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

Abba Kyari, daughter under probe in America over Abacha loot

Mallam Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, and his daughter, Ms Aisha Abba-Kyari, an Assistant Vice President at the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), have come under investigation in the United States of America in connection with the Abacha loot. The investigation was launched by the Washington-based US NIGERIA LAW

Goodluck Jonathan says he has no accounts or property abroad

Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan says he has no accounts or property abroad. Jonathan made the comment in response to a report that the federal government has requested for the bank statements of public officers including his and his wife, Patience; former ministers of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Rilwanu Lukman. The request was reported to

N5bn COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment Fraud Uncovered In NDDC

In a letter dated April 6, 2019 with a Ref number NDDC/MD/HPU/20/4/EHSS/05 seen by SaharaReporters, it was revealed how the commission approved N5,474,647,125.00 for procurement of Personal Protective Equipment for health workers and provision of community-based sensitisation campaign against the spread of COVID-19 to a company named Signora Concept Services Limited. The Niger Delta Development

$3b wasted in an unsuccessful northern Nigeria oil search

Stakeholders remain divided about the wisdom in the continued search for hydrocarbon resources in the north, especially as $3 billion has already been sunk without making a commercial find. While those in favour of the search disregard the economic waste, but are encouraged by the success of oil finds in neighbouring countries like Niger, Chad,others,

150 People Died In Kano From An Unknown Disease

Over 150 people who reportedly died in Kano between Friday and Saturday last week have been buried in three cemeteries, heightening fears that the deceased must have died as a result of a strange ailment. Undertakers who doubled as grave diggers in the affected cemeteries said the frequency at which they received corpses these days

COVID-19: China must pay Nigeria, other African countries – Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has told China to pay repatriation to African countries over the Coronavirus pandemic. Ezekwesili, in a post on ‘The Washington Post’, said China must pay for failing to manage COVID-19, which had severely injured Africa’s development prospects and worsened the conditions of the poor. She noted that the

Documents destroyed as fire razes INEC Headquarters

The headquarters of Nigeria’s electoral office has been razed by fire, officials said on Friday. The fire started just before noon and gutted some parts of the building in Abuja’s Maitama neighbourhood. The source of the fire is being investigated and no casualty was reported, Oluwole Uzzi, a spokesperson for the electoral office, told PREMIUM

FG lacks capacity, resources to cater for over 2,000 returning Nigerians – Minister

The federal government on Tuesday said it lacked the capacity and resources needed to cater for over 2,000 Nigerians who have expressed willingness to return to the country owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs who disclosed this while featuring on ‘Politics Today’, a daily programme on Channels Television, said the

Coronavirus patient disappears in Anambra – Obiano

The Anambra State Government has ordered the closure of private and public motor parks in the state. This followed the announcement of the state’s COVID-19 index case on Friday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Our correspondent learnt that the whereabouts of the index case was unknown as of the time of filing this

No Decision Yet On Two-month Free Electricity – FG

The Federal Government has yet to take a decision to provide free electricity supply to Nigerians for two months, the Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has said. The minister’s statement comes after power distribution companies said that the two-month free electricity which they announced on Wednesday would be paid for by the National Assembly

I have tactical strategy to end Boko Haram – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s call for a fundamental tactical change in approach to the ongoing campaign to defeat Boko Haram could not have come at a better time, following the heart-rending carnage Nigerian soldiers suffered in a recent encounter with terrorists in the north-eastern part of the country. No fewer than 47 Nigerian soldiers were killed

Buhari spent N1.5trn to subsidise petrol in 2019

The Federal Government said it spent N1.5 trillion to subsidize Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol in 2019. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this in a communiqué obtained by Vanguard. The communiqué was issued after a consultative meeting between a Federal Government team led

APC denies giving N500,000 daily allowance to COVID-19 tskforce members

A support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress known as APC Mandate Defenders (APCMD) has debunked claims by Comrade Timi Frank alleging that daily allowance for members of the Presidential Taskforce for the Control of Coronavirus is N500,000. In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday by the National Publicity Secretary of

FG partners states to feed pupils at home for 30days

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had concluded plans with state governments to start feeding schoolchildren in their various homes. According to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the federal and state governments had agreed to continue the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme using a door-to-door voucher distribution system. The

Coronavirus: 11 million poor Nigerians to get cash transfer, reliefs – FG

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, yesterday said the Federal Government had identified over 11 million poor Nigerians to benefit from the palliatives to cushion the harsh effects of the coronaviru pandemic. Speaking in Abuja at the briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19, she said the

COVID-19: We’re suspending services for now – Sex workers

The National Coordinator, Nigeria Sex Workers Association, Amaka Enemo, says sex workers in the country have been forced to suspend activities, especially in Lagos and Abuja due to the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Enemo told The PUNCH on Tuesday that although sex workers offer “essential services” they will remain indoors because their services

Tinubu will dominate Nigeria’s political athmosphere for many years to come – Fayemi

Former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has felicitated with Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on his 68th birthday. Despite their political differences, Atiku, in a tweet wished Tinubu good health and long life. “On behalf of my family, I wish you, @AsiwajuTinubu, a happy 68th

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