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Canada desperately looking to fill 430,000 vacant jobs

A business group warned on Tuesday that a labor shortage in Canada is deepening, with more than 430,000 jobs at small and medium-sized firms remaining unfilled for at least four months. The job vacancy rate has risen to 3.3 percent, from 2.9 percent a year ago, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business  said in a […]

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Catholic Church disowns Mbaka, says he might be disciplined

The Catholic Church has distanced itself from the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, over his perceived politically charged statements. In a video that has since gone viral, Mbaka was seen telling the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, during the annual harvest and bazaar celebration […]

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Visa denial: Nigeria’s National Assembly summons US ambassador

The National Assembly has summoned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, over the alleged high rate of visa denial of Nigerians. The invitation was said to be at the instance of an activist, Kayode Bello, who petitioned the House over the matter. Punch had done an investigation into how many Nigerian students seeking […]

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I Will Provide Affordable, Uninterrupted Electricity If Elected President – Ezekwesili

The candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, has assured Nigerians of development in the power sector if she wins the presidential election in 2019. In a statement on Sunday, she promised that uninterrupted power supply would be witnessed in the country. “Our vision is to provide sustainable, affordable and uninterrupted […]

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Minimum wage: We’re losing patience, Nigeria Labour Congress warns Government

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Sunday described the Federal Government’s silence on the N30,000 minimum wage proposal as provocative, stressing that it expected President Muhammadu Buhari to have sent a draft bill to the National Assembly weeks after report on the minimum wage was submitted to him. Organised labour said it would not wait till […]

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I’m not Jubril from Sudan, ‘it’s real me’ – President Buhari

‘‘It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.’’ Those were the words of President Muhammadu Buhari, Sunday in Krakow, Poland, at an interactive session with the Nigerian community in the country. Responding to a question from a Nigerian in the Diaspora who wanted to […]

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George HW Bush to lie in state in the US Capitol

The body of former US President George HW Bush is to lie in state next week ahead of a day of national mourning. An arrival ceremony will be held for Bush Snr on Monday evening at the US Capitol. The public will be invited to pay their respects. Bush served as the 41st US president […]

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EU spends €100m on Nigeria’s elections

The European Union on Saturday said it had spent over €100m since 1999 to date to ensure free and transparent election processes in Nigeria. The Electoral Administration and Communications Expert in European Centre for Electoral Support, Manji Wilson, who spoke on the issue, said despite the donations, the EU did not have any special interest […]

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2019: Why Nigerians should elect Atiku president — Saraki

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, possesses the qualities that Nigerians will use to determine who they will elect in the 2019 presidential election. The President of the Senate and Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Bukola Saraki, said this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday. Mr Saraki […]

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I am Abraham’s descendant, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he was a descendant of Abraham, a biblical hero regarded as the father of faith. The President said this in an article he wrote in The Church Times UK titled, “Don’t politicise religion in Nigeria.” In the piece, Buhari eulogised the late Revd. Samuel Ajayi Crowther, reputed to have translated the […]

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Why we can’t comment on Atiku’s visa status – U.S. Consulate

An official of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos on Friday said the issuance of U.S. visa to a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and anyone else. is strictly a confidential matter. He said the U.S. Government will not discuss the issue in public for any reason. The Public Affairs Officer (PAO), of the U.S. Consulate […]

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ASUU Strike: Nigerian govt orders universities to implement ‘no work, no pay’

The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed vice-chancellors of striking public universities across the country to enforce “no-work-no-pay” rule on the striking lecturers. Premium Times gathered on Friday that the directive to implement the “no work, no pay” policy was communicated to the universities in a memo sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to […]

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Ebola outbreak is now the 2nd deadliest ever

The current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo — with 426 total cases, including 245 deaths — is now the second largest and second deadliest in history, according to Thursday’s report from the nation’s Ministry of Health. A 2000-01 outbreak in Uganda included 425 cases and caused 224 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The […]

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It’s idiotic to say Buhari is cloned – Nigerian Government

The Nigerian Government has reacted to those claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari was cloned. It described such talk as idiotic and that such people peddling the rumour were not worthy of getting government reaction. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said these in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday. His response […]

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Nigeria to overtake India as world capital for under-five deaths, says World Bank

World Bank says Nigeria will take over India as the world capital for deaths of children under the age of five by 2021. In its bi-annual economic update on Nigeria seen by TheCable, the Bretton Woods institution, said Nigeria records the highest number of child malaria deaths anywhere in the world. The bank added that […]

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Don’t grant Atiku visa now, Nigerian government tells U.S.

The federal government has told the U.S. to be cautious in granting a visa to the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in order not to create the impression of endorsing him for the 2019 election. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the government position at an interactive session with media executives in […]

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Man ‘Robbed 38 Times’ Shoots, Kills Thief

Italian police launched an investigation Wednesday into the death of an intruder who was shot after breaking into the premises of a man who had reportedly been robbed 38 times. Fredy Pacini, who owns a tyre shop in Monte San Savino in Tuscany, was accused of excessive use of force in self-defence after gunning down […]

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China to build underwater bullet train route

Beijing has just green lighted a project to build the country’s first underwater bullet train route. The line will connect Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast. The proposed underwater tunnel will be a part of the 77-kilometer Yong-Zhou Railway plan (Yong is the nickname of Ningbo) to […]

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