JAMB confirms 1.6 million candidates for UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said Over 1.6 million candidates are expected to write the examination in 602 centres across the country for the conduct of the examination scheduled to hold from March 9 to March 17. The board’s Head of Media and Information Department, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said candidates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) could start printing their examination notification slip from tomorrow. According to him “With have successfully conducted the Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Monday, February 26, and based…

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Group wants primary election debate introduced

The United Nigeria Group (TUNG), has called for the introduction of election debates at the level of primary elections so as to get the right candidates. With particular reference to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the group said that primary election debate will further improve democracy in the country. The TUNG which said it is interested in fostering peace, unity and community sensitisation on political issues, gave the advice in Abuja on Monday. Speaking in an interview, the spokesman of the group, Dr Bright Emenena, said that with election debates…

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EU aims to tax internet giants at ‘two to six percent’

The EU will soon unveil a plan for taxing major internet companies like Amazon and Facebook by imposing a levy of two to six percent on revenues in every country where they operate, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Sunday. “The range will be from two to six percent; but closer to two than to six,” Le Maire told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper. The European Commission has said it will present by end March an overhaul of its tax rules, which currently allow US digital economy giants to…

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APC wins Edo local council elections

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has won all the 18 chairmanship seats in the March 3 local government election in Edo. The Chairman of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC), Stanley Orobator, announced the results of the council polls in Benin on Sunday. Mr. Orobator said the exercise was rancour-free and that there was no reported case of violence across the state during the election on Saturday. The elected chairmen are Victor Emuanhagbon for Esan South-East Local Government Area, Augustine Okhoibkole for Esan North East and Musa Yakubu for…

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Oldman, McDormand best actors, Shape of Water best movie at Oscar

Fantastical romance“The Shape of Water” won best picture, U.S. Hollywood film industry’s most prestigious honor, at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. The Fox Searchlight movie’s Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, took home the best director Oscar, dashing the hopes of a rare win by a woman or a black filmmaker. The movie about a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a strange river creature had gone into the ceremony with a leading 13 nominations, and won a total of four Academy Awards. As expected, Britain’s Gary Oldman was named best…

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SNEPCo donates cancer equipment to National Hospital

The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) says it has donated a linear accelerator radiotherapy equipment worth over $1 million to the National Hospital, Abuja. Speaking an event to commemorate the world cancer day on Sunday, Akinwumi Fajola, SNEPCo’s representative, said the donation was one of the company’s ways of giving back to the society. Fajola explained that the gesture was in the bid to strengthen the quality of healthcare services in Nigeria. Earlier, Isaac Adewole, minister for health, said the federal government plans to roll out nationwide screening…

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Adebayo Shittu: Federal govt to set up ICT Development Bank to fund industry

In a bid to promote and encourage young entrepreneurs in Information Communication Technology ICT, Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has stated that plans are underway by the Federal Government to set up an ICT Development Bank that will provide funding for the industry. The minister disclosed this in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, weekend, during the launch of the Bayelsa Ecosystem and Ignition Week, organised by the Young Innovators of Nigeria in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Government. Represented by the former Director of National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mr.…

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Nigeria’s 2019 general election attracts U.S. attention

As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general election, the United States (U.S.) says it’s major priority now is to see a peaceful transition, as the country occupies a strategic position in Africa. The U.S. Department of State said this during a background briefing on the first trip of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Africa, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in New York. Tillerson would meet with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries, and also leaders of Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya during his travels from…

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Netanyahu, Trump to discuss Iranian `aggression’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with US President Donald Trump today, providing an opportunity to shift attention away from mounting corruption investigations in Israel and towards Netanyahu’s main foreign policy priority, combatting Iran. The two leaders are expected to present a united front against Iranian “aggression,” especially in Syria, and call for the modification of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, which Trump has threatened to rip up entirely. In their White House meeting, Netanyahu will also applaud Trump for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…

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Ahneeka, Angel evicted from BBNaija house

BBNaija “Double Wahala” housemates Angel and Ahneeka (Gelah) have been evicted from the show. The paired housemates who were evicted on Sunday are the third set of housemates to be evicted from the BBNaija house and the fourth pair to depart the house. Bitto and Princess (Pritto), Deeone and Vandora (Vandee) were evicted from the show alongside Khloe and K-Brule (Ksquared) who were disqualified. Angel Gelah fighting to stay for at least another week in the BBNaija house saw their chances of winning the grand prize of 25 million Naira…

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