At PUNCH’s 50th anniversary lecture, Soyinka echoes call for decentralisation

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has lent his voice to the call for decentralisation of the running of the country, saying that it remained the only path for Nigeria to true nationhood. Delivering a public lecture, titled, ‘Recovering the Narrative,’ to mark PUNCH newspaper’s 50th anniversary on Thursday in Lagos, Mr Soyinka said decentralisation was key … Read more

Electricity: Nigerian govt offsets $120 million debt to Gas companies

The Nigerian government has paid over $120 million to offset some of the debts owed to the gas companies (GasCos), an official has said. The Director, Decade of Gas Secretariat, Ed Ubong, disclosed this at the ongoing 7th edition of the Nigeria International Energy Summit (NIES 2024) in Abuja on Thursday. “The arrears gas producers … Read more

Electricity: Reps probe Buhari’s mass metering policy

The House of Representatives has resolved to launch an investigation into the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari. The lower chamber resolved to investigate the funds disbursed to the licensed electricity distribution companies by the CBN as loans under the NMMP. … Read more

Heads of parastatals sign performance bond, as minister sets goals

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, has urged the heads of agencies under his ministry to work towards improving public service delivery strategies in the justice sector. Mr Fagbemi made this call during the Performance Contract Signing Ceremony with Heads of Agencies on Wednesday in Abuja. He noted that the justice sector is key … Read more

Troops kill terrorists, rescue abducted victims in Zamfara

Soldiers attached to Operation Hadarin Daji of the Nigeria Army on Monday killed several terrorists and rescued eight of their victims in Zamfara State. This is coming at a time when several communities in Zamfara and Katsina States are suffering from relentless terrorist activities. The motorcycle-riding terrorists have unleashed mayhem on the North-west and a … Read more

Senate summons Wike, police commissioner over rising insecurity in Abuja

The Senate on Wednesday summoned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and its Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, to an interactive session over the rising cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the territory. The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, said Messers Wike and Igweh will appear before the lawmakers … Read more

Son arrested over killing of popular Dutse restaurant owner, Hadiza Nakowa

The police in Jigawa State have paraded the son of a popular Dutse restaurant owner, Esther Adekanla, as her alleged killer. Mrs Adekanla was killed on 15 January at her residence. The police commissioner in the state, Ahmad Abdullahi, said the investigation revealed the deceased, popularly known as Hadiza Nakowa, was killed by her son, … Read more

Nigerian nurses reiterate demands, as Reps halt new process

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called on the government to implement the upward review of nurses’ salaries to “effectively address the issue of brain drain.” The association also highlighted 11 other demands in a press release signed by its National President, Michael Nnachi, in reaction to the revised guidelines for … Read more

New report reviews gender responsiveness of education sector plans in Nigerian states

The development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) in partnership with Malala Fund has released a new report on Gender Review and Advocacy For Gender Responsive Education Sector Planning (GRESP) in Nigeria. The report, which was released on Tuesday, covers a gender review of 11 years of State Education Sector Plans (SESPs) in Nigeria. SESPs is … Read more

How prostate enlargement left me impotent- Veteran actor Kola Oyewo

Veteran actor Kola Oyewo has recounted battling with prostate enlargement that resulted in him becoming impotent. The Yoruba actor disclosed this in a video interview with Kunle Afod’s YouTube page on Saturday after he (Afod) and actor Peter Fatomilola paid him (Oyewo) a visit. Prostate enlargement is a noncancerous growth of the walnut-sized gland below … Read more