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Nigeria: Total invests $10bn in 5 years

By Udeme Akpan TOTAL has invested $10 billion in order to boost investment in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Mr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa, Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater District, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd said at the just concluded conference of the National Association of Energy Correspondents, NAEC, in Lagos that, “TOTAL upstream branch plays a significant economic and social role in Nigeria, operating nearly 15% of the country’s production. Nigeria, as one of our core areas of activities, is also crucial to the TOTAL GROUP, accounting for 12% of its equity production. In the last five years, TOTAL has invested approximately $10 billion in the country. “Despite the challenging operating environment, TOTAL is committed to investing in the country. We, therefore, believ...

FMBN makes housing more affordable for workers with rent-to-own scheme

By Kingsley Adegboye The recent launch of the rent-to-own housing scheme with the approval of the board of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN,  is specifically to make housing more affordable for Nigerian workers who, ordinarily, cannot build or buy homes from their meagre income. The scheme is another strategic move by the apex mortgage bank designed to make home ownership more accessible and affordable for Nigerian workers. Estate It is also an innovative affordable housing product which provides an easy and convenient payment plan towards home ownership for workers in the country. Unlike similar schemes promoted by private sector operators which demand higher interest rate for shorter repayment tenor, the FMBN scheme is designed in a way that makes it possibl...

Eid-el-Kabir: Ugwuanyi salutes Muslims, calls for prayers

AS Muslim faithful celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, has urged them to continue to uphold and promote the core values of Islam for the sustenance of peace, unity and progress of the country. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi In a Sallah message,  Ugwuanyi, who felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari and other Muslim faithful, also wished them the guidance and blessings of Allah, calling on all Nigerians to continue to supplicate for the progress of the country, through good deeds, sacrifice and abiding faith in God. The governor noted that “the ultimate goal remains our collective ability to live in peace and harmony, to cherish one another irrespective of religious, ethnic and political differences, for sustainable development of the nation”. He the...

Senator, ex-lawmaker task Muslims on fairness, charity

By Olasunkanmi Akoni LAGOS—Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District has urged Muslim faithful to adhere to tenents of penitence, uprightness, straightforwardness; fairness and charity which Almighty Allah requires from people he created. Gbenga Bareehu Ashafa Similarly, a former lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency in the Federal House or Representatives, Dayo Bush has called on Muslim faithful in Lagos State and in Nigeria to continue to pray for peace and progress of the nation and remain contented in their endeavours. Ashafa in his Eid-el-Kabir message, stated. “I would like to extend my warm felicitations to the good people of Lagos East senatorial district and all Lagosians in general. “It is this time we are, more than ever we’re ur...

Unpopular candidate diminished Warri South votes in 2017 – Tenumah

By Onozure DaniaWARRI—AS the political momentum heightens ahead of the forthcoming primaries of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, the Director-General of Mathew Mofe Edema, MOG Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kingsley Tenumah has blamed the fielding of unpopular candidate by PDP leaders in Warri South for the diminished number of votes recorded in Warri South Constituency 1 bye- election, held in April 2017, when compared to previous elections in the area. Ekiti election Tenumah, who made the disclosure  at Warri South PDP secretariat during the declaration of  Edema for the Warri South Constituency 1 race, said  the PDP will get it right in the area by “allowing aspirants go to the field and the delegates decide,” who to carry the party’s flag. The former Chai...

Court stops EFCC from further investigating Benue State Accounts

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA – The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Monday, restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from conducting further investigations into the finances of Benue State. The court directed the anti-agency to suspend action pending the determination of the suit that was lodged before it by the Benue State Government. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba who sat as a vacation Judge, gave the preservative order on a day EFCC honoured a summon the court issued to it on August 9, following allegation that it froze Benue State accounts. It will be recalled that the former vacation Judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri, had after he listened to submissions by counsel to Benue State Government, Mr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, ordered EFCC to appear in co...

Gov Emmanuel to declare for second term on Friday

Udom Emmanuel By Chioma Onuegbu,& Harris-Okon Emmanuel, Uyo GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has announced that he would formally declare his intention to run for a second term as governor in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party on Friday. Emmanuel announced this at the Onna sports Stadium, his hometown while addressing a rally organized in his honour by Eket senatorial district (Akwa Ibom South) yesterday. He challenged those speaking ills of administration to challenge him openly in a debate, adding that he was prepared to spend his personal resources to hire International, National and Local media to present facts during the debate. “I want to thank all of you for this endorsement. It means a whole lot for me. I want to say if you are i...

NAHCON holds special prayer for Nigeria on Mount Arafat

Says: Two deaths recorded so farBy Ishola Balogun, Saudi Arabia.A national prayer was held on the plains of Arafat Monday by members of the NAHCON Ulama team. The event was organized by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON to seek Allah`s intevention for meaningful socio-economic, political development of Nigeria. Mount Arafat Speaking at the event, the Chairman of NAHCON, Barrister Abdullah Mukhtar Muhammad said, so far, only two pilgrims have died, but no accidents or any serious incident recorded. Barrister Muhammad commended the various services providers, in the areas of feeding, tents arrangements and other sundry activities as according to him they have been satisfactorily carried out except for some few minor problems which were promptly addressed. H...

Arsenal forward, Iwobi makes Nollywood debut

Nigeria international and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi has made a debut in his first film role in the soon to be released ‘Inpadisu.’ Iwobi The movie, now trending on social media, features Iwobi being pursued all over the place, apparently because of choices he made in the movie. The movie, now trending on social media, features Iwobi being pursued all over the place, apparently because of choices he made in the movie. Iwobi also took to his Instagram page @Alexanderiwobi to confirm his role in the film alongside award-winning actress, Somkele Iyamah. He shared the thriller and wrote: “Shot my Nollywood debut last month. A movie about choices coming soon.” Following his confirmation, fans took to Instagram to laud the football star’s versatility and expressed their opt...

Alleged beating of Biafra women: Okorocha should apologize to Igbo leaders – MASSOB

Okorocha By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Monday called on Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, to apologize to Ndigbo over the arrest, alleged beating of Pro-Biafra women in the state. In a statement to Vanguard in Owerri, by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, also viewed the planned operation python dance 3, as aimed at putting fears in Igboland ahead of 2019 elections. Recall that Vanguard had reported that the over 2000 Pro Biafra women who were on a peaceful protest, were tear gassed by the police, an incident where some of them were said to have been injured. In the statement by Madu, on the arrest of Pro-Biafra women in Imo state, during their peaceful protest, “MASSOB condemned in its entirety, th...

Sallah: Buhari departs Abuja for Daura

President Buhari  By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA- PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Monday left Abuja for his hometown, Daura in Katsina State. Buhari, who returned to Abuja from London on Saturday after a 10-day working holiday, will as has been his tradition, observe the Eid-el-Kabir sallah in his hometown. His convoy left the forecourt of the State House, Abuja around 3.06 p.m and he was seen off by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari among others. Before embarking on the trip to Daura, the President presided over the Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Expert urges healthcare providers to ensure effective health delivery

By Chinedu Adonu ENUGU – HEALTH expert, Dr Emmanuel Abanida, has urged healthcare providers to close ranks to involve robust health delivery meant to touch people at the grassroots. Dr Abanida, who is a Senior Technical Advisor of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH), made the call in Enugu on Monday during the Enugu State Task Shifting and Task Sharing (TSTS) Policy Dialogue. The dialogue was organized by South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO). The goal of the TSTS policy is to meet the universal health coverage for the whole country. The policy is meant to meet the health needs of the Nigerian population through the mobilization of available human resources to ensure equity, accessibility and effectiveness in the delivery of esse...