‘I won’t sell my boy, even for a million naira, says Baby factory teenage mother

 by: Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta For seventeen years old Blessing Saviour from Akwa – Ibom State, the labour pains experienced last week before delivering her Baby boy at the state hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta has thought her few lessons – that motherhood is neither a tea party nor the fruit from it something to be traded off.…

U.S. expresses concern about herdsmen-farmers clashes in Nigeria

“As a friend and partner of this country, I am very concerned and interested in the violence here in the middle belt.” The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has expressed his country’s concern about violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen, particularly in Nigeria’s north-central states. Speaking on Wednesday during a courtesy visit on…

Zoo’s Reps summon Gusau, IG, NSA over Zamfara killings

by John Ameh The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Minister of Defence, Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd.), to explain the circumstances leading to the massacre of over 200 villagers by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Zamfara State last Sunday.The attackers, said to be armed with sophisticated military weapons, had killed the villagers in Unguwar Galadima.Many…

Restructuring of Nigeria with Zones as Federating Units tops discussion at National Conference

Issues bordering on corrupt practices, unemployment, restructuring of the country into federating units, economic development and national security topped deliberation today at the on-going National Conference in Abuja.Each delegate who stood to comment on the President’s speech at the inauguration of the Conference also expressed concern over what would happen to the report of the Conference in view of the non-implementation of reports of previous Conference report.Former Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet Group, Air Commodore Idongest Nkanga (rtd), in his contribution said the Conference has the capacity to either take the country to where it should be in the comity of nations or push it backward.

Endless agony, as power network collapses

Nigeria’s Power situation has in the last couple of weeks attained a worrisome dimension, raising questions on the country’s recent emergence as the 26th biggest economy in the world. Electricity consumers lament that they are rather paying more for darkness than light. In the last one month, power supply across the country, especially in Lagos and Abuja, has deteriorated to the worst level since Nigeria’s independence, despite promises made by the Federal Government over the years to ensure stable electricity supply.Distribution companies are daily designing ingenious means to make consumers pay for electricity not supplied.

Let oil states have 100% revenue

Many delegates to the on-going National Conference were taken aback yesterday when His Royal Highness Lamido Adamawa Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha said that oil-bearing states should be allowed to receive 100 per cent revenue accruing from their resources. Mustapha also said that states that do not have oil should be allowed to receive 100 per cent revenue from their land resource.He noted that the implication of his proposal is that ownership of all land should revert to the states. The monarch however opposed assigning traditional rulers any roles in the constitution. He said, “Mr. Chairman, I have observed

5 soldiers, scores of terrorists killed in Boko Haram ambush

Following continued air and land strikes on Boko Haram terrorists in the hills and forests of the North-East, an officer of the Nigerian Army and four soldiers have been killed in an ambush by the terrorists, while scores of the sect members were killed in the shootout that ensued. The death of the soldiers came just as a distress call from indigenes indicating a planned attack, saved some communities around the Lake Chad Basin from being over run by the terrorists.A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said: “A timely distress call has saved communities besieged by the terrorists in search of food around the Lake Chad area.

Zamfara killings Reps query NSA, IGP, Defence Minister

Members of the House of Representatives, yesterday ,mandated its committee on security to invite the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, rtd, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, rtd, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to appear before the House and explain what led to last week’s killings of Nigerians in Zamfara State. In a motion sponsored by Representative Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, PDP, Zamfara, the House also appealed to the defence ministry to “consider locating an army barracks in the affected local governments to forestal the recurrences of such killings.”

How Nigeria’s economy grew by 89 per cent overnight

ON Saturday, April 5th, South Africa was Africa’s largest economy. The IMF put its GDP at $354 billion last year, well ahead of its closest rival for the crown, Nigeria. By Sunday afternoon that had changed. Nigeria’s statistician-general announced that his country’s GDP for 2013 had been revised from 42.4 trillion naira to 80.2 trillion naira ($509 billion). The estimated income of the average Nigerian went from less than $1,500 a year to $2,688 in a trice. How can an economy grow by almost 90% overnight?Nigeria has a deserved reputation for corruption, so a sceptic might think the doubling of its economy a result of fiddling the numbers. In fact it is the old numbers that are dodgy. An economy’s real growth rate is typically