Friday, 13 January 2017

The Unknown Nigeria Launches New Website


The Unknown Nigeria has launched its new website for better reach. 

You can now visit www.theunknownnigeria.com for the latest on THE UNKNOWN NIGERIA .

You can also send in your opinions / articles to :

editor@theunknownnigeria.com or publisher@theunknownnigeria.com

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Lagos and the defining moments of 2016



A major highlight of 2016 in the state and, indeed, the country at large, is the grand entrance of LAKE Rice, the product of a joint agro venture between Lagos and Kebbi states, into the market. The product currently sells at designated points across the state. Considering the current harsh economic reality in the country, its roll out, no doubt, offers good tidings to Lagosians as it is believed that it would cushion the effect of economic recession to a great extent. The price is equally largely reasonable and moderate when compared with that of imported rice of same quantity.

Aside providing succour for local consumers, one major goal of the LAKE Rice project is economic diversification. Presently, the need for economic diversification in our country cannot be over-emphasized. Faced with a bleak economic prospect brought about by an agonising economic recession, this, indeed, is the exact time for governments at all levels to embrace every creative strategy that would fast track economic emancipation. It is, therefore, quite commendable that the Lagos and Kebbi state governments are already leading the way in this direction.

Lagos State Government Signs 2017 Budget


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday signed the N812.998bn Y2017 Appropriation Bill into Law, with a promise that it would be judiciously implemented to consolidate on the modest milestones recorded in the last 18 months and propel the State to a path of prosperity.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Looking Into Nigeria's Future By Pastor Tunde Bakare - Full Text


Full Text of  Pastor Bakare's sermon on the state of the nation delivered on Sunday, 8 January 2017 with the theme: ‘Looking into the future with the eyes of faith’. Pastor Tunde Bakare is the Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Ikeja Lagos.


SCRIPTURAL TEXT: Isaiah 32:1–8; 15–20 and 33:10–16 (MSG).

Introduction
Fellow citizens of our great country, we are gathered here again at the turn of the year, as has become customary, to take a timely look at our nation – to examine its social, economic and political landscapes, to test the solidity of its value pillars, to interrogate its spiritual foundations, and to envision its future. We do this, first of all, in keeping with the obligations of that high office, the Office of the Citizen[1], then as patriots and nation builders, and ultimately as watchmen who understand the times and know what the nations ought to do, having been commissioned by God to bring direction to Nigeria, our primary place of assignment. This address, which I have titled “Looking into the Future with the Eyes of Faith”, will begin with a brief overview of the year 2016 vis-à-vis the word we received, then I will discuss the centrality of vision to development, the inherent flaws in Nigeria’s structure, and sustainable solutions to our social, economic and political challenges.

A Review of the Year 2016
At the beginning of the year 2016, God gave us spiritual leverage to see into the year and understand the nature of the year. We had insights into the events that were to unfold in the nations. During our Watchnight Service and subsequently during a State of the Nation address on Sunday, April 3, 2016, I stood on this platform to unveil the year in the following words:
The year 2016 is a year of global upheavals characterised by extreme uncertainties, intense political suspense, accelerated global terror, and mounting economic pressure due to dwindling resources that will drive nations to the precipice and activate the rage of the poor.[2]
For the keen observer, barely had these declarations been made when the world began to see events unfold as revealed. Permit me to highlight a few of such occurrences that defined the year 2016 as unveiled. This prophecy-guided panoramic tour of the year has become necessary in order to remind our nation and other nations of the earth that God cannot be crowded out of history.

Extreme Uncertainties
The year 2016 turned out to be a year of miscalculations by pundits. From projected economic outputs to election results, forecasts and polls were met with shocking realities.

Intense Political Suspense
Similarly, the year 2016 saw the sudden rise of populist movements, the shaking of establishments, the defeat of incumbents, and victory for underdogs. Political outcomes in Britain, the United States, France, Italy, Gambia, Ghana, South Africa, to mention just a few, left the world in intense suspense.

Accelerated Global Terror
A June 2016 USA Today headline reads: “2016 already marred by nearly daily terror attacks”[3], while a December 2016 headline from the same newspaper describes 2016 as a “year of terror, war and political turbulence.”[4] From Burkina Faso to Cameroon, and from Brussels to the United States, to name but a few, the axis of terror widened, deepened and spread its tentacles of horror.

