Bill to end degree, HND dichotomy passes second reading

A bill for an Act to abolish and prohibit dichotomy and discrimination between first degree and the Higher National Diploma certificates in the same profession and field scaled the second reading on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday. The bill, sponsored by the member representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Ayo Akinyelure, specifically seeks to... [Read...
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I’m not stepping down for Buhari, Atiku —Kwankwaso

The Governor of Kano State and a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said he is not under any pressure to step down for Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the countdown to the 2015 presidential election. Kwankwaso added that the APC was not a small party... [Read...
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Jonathan, others must buy form by Oct. 30 –PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has said that all aspirants to elective offices in 2015 from the party, including President Goodluck Jonathan, must purchase their forms of intent latest by October 30. The party said that all aspirants, including those angling to become the President, governors, senators and others, must show interest in the race by... [Read...
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‘Omisore’ll be inaugurated in Nov’

A Peoples Democratic Party senatorial aspirant for Osun Central Senatorial District, Chief Oluwole Aina, has said Senator Iyiola Omisore would win at the Election Petitions Tribunal and would be inaugurated as the governor of Osun State on November 26. Aina, who is the chairman, Governing Board of National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, said this... [Read...
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Power generating plants perform below 30% capacity – FG

Eleven months after being run by private operators, some power generating plants in the country are performing below 30 per cent of their installed capacities, the Federal Government has said. The poor performance, it said, was largely due to gas constraints, which had posed a major challenge that was hampering the visible impact of the... [Read...
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Kogi: Buhari, Atiku rally Nigerians against Jonathan

OLUSOLA FABIYI writes on the recent defection of over 5,000 members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress in Kogi State The opposition All Progressives Congress recently had cause to celebrate the entrance of fresh defectors from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. The fears that the party’s leaders may not grace... [Read...
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Opposition using South Africa to embarrass Nigeria – PDP

In this interview, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party committee that recently conducted the party’s South-West congress, Senator Emmanuel Anosike, speaks about the congress, the opposition and other sundry issues. JOHN ALECHENU reports You chaired the committee set up by the PDP to conduct a congress in the South-West. Why have there been complaints... [Read...
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Sasore denies non-membership rumour

A former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Mr. Supo Sasore (SAN), has refuted speculations that he is not a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress. Shortly after the Senior Advocate of Nigeria joined the race for Lagos governorship, some members of the party objected, saying he is not a member of... [Read...
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‘PDP’ll defeat APC in Lagos-West’

A former member of the House of Representatives and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Moshood Salvador, has said his party would defeat the All Progressives Congress in the Lagos-West senatorial district in 2015 if the election is free and fair. Salvador, who is a senatorial aspirant, said this on Wednesday when he collected his... [Read...
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RMAFC seeks independent manager for Federation Account

The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission has called for an independent authority to be charged with the management of the Federation Account from which the three tiers of government share resources. The Chairman, RMAFC, Mr. Elias Mbah, made the call when the delegation of the Oversight Constitutional Implementation Committee of the National Assembly of... [Read...
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Europa: Origi focussed on Everton

Lille boss Rene Girard has played down the notion that on-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi will be extra motivated for Thursday’s Europa League Group H clash with Everton. The Belgium forward has risen to prominence in 2014, shining for his country at the summer’s World Cup and was subsequently signed by Liverpool from Lille, Sky... [Read...
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We’re not stopping anybody from contesting —APC

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress says it is not stopping any aspirant that chooses to run for elective office on its platform. The party, therefore, denied reports that it had put in place guidelines preventing political holders from running for more than two terms in office. The party said this in... [Read...
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Jonathan’s anti-corruption stance

If one takes a critical look at the issues surrounding the speculation that President Goodluck Jonathan is one of the wealthiest in Africa, that may be why he refuse to fight corruption but rather encourages the practice to strive. For instance, if you care to know, you can see the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission... [Read...
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‘Days of cabal endorsement over in Bayelsa’

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Mr. Tiwe Oruminighe, has said the days of cabal endorsement are over in the state. Orunimighe said this in Yenagoa on Wednesday during the adoption of a list of delegates to the forthcoming APC national convention. The special congress, which took place at the party’s... [Read...
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LCDA: Fayose promises to obey constitution

