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Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Minister: Nigeria won’t stop borrowing

Notwithstanding Nigeria owing $86.39 billion (N32.9 trillion) to external creditors, the nation will continue to borrow to finance infrastructural development, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, said yesterday.
This was made known by the Director-General, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, Abuja at the unveiling of Hyundai Kona Electric Car, Nigeria’s first locally assembled electric car in Abuja.

NADDC: Nigerian government attracted over $1 billion investment in automobile industry in 2019

This was disclosed by the Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu at the opening of a two-day investigative hearing held at the instance of the Ad-hoc Committee into the financial budgetary approvals and multilateral donation on skills acquisition and related programs of federal government and its agencies, chaired by Hon. Victor Akinjo.
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 people of Iviebua, Iyiakhua and five other communities in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo are to benefit from a 13.5 km rural roads in the area which would bring down the cost of transportation by 30 percent.

Nigerian government plans tolling on 12 highways

In its bid to ensure the regular maintenance of its road network across Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing plans to concession no fewer than 12 federal highways to private entities to manage.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

2020 Budget: Nigerian government records 89% capital release in December 2020

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says as at December 2020, Federal Government recorded 89 per cent release to Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for capital component of the 2020 budget.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Nigerian government orders deployment of sign language interpreters on TV stations

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has directed the National Broadcasting Commission to implement the Broadcasting Code provision that mandates television stations to deploy sign language interpreters on their major news bulletin, for the benefit of persons living with a disability.

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).
Sen. George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs made the call at the formal inaugural ceremony of eight members of the Governing Board of the NNMA on Friday in Abuja.

Nigerian government inaugurates committee on community safety

The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja, inaugurated a 17-man Implementation Committee on Community Safety and Human Security, to strategise ways to reduce crimes and violence in the country.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Coalition salutes Nigeria’s president, minister for approval of national policy on ageing

The Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN) on Friday saluted the leadership qualities of President Muhammadu Buhari and Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs for approving the National Policy on Ageing.
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Nigerian governors agree on ranching system

The 36 state governors have reached a consensus on the need for Nigeria to transition into modern systems of animal husbandry that would replace open, night and underage grazing.
The Director-General, National Information Technology Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has described the African Continent as a centre with great potentials especially in the development and domestication of digital innovation.

NITDA: Proper local content regulation, catalyst for economic transformation

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Kashifu Abdullahi, has said that proper regulation of indigenous content development and adoption is one of the strategic pillars transforming Nigeria’s economy, as well as putting the country on the right tract to achieving Digital Economy.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate probes FCC chairman over ‘abuse of office’

The Senate has ordered a probe into the petition written against the Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Mrs. Muheeba Dankaka, over allegations of abuse of office.
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: We will ensure proper utilisation of coronavirus funds

The Senate on Tuesday pledged to ensure that all funds approved by the National Assembly to tackle COVID-19 pandemic are properly utilised by the federal government.
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.

Inter-tribal conflict: Leaders must unite against criminality – Senate

The Senate has called on all leaders across the country to come together in unison against criminality following the activities of bandits and kidnappers, as well as resist the antics of divisive elements bent on instigating inter-ethnic tensions across the country.
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).

Abia government calls on teachers to return to classroom

Abia State Government has called on members of the state chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to avoid being used by political detractors and return to class immediately.
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SERAP urges NASS to stop President Buhari from selling government properties

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 “urgently review the 2021 appropriation legislation to stop the government of President Muhammadu Buhari from selling public properties to fund the 2021 budget, and to identify areas in the budget to cut such as salaries and allowances for members and the Presidency to make sayings to address the growing level of deficit and borrowing.”
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi governor signs N213.9 billion 2021 budget into law

In his address shortly after signing the budget, Mohammed commended the House of Assembly for working in synergy with the Executive Council to get the budget approved within a short time.
The Kogi State House of Assembly has passed a bill changing the name of the state owned university to Prince Abubakar Audu University, Ayingba.

Kogi Assembly passes 2021 budget estimate of N130.54 billion into law

The Kogi House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the N130.54 billion Appropriation Bill tagged “Budget of Accelerated Recovery” into law.
Enugu State House of Assembly

Enugu Assembly passes 2021 Appropriation Bill of N169.8 billion

Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the state’s 2021 appropriation bill of N169.8 billion.
Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the announcement in Abuja at a world press conference, explained that in arriving at the amnesty various issues were looked at and several options considered.

Interior ministry records 45,751, 38,051 business, citizenship applications in two years

The Ministry of Interior has disclosed that it has recorded total business applications of 45,751 as well as 38,051 citizenship applications from September 2018 to October 2020, adding that it has led to improvement in income generation for the government.

Akwa Ibom Assembly passes N456.25 billion Appropriation Bill

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Tuesday passed into Law the state appropriation bill of N456.25billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

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Twitter opens its audio chat room Spaces to Android users

Twitter introduced a limited version of the Clubhouse competitor on iOS in January. While any users of Twitter’s iOS app can join and listen to Spaces, only a few can host them at the moment.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, brokered a truce between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed in Port Harcourt.

Bauchi, Benue governors reconcile in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, brokered a truce between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed in Port Harcourt.
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Barcelona, Atletico Madrid ordered to further tighten belts by La Liga

FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have to cut down the costs of their squads by more than 35 million euros ($42.14 million) following new salary limits imposed by La Liga on Tuesday to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Isu said the agency had earlier distributed food items meant for the 2019 flood victims, which was initially kept at its warehouse, following the approval of Gov. Douye Diri two weeks ago.

Bayelsa governor: 2.5% revenue for host communities ‘unacceptable’ to Niger Delta

Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Tuesday proposed that 10 per cent of derived oil revenue be provided in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the host communities.
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Police nab five ‘armed robbers’, recover fire arms in Nasarawa

Police in Nasarawa state Tuesday announced the arrest of two suspected notorious armed robbers who have been terrorising Nasarawa and its environs and recovered fire arms from them.

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Championship club ‘set to take legal action’ against Leicester City

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YabaTech fixes dates for Post UTME

The Yaba College of Technology (Yaba Tech) says arrangements have been concluded for the conduct of its Post United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
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Manchester City equal Manchester United’s Champions League record in win vs Monchengladbach

Manchester City equalled the Champions League record of rivals Manchester United, following their 2-0 win at Monchengladbach in Wednesday’s first-leg tie in Germany.

Governor Ikpeazu: Senator Adeyemi a mad man

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, on Monday described Senator Smart Adeyemi as a mad man.
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DHQ warns against obstructing vehicles conveying food from north to south

The defence headquarters has warned individuals who obstruct the movement of goods from one part of the country to the other to desist from such acts or face the wrath of the law.