A petition was written to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, alerting over the activities of the land grabbers and he deployed his operatives at the IRT to arrest and bring the suspects to book. He begged me to get some boys to help him demolish the building. Then I met Uchenna James, we then had a meeting and I told him about what was going on and he said he would need N70,000 to demolish the house. I took him to the house, collected N100,000 from chief and I gave him the N70,000 and the house was demolished. I do not know the boys that went for the job.”
June 19, 2019 03:45 UTC
But from 2010 downward, an emerging telecommunications sector in the country provided opportunities for the OEMs from South Korea, China, and Hong Kong to explore Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. However, The Guardian investigations showed that more mobile phone brands are now coming into Nigeria almost on a monthly basis from these countries. Though still silent in the market, mobile phone types including QMobile, Condor, Padking, ZipLik, Honor, Vivo, Micromax, Asus Zenfone, HTC, Xolo, Acer, BenQ, and a host of others, are from the aforementioned countries and have found abode in Nigeria. About three to four years ago, some of the leading OEMs had mulled the idea of setting up phone manufacturing plants in Nigeria, but it appears that is no longer an agenda they want to pursue.
June 19, 2019 03:33 UTC
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday disclosed readiness to demolish no fewer than 8,805 unlicensed telecommunication masts nationwide. Others are Union Bank, with a total of 92 masts, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) 205 masts, Fidelity Bank 83, and Access Bank 303 masts. In line with this, the regulatory authority requires an Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) approval for every tower installation in the country irrespective of the height and location. “The telecommunication operators who have not regularised their masts are as follows :- Globacom Nigeria 7,012 masts, United Bank of Africa 439 masts, Guaranty Trust Bank 295 masts, Unity Bank 217 masts and Sterling Bank 159 masts. Others are Union Bank 92 masts, First City Monument Bank 205 masts, Fidelity Bank 83 masts and Access Bank 303 masts.
June 19, 2019 03:33 UTC
The worst evil “those who conducted the last election did to Nigeria,” Utomi said, was “to put in place a National Assembly that is 10 times inferior to the one we had before. All the Nigerian National Assembly does (except, perhaps, when it is engaged in one of its several self-serving conflicts with the executive) is to extend generous incentive to the executive to celebrate its insufferable ineptitude and directionlessness with indecent fanfare. Nothing seems to change in our National Assembly, whether it is their strange mindset or the way their leaders are always handpicked by external forces and imposed on them. In fact, given the quality of the National Assembly Nigeria is cursed with, we may need to commend the president for resisting the temptation to totally become another Idi Amin, because, from all available evidence, there is just no Assembly with the requisite will and patriotism to scuttle such a vile ambition. Ejinkeonye, a Lagos-based public affairs analyst sent in this article before the inauguration of the Ninth National Assembly.
June 19, 2019 03:31 UTC
Tecno explained that reviews and assessments were tough, “but at the end of the month-long activity, 10 entrepreneurs were shortlisted, even though only nine showed up. At the end of the pitching, two winners were selected based on their communication skills, creativity, and business acumen. The two winners, Amaka Judith, a shoemaker and Mercy Orlu, a soap maker, went away with N1 million each. There were also winners across the country, who bought a SPARK 3 smartphone, got a raffle ticket and also emerged as millionaires in the regional raffle draws. They are Alex Mbamalu, Fatolu Kemi, Maduakolam Chinaza and Ugbesia Efe who were also presented with their prize money.
June 19, 2019 03:31 UTC
Sofuluwe told The Guardian yesterday that Nigeria’s group opponents would work hard to give the Eagles a good fight in the championship because they see Gernot Rohr’s team as one of the top contenders for the trophy. The 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cup silver medallist said with the level of development of African football in recent years, the Super Eagles have to be more committed and tactically aware to win its fourth title in Egypt. “From the friendly games against Zimbabwe and Senegal, you will understand that the teams fought hard to excel against Nigeria despite the ties being warm up games. “The Super Eagles’ defeat by Senegal should alert the team on the areas they need to work on before their opening game against Burundi. A win in that game will give them the confidence to take the other two group matches,” he said.
June 19, 2019 03:22 UTC
Globally, indiscriminate disposal of plastic is at the front burner, even as the United Nations estimated that about 5.25 million plastic particles weighing 268,940 tones are currently floating the world oceans. In Nigeria, the Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) has raised the alarm on the threats to oceans and aquatic life, calling for proper disposal and recycling of plastic wastes to protect the marine environment. She however called on the governments at all levels to enact laws banning the single use of plastics in Nigeria to reduce the wastes. We as women in WILAT are using this opportunity to sensitize the society about the use of plastic. Proper disposal of plastic is actually an area we should focus on if we want development in logistics.