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has maintained that he will only deal with the local governments that are recognised by the 1999 Constitution. According to a press statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, and made available to journalists, Fayose said that he would comply fully with... [Read...
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Falcons beat S’Africa, book W’Cup ticket

The Super Falcons on Wednesday qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada after beating South Africa 2-1 in one of the semi final matches at the ongoing Africa Women’s Championship in Namibia. The Falcons also booked a place in the final of the competition as a first half brace from Asisat Oshoala... [Read...
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2015: Battle for Nasarawa Govt House intensifies

In this piece, UMAR MOHAMMED analyses the chances of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in the countdown to the 2015 governorship election in Nasarawa State Last week’s decision by a former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Labaran Maku, to ease himself out of the federal cabinet and join... [Read...
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Djokovic welcomes baby

Novak Djokovic is a proud father. The top-ranked tennis player tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife, Jelena, were celebrating the birth of their first child – a boy named Stefan. “Stefan, our baby angel was born!” Djokovic posted on Twitter early Wednesday. “I’m so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much... [Read...
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ECOWAS signs $.3m grant with AfDB on Ebola

The ECOWAS Commission and the African Development Bank, on Wednesday in Abuja, signed a Grant Protocol Agreement worth $.3m for the coordination of Ebola Crisis Response Project in the most affected countries in the region – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The grant comes under the bank’s multinational crisis response technical assistance project totalling $7.65m... [Read...
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Re: Atiku’s nomination fee

Tayo Sanni’s comment on Abubakar Atiku’s nomination fee is a general issue as far as our polity is concerned. It is not about Atiku or the APC alone. The need to fund elections next year explains the mysterious movement of dollars out of the shores of the country in recent times. These are just the... [Read...
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Re: Did US scuttle Nigeria’s arms deal?

By the way, what moral justification does the West have to challenge Nigeria’s human rights records? Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, and others are all hand in glove with the West hunting down their own nationals and earning economic or military aids for fighting terrorism. And since Libya, Iraq amongst other countries were invaded and... [Read...
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Klopp gets job guarantee

Coach Jurgen Klopp still has a job guarantee at Borussia Dortmund despite their horror run of five games without a win in the Bundesliga, AFP reports. Dortmund won their first two Champions League matches ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Istanbul to face Galatasaray, but last season’s Bundesliga runners-up are down to 14th in the German... [Read...
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Zola joins race for Eagles job

A Former West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has reportedly joined the race for the Super Eagles job. The position became vacant after the Nigeria Federation asked Stephen Keshi to move on. A Nigerian online portal SL10.NG reported that his agent Ladi Salami is already making contacts with members of the Nigeria Federation to ensure Zola... [Read...
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APGA charges N12m for governorship nomination form

The All Progressive Grand Alliance on Wednesday released to guidelines for the conduct of its primaries to select candidates for the 2015 general elections and fixed the fee for the expression of interest and nomination for governorship form for N12m. The party, however, said it reserved the right and discretion to issue expression of interest... [Read...
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Accord Party lauds N’Assembly over constitutional amendment

A governorship aspirant of the Accord Party in Ekiti State, Barrister Kole Ajayi, has commended the National Assembly on the various issues highlighted in the recent constitutional amendments. Ajayi, in a statement on Wednesday, said the amendments would secure the future of democracy and good governance in Nigeria. The governorship aspirant said the most important... [Read...
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Amosun, complete Magboro Road

The Magboro road project started by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State was a thing of commendation when it was started. The road was expanded to a considerable standard, gutters and walk paths constructed. Residents living in the sprawling community were full of praises to the governor and in fact rated him high on the... [Read...
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NLNG generated $30bn in 25 years – MD

Since its incorporation in 1989, the Nigeria LNG Limited has generated over $30bn revenue for the country, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Babs Omotowa, has said. The NLNG initiative has made it possible to generate income from gas that would have been flared. Omotowa said the achievement was in... [Read...
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Eduok hits six as Dolphins beat Nembe

Uncapped Super Eagles forward Emem Eduok scored six goals in on Wednesday in Dolphins’ 6-0 rout of Nembe City in one of the Week 35 matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Eduok, who was called up by former Eagles coach Stephen Keshi to replace injured Victor Moses, helped compound the relegation woes of Nembe... [Read...
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Plateau APC woos rejected PDP members

