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A vote for varsities of education (1)

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Students-kk-CopyRECENT discourse on the quality of tertiary education had brought to the front burner, the issue of recently established federal universities in Nigeria. Specifically, the universities are Federal University of Education, Kano, Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri, Adeyemi University of Education, Owerri, Federal University of Education Zaria, University of Health Sciences, Oturkpo and University of Maritime Sciences, Okerenkoko, Delta.

The discourse has focused on whether the nation needs more universities at this time especially when some are still appealing for more funding, whether what we need are specialised universities or conventional universities, whether universities will...

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Drama as ministry, industrial court disagree over N84m judgment

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JusticeTHE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Industrial Court (NIC) yesterday disagreed over the N84 million awarded to one of its Foreign Service officers by virtue of the court’s ruling.

Meanwhile, members of staff of Ministry of Foreign Affairs were locked in after officials of the NIC used one of its vehicles to block the ministry’s entrance over failure to obey a court order on Mondayfollowing the ministry’s refusal to comply with its judgment directing it to pay N84 million to a former member of staff of the ministry.

The Guardian learnt that court documents showed that Obinna Edwin Nnama had secured the judgment on February 19, 2014 against the ministry and its finance counterpart...

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AIB to work with own investigators over Bristow crash

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FOLLOWING the adequate training its investigators have received from the Canadian firm that supplied the laboratory equipment on how to download content from any black box, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) may not hire foreign experts to decode the black box of the ill-fated Bristow helicopter.

Meanwhile, victims of the ill-fated helicopter, The Guardian learnt, would receive a compensation of $100,000 according to the standards of the International Civil Aviation Authority. The compensation was raised from $10,000 to $100,000 a few years ago by the regulatory body in according with the Warsaw Convention.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation,...

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Ambode vows to take education to next level

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AWARD of Diploma in Catechetical Studies, Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) as well as presentation of prizes to graduates in B.Ed. Degree among others took place at the 21st Convocation Ceremony of St. Augustines College of Education, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos. The school is affiliated to University of Ibadan.

The Provost of the College, Professor Julia Omokhodion, said the institution was not just particular about specializing students to become academic intellectuals but also moulding them to be morally upright.
“Moral decadence is very rife in the nation and we feel we have to tackle it from both sides, as we know that being b...

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Accident victim seeks assistance for corrective surgery

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OLAJIRE Oyewale Bankole, (43), an accident victim, whose life was saved by mother-luck, is in dire need of help from compatriots to treat the injury inflicted on him by the accident.

Bankole, who came to The Guardian in crutches, which had for two years been his companion, narrated his ordeal thus:

“Since I had this accident two years ago, I, a father of three, have been finding it difficult, in fact, impossible to put food on the table for my children, who had since been out of school for lack of money. As the sole breadwinner, my family had been wallowing in poverty and deprivation because my wife, who is a full-time housewife, even since I married her, is without any means of e...

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To Olu Adeboye, a benevolent uncle

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IN 1981, I had just left secondary school when for the first time I had the opportunity of getting close to Mr. Olasuji Lawson Olu Adeboye. Although I had heard numerous stories about him, his wealth and his doggedness. I had also seen him on several occasions, but from afar, especially during Christmas festivals or when there was an important thing to do in the community.

Even if his first port of call anytime he visited home was my mother’s since he was a first cousin to my mother (his mother and my mother are both from Okeaye-Idepe in Okitipupa and the same ruling house) and both of us are equally and closely related from the same Odoka lineage, for my late father C...

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Residents call for completion of pedestrian bridges

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FIRST bridge, before Iyana Ipaja, from Oshodi, along Oshodi-Sango expressway, is noted for mass movement of people crossing the ever-busy highway in the morning and in the evening because of the high population density of the area, which includes Egbeda, Shasha, Akowonjo, Dopemu among others.

The median that divides the road and the fast moving vehicles on the highway are some of the difficulties that pedenstrians contend with when they attempt to cross the road to either sides.

It is always a pitiable sight to see mothers with their children crossing the road in the mornings when they are taking their wards to school and in the evenings when they are coming...

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Yobe completes Trans-Saharan road to serve 200 communities

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THE Yobe State government has said that in “cementing cordial and diplomatic relationship” with Niger Republic, and development of border communities in northern part of the state, the Trans-Saharan road has been completed despite the security challenges posed by Boko Haram insurgency.

