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Aso Rock exit: Jonathan to live in luxury island villa

After May 29, President Goodluck Jonathan will leave the Aso Villa. SIMON UTEBOR was at the President’s Otuoke, Bayelsa State-country home where he is expected to retire to The air around the sprawling estate is amazingly cool. Looking around, the answer to this quickly dawns on our correspondent. The estate is opposite a creek, and... [Read...
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Fuel import policy affects shipping — Umar

The Acting President, Nigerian Shipowners Association, Mr. Aminu Umar, speaks with COMFORT OSEGHALE on some government policies adversely affecting the shipping industry What effect did the general elections have on the maritime industry? Well, things had been quiet because of the tension from the elections. Some investors simply went underground. The cargo movement and the... [Read...
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I never knew she had a flat tummy — Mum

How is your daughter faring now? She is fine now. It’s a big relief now unlike before the surgery. She is very active. She runs around with her brother and one has to caution her to stop playing rough. How long has she been to the hospital? She visits the hospital once every three months... [Read...
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My dad’s swagger stick had no special powers — Adekunle Fajuyi’s son

Donald is the first child of the first military governor of the defunct Western Region, the late Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi. He talks about his father’s military career and life with GBENGA ADENIJI Please tell us briefly about yourself. I am Donald Fajuyi; the first child and first son of the late Lt.Col. Adekunle Fajuyi.... [Read...
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Oyo people are mourning poll result —Ladoja

Accord Party governorship candidate in Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, tells OLUFEMI ATOYEBI that fraudulent practices marred the April 11 election which produced Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the winner What is your view on the victory of Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) at the presidential poll? I wish him good luck and hope that he is the... [Read...
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I’m a hopeless romantic — TemiDollFace

Background My name is Temitope Phil-Ebosie but my stage name is TemiDollFace. I used to be known as “Temi” but during one of my weekly visits to a flea market, someone asked me if I had been told that I looked like a doll. Not long after, a band member introduced me as TemiDollFace at... [Read...
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PDP wrote Enugu governorship poll result –Ezea

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Enugu State, Okey Ezea, tells IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE his grievances with the just concluded election What are your grievances with the conduct and outcome of the governorship election in Enugu State? We have maintained that the elections in Enugu State were fraught with massive irregularities, violence, thuggery, intimidation,... [Read...
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I don’t have plans for marriage –Solidstar

Delta State-born Joshua Iniyezo aka Solidstar is signed on with Achievas Music. He talks about his career and other sundry issues in this interview What projects are you working on currently? I just released a new video featuring Tiwa Savage and it was directed by Clarence Peters. Right now, I am paying a lot of... [Read...
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Enforcement of food safety standards

WITH deaths from unsafe food rising from 351,000 persons in 2010 to 2 million per annum in 2014, according to global estimates by the World Health Organisation, the significance of safe food has been brought to the fore once again. WHO, which gave the sobering figure during World Health Day 2015 — with “From farm... [Read...
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Zambian poultry industry expanding despite feed prices

The Zambian poultry industry has risen from a backyard activity to be a large-scale integrated business over the last 10 years but smaller producers are struggling with high input prices. Skyrocketing prices of feed stocks and disease outbreaks have caused difficulties in the livestock sector, but the Zambian annual chicken production has doubled from 13... [Read...
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‘I have a headache’

Until this morning, the title of this essay was “Who will save the nation’s doctors?” However, the new adopted heading does much to bring a major problem into bold relief. It is also important in this era of governments building edifices for the purpose of delivering health care to the people with little thought for... [Read...
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Meatballs and plantain chunks in yoghurt sauce

Yoghurt has a number of great health benefits. It contains probiotics which are considered beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive tract and help fight off microorganisms that can cause intestinal infections. Fortified with a number of vitamins and nutrients depending on the brand, the most common nutrients are Vitamin B5, B12, potassium, zinc and... [Read...
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Despite my defeat, Niger polls credible — Nasko

The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Niger State, Umar Mohammed Nasko, in this interview with ENYIOHA OPARA, talks about the recently held election What are your grievances with the just concluded governorship election in Niger State? I have no grievances over the just concluded governorship election in Niger State. The Peoples Democratic Party and... [Read...
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Buhari and the task ahead (II)

