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The prolific playwright, novelist and poet Wole Soyinka, who has won series of awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and has been a regular teacher at US universities including Harvard, Cornell and Yale, carried out his promise to disengage him self from U.S, if Donald Trump wins the just concluded election.


Shortly before the vote, Soyinka had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over a Trump victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.

The writer said, “I have already done it, I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,” the 82-year-old said.

He added,  “I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the (green) card, and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been”, which is Nigeria.

Soyinka also gave an understanding to Nigerian that he is not discouraging them from getting the Green Card, because it would be useful.

“It’s useful in many ways. I wouldn’t for one single moment discourage any Nigerian or anybody from acquiring a green card… but I have had enough of it,” he said.


National updates Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:26:00 +0100
FG Suspends NCC’s Data Price Hike FG Suspends NCC’s Data Price Hike

The federal government has denounced the controversial increase in the price of Internet data by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).


The implementation of the new tariff billed was to take effect December 1, as Minister of communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, distanced his ministry from the controversial data tariff increase, denying that it authorized it.

The federal government’s reaction came as the Senate ordered the suspension of the increase and condemned it in totality.

The Minister, Mr Adebayo expressed that the Federal Government never gave any directive to either the regulator, the NCC, or the telecommunications operators in the country authorizing increases in prices of data from today as claimed.

He said “I wasn’t consulted.”

The government did not authorize operators to raise tariffs.

“I can tell you that I was never a party to it (data tariff hike). Government never gave any such instruction. This government believes in democratic process and we would continue to protect the interest of Nigerians,” he said.


National updates Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:20:52 +0100
FAO needs $25m for 5m hungry Nigerians FAO needs $25m for 5m hungry Nigerians

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that Boko Haram insurgency and rising inflation have left more than five million people in northeast Nigeria facing acute food insecurity.


The UN agriculture agency has appealed for 25 million dollars through May 2017 to support irrigated vegetable production and micro-gardening in the dry season, as well as rebuild livestock systems.

In a situation update, FAO said the urgently needed funds would tackle food insecurity among returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities.

In addition, the agency is seeking funds now to provide critical agricultural inputs to farmers in time for the 2017 main rainy season.

“We must act now to rapidly restore food security and combat severe hunger and malnutrition,” FAO said in the update.

It noted that inflationary pressures in the national economy have pushed the prices of staple food crops extremely high across the three northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

According to it, prices of food crops are expected to rise further, requiring “immediate intervention.”

In addition, FAO reported that the security remained volatile, particularly in Borno, as Boko Haram activities continued to impact the security situation in some areas.

“In Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, there are currently nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) categorised as ‘restricted’.

“Also, 27 LGAs are categorised as having ‘limited’ access due to a high level of insurgent activity,” FAO said.

In a related development, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (October 2016) showed for the first time since August 2015, a total number of IDPs below two million.

The UN agency said 97 per cent of the IDPs declared that their displacement was due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

“One-quarter of these was displaced in 2016, with the majority displaced in 2014. Almost half of those surveyed noted food as their biggest unmet need.

“Since August 2015, a total of 958,549 returnees from within and outside Nigeria have been recorded, with an increase of about 48,000 returnees since August 2016.

“This further emphasised the need for increased attention towards sustainable agricultural livelihoods support to the returnee process,” IOM said.


National updates Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:29:46 +0100
Full Enforcement Of Speed Limiters February 1, 2017- FRSC Full Enforcement Of Speed Limiters February 1, 2017- FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has announced that violation of speed limiting devices, will start attracting fines from February 1, 2017.


This was revealed by the Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, on Sunday in Lagos.

He noted that the FRSC has set the date for full enforcement to commence on the device.

“The speed limiter is on course; by Feb. 1, 2017, the full enforcement and implementation will commence. We commenced advisory enforcement some months back,” the FRSC boss said.

“So far, about 131,000 people have been given citation and enlightenment.

“We are on course because speed limit device is the solution; we will lead them to ensure they are safe and also prevent them from crashes.”

National updates Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:44:57 +0100
Niger State Worries Over Expired Drugs president psn

The Niger state government has expressed worries over the sale and abuse of expired drugs which is gaining root in the state.


The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, has therefore tasked the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to come to the assistance of the state.

