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Killer Fruit Juice: 10 Dead, 400 Hospitalised In Kano, States Warn Residents
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Killer Fruit Juice: 10 Dead, 400 Hospitalised In Kano, States Warn Residents

The Kano State Government on Thursday said 10 people had died and 400 others hospitalised after drinking a poisonous fruit juice. The state government had month said the poisonous fruit juice claimed three lives and led to the hospitalisation of 183 others. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, in a video recording made available to journalists in Kano on Thursday, stated that out of 400 people hospitalised, 50 persons were undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailments. As the Kano State Government gave an update on the killer drink, Lagos, Katsina, Cross River, Sokoto and Osun state governments urged residents to be vigilant before consuming any fruit drink. Although they urged residents not to panic, they advised them to check the expiry dates of drinks. T...
FG, States’ Debt Profile Rise To ₦32.92 Trillion – NBS
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FG, States’ Debt Profile Rise To ₦32.92 Trillion – NBS

Nigeria’s total public debt portfolio as at Dec. 31, 2020, stood at N32.92 trillion, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveals. It made the revelation in its Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt report for Quarter Four, 2020, obtained from its website on Monday in Abuja. It added that the debt profile was for the States and the Federal Government. According to the bureau, Nigeria’s total public debt showed that N12.71 trillion or 38.60 per cent of the debt was external, while N20.21 trillion or 61.40 per cent of the debt was domestic. “Further disaggregation of Nigeria’s foreign debt showed that 17.93 billion dollars of the debt was multilateral, 4.06 billion dollars was bilateral from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Exim Bank of China, Japan International Cooperat...
Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security
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Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed sadness at the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State. The schoolgirls numbering 317 were abducted by bandits who stormed their school in the early hours of Friday in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles. The attack comes days after over 300 students from Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State were abducted by bandits who have since released them. Reacting to the abduction in Zamfara, Atiku in a statement titled ‘States need to be empowered to control their internal security,’ advised the National and State Assemblies to empower states towards controlling their internal security. He said, “My heart is very heavy over the abduction of our young daughters from Government...
FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero
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FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero

The Federal Government has disbursed another round of performance-based grants to States in the sum of N123.348bn ($324.6m) under its States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr. Hassan Dodo, the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the disbursement followed the achievement of results by the States in the just concluded 2019 Annual Performance Assessment (APA). The assessment was carried out by the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) as the Independent Verification Agent (IVA) and approved by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of t...
Reps May Allow States To Determine Minimum Wage
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Reps May Allow States To Determine Minimum Wage

The Federal Government may soon lose its exclusive power to negotiate and determine the minimum wage for workers across the three tiers of government. The House of Representatives is considering an amendment to the 1999 Constitution by removing matters relating to wages from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List. When a bill becomes law , respective states and local governments will determine different wages for their workers. The legislation is titled, ‘ A Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) to , Among Others, Transfer the Subject Matter of Minimum Wage Prescription from the Exclusive Legislative List Set Out Under Part I of the Second Schedule to the Concurrent Legislative List Set Out Un...
COVID-19: FG To Get $750m Loan From World Bank For States — Zainab Ahmed
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COVID-19: FG To Get $750m Loan From World Bank For States — Zainab Ahmed

The federal government is currently processing a $750 million loan from the World Bank for state governments to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among the populace. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this at the inauguration of the committee on Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery for Economic Stimulus (N-CARES), in Abuja, yesterday. She said that the administration was determined to assuage the impacts of the COVID-19 on low-income earners who form the bulk of the Nigerian population. Her words, “The diverse and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world with significant consequences on informal businesses, and households that survive on daily income and the peasant farmers who depend on their farm produce to surviv...
We have no excuse, we have to restructure Nigeria — Governor El-Rufai
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We have no excuse, we have to restructure Nigeria — Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has called for the restructuring of Nigeria which he said will strengthen federalism and achieve national cohesion and healthy subnational competition.   The Kaduna state Governor who said this at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House held in Kaduna on Saturday October 31, back his campaign for restructuring with the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee.   El-Rufai recalled that the APC Committee on True Federalism proposed significant devolution of powers between the national government and the 36 States, and recommended further devolution of responsibilities between the States and Local Governments depending on local circumstances, culture, capacity and capability.  The Governor further stated that they have...
FG, States, LGs Share N682.060bn As Allocation For August, 2020
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FG, States, LGs Share N682.060bn As Allocation For August, 2020

