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Strike: Senior lawyers back JUSUN’s agitation for judiciary autonomy

Strike: Senior lawyers back JUSUN’s agitation for judiciary autonomyBy Taiye Agbaje Two senior lawyers on Monday expressed their support and solidarity for the industrial action launched by the Union of Judicial Personnel of Nigeria (JUSUN). The (NAN) reports that JUSUN began a nationwide strike on Tuesday, April 6, when the union ordered all its members of the federation to close all courts after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum given earlier on the government failure to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary. A senior lawyer from Nigeria, SAN, Paul Erokoro, told NAN in Abuja.“Absolutely, I support JUSUN’s agitation on judicial autonomy. “The 1999 Constitution doesn’t work because the governors are just too powerful. Governors control everything in their states. “There are no checks and balances. Whoever controls the money that comes in can dictate all actions in those states, ”he said.He said justice should not be seen as another department of state government. “It is an independent […]

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Business

Investment promotion: FG unveils NIPC’s `Book of States’

Investment promotion: FG unveils NIPC’s `Book of States’By Emmanuella Anokam / Blessing Onyeaka The federal government on Monday unveiled the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) “State Book” aimed at boosting domestic and foreign direct investment (FDI) for economic growth. The “State Book”, a compendium of key investment opportunities and comparative advantages of the 36 states and the CTF, was prepared by the NIPC in collaboration with the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF). Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said at the compendium’s official launch in Abuja that the initiative would help investors better appreciate investment potentials across Nigeria. In a keynote address, Adebayo noted that the document would help attract the right investments to Nigeria, improve productivity, create jobs and generate income for the country. “The ministry appreciates that the work has been fully supported and approved by all 36 governors, including the CTF Minister. “It shows how we are working collectively to ensure that […]

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ECOWAS Parliament eager to empower women in sub-region- Tunis

ECOWAS Parliament eager to empower women in sub-region- TunisBy Lizzy Okoji The President of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mr. Sidie Tunis, said that the Fifth Parliament is keen to take concrete steps to ensure the empowerment of women in the West African sub-region. Tunis made it known Monday at the Liberian and Sierra Leonean border post of Bo Waterside where he was received by the representative of the Liberian government, Senator Edwin Snowe. Tunis was received by the representative of the Liberian authority ahead of the delocalized meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament on the empowerment of women scheduled for April 13-17 in Monrovia, Liberia. Tunis said the goal of the delocalized meeting was to turn discussions and protocols regarding women’s empowerment into action, and for women to become more inclusive in all sectors. He said the fifth legislature under his leadership strives to ensure that women have a mandatory 30% representation in the ECOWAS Parliament. According to the speaker, […]

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Our cement factory prices remains stable- Dangote

Our cement factory prices remains stable- DangoteBy Ismail AbdulazizDangote Cement Plc management says the price of a bag of cement from its factories and factories across Nigeria as of April 12 is N 2,450 in Obajana and Gboko, and N 2,510 in Ibese, value added tax. (Taxes included. The company has made this clarification given recent insinuations that the company sells cement in Nigeria at significantly higher prices compared to other countries, particularly Ghana and Zambia. Devakumar Edwin, Dangote Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Investment Projects, revealed that if a bag of cement sells for an equivalent of $ 5.1 including VAT in Nigeria, it sells for $ 7. $ 2 in Ghana and $ 5.95 in Zambia ex works. , all taxes included. He said that although the company has direct control over its ex-factory prices, it cannot control the final price of cement when it hits the market. He indicated that it […]

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Amended broadcasting code yielding results – Minister

Amended broadcasting code yielding results – MinisterBy Rotimi Ijikanmi Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said amendments to the National Broadcasting Code to reposition the sector have started to show results. The minister made this known on Monday in Lagos during an engagement of the ministerial working group on the digital switchover (DSO) with the relevant stakeholders. Mohammed revealed that by joining the amended code, he was rightly informed that a large multinational recently canceled an ad production planned for South Africa and moved it to Nigeria. “The result? Practitioners in Nigeria earned N10 million from production, while model fees totaled N5 million. “This is only the beginning, as we are determined to implement the reforms diligently. The (NAN) reports that to stimulate growth and investment in the advertising sector, an amendment has been made to the broadcasting code regarding the production of advertising for local goods and services. The amended section states that “all […]

