• National News

    Appoint 5 New Justices For Supreme Court, Buhari Tells CJN, Accepts Onnoghen’s Resignation

    President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, on the appointment of additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, his spokesman, Garba Shehu said in a statement. “The President wrote: ”Pursuant to the provisions of Section 230(2) A&B of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to request that you initiate in earnest the process of appointing additional five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make the full complement of 21 Justices as provided by the aforementioned provisions of the Constitution. ”This is in line with the Government’s Agenda of repositioning the…

  • National News,  Politics

    Lawan, Gbajabiamila Leads 9th National Assembly

    Senator Ahmed Lawan has crossed the threshold of 54 votes required to win the election as President of the 9th Senate. There are 109 Senate seats but only 107 were present at the inauguration. This meant that the winner only required an absolute majority of 54 votes to win. Lawan has crossed the threshold leading to jubilation by APC senators. At the end of counting, Lawan garnered 79 votes while his challenger, Ali Ndume polled 28 votes. Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabiamila, APC Lagos, has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly. He was the favoured candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Gbajabiamila garnered…

  • Education,  National News

    Abe Raises Alarm Over Rise In Out-of-School Children

    The immediate past Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has raised alarm over the rise in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria. This is as he thanked the people of Rivers South-East Senatorial District for their support and encouragement to him throughout his stay in the Red Chambers of the National Assembly. Abe spoke in Port Harcourt on Monday during an End-of-Term support for doctoral students and outstanding journalists from the Rivers South-East Senatorial District. He said: “More than 80 percent of our public schools are only a place of gathering for children and parents who are thirsty for education. “The…

  • Education,  National News

    JAMB, Institutions Approve 160 As Cut-Off Mark For 2019 Admission

    The 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria has approved 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for admission for the year 2019 into public Universities. NAN reports that the meeting held at Bola Babalakin Auditorium, Gbongan, Osun State, on Tuesday also approved 140 as minimum UTME score for admission into private universities. For public polytechnic, 120 UTME score was approved, while 110 score was approved as the least score for admission into private polytechnic.

  • National News,  Oil & Gas

    The Identities of 132 Firms Bidding For NNPC’s Crude Oil Swap

    The NNPC, Nigeria’s state owned oil giant has announced that 132 companies had submitted bids for the 2019 crude for refined products programme tagged Direct Sale, Direct Purchase (DSDP). The bidders, according to a list exclusively obtained include Trafigura and Mercuria, the international trading companies that have featured prominently in the crude for product swap regime but have paid zero taxes to the Nigerian state, neither do they employ Nigerians nor do they have operations anywhere in the country. Nigeria mostly relies on importation of fuel for local consumption because its refineries are moribund. Local companies like Oando, Sahara and MRS have over the years developed their operations and capacity…

  • National News

    N136m Fraud: Ex-NIMASA Boss, Calistus Obi, Bags 42 Years Jail Term Or N252 Million Fine

    Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, sentenced Calistus Obi, a former acting Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to 42 years imprisonment. Also sentenced to 42 years imprisonment is Alu Dismas, an aide to Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former Director-General, NIMASA. Justice Olatoregun found the defendants guilty on counts two, three, four, six, seven and eight and sentenced them to seven years imprisonment each on each count. The sentence would, however, run concurrently. The Judge, however, gave the convicts an “option of fine” of N42 million on each of the count. Justice Olatoregun also imposed a N10 million fine on the…

  • National News,  Oil & Gas

    MOSOP Uncovers Plot To Forcefully Resume Oil Drilling In Ogoni • Vows To Resist Actions Legitimately

    The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has raised alarm over the plan by the Nigerian Government to commence oil drilling activities in Ogoniland. A statement by Sunny Zorvah, Acting Publicity Secretary of MOSOP said the government has perfected plan to use security agencies  and other criminally minded non-state actors  to shield operations of the oil company. “The said oil operation, with military cover, is billed to commence in the coming months, as parties involved have been instructed on their respective roles. Each of the security agencies listed in the plan has been tasked with specific roles and responsibilities, particularly, in tackling voices of dissent in the…

  • National News,  Sports

    Second Term Inauguration: Ex-Internationals Honour Governor Wike

    Former Super Eagles Players and other prominent  footballers honoured Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at a novelty football in Port Harcourt. Governor  Wike,  his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike , Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo and other prominent  Rivers leaders watched the match. Kanu Nwankwo,  Taribo West, Finidi George,  Peter Rufai, Victor Ikpeba, David Ngodigha, Friday Ekpo, Uche Okechukwu, Ifeanyi Udeze, Victor Ezeji, Obinna Nwaneri among other stars featured in the star-studded match. Lawmaker Kelechi Nwogu,  Kenneth Kobani and  Mr Ibu entertained the crowd. Team Rivers defeated Team World 2-1, in a match where Kanu Nwankwo,  Victor Ezeji and Friday Ekpo found the back of the net. Rivers State…

  • Local News,  National News,  Oil & Gas

    Osarolube Equals Paul Obelley’s Record In NNPC … Appointed MD KRPC

    Eleme born Engr. Ezekiel Osarolube has been appointed as Managing Director, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company Limited. His appointed followed massive shake-up at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as about 20 senior personnel of the oil firm and its subsidiaries have been redeployed. Engr. Osarolube who until his appointment was the Senior Technical Assistant to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC on Refineries at the NNPC Towers, Abuja would be the second Eleme indigene to occupy the enviable position after Engr. Paul Obelley who also served as the Managing Director of Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, (WRPC) in over 50years since the siting of Nigeria’s premier and fourth…

  • National News,  Politics

    APC NWC Appoints Hon. Victor Giadom Acting National Secretary

    The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Hon. Victor Giadom as the Party’s acting National Secretary, pending when Yobe State nominates a replacement for the former National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, who is the Governor-elect of Yobe State, its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said in a statement. Before the appointment, Hon. Giadom was the Party’s Deputy National Secretary.