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Floods claim 7, displaces 74, 713 Adamawa people in 2 weeks
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Floods claim 7, displaces 74, 713 Adamawa people in 2 weeks

Seven people have died and 74, 713 others displaced by floods across Adamawa State in the last two weeks. Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Dr Muhammed Suleiman, who disclosed this on Thursday in Yola, said 79 villages in 16 local government areas are affected. He said the worst affected local government areas are Demsa, Yola South, Lamurde, Yola North and Girei. Giving details, the ADSEMA executive secretary said, “From August 11 2021 to date, about 74,713 people are affected in 79 communities in 16 local government areas across the state. “The most hit areas include Demsa LGA with a total of 8,332 affected persons in nine communities with one dead, and Lamurde LGA with about 7,725 people affected in eight communities, followed by Y...
President Buhari reappoints JAMB, NUC bosses
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President Buhari reappoints JAMB, NUC bosses

President Buhari has approved the reappointment of the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Olanrewaju Oloyede, and the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, for another tenure of five years. A statement released by the director, press and public affairs in the Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, says the reappointment takes effect from 1st August, 2021. Also reappointed is Dr. Hamid Bobboyi as Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for a second and final tenure of four years with effect from August 1, 2021. Recall that President Buhari had earlier approved the reappointment of Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe as Registrar/CEO of the National Business and T...
Telecom operators in Nigeria suspend access to Twitter
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Telecom operators in Nigeria suspend access to Twitter

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has suspended access to Twitter. A statement jointly signed by ALTON chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo and executive secretary, Gbolahan Awonuga, and released this morning June 5, stated that the suspension was based on a directive by the telecommunications industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The statement titled ‘Order to Suspend Access to Twitter’, reads. “We, The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) wish to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator to suspend access to Twitter. ALTON has conducted a robust assessment of the request in accordance with i...
Oshiomhole Kicked Against Removal of Fuel Subsidy – Atiku
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Oshiomhole Kicked Against Removal of Fuel Subsidy – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, of frustrating plans to remove fuel subsidy during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration Atiku recalled that he headed the negotiations with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) with Oshiomhole as the Chairman. According to the former Vice President, the APC Chairman stood strongly against the removal of petrol subsidy. The Waziri of Adamawa was backing an earlier tweet by his Spokesman, Paul Ibe, which reads, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Obasanjo administration embarked on a regime of subsidy removal. “But the former NLC Chairman frustrated the efforts. Even at that, the Obasanjo government achieved some measures of subsidy removal befor...
President Buhari sacks Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Tor Ujah
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President Buhari sacks Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Tor Ujah

President Buhari has approved the immediate termination of appointment of the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Reverend Tor Ujah.   In a statement released by the Director (Information) at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, the Federal government says the termination was in line with the provision of Section 4, Sub-Section 3 of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission Act. He said that Ujah has been directed to hand over to Mrs. Esther Kwaghe, Director of Administration in the Commission, who is to oversee the Office, pending the appointment of a Substantive Executive Secretary.
Hakeem Muri-Okunola Appointed as Lagos State Head of Service
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Hakeem Muri-Okunola Appointed as Lagos State Head of Service

Hakeem Muri-Okunola has been appointed as Lagos State Head of Service by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, making him the 21st person to occupy the office. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Habib Aruna, made it known that Muri-Okunola’s appointment followed the retirement of Mrs. Folasade Adesoye on December 27th. According to Aruna, Muri-Okunola was the former Executive Secretary, Land Use and Allocation Committee, between 2005 and 2011. Until his appointment, he was the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Social Development. The statement quoted Ambode as thanking the outgoing HOS, Adesoye, for her meritorious service to the state and wished her well in her future endeavours. READ ALSO! OOU final year student killed on Christmas day by hit-an...
Federal Government Pays N135m Compensation To Families Of 8 Victims Killed By DSS in 2013
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Federal Government Pays N135m Compensation To Families Of 8 Victims Killed By DSS in 2013

