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Why EndSARS panels, reports may become another Oputa commission – Festus Ogun
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Why EndSARS panels, reports may become another Oputa commission – Festus Ogun

Festus Ogun, a legal practitioner has expressed fear that EndSARS panels constituted by state governments may not achieve much. The activist said over the years the authorities consistently fail to act on recommendations of commissions. Ogun observed that despite the proceedings, revelations and findings, police brutality persists. The legal practitioner lamented how citizens are still being arrested and arbitrarily put in prison. Ogun told DAILY POST that the panels appear to be “a calculated strategy by the authorities to give false hope for victims of police gangsterism”. “My position hinges on the fact that the law places the implementation of the findings at the discretion of the President who himself has a stained human rights record.” The lawyer asked if Nigerians ...
Ogun-born lawyer gives Abiodun 7 days to release End SARS panel report
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Ogun-born lawyer gives Abiodun 7 days to release End SARS panel report

Ogun-born lawyer, Festus Ogun has asked Governor Dapo Abiodun to release the report of the Judicial (End SARS) Panel of Investigation into Police Brutality and Extrajudicial Killings. Relying on the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, the legal practitioner, in a November 18, 2021 letter, gave Abiodun a one-week ultimatum to make the findings and recommendations public. Ogun recalled that the panel chaired by Justice Solomon Olugbemi submitted its report on July 9, 2021 for the implementation and necessary actions. The human rights activist said as a participant in the historic #EndSARS protest, he is confident that provisions of the document will be beneficial to the restitution process for victims. The TakeItBack Movement Legal Adviser reminded Abiodun that Nigerians are intere...
Lagos needs $15bn in five years for infrastructure – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos needs $15bn in five years for infrastructure – Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed that the state will require about $15 billion over the next five years for infrastructure due to its rising population and limited geographical space. The Governor made this known while speaking at the third Lagos Investors’ Roundtable and launching of Deal Book organised by the Office of the Sustainable Development Goals and Investment on Thursday. According to the Governor, such a requirement is due to the rising population and limited geographical space of the State. This was contained in a statement by Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to the governor, Sanwo-Olu. “We believe that given the rising population and limited geography space that we have, Lagos will indeed req...
Reps pass bill to make free healthcare for children mandatory
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Reps pass bill to make free healthcare for children mandatory

A bill seeking mandatory and free healthcare service for all Nigerian children scaled through second reading on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the House of Representatives. The bill titled "Bill for an Act to make Health Care Service Delivery Free for all Children in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1504)" is sponsored by Hon. Bello Kaoje (APC, Kebbi). Kaoje who led the debate on the general principle of the bill at plenary said it was first introduced in July this year. The lawmaker said that with the Federal Government healthcare initiative, Save One Million Lives (SOML), it is therefore pertinent to make medical services free for children in Nigeria, essentially because of the risks they face. He said: "Children’s health needs are significantly different from those of adults....
AAAN, MIPAN, OAAN, others Okay New Industry Practice Guidelines
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AAAN, MIPAN, OAAN, others Okay New Industry Practice Guidelines

The Heads of Advertising Sectoral Groups (HASG) have endorsed the full implementation of the new Advertising Industry Standards of Practice (AISOP) guidelines. The endorsement was conveyed via a press statement signed by the President, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Steve Babaeko; President, Media Independent Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MIPAN), Femi Adelusi; President, Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN), Emmanuel Ajufo and President, Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria (EXMAN), Tunji Adeyinka. According to the release, the effective date for the implementation of the AISOP is 6 October, the date of its pronouncement by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). The group stated that the guidelines will not...
E-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing – Sheik Gumi
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E-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing – Sheik Gumi

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a controversial Islamic cleric and scholar has commended the senate's decision to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission transmit election results electronically. Gumi in a Facebook post he shared, averred that e-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing. He also stated that it will reduce rigging and votes manipulation which bad politicians have been using to hold the country at its jugular veins. The Cleric wrote; Since 1999 when the khaki returned to the barracks, we’ve not heard the better good news for Nigerians as this singular act of making it legal to transmit elections results electronically. Though, it remains the funding and implementation which are yet to be seen. Nonetheless...
Sanwo-Olu signs new law prohibiting media parade of suspect by police
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Sanwo-Olu signs new law prohibiting media parade of suspect by police

