Wednesday, 31 August 2016

FEC approves N3.23 billion contracts for Unilag, UI

FEC approves N3.23 billion contracts for Unilag, UI

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday approved construction contracts for the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos.

It ‎approved the construction of a post-graduate ‎hall, International House, for the University of Ibadan, at a cost of N1.302,709,02.34‎ to be completed within 44 weeks.

The contract approved for the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is for reconstruction of new library‎ at the cost of N1.935,135,87.35 billion.‎

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting, said that the UNILAG library, which was built in 1964 has not been expanded nor modernized.

“So this new library is to augment the old one. Completion period is 64 weeks. Both contract to be handled by a local contractor.” He added

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh said that the Council approved the renewal of a service provider for technology platform, e-wallet for the delivery of seeds and fertilizers and capturing the database of farmers in every local government in the country.

He said: “The e-wallet is a programme of the old administration under the current president of ADB. The programme ran very well in 2012 and 2013 but had few hitches as Ministry got involved in trying to select the providers.

“This led to the figure of debts piling up to the sum of N67 billion.

“Council today approved the extension by one year of the service provider. They are at the end of the year to transfer all the data to an in-house‎ group that will manage the system because the price is quite high, so that we can keep on monitoring who gets what, at what price and we can also keep an eye on the cost,” he stated.

According to him, the quotation of the company was N884, 799 million, but negotiated ‎downward to N380, 512 million.

He added: “They will work with us for one more year, teach our people how to do it, domicile the data of farmers which is 20 million of them and continue to work on how to get agriculture inputs to farmers and keep away those who tend not to deliver but make claims.”

On his part, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed disagreed with the claim that the present FEC has become mainly contract awarding body.

Stressing that the current Council has kept to its promise during the 2015 general election campaigns, he said that only policy-oriented contracts are considered.

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Wike suspends four commissioners, others

Wike suspends four commissioners, others


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Wednesday suspended four commissioners, Head of Service and Special Adviser on Lands for three months.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media Simeon Nwakaudu, announced this in a statement in Port Harcourt.

The governor did not, however, state the reason for the suspension in the statement.

According to Nwakaudu, the affected commissioners are Dr John Bazia, Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs Tonye Briggs-Oniyide; Culture and Tourism, Fred Kpakol; Finance and Mr Boma Iyaye; Sports.

He said the Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwin and Mr Anugbun Onuoha, Special Adviser on Lands were also affected by the suspension.

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Return my son’s corpse to me, Oduah’s ex-hubby demands

Return my son’s corpse to me, Oduah’s ex-hubby demands

Stella Oduah

Lt. Col. Satchie Emmanuel Etoromi (Rtd.), the bereaved father of late Maxwell Etoromi, has pleaded with his ex-wife, Senator Stella Oduah, to give his son’s corpse to him for him to be properly buried.

Etoromi, in a letter he dispatched to the traditional ruler of Akili Ozizor, Ogbaru in Anambra state, Igwe D.O Oduah, said the former Minister of Aviation, who had been in custody of their son, did not tell him of his death, adding that he only read about it from the social media.

He, however, pleaded with the royal father to prevail on his ex-wife to release his son’s corpse to him so he could be buried in Warri, his paternal home.

“I am surprised to see in the internet stories that my son Maxwell Omabuwa Temisaren Obiechina Wereyesigha Toritseju Chinedu Etoromi who Stella delivered for us on 14th March 1988 at 05.00 hour in St Mary`s Hospital Ugboroke Warri is dead.

“Up till now Stella has not told me my son died in her custody. There is rumour that my son will be buried in Akili Ozizor.  That is not acceptable at all. My son must be brought to me in Warri for internment.

“Stella should also bring back Eyituoyo Felix Kenneth Oritsetimeyin Ikechukwu Etoromi who was delivered on 1st August 1989 at 0 5.30 hour in St Mary`s Hospital Ugboroke Warri whom she took away from our home over twenty years ago,” the letter also read.

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Okupe: The PDP currently being paddled is heading for the rocks

Okupe: The PDP currently being paddled is heading for the rocks

Doyin Okupe, senior special assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) being paddled by its board of trustees (BoT) is heading for the rocks.

Reacting to the recommendations of the party’s BoT towards resolving the PDP crisis, Okupe said the board lacked the wherewithal to restore sanity to the opposition party.

He said its decisions had shown that the party is bereft of “real politicians”.

“Once again the leadership of the PDP as represented by the highly esteemed members of the BoT has manifested an inexplicable and tragic error of judgement in handling the current crisis in the party,” he wrote on Facebook.

“This sad commentary from the BoT is a sign of the total absence of real politicians in our political framework. Politicians with deftness, sagacity, skillful capabilities have become rare in our parties and political institutions.

“What we now have is a demoralising relic of the fake creations and impostors who have cornered the political arena in the last two decades.

“Politicians who cannot talk with one another or to the electorate; politicians who do not negotiate or mediate; politicians who must win and be on the winning side always; politicians who will talk from both sides of their mouths and whose positions change as frequently as the availability of financial sponsors for different reasons and rationale; politicians who do not stand for anything.

“Our governors have failed us; our institutional leaders have failed us; our structures can no longer sustain us, but the Almighty God, who was with this party at the beginning, before greed, arrogance, complacency, and political folly and carelessness derailed us, is still alive to lift us out of this self-created political dungeon.”

He accused the board of taking signs with a faction of the party, wondering the role it has played in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

“The BoT is the conscience of the party, and the ultimate mediator in all internal squabbles. Now, the same BoT publicly takes a stand with one side in a crisis clearly bereft of any solution,” he said.

“After two unsuccessful conventions, with members of the BoT fully participating in all and even as major contender for political offices, the BoT chairman gleefully announces plans and venue of another convention without paying due attention to the insurmountable problems which caused the previous two to fail.

“The next two gubernatorial elections are few weeks away, and we have two candidates in each state, yet our leaders are comfortable taking sides.

“The more I look at this the more I am convinced that the boat being paddled by these our leaders is heading for the rocks. No wonder chief do-or-die and Bode George are singing to high heavens that the current national chairman, Senator Sheriff is the best thing that ever happened to PDP.

“I appeal to all ordinary men and women and people, like me who have devoted the last 16/17odd years to nurturing the PDP in various capacities and states to come together quickly, take our destinies in our hands and decide what we shall do with PDP.

