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Minister of Labour & Employment Chris Ngige speaks on those that will benefit from FG's N5k stipend

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige says unemployed graduates, market women and the Civilian Joint Task Force in the north-east are those that have been targeted to be beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N5,000 stipend. Ngige gave further clarifications in Abuja during an interview with journalists today December 28th. He explained that the N5,000 stipend would be disbursed through a social security scheme.

Sen. Ekweremadu is a man every Nigerian politician should look forward to working with - Sen. Saraki

Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki has described his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as a perfect example for Nigerian politicians, saying that he tremendously enjoys working with him. The two spoke at a civic reception at Senator Ekweremadu's village, in Mpu, Enugu State, shortly after a special thanksgiving service, where Ekweremadu rededicated himself to service to Nigeria and mankind. Senator Saraki in his address said: “For we politicians, it is always better to get close to know somebody because in our meetings in the 7th Senate, myself and him were far apart, but in this current Senate, I am the first person to tell a few people that Senator Ekweremadu is a perfect gentleman. You are a perfect gentleman and I repeat that many times and you are a good example for we politicians. “He is the type of Nigerians that we will want to continue to serve because he only sees things for the good of Nigeria. I am grateful to be working with you and I will continue to assure you…

Man electrocuted while trying to steal electric cable in Kaduna

An unidentified middle aged man was electrocuted early Sunday morning while trying to steal electric cable at a power supply installation in Kaduna. The traditional ruler of the area, Dan Iyar Unguwar Rimi, Alhaji Muhammad Gidado, confirmed the incident that happened at Accra Crescent by LEA Primary School, Unguwar Rimi.Gidado explained that the deceased tried to steal the 150mm four core up-riser cable at the distribution sub-station along Accra Crescent but got electrocuted instead. Gidado said that the corpse of the man was evacuated from the scene by the police from Unguwar Rimi Division. He urged law enforcement agencies to step-up patrol as the community has suffered from the activities of vandals lately stealing cable and other electrical equipments. The Head, Corporate Communications of Kaduna Electric, the operator of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Mr Abdulazeez Abdullahi, appealed to customers of the company to be more vigilant and report suspicious activities …

Meet the Millionaire models of Instagram (photos)

With lucrative endorsements from companies keen to reach their millions of admirers, these Instagram models are raking in the big bucks. Here's a run down of the fitness stars who are admired by millions - making a fortune in the process in no particular order. Ana Cheri's website states: "Growing up in a family of all boys she had to balance the girly side that just wanted to play dress up and cake on the makeup, with her inner tomboy that wanted to play football in the dirt with the guys." Currently she works for Shredz Supplements as a brand ambassador andmotivational speaker representing "strength, positivity and sexy physiques around the world".  According to sponsors Shredz, 26-year-old Paige Hathaway from Minnesota is "known for her amazing physique and bubbly personality" and "sets standards for fit women in the fitness industry". The Sun reports she's made £3.8million. She said: "Everyone’s ideal body is possible, the…

NNPC- 75% of fuel in Nigeria will still be imported in 2016

Group Managing Director NNPC and Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, during his tour of Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company, KRPC, yesterday, said the country will still rely on 75 per cent importation of fuel throughout the whole of next year. According to him: “The future is that, Nigeria is still going to import fuel in 2016 and beyond. Best case situation is 25 per cent local and 75 per cent importation. Worse case is what we are experiencing now. “Until we begin to get individuals who can co-relocate, we are going to be doing a mixture of local and importation of fuel to meet up demands. In the next few weeks, however, queues will disappear in fuel stations.” The minister said that the Kaduna refinery will soon be producing more than two million litres per day capacity as soon as an Fluid Catalytic Cracking, FCC, unit is fully on stream. He said: “We need to get it back to re-kit it to work well. We will do that with some level of production going on. Our c…

Suicide bomber kills 25 inside a mosque in Borno this morning

25 people have been reported dead after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque where some Muslim faithfuls were saying their early morning prayers in Polio-Morioa, Maiduguri in Borno state. This attack comes hours after the city was attacked by the sect men..