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared a total of N682.060 billion August 2020 federation account revenue to the Federal, States and Local Government Councils and agencies. This was made known after the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting for September 2020 held through virtual conferencing; chaired by Dr. Mahmud Isa-Dutse, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance. The gross statutory revenue of N531.830 billion was received for the month of August 2020. This was lower than the N543.788 billion received in the previous month by N11.958 billion. The gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N150.230 billion as against N132.619 billion available in the previous month, resulting in an increase of N17.611 ...
Flooding: FG Warns 9 States To Prepare For Heavy Floods From September 6
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Flooding: FG Warns 9 States To Prepare For Heavy Floods From September 6

The Federal Government has again warned that floods may wreak havoc in many states of the federation. It said the floods would begin from Kebbi State any time from September 6 going by an alert from the Niger Basin Authority to which Nigeria is a member. Other states that might be severely hit are Niger, Kwara, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Nasarawa and Kogi that are contiguous to River Niger. The agency in charge of flood prediction, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) added that, apart from the fact that Nigeria still had many days of rainfall this year, flooding might be worse, if excess waters from the dams in other countries upstream rivers Niger and Benue are released. It therefore, asked states and relevant government agencies to clear blocked d...
FG, States, LGs Share ₦547 Billion As May Federation Allocation
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FG, States, LGs Share ₦547 Billion As May Federation Allocation

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee on Wednesday at its virtual meeting shared to the three tiers of government a total sum of N 547. 309bn as federation allocation for the month of May 2020. FAAC’ s virtual meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mahmoud Isa - Dutse, according to a statement issued by the ministry in Abuja on Wednesday night. The ministry stated that from this amount, inclusive of Value Added Tax , exchange gain and excess bank charges recovered , the Federal Government received N 219. 799bn; states, N152 .436 bn; Local Government councils N114 .095bn : while the oil - producing states received N 37.021 bn as derivation ( 13 per cent of mineral revenue ) . “ However , the cost of collection...
Don’t Open Schools, Viewing Centres, Stadiums Now, FG Warns States
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Don’t Open Schools, Viewing Centres, Stadiums Now, FG Warns States

The Federal Government on Monday warned state governments that were planning to reopen schools to drop the plan. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the warning during the PTF press briefing in Abuja. Mustapha said it was not yet safe to reopen schools, television viewing centres, stadiums and other places where large gatherings could take place. Last week, Kano State reopened football viewing centres. There were reports on Monday that Cross River State, which had yet to record any COVID-19 case, was planning to reopen schools. On Monday, Mustapha ​ appealed to state governments to embark on wider community testing and enforce rules on social distancing. He stated, “​We have receive...
Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads
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Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads

The Federal Executive Council has approved the reimbursement of funds expended on federal roads by some state governments. The total sum to be reimbursed to five states is N148,141,987,161.25. Among states shortlisted to benefit include Cross River N18,394,737,608.85, Ondo N7,822,147,577.08, Osun N2,468,938,876.78, Bayelsa N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers N78,953,067,518.29. The memo was presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the third virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Council Chambers of the State House. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on behalf of Fashola, said council had also warned that there will be no reimbursement in future should any st...
BREAKING: Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases now 10,162
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BREAKING: Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases now 10,162

