Food Crisis: ’82m Nigerians may go hungry soon’, UN warns

Food at markets

The United Nations (UN), has again predicted that 82 million Nigerians, about 64 percent of the country’s population, may go hungry by 2030, calling on the Government to tackle climate change, pest infestations, and other threats to agricultural productivity. The prediction comes in the wake of a persistent hike in food prices in the country. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS), Nigeria’s food inflation rate hit a record high of 40.66 per cent in May 2024, surpassing the previous month’s 40.53 increase. This surge represents the largest year-on-year…

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Hijrah: Sultan declares today start of Islamic NewYear, 1446 AH

Sultan

Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, His Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared today, Sunday, July 7, 2024, as the first day of Muharram, marking the beginning of the Islamic year 1446 after Hijrah. This was contained in an issued statement signed by the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Sambo Junaidu, on Friday. Junaidu stated that there was no report of sighting the moon by national and the various moon sighting committees across the country. He said, “The national…

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LGBTQ: FG condemns reckless media reporting, vows legal action

FG condemns

The Federal Government has issued a stern warning to media organisations over what it described as “reckless reporting” that threatens national security and stability. Speaking yesterday at a press conference at the National Press Centre, Abuja, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, expressed concern over a pattern of what he termed as “insidious and inciting publications” by the Daily Trust newspaper. Minister Idris underscored the Federal Government’s commitment to media freedom and free speech under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, noting that the Government has been tolerant of…

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FG unveils project to get 20m kids back in school

FG unveils

Worried by the increasing rate of out-of-school children in the country, President Bola Tinubu has approved the commencement of the DOTS project to overhaul the education sector, increase enrolment and ensure the academic security of the nation‘s children. DOTS is an acronym representing: ‘Data Repository, Out-of-School Children’s Education, Teacher Training and Development, and Skill Development and Acquisition‘. Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, made the disclosure on Friday in Shabu, a suburb of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, while simultaneously performing the ground-breaking foundation-laying ceremony of the…

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Police alert public on possible secret cult initiations nationwide

Police on secret cult

The Police Command in Rivers State has cautioned the public regarding potential cult-related activities across the country today, June 7. SP Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson of the Command, in an issued statement in Port Harcourt yesterday, disclosed that a large number of ‘Black Axe’ cultists were preparing to mark their Founder’s Day. According to her, intelligence reports indicate that the confraternity intends to initiate innocent victims into their group and potentially engage in clashes with rival cults on the same day. “We have received information about the Neo-Black Movement (NBM),…

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Ex- Envoys fault Tinubu over non-appointment of Ambassadors 10 months after

Minister Sununu

Two former envoys have criticised President Bola Tinubu’s non-appointment of ambassadors 10 months after he recalled all career and political ambassadors representing Nigeria overseas. They described as “unacceptable”, the prolonged delays in the appointment of diplomats to man Nigeria’s diplomatic missions and push the country’s foreign policy objectives in their host nations. These were the thoughts of two diplomats: Nigeria’s former Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Usman Sarki and ex-Senior Advisor to the United Nations (Nigeria Office), Fred Eno, who spoke during a television programme aired on Friday.…

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2027: ‘Why Peter Obi will lose’ – Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri on Obi

A social media influencer and former aide to ex-President, Reno Omokri, says Peter Obi will not win in 2027 if he contests the presidential election. Omokri said unlike the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (UK), Keir Starmer, Obi had no clear stand on any issue. He said, ” One thing we learnt from the #UKElection2024 is this:  If you want to win an election, focus on telling the public what you want to do first and how you would govern the country better. “Do not concentrate on attacking…

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Again, National Grid suffers another major collapse

National Grid collapse

…Worsens FG’s 20hr power target Nigeria’s National grid has suffered yet another collapse of this year, leading to a significant drop in electricity generation to just 0.80 megawatts, (MWs). The power grid collapse, the fourth time in 2024, is occurring amid ongoing furore over the hike in electricity tariff for premium consumers. The electricity grid, on February 4, collapsed for the first time in 2024. Also, the country suffered another nationwide blackout following the collapse of the National Grid on March 28, and again on April 15. While the Federal Government…

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‘Judiciary now last hope of rich people’ – AGF Fagbemi

AGF Fagbemi

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi, has said Judiciary now for politicians and other influential people in the country. Fagbemi made the assertion on Thursday, during the groundbreaking N37 billion construction of the Abuja Division of the Appeal Court Complex at Daki-Biyu, by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Nyesom Wike. Recall that the FCT Minister had at the ceremony said that President Bola Tinubu, approved N30 billion of the N37 billion in the 2024 Budget, for the structure which he promised…

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Nigeria eyes $172bn investment in mining, agriculture, others

Nigeria investments

A multi-national company, Nigeria Backbone Infrastructure Limited, (NBIL), has announced its intention to invest $172billion to develop various infrastructure sectors in the country. This investment, utilising alternative financing options, will be allocated to mineral resources, energy, agriculture, housing, and transportation sectors for the next 22 years, a statement by the company said yesterday. The administration of President Bola Tinubu has openly reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into the country, while also promoting alternative financing for the construction of essential infrastructure projects. Recall that last year,…

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