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Nigeria Approves $26 Million For Power Projects In Borno, Yobe & Adamawa States
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Nigeria Approves $26 Million For Power Projects In Borno, Yobe & Adamawa States

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday approved about 26 million dollars for various power projects in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of the Council meeting in Abuja. He said the $1.62million of the amount ($26m) was the payment of the claims and the variation of onshore and offshore cost of the existing contract for the construction of 1×1 50 MBA three 31, 32, 33 KV sub-stations at Damaturu and 1×330 KV land by extension at Gombi, Adamawa. He revealed that an additional N102.9million was approved for the affected project. The minister also disclosed that the remaining $24.38million of the total approval was meant for the design, ...
NUC Approves Three New Universities In Delta State
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NUC Approves Three New Universities In Delta State

The National Universities Commission has approved an upgrade of three institutions to universities in Delta State. The approved universities are the Delta State University Agbor; Delta State University of Science and Technology Ozoro and Denis Osadebe University, Asaba. The Executive Secretry of the commission gave the approval when the Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa, led delegation from the State to present strategic documents of the universities to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. With this Development, Deltal State is now one of the states in Nigeria with the highest number of Universities in the Country.
FEC Approves N8.6 Billion For Enugu-Onitsha Road
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FEC Approves N8.6 Billion For Enugu-Onitsha Road

The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N8.6 billion for the completion of work on the Enugu-Onitsha highway, South-East Nigeria. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola revealed this to State House Correspondents at the end of this week’s cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Fashola said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum to council, which was for the revised estimate total cost for our project on the Enugu-Onitsha highway, it was to add the sum of N8.649 billion for a 22-kilometre section of the 100-kilometre road so that we can expedite conclusion of work there. “The variation is to cater for change of the pavement surface, binder cost and the wiring cost, to increase the thickness and also to utilise ...
FG Approves $1.5bn For Rehabilitation Of Port Harcourt Refinery
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FG Approves $1.5bn For Rehabilitation Of Port Harcourt Refinery

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery with $1.5bn. The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister said, “The Ministry of Petroleum Resources presented a memo on the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery for the sum of $1.5bn, and that memo was $1.5 billion and it was approved by council today. “So, we are happy to announce that the rehabilitation of the refinery will commence in three phases. The first phase...
Sanwo-Olu Approves 21-Year Jail Term For Cultists, Signs Anti-Cultism Bill
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Sanwo-Olu Approves 21-Year Jail Term For Cultists, Signs Anti-Cultism Bill

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed the bill for the Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021 into law, approving 21-year jail term for convicted cultists in the State. The State’s House of Assembly, in February, passed the anti-cultism bill, which also stipulates 15-year jail term for anyone found guilty of abetting cultists and residents who willfully allow their properties to be used as meeting points by cultists. Sanwo-Olu assented to the bill at the swearing-in event for newly appointed members of the State’s Public Procurement Agency Governing Board and two Permanent Secretaries held at Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa, on Monday. At the event, the Governor also signed three other bills into law. They are Lagos State Audit Servic...
Nigerian Army Approves New Postings And Appointments
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Nigerian Army Approves New Postings And Appointments

In a bid to re-position the Nigerian Army (NA) for optimal performance, the NA has released postings and appointments of some affected senior officers. The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, is a normal routine aimed at re-invigorating the system. The major highlights of the postings and appointments include; -Major General AS Maikobi from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command and appointed Commander, -Major General DC Onyemulu from Armed Forces Simulation Centre to Special Task Force (Operation SAFE HAVEN) and appointed Commander, -Major General SA Yaro from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guarantee to Nigerian Defence Academy as Commandant, -Major G...
Kwara Approves Wearing Of Hijab In Public Schools
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Kwara Approves Wearing Of Hijab In Public Schools

Sequel to recent developments in our state over the status of the hijab in public/grant-aided schools, the state government has consulted widely with thought leaders and leaders of both Muslim and Christian communities with a view to clarifying issues and reaching a consensus. The last of such meetings was held on Wednesday February 24, presided by His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. At least 10 schools of interest were earlier shut down to maintain peace and public order as well as prevent mischief makers from taking undue advantage of the development.  The state government has considered submissions of all major interest groups on the matter. It has also thoroughly considered the education law of Kwara State, the prevailing court judgments and current global trends ...
Police Funding: Senate Approves ₦1.3 Billion For Teargas, ₦10 Billion For Others
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Police Funding: Senate Approves ₦1.3 Billion For Teargas, ₦10 Billion For Others

