January 1, 2019
Ambode assures of greater benefits for Lagosians in 2019 (Nation)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has assured of more life changing projects in 2019 for the greater benefit of Lagosians.
Ambode gave the assurance in his New Year message to Lagosians at the grand finale of the 2018 One Lagos Fiesta (OLF) held at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island on the eve of the New Year
He said though 2018 was a great year for the State, the New Year holds greater promises for all. Read more
Tinubu to Nigerians: ‘Forward ever, backward never’ (NTA)
Tinubu: urges Nigerians to march forward, not backward in the coming election
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the All Progressives Congress national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians in the new year, not to tread backward, but forward as they make voting choices in February.
Tinubu in his New Year message on Monday in Lagos, said that the choices Nigerians make would demonstrate the type of nation they want and urged them to perform their civic duties by voting with utmost faith, responsibility and the best interest of the country at heart. Read more
Ambode swears in HoS Muri-Okunola, six perm secs (Nation)
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday swore in Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola as the state’s 21st Head of Service (HoS) as well as six new permanent secretaries.
The governor urged the new HoS to inject fresh ideas, vibrancy and more energy to take the public service to greater heights.
He said these make Lagos a globally recognised city-state with a commitment to efficiency, effectiveness, innovation and creativity in service delivery. Read more
Reading Culture: LASG, NGO establish libraries in recreational parks (Independent)
To promote reading culture in Nigeria, Open Library Initiatives, a non-governmental organisation in conjunction with the Lagos State Government on Monday
laid a foundation for the establishment of libraries in recreation parks.
During the ground breaking ceremony to activate “Open Air Library in Nigeria’’ at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, Mr Olaide Akano, Director of Services, Open Library Initiatives said open libraries would revive reading culture. Read more
Ambode’s Wife Receives First Babies of the Year (ThisDay)
Lagos State recorded the first babies of the year 2019— a male and a female child, at the Lagos Island Maternity, weighing 3.7kg and 2.8kg at 12.00a.m. and 12.01a.m. respectively.
At the General Hospital, Somolu, a male child was also born at 1.47 am, weighing 3kg and two females at the Randle General Hospital, Surulere, at 1.58a.m. and 4a.m., weighing 2kg and 2.7kg respectively. Read more
Lagos Assembly passes 11 bills into law in 2018 (Independent)
The Lagos State House of Assembly passed 11 bills into Law in 2018, while others remained at various legislative stages in the House.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the House passed 7 and 12 bills into Law in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The 11 bills passed by the lawmakers in 2018 resulted in the Lagos State Electric Sector Reform Law, 2018; the controversial Land Use Charge Law, 2018 and the 2018 Appropriation Law. Read more
Seven killed as gunmen attack Plateau communities (ThisDay)
Seven persons have again been following attacks by gunmen on to communities in Barki Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The latest attacks occurred on Sunday night in two up communities of Dorong and Nding, within the area council.
Five of the victims, who were returning home after a picnic organised by a Christian youth fellowship in Jos, were said to have been gunned down by the assailants, who had laid ambush on them close to Nding Community bridge, while the other two victims died when the gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders invaded Dorong community. Read more
Mandatory use of NIN begins today — FG (DailyTrust)
In line with Federal Government directive, the implementation of mandatory usage of the National Identification Number (NIN) takes effect from today, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced.
At its meeting on September 12, 2018 chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the new National Digital Identity Ecosystem Strategic Roadmap for the enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB). Read more
Power sub-station vandal arrested (ThisDay)
Osita Anazodo, a 32-year-old electrician who hails from Akuiro, Okpuno, Anambra State, attacked a 300KVA distribution sub-station belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc (EEDC), located at Ugwuagulu Obiofia, Ozubulu, Anambra State.
But a statement revealed that luck however ran out on him as an eye witness who saw him leave the scene on a motorcycle with the vandalised armoured cables placed on the fuel tank reported the incident to the leadership of the local vigilante, who immediately reinforced with youths of the community and went in search of him. Read more
Cultists invade Calabar streets (DailyTrust)
A dreaded cult group simply known as “ID Boys” on Tuesday invaded some streets of Calabar, Cross River state.
The cultists, numbering over 1,500 and all adorned with red bandanas, had some of its members wielding with pistols across the streets as they covered their faces with weird masks and their bodies with charms. Read more
Okorocha urges Nigerians to be positive about 2019 (Independent)
Governor of Imo State and chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has urged Nigerians to be positive about 2019, hoping that 2019 would favour the nation and her people.
Sam Onwuemeodo, chief press secretary to the governor, in a press release on Monday, noted that no nation grew with the citizenry being negative about the progress of the nation. Read more
2019: 50% of my salary will go to constituents, APC candidate promises (Punch)
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Ovia Federal Constituency, Mr Dennis Idahosa, has pledged to put 50 per cent of his salary towards the empowerment of his constituents if elected.
Idahosa, a former Edo Commissioner for Foreign Investments under former governor Adams Oshiomhole, made the promise in Benin on Tuesday.
“It is not going to be a new thing for me because I did exactly the same thing when I was a commissioner. Read more
‘Special Eagles aiming to participate in Amputee Nations Cup’ (Nation)
The Special Eagles intend to participate in the fifth edition of the Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) tournament scheduled for Angola in 2019, an official has said.
Ugochukwu Obieze, an official of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF), said on Monday in Lagos that the sport’s World Cup in Mexico has been an eye-opener and they wanted more. Read more
Salah, Mane, Aubameyang again make shortlist for African player of the year award (Independent)
Forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have again made the shortlist for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year award.
This is the second year running the trio have battled it out for the prestigious prize.
Egypt striker Salah claimed the honour last year and will be favourite again, hoping to become the fourth player to win back-to-back titles. Read more
Venus wins three-set thriller against Azarenka (Punch)
The ageless Venus Williams launched her 25th year as a professional by outlasting Victoria Azarenka in a three-set thriller on day two of the WTA Auckland Classic Tuesday.
In the showdown between the two former world number ones, the 38-year-old Williams overcame Azarenka, nine years her junior, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
The two hour 10-minute marathon was packed with power and precision, and in the end Azarenka’s nine aces were not enough. Read more