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WOFAN empowers farmers, extension workers, agents

WOFAN empowers farmers, extension workers, agentsBy Bukola AdewumiThe Network for the Advancement of Women Farmers (WOFAN) says it has empowered farmers, extension workers and extension workers in sustainable rice production, 3D video and field demonstration in the territory of the federal capital. WOFAN executive director Hajia Salamatu Garba said Monday in Abuja that the training will expose them to modern best practices in rice and groundnut cultivation as well as effective methods of weed, pest and pest control. diseases. Garba said the two-day training would deepen participants’ knowledge of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to enable them to be successful in technical aspects of rainy season agriculture. She said the activities of extension agents and farmer groups in implementing WOFAN’s ICON of Hope project would improve farmers’ yields and incomes. She also said that there was a 3D video presentation and hands-on demonstration applications of pesticides and fertilizers for the participants. The boss of WOFAN revealed […]

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Gbajabiamila, Ghana’s speaker seek improved parliamentary relations

Gbajabiamila, Ghana’s speaker seek improved parliamentary relationsBy Femi Ogunshola The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila, and the new Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Mr. Albert Bagbin, agreed to strengthen parliamentary relations. It is about finding lasting solutions to challenges such as the trade dispute involving some Nigerian traders in Ghana. The two speakers met in a zoom meeting on Friday. Gbajabiamila told his counterpart that the two countries should continue to explore the path of parliamentary diplomacy to tackle common challenges. He added that the two countries could learn a lot from each other, while presenting the project he launched with five other African speakers. The project is the Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments (CoSAP), which started in 2020 and had advocated for debt relief. He added that this year, African presidents and heads of parliaments were to meet in Abuja to explore how they could work together to address collective […]

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Joint Military Taskforce base not deserted, say Gov. Bello

Joint Military Taskforce base not deserted, say Gov. BelloBy Rita IliyaThe Government of Niger State has assured the communities of Bassa, Zumba and others in the local government areas of Shiroro and Munya besieged by bandits that the bases of the Joint Military Task Force in the region have not been deserted. . The state government statement comes amid fears that the task force’s camps have been deserted and that security agents have left communities after the recent invasion of the military base in Allawa in which six soldiers and a mobile policeman were killed. Niger’s Governor Abubakar Bello, who denounced the deadly attack and murder, urged communities to remain calm as security agents pulled back to change their strategy and did not completely abandon them. “The military evacuated the corpses of the valiant officers who died in face-off with the bandits and who withdrew for a while to review their strategy. They have neither left nor abandoned […]

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Army enjoins journalists to protect national interests

Army enjoins journalists to protect national interestsBy Ahmed Abba The commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, sector 2, brig.-general. Adamu Nura, called on reporters to prioritize Nigeria’s national interest in their reporting. Nura made the appeal on Friday while welcoming members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), who paid him a courtesy visit to Damaturu. “The national interest is more important than any other interest, including the public interest; because when you protect the national interest, the public interest will automatically be covered, ”he said. He therefore urged journalists to always cooperate with security agencies, to protect the national interest in their reporting and to avoid any form of publicity to terrorists. “Safety is everyone’s business, without safety nothing can be achieved.” he said. He added that the sector was ready to build the capacity of journalists within its jurisdiction, in order to have a smooth relationship and effective coverage. Nura added that her doors were […]

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Anambra: Governorship aspirant cautions youth against electoral violence

Anambra: Governorship aspirant cautions youth against electoral violenceBy Joy Mbachi Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, candidate for governor for the November 6 elections in Anambra, urged young people to avoid being used to perpetrate electoral violence of any form in the country. Ezeemo, who is aspiring to run for governor for the third time on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, made the call during a press briefing in Awka on Friday. The midshipman, who was reacting to the attack on former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Charles Soludo, urged young people to see themselves as the future rulers of the state and the country. Politics is not a do-or-die, he said, so young people should not allow themselves to be used to perpetrate election violence. Ezeemo advised aspirants not to heat up the political regime but to conduct themselves in the most civilized manner, as one person would be the governor at the same time and sportsmanship […]