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday announced that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria have now reached 10,162 after the country recorded 307 new cases. It said on the 31st of May 2020, 307 new confirmed cases were recorded and the death toll has now reached 287. No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours. Till date, Nigeria has tested 60,825 people of which 10,162 cases have been confirmed positive, 3007 cases have been discharged and 287 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 307 new cases are reported from 15 states – Lagos (188), FCT (44), Ogun (19), Kaduna (14), Oyo (12), Bayelsa (9), Gombe (5), Kano (3), Delta (3), Imo (2), Rivers (2), Niger (2), Bauchi (2), Plateau (1), Kwara (1) Meanwhile, Presid...
Former Senator, Shehu Sani Condemn FG For Attacking States That Relaxed Lockdown For Worship Centres
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Former Senator, Shehu Sani Condemn FG For Attacking States That Relaxed Lockdown For Worship Centres

The former member representing Kaduna central in the national assembly, Shehu Sani has mocked the federal government for frowning at states that have started relaxing their restrictions on social gatherings to allow worship centers open. The former lawmaker in his comment faulted the FG for also lifting lockdown and allowing offices, as well as malls, open in Abuja. He made the comment via a tweet he sent out on his official Twitter handle on Friday. Kaduna and some other states have started allowing religious gatherings. He wrote: “The FG that lifted their Lockdown, opened their offices and malls in Abuja is attacking the states that opened their worshipping centres.”
Coronavirus: FG To Increase Weekly Testing By Over 9,000
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Coronavirus: FG To Increase Weekly Testing By Over 9,000

The Federal Government may be able to increase its weekly COVID-19 testing by 9,100 following its readiness to repurpose the tuberculosis GeneXpert machines already deployed in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory, Saturday PUNCH reports. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its ‘National Strategy to Scale Up Access to Coronavirus Disease Testing in Nigeria’ posted on its website noted that the objective of planning to repurpose the tuberculosis machines were to decentralise and speed up testing across the country and strengthen national surveillance for COVID-19. In the document, the NCDC explained that the country has 407 GeneXpert instruments deployed in 399 health facilities across the country, for use as first-line testing for TB diagnosis. It, however, noted th...
FAAC: FG, States, LGs Share ₦606 Billion For April
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FAAC: FG, States, LGs Share ₦606 Billion For April

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee has shared N 606. 196 billion to the three tiers of government for the month of April . Director of Information in the Ministry of Finance , Budget and National Planning , Mr Hassan Dodo, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday. Dodo said the meeting , which held by virtual , was chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Mahmoud Isa - Dutse. He said the amount shared included Value Added Tax , Exchange Gain, Solid Mineral Revenue, Excess Bank Charges, and Excess Oil Revenue . He explained that the Federal Government received N 169. 831 billion, the states got N86 .140 billion while the local government councils had N 66.411 billion and the oil - producing states received N 32. 895 billion as 13 per cent derivation. Th...
FG Frowns As States Reopen Mosques, Churches
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FG Frowns As States Reopen Mosques, Churches

In one fell swoop, four states in the North – Borno, Gombe, Adamawa and Zamfara – on Thursday reopened Mosques and Churches. It was a major easing of the lockdown imposed to curb Coronavirus spread. The Federal Government frowned at the situation having not been consulted as expected, in line with the COVID-19 protocol. Besides, the Federal Government believes that the situation of the virus spread had not reached the stage of lowering the guard. Coronavirus cases in the country last night surpassed the 5,000 mark, with close to 200 deaths recorded. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Control has resolved to engage with the governors. Minister for Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said: “We are always working together with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (...
Some States Playing Politics With COVID-19 To Get Money – Northern Elders Forum
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Some States Playing Politics With COVID-19 To Get Money – Northern Elders Forum

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Thursday said some states are playing politics with numbers of people that tested positive from the COVID-19 pandemic in order to get more grants from the Federal Government and foreign donors. In a statement issued and signed by the Convener of the Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the forum noted that what the country needs are good policies and facilities that would protect the citizenry. The forum said that the country can turn things around with the current resources available in transparent and professional manner. "The forum regrets the appearance of attempts by many state governments to play politics with numbers for what appears to be expectations that more funds from Federal Government and foreign donors will be allocated to them. ...
Falling Oil Price: Fayemi Says States May Get Zero FAAC Allocations In June
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Falling Oil Price: Fayemi Says States May Get Zero FAAC Allocations In June

