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Argungun fishing festival bounces back

By OSA AMADI The Argungun Fishing festival at its prime, many years ago, was on the global tourism calendar. It brought fame and honour to Nigeria and Kebbi State but disappeared from global cultural watch list due to unexplained circumstances, thereby denying Kebbi State the needed tourism revenue and the people access to foreign investments on hospitality and employment. •Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa But the festival is set to bounce back with the Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Bagudu’s appointment of Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa as Senior Special Assistant on Tourism Matters with mandate to restructure and rebrand Argungun fishing festival into a notable world-class cultural event. Indeed, the governor’s choice and appointment of Nura Kangiwa to revamp the festival ...

Alleged plot to divide North: Outrage, as Southern leaders blast Ango Abdullahi

By Emmanuel Aziken, Clifford Ndujihe, Dapo Akinrefon, Charles Kumolu, Simon Ebegbulem & Emman OvuakporieLAGOS—Outrage overflowed from leading Southern leaders yesterday over comments attributed to Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, accusing them of a plot to divide the north and also, among others, justifying the rampage of herdsmen in the south. In an exclusive interview with Sunday Vanguard, Prof. Abdullahi, a former vice-chancellor had said the kidnap of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae was nothing extra-ordinary, even as he accused Southern leaders of a covert plot to split the unity of the north. Among Southern leaders, who reacted yesterday, were South-South leader, Senator Edwin Cl...

We would put more pressure on govt over N220bn MSMED fund – MD, BBB MfB

By Providence Emmanuel What are your expectations for the microfinance sub sector in 2018? Actually, we have been having some serious liquidity challenge for a while and we hope that it is worth solving this year. Like the issuing of $300 million that they are trying to release to the market, we hope that would spur economic activities and we should be able to tap into that. We are also hoping that the economy would pick up so that there would be a lot of activities in terms of the microfinance subsector. We are thinking that people would have more economic power so that there would be some savings which we can pay into the little investment of the active poor in terms of giving them more loans to be able to improve their business activities. We are also thinking that ...

LASUTH, Apollo Hospital launch kidney transplant centre

By Chioma Obinna Lagos—With the increasing rate of kidney diseases in the country, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, and Apollo Hospital, India weekend launched a collaborative renal programme to provide best  treatment as well as crash the high cost of kidney transplant. Addressing journalists in Lagos during a meeting with a team of kidney experts from Apollo hospital India, LASUTH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Wale Oke who disclosed that no fewer than five cases of kidney transplants had been successfully done by doctors in LASUTH, explained that the collaboration with Apollo was to further improve the skills of the doctors as well as reduce number of patients dying from kidney diseases. He said: “The new programme is to create opportunity to empower...

Sixth anniversary: Bayelsa govt thanks Obasanjo, others

By Samuel Oyadongha YENAGOA—BAYELSA State Government has thanked former President Olusegun Obasanjo for spending three days in the state commissioning remarkable projects such as the Bayelsa Specialist Hospital, a world class diagnostic centre and the aquaculture village with 500 fish ponds. Obasanjo visits Jonathan in Bayelsa The commissioning of the projects was part of activities to mark the sixth anniversary of Governor Seriake Dickson’s Restoration Government which also saw the former president inspiring future leaders of the state during a special interactive  session at the Ijaw National Academy. Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in a statement, yesterday, said Obasanjo’s visit to Bayelsa was a rare privilege and a great honou...

Pensioners are treated with dignity during PTAD verification — Onokpise

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, recently concluded the first phase of verification exercise of defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its mobile subsidiary, MTEL. At the Ketu, Lagos centre. Leader of NITEL/MTEL Pensioners Union, Comrade Austin Onokpise told Vanguard that the decision by the federal government to start paying them pensions have brought them relieve. Comrade Austin Onokpise Excerpts: WHY were NITEL/MTEL workers not being paid pension? At the time of privatization of NITEL/MTEL, there was a five year buy-out policy, which entails that the new buyers will pay off the workers five years benefits. However, that policy was not part of the condition of service stipulated in the labour law. Nigeria is one of the affiliat...

