Nigeria’s economy is passing through transition phase —Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said Nigeria’s economy is passing through a phase of transition from being commodity-dependent to knowledge and innovation based. Onu said this at the 2019 maiden Musical Festival and Award Night organised by the Caleb Group of Schools and University, with the theme: ‘Joyful Tidings’. He said: “We are moving our economy away from a commodity-based one to make sure that it no longer depends entirely on this but on knowledge and innovation. “This is a very important transition and will need…

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Onu: FG on course to move 100m Nigerians out of poverty

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, yesterday said the Federal Government was putting the necessary measures in place to achieve its target of moving 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years. Onu also said the African Continental Free Trade Area would further afford Nigeria the opportunity to achieve the goal. The minister said this during a one-day working visit to Projects Development Institute (PRODA), Enugu. He, however, said for the country to effectively achieve the goal, research institutes in Nigeria must take advantage…

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We’ve made giant strides in science, technology – Onu

Ogbonnaya Onu

Aministerial nominee from Ebonyi State, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the nation made giant strides in science and technology innovation development in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Onu said this yesterday in Abuja while responding to questions from senators at the ongoing screening of ministerial nominees by the Senate, saying that the Ministry of Science and Technology in the last four years had been able to increase awareness of Nigerians on the importance of technology to nation building. He said that the federal government was…

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Onu: Blame lawyers for rot in justice system

Silas Joseph Onu, a former Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abuja branch speaks on rule of law, NBA, role of youths in politics and varied issues. FOLUSO OGUNMODEDE met him   As a former Publicity Secretary of the branch, who has also followed events at the Bar closely, how would you say crisis rocking the branch can be resolved? Yes, I was the Publicity Secretary of the Unity Bar between 2014 and 2016 and that was when the boiling rots in the branch finally exploded. The crisis…

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$38,000 alleged scam: Our side of the story – Lord’s Chosen

…says pastor involved suspended, left church      •Issue not resolved, victim insists   The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Church has disowned one of its pastors identified as Benedict Mgdire over allegations of $38,000 fraud. A member of the church, Mr. Ken Chibueze Onu, had alleged that Mgdire, who presided over the church’s branch in Georgia, United States of America (USA), defrauded him of $38,000 in a business deal. This denial followed a report published by New Telegraph on the business transaction between Onu and Mgdire and how the deal fell…

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Businessman: How pastor conned me of $38,000

… made my son to miss examination   Mr. Ken Chibueze Onu (an engineer) has narrated how Pastor Benedict Mgdire of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries, Georgia, United States of America (USA) branch, defrauded him of $38,000. This was even as Onu claimed that his son, who attends the Chosen International Secondary School, was chased out of the school for not paying his fees. Onu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Kenglobal Trade and Industry Limited, said that he was also a member of the church. He said:…

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Mixed fortunes for Third Republic governors

It is mixed fortune for Third Republic governors, who were sacked on November 17, 1993 by late General Sani Abacha-led junta. Twenty-four years after their exit from office, some are still relevant in the polity, while others have gone into political oblivion. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports   It is 24 years that the Third Republic was aborted by former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who took over power from the Ernest Shonekan-led Interim National Government (ING) through a coup. Third Republic was aborted following the controversy that trailed the annulment…

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When a federal minister overreaches

People who do not know me erroneously think that it’s possible for any hirelings or whosoever to stop me by any means – whether through abuse or attack or howsoever – from talking or writing about my state and community of birth. No, it’s not possible. The more they abuse and attack me, the more I know that I’m making a valid point. Today, I’ll talk about an arrogant and despotic brother, his Hobbesian disposition, unlawful trespass to land, and illegal arrests and detention of innocent youths from our town…

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Recovered N15bn above what FG’s agency can keep –Sagay, SANs

Three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN); Prof. Itse Sagay, Dr. Biodun Layonu, Mr. Seyi Sowemimo and the second Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Monday Ubani, have said that the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 totalling about N15 billion recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in Ikoyi area of Lagos were far in excess of what an agency of government can keep. They made the observation while reacting to reported claim by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Nigeria’s external secret police,…

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