The Senate on Wednesday approved N11.3 billion (11,352,457,101.70) as the budget of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) for the 2020 fiscal year. About N1.3 billion (1,362,814,243) of the amount was allocated for the procurement of teargas. About N1 billion was allocated for the procurement of arms and ammunition. The approval was a sequel to the consideration and adoption of the harmonised report of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Jika, presented the report. Breakdown Of The Budget * Provision of specialised/operational vehicle double cabinet-pick-up van for patrol – N7,600,000,000 * Procurement of arms and ammunitions – N1,000,000,000 * Procurement of personnel protect...
NAFDAC approves AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine for use in Nigeria
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NAFDAC approves AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine for use in Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Nigeria, NAFDAC, has approved the use of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine for use in Nigeria. At a press conference held this morning February 18, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, says the agency got the dossier of the vaccine a week ago, and the NAFDAC safety committee went to work immediately to evaluate its safety and efficacy for Nigerians. Adeyeye said that the vaccine can be stored at 2 to 8-degree centigrade. According to the DG, there are three additional vaccines undergoing evaluation, but the evaluation on Astrazeneca shows that the vaccine is effective against the UK variant of the virus which has been reported in Nigeria. She disclosed that the South African variant has no...
Imo Assembly Approves Renaming Okorocha’s Eastern Palm University After Mbadiwe
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Imo Assembly Approves Renaming Okorocha’s Eastern Palm University After Mbadiwe

The Imo State House of Assembly has given a nod to the conversion of Eastern Palm University (EPU) allegedly owned by the former Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha into the K. O Mbadiwe University. The approval followed an executive bill presented by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House and members representing Ehime-Mbano state constituency, Emeka Nduka during plenary on Wednesday. The bill tagged, “a bill for a law to repeal the establishment of Eastern Palm University (EPU) law 2019 to enable the House to re-enact law for the establishment of K. O. Mbadiwe University in Imo State and other related matters,” was given an accelerated hearing and passed into law. Some members of the Assembly who reacted to the bill apportioned blame on the 8th House of Assembly which earlier ...
Herdsmen: Ondo Approves Procurement Of 20 Operational Vehicle For Amotekun
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Herdsmen: Ondo Approves Procurement Of 20 Operational Vehicle For Amotekun

As part of the efforts to further strengthen the security outfit for optimum performance, the Ondo State Executive Council has approved the procurement of additional 20 operational vehicles for the state Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps. Commissioner for information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo in a press briefing shortly after the State Executive Council meeting said the council noted with delight the efforts of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in stemming the rising spate of crime and insecurity in the state. The government spokesperson disclosed that the state executive council, noting the immense efforts and fruitful activities of Amotekun, gladly approved the procurement of the 20 additional operational vehicles aside the approval for the recruitment of 500 per...
President Buhari Re-appoints Hadiza Bala Usman As NPA MD, Approves Board Members
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President Buhari Re-appoints Hadiza Bala Usman As NPA MD, Approves Board Members

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), for additional five-year tenure. Also approved is the reconstitution of the Non-Executive Board of the NPA, with Mr Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye (from South-west zone) as Chairman. Other members of the Board are: Prince Ekenyem Nwafor-Orizu (South-east zone), Akinwunmi Ricketts (South-south zone), Ghazali Mohammed Mijinyawa (North-East zone), Mustapha Amin Dutse (North-West zone), and Abdulwahab Adesina (North-Central zone). The President has equally approved Board members for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), who will oversee the selection of a new Managing Director for the organization. They are: Muhammad K. Ahmad, OON, (Chairman), Chief ...
FEC Approves Bill To Increase Retirement Age And Years Of Service For Teachers
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FEC Approves Bill To Increase Retirement Age And Years Of Service For Teachers