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Thuggery portends danger to nation’s democracy — Kalu

Thuggery portends danger to nation’s democracy — KaluBy Leonard Okachie Chief Senate Whip Senator Orji Kalu said the use of thugs during the elections portended great danger to the country’s democracy. Kalu said this on Friday, while inspecting the ongoing construction of the two-kilometer Akama and Ugwuavor road in Arochukwu. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the road was one of 19 constituency road projects that the lawmaker drew in the senatorial district of Abia North. He spoke in the context of last Saturday’s by-election in the federal constituency of Aba North / Aba South, which was reportedly marred by brutality and violence. He called on Nigerians of good conscience and supporters of democracy to condemn the violence in its entirety in the country’s political system. “What happened in Aba was a shame for our democracy because brutality is not part of democracy. “It should not be tolerated. He should be condemned by any well-meaning Nigerian. […]

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101 Abia athletes for National Sports Festival

101 Abia athletes for National Sports FestivalBy Leonard Okachie A total of 101 Abia athletes will compete in 16 sports categories at the 2020 National Sports Festival in Edo. Abia’s sports director, Mr. Isaac Ogbonnaya-Isaac, made the disclosure to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Umuahia shortly before the team left for Benin on Friday. He said the contingent also included 13 team leaders, 17 coaches and 20 officials. The director said the athletes compete in weightlifting, wrestling, kung fu, taekwondo, karate, kick boxing, weightlifting, para-athletics, deaf athletics, darts, boxing, table tennis and others. He said the team had set a goal of not dropping below fifth, adding that Abia needed to excel in at least 10 of the 16 categories in which the athletes competed. He said: “Our expectations are very high because we are a force to be reckoned with. “We are going to a sports festival that has suffered so many postponements; as […]

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Principals’ Cup: Ministry of Sports rallies support for zonal finals

Principals’ Cup: Ministry of Sports rallies support for zonal finalsBy Muhyideen Jimoh The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has called on sports stakeholders to support and participate in the relaunch of the National Directors Cup competition as it enters the zonal stages. Dr Ademola Are, director of grassroots sport development at the ministry, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in an interview Thursday in Abuja that it was crucial to bring back the glamor of the competition. He said the zonal final which kicked off Thursday in the country’s six geopolitical zones will end on March 22, with teams emerging for the grand final in Abuja. “We want more support from stakeholders as we enter the zonal phase of competition because this is the best of our youngsters in sports and education on display,” he said. Are, who is also the chairman of the main organizing committee (MOC) for the competition, said the expanded competition which now […]

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Nasarawa United Gain 6 Places to Become New NPFL Leaders

Nasarawa United Gain 6 Places to Become New NPFL LeadersBy Olawale Alabi Nasarawa United Football Club de Lafia stormed the top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table on Thursday, ousting Rangers International on goal difference. They moved to first place on the diary from seventh after a 3-0 spanking from Dakkada FC’s visit to Uyo. The Enugu-based Rangers fell again to fourth, again on goal difference, after a 0-2 loss to host Katsina United, who went down a notch to 17th. Plateau United fell from 13th to ninth after beating the Sunshine Stars of Akure 3-1 at Jos. Below is the ranking of the 20 clubs in the NPFL 2020/2021 at the end of three matches of Matchday 16 rescheduled Thursday. It is presented under Played (P), Won (W), Draws (D), Lost (L), Goals for (F), Goals against (A), Goal difference (GD) and Points (Pts): PWDLFA GD Pts Team 1. Nasarawa United 16 8 3 5 18 […]

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CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba loses 1-2 against the Orlando Pirates

CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba loses 1-2 against the Orlando PiratesBy Victor Okoye Aba’s international football club Enyimba collapsed in a 1-2 loss to South Africans Orlando Pirates on Wednesday in their CAF Confederation Cup Group A clash at the stadium Orlando. The hosts dominated the opening rally to score a well-deserved goal, before the visitors jumped into the game in the later stages. Deon Hotto gave Orlando Pirates the lead in the 27th minute after being put in place by Linda Mntambo. Enyimba got a penalty at the end of the first half after Siyabonga Mpontshane fouled Anayo Iwuala in the penalty box. Austine Oladapo made no mistake when she placed the ball superbly in the net, sending goalkeeper Mpontshane the wrong way. The Buccaneers were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute after Gabadinho Mhango was knocked down in the penalty area. Substitute Tshegofatso Mabasa, however, blasted his wide kick. Mabasa made amends for his failure earlier when […]