This was disclosed in Damaturu during an interactive session with Director of Press Affairs to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam at the Government House.

He said the completed Trans-Saharan road project covers a total distance of over 300 kilometres.

His words: “This international road that cuts across the desert in eight local councils of Yobe State will also serve over 200 communities engaged in f...

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Police warn party supporters against disruption of tribunal proceedings

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POLICE-LOGOGOMBE State Police Command has warned supporters of political parties against converging at the vicinity of the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in the state.

The police, which gave the warning in Gombe in a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Fwaje Attajiri, following several reports of unwarranted political activities allegedly being perpetrated by supporters of two major political parties in the state, said they were prepared to prosecute any individual or group found wanting.

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The Bar in throes of self-abnegation(1)

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JusticeOF the four pillars of freedom (law, liberty, representative government and an impartial administration of justice) law is primus inter pares being the first to be established and it being the underlining framework within which the others can thrive or have their being or existence established. Law is the system of rules to be applied to the settlement of disputes between individuals and government or between individuals and individuals. The primacy of place of law in the pantheon of liberal values is indisputable.

It is the business of the courts to see that the rules of law are properly applied to existing disputes when they arise. This involves an independent judiciary, a fair procedure...

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Yari, Yuguda mourn Ooni of Ife, Emir of Misau, deputy governor

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FORMER Governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda, has condoled with the immediate and extended families of the late Emir of Misau, Alhaji Muhammadu Manga III, describing his death as a monumental loss to not only his family and Bauchi State but to the entire country.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Deacon Ishola Michael Adeyemi, Yuguda also condoled with the government and people of Bauchi State over the Emir of Misau’s death.

He said the wise counsel of the royal father would be greatly missed, particularly now that such is most required because, according to him, words of wisdom are always got from people like him.

In the same vein, the former governor condoled...

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FG, UNICEF partner to tackle child mortality in Nigeria

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361,000 kids die of malnutrition yearly

THE Nigeria government in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have expressed concern over the plight of children health in the country as a total of 361,000 children die as a result of malnutrition-related causes each year.

According to a statement made available to journalists by the Media and External Relations officer, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, Mallam Rabiu Musa, “nearly a thousand Nigerian children die of malnutrition-related causes every day – a total of 361,000 each year”.

He also explained: “Acute malnutrition also leads to stunting of children causing...

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Strongest El Nino in history could worsen flooding in Nigeria

Details Strongest El Nino in history could worsen flooding in NigeriaFlooding in Lagos… According to a report published in Nature, a strong El Niño — signalled by the periodic warming of ocean-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific — can lead to heavy rain in parts of Africa and North America and drier-than-normal conditions in Australia, Indonesia and parts of India.

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SCIENTISTS have raised alarm of possibly the approach of the strongest El Nino event ever, which is expected to worsen adverse weather events like flooding, mudslides, bush-fires, severe Harmattan.

Forecasters with the United States (US) National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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Former envoy tasks youths on skills development

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FORMER Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Vincent Okobi, has charged Nigerian youths to strive and develop their skills and God-given potential in order to attain loftier heights in their endeavour.

Speaking at the 2015 Eagle and Seaside Toastmasters’ Change of Guard and President’s Night in Lagos, Okobi explained that for any nation to thrive, its youths must be well developed and be meaningfully engaged.

The ceremony, which featured installation of Oyindamola Egbeyemi and Blessing Momah as the Presidents of Eagle and Seaside Toastmasters Clubs for the 2015/2016 session respectively, highlighted the importance of giving Nigerian youths opportunity to develop self.

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NIMR workers suspend industrial action

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MEMBERS of staff of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) under the aegis of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) have ended a three-day warning strike with the promise to commence an indefinite strike if the demands are not meant.

NIMR staff members, who gathered under the early morning rains for mild protest on Monday at NIMR office gate, Edmund Crescent, Yaba, had accused the management of deliberately refusing to promote them, even as they accused the Director-General, Prof. Innocent Ujah of nepotism.

Most of the NASU members carried different placards to highlight their grievances. Some of the placards read:...

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Total charges staff on entrepreneurial skills’ acquisition

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TotalEXECUTIVE General Manager, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, Vincent Nnadi has advised staff of the company to acquire business skills that would enable them to succeed in post-service years, especially in view of recent volatility of global oil market.