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state on Tuesday said states may get zero statutory allocations from Federation Accounts Allocation and Fiscal Commission (FAAC) in June this year owing the drastic fall in the price of crude oil. Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) also said the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed had disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the withdrawal of 150 million dollars from the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) Stabilization Fund to support the June 2020 FAAC disbursement. The governor, who spoke on Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today’ however said he was not aware that the fund will be released in the next 72 hours. According to him “I am not aware of a...
NCDC Says It Has Tested 8,003 Samples
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NCDC Says It Has Tested 8,003 Samples

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday said it has tested 8,003 samples for COVID-19 in the country. The information was contained in the NCDC’s COVID-19 situation report dated April 19, 2020. The report noted that 9,233 have been identified as ‘People of Interest’ with about 98 per cent now contacted. According to the report, 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have reported at least one case of COVID-19. The death rate was put at three per cent. The NCDC data also reflected that more men (70 per cent) had been infected in the country. The most affected age-group was the 31 – 40 bracket, the report said.
Coronavirus: Trump Unveils Plan To Reopen States In Phases
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Coronavirus: Trump Unveils Plan To Reopen States In Phases

As Covid-19 continues to spread across the US, President Donald Trump has given governors guidance on reopening state economies in the coming months. The guidelines for "Opening up America Again" outline three phases for states to gradually ease their lockdowns. Mr Trump promised governors they would be handling the process themselves, with help from the federal government. There has been a mixed reception to the plans, with a leading Democrat calling them vague and inconsistent. The US currently has 654,301 confirmed cases and 32,186 deaths due to the virus, and Mr Trump has suggested some states could reopen this month. What did Trump say at the briefing? In his daily briefing on Thursday, President Trump declared "the next front in our war - opening up America again". ...
SERAP Asks Lawan, Gbaja To Give ₦37 Billion NASS Renovation Fund To States
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SERAP Asks Lawan, Gbaja To Give ₦37 Billion NASS Renovation Fund To States

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila urging them to “immediately make a public commitment to redirect the N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex to give N1 billion to each of the 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as COVID-19 direct reliefs and benefits to the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.” SERAP said: “We applaud the patriotic steps and voluntary contributions already made by the National Assembly towards fighting COVID-19 in the country. We now urge you to make major strides to national efforts to deal with one of the greatest threats facing the country by immediately redir...
Coronavirus: 4 New Cases Confirmed In Nigeria
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Coronavirus: 4 New Cases Confirmed In Nigeria

Fournew cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 3 in Osun and 1 in Ogun As at 11:15 am 31st March there are 135 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 2 deaths. As at 11:15 am 31st March, there are 135 confirmed cases 2 deaths For a breakdown of cases by states in real time, please see Currently; Lagos- 81 FCT- 25 Ogun- 4 Enugu- 2 Ekiti- 1 Oyo- 8 Edo- 2 Bauchi- 2 Osun-5 Rivers-1 Benue- 1 Kaduna- 3
EFCC Names Two States As Headquarters Of Money Laundering
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EFCC Names Two States As Headquarters Of Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC, has ranked Lagos and Rivers State as the  States where Money Laundering is Predominant. The Commission has ranked Rivers State as the Second and Lagos as Number One, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu made this known while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt on the gains of the anti-graft agency. Ibrahim Magu said that the rampant cases of money laundering were because of the status of Port Harcourt as an oil city. On the issue of oil theft and illegal crude oil business, the EFCC Chair, Ibrahim Magu said that the two hundred and forty four trucks impounded by the army had been put up for auction. “This place (Rivers) used to be headquarters of money laundering. This is because there is a lot of money, oil money, ...
22 States Haven’t Recruited Teachers In 10 Years – NUT
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22 States Haven’t Recruited Teachers In 10 Years – NUT

