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By Okenyi Kenechi It is no longer news that there is a health disaster hovering in the air in Rivers State. What is news, however, is that nothing is being done to solve the problem. If at all anything is being done as the government wants us to believe, it is grossly inadequate relative to the magnitude of the problem. Those...
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on Friday in Abuja said security forces in the country are capable and competent in winning the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the country. He said with the 30-month civil war experience of Nigeria's military, it is capable of handling the crisis rocking the North-East. Buhari said this while receiving Janez Lenarcic, the...
A couple in China has left their two young children behind at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport, China after their son who had a fever was banned from flying amid an outbreak of coronavirus. It is said the parents deserted their son and daughter by the departure gate and boarded the flight on their own in the eastern city of...
Following congestion at seaports in Lagos that has lasted for over two months, the Nigerian Ports Authority has ordered ships which could not get berthing space at Apapa and Tin Can ports in Lagos to the eastern ports. The eastern ports under the NPA port district are ports in Delta, Rivers and Cross River states. They include, among others, Onne Port,...
The Commissioner for Health in Edo, Dr Patrick Okundia, on Friday, in Benin said 76 out of 175 suspected cases of Lassa fever tested positive to the epidemic. Okundia made this known during a Lassa fever committee meeting, chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, and representative of the World Health Organization. “A total of 76 suspected cases of...
The Rivers State ministry of health says it has received reports of suspected cases of Lassa fever in the state. The ministry in a press statement on Friday said all the cases have received prompt and adequate attention, adding that two rumours have been investigated and discarded. The statement also said that two samples have been sent to the National Reference...
A special assistant on social media to President, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), Lauretta Onochie, on Friday, blamed former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, for Nigeria’s drop by two places on Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index. Nigeria, which ranked 144 in the 2018 ranking, had slipped to 146 out of 180 countries in the new...
The report of the Panel of Inquiry on the pre-election violence in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has been submitted to Governor Seriake Dickson. The governor described as barbaric the incident that led to the gruesome murder of 21 persons in political violence during the botched PDP campaign in Nembe local government area three days to the November...
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has on Friday, raised the Cash Reserve Ratio by 500 basis points to 27.5%. A vote from nine out of 11 members of the committee agreed that the monetary policy rate, which impacts interest rate, should remain at 13.5%. Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor disclosed this while reading the...
The federal government has decided to borrow N2 trillion from the current N10 trillion pension funds to finance the development of infrastructure. This was disclosed by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting that held at the State House on Thursday. El-Rufai said the decision is in compliance with the Pension Reform Act 2004 which...
The Nigerian government will consider an overhaul of the private power sector, government officials said following the National Economic Council meeting on Thursday. The power sector was privatized in 2013, but some 80 million Nigerians remain without access to power, and elsewhere the grid is plagued by frequent blackouts, leaving businesses and consumers reliant on power generators. “The entire sector is...