“Let all men who fear God, and of good will link up and team together for this salvage mission. Our people and followers deserve it and our nascent democracy needs it. Our nation will prosper once again with this political platform.”

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Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, impeached for budget ‘padding’

Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, impeached for budget ‘padding’

President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil’s Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget, similar to allegations of budget padding at the Nigerian lower chamber.

Rousseff is said to have manipulated the country’s budget to make her look good in an election year, by signing six decrees that increased — padded the 2015 federal spending in non-compliance with the annual budget law and without approval of the congress.

The vote puts an end to her party’s 13 years in power, despite her denial of all the allegations against her.

According to BBC, 51 senators voted in favour of her impeachment and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency.

Acting President Michel Temer will serve out Rousseff’s term, which ends on January 1, 2019.

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Scientists present natural solution to prostate enlargement, erectile dysfunction

Scientists present natural solution to prostate enlargement, erectile dysfunction

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September 1 Solar Eclipse: Don’t watch eclipse with naked eyes, Official warns

September 1 Solar Eclipse: Don’t watch eclipse with naked eyes, Official warns

An educationist, Mr Olajide Olunoiki, on Wednesday warned Lagos residents to avoid watching the annular eclipse of the sun with naked eyes on Thursday.

Olunoiki, a Director in the Lagos State Ministry of Education, told newsmen that sighting the eclipse was injurious to naked eyes.

He said that solar eclipse glasses should be worn to observe the image.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon comes between the earth and the sun, lining up with the sun as seen by spectators on Earth. In a total solar eclipse, the moon lines up perfectly with the sun and blocks out all light. But in an annular eclipse, the moon does not completely cover the sun.

He said that parents must ensure children are kept indoors from sighting the eclipse with naked eyes.

“Eclipse is injurious to naked eyes, we strongly advice that parents should keep their children and wards from observing the eclipse without solar eye filters.

“This is because children are very curious and it is advisable to get them the eye filters before the eclipse or keep them away during the eclipse time. “There is no cure to injured eyes and it is sinister,’’ he said.

“If you don’t want to go out, stay indoors tomorrow.

“The working class should also avoid looking at the eclipse without the solar glasses for those who can afford it,’’ he said. Olunoiki said the level of obscurity in Lagos will be 65.8 per cent with Abuja and Brass having the highest obscurity at 76 per cent.

“Akwa Ibom will experience 74.5 per cent obscurity; it varies from state to state. “Obscurity is the level of darkness that will occur during the eclipse and we appeal that children should be guided.

“I don’t advice putting water in a bowl to observe the eclipse. “According to data, it will be close to three hours of image movement.

“The solar eclipse glasses are said to filter the rays from the sun and the annular solar eclipse is expected to last between 7.14 a.m. to 9.50 a.m.,’’ Olunoiki said.

Rev. Joseph Tofiji-Bankole, the Chaplain of Legem Nursery and Primary School, Ikate, Surulere, told pressmen that the his organisation was only supporting the campaign by the government for eye protection during the eclipse.

“Without the eclipse eye glasses, it is a bad thing to view the eclipse unprotected. “When people view the eclipse without the glasses, they may not know the harm it has caused to their eyes until a week or two after,’’ he said.

He said that children should be protected from the effects because they were curious and did not know the implication of viewing the eclipse with naked eyes.

“We ask that children be educated on the use of eclipse eye glasses to view the eclipse and learn something from it.

“It may lead to interest in science and astronomy,’’ he said adding that the last eclipse happened in 2006 and that the producers of the glasses in France were also spreading the message.

A pair of solar eclipse eye glasses costs about N400.

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Mavin Boss Don Jazzy Reveals his Wedding Date

Mavin Boss Don Jazzy Reveals his Wedding Date

Don Jazzy

The Mavin boss during an interview opened up on why he is yet to get married despite age not being on his side. The producer blamed his single status on his job

According to him, he is getting old and has been too busy to be serious with a woman."I hardly have time. I feel like I'm going to jump into one and won't concentrate on my work or I will not concentrate on my family and I don't want to do that to my wife.  Hopefully next year sha."


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Chelsea and PSG agree £32m fee for David Luiz

Chelsea and PSG agree £32m fee for David Luiz

David Luiz

Chelsea are now close to sealing the return of central defender David Luiz after agreeing a fee of around £32million with Paris Saint-Germain.

Personal terms are not thought to be an issue, which leaves very little to be done to get the deal over the line ahead of tonight’s deadline.

Luiz is expected to arrive in London to take a medical, although the move could even be confirmed before that takes place.

Head coach Antonio Conte this afternoon gave the green light on the Luiz deal and negotiations progressed quickly from there.

Chelsea have also been talking to Valencia about taking Aymen Abdennour on loan for the rest of the season.

But it seems any temporary deal for Abdennour will be put on ice in anticipation of Luiz moving back to Stamford Bridge.

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Violent protest breaks out as President Bongo wins second term in Gabon

Violent protest breaks out as President Bongo wins second term in Gabon

President Ali Bongo

Security forces clashed with protesters in Gabon’s capital Libreville on Wednesday shortly after authorities announced the re-election of President Ali Bongo by a narrow majority.

“Ali must go!” shouted demonstrators as security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to stop them reaching the headquarters of the election commission.

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There is hunger in the land, listen to our cries - Fayose tells Buhari

There is hunger in the land, listen to our cries - Fayose tells Buhari

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians and stop seeing those with different opinion from his as threats to his government.

The governor said that, “there is hunger in the land, Nigerians are hungry, they are suffering and the president should rather listen to those who are more knowledgeable than him in terms of management of the country’s economy instead of seeing them as threats.”

He added that the reactions of the president and his men to divergent opinions had become predictable.

“This style of sending the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Department of State Services and other agencies of the federal government against anyone that offers suggestions on how to rescue the country from total collapse is not in the best interest of Nigeria and its suffering masses.

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Aliko Dangote's net worth depreciates by 35%

Aliko Dangote's net worth depreciates by 35%

Richest man in Africa and Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has lost $5.4 billion in its fortune since this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Using an average exchange rate of N250 to a dollar, Dangote’s $5.4 billion loss translates to about N1.35 trillion.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index blamed the sharp drop in Dangote’s networth on the slump in commodities prices and the devaluation of the naira in June by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The report put Dangote’s net worth at $9.9 billion, a 35 per cent drop since January 2016.

