Blood and the Nigerian nation

Since the beginning of this year, hardly does a day pass by without reports of bloodletting, kidnappings, and destruction of homes and its related vices. Before now, it was a case of recurring decimal in the North-East primarily because of the unwholesome and awful activities of members of the Boko Haram sect. These days, other criminalities have surfaced from other parts of the country; Zamfara is under siege, Taraba is having its share of the peculiar pogrom; Benue is still baking in crisis of herdsmen and farmers; kidnappings are prevalent…

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Playing politics with Rivers’ soot

A few days ago, Nigerian Info, Port Harcourt broadcast on her platform that Port Harcourt was the 4th most polluted city in the world. Upon this controversial information, the station’s on-air personalities took turns to sell this false information, opening their telephone lines to justify this falsehood. These on-air personalities did not stop at this falsehood, they went further to mislead the public that the Rivers State Government should be blamed for the soot that has been a major environmental challenge in Rivers State. They had earlier developed a twitter…

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Nigerians spent N3.208trn on airtime in 2017

Despite the economic recession, which started in Nigeria in 2016 and lingered till a greater part of 2017, Nige-rian telecoms subscribers across mobile networks still spent a huge chunk of their household income on telecoms services last year, New Telegraph investigations have revealed. According to findings, a whopping N3.208 trillion was expended by Nigerian subscribers as the estimated amount used to buy airtime credit to access voice and data services on their mobile devices across mobile network operators (MNOs). The amount also represents the estimated revenue raked in by various…

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‘Nigerian maritime laws crippling local investors’

Twenty-two years after the demise of the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL), Nigeria has not been able to midwife another fleet as the Nigerian merchant shipping act  does not favour  local ship owners. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Unfavourable policies, which have led to the collapse of indigenous shipping lines in the last two decades in Nigeria,  is yet to be reviewed by lawmakers unlike other maritime countries. For instance, foreign vessels, which do not meet the requirements of the nation’s Cabotage Act, have  dominated Nigerian waters at the expense of Nigerian…

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Gregory varsity, Nigerian Film Corporation sign pact

The management of Gregory University, a private university located at Uturu in Abia State, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Film Corporation to enrich its training programmes. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. M.O.E Iwuala, while underscoring the role of the corporation in the task of promoting and regulating activities of film industry in the country, said part of the objectives of the initiative is to foster the discovery and grooming of potential new talents needed for theatre and film production.   Iwuala, who disclosed this while addressing a…

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‘Why Nigerian elite, wealthy must help the poor’

Muslim women leader urges women to be less concerned with only the mundane and pleasures of life The Nigerian elite and wealthy must help the poor as a commandment of Allah and a collective responsibility towards peace, progress and development of the country. Amirah of the Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) Women Wing Kubwa Abuja branch, Alhaja Simbiat Salaudeen, who said this at the 18th annual women week of the association in Abuja, maintained that Allah made those with riches and those in poverty as a way of putting them…

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Redeeming Nigerian universities

The piece by Niyi Akinnaso entitled, ‘Nigerian Universities: Comparative Lessons in achieving world-class status,” and the follow-up one on same issue with the title, “Lessons from the world’s fastest-rising University” in The Punch Newspaper makes an interesting reading. In the characteristic manner of Akinnaso, a retired don, the articles were written in very lucid prose incisive and eye opener. He dwelled extensively on university rankings across the world; most especially what makes a university thick so to say. It is of no essence to recapitulate why universities in Europe, America…

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How Nigerian showbiz stars survived recession

One of the most hit industries by the economic recession which started since late 2014 is the Nigerian film industry, better known as Nollywood, which ironically ranks as the third largest in the world. The industry, in the season in focus, lost some notable figures to deaths that could have been avoided had there being sufficient funds for medical care while others pathetically fed from hand-to-mouth before the National Bureau of Statistics finally declared a few months back that the country is officially out of recession. But while the storm…

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Nigerian pleads guilty in US to taking part in global email scams

A Nigerian man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to taking part in email scams attempting to defraud thousands of victims around the world out of millions of dollars, U.S. prosecutors said. David Chukwuneke Adindu, 29, entered his plea to two conspiracy counts before U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan. Prosecutors said Adindu took part in scams in which emails were sent impersonating executives or vendors of companies, directing employees of those companies to make large wire transfers. Such…

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Substandard tyres: Absence of interpreter stalls trial of Chinese, Nigerian

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, fixed July 5 for continuation of trial of two Chinese nationals, Tao Shen and Jing Yau, charged with importation of sub-standard tyres. Shen, 36, and Yau, 22, are charged alongside a Nigerian, Chinedu Madubuike and two companies, Sino Nig. Import and Export Ltd. and Nedeca International Ltd. The accused are standing trial on four counts bordering on importation of substandard products. They were arraigned on March 20, and had each pleaded not guilty to the charges. The court had granted them bail…

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