MRA names Ministry of Defence as winners of ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today named the Ministry of Defence as the 70th inductee into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”, accusing the Ministry of refusing to submit itself to civilian oversight by failing to abide by its duties and obligations under a democratically enacted Law. In a statement in Lagos, Mr. Ayode Longe, MRA’s Programme Director, told the Ministry that the mere fact that its functions touch on security and defence matters does not exempt it from the requirements of transparency and accountability, adding that as a…

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Seadogs raise awareness on HIV/AIDS

All over the globe, December Ist, is set aside by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a special day to raise awareness on the prevalence of the dreaded HIV/AIDS pandemic that ravages the world. The aims however is to continually bring to people’s consciousness the paramount need to be protected and thereby help reduce the spread of the virus. This is why the theme of 2018 campaign is hinged on, “know your status”. In principle, WHO urges people to know their infection status through testing and access to treatment and…

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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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The Journey of EAZI

 Some say Mr Eazi is Nigerian by birth, Ghanaian by calling and Londoner by base. But with his new album ‘Lagos to London’ featuring heavyweights from Nigeria to Europe he has solidified all the different worlds he embodies. Now he is bringing all these different musical pieces to stage for Trace Live, which if going by recent editions, promises to be an epic show. Trace in collaboration with Cabal and Bolanle Austen Peters presents “THE EAZI JOURNEY”. On the night, fans will journey through the life and music of one…

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Press Release: Additional 241 million tablets of tramadol seized at Apapa Port

  The search of the suspected 62 containers continued yesterday November 15, 2018. Eleven (11) new containers already searched were found to contain 241 million tablets of tramadol, weighing 118 metric tons. This brings to 581 million tablets of tramadol so far discovered within two days of the search operations at Apapa sea port. On the first day of the search operations, the Agency discovered 340 million tablets of tramadol from 12 containers. The tablets which are in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams are above the permissible…

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Government , labour who blinks first?

Signs that the organized labour and the Federal Government are headed for a show down began to manifest when the tripartite committee set up by government to review the minimum wage ended without any categorical statement on the agreed amount that was recommended to the Federal Government for approval and implementation. From all indications, there was no consensus and there was no deadlock. Since the Committee submitted its report, it has been claims and counter claims on the amount agreed upon by the Committee. Labour claimed that it was N30,…

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Bayelsa begins sensitization campaign on safe motherhood 

..…Inaugurates committee to visit all communities in the state The Bayelsa State Government has inaugurated a sensitization campaign committee to spread the message of the Safe Motherhood Initiative which was recently launched by the government. The launching of the safe motherhood initiative took place during the Maiden Summit on Infant and Maternal Mortality. The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson said the committee is saddled with the responsibility of taking the message of Safe Motherhood to all communities in the state. ‎According to him”We will be working with…

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Polls Can Reduce Election Violence- DataExpert

Lagos based pollster and CEO of Datavision Limited, a Gallup – style outfit, Mfon Eyoma, has said that polling has multiple benefits for our democracy especially in the developing nations like Nigeria. Eyoma, a chartered accountant and ex – banker said in a statement issued yesterday that polling creates the avenue for public participation and a sense of involvement especially in governance when leveraged by honest politicians. He went on: “Polling focuses political discourse on a topical issue and helps politicians assess public opinion and guide policy. In advanced democracies,…

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Airtel Inaugurates Centre for Mental Health Care

…Says it is Committed to helping underprivileged people Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel has handed over a fully furnished centre for mental health care to She Writes Woman, a non-governmental organization, which focuses on providing care, support and advocacy platform for Nigerians with  mental health disorder.  The centre, which was handed over on Thursday, August 2, 2018 was part of the telco’s on-going prize presentation to beneficiaries through its CSR initiative, Airtel Touching Live season 4.  Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, founder of She Writes Woman, Hauwa Ojeifo, applauded the…

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Airtel Donates Medical Kits to Cancer Treatment Foundation

…Reiterates commitment to quality health-care delivery In realization of the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3), which focuses on promoting good health and well-being, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has partnered with St. Cyril Cancer Treatment Foundation, to offer better care and support to cancer patients. At a formal ceremony held at St. Cyril’s headquarters in Lagos, yesterday (26th July, 2018), the telco donated chemotherapy infusion chairs, medical waiting room chairs, chemotherapy infusion pumps with drip stand, flat screen monitors and nursing/medical consumables, amongst other items, to the Foundation. Speaking…

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Mobil faults picketing of its office by ex-spy policemen

Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, has faulted the picketing of its offices by ex-spy policemen, who provided security for the company. The company, in a statement by its Manager, Media Communications, Oge Udeaga, said it had fully paid all its disengaged staff, including the spy policemen. The company said the payment followed a Supreme Court judgement ordering that the entitlements should be paid. Udeaga, who spoke in reaction to the picketing of the company’s office, said: “Following the recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Mobil Producing…

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“Carry out a detailed research on understanding consumers’ preferred content”-Lai Mohammed to DSO stakeholders

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has tasked stakeholders in the Digital Switch Over (DSO) to carry out a detailed research on understanding consumers’ preferred content and means of delivery, in view of the growing influence of the internet in sharing videos. The Minister gave the task in Lagos on Monday at the opening of the Creative Nigeria Summit 2018 with the theme “Content: The Future of Nigerian Film and Television in A Digital Era”. “With respect to content consumers in Nigeria, a well-researched survey of what the customers…

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Ex-minister, endorses Atiku

Former Minister of Works and Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party frontline politician, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has said that Nigeria is at crossroads and requires the expertise of a seasoned administrator who can correct the utterly frustrating and hopeless situation that the country finds itself since the inauguration of APC’s President Muhammadu Buhari.  Ogunlewe, who was speaking at the inauguration of Women and Youth Support Group (WAYS) for Atiku 2019, said that former Vice President and chieftain of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar possesses the credentials of a president that Nigeria needs…

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Shettima disburses N27.7 billion to protesting policemen in Borno

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has released N27.7 million to settle 2,640 mobile policemen’s allowances, which they protested over on Monday last week in Maiduguri. The Federal Government failed to pay the “special duty allowances” of the protesting policemen for six months. Shettima however yesterday’s intervened, with the distribution of 200 bags of rice and dozens of jerry cans of cooking to support the protesting policemen; who were on rampage for non-payments of their special allowances. The rampaging mobile policemen on July 2, 2018 barricaded the Maiduguri-Airport road, insisting…

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Goodluck Jonathan’s Democracy Day Message to Nigerians

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan took on his facebook page to commend and bless Nigeria Youths to mark Democracy Day in the country. On his post he listed out some great achievement done by the youths, He said ” Nigeria Youths single handedly created Nollywood, the third largest movie industry in the world, can be expected to return the favour and make Nigeria proud. The Post read: On this Democracy Day 2018, I want to urge all Nigerians to pray for peace in Nigeria. We need peace in Nigeria.…

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Kenya’s Patel dam bursts, sweeping away homes in Solai

At least 41 people have died after heavy rains caused a dam to burst in Kenya, sweeping away homes across a vast area of farmland. The breach happened on Wednesday near the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. The dead are thought to include children and women trapped in mud. The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued about 40 people so far. More than 2,000 people are said to have been left homeless. Local officials say the full extent of the damage is not…

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PDP to Osinbajo: “You are a beneficiary of corruption”

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Nigerians, particularly, the younger generation, are thoroughly disappointed in Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for allowing himself to be used as the poster boy for diversion of public attention from the impunity and corruption that saturate the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government. As a professor of law, and an occupant of the exalted seat of the Vice President of our country, Prof. Osinbajo should know better than allowing himself to be used to bandy figures and make unguarded statements at public events, such…

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BREAKING: APC Postpones Ekiti Governorship Primary Election.

Following the violent disruption of the All Progressives Congress governorship primaries in Ekiti State, the Tanko Al-Makura-led organising committee has suspended the exercise indefinitely. A meeting of the committee and all the aspirants held shortly after the crisis erupted. The meeting held for nearly one hour and half. Mr Al-Makura stormed out of the meeting and was guarded into his car and driven away without briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting. DAILYMANDATE gathered that it was an agreement among the aspirants that the primaries be suspended. However, one…

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Tension In Rivers Ahead Of APC Congresses

There was tension in River State on Friday ahead of the takeoff of the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country. Violence broke out after hundreds of supporters of the party in the state stormed the APC Secretariat in Port Harcourt to protest what they describe as unacceptable development in the party. They alleged that the APC leadership loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, plotted to shut those purportedly loyal to Senator Magnus Abe from the congresses on Saturday. The protesters also claimed that the sale of…

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88-year-old man dies day after graduation

By ADA DIKE It was a thing of joy during the graduation of an 88-year-old man from a Bible School but nobody had any premonition that he was going to kick the bucket soon. Though, his identity was not disclosed as at the time of filing this report, Daily Mandate discovered that the incident occurred in River State. The news of his death was announced on social media by Oraye St. Franklyn, who shared some of the deceased picture during his graduation on Facebook. St. Franklyn wrote that the 88-year-old…

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