Despite the obvious health, educational, and social benefits associated with birth registration, over 17 million Nigerian children are not registered at birth in the country. Martins Ifijeh writes on how this unfortunate trend is negatively affecting the Nigerian child, and why it should be addressed

It is a harsh life for Nigerian children. Besides the reality of having 43.6 per cent of them stunted and 2.5 million under-five malnourished in the country, according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), at least, 52.4 per cent of them are lost in identity. No thanks to lack of birth registration.

Not only that these children do not … >>> Read Full Story

Story Written By: by Nwafor

…Cash suspected to have been diverted after payment approval
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
As the Buhari administration intensifies the probe of $16billion spent by the Obasanjo administration on power projects, the EFCC is beaming its searchlight on  what happened to the $8.5 billion released by the Obasanjo government for the payment of compensation to host  communities on which the ambitious multi-million power projects were to be sited.
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EFCC operatives in action
Most of the benefiting communities where the power lines were to be laid, have vehemently … >>> Read Full Story

Story Written By: Chijioke Jannah

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Gamduje, has faulted the notion held in certain quarters that his colleagues of Progressives Governors Forum were plotting to oust the National chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole from seat.
Ganduje, who bared his mind on issues of national importance in an interactive session with reporters in Abuja yesterday, declared that he would never be a party to such plot.

According to him: “I am not aware of governors working against the national leadership of the APC. I have not heard of any such thing. So, I have not heard of any gang up against the national leadership and if … >>> Read Full Story

Buhari at the TICAD conference: makes sales pitch for Nigeria
“Nigeria has very attractive investment opportunities with some of the highest Returns-on-Investment,” President Muhammadu Buhari declared in Yokohama, Japan on Thursday.
He was presenting the country’s Statement at Plenary Session Three on “Public-Private Business Dialogue” at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).
Buhari said he looked forward to prospective investors making inroads “in the following priority sectors in Nigeria, namely, power and renewable energy, petrochemical and gas, maritime (shipping and ports), automobiles, mining, agribusiness, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, ICT and railway.”
Assuring potential investors of good returns as a result of ongoing reform … >>> Read Full Story

Martins Ifijeh
One-year-old Dalphin Uwagboe is currently racing against time to live. She is painfully battling with an Atrioventricular Septal Heart Defect (ASHD), commonly known as hole-in-the-heart.
Dalphin was born with the condition, and she urgently needs at least N3.5 million for an open-heart surgery scheduled to be done in India at the earliest possible time, according to her team of Nigerian doctors.

Speaking with THISDAY, her mother, Halimat Uwagboe said, “Dalphin means the world to me. Her father, Victor, and I, have spent all our fortunes just to keep her alive. Right now, her health is deteriorating and we do not have much time … >>> Read Full Story

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By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
OWERRI-THE Igbo National Council, INC, has cautioned members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, against the new modus oparandi recently adopted and urged them to change strategy if they are serious with their agitation.
File:  IPOB protesters
INC particularly frowned at last week’s attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu by members of IPOB in German and the boast to arrest President Muhammadu Buhari who is in Japan on international engagement.

Speaking through it the National President, Chilos Godsent, INC urged IPOB members to consider the dangers of embarking on such action of attempting to arrest Buhari, a sitting President in a … >>> Read Full Story

Story Written By: John Owen Nwachukwu

Alex Iwobi has opened Everton goal account for the Toffeemen as they came from behind to beat Lincoln FC 4-2 in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Iwobi, who moved from Arsenal to the Merseyside Blues in the summer, was handed his first start by Marco Silva on Wednesday night.

The midfielder had missed Everton first two league games of the season but came on in the team’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa last weekend.
After impressing against Aston Villa, Silva decided to hand him his full debut and he did not disappoint.
Lincoln took the lead in the opening 20 … >>> Read Full Story