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Market Association sacks executives over N15m embezzlement in Nasarawa

By David Odama – Lafia Members of the Nasarawa state branch of the Traders and Marketing Association on Thursday sacked its leadership  over alleged embazzlement of  over N15m and the disappearance of the association’s vehicle worth over N1.5m Acting President of the Nasarawa State Traders and Marketers Association (NSTMA), Turaki Gamji Gamji, at a press…

COVID-19: Akwa Ibom cancels 2020 Christmas Carol festival

By Chioma Onuegbu – Uyo Akwa Ibom State Government has announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Christmas Carol festival due to the logistic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commissioner for Cultire and Tourism, Mr Orman Esin, announced the cancellation in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo. Esin…

Over 100 Niger Delta youths participate in SMEDAN talent hunt

By Ike Uchechukwu,Calabar About 100 youths from the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria have participated in the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) talent hunt programme on fashion, arts and craft in Calabar. The youths, who participated in the four-day programme in Calabar, were trained for two days on business and product marketing…

The Handmaid’s Tale: making a drama out of a crisis

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UN commission reclassifies cannabis, no longer considered risky narcotic

In reviewing a series of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on marijuana and its derivatives, the CND zeroed-in on the decision to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — where it was listed alongside deadly, addictive opioids, including heroin.  The CND’s 53 Member States voted to removed cannabis – where…

Under President Muhammadu Buhari life has lost its value – Northern...

By Nwafor Sunday Northern Elders Forum has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari over the spate of killings and criminalities in the country. Few days back, members of the third deadliest terrorist organization, Boko Haram killed about 43 rice farmers at Zamarmari/Jere local government area of Borno state. Their death has sparked criticisms from Nigerians and international…

Obasanjo, Adams reconcile 15-year rift

…Devt, a new beginning for Yoruba race—Adebanjo By Dapo Akinrefon FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, reconciled and settled a 15 year old rift. The reconciliation was held at the Lekki residence of the Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo. The meeting, held behind closed door, had in…

COVID-19 can spark new generation of social protection measures: UN chief

António Guterres was speaking at an event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development, where he called for bold and imaginative action by leaders to avert the long-term impacts of the crisis.  “The pandemic brings new awareness of the social and economic risks that arise from inadequate social protection systems,…

ECOWAS, NEMA collaborate on disaster risk management

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for the strengthening of the capacity of disaster risk management agencies at local, states and national levels as well as other stakeholders in disaster response. Dr Siga Jagne, ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, made the call at a three-day capacity building workshop organised…

Stiff penalty awaits perpetrators of FGM practice ― UNICEF, NOA warn

By Adeola Badru The South-West FGM Consultant of United Nations International Children Education Funds (UNICEF), Mrs Aderonke Olutayo and the Oyo State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs Dolapo Dosumu, have warned perpetrators of the Female Genital Mutilation practice in Oyo State would henceforth be prosecuted. The duo stated this at the grand finale of…

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