Nnadi gave the charge in Abuja during a two-day training organised by Total for staff on how to be productive outside paid employment in a sector that catered adequately for their welfare.

Total GM said the voluntary training is part of the company’s resolve to ensure that its staff is not taken unawares by the changing dynamics of the world oil market, which he noted had forced multinationals like Shell, Agip, and others to cut back on their stakes i...

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Academy of Management sets agenda for Buhari

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FOR sustainable growth and rapid economic development, a body of reputable scholars, the Academy of Management Nigeria, has rolled out series of agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari.

At its 9th yearly conference held at the University of Benin, the association, among other recommendations, noted that a corrupt-free society should be entrenched, through mustering strong political will to fish out and punish offenders irrespective of their affiliations and status in society.

The body in a statement jointly signed by its President, Prof. Barnabas Agbonifoh, and the Publicity Secretary, Dr. Edith Odia, noted that higher educational institutions in Nigeria should develop and...

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Anabel Group advocates capacity devt for inclusive growth

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nicholas-okoyeWORRIED by the dwindling pace of the nation’s economic growth and its attendant effects on employment opportunities, Anabel Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nicholas Okoye has advocated investment in people as against emphasis on infrastructural development.

Besides, Okoye urged corporate Chief Executives to place premium on entrepreneurship development initiatives for their staff in order to equip them with the right skill for enhanced productivity.

Addressing journalists in Lagos, recently, Okoye lamented the teeming youth unemployment and the extent to which many Nigerians depend entirely on the government for sustenance.

Unveiling the strategy for entrepreneurship development, Okoye...

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UNDP partners Norwegian ministry, trains 250 IDPs

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UNDP-logoOVER 250 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the North-East have benefitted from a training programme organised by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ameliorate the sufferings of the people in the northern part of the country.

The benefitting states are Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the first batch of the orientation programme for beneficiaries drawn from the North East in Jos, Plateau State, Resident Coordinator, UNDP, Dauda Toure said investing in such a scheme as the ongoing one will empower women and youth, while rekindling their hope, spirit and determination to overcome...

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Stakeholders task govt on child rights Act implementation

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GOVERNMENTS at all levels have been urged to put modalities in place for the establishment of law enforcement agency to tackle child rights infringements.

Nigeria is one of the countries that have adopted the Child Rights Act but so far, no fewer than 28 states in the country have signed adopted this law.

Speaking in Abuja during the yearly award presentation for essay writing competition among secondary school girls organised by Monu-Olarewaju Foundation, Coordinator, Society Against Prostitution and Child Labour in Nigeria (SAP-CLN), Dr. Grace Adogo alleged that the Act has been neglected by states.

“We are amazed that most of the states in the f...

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PwC seeks improved economic ties between W’Africa, Lebanon

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has called for further deepening of economic and trade relations between West Africa and Lebanon.

This call was made at a breakfast meeting recently hosted by the firm for Lebanese business leaders. The event, which was put together by PwC firms across West Africa, in collaboration with PwC in the Middle East, was aimed at providing informed analyses of the political and socio-economic status of the sub-region with the view to highlighting its immense investment opportunities.

Partner and Energy leader at PwC Nigeria, Darrell McGraw noted that the economic indicators of West Africa make the sub-region an attractive...

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Trump narrows Clinton gap to just six points: poll

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hillary-and-trumpReal estate mogul Donald Trump is growing increasingly competitive in a general election matchup against Hillary Clinton, trailing the Democratic frontrunner by six points in a Wednesday poll that shows the race tightening.

Trump leads the broad Republican field by double digits. The political neophyte has dominated media coverage since he launched his campaign in June, steadily narrowing the gap against Clinton, according to a CNN/ORC poll which has tracked such matchups for months.

Clinton now leads Trump by 51 percent to 45 percent, a dramatically more competitive race than July’s 56-40 spread and June’s 59-35, the poll results showed.

The poll also has her ahead of conservative...

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Union disrupts activities of S/South Electricity Distribution Companies

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) on Wednesday disrupted activities at Electricity Distribution Companies in the South South over alleged violation of workers’ rights.

NUEE’s Senior Assistant General Secretary, Cyprian Akon, confirmed the development in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.

He said that electricity distribution companies in Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom had been shut down until further notice.

Akon said that NUEE had instructed its members to clamp down on the companies especially, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) because of sack and reduction of salaries of unionists.

He said that the era of violation of workers’ rights was...

