…Governors, others congratulate Christians

As the ruling All Progre s s i v e s Congress (APC) on Saturday expresses its best wishes to Christians in the country and indeed all Nigerians on the joyous occasion of Easter, former Vice President of Nigeria and a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Christians in Nigerians, saying the country will get better. In a press statement released by Atiku’s Media Office, he urged the Christian faithful and Nigerians of other faiths to see the sacrifice and deprivation of the period preceding Easter as…

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Consumer protection council raises concern on Lucozade, Mirinda

The Consumer Protection Council, (CPC), has called for further investigation of soft drinks sold in Nigeria, following the discovery that the benzoic acid in Mirinda (a product of Seven Up Bottling Company) and Lucozade (a product of Suntory) is higher than the Nigerian regulatory standard of 250mg/kg. The benzoic levels of both drinks are said to be up to 330mg/kg and 323.53mg/kg respectively. But Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited, manufacturers of Lucozade in reaction said that its range of Lucozade drinks do not contain benzoic acid and as such…

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CPC: Burden of policing a delicate market

The task of policing over 170 million Nigerians in a vast, unorganised market, as carved out for Consumer Protection Council( CPC), is a burden the agency can deliver, if given power of prosecution, ABDULWAHAB ISA reports     The consumer is supposedly a king in an ideal business transaction. He deserves to be treated like a king by product and service providers for enduring business relationship to be maintained. In Nigeria, the opposite is the norm. Consumers are treated shabbily. It’s a slave/master relationship, with the consumer, in most instances,…

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In Syria and Nigeria, Trump faces the limits of American power

    President Trump, inspired by TV images of faraway suffering to launch missile strikes against Syria, may be about to discover a lesson that has confounded presidents for 25 years: American power can only do so much. That truth is also embedded in another set of disturbing images that Mr. Trump has not cited publicly: those from Nigeria’s conflict-torn northeast, where a very different crisis is drawing different American action toward different ends. Those two conflicts, in both their contrasts and commonalities, reveal something of the role that Mr.…

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Promoting theatre growth through criticism

What impact can theatre criticism make on politics? What are the values of the politics in the theatre? Indeed, how does documentation policy affect the theatre critic? And, is theory an accessible tool for the theatre critic? These are among questions that were brought to the fore at the recently concluded conference of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) in Nigeria, which was on the theme: ‘Theatre, Criticism and Politics – Where Are the Limits?’ The conference, which brought together theatre critics in the media and the academia world…

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Importers to FG: Remove raw materials from forex ban

Importers have urged the Federal Government to review the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s policy on 41 items barred from the official foreign exchange window. Director General, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Segun Ajayi- Kadir, made this call in Lagos after the association’s meeting with officials of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC). He said that the operating environment was not  competitive for business because of government’s import policy. Specifically, he said there were 680 tariff lines in the 41 items. He explained that 95 of them were raw materials not…

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College, TRCN induct graduates into teaching profession

The Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has issued operational licenses to over 400 graduates of the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) of the College of Education, Nsukka in Enugu State. Inducting the teachers during the fifth induction of the college, the Registrar and Chief Executive TRCN, Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye said the induction was a prerequisite for confirmation of professional teaching status on the new teachers, stressing that it is a stage every teacher must pass through before being considered as qualified…

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Ogunleye to govt: Enforce National Building Code compliance

Worried by plethora of substandard buildings in Nigerian urban centres, promoters of Lagos International Housing Fair, led by its Chairman, Mr. Moses Ogunleye, have called on the government at all levels to enforce compliance of the Nigerian Building Code (NBC) to guard against incessant collapse of buildings. Noting that review of the building code requires executive endorsement, the built environment expert enjoined the Federal Executive Council to speedily pass it for effective operation to give direction to state and local government for the full implementation. Ogunleye also appealed to the…

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Analysts predict $4.2bn drop in remittances from UK-based Nigerians

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Expectations in some quarters that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will be able to sustain its current defense of the naira with increased forex inflows may not be realised as analysts at Financial Derivatives Company Limited (FDC) are predicting a $4.2 billion drop in Nigerian Diaspora remittances from the United Kingdom. The analysts made the forecast in the firm’s April presentation at the Lagos Business School (LBS) obtained by New Telegraph.Specifically, the experts said: “The British Pound lost 14 per cent of its value since Brexit… The UK is…

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