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Looming hospital shutdowns: Strike threat ridiculous, says FG, NARD, union flay minister

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, said the Federal Government would on Tuesday meet with the leadership of JOHESU. The Federal Government, on Sunday, described as ridiculous a threat by the Joint Health Sector Union to embark on a strike. The union, through its President, Josiah Biobelemonye, had given a 15-day ultimatum to the labour minister and other stakeholders on Saturday in Abuja.

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NDLEA nabs corps member for allegedly importing drugged candies from UK

A 22-year-old youth corps member, Arnold (surname withheld), has been arrested in Abuja for allegedly importing four kilogrammes of drugged candies from the United Kingdom, just as operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted in Lagos cookies laced with drugs going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The youth corps member serving with a government agency in Abuja was arrested on Saturday, August 28, following the interception of a consignment at the warehouse of a transport company. 

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Putting economic diversification on the front burner


Finally, the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has berthed, amidst hoots and cheers after a long and tortuous journey. It’s a well-intentioned attempt at changing the face and fortune of the oil industry, host communities, and by extension the economy. Indisputably, instituting transparency, good governance and efficiency in the industry on the strength of being an important linchpin of the economy and source of substantial foreign exchange is of immense consequence. And whether such attempt becomes the much-needed elixir, only time will tell.

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FG gives striking doctors terms for reconciliation

The Federal Government has said it will only withdraw the case it filed against the striking resident doctors if they resumed work. Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, gave the terms yesterday while briefing reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja. He said: “They should come back to work and if they come back to work, we can take other things from there. “The No Work, No Pay policy would be observed because it is a global practice, which is also captured in Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act under the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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Insecurity: Royal father kidnapped, killings choke Niger, Katsina

The wave of kidnapping in the country continued weekend, as bandits killed ward head of Masaku, Malam Yahuza, in Gundawa area of Katsina State, and abducted the wife and two children of the lawmaker representing Bakori constituency in the state House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Kurami. Also kidnapped was the District Head of Wawa in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State, Alhaji Mahmud Ahmed Aliyu, the Dodo of Wawa.

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FG Condemns ‘Unconstitutional Change Of Govt’ In Guinea

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Esther Sunsuwa, made the position of the government known in a statement on Sunday. According to the statement, the takeover of power by the military is in clear violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. “The Government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government and therefore calls on those behind this coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect all lives and property,” it said.

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Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Moves To Prevent Extradition Of IPOB Members Arrested In Ghana To Nigeria

Aloy Ejimakor, one of the lawyers representing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu said he has sent some legal documents to the Directorate of State of the separatist group in defence of its members arrested by Ghanaian police last week. The legal practitioner said the action was taken to prevent the arrested Biafra agitators from being sent to Nigeria. Ejimakor revealed this on his verified Twitter page on Monday. SaharaReporters had reported that Ghanaian policemen stormed the venue of IPOB’s monthly meeting around Mallam Junction in Accra on Sunday, arresting an undisclosed number of members of the group. In a video obtained by SaharaReporters, the arrested members were seen singing a pro-Biafra solidarity song. They were subsequently taken to a police station in Accra where they were profiled. Reacting to this, the lawyer said the move was to also swiftly secure their freedom. 

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Don’t Be Hasty To Deploy NNPC Profit, NEITI Warns

Executive secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, (NEITI), Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji has warned against deployment of 30 per cent of the declared NNPC profit to frontier basin oil exploration. According to Orji, a steering committee on implementation of PIA has just been set up by the President. Part of their job will be to look at all the issues, from modalities to how the general appplication of the new law will impact on the existing structure in the sector in terms of changes or otherwise in manpower deployment, capacity utilisation, process, physical, and fiscal basis for profit or cost determination etc.

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SPECIAL REPORT: How lax regulation allows firms ‘manipulate’ Nigeria’s stock market

It is increasingly hard to tell private and public firms apart in Nigeria, given that the portion of companies’ shares regulators requires to be owned by outsiders – persons other than companies’ directors and insiders – already negligible before now, is fast shrinking out. And market watchdogs appear to aid a trend that is not only diminishing the rights of minority shareholders but increasingly making it a possibility for insiders to use their huge holdings to manipulate the market, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has found. The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX)’s rule stipulates that every company listed on its premium and mainboards, the two principal listing segments, ensure a minimum of 20 per cent of the company’s total shares is held by the public and available for public trading. This portion of shares that can be publicly traded is called free float.

