Namibia Opens Visa-Processing Office in Lagos

The Namibian High Commission in Nigeria has resolved to open a Namibian Visa Processing desk in Lagos. The initiative is being implemented in partnership with Air Namibia as over 60 percent of travellers to Namibia reside in Lagos and surrounding states. The anticipated launch of Air Namibia’s direct passenger and cargo flight service between Windhoek and Lagos on June 29, 2019, is expected to provide a quantum leap bilateral trade between the two countries. By opening the visa office, the Namibian government is seeking to attract foreign investors to participate…

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IGP orders immediate return to 3-shift duty rotation of personnel

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, ordered that shift duty structure of the force which is currently a 12-hour, 2-shifts system should be reverted to the traditional 8- hours, 3-shifts shift standard. Adamu, who charged officers on professionalism, said that the current Police Management, would ensure that the challenges facing the force, as well as career and welfare would be addressed on a sustainable basis. Police detain 42 polls observers in A’Ibom His words, “Second, to aid in enhancing the emotional, psychological, physical and medical well-being of all…

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NSCDC BOSS CALLS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING OF PERSONNEL

The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu regrets the incidence that took place in Gombe State where a Corps member’s vehicle failed brake and ran into a procession of Boys Brigade members, killed nine persons and some injured leading to a Mob action thereby lynching the personnel and his friend in the vehicle. Gana in his condolence message to the family of the bereaved, the Government of Gombe State and the Church members, stated that he regretted the incidence and asked the people to…

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PRESIDENT BUHARI COMMENDS AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK’S TRANSFORMATIVE ROLE

ABUJA- Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the President of the African Development Bank for its successes and pledged Nigeria’s continuous support for the institution. “I want to recognize the support that the African Development Bank has given Nigeria in recent times. I remember the Bank’s critical gesture in 2016 during the difficult period of economic recession through a US$600 million budget support facility. We appreciate this and assure you that we will continue to work towards a diversified Nigeria,” President Buhari, said at the meeting with Bank President, Akinwumi…

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Nigeria requires $2.5bn to fix refineries – Ibe Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said about N900 billion ($2.5 billion) is required to rehabilitate Nigeria’s refineries. Minister of Energy Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Khalid Al Falih, had hinted on the possibility of his country establishing an independent refinery in Nigeria, which his country considers as the best hub to reach other African countries. Kachikwu, however, said lots of options were on the table and that the country needs to urgently make the decision of going…

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Rising oil prices push petrol landing cost above N180

The landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) being imported into the country will rise further on the back of the recent increase in global oil prices. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said last week that the landing cost of petrol had risen to N180 per litre, N35 higher than the official pump price of N145. Kachikwu said the rise in global crude oil prices after the 2016 hike in petrol price brought back subsidy. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which has been the sole…

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EFCC arrests Galaxy boss over N7bn Ponzi Scheme Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the chief executive officer of Galaxy Transportation and Construction Services Limited, Babagana Dalori, who allegedly ran a Ponzi Scheme. Dalori allegedly defrauded 27,400 Nigerians of about N7billion by promising of huge returns on their investment in his companies. A statement released by the EFCC stated that Dalori initially paid investors a 200 per cent interest before he reduced the interest to 135 per cent. He pushed his scheme to a wide audience through advertisements on radio and television. He also got A-list…

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Nigeria’s Asa & Mr Eazy to headline Africa Day Festival in Jo’burg

Johannesburg – In celebration of Africa Day, the Bassline Fest has brought together African artists and those in the diaspora. The festival, which will take place on Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Africa Day (25 May 2019), will be headlined by Nigerian artists Asa – best known for her international hit songs such as Jailer, Fire on the Mountain – and Mr. Eazi, who is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. According to a statement by…

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SENATE PASSES GAS FLARING BILL

The Nigerian senate has passed a bill penalising gas flaring and other malpractices in the oil and gas sector, sponsored by the chair of the gas committee, Bassey Albert Akpan. “The approval of the long-awaited legislation on gas flaring after 40 years is one of the best parting gifts the eighth Senate could possibly offer Nigerians at this time,” Akpan said.  The senate has now sent the bill to the lower house for debating and then it goes to the president, Muhammadu Buhari. He will have 30 days from the beginning of his…

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Phone Engineers partner Police to Checkmate Theft

Association of Mobile Communications Device Technicians (AMCODET) on Wednesday said it partnered the Nigeria Police to check incidences of phone theft in the country. The National President of the association, Mr Apara Ige, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Ige said that the partnership became necessary following the ease at which phones were stolen and AMCODET members arrested for crimes they never committed. He said “we recently got a lot of reports from our members who were arrested wrongly because they unlocked stolen…

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