Fayemi briefs Buhari on Ajaokuta, ALSCON

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development Mr Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday updated President Muhammadu Buhari on state of Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi and the Aluminium Smelting Company (ALSCON) in Ikot Abasi. Nigeria’s only aluminium smelting plant, ALSCON, was  shut down in 2014 following  crippling  protests embarked upon by the company’s staff against poor working conditions, dwindling productivity and spiralling debts. The management of ALSCON, Russian aluminium giant, United Company RUSAL PLC, dismissed almost all local personnel of its workforce, while the Ajaokuta Steel Company has been moribund for…

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People skipping breakfast risk heart attack

People who skip breakfast or eat poorly to start the day are twice as likely to develop hardened arteries, which can lead to deadly heart disease, researchers said Monday. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology uncovered signs of damage to the arteries long before symptoms or disease developed. Researchers said their findings could offer an important tool in the fight against cardiovascular disease, the world’s top killer, which took 17.7 million lives in 2015, according to the World Health Organization. “People who regularly skip breakfast…

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UN decries destruction caused by Boko Haram

The UN is unhappy with the destruction caused by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria and Lake Chad region and is seeking more humanitarian assistance to victims. The world body noted that millions of victims of Boko Haram were in need of emergency assistance. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, made the appeal at a ministerial event held on the side-lines of the General Assembly’s high-level session. “We can and must help the millions of people displaced by the crisis as well as those hosting the displaced across the beleaguered Lake…

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Ohaneze assures safety of Northerners in South East

Chief John Nwodo, the President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo on Thursday assured northerners resident in the south-east of their safety. Nwodo gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov.Abdullahi Ganduje at the Government House, Kano. He said that every Nigerian could live in any part of the country of his choice without discrimination or harassment. “Every Nigerian can live in any part of the country of his choice and no harm will ever come to a Northerner in the East. “When the temperature is high we tend to…

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Gunmen attack Zamfara State FRSC office

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday invaded the Tsafe Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Zamfara, killing an official, a witness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The source said the hoodlums numbering over 20 stormed the premises of the command on motorcycles at about 10 a.m. and opened fire on the FRSC personnel. “There was confusion as sounds of sporadic gunshots rented the air, while the road safety officials around scampered for safety in different directions. “However, one of the officials was unlucky as he was shot…

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Varsities’ non-academic staff unions suspend strike

The three non-academic staff unions in the university system have suspended their nine-day old industrial action. The suspension of the strike by unions that included Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) is expected to kick-start restoration of full academic activities in the universities across the country. The unions had on Monday, September 11, 2017, embarked on total and indefinite strike to press for the implementation of the 12 demands including the 2009, 2012…

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Inspector General of Police promotes slain officer in IPOB/army clash

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has conferred a posthumous promotion on the late Assistant Superintendent of Police, Cyril Nwosu, who was killed when suspected members of IPOB attacked and burnt down the police post in Ariaria Aba. The dead officer, who was yet to be confirmed as a substantive ASP, was confirmed by the IGP during his visit to Abia State to see things for himself and also assess the security situation in the state after the clash. Idris said that the recent crisis in the state was…

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Northern elders back dialogue with Biafra agitators

Members of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday urged the Federal Government to dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The leader of the forum, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, made the call in Abuja after an emergency meeting. He said the dialogue was necessary to encourage other aggrieved groups in the country to explore peaceful means in resolving their differences with the authorities. While supporting the proscription of IPOB, the forum urged the authorities to adhere to the rule of law in the interest of peace, unity and stability of…

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Concession of Lagos, Abuja airports long overdue

he concession of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Abuja, by the Nigerian government is a good call, respondents to the latest Guardian Poll have said. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week okayed the planned concession of Lagos and Abuja airports with the belief that their privatisation would ensure better management of the airports. The government owns 22 airports and it can no longer provide the sustained funding needed to operate them, aviation minister Hadi Sirika said on Wednesday. 79.9 percent of respondents to…

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Nasarawa revenue board clamps down on banks

Nasarawa State Internal Revenue Board NSIRS has begun to clamp down on commercial banks for allegedly hoarding information on personal income tax and connivance. At the last count, the board had sealed First City Monument and Diamond Bank in the state for alleged refusal to allow its consultant to access documents to analyse information on personally income tax a fortnight ago. The board had on Wednesday sealed Unity Bank allegedly for the same reason. A financial analyst who would not want to be named accusedNasarawa revenue bo the board of…

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