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Nigeria targets rapid expansion in sugar production By Julia Fioretti LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria plans a huge jump in domestic sugar production over the next six years to cut dependence on imports and satisfy growing demand from a population with rising incomes but still faces major challenges such as poor infrastructure. The government is eager to make Nigeria self-sufficient in sugar by 2020 to cut its $11 billion-a-year food import bill and ...|
Nigeria: Trial for 500 Islamic extremist suspects LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military is recommending immediate trial for 500 suspected extremist militants and the president is promising an economic boost for the northeast region confronting an Islamic uprising — both issues that address concerns expressed by the United States.
Nigeria upbeat ahead of World Cup draw Nigeria may have flopped at their last two World Cups but expectations are high of a better showing in Brazil next year, irrespective of the first-round group they are drawn in on Friday. The Super Eagles have not won a World Cup finals match since a 1-0 win over Bulgaria at the 1998 World Cup in France. But defender Efe Ambrose said they should not dread clashing with any team in the first ...
Nigeria recommends trial for 500 held during Boko Haram raids Nigeria said on Wednesday that 500 people who were arrested during security operations against Boko Haram militants in three northeast states should be put on trial for terror offences. The 500 are among nearly 1,400 detained in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states between July and September, the country's defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade, said in a statement. Human rights groups have criticised ...
Nigeria's Niger State to issue 12 bln naira 5-yr bond Nigeria's Niger State plans to issue a 12 billion naira seven-year bond to fund infrastructure projects, the securities regulator said on Thursday. The northwestern region, one of Nigeria's 36 states, is home to around 4 million people. "The application has gotten regulatory approval and is currently at the stage of book building," Obi Adindu, spokesman for Nigeria's Securities and Exchange ...
Nigeria Steps Up Security In Northeast After Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian authorities have increased security patrols around the northeastern city of Maiduguri after Islamist militants attacked military bases there. The unrest comes after Nigerian troops reportedly had pushed the militants, Boko Haram, out of the the city. This comes as the U.S. undersecretary for Africa is in Nigeria to discuss security concerns, and Nigeria's president is attending a ...
Nigeria to try 500 extremist suspects, promises economic boost to address US concerns Nigeria's military is recommending immediate trial for 500 suspected extremist militants and the president is promising an economic boost for the northeast region confronting an Islamic uprising — both issues that address concerns expressed by the United States.
Nigeria's Abuja international airport reopens The international airport at Nigeria's capital, Abuja, reopened Thursday after being closed for nearly 20 hours because a Saudi cargo plane had an accident on landing and blocked the runway, the Aviation ...
Nigeria shuts Abuja airport after plane veers off runway Nigeria's Abuja airport has been closed since Wednesday night after a Saudi Arabian cargo plane veered off the runway, the aviation ministry said on Thursday. The plane ran off the runway late on Wednesday but no one was hurt, ministry spokesman Joe Obi said, without naming the airline that operated the plane. "The operation to remove the plane to a safe distance from the runway is under way ...
Nigeria's Abuja international airport closed Nigeria's Aviation Ministry says the international airport at the country's capital, Abuja, is closed with the runway blocked by a Saudi cargo plane. Hundreds of passengers are stranded. Domestic airlines ...
Boko Haram's Evolving Terror [Africa In Fact]In September 2013 a 19-year-old woman escaped from the clutches of Boko Haram.
Welcome to a Two-Party State [ThinkAfricaPress]With the defection of five governors to the opposition All Progressives Congress, is the dominance of the ruling People's Democratic Party finally crumbling?
Anti-Apartheid Icon Dies At 95 [Daily Trust]South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died at his Johannesburg home last night after a prolonged lung infection.
A Giant Passes On [This Day]After months of battling old-age-related disease, South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, passed on Thursday.
World Leaders Mourn [This Day]Tributes were quick in pouring in for former South African President Nelson Mandela who died yesterday in his home in Johannesburg. Among those who paid tributes to the late symbol of anti-apartheid struggle were President Goodluck Jonathan, President Barack Obama of United States, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Passengers Stranded As Cargo Plane Grounds Abuja Airport [Vanguard]Abuja -Thousands of Abuja-bound travellers were, yesterday, stranded at airports across the country, following an incident involving a Saudi Arabian cargo plane on the runway of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, which led to closure of the facility.
Being in Nigeria Is Homecoming for Me - Vanessa Williams [Vanguard]She's mostly mistaken for the first ever Black-American fashion model, actress and singer to win Miss America beauty pageant in 1983, because they both share the same name 'Vanessa Williams',but while this Vanessa William isn't the one that sang the Pochohontas's 'Colours of the Wind' and appeared in films such as 'Shaft', 'Eraser," Our Vanessa Williams did feature in Wesley Snipes' 'New Jack City', 'Sarafina',and TV series like 'Soulfood' and 'Melrose Place'.