Here in Nigeria, despite the laudable gains made against Boko Haram by the Buhari administration last year, the later part of 2016 saw a resurgence of attacks[5], one of which resulted in the killing of a great hero of the Nigerian army, Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali, whose legendary courage had helped reclaim several Boko Haram held territories. (May I please request that we observe one minute of silence in honour of Lt. Col. Abu Ali and all gallant soldiers who paid the ultimate price for our collective security, as well as fellow citizens who lost their lives.) May the good Lord comfort and strengthen the families left behind, and may the sacrifices of the departed not be in vain, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Rice production in Kano increases by 95 percent


Rice produced by farmers in Kano State, north western Nigeria rose from 692, 481 tonnes in 2015 to 1, 551, 720 tonnes last year, reflecting an increase of about 95.2 percent.

The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who announced this also said “wheat production in the state increased from 9, 495, 024 tonnes in 2015 to 17, 717, 000 tonnes in 2016, showing a swell of 84 percent”.

Mystery Trees in Ogun State Attract Thousands


Thousands of people have thronged the houses of two Christians in Ogun State where the inscription of an Arabic word appeared on two trees.

The inscription is believed to be the name of Allah.

The Moringa trees were located at 6 and 9, Unity Street, Ire-akari Estate, Iloye, Abule Iroko, Ado-Odo Ota, Ogun state.

President Buhari’s strides in the year 2016


By Garba Shehu

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari completed 19 months in office at the end of December. Except for this period being the end of a year and the beginning of another one, it is not a milestone of spectacular importance.

It is, nonetheless, another opportunity to reiterate the Buhari success story, a period in which so much changed. This is even as the beneficiaries of the old order seem even more determined to dislodge that narrative of success.

Here, we are in a country in which an essayist with excellent online credentials writes a syndicated weekly column in which he attacks our minister of Finance, Ms Kemi Adeosun who keeps a clean sheet, not for the work she did for the country but for having graduated from a U.K Polytechnic. But pray, would you rather have as your money keeper an Ivory Leaguer, even though clean by himself/herself that allows a free-for-all looting under his/her watch, or one that is a product of a polytechnic but keeps you money safe?

Balanced scorecard for Nigerian football


By Omagbitse Barrow FCA 

As the African Nations Cup finals commences this January, and Nigeria is absent for the second time in a row, it is a good time to reflect on our football and as we always say go back to the “drawing board”. This time, I suggest that instead of going back to the drawing board, we should be going back to the Scorecard. While we would have all loved to see our darling Super Eagles in the Nations Cup, I am at least gratified that what has been a very busy and hectic January at my School and Office, can remain so, without the distractions of those pulsating matches of the Super Eagles that I will not be watching.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Nigerian Air Force Creates New Unit In Zamfara State


The Honourable Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali today laid the foundation stone for the establishment of a unit of the Nigerian Air Force in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State. The new unit is named 207 Quick Response Group (QRG) and was established about two months ago under the Special Operations Command with Headquarters in Bauchi. 

John Mikel Obi: A decade of success


A Tribute Written By Chelsea FC

John Mikel Obi possessed the happy knack of saving his very best performances for when it mattered most. His big-game ability was never more evident than in May 2012 when we lifted the Champions League for the first time in our history. His outstanding display in the final against Bayern Munich was a key factor in our success that year, and he produced similarly titanic performances in many European and domestic cup finals and semi-finals during his 10-and-a-half seasons at the Bridge.

Signed in the summer of 2006 by Jose Mourinho, the 19-year-old Mikel moved to west London from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo as a talented, raw, powerfully-built attacking midfielder. Mourinho quickly outlined his desire to play the Nigerian in a holding midfield role, however, and it was in that position that he would be deployed in the years to come.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Nollywood defies recession as The Wedding Party breaks record in 2016


Nigerian cinema has best-ever box office returns, thanks to a new generation of quality films and savvy marketing

Despite a gloomy economy and an uncertain outlook, the Nigerian movie industry has just enjoyed its best year at the box-office with an amazing N1 billion from a record 50 locally-produced titles. After years of predictions, it seems that Nollywood is finally delivering on its promise and putting quality before quantity.

As a result, movie-goers have rewarded the industry with a massive increase in cinema ticket sales. The N1 billion bonanza, represents nearly 30 per cent of the N3.5 billion generated from just 28 cinemas across Nigeria, which includes movies from Hollywood and around the world.