Last week we ran the first part of this topic, aimed essentially at setting the agenda for the in-coming President, Maj.Gen Mahammadu Buhari(retd). It is a recall of the very same column on the very same issues tabled before a president-elect Goodluck Jonathan back in 2011, adjusted to meet the present climate of hope in... [Read...
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Nigeria’s oil revenue drops by N265bn

The slump in the global prices of crude oil resulted in a drop of N265.28bn in the revenue generated by Nigeria in the fourth quarter of 2014 when compared to what the country garnered in the preceding quarter. Oil prices fell from over $100 per barrel early last year to as low as $40 per... [Read...
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Nasarawa poll, a coup against masses — Maku

Former Minister of Information and governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Mr. Labaran Maku, in this interview with UMAR MUHAMMED, speaks on the just concluded election in Nasarawa State How would you describe the last election? It was the most fraudulent election in the electoral history of our country. This was an election... [Read...
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I don’t have plans for marriage

Delta State-born Joshua Iniyezo aka Solidstar is signed on with Achievas Music. He talks about his career and other sundry issues in this interview What projects are you working on currently? I just released a new video featuring Tiwa Savage and it was directed by Clarence Peters. Right now, I am paying a lot of... [Read...
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Tinubu has begged me for forgiveness — Bode George

In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Chief Bode George, speaks about the just concluded elections and other national issues In your clear assessment, what do you think led to the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last elections? The PDP was not defeated.... [Read...
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I’ve stopped playing squash — Jide Idris

Dr. Olajide Idris is the Lagos State Commissioner for Health. In this interview, he talks about his life, career and other issues You turned 60 this February, how do you feel? I don’t feel 60 but I thank God for sustaining me through the years. It’s a privilege to have celebrated my 60th birthday and... [Read...
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I’ve stopped playing squash — Jide Idris

Dr. Olajide Idris is the Lagos State Commissioner for Health. In this interview, he talks about his life, career and other issues You turned 60 this February, how do you feel? I don’t feel 60 but I thank God for sustaining me through the years. It’s a privilege to have celebrated my 60th birthday and... [Read...
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Another Buhari’s supporter starts pre-inauguration walk from Yola

A supporter of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, identified as Abubakar Duduwale, has set for a walk from Yola in Adamawa State to Abuja. He told newsmen in Yola on Saturday at the ouset of the walk that the adventure was to express his joy over the emergence of Buhari as president-elect. Duduwale, from Yola North Local... [Read...
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Troops flee as Boko Haram retakes Borno town

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have forced hundreds of soldiers to flee Marte, a border town along the shores of Lake Chad, a local official and witnesses said. “The terrorists, numbering over 2,000, appeared from various directions on Thursday and engaged the soldiers in Kirenowa town and adjoining communities in Marte,” said Imamu Habeeb, a local... [Read...
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INEC arrests five in Imo for massive thumb printing

Five ad hoc officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Imo State were on Saturday arrested for thumb-printing ballot papers in the governorship rerun in the state. The officials were arrested at Omuma Primary School in Oru East local government area following an order by Mr Mike Igini, one of the Resident Electoral commissioners... [Read...
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Nigerians lose N84m to South Africans attacks on foreigners

The Nigerian Union in South Africa said on Saturday that Nigerians lost more than 4.6 million Rand (N84m) to xenophobic attacks . The President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, told the News Agency of Nigeria on phone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the losses were initially put at 1.2 million Rand... [Read...
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Massive turnout of voters in Taraba rerun

Registered voters on Saturday turned out en-mass for accreditation in the rerun election for governorship in Taraba State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission were spotted at 8am at Turaki polling unit in Jalingo and Lankaviri in Yorro council areas, where election would hold. Accreditation is also holding... [Read...
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Jonathan asks past leaders to emulate Gowon, Shonekan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday urged Nigeria’s past and current leaders to learn from the exemplary lifestyles of a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; and the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan. The President spoke at the fifth presidential prayer breakfast held inside the old Banquet Hall of the... [Read...
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One dies as Kogi PDP, APC youths clash