The federal government on Thursday released a cheque of N135 million to the relatives and victims of eight persons who were killed by the Department of State Services (DSS) in 2013. The payment is coming four years and seven months after a panel of inquiry by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) indicted the security agency of grossly violating the rights of the victims and consequently ordered the State Security Service to pay compensation of N135m to the dead and injured victims. The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), who made the presentation on behalf of the federal government, said the gesture is a confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to upholding the rule of law, justice and respect of human r...
Nigerian Senator, Foster Ogola In More Trouble As NUC Confirms His PHD Certificate Is Fake
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Nigerian Senator, Foster Ogola In More Trouble As NUC Confirms His PHD Certificate Is Fake

A Nigerian Senator, Foster Ogola, was trailed with a certificate scandal after a confidential report revealed that the lawmaker currently representing Bayelsa West senatorial district, has fake credentials from an unaccredited university in Nigeria. “Sen. Foster Ogola has a fake PhD. His official profile on the NASS Website says he has a PhD from GMF Christian University. There is no official site for the university and it is not accredited by the NUC. There is also no research paper or thesis to his name online. Although he got the degree in 2012,” the report had alerted. the National Universities Commission of Nigeria has now confirmed that Senator Foster Ogola’s Phd certificate is invalid as the institution attended by the senator is among the illegal universities which will be clos...
Ex- Lagos Council Chief Collapses, Dies During Meal At A Restaurant
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Ex- Lagos Council Chief Collapses, Dies During Meal At A Restaurant

A former Executive Secretary of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and Past President of Rotary Club of Ewu Tuntun, District 9110, Barr. Tajudeen Jaiye Alabi, yesterday, collapsed and died at an eatery in Mushin, Lagos State. Suspected to have experienced heart attack, he was confirmed dead at the Isolo General Hospital, where he was rushed to. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. According to his brother, he was in good spirits and showed no sign of ill health yesterday morning when he set out for the day’s activity after dropping off his son in his school. “I am still in shock.  He had hardly taken a spoonful of the meal he ordered when he started shouting ‘my head, my head’ and then slumped on his seat. In fact, the son he dropped off returned fr...
AGF Malami Usurps Senate Powers, Tells Ojukwu To Resume As NHRC Boss
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AGF Malami Usurps Senate Powers, Tells Ojukwu To Resume As NHRC Boss

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has asked Tony Ojukwu to assume office as the acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). This is in contravention of the civil service rules and the Act that established the commission which empowers the Senate to clear the appointee. Section 8 of the act states: “There shall be for the commission an Executive Secretary who shall be: ‘a legal practitioner with not less than 20 years post qualification experience and requisite experience in human right issues; a person of proven integrity and be the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the commission; appointed by the president subject to confirmation by the Senate.” President Muhammadu Buhari had in Dec...
Fire Destroys IDPs Camp In Plateau
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Fire Destroys IDPs Camp In Plateau

The newly-constructed ultra-modern Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Shendam Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau has been destroyed by fire. The IDPs camp was built by the Presidential Committee on Flood, Relief and Rehabilitation, which was established after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states in the country. Mr. Bintan Wuyep, Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, Plateau Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed the incident to newsmen in Jos on Thursday. Wuyep, who is the Acting Executive Secretary of the agency, said, “the disaster occurred on Tuesday. “We don’t have funds even to fuel our vehicle to go to the camp to ascertain the cause of the inferno and assess the extent of damage. “We have gone everywhere even for a loan, but we have not suc...
Fuel Scarcity To Get Worse As Depot Owners Give FG 14-Day Ultimatum
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Fuel Scarcity To Get Worse As Depot Owners Give FG 14-Day Ultimatum

The nationwide fuel scarcity might get worse in two weeks, following the latest threat from depot owners. On Tuesday, the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) gave the federal government a 14-day ultimatum, to settle a N650billion debt allegedly owed its members. In a statement by its Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole, the group said failure to meet the deadline will force its members to disengage their workers. “The unfortunate primary fallout of this step is the likely shut down of all DAPPMAN depots nationwide due to lack of manpower to operate same pending the time the federal government will pay off its indebtedness to petroleum marketers. “This unfortunately will have a multiplier effect on the nationwide supply and distribution o...
Nigeria Has Highest Number Of Unimmunised Children Worldwide
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Nigeria Has Highest Number Of Unimmunised Children Worldwide