Twenty-two states have not recruited teachers for primary or secondary schools in the last five to 10 years, data from the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) have shown. The figures showed that some states last recruited primary and secondary school teachers in 2002. For example, Taraba, Niger, Adamawa, Ondo, Ogun and Delta states last held teachers recruitment for primary and secondary schools in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Other states where teacher recruitment has not taken place for over five years include Benue (2008), for primary and secondary; Nasarawa (2010), primary school; Bayelsa (2012); Ebonyi (2012); Rivers (2013), primary and secondary and Oyo (2014). The last recruitment of teachers for primary and secondary schools in Kogi was in 2011, the data showed. ...
Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors
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Minimum Wage Negotiations: FEC Can’t Decide For States – Governors

Negotiations over consequential salary adjustments on the N 30,000 minimum wage may run into a storm in states as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Monday said states would not pay above their capacities . The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who stated this after the forum’s meeting in Abuja said the Federal Executive Council could not decide for states . But organised labour lashed out at the NGF chairman and warned him against statements that could trigger industrial crises in states. Fayemi said the governors , at their meeting , reviewed progress in the implementation of the minimum wage law . Clarifying the forum’s position and FEC ’s decision, Fayemi said that while state governors agreed on the N 30, 000 minimum wage, FEC did not determine wh...
Minimum Wage: NLC Directs States To Negotiate Consequential Adjustments
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Minimum Wage: NLC Directs States To Negotiate Consequential Adjustments

The National leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has directed its state chapters to immediately commence negotiations with their state governments to arrive at consequential adjustments on the N30,000 new minimum wage. The labour parent body, however, asked the state chapters to await the table which will be drawn by the federal government in line with the recent agreement with labour on the consequential adjustments. Deputy National President of NLC, Comrade Amaechi Asuguni, gave the directive as the outcome of NLC 2019 National Leadership Retreat that ended in Enugu yesterday. Asuguni said that the national leadership of NLC will also send monitoring committees to states to entire standardized agreements so that no state will shortchange others, even there would be minor diffe...
List Of States That Can Survive Without Federal Allocation By BudgIT
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List Of States That Can Survive Without Federal Allocation By BudgIT

BudgIT, a civic tech organisation, says only three states in the country can fund their expenditure without allocations from federal government. The organisation listed the states as Lagos, Rivers and Akwa Ibom. In a report titled “State of states 2019″, BudgIt said 33 states in the country cannot finance their recurrent expenditure without federal allocations. It added that many states would have challenges if the federal allocation were not forthcoming due to fluctuation in crude oil price. Orji Uche, BudgIT’s lead researcher, added that only 19 states can fund their expenditure with internally generated revenue and federal allocation. “The implications of looking at this index is to enable us understand without federal allocation, how many states can sustain themselves,...
Few People In 5 States Control Nigeria’s Wealth – Buhari
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Few People In 5 States Control Nigeria’s Wealth – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that while Nigeria’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few people living in 4 or 5 states and the FCT, about 150 million others are languishing in poverty in the remaining 31 states. He, however, noted that with the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections, and the commitment and vision of those who emerged winners, policies are being put in place that focus on delivering prosperity to all Nigerians through enhancing security and eliminating corrupt practices in the public service for an improved economy. Buhari, who addressed delegates at the opening session of the 25th Nigeria Economic Summit (NES#25) in Abuja, said, “A significant proportion of Nigeria’s prosperity today is concentrated in the hands of a few people livin...
Why States Must Have More Powers – Osinbajo
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Why States Must Have More Powers – Osinbajo

Nigeria can become a stronger and more prosperous nation if states have more powers, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. Prof. Osinbajo stated this while speaking at the 59th Independence Anniversary Lecture at the Island Club, Lagos, on Friday. The Vice President, who titled his lecture “the whole is only as great as the sum of its parts,” said Nigeria’s population and diverse ethnic groups has necessitated that states in the country be strengthened to enable them contribute more to national productivity and development. Prof. Osinbajo stated that this can be achieved with “stronger, more autonomous States that are able to generate and control more of their resources.” According to the Vice President, the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is ...
Nnamdi Kanu Releases Seven States That Will Form Biafra, Reveals System Of Government
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Nnamdi Kanu Releases Seven States That Will Form Biafra, Reveals System Of Government