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One Month After, BDC Operators Groan Under CBN’s Forex Policy

Our correspondents who visited some of the parallel markets in Abuja, Kano and Lagos report a bleak atmosphere as traders loiter about due to the drop in the volume of transactions in the markets. The president of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Aminu Gwadabe told Daily Trust that the decision to discontinue forex sales to BDC operators, by the CBN, has led to the loss of over 40, 000 jobs in the economy. The CBN decided to discontinue the supply of foreign exchange to Bureau De Change operators (BDCs) in its attempt to clamp down on illegal activities allegedly being perpetrated by some BDC operators.

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Six Palestinian prisoners escape Israeli jail through a tunnel

The men are believed to have dug a tunnel from their cell over several months that led to a road outside Gilboa Prison’s walls. Officials were alerted by farmers who noticed them running through fields. The fugitives include a former leader of the militant group Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and five Islamic Jihad members. An Israel prison service official described the escape as “a major security and intelligence failure”; Palestinian militant groups hailed it as “heroic”. The alarm was raised at Gilboa Prison, a high-security facility in northern Israel known as “the Safe”, when authorities received reports from local farmers about “suspicious figures” in nearby agricultural fields.

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Taliban claim victory in Panjshir, but resistance forces say they still control strategic position in the valley 

The Taliban have claimed victory in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, with a spokesman saying the region had been “completely conquered” following two weeks of fierce fighting with a resistance group. Panjshir was the last remaining hold-out among Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to resist the Taliban. If the claim is true, it would mean the Taliban now control every Afghan province. However, the National Resistance Front in Afghanistan (NRF), an anti-Taliban group that has been battling the militants offensive in the Panjshir Valley, denied the claim, with spokesman Ali Nazary telling CNN: “The resistance is still all over the valley.” Photos and videos shared widely on social media showed the white flag of the Taliban hoisted between buildings in what appeared to be the Panjshir governor’s office in the provincial capital of Barak. CNN cannot independently verify the image.

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Why Nigeria’s real estate sector grew by most in 6yrs

Nigeria’s real estate sector posted 3.85 percent growth in the second quarter of 2021, representing its highest growth in six years, thanks to the full re-opening of the economy and increased investment interest. The 3.85 percent growth is the sector’s highest second-quarter growth since the 4.95 percent growth in Q2’2014, as an analysis of data…

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BBNaija 2021: Nini and Saga declare Boma an ‘Idiot’ for getting evicted

Housemates Nini and Saga have reacted to Boma’s Sunday eviction. In a video clip currently making the rounds, the couple blamed Boma’s early eviction on how he treated co-housemate Queen. “Boma didn’t judge her well, he f**ked up, she would’ve been good for him,” Saga said. “Bad/Good for him [Boma], he is a f**king idiot. Thinking he wants to fool the girl” Nini replied. Recall Boma exited the show alongside Tega, Michael and Peace in BBNaija’s first-ever king-size eviction. The housemate emerged in the bottom six list with less than one percent (0.81%) of the fan votes. 

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When is the game between Cape Verde and Nigeria and how can I watch it?

Nigeria continues their race for a place in the 2022 Fifa World Cup against Cape Verde. The Super Eagles began their qualification campaign with a 2-0 triumph over Peter Butler’s Liberia in Lagos on Friday. A first-half double from Kelechi Iheanacho propelled the three-time African champions past the Lone Star at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Coach Gernot Rohr had made it clear that his team will do all it takes to avoid a tortuous route to Qatar 2022. Having this in mind, they would be aiming to pick up all three points against the Blue Sharks. Busta’s Cape Verde recorded a 1-1 away draw against the Central African Republic. Despite taking a first-half lead through Julio Tavares, they let the hosts level matters through Tresor Toropite in the 53rd minute.

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