Canada, UNFPA donate $2m to released Chibok girls

The Canadian Government in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has donated the sum of $2 million and dignity kits to the 106 Chibok girls recently released by the Boko Haram insurgents a few weeks ago. Included among other items in the dignity kit are underwears, tooth brushes, blanket, washing soap, torch light, hairbrush, slippers, sanitary pads, and headies. The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Christopher Bombley, made this known during a handover ceremony of the kits to the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen.…

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NGO takes girl-child education campaign to Zamfara communities

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in Zamfara State, ‘Save the Children,’ has taken its campaign on child protection and the fight against the poor girlchild school enrolment to rural communities. The organisation, which is being supported by Lifestep Project (LSP) from Canada, would train 40 households from the six selected villages in the state towards ensuring the protection of children and equipping the knowledge of community members on how to reduce the risk of abuse of children in their areas. Speaking at the community dialogue meeting with media and other…

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Federation Elections: Guidelines split aspirants, administrators

Sports administrators and aspirants into the boards of the National Sports Federations are sharply divided over the guidelines released for the forthcoming elections. The guidelines emerged after a stakeholders’ meeting with sports minister, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday where June 9 was also picked as the date for the polls. The guideline stipulated that people who have served two terms as presidents cannot contest while those who are either presidents or vice presidents of international sports bodies are not eligible to contest for federation presidency. A former member of the Nigeria…

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Flying 9 months round the world taught me never to give up – Captain Odujinrin

Capt. Ademilola Odujirin has been flying for past 17 years. He was trained in the United Kingdom and United States of America and flew for Arik Air for five years. He recounts his experience to WOLE SHADARE   If you liken him to Ajala who travelled round the world, you won’t be wrong. He did what many could not do by flying nine months around the world. That was Capt. Ademilola Odujinrin who did a solo flight in his aircraft, the upgraded Cirus SR 22 He is the first African…

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Igali faults election guidelines

               •Says: ‘I am qualified’     The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation has faulted some aspects of the guidelines for the National Sports Federation Elections released on Thursday in Abuja after a meeting of the stakeholders with the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung. The guidelines stipulated that people who have served two terms as presidents cannot contest while those who are either presidents or vice presidents of international sports bodies are not eligible to contest for federation presidency. But Igali said it was wrong to determine what happens…

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Night with performance poets in Abuja

It was a rich potpourri of spoken work performances as U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington hosted a “Night With Performance Poets”, in Abuja, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Each year, April is recognised as National Poetry Month in the United States. Titled, “Naija: Life, Love, and the Hustle”, 10 distinguished performance poets and three dance groups entertained an audience from Abuja’s literary, artistic, and diplomatic communities. The performances spoke to the challenges and dreams of people everywhere, telling stories of hope and despair, heartache and humour. In his remark,…

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Wizkid’s ‘Come Closer’ garners 3.8m views in one week

Even before Wizkid announced the coming of the video of his latest hit, ‘Come Closer’ featuring Canada-born American pop star, Drake, the anticipation had reached feverish pitch. And since the Starboy boss released the video eight days ago, it has been to awesome reception apart from the disappointment Nigerians have expressed that Drake is missing in the video. And perhaps showing the star power of the Surulere-born ‘Sweet Love’ singer, the video has been viewed around 3.8 million times already, a number that is staggering by every standard. The video,…

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Malala ‘humbled’ by honorary citizenship

  Nobel Peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai says she is “humbled” to become the sixth person to receive an honorary Canadian citizenship. At 19, she is also the youngest ever person to receive the honour. During the official ceremonies in Ottawa, she called on Canadian politicians to use their influence to help fund education for girls worldwide, including refugees. Ms Yousafzai is a global advocate for women’s rights and education. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Ms Yousafzai for her advocacy, calling her “the newest and possibly bravest citizen of…

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Arik Air owes creditors N375bn – AMCON

The Receiver Manager of Arik Air, Mr Oluseye Opasanya (SAN), said the embattled airline was indebted to its trade and finance creditors to the tune of N375 billion. Opasanya made the disclosure in an affidavit filed in support of the airline’s receivership by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), before Justice Muhammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos. A copy of the document filed on April 11 was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos yesterday. AMCON had on February 9 taken over Arik…

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US stocks struggle amid pick up in volatility

US stocks tumbled yesterday as volatility measures continued to climb. Havens, including gold and Treasuries, edged higher, but oil fell slightly after a government report showed stockpiles dropped from record levels while production increased. The S&P 500 Index was down 0.45 per cent at 2343.29 in New York, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.30 per cent to 20,571.37. The Chicago Board Options Exchange SPX Volatility Index, better known as the VIX, rose four a fourth consecutive day, gaining 5.6 per cent. The index has increased more than 23…

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