Rice Import scam: FG owed N36bn, says Minister


Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, said yesterday that the alleged rice import duty scam that was widely reported to be N21 billion was actually N36 billion, which needed to be paid into federal coffers.

Baltimore riots: Parallels between institutionalised injustice in Nigeria and America


As we sit and watch our leaders bicker over cabinet positions and appointments, in other climes, more fundamental issues are being argued. The idea of institutionalised racism and the plight of African-Americans in a society built on prejudice and white supremacy is not a new one.

Xenophobic irruption, diplomatic farce and Goodluck Jonathan


JUST when the number of days he has left in Abuja could be counted off one’s fingers or reeled off without much thought, President Goodluck Jonathan finally did what any leader who is in control of his turf does: takes the hard decisions. He ordered the suspension of the permanent

Crazy bills: NERC calls for consumers’ coalition to tackle operators


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC has called on electricity consumers to be organised and challenge the operators in the sector in order to effectively address complaints arising from electricity tariff setting, metering and billing by power firms. The Chairman, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, who stated this in Abuja during

Jonathan’s earned Nigeria international respect —Anyaoku


Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku has said that by conceding defeat even before the presidential election result was fully announced, President Goodluck Jonathan has earned for the country “a great deal of international respect and admiration”. The post Jonathan’s earned Nigeria international respect —Anyaoku appeared first

FG cautions board members on VCs’ function


The Federal Government yesterday, warned members of newly constituted governing councils of 12 universities, 4 polytechnics and National Library of Nigeria not to hijack the constitutional roles of management of the institutions. The post FG cautions board members on VCs’ function appeared first on Vanguard News.

Police arrest 5 over attack on Benue royal father


Benue State police command has arrested five persons in connection with last weekend’s attack on the residence and palace of the Chairman of the Makurdi Council of Chiefs and Ter Makurdi, Chief Sule Abenga. The post Police arrest 5 over attack on Benue royal father appeared first on Vanguard News.

Oil, gas, power, prices: Big themes from energy meeting


In the year since the energy industry last gathered for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming. The post Oil, gas, power, prices: Big themes from energy meeting appeared first on Vanguard News.

PETAN refocuses on gass development…as OTC 2015 kicks off


Part of the plan for the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigerian, PETAN’s participation in this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, holding at the Reliant Park, Houston Texas, in the United States, is how to attract more investments in Nigeria’s gas sector. The refocus on gas development follows the recent crash

Senate finally passes VAPP bill


AFTER a 13-year sojourn in the National Assembly, the Violence Against Persons’ Prohibition, VAPP, Bill 2014, was finally passed yesterday by the Nigerian Senate. The post Senate finally passes VAPP bill appeared first on Vanguard News.

Anglican Bishop tasks Buhari on balance


Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ughelli, Rt. Revd (Dr.) Cyril Odiboroghene Odutemu, has called on President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to ensure a balance of political patronage among the various geo-political and religious realities in Nigeria.

Court fixes May 21 for Multichoice tariff case


A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed May 21, 2015 for ruling on the preliminary objection by Multichoice Nigeria Limited, challenging the suit by some Nigerian subscribers, who are praying the court to restrain the company from increasing subscription fees on the Digital Satelite television, DStv, being operated by

Lagos spends N535m as WAEC registration fees


The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, has said that the state government has paid the West African Examination Council (WAEC) N535,047,000 for the examination and administrative fees for 42,995 SS3 students who are currently sitting for the May/June 2015 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in

PenOp remits N260bn to retirees


By Princewill Ekwujuru THE Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria, PenOp, says it has remitted N260 billion of the contributory pension fund to retirees from the inception of the scheme till  March 2015. The Association made this disclosure at the 2015 May Day celebration in Lagos, where it also urged

World Press Freedom Day: US applauds Nigerian Media


The US Consul General, Jeffery Hawkins has applauded the Nigerian journalists on their reporting ethics during the Nigerian general elections, saying that the media has proven its worth to shaping electoral processes. The post World Press Freedom Day: US applauds Nigerian Media appeared first on Vanguard News.

Morata, Tevez strike as Juve hang on to stun Real


Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez struck a goal apiece as Juventus boosted their Champions League final chances with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in their first leg semi-final on Tuesday The post Morata, Tevez strike as Juve hang on to stun Real appeared first on Vanguard News.