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Scores of internally displaced travelers burned to death in Sokoto, as bandits set ablaze vehicle conveying them

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By Ismail Auwal Bandits have launched a new attack in Sokoto State, where they torched a vehicle conveying 42 passengers, BBC Hausa service reports. The victims were migrating from Sabon Birni Local Government to escape the perennial banditry that has plagued their communities. The incident occurred on Monday around 9 a.m., according to the BBC Hausa. "The vehicle transported the passengers from Sabon Birni for...

Buhari sacks management of Abuja Electric

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By Sahelian Times   President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).   Ofem Uket, spokesman of Goddy Agba, Minister of State for Power, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.   According to the statement, the president also approved a new interim governing board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company.   This action follows the...

Bauchi Assembly reject Dr Tilde as commissioner for being ‘disrespectful’

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By Sahelian Times The Bauchi State House of Assembly on Monday accused the state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde, of disrespect.   Subsequently, the lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence on him and withdrew his confirmation.   The house earlier confirmed his nomination as commissioner based on a request by the state Governor, Bala Mohammed.   The withdrawal of the confirmation was sequel to...

900,000 children to be vaccinated against polio in Cross River

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By Sahelian Times The Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency is to vaccinate 900,000 children from age 15 and below against polio.   Wife of the state governor, Mrs Linda Ayade, disclosed this in Calabar, the state capital on Monday.   She spoke just as the agency claimed that it has gone to the extent of fraternising with militants to enable it...

Rising food prices fuelling inflation in Nigeria, Africa – IMF

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By Sahelian Times The International Monetary Fund says rising food prices is the major factor fuelling inflation in Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African countries.   According to the body, inflation is rising around the world, but because food accounts for about 40 per cent of the SSA’s consumption basket, it plays a major determining role in inflation.   In a blogpost on Monday, the...

Nigeria records N8.9tn trade deficit in nine months, expert blames insecurity

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By Sahelian Times Nigeria recorded a negative trade balance of N8.9tn, between January and September, 2021, data from the National Bureau of Statistics have shown.   Within this period, total foreign trade stood at N35.09tn, comprising N22tn imports and N13.1tn exports, leading to N8.9tn trade deficit.   A breakdown of the trade data by quarters shows that Nigeria’s total merchandise trade stood at N9.76tn...

Vishal Garg: US boss fires 900 employees over Zoom

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  By Ismail Auwal The boss of a US firm has been criticised after he fired around 900 of his staff on a single Zoom call. "If you're on this call you're part of the unlucky group being laid off," said Vishal Garg, chief executive of mortgage firm Better.com, on the call, later uploaded to social media. Comments on social media said it...

CITAD launches Nigerian School of Community Network

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By Ismail Auwal As part of the Work Package 2 of the Supporting Community-led Approach to Addressing Digital Divide in Nigeria Project which the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) is implementing with support from Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) through Association for Progressive Communication (APC), today CITAD launched the First Nigerian School of Community Networks for Micro-organizations. The...

Omicron: Nigeria condemns UK travel restrictions

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By Ismail Auwal Nigerian Government has said it is not considering the imposition of travel restrictions despite the growing threat of Omicron, a recently discovered COVID-19 variant. The government’s position was disclosed by the Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, on Sunday night. The European Union and countries in the Americas and Asia announced flight restrictions to many African countries, including Nigeria. The flight restrictions have,...

CJA 2021: Blueprint publisher, NITDA DG, Saliu Mustapha bag honorary awards

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By Ismail Auwal The Publisher of Blueprint Newspapers, Alh. Mohammed Idris (Malagi) fnipr; the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa (CCIE); and Turaki of Ilorin, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, will be honoured at the 2021 edition of Campus Journalism Awards (CJA). A statement signed on Sunday by the Editor of Youth Digest, Gidado Shuaib, said Mr Mohammed Idris,...