Aba-born Uzoma Nwagba – a lead innovator and Chief Operating Officer of Nigeria’s BOI Growth Platform – has been selected into the prestigious Global Eisenhower Fellowship. Named after the 34th President of the United States – Dwight Eisenhower – the Fellowship selects the most impactful and innovative mid-career leaders from across continents to tackle pressing global challenges. Commemorating its 70th anniversary, the Eisenhower Fellowship has selected 26 Fellows from five continents for its 2023 Global Program. Their travels help shape projects of impact they will undertake after they return home, with continued support from the Eisenhower network. Nwagba’s selection adds yet another example to the ongoing streak of young Nigerians excelling on a global stage.
March 27, 2023 21:12 UTC
The senator representing Enugu East Senatotial District, Chimaroke Nnamani, has announced his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party after he lost his senatorial bid to the Labour Party. Nnamani also expressed appreciation to his constituents for the unalloyed support over the years. The former Enugu State governor’s formal exit from the opposition party was contained in a statement he signed on Monday. The PUNCH reports how the senator was expelled by the PDP on February 10, 2023, alongside some other key party members for alleged anti-party activities. This is also as he lost his bid to return to the Senate to his rival Kelvin Chukwu of the Labour Party.
March 21, 2023 02:06 UTC
The National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, has rejected the results of the just concluded Imo State House of Assembly election held last Saturday. Anyanwu disclosed this while speaking with Journalists in Abuja on Monday, adding that the election was marred with violence and complete voter disenfranchisement. “Imo is not a Banana Republic where the rights of Imo People will be thrown to the gutters and their votes will not count. Briefing journalists separately, the PDP candidates in Nwangele and Aboh Mbaise state constituencies, Solomon Ucheka and Princewill Amuchie, alleged that the All Progressives Congress candidates suppressed and intimidated the voters. The PDP candidate said that he won the lawful votes cast but the APC candidate in company of security agents allegedly snatched ballot boxes and rewrote results.
March 21, 2023 01:18 UTC
A Peoples Democratic Party chieftain and agent in the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Ebonyi State, Oyibo Nwani, was on Saturday shot dead by thugs who stormed his polling unit in the Onicha Local Government Area. Onicha LGA is home of the PDP governorship candidate, Chief Ifeanyi Odii. It was gathered that the thugs allegedly came to snatch ballot boxes but youths made frantic efforts to resist them. In the ensuing melee, the PDP chieftain who held tightly to a ballot box was shot in the head. However, she noted that the PDP member was a victim of stray bullets from attacks by gunmen in the area.
March 20, 2023 06:27 UTC
Barcelona snatched a 2-1 Clasico win over Real Madrid with Franck Kessie’s late goal Sunday to move 12 points clear at the top of La Liga. Carlo Ancelotti’s Real took the lead through a Ronald Araujo own goal but Barcelona pulled level when Sergi Roberto tucked home just before half-time. Both sides had chances to win the game and Marco Asensio struck for Madrid, but the goal was ruled offside by VAR, before Alejandro Balde set up Kessie in the 92nd minute. Barcelona had significantly more possession than in their cup win over Madrid and significantly more chances. Barcelona seemed content with the draw but Kessie’s last-gasp strike sparked wild celebrations at Camp Nou.
March 20, 2023 05:48 UTC
Leon Edwards clung on to his welterweight title with a second successive win over Kamaru Usman on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in London. Having won the belt with a stunning final-round head kick last August, Edwards needed the judges at UFC 286 in London, but ran out a deserved winner after five rounds. Two judges scored the fight in Edwards’ favour by two rounds (48-46), while the third scored the bout a draw (47-47). Usman responded with a right hand, however, and took Edwards to the canvas for the first time. It was all to play for in the final five minutes as Edwards finally threw a head kick in the opening seconds only for Usman to block.
March 19, 2023 00:20 UTC
Godwin OtangThe State Commissioner of Police in charge of elections in Cross River state, Cp. Garba Aliyu, has confirmed the death of a suspected political thug who was shot dead at a polling unit in Ogoja, Cross River North. In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Cross River state have lost seven vehicles to a fire incident late Friday evening. According to him, “At 11:45 pm on Friday evening, March 17, 2023, seven PDP vehicles including four buses and three SUVs were burnt. When contacted, the Police PRO in Cross River, DSP Irene Ugbo, said the command was yet to receive an official report on the incident.