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ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreement

ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreementBy Temitope Ponle Eleven African countries have validated the strategies for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Ms. Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECA, said this in her opening statement at the 39th session of the Committee of Experts on Wednesday. The expert meeting was also on the sidelines of the 53rd session of the committee. Songwe listed countries like Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The executive secretary further said that the countries which were in the drafting phase of the agreement were Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Kenya, Namibia and Malawi. She added that the early stage countries were Nigeria, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Eswatini. She said data was not available for other countries. […]

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African Golf Tour 2021 season to focus more on youth development, says president

African Golf Tour 2021 season to focus more on youth development, says presidentBy Victor Okoye Harris Okatta, president of the African Golf Tour Foundation, said the 2021 African Golf Tour season will focus more on youth development. Okatta told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that the purpose of the tour was to secure the future of golf in the country. “Now we’re about to start the 2021 season, and we’re going to be focusing on 18 and over kids. “This will be so that we can ensure that the future of golf and that of young players is nurtured and developed from this part of the world. “This is the goal of the tour, and we are 100% focused on making sure we achieve it and develop golf in the country,” he said. Okatta said the foundation has embarked on a golf education program in CTF schools since 2018 to support the development of the sport at the […]

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Ekiti United team involved in minor accident

Ekiti United team involved in minor accidentBy Idowu Gabriel A group of members of the Ado-Ekiti Ekiti United Football Club team were involved in a minor accident on Tuesday. Club media official Quozeem Oladapo, in a statement Tuesday night to Ado-Ekiti, revealed that the crash occurred as the players returned to Ado-Ekiti from Ikere-Ekiti. They were coming back from their evening workout. According to the statement, there were no injuries as all occupants of the vehicle were safe. “But some of them were injured to varying degrees,” he said. Oladapo added that the vehicle had been on the road for several hours in recent days with two away matches in Lagos and Ilorin. “After traveling to Lagos on 8 March for the midweek clash with Vandrezzer FC on Wednesday, the team returned to Ado-Ekiti on Thursday evening. “The team also started the trip to Ilorin on Friday morning for Saturday’s clash with Osun United. “The vehicle […]

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Safe Haven Football Academy inaugurated in Lagos

Safe Haven Football Academy inaugurated in LagosBy Reporters The Safe Haven Football Academy was inaugurated on Sunday in the Ikorodu region of Lagos state as part of efforts to develop grassroots sport in Nigeria. The academy, located in Safe Haven, Legina Estate, near the town of Adamo in Ikorodu, was established by Reverend Dele George of the small Saints Orphanage in Lagos in partnership with Daraya Sports, La Liga and Real Betis. The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that some of the young players, aged 10 to 12, along with their officials, were introduced to the public at the inaugural ceremony. Reverend Dele George, in a speech, said the main goal was to remove vulnerable, abandoned or orphaned children / adolescents from the streets. “We want to reform and empower these children. “The academy will stimulate the natural and academic abilities of children / adolescents, while creating a safe environment for the maximization of their abilities. […]

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Kwara United retains NPFL lead

Kwara United retains NPFL leadBy Olawale Alabi Kwara United Football Club retained leadership of the current Nigerian Professional Football League 2020/2021 (NPFL) on Sunday, despite a goalless draw against visiting Heartland FC. In their Matchday 15 match at the Kwara Stadium complex in Ilorin, the hosts failed to break visiting Owerri-based Heartland FC. The draw at home means they failed to extend their lead at the top of the paper and are now co-leaders with Rangers International FC Enugu. Kwara United is with 27 points in 15 matches, with a +7 goal difference, one goal ahead of Enugu-based Rangers who beat Adamawa United 1-0. The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that Adamawa United is still at the bottom of the paper with 10 points from 15 matches. Enyimba International, who now have three appearances since their Sunday game against MFM FC was postponed, are in third place with 24 points from 12 matches. They […]

