‘I am President to help not to hurt people and nation that I love’ – Tinubu to Nigerians

By Chris Udochukwu President Bola Tinubu has said that he understands the hardship Nigerians face owing to his administration’s policies, adding that he is president to help not to hurt the people and nation that he love. But he is asking them to look beyond that and have faith in his government’s ability to reverse the trend. “Fellow Nigerians, this period may be hard on us and there is no doubt about it that it is tough on us. But I urge you all to look beyond the present temporary pains and aim at the larger picture. All of our good and helpful plans are in the works. More importantly, I know that they will work,” he said in a nationwide broadcast on Monday evening. “Sadly, there was an unavoidable lag between subsidy removal and these plans coming fully online. However, we are swiftly closing the time gap. I plead with you to please have faith in our ability to deliver and in our concern for your well-being. Precise Post recalls that Tinubu had on 29th May pronounced an end …

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Gov. Emmanuel Tasks Nigerians To Make Credible Choices In 2023 Polls

By Isaiah Eka Uyo, – Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, has urged Nigerians to make credible choices in the 2023 general elections in the interest of good governance.Emmanuel made the call at the opening of a one-day conference of the Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria in Uyo on Tuesday.He said that by electing credible leaders, Nigerians would be hopeful that the challenges confronting the nation would be surmounted.The governor said that the world as a whole was facing a challenging moment, saying, ”it is the duty of governments to search for solutions.”The forthcoming elections present us an opportunity to make a bold statement by electing leaders that will have the people’s agenda,” he said.Emmanuel commended the former deputy governors for their commitment to the unity and sustainable development of the nation.He said that human society had continued to face challenges from time immemorial, and that solutions had always emerged through effective leadership. ”I strongly believe that the solution to our challenges reside with our leaders. We only have to do the right things,” he said.  The governor urged all …

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Save Money So Money Can Save You – Rapper Slimcase

Nigerian rapper, Slimcase has advised people to save for the rainy days. Urging his followers to “save money so money can save them”, he added that they should be prepared for how they will get treated when they are not needed, rather than when they are needed. Slimcase also stressed the need for one to keep their family close. See his posts below

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Malaysian Court Frees Four Nigerians Sentenced To Death On Drug Charges

Four Nigerians sentenced to death in Malaysia have been set free. A Court of Appeal in Malaysia set the four Nigerians, including two former students free after taking their appeals on the case of drug trafficking. In a report by Free Malaysia Today, a Nigerian trader, Chris Christian, and two former students, Mbachu Chibuzo and Mbuga Vincent, declined an offer by the prosecution to reduce their charges to possession of drugs. Judge Kamaludin Md Said, who led a three-member panel after hearing submissions, said there was merit in their appeal to warrant an acquittal. “The conviction by the trial judge is unsafe as there were serious errors of law,” said Kamaludin. The three Nigerians allegedly trafficked 770gm of methamphetamine in front of a restaurant at Jalan Danau Kota in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, at about 5.50 pm on June 16, 2017. They were convicted and sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court in 2020. Lawyer Afifuddin Hafifi argued that the trial judge misdirected herself in law by shifting the burden of proof on the three men when such a …

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80 Nigerians to graduate from Business School Netherlands

Business School Netherlands has said 80 Nigerians who have successfully completed its Executive MBA programme are among the 2021 set of graduating students. The school, in a statement on Tuesday, said it had graduated over 6,000 Executive MBA holders from over 1,200 firms in over 55 countries. The Chief Executive Officer, BSN Nigeria, Prof. Lere Baale, reiterated the school’s resolve to groom thoroughbred professionals in the increasingly competitive and dynamic world of business. He said, “Our vision is to develop world-class leaders, and our ambition is to be an enabler in the development and success of leaders and organisations worldwide, through a unique, pragmatic and practical Action Learning programme, providing answers to current leadership issues. “In the last six years, international observers, including CEO Magazine, have taken note of our innovative curriculum and world-class faculty, who are not mere professors but heroes in the global business marketplace. “Also noteworthy is the impressive career outcome of our alumni. Many of them are securing investments from global venture capitalists, getting appointments, and gaining fast promotions in Fortune 500 organisations and public sector …

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We Have Enough COVID-19 Vaccines To Cover 70% Of Nigerians – Boss Mustapha

Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), has disclosed that the country has enough vaccines to cover over 70 per cent of Nigerians before the end of 2022. Speaking at a national COVID-19 summit tagged ‘Pushing Through the Last Mile to End the Pandemic and Build Back Better’, the SGF stated that vaccines are safe and efficacious. Mustapha also revealed that the summit was organized to create an opportunity to identify successes, gaps and lessons learnt so far in Nigeria’s national response to the pandemic since March 2020 to date. He further disclosed that strategies to actualise the international commitments towards ending COVID-19 before the end of 2022 will be developed at the summit. He Said; “Today, we are here to assess the level of impact of our national response and develop strategies as we push through the last mile to end the pandemic while we build back better. “There is no gainsaying that the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, which was triggered when the index case was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, …

