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Lagos flags-off meningitis vaccination to protect children

Lagos State government under the State Primary Health Care Board (PHCB), on Friday flagged-off meningitis vaccination in the State in order to get rid of ‘Men A meningitis’ and protect children against same. Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (PHCB), Dr. Tayo Lawal flagged off the exercise at the Primary Health Center, PHC, Palm Avenue, Muslim, Lagos. Speaking during the flag-off Lawal said meningitis is a devastating disease and remain a major public health challenge, adding that “the wellbeing of our children is paramount to the future of Lagos State and Nigeria as a nation”. He stated that meningitis is an infectious disease affecting the lining of the brain and capable of causing serious fatalities, “this is especially so for States in the Meningitis belt in Nigeria”, adding that many organisms cause meningitis including viruses, fungi and bacteria. ‘’For bacterial Meningitis, the most common cause is Neisseria Meningitis, Meningitis is known to commence at the peak of the dry season and stops abruptly in the rainy season. People of all ages can be effected with the bacteria, children between the ages of 5-14 years being the most vulnerable’’, Dr Lawal said. Lawal posited that sero- type A is responsible for most of...

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Army begins 2019 Annual Shooting Exercise

The Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria, Kaduna State says it will begin its 2019 Annual Range Classification from Aug. 20 to Aug. 28 and advised residents to keep-off the range area. This is contained in a statement by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Depot Nigerian Army, Maj. Sydney Nbaneme and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria on Saturday. It said: “The Depot Nigerian Army Annual Range Classification is scheduled to take place at the Depot NA range Dogarawa from Thursday, 20 August to Wednesday 28 August 2019. “The exercise which is directed at assessing troops’ proficiency in weapon handling will include firing of ammunitions using small arms. Read Also: How I was recruited into ISIS army – Libya returnee “The authority has put in place safety measures and precautions to ensure safe and hitch-free exercise. “However, residents of the affected communities are advised to stay away from the range general area within the period of the exercise.” The statement also enjoined residents of the area not to panic seeing movement of troops and hearing the sound of small arms. It assured them that it was a routine exercise for the troops of the Depot Nigerian Army.

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Tourism investment key to national economic development, says Varsity don

A Professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti, Prof. Funso Isolaowa Afolabi, says tourism has a major role to play in the development of the country’s economy. Prof. Afolabi stated that Nigeria could have been a prosperous nation-state, if huge investments had been deployed by federal government in tourism and hospitality businesses. The academic spoke on Friday at EKSU while delivering the 54th inaugural lecture of the university on the topic: ‘ Tourism Entrepreneurship: Putting Profit After Suitable Location and Sustainable Hotel Operations’. He warned the Federal Government against over reliance on oil earning that it may dry up some day, saying the country’s economy stands the chance of being ruined, with decline in daily crude production due to the drying off of oil wells without commensurate efforts to diversify the economy. He expressed fear that the future of the country is gravely endangered, with her monolithic economy resting solely on crude oil proceeds for survival. Prof. Afolabi appealed to the Federal Government to make a paradigm shift from monolithic economy and diversify it by investing in tourism which he said has the potential for to improve the nation’s economy. He said : “The Fed...

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UN invites Peace Corps for CONFAB in America

The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has been invited by the United Nations to attend its 68th annual Civil Society Conference in United States of America. A letter of invitation was said to have been received on the 24th June, 2019 from the UN. The 3-day gathering of Civil Society Organisations is being organized by the Department of Global Communications (formerly DPI), in cooperation with the NGO/DPI executive committee and the participation of its associated NGOs that have consultative status with the UN. A statement issued on Saturday and signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Corps, Patriot Millicent Umoru, said, the CONFAB is scheduled to hold between 26 and 28 August, 2019 at Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. “This international forum also brings together senior UN system officials, prominent international Civil Society Organisations, academicians, public opinion makers and international media, to discuss issues of global concern. “The United Nations Civil Society Conference explores ways and means for strengthening collaborations between local communities and global institutions”, Umoru said. Read Also; C’River REC’s resignation unacceptable, INEC insists She added that, “the focus of the 68th conference is, however, very cardinal to Peace Corps...

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Guided missile strikes kill seven militants in Afghanistan

At least seven Taliban militants were killed in guided missile strikes in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province overnight in a latest raid against the Taliban insurgents. The Afghan army Corps 205 Attal made this known in a statement on Saturday. “The strikes were conducted by the NATO-led coalition forces in Hoshi locality, Charchino district Friday night. “The intelligence reports found that seven Taliban militants were killed in the raids on the militants’ hideouts,” the army said. Read Also; Road crash claims one on Lagos-Ibadan highway The strikes also destroyed some amount of weapons, ammunition and explosive materials, it added. The Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since early April when Taliban launched a yearly rebel offensive against Afghan security forces. The Taliban militant group has not made comments on the report yet. (Xinhua/NAN)

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20-yr-old black market petrol seller roasts to death