Wife of the Benue State Governor Dr. Eunice Ortom has revealed that Nigeria ranks top in the number of children globally who are not immunised against measles. Mrs. Ortom disclosed this on Tuesday in Makurdi, the state capital at a stakeholders meeting. ”Nigeria has the highest number of children who are not immunized against measles globally ahead of India and Pakistan,” she said. She said that the statistics were gotten from World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children Educational Fund (UNICEF) data of 2016 saying it was in line with the above that the Federal Government (FG) had organized a National Measles Campaign to immunize children from nine to 59 months. The governor’s wife informed further that Benue State was going to commence its exercise from Feb. 8 ...
I’ll Not Search For A Job With My PhD Says Obasanjo
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I’ll Not Search For A Job With My PhD Says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he would not search for a job with his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) certificate recently obtained from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Speaking during the NOUN’s seventh convocation in Abuja over the weekend, Obasanjo, who bagged PhD in Christian Theology from the university, said the certificate would not serve as his ‘meal ticket’ but rather a service to humanity. He said: “I do not need the PhD certificate as a meal ticket from tomorrow or indeed now. I do not intend to apply for a job relating to my area of specialisation attaching my brand new certificate. “However, I want all to know that I enrolled for the programme, to be more knowledgeable, productive, and serviceable to humanity and to my God. If at any time my se...
Kalu Foundation Establishes Small Loans For Small Businesses
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Kalu Foundation Establishes Small Loans For Small Businesses

The foundation a few weeks ago distributed Toyota Sienna buses to select transporters in the state under its youth empowerment scheme at a ceremony which had in attendance Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The new interest-free loan initiative which is expected to increase the working capital of potentially 11,000 beneficiaries. Repayable over a period of 12 months (with a 2-month moratorium) at zero interest, the small business support is aimed at taking unemployed youths off the streets.“ “The interest free loan scheme was originally initiated by former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu in 1997 with 7,500 beneficiaries across Abia State,” according to Reverend (Mrs) Jemimah Kalu, Executive Secretary of the foundation. Fiel...
President Buhari Reacts To Obasanjo’s PhD
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President Buhari Reacts To Obasanjo’s PhD

Obasanjo for bagging a doctorate degree at the National Open University, NOUN. Buhari described Obasanjo as the “Father of Open and Distance Education in Nigeria.’’ The former President, who was among the 14, 769 graduands, was conferred with Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Theology, which made him the first PhD product of the institution. Out of the number, 41 bagged first class honours. Buhari who was Represented by Prof. Abubakar Raheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, said that it was Obasanjo’s belief in Open and Distance Learning that made him enroll in NOUN. “Obasanjo, because of his quest for quality education, could have opted to fulfill his desire for university education in Ivy League universities of the world and none of them cou...
Oil Subsidy Payment – Reps Summon Kachikwu, Baru, PPPRA Scribe
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Oil Subsidy Payment – Reps Summon Kachikwu, Baru, PPPRA Scribe

House of Representatives, yesterday, at plenary, resolved to summon Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, to explain the renewed payment of oil subsidy to marketers without securing the approval of the National Assembly, in line with the constitution. Also invited for the same reason are Group Managing Director, GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, and Executive Secretary, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu Umar. The three officials are to appear before the House Committees on Finance and Petroleum Downstream at a date to be announced soon. They would also be accounting for the monies expended on the subsidy payment since January 2017 in the current Petroleum Pricing Regime. Their invitation followed the...
Jega, Okebukola Get Federal Appointments
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Jega, Okebukola Get Federal Appointments

Nigerian government has appointed former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola; and ex-Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, among those to review the country’s university system.   Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, made this known in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Monday.     He spoke after appearing before the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to defend the 2018 budget proposed by the commission.   Rasheed said: “The NUC has constituted a high-powered committee of very credible senior academics.   “Most of the members of this small committee are former vice chancellors, former executive secretaries of the NUC and so...
N20bn Scam: EFCC detains UBEC Contractor
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N20bn Scam: EFCC detains UBEC Contractor