A new bill to increase the retirement age of teachers across the country was on Wednesday approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The bill seeks to increase the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years and also increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40 years. The bill will now be sent to the parliament for the proper legislative process before it can become law, the education minister, Adamu Adamu, told journalists in Abuja after the FEC meeting. The ‘Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2020’ , seeks to give legal backing to new measures by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to enhance teaching in the country. “This memo that was approved for the Ministry of Education is a giant step towards what we set out to do last year, with...
President Buhari Approves The Establishment Of Federal Polytechnic, Wannune
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President Buhari Approves The Establishment Of Federal Polytechnic, Wannune

President @MBuhari has approved the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Wannune, Benue, and also approved a take-off grant of N2 billion for the Polytechnic from the funding resources of the TETFund for the provision of core facilities for immediate take-off. Good for education! https://twitter.com/BashirAhmaad/status/1350188526810374154?s=20
Buhari Approves Posting Of 95 Ambassadors – Designate
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Buhari Approves Posting Of 95 Ambassadors – Designate

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the posting of Ambassadors-Designate to Nigerian Missions abroad. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Gabriel Aduda, who disclosed this in a statement said the list includes 43 Career Ambassadors and 52 Non-career Ambassadors. Aduda said the process of requesting Agreement from the prospective host countries have commenced. “The Ministry also wishes to inform that there will be an induction course for the Ambassador-Designates and their spouses which will hold on a date to be announced shortly to prepare and facilitate movement of the Envoys to their respective Missions,” the statement read.
President Buhari Approves Take-Off Of The Special Public Works Programme
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President Buhari Approves Take-Off Of The Special Public Works Programme

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the Special Public Works (SPW) Programme to commence nationwide on Tuesday, January 05, 2020. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, via twitter. The Federal Government's SPW Programme is aimed at employing 774,000 youths across the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, under its co-ordinating agency, The National Directorate of Employment (NDE). The Programme began on the 1st of November, 2020 until its take-off was halted by the House of Representatives, following the 'frosty relationship' between Mr. Keyamo and the then Director-General of the NDE, Nasiru Argungu culminating in the sack of the latter. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take off of the Special Pu...
UK Approves Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use, First In The World
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UK Approves Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use, First In The World

The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said. “The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the programme would begin early next week. “It is very good news,” Hancock said.
Roads Projects: 5 States To Get N148bn Refund As Senate Approves Buhari’s Request
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Roads Projects: 5 States To Get N148bn Refund As Senate Approves Buhari’s Request

Five Nigerian states will get a refund of over one hundred and forty-eight billon naira (N148,141,969,161.24) for road projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. This was as the Senate on Tuesday, November 24 approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a refund of the said sum to the affected states. The five states to include, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo. The money will be refunded to the coffers of the states government. The approval was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts Chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo Central). Ordia in his presentation stated that most of the Federal highways in the beneficiary states where said projects were executed “were at a deplorable state before the in...
LASPOTECH: Sanwo-Olu Approves Appointment Of Olaleye As Rector
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LASPOTECH: Sanwo-Olu Approves Appointment Of Olaleye As Rector

Governor of Lgos State, Mr. @jidesanwoolu has approved the appointment of Dr Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the 11th Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH). #ForAGreaterLagos The appointment was sequel to interview conducted by the Institution's Governing Council and its subsequent recommendation, is for 5 years single term and takes effect from 1st December, 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.
FEC Approves ₦62.7 Billion For Construction Of Road Linking Kano And Katsina
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FEC Approves ₦62.7 Billion For Construction Of Road Linking Kano And Katsina

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N62 billion for the construction of Kano – Gwarzo – Dayi Road, linking Kano and Katsina states. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, was also at the briefing. Fashola said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum for the construction of Kano – Gwarzo -Dayi road and it was approved for N62.7 billion, to be executed in 24 months.” On his part, Ehanire said the council approved the introduction of platonic medical records and management for the National Health Insurance Sche...
Osun State Approves New Minimum Wage, Lifts Embargo On Promotion
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Osun State Approves New Minimum Wage, Lifts Embargo On Promotion

