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Democracy Day: Kaduna government reels out successes in education sector

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Sani, said on Monday that the state has recorded unprecedented development in the education sector in the last three years.

CBN: 41 items still banned under Nigeria-China currency swap deal

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said the Nigeria-China currency swap deal would not cover the importation of the 41 items banned in its 2015 circular on items not valid for foreign exchange.

Ex-VP Atiku Abubakar opens Chicken Cottage in Yola

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday commissioned the Yola outlet of Chicken Cottage – an international fast food brand.

208 Schools’ principals set to be retired in Delta

About 208 principals in Delta State-owned secondary schools are billed to retire before the end of the year, thereby creating additional vacancies in the state civil service.

At destroyed Syria lab, workers deny producing toxic weapons

Plastic gloves and face masks lay scattered in the rubble of a Syrian research lab destroyed by Western strikes on Saturday, where an official denied the centre was developing chemical weapons.

RMAFC: Senator’s approved pay is N1.1 million

The National Assembly Service Commission should be held responsible for the running cost of N13.5m paid to each senator on a monthly basis, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission has said.

CSO wants review of legislators’, ministers’ pay

Procurement Observation and Advocacy Initiative, a Civil Society Organisations (CSO), on Tuesday called for review of emolument of lawmakers and ministers, saying it was avoidable drain on the nation’s finances.

Femi Falana: Shehu Sani’s revelation shows Nigerian legislators are highest paid in the world

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says Shehu Sani’s revelation that every senator gets paid a total of N13.8 million monthly proves Nigerian legislators are the highest paid in the world.

Sponsor a resolution to abolish pension laws for ex-governors – SERAP tells Senator Saraki

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to use his political position and influence to sponsor a resolution and prevail on Senators to stop double pay for public office holders.

Minister tasks wood dealers on environmental protection

The Minister of Environment, Malam Ibrahim Jibril, on Friday called on wood and allied dealers to protect the wild flora and fauna in the country, for a sustainable environment.

Lagos issues 24-hour ultimatum to furniture traders on Oshodi-Mile 2 Road

The Lagos State Government has served all furniture traders on road setbacks and walkways from Oshodi to Mile 2 area 24-hour ultimatum to vacate.

January PMI index records slow growth – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday reported that the January 2018 Purchasers Manager Index (PMI) - a survey which measures the productive activities in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors of the country grew to 57.3 pet cent, howbeit sluggishly in comparative terms with previous growth trajectory.

2017: Nigeria Customs seizes contraband worth N200m in Minna

The Niger Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it intercepted 163 contraband worth more than N200 million in 2017.

Senator Bukar begins vocational skills training for 1,000 youths in Katsina state

Senator Mustafah Bukar, APC representing Katsina north, has commenced skills acquisition training for 1,000 unemployed youths drawn from twelve local government areas of his constituency.

Yobe govt to disburse N300m to civil servants as furniture loan

The Head of Service, Yobe State, Alhaji Saleh Abubakar, says civil servants in the state would have reasons to smile in 2018 as government plans to disburse N300million furniture loan soon.

Nigeria Customs intercepts N1.4bn contrabands in 8 months

The Zone B of the Nigeria Customs Service, Kaduna, has intercepted smuggled items valued at over N1.4 billion from January to August, its Controller, Aminu Dahiru, has said.

Fitch affirms Nigeria ‘B+’ rating, negative outlook

Fitch Ratings Thursday affirmed Nigeria’s long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘B+’ with a “negative outlook”.

Nigeria should curb furniture importation – Industrialist

An industrialist, Oyemike Onaham, has urged the Federal Government to curb foreign exchange wastage on furniture importation by empowering indigenous furniture producers.

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