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Yahaya Bello sacks aide

  Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Monday announced the sacking of his Special Adviser (SA) on Stakeholders Relations, Mr Anthony Ogah. The sack is contained in a statement in Lokoja by Mrs Folashade Arike-Ayoade, Secretary to the State Government. The government said that the sack takes effect from …

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A response to Falola’s ‘Obasanjo, Obadide and Obajoko’

  By Yinka Agbetuyi   Toyin Falola’s “Obasanjo, Obadide and Obajoko” is a timely article that captures the complexities and contradictions of a Yoruba (even Nigerian) in transition. It reframes the questions: ‘transition to where?’ How will this transition be better managed? Until these two questions are adequately resolved Yorubaland …

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EU registers increase in asylum applications in June 2023

  European Union states received 25 per cent more asylum applications in June 2023 compared with June 2022, the EU’s statistics agency Eurostat said on Friday. In June, 83,385 people applied for international protection in one of the bloc’s 27 member states. The figure is however lower than in autumn …

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UNESCO puts Rwanda genocide memorials on World Heritage list

  Four memorials to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda of more than 800,000 people, mainly Tutsi, were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, the UN cultural body said. The sites at Nyamata, Murambi, Gisozi, and Bisesero commemorating the mass killings were “just inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list”, the …

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MARAN Calls Out Customs Boss Over N180bn Rusting Anti-Smuggling Boats

By Alex Akao.  The Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), has decried the sheer waste of two modern anti- smuggling boats valued at N180 billion now idling away since they were acquired by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), several years ago. The Association considered as one of the critical stakeholders …

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2024 Hajj: Intending pilgrims to deposit N4.5m

    The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB), has advised 2024 prospective pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to deposit N4.5 million with the board, pending the determination of the actual fee. The Assistant Chief Information Officer of the board, Mr Ahmad Saleh, stated this in a statement in Abuja on …

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Petrol increased to N626.70 in August, says NBS

    The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has said the average retail price of a litre of Petrol increased from N189.46 in Aug. 2022 to N626.70 in Aug. 2023. It made the declaration in its Petrol Price Watch for Aug. 2023 released in Abuja on Friday. It stated that …

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Stop fee hike, commercialization of education, CAPPA tells government

      The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has condemned the recent hike in school fees across public universities in the country, saying they are outrageous and unconscionable. In a statement issued in Lagos, the group said that this disheartening trend is not just a knife in …

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The West and the Hypocrisy of Democracy

By Toyin Falola   Western deception has been with Africa forever: 1493: Pope Alexander VI issued a papal bull, “Inter Caetera,” proclaiming the right of Spain and Portugal to enslave Africans and own the land. They were subjects. They stole your people and your land. 1885: Africa was a Dark …

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Delta Assembly tasks govt on rising prostitution, drug abuse

  The Delta House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the State Government to take drastic measures against rising cases of drug abuse and prostitution in the state. This followed the adoption of a motion by Mrs Bridget Anyafulu (PDP-Oshimili South) at the plenary in Asaba. Presenting the motion, …

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