June 19, 2019 03:16 UTC
“In our digital world faced with different distractions and voices among others, the social media, innovations in communication technology and the internet affords us great vistas for extending the Gospel. “It behooves the Church therefore to maximally utilize these modern means of communication as the Church would feel guilty before the Lord if she refuses to utilize them to spread the Gospel” he said. “We are in the digital age and we should all strive to take our Church and respective societies into the digital era” she said. In the paper delivered at the workshop by Rev. Emmanuel Ndubuisi delivered a paper titled: “Communication, Etiquette and hospitality insights for the 21st Century Church Wardens and men of order and discipline”.
June 19, 2019 03:16 UTC
Godwin Isenyo, KadunaThe Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, Most Rev. Mathew Ndagoso-Manoso, has lamented the lack of government presence in some communities in Borno State, saying that some communities depend on Boko Haram for essential services. While noting that the theme of the AGM was apt, the bishop lamented the disturbing insecurity in the country. He claimed that Boko Haram had taken advantage of the lack of government’s presence in the North-East to render essential services to communities in the area. He said, “Something is happening right now whether the government knows or not; it is that the splinter group of the Boko Haram is providing services to communities in Borno.
June 19, 2019 03:01 UTC
Posterity will judge each and every one of you appropriately in line with the roles you played during your tenure. The National Assembly is the engine room of democratic governance where the wellbeing of the masses and the development of the country should be the paramount priorities of the law makers. Therefore, the principal officers of the national assembly should also ensure that people are appointed into the committees objectively (according to their skills and competencies) for optimal returns and not based of favouritism or parochial partisan considerations. You should not allow partisan sentiments cum ethnic and religious bigotism and parochialism to throw a spanner in the works. Please note that the above recommendations are without prejudice to all subsisting suits at the various Election Petition Tribunals/Courts.
June 19, 2019 03:00 UTC
THERE is a climate of fear and terror in the South-West as errant Fulani herdsmen have laid a siege to the entire region, kidnapping and killing people for sport on the highways. His botched kidnap occurred just two days after a mother and her step-son were kidnapped in the same community. Perhaps the most unsettling part of this sordid state affairs is the effrontery with which the criminals carry out their dastardly acts. It will be nice if the government can come clean on the allegation of complicity in the atrocious acts of the Fulani herdsmen. This should come not by way of rebuttal or platitudes or even rehashed promises, but by way of sincere and carefully executed strategic actions to swiftly rein in the menace of the aberrant Fulani herdsmen.
June 18, 2019 23:23 UTC
Punch Editorial BoardTHE phenomenon is an existential threat to public health, which, like in every other aspect of our national life, government has proved its gross incompetence in handling. They include, but are not limited to meat, beans, chicken, fish, palm oil, yam, beverages and ripening of fruits with carbide. Such brazen breach of public health goes on in practically every abattoir in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Aba, Calabar and other towns across the country. All states public health agencies should have a hands-on approach in monitoring the operation of abattoirs to ensure that facilities that will help them observe public health standards are in place. The revelations by local and international authorities so far demand total war on public health enforcement.
June 18, 2019 23:03 UTC
Huddersfield Town forward Steve Mounie scored a hat-trick as Benin defeated fellow qualifiers Mauritania 3-1 Tuesday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match. Moctar el Hacen levelled just after the break from a penalty only for Mounie to score twice more in the final warm-up match for both countries. It was the third Tunisian warm-up success after victories over Iraq and 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia. Angola play South Africa and the Ivory Coast meet non-qualifiers Zambia Wednesday in the final warm-up fixtures. The Cup of Nations kicks off Friday in Cairo with a Group A match between hosts and title favourites Egypt and Zimbabwe.
June 18, 2019 20:03 UTC
Indications emerged on Monday that the South East caucus in the House of Representatives has lost out of the race for the position of the Minority Leader, Nigerian Tribune gathered authoritatively. Out of the 360 members of the 0the Assembly, APC takes the lead with 190 members, PDP has 151 members while other parties have 19 members. Chukwuma Onyema (PDP); Hon. With the emergence of Senator Eyinanya Abaribe who represents the South East caucus as the Minority Leader, Hon. Chukwuma Onyema also from South East has lost out of the race.
June 18, 2019 20:03 UTC
Adelani Adepegba, AbujaThe Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom has warned British nationals against travelling to about 21 states in Nigeria over security concerns. The British government also cautioned against trips to within 20km of the border with Niger and Zamfara states. Besides Abuja, other major towns and cities remain particularly at risk, including Kano and Kaduna,” it stated. “There is also a high threat of criminal kidnap in the Niger Delta region and Kogi State. If you travel to areas to which the FCO advise against travel, you are particularly at risk and will need a high level of security.”DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
June 18, 2019 20:00 UTC