Month: October 2021

Facebook’s future tops agenda at Web Summit

Facebook’s future tops agenda at Web Summit

Facebook will face intense scrutiny over its future at next week’s Web Summit, with its “Meta” rebrand and a damaging whistleblower scandal set to dominate discussions at one of the world’s biggest tech conferences. The gathering of the global tech elite in Portugal’s capital Lisbon is set to welcome some 40,000 people from Monday evening…

IPOB says six days lockdown not for Anambra guber poll

IPOB says six days lockdown not for Anambra guber poll

• Insists it is over failure to release Kanu• PFN urges group to shelve threat The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that its order for total lockdown in South-east from November 5 to 10, 2021 has nothing to do with the Anambra election, but with the Federal Government’s failure to release Mazi Nnamdi…

Nigeria’s $510m gas flare in days higher than host-community allocation

Nigeria’s $510m gas flare in days higher than host-community allocation

•US, AfDB, Osinbajo back funding projects•Award of 45 gas flare licences in limbo four years after Nigeria has, in the first 152 days of this year, flared about 85.4 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas, translating to monetary loss of about $510 million (N209 billion), a figure, averaging the three per cent funding to…

Nigeria is disintegrating before our eyes, says Soyinka

Nigeria is disintegrating before our eyes, says Soyinka

• Narrates tortuous ordeal with COVID-19 travel processes returning to the country• Tasks FG on efficient management of international travel portal The venerable writer and Africa’s first winner of Nobel Prize in Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka, has described the country as being in a mess and gradually disintegrating ‘before our very eyes.’ The renowned playwright…

Reps includes NHIS in constituency projects of members

Reps includes NHIS in constituency projects of members

The House of Representatives, yesterday, approved inclusion of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the constituency projects of lawmakers. The lower legislative chamber said the decision followed the challenges in the health sector, especially as they affect the grassroots. Chairman, House Committee on Health Services, Tanko Sununu, made the disclosure during the 2022 budget…

FG kicks against proposed reduction in age limit for access to telcos’ services

FG kicks against proposed reduction in age limit for access to telcos’ services

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), yesterday, rejected suggestions made by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) that procurement of communications services by subscribers should start at the age of 15 years. Smile Communications, MTN and Airtel made this proposal. Smile Communications recommended in the alternative that the NCC should provide a standard process for SIM registration of…

Women threaten to sue PDP for alleged marginalisation at congress

Women threaten to sue PDP for alleged marginalisation at congress

APC group opposes move to instal Al-Makura as chairman Ahead of the October 30 and 31 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Women in Politics Forum (WIPF) has threatened to sue the party for alleged move to sideline women in the distribution of party offices. Addressing journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, the President of…

Ahead G20 summit, ILO, others demand COVID-19 ‘vaccine justice’

Ahead G20 summit, ILO, others demand COVID-19 ‘vaccine justice’

• G20 members have received 15 times more vaccine doses than African countries• Of 6.9b vaccine doses globally, only 2% administered in Africa• 2.88m Nigerians fully vaccinated, representing 1.4% of population• ILO says pandemic impact on jobs worse than expected• Global labour market hamstrung by unequal vaccine distribution• African leaders must demand equal access to vaccines, say…

Arrest Gumi as bandits’ leader, PFN tells Buhari

Arrest Gumi as bandits’ leader, PFN tells Buhari

• Martins urges FG to deploy all resources against security threats• COAS insists on non-kinetic approach to combat criminality• Ortom assents to amended Community Volunteer Guards law The South West Zone of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over his utterances, especially for saying…

Army, Gombe gov differ on open grazing in southern Nigeria

Army, Gombe gov differ on open grazing in southern Nigeria

The Nigerian Army, yesterday, turned down the request by Governor Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe State to discourage southern governors’ call for the ban of open grazing. In his remarks at the five-day 3 Division Operations Planning Cadre at the Gombe International Hotels, the governor condemned the position of his southern counterparts on the controversial issue…

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