity of Nigeria can not be traded. Tinubu, speaking at the  Presidential Democracy Day Dinner on Wednesday at the Banquet Hall in the State House, Abuja, pledged to bring Nigeria back to its glory of harvesting. He described Nigeria’s diversity as unending and stated that it is the best path to success. “Nigeria is a great country. We enshrined in our national anthem […]

todayJune 13, 2024 2

NEWS

13-year-old takes own life after torture in Kaduna

A 13-year-old boy, Wisdom Hashimu, has died by suicide in the Ungwan Maigero Community in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The incident reportedly happened on Thursday, June 7, after a soldier and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in the area tortured the deceased. The late Wisdom who carried out the act in the family’s compound on Lafiya Sarki Street was said to have been falsely […]

todayJune 11, 2024 3

NEWS

Smuggled Nigerian petrol floods W’African markets, sells N1,700/litre

The Federal Government, on Monday, raised the alarm over the renewed smuggling of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, following the massive hike in the pump price of the commodity in neighbouring countries. It stated that while the average price of petrol in Nigeria was about N701/litre, the average cost of the product in neighbouring countries was N1,787/litre, a development that heightened PMS smuggling out of Nigeria in the past […]

todayJune 11, 2024 4

NEWS

PalmPay resumes onboarding of new customers

PalmPay has announced that it has resumed onboarding users and merchants on its mobile app. A statement issued by PalmPay noted that the development highlighted its commitment to transforming Nigeria’s financial sector with secure, efficient solutions, while closely working with the apex regulatory body. The Managing Director of PalmPay Nigeria, Chika Nwosu, said, “Our commitment to excellence and financial security remains unwavering as we drive financial inclusion. Despite the growing […]

todayJune 11, 2024 2

NEWS

I respect Oyebanji but won’t betray PDP – Fayose

A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday, dismissed insinuations that he had dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress, as he expressed his desire to ensure the party returns to winning ways in the state in 2026. Fayose, who said he would never join the APC, appealed to PDP members to stop maligning his character and person, as he cautioned them against politics […]

todayJune 11, 2024 3

NEWS

Concerns rise over teaching as over nine million fail UTME in seven years

The poor performance of students at the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has raised concerns over system issues like unqualified teachers dotting the educational landscape,  ‘LAOLU AFOLABI writes About 9.17 million out of a total of 11.9 million candidates who sat the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board between 2018 and 2024 scored below 200 pass mark. As the average failure rate in the seven years stands at […]

todayJune 11, 2024 3

NEWS

My father would haunt my dreams if I act in bad movies — Hubert Ogunde’s son, Owobo

Owobo, one of the sons of a Nigerian theatre pioneer, Hubert Ogunde, played the role of ‘Bashorun’ in the movie series, ‘Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre’. He tells FAITH AJAYI about his experience working on that movie, other aspects of his career, and relationship with his dad Kunle Afolayan claimed that he heard your late father telling him to feature you in the movie. How did that make you feel? Subsequent […]

todayJune 11, 2024 13

NEWS

Flights disrupted as striking workers shut Lagos, Abuja airports

The organised labour has shut down all entry points of aviation agencies at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to press home their demands for the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage. This action has, however, affected flight operations at the nation’s busiest airport as airlines as passengers were left stranded at the airport entrances. This is coming barely 24 […]

todayJune 3, 2024 6

BUSINESS

JUST IN: CBN revokes Heritage Bank’s licence

The Central Bank of Nigeria has revoked the banking licence of Heritage Bank Plc, effective immediately. This decision was made due to the bank’s failure to improve its financial performance, posing a threat to financial stability. The apex bank’s Acting Director of Corporate Communication Department, Sidi Ali, disclosed this in a statement on Monday. According to the CBN, the bank’s management has been unable to stem the decline despite various […]

todayJune 3, 2024 5

NEWS

WAEC appeals for strike exemption

The Head of the Nigeria National Office West African Examinations Council, Dr Amos Dangut has appealed for an exemption from the strike embarked upon by the organised labour to enable the council to conduct the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination without disruptions. The ongoing WASSCE commenced on April 30 and will end on June 24, 2024. The organised labour had declared a nationwide strike, which began on Monday, […]

todayJune 3, 2024 5

BUSINESS

Anambra labour monitors compliance, police warn against illegal enforcement

Organised Labour in Anambra State, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress said it has begun full monitoring of all affiliates unions and offices to ensure full compliance. This was disclosed in a press statement jointly signed by the state NLC Chairman, Humphrey Nwafor; Secretary, Gaius Chukwuka; TUC Chairman, Chris Ogbonna and Secretary, Alex Ebi, on Monday. The body said the exercise followed the directive of the national […]

todayJune 3, 2024 3

NEWS

Strike’ll add to hardship, N494,000 minimum wage unrealistic, says LP

The Labour Party in Nigeria has called on the workers’ unions to re-negotiate with the government on a new minimum wage rather than embarking on industrial action. The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos State. Ifoh said that the strike was not an option, noting that it would cause more hardship […]

todayJune 3, 2024 4

NEWS

KIMPACT DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE SET TO LAUNCH HER ELECTION AI TOOL TO BRIDGE ELECTORAL INFORMATION GAP.

Transforming Civic and Voter Engagement Over the years, citizens in Nigeria have been faced with the challenge of misinformation and disinformation in processing electoral data. In a bid to bridge the electoral information gap in Nigeria, Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), with the support of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is elated to announce the development of her innovative Election AI tool, designed to bridge the electoral information […]

todayMay 29, 2024 27

POLITICS

JUST IN: CJN summons Chief judges over Kano emirate tussle

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has summoned the Chief Judges of the Federal High Court and the Kano State High Court in response to the recent legal turmoil surrounding the Kano Emirate. This summons follows the issuance of conflicting interim injunctions by the two courts, which have created significant uncertainty and tension within the state. The conflicting rulings have intensified the ongoing legal and political disputes […]

todayMay 29, 2024 3

POLITICS

BREAKING: Tinubu signs bill returning old national anthem into law

President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday signed the National Anthem Bill 2024 into law. The bill seeks to reinstate the old anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.” This was disclosed by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, during the joint plenary that Tinubu attended. The final assent to the passage of the bill will bring about a shift from the now-recognised, “Arise O Compatriots.” The bill was rapidly cleared by both the Senate […]

todayMay 29, 2024 24

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