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INTERPOL Elects Nigeria’s Assistant Police Inspector General, Baba Umar Its Vice President For Africa
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INTERPOL Elects Nigeria’s Assistant Police Inspector General, Baba Umar Its Vice President For Africa

INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, has elected Nigeria's Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG GARBA Baba Umar as the Vice President (Africa) and Executive Committee Member of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) - INTERPOL. Umar was the Head of INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Nigeria. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba on Thursday said Umar was elected in the early hours of that day "in the 89th INTERPOL General Assembly currently holding at the Halic Congress Hall, Istanbul, Turkey". The statement said, "The year 2021 General Assembly, which have in attendance 470 Police Chiefs, Ministers and Senior Law Enforcement Officials from the 195 INTERPOL member countries, seeks to identify areas where the ...
Group warns finance minister against frustrating FG policy
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Group warns finance minister against frustrating FG policy

The Arewa Progressives Assembly (APA), has advised the Finance Minister, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed against introducing economic policies that are contrary to the Federal Government’s intended economic stabilization measures for the overall benefit of Nigerians. A statement issued by Musa Ibrahim Barnawa, the spokesman of the group said there was no justification for the Minister’s “one-step-forward- two-steps-backwards” policies being initiated so far that is contrary to the federal government’s policy for the country. “We are watching everything that is going on in the Finance Ministry, including all the pretence by Minister and her extended family members working directly under her and we are disappointed because this was not the kind legacy her father left behind for Nigeria.” ...
Don’t use sack of ministers to cover up your failures – PDP blasts Buhari
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Don’t use sack of ministers to cover up your failures – PDP blasts Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the sack of two ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari. PDP said Buhari should not use the sack of the ministers to cover his failures. DAILY POST reports that Buhari had sacked the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and Minister of Power, Maman Saleh. Spokesman to the president, Femi Adesina, had made the announcement Wednesday. Reacting, PDP said it’s investigating the real reason behind the sack of the two ministers. A series of tweets by the former ruling party reads: “@OfficialPDPNig describes President @MBuhari resort to sacking the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Nanono and his Power counterpart, Saleh Mamman, as a ludicrous and infective attempt to cover for his failures in off...
Court Will Decide If Suspended Police Chief, Abba Kyari Will Be Extradited To US – Attorney-General, Malami
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Court Will Decide If Suspended Police Chief, Abba Kyari Will Be Extradited To US – Attorney-General, Malami

Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation, has said the decision to extradite the disgraced and suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari to the United States will be decided by the court. He noted that due process would be followed to extradite Kyari following a request by a US court. Malami revealed this on Thursday during an interview with Voice Of American (VOA), noting that though there is a bilateral agreement between Nigeria and the US, there are guidelines to be followed. He said, “Yes, we have bilateral agreement between Nigeria and USA on extraditing anyone who commits any offence in any of the countries, be it Nigeria or United States but there are guidelines and the guidelines are when the country writes a letter to the foreign affairs ...
Governors, Ministers, top APC officials arrive Emir of Kano’s palace to formalise plans for Yusuf Buhari’s wedding
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Governors, Ministers, top APC officials arrive Emir of Kano’s palace to formalise plans for Yusuf Buhari’s wedding

Governors, ministers and top APC officials are currently at the palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, to formalise plans for the wedding of President Buhari's son Yusuf Buhari. Yusuf is currently engaged to Zahra Bayero, the 19-year-old daughter of the Emir of Bichi Alhaji Dr. Nasir Bayero. The delegation led by Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State are in Kano to fine-tune the wedding plan. The Emir of Bichi is the younger brother of the Emir of Kano, who is currently hosting the delegation from the president. According to Daily Trust, some members of the first family are also at the palace to finalise plans for the wedding, which will hold between August and September. Former Zamfara Governor, Abdul ' aziz Yari Abubakar, is among the delegation. ...
Stop Threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions
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Stop Threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions

  Southeast leaders, on Saturday, expressed concern over threats against Ndigbo living in other parts of the country.j They made their feelings known during an enlarged meeting between the Southeast Governors’ Forum, Federal and State lawmakers, ministers, religious and traditional leaders, as well as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo. DAILY POST reports that the meeting is a follow up to the consultation the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, rtd Maj.Gen. Bashir Magashi, had with leaders in the zone, on June 11, following rising insecurity in the region. Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, said the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to one nation built on fairness...
Stop threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions
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Stop threats against Ndigbo – Southeast leaders to other regions