However, the report stated that Africa’s second-wealthiest person, South African Christo Wiese, trails Dangote by $2.8 billion with his fortune climbing 12 per cent this year on the index.

Nigerian inflation accelerated to the highest rate in almost 11 years in July, complicating the task of the central bank in an economy which is at risk of contracting this year.

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France Finance Minister Macron Resigns

France Finance Minister Macron Resigns

Emmanuel Macron, France's economy minister has resigned.

The French President’s Office confirmed Macron’s resignation on Tuesday. The Presidency also announced that Finance Minister Michel Sapin would take his position alongside his current post.

Macron's resignation is seen as a move aimed at clearing the way for a presidential bid in next year’s elections.

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CBN 'forgives' 9 banks suspended from forex market

CBN 'forgives' 9 banks suspended from forex market

The Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN ) has reinstated the nine banks that were recently suspended from the foreign exchange market.

They were suspended last week for failing to remit about$ 2.3 billion funds of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) of the federal government

The CBN Director of Banking Supervision, Mrs. Tokunbo Martins, who announced the reinstatement in Abuja , Wednesday, explained that the apex bank took the decision after the banks presented repayments plans.

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Facebook to introduce more Nigerian Languages - Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook to introduce more Nigerian Languages - Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has pledged to use Nigerian languages in offering services on Facebook.

Zuckerberg, who is currently on a business visit to Nigeria, made the promise at a meeting with software developers and ICT entrepreneurs on Wednesday in Lagos.

He said that social media application currently allowed the use of Hausa language on Facebook. “I am glad we support Hausa and we are planning on supporting a lot more languages soon.”

Zuckerberg also expressed his willingness to work with local content providers in bringing Nigerian communities to the internet.

He said that having local contents on the Facebook platform would ensure that more people were connected. According to him, in the next 10 to 15 years, Facebook hopes to get everyone in the world connected online.

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See What Is Happening to Robbers Who Spent Six Hours in Victim’s House (Photo)

See What Is Happening to Robbers Who Spent Six Hours in Victim’s House (Photo)

The Anti-Robbery Squad of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, has arrested a four-man gang that had allegedly been terrorising residents of the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Punch Metro learnt that the suspects – Akin Ayotunde, Isaac Ogbonna, Sola Dede and Sodiq Lawal – specialized in lurking around houses at night and switching off their victims’ generators before attacking them.

They, however, met their Waterloo last Thursday when they were arrested after invading the apartment of one Bello Hakeem in the Igbe area.

Punch was told that the suspects spent six hours in the victim’s duplex and went away with his car, generator, money, phones, Automated Teller Machine cards, modems, laptops and cash.

They also stole his wife’s jewellery and withdrew N100,000 using one of the ATM cards.

Hakeem told a Punch correspondent that around 11.09pm on Tuesday, he observed that his generator suddenly went off and he asked two of his children to go outside and fix the problem.

“About five minutes after they left, they were forced back into the house by four men, who were armed with knives.

“They ordered us to cooperate with them. They searched the house and made away with three laptops, six phones, three ATM cards, a new 3.5KVA generator, one 75alms battery, two modems, jewellery, cash, and my Toyota Corolla.

They held my family hostage for six hours before leaving at about 6am the next day,” he added.

Hakeem, an environmental scientist, said he reported the incident at the Ijede Police Station, adding that the suspects were able to withdraw N100,000 from his First Bank account before he deactivated all the stolen ATM cards.

He said two days after the incident, a friend called him that a car that looked like his own had been put up for sale.
He said operatives from the SCIID, Yaba, were alerted and the suspects were rounded up.

The four suspects, who confessed to the crime, said they operated with knives to avoid bloodshed.

The gang leader, Ayotunde, 27, said, “I used to sell garri with my grandma in a market before a former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, demolished shops in the market. I tried another job, but it didn’t work.

“I then sold the idea of robbing houses to my friends and we agreed to use only knives and not guns. We always lurk around developing areas in Ikorodu at night, look for any house that had its generator on, scale the fence and put off the generator.

When the occupants of the house come out to check the generator, we attack. We made N60,000 from our first operation in March.

“I was arrested when the man whom I had given the man’s car to called me that he had found a buyer. He said the buyer had paid N700,000 for the vehicle and that I should come for my share. We agreed to meet at a restaurant in Ojota. But on getting there, I discovered that it was a set up and I was arrested.”

Ogbonna, 23, an indigene of Ebonyi State, said he was looking for money for the treatment of his elder sister when he was invited to join the gang.

“My sister needed blood transfusion and I had to look for money by all means. I got N25,000 from the operation,” he added.


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‘I almost committed suicide after converting to Islam’ – Janet Jackson reveals

‘I almost committed suicide after converting to Islam’ – Janet Jackson reveals

Janet Jackson

SISTER to the late legendary pop icon and music artist Michael Jackson was last month reported to be quitting the entertainment industry because of her new religion.

Janet who is married to Qatari  Muslim billionaire Wissam Al-Manna  disclosed that she almost committed suicide because of the restrictions and burden her new life and religion brought upon her saying it was not an easy transformation.

According to MTV News, she revealed that she had been deprived of everything in life as she could not listen to music, drive a car, wear designer clothes but only the ‘Black Abaya’ and could not even move outside her residential home in Doha as she was always  surrounded by heavily-armed security men.

Janet said her new song feat J. Cole , ‘No Sleep’ says it all from her marriage about the difficulties involved in adapting to her new life, the stress involved in being a Muslim wife and the regrets she had due to the choices she made.

Jackson patriarch, Joe Jackson, recently suffered a stroke after taking three Viagra pills in San Paulo, Brazil.

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Anambra Rice Storms Local Markets with a Relatively Low Price...See Impressive Figure

Anambra Rice Storms Local Markets with a Relatively Low Price...See Impressive Figure

Anambra State is one of the Nigerian states that have proved true federalism is realistic and practicable in Nigeria with a self-sustaining and viable local economy

Governor Willie Obiano's People's Democratic Party-led government has successfully produced tonnes of rice for commercial consumption in support of the #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira campaign aimed at developing the ailing economy of Nigeria, improving the value of the naira, creating jobs and other economic benefits accrued to a favourable balance of payment.