A contractor with the Universal Basic Education Commission, Professor Adesanya Adelekan has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over his involvement in the dubious diversion of about N20 billion meant for the supply of vital equipment and textbooks to the 104 unity schools across Nigeria. According to EFCC, Adelekan was taken into custody since Thursday to enable the agency to conclude investigation into the alleged fraud, which was perpetrated between 2012 and 2014. Professor Adelekan, who is the managing director of Macmillan Nigeria Publishers, was still under detention at the EFCC facility at the time of filing the report on Friday and there were indications he could spend the weekend with his interrogators. Sources close to the anti-graft gency infor...
Fuel – Govt Considers 3 Options On N145/Litre
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Fuel – Govt Considers 3 Options On N145/Litre

A presidential committee set up to find solution to the perennial fuel supply crisis is considering three options including allowing oil marketers to import fuel and sell at their own price while NNPC mega stations sell at N145 per litre. Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who chairs the committee, disclosed this at an investigative hearing by the National Assembly yesterday. He said the other options are a special foreign exchange concession to oil marketers to enable them import fuel and sell at the approved N145 per litre or a special tax regime for the marketers as a way of incentive to encourage them to remain afloat. The NNPC, the main importer of petrol, said last week that the landing cost of the commodity was N171 per litre but the retail price is still retained ...
2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases
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2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked on strikes, while many global health reports were released. PREMIUM TIMES compiles some of the major health events that headlined 2017. 1,166 people died of meningitis in six months Between December 2016 and June 23, 2017, a total of 1,166 people died as a result of meningitis outbreak in the country. Children between five to 14 years were most affected accounting for 6,791 cases out of a total 14,513 cases reported in 24 states. Zamfara was the most affected state in terms o...
Fuel Scarcity: Buhari Summons Kachikwu, Baru
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Fuel Scarcity: Buhari Summons Kachikwu, Baru

Following the current fuel scarcity witnessed during the Yelutide season, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Vanguard reports. Others summoned by the President include, Mordecai Ladan, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources; Mr. Femi Olawore, Executive Secretary, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN; Mr. Mike Osatuyi, National Operation Controller, Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN; and Mr Olufemi Adewole, Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMA. The report said the meeting between the president and the stakeholders in the petroleum sector is schedule...
FCT Targets 900,000 Children For Polio Immunization
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FCT Targets 900,000 Children For Polio Immunization

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Primary Health Care Development Board, says it is targeting 900,000 children to be immunised against polio between Saturday and Tuesday. The Acting Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Mathew Ashikeni, made this known during the inauguration of the exercise on Friday in Abuja. Ashikeni explained that Abuja being the centre of the country, there was influx of people in the territory, hence the need to be proactive in the vaccination of children against polio and other infectious diseases. He said that FCT was also among the high risk states as far as polio virus was concerned. Ashikeni said that 1,166 vaccinators would partake in the exercise along with 300 special teams and 65 supervisors. He further said that 48 monitors would be partici...
Panel Indicts Nigeria’s NHIS Chief; Health Minister Extends His Suspension Indefinitely
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Panel Indicts Nigeria’s NHIS Chief; Health Minister Extends His Suspension Indefinitely

The suspension of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has been extended indefinitely. Mr. Yusuf has been on three months suspension since July 6, based on the directive of the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to allow for fair and uninterrupted investigation of the various allegations levied against the NHIS boss. In a letter to the embattled NHIS chief dated October 5, ‎Mr. Adewole indicated that the committee that investigated Mr. Yusuf has submitted its report. He said the report has been forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Adewole said the committee found Mr. Yusuf “culpable in many areas” of his performance. “I am further extending your suspension from office pending the decision of” President Buhari, the minister said. M...
Why We Ignored Reps Directive On HMO Accreditation – NHIS
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Why We Ignored Reps Directive On HMO Accreditation – NHIS

