Ihedioha woos UNDP, seeks speedy development of Imo

By Valentine Amanze

Nigerians in South Africa are not criminals, they are businessmen – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has faulted those describing Nigerians living in South Africa as criminals engaged in drug peddling and other forms of crime.

Contrary to the claims, he believes those making such allegations should be thankful to Nigerians, many of whom he says are contributing to the growth of the South African economy.

The former president stated this on Saturday during a session with reporters at his Presidential Library residence in Abeokuta, that Ogun State capital.

Activists disrupt Oil & Gas Climate Initiative

.Global activists confront oil major CEOs at fancy dinner on sidelines of New York Climate Week

N5 trillion debt: AMCON should stop debtors from contesting election - Jurist

By Valentine

Fire razezes Unity Bank head office

There has been a fire incident at the Head Office of Unity Bank Plc on Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday morning.

Videos posted on social media by witnesses showed parts of the building on fire with the flames spreading to at least three floors.

The fire which started early in the morning has been brought under control by officials of the fire service, the bank said in a statement on Twitter.

Chevron to build world-class hospital in Ondo

Chevron Plc, is to build a Mother and Child Hospital worth over N200 million in the oil producing area of Ondo State.

Mr Pius Orisabinone, the Chairman of the Amalgamation of Ilaje Ugbo Coastal Communities Association (AMAICOMMA), made this disclosure at a townhall meeting on Friday in Ode-Ugbo, Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that AMAICOMMA comprises oil producing communities in the LGA.

2019 Abuja International trade fair begins tomorrow

ALL is now set for the commencement of the 2019 Abuja International Trade Fair. The trade fair will begin on Saturday September 21 and end on Sunday September 29. The trade fair in its 13th edition, is expected to play host to 45 foreign companies that will be exhibiting and promoting their goods and services.

Niger seeks to step up oil production with pipeline to coast

Niger has started construction on an oil pipeline that will link it to the coast through West African neighbor Benin, a project that Niger's president said will bolster the country's economic development.

President Issoufou Mahamadou called the 1,982 kilometer-long pipeline one of Niger's most important projects since independence and an important step in the Sahel nation's oil production. Nearly two-thirds, just under 1,300 kilometers, will run within Niger, the remainder in Benin.

Nigeria becomes Africa's staging ground for illegal pangolin trade with Asia

In a rubble-strewn storage lot in the sprawling Nigerian port city of Lagos, customs agents crack open a shipping container crammed with scales from pangolins, a shy mammal prized in Asia for its use in medicines.

The scales being stored with elephant tusks in the fetid container are part of a growing haul of pangolin cargos seized in Nigeria, a country that is now the main hub for gangs sending African pangolins to Asia, according to law enforcement officials, non-governmental organisations and wildlife experts.

Border closure leaves rice-loving Nigerians steaming

The days of heaping 50-kilo sacks of rice across the saddle of their motorbike and slipping a few notes to a customs officer are now gone.

With Nigeria having snapped its borders shut, the legions of motorbike riders who used to satisfy the nation's hunger for imported rice are lucky at best to sneak through a few packets of Basmati.

The smugglers risk more than just jail time if they try force or sneak across the border.

"They shoot us and kill us like goats," said Adewole, who asked for his full name not to be published, stuttering with anger.