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has approved the implementation of N30 , 000 minimum wage for workers in Osun State . He said that the implementation takes effect from November 1 . The governor made this known in a series of tweets on Friday, adding that the embargo on promotions and conversions has also been lifted with immediate effect . He said , “ I ’ m delighted to announce that the implementation of the new minimum wage for Osun workers will commence on November 1 , 2020 . “ This follows the perusal of the recommendations of Government/Labour Committee that we set up to work out the modalities for resolving all workers ’ welfare- related issues . “ Additionally , we ’ ve lifted the ban on Annual Salary Increment which was done in 2012 . Embargo on promotions ...
FG Approves Fund For Training Of 500,000 Youth On Digital Skills
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FG Approves Fund For Training Of 500,000 Youth On Digital Skills

Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports, disclosed this while speaking at the inaugural edition of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) youth summit. Speaking on the topic ‘Strategic Roadmap for Youth Development post-COVID-19’, Dare said the programme was part of the ministry’s DEEL initiative – Digital skills acquisition, Entrepreneurship, Employability and Leadership — introduced in November 2019. Dare said the programme, which will run for the next 12 months, has been captured under the economic sustainability plan of the federal government. “The Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) has taken into cognizance the DEEL initiative, and I am glad to announce that we have gotten approval for the funding of a 12-month programme under the initiative that will see 500,000 of our yo...
FEC Approves ₦2.9 Billion For Printing Of Question Papers, Others
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FEC Approves ₦2.9 Billion For Printing Of Question Papers, Others

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N2.9 billion contracts for the printing of sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials. The council also approved N1.6bn for the rehabilitation and upgrade of some roads within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The decisions were taken at the council’s meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Adamu said the printing contracts were awarded to a group of eight printers. According to the minister, the materials are meant for the B...
Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Resumption Of All Markets In Lagos
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Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Resumption Of All Markets In Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the full resumption of operations of both food markets and non food markets. They are now to open daily. #ForAGreaterLagos In a statement announcing this, the commissioner for local government and community affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, said Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast. Dr Ahmed pointed out that Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols. He noted that traders and their customers mu st adhere strictly to the covid 19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.
774,000 Jobs: Buhari Approves November 1 Commencement For Special Public Works
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774,000 Jobs: Buhari Approves November 1 Commencement For Special Public Works

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the request of the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, to reschedule the commencement date of the Special Public Works Programme from the 1st October to 1st November, 2020. The programme is engaging 1000 persons from each of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country for menial jobs for three months. *A statement signed by the Minister in Abuja yesterday, stated that the approval was based principally on his memo to the President informing him that most of the proposed project sites were still water logged and the rains have not abated, whereas the programme was designed for execution during the dry season. “It is believed that by the 1st of November most of the project sites would be ready for work,” the...
FEC Approves N654m To Monitor Illegal Radio Frequencies In South-East
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FEC Approves N654m To Monitor Illegal Radio Frequencies In South-East

The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N653,886,584 to procure and deploy a hybrid spectrum monitoring system that will cover the southern part of the country, most importantly the south-east. The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Issa Pantami, disclosed this on Wednesday, at the end of the 18th virtual Federal Executive Council meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari at State House in Abuja. According to him, the investigation carried out in five geo-political zones, the north-east, north-west, north-central, south-west and south-south, revealed that out of the 320 frequencies discovered, 106 were illegal and based on the advice of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the illegal frequencies will be prosecuted. Mr Pantami described ...
Kevin Akpoguma: FIFA Approves Ex-German Youth Star’s Switch To Nigeria
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Kevin Akpoguma: FIFA Approves Ex-German Youth Star’s Switch To Nigeria

The 25-year-old has already teamed up with the Super Eagles for their upcoming friendlies, having been cleared by the world football governing body Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has confirmed Fifa’s approval of Kevin Akpoguma to switch allegiance to Nigeria. The defender was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father and has represented Germany at various youth levels. Akpoguma is, however, still eligible to feature for the Super Eagles since he is yet to play for the European country’s senior team. *The centre-back has been delivering consistent performances for Bundesligaside Hoffenheimsince joining the club in 2015. Last season, he made 18 league appearances for the Kraichgauer to help his side finish sixth in the campaign. Ahead of the...
Buhari Approves ₦10 Billion For Census
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Buhari Approves ₦10 Billion For Census

