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May 26, 2017 2:48 AM 17 Years After, Senate Passes Petroleum Industry Bill

The Senate yesterday passed the first part of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), a modified version of the much anticipated Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), after 17 years of consideration. The passage of the PIGB, which is just a quarter of the four components of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), followed the final consideration and adoption 11

May 25, 2017 2:31 PM Nigerian Senate Passes Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

The Senate on Thursday passed the much anticipated Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) after 17 years of consideration: The bill has been passed as the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). The bill has gone through 5 sessions of the National Assembly, beginning from the 4th Assembly which was inaugurated in 1999 under President Olusegun Obasanjo 11

May 23, 2017 10:57 AM Palestinians welcome Trump’s talk of peace but offer lessons in two-state demands

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — President Trump brought his hope for peace efforts to the Palestinians on Tuesday, saying he would do “everything I can” to help broker talks with Israelis but also confronted Arab demands for a state that includes part of Jerusalem. Speaking in the aftermath of an deadly bombing attack in Britain, Trump made a brief mention of the “losers 16

May 20, 2017 12:46 AM Osinbajo Swings Into Action: Orders resumption of 24-hour port operations

Details of the Executive Orders signed by Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo have emerged revealing a number of decisive policies formulated to ensure the smooth running of different organs of government. Osinbajo had last Thursday signed three Executive Orders at a time many in some quarters assumed that governance had taken a back seat in Nigeria 16

May 16, 2017 8:22 PM End-Stage kidney patient seeks help

PATIENCE Frederick Udoh, a 47 years old female who is known to be hypertensive for five years was recently diagnosed with advanced chronic kidney disease (Stage 5) in November, 2016. She commenced on twice weekly maintenance haemodialysis and has remained on dialysis to date. Patience requires a kidney transplant which is estimated to cost N8,500,000. The sum covers 20

May 12, 2017 12:51 AM Return of 82 more Chibok girls

THE successful negotiation and release of 82 of the abducted Chibok school girls over the past weekend filled well-meaning Nigerians with joy and relief. It has rekindled the hope for the return of the remaining 113 victims. President Muhammadu Buhari, who had the privilege of receiving them just before he flew out for his latest medical trip abroad 21

May 7, 2017 5:33 AM Messi rejects new Barcelona contract

Lionel Messi has turned down Barcelona’s offer of a new contract worth between £25m-30m a year. Spanish newspaper, AS, reports that the 28-year-old wants an improved offer from the club. Messi’s current deal at the Nou Camp runs out in June 2018 and he has been in discussions with the La Liga champions over an extension for months. However, negotiations 20

May 6, 2017 8:41 PM In French election, voters face a choice that mirrors the West’s new divide

PARIS — Ever since Donald Trump proved last November that anything is possible in the topsy-turvy new world of Western politics, May 7 has been circled on European calendars with a mix of giddy anticipation and existential dread. To right-wing populists, the presidential election in France — a country scarred by unemployment and terrorism — seemed to offer 25

May 6, 2017 12:12 PM Lionel Messi 'rejects' Barcelona's new contract offer... but the Argentine is expected to reach agreement over the coming weeks

Lionel Messi has turned down Barcelona's offer of a new contract worth between £25m-30m a year, according to Spanish daily sports newspaper AS. The Argentine superstar's contract at the Nou Camp expires in June 2018 and discussions over a new deal have been ongoing for months. Talks between Messi's father and agent, Jorge, and the club president Josep 14

May 5, 2017 4:51 AM Anthony Joshua, the ultimate overcomer

Before now, few Nigerians knew the rapidly rising British heavyweight boxing star, Anthony Joshua. But after he “slayed” Wladimir, the younger of the dreaded Klitschko brothers from Ukraine, he became an instant worldwide sensation. Here in Nigeria, his name grew longer: Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua. His mother is from Ogun State while his father 16