He pleaded with PSN to partner with the government in the fight against the abuse and sale of expired drugs.

The governor made the plea when he hosted the National President of the Society, Mr. Ahmad Yakasai who led members of the executive council for the 89th annual conference of the society holding in Minna.

The governor expressed deep concern that the effect of drug abuse was gradually taking deep root in communal life of the people of the state, especially the youth.

He also said a new emerging trend is the sales of expired drugs, especially in the rural areas.

He blamed some pharmacists who indulged in the sales of expired drugs to unsuspecting members of the public.

The governor said some pharmacists have been identified as culprits and that state government would not hesitate to hand over anybody who engaged in unwholesome and unethical practice to the police.

He challenged the society to carry out weed out bad eggs in practice through the withdrawal of licenses those found wanting, especially pharmacist found aiding drug abuse or dealing in fake and expired drugs.

“This is a fight that all of us must join hands to fight.’’

As a professional body, I would suggest withdrawal of the licence of any erring member to serve as deterrent to others.

“For us we are going to go after any Pharmacist or Pharmacy found aiding drug abuse, buying and selling drugs to people without prescription by a qualified doctor.

“We have identified some. We are going after them. This is a total war. Same goes for those trading in expired and fake drugs. We are coming for them,” the governor warned.

Earlier Yakasai said the society was committed to a cordial and team work spirit with other professional bodies in the healthcare delivery service.

He then called on the people to participate in the forthcoming drug abuse campaign across the country.

National updates Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:40:11 +0100
Adamawa Govt. Recruits 500 Agric Officers Adamawa Govt. Recruits 500 Agric Officers

Adamawa Government said on Thursday that it had recruited and trained 500 agricultural extension officers to boost farming activities in the state.


The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Waziri Ahmadu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola that the new officers have been posted to various farming communities.

Ahmadu explained that the officers would enlighten farmers on the appropriate modern techniques of land preparation, weeding and nursing their crops to harvesting stage.

He said that the state government expanded the extension service in order to improve farm productivity and enhance their income.

“The government, through its Agricultural Development Project, employed and trained 500 extension officers.

“This is to improve farmers’ production and their income generation,’’ Ahmadu said.

The commissioner also said that the ministry would resuscitate all its orchard farms across the state in order to encourage cash crops production.

He listed the crops to include mango, citrus, guava, pawpaw and cocoa.

“The programme, if given full attention, can contribute substantially to farm produce export,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Adamawa state is among the Cocoa states in the country with 300 people registered as cocoa farmers.

In 2010, Adamawa State, under previous administration, made agriculture the centre piece of economic development in the State given that the vast majority of the population work in agriculture sector.

The Adamawa State Government engaged Investment company to act as consultants in the development of a comprehensive Agriculture and Agro-Industry Plan that demonstrates the economic potential of the State and that will lead to real and tangible economically viable projects.

The Master Agriculture and Agro-Industry Plan serves as a guide for the Adamawa State Government to achieve its economic development objectives.


National updates Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:39:58 +0100
Nigeria Lost $450m To Cyber Attack In 2015— FG Nigeria Lost $450m To Cyber Attack In 2015— FG

The federal government has lamented the loss of over $450 million dollars to cyber attacks in 2015 alone, saying drastic measures must be taken to arrest the trend.


Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu, stated this in Abuja at a conference on “Cyber Security, Technology Optimization and Development” organized by the Abuja chapter of the group, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA.

According to him, Nigeria experienced a total of 3,500 cyber attacks in 2015, leading “to a loss of about $450 million.” The Communications Minister said that the ICT sector contributed 12.62 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP in the second quarter of 2016 and announced that the Federal Government was putting together a national broadband policy “to ensure an 18 per cent broadband penetration by 2018, up from the current 6 per cent.

He charged ISACA to ensure proper use of its applications to enhance a secure cyberspace. “I am aware of the many strides that ISACA has achieved in the USA with the contributions of the use of its COBIT in the governance and management of public institutions. ‘’My personal challenge to ISACA, Abuja, is to ensure that such efforts are domesticated in Nigeria. We must influence our space, define our space and prepare adequately to defend it.

