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The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 2

Senate demands review of Power Sector Reform Act

According to the upper chamber, a new and more dynamic Electricity Act would among others, “consolidate the roles of regulators and policy makers; bridge existing gaps in the legal and regulatory framework; and cater to post-privatization operational issues in Nigeria’s power sector.
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

The cesspool of corruption called NDDC

Not a few Nigerians are amused at the theatre of the absurd playing out at the Niger Delta Development Commission. The whole circus show climaxed last Monday when three dramas took place during the House of Representatives Probe Panel of the 20-year-old interventionist agency.
The Director General of the International Labour Organization, ILO, Mr. Guy Ryder has commended Nigeria for the labour friendly disposition of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

2020: We’ll create new opportunities in agriculture, other sectors – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will create new opportunities in agriculture, manufacturing and other long-neglected sectors to address the challenges of poverty among Nigerians in 2020.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), has announced the demise of a former member of the house, Rep. Tony Okey. 6

House of Reps moves to separate attorney-general from minister of justice

The House of Representatives is seeking to separate the office of the Attorney General of the Federation from that of the Minister of Justice, saying the separation will remove political interference in the operations of the Attorney General.

NDDC suspends payment of N1 billion monthly ‘agent fee’ to consultant

The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Gbene Joi Nunieh, says the Commission has suspended the monthly payment of N1 billion to a consultant that collects money from International Oil Companies, IOCs, on its behalf.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied the allegation that he bribed the Chairman and members of the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Akwa Ibom State.

APC chapter demands Senator Akpabio’s removal as minister

The Delta State chapter of the All Progressive Congress has demanded the removal of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
Magnus Abe

Senator Abe: Any day you go to NDDC, there’s physical fight

The immediate-past Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Magnus Ngei Abe has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the order of forensic audit into the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since its inception, adding that the commission has turned to a battleground.
kayode fayemi ekiti

Ekiti governor advocates multi-level security system

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has stressed the need for the country to adopt multi-level approach in tackling security challenges, urging the government to develop enduring national security policies.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his goodwill message to the Esogban by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, joined members of Edebiri family, friends and well-wishes in celebrating an important and respected son of Bini Kingdom’s rich culture and heritage.

SERAP urges President Buhari to implement report on financial autonomy for judiciary

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to use his good offices and leadership position to “urgently publish and fully implement the recommendations of the report on financial autonomy of state legislature and judiciary submitted to you in June 2019.”

New minister urged to save National Youth Council

President of National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Mr. Bello Bala Shagari, has expressed confidence that the new Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, would save the NYCN from what he described as political interference.

Experts: Inconsistent policies stifle economic development

The Executive Director, GoGreen Africa Initiative, Mr Adeniyi Bunmi, at the weekend, blamed inconsistent government policies for the nation’s weak economic development.
President Buhari at the event

Former presidential candidate slams President Buhari over directive on food importation

Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his directive to the bank to halt foreign exchange for food importation.
US rapper A$AP Rocky will spend another week in custody in Sweden as police continue to investigate an alleged fight in Stockholm.

Sweden rebuffs Donald Trump over ASAP Rocky’s charges, says courts independent

Sweden on Friday dismissed an angry outburst from U.S. President, Donald Trump, after prosecutors charged U.S. rapper, A$AP Rocky, with assault.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame (left) and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, during a meeting at State House Entebbe on March 25, 2018. (courtesy of CGTN)

Presidents Kagame, Museveni commit to talks

The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda on Friday pledged at a summit in Angola to seek to resolve tensions that have erupted between their two countries in recent months.
The United Auto Workers union has suffered a fresh defeat at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, with workers narrowly voting down a move to organize the factory for a second time.

US auto workers at VW plant reject bid to unionize

The United Auto Workers union has suffered a fresh defeat at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, with workers narrowly voting down a move to organize the factory for a second time.

INEC: There were attempts to sabotage our efforts

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says there were attempts to sabotage the commission during preparations for the elections.

The public servant as a transformational leader

These well tested frameworks can be applied to the Nigerian condition but it is important to address our minds to the more important question of why change oriented policies in Nigeria witness perpetual transition and arrested development.

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Governor Osagie: We do not stuff dollars in babaringa in Edo

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Kaduna attacks: Senator Shehu Sani urges concerted efforts by government, security agencies

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Ebonyi governor urges President Buhari to increase Nigerian Army funds

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Friday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to increase funding and logistics to the Nigeria Army, rather than contemplating sacking the Service Chiefs.
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Canadian sentenced to death on drug charges in China

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Many feared dead as Indian plane crashes

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