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North West group backs call for restructuring, others

The Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), North West Zone, at the weekend joined calls for the restructuring of the country.

General Abdulsalami: Six million weapons in circulation in Nigeria

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), yesterday, declared that an estimated six million illegal weapons are in circulation in the country.

NCDMB committed to Nigeria’s oil, gas industrialisation – official

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has restated its resolve to serve as a catalyst for the industrialisation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry and its linkage sectors.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

APC’s litmus tests

All party members and leaders should prioritise ensuring that the Caretaker Committee is able to complete the task of organising a National Convention where new leaders of the party will be elected. The first test therefore is whether the challenges leading to the dissolution of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC are being resolved by the Caretaker Committee. To what extent, are the resolution of challenges facing the party conforming to both democratic principles and progressive ideals?
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

VP Osinbajo seeks new tribe of Nigerians to promote unity

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has cautioned those calling for the break-up of Nigeria to have a rethink, saying that now is an opportunity to increase the number of new tribe of men and women of all faith and ethnicities committed to a country run on high values of integrity, hard work, justice and love of country.
Parliament’s Speaker Sidie Tunis disclosed this on Saturday while delivering his closing address at the delocalised meeting of a joint committee of Parliament.

ECOWAS parliament speaker pleads for prompt payment of community levy

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mohamed Tunis, has pleaded for prompt payment of Community Levy by Member States to finance projects across the sub-region.
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Abdullahi, has said that emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are going to power the fourth industrial revolution.

NITDA partners NEPC to promote export driven digital economy

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has partnered with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to help aid export driven digital economy by leveraging technology.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

AU confers governace awards on Sokoto governor

The African Union Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the African Union (AU) on Thursday conferred on Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto two awards in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities, futuristic perspectives and championing of women/girls rights.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday explained why its Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, could not personally appear before a National Assembly (NASS) Joint Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigerian women can lead

In the year 2008, I co-edited a book, African Women Can Lead, published by Kachifo Limited under its prestige imprint. The book is a collection of essays and presentations made for three editions of the Development and Leadership Institute (DLI)’s “Women in Politics and Leadership” programme. We chose the book’s title after a rigorous debate by the advisory board of the programme.

VON chief: Livestock commission’ll end herders, farmers’ crisis

The Director General, Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, has advised the Federal Government to listen to people calling for the creation of a national livestock commission.
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Mallam Kasifu Inuwa Abdullahi, says with the introduction of electric vehicles in the country, the nation is definitely advancing towards a vibrant economy.

NITDA chief: Introduction of electric vehicles will reinvigorate the economy

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) Mallam Kasifu Inuwa Abdullahi, says with the introduction of electric vehicles in the country, the nation is definitely advancing towards a vibrant economy.
Ehingbeti, the Lagos Economic Summit scheduled to hold from next Tuesday to Thursday, is living-up to its repute as Africa’s most practical and result-oriented private sector-led forum for socio-economic and infrastructural development.

President Buhari, Mo Ibrahim, others to speak at Ehingbeti summit

Ehingbeti, the Lagos Economic Summit scheduled to hold from next Tuesday to Thursday, is living-up to its repute as Africa’s most practical and result-oriented private sector-led forum for socio-economic and infrastructural development, with the quality of speakers confirmed to discuss at the virtual summit.
The newly-elected President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has listed security and education as well as guaranteeing a robust economic growth for the Igbo people as some of the immediate priorities of the socio-cultural organisation.

Ohanaeze: No Fulani, Northerner has been given quit notice in Igboland

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has denied that Fulani or any Northerner for that matter in the South East was issued any quit notice orders to leave the region.

Nigeria, UN dialogue on inclusive, sustainable food systems

In preparation for a United Nations Food Systems Summit to be convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in September 2021, the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the United Nations systems in Nigeria has announced plans to organize series of dialogues across the country towards ensuring resilient, inclusive and sustainable food systems in Nigeria by 2030.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the declaration on Thursday while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to assist and monitor the elections in Lagos State.

Lagos CP cautions traditionalists against fortifying cultists

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has warned traditionalists in the Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state to stop fortifying cultists and criminals in the area.
The new Interim Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (Rtd), has resumed duty at the Amnesty office, Abuja.

NIMASA, Amnesty Office partner to curb maritime crimes

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has declared its intention to work in partnership with the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the fight against piracy and other crimes in the country’s maritime domain.

CAN, Kukah Centre rap MURIC over call for Bishop Kukah’s ouster from peace committee

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Kukah Centre, on Tuesday, faulted the call for the sacking of Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Catholic diocese as the Secretary of the National Peace Committee.
Fredrick Nwabufo

Social media could end marriage as we know it

Chioma is having troubles with her mother-in-law. I know because she made it headline news on her social media page. She does not share her concerns with the other party in the nuptial contract or with a trained counsellor, but with aliens on social media who are sweating on the treadmill of their own problems and who have no understanding of the situational context.

Senator Anyim: South-East has least voters’ turnout during elections

Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, has said the South-East geopolitical zone is the region with the least voters’ turnout during elections, which he said must change for the region to produce a President in 2023.
Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed

Nigerian government discloses $2.5 billion loan from China to complete AKK gas pipeline project

The Federal Government, Tuesday, disclosed $2.5 billion loan from China to complete Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK, gas pipeline project by 2023.
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the assessment in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

ASUU: Why we have not suspended strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday gave conditions that must be satisfied before calling off its nine months old strike.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma Chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to intervene and settle the crisis of non-payment of staff salaries in the institution.

Strike: What we agreed with Nigerian government – ASUU chief

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Wednesday gave conditions that must be satisfied before calling off its nine months old strike.

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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.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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NSCDC destroys fake products worth N8 million in Kano

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) command in Kano State has destroyed fake electric cables and counterfeit products worth N8 million.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Ogun doctor, nurse released as gunmen abduct another health worker

The doctor and the nurse abducted last week Wednesday by gunmen on the Abeokuta-Imeko Road have been released on Monday night.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest trader over stolen church drum

The police have arrested and arraigned a trader, Abba Shekarau, in an Upper Area Court, Mpape, Abuja, over a stolen church drum.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari writes Jordan’s king over resolution of royal rift

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a letter of good wishes and solidarity to King Abdullah ll Bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, following the resolution of a recent rift in the royal family.
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 asks Nigerian government to end Ebonyi killings

The Senate has asked the federal government and the Ebonyi State Government to put appropriate measures in place to forestall further attacks in the state.