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, October 5, signed the Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law (ACJL) 2021. The ACJL was first passed in Lagos State in 2007 and amended in 2011 to ensure the fundamental rights of suspects and persons that come into contact with the justice system, as enshrined in the constitution are protected The provisions in the new law include conducting criminal proceedings through audio and video conferencing platform, powers of Chief Magistrate to visit Police Stations, prohibition of media parade of suspects, compensation to victims of crime, protective measures for victims and witnesses, as well as the establishment of a Crime Data Register and the Criminal Justice Sector Reform Committee to monitor the implementation o...
‘My body, my f*****g choice!’ – Billie Eilish slams abortion laws during Texas concert
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‘My body, my f*****g choice!’ – Billie Eilish slams abortion laws during Texas concert

Billie Eilish slammed Texas abortion laws during her performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival over the weekend. The 19-year-old singer criticised the state’s law that bans abortions when foetal cardiac activity is detected long before many women are even aware that they’re pregnant. At one point during the show, Eilish admitted: “When they made that shit a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show because I wanted to punish this fucking place for allowing that to happen here. “But then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the fuckin’ victims, and you deserve everything in the world,” she continued. “And we need to tell them to shut the fuck up.” She then raised her middle finger, encouraging the crowd to do so too, while proclaiming “my body, my fucking choice!...
Resident Doctors Call off strike after 9 weeks
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Resident Doctors Call off strike after 9 weeks

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called off its two-month-long strike. Recall that the doctors, in August, embarked on strike following a disagreement with the Federal Government over the non-availability of medical equipment at public tertiary hospitals. In a communique signed by the Nigerian Medical Association, Secretary-General Ekpe Philips Uche, after the meeting held among delegates of NMA and NARD on Sunday, October 3, in Abuja, the NMA advised NARD to stop the ongoing industrial action. At the meeting, NMA mandated the National Officers Committee, NOC, to ensure the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed with the federal government on August 21. The association asked NOC to report back to the National Executive Council of NMA...
PIA: CSO calls for appointment of PAP permanent head
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PIA: CSO calls for appointment of PAP permanent head

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations under the umbrella of Peace for Niger Delta (PND) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a permanent head for the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) before the full implementation of the recently signed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) by 2022. It added that a permanent head would play an intermediary role between the government and ex-agitators as well as advocate for their economic wellbeing. Douglas Charles, who spoke on behalf of the group in a press conference held in Abuja, noted that the appointment of a permanent head became necessary in order to sustain peace in the Niger Delta region, adding that some ex-agitators have started asking questions over a perceived lack of attention on them. Charles, who called for regular...
Twitter ban remains as Nigeria loses N220.36bn
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Twitter ban remains as Nigeria loses N220.36bn

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said the Twitter ban in Nigeria is still in effect as the commission is yet to receive the green light from the Ministry of Information to lift the ban. This was disclosed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde. The NCC had sent a memo to Mobile Network Operators and Internet Service Providers to block access to Twitter for the ban imposed by the Federal Government to take effect. This comes after some Nigerians had on Wednesday September 1, reported gaining access to the app without Virtual Private Networks on their laptops. It was gathered that the reported access to Twitter had only been on Internet Service Providers networks, and not through the mobile networks. A source in ...
Abdulsalam Mahmud: On NITDA bill and Kashifu’s integrity
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Abdulsalam Mahmud: On NITDA bill and Kashifu’s integrity