Plateau state chapter of the All Progressives Congress has expressed its willingness to receive members of the Peoples Democratic Party who were rejected by their party. The PDP had asked some of its members eyeing the office of the governor to stop parading themselves as members of the party and to stop using the party’s... [Read...
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Building strong U-23 team challenging – Siasia

A former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has said it would be a very difficult challenge to build a strong team for the national U-23 men’s team ahead of their first competitive game in February 2015. Siasia, who won silver with the team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, was recently officially appointed by the... [Read...
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AFCON palaver: Platini wants CAF apology

UEFA president Michel Platini is demanding an apology after the Confederation of African Football criticised him for comments on the staging of the Africa Cup of Nations, BBC reporters. CAF accused Platini of “treacherously” interfering after he discussed the impact of the Ebola crisis on the tournament in a TV broadcast. But the UEFA president... [Read...
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IMO comes to grips with ballast water convention

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted measures to help accelerate the entry into force and implementation of the key international convention designed to eradicate the global spread of harmful organisms in ships’ ballast water at its 67th session, the World Maritime News reports. “Governments attending IMO’s MEPC this week have made real progress towards... [Read...
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Piracy hurting Nigeria’s oil industry –Report

While the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill is said to be affecting the flow of investment into the oil and gas industry, pirate attacks on oil vessels on the Nigerian waters continue to present challenges for investors in the industry. Following frequent attacks on drilling rigs by pirates, some major international... [Read...
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Coffee may protect the liver

Drinking coffee — even decaffeinated coffee — may protect your liver, a large new study has found. Researchers examined the coffee-drinking habits of 27,793 people who filled out diet questionnaires in a large national health study from 1999 to 2010. The scientists also tracked blood levels of four enzymes that indicate liver function. The study... [Read...
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APC mole behind UPN crisis –Fasehun

The embattled National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, says a mole planted in the party by the All Progressives Congress is responsible for the crisis rocking his party. Fasehun, who is also the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, said this during a news conference in Lagos on Wednesday. A... [Read...
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Total gets new CEO, chairman

Following the recommendations of the Governance and Ethics Committee of Total, which met on Wednesday, the Board of Directors has finally named Thierry Desmarest as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Desmarest is currently a member of the Board and Honorary Chairman of the Board. It also named Patrick Pouyanné as Chief Executive Officer and... [Read...
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Reps to get kerosene subsidy report next week

Members of the House of Representatives will next week know the extent of malpractices in the kerosene subsidy scheme. The House Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), chaired by Mr. Dakuku Peterside, is currently being finalised by the House of Representatives our correspondent gathered on Tuesday. The probe of the kerosene subsidy scam by the legislators, our... [Read...
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Serena beaten 6-0, 6-2

Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world number one Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one – embarrassment. One of the game’s all-time greats, a winner of 18-grand slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles; the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success.... [Read...
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Treasury bills or fixed deposit, which is better?

I have received several emails and calls from my readers asking whether to buy treasury bills or fixed deposits. Whilst, both are very good ways to invest your money there both have similarities and differences, which could work to your advantage depending on your investment preference. Let’s explore some. Who borrows from you? When you... [Read...
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Murray, Ferrer win in Valencia

Andy Murray’s return to form continued as he progressed to the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, AFP reports. Top seed David Ferrer was also victorious 6-3, 7-5 over Italy’s Andreas Seppi, but second seeded Czech Thomas Berdych crashed out 6-3, 6-2 against Spaniard... [Read...
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Research shows no link between vaccinations, risk for sclerosis

A new study finds no link between vaccines and increased risk of multiple sclerosis or similar nervous system diseases. Even though some have questioned whether vaccines — particularly for hepatitis B and human papillomavirus — might be associated with a small rise in the risk of MS, prior studies yielded mixed findings on the issue,... [Read...
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AfDB to finance Lekki port with $150m

The Chief Financial Officer, Tolaram Group, Mr. Sandeep Parasramaka, has said the African Development Bank, one of the financiers of the Lekki Seaport project, has obtained approval of its board to commit $150m to the project. In a statement made available to our correspondent, Parasramaka said the project was on course and that investors were... [Read...
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Gene may shield women from cancer — Study