The National Health Insurance Scheme has given reasons why it continued with the accreditation of Health Management Organisations despite a resolution by the House of Representatives asking the NHIS to suspend the exercise. The NHIS said suspending the exercise would have crippled the scheme and negatively affected patients across the country The General Manager, Standard and Quality Assurance, Dr. Victor Amadi, said this during a media chat with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. Amadi added that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had given the agency the permission to continue with the accreditation. He added, “As you all know, the NHIS runs a contributory scheme and those enrollees who contribute to the scheme have to be serviced. So, there is going to be programme o...
Ex-PPPRA Chief Oluleye Joins Ekiti Guber Race
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Ex-PPPRA Chief Oluleye Joins Ekiti Guber Race

The pioneer Executive Secretary, Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and former Executive Secretary, Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Oluwole Oluleye, has joined the Ekiti State governorship race. Oluleye, who declared his governorship ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday at the party secretariat in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said his decision to join the race to succeed Governor Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party was borne out of the conviction that he was capable of bringing about the much needed positive changes in the state. The Ekiti-born United States-trained technocrat who had earlier on Thursday signified his governorship ambition at his Efon Alaye home town said he desires to return the stat...
We’re Not Insensitive To Pensioners Plight – Aregbesola
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We’re Not Insensitive To Pensioners Plight – Aregbesola

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said that the state government is not insensitive to the plight of pensioners in the state. Aregbesola explained that the government is incapacitated to pay the pensioners gratuity which is about N5bn. The governor stated this just as he called on the Federal Government to assist state governments across the country in raising bonds to pay the gratuities of state pensioners who voluntarily retired from the service to avoid the Contributory Pension Scheme. Aregbesola made the call while playing host to the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Mrs Sharon Ikiazor, who paid him a courtesy visit at the state secretariat on Monday. He explained that the mass retirement of workers from the state civil service ...
Hajj: 400 Persons Denied Privilege In 2014 Get Automatic Slots In Plateau
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Hajj: 400 Persons Denied Privilege In 2014 Get Automatic Slots In Plateau

The Plateau Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has offered automatic slots to 400 persons, who were denied the privilege to travel to Saudi Arabia for the exercise in 2014. Its Executive Secretary, Alhaji Dayyabu Garga, told newsmen on Tuesday in Jos that the intending pilgrims paid for the exercise in 2014 but did not travel because their monies “disappeared”. “We have traced their records and offered them automatic slots. We have not been able to trace their monies and have invited EFCC and ICPC to investigate,” he said. Garga said that the board had asked the intending pilgrims to pay the difference between what they paid in 2014 and the charges in 2017. He said that 1,100 persons had fully paid for the exercise for which Plateau was allocated 1,400 seats, adding that the first b...
No Plan To Increase Petrol Price Now – NNPC
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No Plan To Increase Petrol Price Now – NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and marketers in the downstream oil sector have said there are no immediate plans to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit. The Nigeria Labour Congress recently declared that the Federal Government should not test its (NLC’s) resolve by raising the price of the PMS, popularly known as petrol. The labour union had said it would not accept another round of increase in the price of petrol. But when asked if there was any plan to increase petrol price on the ground that the NNPC had been incurring losses on the commodity, the corporation’s Group General Manager for Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, dismissed the claims of price hike. He also said that the national oil firm had never complained about the financial burden it shoul...
Power Generation Drops By 1,835.6MW In 3 Days
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Power Generation Drops By 1,835.6MW In 3 Days

The total quantum of electricity on the nation’s power grid crashed by 1,835.6 megawatts within a period of three days. After reaching a peak of 4,282.6MW on August 2, 2017, power generation dropped to as low as 2,447MW on August 5, according to the latest data on the performance of the grid obtained in Abuja on Sunday. Power generation has continued to fluctuate for several months now, as operators blame the development on gas and frequency constraints. The recent power briefing from the Transmission Company of Nigeria stated that 1,651MW of electricity could not be generated as a result of frequency management constraint on Friday alone, which was due to loss of feeders of power distribution companies. It also stated that the reported gas constraint resulted in the inability ...
Paul Kagame Wins Presidential Poll By A Landslide
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Paul Kagame Wins Presidential Poll By A Landslide