We want to see not just a working technology and applications, but we want to be assured that such technologies are safe and used properly,” the minister said. On his part, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr Isa Ibrahim, said his agency would be working in close collaboration with ISACA to evolve solutions that will address the menace, saying Nigeria cannot function properly if it is vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The president of ISACA, Abuja chapter, Mr Chimenka Ezeribe, said ISACA was committed to promoting positive use of technology to improve the quality of life for individuals and organizations. “While we do not downplay the realities of security incidences, we want everyone to achieve the full potential of technology. The tasks before us are enormous but very possible and we must provide practical steps to assist individuals, organizations and the society at large realise the benefits of technology”, he said.


National updates Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:46:15 +0100
Boko Haram Members Always Assured Us Of Our Return – Released Chibok Girls Boko Haram Members Always Assured Us Of Our Return – Released Chibok Girls

Released Chibok girls have said Boko Haram insurgents treated them well during their over two years in captivity.

This was as the girls claimed that they were not raped or abused during their stay in captivity, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

The foundation said the daily routine of the captured girls included personal time in the morning followed by Quranic teaching and cooking meals.

According to the report, the disclosure was contained in a confidential report based on the girls’ two-week debriefing prepared for President Muhammadu Buhari.

The report said, “The girls said the Boko Haram men always assured them that they would eventually go back home to their families, and were careful about what they said around the girls and how they treated them.

“They had been fed well and regularly, until the military cut off Boko Haram supplies.

“The girls said that those of them who did not agree to marry were used as house girls (servants).”

Recall that the insurgent group recently released 21 of the over 200 girls abducted from Chibok, Borno State in 2014.

Just last week, the Army said it discovered another girl, Maryam Ali during its screening of some persons who escaped from Sambisa Forest, the stronghold of the insurgent group.

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National updates Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:11:16 +0100
Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists plying Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to take alternative routes as two trucks have broken down on the long bridge causing serious gridlock.

Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, FRSC in Ogun, disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on Wednesday. He said that the two trucks broke down around 5.00 a.m on Wednesday morning on the long bridge close to Lagos. “Two trucks broke down on the long bridge in Lagos around 5.00 a.m. this morning causing gridlock which the FRSC is removing and sorting the gridlock. “There is another truck blocking a section of Sagamu interchange, but we are on ground to remove and also just few minutes ago a tanker fell at Ogere, we have contracted the Fire Service,” he said. He advised motorists to take Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Ikorodu Road in order to beat the traffic.

The sector commander said that combined teams of FRSC, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE) and Lagos Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) were on ground to normalise the situation.

National updates Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:33:27 +0100
Aisha Buhari Visits Lt-Col. Ali’s Family Aisha Buhari Visits Lt-Col. Ali’s Family
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has commiserated with the families of late Lt.-Col. Mohammad Abu-Ali and six others who died in the battle field.
Mrs Buhari offered her condolences to the families during the burial of the soldiers on Monday at the Military Cemetry in Abuja.
The wife of the President, who was among top dignitaries that attended the burial, also interacted with the families of the slain soldiers.
In an emotional lending mood, Mrs Buhari  said that the late Lt. Col. Abu-Ali and his colleagues died as heroes and would forever remain in her mind and the minds of Nigerians.
Mrs Buhari commended the efforts of Lt.-Col. Abu-Ali and his colleagues for the successful return of some of the Chibok girls and other persons held in captivity by the insurgents.
She prayed for the repose of the slain soldiers’ souls, saying that late Lt.-Col. Abu-Ali and his colleagues paid the supreme price.
The wife of the President, who was accompanied by the wife of the Senate President,
Mrs Toyin Saraki, said that the soldiers laid their lives for peace and security in the North East.
Also in her entourage were the wives of Borno, Kebbi and Kogi State governors, Mrs Nana Shettima, Mrs Zainab Bagudu and Mrs Rashidat Bello respectively, as well as wives of some ministers.
The families of the slain soldiers were later presented with the National Gorail for fallen heroes by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The presentation was performed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who represented the President at the burial ceremony.
The slain soldiers are Late Lt. Col. Mohammad Abu-Ali, Patrick Paul (SM), Salihu Lawal (PRT), Hussaini Jafaru (SGT), Muazu Ibrahim (SGT), Bassey Okon (SGT) and Chukwu Simon (CPL).


National updates Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:07:07 +0100