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, leader Nnamdi Kanu has released what the system of government would be in the Sovereign State of Biafra when it is finally actualized. This was contained in a statement released on Monday signed by its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, with the title, ‘THIS IS FOR THOSE OF US WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW BIAFRA SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WILL BE LIKE.’ The pro-Biafra group said its constitution would be written in local languages with seven nations making up the country called Biafra. The statement added, “During the interactive session with our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on 12th January 2019, OWEI KEME BRADIKUMO asked a question: “What is the proposed CONSTITUTION of the upcoming UNITED STATES of BIAFRA. Can we get a draft copy of it in the public doma...
FAAC: See How Much FG, States, LG Councils Shared In June
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FAAC: See How Much FG, States, LG Councils Shared In June

The Federal Government, States and Local Government Councils, have shared a total of N762.597 billion as Federal Allocation for the month of June 2019. This was contained in a communiqué sent to Igbere TV by the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, on Thursday. The document which was signed by the Accountant General of the Federation, noted that revenue from Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Companies Income Tax (CIT) increased significantly. This is even as the communiqué indicated that the gross statutory revenue of N652.949 billion received for July was higher than the N571.731 billion received in June by N81.218 billion. It also noted that the shared amount comprises the month’s statutory distributable revenue of N652.949 billion adding that the gross revenue av...
28 States Can Not Finance 2019 Budgets – NEITI
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28 States Can Not Finance 2019 Budgets – NEITI

Information made accessible by the Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has demonstrated that 28 states would be unfit to finance their 2019 spending plans from income acknowledged in 2018 and 2017. The information was made accessible in the NEITI Quarterly Review, marked by its representative, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji. The eight expresses that would almost certainly support their 2017 and 2018 income are Enugu, Kaduna, Delta, Yobe, Lagos, Kano, Nasarawa and Rivers. The 28 expresses that would not have the option to subsidize their spending limits are Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Tar...
Army Bans Motorcycles In Some States To Curb Kidnapping (Full List)
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Army Bans Motorcycles In Some States To Curb Kidnapping (Full List)

The Nigeria Army has banned the use of motorcycles in the North West and some parts of North Central in Nigeria in order to curb the menace kidnapping and other criminal activity. The Decision to ban the motorcycles was reached after the Army observed that criminals always use the motorcycles to escape after carrying out the criminal activity. The information was released in a press statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations Col Sagir Musa PRESS RELEASE ENFORCEMENT OF BAN ON THE USE OF MOTORCYCLES IN EX HARBIN KUNAMA AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY The Nigerian Army (NA) over time has observed the use of motorcycles by armed bandits, kidnappers, criminal elements and their collaborators as enablers to perpetrate their heinous crimes especially in the states within the nor...
No death recorded in renewed C/River, Ebonyi boundary clash — police
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No death recorded in renewed C/River, Ebonyi boundary clash — police

The communities are Ukelle community in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River and  Izzi community in Ebonyi. Spokesperson of the command, DSP Irene Ugbo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview that the police were yet to confirm any loss of life in the clash which started on Thursday. “For now, we have not gotten any report of any loss of life. As of yesterday, the Commissioner of police asked the Divisional Police Officer in the area to increase the man power in the area. “We have not recorded any death yet. The people are  trying to regroup when the police swung in and scattered them. “But, I will keep NAN informed as soon as I get more details from the DPO in the affected area,’’ she said. But, a native of Ukelle, Mr Andrew Idele, who brought in his ...
IG Deploys Very Senior Officers To States Ahead Of Saturday’s Elections
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IG Deploys Very Senior Officers To States Ahead Of Saturday’s Elections