Rwanda's incumbent leader Paul Kagame has sealed a landslide victory in presidential elections, granting him a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power. With 80 percent of votes accounted for, the 59-year-old former guerrilla leader secured 98.66 percent, the National Electoral Commission's Executive secretary Charles Munyaneza told a news conference. "We expect that even if we get 100 percent of votes, there will not be any change," he said.  Kagame has won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in the east African nation since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people were killed. But he has also faced mounting criticism for what rights groups say are widespread human rights abuses, a muzzling of independent media ...
Zamfara Govt Battling Six Child Killer Diseases
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Zamfara Govt Battling Six Child Killer Diseases

The Zamfara Government has decried the recent increase in the six child killer diseases among children in the state. The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Alhaji Yusuf Mafara, expressed this concern at a one-day stakeholders’ sensitisation meeting on breastfeeding in Gusau on Tuesday. The meeting, which was organised by the state Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNICEF, was attended by community and religious leaders, local focal persons on health, health educators and the media. The meeting was part of the activities to mark the 2017 world breastfeeding week in the state. He said that the State Government was displeased with the increasing cases of the six child killer diseases, despite the efforts of the government and internatio...
We’ve Trained Many Nigerians But No Jobs – PTDF
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We’ve Trained Many Nigerians But No Jobs – PTDF

The Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Dr. Bello Gusau, has decried the lack of jobs in the nation’s oil and gas industry for many of the Nigerians trained by the PTDF. The PTDF was established by the Federal Government for the training of Nigerians to qualify as graduates, professionals, technicians and craftsmen in the field of engineering, geology, science and management in the petroleum sector. Gusau said the drop in global oil prices had affected jobs in the industry. He stated this today at the ongoing Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, where he was represented by the General Manager, Nigeria Content and Industrial Collaboration, PTDF, Ms. Jacqueline Guyil, on a panel session....
PTAD Begins Verification Of Retired Perm Secs Under Defined Benefit Scheme
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PTAD Begins Verification Of Retired Perm Secs Under Defined Benefit Scheme

A statement by the management of the Directorate on Wednesday said the verification was held at the Office of the Head of Civil Service in Abuja. The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has embarked on a mini-verification for retired Federal Permanent Secretaries under the Defined Benefit Scheme. A statement by the management of the Directorate on Wednesday said the verification was held at the Office of the Head of Civil Service in Abuja. Sharon Ikeazor, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, said the exercise was an effort to continue the momentum of success of the verification. Ikeazor said that the verification would last for three days, adding that it involved capturing the data and bio-metrics of the retirees. The PTAD boss explained that the commission had embarked on ...
Fed Govt To Improve Infrastructure At Seaports – Minister
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Fed Govt To Improve Infrastructure At Seaports – Minister

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed the Federal Government’s readiness to explore the potential of the nation’s maritime resources to improve infrastructure at the seaports. Amaechi said this in a keynote address sent to the celebration of “African Day of Seas and Oceans’’, in Lagos, on Monday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the celebration of the African Day of the Seas and Oceans is in furtherance of the declaration by the AU) Assembly of 2015 -2025 as the Decade of African Seas and Oceans and July 25 of each year as the African Day of the Seas and Oceans. The Minister of Transportation, who was represented by Director, Special Duties, in the ministry, Mr Aminu Dutse, said that inland dry ports were being developed across the country t...
Oyo Govt Warns Against ‘Illegal’ Pension Processing
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Oyo Govt Warns Against ‘Illegal’ Pension Processing