The Wedding Party, Nigeria’s latest blockbuster movie, has broken box-office records at every milestone since it was released nationwide to critical acclaim on December 16. It took just two weeks to eclipse the record of N176 million held by AY’s A Trip to Jamaica, emerging with a staggering N200 million before the New Year weekend was over. Both films led a strong lineup of popular Nigerian films in 2016, including Wives on Strike, The CEO, 93 Days and ‘76.

SS 3 Student Builds Nigeria's First Solar Powered Grinder


Oyo State has created Nigeria’s First Solar Powered Mower and Grinder and TOBI AYANWOYE is the inventor of this machine.

A student of Federal Government College (FGC), Ogbomoso, 18-year old Tobi has demonstrated the Nigerian spirit with his creativity.

In addition to this, Tobi has also created an alarm powered Foot Mat and it was exhibited during the School Project Showcase Event recently.


Nigeria Could Teach the West a Few Things



By Tyler Cowen

A trip is often defined by its surprises, so here are my biggest revelations from six days in Lagos, Nigeria.

Most of all, I found Lagos to be much safer than advertised. It is frequently described as one of the most dangerous cities on earth. Many people told me I was crazy to go there, and some Nigerian expats warned me I might not get out of the airport alive.

The reality is that I walked around freely and in many parts of town. I didn’t try to go everywhere or at all hours, and I may have been lucky. Yet not once did I feel threatened, and I strongly suspect that a trip to Lagos is safer than a trip to Rio de Janeiro, a major tourist destination. (In my first trip to Rio I was attacked by children with pointed sticks. In my second I found myself caught in a gunfight between drug lords). Many Lagos residents credit the advent of closed-circuit television cameras for their safety improvements.

So if you’re an experienced traveler, and tempted to visit Africa’s largest and arguably most dynamic city, don’t let safety concerns be a deal killer.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Buhari fulfils promise to Nigerian poor


The Buhari administration has done it again, by fulfilling another campaign promise to the poor, vulnerable Nigerians.

On the heels of the payment of N30,000 stipend to graduates employed under the N-Power programme and N1.2 million micro credit scheme, the Buhari administration has now started the payment of N5, 000 monthly stipends to the poorest and the most vulnerable in the country.

This is being done, according to a statement from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s office, through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of its Social Investment Programmes, SIP.

Under the CCT, one million Nigerians would receive N5000 monthly payments as a form of social safety net for the poorest and most vulnerable as budgeted for in the 2016 Budget.

Nigeria economy in 2017... will we bounce back? By Andrew S Nevin


By Andrew S. Nevin PhD

According to Moody's, Nigeria's economy is set to grow at 2.5% in 2017. Some are calling this an improvement (here is Punch's take, for example: http://punchng.com/topmost-global-rating-body-nigerias-economy-will-improve-2017/). And after a year where the economy actually contracted, this can feel like progress. But it is simply not good enough.

To begin with, Nigeria's population is growing at 2.8% per year. Our working age population is growing even faster. So 2.5% economic growth means we are still going backwards, with GDP per capita declining and unemployment increasing, as the growth rate is not enough to absorb all the young people who need to work.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Meet The Youngest Special Adviser In Nigeria

           

By Eval Asikong

Youth have always hoped for the birth of an era where they will be allowed to control the affairs of their own generation. Today, the successful birth of that era has been midwifed by a veteran, an inventor and a professor, as amongst other youth, the youngest Special Adviser, ever, in Nigeria has been appointed by a governor christened, “digital governor”. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT BUHARI


My Dear Compatriots,

I am happy to welcome you to the beginning of a New Year in our beloved country Nigeria.

I felicitate with you today at a time when our nation is witnessing a new and impressive turnaround in our security and socio-economic situation.

I know you will join me to, once again, congratulate the heroic and gallant efforts of our military and other security agencies on their remarkable successes to rid the nation of terrorism.

Following the successful capture of Sambisa Forest, spearheaded by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, we have entered a new phase in our battle against our common enemy, Boko Haram.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Moving Away From Failure To Success - Ogechi Ogbueri



Be Inspired by this story of Precious Ogechi Ogbueri who wrote JAMB seven times, was labelled a failure but eventually went on to earn seven professional certificates and also qualified as a Chartered Environmentalist in the UK.

