NYSC members to receive N33,000 monthly allowance – FG

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Shuaibu Ibrahim, says the federal government has approved the payment of N33,000 to corps members as monthly allowance. He said this is in line with the new National Minimum Wage approved by the federal government last year. The NYSC disclosed this on its Facebook page Wednesday

Suspected herdsmen kill farmer, policeman in Edo

Suspected herdsmen have killed a farmer and a policeman in Owan community, Ovia North East local government area. It was gathered that the farmer whose identity was yet to be ascertained was killed last Saturday by herdsmen. The community called in the police to help retrieve the body but the herdsmen were said to have

Corruption: FG not bothered by ‘baseless’ rating, says Lai Mohammed

Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has stated that the Federal Government will not be distracted by the “baseless” rating of the Transparency International, which ranked Nigeria low in its latest international Corruption Perception index. Lai who revealed this on Tuesday in London when he featured on respective interview sessions with some international media organisations, however

Nigeria to begin rice export by 2022 – FG

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono, said on Tuesday in Abuja that Nigeria would hopefully begin exporting rice to other countries in the next two years. Nanono hinted this in a statement issued on his behalf by Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, the Director of Information in the ministry. The statement quoted the

Amotekun is a Christian plot to dominate Muslims in South-West – Sharia Council

A Muslim group, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria has described the Western Nigeria Security Outfit tagged “Operation Amotekun” has a subtle effort to Christianise the region. However, the Spokesperson to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has described the group as lacking knowledge of the security outfit aimed at curbing kidnapping and banditry in the

Buhari to flag off G-Money in Cross River

Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River says President Muhammadu Buhari will soon inaugurate an empowerment programme called G-Money meant to boost agricultural activities in the state. The governor made this known when he briefed State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday. According to him, G-Money

Nigerians should blame Obasanjo, Ezekwesili for corruption index – Lauretta Onochie

Presidential aide Lauretta Onochie has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the former minister of education Oby Ezekwesili of influencing Nigeria’s latest position on the 2019 global corruption index. Onochie uploaded the duo’s picture on her Twitter account which she captioned ” here are the #AngryBirds who Founded Transparency International Should we listen to them?

INEC failed to tender results it claimed were genuine – Supreme Court speaks on Imo judgement

The supreme court says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “failed woefully” to tender documents it claimed were genuine in the Imo governorship election case. The court said this in its ruling on the petitions on the 2019 Imo governorship poll. The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Hope Uzodinma, its governorship candidate, had challenged the

Amotekun remains illegal — AGF, Malami insists

For the second time in about a week, the Federal Government has declared the Southwest Security outfit, Operation Amotekun, as an illegal entity not known to the constitution of Nigeria and which can never be allowed to stand. The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made the declaration in Abuja in a statement by

Insecurity: We are being cowed into silence – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, says traditional and religious leaders that are supposed to hold the nation’s political leaders to account are being cowed into silence. He spoke in Abuja yesterday at this year’s Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace Third Annual

Amotekun needs modification, if not it will fail – Tinubu

All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, says the South-West Security Network codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ is a laudable initiative but needs some operational and conceptual modifications or else it will fail. Tinubu said this in a statement on Wednesday, days after coming under intense criticism for failing to speak on the matter, The PUNCH reports. The

I won’t reopen borders now — Buhari says in London

President Muhammadu Buhari says reopening of the land borders will not happen until the final report of a committee set up on the matter is submitted and considered. He said this yesterday while holding a bilateral meeting in London at the sidelines of UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana. Buhari said

Supreme Court affirms Ganduje’s election as Kano Governor

The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as governor of Kano and dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP and its candidate, Abba Yusuf. The arguments Adegboyega Awomolo, Counsel to the PDP candidate had argued that the returning officer had cancelled results in 207 polling units, declared the election inconclusive and

Common Nigerians to get fuel at ₦97/ltr – FG

The Federal Government has revealed plans are underway to provide alternative petrol -Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – for the common man that will cost between N95 to N97 per litre. It also promised to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill(PIB) before May 29, 2020. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, stated these

Nigeria to land in space soon – Buhari’s Minister

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, has harped on the importance of science and engineering to nation-building, stressing that soon Nigeria would join the league of countries in space exploration. He stressed that the strength of the economy of any nation was dependent on its scientific and technological advancement. Mr Onu stated

I was not involved in Ihedioha’s sack – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday distanced himself from the removal of Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha, on Tuesday. Osinbajo said he did not discuss any matter relating to the governorship appeal with Ihedioha before the Supreme Court sacked him as the governor of the state. The Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the

Nigeria to partner U.S. government for food sufficiency, job creation

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, has solicited for stronger partnership and collaboration between the Ministry and the United States of America (USA), through the United States Agency and International Development (USAID), to achieve food sufficiency and job creation in Nigeria. The Minister, disclosed this when the USAID delegation led by the U.S.

Court sacks Ihedioha, declares Hope Uzodinma winner

The Supreme Court has declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as duly elected Governor of Imo State. The court ruled that all votes due to Hope Uzodinma unlawfully excluded from 318 polling units be added and the certificate of return issued Emeka Ihedioha be withdrawn immediately. It was a unanimous decision of

FG declares operation Amotekun illegal

Barely a few days after the inauguration of a security outfit known as Amotekun by South-West states, the Federal Government has declared the paramilitary outfit as illegal as it is not backed by any known law in the land. The Attorney General of the Federation made the feeling of the government known in a statement

I joined politics because I’m not corrupt

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he decided to become to join partisan politics after release from prison. Speaking when he received the youths leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who came from across the country to pay him a visit in Abuja, Buhari said he took interest in politics after a clean bill

We’ll position universities to produce quality graduates – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said Federal Government will give more attention to improving personnel and infrastructure of universities to produce quality graduates, assuring that education will, henceforth, be a top priority in development goals of the country. President Buhari, who received leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) led by Prof. Biodun

Blame me for Oyo market fire – Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says he takes responsibility for the fire incident that razed the Akesan market in Oyo State last week Sunday. He said this on Wednesday after visiting the site of the incident alongside his cabinet members. Makinde also assured that the State Government would rebuild the market and provide support to

N-Power Disengagement Of 200,000 Volunteers

After three years of their recruitment into the N-Power Scheme, the federal government is set to exit 200,000 of the beneficiaries from the programme. Their disengagement will take place between January and February this year, LEADERSHIP has learnt. Some officials of the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster

Our government not different from Boko Haram

Bishop Mathew Kukah has accused the Nigerian government of using different methods to achieve the same goal of Islamic dominance like Boko Haram. He said this while reacting to the recent beheading of 10 persons suspected to be Christians by extremists in Nigeria. The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, in his disgust with the Nigerian authorities,