While major players in the Information Technology sector are still debating the so-called controversial provisions in a proposed bill in the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act, the Director-General/CEO of agency, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has proven to be forthright and focused tech savvy. Kashifu Abdullahi early in the year disclosed that to keep up with the pace of innovation that has swept the country, there should be a realignment of the Act with “tenets and ideals of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and Nigeria’s Digital Economy Policy. He said the objectives of NITDA’s Act has always been to create a regulatory framework for the development of the Nigerian information technology sector and digital economy, including promoting and implementation of pol...
I Didn’t Disobey Osinbajo’s directive – Malami
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I Didn’t Disobey Osinbajo’s directive – Malami

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, has debunked claims of disobeying directives of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on All Progressives Congress (APC) State Congresses. It was reported earlier that Osinbajo on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, had convened a meeting of senior lawyers within the APC on July 30 with a view to finding a resolution to the crisis within the party following the Supreme Court ruling on the Ondo state governorship election. The Nation reported that while some members of the party said Osinbajo directed Malami not to go ahead with the State Congress, some later clarified the Vice President did not give any directive to the AGF. Malami in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media and Publ...
Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman
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Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu has said that the Ethiopian and Malawian electoral bodies are considering deploying some aspects of the tool in the INEC’s Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) in their local elections. Declaring open a retreat to review the operationalisation structure of the Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC), in Keffi, Nasarawa State on Friday August 6, Yakubu said the EMSC had become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities. He part of EMSC's plan after it was first inaugurated in November 2015, was to build on gains of the last commission (2010-2015) in creating systems for the continuous and effective managem...
Oyo State Government uncovers 41 ghost workers
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Oyo State Government uncovers 41 ghost workers

The Oyo State Government has detected 41 ghost workers on its payroll as 341 others with irregular records opt for voluntary retirement. The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, July 21, said the Implementation Committee of the Oyo State 2019/2020 Civil/Public Servants Audit and Payroll Re-engineering/Validation Exercise has recommended the removal of the 41 staff classified as “No Show” by the consultants. "The consultants had indicted 602 officers and recommended them for removal from the payrolls but the Implementation Committee affirmed 41 ghost workers; cleared 40 others of any infraction; uncovered 10 deaths; 170 systematic retirements; and affirmed the option of voluntary retirement by 341 others wi...
EPL to Make VAR Changes ahead of 2021/2022 season
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EPL to Make VAR Changes ahead of 2021/2022 season

  Premier League bosses are ready to change protocols for the Video Assistant Referees (VAR), following its successful implementation at the just concluded Euro 2020. The English top-flight has used VAR for the last two seasons, but has encountered some controversial incidents. Last season in particular, saw a number of contentious calls, while the waiting time used to reach a conclusive decision also drew criticism. However, fans who watched the European Championships were quick to praise the efficiency and sensible decision-making from officials. Offside calls were made quickly, without the laborious need for extensive replays and lines. Much of the speed was down to the fact that UEFA appointed twice as many officials for each game, including one dedicated to ...
Senate approves President Buhari’s N2.3 trillion loan request
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Senate approves President Buhari’s N2.3 trillion loan request

President Muhammadu Buhari's request to borrow N2.3 trillion (about $6.183 billion) to fund the deficit in the 2021 Appropriation Act, has been approved by the senate. The approval came after a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo) was considered. Presenting the report, Ordia said the request is not new as it was approved in the borrowing plan when the national assembly passed the 2021 budget. He said;   “What we are about to pass is not a new borrowing, it has been approved in the 2021 budget." After the loan was approved, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the national assembly must make sure that there are no frivolous expenditures by the executive. Lawan said;   “Let me thank the committee, this is...
Nigeria’s leather industry capable of generating $1bn – Osinbajo
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Nigeria’s leather industry capable of generating $1bn – Osinbajo

  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said that there is a projection that Nigeria’s leather industry has the potential to generate over $1billion by 2025. Osinbajo stated this in Abuja at the formal inauguration and sensitisation workshop on the National Leather and Leather Products Policy Implementation Plan. According to him, the leather value chain had created wealth and substantial job opportunities in Nigeria. “Nigeria is one of the highest producers of leather and finished leather products in Africa; a study carried out by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) projected that the Nigerian leather industry has the potential to generate over $1 billion by 2025. “The leather value chain is extensive; it includes tanneries, animal husbandry, finished leath...
Reps reveal plans to review NEITI Act, expand scope
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Reps reveal plans to review NEITI Act, expand scope

The Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Upstream, Preye Oseke has revealed plans by the lower legislative chamber to review the Act establishing the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Oseke explained that the existing Act is not a big piece of legislation, which is why it requires an amendment to expand its scope and improve its responsibilities for the extractive industries. The lawmaker made the disclosure when he led members of his Committee on a monitoring and oversight visit to the NEITI Secretariat. Oseke explained that the committee plans to ensure the Act provides for transparency and invests more powers on the extractive industries regulatory body. ‘‘We will not allow it to be a bill that will come to p...
Akpabio reveals when Buhari will receive final forensic audit report of NDDC
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Akpabio reveals when Buhari will receive final forensic audit report of NDDC

Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, on Tuesday, said that the final report of forensic audit of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will be ready by the end of July, 2021. Akpabio, who fielded questions from State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, revealed that the final report would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for implementation. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had last year approved the appointment of a lead consultant for the forensic audit of the NDDC. Akpabio said that action had been expedited on the process of constitution of the board of NDDC. He said, “We have fast tracked the process of constituting the board; but we insist that the most important thing is not just the development of the Niger Delta region b...
Buhari Inaugurates Committee to lift 100 Million Nigerians Out of Poverty
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Buhari Inaugurates Committee to lift 100 Million Nigerians Out of Poverty

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS). Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the committee chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari reiterated his commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years, with a well-researched framework for implementation and funding. The President also disclosed that the NPRGS has proposed to establish a private equity fund to ensure mobilisation drive and sustainable management of resources. Buhari said; “This journey began in January 2021 when I directed the Chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and Secretary to the Government of the Federation to collaboratively work together...
APC Governors Agree to Implement Judicial and Legislative Autonomy
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APC Governors Agree to Implement Judicial and Legislative Autonomy

Governors elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to commence process for implementation of autonomy of the judiciary and state legislature as directed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) Committee and other stakeholders. Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state said the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) where the recommendations of Gov Aminu Tambuwal- led NGF Committee were reviewed. Attorneys-General of APC- controlled States have been directed to begin consultations with a view to providing necessary legal framework for the implementation of the policy. Bagudu said;   "Endorsed agreements reached by the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF Committee and enjoined all APC ...
Nasarawa NLC Declares Indefinite Strike
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Nasarawa NLC Declares Indefinite Strike

The Organised Labour in Nasarawa State has declared an indefinite strike. Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Yusuf Iya said the indefinite strike took off on Tuesday June 14. Speaking at the Labour House in Lafia, the state capital, Iya disclosed that the decision was reached after the state executive council held a meeting on Tuesday. He said they are demanding the implementation of promotions which they say have lingered for over a decade, implementation of annual increments, training among others The State NLC Chairman said;   “You would recall that after the 21-day and seven-day ultimatums we issued elapsed on Wednesday, June 9 2021 and we are supposed to commence three days warning strike, but stayed action due to the intervention of th...
Labour Begins Indefinite Strike over N30,000 Minimum Wage in Nasarawa
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Labour Begins Indefinite Strike over N30,000 Minimum Wage in Nasarawa

The organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, have commenced an indefinite strike in Nasarawa State over the partial implementation of N30,000 minimum wage and other welfare-related issues. The state Accountant General, Zakka Yakubu, had recently announced that the state government has commenced the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage to only workers from levels 1 to 6. In reaction to the announcement, the organised labour declared strike yesterday in Lafia, the state capital, after a meeting with the State Executive Council (SEC). Addressing journalists after the meeting, Nasarawa State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yusuf Iya, said the action became imperative due to the failure of the government to meet their dem...
We are Recruiting 10,000 Police Officers – Buhari
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We are Recruiting 10,000 Police Officers – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced his government's plan to recruit 10,000 new police officers to boost national security. The President disclosed this on Thursday June 10, while delivering a speech in Lagos on his one-day visit for the inauguration of various  projects. Buhari said; “We are currently recruiting 10,000 new police officers to reinforce our personnel capacity across the country. “I have directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to carry out an upward review of Police salaries and benefits”. The President also maintained that no government since 1999 has been as committed as his administration in reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and national policing architecture. Buhari added; “In 2019, I signed into law the Act...
FG appeals to Nigerian youths to stop renouncing their citizenship
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FG appeals to Nigerian youths to stop renouncing their citizenship