After my secondary education, I decided to further my studies.
I wrote the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th JAMB exams and they were all cancelled. I decided to take the bull by the horn. I went to Enugu State University for a pre-degree program. On the completion of the program, I was offered a course in faculty of Science but the cultism in the institution as at then was unbearable for me, having being attacked twice. I decided to use the 5th JAMB that was released to study at University of Port Harcourt. Then ASUU had a protracted strike that lasted for over six months, I needed to write a 6th JAMB and I scored 274 but that score couldn’t offer me admissions as the two JAMBS were combined because the strike entered another year.


Thursday, 29 December 2016

220K farmers take part in ABP: Emefiele



About 220,000 farmers in 17 states of Nigeria are participating in the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Governor Godwin Emefiele, disclosed.

He said this on Thursday in Jibia, Katsina State at the inauguration of the 2016/2017 Dry Season Farming.

Emefiele said 246,837 hectares had so far been cultivated under the programme.

He said the programme was aimed at supporting farmers with agricultural inputs to enhance productivity, create job opportunities and diversify the country’s economy.

Trending: 9 key successes of Buhari in 2016



President Muhammadu Buhari has been the target of criticism by this tribe of Nigerians, going by the critical posts in social media, sometimes bordering on plain abuse and hatred.

The same Nigerians can also show appreciation to a leader when they notice striking changes that the leader has effected. We share one of such posts on President Buhari trending on WhatsApp and some other platforms.

It is titled, End of the year ‘Change’ Update :

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Meet Imo State Mechanic Who Built Own Car



ALEX EPHRAIM is a gifted Mechanic passionate about developing the home front. After his training abroad, he opted for home eager to contribute his quota. Today, his workshop is one of the automated and mechanized ones in Owerri. He also has a manufacturing plant where he designs and builds vehicles.


Boko Haram fighters surrender in Niger


Niger Interior Minister on Wednesday said dozens of Boko Haram fighters have given themselves up to authorities in southern Niger, days after the Islamist group suffered key losses over the border in Nigeria.

Minister Mohamed Bazoum said that 31 young people from Diffa, who were enrolled a few years ago in Boko Haram, decided to surrender.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Sambisa Forest To Serve As Training Ground For Army


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday said Sambisa forest would serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017.

Buratai said this in Damasak, Borno, while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion after the road leading to the town was reopened by Gov. Kashim Shettima, three years after closure.

He said troops were already conducting a mop-up operation in the forest after the last stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorists was captured.

Our target’s to make Lagos third largest economy in Africa- Ambode



Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday said that one of his administration’s objectives is to propel the State from being the fifth to become the third largest economy in Africa.

He said to achieve this, the State Government would focus more on Education (especially vocational training), scaling up of its health facilities, including renewal and building of world class infrastructure in the coming year.

Sokoto strikes coal in large quantity


Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has said that coal in commercial deposits had been discovered in the state.

Tambuwal disclosed this in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, on Monday in Sokoto.

The governor described the discovery as a major boost to Federal Government efforts at diversifying the country’s economy.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Message From President Buhari


Dear Compatriots,

I heartily rejoice with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on this year's celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

As we celebrate this year’s Christmas, I believe that it is very appropriate for us to reflect on the love of God aptly espoused in the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.

After Esther – 11 Years, 11 Lessons


By Babafemi Aderounmu

11 years ago I shared the same joy every other kid would have returning home after their first lengthy spell away from home. I wanted so badly to share my freshman experiences. I wanted to tell her all about life in the University while we make reference to what transpired in her days. Unfortunately, life had other plans. Against my wish and expectations, life dealt her biggest blow ever when she took Esther away; the best amongst all. If you ask me today, I could barely remember our last conversation. This hurts me deep. No wonder I yearn daily for one more conversation, one more warm embrace, one more head on her shoulders, one more glance of her smile and larger than life presence.

Like the fighter that I have grown to be, I have moved on, developed the courage to soar and emerge from the shadows of passing through my teenage years without my mother, best friend, number one fan and pillar. Year after year, it’s been a new layer of lesson, one more message and one more food for thought in my journey through life. And if you were in my shoes, below are a few lessons you would have had the opportunity to learn.

