and Top News Updated daily February 15, 2012
Nigeria goes aborrowing!
Jonathan seeks Assembly’s nod for N1.3tr loan
Senate claims ‘strange’ N1tr in 2012 budget
NIGERIA’S debt profile is set to rise by N1 trillion. President Goodluck Jonathan, who says he is in dire need o...Read more...
Policeman dies in attempt to defuse bomb
THE dire state of the nation’s security system was again exposed yesterday in Kaduna where two bombs went off at separate locations in the capital city of Kaduna State. The first explosion occurred nea...Read more...
Govt invests $4.8b, creates 30,000 jobs in free trade zone
OPERATORS of the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone (OGFZ) in Onne, Rivers State, have been directed by the Federal Government to industrialise the zone within the next four years. Read more...
Reps seek repair of Nigeria House in U.S..
THE House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of government to make adequate provisions in the 2012 budget for urgent repairs of the Nigeria House in the United States (U.S.) in order t...Read more...
CJN urges Bar, Bench cooperation for better judiciary
THE Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher yesterday advocated professional cooperation between members of the Bar and the Bench. This, he said, would guarantee effective functioning ...Read more...
NNEWS Around the Nation - Jonathan seeks Senate’s permission to borrow $7.9 billion for pipeline projects
February 15, 2012
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja wrote a letter to the Senate President requesting approval to borrow about $7.9 billion for pipeline projects.
Anti-bomb policeman blown up in Kaduna •Two persons injured BARELY a day after a pastor, mistaken for a suicide bomber was shot at the Government House, Kaduna, a police officer with the anti-bomb squad was killed in Kaduna on Tuesday while trying to defuse an Read more...
Perjury: Court okays move to prosecute Salami •NJC not my employer —Salami
A move initiated by a former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, to compel the prosecution of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami, for alleged perjury, received judicial Read more...
Boko Haram: Kaduna bombed again
… Policeman blown up, 2 others injured
Exactly a week after multiple explosions rocked the military formations in Kaduna, another round of multiple bombs exploded yesterday in Kaduna metropolis. The explosions occured barely 24 hours after a bomb scare at the Government House, Kaduna where a director in Governor Yakowa’s ... |Read more...
Lagos boat mishap: I watched 8 of my schoolmates drowned -Pupil recounts ordeal A14-year-old pupil who survived Monday’s Lagos boat mishap in which several of his friends and schoolmates died has recounted the ordeal. The boy, Ade Hassan wept profusely as he reeled out names of the pupils of St. Mary Anglican Nursery and Primary School, Igbede, who drowned when the boat in which they rode to school capsized in the lagoon. He gave names of the victims as Mistura Hassan, 9; Fausat Hassan, 7; Micheal Eniola, 12; Afisat Hassan; Abigail Aminu; Oniru Muyibi; Nofisat Aminu; Aminat Tijani.... | Read more...
Death toll in Lagos boat mishap hits 12 Deaths from the boat mishap tragedy said to have been caused by the rainstorm that ravaged different parts of Lagos on Monday has increased to 12. Daily Sun learnt that the boat which was conveying some pupils to the school located in Otto Awori Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Ojo area of the state, suddenly capsized due to heavy rainstorm. 10 pupils and two women drowned. About 22 primary school pupils and women were said to have left a riverine community in Ojota and were heading to Agbede Village, |Read more...
My husband not Boko Haram member –Wife The Director of Finance and Supply in the Ministry of Information and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Pastor Isuwa Kiforo was on Monday shot by security agencies attached to the state Government House for not waiting for the routine security checks. Kiforo was immediately rushed to the 44 Army Reference Hospital.
His action to forcefully enter the Government House, according to security report was likened to the style of the dreaded members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram. |Read more...
Wamakko’s many battles Since his election as Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has always been trapped in political webs, including the legal challenge of his tenure, which dragged up to the Supreme Court. To many political observers, who have been following...|Read more...
Bayelsa gov sworn in, talks tough The new Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson was inaugurated yesterday as the fourth executive governor of Bayelsa State. After taking the oath of office and allegiance, Dickson set the tone of his administration with a declaration of free education from primary to secondary level ...|Read more...
Why Ikemba requested body to be taken to Aba –Bianca
•We’ll meet up with March 2 burial, says Emeka Ojukwu
The immediate family of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has assured that preparations for the burial of the late leader of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) party would be completed before the March 2 burial date. Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca and his son, Chief Emeka Ojukwu Jr. gave this assurance at the weekend when a delegation of The Sun Publishing Limited led by its Managing...|Read more...