A Twitter user, May Ubeku announced that the local rice which has been tested for an outstanding quality and taste costs an affordable sum of N9,000 per bag which is a far cry from imported rice which costs a whooping sum of N25,000 and above.

The rice is currently available in Onitsha for wholesale and retail. Nigerians have been urged to patronise local products to encourage the growth and development of local industries.

Niger, Kebbi, Kaduna, Lagos and Anambra States have been championing the cause of local rice production since the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari who placed a partial ban on the importation of rice which costs Nigeria a gargantuan sum of N365 billion in a year, according to statistics from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

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Unbelievable! This Woman Has Caught the Biggest Alligator Ever in Her Town Measuring 13 Feet Long (Photo+Video)

Unbelievable! This Woman Has Caught the Biggest Alligator Ever in Her Town Measuring 13 Feet Long (Photo+Video)

Tiffany Wienke and her gang of hunters caught this massive 13-feet long alligator (Photo: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks)

A woman and her gang of hunters have caught what is the biggest alligator in her town measuring a staggering 13 feet long.

A woman has shocked her community after catching Mississippi’s longest alligator on record from public waters. The alligator measured a staggering 13 feet long.

According to CBSNews, Tiffany Wienke revealed she and her party of six hunters could tell from the gator’s head that they had spotted a big one Saturday night in Claiborne County, near Port Gibson.

“There were a ton of people and we tried to get away from them,” she told The Clarion-Ledger. “We were just trolling through the water scanning bank to bank.”

Unbelievable! This Woman Has Caught the Biggest Alligator Ever in Her Town Measuring 13 Feet Long (Photo+Video)

Wienke says the gator managed to break both lines after a long struggle, but the hunters were able to hook the reptile again after it surfaced about 20 minutes later. According to the report, it took them about nearly two hours to secure the gator, kill it and lift it into their boat.

Unbelievable! This Woman Has Caught the Biggest Alligator Ever in Her Town Measuring 13 Feet Long (Photo+Video)

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Alligator Program Coordinator Ricky Flynt determined that the 686-pound gator measured 13 feet, 7 7/8 inches, one-eighth more than the previous record. In a Facebook post, the agency said the alligator’s belly girth measured 59 inches and its tail girth measured 43 inches.

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It’s official – Nigeria in worst economic recession in 29 years

It’s official – Nigeria in worst economic recession in 29 years

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has confirmed that Nigeria is in its worst economic recession in 29 years.

According to the NBS gross domestic product (GDP) report for the second quarter of 2016, Nigeria’s economy contracted by 2.06 percent to record its lowest growth rate in three decades.

In the first quarter of 2016, the NBS said the economy shrank by 0.36 percent to hit its lowest point in 25 years.

According to World Bank data, the last time Nigeria had this magnitude of economic decline was under the regime of Ibrahim Babangida, when the economy recorded consecutive decline of 0.51 percent and 0.82 percent in first and second quarters of 1987.

“In the Second Quarter of 2016, the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined by -2.06% (year-onyear) in real terms,” the NBS revealed.

“This was lower by 1.70% points from the growth rate of –0.36% recorded in the preceding quarter, and also lower by 4.41% points from the growth rate of 2.35% recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2015.

“Quarter on quarter, real GDP increased by 0.82% During the quarter, nominal GDP was N23,483,954.78 million (in nominal terms) at basic prices. This was 2.73% higher than the Second Quarter 2015 value of N22,859,153.01 million. This growth was lower than the rate recorded in the Second Quarter of 2015 by 2.44% points.”


The oil sector experience a decline of 17.48 percent, while the agricultural sector grew by 13.24 percent within the quarter.

With the mining sector shrinking by 47.9 percent and manufacturing falling by 1.02 percent, the general non-oil sector declined by 0.38 percent.

On the bright side, the “public administration sector grew by 8.21% in the Second Quarter of 2016, higher by 10.86% points from the corresponding quarter of 2015 and higher by 1.83% points relative to the First Quarter of 2016″.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had initially predicted that the Nigerian economy will shrink by 1.8 percent in 2016.

With the current results from the NBS, Nigeria is beating the IMF set bar at an aggregate GDP of 1.21 percent.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the head of the nation’s economic team, has said there is no cause for alarm, as his office and the Buhari-led administration are working to make the second half of 2016 better for Nigeria.

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VIDEO: Zuckerberg walks on the streets of Yaba

VIDEO: Zuckerberg walks on the streets of Yaba

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, made a quiet visit to Nigeria on Tuesday on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa.

His first stop was Yaba, ‘Nigeria’s Silicon Valley’, where he visited a Co-Creation Hub, a technology incubator.

The tech mogul said he came to Nigeria to “listen and learn” and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.

The billionaire, dressed in a grey t-shirt, a blue jean and a Nike trainers walked the streets of Yaba like a regular citizen.

On his way to Andela, an engineering organisation that is building the next generation of technical leaders in Africa, Zuckerberg made a quick stop at ‘Express WiFi’, where he met the founder, Rosemary Njoku.


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Ethnic appointments and 5 other reasons Nigeria is underperforming – according to Osinbajo

Ethnic appointments and 5 other reasons Nigeria is underperforming – according to Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says ethnic consideration in appointments into public offices is one of the major reasons Nigerian governments and the country as a whole typically underperform.

Speaking in Delta state earlier in the week, Osinbajo assured Nigerians that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was working hard to stem the tide, stated five reasons why governments underperform.


He said “government must stand for something, some high values, there must be a moral platform”.

“Western liberal democracy upheld the ideas of merit, hard-work and sometimes that would be described as a puritanical work ethic and it’s my view that our own elite, political elite, religious elite and business elite must have some consensus on the important of values in our society.

“Let’s just take an example of those values, let’s just take merit as an example. If our choice is based on merit, it ensures it can guarantee the best performance.

“However, it appears that in matters concerning government and governance and the matters of even allocation of public resources, we prioritize ethnicity or even religion and political affiliation over merit.

“Merit always comes last in our considerations, this is why we underperform, and why we cannot perform well in matters of government and in the allocation of public resources.”


“Relevant education is probably the most important catalyst for growth, not natural resources. But knowledge is the key to prosperity.

