We knew nothing about INEC servers-EU observers

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Nigeria on Saturday said that it knew nothing about the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server that was allegedly used to transmit results of the 2019 general elections. Briefing newsmen in Abuja on the EU EOM’s report, the Deputy Chief Observer for the EU, Hannah Roberts said the Mission relied on results that were released by INEC. Roberts, while fielding questions from newsmen,  said the EU Mission in Nigeria was unaware of an INEC server by which results were transmitted during…

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Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Mr Zeffirelli directed movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor and opera greats such as Maria Callas Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96. The Florence native directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 film Taming of the Shrew and Dame Judi Dench on stage in Romeo and Juliet. Italian media said Zeffirelli died after a long illness which had grown worse in recent months. The two-time Oscar nominee also served in the Italian senate for two terms as a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. He is…

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Caster Semenya rejects Rabat Diamond League 800m invitation

South Africa’s world’s 800 metre female champion, Semenya Caster Semenya has declined an invitation to race in the 800m at Sunday’s Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco. On Tuesday, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court suspended the IAAF’s new rules restricting testosterone levels in female athletes. Despite being cleared to continue racing, the South African said she was not being allowed to run in Morocco. Semenya was then given an invite but it was too late for her to attend. “She received an invitation but is unable to organise her schedule to come…

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Obiano lauds Anambra monarchs for supporting development projects

Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Achebe and Governor of Anambra State, Chief Obiano (right) at the seminar By Sunny A. David, Awka The Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Willie Obiano has commended the traditional rulers of Onitsha, Obosi and Ogbaru for their support to the construction company handling the 2nd Niger Bridge, expected to be delivered by February 2022. He was speaking during the 2019 traditional rulers’ council seminar at the Government House, Awka. The seminar which is 8th in its series has the theme, “Igbo Enwe Eze,” meant to address…

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Buhari urges UniAbuja graduants on skills for national dev’t

Nigeria’s President Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the 4,946 University of Abuja graduands to use skills and knowledge acquired to transform the country and contribute their quota to national development. The President gave the advice on Saturday at the 23rd Convocation ceremony of the institution in Abuja. He said the critical component of university education was moulding of character, calling on the graduands to demonstrate that they were worthy of the award they had earned. Buhari, who was represented by Mr Sunday Echonu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, said…

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Open university law graduates write Buhari, bill to protest

Chairman, NOUN Law Graduates Forum Law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) have rejected in totality excuses for delaying their admission into the Nigerian Law School for training six months after President Muhammadu Buhari gave assent to NOUN (Amendment) Act. The presidential assent was given to remedy the claimed irregularities in the NOUN Act as pointed out during a Public Hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Petitions. This was contained in a communiqué to President Buhari by the aggrieved students under the umbrella of Law Graduates Forum,…

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Bauchi Govt. procures 6,000 tonnes of fertiliser for 2019 farming season

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State The Bauchi State Government has procured over 6,000 tonnes of fertiliser and 3,000 sprayers for the 2019 farming season. Gov. Bala Mohammed of the state made this disclosure on Saturday in Katagum, headquarters of the Zaki Local Government Area of Bauchi state, while launching 2019 fertiliser distribution to farmers. He said the fertiliser would be sold to farmers in the state at the rate of N5,500 per 50kg bag. According to him, the proceeds realised from the commodity would be turned into revolving funds…

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Freedom Radio Sub-station, Dutse mourns ‘brilliant reporter’

The Freedom Radio Sub-station, Dutse, Jigawa State, has lost one of its reporters, Malam Abdulkarim Darmanawa. Darmanawa died on Wednesday, June 12,  after a brief illness, according to a statement on Saturday by the Head of the Station, Malam Bashir Atuwa. “ The station has lost one of its dedicated, hardworking and fine journalists,” the statement signed by Alhaji Bashir Isma’il, Head, Finance and Administration, of the outfit, said. “We cannot forget in the near future the death of this fine reporter in view of his excellent contributions to the…

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Onitsha chambers lauded NPA’s 10% discount on vessels berthing at eastern ports

By Sunny A. David, Onitsha The Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA) lauded the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for approving 10 per cent discount on vessels calling at the Eastern Ports. The First Deputy President of ONICCIMA, Mr. Chris Ukachukwu gave the commendation in an interview with our correspondent in Onitsha, said that the action would decongest the Lagos ports. It would be recalled that the management of the NPA had approved a 10 per cent discount on harbour dues in the concessioned terminals of Calabar, Rivers…

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