NEWS 

CSOs Give Buhari 14-day Ultimatum To Release Sowore, Others

A Coalition of Civil Society Groups has given President Muhammadu Buhari a 14-day ultimatum to release Omoyele Sowore and all prisoners of conscience. The groups under the coalition include the Center for Democracy and Development, Transition Monitoring Group, Enough Is Enough, Concerned Nigerians, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre and others. The groups said the shrinking media and civic space in the country calls for concern by all Nigerians. The coalition condemned the attack on judiciary and free speech aimed at silencing voices of dissent. Speaking at a briefing with journalists…

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Health 

Igando General Hospital takes HIV campaign to Lagos market

Alimosho General Hospital, Igando, last Saturday, conducted free Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test at Igando market in Lagos, as part of activities marking World AIDS’ Day. While speaking on the theme of the campaign, tagged: “Community makes the difference,” the hospital Medical Director, Madewa Adebajo, noted that the World AIDS’ Day was aimed at increasing advocacy on proper management of HIV and creation of awareness on its spread. “For a secondary facility as ours, it should not be a mere routine celebration since we are custodians of data related to…

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NEWS 

JUST IN: More Than 100 Million Nigerians Earn Less Than N700/Day – Report

A survey report by Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA) has shown that over 100 million Nigerians earn less than N700 per day which limits them to save, make income or take risks on loans thereby making them financially excluded. The survey report titled: ” Assessment of Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria, December 2019″, stated: “Approximately half of the Nigerian population earns less than N700 per day. Nigeria has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty in the world. Nearly 50 percent of the population endures extreme poverty,…

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NEWS 

Troops Rescue 31 People From Boko Haram In Borno State

Again troops have rescued thirty-one persons including fourteen women and seventeen children from a Boko Haram hideout in Malam Masari and Gabchari Villages in Bama Council Area of Borno State. During the operation, one Boko Haram fighter was killed and all the terrorists’ enclaves within the area were destroyed. It will be recalled that twelve women and four children were earlier rescued from the insurgents’ den along the Cameroonian border by troops who dislodged the terrorists during a recent operation. The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, also…

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Education 

Wike releases N500m grant to boost varsity transformation

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has directed the immediate release of N500 million grant to the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) to enable it continue its transformation programmes. Wike gave the directive at the weekend, during the 37th convocation ceremony of the institution, in  Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt. The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, said under his watch, the government would continue to invest and take necessary practical measures to strengthen the university to deliver on its mandate, for the development of Rivers people. He said IAUE…

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NEWS 

FG has capacity to stop pollution in Rivers –Cleric

General Overseer of Abundant Life Evangel Mission International (ALEM), Eugene Ogu, has declared the Federal Government has the capacity to stop the pollution of the atmosphere in Rivers State, but has deliberately refused to do so. This was even as Ogu commended members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Rivers State, for their commitment to fight against environmental injustices in the Niger Delta region. The cleric spoke yesterday, during a thanksgiving service of the NUJ correspondents’ chapel to mark the end of the 2019 Press…

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NEWS 

Chimamanda takes annual writing workshop to Anambra

The Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing workshop will have a new home this year.  In its 11th year, the workshop, organised by multiple award-winning Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will hold in Awka, Anambra State from December 9 to December 14. It has previously been held in Lagos. Alongside Chimamanda, sessions at past workshops have been facilitated by the late celebrated Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, the National Librarian of Norway Aslak Myhre, NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature winner, Chika Unigwe, the Poet laureate of Scotland, Jackie Kay, and the award-winning American novelist,…

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NEWS 

Igbo group wants NAS to stop OPI

National President of the Igbo National Council (INC), Chilos Godsent, has urged the National Assembly to stop the Operation Positive Identification (OPI) contemplated by the Nigerian army. In a statement in Owerri yesterday, INC claimed since the Federal Government was yet to pronounce punishment for a defaulter, OPI could be a ploy to target a particular ethnic group in the country. “Though neither the Army nor the Federal Government has come out clearly to inform Nigerians what will be the punishment for any person not able to provide the above…

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NEWS 

Ex-Ebonyi lawmaker laments N80m unpaid allowances, entitlements

The immediate past member representing Afikpo North-East in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Maria Ude Nwachi, popularly known as Afikpo Chic, yesterday, alleged that the leadership of the fifth Ebonyi Assembly denied her all her statutory and privileged entitlements including severance allowances to the tune of over N80 million. The former lawmaker also alleged that all her aides were denied their entitlements throughout  the four years she was in the assembly. Nwachi, who contested for Afikpo North/Afikpo South Federal Constituency in 2019 general election under the platform of Alliance for…

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Local News 

Lagos community debunks rumors over kingship tussle

Some members of the Oniru Royal Family, Iru land in Lagos State, have said there was no acrimony among members of the clan over kingship. This is coming on the heels of the recent election of the new Oniru, Hakeem Ajasa. There were reports that some aggrieved parties, in a section of the community, had challenged the announcement of Ajasa as the oba-elect. But Ajasa’s supporters have reaffirmed their confidence in him, saying there was neither controversy nor opposition to his emergence. They described the dissenting voices as baseless and…

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