“The competitions for development among the people and individuals of the world today will depend on education.”

The professor of law also called for digital literacy, as part of relevant education.


“There is a huge deficit of trust between leaders and the led especially after years of betrayal of trust. And the truth of the matter is that, we cannot truly lead people especially in difficult economic times where we are projecting an economic future purely based on trust.

“If the people cannot trust the leadership, trust deficit creates a problem and we have seen that the trust deficit has increased because by and large, the politicians in government have enabled people to believe that whenever a politician speaks, or someone in government, they must be telling a lie.”


Osinabjo said “business moves faster when parties can trust each other,” adding that “credit is priced and given to countries and businesses even on trust,” revealing that the government cannot get low interest loans due to trust.

“I was speaking to a large entrepreneur in our country, who’s between a number of very massive projects in various parts of the country, and the projects were over 2 billion dollars and one of the questions I asked was ‘how he was able to source the finances?

“He was able to get loan from some of the financial institutions on four percent interest! Even the Federal Government cannot get a 4 percent loan.

“He was able to get that loan obviously because bankers believed that he was trustworthy enough and that he will deliver on the projects that he said that he will deliver on.

“So, trust plays critical role but the trust is built over time. Where there is trust, government policies, even tough ones will be accepted by the people, because they trust their leaders.”


“Some have said that what we need is strong institutions and I agreed completely that we need very strong institutions because with all the great plans that we have, without strong institutions, institutions that know what to do and that are able to deliver,

“We are always going to have difficulties and l will just take one example of how weak institutions can affect economic development.”


“Today all of us recognise that we are in the worst economic crisis in the history of our nation. We are aware of the facts and figures of the fall in oil prices, oil production which stood at about 2.2 million barrels per day dropped to under 1.2 million barrels per day.
A drop of almost a million barrels for every single day means that the country is earning 60 percent less than it was earning even less than one year ago.

“Vandalisation of pipelines and gas in Forcados in Warri has led to a 60 percent even more drop in gas production- (used to power plants).

“As of February 2016 for the first time in the history of Nigeria, we were producing 5000 Mega Watts. About a month ago we were even about half of that, 2,500 for an economy this size, one hundred and seventy million people. 2000 MW of power don’t even begin to make any sense.

“But we must accept that a lot of problems we are experiencing that has led to difficulty in Foreign Exchange. We need enough Foreign Exchange to be able to service that (forex) market.

“Inflation has also affected manufacturing; our GDP has affected practically everything. But I want to say that the good part of the problem lies in our hands to solve.

“I know that with the continuous engagement with the militants am sure we will be able to move along. But everything else that we are confronted with are problems that we can solve.

“I believe very strongly that with the kind of focus we have and the kind of dedication that we have, there will be a turnaround and that this country will prosper.”

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Presidency reacts to NBS report, insists economy performing better than IMF’s prediction

Presidency reacts to NBS report, insists economy performing better than IMF’s prediction

Despite the economic recession that the country is presently facing, the Presidency on Wednesday declared that the Nigerian economy is performing better than the predictions of the International Monetary Fund, IMF.

It, however, admitted that the inflation and unemployment rates in the country had remained high despite efforts by the current government.

The Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, stated this in a statement while reacting to the Gross Domestic Product figures for the 2016 second quarter by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS.

Dipeolu noted that the report, while confirming a temporary decline, has also indicated what he called hopeful expectation in the country’s economic trajectory, stressing that there were clear indications that the second half of the year will be better.

“Besides the growth recorded in the agriculture and solid mineral sectors, the Nigerian economy in response to the policies of the Buhari presidency is also doing better than what the IMF had estimated with clear indications that the second half of the year would be even much better,” he said.

The presidential aide assured that the current administration would continue to work diligently on the economy and engage all stakeholders to ensure that beneficial policy initiatives were actively pursued and the dividends delivered to the Nigerian people.

Quoting the recently released data from the NBS as showing a decline in GDP by -2.06% in the second quarter of 2016 on a year-on-year basis, he attributed the outcome to a sharp contraction in the oil sector due to huge losses of crude oil production as a result of vandalisation and sabotage.

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ActionAid rejects planned tax on phone calls, SMS, data; urges FG to tax luxury goods

ActionAid rejects planned tax on phone calls, SMS, data; urges FG to tax luxury goods

The Nigerian arm of the global movement of people working together to promote human rights and defeat poverty, ActionAid Nigeria, has faulted the proposed Communication Service Tax, CST, bill, calling on the federal government to reject the bill.

Frowning at the draft bill aimed at imposing up to nine percent tax on all phone calls, short message service, SMS, multimedia messaging service, MMS, data packages, and pay television services, the group said the imposition of the new tax would worsen the poverty situation of consumers.

According to the Country Director of the organization, Mrs. Ojobo Atuluku, “This is not acceptable. It will put a huge burden on poor people who are already paying a very high price from multiple taxes.”

She said the federal government needed to focus on luxury and property tax, as more progressive nations were doing, to generate revenue for their countries.

Atuluku said if the bill was passed into law, “it would be additional burden on the poor who are already bearing the burden of the misrule of the Nigerian political and business class”.

ActionAid Nigeria stated that the move amounts to “punishing the poor for the sins of the rich”, adding that the recent argument to deploy proceeds from the tax to investments on infrastructural development was untenable.

“Why must the poor, who will be the most affected, be the ones paying for infrastructural deficits brought about by the recklessness of the rich political class and their collaborators in the business class?” Atuluku asked.

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Aero Contractors suspends workers indefinitely

Aero Contractors suspends workers indefinitely

Nigeria’s second largest commercial airline, Aero Contractors, has sent its workers involved in scheduled services on indefinite leave due to the country’s harsh economy.

In a statement, the management of the airline announced the suspension of its “schedule services” from September 1, 2016.

The statement said the depreciation of naira within the last six months has made it impossible for the airline to achieve its operational targets.

According to Aero, the suspension was part of the strategic business realignment to reposition and return the airline back to profit making.

The airline said, “The impact of the external environment has been very harsh on our operational performance, hence management decision to suspend scheduled services operations indefinitely effective September 1, 2016, pending when the external opportunities and a robust sustainable and viable plan is in place for Aero Contractors to recommence its scheduled services.