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Police catches prisoner who used bedsheets to escape

Details Police catches prisoner who used bedsheets to escapeStephen Jamieson escaped after tying bed sheets together to climb over a jail wall PHOTO: au.news.yahoo.com

Australian police said on Wednesday a prisoner who escaped Australia’s highest security prison by tying bed sheets together had been caught after a car chase.

Stephen Jamieson, 28, serving 12 years for armed robbery, made his jailbreak in broad daylight on Tuesday from the prison in Goulburn in New South Wales about 160 kilometres south-west of Sydney.

“He was able to get out of that exercise yard and then he had a range of bed sheets that he tied together and was able to swing them over the wall to then effect his escape by scaling that wall,” New South Wales...

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Ambode gives contractor 3 months to complete Ipaja-Ayobo Road

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Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday pledged to complete the seven-kilometre Ipaja-Ayobo Road in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state within the next three months.

Ambode made the disclosure during an inspection of some road construction projects in the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the administration of former Gov. Babatunde Fashola awarded contract for the reconstruction of the dual-carriage road in May 2011, initially billed to last for 18 months.

Ambode said he decided to inspect the project in order to quickly mobilise the contractor to expedite action so that the project could be completed on time.

According to him, the completion is key to...

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Court remands 3 women over fighting in public

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos, on Wednesday ordered three women to be remanded in Kirikiri Prison for allegedly fighting in public until they meet their bail conditions.

Magistrate M.O. Olajuwon granted the accused: Adeshola Lawal, 28; Abiodun Onwuneme, 23; and Fadiat Ayinde, 19, bail in the sum of N50,000 each.

She said the bail was with one surety each who must be blood relations.

The three are facing charge of fighting in public to which they pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Emmanuel Ajayi, said the offence was committed at No. 3/5 Atitebi Str., Ebute Meta on Aug. 17, at 9.30p.m.

He said that the accused fought in public over a trivial issue.

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INEC’s composition won’t affect Kogi, Bayelsa polls—Official

Details INEC’s composition won’t affect Kogi, Bayelsa polls—OfficialMrs Amina Zakari as acting chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its current composition will not affect the conduct of the Kogi and Bayelsa gubernatorial elections.

Mr Nick Dazang, the commission’s Deputy Director, Publicity and Voter Education, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

NAN reports that the commission is currently led by an acting Chairman while some National Commissioners had retired.

Dazang, however, said that the commission has the experienced human resources and adequate funding needed for its normal tasks as well as the conduct of the...

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Officials calm homeowner protests over Tianjin blast

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Officials calm homeowner protests over Tianjin blastTianjin, China, chemicals, toluene, chloroform,News,World,Asia,Asian America,China s Tianjin Blast: Fears Turn to Potential Toxins in the Air. Photo credit vavnewsOfficials in the Chinese port city of Tianjin agreed on Wednesday to negotiate with angry residents left homeless by massive explosions, after a series of protests seeking compensation for their destroyed homes.

China keeps a tight grip on shows of public dissent, requiring public gatherings to have permission and using police to round up protesters, though officials sometimes meet with disgruntled citizens to defuse tensions.

About 150 demonstrators who lost homes in the city’s Binhai New Area where the blasts occurred a...

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52-year old man arrested for molesting a 10-year old girl

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The Wurno Local Government in Sokoto State said it would soon evacuate no fewer than 10,000 people from 20 flood-prone communities in the area.

The Caretaker Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Shehu Chacho, disclosed this to newsmen at Wurno on Wednesday.

He spoke shortly after an emergency meeting convened to discuss the notice on the planned release of excess water from Goronyo dam by the Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority ( SRBDA), Sokoto.

He listed the affected communities to include; Gidan-Kamba, Gidan-Bango one and two, ‘Yar-Wurnoni, Gidan-Modu, Lahodu, Tunga, Barayara zaki, and Arba.

“The people in all these communities must have to be evacuated to primary...

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Flood: LG to evacuate 10,000 people

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The Wurno Local Government in Sokoto State said it would soon evacuate no fewer than 10,000 people from 20 flood-prone communities in the area.

The Caretaker Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Shehu Chacho, disclosed this to newsmen at Wurno on Wednesday.

He spoke shortly after an emergency meeting convened to discuss the notice on the planned release of excess water from Goronyo dam by the Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority ( SRBDA), Sokoto.

