How we’ll spend $29.960bn loan –Finance Minister


From Uche Usim, Abuja Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, yesterday gave some insight on the Federal Government’s borrowing plans and how it intends to spend the  $29.960 billion foreign loans to address infrastructure deficit in the country. Speaking through her Special Assistant, Media, Festus Akanbi, Adeosun said the external borrowing remains a three-year plan designed […]

FG launches infrastructure programme to tackle insurgency in N’Delta


…As NLNG seeks $15bn for Train 7 From Juliana Taiwo-Obalaonye and Adewale Sanyaolu The Federal Government yesterday, launched a $10 billion infrastructure programme in the restive Niger Delta region as part of plans to end an insurgency that has hobbled oil production. Consequently, President Muhammadu Buhari will meet representatives of militant groups and community leaders from […]

Financial inclusion: Women can raise Nigeria’s GDP by 12%, says Okonjo-Iweala


By Chinenye Anuforo Former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that involvement of women in the Federal Government’s financial inclusion programmes could add about 10 to 12 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Okonjo-Iweala who spoke yesterday in Lagos at the Diamond Bank partnership programme with Women World Africa Advisory Council, stated […]

Come back, Turai, all is forgiven


There is this national dilemma, the Nigerian factor, intermittently exhuming hypocrisy, double standard, mischief prejudice, amnesia, political opportunism, ethnic jingoism, tribal animosity, among others. In the guise of acclaiming Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday’s critics only succeeded in exposing the injustice, indeed the malice inflicted on Turai Yar’Adua, wife and later widow of […]

Ewuare N’Ogidigan II: 40th Oba of Benin


History was made in the ancient kingdom of Benin on October 20 when the erstwhile Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, ascended the throne of his forefathers as the 40th Oba of Benin. He assumed the name, Ewuare N’Ogidigan II, bringing back memories of his illustrious ancestor and predecessor on the throne, Ewuare I, who […]

Let peace reign at FMC, Owerri


By  Fred  Nwaozor  THE  heat is really on within and outside the premises of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, the Imo State capital. This is occasioned by the rowdy protest embarked upon by the workers of the establishment. The rancour wasn’t unconnected with the reinstatement of the hospital’s embattled Medical Director (MD), Dr. Angela […]

Ekeremadu storms EFCC for Obanikoro, Bala, Abati, Fani-Kayode

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, paid a solidarity visit to four key officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP., who are being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged graft running into billions of Naira. The four men-Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Senator Bala Mohammed, Chief Femi […]

Tears for Izu Joseph


LAST week, Bayelsa-born centre defender of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Izu Joseph was cold-bloodedly shot dead by soldier who had gone to raid a shrine in his Okarki Community in Bayelsa. He was said to be on holiday after the close of the football season. From eyewitness accounts, there was no doubt that the […]

FA charges Mourinho for misconduct


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for his comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to the goalless draw at Liverpool. The Altrincham-based official’s appointment for the October 17 derby raised eyebrows in some quarters and Keith Hackett, the former head of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited […] © 2016