OBITUARY: SEJA Boss, Jerome-Mario Utomi Losses Son

LAGOS/Nigeria: The death has been announced of Paschal Onyinyechukwu Utomi. He was the son of Mr Jerome Utomi, a public affairs analyst and Programme Cordinator, (Media and Public policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA). Pascal was aged 13years and 10 months. According to a statement released by the group, Pascal the only son of the family died in a Lagos hospital on Tuesday November 9, 2021 after a brief illness and has since been buried on Wednesday in a Lagos cemetery. He hails from Ubulu-Okiti, Aniocha South Local Government…

NASS Clerk Markets Made-In Nigeria Products, Cuisine To Visiting African Parliamentarians

ABUJA/Nigeria: The Clerk of the National Assembly of Nigeria (CNA), Arc. Ojo Amos, has beckoned on Parliamentarians and delegates across Africa, to patronise local made-in-Nigeria products, diverse cuisines. He made the pitch as the 51st conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa region, came to a close in Abuja, on Sunday. The week-long event, which had heads of African Parliaments and other delegates converging on Abuja, presented a platform to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the economies of Member States, women and youths participation in politics, as well as…

DG VON Appeals To Buhari To Endorse The New Electoral Law

ABUJA/Nigeria: Mr Osita Okechukwu, a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse the Electronic Transmission of results contained in the recent Electoral Act Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly. Okechukwu, also Director- General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Speaking on the raging controversy over Direct Primary mode of electing party candidates inserted into the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Okechukwu, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to throwaway the baby and the…

PDP Stalwart Urges INEC To Decentralise Pvcs’ Production To Hasten Issuance

LAGOS/Nigeria: Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, a PDP stalwart in Lagos State on Sunday charged INEC to decentralise the production of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to accelerate issuance. Pearse, the Convener, Reset Lagos and chairmanship contender in the aborted Oct. 16 PDP State Congress, gave the charge in Lagos. He said it was disheartening that five months after the commencement of the on-going nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) INEC had not issued a single PVC to registrants. “INEC is yet to issue me the PVC I registered for since 2012 registration exercise.…

Head Of Service of Federation Calls For Strategic Approach To Civil Service Operations For Growth

ABUJA/Nigeria: The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, has called for a strategic approach to civil service operations, to ensure sustainable growth in Nigeria. Yemi-Esan said this in her keynote address on Saturday night, at the official launch of a book entitled: “Agents of change: the transformational journey of such a one” authored by Dr Olusegun Olasode, in Abuja. She described the book as inspirational, saying that to elicit change effectively in Nigeria was a peculiar task, but one that compatriots must do, because the civil…

AfDB Approves $150m To Support Agriculture Value-Chain Development In Africa

ABUJA/Nigeria: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved 150 million dollars to support ETC Group’s trade and agriculture value-chain development in Africa Mr Amba Mpoke-Bigg, Head, AfDB Communication and External Relations Department made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday, in Abuja. Mpoke-Bigg said that AfDB’s board of directors had approved 150 million dollars facility to ETC Group Ltd., to address the company’s working capital requirements and support its food production expansion plans across 10 countries in Africa. According to him, this will be a boost for smallholder farmers. He…

2023: Why PDP Must Give Presidential Ticket To Northern Nigeria – Chieftain

ZARIA/Nigeria: Alhaji Lawal Usman, a Chieftain of the (PDP) says the party must zone its presidential ticket to the North for 2023 general elections for strategic reasons. Usman, popularly called ‘Mr LA’, said in Zaria on Sunday. “For the strategic interest of the party and the nation, the PDP must zone its presidential ticket to the North in 2023,” he said. Usman said that the party must give the ticket to the North for fairness and equity. “For justice and equity, the North should be allowed to produce the president…

Igboho’s Supporters Protest In Ibadan, Call For His Unconditional Release

IBADAN/Nigeria: Scores of supporters of Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, on Saturday in Ibadan, staged a protest, calling for his unconditional release. Igboho is currently in detention in Benin Republic over issue bothering on illegal migration among other offences. The protesters, who were mostly youths, carried placards with various inscriptions, demanding the immediate release of the activist currently in custody of the Republic of Benin. They started the protest from the residence of Igboho situated at Soka area of Ibadan and matched toward the Toll Gate on…

Edo Creative Hub to Enhance Youths Entertainment Potentials-Obaseki

BENIN-CITY/Nigeria: Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has inaugurated Edo creative hub to immortalise late ‘guitar boy’, Prof. Victor Uwaifo. Obaseki said during the inauguration at the newly-constructed, creative hub in Benin, that it would help Edo youths to harness their entertainment potentials. According to him, tonight we are here to start a revolution in entertainment. ”Edo is about entertainment. Edo is about education. Edo is about helping those interested in entertainment achieve their aim. “60 per cent of Edo people are young. Our purpose is to open space for you.…

Gbajabiamila, Minority Caucus Mourn Vanguard Reporter, Tordue Sale

ABUJA/Nigeria: The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed sadness over the death of Mr Tordue Salem, the accredited Vanguard Newspapers Correspondent who covered the green chamber of the National Assembly. Gbajabiamila expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Lanre Lasisi, on Saturday in Abuja He also condoled with Vanguard Newspapers, the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the House of Representatives Press Corps. The speaker said it was more painful that Salem, whom he…