PDP to Buhari: Your scorecard is very poor

Oyegun: You’re talking nonsense   The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a critical assessment of the almost two-year-old All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and returned a damning verdict: President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in every facet of the nation’s life. The party, which based its assessment on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians, said Mr. President claimed achievements were insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years. Spokesperson for the PDP National Caretaker…

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Pope condemns ‘vile’ Syria attack

  Pope Francis has used his Easter address to condemn Saturday’s deadly attack on a bus convoy in Syria. The Pope delivered his “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and the World”) message to thousands of pilgrims who gathered in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Francis said the bombing, which killed more than 100 people near the city of Aleppo, was “the latest vile attack on fleeing refugees”. He also spoke against “old and new” forms of slavery and discrimination. “May [God] sustain the efforts of those who are…

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Taming the lions from the Villa

T Onwuka Nzeshi he mystical philosopher, Validivar wrote in his book, The Whisperings of Self: “There is no wound as deep as that of a ruptured ego and none that heals more slowly.” It has been many weeks full of drama. Our distinguished parliamentarians had very interesting encounters with men of power from the executive branch of the Federal Government. Two acolytes of President Muhammadu Buhari were special guests at the Red Chamber. One of them was the President’s nominee for the post of Chairman of the Economic and Financial…

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600,000 farmers benefit from e-agric scheme

A new report on an e-agriculture scheme of the Federal Government christened: ‘Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES)’ has showed that no fewer than 600,000 Nigerians benefited from the first season of the scheme in 2016. The report entitled: “Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) Dry Season, 2016,” highlighted key progress on food security and financial inclusion for farmers across 30 states in Nigeria, through leveraging Information and technology (IT). The programme, which set out to service 500,000 farmer- households in four value chains, accomplished 92 per cent of the targeted subsidized…

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Entrepreneurial skill for 60 Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Survivors

Their health condition may have crippled them emotionally and socially, their husbands may have rejected them thereby giving the society a topic for discussion or something to gossip. One thing certain is that it is indeed not their fault neither is it by their designs to be scorned at or become abandoned wives. They are victims of Vesico- Vaginal Fistula (VVF) survivors in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. Luck smiled on them when the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Ms. Chidinma Mbanasor, recently concluded a series of vocational rehabilitation and economic empowerment program…

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US drops ‘mother of all bombs on IS’

The US military says it has dropped the most destructive non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on an Islamic State group tunnel complex in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), known as “the mother of all bombs”, was first tested in 2003, but had not been used before. The Pentagon said it was dropped from a US aircraft in Nangarhar province. The news came hours after the Pentagon admitted an air strike in Syria mistakenly killed 18 rebels. It said a partnered force had mistakenly identified the…

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Dortmund coach slams UEFA over Monaco tie

Borussia Dortmund felt “completely ignored” over the rescheduling of their Champions League game against Monaco, says manager Thomas Tuchel. Dortmund lost 3-2 in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an attack on their bus caused the match to be postponed. “We were told by text message that UEFA was making this decision,” said Tuchel. “A decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly. We will not forget it, it is a very bad feeling.” Following Tuchel’s comments, UEFA released a statement saying the…

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FG set to implement NAS, postal reform

The Fedearal Government has said that it has set in motion processes that will make it possible for it to implement the national addressing system and reposition the postal sector for efficient performance. Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, disclosed this in Lagos. He said that the reforms are targeted at ensuring that the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) is back to reckoning as one of government’s revamped agencies. Delivering the welcome address at the EMS Operational Performance and Quality Improvement Symposium/ Workshop, organised by NIPOST, Shittu said the Federal Government…

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Ambode: We’re training workers to reduce recruitment expenses

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday said his administration was embarking on investing in leadership training of workers to reduce costly recruitment expenses. He charged civil servants in the state to justify the government’s investments on them by working to tackle challenges confronting the more than 22 million residents of the state. Speaking during a twoday workshop tagged; “Leadership Development & Performance Enhance ment for Public Servants in Lagos State, Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke, said training and re-training…

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