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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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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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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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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ENTERTAINMENT 

Angélique Kidjo’s fourth Grammy award

BENINESE ace singer Angélique Kidjo won her fourth Grammy award at the 62nd Grammy Award. The ceremony, acclaimed to be world’s most prestigious music honours, held on Sunday night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, United States. Nigerian Afro-fusion singer Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy lost the Best World Music Album trophy to Kidjo, whose grandmother is Nigerian. The highly coveted Best World Music Album is an honour presented to recording artists for quality albums in the world music genre at the Grammy. Burna Boy was nominated…

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ENTERTAINMENT 

Burna Boy is a Champion, we consider him a winner- AKA

In what looked like a call for truce, South African rapper, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes popularly known as AKA has described Burna Boy as a champion. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that AKA and Damini Ogulu, a Nigerian Singer popularly known as Burna Boy, were at war over the last xenophobic attack in South Africa. Burna Boy had threatened to deal with AKA for his choice of words while AKA dared Burna Boy to step foot in South Africa, however, on Nov. 14, 2019, AKA requested that Burna Boy…

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NEWS 

NDDC Forensic Audit: Women rally support for acting-MD, Nunieh to accomplish Presidential directive

  A group of well-meaning Nigerian women, under the aegis of Greater Nigeria Ambassador Forum (GNAF), has thrown its weight behind Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh, to accomplish her presidential mandate. On resumption of office in October last year, President Muhammadu Buhari handed Dr. Nunieh the mammoth task of flushing an utterly messy oil-drunk commission, sunk in corruption since creation two decades ago through a forensic audit. As expected, Dr. Nunieh’s quest hasn’t been anywhere near hitch-free, with different levels of calumny campaigns…

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BUSINESS 

Air bag woos force automakers to recall six million vehicles

TWO different air bag glitches have forced Toyota and Honda to recall over six million vehicles worldwide, and both problems present different dangers to motorists. The Toyota recall affects about 3.4 million vehicles globally and is being done because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The cars have air bag control computers made by ZF-TRW that are vulnerable to electrical interference and may not signal the bags to inflate. The problem could affect as many as 12.3 million vehicles in the U.S. made by six companies. It’s…

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BUSINESS 

Banks cut lending rate to woo more borrowers

BANKS are cutting lending rates to woo more borrowers, The Nation has learnt. The measure is to raise profitability and to meet the 65 per cent Loan to Deposit Ratio (LDR) target set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). They are relying more on lending to grow their profits as yields from government securities – Treasury Bills and Bonds – drop. Besides, the apex bank has slashed non-interest income (commission and fees) seen as major revenue channels for banks. Analysts at Afrinvest West Africa, an investment and research firm,…

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BUSINESS 

Getting Eastern ports ready for cargo

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) may well deserve a pat  on the back for its proactive measure to reduce head-on the congestion of vessels and cargoes at the Lagos Ports Complex. The General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Mr. Adams Jatto, said the NPA, shipping firms and terminal operators agreed to decongest the Lagos Pilotage District, to reduce the waiting time of vessels at the Lagos Port Complex Apapa. He said as from yesterday, “vessels, which have waited to berth at any terminal within the Lagos Pilotage District…

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