Dethroned Benue beauty queen speaks out, accuses organizers of stealing money donated to her by a former minister

Finest Girl in Benue 2015, Miss Paulyn Agbo who was dethroned barely a month after she was crowned for alleged "lack of decorum, deceit and defamation of character" has spoken out for the first time. According to a statement issued by the organizers of the pageant, Dumas Events, the beauty queen breached contract agreement by organizing a victory dinner in Abuja without recognizing them. Idoma Voice reports that when Miss Agbo was confronted, she hired thugs to beat up the organizers claiming she had no contractual agreement with them. In a statement released by the former beauty queen, she accused the organizers of theft, lying and also denied hiring thugs to beat anybody up. Read the full statement below: “It all started when I organized my victory dinner party at NAF Conference Center Abuja,with the help of my uncle Spitz Josef who helped in the planning,all expenses for the dinner was from my pocket. I rented the VIP hall at NAF for 350,000 not including the food an…

CBN Hints At Devaluation Of The Naira

The Central Bank of Nigeria says it may devalue the naira if it is found to holistically be in the overall interest of the nation, saying hard choices would be made in 2016. Moses Tule, the director, monetary policy department of the CBN, while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said the restriction on foreign exchange may continue until the country has built its reserves to over $50 billion. He said analysis in newspapers and other media platform cannot push the CBN into devaluing the currency, but the CBN would take the right decisions on the naira. “No matter how good a professor of war studies is, he cannot tell a general how to conduct and deploy his men,” he said. “The general is the man on the field, he is where the battle is, he has his maps and strategy for the battle that will give him victory no matter how knowledgeable the professor is he cannot advise him in the battlefront. “People should respect institutions, so if you have some advice to give, you can always write to…

Refineries ‘to produce 10m litres of PMS daily’

Nigerian refineries have been “repositioned” to produce 10 million litres of premium motor spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, daily, Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, has said. It is estimated that Nigeria consumes 35 million litres daily, which means the country will now be importing only 25 million litres to meet local needs. Although he did not give the total figure of what the refineries are currently producing, Kachikwu said a lot of work has been done to put them back in shape. He was speaking on Sunday during his visit to Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC). According to him, the mission of the visit was to ascertain the state of the refinery and identify areas of challenges for the workers at the refinery. “A lot of work has been done and a lot manpower have been put in place. But a lot still needs to be done in order to put this refinery to work continuously and reliably,” he said. He noted that a lot of progress has been made in terms of…

FG To Develop Solar Electricity For Poorest Communities - Amina Mohammed

Hajiya Amina Mohammed, the Minister of Environment, said the Federal Government is planning to develop about 13,000 megawatts (13 gigawatts) of off-grid electricity from solar energy. According to Amina Mohammed, the government was working on the possibility of diversifying the country’s energy mix and laid emphases on renewable energy and efficient gas power in meeting the energy needs of Nigerians. In a document issued to the media, Mrs. Mohammed revealed that, after the recently concluded Conference of Parties on Climate Change held in Paris, they plan to develop solar power in order to “deliver energy to the poorest communities in a cheaper and healthier manner with less emission.” The minister also noted that the government would increase the use of climate-smart agriculture through irrigation systems, climate-resilient crops and broader sustainable land management practices. “Given the climate risks that Nigeria faces, this is the only way in which the government’s ambitiou…

Buhari needs ‘special’ prayers, says Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has called on Nigerians to “pray specially for President Mohammadu Buhari”, saying the president needs God to give him the necessary wisdom to be able to find solution to the country’s economic and security problems. He also challenged Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, to relocate to Sambisa in Borno state, or Yobe, and move around there without heavy military security if indeed he was sure that Boko Haram had been defeated. Speaking through Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications and new media, Fayose said: “Only God’s intervention can save Nigeria from the present economic and security problems, as it is glaring that the man running the affairs of the country at the federal level does not have any answer to the problems. “Even the Holy Bible said in James 1:5 that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God and as it is, Nigerians must assist the president in asking for wisdom and understanding to tackle …