March 18, 2023 22:20 UTC
By: Sylvester Okoruwa – LagosThe recently held 2023 Presidential election had lots of flaws and irregularities, The Country Director, Equity International Initiative, a civil society group, Ambassador Chris Iyama while briefing Journalists on Wednesday in Lagos has said that ” after our group monitored the election in many part of the country with over forty observers our findings discovered that there was lots of irregularities which was highly disappointing after INEC promised Nigerians to conduct free and free elections. The election process was marred with lots of unbelievable irregularities, manipulations and flaws”“The group called on the judiciary to live up to expectation in delivering fair judgement to all parties involved in the election Tribunal case that will give confidence to Nigerians to continue to believe in the Nigeria judicial system. Mr Iyama added that the group wants the Independent National Electoral Commission to live up to expectation as they conduct this Saturday’s March 18th Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections. Stating that INEC should make all necessary arrangements for a hitch free election that will encourage Nigerians to continue to believe in the electoral process.
March 18, 2023 20:12 UTC
The Financial Action Task Force has said Nigeria and other countries on its grey list may not be removed from the list until they have complied with the task force’s requirements. The FATF identified jurisdictions with weak measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing in two FATF public documents issued three times a year. “Some, for example, require fund managers to apply greater diligence before investing in grey-listed countries. It read, “Each jurisdiction on the grey list has committed to an action plan to address the deficiencies in its mutual evaluation. It is up to the country to swiftly address each of the action plan items.
March 18, 2023 04:48 UTC
Hugo Calderano continued his dominance over Quadri Aruna at big stage as the world number five defeated the Nigerian 4-0 in the quarter-final of the men’s singles at the WTT Singapore Smash ongoing at the Sports Hub in Singapore, Saturday PUNCH reports. The Brazilian played his best match against the African champion dominating in all departments to put an end to the unbeaten run of Aruna at the lucrative WTT Smash Series. Both players started well in the first game playing with a lot of caution and matching each other in all departments. But it was the South American that claimed the first game at 11-7. A disappointed Quadri admitted that he was far from his best in the encounter.
March 18, 2023 04:07 UTC
Last week, the electoral commission said it was pushing back polling to elect state governors due to problems with the digital voting system during the presidential election on 25 February. Bola Tinubu, of the ruling All Progressives Congress party, was declared the winner of the presidential election with 8.8m votes. Obi, the Labour party candidate whom many think represents the best chance of change, said the poll would 'go down as one of the most controversial elections ever conducted in Nigeria'. The ruling party has denied manipulating results. We spoke to five young Nigerians about how they felt about last month’s election, the results and their hopes for the future
March 18, 2023 02:45 UTC
Kazeem Biriowo – AbujaThe National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) of the Federal Ministry of Health has warned Nigerians that tuberculosis is an infectious disease and it is not caused by witchcraft. The National Coordinator of NTBLCP, Dr Chukwuma Anyaike disclosed this at the 2023 Pre-World TB Day Press Conference organised by Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, in collaboration with the NTBLCP. Anyaike explained that Tuberculosis is not caused by any witchcraft but an infectious disease caused by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis and can not be contracted by shaking hands, and by hugging. We should try as much as possible to let people know, people hear of TB, I want us to expand it to tuberculosis”. So by that time last year, it was not 60 So we should also celebrate ourselves haven’t gone this far,” he added.
March 17, 2023 22:22 UTC
He also implored the people of Oro to see this project as their own and to jealously protect it. The new substation project will help boost the socio-economic well-being of the people”, he said. “No doubt, providing quality and reliable electricity supply will help accelerate the socio-economic development of Oro town, Kwara state, and Nigeria at large. Presently, Oro solely depends on a nearby 7.5MVA 33/11KV injection substation which takes supply from the 33KV Isanlu feeder radiating from the TCN 2X30MVA, 132/33kV Substation at Omu Aran, this will soon change as soon as the Oro substation is completed. The growth in power consumption in Oro and its environs necessitated the conception and award of the Oro 132/33kV Transmission Substation.
March 17, 2023 17:11 UTC
March 17, 2023 08:52 UTC
Operators in real estate suffered just like every other Nigerian. It is affecting us seriously in real estate because we can create employment within a short period without requiring an incubation period. The real estate sector in 2022 contributed 28 trillion to the gross domestic product. Real estate is a privately driven entity and we have been able to increase our contribution to the GDP on a steady basis. What is your advice to the incoming government on pertinent real estate issues?
March 17, 2023 08:33 UTC