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1164 students benefit from MTN scholarship in 2018

1164 students benefit from MTN scholarship in 2018

By Sam Gbeke in Abuja Over 1164 students have benefited from MTN Nigeria’s scholarship scheme this 2018, through the MTN Foundation (MTNF), Dennis Okoro, Director of the Foundation, disclosed in Abuja on Tuesday. Of the number who have been awarded scholarships this year, he said 96 are visually impaired. Speaking at the Award Ceremony &

PIND Sets Up Grant to Promote Development Reporting in the Niger Delta

The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) has budgeted N3, 400,000 under its 2018 PIND Media Solution Journalism Innovative Grant for Peace Building and Economic Development to encourage media personnel and organizations to develop innovative ideas that could help change the Niger Delta narrative. The grant which is a follow up to

Leading activist, sociopreneur, Ugolor celebrates 48th birthday with lecture on shrinking civic space

Activities leading to the 48th year birthday celebrations of seasoned civil rights icon and sociopreneur, the Rev David Ugolor, in Benin City, are already in top gear. Organisers have unveiled plans to use the occasion to introduce an annual inaugural public lecture series. For this year, the theme of the lecture would be: Shrinking civic

ANEEJ launches Niger Delta Transparency Index

Considering the need to engender transparency, accountability and prudence in the management of resources accruing to the Niger Delta Interventionists Institutions, the Africa Network for Environment & Economic Justice, ANEEJ, is set to launch a monitoring and advocacy tool, the Niger Delta Transparency Index, NDTI on Friday, December 15, 2015. ANEEJ executive director, the Rev

Nigeria Human Rights Commission opposes controversial NGO bill

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, in Nigeria has written a letter to the National Assembly, stating its opposition to the controversial bill which seeks to establish a federal agency to supervise, coordinate and monitor Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations. “The National Human Rights Commission is of the view that there is no need

NGO Bill: Catholic groups say bill intended to persecute Christians

Two Catholic groups, the Justice, Development and Peace Centre (JDPC) and Caritas Nigeria, have kicked against the NGOs regulation, which has passed second reading in the House of Representatives. The JDPC and Caritas in a statement signed by Fr. Evaristus Bassey, their National Director, described the bill sponsored by Representative Jubril Umar as self-serving, suspicious

NBS postpones release of eight reports, blames ‘challenges beyond control’

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says it has postponed the release of eight reports. The Bureau announced this on its official Twitter handle citing challenges beyond its control as the reason for the postponement. The affected reports are July 2017 AGO/Diesel Price Watch, HHK/Kerosene Price Watch, Liquified Petroleum Gas price watch, PMS/Petrol Price Watch,

Lagos launches community TV to scale up grassroots development

The Lagos State Government on Monday unveiled a new television programme tagged ‘Lagos Community Updates’ to advance development at the grassroots and engender active participation of the people at the local level in governance. Speaking at the unveiling held at the State Secretariat in Alausa, Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Communities and Communications,

Minding our development

By Majirioghene Etemiku Three individuals – Burrhus Skinner, Carl Gustave Jung and Sigmund Freud – are the usual suspects whenever theories of personality are discussed. Each has his strong area. As a matter of fact, each suspect has tried to put their own ideas forward as vigorously as possible to the extent that an ardent