One person was feared dead  on Saturday as youths of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress clashed at  Anyigba  Okura constituency of Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State. The clash occurred during the supplementary election  in some wards and polling units across six LGAs of  Kogi State. One person, Ibrahim Oyibo,... [Read...
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21-year-old, 124 others bag First Class in UNILAG

A 21-year-old graduate of Chemical Engineering, Akinpelumi Korede, has emerged as the overall best graduating student of the University of Lagos in the 2013/2014 academic session, the school authorities said on Friday. Korede led 124 others who also had First Class degree from the institution in the said graduation year. Addressing journalists ahead of the... [Read...
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Nepal earthquake death toll hits 800

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck the Himalayan nation of Nepal, with reports of extensive damages to property and loss of life. Police said that at least 876 people were killed on Saturday in the powerful quake that shook 80km east of Pokhara, about half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu. A home... [Read...
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League coaches killing Nigerian players – Ladi Babalola

Long gone are the days when Nigerian players attracted interest from top European clubs. Ladi Babalola wishes he could help fix the problems which have made Nigerian players just not good enough to play for big European clubs. The former Nigeria midfielder is really not happy about the exodus of Nigerian players to less fancied... [Read...
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86,000 pupils jostle for 26,000 unity schools spaces

The National Common Entrance Examination into the nation’s 104 Federal Government Colleges, also known as Unity Schools, took place across the country on Saturday with over 86,000 candidates jostling for 24,000 spaces. The examination took place in 420 centers across the country but the NECO Registrar, Prof. Monday Joshua, said the results would be released... [Read...
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Buhari hail Editors’ role in peaceful general elections

President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari has commended the media for their roles in the 2015 general elections. Speaking at the 2015 Biennial Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Lagos on Saturday, Buhari said practitioners in the media industry deserved commendation for facilitating a peaceful and credible poll. Represented by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the president-elect... [Read...
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Earthquake kills more than 100 in Nepal

No fewer than 108 people have been killed after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck 80km east of Pokhara in Nepal, about half way between the town and the capital Kathmandu. Police said on Saturday that the toll was according to an “initial estimate”. Nepal’s Information Minister, Minendra Rijal, told India’s NDTV station that there were reports... [Read...
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Low voters turnout in Ekiti rerun

The supplementary election in 20 polling units in Ilejemeje State Constituency in Ekiti State, was characterised by low voters’ turnout on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission cancelled the state assembly election in the 20 polling units in the constituency due to violation of electoral law during the... [Read...
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Prominent Pakistani rights activist killed

Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been killed shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan’s “disappeared people” in the southern city of Karachi, officials have told Al Jazeera. Mahmud, 40, was the director of T2F [The Second Floor], a cafe and arts space that has been a mainstay of Karachi’s... [Read...
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Masari plans free education, health care for Katsina orphans

Katsina State Governor-elect, Aminu Masari, has promised to provide free education and health care services for the benefit of orphans in the state. Masari made the promise in Katsina on Saturday while donating food items to the Katsina Orphanage Home. He said his administration would continue to feed the orphans free of charge on a... [Read...
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‘Arrest govt officials moving with private guards’

Chairman, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has asked the acting Inspector-General of police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to arrest government officials, candidates and politicians moving with private guards during today’s supplementary elections. Jega said failure of these set of people to fully comply with the laid down rules for the general elections led... [Read...
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20 of 125 Sokoto mass marriages collapse – Official

No fewer than 20 out of the 125 mass marriages contracted and sponsored by the Sokoto State Government in January, 2014, have collapsed, an official has disclosed. The Chairman of the state’s Sunnah Marriage Mediation Council, the organiser of the marriage, Alhaji Aliyu Kofar-Rini, disclosed this in Sokoto on Saturday while commenting on the current state of... [Read...
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(UPDATED) Two soldiers die in Jos army barracks blast

Two soldiers were killed and another injured during a blast at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, 3 Armoured Division, Rukuba Barracks, Jos, Plateau State, on Saturday. Another soldier was said to have sustained serious injuries. The blast, which occurred around 10.45am, was said to have been caused during the destruction of old explosives in an old ammunition... [Read...
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Hundreds of migrants rescued off Libyan coast