National Conference On Nigeria - 'The Fierce Urgency of Now' [Fahamu]A genuine national conference to discuss how to move Nigeria forward is not a silver bullet, but it must also tackle the structures that allow for corruption, abuse of office and impunity to thrive in Nigeria
At Last, Madiba Goes Home [Leadership]Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95, the Agence France Presse ,AFP, reports.
When Elders Join the Fray [Leadership]A worrying pattern has developed in the political space in recent times and that is elders and political leaders fanning the embers of ethnic hatred and religious intolerance. In the fight for political relevance and power, leaders make wild, inflaming claims capable of causing undue restlessness in the polity. It has not always been so. Even in the much criticised Second Republic, the elders of the different political persuasions comported themselves in such a way as not to injure the cohesiveness of the
Olamide, Davido, Iyanya Top Headies Award 2013 Nomination [Premium Times]Popular rapper, Olamide, alongside pop singers, Davido and Iyanya, top this year's nomination list of the Headies Awards.
Abuja Airport Shut As a Saudi Cargo Plane Blocks Runway [Daily Trust]A Saudi Arabian B747 cargo aircraft landed in Abuja last night and veered off at the maneuvering area of the runway, ran into a maintenance area of the runway and stopped.
Nelson Mandela, Former South African President, Is Dead [Premium Times]Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the beloved South African anti-apartheid icon, who fought against racial discrimination and white minority rule for decades, and was imprisoned for 27 years before becoming the country's first black president, died Thursday at the age of 95, the government announced.
Statement At the Conclusion of the IMF Article IV Consultation Mission to Nigeria [IMF]An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Nigeria during November 13-26 to conduct discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultation.
Multichoice Partners NFF On Super Eagles Matches [Daily Trust]Lagos -Cable network provider, Mutltichoice Nigeria has announced its partnership with the leadership of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to cover all matches being played by the senior national team, the Super Eagles and Federation Cup matches.
Late Mandela's Spirit Lives On - Jonathan [Leadership]President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday night said he was immensely saddened by the death of freedom fighter and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, saying his spirit lives on to inspire oppressed people all over the world.
Elechi Insists On Improved Police Welfare Not State Police [This Day]Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, Thursday maintained that his state will never support the clamour for state police as they would be doomed, noting that Nigeria has remained one in spite of its security challenges.
Senate Rejects Saraki's Objection, Confirms Oba's Re-Appointment [This Day]The Senate Thursday confirmed the re-appointment of Professor Oba Abdulraheem as the Chairman of Federal Character Commission (FCC) despite stiff opposition to his return from Senators Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central) and Shaba Lafiagi (Kwara North) who hail from his home state.
Orji - Senatorial Ticket, Very Tempting [This Day]Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has said he would give a serious consideration to the call for him to represent Abia Central in the Senate at the end of his tenure as governor of the state in 2015.
NLC, TUC Strike in Edo Goes Violent As Thugs Attack Labour Leaders [This Day]The strike embarked upon by the Edo State council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) went violent yesterday as the state Chairman of the NLC, Mr. Emmanuel Ademokun, was beaten to stupor by thugs allegedly sponsored the state government.
Solomon Lar's Body Arrives Nigeria Today [This Day]The remains of the pioneer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Solomon Lar, is expected to arrive at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja this morning, the funeral planning committee has said.
Robben Island - the Dark Years [This Day]In jail, all prisoners are classified by the authorities as one of four categories: A, B, C, or D. A is the highest classification and confers the most privileges; D is the lowest and confers the least. All political prisoners, or what the authorities called "security prisoners," were automatically classified as D on admission. The privileges affected by these classifications included visits and letters, studies, and the opportunity to buy groceries and incidentals all of which are the lifeblood of any pri
2015 - U.S. Expresses Concern Over Anambra Polls [This Day]Abuja -The United States has expressed concerns over the conduct of the recent gubernatorial poll conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State.
Rivers Rues Okonjo-Iweala's Attack On Amaechi [This Day]The Rivers State Government has accused the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of attacking the office and person of the state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, over his stand on the management of the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
NCS Introduces New Trade Portals [This Day]The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Inde Dikko Abdullahi has said the service has provided two central computers for traders in Balogun market trade fair complex.
For Freedom, Mandela Gave His All [This Day]He was a rare breed. Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a former South African president, who passed on Thursday at the age of 95, was an iconic figure that many would have wished would not go the way of the mortals, if possible. Not even the fact that God had granted him an extended lifespan, perhaps to compensate for the years of solitude in prison in the fight against apartheid, would have been enough consolation for millions of people across the world who would have wished that he lived forever.