Lesson 1
There would come a time when only the important things start to matter. You will crave for new experiences and the illusion called “stability”. Time would not be your best friend as you will have a lot to achieve within the possible 24 hours afforded to you. Being able to make the best out of every 24 hours becomes more important than ever. You will grow wiser with your dreams, possibly lament the chances you didn’t take and crucially learn to make the best use of every opportunity. Sometimes you will get a feeling of being left behind by contemporaries but your persistence, hard work, bigger picture mentality, extensive network built over the years and most importantly your faith in God would matter and become the foundation for the future. They will hold you through the storm and motivate you to keep fighting.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Nigeria launches digital switchover


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday launched and rolled out Digital Switch Over (DSO) on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. The project is spearheaded by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Buhari said Nigeria is “irreversibly committed’’ to meeting the June 2017 deadline for transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

The June 17, 2017 deadline for transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting in West African countries was set by the World International Telecommunication Union Council.

Nigerian wins international writing contest, to be honoured in Hollywood


A Nigerian writer, Walter Dinjos, has won the 2016 edition of the Writers of the Future Award.

The award, given for published fiction works, was described as “the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talents in the world of contemporary fiction”.

Mr. Dinjos, who is based in Awka, Anambra State, won with his short story, “The Wood Cutter’s Deity,” published in the annual bestseller, “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33”.

10 places to visit in Nigeria during Christmas holidays



“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth, sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever,” Richelle Goodrich once said. Unfortunately, it won’t last forever. But you can make it worth remembering when you do things you never did before, or go places you’ve never been before this season.

With only a few days to Christmas, every fun-loving person should be thinking of an amazing place to be with loved ones, aside the traditional trip to the village for extended family reunions.

From the place where nature is at its perfect form, to classic and ultra-modern environment, we present you a list of 10 unique places carefully selected from across the 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria to spend the Christmas vacation.

EKO ATLANTIC

Roads around Eko Pearl Towers taking shape

Eko Atlantic is a magnificent new coastal city being built in Victoria Island Lagos, to solve the chronic shortage of real estate in the world’s fastest-growing megacity. It is attracting major investors who want to capitalise on development growth based on overwhelming demand.

Standing on 10 million square metres of land reclaimed from the ocean and protected by an 8.5 kilometre long sea wall, Eko Atlantic will be self-sufficient and sustainable. It will include state-of-the-art urban design, its own power, clean water, advanced telecommunications and efficient living. The Business District alone covers 700,000 square metres combining Grade A commercial space with residences, restaurants and bars to ensure a cosmopolitan atmosphere. 

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Nigeria To Build Nuclear Plants – Minister



The Federal Government says it will embark on building of nuclear plants and careful application of nuclear energy to meet the needs of the country.

Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr. Onu said that nuclear energy would bridge the energy gap needed to enhance agriculture, advance health, improve education and boost manufacturing in the country.

Nigeria Army constructs road to Sambisa forest


Nigeria Army has started the construction of road network to Sambisa to ease troops operations in mopping up Boko Haram insurgents in the forest.

Mai. -Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, stated this during a press conference at the Maimalari cantonment in Maiduguri.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Ambode, Bagudu launch LAKE RICE in Lagos


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu on Wednesday launched the much anticipated Lagos-Kebbi Rice christened LAKE RICE, saying that the partnership which culminated into the launch was not only designed to ensure food security but showcase the ability of Nigeria to become a producing nation.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Church Of England Appoints Nigeria's Woyin Dorgu As First Black Bishop in 20 Years



The Church of England has appointed its first black bishop in 20 years in a move that significantly increases its handful of minority ethnic clergy in senior leadership positions.

Downing Street announced that Woyin Karowei Dorgu is to be the 13th bishop of Woolwich, and will be consecrated at Southwark Cathedral on 17 March.

Dorgu was born and brought up in Nigeria, and ordained in the UK.

Woolwich, in south-east London, has a significant Nigerian population, many of whom worship in black-majority Pentecostal churches rather than the Church of England.

Kano awards N167.5b for Kanawa economic city construction


The Kano State Government has signed a N167. 508 billion agreements with an indigenous company, Brian and Hammers Ltd., for the construction of Kanawa Economic City, situated at Dangwauro in the outskirts of the state capital.

