*Buhari defends APC, says previous governments ruined Nigerian economy *Jail break: Dambazau orders security beef up at Kuje prison

*Buhari defends APC, says previous governments ruined Nigerian economy *Jail break: Dambazau orders security beef up at Kuje prison


Buhari defends APC, says previous governments ruined Nigerian economy

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is working very hard to restructure the Nigerian economy, battered by several years of mismanagement. A statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari stated this in Abuja on Monday while receiving the Chief Global CEO of Unilever, Mr Paul Polman. The statement quoted the President as saying that Nigeria is paying dearly for the incompetent management of the massive revenue that accrued to the nation from oil. Read more

Jail break: Dambazau orders security beef up at Kuje prison

The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdurahaman Dambazau (rtd), has ordered immediate security beef up at the Kuje Meduim prisons and all other prisons across the country. The minister gave the order on Monday in Abuja shortly after an on-the-spot assessment of the Kuje prisons where two inmates had escaped on Friday.   Read more

Petroleum Minister: President authorized “engagement” with militants

Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu on Monday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized the opening of discussions with the Niger Delta militants. Speaking in China on Monday, Kachikwu told Bloomberg that due to the dialogue with the militants, the country is bringing to experience good fortune in the area of oil production. Read more

Nigeria’s president questions currency float

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari appears to have questioned the value of allowing the currency, the naira, to float. Until just over a week ago the official rate was pegged at just under 200 naira to the US dollar, but it was worth much less on the black market and the central bank (CBN) decided to allow the market to determine the rate. Read more

Stepmother remanded for cutting off baby’s penis

A 22-year-old woman, Bara’atu Rabiu, has been remanded in the Minna Medium Security Prison for allegedly cutting off the penis of her rival’s one-month-old baby, Buhari. She was arraigned on Monday on one count of attempted homicide before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Minna. Read more

Six ways to use your debit cards safely

Aderemi Jacobs never forgets to take his bank debit cards with him because of its convenience whenever he needs to withdraw from the Automated Teller Machine. He will, however, not use the debit cards to pay for items on the Point of Sale terminals; he prefers to go to the ATM to first withdraw the needed amount and pay in cash for items he is buying. While a lot of people use their debit cards for withdrawing cash from the ATM, records have shown that some users are still sceptical about using the device to pay for items on the PoS when they go shopping. Read more

Tecno launches new smartphone

Tecno has unveiled its latest smartphone – Tecno Camon C9, which it says, “comes with first-eye scanner technology and dual 13.0MP high definition low-light cameras.” The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Chidi  Okonkwo, said the Tecno’s latest camera smartphone was an expression of the brand’s pursuit of perfection in smartphone camera technology and its ultimate gift to photo lovers who enjoyed taking stunning pictures from their smartphones. Read more

Stakeholders chart growth path for IT entrepreneurs

Stakeholders in the nation’s Information and Communications Technology industry have identified critical factors needed to build a successful IT business in Nigeria. The stakeholders explored what they considered “winning strategies” for growing young IT businesses into major players that would further contribute to the growth in the ICT industry. Read more

Ogun Deputy Gov Escapes Militant Attack

Ogun State deputy governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, yesterday escaped death when invading militants engaged her security details in a gun battle at Ibafo, along Lagos – Ibadan expressway. The deputy governor was on an inspection mission to some  communities between Ogun and Lagos states which were attacked recently when the incident happened. Read more

Brandzone CEO emerges 2016 brand and marketing personality

The Chief Executive Officer of Brandzone Consulting Chizor Malize has emerged as this year brand and marketing personality according to organisers and juries at this year’s marketing edge brands and advertising excellence awards ceremony. The organisers said Malize was bestowed the award due to her dynamics and innovative work in the branding and marketing sphere as well as for her contribution to media and digital transformation in the country. The Publisher/Chief Executive Officer of Marketing Edge, John Ajayi described Malize as an inspiration to not a few in the branding and communication industry, adding that, she has remained consistent in the advancement and propagation of the brand and marketing business in Nigeria and across the globe.

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‘I used to respect my mum’

You are likely to find the topic of this lesson curious. While it is not intended to generate unnecessary sensation, I want us to use it to establish the way many people – old and young – wrongly use the expression “used to”. It is also a way of introducing the simple present tense and differentiating between its usage and those of the present tense, the present continuous and other forms of tenses in English. Consider the expression again: “I used to respect my mum.” Read more

Govt partners United States institute on entrepreneurship programmes

As part of efforts to produce self-employing, functional and innovative graduates in Nigerian university system, the federal government has taken a leap by developing a roadmap that would ensure the institutionalisation of entrepreneurial culture amongst the students. The project, tagged the National Entrepreneurial Resource and Knowledge Centre, (NERKC), has among others, the objective of promoting small business development and entrepreneurship in Nigeria. To ensure an effective take off of the project, federal government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC), has entered into a partnership deal with an Exeter-based Knowledge Institute for Small Business Development, (KISBD) in the State of New Hampshire, United States of America. Read more

Brexit, amalgamation and British hypocrisy

As an African nay Nigerian living in one of Britain’s former colonies, the toxic Brexit debate which at its anti-climatic frenzy had become so extremely controversial that it had divided Britons along vociferous eurosceptics and the stay campaigners and which had led to the stabbing to death of MP Jo Cox, an anti-Brexit campaigner) was an epic moment for me. Since the referendum debate opened in February, I had watched closely as events unfolded. Read more

Costly British exit from European Union

Thanks to the union of several tiny countries in the island of British — Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, led by England — giving up their sovereignty to form the Great Britain, the United Kingdom, enjoying large population and market, gradually became the economic and military powerhouse of Europe. And also thanks to centuries-long stability and peace the union brought to Britain, economic development — and the first industrial revolution — blossomed with little or no opposition.  Read more

How Buhari is harming the North and Nigeria

With last week’s appointment of Mr Ibrahim Idris as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, President Muhammadu Buhari further made the headship of virtually all the military-cum-defence agencies and related agencies which wear uniform a Northern affair. Read more

To everything, its place

The issue, I understand, is the flaunting of religious markers in public educational institutions. Let me begin by confessing that I envy the French to whom those choices have only been recently thrust to the fore – they have always been with us in Nigeria. I also envy those to whom the issues are straightforward, and permit of dogmatic positions. In normal circumstances, perhaps, I would agree that it should be a non-issue. It is tempting to simplify the debate by evoking the nature of club membership – a public school has certain rules, and if you wish to be a member, or make use of its facilities, then you must conform to those rules or seek alternatives elsewhere. Read more

Hodgson quits as England manager after humiliating defeat

Roy Hodgson has resigned as England manager after his side suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Iceland on Monday to crash out of the 2016 European Championship in France. The 68-year-old had been in charge for four years after replacing Italian Fabio Capello. The fact that he has won just three of 11 games in major tournament finals was always there to haunt him. 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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