IGP DEPLOYS 7 DIGs, 10 AIGs, 62 CPs AND 72 DCPs TO ZONAL AND STATE COMMANDS TO SUPPORT EXISTING SECURITY ARRANGEMENT FOR THE SATURDAY, MARCH 9th, 2019 GUBERNATORIAL/HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS Tasks Officers to ensure proper supervision of all security personnel deployed, be professional and nonpartisan In line with his stated commitment towards providing adequate security for the General Elections, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has deployed Seven (7) Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) to the six geo-political zones across the Country, ... Ten (10) AIGs to the police zonal commands and additional Two Hundred and Seventy Seven (277) Commissioners of Police to complement the efforts of the respective Commissioners of Police in the thirty-si...
Allocate Oil Wells To States, Ekiti Govt Tells FG
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Allocate Oil Wells To States, Ekiti Govt Tells FG

THE Ekiti State government has called on the Federal Government to allocate oil wells to states of the federation to make them more buoyant and less dependent on the Federal Government for survival. Deputy Governor of the state, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi said this is necessary to make the states more viable and also for them to meet their obligations. Speaking during an interview on Ekiti State Television (EKTV) monitored at the weekend, Egbeyemi charged the President to strip some Nigerians of their oil blocs and allocate same to the states to ensure development. In his words, “The victory achieved by the President was a victory for Nigeria indeed and the masses who reposed confidence in him and voted him back to office. “This is the time for him to take some bold and radical decisions ...
Nigerian Police Speak On Why It Deployed 4 CPs To Ogun State
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Nigerian Police Speak On Why It Deployed 4 CPs To Ogun State

The Nigeria Police Force said it has deployed additional 55 Commissioners of Police (CPs) to the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory for effective coverage of the elections. The Commissioners of Police deployed according to the Force Spokesman, ACP Frank Mba are expected to be at each of the senatorial districts in each States to complement the efforts of the Command CPs. With the deployment, states like Ogun now have four CPs while Lagos state has three. The Police also stated that the deployment was done based on the demand of each States. Naija News understands that  Mba said: “What we did is that we deployed an additional 55 Commissioners of police. Those additional CPs will be supporting the 37 Command Commissioners already on the ground. “Some...
INEC Commences Deployment Of Sensitive, Non-sensitive Materials To States
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INEC Commences Deployment Of Sensitive, Non-sensitive Materials To States

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has commenced the deployment of sensitive materials and non-sensitive materials to states ahead of the forthcoming general elections. Sensitive materials are the ballot papers, result sheets and others. Besides, the commission said it has taken a decision on APC Rivers. According to Barrister Festus Okoye, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) state officers have started receiving the sensitive materials On the burnt Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), Okoye said the commission would look at the possibility of printing new ones for those affected. Besides, INEC has directed its offices in the states to beef up security.
Atiku Only Got a Temporary Waiver to Enter US
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Atiku Only Got a Temporary Waiver to Enter US

The People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has been reported to have only got a temporary waiver to enter US after being linked to decade-old bribery scandal, Reuters reports. Though the U.S. administration has not commented on Atiku’s status or his travel, however Reuters in its report claimed that several U.S. diplomats and others familiar with the visit disclosed that the former vice president was banned from entering the United States for the past several years after he figured prominently in two corruption cases.   Several U.S. government officials said the travel ban was waived temporarily by the U.S. State Department after lobbyists mounted a campaign among congressional lawmakers arguing that the administration should not snub the leading cha...
El-rufai Advocates Autonomy For States, Local Governments
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El-rufai Advocates Autonomy For States, Local Governments

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has called on the Nigerian government to grant autonomy of resources to states and local governments in the country. El-Rufai made the plea while speaking on theme “Nigeria: Achieving National Unity Through Peaceful Restructuring” at the birthday celebration of a former governor of Osun state and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bisi Akande. The governor opined that “Many of the challenges that confront our country are best resolved at the sub-national level. How well our children are educated in the first nine years of schooling is down to the states and local governments.” El-Rufai explained that “Improving health outcomes for our people, easing and widening access to primary health care, providing routine immunisat...
Buhari Rejects NASS’ Approval For Refund Of N488.7bn To States
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Buhari Rejects NASS’ Approval For Refund Of N488.7bn To States