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FG plans national housing bond for mass projects

The Federal Government on Tuesday proposed a national housing bond to enable developers of buildings to access financing for mass and affordable projects nationwide. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who made this public in Abuja, said there was the need to improve financing for the housing sector to the benefit of Nigerians both in urban and rural areas. Fashola said the bond aimed to raise capital that would be used to finance the development of housing infrastructure in Nigeria. He said, “This will facilitate the provision of adequate and affordable housing for Nigeria in both urban and rural areas in a secure, healthy and decent environment.” On other benefits of the bond, Fashola said, “It will increase foreign and domestic investment. It will deepen the capital markets with the introduction of a new bond type. “Real estate developers will get a cheaper source of financing that will drive expansion and increase project profitability. Consumers will get more affordable homes that meet international building standards.” The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who was represented …

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Decision on SIM-NIN linkage extension likely today, says NIMC

The spokesperson of the National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke has said that the institution is likely to reach a decision whether or not to extend the deadline for the SIM-NIN linkage today. He disclosed this today in an interview with our correspondent. He said, “I can’t say anything for now. But there is a press release waiting for the minister’s approval that should be available today.” When asked if the deadline would be extended, he didn’t give a positive response. In an earlier interview with our correspondent, the Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Gbenga Adebayo said the nation was making progress as regards the SIM-NIN linkage. Recall that the deadline for the SIM-NIN linkage is going to expire on October 31, 2021. He said, “We have covered a lot of ground. There has to be a meeting within the stakeholders to determine if there should be an extension.” The Chairman, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, Ikechukwu Nnamani, had earlier told our correspondent that stakeholders would be meeting soon to make a decision. A recent statement …

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Business can’t survive in Nigeria without generators, says Adesina

President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina has faulted the lack of reliable power supply as an obstacle to Nigeria’s industrial growth. He said this on Tuesday at the 49th annual general meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria in Abuja. Adesina stated that Nigerians spend $14 billion yearly on generators and fuel. He also quoted a report by the International Monetary Fund which stated that Nigeria loses $29 billion annually, about 5.8 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product due to a lack of reliable power supply. He said, “Today, no business can survive in Nigeria without generators. Consequently, the abnormal has become normal,” Adesina said. “Traveling on a road one day in Lagos, I saw an advertisement on a billboard which caught my attention. It was advertising generators, with the bold statement “we are the nation’s number one reliable power supplier!” The former minister of Agriculture also noted the various challenges affecting manufacturing in the country stating that reliable power supply is a major challenge. “To be a manufacturer in Nigeria is not an easy business. You …

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‘Food Has Finally Finished’ – Nigerians Drag Fani-Kayode After He Called Gumi a Venomous Snake

A member of the All Progressives Congress, Femi Fani-Kayode has been blasted by Nigerians after he took to Facebook to condemn controversial Islamic cleric, Ahmed Gumi. This is over Gumi’s alleged support for bandits and terrorists. Fani-Kayode had in a Facebook post described Gumi as a venomous snake and a wolf in sheep’s clothing for kicking against calls by Nigerians urging President Muhammadu Buhari to designate bandits as terrorists. “Sheik Ahmad Gumi, the Rasputin of Arewa, whose father once said a Christian must not rule Nigeria & who himself said the FG must not declare the killer bandits as terrorists is worse than Abubakar Shekau & Al Barnawi. “He is a venomous snake & a wolf in sheep’s clothing”, Fani-Kayode posted. The post, however, triggered a backlash from Nigerians who stormed the comment section to lambast the former minister for calling out Gumi while supporting President Buhari’s government. Some of the commenters, who sensed that he is beginning to go against the All Progressives Congress, APC, government, lamented his unstable nature, stressing that he is no longer receiving benefits from …

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180 Million Telephone Lines Linked With NIN

The number of telephone lines linked with the National Identity Numbers have been made public. According to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Danbatta, over 180 million telephone lines are now linked with NIN. Danbatta made the disclosure on Tuesday. He said this following the capturing of over 60 million Nigerians by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the National Identity Numbers (NIN) database. Danbatta also said from available statistics, the telecommunications industry has bounced back with broadband penetration peaking at 41 percent while active telephone subscribers have increased by over one million. He spoke while delivering his address during the Public Inquiry on three Regulatory Instruments on the Rule Making Process at the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja. Details shortly…. Source

