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Afe Babalola: Nigeria’s military heads of state ruined education system

Afe Babalola, the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, (ABUAD), has accused Nigeria’s former heads of state of ruining the country’s education system.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Safe School Initiative: Senate begins probe of utilisation of $20 million funding

The Senate has mandated the committees on Education (Basic and Secondary), Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to investigate the utilisation of over $20 million funding proposed and budgeted for the Safe School Initiative.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”

National Assembly to pass Petroleum Industry Bill in April

This came as the Joint Ad-hoc Committee of the National Assembly expressed regrets over the poor condition of the nation’s refineries, adding that PIB when passed would revive the refineries to function optimally.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, declared that starting from next year, the government would declare Hijrah holiday in line with the yearnings of the Muslim community in the state.

Oyo governor to declare Hijrah holiday from next year

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, declared that starting from next year, the government would declare Hijrah holiday in line with the yearnings of the Muslim community in the state.

WAEC registration: Kwara government warns principals against extortion

The Kwara Government has warned principals in public schools not to extort students during the registration of the upcoming West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examination.

Court affirms Ogun NUJ chairman

The National Industrial Court, sitting in Ibadan, on Wednesday, affirmed the election of Comrade Soji Amosu as the duly elected Chairman of Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, whose appointment was confirmed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, also reiterated her commitment to giving focal and priority attention to capacity building.

Nigerian government urged to lift embargo on employment into civil service

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to lift the embarg on employment into Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate confirms Obinna Chukwu as NLR commissioner

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Prof. Larry Obinna Collins Chukwu as Commissioner of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.
Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has urged his supporters to resist further attacks from the government. He said he would no longer tolerate unwarranted assaults on his person and relatives.

Youth group, NANS condemn ‘attack’ on Senator Okorocha

A coalition of Nigerian Youth for Democracy and Good Governance (CNYDGG) in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone C has condemned what it called an attack on Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha by agents of the Imo State government, saying the federal lawmaker does not deserve such treatment.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 1,244 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 101,331.

Edo records 10 new coronavirus cases, four deaths

The Edo government on Wednesday in Benin said the state recorded 10 new cases and four more deaths from coronavirus as the government intensified efforts to contain the second wave of the pandemic.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC: FEC approves N6.2 billion for FCT projects, 40 scan devices

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved N5.9 billion for execution of three projects by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Ijaw youths caution Nigerian government not to violate Police Act

The group, in a statement by the spokesman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Mr Ebilade Ekerefe, while commending President Muhammadu Buhari over the promotion of Bayelsa-born Police Officer Moses Ambakina Jitoboh to the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), however, warned that the promotion of Jitoboh should not be another sinister plan to violate the Police Act (2020) and retire him with 9 years left to serve in the Police Force.

Nigerian government to begin trial of 5,000 Boko Haram suspects in detention

The trial of about 5000 suspected Boko Haram fighters in various detention facilities across the country will commence soon, Aliyu Abubakar, DG, Legal Aid Council, said Tuesday during a courtesy visit to Borno governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri.

US partners NCS on service delivery in Nigerian prisons

The United States has partnered with the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) to enhance efficiency and service delivery of prisons in the nation.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

CLO: National Assembly’s call for state of emergency on security apt

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) says the National Assembly’s call for declaration of a state of emergency on insecurity will allow President Muhammadu Buhari to take extra constitutional actions to address the nation’s security challenges.
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NDLEA intercepts container containing two million capsules of Tramadol in Apapa port

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the interception of a container load of Tramadol at the Apapa seaport in Lagos, just as 90 persons including an Indian were caught in its dragnet during raids of some drug cartels in parts of Lagos where a total of 614.396 kilograms of various hard drugs were reportedly seized.
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NEMA begins distribution of N500 million relief material to flood victims in Imo

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of relief materials worth N500 million to flood victims in eight Local Government Areas in Imo State.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army recovers bodies of four soldiers killed in Orlu

The Nigerian Army has recovered the corpses of four soldiers allegedly killed by members of the pro-Biafra group, IPOB, in Orlu, Imo State.
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NDLEA nabs man who imports drugs-baked cakes, biscuits for Lagos elites

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has burst a syndicate that specialised in importing cakes, biscuits and other confections (baked with drugs) for the rich in Lagos State, arresting the leader— Samuel Ebenezer.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate approves N11.35 billion 2020 budget for police trust fund

The Senate has approved the sum of N11,352,457,101.70 as year 2020 budget for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF), the implementation of which will lapse by April 30, 2021.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari mourns Saudi Arabia’s ex-oil minister

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of former Saudi Arabia’s longest serving Oil Minister, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, who died at a London hospital at 90.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Tuesday night denied reports that the Chairman-designate, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was arrested and detained by the agency under former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over illegal sale of 244 forfeited trucks.

New EFCC chairman denies wrong doing

Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied selling recovered assets while serving as Port Harcourt Zonal Officer of the commission.

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As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

NCDC activates Ondo state public health laboratory to its network

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has activated the inclusion of the Ondo State Public Health Laboratory to its Molecular Laboratory Network in the country.
The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Fraud: Court disqualifies lawyer as defence witness

The trial-within-trial of a suspected serial fraudster, Scales Ishola Olatunji was cut short on Thursday following a ruling by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which disqualified one Peter Mba from giving his testimony as a defence witness in the matter.
Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu with Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello...

Senator Kalu urges Nigerian government to set up joint security committee

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has called on federal government to set up a joint committee of representatives of all security forces to help existing commands to fast-track the release of the abducted students in Niger.
The Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, on Thursday disclosed the seizure of tramadol, used clothing and others with a Duty Paid Value of N223m.

Customs seizes tramadol, used clothing, others worth N223 million in Lagos

The Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, on Thursday disclosed the seizure of tramadol, used clothing and others with a Duty Paid Value of N223m.
The Lagos State Government on Sunday noon announced the reopening of Third Mainland Bridge earlier than 7 pm scheduled time.

Minister: Third Mainland Bridge will be totally reopened ‘this weekend’

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Thursday that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos undergoing repairs, would be totally reopened to traffic ‘’this weekend’’.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate probes $20 million safe schools fund kicked off by ex-President Jonathan

The Nigerian Senate has mandated its committees on Basic and Tertiary Education to investigate allegations of abuse of $20 million meant to implement the Safe Schools Initiative of the Federal Government.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, declared that starting from next year, the government would declare Hijrah holiday in line with the yearnings of the Muslim community in the state.

Oyo governor to declare Hijrah holiday from next year

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, declared that starting from next year, the government would declare Hijrah holiday in line with the yearnings of the Muslim community in the state.
The governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has removed Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor of the school.

UNILAG records 95% success in non-physical PUTME – VC

The University of Lagos says its current non-physical Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (PUTME) has achieved 95 per cent success as against reports in some quarters that it was unreliable and inefficient.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that peace and harmony have returned to the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Minister: Nigeria may receive coronavirus vaccines in 10 days

Health minister Osagie Ehanire said Nigeria might get COVID-19 vaccines in the next 10 days.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

Senator Tinubu calls for peace among Nigerians

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has called for peace among all ethnic, tribal and religious groups in Nigeria.