Southeast leaders, on Saturday, expressed concern over threats against Ndigbo living in other parts of the country. They made their feelings known during an enlarged meeting between the Southeast Governors’ Forum, Federal and State lawmakers, ministers, religious and traditional leaders, as well as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo. DAILY POST reports that the meeting is a follow up to the consultation the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, rtd Maj.Gen. Bashir Magashi, had with leaders in the zone, on June 11, following rising insecurity in the region. Buhari’s alleged war threat sparks more reactions from stakeholders Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, said the leaders reaff...
Nigerians are very Forgetful – President Buhari
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Nigerians are very Forgetful – President Buhari

President Buhari has said that Nigerians are very forgetful as they allow people who have been accused of corruption win elections. The President said this during his exclusive interview with NTA that was aired yesterday evening June 11. While accessing his administration's fight against corruption, the President said “When I was a bit younger, in uniform, when I came, I arrested president, vice-president, governors, ministers, commissioners, and put them under restriction or detention, and told them they are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. Now, this is opposite – democratic system, as people would like to believe,” he said We put investigation panels, virtually based on the present geopolitical zones. For those who held positions and because it was a law for...
Police stop escort for ministers and VIPs going to Southeast and Southsouth
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Police stop escort for ministers and VIPs going to Southeast and Southsouth

Ministers, National Assembly members, federal appointees and other Very Important Personalities (VIPs) from the Southeast and Southsouth may not be accompanied by police escort while travelling home following the increased attacks against security agents. The Nation reported that the signal which emanated from the Delta State Police Command, have been endorsed by police authorities. Police officers were advised not to accompany their principals to Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states until the security situation improves. In the wireless message with the reference CB: 0900/DTS/DOPS/VOL.47/812X and title “Attack on policemen, snatching of rifles by IPOB”, the Chief Security Officer, Government House; Chief Superintendent of Police, Department of Operations, Delt...
President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting
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President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting

President @MBuhari is presiding over a Security Meeting at the State House. Vice President @ProfOsinbajo in attendance, as well as SGF, COS, Ministers, Service Chiefs, IGP, Intelligence Chiefs. #AsoVillaToday Presidency Nigeria
Ex-Governors, Senators, Ministers, Military Officers Own 130 Dubai Assets
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Ex-Governors, Senators, Ministers, Military Officers Own 130 Dubai Assets

More than 130 choice assets have been bought with looted funds in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by some ex-governors, ministers and senators. These assets are among the over 800 traceable to Nigerians in the UAE, including top security and military officers. Four areas have been identified through which the nation’s resources are looted. These are Bribery and corruption, proceeds from commercial tax evasions, illicit activities engaged in by corporations and business ventures and proceeds derived from criminal activities. The Nigeria’s oil and gas sector is belived to have contributed 92.9 per cent of the total amount in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) . But the chances of Nigeria recovering most of its looted cash are very low because of conditions attached to the r...
12th Colloquium: Bola Tinubu Welcomed To Kano In Grand Style By Ganduje
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12th Colloquium: Bola Tinubu Welcomed To Kano In Grand Style By Ganduje

The 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, an annual high-powered policy roundtable, will be held in Kano on Monday. It will be the first time it will hold outside Lagos or Abuja. The colloquium will mark the 69th birthday of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to chair the virtual event. Other eminent personalities including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, governors, senators, ministers, political leaders, and federal lawmakers, among others, will grace the virtual summit. The details of the event showed that the 12th colloquium will focus on the theme: “Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity.” The event is expected to start by 12 noon. Ahead of t...
Buhari To Chair 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium
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Buhari To Chair 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday 29 March, chair the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, an annual high-powered policy roundtable. The roundtable will mark the 69th birthday of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu. Other eminent personalities including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, governors, senators, ministers, political leaders, and federal lawmakers, among others, will grace the virtual summit. The details of the event showed that the 12th colloquium will focus on the theme: “Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity.” The event is expected to kickstart by 12 noon. Bola Tinubu Colloquium The Tinubu Colloquium was conceived in 1999 by Tinubu’s close friends and associat...
PDP Governors Warn Highly-Placed Ministers Against Nigeria’s Distability
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PDP Governors Warn Highly-Placed Ministers Against Nigeria’s Distability

Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party have alleged some ministers of surrendering to activities capable of causing distability in the country. They made the allegation in a statement titled ‘Attempt on governor Ortom, an invitation to anarchy: Enough is enough’ on Sunday. The statement was signed on behalf of the governors by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who doubles as the Chairman, PDP Governors Forum. The governors warned the ministers against supporting actitivites that could lead to anarchy or distability in the country. The statement read, “The PDP-Governors Forum has received with shock the assassination attempt on the Governor of Benue State, H.E. Dr Samuel Ortom. “We wish therefore to warn that any attempt to harm any Ni...
4 Benin Republic Ministers Meet Nigerian Rice Farmers
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4 Benin Republic Ministers Meet Nigerian Rice Farmers

Four ministers from the Republic of Benin along with other officials are in Nigeria for talks with Nigerian rice farmers under the aegis of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) to fine-tune a memorandum of understanding. The ministers were Alimatau Shadiya, Minister of Industry and Trade, Cossi Gaston Dossouhoui, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Samon Seidou Adambi, Minister of Mine and Water Resources and Romuald Wadagni, Minister of Finance and the Economy and head of the delegation. Mr Wadagni stated that because of the new vision of cooperation between the two countries, President Patrice Talon decided to send four ministers to Nigeria to chart the way forward for a robust cooperation on rice production. “We want to put in place a partnership between the rice ...
32 Women Serving As Ministers, HoS, Advisers In Buhari’s Government – Adesina
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32 Women Serving As Ministers, HoS, Advisers In Buhari’s Government – Adesina

The Presidency on Sunday disclosed that no fewer than 32 women are serving as ministers, Head of Service of the Federation, special advisers and assistants, as well as heads of departments and agencies under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. In a release issued on Sunday to mark the International Women’s Day, the Media Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, said March 8 of every year is observed globally as the International Women’s Day, adding that the theme for 2021 is “Choose to Challenge”. According to him, the celebration provides ample opportunity to reflect on how President Buhari honours the womenfolk. He, thereafter, listed ‘The Buhari Women’ to include seven ministers, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, two special advisers, two senior special...
Workers On GL 12, Below Should Not Resume – FG Warns Ministers, Agency Heads
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Workers On GL 12, Below Should Not Resume – FG Warns Ministers, Agency Heads

The Federal Government on Monday warned Ministries, Departments and parastatal Agencies (MDAs) not to compel workers on Grade Level (GL) 12 and below to resume work. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation gave the warning at a briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) cited reports of MDAs compelling their workers in the categories to report for work. “For the avoidance of doubts, all employees from GL 12 and below shall continue to work from home. “No agency is allowed to vary this instruction. Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are to ensure strict compliance,” he said.
Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin
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Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and other sundry issues. Excerpts: South-West governors, traditional rulers and Ministers met in Lagos state last week to proffer solution to the #EndSARS crisis last and Afenifere was not invited. What do you think was responsible for that? The thing is very clear. Like we said, the Kaduna meeting is an afterthought on our unity as a country. They had a sectional meeting of the North where you have all the key appointees of the President, Chief of Staff, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Lai Mohammed and others. Even in their communiqué, they were so insensitive. There are places they said nomination from Federal Executive Council (FEC)...
Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu
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Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives says it is deceitful that Nigerians are being made to focus only on the national assembly. The House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of Government to lead by example by cutting its own salaries, allowances and other office running costs, before advising others to do so. The spokesperson of the house, Benjamin Kalu, stated this on Thursday while briefing journalists in the National Assembly. Mr Kalu’s call is coming on the heels of calls by Nigerians for the reduction of salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly.A section of Nigerians also called for part time legislative work to save the country from the needless financial haemorrhage. In August 2015, President Muhammadu Buharihad issued a...
Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello
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Lagos Pension Package: Fashola Turned It Down, Never Accepted It – Hakeem Bello

Three former governors currently serving as ministers in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet have said that they are not receiving pensions from their state governments. The ministers are Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment) and Kayode Fayemi (Mines and Steel Development). Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State, said he did not receive any pension from Lagos State. According to his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the minister recently made it clear that he (Fashola) had no reason to ask the Lagos State Government to stop paying him a pension when from the outset he never accepted it. Bello said, “The minister spoke on Hard Copy, a programme on Channels TV on Friday. In that programme, he said you don’...
EndSARS Protests: South East Leaders To Engage Youths For Sustainable Peace
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EndSARS Protests: South East Leaders To Engage Youths For Sustainable Peace

