The SON issues a red alert to steel manufacturers regarding standard compliance

The Nigerian Standards Organization (SON) has warned steel manufacturers that they must calibrate their equipment used to manufacture steel rods and reinforcement bars or face closure. Mallam Farouk Salim, SON’s Director General, stated that this is not business as usual because the agency will ensure that all equipment used to measure various parameters is calibrated in the country. This was …

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By 2030, half of all automobiles in the United States will be zero-emission vehicles, according to Vice President Biden

President Joe Biden has stated that he wants 50% of all automobiles sold in the United States to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030. The White House stated in a statement that accomplishing this would help the US compete with China by reducing carbon emissions. In 2019, transportation accounted for 29% of US emissions. In the United States, zero-emission car sales …

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Emirates Suspends Flights To Nigeria 24 Hours Before Scheduled Resumption

Emirates’ flights to and from Nigeria will remain halted until 15 August 2021, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline stated today (Thursday, August 5), precluding the resumption of flights between the two nations as previously scheduled. This comes only 24 hours after the airline restarted flying operations on the route following a series of halts. Emirates stated on its website …

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In Lagos, gunmen assassinate a pastor of the RCCG

Bolanle Ibrahim, the Resident Pastor of King of Kings Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Mile-12, Lagos, was assassinated yesterday by an unidentified gunman. The event occurred yesterday as the pastor was conducting a child dedication, according to sources. According to accounts, the gunmen attempted to pull Ibrahim out of the church at the same time another …

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In Lake Victoria, fishermen capture six mortar bombs

A group of fisherman in Kenya’s Lake Victoria were given the shock of their lives when they netted a large steel box containing six mortar munitions. The fisherman in western Mbita believed they had caught a huge Nile Perch on Wednesday morning, but instead discovered the rusty explosives. Kenyan law enforcement officials have been tweeting about the incident: Two fisherman …

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In Akwa Ibom, a 21-year-old man will be hanged for robbery

Ekemini Otuakak Edet, 21, of Oruko village in Akwa Ibom State’s Orueffong Uruko Local Government Area, has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery. The convicted individual confessed his involvement in the March robbery of MI AMAN Pharmacy in Uyo, the state capital. Edet was condemned to death yesterday by Justice Okon Okon of the Uyo High Court. …

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Nigeria’s Unusual Federalism Impairs Good Governance

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State recently welcomed News and Politics Editors in Ibadan, the state capital, as part of events commemorating his administration’s second anniversary. He discussed his government’s performance during the last two years. Excerpts: How far would you assert that you have carried out the mandate entrusted to you by the state’s citizens, and what have been …

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Nigeria loses N530 billion annually as a result of vehicle insurance avoidance

Although Nigeria has about 11.8 million registered cars on the road, only approximately 1.2 million of these vehicles are insured. The ramifications are that the country’s insurance business may lose approximately N530 billion as a result of motorists’ refusal to register their automobiles, according to figures made accessible to The Guardian. According to stakeholders, the situation is exacerbated by insurance …

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FG: How Bandit Ransom Payments are Increasing Insecurity

The federal government stated Wednesday that it has ceased negotiations with kidnappers of students in some regions of northern Nigeria because the criminals were using a portion of the ransom to equip and re-arm themselves, therefore fuelling the country’s instability. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, disclosed this at a press conference following the conclusion of the weekly virtual …

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FEC Approves $11.174 billion for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Rail Project

•Supports the acquisition of a 20% interest in the Dangote refinery •Sylva: $1.484 billion to rehabilitate Warri and Kaduna refineries •NNPC’s six-month revenue forecast is N1.1 trillion short. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has authorized a $11.174 billion project to build a standard-gauge coastal railway between Lagos and Calabar. Additionally, the FEC authorized the award of two contracts for N6.2 …

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Nigeria continues to be Airtel Africa’s lifeblood, notwithstanding the impact of the CBN devaluation on revenue

Nigeria continues to be Airtel Africa’s largest revenue source, as earnings from the market exceed those from East Africa. According to Airtel Africa’s financial statements reviewed by  the company earned $1.11 million in the quarter ending June 31, 2021, up from around $851,000 in the same time in 2020. Nigeria accounted for 32.8 percent of revenue, surpassing East Africa’s 32.8 …

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How Fulani Herders Overpowered Plateau Police and Soldiers — Victims

According to locals, security agents who attended the scene of the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Miango Community in Plateau State fled and scampered for safety. According to a neighborhood source, the assailants, who arrived in their hundreds, overwhelmed the police and soldiers during a gun fight. Fulani herders overpowered police officers and continued terrorizing the towns of Jebbu-Miango …

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The Tokyo 2020 tennis champions are eyeing the US Open

Alexander Zverev, the newly minted Olympic men’s tennis champion, returned home to Germany yesterday to a hero’s welcome before focusing on attempting to capture his first Grand Slam title at the US Open later this month. The 24-year-old arrived in Germany two days after defeating Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 in Sunday’s men’s singles Olympic final in Tokyo. Zverev joked about …

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BUA Cement Makes a Donation of 150 Tons of Cement and N10 Million to Host Communities

BUA Cement Company, Africa’s largest cement company, donated 150 tonnes of cement and N10 million to its host communities in Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Wednesday as part of its corporate social responsibility. Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, Mr. Yusuf Binji, the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, stated that the gesture was intended to …

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Nuhu Aliyu, a retired DIG, has died

Nuhu Aliyu, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, has died. Aliyu, who represented Niger State’s Niger North Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, died on Wednesday in Kaduna following a brief illness. He was 79 years old. According to a family source, the deceased’s remains would be interred at the Barnawa burial cemetery in Kaduna at 2 p.m. Wednesday …

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USAID Initiates a Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence

  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun a four-year initiative in Sokoto and Ebonyi states to prevent and react to gender-based violence (GBV). According to the Agency, gender-based violence is a significant public health and social issue with far-reaching repercussions that disproportionately affects women and girls. USAID states that the $5 million MOMENTUM Country and Global …

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EFCC and NOUN To Investigate Partnership Possibilities

Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and Professor Olufemi Peters, Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, have agreed to collaborate on areas of mutual interest, including information and communication technology, forensics, and training. The resolution was the focal point of discussion during a visit to the institution in Jabi, Abuja, by a delegation …

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Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu’s family sends an SOS appeal to the United Nations over his detention

According to the Family of Nnamdi Kanu has written to the United Nations appealing for their assistance in the issue of the pro-secessionist leader. Kanu’s family voiced grave worry in a petition made through their attorneys, Bindmans LLC, about the purported reluctance of the Department of State Security, DSS, to enable UK officials to see the IPOB leader. “The family …

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