The Italian coastguard has rescued 228 migrants off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Reports said 38 women and one child were rescued in Friday’s recovery effort. Those rescued were transferred to a navy boat that was patrolling in the area. Separately, 80 people were rescued by Tunisian fishermen and taken to the coastal... [Read...
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Togo kicks off presidential vote

Togo’s voters began to cast their ballots on Saturday to choose a new president amid peace and serenity. Some 3.5 million eligible voters of the West African nation will decide between incumbent president Faure Gnassingbe and four challengers in 8,994 polling stations nationwide, which were opened at local time 7:00 a.m. and set to close... [Read...
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Consider Ndigbo for appointments, Obiano, coalition beg Buhari

Anambra State Governor, Willy Obiano, has urged the President-elect, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (retd), to appoint Igbo into prominent positions while forming his cabinet. He said the forthcoming Buhari’s administration would require the support of all Nigerians irrespective of their party affiliations to success. Obiano spoke after a closed-door meeting with the President-elect at his private... [Read...
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INEC denying us access to election materials –Rivers APC

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of denying it access to photocopies of result sheets for the 2015 general elections in the state. The APC said electoral frauds, including thumb-printing of ballot papers, were going on in INEC offices across the state under the supervision of the... [Read...
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The return of the Big Boss

The most improbable sporting return in Nigerian sports history took place during the week. Stephen Keshi finally put pen to paper and signed the much-heralded, much vaunted two-year deal to manage the Super Eagles. While like millions of Nigerians, I breathed a sigh of relief that a coach is finally in place, I still have... [Read...
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Hazard must score goals like Messi, Ronaldo – Scholes

Paul Scholes believes Eden Hazard needs to improve his goalscoring record if he is to be considered one of the best players in the world. According to Goal, the Belgium international has been pivotal in Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge this season with 13 goals and eight assists in 32 appearances. But Scholes has questioned... [Read...
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West Africa battles mystery of post-Ebola syndrome

As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors. There is little research on patients cured of the tropical fever, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that many are experiencing crippling complications long after... [Read...
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I enjoy beating up people for money – Klitschko

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he enjoys beating up people for a living and has no plans to retire from boxing soon. According to Reuters, the 39-year-old Ukrainian, who will defend his collection of titles against Bryant Jennings in New York on Saturday night, said during the week, “What could be cooler, or better, than... [Read...
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Wenger hopes for lucky 13 against Chelsea

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hope to make it 13th time lucky against Jose Mourinho on Sunday as his side attempt to delay Chelsea’s coronation as Premier League champions, AFP reports. Wenger has never prevailed against Mourinho in 12 attempts and even if he redresses that statistic at the Emirates Stadium, it is unlikely to... [Read...
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Libya Dawn militias refuse UN call for dialogue

Islamist militia coalition Libya Dawn on Saturday rejected a call by special UN envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon to take part in a dialogue to end the ongoing crisis in the country. “Libya militias strongly reject Leon’s call. This call must stop and the leaders must not comply with it, as it aims to increase... [Read...
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Rebels clash with UN peacekeepers in Sudan

A UN mission said on Friday that its peacekeepers have repulsed two attacks by unidentified gunmen, leaving four attackers dead and six peacekeepers wounded. The UN-African Union mission to Darfur said in a press release that the attacks occured in Kass, 85 km north-west of Nyala, capital of South Darfur state. Four armed gunmen were... [Read...
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UNICEF commends rebels’ release of child soldiers in S’Sudan

Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children as “a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of ( the country),” where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as... [Read...
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Three die in Edo auto crash

Now fewer than three persons on Saturday reportedly lost their lives in a motor accident by Obayator village, along the Benin‎-Warri highway in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State. It was learnt that the accident occurred at about 8.30am when a Toyota Hiace bus with number plate, Lagos XL 617 AGL, lost control... [Read...
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Woods set for Players Championship

Tiger Woods will tee off at the Players Championship next month, the 14-time major champion confirmed on Friday, AFP reports. The former world number one, who came back from a two-month layoff to finish equal 17th at the Masters, hasn’t played the US PGA Tour’s flagship event on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass since... [Read...
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Foreman backs Pacquiao to beat Mayweather

Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman likes Manny Pacquiao over unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in their welterweight showdown next week in Las Vegas, AFP reports. Foreman has plenty of experience in superfight history, having suffered his first career defeat in a mega-bout spectacular in Zaire to Muhammad Ali in the fabled 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle.”... [Read...
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Oil, gas operators donate hybrid library to school

A consortium of companies in the oil and gas sector, tagged ‘Agbami Joint Project’, on Friday donated a hybrid library to the Church Missionary Society Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos; the oldest secondary school in Nigeria which was founded in 1859. The consortium, which includes Famfa Oil Limited, Chevron, Statoil, Petrobas and the Nigerian National Petroleum... [Read...
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Champions League semis: Barca face Bayern, Juve draw Real

Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich after being paired with the Germans again in the Champions League semifinal draw on Friday which also pitted holders Real Madrid against Juventus. According to Reuters, Bayern thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate two years ago before going on to beat Borussia Dortmund... [Read...
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We screened out age cheats at Etisalat tourney – NSSF

The Nigeria School Sports Federation has said it screened out players from participating in the final phase of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup over age fraud. The tournament ends in Lagos on Saturday. Kaduna, Anambra, Oyo, Ondo, Niger, Imo, Sokoto and Lagos states qualified for the last stage of the event but Lagos representatives Greensprings... [Read...
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GEC, Hungarian varsity partner on student enrolment

The Executive Director, GEC Academy International, Nigeria, Mrs. Josephine Peters, has described its partnership with the University of Debrecen, Hungary, as part of its efforts to ensure that Nigerian students who want to study abroad can easily gain admission to study. She noted that the partnership would improve the educational relationship between the two countries... [Read...
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APC not planning one-party state -CNPP

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties has dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party that the All Progressives Congress was planning to make Nigeria a one-party state. The Rivers State CNPP chairman, Dr. Menaigbi Dagogo-Jack, explained that the APC had never given the impression that it was interested in making Nigeria a one-party country. Dagogo-Jack,... [Read...
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Keshi will learn from mistakes – Akwuegbu

Ben Akwuegbu is confident Stephen Keshi will learn from his mistakes and will make a success of his Super Eagles comeback. Keshi on Tuesday signed a two-year contract to manage Nigeria for a third time, ending months of uncertainty and speculation over his future. The 53-year-old, who won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in... [Read...
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Power shift: From Ota farm,Otuoke to Kaduna

Kaduna has become what former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Ota farm was since Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) became the country’s President-elect, writes FISAYO FALODI Kaduna has become a Mecca of sort to politicians and other interested stakeholders who have been thronging the city to congratulate the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), on his victory in the... [Read...
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Iheanacho to join F’Eagles in Germany

Flying Eagles assistant coach Nduka Ugbade says Kelechi Iheanacho has been asked to join the Under-20 national team in Germany, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Flying Eagles are expected to leave for Germany in a fortnight to prepare for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The African champions are scheduled to... [Read...
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Ejo wants beach soccer league

Super Sand Eagles coach, Audu Ejo, has called for the establishment of a beach soccer league in the country. Nigeria failed to secure a ticket to the 2015 FIFA World Beach Soccer World Cup   in Portugal after the team lost to Senegal in the semifinals of the 2015 CAF Beach Soccer Championships in Seychelles. But... [Read...
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‘AFN should help athletes’

An athlete, Sayo Daramola, has called on the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to help athletes training ahead of major competitions. Daramola, who is an hammer thrower, says she is determined to improve on her standard in the sport. The International Association of Athletics Federations recently released its standards for the 2016 Olympics athletics events. And... [Read...
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Ajimobi: Breaking political jinx in difficult terrain

Governor Abiola Ajimobi broke the first term jinx in Oyo State after winning the governorship election on April 11, but several factors contributed to the historic victory, writes OLUFEMI ATOYEBI Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi became the first governor to be re-elected in the history of the state, but his journey to making history was... [Read...
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Real, retail sectors development critical to job creation – Omisore

The President, African Union of Architects, Chief ‘Tokunbo Omisore, in this interview with ERIC DUMO says real and retail sectors development will facilitate job creation in Nigeria In the spirit of the political change being experienced in the country, how do you think Nigeria can change its economic fortune in the years to come? Change... [Read...
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