The leaders of the South East geo-political zone comprising the governors of the zone, national assembly members, ministers, clergy, traditional rulers, Igbo leaders and women leaders, rose from a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu, on Thursday and resolved to engage the youth to ensure a sustainable peace in the zone as well as “a glorious future for our children”. The Igbo leaders sympathized with all the victims’ families of the #EndSARS protests, including the Police and other security agencies “as well as all those who lost their loved ones and properties during the recent disturbances”. Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, stated that “the state governors...
774,000 Jobs: FG Retains 15% Slot Allocation To Ministers, Governors, Others
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774,000 Jobs: FG Retains 15% Slot Allocation To Ministers, Governors, Others

Minister of State for Labour and Productivity Festus Keyamo says the original formula for sharing the 774,000 jobs under the special public works (SPW) scheme remains unchanged. Mr Keyamo told newsmen that the Federal Government would retain the original plan of conceding only 15 per cent of the job slots to governors, National Assembly members, ministers and other interest groups. He spoke in response to claims by the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Nasir Ladan that the job sharing formula would accommodate more concessions. “The report on the sharing formula must have been a misapprehension of the instructions I gave to them to implement,” said Keyamo. “I did not give any instruction on 40 per cent rise for them to implement. We are sticking t...
APC governorship candidate in Edo, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ministers at RCCG
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APC governorship candidate in Edo, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ministers at RCCG

APC governorship candidate in Edo state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is a pastor, ministered the word of God at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Divine Pavilion, Uselu Quarters, Benin City, today August 16. Ize-Iyamu would be vying for the governorship seat of the state with the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, come September 19 this year. See more photos below.
Buhari Snubs Magu, Gets Senate Confirmation For 207 Appointees
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Buhari Snubs Magu, Gets Senate Confirmation For 207 Appointees

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has been able to get the 9th Senate to confirm at least 207 appointees for him in the last one year of the existence of the current Senate. The 207 already confirmed include judges, ministers, ambassadors, commissioners and heads of agencies. However, Buhari has not considered the re-appointment of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. Magu was appointed by the President on November 9, 2015 subject to confirmation by the Senate. But he has remained in acting capacity since then. He was rejected twice by the 8th Senate, under the leadership of Dr Bukola Saraki, based on a security report by the Department of State Services. He, however, remained in office. Saraki’s tenure a...
Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)
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Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday night led a delegation of Senate leadership to visit the Senate Chief Whip , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his Aso Villa residence , Abuja. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and they were jailed in December. But they appealed the verdict of the court. The host and his visitors all wore face masks but did not observe social distancing when they posed for photographs.  
President Buhari Presides Over Third Virtual Federal Executive Council Meeting
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President Buhari Presides Over Third Virtual Federal Executive Council Meeting

President Buhari today presided over the third virtual Federal Executive Council FEC meeting. Only ministers who had memos to present were allowed to be physically present at the meetings while others joined in from their locations. The Federal government opted for the virtual FEC meeting as part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the country. See more photos from the FEC meeting below  
Buhari Restrains Ministers From Disciplining, Removing Heads Of Agencies
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Buhari Restrains Ministers From Disciplining, Removing Heads Of Agencies

The Buhari administration has restrained cabinet ministers from directly removing heads of agencies and parastatals they supervise. Now in place is a multi-layered procedure that appears to strengthen the role of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the disciplinary process, a government circular exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES shows. The circular, dated May 19 and endorsed by the SGF, Boss Mustapha, conveyed the “concern” of the government about the tendency by some ministers to arbitrarily remove chief executive officers of agencies and its impact on stability and service delivery. The circular was dispatched to all ministers and several other senior officials, including the head of service, the president’s chief of staff, military chiefs, the central b...
Copy ‘Namibia Example’, Ban Car Perks For Presidency, Ministers – SERAP To Buhari
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Copy ‘Namibia Example’, Ban Car Perks For Presidency, Ministers – SERAP To Buhari