He listed the affected communities to include; Gidan-Kamba, Gidan-Bango one and two, ‘Yar-Wurnoni, Gidan-Modu, Lahodu, Tunga, Barayara zaki, and Arba.

“The people in all these communities must have to be evacuated to primary...

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Pope not planning meet with Colombia rebels: Vatican

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Pope Francis is not planning to meet with Colombia’s FARC rebels when he visits Cuba in September, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Representatives of the guerrilla group have been holding peace talks with a Colombian government delegation since November 2012 in a bid to end an insurgency dating back to the 1960s which has cost more than 220,000 lives.

The FARC said on Tuesday that they had requested a meeting with the Argentinian pontiff.

But a Vatican spokesman dampened expectations of such an encounter.

“No meeting between the Holy Father and representatives of FARC is scheduled in the papal programme for Cuba,” deputy spokesman Ciro Benedettini told reporters.

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South Sudan peace deal: key points to end war

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Salva KiirSouth Sudan’s government has until early September to sign a peace deal or face possible international sanctions.

Rebel chief Riek Machar met a Monday deadline to sign the power-sharing agreement, but President Salva Kiir only initialled part of it and said he would return to the table in early September to finalise the accord.

Government officials have called the deal to end 20-months of war a “sellout”. Rebels say they still want a military solution.

The peace proposal has been put forward by the regional eight-nation bloc IGAD, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, as well as the United Nations, African Union, China and the “troika” of Britain, Norway...

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Israel’s top court weighs release of Palestinian hunger striker

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gavelIsrael’s top court considered Wednesday whether to free a Palestinian detainee whose two-month hunger strike has put his life at risk, with authorities fearing his death could worsen tensions in the occupied territories.

The case of Mohammed Allan, 31, has been closely followed by Palestinians and has put intense pressure on Israeli authorities, who have detained him without charge since November.

Israel’s High Court began a hearing on Wednesday afternoon on whether to release him due to his health. The proceedings were being held in secret in order to discuss his medical condition and security files.

Discussions were also said to have taken place outside the court with the aim of...

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EU urges Russia to free ‘immediately’ jailed Estonian policeman

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Federica_Mogherini_daticameraEU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Russia to free an Estonian policeman it sentenced Wednesday to 15 years’ jail on espionage charges, denouncing his “abduction” as a breach of international law.

Russian prosecutors said Eston Kohver was detained on Russian territory as he carried out an undercover operation last September but Tallinn said Moscow’s FSB security service kidnapped him at gunpoint on Estonian territory as he was investigating cross-border crime.

“The EU continues to call on the Russian Federation to act according to its international obligations, release Mr. Kohver immediately and guarantee his safe return to Estonia,” Mogherini...

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Iraq officials disastrously mismanaged Mosul crisis: inquiry

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Top Iraqi officials ignored ample warnings of an impending attack on second city Mosul and grossly mismanaged the ensuing crisis that saw it seized by jihadists, a parliamentary report obtained by AFP says.

The Islamic State group took control of the northern city in Nineveh province on June 10 last year, but the disaster could have been avoided if senior officers and officials had acted competently and paid attention to multiple detailed intelligence reports warning of the attack.

The report names a number of top officials, including ex-premier and current vice president Nuri al-Maliki, as responsible for Mosul’s fall.

“Those who were informed about the security...

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Osogbo in festive mood for Osun-Osogbo grand finale

Details Osogbo in festive mood for Osun-Osogbo grand finaleorshippers take part in the Osun Osogbo festival, or the river goddess festival, in Osogbo, capital of southwest Nigeria’s Osun State….The festival has gained a global recognition to such an extent that the Osun Grove was enlisted as a world heritage site in 2005. (Xinhua/Zhang Weiyi)

The Osogbo, the capital of Osun, will be agog on Aug. 21 as devotees of Osun goddess, tourists, cultural enthusiasts and indigenes, celebrate the grand finale of the Osun-Osogbo festival.

The 2015 edition began on Aug. 11 with the clearing of the traditional paths called “Iwo Popo’’.

The grand finale will witness a votary maid (Arugba Osun), going to the river with a calabash filled with...

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Senate Leader wants removal of privileges of principal officers

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Senate Leader Mohammed Ndume on Tuesday called for removal of privileges attached to principal officers at the National Assembly.

Ndume made the call when he spoke with newsmen in Maiduguri.