The project, which will be executed in 72 months, will be cascaded in three phases and will accommodate a world Trade Centre, Educational Institute, Light factories, 160 mega warehousing facilities, banks, a clinic and trailer parks in addition to other auxiliary infrastructure. On completion, it is expected to create about 500,000 jobs for youths in the state.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Mythical Modibbo Adama Mosque



...The Land Rover carrying my guide, Rabi Sule, and driver, Abdurrazak, screeched to a stop at the gate of Jokems Hotel at Jimeta to pick me up at about 7:30 am. I had waited for them near a tea seller’s shade directly across the road for over 30 minutes. 

We took off. We jubilantly snaked through some shortcuts of Jimeta towards ‘Yola, about 10 kilometers away.

As Abdurrazak negotiated the roundabout heralding us into the historical city, Jabbama (Welcome in Fulfulde, boldly written high up on the city gate) we were welcomed in. We snaked into the city’s courteous welcome while I scoffed Rabi for having to carry along a big plastic bottle full of diluted Gestid, however severe her Ulcer was, ‘just for this short trip.’

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Nigeria Wins 2016 African Scrabble Championship




Saidu Ayorinde of Nigeria on Sunday emerged the 13th Africa Scrabble Champion winning 23 games of 32 in Tema, Ghana.

Ayorinde dethroned his Nigeria counterpart, Nsikakabasi Etim, the immediate past Africa Scrabble Champion, when he finished first in a 32-game marathon to become the best in the duel.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Crude Oil Discovered in Borno


According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Jamila Shua’ra, who broke the news on Thursday 15th December at the presentation of the 2016 petroleum sector scorecard, Nigeria has discovered crude oil in large quantity in Borno State, North- East. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Nigeria targets localising 50% of Internet traffic by 2020


By Guardian Nigeria

Nigeria is hoping to localise Internet traffic in the country by as much as 50 per cent by 2020 through the Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) Nigeria currently has.

Vetting A Startup Business Idea


By Osayi Alile

Business ideas are born everyday, but not every idea will be successful in the market place. So why do people keep coming up with ideas? One of the responses given by entrepreneurs is usually because they saw a gap they discovered by error, research, but mostly because they had a need that was not met. Although there is much evidence about successful businesses that start out of passion; however, throwing yourself head first, without examining the viability of the idea can have consequences.

Lagos commences rehabilitation of Oko-Oba Abattoir




The Lagos State Government has commenced the rehabilitation of the Oko-Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex, Agege in fulfillment of its promise to develop the red meat value chain and restructure the complex for improved operations.

Nigeria Establishes First SIM Card Production Plant


Nigeria has commissioned the first SIM card production plant which was built with financial assistance from the Bank of Industry (BOI).

The 200 million capacity SIM plant located in Lagos was inaugurated by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, on Monday.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Nigerian Army Makes More Rescue From Sambisa Forest


The Nigeria Army on Wednesday said it had rescued additional 605 women and children during its operation in Sambisa forest.

Monday, 12 December 2016

IT Savvy Nigerian Develops Election App



Mr Shamah Abubakar, a graduate of Bingham University,Karu, has invented an electronic election application that can improve the electoral process in the country.

The President of the University’s Alumni, Mr Haruna Yusuf, said the application called E-Franchise app was invented with the support of the Alumni.

Haruna said during the Alumni’s election in March, the app was used for the electoral process and proved to be a success with members voting and monitoring the electoral process from beginning till the end from their diverse locations.

“When we held our elections earlier this year, it was what we used and it was a success. Every member of the alumni voted electronically and the process was free and fair.

“Every member monitored the process from wherever they were. You don’t have to be physically gathered in one spot to hold an election. For us, we have active members in the diaspora who have voting rights. So this app helped us not to infringe on their rights,” He said.

The Alumni president however revealed that the app is not immuned from setbacks especially hacking hence the recruitment of young anti hackers to thwart the effort of hackers during the alumni election.

“We had anti hackers on standby who made sure no strange activity tampered with the app during the election from start to finish and every member monitored voting and counting till the end. Till date, no one has complained of foul play,” He said.

He also revealed that the Alumni has reached out to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), members of the National Assembly and other relevant stakeholders to look into adopting the app for the 2019 general elections.

According to him, electronic voting would not only reduce foul play, it would reduce the huge cost of conducting manual voting system and release results as soon as they come in just as it is done in advanced countries.

He said the Alumni was willing to collaborate with relevant government bodies to work to transition Nigeria towards electronic form of voting through its E-franchise app. 

(NAN)