Vandyke Returns With My Street Challenge [This Day]After the successful organisation of the 2013 SPDC Rivers Governor's Cup, foremost sports marketers, Vandyke Deportivo International have revealed plans to reintroduce numerous products aimed at providing the desired avenue for the teeming youth of the country to express themselves.
Mandela - With Africa's Soul Gone, Nothing Miraculous Left in the World - - Wole Soyinka [Premium Times]The death of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, seems to have left Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, world acclaimed wordsmith, short of words.
Igbo Leaders Meet - Strategise for Forthcoming National Conference [Premium Times]A cross section of Igbo leaders in the South East geo-political zone met in Enugu on Thursday to build a consensus in preparation for the proposed national dialogue.
How Mandela Represented Hope and Opportunity [Premium Times]The news of the death of the hero of the anti apartheid struggle, Nelson Mandela was a painful one. Africa,the black race and all freedom loving people of the world have lost a revolutionary icon. Mandela symbolized freedom and resistance. His struggle gave us dignity and his life gave humanity a sense of direction on political freedom, social justice and racial equality.
National conference: Nigerians should be ready for revolution – Prof Okorie
As many Nigerians welcome the convocation of the National Conference, a former member of the defunct Constituent Assembly and a university don, Prof. Aja Okorie, has said those calling for break up may be doing so because of selfishness and ... ...Gov Obi presents 110 vehicles to LGs
Few weeks after Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State presented official cars to judges, magistrates, permanent secretaries, directors in the state civil service, traditional rulers, among others, he has presented 110 vehicles to the local governments in the state ...Jonathan, PDP and I, my story –Jaja
Until recently, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, was the deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the new PDP before he eventually moved with his co-political travelers to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ...2015: Jonathan should not come back to South South, if… Olorogun Gbagi
Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi is one man that has been around in the public sphere. The criminologist, businessman and former minister of state (Education) is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). ...PDP: Beginning of the end
Fourteen years after its formation, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the octopus that prides itself as the largest party in Africa is facing its biggest trial. Its boast to rule Nigeria for 60 years is being threatened from within ...Bafarawa to dump APC over Wamakko’s defection
Strong indication emerged yesterday that the former governor of Sokoto State and All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in the state, Attahiru Bafarawa may dump the party over the recent defection of the incumbent governor, Aliyu Wamakko to ...Yero dragged to court over commissioner nominee
Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has been dragged before a High Court sitting in Kaduna to stop the appointment of Mrs. Comfort Amwe as commissioner in the state ...Succession crisis: Single term remains Nigeria’s best option – Ekweremadu
Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, says single term remains the nation’s viable solution to perennial succession crisis ...Terrorists trying to infiltrate South-West – Ladi Thompson
Pastor Ladi Thompson of Living Waters Unlimited Church is the Special Adviser to the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. He is one expert on security issues that understands the evil, called terrorism, like the ... ...2015: ‘Jonathan’s 2nd term will serve Igbo’s interest better’
Chief Friday Nwosu is a political activist and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State. In an interview with OKEY SAMPSON in Aba, he spoke about the proposed national confab as well as how President ... ...Plan to remove five govs for defecting: Don’t try it, APC warns PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to go ahead with its diabolical plan to declare vacant the seats of the five PDP governors who recently defected to the APC, saying apart from being ... ...Police arrest 3 car thieves in Jigawa
The police in Jigawa State have arrested three specialized car thieves. This was disclosed yesterday by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Theophilus Kayode, while briefing newsmen at the police headquarters on success recorded by the state command in November ...UK terror trial: Dead soldier was first target we spotted –Suspect
A man accused of killing British soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby told police he was targeted because “he was the soldier that we spotted first”, a court has heard ...Bayelsa communities commend Agip over oil spill clean up
Bayelsa communities, led by a socio-economic group, Brass League of Friends, has commended Nigeria Agip Oil Company( NOAC) as it commences the clean- up of communities affected by last week’s oil spillage from a pipeline in the area ...Chiefs of army staff, naval staff, IGP absent at Senate security briefing
For the third time, the planned Senate meeting with the nation’s service chiefs was postponed due to the absence of four members. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, Inspector ... ...Oshiomhole hails doctors for shunning NLC strike
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has commended the Joint Action Committee of Medical and Dental Consultants and National Association of Resident Doctors for shunning the strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) ... ...Imo police arrest serial rapist
The police in Imo State have arrested a 34-year-old man, identi.ed as Chichi, a native of Amaegbu Umulolo in Nkwerre Council for abducting a 12-year-old girl, who he allegedly raped to death and dumped in a disused well.The decomposing body ... ...The Sun bags MANDAN award
