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Jigawa, Kano Water Users Commend Buhari, Adamu on resuscitation of abandoned water Projects in domain

Jigawa, Kano Water Users Commend Buhari, Adamu on resuscitation of abandoned water Projects in domain

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE Village Heads and members of Water Users Association in Jigawa and Kano States have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for facilitating the resuscitation of their water projects over 17 years after they were abandoned by previous governments. They particularly lauded the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, who, they said, was a willing tool in the ... Read More »

NNPC Records 43 Per cent Drop in Oil Pipeline Vandalism in May

NNPC Records 43 Per cent Drop in Oil Pipeline Vandalism in May

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has recorded an encouraging 43 per cent drop in cases of willful damage of its oil pipeline infrastructure by suspected oil thieves in May, 2020. The corporation, in a release by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explained that details of the report contained in ... Read More »

EFCC Re-arraigns Adoke and Abubakar,  Amends Charges against them

EFCC Re-arraigns Adoke and Abubakar, Amends Charges against them

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 4, re-arraigned former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohamed Bello Adoke and Aliyu Abubakar before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 14-count amended charge of money laundering to the tune of over ... Read More »

EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of N827.6m from NDDC Contractors

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the final forfeiture of N827, 679,098.32 (Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Million, Six Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Ninety-Eight Naira, Thirty-Two Kobo) from Flank Power Resources Limited and GMFD Ventures Limited, both of which are  firms  linked to  contractors with the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.  Matthew Edevbie is ... Read More »

APC UK Optimistic of Diezani’s Prosecution by British Government

APC UK Optimistic of Diezani’s Prosecution by British Government

The All Progressives Congress (APC), UK chapter, says it has received favourable response from the British Government to prosecute former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other Nigerians suspected of fraud, bribery and corruption offences, living in the United Kingdom. According to a statement signed by Mr Jacob Ogunseye, the APC UK Publicity Secretary, issued on Tuesday in Abuja, the assurance ... Read More »

Amazing Impact of Taxation to Nigeria’s Economy, By FIRS Chair

Amazing Impact of Taxation to Nigeria’s Economy, By FIRS Chair

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The amazing impact of taxation to Nigeria’s economy cannot be over emphasized, especially in the face of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic which has thrown up new ways of doing things, Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, has stressed. Mr. Nami noted this today, in Abuja, while fielding questions during a live appearance on the popular ... Read More »

Nigeria’s external debt set to skyrocket from $27.67bn to $34.1bn

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE Nigeria’s external debt profile is getting set to skyrocket from $27.67bn, as at March this year, to $34.1bn, with the World Bank’s imminent approval of fresh $1.5bn this month when the global bank’s Executive Board may meet to approve half of the country’s $3bn loan application, August 6. This comes against the backdrop of the amount ... Read More »

CBN to offer cotton farming loan facility to 15,000 farmers in Jigawa

CBN to offer cotton farming loan facility to 15,000 farmers in Jigawa

BY SHEHU MUSA, Dutse. About 15,000 farmers in Jigawa State are to benefit from Federal Government Cotton Production Program of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the state Chairman Jigawa Chapter of the National Association of Cotton Farmers, Alh. Lawal Musa Kazaure has revealed. Last year about 40,000 farmers were registered for the program out of which 30,000 scaled through and ... Read More »

NNPC Denies Theft of 48m Barrels of Crude Oil

NNPC Denies Theft of 48m Barrels of Crude Oil

…To sue blackmailers and purveyors of falsehood By Demola Abimboye The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has categorically denied that its officials stole and sold 48 million barrels of crude oil worth about $2.5billion. The allegation was made earlier in the week by some online news papers. In a release signed by Chief Afe Babalola of Afe Babalola & Co, ... Read More »

Sallah: FIRS extends deadline for tax filing by one week

Sallah: FIRS extends deadline for tax filing by one week

…Felicitate with Nigerians on Eid-el Kabir celebration The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has extended the deadline for filing of returns in some tax categories by one week. Mr Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department of the service, made this known in a statement in Abuja today. Ahmad said the gesture was in the spirit of the festivities ... Read More »