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved release of N10 billion to the National Population Commission (NPC) for continuation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in the remaining 546 Local Government Area of the country. Buhari also approved an additional N4.5 billon to be included in the 2021 Budget for completion of the exercise as part of the preparations for the next census. Acting Chairman of NPC, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji,disclosed these in Abuja while briefing reporters on the release of the funds and the update on the EAD at the NPC headquarters  
Buhari Approves Special Salary For Teachers
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Buhari Approves Special Salary For Teachers

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for teachers across the country. The approval coincided with commemoration of the World Teachers Day on October 5. He also increased the number of years of service from 35 to 40. Buhari stated these in Abuja on Monday during celebration of the 2020 World Teachers Day. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who represented Buhari, said the new salary scheme is to motivate teachers for greater productivity and effectiveness.
FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Federal Government Colleges On October 12
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FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Federal Government Colleges On October 12

Remember that schools were closed down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in March, The Federal Government had on Friday, announced that Federal Government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria, as well as Federal Government Colleges, otherwise known as Unity Schools, will reopen on October 12th for the continuation of academic activities. State and Private universities are also expected to decide on their resumption date and resume accordingly. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, addressing a press conference in Abuja, said the decision to reopen the schools was due to the fall in the COVID-19 cases across the country. He said: “We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector including the Association of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Educatio...
FEC Approves ₦745 Million To Hire Auditors For NDDC
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FEC Approves ₦745 Million To Hire Auditors For NDDC

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N745 million for the hiring of additional forensic field auditors for the audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, also disclosed that the council approved the hiring of auditors to ensure that whatever comes out of the forensic audit is acceptable not just in Nigeria but to the international community. Akpabio said: “The memo that was presented by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was a concluding memo on the procurement of Field Forensic Auditors for the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission and today the council approved additional forensic field auditors at a total sum of about N745.2 million.  “This brings the total numb...
FG Approves Creation Of New Anti-Corruption Agency
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FG Approves Creation Of New Anti-Corruption Agency

The federal government on Wednesday approved the establishment of “ The Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency, to join the growing list of anti graft agencies established by the government The government had in efforts to tackle corruption, established the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC Act of 2004, the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Act 2000, the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012. Others include the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Code of Conduct Act, the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Act, the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the Fiscal Responsibilities Act 2010, as well as the Penal Code Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004. ...
Lagos Approves 33% Increase In Pension For State Pensioners
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Lagos Approves 33% Increase In Pension For State Pensioners

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved a 33% increase for all state pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme (Pay as You Go) with effect from January 1, 2020. He has also approved the payment of a balance of 25% rent allowance for officers on Grade Level 07 and above, whose retirement took place between May 2000 and August 2004. The disclosure was made by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, during a recent meeting with the members of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners. She affirmed that both the increase and payment of the arrears would take effect from September 2020, in a bid to meet up with the harmonization exercise for the pensioners. She noted that since Sanwo-Olu’s assumption of office, he has paid a total sum...
FG Approves Full Reopening Of Schools For Academic Activities
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FG Approves Full Reopening Of Schools For Academic Activities

The Federal Government says state governments and school administrators should start making preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country. Recall that schools in the country had been shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. However, the Federal Government announced the resumption of graduating pupils effective August 4, 2020, to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020. But speaking on Thursday, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, said the task force recommends phased return of students. Aliyu said, “For educational institutions whic...
President Buhari approves November 1st as National Youth Day in Nigeria
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President Buhari approves November 1st as National Youth Day in Nigeria

President Buhari has approved the declaration of November 1st of every year as the National Youth Day in Nigeria.   The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, disclosed this on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, September 2.   According to the minister, the President made this known during the Federal Executive Council meeting which held this morning.   His tweet reads ''Today, President Buhari in Council approved November 1st every year as the National Youth Day to celebrate, draw attention to and find solutions to the issues that affect the Youth. Mr. President as again demonstrated his commitment to supporting youth-focused policies. Thank You.”
Buhari Approves Transfer Of NIMC To Ministry Of Communication
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Buhari Approves Transfer Of NIMC To Ministry Of Communication