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Fans attack referees in Abuja NNL game

Fans attack referees in Abuja NNL gameBy Ijeoma Okigbo On Friday in Abuja, RARARA Football Club Katsina hosted the 1-1 draw for EFCC FC in a Group A1 match of the sixth week of the ongoing Nigerian National League (NNL) 2020/2021. EFCC’s Clement Obi opened the scoring in the 18th minute of the game played on Zone 3 football, while Abbah Attach responded nine minutes later with a penalty. At the end of the match, some aggrieved supporters who felt that the central referee was favoring the visiting team by awarding them a penalty pounced on him and his colleagues. Security guards on hand could not match the number of aggrieved supporters who swarmed the pitch with sticks, heading towards the referees. Security personnel eventually took hold of the situation, but not until supporters physically expressed their anger at the referees. Mahmoud Sheriff-Abdullahi, coach of RARARA FC, said he was disappointed with the behavior of the […]

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IOC approves package of reforms for Games and host cities

IOC approves package of reforms for Games and host citiesThe International Olympic Committee on Friday unanimously approved a series of 15 reforms that it hopes will once again turn the Olympics into an attractive prospect for fans, cities and sponsors through lower costs. , an increased digital presence and new sources of income. The IOC has seen its key product – the Summer and Winter editions of the Olympic Games – lose some of its luster in recent years, without arousing the enthusiasm of potential host cities, frightened by the size and cost of the larger. major multisport event in the world. . “The coronavirus crisis has fundamentally changed our world,” IOC President Thomas Bach said during the organization’s session. “The world will never be the same again. Even after we finally overcome the health crisis, we will suffer the enormous social, financial, economic and political consequences. “ A previous round of reforms, “ Agenda 2020 ”, was adopted […]

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Buhari congratulates Amaju Pinnick on FIFA Council election

Buhari congratulates Amaju Pinnick on FIFA Council electionBy Ismaila Chafe President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Mr. Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), on his election to the FIFA Executive Council, the highest decision-making body in world football. The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday. The President expressed the belief that through hard work, dedication and consistency, Pinnick has proven to be an effective football administrator. He noted that the world had taken note of Pinnick’s skills in electing him to the FIFA Council and one of the vice-presidents of the African Football Confederation (CAF). According to him, this feat of increased visibility and prestige of Nigeria in the international community comes in the wake of the recent elections of other Nigerians who are well qualified and endowed in strategic leadership positions in international organizations. The President urged Pinnick to see his new mission […]

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NFF speaks out on benefits of Pinnick’s election to FIFA Council

NFF speaks out on benefits of Pinnick’s election to FIFA CouncilBy Emmanuel Afonne The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) said on Friday that the country would benefit enormously from the election of its president Amaju Pinnick to the FIFA Council. Sanusi Mohammed, secretary general of the NFF, who said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Abuja, noted that the victory was a great political achievement for the country. “The victory of Nigerian Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick is not just for him but for Nigeria and all Nigerians,” he said. The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that Pinnick was in Rabat, Morocco on Friday elected to the FIFA Council, which is the highest decision-making body in world football. The FIFA Council is a combination of 37 men selected from around the world, charged with responsibility for FIFA governance in terms of structure, decision-making, policy formulation and ensuring that policies are well put. implemented. Pinnick beat his […]

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Guterres renews call for global vaccination campaign as COVID-19 pendulum 1

Guterres renews call for global vaccination campaign as COVID-19 pendulum 1By Harrison Arubu UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday renewed his call for a global vaccination campaign as the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) reached one year. In a statement, Guterres said fairness in vaccine distribution was the “greatest moral test of our time.” It was on March 11, 2020 that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic, reports the NAN. Noting that the world had been facing a “tsunami of suffering” since then, Guterres said there was “some light at the end of the tunnel” with the rollout of the vaccine. “COVAX, the global vaccine equity mechanism, has started to be distributed around the world, including some of the low-income countries. “Yet I am deeply concerned that many low-income countries have yet to receive a single dose, while richer countries are on track to vaccinate their entire populations. “We see many examples of nationalism and vaccine hoarding in […]

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