Huawei’s ‘oak OS’ Will Be Launched in October

Huawei’s own Oak OS software seems nailed on for October when it will be revealed running on the new Mate 30 series.  This is pretty much what we’ve suspected ever since Huawei’s blacklisting by The US Government. Although there’s a reprieve on the ban currently, this is only set to run until August.  We’ve known for a few months that Huawei was developing its own software as a backup and a trademark filing has been spotted for Oak OS, though it’s thought to be known as HongMeng OS in China. It…

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Water scarcity Hits Lokoja

Residents of Lokoja the Kogi state capital are grappling with water scarcity following the shutdown of the greater Lokoja Water Treatment Plant on March 27th. The scarcity has affected the production and distribution of sachet water or pure water as many of the manufacturers source their water from the public water works. According to reports, many of the manufacturers of pure water have closed down operations while those still in production have increased the prices from N100 per bag to N120 per bag. Residents are now patronizing commercial water hawkers…

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Ikeja Electric Wins SERAS Innovation Prize for 2018

Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has won this year’s edition of SERAS Innovation Prize at the SERAS Awards held last Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The DisCo bagged the prestigious award, which was keenly contested by Union Bank Plc, ISON BPO, Access Bank and Data Jaja, in a category that focused on innovative and sustainable ideas with positive environmental impact on society. Ikeja Electric which was making its debut appearance at the prestigious Awards, was nominated in three categories; Best Corporate Communications…

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Making the State of Osun an African Alternative Energy Center: the story of IRAGBIJI ARAGBIJI and its bright future

Iragbiji is arguably the most peaceful and serene community in Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State, South west Nigeria. though rustic, its appealing physical feature signify its potential for a greatness that will be driven by the clairvoyance of the town`s huge human capital. Iragbiji`s mountains and hills, flora and fauna make it the tourist destination any day. These beautiful sceneries have for decades remained the defining factors that instill the historical essence of this town that has now produced the present governor of the state–Gboyega Oyetola; the erstwhile…

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EFCC boss, Magu meets with NCA over PEPs

  Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu on Thursday, 22 November, 2018 met with the National Crime Agency, NCA, in the United Kingdom to discuss the efforts of the Commission in the recovering of all ill-gotten assets domiciled in foreign jurisdiction by Nigerian’s Politically Exposed Persons, PEPs. Outside the recovery of assets, the EFCC Boss in the course of the high power meeting with officials of the NCA will also present the Commission’s position on ways to fast-track the extradition of all PEPs who…

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Traders set for war over misappropriation of Association’s N12million funds

Members of Cosmetics and Hair Dressers Association in Irepodun market, Ikotun Alimosho Local government Area, Lagos state, are spoiling for war over accountability and good governance of the association. Association’s assistant secretary, Osita Ojukwu, who addressed pressmen, noted that members are aggrieved with association’s chairman, Anayo Confidence Okolie over the way and manner he had handled the affairs of the association. Ojukwu said that Anayo assumed office seven years ago which was supposed to expire after two years. According to him, Anayo has not only   refused to step down after…

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Ikeja Electric bags Corporate Pacesetter, HSE Campaign of the Year Awards

  Leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has won two prestigious awards – Corporate Pacesetter (Power Sector) and HSE Campaign of the Year awards, in recognition of its HSE Initiatives and innovative approach in educating Nigerians through the use of its proprietary Power Play game. The awards were presented to Ikeja Electric at the 2018 Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence (9jaSAFE Award), a respected body set up to recognize the outstanding performances and initiatives of companies, organizations, Individuals, groups, Schools and institutions towards promoting and raising safety consciousness.…

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U.S. Consulate’s Grants Program: 45 individuals, NGOs receives$453 568

The United States Consulate General in Lagos has awarded $453, 568 to 45 individuals, non-government organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions. The grants support a variety of worthwhile projects in the areas of human rights, transparency in government, freedom of the media, empowerment of women and youth, health, education, entrepreneurship, and the promotion of mutual understanding. Speaking at the grant award ceremony in Lagos on Monday, U.S. Consul General F. John Bray recognized the commitment of the grantee organizations working to improve the lives of community members through sustainable projects that…

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Chekwas Okorie has no electoral value—group

The recent endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term by  tiny group of individuals from the Igbo extraction with a promise to deliver the entire South East to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has been described as a fake promise, adding that Buhari should not have faith in them. Eastern Union, EU, a social political and cultural organization of old Eastern Central States of Nigeria, ECN, made the declaration while reacting to the purported promise to Buhari by Chekwas Okorie as an empty promise with the intent to beg…

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Why Igbos are supporting Atiku——-Group

The Eastern Union (EU) is a political-social cultural organisation of old East Central States , based in Nigeria and abroad with members across the South East and South-South zones of the country championing the course of the old East Central States. In this interview with Dailymandate in Abuja, National Chairman of the group, Hon. Charles Anike, gives reasons why South East and South-South zones are clamouring for presidential ambition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other issues. Excerpts How do you see the recent search of PDP’s Presidential flag bearer, Atiku…