President Muhammadu Buhari has granted approval for the transfer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. A statement by the ministry’s spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, sent to PREMIUM TIMES Monday morning, said the decision was to ensure “synergy and effective ministry supervisory mechanism is put in place to coordinate, monitor and track the progress of Federal Government’s digital transformation initiatives.” Transferring the identity commission to the ministry, according to the statement, will aid the harmonisation of citizens’ data which will aid planning, the economy and security. The commission which is in charge of managing national identity database for Nigerians was hitherto domiciled under the Office of the ...
Buhari Approves Establishment Of Centre For Control Of Arms
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Buhari Approves Establishment Of Centre For Control Of Arms

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a national centre for the control of small arms and light weapons, the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said. The centre will be domiciled under the office of the NSA and efforts are on to give it a legal backing, Mr Monguno told State House reporters Thursday. He added that the centre will be similar to the counter terrorism centre and the cybersecurity centre, both of which are domiciled under his office. Mr Monguno made this announcement after Thursday’s council of state meeting, which had past heads of state in attendance. He noted that when fully operational, the centre will “work in compliance with already laid down international standards and ECOWAS moratorium on the control of small arms ...
Sadiya Umar Farouk Approves Payment Of Stipends To Exited N-Power Beneficiaries
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Sadiya Umar Farouk Approves Payment Of Stipends To Exited N-Power Beneficiaries

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has approved the payment of stipends to the exiting N-Power beneficiaries under one of its National Social Investment Programmes. The Honourable Minister stated on Monday, 24th August 20 that approval has been given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries. The approval for payments for up to the month of June 2020 for the two (2) Batches has already been forwarded to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGFs) for final checks and payments. The only outstanding approval waiting to be forwarded to Accountant-General’s Office is for the payment of July Stipends for batch B beneficiaries. The Ministry, however...
Buhari Approves New Electricity Tariff; Rich Nigerians To Pay More
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Buhari Approves New Electricity Tariff; Rich Nigerians To Pay More

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, approved the implementation of the proposed cost-reflective electricity tariff for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). However, residential areas classified as “poor” will not be affected by the increase in tariff, TheCable understands. Also, Buhari has approved a one-year waiver of 35 per cent import tax for prepaid meters. In January, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had announced that there would be an upward review of electricity tariffs across the country from April 1. However, it directed electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to suspend the proposed tariff increase in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the national assembly had persuaded the DisCos to defer the plan t...
COVID-19: FG Approves N10 Billion Survival Fund For Transport Sector
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COVID-19: FG Approves N10 Billion Survival Fund For Transport Sector

The Hon. Min. of State @MinTransportNG, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, has disclosed that FG has approved a ₦10 billion survival fund for transport workers and operators to help cushion the sufferings encountered by road transport workers and operators as a result of #COVID19 pandemic. The HMoS made this known when the President, Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association (PTONA), Engr. Isaac Uhunwagho, led the Association’s National Executive Committee and Trustees to pay her a courtesy call in Abuja recently. She informed the delegation that the fund is domiciled with @TradeInvestNG adding that the Federal @MinTransportNG is currently working on the modalities for its disbursement.
LASG Meets E-hailing Taxi Operators, Approves 20% Reduction In Operation Fee
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LASG Meets E-hailing Taxi Operators, Approves 20% Reduction In Operation Fee

The issue surrounding new guidelines for the regulation of E-hailing Taxi Operations has now been put to rest following a meeting between the Lagos State Government and the representatives of the E-hailing Operators in the State on Friday. The meeting, which was held at the Lagos House, Marina and chaired by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was in response to the allegation by the operators that the State Government was planning to clamp down on e-hailing transport operations with the new operational guidelines, alleging that the aim was to ban all e-hailing business similar to what was done to commercial motorcycles and tricycles. Briefing the newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, disclosed that the State Government and the o...
Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine, Putin’s Daughter Vaccinated
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Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine, Putin’s Daughter Vaccinated

Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday morning that Russia has registered the world's first vaccine against coronavirus. He says the vaccine is effective in forming immunity against the deadly pathogen which has spread globally. “As far as I know, a vaccine against the coronavirus infection has been registered this morning (in Russia) for the first time in the world,” the President told members of the government. “I thank everyone who worked on the vaccine - it’s a very important moment for the whole world. Putin insisted that vaccination in Russia should only be carried out on a voluntary basis, with nobody forced to accept immunization. He also revealed that one of his daughters has already been vaccinated. With over 700,000 deaths attributed to the pandemic and over 20 millio...
Buhari Approves Judicial Panel Of Enquiry Over Allegations Against Magu
Politics

Buhari Approves Judicial Panel Of Enquiry Over Allegations Against Magu

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to investigate the alleged financial impropriety and mismanagement of recovered assets levelled against the suspended Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu. Magu was accosted on July 6, 2020, in front of the Wuse Office of the EFCC and directed to appear before the Salami-led panel. Although Buhari’s letter approving the judiciary panel was written on July 3, 2020, its terms of reference and allegation against Magu were made available to him on Saturday, August 8. Multiple sources close to the Presidency also disclosed that the panel has been given 45 days to submit its report within 45 days of its public sitting. The President named a 7-man panel, which is still headed by ...
President Buhari Approves ₦123 Bilion For Ibadan-Kano Rail
Politics

President Buhari Approves ₦123 Bilion For Ibadan-Kano Rail

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of $318m (about 123bn) as counterpart funding to the Chinese Government for the Ibadan-Kano standard gauge project. The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who disclosed this said work on the Ibadan-Kano segment of the Lagos-Kano line may commence by the end of August. It would be handled by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC). Amaechi who spoke in a Democracy Day interview monitored on Channels Television on Friday night commended the Chinese Government which he said had been very helpful in funding the railway modernization projects of the Federal Government. He however added that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the opening of an account where some of the profits bein...
NCDC Approves Testing Of Covid-19 Cases In Akwa Ibom State
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NCDC Approves Testing Of Covid-19 Cases In Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom State Government has broken another commendable record by securing approval for the testing of COVID-19 cases in the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. The approval followed the Validation visit to the Akwa Ibom State world class Isolation Centre with inbuilt Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory situated at the Disease Control Unit of the General Hospital Ituk Mbang. Disclosing this yesterday in Uyo, the NCDC Team Leader, Mr Bamidele Oluwafemi commended the State Government for single-handedly building the Isolation centre with the inbuilt Laboratory with Category 3 PCR Machine without the support of the Federal Government. Mr. Oluwafemi described the isolation centre with Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory as one of the best in the country, noting that wit...
President Buhari Approves Re-appointment Of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Chief Executive Of NCC
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President Buhari Approves Re-appointment Of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Chief Executive Of NCC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Umar Danbatta as executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Uwa Suleiman, spokesman to Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, broke the news in a statement on Friday. He said the reappointment was based on the recommendation of Pantami and in line with the Nigerian communications act of 2003. Suleiman said Pantami urged the reappointed executive vice chairman to improve on the commission’s performance and also ensure compliance with federal government directives. “In an effort to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunications sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reappointment of Professo...
FG Approves July 13th For Schools To Reopen
Education

FG Approves July 13th For Schools To Reopen

Federal Government has approved July 13, 2020 for schools to reopen, only final year, Senior Secondary Certification Examination, Primary Six Students to commence This was made know by Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha during COVID-19 daily briefing in Abuja, yesterday. According to the SGF, Federal Goverment intends to reopen schools for the final year students, SSCE and primary six students, contrary to his statement on Monday, that schools shall remain closed until further evaluations.
FEC Approves N1.23bn For Plateau State University, Customs
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FEC Approves N1.23bn For Plateau State University, Customs

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N1.23 billion for the construction of a faculty of health services at the Plateau State University, Bokkos and the procurement of computers and printers for zonal and area commands of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced this on Wednesday while briefing State House reporters on the outcome of the second virtual cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mohammed said, “The Minister of Education presented a memo seeking approval of council for the award of contract for the construction, equipping and furnishing of a faculty of Health Sciences in Plateau State University, Bokkos and it was awarded at the cost of N610, 355, 221.82 and the completion period is for ...

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