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Reps Speaker swears in House Leader,calls for reforms

Reps Speaker swears in House Leader,calls for reforms

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday sworn in Hassan Ado Doguwa and five other newly members of the House who won their rerun election during last Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).In his address,the Speaker called for general reforms in the polity.The full text below: ADDRESS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ... Read More »

Buhari Marginalising South-west in Appointments, Gani Adams Alleges

Buhari Marginalising South-west in Appointments, Gani Adams Alleges

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, yesterday alleged that the South-west was being marginalised by the President Muhammadu Buhari, in terms of appointments into public offices. Speaking yesterday in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State during the 6th World Congress of the Oodua Progressives Union, Adams said: “Buhari’s government is tainted with nepotism. You have a situation whereby only ... Read More »

EFCC goes after ‘Baba Ijebu’ over alleged multi-billion naira tax fraud

EFCC goes after ‘Baba Ijebu’ over alleged multi-billion naira tax fraud

Kessington Adebutu, Nigeria’s gambling mogul whose business empire has enjoyed decades of patronage as a household name across the country, has become a new target of a vast corruption investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The multiple allegations of tax fraud and economic sabotage levelled against Mr Adebutu marked a remarkable tumble for one of the Nigerian bookies most ... Read More »

We’ll support FG on agric pilot schemes – Gov Abiodun

We’ll support FG on agric pilot schemes – Gov Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has pledged the support of the State Government on various agriculture pilot schemes of the Federal Government, noting that the State would give the FG all required support. Governor  Abiodun, who made this known while he received the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said that his administration ... Read More »

FMBN Seeks Stronger Partnership with States on Affordable Housing

FMBN Seeks Stronger Partnership with States on Affordable Housing

In a bid to deepen the impact of its affordable housing delivery programs to a greater number of Nigerian workers within the low and medium-income bracket nationwide, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has solicited for a more robust collaboration with state governments. This includes stronger support and participation of states in the National Housing Fund (NHF) Scheme, provision ... Read More »

Visa Ban will Affect Vulnerable People in Nigeria, FG Tells US

Visa Ban will Affect Vulnerable People in Nigeria, FG Tells US

The federal government has said the speculated plan by the US to add Nigeria to its existing list of visa travel ban countries is ill-conceived. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this yesterday in London during an interview session with Reuters News Agency. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the minister is in London to ... Read More »

Insecurity: Senate to pursue implementation of community policing

Insecurity: Senate to pursue implementation of community policing

Following the worsening security situation in the country, the Senate on Tuesday said it will pursue immediate implementation of community policing. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, stated this in his speech to welcome Senators from the Christmas and New Year recess. He reiterated that the security situation in the country required serious attention and due consideration by the Senate and indeed ... Read More »

Military Reopens 185km Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road 

Military Reopens 185km Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road 

By Inusa Ndahi, Maiduguri The 185km Maiduguri- Damboa- Biu road which has been closed down for the past one year following incessant attacks on vehicles by boko haram has been reopened on the orders of the Chief of Army Staff. Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai. To this end, people of Damboa, Chibok, Askira-Uba, Hawul, Biu, Gwoza, Kwaya Kusar, Shani and ... Read More »

Court reduces Maina’s bail conditions to N500m

Court reduces Maina’s bail conditions to N500m

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday varied the conditions attached to the bail granted former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina. Justice Okon Abang, before who Maina is being tried on charges of money laundering, granted him conditional bail on November 25, 2015. Among the bail conditions were that Maina endorses a bond of N1billion and produce ... Read More »

Adeduntan: Banking Sector Recapitalisation Will Support Economic Growth

Adeduntan: Banking Sector Recapitalisation Will Support Economic Growth

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, in this interview says the focus of the Central Bank of Nigeria in ensuring that the Nigerian banking industry sector remains strong will position the financial institutions to support the overall growth of the economy. The FirstBank boss also predicts that the economy will record stronger growth this year. ... Read More »

Borno PDP impressed with Zulum’s performance’

Borno PDP impressed with Zulum’s performance’

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Borno is “highly impressed” with Governor Babagana Umara Zulum’s handling of security and general performance that is “unusual in less than one year”, Usman Badeiri, factional chairman of the party said in a statement he shared. He however said himself and the state, local and ward executives he leads have no plan to ... Read More »

SGF receives FIRS boss, drops hint on how FG intends to address borrowings

SGF receives FIRS boss, drops hint on how FG intends to address borrowings

The Federal Government (FG) conceived the new 2019 Finance Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently with a view to meeting a number of current challenges across the country, especially borrowings by the three tiers of government. Boss Mustapha* Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, dropped this hint in his office when the ... Read More »

Rail Project: Amaechi Delighted By Improved Pace of Work

Rail Project: Amaechi Delighted By Improved Pace of Work

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, has revealed that there is a remarkable improvement achieved in Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway line as against when he last visited a week ago. To this end, informed that he is almost out of Lagos to focus on the next project starting from Ibadan-Kano. The minister disclosed this yesterday after an inspection tour with ... Read More »

EFCC Arraigns Adoke Over Malabu Oil Scam

EFCC Arraigns Adoke Over Malabu Oil Scam

 By:Owolola Adebola The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on January 23, 2020 arraigned Muhammed Bello Adoke, before Justice A.I. Kutigi of Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja. Adoke, a former attorney-general  of the federation and minister of Justice is facing an amended 42-count charge. He is being tried alongside Aliyu Abubakar, Mr. Rasky Gbinigie, Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd, Nigeria ... Read More »

NPA maps out strategies to decongest Lagos Port complex

NPA maps out strategies to decongest Lagos Port complex

THE Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has mapped out measures to resolve the congestion in the Lagos Pilotage District in response to the recent increase in waiting time of vessels at the Lagos Port Complex. Hadiza Bala-Usman, MD/CEO NPA* Jatto A. Adams, general manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, in a statement  Friday, January 24, listed the measures to include diversion of vessels ... Read More »

PENCOM orders employers to submit Insurance Certificates of employees and benefits

PENCOM orders employers to submit Insurance Certificates of employees and benefits

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has ordered all employers of labour covered by the Pension Reform Act 2014, to submit copies of the insurance certificates with the schedule of benefits of their employees to the commission. Section 4 sub-section 5 of the Pension Reform Act stipulates that all employers of labour should set up group life insurance policy for their ... Read More »

FG Suspends Salaries of Tertiary Institutions’ Workers Not on IPPIS

FG Suspends Salaries of Tertiary Institutions’ Workers Not on IPPIS

The federal government has suspended the release of the funds for the payment of salaries of workers of tertiary institutions who have not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as their salaries will be paid on the IPPIS platform with effect from January. In a letter by the Director of IPPIS at the Office of the ... Read More »

FG to Borrow N2tn from N10tn Pension Fund

FG to Borrow N2tn from N10tn Pension Fund

The National Economic Council (NEC) thursday in Abuja announced the resolve of the federal government to borrow N2 trillion from the current N10 trillion pension funds to finance the development of infrastructure. It also pronounced a national emergency on the power sector, noting that the federal government had pumped N1.7 trillion into the sector in the last three years with ... Read More »

Focus less on IDP camps, Zulum tells refugee commission

Focus less on IDP camps, Zulum tells refugee commission

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has asked that interventions from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and internally displaced persons should focus on creating permanent resettlement houses for displaced persons as against investing on government controlled IDP camps. The governor made this appeal while hosting Senator Basheer Lado Garba Mohammed, the federal commissioner in charge of the refugee commission ... Read More »