Author: Toba Ilori

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has announced plans to venture into steel production with the goal of ensuring that all steel used in West Africa originates from Nigeria. Dangote made this declaration during an interview at the Afreximbank Afro-Caribbean Trade & Investment Forum in Nassau, The Bahamas. Following the completion of his refinery project, Dangote revealed that his next major enterprise would be in steel manufacturing. He emphasised his ambition to see Nigeria become the primary source of steel products for West Africa. “We are not going to take any breaks,” Dangote stated. “Our goal is to make…

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has voiced strong opposition to a bill proposing a single six-year term for the President and state governors, labeling it as “anti-democracy” and a move to restrict the people’s choice. The bill, proposed by 35 members of the House of Representatives under the banner of Reformed-minded Legislators, also advocates for rotating the presidency among Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones, arguing that this would reduce the cost of governance. In a press conference held in Abeokuta on Thursday, NANS urged Nigerians, pro-democracy groups, organized labor, and trade unions to mobilize against the bill. Yekini Adewale,…

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The Federal High Court in Kano has affirmed its jurisdiction to hear the human rights violation case brought by deposed Kano Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and senior councillor Aminu Babba DanAgundi. This follows the contentious reinstatement of Emir Mohammadu Sanusi II. Previously, the court issued an ex-parte order preventing Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano from reinstating Sanusi until the substantive suit against his reinstatement is resolved. This order also opposes the abolishment of the four emirates—Bichi, Gaya, Karaye, and Rano—as stipulated in a bill passed by the State House of Assembly. Justice Liman directed all parties to maintain the…

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The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has announced that it will publish the complete list of institutions that have submitted their student data in accordance with the agency’s requirements. This announcement, made on Thursday by NELFUND’s Head of Media, Nasir Ayitogo, specifies that the list will be made public on June 24, 2024. The publication will include both federal and state-owned institutions and aims to ensure transparency and encourage active participation in the scheme by undergraduate applicants and tertiary institutions. “It is commendable that many federal institutions have already completed the exercise as the first wave, while state-owned institutions are…

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Aliko Dangote, founder of Dangote Group and Africa’s richest man, revealed that he has repaid $2.4 billion of the $5.5 billion loan taken for his $19 billion refinery in Lagos. Speaking at the Afreximbank Annual Meetings in Nassau, The Bahamas, Dangote disclosed that his 650,000-barrel-per-day refinery will serve as Nigeria’s strategic reserve, according to This Day Newspaper. Dangote explained that the loan was secured based on the company’s balance sheet. “We borrowed just over $5.5 billion. We have paid a significant amount in interest due to project delays caused by land issues and lengthy sand-filling processes. Despite these challenges, we…

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The United States Department of State has reaffirmed its commitment to combating child labor globally on World Day Against Child Labour. In a press statement, Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller highlighted the urgent need to protect children from hazardous work and criminal exploitation. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), an alarming 11% of the world’s children are engaged in work that poses risks to their health, development, and education. This includes work that is excessively demanding or dangerous. The US government is taking a multi-faceted approach to address this issue. US embassies worldwide contribute to the preparation of key reports,…

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In a recent interview on Arise Television’s News programme, Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, addressed criticisms from Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka. Soyinka had previously stated that Obi was unfit to govern Nigeria and accused him of inciting his supporters to attack and insult him, particularly online. When asked about Soyinka’s comments, Obi emphasized his respect for elder statesmen, saying, “I will not make any comment on that. Wole Soyinka is a father. I have a policy as a father: I don’t respond when my fathers talk. I leave it to them because when…

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused influential Nigerian politicians of protecting former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who faces allegations of N80.2 billion fraud. The EFCC declared Bello wanted after he failed to respond to multiple invitations for questioning. Despite a botched attempt to arrest him and his repeated absences from court, Bello remains at large. The Nigerian Immigration Service has placed him on a watchlist. An EFCC official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, expressed frustration over the situation, stating that the ex-governor is being shielded by the political system. “That politically-exposed Yahaya Bello, whose crime…

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed disappointment over President Bola Tinubu’s Democracy Day speech, particularly his failure to announce a new minimum wage. Acting President of the NLC, Comrade Prince Adewale Adeyanju, responded to the speech, noting that while Tinubu accurately recounted parts of Nigeria’s democratic journey, he appeared misinformed about the progress of the wage negotiation process. The NLC had anticipated that the President would reconcile the two figures submitted by the Tripartite Committee in favour of workers, a gesture they deemed fitting for Democracy Day. Quoting President Tinubu, “As we continue to reform the economy, I shall…

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In response to recent allegations, Russian authorities have firmly denied reports claiming that African students, particularly Nigerians, are being coerced into fighting in the ongoing war with Ukraine in exchange for visa extensions. The Russian Embassy in Nigeria has labelled these reports as fake news. Bloomberg had previously reported that Russia was allegedly sending thousands of migrants and foreign students, including Nigerians, to fight alongside its troops in exchange for visa renewals. In a statement released on Wednesday, June 12, the Russian Embassy declared that the claims are entirely unfounded. “The Embassy of the Russian Federation is compelled to emphasise…

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In life, during our trying moments, we often talk about things that hold great importance to us. Every viewer loves a happy ending in a film—a conclusion that suggests a continuation of the characters’ stories . It’s not unreasonable to ask for this, as it makes viewers happy, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We often forget that actors are humans first, even before they take on the realities of their characters. Given this thematic preoccupation, it’s natural for them to get tired—after all, humans do. I’ve seen films that aren’t properly scripted or have a loose plot. Believe me,…

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The Federal Government today unveiled the world’s largest painting on canvas at the 25th Anniversary of Democracy Day, held at Eagles Square in Abuja. The innovator behind the monumental artwork, Mr. Opeyemi Alaba, described it as a message of hope for Nigerians and the African continent. Created by a team of 37 painters representing Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, the painting symbolises unity and collaboration. Alaba revealed that the inspiration for the portrait came from iconic images of former U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth. Further details about this historic unveiling are expected shortly.

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