Kachikwu secures full oil minister status, roles

U.S. throws weight behind minister The ill-health of President Muhammadu Buhari has placed critical oil industry decisions that were hitherto of the exclusive reserve of a substantive oil minister on Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. This development is unsettling some Northern cabal who are known as the “president’s men.” President Buhari, who through a letter to the National Assembly in 2015 declared his decision to “oversee” the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, had before his latest trip to the United Kingdom for medical follow-up, according to New Telegraph investigation, asked the Minister  of…

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Fuel theft: Senate calls for major shake-up in NNPC

The Senate has advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to go beyond the sacking and redeployment of a few officials involved in fuel theft and other sharp practices in the industry. The upper legislative chamber gave the advice in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its spokesman and chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi. The Senate tasked the NNPC to initiate a comprehensive restructuring of its operations which currently allowed officials and other firms to appropriate national resources for their personal use, thereby contributing…

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ICPC institutes anti-graft monitoring unit in EKSU

Towards building capacity for corruption-free and transparent system, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has inaugurated the Ekiti State University (EKSU) chapter of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTMU). The inauguration of the unit, according to the university, is in line with the vision of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Oye Bandele, to run a corruption-free system and transparent financial operations. The vice-chancellor, during his meeting with the unit, expressed satisfaction with the establishment and operation of the anti-corruption and transparency monitoring unit, even as he commended their efforts towards…

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…Governors, others congratulate Christians

As the ruling All Progre s s i v e s Congress (APC) on Saturday expresses its best wishes to Christians in the country and indeed all Nigerians on the joyous occasion of Easter, former Vice President of Nigeria and a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Christians in Nigerians, saying the country will get better. In a press statement released by Atiku’s Media Office, he urged the Christian faithful and Nigerians of other faiths to see the sacrifice and deprivation of the period preceding Easter as…

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Don restates roles of private sector in education provision

Private sector has been described as important and critical provider of education, which over the years has in its roles complemented the efforts of the government in providing qualitative education to the citizenry. A retired don and Professor of Public Administration, Prof. Ladipo Adamolekun, who disclosed this, however, said that “to ensure provision of qualitative education, there was the need for quality training of teachers, improved instructional and health care materials in primary and secondary school levels.” This was as he canvassed as a way forward for education the need…

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YEMISI RANSOME-KUTI: WOULD BE A LOT RICHERIFI WASN’T A RANSOME-KUTI

    Yemisi Ransome-Kuti is one of the elite women out to serve her community selflessly without a thought of enriching herself. She had served in different developmental projects that had earned her recognition in her community. In this interview with FLORA ONWUDIWE, Ransome-Kuti, who is a cousin of late Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, encourages women who are aspiring to run for political offices not to give up. Excerpts…     What was your growing up like as a Ransome-Kuti, a family that played prominent roles in the history of…

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A forced visit to Kumapayi’s barber’s shop

once had an encounter with a cantankerous Federal Road Safety Corps member some years back. He was of the rank and file. The guy who drove my car didn’t use the seat-belt, a punishable traffic offence. I sat beside the driver. I can’t remember any time, I failed to use the seat-belt either when driving or being driven. I also call people’s attention to it whenever they didn’t use their seat-belts. But on this particular day, I think it was an inadvertent error on the part of the guy who…

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I am sensitive, romantic, adventurous – Amah-Aluko

Filmmaker, actress and author, Lilian Amah-Aluko, in this interview, talks about her career, Nollywood and piracy among other issues. TONY OKUYEME You have been off the screen for some time, is it deliberate? Not really. I just don’t get offered the kind of exciting challenging roles I crave. The last intensely challenging and exciting role I played was last year as Nori in Hush. I thank the producers for that opportunity and the chance to again play opposite RMD. My career came full circle with the role of Nori. I…

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International Almajiri, Jos Jump partner Sound Sultan

In what promises to become the union of 2017, Ponfa Binfa popularly known as BLACKAH has hooked up with showbiz impresario, Sound Sultan. The union which is already yielding dividend to Jos, Plateau State born performing and recording Artiste, gearing to take the cold city on a a major deal this month. The Jos indigene signed to top notch record label – Naija Ninja is the brain behind International Almajiri and also the Jos Jump and Jams initiative. In a chat with the media in Lagos penultimate week, the easy…

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