Magazines and Newspapers Distributors’ Association of Nigeria (MANDAN), Kwara State chapter has given The Sun Publishing Limited and six others newspapers award of excellence ...Oritsejafor, Okonkwo, others for RCCG congress
All is set for the upcoming annual congress of The Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG), which starts on Monday December 9 and runs to December 14. ...Kidnapped industrialist: Community seeks divine intervention
Three weeks after the abduction of an Ilesa, Osun State-based industrialist, Mrs. Yinka Obaleye, the people of the town have embarked on spiritual exercise to effect her release ...Fire guts Conoil station in Abuja
No fewer than 400,000 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) were wasted Thursday in Abuja as a ConOil filling station located opposite the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was razed down in an afternoon inferno. ...Aviation sector loses N700m to Abuja airport shutdown
Passengers travelling through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja were stranded on Thursday following the shut down of the airport due to an accident involving a Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 cargo aircraft marked ...Destination inspection: Customs to acquire 50 scanners by 2018
Following Federal Government’s handover of the Destination Inspection (DI) functions to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) effective December 1, 2013, the Comptroller General of the NCS, Alhaji Abdullahi Inde Dikko has said that plans are afoot to acquire 50 state-of-the ... ...FG approves $1.354bn for Lekki deep sea port
The Federal Government has approved about N200 billion ($1.354 billion) for the construction of the Lekki deep sea port in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria ...CBN’s new policy: States, LGs now to float MFBs
The Federal Government has given matching orders to the states and local governments to float microfinance banks in their localities to be able to access the N220 billion intervention fund meant for microfinance banks ...You can’t grow without savings –IMF warns Nigeria
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Wednesday picked holes in Nigerian government’s high level of profligacy signpost by low fiscal buffers in the face of her dwindling oil revenue, warning that she may find it difficult to curb poverty and unemployment ... ...Sanusi advocates purposeful leadership to grow economy
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Lamido Sanusi, has stated that Nigeria needs to improve on the quality of its leadership to be able to compete in the comity of nations. ...Economy loses N3bn annually to diseases –Okonjo-Iweala
Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that economic loss caused by malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS stands at N3 billion annually. ...Era of impunity over in banks –CBN
Still basking in its recent success of recovering over N10billion excess charges from banks for their customers, the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has vowed to go tough with banks that maltreat customers, declaring that the culture of impunity is dead ... ...Cashless policy: PoS transactions hit N127bn in 11 months
Nigeria’s cashless policy initiative recorded impressive patronage in the banking industry as recent statistics show that transactions on Point of Sale terminals (PoS) in 7.4 million accounts hit a whopping N127 billion between January and November in ...Annie Macaulay in US to deliver second baby
As you are reading this, heavily pregnant Annie Macaulay is right away in the United States where she has gone to deliver her second baby ...Like celebrity marriages, like bubbles
A marriage is about to crash. I have tried to prevent that but the couple won’t listen to me. The man insists on the biblical injunction “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is appropriate for those who belong to ... ...The only thinG lacking in today’s woman is her presence at the top –Yetunde Odugbesan
Yetunde Odugbesan is the CEO, Yetunde Global Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm that specializes in leadership development and training. Yetunde’s passion for women development knows no bounds. This is evident in her humanitarian work as the Executive Director ... ...I GO SAVE: I’m ready for marriage now
The first thing that strikes you when you meet comedian, I Go Save (Otaghware Otas Onodiayeke), is his dapper looks. Dressed in a designer sky blue coloured blazer with matching blue pants and an impeccable white shirt, his side buds ... ...Seme Customs record monumental seizure of artefacts
The Seme Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) recently intercepted 18 artefacts at the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic. Nigeria’s extreme south-western frontier is popularly, though erroneously, called Seme and that land borders Krake, the Beninese south-eastern ... ...Dress smart, pregnancy is not an illness – Fashion designer, Yummy Mummy
Gone are the days when pregnant women appear padded in oversized outfits just to keep up with their protruding bellies ...Gloria Mba: Face to face with best friend who snatched my husband
Gloria Mba is not just a beautiful actress but she is also a resilient diva who doesn’t allow her past to wear her down. Exactly a year ago, the thespian confirmed that her marriage had crashed after she caught her ... ...I’m very passionate about the hair –Arah Nkechi, CEO, Anirah
Women are constantly struggling with hair. We all want long silky and shiny locks. So, what do we do? We peruse both synthetic and human hair and wigs from any source to satiate our craving ...MI: Crazy female fan chased me out of Kano
Mr. Incredible, MI, has opened up on his scariest experience ever as a rapper. The Glo X Factor judge told Tony Ogaga Erhariefe that it was the day an eccentric female fan gave him a hot chase on the streets ... ...