Before the rest of Africa leaves us behind

“So in the Libyan fable it is told That once an eagle, stricken with a dart, Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft, With our own feathers, not by others’ hands. Are we now smitten. – Aeschylus Fellow Nigerians, I’ve been on tour of Africa, as I mentioned recently on this page, and I’ve covered parts of East and West Africa in the past two weeks. My conclusion and verdict is that things are happening out there while we are free to delude ourselves that we are the giant…

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Thailand blames Buhari for collapse of its rice mills

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh says Thailand has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of being responsible for the collapse of its seven rice mills as rice importation from  Nigeria fell drastically. The minister made this known at a meeting of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) and leadership of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria (FEPSAN) held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday. The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Ogbeh said Thailand’s Ambassador to Nigeria made the…

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Nigeria: Lassa fever death toll rises to 90

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has officially confirmed the death of 90 persons from Lassa fever. The situation report from NCDC for week eight, released on Friday disclosed that from January 1 to February 25, 2018, 1081 suspected cases and 90 deaths have been reported from 18 states rising from the initial 54 recorded. These states are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba, Delta, Osun, Rivers, FCT, Gombe and Ekiti. The new situation report showed that 36 people died within a week….

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Court: Post-UTMEs are illegal, unlawful

A Federal High Court, Abuja, has declared the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) conducted by universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria as illegal. The court on Friday said there was no extant law authorising the exercise. According to a report, the court held that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) could conduct matriculation examinations and give admissions into tertiary institutions by virtue of section 5 (1) (2) of the JAMB Act. In the judgment, delivered in the suit filed by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project…

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2019 election: INEC to partner NURTW

INEC says it will enter into strategic partnership with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to ensure an effective distribution of  materials and personnel ahead of the 2019 elections. Prof Godswill Obioma, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi, said  this at a meeting attended by representatives of   the 29 branches of the NURTW and INEC  officials  on Saturday in Abakaliki. Obioma commended the union for the previous partnership with the commission in the area of transport arrangements. The REC said that transportation was a critical component…

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World football lawmakers approve VAR for Russia World Cup

Football’s lawmakers on Saturday approved video assistant referee technology (VAR) for this summer’s World Cup, in one of the biggest changes to the sport in years. The International Football Association Board (IFAB, meeting in Zurich, rubber-stamped a move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino. “We came to the conclusion that VAR is good for football”, Infantino told reporters shortly after IFAB announced the decision. He added that the final decision to use the technology at the World Cup in Russia will be made when the FIFA…

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