Oyo State Government has warned pensioners in the state to desist from patronising individuals who collect illegal fees before processing their pension arrears and gratuities for them, urging that they should rather follow due process. The State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, who gave this admonition during the sensitisation tour by the Management of Oyo State Pension Board to the 29 pension offices in respect of the forthcoming verification and Biometric capture of Civil Service Pensioners in the State, posited that pensioners are not expected to pay any amount as processing fee for their pensions and gratuities. Mr. Adekanmbi, who spoke through the Executive Secretary, Mr. Olaleye Ajagbe after the board’s visit to Eruwa, Igboora, Saki, Igboho, Igbeti, ...
World Population Day: Akeredolu’s Wife Canvasses Population Control
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World Population Day: Akeredolu’s Wife Canvasses Population Control

The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has affirmed the importance of family planning. This was in a keynote address she gave at an event organized by the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board and National Population Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) to mark 2017 World Population Day. “As a public health professional, I think we need to do is to do more in the area of community engagement. We cannot continue to say children are a gift from God and continue to subject our women to untold hardship. “We need to begin to educate our people on the need to sit down and reason with our mothers and girl-child. How do we value our women? Do we value them as a piece of furniture or do we value them as jewels ...
Africa Loses $80 Billion Yearly To Illicit Financial Flow
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Africa Loses $80 Billion Yearly To Illicit Financial Flow

The on-going 31st ordinary session of the AU Executive Council in Addis Ababa has heard that Africa loses an estimated $80 billion in a year due to illicit financial flows. Dr. Abdella Hamdook, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), released the figure on Friday , when he spoke on a range of issues. He said financial outflows from the continent have become an international agenda given the scale of the matter and negative impact of such flows on Africa’s development and governance. “Even though the continent is taking tangible steps toward a coherent approach to curb illicit financial flows, the magnitude of the issue calls for much more to be done.” He added that curtailing illicit financial flows was imperative for implementation...
Fed Govt Signs MoU On Electrification Of Varsities, Teaching Hospital
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Fed Govt Signs MoU On Electrification Of Varsities, Teaching Hospital

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for electrification of eight Federal Universities, one Teaching Hospital and the host communities. The project, which targets over 300,000 students and others within their immediate environment, is the first phase of government’s plans to power 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals in the country. ​​ The Rural Electrification Agency (REA), which signed the MoU on behalf of the Federal Government with the universities, said the project aims to provide uninterrupted power supply through off-grid captive power plants in a bid to resolve power to the tertiary institutions. Its Head of Special Projects, Mrs. Anita Otubu, said the first phase, which would be carried out in nine institutions would be comp...
VSF Provides Extra N20m For Treatment Of Terror Victims In Borno Hospitals
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VSF Provides Extra N20m For Treatment Of Terror Victims In Borno Hospitals

The Victims Support Fund on Sunday said it has provided additional N20 million to two main hospitals in Maiduguri, Borno State, to continue the free treatment of patients affected by Boko Haram violence. The N20 million donation was a second phase of such intervention being received by University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and the Borno State Specialist Hospital where most of the victims of the Boko Haram attacks are being treated. Each of the two healthcare facilities got additional N10 million each. In 2015, the VSF made a donation of N20 million each to the two hospitals to enable them provide free medical care to injured victims of the on-going insurgency. The foundation said it has also provided an accountability-spread sheet to the benefitting hospitals to ensu...
Go After Companies With Illicit Financial Flows – Experts Tell Fed Govt
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Go After Companies With Illicit Financial Flows – Experts Tell Fed Govt

Some finance and economic experts have called on the Federal Government to go after companies engaged in illicit financial flows, adding that the development is impacting negatively on the revenue of the country. According to the World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is estimated to lose more than $50bn annually in illicit financial flows stemming from bribery, corruption, transfer pricing, tax evasion and money laundering. This figure represents more than the continent receives in official development assistance everywhere and is increasing at an annual rate of 9.4 per cent which is twice as fast as the global average gross national income. They said the illicit flows arising from the activities of multinational companies with subsidiarie...
Fed Govt Lauds BUA Group’s Contribution To Sugar Devt
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Fed Govt Lauds BUA Group’s Contribution To Sugar Devt

Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, alongside the National Sugar Development Council commended the management of BUA Group for the extensive work achieved on its Lafiagi sugar plantation, LASUCO – a backward integration site for BUA Group’s sugar subsidiary, BUA Sugar. This was revealed when the minister alongside the National Sugar Development Council, paid a monitoring visit to Lafiagi Sugar Company (LASUCO) – a subsidiary of BUA Group on Tuesday. The visit which was organised to ascertain the level of progress at the LASUCO Sugar plantation also included a tour of the sugar plantation and facilities. The minister, who lauded the investments and extensive progress made on the plantation, commended the management of BUA for its progress toward...
UN Launches Africa’s Panel On Migration
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UN Launches Africa’s Panel On Migration

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has established a High-Level Panel to help forge political consensus to address the challenges of migration and save lives on the African continent. Abdalla Hamdok, the Acting Executive Secretary of the ECA, at the launch of the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa, said the impacts of violent conflicts on the development of the continent was massive. The head of the UN development arm in the continent regretted that border control measures and stringent policies also prevented Africa from realizing the benefits of migration. Hamdok said the process followed growing concern for the safety of migrants, as they undertook extreme risks in hopes for a better future or to escape violence and persecution. “Travel in Africa by Africans is...
Gov. Dickson Tasks Parents On Upbringing Of Children
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Gov. Dickson Tasks Parents On Upbringing Of Children

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has called on parents to take advantage of the state government educational policies to provide sound and quality formal education to their children. Dickson made the call on Tuesday in Yenagoa, while inaugurating an eight-member State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). He decried the attitude of some parents toward the education of their children, saying that the infrastructure and personnel provided by the government were good enough for learning. Dickson urged parents, guardians and other stakeholders in the state to work towards complementing the efforts of the government. The governor urged members of the board to work hard to effectively discharge their duties. Mrs Flora Ebi-William, Chairperson of SUBEB, gave assurance that the bo...
Corper Esther Ezenwoye Nominated For Nigeria Entrepreneur Award
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Corper Esther Ezenwoye Nominated For Nigeria Entrepreneur Award

Serving NYSC member and Public relation executive of Amity Global Network, Esther Ezenwoye has been nominated as the Most Enterprising Corp Member of The Year at the 2017 Nigeria Entrepreneur Award slated to hold in Abuja soon. The high profile award ceremony has seen top personalities and distinguished Nigerians honoured and celebrated for their entrepreneurial skills and support for human development. Some of past awardees are Mr. Nnamdi Ezeigbo (Founder Slot Ltd),  MTN Communications Ltd, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Prof. Charles K. Ayo (Former VC Covenant University), Chief Cosmos Maduka (Chairman, Cosharis Group), Dana Airline, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, (Kano State) etc Ezenwoye has entered history record of the prestigious event as the‎ first serving Corp member to be nominated for a...
LASG Donates N55m To Families Of Slain Security Officers
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LASG Donates N55m To Families Of Slain Security Officers

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday presented cheques totaling N55 million to the families of security officers who lost their lives in the Ishawo area of Ikorodu after an ambush unleashed on them by militants. The families of four police officers that died during the operation got N10 million each, while an officer who sustained injury during the attack and still recuperating in the hospital, Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu got N5million. Also, a cheque of N10 million was presented to the family of a military officer, Capt. A Mohammed who lost his life during the attack. The gallant officers were killed after successfully rescuing kidnapped victims kept in the riverine area by the militants. The police officers’ whose families benefited from the death insurance scheme of ...
Buhari Appoints Heads Of 23 Federal Agencies
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Buhari Appoints Heads Of 23 Federal Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Chief Executives and Directors for twenty three Federal Government Agencies. The list was released Thursday night. The names of the new appointees and the agencies are as follows: S/N ORGANIZATION APPOINTEE DESIGNATION 1) National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Barrister Julie Okah-Donli – Director-General 2) National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) Barrister Mary Ikpere-Eta – Director-General 3) Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Bayo Somefun – Managing Director Tijani Suleiman – Executive Director Mr. Jasper Azuatalam – Executive Director Kemi Nelson – Executive Director 4) Federal Mortgage Bank (FMB) Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa – Managing Director Melvin Eboh – Execu...

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