FIRS plans stamp duty palliatives for tenants

FIRS plans stamp duty palliatives for tenants

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) said it is working on a stamp duty palliative package for tenants in view of the current economic realities occasioned by COVID-19. Mr Abdullahi Ahmad, Director, Communications and Liaison Department of the service made this known in a statement in Abuja. Ahmad said the FIRS Executive Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Nami, hinted that stamp duty ... Read More »

Power projects: FG set to pay N8.64bn counterpart fund

Power projects: FG set to pay N8.64bn counterpart fund

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday approved the payment of €15.21m (N6,940,081,465.20) offshore and N1.71bn onshore as part of Nigeria’s counterpart funding for the power deal with Siemens AG, signed by the Nigerian and German governments in 2019. The total amount approved is N8,648,081,465.2. This was one of the decisions taken at the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President ... Read More »

We are taking loans to develop key infrastructure, reposition Oyo for economic growth – Gov. Makinde

We are taking loans to develop key infrastructure, reposition Oyo for economic growth – Gov. Makinde

…signs revised 2020 budget …Govt to adopt alternative project funding approach Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, today explained that his administration’s determination to fix the huge infrastructure deficit in the state and get the state on the right track for economic growth was behind the move to secure loans that target key infrastructure. He added that the problem with ... Read More »

BREAKING: Maina, Ex-Pension Boss, Released From Kuje Prison

BREAKING: Maina, Ex-Pension Boss, Released From Kuje Prison

Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman, Pension Reformed Task Team, PRTT, has been released from Kuje Correctional Centre nine months after his detention, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports. Maina, who was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on October 25, 2019, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his son, Faisal, and firm, Common ... Read More »

Governor Badaru assents to 2020 revised budget

Governor Badaru assents to 2020 revised budget

BY SHEHU MUSA, Dutse Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has assented to 2020 revised budget with a pledge to stick to budgetary financial discipline, and implementation in line with policies of budgetary policies. The revised budget from N153.920b was reduced to N124.357 a drop of about N28.5billion or 19 per cent drop in the size of the budget. ... Read More »

Civil Societies, Communities To Monitor Projects In Kwara – Gov.

Civil Societies, Communities To Monitor Projects In Kwara – Gov.

By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin Civic groups and communities in Kwara State will henceforth be monitoring government projects to ensure good quality of works done before payments. The governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend proposed the development which he tagged ‘social audit’. He said the civic groups and communities monitoring these projects thereafter issue independent reports that would form the basis ... Read More »

President Buhari approves establishment of Nigerian Youth Investment Fund

President Buhari approves establishment of Nigerian Youth Investment Fund

In a move that underscores his absolute confidence in the innovative skills, talents and industry of the Nigerian youth, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led the Federal Executive Council to approve the establishment of the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund, NYIF, to the tune of N75 billion for 3 years. The Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) is for innovative ideas, skills ... Read More »

We’ve set Oyo up for massive agribusiness turnaround – Makinde

We’ve set Oyo up for massive agribusiness turnaround – Makinde

…as he launches IITA-backed STEP programme …pledges to replicate scheme in all zones of Oyo The Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, declared that his administration has set up the state for a massive turnaround in agribusiness, adding that the state was ready to absorb anyone who is ready to invest in large scale agriculture practices and agribusiness. ... Read More »

Jigawa pays N27b five year pension arrears

Jigawa pays N27b five year pension arrears

BY SHEHU MUSA, Dutse Jigawa State Government through its State and Local Government Contributory Pension Board has paid over N27 billion to 7,051 retired state civil servants from May 2015 till- date, the Executive Secretary state Pension Board, Hon Hashim Fagam has stated. With the recent development, he stated government does not owe a state pensioner. Giving the breakdown, the ... Read More »

How Indorama Molecular Lab Will Help Fight COVID-19 and Sustain Agriculture and Industralisation in Nigeria

How Indorama Molecular Lab Will Help Fight COVID-19 and Sustain Agriculture and Industralisation in Nigeria

  Indorama-Nigeria, owner of Indorama Eleme petrochemicals and Indorama fertiliser says that its Molecular laboratory accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will help to fight the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Rivers State and Nigeria in general. NCDC yesterday announced that it has accredited five new Molecular Laboratories, including Indorama Molecular lab in Port Harcourt, Rivers State ... Read More »