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to use his “leadership position to follow the ‘Namibia example’ by urgently issuing an executive order to ban the purchase of new cars by the presidency, and all ministers for the remainder of the tenure of your administration, that is, until May 2023.” SERAP urged him to “use the savings from this ban to support students of tertiary institutions across the country to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on them and their parents, and to improve access to healthcare for all Nigerians. We also urge you to encourage the National Assembly and governors to ban the purchase of new cars and to use the savings to pay workers’ salaries and pensioners’ entitleme...
Viral photos of Vice President of UAE Sheikh Mohammed holding virtual cabinet meeting with several ministers on coronavirus
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Viral photos of Vice President of UAE Sheikh Mohammed holding virtual cabinet meeting with several ministers on coronavirus

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, held a cabinet meeting remotely via video conferencing on Sunday. In the viral photos, Sheikh Mohammed can be seen chairing the meeting with several ministers who appear on a large screen as they disccused preventive measures to protect everyone from getting infected with the deadly coronavirus. Sheikh Mohammed also interacted with young students as he attended the first day of the spring semester in Al Majid Model School in Sharjahmore after more than 1.2 million students resumed schools remotely via distance learning. According to Khaleej Times, the UAE has taken several steps to contain the disease, including a sanitisation across roads, virtual learning across schools, rem...
FG Places Travel Restrictions On Ministers, Others
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FG Places Travel Restrictions On Ministers, Others

Ministers can only travel out of the country eight times in a year, Information, Culture & Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed has disclosed. He said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that no minister should go on foreign trips more than twice in a quarter. Besides, no minister on a trip outside the shores of the land should go with more than four aides, who should be relevant to the trip. Govt officials below the rank of ministers are henceforth entitled to fewer aides. Besides, estacode would no longer be calculated on hourly basis.
5 Ministers With Biggest ‘Headaches’
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5 Ministers With Biggest ‘Headaches’

Out of the 43 ministers recently inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, five of them will contend with serious headaches following the myriad of challenges on ground at their respective ministries. President Muhammadu Buhari had in the ministerial retreat before the inauguration charged the ministers to be ready for “laborious days”. As they settle down for their ministerial duties, so the challenges cutting across national spheres will be coming up, like the morning dew. Here are the ministers with biggest tasks ahead. Bashir Magashi (Defence) Terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other forms of insecurity have eroded the successes earlier recorded by the Buhari-led administration. Under Mansur Dan-Ali, the predecessor of Magashi in the Ministry of Defence, security challenges esc...
President Buhari swears in #NextLevelCabinet
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President Buhari swears in #NextLevelCabinet

KNOW YOUR MINISTERS 1) Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah – Abia, Mines and Steel Development, State 2) Muhammed Musa Bello – Adamawa, FCT 3) Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio – Akwa Ibom, Niger Delta 4) Chris Ngige – Anambra, Labour & Employment 5) Sharon Ikeazor – Anambra, Environment, State 6) Adamu Adamu – Bauchi, Education 7) Amb Maryam Katagum – Bauchi, Industry, Trade and Investment, State 8) Timipre Silva – Bayelsa, Petroleum, State 9) Sen. George Akume – Benue, Special Duties 10) Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno, Agriculture, State 11) Godwin Jedi-Agba – Cross River, Power, State 12) Festus Keyamo – Delta, Niger Delta, State 13) Ogbonnaya Onu - Ebonyi, Science and Technology 14) Dr. Osagie Ehanire – Edo, Health 15) Clement Ikanade Agba – Edo, Budget and National Planning, State 16) Otu...
Buhari To Inaugurate New Ministers After 16th Of August – SGF
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Buhari To Inaugurate New Ministers After 16th Of August – SGF

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is expected to inaugurate the 43 ministerial nominees recently screened by the Senate after an Induction Retreat slated for August 15-16 in Abuja. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, in a statement on Friday said that following confirmation by the Senate, all Ministers designate are to note that relevant documents for their study and guidance, preparatory to the inauguration of the Cabinet shall be available for collection at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) (Cabinet Affairs Office) from 10.00am on Tuesday August 6, 2019. According to Mustapha, Ministers designate are also requested to bring along and submit to the OSGF, their updated CV in soft and hard copies as well as...
I’ll Assign Portfolio To Ministers At Inauguration – Buhari
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I’ll Assign Portfolio To Ministers At Inauguration – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, disclosed that he will assign portfolio to members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who have been confirmed by the Senate at the point of inauguration. The President, however, did not mention any particular date for the inauguration of the new ministers. Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, commended the Senate for its diligence and prompt confirmation of his ministerial nominees. He said: “Specific portfolios shall be assigned with the inauguration of the cabinet.” Buhari also expressed satisfaction in the process which he described as swift and efficient. According to the President, the people of Nigeria want results, and with this list of ministers, we are confident they ...
Buhari May Swear In Ministers Wednesday
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Buhari May Swear In Ministers Wednesday

