*Court orders Abia gov, Ikpeazu, to vacate office *Earth tremor: National disaster looms in Nigeria if….AWDROP warns

*Court orders Abia gov, Ikpeazu, to vacate office *Earth tremor: National disaster looms in Nigeria if….AWDROP warns


Court orders Abia gov, Ikpeazu, to vacate office

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, to vacate office immediately for submitting false information to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, for the party’s governorship primary in December 2014. Read more

Earth tremor: National disaster looms in Nigeria if….AWDROP warns

Nigeria may witness earthquake and sea intrusion in different part of the country if the state government does not partner with relevant agencies to curb indiscriminate drilling and drill borehole in line with code of practice. The National President, Association of Water-well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Michael Ale gave this warning in a communique issued in Ibadan on Monday. Read more

Niger to access N14.16bn FG’s bailout

In a bid to pay workers’ salaries regularly and meet up with its commitment to the people, the Niger State Government has said it will collect about N14.16bn from the N90bn the Federal Government has set aside as bailout for financially troubled states. Read more

FG’s Promise To Complete 2nd Niger Bridge

Recently, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, said the Federal Government will complete the all-important but long-neglected 2nd Niger Bridge project. The minister was reported to have made the heart-warming pronouncement during his official visit to the project site to assess the current level of work. We commend the Federal Government for its commitment towards ensuring completion of the gigantic project in spite of the huge financial implications. Read more

Fashola: Community Hostilities Could Delay Work on Second Niger Bridge

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said hostilities from communities located on the peripheries of the second Niger Bridge could derail the construction of the project schedule if left checked. Read more

Etsu Nupe Hosts Special Tafsir, Iftar To Mark Nupe Day

This year’s Nupe Day celebration is to be marked with a special Tafsir and Iftar in the palaces of the traditional rulers in Nupe land,  with the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, hosting the grand session at his Wadata Palace in Bida Niger State.  Read more

Stakeholders Lauds CBN Forex Policy, Say It’s Good For Exporters

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have commended the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele on the new foreign exchange policy. Stakeholders, who spoke with Independent, said it is a welcome development and that it is a good time for the Nigerian exporters who have before now been deprived of dealing freely with their hard earn foreign exchange. Read more

Govt Should Urgently Revisit Cassava Flour Programme – Salami

Oluwafemi Salami is the Managing Director of Oamsal Nigeria Limited. He is also a member of the Nigeria Cassava Processors and Marketers Association (NCPMA). In this interview with Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase, he calls on the present administration to revisit the high quality cassava flour programme among other issues. Excerpt: In your view what do you think led to the failure of the High Quality Cassava Flour project of the last administration, and can it still be revived? Read more

Create Definite Grazing Areas With Geo-Political Zone Formula – Don

To stem the increasing attacks by herdsmen across the country, a Professor of Pasture Agronomy and Forage Utilization and the Head of Department, Pasture and Range Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Jimoh Olanite, has called on government to create definite grazing areas, where animals will be restricted and promulgated laws that would punish herdsmen that go out of the grazing areas. Professor Olanite made this call while discussing the recent menace of herdsmen across the country and his experience with them while carrying out his research project on ‘Mitigating the impact of pastoral/nomadic grazing on the natural ecosystem and rural livelihoods in Yewa Division of Ogun State’, alongside other researchers.

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Union Dicon Invests In 30,000 Hectare Cassava Farm

Chukka Mordi of Union Dicon Salt Plc has said the company is taking over the Alape project valued at $100 million replacing Cargill, the US-based agro-industrial giant and it will be cultivating cassava on the 30,000 hectares of land which is situated in Kogi state. He stated this during a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja  “It is a remarkable opportunity to develop the agribusiness space in Nigeria from a fully indigenous perspective. Union Dicon is listed in the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and it is a wholly Nigerian company,” Mordi said at the meeting. Read more

Nigeria’s central bank sells FX, naira eases against dollar

Nigeria’s central bank asked for bid-offer quotes from currency traders on Monday as it sold dollars on the interbank market to boost liquidity, traders said. The naira NGN=D1 ended at 282 to the dollar after the central bank’s intervention, slightly weaker than Friday’s close of 281. Read more

Unlock Income Potential of Duck Farming

Rearing of ducks is another lucrative business in the livestock cadre, just as the guinea fowl farming I talked about last week, yet it is not as popular as raising of chicken, turkey.  This is connected with some superstitions, taboos, stigmas, myths and religious beliefs militating against duck farming in certain parts of Nigeria that make many to avoid it like a plague but which lack scientific proofs. In spite of duck farming  being alternative source of cheap animal protein, its exploitation has suffered utter neglect due to adverse effect of superstitions around it. Read more

UK jails Nigerian pastor nine years

A Nigerian accountant and part-time pastor in the United Kingdom, Samuel Kayode, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing £4.1million. Kayode was sentenced on Friday by Woolwich Crown Court in South London for defrauding Haberdashers’ Aske’s state schools in the UK. Read more

Head of Nigerian senate denies election conspiracy as trial starts

Nigeria’s third most senior politician, the head of the upper house of parliament, pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of altering the senate’s rules to get himself elected to the post, at the start of his trial. Read more

Police confirms failed suicide attack on Maiduguri mosque

Borno State Police Command has confirmed a failed suicide attack targeting worshipers at a mosque in Maiduguri. The two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers allegedly blew up themselves near Sulemanti mosque of Maiduguri metropolis of Borno state in the early hours of Monday. Read more

“Brexit” will affect Diaspora remittances to Nigeria- Don

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) will cause a contraction of the Diaspora remittances from Britain, a don, Prof. Isaac Albert, said on Monday. Albert, the Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, made the assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on the impact of Brexit. Read more

Nigeria senate leader Saraki denies forgery charges

The leader of Nigeria’s senate, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy have pleaded not guilty to forgery and criminal conspiracy charges. Mr Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu are accused of trying to forge the senate rules in order to help them secure their positions. If found guilty they face up to 14 years in prison. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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