He said the removal of the privileges would eliminate the leadership struggle among legislators.

“I am championing the issue of downgrading the position of presiding officers at the National Assembly especially the Senate President so as to truly be the first among equals.

“What causes leadership crisis is because of the excessive privileges attached to the offices’’, he said.

Ndume added that once the privileges attached to positions were removed, fighting among legislators for the offices...

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Ghana to bring in Cuban doctors as medics strike bites

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doctorGhana has said it will bring in 177 new doctors from Cuba to help limit the damage from a crippling strike by medics over pay and training.

Some 2,800 public sector doctors began withdrawing services to out-patient departments early this month before extending the strike to emergency wards.

“We were in the process of bringing in 177 doctors and this process is ongoing,” Ghana’s Health Minister Alex Segbefia told a news conference late Tuesday.

“As we work to protect lives and restore normalcy, we are also retaining all the Cuban doctors who have completed their rotation and were programmed to leave for Cuba any time soon.”

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Russia jails Estonian policeman for 15 years for spying

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jail-loyarburokA Russian court on Wednesday sentenced an Estonian policeman to 15 years in jail on espionage charges in a move slammed by Moscow’s tiny NATO-member neighbour.

A court in the western Pskov region, which borders Estonia, sentenced Eston Kohver on charges of spying, weapon possession and illegally crossing the border, his court-appointed lawyer, Yevgeny Aksyonov, told AFP.

Prosecutors claimed Kohver was detained on Russian territory last September as he carried out an undercover operation.

Tallinn, however, accuses Moscow’s FSB security service of kidnapping the law enforcement officer at gunpoint from Estonian territory as he was investigating cross-border crime.

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Nigerian Breweries invests N1 billion to upgrade plant

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Nigerian Breweries Plc. Photo credit thefocusNigerian Breweries Plc. Photo credit thefocusNigerian Breweries Plc has invested N1 billion this year towards improving the quality of More Lager Beer brand, which it acquired two years ago.

The More Lager Beer brand was acquired from the Benue State Government in 2013 by the Consolidated Breweries Plc, which also later merged into the Nigerian Breweries Plc in 2014.

The company’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem, who spoke at an event in Makurdi, the State capital, said the upgrade of the More brand would give consumers a new taste experience

According to him, the investment in upgrading Nigerian Breweries’ Makurdi brewery and enhancing the brand represents a bold attempt to showcase t...

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BoI explains $200million creative industry fund

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MD-of-BoI--20-2-15Managing Director of BOI, Rasheed OlaoluwaFollowing allegations that the $200 million creative industry fund is domiciled with it, the Bank of Industry (BoI) has refuted such claims stating that it had yet to receive any such fund from the government for the Entertainment/Nollywood sector.

A statement from the Bank, as cited by NAN reads in part: “the attention of the Bank has been drawn to a news report “Probe Jonathan’s $200 million Nollywood Fund, Lari Williams tells Buhari” published in some dailies wherein Mr. Lari alluded to the domiciliation of $200 million with the Bank of Industry Limited for eventual disbursement to artists who are able to come up with viable business plans.

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Customs impounds 2015 bullet-proof Toyota Camry, Land Cruiser SUV, others

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vessel-kkkk-19-8-15-CopyTHE Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C, Owerri has impounded 100 vehicles including 2015 Toyota Camry with fake documents.
The unit disclosed that the vehicles were impounded along Benin expressway, Agbor-Asaba axis and Aba/Owerri highway.

Breakdown of the seizures revealed that among the vehicles were six Land cruiser Prado, Land cruiser VXR, Toyota Fortuner, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes Benz CLS 350, “all 2014/2015 model”.

The development is coming barely one week after the units made seizures of forty-two (42) various contraband goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N197.3 million.

The unit in a statement explained that a total of fourteen (14) suspects are now in...

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‘Policy inconsistency bane of Nigeria’s maritime sector’

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HaastrupHaastrupTHE Executive Vice Chairman, ENL Consortium, Princess Vicky Haastrup has identified policy summersault as a major challenge confronting the maritime industry in Nigeria.

Speaking in Lagos, Haastrup said stakeholders in the sector needs an enabling environment to operate and contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria’s economy.

Haastrup said: “We need an enabling environment. Don’t forget that terminal operators have invested so much money to develop Nigerian ports. We all know what Nigerian ports used to be like before the concession. People who are regular port users know that we have made improvements.