Nigeria’s President may swear in his 43 ministerial nominees on Wednesday following their confirmation by the country’s upper house of assembly. The lawmakers ended the screening of Buhari’s nominees for ministerial appointments on Tuesday and approved all the 43 persons sent in by the president. But the portfolio for each of the nominees is still unknown. Buhari is expected to assign them portfolios when they are inaugurated. A number of senior figures from Buhari’s first term will return, including Zainab Ahmed (finance minister), Babatunde Fashola (works and power minister), Geoffrey Onyeama (foreign affairs minister), Rotimi Amaechi (transport minister) and Lai Mohammed ( held the information portfolio). However, returning ministers may not hold the same positions they ...
Buhari Sends Ministerial List To Senate, Names 42 Nominees
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Buhari Sends Ministerial List To Senate, Names 42 Nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sent his list of ministerial nominees to the senate. Unlike during his first term when he appointed only 36 ministers — one per state — he has decided to also appoint one per geo-political zone, bringing the total to 42, TheCable understands. The list was sent to the senate on Monday evening via executive communication and is expected to be read on the floor of the senate on Tuesday. The senate, which will be proceeding on a two-month recess on Thursday, is expected to screen the nominees. Contrary to speculations, only about 12 ministers will be re-appointed from the former cabinet.
Absence Of Ministers Won’t Affect 2020 Budget, Says Senate President
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Absence Of Ministers Won’t Affect 2020 Budget, Says Senate President

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has said that the absence of ministers will not affect the 2020 budget. He said budgets were usually prepared by civil servants and not ministers per se. Lawan spoke with State House Correspondents in Abuja after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, was also at the meeting. Lawan stated that so long as the budget was laid before the National Assembly by September, the legislature would do its own beat by passing it speedily.
Expects People With Integrity, Credibility And Honesty As My Ministers — Buhari
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Expects People With Integrity, Credibility And Honesty As My Ministers — Buhari

President Muhammad Buhari, on Thursday said he will never release the lists of his nominated ministers despise pressure.President Buhari who made this known in a meeting he held yesterday with Leadership of the National Assembly. Speaking at the meeting, he pointed out that he doesn't know majority of his outgoing cabinet members, giving the fact that most of them were nominated by party leadership. He therefore assured Nigerians that his first term mistakes won't be repeated as he will only appoint people he personally know with track records of integrity, honesty and credibility would be considered for appointment. The meeting was help at the new Banquet Hall of Presidential Vila, Abuja on Thursday with Senate President and his Vice in attendance.
Give Me More Time To Name My Ministers, Buhari Begs Senate
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Give Me More Time To Name My Ministers, Buhari Begs Senate

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Thursday night pleaded with the leadership of the National Assembly to give him more time for him to compile list of ministerial nominees. President Buhari also told the presiding and principal officers of the nation’s federal legislative arm of government that he was under pressure to nominate members of his cabinet. This is as the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has denied that he said that the presidency promised to send the ministerial list to the Red Chamber this week. A source at the dinner hosted by the President for the leadership of the National Assembly mid-wife by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang at the Presidential Villa hinted that the President at the dinner requested that he sh...
Buhari’s Delay In Appointing Ministers Affecting Economy — PDP Bot
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Buhari’s Delay In Appointing Ministers Affecting Economy — PDP Bot

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, has said the delay in appointing ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari is not good for the country. Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, Jibrin urged the President to hasten the appointment of his ministers. According to him, the appointment of competent persons as ministers will quicken governance and move the nation forward. He said, “We are the PDP, we are not the APC. Maybe they have their own policy on how to bring up their team. Maybe, they are doing a lot of homework. Luckily, they have now come up with the name of the Chief of Staff, and the Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria, which is a good omen. “We hope that by this announcement — these two k...
Anxiety Over Buhari’s Failure To Name Cabinet Three Weeks After Inauguration
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Anxiety Over Buhari’s Failure To Name Cabinet Three Weeks After Inauguration

