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Buhari Departs Abuja for Japan  to Attend TICAD7

President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja Sunday for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City...

Nigerian  Pilgrims Medical Officer Dies in Saudi Arabia

*First batch of FCT pilgrims airlifted From Olawale Ajimotokan in Mecca The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Sunday announced the death of a member of the national medical personnel to this year's  Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia. The Commission said the senior nursing officer, Aminu Rufa'i Bello,  died in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday in Mecca. His death has brought to 11 the number of Nigerian pilgrims known to have died during this year's  Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia. The Commissioner in charge of health matters of NAHCON, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, said the deceased was buried after his Janazah prayers at Kaabah after the afternoon prayer in Mecca. Kana said the news of the death of the hardworking nursing officer, was received with sadness as he was scheduled to reunite with his family in Nigeria on Monday morning.  He said the deceased was in high spirit and was with his roommates till about midnight without exhibiting any signs of illness only to pass on peacefully in his sleep. He added that the Chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, who shouldered the Herculean task of breaking the sad news to his family in Zaria, was immediately briefed. Kana, who described late Rufa'i as one of the most dedicated nurses on the medical team to the Hajj this year, expressed his personal anguish at losing such a committed member. Meanwhile the first batch of FCT pilgrims was airlifted to Abuja from Jeddah on Sunday after performing the Hajj rites in Mecca almost two weeks ago. The contingent of over 500 pilgrims left aboard a FlyNAS flight that departed Jeddah in the afternoon.Over 2,500 pilgrims from the FCT performed the Hajj this year.

BUSINESS

Strengthening Domestic Food Production

Nigeria must adopt structural reforms to preserve its hard-earned foreign exchange, support local manufacturers as well as to achieve its much-desired quest for economic...

Fresh Battle for Beer Market Leadership

Raheem Akingbolu takes a look at the dynamics in the Nigeria’s beer market and the struggle for leadership among the top three players in...

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LIFE & STYLE

Elvina Ibru: The Baby of Michael Ibru Dynasty

Elvina ‘Baby’ Ibru: that’s another word for beauty and brain. Gregarious, gorgeous and gifted, Elvina is a character with eclectic shades. She exudes delight...

Oba Akinruntan Plans 10th Coronation Anniversary

When most kings ascend the throne of their forefathers, they resolve not to stir ripples in the waters for fear it could trigger a...

Hakeem Muri-Okunola’s Good Example

The annals of public service is littered with the sorry tales of bright minds whose spark fizzled out much too soon, snuffled out by...

Mbok, Who Beat Ekweremadu?

At first, I thought it was a gathering of Igbo traders fighting over bales of Okrika. But as I watched closely the whole thing...

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Kicking Out Polio in Nigeria

Saturday letter2   Nigeria on Wednesday, 21st August 2019, marked a great milestone by reaching the three-year mark without any case of the Wild Polio Virus...

Itu-Olokoro: ‘Nnuegbe’ Our Traditional Prime Minister is Gone

TRIBUTE and HEALTH STORY Chris Asika writes on the tributes, amidst tears, that flood in as Itu-Olokoro Community of Umuahia, Abia State lays to rest...

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND INFERTILITY Part 2

This week we will be discussing types of sexually transmitted diseases ASYMPTOMATIC Usually, many STIs show no signs or symptoms (asymptomatic). Even with no symptoms, however, one can...

Making Epidemics Prevention, Preparedness a Priority

Ayodeji Ake write on the thoughts of a United States’ Epidemic Expert, Dr. Tom Frieden, who recently visited Nigeria to share his ideologies on...

Delivering Healthcare for Daura

Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that in delivering affordable and accessible healthcare to the people of Daura and its environs, the Nigerian Air Force recently built...

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EDUCATION

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Oyo Gov Applauds Old Students for N40m School Facelift

Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has commended the Old Students’ Association of Ibadan City Academy, Eleta and the School Governing...

Oyetola: Govt is Committed to Transforming Osun Education

Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to transform the state education sector. This, he said is...

‘Teaching History in Schools will Break Claws of Imperialism’

The suspension of History as a subject schools’ curriculum has done more harm than good, especially in the development of students. The founder of...

Baywood Foundation Partners African Union on Youth Involvement in Governance, Leadership

Funmi Ogundare Baywood Foundation recently announced its pan-African initiative, in collaboration with the African Union (AU), aimed at providing an avenue for youth participation in...

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EDITORIAL

An Avoidable $9.6 Billion Judgment Debt

The UK-court judgment against Nigeria raises many questions begging for answers Wriggling out of the $9.6 billion judgment debt arising from the controversial agreement between...