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Private sector crucial to successful AfCFTA implementation—- Africa Trade Forum delegates agree

The 2018 Africa Trade Forum concluded in Lagos, Nigeria, with delegates agreeing that while governments need to set a conducive environment through collective and coordinated actions for the successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the private sector should be the main driver of the AfCFTA. They also agreed that complementary interventions to boost competitiveness and reduce the high costs of doing business on the African continent would be crucial to ensure win-win gains from the AfCFTA – these will require proactive policies and programmes in the…

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U.S. Advocates Greater Investment in Girl-Child Education, More Female Political Participation

  United States Consul General F. John Bray has called for increased investment in the education of the girl-child and greater political participation by women in Nigeria. Delivering the keynote address on the second day of the 17th Annual Conference of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), in Lagos on November 2, Consul General Bray encouraged the women leaders to continue working to promote gender equality in Nigeria. He spoke on the topic “Unstoppable You: Reinvent & Reinvigorate” at the event attended by leading women from both the…

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Where are the BRT Buses commissioned by Buhari?

There are indications that the newly branded buses acquired by the Lagos State Government to ease transportation system in the state may have developed wings.  This has prompted Lagos residents to start murmuring regarding the whereabouts of the well over 100 buses recently commissioned by the President  Muhammadu Buhari. Our source claimed that three weeks ago, the buses seen being moved out of their station at the newly commissioned Lagos Bus Terminal that is still under construction, along Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja. According to sources who reside close to the…

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600 million Africans still lack access to electricity——- ECA Chief…as Nigeria hosts Africa Trade Forum 2018

(ECA), Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, said in an age of trade wars, Africa is sending a strong message that trade deals and reforms can be approached through consensus-building and cooperation, leaving no one behind. According to ECA studies, Africa is less industrialized today than it was three decades ago. The continent’s manufacturing share of output and exports has steadily declined, and Africa’s exports remain largely concentrated in primary commodities and raw materials. Through AfCFTA, industrialization will help create employment for Africa’s growing youth population, thereby improving livelihoods, access to education…

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Ikeja electric bags award for commitment to safety

For its strict adherence to high safety policy and commitment to safety of life, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company has been honoured with the 2018 Concerned Organization of the Year. The award, which was presented by the World Safety Organizations (WSO), an International Association of HSE Professionals, is in recognition of IE’s outstanding dedication and support to ‘Making Safety a way of Life.” In another category, the company’s Head: Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE), Engineer Jamiu Badmos, also won the prestigious WSO-NG Environmental/Occupational Safety Person…

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Pirates kidnapped 12 crew from Container Ship

No fewer than 12  crew members working on Pomerenia Sky container ship, a Liberia-flagged vessel headed for the Nigerian port to Onne, have been kidnapped by suspected pirates. The crime was allegedly committed on Saturday morning when the attack occurred. The ship manager Midocean (IOM), said those abducted include eight from Poland, two Filipinos and a Ukrainian. It was later gathered that Nine crew members remain on board the vessel and are reportedly unharmed, and the vessel has sailed to safety. The alleged pirates are said to have been operating…

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The Full text of President Buhari’s speech in Rivers State on Thursday during the commissioning of the new International Wing of the Port Harcourt airport.

I am very pleased to formally commission the new International Terminal of the Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa today. This ceremony represents a significant landmark for International air travelers, particularly from the South-South region, and the entire Country. You will recall that after opening the major airport terminals in the country in the late 70s and early 80s, not much was added to increase the passenger handling capacity of these facilities by successive administrations. Following the large increase in the national population with consequent surge in air passenger traffic, the capacity…

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Minimum Wage: Govt plays hide and seek

The last has not been heard about the minimum wage brouhaha. A new policy by the Federal Government appeared to have force closed expectations by workers that something fantastic would come out of the tripartite committee meeting recommendation on the minimum wage to the Federal Government. Henceforth, striking workers would not be paid for the period of the strike. This was the resolution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which met last Wednesday. According to Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, the approval of the “no work,…

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Coca-Cola engenders family sharing moments in new campaign

Brands remain relevant by understanding the attitude and requirements of their customers. This is often followed with products that fill that gap or need. With the ever-busy schedule of most parents today robbing quality moments amongst family members, the time seems ripe for products that will encourage bonding at homes, by encouraging sharing, which is a basic value of family members. Popular soft drink brand, Coca Cola has made a statement in this regard with the introduction of the one-litre pack, fondly called ‘Mama’. Offering a comparative pricing advantage, the…

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USAID increases support for good governance, health in Nigeria

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional development assistance to support achieving the development goals outlined in the bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015. Of the new funding, $25 million will strengthen good governance by supporting state governments’ efforts to bolster Nigeria’s Open Government Partnership commitments to improve transparency and fight corruption.  An additional $1.5 million will support a healthier, more educated population in targeted states through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), for a total…

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