N1trn fake projects smuggled into 2012 Budget –Senate
...As Jonathan plans further cuts
The Senate yesterday raised the alarm that it has uncovered N1trillion fake projects allegedlly smuggled into the 2012 budget submitted last December by the Presidency. This is even as President Goodluck Jonathan is considering further cuts in the N4.79 trillion budget. Coordinating Minister on the Economy and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had three weeks ago, in company with the Director-General, Budget Office, Mr. Bright Okongwu, told the Senate Appropriation Committee...|Read more...
Nigeria Can Overcome Security Challenges
Former American President, Bill Clinton
Struggling against apparent security and economic challenges that have caught the attention of the world, Nigeria and her leaders received words of encouragement and hope from former American President Bill Clinton who spoke in Lagos Monday at the 17th Annual THISDAY Awards for Excellence. Read more...
‘Internal Wrangling Portrays CPC as Rascals’
Senator Rufai Hanga
The string of electoral misfortunes currently bedevilling the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has been linked to the lingering conflict and crisis of confidence within the party, as an official saying the internal wrangling portrayed the organisation as consisting of a bunch of rascals. Read more...
Boko Haram kingpin names financiers
. Bank managers, politicians fingered . Bomb disposal official killed in Kaduna blast
Re-arrested kingpin of Boko Haram Islamic sect, Kabiru Sokoto, yesterday told security agents that some bank managers, politicians and traditional rulers are behind the operation of the sect. National Mirror learnt from reliable sources that Sokoto confessed to the various telephone handsets earlier recovered from him. Read more...
Nigeria seals first pact for power purchasing in June
THE Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET)- t...Read
AMCON moves to sell nationalised banks
THE Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has concluded plans to
sell off three nationalised banks this month. They are Mainstreet Bank,
Keystone Bank and Enterprise Bank. They were created out o...Read
AMCON recovers N600bn from bank debtors •As Bankers Committee
forecloses shift in penalty charges on Cashless Lagos
THE Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), the agency set up
to recover bad debts in the banking sector, has so far recovered N600
billion from bank debtors since last year.
External Reserves Climb Further, Now $34.985bn
Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
Nigeria’s external reserves which have been on the upswing since
this year extended its rally further to $34.985 billion as at February
Dollar Supply Rises by 60% in January
The supply of the United States dollar by the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) at its Wholesale Dutch Auction System (WDAS) increased
significantly by 60 per cent, to $1.919 billion in January, compared
with the $1.2 billion sold in December 2011.
FAAN commences test run of Owerri Airport runway The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has commenced test
run of the runway of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri
years after the runway was shut for resurfacing. Before now, the airport
has been operating 12 hours flights daily on only one runway because of
the closure of the other, but the hours would be increased to 16 daily
when the test run is completed and approved by the Nigerian Civil
Statistics bureau seeks improved funding Apparently conscious of the need to meet stakeholders
expectations on timely provision of updated and reliable statistical
data on areas of the economy, the National Bureau of Statistics has
solicited for improved funding in order to enable it discharge its
responsibilities more efficiently. ...
Fuel Subsidy: In the defense of the 'real
We are premising this article on our believe that all parties to this
subsidy debate are patriotic, and all mean well for the country. The
president has never been known to fib to us before, and the people who
want subsidy to stay approximate the name of the suffering masses to
their claim to the impending post subsidy removal doom. Our
recommendations under this condition is, if the president is too timid
to take a bold step like Prime Minister David Cameron did in the UK when he took
over, he should work on how this subsidy works for all real suffering
masses. This should be the fair
solution after the NLC and the TUC have won their battle::
Fighting Terrorism: The Nigerian Model
by Tunde Adenodi. Boko
Haram is the anti-western anti-establishment Islamist terrorist
organization causing mayhem in northern Nigeria at this time. Its stated
goal is to overthrow the Federal Government and enact Sharia law for the
whole country. It was led by Mohammed Yusuf who was probably among those
seen being shot extra-judicially by the Nigeria Police in a YouTube video
seen around the world. It follows in the footsteps of the Kano-based
Maitatsine rioters of 1980 which was led by Muhammadu Marwa, killed in
Kano along with hundreds of his followers. There is Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky
based in Zaria. He is a Shi’ite leader who has been forced to change his
violent rhetoric after being in and out of prison nine times in a total of
8 years under Buhari, Babangida and particularly Abacha.
Read more articles by Adenodi
Frisky Larr's Current Column
Who doesn’t wish Obasanjo back as President? by Frisky Larr
Putting all jokes aside, I can assure whoever takes time to read this essay that the number of people who quietly wish to have Olusegun Obasanjo back as President may be growing by the day if a frank and earnest statistic is taken. I will come back to this issue later.
