World population hits 7.7bn as men outnumber women in Nigeria

The population of the world hits an estimated 7,713,468,000, the United Nations Population Division said yesterday. According to the World Population Prospect released by the UN, and analysed by TheCable, the medium-variant projection indicates that the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100. The data also shows that males outnumber females in Nigeria, and the world as a whole, negating the popular belief that women outnumber men in the West African country. Nigeria is estimated to be at…

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Buhari reveals those behind violence, social unrest in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari says most instances of inter-communal and inter-religious strife and violence were and are still being sponsored or incited by ethnic, political and or religious leaders. The President, who stated this in his Democracy Day address on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the leaders were hoping to benefit by “exploiting our divisions and fault lines, thereby weakening our country.” He noted that in spite of activities of the saboteurs, his government had remained focused in fulfilling the campaign promises in the areas of security, economy and fighting corruption.…

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Buhari govt driving Nigeria towards disaster, instability – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is driving Nigeria towards “disaster and instability.” Obasanjo, in an interview with Premium Times, noted that although the country had made considerable progress since the new dispensation began in 1999, the current pace was poor. He said: “I think we have no choice but to be on the path for sustainable development. The progress we are making may be questionable. Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward…

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2023: You are in no position to write Igbos off – Obi tells Amaechi

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has berated Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation over comments attributed to him on Igbo presidency in 2023. Rotimi Amaechi said the people must not demand the presidency slot in 2023 for refusing to back the All Progressive Congress (APC). Nigeria which has three major ethnic groups has not produced a President of Igbo extraction since 1999. Amaechi said: “I don’t know what they will do now for voting against the APC. For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come…

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University fees in Nigeria so low, it compromises quality – Oby

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, says the cost of tertiary education in Nigeria has been reduced to the extent that quality has been compromised. Speaking on Thursday at the launch of Edfin, Nigeria’s first educational microfinance bank, she advised that the federal government find a solution that does not compromise the quality of education. “There is a matter of how do you share the cost of getting a tertiary education. Unfortunately, our society did not come to the understanding that even education financing does not have to be a…

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Insecurity: 15,000 women, children from Zamfara, Sokoto, now refugees in Niger Republic – NEMA

• As Southern, Middle Belt leaders criticise FG for setting up radio to reach Fulani herdsmen Over 15,000 refugees from Sokoto and Zamfara States mainly women and children are currently taking refuge in some communities in Niger Republic, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has said. The Head of NEMA’s Operations in Sokoto, Dr Kofoworola Soleye disclosed this in Gusau yesterday at the stakeholders’ meeting on disaster management organised by the agency. Soloye noted that the refugees were displaced from their communities in Isa and Sabon-Birni Local Government Areas of…

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Terrorists are now Nigeria’s Commanders-in-Chief, says Bakare

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, May 12, submitted that bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killer herdsmen and looters have become the commanders-in-chief of Nigeria. The cleric said his stance was due to their overwhelming presence across the country and the inability of the relevant authorities to stop their activities. According to him, the whole nation is under the control of terrorists and they are in charge. His words: “It is evident that the bandits; criminals, killing people every day; those kidnapping people over…

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Nigeria has over 1m displaced children who don’t know their parents – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says there are at least a million displaced Nigerian children who do not know their parents and where they are from. Buhari also requested for the assistance of the United Nations in rehabilitating the devastated internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps across the country. The president spoke while hosting Maria Garces, president of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), at the state house, Abuja, on Tuesday. The president noted that the damage to the infrastructure, particularly in the northeast, has been “horrendous”, saying every…

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Nigeria’s Professor Bande becomes President of UN General Assembly

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, a Professor and former Vice Chancellor of Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has been appointed president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the main policy-making organ of the international body. The assembly’s outgoing president, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, made this public yesterday at a press conference held in Abuja following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. She disclosed that Bande will succeed her in the office as soon as her tenure lapses. Until his appointment, Bande, who hails from Kebbi State, was the permanent representative of Nigeria at…

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Accept responsibility for worsening state of insecurity, Atiku tells Buhari

• I know the weight of responsibility I carry – Buhari • IGP appears before Senate over insecurity • Says FG didn’t offer Miyetti Allah N100 bn • As Presidential election tribunal begins sitting Former Vice President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to accept responsibility for the spate of banditry, kidnappings, and killings going on in some parts of the country. In a statement signed by Paul Ibe, Atiku’s…

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US cuts monthly oil imports from Nigeria by 89%

The United States’ crude oil imports from Nigeria plunged to 539,000 barrels per day in February from 4.87 million bpd in January. The US imports of Nigerian crude have dropped in recent months, hitting almost a four-year low in February. The country bought 5.18 million bpd in December, down from 10.03 million bpd in January 2018, the latest data obtained from the Energy Information Administration on Friday showed. Its imports of Nigerian crude oil dropped by 48.87 million barrels or 43 per cent in 2018, the EIA said. The US…

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Nigeria commences registration for 10-year e-passport

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has commenced registration for the issuance of the new 10-year electronic passports to Nigerians. This was disclosed by the public relations officer of the service, James Sunday, on Monday when he took journalists around the data capture centre in Abuja. The new passport will incorporate details of enrollees as captured by the National Identity Management Commission. The Immigration Service earlier postponed the issuance of the new 10-year enhanced e-passport till April 29. It said that was to enable it finalise the integration of the National…

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Eaglets crash again, lose third place match to Angola

Nigeria finished outside the medals’ zone after losing 2-1 to Angola in the third-place match of the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania on Saturday. The Golden Eaglets however kept their ticket to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil. The technical crew of the five-time world champions must be quite worried how the Eaglets’ scorecard showed a steady decline in the tournament. First, they narrowly edged a nine-goal thriller against Tanzania, won by a goal from the spot against Angola, came from behind to draw against Uganda,…

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NMA, NARD knock Ngige over claim that ‘Nigeria has enough doctors’

… Says only 40,000 doctors care for 200m people The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP) and human rights groups have taken a swipe at the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, over his comment that the country had enough medical doctors. Ngige, had on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, said doctors who felt they wanted to relocate in search of greener pastures were free to do so as the nation had enough medical personnel.…

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NAFDAC raises alert over fake anti-hypertension drug

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control has alerted the public to the circulation of a fake anti-hypertensive drug. NAFDAC’s Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the drug, Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg (containing Glibenclamide) was already on sale in Cameroun. “NAFDAC is alerting the public, especially healthcare providers, to the circulation of confirmed faked Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg tablets in Cameroun. “The faked product has been found to contain Glibenclamide instead of Hydrochlorothiazide. “In March, the World Health Organisation was informed by an NGO in…

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