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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.

NUP: Nigerian government loses N1 billion to ghost pensioners monthly

Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), University of Benin branch, has disclosed that the Federal government lost N1 billion monthly to ghost pensioners monthly.
Zimbabwean doctors have filed a lawsuit aimed at compelling the government to beef up coronavirus protection for public hospitals and healthcare workers.

MDCAN: Insecurity, poor remuneration bane of mass emigration of doctors

The Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has raised the alarm over the very high rate of emigration of Nigeria’s highly trained doctors and other health workers to greener pastures, describing it as a national emergency that should worry a nation that is battling with COVID-19 pandemic.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate: Service wide vote biggest fraud in Nigeria

The Senate on Thursday described the service wide vote in the federal budget domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Finance as the biggest fraud to have happened to Nigeria.
Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Adedayo Toba Apata, SAN, (Dayo Apata).

Official: Nigerian government to establish central database for forfeited assets

The Federal Government’s inter-ministerial committee on assets disposal said Tuesday that it would create a central database of assets for finally forfeited assets.
Abdullahi Ganduje

Kano government challenges court jurisdiction on suit against N300 billion loan

The Kano State Government and the state House of Assembly are challenging the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Kano to hear a case filed against the proposed N300 billion loan from China Exim Bank.

Nigerian government set to pay last batch of Nigeria Airways ex-workers

The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, (PICA) of the Federal Ministry of Finance, in conjunction with the Ministry of Aviation, in Kano, has commenced the verification of ex-workers of Nigeria Airways Limited (in Liquidation).

Customs generates N1.562 trillion, exceeds target for 2020

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it generated N1.562 trillion in the year 2020 which exceeded the target of N1.381tr by at least N181 billion.

Freight forwarders seek special loan scheme for expansion

Nwabunike said the association was looking forward to interfacing stronger with the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Industry (BoI) on the need for a special loan scheme to help logistics firms in expanding and maintaining fleet of heavy duty and lighter vehicles required beyond coverage of train services.
Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo secures cement manufacturers pledge to offer discount for housing scheme

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has secured the pledge from cement manufacturers in the country to offer discount on the commodity for the Federal Government’s Social Housing Scheme.
The meeting was chaired by Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed.

Federal, states, local governments share N601.11 billion for November

The figure was released Wednesday night by the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), after its December meeting held at the Federal Ministry of Finance headquarters, Abuja.

Nigeria needs modern audit law to tackle corruption – CSOs

The present use of 1956 Audit Ordinance by Nigeria has been identified as the major reason for the widespread corruption in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday disagreed with Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, when he called on the House of Reps to amend the Quarantine Act.

Senate summons Minister, SGF, NCDC, NAFDAC chiefs over coronavirus vaccine

The Senate on Thursday summoned the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-l9, Boss Mustapha, to brief its Committees on Health and Primary Healthcare on modalities the Federal Government would adopt to procure and administer COVID-19 vaccines on Nigerians.
Governor Willie Obiano

Anambra denies receiving N25 billion bond from DMO

Anambra State government has denied receiving N25 billion bond from the Debt Management Office, DMO, describing as bizarre a statement credited to the Senator representing Anambra South, Senator Ifeanyi that the state government secretly raised the bond without the knowledge of the national assembly.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Plateau government denies taking $359 million loan from AfDB

Plateau State government has denied the allegation of taking $350m African Development Bank, AfDB loan saying such allegation is frivolous as the government only took $11.2 million of which, 70% of the amount is being committed to infrastructure, 20% to capacity building and 10% for project management.
Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)

Federal, states, local governments share N682.060 billion for August

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee has shared a total of N682.060 billion August 2020 Federation Account revenue to the Federal, States and Local Government Councils and agencies.
Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Rivers government signs contracts for 330,000-cubic-metre water project

The Rivers State Government has signed contracts for the rehabilitation and upgrading of water supply for Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas respectively.

Nigerian government to pay June hazard allowance of medical workers from August 10

The Federal Government has assured medical workers handling COVID-19 pandemic cases across the country of payment of their June hazard allowance from August 10.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC to sue Mexican oil firm over ‘stolen 48 million barrels of crude’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is taking legal action against a Mexican international oil firm which it accused of being a crime syndicate, SAMANO SA DE CV, and its officials over attempts to swindle the Nigerian government of over $125 million.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Central bank re-assigns two pre-shipment inspection agents for non-oil export

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, yesterday, re-assigned two companies as Pre-Shipment Inspection Agents (PIA) for non-oil exports in the northern and south-western parts of the country.
Senator representing Kaduna Central zone, Malam Uba Sani, has flagged-off distribution of palliatives to two million households in the seven local government areas that makeup his constituency.

Senator Sani: New banking, financial bill long overdue

Senator Uba Sani representing Kaduna Central, in the upper chamber, stated that he is elated by the passage of his Bill for an Act to Repeal the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2004.

NHRC begs workers not to embark on strike

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has advised its staff union not to embark on a planned industrial action.

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Cameroon police arrest ‘suspected homosexuals’ at AIDS centre

Police in Cameroon have arrested nine people on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV/AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer said on Thursday.
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Ukraine names ex-finance minister as ambassador to U.S., to upgrade ties post-Trump

Ukraine named a former finance minister as ambassador to the United States on Thursday, a sign of its push to upgrade ties with Washington under President Joe Biden after it was sucked into an awkward role in Donald Trump’s first impeachment.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday offered automatic employment to 110 ex-corps members in the Federal Civil Service and scholarships for the pursuit of post-graduate studies up to doctoral level in any university in Nigeria.

President Buhari rules out amnesty for bandits, terrorists

Buhari stated this on Thursday while declaring open a joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the federal government in Kaduna State.
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Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying that the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.
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The White House has not made a final decision on participation in the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, as Republican lawmakers call for the United States to boycott the Games in 2022.

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Manchester United staff to self-isolate but match against Newcastle will be played

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Gunfire erupts in Mogadishu as Somali government forces seal off streets

Gunfire and rockets exploded on Friday in Mogadishu as Somali government forces clashed with protesters angered by delayed elections, hours after fighters loyal to the government and to the political opposition exchanged gunfire.

Marcos Alonso craves for new Chelsea deal

The Spanish left-back’s camp had been working on a move away from the Blues after he was frozen out by ex-Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard.
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Senegal begins coronavirus vaccine rollout

Senegal began its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Tuesday with 200 000 doses that it purchased from China's Sinopharm, which it received last week.
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Police nab two for ‘theft’ of telecom inverter batteries

The Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested two suspects for allegedly vandalising and stealing mast inverter batteries belonging to a telecommunications company.