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

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

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

Buhari says few individuals keeping bulk of Nigeria’s wealth

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that a significant proportion of Nigeria’s prosperity today was concentrated in the hands of a few people. He said those few people were currently living primarily in four or five states and the Federal Capital Territory. The President said this at the opening session of the 25th Nigerian Economic

8th Senate worries as N8.1billion severance benefits yet to be paid

Concerns have been raised over the non-payment of the N8.1 billion severance allowance of lawmakers and aides who served in the eighth National Assembly, which is contained in the 2019 Appropriations Bill. The Clerk of National Assembly has, however, denied the allegations that the allowance was lodged in banks to yield interest for the management

Boko Haram: Borno recruits 1,000 ‘ninja hunters’ with spiritual ‘powers to disappear’

The spiritual warfare against Boko Haram has officially commenced in Borno state. Babagana Zulum, the governor, has secretly recruited 1,000 traditional hunters from different parts of the north-east and north-west. They are believed to possess supernatural powers to resist gun shots and also disappear and appear — like Japanese ninjas. Zulum, a professor of engineering,

Minimum Wage: FG, workers’ face-off worsens as labour rejects sack option

Organised labour on Friday dismissed as cheap blackmail a statement by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, that the Federal Government might lay off some workers in the public service should labour insist on having its way on the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage. The Secretary, Joint National Public Service Negotiating

PDP’s Dubai meeting meant to destabilise Buhari’s next level – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has alleged that the recent meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was meant to create disharmony in the governance of Nigeria. Oshiomhole has also stated that the Nigerian borders with neighbouring countries should remain closed until they

To reduce governance cost, let’s have one senator per state — Okorocha

The senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha, has recommended one senator per state, instead of the current three from each state of the federation. He said this will reduce cost of governance in general. Okorocha spoke during the Senate plenary on Thursday. “We must begin to make sacrifice

You’ll handover Bayelsa to Lyon, Oshiomhole tells dickson

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that Governor Seriake Dickson has resorted to using ‘terrorist’ tag on his party’s governorship candidate David Lyon because of the aspirants intimidating qualities. Oshiomhole spoke yesterday in Abuja while addressing Bayelsa State APC stakeholders and aggrieved governorship aspirants during a reconciliatory

EFCC arrests four INEC officials for diverting N84.6 million

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sokoto Zonal Office, has arrested four officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for alleged diverting over N84.6 million which was marked out for ad Hoc staff allowances. This information was made known to the public on Wednesday through a statement by EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren,

Buhari returns toll gates on Federal roads

The Federal Government on Wednesday said that plans were at the advanced stage to return toll gate on the federal highways. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa

Lagosians should pay more taxes to allow developmental projects – Governor Sanwo-olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, has urged more residents to pay their taxes to enable the state government to carry out its developmental projects. Sanwo-Olu gave the advice on Tuesday while answering questions on ‘The Platform Nigeria’, an event organised by The Covenant Christian Church Place, Iganmu, Lagos. According to the governor, less than

Nigerian Senator receives N36 million monthly, yet Nigerians are jobless – Emir Sanusi

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reduce the monthly salaries of the National Assembly members and ministers. The Emir also lamented that military personnel defending the country are earning meagre salaries while lawmakers and ministers earn a lot. Sanusi gave the charge through a statement addressed to President Muhammadu

Buhari’s government is the best since 1960 – MURIC

As Nigeria marks its 59th independence anniversary, an Islamic human rights organization has identified the Buhari administration as the best since independence. Making this assertion is the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in its independence day message signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola and circulated to the media on Tuesday, 1st October, 2019. According to