“The implication of the suspension of scheduled services operations extends to all staffs directly and indirectly involved in providing services as they are effectively to proceed on indefinite leave of absence during the period of non-services.

“We are aware of the impact this will have on our staff and our highly esteemed customers, hence we have initiated moves to ensure that we are able to return back to operations within the shortest possible time, offering reliable, safe and secure operations, which the airline is known for.”

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U.S Moves To Pacify CAN Over Kerry’s Visit

U.S Moves To Pacify CAN Over Kerry’s Visit

Mr. John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

The United States Mission in Nigeria has commenced talks with the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, towards clarifying allegations of religious and sectional partisanship during the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry visit to Nigeria.

Recall that Mr. Kerry, who visited the country last week publicly engaged the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the head of the Islamic Umma in Nigeria, without a corresponding interaction with the Christian community.

The action sparked angry reactions and condemnation from the Christian body, as they alleged that Kerry’s action meant lack of respect to the heterogeneous nature of the country.

“If US Secretary of States is coming for official visit, it’s understandable, but we demand explanation why he was selective. Has the sultan palace become another state house? Was Kerry invited by the Sultan?

“We have 36 States in Nigeria; he only selected northern governors to meet with them. It was a visit to the north, not to Nigeria. It was surely a very divisive visit.

With the visit to the north, Kerry’s visit has heightened fear and tension among Christians in Nigeria, if they cannot bring us together, they should not interfere in our affairs,” CAN had said.

The embassy, however, said that it did not disparage Christians in the meeting with religious leaders in Sokoto as it claimed that the secretary interacted with both Muslims and Christians during the engagement in Sokoto.

Spokesman at the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, Larry Socha said: “In Sokoto, Secretary Kerry met with both Christian and Muslim leaders to discuss religious tolerance and ways to counter violent extremism affecting all Nigerians.

“The Embassy is in communication with CAN to clarify the media reports and any misunderstandings.

In addition to his meeting with Christian and Muslim leaders and the individuals you mentioned below, Secretary Kerry also met with FM Geoffrey Onyeama, U.S. exchange programme alumni, non-governmental anti-corruption activists, young Nigerian women at a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) event, and others while in Nigeria.”

The Secretary General of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, confirmed that the embassy had already opened communication with the Christian body and that an appointment with the CAN president would be made in the nearest future towards clarifying the issues involved.

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Facebook set to launch cheap express wifi in Nigeria

Facebook set to launch cheap express wifi in Nigeria

Facebook set to launch cheap Expresswifi in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.

ExpressWifi is a new program that allow all internet users to purchase a data from a local service providers at a very cheap rate. Though this is not the first time Facebook will be doing this, it has already be launched in India.

Facebook will be partnering with an Isp and integrator company known as CoolLink based in Abuja, Lagos, kano and Port Harcourt to achieve this.

Having said that, the service is set to launch officially in Lagos in few days, however, it has started operation in some part of Lagos such as the Ikota shopping complex at Lekki.

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Gani Adams backs Fayose's anti-grazing law

Gani Adams backs Fayose's anti-grazing law

Otunba Gani Adams

The Yoruba ethnic group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has described the Ekiti state anti-grazing law as a step in the right direction and should be applauded by all right-thinking people across the country.

Otunba Gani Adams, OPC national Coordinator, in Lagos, said that the action of Governor Fayose and the state House of Assembly on the passage of the anti-grazing bill into law is highly commendable.

The bill prevents herdsmen from carrying weapons.

Adams said: “It is no longer news that the herdsmen have been acting with impunity in communities across the South West.

“They have killed, robbed and raped hapless citizens without any action taken against them by the security agencies. This seeming sense of insecurity and helplessness by the people is a dangerous trend that portends danger for the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.

“Ekiti State has set the pace and showed us how to stop the senseless killings. I want to implore other state governors, especially in the South-West, to follow this laudable example and pass similar laws that will restrict these herdsmen from their wicked and evil actions.

“We all must remember that cattle business is a private business with private interest.

“Therefore, it should not be made to look to enjoy any special favour by the government. The carrying and use of automatic weapons by herdsmen should be outlawed and Ekiti State has shown the way”, he said.

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Donald Trump sets to visit Mexico

Donald Trump sets to visit Mexico

Donald Trump announced he would travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet its president, just hours ahead of giving a much-anticipated speech in Arizona on immigration.

The Republican presidential nominee’s surprise trip south of the border comes as debate about his hardline immigration policies is reaching fever pitch.

Although his visit holds potential political peril, Trump could seize control of the campaign narrative at a crucial time, showing a willingness to engage diplomatically on a sensitive issue at the heart of his campaign.

“I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump posted on Twitter Tuesday.

Mexico’s presidential office confirmed the visit, posting its own tweet in Spanish to say the billionaire New York real estate tycoon “has accepted the invitation and will meet tomorrow privately with the President @EPN.”

Pena Nieto’s office said in a statement that he had sent invitations to Trump as well as his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Her campaign has announced no plans for a visit, with an aide on Tuesday saying Clinton “looks forward to talking with President Pena Nieto again at the appropriate time.”

Trump has routinely assailed Mexican immigrants who illegally cross the border into the United States. Hardline immigration policies including calls for deportations are a key plank of his campaign.

A sudden international trip by a US presidential candidate would be a logistical and security nightmare at such short notice.

But Trump could be sensing an opportunity in the visit as he mulls whether to soften his positions on immigration, particularly the call early in his campaign to deport some 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows.

Any Trump-Pena Nieto meeting could be an awkward affair. In rally after campaign rally, Trump has pledged to “build a wall” on the US southern border if he becomes president and to force Mexico to pay for it.

Pena Nieto for his part has likened Trump to “Hitler and Mussolini” and slammed the Republican nominee for his isolationist positions.

And in a July interview, he told CNN that “there is no way that Mexico could pay for a wall like that.”

Trump used some of the most incendiary language of his campaign when launching his White House bid last year, describing Mexicans as drug dealers, “rapists” and other criminals.

He is scheduled to deliver what is billed as a crucial speech Wednesday evening in Phoenix, Arizona, seen as an opportunity to clarify his positions on immigration.

In recent weeks he has expressed willingness to soften his hardline stance to a “fair and humane” policy ahead of November’s election.