Three weeks after his second term inauguration, President Muhammadu Buhari has been unable to name the ministers that would drive his Next Level agenda, and this delay is already causing anxiety among Nigerians. Those who spoke with Daily Independent at the weekend said they had expected the president to hit the ground running after his swearing in. They expressed fears that the absence of ministers could stall governance in critical sectors and further damage the already bad economy. After his inauguration in his first term on May 29, 2015, it took almost six months for President Buhari to constitute his cabinet. Foreign investors who were unsure of the direction of the government fled the country, leading to capital flight. Buhari was criticised for taking so long to name...
I Will Assemble A Strong Team Of Ministers For Next Level – Buhari
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I Will Assemble A Strong Team Of Ministers For Next Level – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration would assemble a strong team of Nigerians and allies to implement transformative plans and proposals to reposition Nigeria’s workforce for the modern technological age. President Buhari said this in his speech at the June 12, 2019 National Democracy Day in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that toward that end, his administration would ensure significant focus, provide resources, and where necessary, reform in tertiary and technical education. “Over the next four years, we are committed to assembling a strong team of Nigerians, and allies, to implement our transformative plans and proposals. “We will see significant focus, resource and, where necessary reform, in tertiary and technical education to reposition Nigeria’s workforce ...
Ebonyi State Governor Umahi Promises To Retain Commissioner For Second Term
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Ebonyi State Governor Umahi Promises To Retain Commissioner For Second Term

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has promised to retain the Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Mr Uchenna Orji, for his credible performance in office. Umahi made the promise in Abakaliki during the state’s Empowerment Day ceremony organised on Saturday by the ministry, noting that Orji’s case was “exceptional’’. “Actually, we don’t have plans for people to perpetuate in their offices, but if we return you as a commissioner, we will return you to the same office. “I can say boldly that we have succeeded in this particular ministry and while orji was speaking, I noticed his passion for the ministry. “The PDP National Vice-Chairman asked me if Orji was given money specially, I said no, and that these people he brought together are differently endowed in health, nu...
Why I Didn’t Sack Ministers In Four Years – Buhari
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Why I Didn’t Sack Ministers In Four Years – Buhari

Revelation into why President Muhammadu Buhari failed to inject fresh hands into his cabinet for a straight four-year term, despite subtle pressure from a cross section of Nigerians, emerged on Wednesday, just as the president hosted his team to a valedictory session at the State House, Abuja. Buhari, who said heated debates sometimes characterise their weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings, also said they enable them make rational decision on the long run. But contrary to the expectation of Nigerians, the president failed to dissolve his cabinet on May 22, hinging it on the unique skills and strength that each of the ministers has. He said the diversity in thought of the ministers were a reflection of the diversity of the entire country, hence every opinion mattered a...
Stop Paying Tithes And You Will See The Real Men of God – Reno Omokri Advice Christians
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Stop Paying Tithes And You Will See The Real Men of God – Reno Omokri Advice Christians

Reno Omokri has joined Daddy Freeze, a critic of Christian clerics, in the campaign against the payment of tithes to church ministers. Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has advised Christians in Pentecostal churches to stop paying tithes so as to distinguish the real men of God from the fake. Reno Omokri also urged that politicians should not be given jumbo salaries in order to see the people who are ready to serve the country. See his post below:-
Amaechi Thanks Buhari For Not Converting Him To Islam
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Amaechi Thanks Buhari For Not Converting Him To Islam

Ministers at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity he gave them to serve in his cabinet. At the valedictory session of the council, ministers in the cabinet took turns to narrate the lessons they learnt from the president as members of his cabinet. Most of the ministers who spoke hailed Buhari for his dedication to hard work. The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, jokingly thanked Buhari for not converting him to Islam, saying he was misunderstood and criticised for associating with the president. Amaechi narrated how he was almost chased out of Christ the King Catholic Church in 2014 for supporting the president, whom they alleged was trying to Islamise the country. “Mr President...
President Buhari Reveals Date All Ministers Should Resign
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President Buhari Reveals Date All Ministers Should Resign

All cabinet ministers in President Buhari’s government have been given a date to resign and handover their portfolios. President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all outgoing ministers to handover their portfolios on the 28th of May, 2019. He gave the directed during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) valedictory session at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the valedictory FEC meeting was the last for the outgoing cabinet before the inauguration of his second term on the 29th of May, He added that they should continue working in their capacity till Tuesday 28th of May, 2019. Handover notes, he said, should be submitted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. All the 31 ministers in the Council chamber took turns to thank t...

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