Ekiti increases maternity leave by 4 weeks

  The Ekiti State Government (EKSG) on Monday announced an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi, said this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. He said that the gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele  Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state. He said it…

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Report: With Nigeria’s northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up

  The United Nations’ World Food Programme could in a few weeks run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria, four people familiar with the matter said, intensifying one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. In the northeast, 4.7 million people, many of them refugees from the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, need rations to survive, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), one of the main aid groups handing out food. Many of those living in camps for displaced people say…

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Chibok girls, the mirror in our faces

As we remember the girls captured in Chibok three years ago, we must remember that they constitute only a fraction of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. I would urge Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), while you keep this issue of Chibok on the table, to broaden your message to cover all girls and boys abducted by Boko Haram, and also draw attention to the condition of girls and women in our society in general. To give you an idea of the extent of this problem, as at today,…

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Trump tax march: Thousands urge president to release finances

    Protests have been taking place in more than 150 locations across the United States to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Trump broke a long-held tradition by not releasing his paperwork during his presidential campaign. His critics want to know who he has been dealing with and if there are any conflicts of interest. At least 21 people were arrested in Berkeley, California, in clashes between Trump opponents and supporters. There is no law requiring presidents to release their tax returns, but Trump has…

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What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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Opelope Anointing changed my real name –Evang. Dunni Olanrewaju

The name, Dunni Olanrewaju, may not ring a bell but when one mentions Opelope Anointing, a lot of people readily know who she is. The gospel songstress and founder of Christ Apostolic Church, Opelope Anointing Praise Centre, whose hit track brought to limelight in 2000, speaks to ESTHER BAKARE about the challenges she faced before heeding the call of God, the gospel music industry and sundry issues Can we meet you? My name is Evangelist (Dr) Dunni Olanrewaju, popularly known as Opelope Anointing. I am a gospel musician and founder…

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Man handcuffs wife to generator overnight

The police in Ogun State have arrested a 37-year-old man, Ifeanyi Ajaero, for allegedly chaining his wife to a generating set. The suspect was said to have used a handcuff to chain Obiageli, 28, to the generator till day break after he seriously battered her. The incident, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, happened at Ewooluwo Sagamu in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state. Oyeyemi, in a statement issued in Abeokuta yesterday, described the suspect as a member of the “already disbanded” Merchant Navy. He said…

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