Atsar Terver's Current
on burning public issues
We Must Beg
the President by Atsar Terver
If you need anything from a President Jonathan there is something
you must know how to do very well. Begging! The man loves to be
begged. Begging moves the body, soul and spirit of the president
faster than strikes and street protests. This is one lesson ASUU
has not learnt and hence their prolonged strike to which the man
has not given them as much as a glance.NigerianNews
Madaki O Ameh's Current Column
THE FALLACY OF OIL SUBSIDY AND ITS REMOVAL
by Madaki O Ameh
Once again, Nigerians are being put through the pain and trauma of the
debates, posturing and propaganda around removal or non removal of
‘subsidy’ on petroleum products. In the last decade, this debate has
had crippling effects on the economy, as speculations around it always
results in needless suffering for the citizenry, evidenced by panic
buying, hoarding of petroleum products, and the attendant long queues
at petrol stations, which we are already witnessing all over the
country. From all indications, this will be a bleak Christmas indeed,
judging from the kilometers long queues at petrol stations all over
the country, barely one week to the Christmas festivities.
|Read more articles by
M O Welcome's Current Column
Menizibeya Osain Welcomer's Current
Employing A Super-Multimodal System, Avoiding
The Usual Business, No Negotiations, Plus…
by Menizibeya Osain Welcome.
Know where they are; Lash them when they move
High precision intelligence gathering techniques
Sanitation of the system
Use option F
The weakness and corruption in local intelligence gathering have been
the major causes of the Boko Haram success. Nevertheless, there is
always a solution. The terrorist group can be tracked down, and get
their wings ripped off. Modern knowledge and technology provide the
secrets for a high-standard intelligence gathering system. Here are some
points to consider.
|Read more articles by
Theo I Oguune's Special Column
Theo I Oguune's Current
Column PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN: THE TWO SIDES TO THE STORY AND
THEN THE TRUTH
Ikes Ogune, Esquire
Before you read the two sides to the story, you should recall the
background. There was a time when former President Obasanjo was
hailed as the hero in Nigeria for showing the so-called “Maradona”
that he was “Pele” and “Dunga” combined -- that was when we hailed him
for taking the ball from Babangida and dribbling around him to score
Goodluck Jonathan for us. Even despite the mud on Jonathan from
wrestling with Atiku or being tossed around at a time when he was
trying to fill the shoes of a dead president whose shoes contained
plenty pebbles when he died, the hope in him led some of us to lay
down our arms against Jega’s pretense that the elections after Iwu
were free and fair.
more articles by Ogune
AN INTERVIEW WITH
Former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River
Fmr Gov Donald Duke "Those that are now
fanning themselves out to serve on the platform of PDP, and now appear to
be the solution to the problem of Nigeria, are indeed the problem of
Nigeria. The problem cannot all of a sudden turn out to be the solution. I
have problem with that. To me Nigeria is sacrosanct, PDP is not."
Interview click here
AN INTERVIEW WITH CHIEF OJO MADUEKWE,
THE EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER IN PRESIDENT UMARU MUSA YAR’ADUA’S CABINET
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ojo
Maduekwe, was recently in the United States as a participant in the
'Nigeria Meets The World Conference' organized by ThisDay, and the United
Nations General Assembly session. He spoke exclusively with
NNews at the New
York Millennium Plaza.
Leadership Failure: Nigerians Are Walking
Prisoners In Austria Report by Uzoma
Ahamefule Mr President Sir, members of the
honourable national Assembly and House of Reps, the foreign Affairs
Minister and fellow Nigerians, when one extends hands of friendship it
is natural that one has exposed oneself to danger. Today not only that I
have extended those hands of friendship but I have equally once more
exposed my emotions and love to public ridicule and attack because of my
affection for Nigeria.
Read more reports
Practice Forgiveness: A Powerful Tool to
Open the Door of God's Blessings
Minister Ayodele Mobolurin
The goal of forgiveness is restoration. Restoration of your peace
of mind and restoration of a broken relationship. The second goal may not be
possible, because the other party does not want to put away the contention.
However, the first is achievable, since it depends only on one party to the
contentious issue. Forgiveness is a powerful tool for restoring your peace
of mind. You are at peace even with those that consider you an enemy.
The scripture commands forgiveness
|Read more articles by Prof Mobolurin
THE POWER OF REDEMPTION: THE JOY OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 1)
Pastor Joseph Idowu Introduction
In John 3: 16 and 17 we read “For
God so love the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the
world; but that the world through him might be saved.”.