Why Bayelsa launches web portal on investment, Abah, BIPA DG

By Joseph ErunkeABUJA-THE Director General of Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency, BIPA, Patience Ranami Abah, has explained that the reason behind the recent launch of investment web portal in the state was to give the world access to the vast potentials in the state. Abah, in a statement Sunday in Abuja, said the portal was a gateway for the world to discover the vast business and investment opportunities including oil & gas, power generation, agro-allied businesses, healthcare, aviation, eco-tourism and many others available in the state The Bayelsa State Government launched web portal, tagged:”Invest Bayelsa”,spearheaded by the Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency, BIPA and unveiled during the 6th anniversary celebration of the Governor Henry Seriake- led admini...

Police ban unauthorized tinted glass use among motorists in Katsina

By Bashir BelloKATSINA – Katsina State Police Command has ordered ban on use of unauthorized tinted glasses among motorists in the state. This was as the command threatened to arrest and prosecute in the law court anyone found violating the order. A statement by the Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Gambo Isah at the weekend said it has recently observed the proliferation of unauthorized use of tinted glasses by motorists in the state. According to the statement, “On this note, the Command wishes to remind the general public that the ban on the use of unauthorized tinted glasses on motor vehicles is still in force. “The Command is making it categorically clear that no person shall cause any glass fitted to a vehicle to be tinted, shaded, coloured lightly or thickly, darkened...

Politics not for miserable people seeking a way out of poverty – Onaiyekan

Abuja – John Cardinal Onaiyekan, former President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has said that politics was “not for miserable people seeking a way to get out of poverty”. Cardinal-Onaiyekan “Nigerians should stop complaining and get involved in politics because it is a serious task that will salvage the nation and give the youths hope for the future. “It should not be left for miserable people seeking a way out of poverty, or for selfish individuals desperate to manipulate the system in their favour,” Onaiyekan said. His views were conveyed in a Homily at the opening plenary of the four-day annual conference of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), currently holding at the St. Gabriel Chaplaincy, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja. The theme of ...

Air passenger allegedly steals N1m on board, faces trial

Lagos – The Lagos Airport Police Command will on Monday arraign a male suspect who allegedly stole N1, 008,000 aboard an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Lagos Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal The spokesperson for the command, DSP Joseph Alabi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the suspect would be arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court for stealing. Alabi said the suspect, who lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, allegedly stole the sums of N504, 000, N350, 000 and 154,000 aboard the flight. He said the monies belonged to one Mr Olaniye and Mr Abubakar Jimoh, who were his co-passengers on board the flight. Alabi said the suspect was apprehended by vigilant passengers and crew while pilfering from luggage aboard the ...

Breaking: Police nab 3 principal suspects in Zamfara killings

By Joseph ErunkeABUJA – THE Police authorities have recorded a major breakthrough in their efforts to arrest and prosecute the bandits that perpetuated the February 14 killings in Zamfara State with the arrest of three principal suspects. Zamfara killings The three principal suspects arrested for participating in the recent Zamfara killings, according to police source, are now in Police Custody. The suspects whose names were given as Halilu Garba, alias Masashi, aged 45 years;Zubairu Malafa, alias Wakili, aged 45 years and Nafi’u Bahamas, alias Zakiru and aged 40 years old respectively are said to be assisting the Police in the investigation into crime. Vanguard learnt that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, after being informed of the development, had dir...

Edo Youths, Police Clash: Policemen alleged to have caused cab driver’s death testifies

Two Policemen involved in the incident at Upper Igun area of Benin City that led to the alleged killing of a cab driver, David Okoniba, have appeared before the Justice Joseph Olubor-led Administrative Panel of Inquiry to give testimony of their involvement in the fracas which led to a clash between the Police and some youths in the state. One of the police officers (right), allegedly involved in the killing of a cab driver, David Okoniba, which led to the clash between youths and police, testifying before the Justice Joseph Olubor-led Administrative Panel of Inquiry on the Youths, Police Clash, in Benin City, Edo State. The Panel set up by Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to look into the immediate and remote cause of the incident, commenced hearing on February 15, Thursday. Fiancé ...