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Senate queries ministry, NNPC over ‘non-remittance’ of N4.2 trillion

This is just as the committee, chaired by Senator Mathew Uhroghide, also uncovered how the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) allegedly spent N966 billion to repair pipeline between 2010 and 2015, as contained in the report of query by the Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF) over alleged unremitted N4 trillion by NNPC into the Federation Account.
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Guns, blood and Nigeria’s borderless international borders

In 2008 the research topic for my 2nd Masters programme was titled “International Small Arms Regime And The State:” The focus was on Africa and Nigeria.

PIB: Stakeholders want 10 percent derivation for host communities

Stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, Thursday demanded a raise of the oil operating expenditure from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent for host communities in the new petroleum industry bill (PIB).

Auditor-General indicts MDAs for improper spending of N105.66 billion

The office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF) has expressed concerns over irregularities and weaknesses in financial regulations across ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government, especially in the disbursement and utilisation of public funds.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that efforts would be intensified to secure all parts of the country within the next two months.

Senator Lawan: Nigerian government working to end insecurity in two months

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that efforts would be intensified to secure all parts of the country within the next two months.
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.

Senator Lawan: National Assembly will approve extra-budgetary funds to fight insecurity

The leadership of the National Assembly on Monday gave an assurance that it will approve extra-budgetary request of the Executive for the security agencies to wage a total war on the rising level of insecurity in the country.

How ICPC is combating corruption in MDAs, stopped diversion of N189 billion personnel cost

In the past few years, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission, as part of its statutory mandate, has been conducting systems study and review of ministries and organisations in the federal public service.

ICPC uncovers budget fraud in federal MDAs

An investigation by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Wednesday said it has uncovered deep-seated corruption bordering on budget manipulation by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
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 Adolphus Aghughu as Auditor General of the Federation

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Adolphus Aghughu as the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF).
The Lagos State Government has hinted of intensive efforts being made to abort the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest as well as a competing #DefendLagos rally.

LCC: Why we denied Lagos panel’s forensic expert access to our systems

The Lekki Concession Company, LCC, has explained why that it barred forensic experts hired by the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry from accessing its systems as some members of the panel had alleged when stating their opposition to the company’s reopening of Lekki tollgate.
The Lagos State Government has hinted of intensive efforts being made to abort the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest as well as a competing #DefendLagos rally.

LCC decries bank debts, fate of over 500 workers

The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has again appealed for the understanding of aggrieved youths who are bent on preventing the company from commencing the evaluation of the extent of the damage done to its assets on the night of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, citing the subsisting bank debts and the fate of its over 500 workers as compelling reasons the process ought to begin now.
Nigerian Disc Jockey, Catherine Udeh aka ‘DJ Switch,’ has kicked against the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS to hand over the Lekki toll plaza to its owner, the Lekki Concession Company LLC

LCC: Why we need to reopen Lekki Tollgate

The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) said the company needs to reopen the Lekki Tollgate to be able to retain its staff and pay pending debts.
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LCC owes local, foreign lenders N11.6 billion, $31.1 million

The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) on Monday said it owes local and foreign lenders N11.6 billion and $31.1 million respectively.
An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Mikhail Tereshchenko - TASS - Getty Images

Airlines groan under new coronavirus safety protocols

Recent safety protocols enforced by many countries across the world, particularly those instituted by both the Nigerian and its United Arab Emirates counterpart by way of flight restrictions, are affecting both nations’ carriers economically.
Clapper has moved to ban accounts spreading QAnon conspiracy theories and vaccine misinformation in the wake of a report last month.

Clapper permanently bans QAnon-related content

Clapper CEO Edison Chen said on Thursday that the company will permanently ban QAnon-related content going forward. As of publication, Chen said Clapper has removed over 400 videos and 20 accounts for spreading QAnon or anti-vax misinformation and has increased its number of content auditors from around a dozen to 20. It will take Clapper up to 10 days to complete a full audit of its over 1 million videos, Chen said.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday reprimanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the continuing maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

House of Reps insists on investigating ‘financial mismanagement’ in NNPC pensions, refineries

The House of Representatives has stated its resolve to investigate alleged financial mismanagement in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and 17 other subsidiary agencies.
House of Representatives has elected to set a limit and timeframe for any person appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on acting capacity.