Read more articles by Pastor Idowu
If I were to be the new Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police Force by Adewale T. Akande
First of all, I will thank the almighty God for helping me to reach the highest level of my career and also thank the Presidency and the entire Nigerians for giving me this opportunity to serve as the 16th Inspector-General of Police of the most populous black nation of the world since the appointment of the first indigenous Inspector-General of Police in 1964 in person of late Mr. Louis Orok Edet. I am aware of the task ahead of me to be the I-G of a nation which characterized by diversities and contradictions arising from population heterogeneity, urbanization, industrialization and conflicting ideologies on religion, socio-political and economic sectors. A country that is seriously and urgently in demand of the minimum elements of democratic policing which include accountability, efficiency, equality and justiceNigerianNews Guest
Fuel Subsidy Removal Debate: The Way Forward by Dr Bello Mukhtar
In the last few weeks, there have been lots of discussions, claims &
counter claims, threats & counter threats, etc, on the deregulation of
the downstream petroleum sector. This came to a peak last week with
the government announcement that the deregulation has started and the
immediate effect of this has been the removal of the subsidy on
petrol. First of all, there are many Nigerians who believe that there
is no petrol subsidy in Nigeria instead it is even over priced at
N65/litre. Prominent among them is the former
oil minister, Prof. Tam David-West.NigerianNews Guest
President Jonathan and Boko Haram: A
comparative analysis by
Abubakar Alkali Sokoto
The enthusiasm, doggedness and patriotism expressed by all Nigerians
against the removal of fuel subsidy by President Jonathan are
remarkable and a turning point in the annals of our dear country
Nigeria. One hopes that the occupy Nigeria group that is an offshoot
of the fuel subsidy riots will remain a fighting force in our
liberation struggle against our leaders, against indigenous
colonialism, against a brother’s inhumanity to his own brother.NigerianNews Guest
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Nollywood The Nigeria's Hollywood
You need patience to make it in acting –Orhorha
Is he really deaf and dumb? For people who admire Jude Orhorha, that is
what readily comes to their minds when they meet the Warri, Delta
state-born actor cum comedian; but he is not. It is just a character (Gbenro),
which he has so well interpreted in a sitcom, Fuji House of Commotion,
from the stable of Amaka Igwe Productions...
Nollywood pays better than Kannywood – Hauwa
Maina She’s appeared in a couple of Nollywood movies after
attaining superstar status in Kannywood, but Hauwa Maina
says the English-speaking Nigerian movies attract a bigger payday.
Weekend Magazine cornered her for a chat on her iconic role as Queen
Amina of Zazzau, family life and many others. Excerpts:
‘Only a real man can approach me’
Amina Ndim may not ring bell in the minds of movie lovers. However, she
is one of the upcoming actresses who knows her onions and has created a
niche for herself by the way she interprets her roles. Amina, who says
she is a Nigerian, is the fourth child among six siblings. In this
interview with Saturday Sun, she talks about her life and challenges in
the industry. |
Star actress, Monalisa Chinda lands N30m
Multi million Naira endorsement deals are currently flying left, right
and centre in Nollywood with most of the stars involved smiling heavily
to the banks with mouth watering offers. |
AGN commences Nollywood mega city projcet
For doubting Thomases who may think that nothing good can come out of
Actors Guild of Nigeria, they have to brace up to the fact that the
proposed Nollywood City project have commenced. |
Day Soyinka led Nollywood’s
invasion of Kenya It was an invasion that will not be forgotten in a hurry. The
street of Nairobi, capital city of Kenya, was literally taken over by
Nigerian movie stars, who had come in droves to showcase the magic of |
I love Nigerian men but ... - Yvonne Nelson
I’m not dating Jim Iyke BENJAMIN NJOKU With a superb body and sexy long
legs, Yvonne Nelson is one actress to behold. A popular face in
NDLEA places 9 Nollywood stars on
It is no longer news that celebrated comic act,
Babatunde Omidina popularly known as Baba Suwe was arrested on Wednesday
while allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine out of the country. What
is, however, of interest to many now is that cocaine is yet to be found
in his system. The actor, whose career spans over two decades was
arrested on his way to France |
Heralding a Nollywood Project
Nigeria and Nollywood are strange bed-fellows. Perhaps, not so strange
since Nollywood is a product of the Nigerian media content. It only
follows that a multitude of genetic traits travel from mother Nigeria
through the cinematic veins of Nollywood
Nollywood gave Nigeria identity –Keppy Bassey
Popular actor, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, is one of the pioneer stars in
Nollywood. The Akwa Ibom State-born actor is also a talk-show host and
producer. He studied Linguistics and holds a second degree |
Shan George blasts Silverbird
Veteran Nollywood screen goddess, Shan George, is fuming and blowing
hot. She is angry with president of Silverbird Group, Ben Murray-Bruce,
ver his alleged comment that any movie not premiered |
My man, my marriage –Ini Edo
Ini Edo is tired. Very tired. The actress, who lit the screen with her
presence, confessed she’s tired of doing same of the same movies. “I am
taking a stand against bad jobs,” she said. |
Presidency, Filmmakers Dialogue On
Fortune Of Nollywood
THE Presidency at the weekend, in Lagos, appealed to practitioners in
the Nigerian film sector to use their craft and resources to help
redefine the image of the country, especially at this time that ...TheGuardian