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NAF signs MoU with UNIMAID on research, production of Alpha Jet parts

NAF signs MoU with UNIMAID on research, production of Alpha Jet parts

2017-07-18 08:31:50

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on research development and production of locally-made Alpha Jet aircraft anti-skid test bench. Speaking at the event yesterday, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said with the signing of the MoU, UNIMAID has joined other Nigerian universities, polytechnics and research agencies with which the NAF has existing MoUs. Abubakar noted that the story of insurgency in the North-East would not be complete without mentioning the contributions of UNIMAID and indeed the other NAF partnering institutions whose collaborative efforts with… continue reading


TSTV launches new satellite into Nigerian Broadcasting service

TSTV launches new satellite into Nigerian Broadcasting service

2017-07-18 08:27:28

Telecom Satellite TV (TSTV) has partnered with a Europe-based television station, ABS Global, to launch into the Nigerian Broadcasting Service a Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite TV. The newly launched pay TV satellite would cover all sub-Saharan African countries and would provide over 100 TV channels to their audience.Managing Director of TSTV, Bright Echefu during the signing of the multi-transponder agreement with their ABS partner disclosed that their services would offer viewers the experience of HD and SD video, internet services, broadband, TV and radio at a very affordable rate. He said TSTV would be distributed on ABS-3A satellite located at the… continue reading


Senate blames customs, immigration for N7 trillion smuggled goods yearly

Senate blames customs, immigration for N7 trillion smuggled goods yearly

2017-07-18 08:26:10

The Senate has berated the Nigeria Customs Service and Immigration Service for lapses that resulted in N7 trillion goods allegedly smuggled into the country yearly. Besides, the World Bank recent report on smuggling in the country specified that $5 billion and $15 billion worth of goods are smuggled yearly through the Benin Republic and seaports respectively. But the loss of revenue from the international airports was not stated. The colossal loss of revenue was on the front burner for investigation yesterday, during a public hearing conducted by the Senate committee on customs, excise and tariff in Abuja. Senator Hope Uzodinma,… continue reading


Four years not enough to deliver promises, says APC

Four years not enough to deliver promises, says APC

2017-07-17 08:11:35

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday it would be unfair to expect the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fulfil its campaign promises within four years in office. But this contradicts the party’s position while seeking power that the fulfillment of some of its promises would take only a short time. Among others, APC promised to create 720, 000 jobs yearly; generate, transmit and distribute at least 20,000 MW of electricity in four years; ban government officials from seeking medical care abroad; and make Nigeria economy one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP… continue reading


15 feared dead in Calabar tank farm explosion

15 feared dead in Calabar tank farm explosion

2017-07-17 08:06:57

Not fewer than 15 persons were feared dead and many others injured yesterday in a fire incident at a tank farm in Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ), Calabar, Cross River State. The Guardian learnt that the incident occurred when a vessel was supplying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, to two of the tank farms around 2:00 a.m. The eyewitness said the ship was on the river supplying the product through pipes that passed through the premises of the tank farms about 700 metres away. He said: “While supplying was going on, a member of staff of one… continue reading


Presidency gets legal advice, to approach S’Court on Magu

Presidency gets legal advice, to approach S’Court on Magu

2017-07-17 08:05:47

The Presidency will soon approach the Supreme Court to make a pronouncement on the lingering crisis between the executive and the National Assembly over the powers of the President to appoint some heads of government agencies without recourse to the Senate based on the provisions of Section 171 of the Constitution. A Presidency source, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja, on Sunday, said the development was based on legal advice made available to the government on the different interpretations of the law on the matter. The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had, in an interview in April, ruled out the… continue reading


South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

2017-07-17 08:02:38

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang's long-range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop "all hostile activities that raise military tension" at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has long signalled he wants closer engagement with the North. North Korea has not responded to the South's proposal yet. In a recent speech in Berlin, Mr Moon said dialogue with the North was more pressing than… continue reading


Qatar 2022: Fake news story claims Arab nations told Fifa they will boycott World Cup

Qatar 2022: Fake news story claims Arab nations told Fifa they will boycott World Cup

2017-07-17 07:59:50

A fake news story claiming Arab nations had demanded that Fifa strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup appeared on a website designed to look like a credible Swiss news publication. The story appeared to surface on 'The Local' website and said six nations called Qatar 'the base of terrorism'. Fifa have dismissed quotes that were accredited to their president Gianni Infantino. The story was then widely reported by several major news organisations. The Local has said that it was a copycat website and it "neither wrote, posted nor removed that article". The story first appeared on Saturday night and… continue reading


Only new constitution can grant restructuring, says Yakubu Dogara

Only new constitution can grant restructuring, says Yakubu Dogara

2017-07-13 08:23:17

Those hankering for the restructuring of the country to achieve federal character and balance the distribution of the nation’s commonwealth would have to wait until a new constitution becomes operational. This follows yesterday’s remarks by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, at the hearing organised by the House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution at the National Assembly, that restructuring could only be done through the amendment of the constitution. Revealing that the parliament would not constitute a stumbling block to the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians for genuine changes in the constitution,… continue reading


Supreme Court’s verdict ends 14-month battle in PDP

Supreme Court’s verdict ends 14-month battle in PDP

2017-07-13 08:21:31

The Supreme Court yesterday ended a 14-month leadership squabble within the country’s main opposition — the Peoples Democratic Party — and gave it a new lease of life ahead of an important general election in 2019. Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the former governor of Kaduna State and his counterpart from Borno, Senator Alli-Modu Sheriff, have been locked in a protracted legal battle for the soul of the party, forcing the main opposition to lose critical elections, including governorship seats in Edo and Ondo states and legislative seats in many others. Across the country, the opposition party has been grappling with a… continue reading


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