The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has included 9,125 ex-workers of Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, and its mobile subsidiary, MTEL, to its monthly pension payroll. A statement by the management of PTAD in Abuja on Saturday disclosed that the addition of the pensioners to the payroll was coming after 12 years of uncertainty post-privatisation of NITEL/MTEL. PTAD said the inclusion of the ex-workers was in fulfilment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to ensuring that all pensioners get their entitlements. READ ALSO: UPDATED: Saudi Arabia confirms Khashoggi’s death, sacks top intelligence officerPTAD also announced that payments to 1,385 Next of Kins of deceased pensioners would follow shortly as soon as the Directorate concludes the computation of the deceased pensioners’ benefits. News Agency of Nigeria recalls that PTAD Executive Secretary, Ms Sharon Ikeazor, had in August, assured the ex-workers that they would be put on the monthly payroll so, they can get their pensions.
October 20, 2018 11:22 UTC
It has been undoubtedly a very good year for Cardi B with her winning multiple awards, her song topping the chart, her marriage and motherhood. Cardi B started the Christmas cheer early by handing out free winter coats in brooklyn and this is a welcome gift due to the low temperatures that hit New York. Cardi B, handed out winter coats in a housing project, The Marlboro Houses in Gravesand, New York. Cardi B a native of the Bronx, thanked everyone who braved the chilly weather to see her via her Instagram page. '”It was a large turn out as people swarmed the artist while she handed out free winter coats.
October 20, 2018 11:03 UTC
“Turkey will reveal whatever had happened. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of the Islamic petro-state’s powerful crown prince, was last seen on October 2 entering his country’s consulate in Istanbul. Turkish police and prosecutors this week searched both the consulate as well as the consul’s residence in Istanbul. Celik said it was Turkey’s “debt of honour” to reveal what happened. Staff members of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul testified to prosecutors Friday as part of the probe.
October 20, 2018 10:52 UTC
Chicago Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia is a Nigerian, a marathon runner, a journalist and now a lawyer. She is the eleventh candidate to declare for mayor in the city of Chicago. On her campaign website, she has stated brilliant ideas on how to move the city of Chicago forward. The rapper stated that she is the most qualified and he believes that she has what it takes to move the city of Chicago forward. He also posted these lines via his Twitter page: “Amara for mayor.”
October 20, 2018 09:56 UTC
The population of Nigerians, currently over 190 million have been predicted to reach almost double figures in the next 32 years. Nigeria’s census last collected in 2012 by the Nigeria National Bureau of Statistics, the total population of citizens in Nigeria was around 166.2 million people. Director General, Institute for National Transformation (INT), Abuja, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, has also predicted that Nigeria’s population by 2050 will be 350 million. According to him, no fewer than 189 million people would be added to the current population of the country in the next 32 years. He explained that for Nigeria to survive the population explosion, its economic growth must outpace population growth.
October 20, 2018 09:11 UTC
Saudi Arabia on Saturday sacked two top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after conceding that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul consulate. Deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and royal court media advisor Saud al-Qahtani were both part of Prince Mohammed’s inner circle. The Saudi daily Al-Hayat once described the major general, who trained at the renowned French military school Saint-Cyr, as the “best known Saudi pilot in the world”. Saud al-QahtaniA key counsellor to Prince Mohammed, Qahtani was a media advisor in the royal court. A known loyalist to Saudi rulers, he tweeted last year: “I don’t do anything from my own head without an order.
October 20, 2018 09:11 UTC
Popular Marvel series “Luke Cage” has been cancelled by Netflix just days after it cancelled another show “Iron Fist”. Luke Cage is a marvel production about a convict who possesses superhuman strength and unbreakable skin that turned into a crime-fighting hero. In a joint statement, Netflix and Marvel Television announced the cancellation of the show’s third season. The show starred Mike Colters as Luke Cage, Rosario Dawson and Mahershala Ali. “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season.