About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study. The genetic variant originates from native Americans and reduces breast cancer risk by 40 per cent to 80 per cent, particularly the more aggressive estrogen receptor-negative forms of the disease, researchers said. “The... [Read...
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Health tip: Anxiety can affect your health

A person with generalised anxiety disorder describes someone who worries excessively, often making it difficult to get through the day. The Womenshealth.gov website says physical symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include: Significant and unexplained fatigue. Aches, pains and tension in the muscles. Headaches. Twitching or trembling. Irritability. Difficulty swallowing. Sweating excessively. Hot flashes. Nausea, lightheadedness... [Read...
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How to make your savings outlive you

It is the great retirement debate; how much can retirees spend each year without running out of money before they run out of breath? This is a tough one, because there is so much uncertainty. You don’t know how long you’ll live, what the inflation rate will be and what investment returns you’ll earn. Still,... [Read...
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Eagles to open new Uyo Stadium Nov 6

Nigeria Super Eagles, made up entirely of domestic league players, will play a friendly in Uyo to formally open the new Akwa Ibom Stadium. The game will be played on November 6. Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation said in Abuja on Wednesday that the friendly, which is to be bankrolled by the Akwa Ibom... [Read...
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Skye Bank employees renovate schools, donate materials

Skye Bank Plc says its employees have embarked on various corporate social responsibility projects in the bank’s host communities across the 36 states of the federation. The projects, which are basically in the education sector, seek to improve learning and teaching in public schools. According to a statement, the projects which will benefit 39 host... [Read...
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Passenger jets push Boeing’s profit up 18%

Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36bn in the third quarter, up 18 per cent from the same period last year. On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had a profit of $1.86. Adjusted for non-operating costs, earnings came to $2.14 per share, better than... [Read...
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Sterling Bank boosts mobile money with new product

Sterling Bank, which has unveiled a new initiative tagged ‘One Bank’, says it aims to improve mobile money adoption and promote financial inclusion in the country. The bank said through the initiative, it would put its branded phones in the hands of millions of Nigeria to improve the security and efficiency of financial transactions. The... [Read...
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WNEPC 2014 to address post-privatisation power challenges

Stakeholders in the country’s power industry will gather for the fourth WorldStage National Electricity Power Conference to address the challenges facing the industry in the post-privatisation era. This is coming at a time when the Nigeria’s power industry is set to enter the much-awaited Transitional Electricity Market. The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, is... [Read...
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Shippers’ association demands automation of ports

The Shippers’ Association, Lagos State, has called on the Federal Government to ensure the complete automation of Nigerian ports in order to achieve 48-hour cargo clearance. The President of the association, Mr. Jonathan Nicol, said this at a seminar with the theme: ‘Working towards a new ports order’, organised by the body in Lagos. He... [Read...
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American social security benefits to rise by 1.7%

Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 per cent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It’s the third year in a row the increase will be less than two per cent. According to a report in Associated Press, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA,... [Read...
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Takata airbag recall expanded to six million vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded its recall of faulty Japanese airbags to more than six millions vehicles. The Takata airbag recall applies to owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles, according to a statement from the federal government. “Over six million vehicles are... [Read...
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Eleven banks to fail European stress tests

At least 11 banks from six European countries are set to fail a region-wide financial health check this weekend, Spanish news agency Efe reported, citing several unidentified financial sources. The results of the stress tests on 130 banks by the European Central Bank are due to be unveiled on Sunday. Three banks in Greece, three... [Read...
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Basketball: Dolphins, others win in B’Faso

Nigeria basketball teams started off well on Tuesday in the run for the tickets to the African cups for men and women. In the Africa Zone 3 qualifiers holding in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the Dolphins ladies opened the winning runs for Nigeria with a convincing 92-37 win over AS BIA of Niger Republic. Juliet Currency... [Read...
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DLF seeks interim relief from capital market ban

Barred by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) from accessing capital markets, realty giant DLF on Wednesday sought interim relief from Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) to allow it to redeem funds locked in mutual funds and other instruments. After hearing the petition filed by India’s largest realty developer last week against the ban,... [Read...
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Egypt awards Suez Canal expansion contracts

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and the Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Mohab Mohamed Hussein Mameesh have signed a contract with six companies in Cairo for the deepening and widening of the Suez Canal, a vital shipping link between Europe and Asia, the World Maritime News reports. A consortium consisting of Van Oord, Royal... [Read...
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