Ekiti begins N20,000 payment to elders as monthly stipend called ”owo arugbo”

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday re-launched the social security Scheme for elderly citizens in the state with, a pledge to commit more resources to social investments and human capital development. The program is called ‘Owo Arugbo’ (stipends for the elderly). Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; with

I’ve acquired 2.7 hectares of land to build secretariat for first ladies – Aisha Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, says she has acquired a property in Abuja on which she will construct a regional secretariat for the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM). She did not state whether it was a personal fund or government’s fund that was used to acquire the property. The AFLPM, established after

Kogi2019: INEC recruits 81 physically challenged persons as ad hoc staff

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that 81 persons with disabilities were among ad hoc staff it had recruited for the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi State. Alhaji Ahmed Biambo, Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC office, Lokoja, disclosed this on Wednesday on the sideline of a one- day sensitisation forum organised by

CBN approves 50 Naira stamp duty for transactions above 1000 Naira on PoS, web

The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed the strict implementation of Merchant Service Charge, which would impose more charges on all point of sale (PoS) transactions. This is coming few days after the apex bank announced new charges on withdrawal and deposit of funds above N500,000. The directive on the ‘Unbundling of Merchant Settlement Amounts’

FG budgets N360m for Chibok girls in Atiku varsity

The 106 schoolgirls are currently attending the American University of Nigeria, Yola, founded by former Vice-President and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the last election, Atiku Abubakar. Incidentally, Atiku had said in a tweet in 2014 while contesting the Presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress that his school would provide scholarships

N-Power: Buhari govt moves to disengage 200,000 beneficiaries

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, has disclosed that the Nigerian government was working on how to “disengage” over 200,000 beneficiaries of the government’s social intervention programme, N-Power. Uwais made the disclosure while featuring on Nigerian Television Authority, NTA. She disclosed that the government was in talks with

El-rufai Frustrated plans to rescue our children – Parents of abducted schoolgirls lament

We were talking with the kidnappers of our children; suddenly the kidnappers said that they the government had come into the case. “They said government should settle them. The governor’s pronouncement in Abuja that the government was on top of the situation has compounded our problem,” said a distraught parent, Chukwuemeka Adindu, whose children were

Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq takes over trader moni, others from Osinbajo

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has confirmed taking control of the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP). The Minister, who made this known via Twitter on Monday, said she met with Maryam Uwais, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment for crucial briefing on the programme.

Oshiomole says Obaseki behind siege to his home

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole on Sunday accused the Edo State government of orchestrating Saturday’s siege to his Benin home. There is a frosty relationship between the party chair, who is the immediate past governor and his ‘godson’ — Governor Godwin Obaseki— ostensibly over the governor’s second term bid. Explaining the Saturday

VAT increase, boarders closure will further increase the burdens on Nigerians – Adeboye

General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has kicked against the proposed increase of VAT from 5 percent to 7.5 percent by the federal government. The proposal, he said, will further increase the burdens on Nigerians. Adeboye also said the proposed reintroduction of toll gates on federal government was

Two Boko Haram repentants enrol in NOUN

The Chairman of Council of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Peter Okebukola noted in a recent press conference that two repentant of the insurgent group, Boko Haram have decided to enrol for degree programmes in the institution. At the press conference, Okebukola said the Council of the institution had approved the recommendation of

Hate speech: Lai Mohammed says online media will start paying N5m fine

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed on Thursay October 10, announced that online news platforms will now be regulated as he inaugurated a seven-man committee to implement reforms in the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Speaking at the event, Lai Mohammed said President Buhari has approved the upward review of fines from N500,000 to

FG signs $3.9bn deal with Chinese firm for Abuja-itakpe railway construction

The federal government on Thursday, October 10, signed a deal of $3.9 billion with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) for the construction of the Abuja-Itakpe railway. The Chinese firm, according to Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, will also handle the construction of a seaport in Warri, Delta state, Daily Trust reports. S :Ppeaking in

Taraba university expels student for criticizing Governor Ishaku on Facebook

The Taraba State University has expelled a 100 level student of the university for consistently criticising the state governor, Darius Ishaku (PDP) , on Facebook. Joseph Israel, who was admitted to study Chemistry but later switched to Laboratory Science in the state-owned university, had his admission withdrawn on the excuse of not signing a matriculation

Multi-million dollars spent on IDPs not impactful, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the impact of hundreds of millions of dollars which international organisations claimed to have been spent on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East is “rarely” seen on ground. President Buhari said this on Wednesday in Abuja while administering oaths of office on members of the newly constituted Presidential

Family awaits N45,000 benefit of Lagos street sweeper knocked off by unknown vehicle

Six weeks after a street sweeper, Folasade Ogunniyi, was knocked into a lagoon in Lagos State while performing her duty on the Third Mainland Bridge, family of the deceased is yet to receive the promised N45,000 compensation by the Highway Manager, which was her three months salary. Ogunniyi’s body was recovered from the lagoon underneath

We don’t run any Ponzi scheme – Dunamis Church warns Nigerians

The Dunamis International Gospel Centre, on Tuesday distanced itself from an online Ponzi scheme called “Dunamis Investment Platform.” The church, under the leadership of Dr. Pastor Paul and Dr. Mrs. Becky Paul-Enenche, declared that the ministry does not operate a Ponzi scheme, stressing that such was a “scam.” This warning was contained in a statement

Budget 2020: “I have cold because I’m working hard for Nigeria” -Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday has said that he is suffering from cold. He, however, attributed his ailment to his hard work as the President of the country. Buhari disclosed this while presenting the 2020 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja. Immediately after observing protocols and before presenting the