A 20-year old woman identified as Mary Agada, who sells petrol at the black market has been burnt to death. The incident happened at Igbogor Community in Ovia South West local government area of Edo State. Late Agada is said to sell petrol in small gallons in the community. Different accounts were given as to how the fire exploded. Some eyewitnesses said it was caused by kerosene explosion while she was trying to lit her stove. Another witness said she kept fuel in her kitchen and was pouring fuel to sell to a customer when she was gutted by fire from a lit stove. Her husband, Mr. Amend Agada, escaped death by the whiskers as he was with her in the kitchen when the incident occurred. He was said to have quickly jumped out but his wife has already been caught up in flames. Witnesses said he tried to rescue her but was prevented by the blazing fire and watched helplessly as his wife cried in agony till she died. Her remains have been taken to Benue State for burial. Edo spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

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Why we banned Siasia for life, by FIFA

World football ruling body FIFA has banned former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia for life after the ethics committee found him guilty of bribery allegation. A release Friday by FIFA confirmed that the former international has also been asked to pay a fine of CHF 50,000 ($51,000) about N18.5million. The former U-23 coach is said to have accepted bribe in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics. The hammer is coming in the midst of emotional torture which the former Nantes striker is undergoing following the kidnap of his mother Madam Ogere Siasia. Siasia’s 93 year old Father only recently raised alarm to security authorities even as he made passionate appeal to the kidnappers to release his wife who has been in their custody close to a month now. Samson Siasia heading for the bench after dishing out instructions The latest development means that Siasia who turned 52 on Wednesday will not only worry about the travails of his mother in the hands of kidnappers but also about the way forward for his football/coaching career. Read Also; Life ban: I’ll clear my name – Siasia The FIFA release Friday read thus; “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federa...

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Five US states drag President Trump to court

Five attorneys general of U.S. states and city have filed a lawsuit against a new immigration policy by President Donald Trump administration to deny possible permanent residency to immigrants who receive some federal benefits, NAN reports. California is leading the coalition, and its Attorney General (AG) Xavier Becerra was joined by his counterparts from the […] Five US states drag President Trump to court

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Auto crash kills one on Lagos-Ibadan highway

The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday said one person lost his life in a road crash at Danco, near Sagamu, on the Lagos-Ibadan highway. The Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ota that the accident happened at about 8.00 […] Auto crash kills one on Lagos-Ibadan highway

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COZA: Timi Dakolo speaks on being denied US visa, UK asylum

Popular Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo has reacted to reports that he was denied US visa after his asylum bid in UK failed. Reports had on Saturday emerged that Timi Dakolo was denied visa to United States after planning to run out of Nigeria with his family amid his rape case with Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of […] COZA: Timi Dakolo speaks on being denied US visa, UK asylum

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El-Zakzaky: Falana makes fresh demand from Buhari govt

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the lawyer to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, has called the Federal Government to provide an alternative and adequate treatment for the couple in Nigeria. The Senior lawyer also said that he would file a fresh application for El-Zakzaky and his wife to be re-flown abroad for treatment if […] El-Zakzaky: Falana makes fresh demand from Buhari govt

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N3bn fraud allegation: CSO gives Oyo-Ita 72 hours to resign of face mass protest

A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Independent Public Service Watch (IPSW), has called for the resignation of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita following the allegation of N3billion fraud leveled against her. The CSO in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by its Executive Secretary, Mr Okpanachi Jacob, vowed to commence nationwide protest against her if she fails to resign within 72 hours. It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating Oyo-Ita over alleged N3billion contract scam, abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering, among others. The group said it would henceforth take legal action against the likes of Oyo-Ita to ensure that public servants facing corruption trial vacate their seats pending the outcome of their investigation. “As stakeholders in the Nigeria project, we shall henceforth go all out including seeking legal means to ensure that public servants faci...

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Nigerian Army releases list of successful candidates for 71 Regular Course [See list]

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna has released the admission list of successful candidates for 71 Regular Course. A statement signed and issued on Saturday by the Academy’s Registrar, Brigadier General IM Jallo stated that, the released of the candidates names was sequel to the Armed Forces Selection Board interview which was held from 24 […] Nigerian Army releases list of successful candidates for 71 Regular Course [See list]

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AMCON Chairman Banire loses mum

Alhaja Sarat Banire, mother of Chairman of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, Dr Muiz Banire, SAN, on Friday night passed on at the age of 92. A statement released by the Banire family on Saturday says the remains of Alhaja Banire will be interred at the Ebony Vault, Alagbon close, Ikoyi, Lagos at 2pm, today according to Islamic rites. Read Also: Senate confirms Banire as AMCON board chairman The late matriarch of the Banire family is survived by relations and children including the AMCON Chairman, Dr Muiz Banire who was also a former National Legal Adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC; Alhaja Raimot Ajoke Banire, Mr Ajibola Banire, Dr Rasheed Oki and Mr. Ayoola Oke.

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