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LOUD WHISPERS: Cervical Cancer Month

LOUD WHISPERS: Cervical Cancer Month

When I was young, my mother and her sisters used to talk about a cousin of theirs who passed away when she was in her prime. She was a beautiful young woman who was loved by everyone, and she suddenly became ill, an illness that claimed her life. According to the story, she was the […]

FG seeks concerted efforts in fight against drug abuse

FG seeks concerted efforts in fight against drug abuse

The Federal Government has called on relevant stakeholders to make concerted efforts towards ending drug abuse among youth in the country to prepare them for employability, entrepreneurship, and becoming future leaders. The Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Development, Mr Ayodele Olawande, made the call during a working visit to the United Nations […]

African Union urges dialogue between ECOWAS and junta-led states

African Union urges dialogue between ECOWAS and junta-led states

The African Union (AU) on Tuesday called for dialogue between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and junta-led countries Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso who have said they will leave the bloc. The trio’s decision to exit ECOWAS, which they announced on Sunday, is a blow to the bloc’s regional integration efforts after […]

Government reopens 23 Oyo schools after 10-year shutdown

Government reopens 23 Oyo schools after 10-year shutdown

The Oyo State Government, on Thursday, ordered the reopening of 23 schools in the Atiba, Afijio, Oyo East and Oyo West local government areas of the state, 10 years after they were shut down over land disputes. The state Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal, who waded into the boundary crisis that culminated into the 10-year closure […]

Airfares to UK, US, others jump by 55%

Airfares to UK, US, others jump by 55%

The depreciation of the naira against the United States dollar by 55 per cent at the official foreign exchange market has led to a commensurate depreciation in airfares on international routes in Nigeria, according to findings by The PUNCH. The naira had fallen from approximately 900/dollar to over 1,400/dollar on Monday after the FMDQ Exchange, which […]

Black Friday, holiday sales spur demand at S.Africa’s Shoprite

Black Friday, holiday sales spur demand at S.Africa’s Shoprite

Shoprite (SHPJ.J), opens new tab, South Africa’s biggest supermarket group, reported on Tuesday a nearly 14% jump in its half-year sales, supported by a record Black Friday and festive season as cash-strapped shoppers and upmarket consumers went after food deals. The retailer, with more than 2,900 stores across Africa, said group sales for the six-month […]

$20bn Dangote Refinery to import crude from United States

$20bn Dangote Refinery to import crude from United States

LAGOS—THE $20 billion Dangote Refinery has concluded plans to import crude oil from the United States in the coming months. Already, traders’ familiar with the matter disclosed that Trafigura Group has sold two million barrels of WTI Midland to the Dangote refinery for delivery by the end of February 2024. According to Bloomberg, this marks […]

Fish out killers of two Ekiti monarchs, Oyebanji orders security agencies

Fish out killers of two Ekiti monarchs, Oyebanji orders security agencies

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, has ordered security agencies in the state to fish out the killers of the two traditional rulers in the Oke-Ako area, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State. Oyebanji, who condemned the dastardly act, assured the people of the state that the government would spare nothing to get to […]

ECOWAS chair Nigeria slams juntas’ move to quit bloc

ECOWAS chair Nigeria slams juntas’ move to quit bloc

Nigeria on Monday said the “unelected” military authorities in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso were letting their people down with their joint decision to leave the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Nigeria, which is the current chair of the political and economic bloc, was commenting for the first time on the three junta-led countries’ […]

Ethiopia’s deputy PM Demeke to be replaced by spy chief Temesgen

Ethiopia’s deputy PM Demeke to be replaced by spy chief Temesgen

Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister Demeke Mekonnen, who has occupied the post for over 11 years under three successive prime ministers, will be replaced by spy chief Temesgen Tiruneh, a senior government official told Reuters on Friday.Temesgen was elected to succeed Demeke as a vice president of the ruling Prosperity Party, state-run media reported. A vice […]