October 20, 2018 09:00 UTC
Tanzanian tycoon Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped earlier this month, said had been released and had returned home safely. His uncle, Azim Dewji told Mwanachi the kidnappers had released him early on Saturday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital. – Abductors spoke ‘African language’ –Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told Mwanachi that he had already spoken with Dewji, who had told him that his abductors spoke an African language. Africa’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped on October 11 by gunmen — said to have been white — as he entered the gym of a hotel in Dar es Salaam. In 2016 he signed a pledge to donate at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes, according to Forbes.
October 20, 2018 08:51 UTC
Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor, revealed this to State House reporters Thursday after he met with the country’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. “The Vice President said there is no plan by the Federal Government to sell Ajaokuta Steel Company. I am aware of the situation of Ajaokuta Steel Company of Nigeria. However, the federal government in an attempt to revitalise the steel sector signed a renegotiated concession agreement with Global Steel Holdings Limited for the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe. By the new agreement, the Ajaokuta Steel Complex was reverted to the Federal Government, effectively freeing the entity from all contractual encumbrances that had left it uncompleted and non-functional for decades, while GSHL retains NIOMCO.
October 20, 2018 08:37 UTC
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said Osinbajo gave the assurance in Bayelsa State. The vice president commended the very Rev. The vice president said that he looked forward to giving the victims as much support as possible. That is the true Bayelsan spirit, the true spirit of the Nigerian. Osinbajo said that he would make sure that everything needed by the victims was provided, adding that cow meat would also be provided to complement the food stuffs available.
October 20, 2018 08:26 UTC
The odds in surviving a shark attack are quite slim for a human being and the odds are even slimmer in fighting off the huge sea creature and escaping. But it is a success story for a surfer who not only fought off a shark but actually escaped. A surfer who got bitten by a shark at an Australian nudist beach managed to make his break for freedom after punching the creature until it let him go, he said Saturday. The latest encounter comes a month after two tourists were mauled in separate incidents at the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland state. Experts say shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular and bait fish move closer to shore, although fatalities remain rare.
October 20, 2018 08:03 UTC
A surfer who got bitten by a shark at an Australian nudist beach managed to make his break for freedom after punching the creature until it let him go, he said on Saturday. “As soon as I did that he latched onto my arm and all I could do was punch it until it let go,” Kenny, 50, told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. READ ALSO: Customs intercepts N28m China-made container load of soup“When I let go of it I saw its dorsal fin one metre away. The latest encounter comes a month after two tourists were mauled in separate incidents at the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland state. Experts say shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular and baitfish move closer to shore, although fatalities remain rare.
October 20, 2018 07:52 UTC
Tanzanian tycoon Mohammed Dewji, who was kidnapped earlier this month, said Saturday he had been released and had returned home safely. His uncle, Azim Dewji said the kidnappers had released him early Saturday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital. Africa’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped on October 11 by gunmen — said to have been white — as he entered the gym of a hotel in Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told journalists that the assailants had “shot into the air” before bustling Dewji into their car. According to Forbes he is 17th on the list of Africa’s billionaires, and worth $1.5 billion (1.29 billion euros).
October 20, 2018 07:41 UTC
Around 60 people are now known to have died when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers watching a firework display in India, officials said on Saturday. Many bodies were badly dismembered and police said identification of the victims could take several days, officials said. The funerals of some victims were held Saturday and the accident brought widespread demands for tough action by authorities. Railway minister Piyush Goyal returned early from a trip to the United States to go to Amritsar on Saturday. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh called off a trip to Israel to go to the disaster scene.
October 20, 2018 07:24 UTC
“Yes, we are very aware they are planning to impeach Akin (Akinwunmi Ambode) and we are saying, let them try it. Lagos State may also end up with two senators who have their roots elsewhere with Bayo Oshinowo being also of Ogun State ancestry. ‘We’ll picket House of Assembly next week’In a statement, the Save Lagos Group (SLG) described as unconstitutional and illegal, the attempt by the Assembly to impeach Governor Ambode. SLG alleged that the only sin of Governor Ambode was his refusal to open the treasury of the state to certain leaders of the ruling party. As a civil rights group that stands for truth and justice, we must say NO to selfish removal of the Lagos State governor.
October 20, 2018 06:51 UTC