Nigeria is heading towards recession – Zainab Ahmed

The nation’s finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, says the coronavirus pandemic and falling oil prices are set to force the economy into negative growth. Ms. Ahmed made the comments after the National Economic Summit meeting in Abuja on Thursday. “On the economy, COVID-19 has resulted in the collapse in oil prices,” she said. “This will impact

COVID-19: Buhari Tests Negative, Kyari Is Positive

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has tested negative for the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), following a test for the disease that was carried out yesterday on the president by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), THISDAY can report. The NCDC has informed the president on the outcome his negative result this morning in Abuja. According to

FG To Register Cattle From Neighbouring Countries

Sixty years after the suspension of registration of cattle, sheep and goats coming from neighboring countries, the Federal Government is to re-introduce the policy to curb spread of livestock diseases across the country, the government disclosed this at the weekend. It also unveiled plans to review government policies on the movement of cattle, sheep and

Kano government to spend N36 billion on RUGA projects

The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has inaugurated a $95 million agro-pastoral development project, a flagship programme anchored on food security and social development. The objective of the project, which is expected to be implemented within a five-year period, is to contribute to poverty alleviation and strengthening food security in the state. The project

End insurgency now – Buhari orders military

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday called on the Armed Forces to intensify actions to bring the insurgency to put to a speedy conclusion,” Buhari made the call at State House, Abuja, at the inauguration of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee chaired by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq. “I

Senate asks Buhari to address Nigerians on Coronavirus

The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the coronavirus in the country. It also urged the federal government to shut down all international airports except Lagos and Abuja airports for easier monitoring of the disease. The lawmakers asked the president to suspend the issuance of visa on arrival at the

Coronavirus: Katsina records first suspected case

Katsina State Ministry of Health, says it has recorded a first suspected case of coronavirus ( COVID 19 ) in the state. Briefing newsmen, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Kabir Mustapha, said the patient who is presently on self-isolation returned from Malaysia and developed symptoms that warrant further investigations. Already, the blood samples have

Coronavirus: FG confirms five new cases

The Federal Government has confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria. The Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire confirmed the cases during a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He explained that three of the victims came from the United States of America including a mother and child while two others

Buhari issues travel ban on 13 countries over Coronavirus

The Federal Government has issued a travel ban on 13 countries over the spread of the Coronavirus. The Government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travelers from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, the United States of America, Norway, the United Kingdom, Netherlands & Switzerland. These are all countries

Togo, Benin, Niger owe Nigeria 30 billion naira for electricity

The Republics of Togo, Niger and Benin owe Nigeria a total of N29.97bn for the electricity supplied to them from January to September last year, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. Nigeria, through its electricity transmission company, supplies power to these countries, which are classified as international customers in the Nigerian power sector. Niger’s

FG suspends plans to borrow $22.7bn

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Monday, disclosed that the Federal Government has suspended its $22.7 billion external borrowing plans due to current realities in the global economic landscape. Speaking in Abuja, at the 2020 International Conference on the Nigerian Commodities Market, organized by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Ahmed stated that the

FG bars Persons who stammer, bad teeth, k-legs, obesity from immigration jobs

The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board, which is the Federal Government organ in charge of the paramilitary services, has barred persons who stammer or have “gross malformation of teeth” from applying for the superintendent, inspectorate and assistant cadre positions in the ongoing Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise. Also barred from applying are

Fayemi moves to dethrone 16 kings in Ekiti

Smarting from the successful removal of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has set machinery in motion for the removal of the 16 “Pelupelu” (Paramount) traditional rulers in the State. Source told WazobiaReporters that a query was issued to the

Coronavirus affecting our revenue — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that the outbreak of Coronavirus was affecting Nigeria’s main source of revenue. He was speaking on the impact of coronavirus on the nation’s revenue for the first time while receiving workers in the health sector under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly Healthcare Professionals Associations. On Monday,

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Nigeria

The Nigerian government on Monday confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus in the country. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said at a press conference in Benin City, Edo State, that the new patient had contact with the Italian man who was first infected. “It is my duty, therefore, to announce a new

PDP To Sack National Secretariat Workers

The Peoples Democratic Party has confirmed plans to sack some of its national secretariat workers. A memo to this effect has been circulated to all members of staff of the party. A copy of the document obtained by our correspondent, in Abuja, on Thursday, said the exercise was approved during the party’s 89th National Executive

2019 election will be last manual elections — INEC vows

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Thursday that with the proposed reform of the electoral Act, the 2019 election may be the last “mainly manual” election in Nigeria. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakub said this is achievable with the support of the National Assembly, tasking the lawmakers to expedite action on the

Senate approves Buhari’s $22.7bn loan request

The senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to borrow $22.7 billion. The upper legislative chamber okayed the request on Thursday amid objections from some senators. While the matter was being debated, Enyinnaya Abaribe, minority leader, warned against considering all the recommendations on the loan at once. He suggested that it should be done “item

Oshiomhole vows to remain APC chairman, despite court orders

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday declared he would hold on to his position despite the court order that upheld his suspension from the party. A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi District, had yesterday upheld the suspension of Oshiomhole, pending the determination of a substantive

Bayelsa Assembly approves N2.9bn car loan for Diri

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved a request from Governor Douye Diri to collect N2.9 billion loan “to buy operational vehicles for the governor, deputy governor, and other top government functionaries.” The Assembly granted the loan for Diri during a plenary on Tuesday following a motion moved by the Leader of the House,