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“We Need to Apologize to Ozo” – Nigerians React After Saga Failed His Secret Task

Nigerians have expressed disappointment with Saga after he divulged the secret prank Biggie asked him to play on his love interest, Nini. Sadly, Saga failed the task today by revealing it to Nini after she got into a fight with Cross this morning, Wednesday. Saga was told that he will be finely rewarded if he’s able to stick to his guns and carry out the prank. Since the show began, the 28-year-old old engineer has been been attached to Nini as he follows her around and spends almost every waking moment with her so the secret task would have been a wake up call for him. Saga tried to cook something to that effect but on Wednesday morning, he failed woefully. Following an earlier altercation between Nini and Cross, Saga then crawled to Nini’s bed and spilled the beans that he wasn’t really trying to fight her but he was just acting on instructions from Biggie. Below are some reactions that trailed Saga’s action and some fans have suggested that they have to apologize to Ozo for likening his closeness …

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Gulder Ultimate Search returns to TV screens

Popular Nigerian reality television show, Gulder Ultimate Search has returned to the television screen after a seven-year break. The show which borders on the survival instincts of its contestants dominated the Nigerian airwaves in the early 2000s. The show which began in 2004 ran for 11 seasons before its hiatus in 2016. A brainchild of Nigerian Breweries Plc, the show has produced some talents who have become stars. Past winners who have become household names in the entertainment industry include; Kunle Remi, winner of the 2010 edition; Dennis Okike winner of the season 8edition; and Chris Okagbue, winner of season 10. Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc. officially announced that the show would make its comeback and this year’s theme is “The Age of Craftsmanship”. To apply, interested participants have to be Nigerians between 21-35 years old. Applications should be submitted to www.gulderultimatesearch.ng between September 1, 2021, and September 8, 2021. Shortlisted applicants will undergo a regional selection process in Abuja and Enugu on September 13 and 14, while the selection will take place in Lagos on September 16 and 17, 2021. …

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Forex supply: Banks’ documentation process cumbersome, says FDC

The Financial Derivatives Company Limited has described the documentation process required by banks for the sale of foreign exchange as cumbersome, saying this will pose a challenge to the public. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, had last week, at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting, announced the stoppage of forex sale to the Bureaux De Change, saying they had turned themselves into “agents that facilitate graft and corrupt activities of people who seek illicit fund flow and money laundering in Nigeria”. He said the CBN would channel a significant portion of its weekly allocation currently meant for BDCs to commercial banks to meet legitimate forex demand for ordinary Nigerians and businesses. Analysts at FDC, led by Mr Bismarck Rewane, noted in a new report that the development saw the parallel market exchange rate plunge to N525/$ the next day as the markets tried to process the implications of the CBN’s decision on businesses. They said, “Since then, the naira has gradually appreciated, to currently trade at N508/$ (August 4). Other market rates have also appreciated. For instance, …

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Olympics: FG silent on sanction as AFN takes responsibility for disqualified athletes

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has taken responsibility for the disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic games. This is as the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has kept mute over sanctioning of officials responsible for the “lapses”. During the championships, Okagbare and Oduduru faced disqualification scare for not partaking in the men’s and women’s 100m race. Also, neither the sports ministry nor AFN apologised to the 10 affected Nigerian athletes in the three separate press releases issued on the development so far. Instead, the federal sports ministry tagged the affected Nigerian athletes as “alternate and foreign students”. While two were issued by the factional president and Secretary-General, Tonobok Okowa and Adisa Beyioku, respectively, the last was made available by Joshua-Akanji, Special Adviser (Media) to the sports minister, Sunday Dare, who many fans want to be sacked over the administrative lapses. Dare had in November 2020 sacked a former Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye, for registering two Nigerian top athletes, Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru, under “wrong” categories at the World …

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UPDATED: NAFDAC approves Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved use of Moderna and AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines for emergency use. The AstraZeneca approved is from the Republic of Korea (SK Bioscience Co Limited) as a result of the stall in the procurement of AstraZeneca vaccine, also known as Covishield, manufactured under licence by Serum Institute of India, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Moderna is produced by Rovi Pharma Madrid, Spain while Sputnik V from Russia is by Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology. The NAFDAC had previously approved AstraZeneca (India), Pfizer bioNTech as well as Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in February and May 2021.The Director-General of the NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, made these known during a briefing at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday. She explained while Moderna and AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccines have received WHO emergency use listing (EUL) and were given expedited approvals, Sputnik V is yet to receive the EUL approval and the was subjected to full six-month review. “NAFDAC is announcing the approval of Moderna and AstraZeneca …

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