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EDITORIAL: NIGERIA’S SIGNIFICANT DIASPORA: A KEY RESOURCE BLOC THAT GOVERNMENT MUST EXPLORE FOR NATION BUILDING

Nigeria provides one of the largest pool of migrants to other countries of the world, with the Nigerian diaspora estimated to be in the region of 5 to 15 million people spread across virtually every continent of the world. Large swathes of Nigerians can be found in countries such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, United States of America among others, with London’s Peckham referred to as a mini-Lagos owing to the preponderance of immigrants from Lagos there.  The Nigerian Diaspora is also known for their excellence in all walks of…

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INVESTIGATION 

Guardian Reporter Went to Abuja House in London to Inquire About Buhari and This Happened

Domestic workers and aides in the Abuja House, London where President Buhari is reportedly staying have kept mom about his health status. President Muhammadu Buhari may have been in and out of hospital since arriving London to see his doctors exactly a fortnight ago, if feelers from Abuja House – the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the Court of St James’s – where he is staying, is anything to go by. But this could not be confirmed as The Guardian has met a wall of silence from…

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NEWS 

Insurgency: Borno indigenes laud Buratai, Army for re-opening Damboa- Maiduguri road

  ….declare total support for the military Some indigenes of Borno State, under the aegis of Borno Peace Ambassadors Forum (BPAF) has heaped praises on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and his gallant troops on the frontline for ensuring the reopening of Damboa-Maiduguri road in Borno State. This singular act, according to the Borno natives, has earned the Nigerian Army its total support and that of the entire northeast in its quest to rid the region of fleeing Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists. The Borno Peace Ambassadors made…

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NEWS 

herdsmen kill policeman, farmer in Edo State

Suspected herdsmen have killed a farmer and a policeman in Owan community, Ovia North East local government area. It was gathered that the farmer whose identity was yet to be ascertained was killed last Saturday by herdsmen. The community called in the police to help retrieve the body but the herdsmen were said to have fired at the police and killed one of them in the process. A brother to the farmer was also said to be hit by bullets fired by the herdsmen. The killing made the community members…

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BUSINESS 

Zenith Bank provides free digital training for SMEs

Zenith Bank Plc has reaffirmed its commitment to support local Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) with the introduction of the ‘Zenith Bank SME Digital Workshop’. The programme provides free digital training for business owners. The initiative, which is being organised in partnership with social media giant Facebook, will provide free training on how SMEs can use digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to grow their businesses. Commenting on the initiative, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said the SME ecosystem is an important component of the…

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SPORTS 

Spurs sign Giovani Lo Celso on permanent deal

Tottenham have exercised their option to convert the loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis into a permanent deal, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The Argentine midfielder joined Spurs in August on loan but has now signed a contract for a reported fee of around £27 million ($35 million), keeping him at the club until 2025. “We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompie to a permanent transfer,” Spurs said in…

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NEWS 

Customs Seeks EFCC’s Assistance in Achieving 2020 Revenue Target

The Nigeria Customs Service has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to assist it in realizing the 2020 revenue target handed to it by the Federal Government. M. B Boyi, Customs Area Controller, Port Harcourt made the appeal on Tuesday January 28, 2020 during a courtesy visit to the Command by the Port Harcourt Zonal Head of the EFCC, Usman Imam. Boyi disclosed that while the Federal Government gave the Service a revenue target of N1.5trillion for 2020, the agency has a more ambitious projection of N2trillion.…

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BUSINESS 

Despite border closure, smuggling thrives

Nigeria’s land borders were partially closed on August 20, last year, following the Federal Government’s determination to end rice importation, boost local production and reduce smuggling of arms and ammunition, as well as hard drugs and other prohibited items. Despite that the Federal Government is yet to reopen the country’s land borders, investigation reveals that foreign rice and other contraband commodities still flood Lagos and Ogun states’markets. Speaking with reporters on the plan by the Federal Government to reopen the country’s land borders by the end of the month, a member…

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SPORTS 

Eriksen could not wait for Inter move

Christian Eriksen said he was desperate to join Inter Milan this month after completing a protracted move from Tottenham on Tuesday. Eriksen, 27, has signed a contract until 2024 with the Italian giants after the clubs reached an agreement for a reported transfer fee of 20 million euros (£17 million, $22 million). “I couldn’t wait to join” Eriksen told reporters. “It’s wonderful to be here and I’m happy to be a new Inter player.” “I’m very excited and can’t wait to introduce myself to the fans. I’ve already experienced their…

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Nigeria to get 3-year grant from Global Fund to fight malaria

The National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr Audu Mohammed, on Tuesday said Nigeria would get three-year grant of $417 million from the Global Fund to tackle malaria. Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Nigeria accounted for 25 per cent of Global Malaria burden. NAN reports that NMEP is responsible for formulating, facilitating policy and guidelines; coordinates partners and stakeholders’ malaria control activities and provides technical support to states’ malaria programme It also provides support for local government areas, stakeholders, mobilise resources, monitor, evaluate…

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NEWS 

Trouble as Imo speaker, others defect to APC

Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, has defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party. Seven other lawmakers equally joined the ruling APC from the PDP. The speaker announced his defection and that of his colleagues during a plenary on Tuesday, Breaking Times reports. The plenary, which lasted for 15 minutes, came to an end after the speaker announced the names of the defecting lawmakers. Apart from the speaker, others who defected are Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru), Dominic Ezerioha (Oru West) Chigozie Nwaneri(Oru East),…

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Education 

Forgey: UNIZIK students with mutilated certificates risk expulsion

Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, Prof. Charles Esimone on Monday vowed to expel students of the institution with forged or mutilated certificates. He said certificate forgery and mutilation of any form remained a criminal offence in the university with its attendant penalties. Addressing fresh students during a 4-day orientation course ahead of their matriculation, the VC advised the students to ensure the genuineness of their certificates to avoid regrets. He said, “If the certificates you submitted at the Admission Office are forged, my candid advice to you…

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