Tonto Dikeh's loving birthday messages to her Husband

Actress Tonto Dikeh penned some loving messages to her husband who turns a year older today. She wrote: BABY It's always like spring time with you, You Making all things Beautiful. Your love is sweeter than Wine This is what you do,You make me come Alive!!You make me come Alive!! I have tasted The world and had enough but with you there isn't no Enough,More of you I want•• I want nothing but to know you & Be with you till Our end•• I heard marriage was Bondage,You proved me wrong Cos with you it's been nothing but Blissfulness,Passion and UpLiftment•• I hear the sound of a Mighty Rain coming,There's a mighty Rain coming Upon your Beautiful Soul to make you a Greater Man my darling••Gods love is upon you,shining his light upon your path for you shall never hurt nor trip.. Happy Birthday to the man who Stole the heart of A warrior(Mine)•• Happy birthday to my Kingkong,My chill pill,My forever,My better half and My BABY BOY����

Governor Wike, Rivers First Lady host Children to a Christmas party

Wife of Rivers State Governor, Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike has declared that the state government will always promote the welfare of Rivers Children as a way of securing the state's future. Justice Suzzette Wike and her husband, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Boxing Day crowned a wonderful Christmas by celebrating with Rivers Children from all backgrounds. The Rivers State Christmas Children Party held at the Fore-court of the Government House, Port Harcourt witnessed Governor Wike and his wife interacting with the children, playing games with them and riding on a train with the kids. Speaking at the event, Wife of Rivers State Governor, Justice Suzzette Wike said that the Christmas Party was organised to foster friendship amongst the future leaders of the state. The governor’s wife noted that the Wike administration will always implement programmes and projects that will guarantee the future of Rivers Children. She said Christ…

Boko Haram attacks village, kills 14 people and burns entire village on Christmas day

At least 14 people were killed and several others injured by Boko Haram gunmen in a Christmas Day attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria, vigilantes said Saturday. Attacking astride bicycles, the jihadists invaded Kimba village in flashpoint Borno state around 10 pm on Friday, opening fire on residents and torching their homes. "The gunmen killed 14 people and burnt the whole village before they fled," Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram, told AFP. "Not a single house was spared in the arson," another vigilante, Musa Suleiman, said after visiting the razed village. Hundreds of Kimba residents fled to Biu nearby, where they were put up in a refugee camp already brimming with people running from Boko Haram. The attack comes just days before Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's self-imposed deadline to stamp out the group expires on December 31, and in the same week that he said Nigeria has "technically" de…

Policeman kills 4 people including twin brothers and himself (Graphic)

According to reports, a drunk policeman, Stephen James, on Saturday shot and killed three men at a hotel in the Ketu area of Lagos State. He shot and killed twin brothers identified as Taiwo and Kehinde Oyesunle (who were the only children of their mother) and their friend known simply as Jeje. The tragic incident took place outside the premises of Paulson Hotel on Anibaba Street around 4:20pm. According to eyewitnesses, trouble started when the police sergeant Stephen James threatened to shoot customers if they failed to buy him an alcoholic drink. The policeman, who was said to be a habitual smoker of marijuana, became upset when the twins- Taiwo and Kehinde and their friend, Jeje – cautioned him about his excessive drinking and advised him to act like a responsible policeman. According to eyewitness account, as the trio stepped outside the hotel premises where they had gone to celebrate Jeje’s birthday, the Policeman shot and killed them. When he realized what he had done,the…

EFCC files charges against former PDP Chairman and his son over N600m diversion

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Minister of defense, Dr. Haliru Mohammed Bello, and his son,Abbah Mohammed, have both been formally charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for collecting N600 million from the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki. According to reports, father and son are likely to be docked on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Mohammed Bello's son, Abbah Mohammed, allegedly received N600m from the Office of the NSA (ONSA) in the name of Bam Properties, however, the reason for the transfer of the money to the company was not disclosed. Vanguard