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Why negotiations with militants have not started - FG

Why negotiations with militants have not started - FG

The Federal Government has explained why the proposed dialogue with the Niger Delta militants is yet to commence.

The government said it is waiting for reports from the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Mohammed Monguno (retd.); service chiefs and other top government officials mandated to interface with militant groups and other stakeholders in Niger Delta, before commencing the much awaited dialogue.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, confirmed to Vanguard on phone, yesterday: “The President has charged some people with engaging the various militant groups, and now that they are waiving the white flag, there will definitely be formal talks.

“But before that, the NSA, service chiefs and all those involved need to bring their reports, they will be assessed before dialogue will kick-off,” he said.

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Mark Zuckerberg gushes over Nigerian jollof rice, snail and shrimps

Mark Zuckerberg gushes over Nigerian jollof rice, snail and shrimps

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who is presently in Nigeria, has revealed his pleasure for Nigerian food.

Yesterday he claimed that the Nigerian Jollof rice, shrimp and snail he was served tasted very delicious.

He ended by saying he has been informed not to compare our Jollof rice with that of any other African country..i.e, Ghana.

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FG set to lauch interest-free car loan scheme

FG set to lauch interest-free car loan scheme

The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) says the Federal Government is to launch a Vehicle Credit Acquisition Scheme to help Nigerians purchase locally assembled vehicles.

Mr Luqman Mamudu, the Director Policy and Planning, NADDC, made this known at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos on Wednesday.

He said that the council would contribute about N7.5 billion interest free fund to the scheme with counterpart funding from a company in South Africa to help Nigerians have brand new vehicles. He said that the South African company would provide more of the funds for the scheme in conjunction with the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Mamudu said that Nigeria had the capacity to produce 384,000 units of vehicles annually. “Unfortunately, the country only produced 25,000 units in 2015.

“We have been in talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to also source for funds to support the credit scheme being planned by the Federal Government in conjunction with our council.
“We have also been working with OEMs in their associations to invest in the local automobile assembling, and even industrial assembling clusters.

“Their major demands have been for the government and relevant agencies to work harder to implement ways to reduce the influx of used cars which has been choking the market.

“We are also glad to announce that three testing laboratories for locally-assembled vehicles are also in the works and these are not just for motorcars alone, but for tractors and heavy-duty vehicles.

“We have not reached our potentials as a nation for locally-assembled vehicles, but we have the capacity to do so,” Mamudu said.

He said that all efforts to achieve the Nigerian Automobile Policy had been in place and the council was planning to partner the Nigerian Customs Service to stop importation of used cars through the borders.

Mr Aminu Jalal, the Director-General of the NADDC, had in June, said that the council was targeting 40 per cent local content development for the automobile sector by 2021.

Jalal said that the mission to achieve this would be to develop capacity of plants in Nigeria to produce the automotive components to achieve this.

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Chris Brown Arrested on Suspicion of Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Chris Brown Arrested on Suspicion of Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Pop star Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday after a daylong standoff at his Los Angeles home that began with a dawn 911 call from a woman, police said.

Brown, 27, denied any wrongdoing in posts on Instagram before he was taken into custody and said he had woken up to find police outside the property in the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

Cops raced to Chris' home early Tuesday morning after a woman called 911 and claimed he pulled a gun on her.

The woman, Baylee Curran, claims Brown pointed a gun at her during a violent rage before she ran outside. Curran said she and a friend went to Brown’s home with a business associate, who was invited by the musician. She wanted to talk to Brown about future projects, she said.

Inside the home, a few people were milling about and talking, she recounted. She eventually went to Brown’s backyard to get some fresh air. Her confrontation with the musician erupted soon after she walked back into the house, she said.

Police have retrieved at least one gun, other weapons and drugs from Chris Brown's home, after Chris threw a duffel bag out the window of his home.

Police have been at the house since 3 AM and are in the process of getting a search warrant. Chris has not left the house, but multiple sources tell us he was defiant as he threw the duffel bag out the window, taunting cops and saying, "Come and get me."  a source said
Chris posted a video in which he referred to Black Lives Matter, saying "f*** the police."

Two sources on scene tells us in addition to weapons there were drugs in the duffel bag.
Watch the accuser talk about the incidence


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Oby Ezekwesili reacts to Mark Zuckerberg's visit, exhorts Nigerian youths

Oby Ezekwesili reacts to Mark Zuckerberg's visit, exhorts Nigerian youths

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has sent a strong signal to Nigerian youths over the visit of the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

Ezekwesili said: “Mark Zuckerberg. Hopefully he left a strong message for our young friends that "the SUBSTANCE of a person's life is not defined by $$"”.

"Mark Zuckerberg did not pay a Charity Visit to Nigeria. He can already SMELL where the NEXT BIG thing will emerge from in IT world-NIGERIA!

“The visit by Mark Zuckerberg is HUGE. It is a stellar achievement of Nigeria's YOUNG who have given their intellect to growing IT knowledge.

“While sectors that are harbingers of Nigeria's endemic corruption challenge are in DECLINE, note how the YOUNG redefine Nigeria thru IT”, she tweeted.

The Facebook founder visited Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, on Tuesday, and interacted with Nigerian tech entrepreneurs at Yaba, regarded as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria.

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4.58 million Nigerians became jobless under Buhari - Nigerian Bureau of Statistics

4.58 million Nigerians became jobless under Buhari - Nigerian Bureau of Statistics

Recent reports from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) claim the total number of Nigerians who became unemployed within the first and second quarter of 2016 now stands at 2.6 million.

According to the bureau, about 1.46 million Nigerians became unemployed in the third quarter of 2015, while another 518,102 became unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2015.

This brings the total freshly unemployed persons in the economy to a record high of 4,580,602, since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May 2015.

In its second quarter unemployment and underemployment report released on Wednesday, NBS said the country’s unemployment rate grew from 12.1 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to a record high of 13.3 percent in the second.

“During the reference period, the number of unemployed in the labour force increased by 1,158,700 persons, resulting in an increase in the national unemployment rate to 13.3% in Q2 2016 from 12.1 in Q1 2016, 10.4% in Q4 2015 from 9.9% in Q3 2015 and from 8.2% in Q2 2015,” NBS said.

“In view of this, there were a total of 26.06 million persons in the Nigerian labour force in Q2 2016, that were either unemployed or underemployed compared to compared to 24.5 million in Q1 2016 and 22.6 million in Q4 2015.”

