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Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, has been a countervailing force protecting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) according to Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo state. Mimiko said this on Wednesday during the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Azikiwe-Iloabuchi road in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital. He stated that Wike has done well for the PDP and that he hopes the party’s leadership will do all it takes to resolve challenges threatening its cohesion....

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has said the performance of the police during the recent election in Ekiti shows that the force has improved. The IGP, who was represented by Sadiq Bello, assistant inspector-general of police in charge of zone 1, said this on Wednesday in Kano at a workshop themed ‘The 2023 General Election: Enhancing National Security Capacity For a Secure and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria’. The IGP said the participants...

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has said it has reduced the number of trips on the Lagos-Ibadan train service due to the hike in the price of automotive gas oil, better known as diesel. Fidet Okhiria, NRC’s managing director, said the corporation has cut down the number of return trips on the route from six to two every day. He daid this on Tuesday while speaking with The Punch on Tuesday. “The Lagos-Ibadan train service...

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The Oyo state government needs to seek ways to attract more tourists to all the tourist centres in the state according to Oyedele Oyesola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. Oyesola said the government could turn tourist sites in the state into “money-spinning” sites and standard tourist centres by calling for partnership with investors. He said this on Tuesday during a visit to local tourist sites in Oyo State. Oyesola pointed out that...

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The apex Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has accused the federal government of ethnic prejudice regarding the recent comment on attacks in the Southeast. Communities in the south-east have come under attacks in recent months, with the latest being the invasion of a police station in Agwa, Oguta LGA of Imo state, which led to the killing of four officers. In another attack that reportedly occurred on August 1, some Nigerians were said to have...

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ABUJA — Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has said the anti-graft agency will go after persons and organisations hoarding foreign currencies, especially dollars, across the country. According to a statement issued by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesperson, Bawa said this on Friday at a meeting with representatives of Bureaux De Change (BDC) operators in Abuja. “As part of its ongoing efforts to check the rising incidence of foreign exchange...

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The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has said the security situation is not enough reason to tag the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government as having failed. According to him, the “security breaches” in parts of the country cannot be used as a “yardstick” for the performance of the federal government. Keyamo said this on Friday in an interview with Channels Television. The minister said the Buhari-led government did not promise that the...

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), to increase the production of solar cells to boost the country’s alternative power sources. Mohammed Haruna, chief executive officer, NASENI, disclosed this to journalists on Friday, after briefing with the president on the activities of the agency, in Abuja. A solar cell, also known as a photovoltaic cell, is an electrical device that converts light energy into electrical energy...

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The federal executive council (FEC) has approved $2.59 billion for the development of Badagry Seaport under a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) arrangement. The minister of transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, gave the update at the FEC meeting on Wednesday. According to him, the port would be operated for 45 years by the developers, after which Nigerians would take over. Sambo said during the PPP lifespan, the project would provide about 200,000 jobs while generating a revenue of $56 billion....

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ABUJA — Atiku Abubakar, presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said institutions and policy frameworks the PDP government put in place while in power have been mismanaged by the present administration. He said this on Wednesday while receiving a delegation of the executive members of the ‘PDP New Generation’, a support group, led by Audu Mahmud, its director-general, in Abuja. The presidential candidate said it was only during the PDP-led administration...

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