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has appealed to young Nigerians to stop the trend of renouncing their citizenship in pursuit of greener pasture. According to him, it is worrisome and counterproductive. The Minister expressed his concerns when he spoke at the Ministerial Alignment Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Deliverables for Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government. Represented at the meeting by the  Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Shuaib Belgore., the Minister said the Federal government would put up a mechanism in place that would keep young Nigerians busy in productive activities. He appealed to the youths to stop renouncing their citizenship. Aregbesola said a committee would be set up in the Ministry with stakeholders to overs...
Constitution Review: Sultan of Sokoto calls for unrestricted usage of hijab
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Constitution Review: Sultan of Sokoto calls for unrestricted usage of hijab

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called for use of Hijab by Muslim women without restrictions and in total observance of the freedom of religion in the country. The monarch made the call on Tuesday June 1, at the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the Constitution Review organised by the House of Representatives for Stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara in Birnin Kebbi. Abubakar who is the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), asked why the wearing of the Hijab would be a problem for others who were not using it. He also said other religions should be encouraged to adopt what their religions order them to do. The Sultan said “The most important issue is the issue of religion. Almighty God created us to worship...
South-East Governors direct Ohanaeze to set up committee over ‘unfair treatment’ of Igbos
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South-East Governors direct Ohanaeze to set up committee over ‘unfair treatment’ of Igbos

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been directed by South-East Governors to set up a committee that will address “unfair treatment” of Igbo people. In a communique issued after Governors from the region met in Enugu on Sunday April 25, Ohaneze Ndigbo were also asked to set up a peace and reconciliation committee to engage Igbo people for peace and security in the region including their visitors. The committees will become functional in the next 10 days. Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi also said the newly established security outfit of the region, Ebube Agu will work closely with security agencies to restore peace in affected states. The communique read; “South-east governors and leaders re-stated the adoption of a comm...
Bauchi State Government to Conduct Census on Sex Workers in the State
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Bauchi State Government to Conduct Census on Sex Workers in the State

The Bauchi state government has concluded plans to conduct a headcount of commercial sex workers in the state with a view to having accurate data on them. Aminu Balarabe-Isah, Permanent Commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation, made this known during a sensitization workshop organized for commercial sex workers in the state on Monday, April 12. Isah said the information generated from the exercise would help the commission in taking measures aimed at discouraging them from continuing with their ‘dangerous’ trade. According to Isah, the state government's plan is to organise empowerment programmes for the sex workers and then provide them with capital to start small scale businesses. He explained that investigations conducted by his agency indicated that most ...
Imo State Government Accuses former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of being behind the attacks in the state
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Imo State Government Accuses former Governor, Rochas Okorocha, of being behind the attacks in the state

The Imo state government has accused a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, of being the mastermind of the recent attacks on some state-owned facilities in Owerri, the state capital. According to Sahara Reporters, the state Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, in a statement released, alleged that the former governor employed the services of thugs whom he had granted amnesty to unleash violence on the state. He said the state government was also in possession of information on how a Special Adviser to the former governor procured the thugs that invaded Owerri on Monday April 5, attacking the state police headquarters as well as the Owerri Custodial center. Emelumba said the aim of the former governor is to cause the state to be so troubled that the Federal gov...
I Didn’t Know Doctors Were still being Paid N5000 Hazard Allowance Until COVID-19 Pandemic – Ngige
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I Didn’t Know Doctors Were still being Paid N5000 Hazard Allowance Until COVID-19 Pandemic – Ngige

Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige has said that he didn't know that doctors in the country were still being paid N5000 hazard allowance until the COVID-19 pandemic. Recounting how he and two others wrote the circular that brought in payment of hazard allowance to medical doctors in 1991 during an interview on NTA on Wednesday April 8, Ngige said the last time the hazard allowance was reviewed for all medical personnel was in 2009. He also accused the Nigerian Medical Association of abdicating its responsiblity and not making any move to ask for that allowance to be reviewed and adjusted. Ngige said; “The hazard allowance for medical doctors came on board in 1991 under circular 1 of 1991. There were three of us that wrote that circular. I was there as deputy director. “The di...
Polytechnic Lecturers Begin Indefinite Strike Over new Salary Scheme
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Polytechnic Lecturers Begin Indefinite Strike Over new Salary Scheme

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared an indefinite strike action today April 6 to press home their demand for the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers. According to the union, the industrial action kicks off today, Tuesday, April 6th. Making the declaration in Abuja after an unsuccessful meeting with the Federal government, the National President of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe, said asides from the new salary scheme, the union is also demanding payment of salaries and promotion allowances owed lecturers by some state governments. Ezeibe added that the union will be open for dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the issues raised.
SSANU and NASU Suspend Strike
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SSANU and NASU Suspend Strike

A Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) have suspended its three-week-old strike. President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim Haruna, and the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi said the new directive became effective from midnight of Friday, February 26. The Unions which had asked its members to commence an indefinite strike over an alleged injustice on sharing formula of N40bn Earned Allowance and non-payment minimum wage arrears,  inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), delay in renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members among others ca...
Petrol Price May Hit N190
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Petrol Price May Hit N190

There are speculations of petrol price hitting N190 amid concerns over the non-implementation of the full deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector. Top officials of two major marketers’ associations who spoke to Punch, said the continued increase in oil prices had brought back petrol subsidy as the pump price of petrol should be between N185 and N200 per litre to reflect the further rise in crude oil prices. Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr Clement Isong who faulted the continous sale of fuel at N160 and N165 per litre in many filling stations in Lagos, said it meant somebody is bearing the cost of subsidy which the country cannot afford at this time. Isong said; “Members of my association are operating in Nige...
Miyyeti Allah asks FG to Give Palliative to Herdsmen
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Miyyeti Allah asks FG to Give Palliative to Herdsmen

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) has asked the Federal Government to introduce a social support programme to alleviate the huge losses of livestock for herdsmen across the country. In a communique jointly signed by the association’s President, Muhammad Kiruwa and National Secretary, Baba Othman Ngelzarma and released after a one-day national executive meeting of MACBAN with the Chairman of its Board of Trustees (BoT), the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III,  Miyetti Allah said over five million cattle have been lost to banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and climate change, which adversely affect the herdsmen, hence the need for a form of palliative to ameliorate their plights. The group which called for an immediate action to be taken again...
Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency
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Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency

The presidency has revealed that about 25 million Nigerians who will be benfiting from the Federal Government’s Solar Home Systems that commences this week, will be paying a monthly fee of N4,000.   Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande who disclosed this in a statement titled “25m Nigerians to own 5m solar systems at N4,000 monthly" and released on Sunday November 29, added that the Federal Government's plan of commencing the process of installation of five million solar home systems in underserved and off-grid communities across the country is in continuation of the implementation of the government’s Economic Sustainability Plan.   The solar programme nicknamed Solar Power Naija, for which installations starts in Decembe...
Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says
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Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has blamed a previous administration for the persistent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.   Nigerian Universities have been closed for eight months after ASUU declared an indefinite strike in March this year. The union's president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, who announced the strike at a press conference, said the strike is over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement.   While fielding questions from guests at a Town Hall meeting in  Bauchi state on Monday, November 2nd, Adamu said that the insolvable problem that had resulted in incessant strikes by ASUU was that a past administration sat down with ASUU and agreed on some conditions that it would...
DISCOs Start New Tariff Implementation In November
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DISCOs Start New Tariff Implementation In November

Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) on Sunday commenced implementation of revised electricity tariffs. The revised tariffs are based on the decision of the technical committee set up to review the September 1 cost-reflective tariffs, whose implementation was temporarily halted after organised Labour threatened nationwide strike. The Committee is headed by Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo. Labour is represented on the panel by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Deputy President Joe Ajaero. The controversial September 1 tariffs have now been slashed with discounts granted. Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Chairman Prof. James Momoh, confirmed that the Commission had approved a new Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) review for the 11 Dis...
US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers
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US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers

The United States government has revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers under an order issued by President Donald Trump accusing some of them of espionage and working for the Chinese communist party, the State Department said Wednesday September 9.   As tensions between Beijing and Washington rose on multiple fronts, Trump, in a May 29 proclamation, declared that some Chinese nationals officially in the United States for study have stolen intellectual property and helped modernize China’s military.   The State Department, on Wednesday September 9 for the first time, has now released first figures on the effects of Trump’s order, stating that more than 1,000 visas have been revoked since June 1 when implementation ...
“What is this joke” – Falz reacts to Lagos state government implementation of 5 percent levy on all audio and visual content
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“What is this joke” – Falz reacts to Lagos state government implementation of 5 percent levy on all audio and visual content

Nigerian rapper and actor, Falz has reacted to the Lagos state government's implementation of 5 percent levy on all audio and visual content on all physical and digital platforms. In the notice addressed to the Managing Director of Iroko TV, the Lagos State Government requested for the "immediate payment of 5% levy on all audio and visual content produced, sold, distributed, marketed, exhibited, streamed, downloaded and shared across all physical and digital platform situate, lying and being within the state." Reacting to this, Falz described it as a joke. He wrote "What is this joke?".
Rapists to get Life Imprisonment in Akwa Ibom
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Rapists to get Life Imprisonment in Akwa Ibom

Governor Emmaneul Udom has signed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law , VAPPL, 2020, which empowers judges to hand down life imprisonment to anyone convicted of rape in Akwa Ibom state. The state's commissioner for agriculture and women affairs, Glory Edet who spoke after the Governor assented the bill, said it is aimed at discouraging the spate of violence in the society. Edet said;   “I think this is one of the best things that has happened to protect the female gender and as the commissioner overseeing women matters , I believe the women of Akwa Ibom, the children and even our men are happy because this law will really teach defaulters a lesson. “This law allows for the implementation of a lot of things we were praying for and prescribes stiffer punishment...
Infectious Disease Bill: CSOs threaten massive protest if bill is passed
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Infectious Disease Bill: CSOs threaten massive protest if bill is passed

Civil Society groups under the aegis of Citizens Coalition Against Impunity and Injustice have threatened a massive protest if the National Assembly does not allow the views of Nigerians concerning the infectious diseases bill to count. Speaking at a One-Day Civil Society/Media Round table on the Infectious Disease Bill currently been debated at the National Assembly, held in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, supported by Equity International Initiative, an Executive Director with the organization, Comrade Chris Iyama, said the lawmakers were the people’s representatives and should listen to them. Iyama said that the lawmakers should consult widely with their constituents to know what they feel before passing the bill, otherwise, it may be efforts in futility. “The lawmakers wer...
Criminals killing people in Borno, Katsina are taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions – Buhari
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Criminals killing people in Borno, Katsina are taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions – Buhari

President Buhari has said that criminals responsible for the killings and destruction of properties in Katsina state and Borno state are taking advantage of the restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the states. The President said in the nationwide speech he gave this morning to celebrate this year's Democracy Day. He, however, gave an assurance that the security agencies have swung into action with a view to bringing the assailants to justice. “I regret recent sporadic incidents with the tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security Agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice. I must implore state and local governments to revamp their intelligence as...
Ekiti state sues AGF, Lagos, Ogun over constitutionality of virtual court hearings
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Ekiti state sues AGF, Lagos, Ogun over constitutionality of virtual court hearings