The economically active population or working age population (persons within ages 15- 64) increased from 106million in Q1 2016 to 106.69 million in Q2 2016, the report added.

Underemployment in the economy was also on the rise, with 15.4 million Nigerians said to be underemployed.

“The number of underemployed in the labour force (those working but doing menial jobs not commensurate with their qualifications or those not engaged in full-time work and merely working for few hours) increased by 392,390 or 2.61%, resulting in an increase in the underemployment rate to 19.3 % (15.4million persons) in Q2 2016 from 19.1% (15,02 million persons) in Q1 2016, 18.7% (14.42 million persons) in Q4 2015, from 17.4% (13.2 million persons) in Q3 2015 and 18.3% (13.5 million persons) in Q2 2015.”

There were a total of 26.06 million persons in the Nigerian labour force in Q2 2016, that were either unemployed or underemployed compared to compared to 24.5 million in Q1 2016 and 22.6 million in Q4 2015.

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Kelechi Iheanacho Overtakes Mikel As Highest Paid Nigerian Footballer

Kelechi Iheanacho Overtakes Mikel As Highest Paid Nigerian Footballer

Manchester City starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho, is now the highest-earning Nigerian player in the Premier League, after agreeing a £85,000-per-week deal with the club.

Iheanacho signed a new two-year contract extension to stay at the Etihad until 2021. He admitted his new deal will “change the lives of his family”.

The 19-year-old now earns more than Super Eagles captain, Mikel John Obi, who picks up £70,000 a week at Chelsea.

Victor Moses is paid £50,000 a week at Stamford Bridge.

Iheanacho’s new agents negotiated this bumper deal, even though they are still locked in an ownership tussle with the player’s former representatives.

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I Am Not The Problem! Sports Minister Reacts To Calls For His Sack

I Am Not The Problem! Sports Minister Reacts To Calls For His Sack

Solomon Dalung

Nigeria's Sports Minister Mr. Solomon Dalung has answered calls for his sack following the nation’s poor outing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the outcome of the Olympics, Dalung said poor performance in Nigerian sports pre-dated his appointment.

“I am not the problem of Nigerian sports. Abysmal performance has been happening before me,” he said.

He then blamed Team Nigeria’s poor outing at the Olympics to late release of funds and inability to develop home-grown talents.

Dalung said it was time Nigeria returned to the grassroots and groom talents for future competitions.

He also faulted the scrapping of the Nigerian Sports Commission, saying the commission was necessary.

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Nigeria's inflation hits 17.1%, highest in 11 years

Nigeria's inflation hits 17.1%, highest in 11 years

Nigerian inflation accelerated to the highest rate in almost 11 years in July, complicating the task of the central bank in an economy which is at risk of contracting this year.

The inflation rate in Africa’s largest economy increased to 17.1% in July from 16.5 percent in June and 15.6 in May, according to the National Bureau of Statistics second quarter report.

The figure represented the highest rate since October 2005, according to data on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s website.

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OFFICIAL: Joe Hart Joins Torino

OFFICIAL: Joe Hart Joins Torino

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined Italian club Torino on a season-long loan deal.

Hart, 29, lost his place as Manchester City's first choice 'keeper at the start of the season with new boss Pep Guardiola preferring Willy Caballero.

The arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona last week makes the England international third choice at the Etihad.

Sunderland - who have lost injured first-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone for three months - were prepared to pay a large slice of his wages but Manchester City have agreed to Hart's preferred option.

A statement on the City website read: "A popular, well-liked figure in the dressing room and a fans' favourite thanks to his articulate, straight talking candour in interviews, Hart now joins Turin-based Serie A outfit, Torino for the remainder of the current campaign."

"From everyone at the club, good luck and thank you, Joe!"

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NBA President to EFCC Boss: I refuse to be intimidated

NBA President to EFCC Boss: I refuse to be intimidated

Abubakar Mahmoud, president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), says he will not allow Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to intimidate him.

Reacting to a statement issued by the agency in response to his inaugural address at the NBA conference in Port Harcourt, the lawyer said Magu fell short of the standards expected of a public office holder.

He accused the anti-graft czar of using abusive language, and denied the allegation that he was a counsel to James Ibori, former Delta state governor, in one of his corruption cases.

“The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been drawn to the statements issued by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said to be in response to the inaugural address of the president of the NBA in Port -Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday 26th August, 2016,” read a statement, which the NBA issued on Mahmoud’s behalf.

“It has become necessary to react to the statements given its unduly harsh and negative tone totally uncalled for when in the culture of any democratic society, debates about the nature, character and responsibilities of public institutions must always be encouraged.

“In the one paragraph of the statement dealing with corrupt ion, the NBA president restated the commitment of the NBA in the fight against corruption.

He commended the modest achievements of the EFCC but called for the reform of the agency to enhance its capabilities to deliver on its mandate on a ‘consistent and sustainable’ basis devoid of political interference and on the basis of well-established institutional safeguards that demand the proper regulation of the wide discretionary powers involved in the investigation and prosecution of criminal matters…

“Neither he nor his firm has ever represented the EFCC or the attorney-general of the federation or been involved in any prosecution or defense of Mr. James Ibori in any criminal matter before any court in Nigeria or outside.

“The NBA calls on the EFCC to also endeavour to get its facts correct before making statements or insinuations.”

Mahmoud said he would not bow to intimidation, emphasising that he has the constitutional rights to make recommendations about public institutions.

He added that in the past, he has expressed support for the anti-graft agency.

“The NBA constitution demands that it promotes law reform and legal development. It therefore commits itself to promoting healthy public debate about our institutions and interrogating their capabilities and performance, including ALL criminal justice agencies such as the EFCC,” the statement read.

“The NBA will not be intimidated or cowed in the discharge of this responsibility.

“The NBA condemns in the strongest terms the use of abusive and uncivil language of ‘rogues and vultures’ and such strictures by a public authority.

Name calling and use of abusive language is not expected of any public institution. It is unacceptable. The NBA demands unequivocal withdrawal of this statement and an unreserved apology from the EFCC.

“The NBA President Mr. A.B. Mahmoud, SAN has over the years supported the work of the EFCC in many ways and acted as counsel in a number of matters on behalf of the organisation.”

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