“Some attention must be paid to the issue of policy somersault, c...

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‘Support for Jonathan crippled free expression in Southeast’

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De-risking Africa: Goodluck Ebele JonathanDEPUTY National Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Jerry Obasi, has said Ndigbo expect apologies and expression of gratitude from former President Goodluck Jonathan, pointing out that “because of support for Jonathan, politics in Igbo land was greatly affected.”

Obasi, who made the observation in an interaction with The Guardian against a backdrop of recent mass defection of eminent personalities from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State to the All Progressives Congress (APC), disclosed that the bandwagon support by certain Igbo leaders for Jonathan crippled free expression and unsettled the political climate in the Southeast.

He said because of Jonathan’s i...

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Foremost comedian, Baba Sala ill, rushed to hospital

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Image source 1reserviorImage source 1reserviorCELEBRATED comedian, Pa Moses Adejumo Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala was on Monday night rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH) over his deteriorating health.

Olaiya, who celebrated his 80th birthday three months ago has been ill for the past few weeks, but his health degenerated two days ago. He was taken from his residence in Ilesha, Osun State to UCH for medical attention.

When contacted, the Head of Public Relations Unit of UCH, Mr. Deji Bobade confirmed that the prolific writer and actor is still alive and his condition has stabilised.

“Yes, he was rushed to this hospital on Monday night but he has stabilised. I just left his ward about 10 minutes a...

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Gunmen raid Yobe village, 150 feared drowned

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Gaidam-Yobe-State-governorGov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe stateABOUT 150 people of Kukuwa-Gari village in Yobe State were feared drowned in a river and some shot dead by fleeing dozens of Boko Haram militants who arrived on motorcycles and a car last week and opened fire, scattering terrified residents of the community.

A resident, who spoke with Agence France Presse (AFP), Modu Balumi, said: “They opened fire instantly, which forced residents to flee. They shot a number of people. Unfortunately, many residents who tried to flee plunged into the river and many got drowned.

“By our latest toll, we have 150 people either (shot dead) or drowned in the attack.

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PDP queries Obiano, demands accountability over APGA secretariat funding, others

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THE Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has been asked by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to explain the source of his funding for the ObianoObianoon-going construction of his All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) National Secretariat in Awka.

It also demanded for statement of accounts of the cash receipts and allocations of the local councils in the state since he came on board about 18 months ago.

The governor was also accused of funding and running the party secretariat where the PDP said “the APGA National Chairman and the state chairman allegedly withdraw millions of naira from the account of Anambra State government as allowances on a monthly basis.”

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NDLEA intercepts N48m, 814kg cannabis at Abuja

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Weed. Image source geniusWeed. Image source geniusA FEW weeks after operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) intercepted $2.1 million in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the agency has arrested a 25-year-old man with N48 million in Abuja.

The monetary exhibit, according to NDLEA spokesman, Mr. Mitchel Ofoyeju, was detected during a routine motorised surveillance along Abaji-Abuja Expressway.

Besides, the command also arrested a cannabis dealer with 79 bags of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis weighing 817kg.

The FCT commander of the NDLEA, Mrs. Obijuru Chinyere, who said the suspect claimed the money belongs to a bureau de change, said: “The suspect, John Okafor w...

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Group flays violation of budget report by BOF

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Group flays violation of budget report by BOFfinancial records. Image source xploretruthThe Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a civil society group, has raised the alarm over the absence of budget implementation report since the second half of 2014, which is due every quarter by the Budget Office of the Federation (BOF).
 
Besides, the group noted that the violation has been extended to the 2014 financial year report, which has been due since June 2015, but not prepared and published.
 
The group, which described the development as evidence of a failure, neglect and refusal to perform a statutory duty to the detriment of Nigerian citizens, however threatened constitutional action after a two-week notice that ends today.

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Africa’s Financial Infrastructure

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Chairman of National Standard Finance, LLC
Global Sovereign & Infrastructure Investors

Financial infrastructure comprises a set of government managed financial institutions such as a central bank as well as privately owned market institutions, networks and shared physical infrastructure that enable the effective operation of financial intermediaries, the exchange of information and data, and the settlement of payments between wholesale and retail market participants.

A safe and efficient financial infrastructure promotes financial stability and is imperative for the successful operation of modern integrated financial markets.

Africa’s financial infrastructure has one of the w...

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