House of Reps raises concern over five-year unaudited FMBN, TETFUND accounts

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts yesterday expressed dismay over the failure of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to audit their accounts for five years, describing it as worrisome and gross violation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Mr Adolphus Aghughu has emerged the Acting Auditor-General of the Federation, AuGF as the erstwhile auditor-general, Mr Anthony Ayine, retires from service.

President Buhari appoints Adolphus Aghughu as the Auditor-General of the Federation

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Adolphus Aghughu for appointment as the Auditor-General of the Federation pursuant to Section 86(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
As reactions continue to trail appointment of Barrister Effiong Akwa as Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, a group, the Oron Union has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for settling for a man they described as “a leader with capacity and capability to effectively confront the developmental challenges bedeviling the region.”

Group asks President Buhari to halt NDDC’s ‘secret employment’

Due process advocates, the Transparency, Accountability, Equity, and Unity Network have urged President Mohammadu Buhari to cancel the perceived resumption of secret employment in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) against due process.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Niger Delta youths, agitators rebuff MEND’s ultimatum to NDDC, minister

Youths and agitators in Niger-Delta have kicked against the seven-day ultimatum by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger-Delta, MEND, to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godwill Akpabio and Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over the issuance of deployment letter to youths employed by the interventionist agency.

Annkio Briggs urges attitudinal change toward NDDC

Ms Ankio Briggs, an environmental and human rights activist operating in the Niger Delta region has called for attitudinal change toward the running of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
FILE PHOTO - The former president of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) Angelo Caloia is seen during the first hearing of his trial at the Vatican, May 9, 2018. Picture taken May 9, 2018. Osservatore Romano-Handout via REUTERS

Former head of Vatican bank guilty of embezzlement, money laundering

A court on Thursday convicted Angelo Caloia, a former head of the Vatican bank, on charges of embezzlement and money laundering, making him the highest ranking Vatican official to be convicted of a financial crime.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigeria threatens to ban flights from UAE, Netherlands

The task force said the Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies have been mandated to take the necessary reciprocal measures as may be permissible under the laws and other international obligations expected to be discharged against Emirates airlines operating from the UAE and other airlines from The Netherlands.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

Manchester United boss rules out late title push despite derby win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

NIOB, PSN, 28 others seek more roles for Nigerian professionals

Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) as well as 28 other bodies under the umbrella of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) have called for more patronage of indigenous professionals.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB approves $1.3 million grant for female financial inclusion research in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two grants worth $1.3 million for research aimed at increasing women’s access to a range of digital financial services on the continent.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confessed that his boys were tired and not ready to play and paid dearly for the defeat against Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp hopes for respite for struggling Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes a change of competition will give his side a break from their wretched Premier League form that has put their chances of a top-four finish in jeopardy.

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Yoruba group: Ban on Zamfara mining activities a double-edged sword

The Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum yesterday raised the alarm that the ban on mining activities in Zamfara State by the national security council and the declaration of the state a no-fly zone area order are double-edged sword for peace.
Scott Parker declared his “immense” pride after Fulham pulled off a famous win over Liverpool at Anfield to boost their Premier League survival hopes.

Fulham boss ‘immensely proud’ as team boost survival hopes at Liverpool

Scott Parker declared his “immense” pride after Fulham pulled off a famous win over Liverpool at Anfield to boost their Premier League survival hopes.
Kano State business community has urged the Federal Government to resume international flights at the Aminu Kano International Airport in order to ease their business activities.

Lawmakers call for reopening of Aminu Kano airport

Members of the House of Representatives from Kano and Jigawa States have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen the International wing of Malam Aminu Kano Airport.
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Nigerian minister expresses concern over coronavirus vaccines financing, delivery

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has expressed concern over the financing and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for Africa noting that the process has been difficult to navigate.
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UK signs trade partnership agreement with Ghana

The UK has today signed a trade partnership agreement with Ghana that secures tariff-free trade and provides a platform for greater economic and cultural cooperation.