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President Muhammadu Buhari pledges  to deploy Geographic Information Services for increased production by farmers

President Muhammadu Buhari pledges to deploy Geographic Information Services for increased production by farmers

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government will sustain the deployment of Geographic Information Services-GIS and similar technologies to help farmers achieve increased production. The President who made this known when he received a delegation from the Surveyors Council of Nigeria-SURCON led by the President of the International Federation of Surveyors, Professor Rudolf Staiger, at...

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National Economic Council orders for forensic audit of electricity distribution companies

National Economic Council orders for forensic audit of electricity distribution companies

The National Economic Council -NEC rose from its monthly meeting with a resolution ordering a forensic audit of electricity distribution companies -Discos since the privatization of the power sector in 2013. The move is coming barely a week after the federal government had threatened the Discos to improve on their performance or lose their licences....

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Nigeria confirms first case of Coronavirus disease in Lagos state

Nigeria confirms first case of Coronavirus disease in Lagos state

The Ministry of Health in Lagos State has confirmed its first case of the novel Coronavirus disease-COVID-19, incidentally the first in Nigeria and in West Africa since the outbreak in China in January 2020. This was contained in a statement released by the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. It is the second confirmed...

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AKSG warns against illegal mining operations in the state.

Akwa Ibom State Government has warn those engaging in illegal mining operations in the state to desist from the act as such operations constitute economic and environmental sabotage and is punishable under the law. The state Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Barrister Ekong Sampson who gave the warning during an inspection of some sites...

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President Muhammadu Buhari urged to reconstitute board of Federal Character Commission

President Muhammadu Buhari urged to reconstitute board of Federal Character Commission

President Muhamadu Buhari has been urged to as a matter of urgent public importance reconstitute the Federal Character Commission. This call was made by the member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Unyime Idem while presenting a motion on the need for the Federal Government to appoint 37 federal commissioners for the...

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Oro Nation youths stage a peaceful protest over non-recognition of the area as Oil Producing community in Akwa Ibom State

Oro Nation youths stage a peaceful protest over non-recognition of the area as Oil Producing community in Akwa Ibom State

Youths of Oro Nation in Akwa Ibom coming under different youth groups in the area yesterday staged a peaceful protest at Oron Town against what they termed non-recognition of the area as Oil Producing community in Akwa Ibom State. The protesting youths brandishing placards with various inscriptions issued a 14 day ultimatum beginning from Monday,...

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The member representing Uyo Federal Constituency, Michael Enyong, empowers eight constituents with One million naira each.

The member representing Uyo Federal Constituency, Michael Enyong, empowers eight constituents with One million naira each.

The Member representing Uyo/Uruan/Nsit Atai/Ibesikpo Asutan Federal Constituency in the national assembly, Michael Enyong, has doled out the sum of N1 million each to eight constituents drawn from Uyo, Uruan, Nsit Atai and Ibesikpo Asutan in his avowed commitment to change the fortunes of his constituents and further pursue his target of making at least...

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2020 ITTF Africa Top Cup 16 serves off today in Tunisia.

2020 ITTF Africa Top Cup 16 serves off today in Tunisia.

The 2020 ITTF Africa Top Cup 16 will serve off today in Rades, Tunis, the capital city of the North African nation, Tunisia. Defending champions in the men and women events Omar Assar and Dina Meshref will be the event that will also feature Africa’s best-ranked player in the world, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria, coupled...

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NYSC to prosecute prospective corps members with fake credentials

NYSC to prosecute prospective corps members with fake credentials

The National Youth Service Corps -NYSC has warned prospective corps members with fake credentials to stay off Orientation Camps across the country. This was contained in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi ahead of the 2020 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course. READ ALSO: Government urged to make learning in local dialect...

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NHRC condemns attack on judicial officers.

NHRC condemns attack on judicial officers.

The National Human Rights Commission – NHRC has expressed concern on recent ‘unwarranted attacks and harassment’ of judicial officers in the legitimate and constitutional exercise of their functions. In a communiqué by its Director of Corporate Affairs and External Linkages, Lambert Oparah, the NHRC noted that the situation is further accentuated by the increasing lack...

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The need to emphasize more on social orientation campaign

The need to emphasize more on social orientation campaign

The need to emphasize more on social orientation campaign was a major discussion on 22nd February 2020, at the studios of the first indigenous private radio station in the Akwa- cross-region ”Planet101.1fm” on the Saturday breakfast signature show, “Community views”. The host of the flagship show @bigSammyX started the first half of the show by...

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Government urged to make learning in local dialect compulsory in schools as the world marks 2020 mother language day today,

Government urged to make learning in local dialect compulsory in schools as the world marks 2020 mother language day today,

As world mother language day is marked today, the phenomena where some parents do not teach their children how to speak their mother language has been condemned as a retrogressive behavior that strips the child of his or her identity. Speaking with Planet News, respondents tried to make sense of reasons why parents hesitate in...

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Bill for establishment of Police Academy passes 2nd reading in Senate

Bill for establishment of Police Academy passes 2nd reading in Senate

A bill for the establishment of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, as a degree-awarding institution has passed second reading in the Senate. This followed the presentation of the bill during plenary by the sponsor, Senator Halliru Jika from Bauchi. READ ALSO: Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to verify registered teachers in Akwa Ibom. Leading...

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Akwa Ibom State government shuts down Ewet Technical College Uyo, indefinitely due to students’ crisis.

Akwa Ibom State government shuts down Ewet Technical College Uyo, indefinitely due to students’ crisis.

The Akwa Ibom State government has shut down Government Technical College -GTC Ewet Offot, located along Nwaniba Road Uyo, the state capital due to students’ unrest that took place on Wednesday February 19. The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Nse Essien who announced the decision in a press release, added that the students are advised...

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Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to verify registered teachers in Akwa Ibom.

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to verify registered teachers in Akwa Ibom.

The Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria –TRCN says it will conduct verification for teachers in public and private schools in Akwa Ibom State. TRCN State Coordinator Aletor Omonzokpia said this would authenticate the license of registered teachers and identify those with fake licenses. READ ALSO: NNPC: FG and US sign 1.16 million dollars power plant...

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President Muhammadu Buhari to decide on border reopening.

President Muhammadu Buhari to decide on border reopening.

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari may soon decide when the country’s land borders will be reopened. Babandede spoke during the NIS project validation meeting with senior officers in Abuja. READ ALSO : House of Representatives urge Buhari to declare emergency on power sector, According to...

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China releases the largest coronavirus study.

China releases the largest coronavirus study.

Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began. Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk. The...

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Atletico Madrid ‘silence’ Liverpool with early goal

Atletico Madrid ‘silence’ Liverpool with early goal

Atletico Madrid went ahead with an early goal at the fourth minute against Liverpool all thanks to Saul Niguez who put the home-side in front. The defending champion of Champion League struggled to stage a comeback for a better part of the match but all efforts were abortive as the first leg of their Champions...

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NNPC: FG and US sign 1.16 million dollars power plant project in Abuja.

NNPC: FG and US sign 1.16 million dollars power plant project in Abuja.

Federal Government, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation-NNPC, and the US Trade and Development Agency-USTDA have signed a 1.16 million grant from the agency for the feasibility study of a power plant to be built in Abuja. Reports say the Abuja Independent Power Project is modeled to generate 1,350 megawatts of electricity to alleviate the...

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