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the National Assembly’s approval for refund of N488.7 billion to State Governments for projects they executed on behalf of the Federal Government. Buhari communicated the decision through a letter read by the President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, at plenary on Tuesday. The president said he rejected the National Assembly’s approval because it violated the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007. He noted that whereas the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a total of N487.8 billion for the purpose, the National Assembly jerked up the figure to N488.7 billion. He said the amount approved by the lawmakers was N890 million higher than that approved by FEC. Buhari said a review of the NASS’ approval, communicated thr...
10 States, Face Telecoms Network Blackout — GSM Operators
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10 States, Face Telecoms Network Blackout — GSM Operators

Ten states and parts of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may soon face telecommunications services blackout following tax disputes between Kogi Government and mobile network operators. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators (ALTON), made this known on Monday in Lagos while briefing newsmen on issues affecting the nation’s telecommmunications industry. The ALTON chief said Kogi State Government had allegedly shut down 150 telecoms base transceiver stations belonging to mobile telecoms operators as a result of disputes arising from taxes and levies. “The operators, comprising MTN, Globacom, Airtel, 9Mobile and Ntel, said that 150 base stations have been shut by the state’s revenue agency, warning that if nothing is done, the effect would lea...
New Minimum Wage: Why States Cannot Pay N30,000 – Gov Umahi
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New Minimum Wage: Why States Cannot Pay N30,000 – Gov Umahi

Gov David Umahi of Ebonyi on Wednesday in Abakaliki, declared that 95 per cent of states in the country cannot pay the proposed N30,000 minimum wage to workers. Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, said this while inaugurating a 36-member fact-finding committee to ascertain the mode of workers’ promotion arrears payment in states across the six geo-political zones of the states. According to Umahi, the payment of the N30, 000 can only be realised if the federation account allocation formula is reviewed to offer more earnings to states. “The federal government collects 52 per cent of the revenue from the federation account and when I tried to put the N30,000 figure to Local Government Areas (LGA) it means they will borrow N1billion to add to their allo...
FG Bars States Owing Salaries From Accessing $2.69bn Paris Club Refunds
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FG Bars States Owing Salaries From Accessing $2.69bn Paris Club Refunds

The federal government has said that states must clear backlog of salaries and other related staff arrears before they would be able to access the remaining $2.69 billion Paris Club Refunds. The Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr Hassan Dodo, on Tuesday, said the federal government would commence phased payments of the refund to the states once the condition and several others were met. “The DMO led the reconciliation process under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Finance. The final approval of $2.69 billion is subject to some conditions. “Salary and staff related arrears must be paid as a priority. Also commitment to the commencement of the repayment of Budget Support Loans granted in 2016 must be made by all states. “Furthermore, they must ...
WAEC Releases 2018 Ranking Of All The 36 States, Plus The FCT
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WAEC Releases 2018 Ranking Of All The 36 States, Plus The FCT

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2018 ranking of all the 36 States, plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja in Nigeria. Abia tops the chart, ahead of Anambra, Edo, Rivers and IMO state. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2018 ranking of all the 36 States, plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja in Nigeria. Abia tops the chart, ahead of Anambra, Edo, Rivers and Imo states. However, some states have risen above the positions they were during the last ranking. Cross River State moving from 28th to 20th, while Yobe State drops to last position. Below is the latest WAEC ranking of the 36 states and the FCT:
Check Out Top 10 States With The Most Beautiful Girls In Nigeria
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Check Out Top 10 States With The Most Beautiful Girls In Nigeria

Nigeria is arguably endowed with the most beautiful chicks in Africa. Within Nigeria itself, there are awesomely beautiful damsels. But some states can pride to have them in higher concentration than others. Now, Let’s hit the market with my well-researched list. 1. IMO Arguably this state possesses the prettiest damsels in the country. Well-endowed in all ramifications. Little wonder the state has the highest number of Peagents and Models in Nigeria. IMSU alone houses 60% of these beauties. 2. LAGOS Lagos per-say boasts of awesome and classy beauties owing to its cosmopolitan nature. The state is a confluence of most beautiful girls from different background and entities. A visit to Akoka will attest. 3. CROSS RIVER Calabar girls are not only beautiful but “bediful”. T...

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