Monday , 8 February 2016

Metro News

Okorocha Begs NLC Over Planned Protest Against Workers’ Suspension


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has appealed to the state and national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve the planned protest against the suspension of parastatal workers in the state. Labour had recently threatened to mobilize and shutdown the state if the governor failed to recall …

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Sambisa Forest, Last Battleground With Boko Haram – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said Boko Haram has been “knocked down” in Borno and other parts of the Northeast. It said the only battle ground left is the Sambisa Forest, a swathe of thick bush that stretches about 80 kilometres and said to be the sect’s last stronghold. This …

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Oyo/Osun Customs Command Generated N14.59bn In 2015


The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N14.59 billion in 2015, as it prepared to build on its revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities. The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Tope Ogunkua, made the disclosure on Monday in Ibadan when the Customs Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘A’, Mr Eporwei …

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Electricity Tariff: We’re Disappointed In Fashola – NLC


The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Ogun State chapter, has expressed disappointment in the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, over the increase in electricity tariff. The state NLC chairman, Comrade Akeem Ambali said the new tariff, which is about 45 per cent increment, is “a disappointment …

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Insurgency: 90 Per Cent Of IDPs In Adamawa Back Home – Officials


Mr. Haruna Furo, Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, said on Sunday that about 90 per cent of Internally Displaced Persons in the various camps in the state had returned home. Furo, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola, said the affected …

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Dogara Urges Nigerians To Support IDPs As He Concedes One Of His Houses To Them

Yakubu Dogara

Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has appealed to spirited individuals to support the government in providing for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. He made the call on Sunday when the speaker visited the IDPs camp in Benin City, Edo. “When I came in here I saw a …

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Only 3 LGAs In Borno Are Safe From Boko Haram – Sen. Garbai

Babakaka Garbai

The senator representing Borno Central District on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai, has countered President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that no Nigerian territory is currently under Boko Haram control. Speaking during a meeting last month with United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, President Buhari claimed …

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Tariff Increase: Organized Labour’s Planned Protests Ill-Motivated – Kaduna Electric

NLC-TUC Rally against corruption

Ahead of the nationwide protests by the organized labour on Monday, the Managing Director/CEO, Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna, has appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union congress to jettison their threat to picket electricity distribution companies as the nation cannot afford any disruption to power supply now. …

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We’re Doing Everything Humanly Possible To Locate Chibok Girls, Others – Chief Of Air Staff

Chief of Air Staff-Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has expressed optimism that the Chibok school girls would be rescued alongside every other Nigerian kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgents. The Air Chief’s assurances of the Chibok school girls’ rescue came on the heels of a statement credited to …

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17 Killed, Many Injured In Ibadan-Lagos Auto-Crash


Seventeen persons were confirmed dead by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) yesterday in a fatal auto crash on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The Oyo State sector commander of the FRSC, Mr. Yusuf Salami, told journalists that 79 persons were injured in the crash. Salami said the accident, which involved an …

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Redeemers’ University Develops Kit To Diagnose Lassa Fever In 10 Minutes


The Redeemer’s University (RUN), Ede, Osun State, has developed a test kit known as Pan-Lassa Rapid Diagnostics Test (PL RDT), that enables the testing of urine, faeces and blood samples of humans or multi-breasted rats for Lassa fever in 10 minutes. The discovery which also contains molecules that inhibit Lassa …

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SERAP Appeals World Bank’s Decision On Spending Of Abacha Loot


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has sent an appeal to Access to Information (AI) Appeals Board against the World Bank’s decision dated November 25, 2015 “to provide patently insufficient information on the spending of recovered stolen funds by the late General Sani Abacha”. The organisation said it considered …

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Tariff Hike: Don’t Protest, DisCos Beg NLC, TUC

Electricity tariff hike-protest

The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, on Sunday in Kano, pleaded with organized labour to shelve its planned protest over electricity tariff increase on Monday. The Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria are getting ready for a nationwide protest tomorrow, Monday, as well as picketing of …

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Nigerian Navy Foils Hijack Of Merchant Ship, Rescues 25 Foreigners


The Nigerian Navy has foiled an attempt by suspected sea pirates to hijack and abduct 25 foreign nationals aboard a Maersk merchant ship carrying general cargo to Nigeria. Briefing journalists on Sunday at Onne Sea Port, Rivers, Capt. Olusegun Soyemi, the Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, …

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Taxation: Senator Borroffice Urges Mimiko To Exercise Caution


The All Progressives Congress senator representing Ondo North District, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, has advised the Ondo State Government to give its new taxation policy in the state a human face in the interest of the citizenry. Boroffice, who was reacting to the disagreement between the state government and commercial motorcycle operators …

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FAAN Moves To End Flights’ Cancellation At Airports Over Poor Visibility


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is redoubling efforts to ensure poor visibility do not lead to flights’ cancellation at the nation’s airports. Towards this end, FAAN says it is working in concert with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to provide critical navigational aids and equipment …

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Borno To Provide Free Education To 23,000 Orphan-IDPs

Borno-IDPs-Kashim Shettima

The Borno Government says it will offer nursery and primary school scholarships to 23, 000 orphans taking refuge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state. Alhaji Ahmed Satomi, the Chairman, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), disclosed this on Sunday in Maiduguri in an interview with the News Agency …

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IPOB Disowns Group That Threatened To Blow Up Hijacked Vessel


The Customary Govern­ment of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has dissociated the group from a report linking its members to a threat to blow up a hijacked merchant vessel – which has since been released – together with its crew. In a statement signed by Engr Anthony Aniebue, Admin­istrator, …

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Attack On Oil Facilities: Army To Engage N/Delta Communities In Dialogue


The Nigerian Army has said it will dialogue with communities in the Niger Delta region on the need to put an end to the bombing of oil installations in their domain whenever a disagreement ensues between them and oil companies operating in the region. The Commander, 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, …

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Saboteurs Behind Calls For Emefiele’s Sack As CBN Gov, Says Northern Youth Group


A group of northern youths has described those calling for the sack of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele as saboteurs, whose actions are capable of compromising Nigeria’s bid at recovery. The youths, under the aegis of Arewa Youth Integrity Forum, AYIF, said such groups and …

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