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) have been sued by Ekiti state government alongside the Attorneys General of Lagos and Ogun States following the implementation of virtual court proceedings.   Ekiti state's Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, in the lawsuit which challenged the constitutionality of Malami's directive for Head of Courts at federal and state levels to hold virtual court sittings following the outbreak of Coronavirus, asked the apex court to issue an order striking down the directive as it relates to Virtual or Remote Court sittings.   Ekiti state wants the Supreme Court to determine whether the AGF’s guidelines are not a derogation from the legislative, executive and ju...
Akpabio Got N300m fence Construction Contract From NDDC – Senator Peter Nwaoboshi
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Akpabio Got N300m fence Construction Contract From NDDC – Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of senate committee on Niger Delta has accused the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio of getting a N300 million fence construction contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). According to The Cable, while still the senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west, Akpabio requested for a N500 million contract from the NDDC in 2017. The Minister was reportedly given the contract of fencing Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom, (N200 million), and Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene (N100 million). The publication reported that Akpabio got N150 million for entrepreneurship training on the use of modern farming implements for youths and women of Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district and N50 million for the renovat...
NLC Backs Autonomy for States’ Judiciary and Legislature
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NLC Backs Autonomy for States’ Judiciary and Legislature

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared support for financial autonomy for States’ Legislature and Judiciary. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, stated the position of labour in a statement on Monday. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order 10. Last week, the federal government released details of the order. The order makes it mandatory for state governments to include the allocation of the judiciary and legislative arms as first-line charges in their annual budgets. Wabba expressed confidence that the step would deepen the democratic process and good governance in Nigeria. He insisted the distortion of due process, checks and balances, and public accountability, were the core ingredients in the principle of separation...
FG Lifts ban on Religious Gathering
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FG Lifts ban on Religious Gathering

The federal government on Monday June 1, lifted the ban on religious gatherings across the country. Chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the daily briefing of the task force today. Mustapha said relaxation of restriction on places of worship is based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments. However gathering of more than 20 persons remains prohibited outside of work places and in religious services. He said; “The PTF submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review. “Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the ...
Governor Wike’s Special Adviser on Media, Simeon Nwakaudu has died
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Governor Wike’s Special Adviser on Media, Simeon Nwakaudu has died

Simeon Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has died. A statement from Paulinus Nsirim, the state Commissioner for Information, confirmed that Simeon died today Sunday May 17 at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment. The statement quoted the governor as describing Nwakaudu as “loyal and dedicated professional”. Read the statement below “Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed shock over the sudden death of his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu. He described late Nwakaudu as a loyal and dedicated professional who contributed immensely to the implementation of the Rivers vision. The governor on behalf of his family,...
FG Receives $311m Abacha Loot From US and Bailiwick of Jersey
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FG Receives $311m Abacha Loot From US and Bailiwick of Jersey

The Federal government has received $311,797,866.11, the third tranche of the former head of state, late General Sani Abacha loot, from the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed this in a statement released today May 4 by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu. According to Malami, the amount increased significantly from over $308 million mentioned in an earlier statement in February to over $311million as a result of the interest that accrued from February 3 to April 28, when the fund was transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Malami said the latest recovery would support and assist in expediting the construction of three major infrastructure projects acro...
FG Said Anyone Found Without Face Mask will be Prosecuted
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FG Said Anyone Found Without Face Mask will be Prosecuted

The Federal Government has proclaimed that anybody found moving about without a face mask will be prosecuted. This was disclosed in a document by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, as part of the guidelines it released for the implementation of the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown. The five-page document was signed by Boss Mustapha, the PTF Chairman on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Mustapha stated that anyone found with the temperature of above 38ºC would be mandated to return home and call NCDC for evaluation, and anyone caught violating the curfew in a non-emergency situation will be prosecuted “Anyone who presents a temperature of above 38ºC will be mandated to return home and call NCDC for evaluation,” the statement rea...

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