FG removes fuel subsidy, says petrol to sell for N85 by Jan 1st 2016

Minister of State for Petroleum , Dr Ibe Kachikwu during a tour of the Port Harcourt refinery on Christmas Day said that the Federal government is working to reduce the pump price of petrol to about 85 or 86 naira per litre by Jan 1st. He said efforts were on to get the refinery to achieve 60 percent production capacity and to supply about 11 million liters of petrol daily. “If you look at the new PPPRA template that we developed and which I just signed off two days ago, when it is announced you will find out that for now ,and I use the emphatic word of the President for now, the price of the refined product will actually be lower than 87 naira, It will be 85. We will probably announce that in January if the prices hold. “Like I said, we have done a modulation calculation and it is showing us below N87. I imagine that if PPPRA publishes it today, it will become effective immediately. But the 1st of January that is when we are looking at.” “What that does for you is that its modulati…

Mercy Johnson shares photos of her newborn daughter, Angel

Mercy Johnson Okojie shared photos some Christmas family photos and adorable photos of her new born daughter Angel Onosetale Okojie on her Instagram page. See the pics after the cut...

Crowds flock to Catholic church after image of virgin Mary appears on window (photos)

Crowds of worshippers are surging to the Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Georgia, and it's not as a result of the priest's sermon. It's thanks to what the pastor describes as a 'divine occurrence' after an image of the virgin Mary appeared on the church's window. Visitors have left flowers beneath the window and built a makeshift altar. Responding to allegations that the 'divine occurrence' may have more mortal origins, the church's pastor Father Bernardo Molina says he did not create the image himself. 'There are a lot of people that may think it's a stain or condensation. They ask if I drew it,' he said. 'No, no, no. There's no way you can do that,' he added. Father Molina said the unusual mark appeared on the window on December 12 and can be seen on most sunny days. One woman who was among the throngs queuing up to see the 'miracle' was in tears as she prayed to the silhouette. 'Believe, bel…

Rita Dominic hosts celeb pals & friends to her Christmas party

Pictures from Rita Dominic's annual Christmas party, attended by 2face & Annie Idibia, Waje, BankyW, Lami Philips, IK Osakioduwa, Tunde Demuren & Tolu Oniru, Toke Makinwa, Ice Prince, Adebola Williams, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi and a host of others. More photos after the cut...

Appeal court upholds Okowa's election as Delta governor

The Appeal court sitting in Abuja has upheld the election of Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Labor party candidate in the election, Great Ogboru had petitioned the court, challenging Okowa's election. ‎ In his ruling yesterday December 24th, Justice Uwani Abba-Aji who led other five-man bench, struck out Ogboru’s appeal saying it lacked merit.

AKWA IBOM APPEAL JUDGEMENT IS A TOTAL FRAUD – Femi Falana

The senior advocate of Nigeria Mr Femi Falana today on Channel’s Tv described the Appeal Court Judgement of Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election as fraud, against the integrity of the Judiciary. The Legal luminary and human right activist said that the judgement contradicted both the Supreme Court Precedents and the Constitution, he warned the All Progressive Congress to stop the wanton destruction of the Country’s Judiciary over what he termed as greedy political agitation, which is capable of dividing the country. Mr Falana wondered how the same Appeal Court which delivered Judgement on the Lagos Governorship Election , on the premise that the Card reader cannot invalidate an election , and same was upheld by the supreme Court. Where-as in Akwa Ibom Judgement, the jurist used card reader to annul the election. On the same day that Akwa Ibom State election was annulled , the same Appeal Court delivered Judgment on the Yobe State Governorship election , citing the Ju…

Nigerian Govt. Vows To Reactivate Ajaokuta, ALSCON

The Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, has described the current status of both the Ajaokuta Steel Company and Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria as symbols of collective shame and embarrassment for all Nigerians. With Nigeria currently spending over N3 trillion annually on importation of steel and aluminium products, government established the two complexes to help the country save the huge losses through local production of the commodities. However, both multi-billion dollar projects have been entangled in dubious and corrupt privatisation arrangements and subsequently abandoned to waste. But speaking in Abuja at his inaugural media briefing on the state of the country’s solid minerals sector, the Minister said the Federal Government has resolved to turn the companies’ fortunes around and give value to Nigerians. “Not many things have had a sobering effect on me as what I have seen in the solid mineral sector since I took up this assignment,” the minister said. “It is a c…