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Senate wants State House Clinic upgraded

Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, Sen. Danjuma La’ah, made the call when the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend the 2021 budget.
Jaiz Bank Plc, on Sunday, said it has promoted 216 staff while193 staff got step-wise notch increment as part of its tradition of rewarding and motivating employees for higher productivity.

Jaiz Bank: Why Shaheed Khan cannot be MD now

Managing Director of the bank, Mallam Hassan Usman, told journalists on Sunday in Abuja that Khan had only a three year conditional offer, which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) did not agree to.
Apparently to thank him for the peaceful outcome of the just concluded Edo state Governorship Election, newly re-elected governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, Friday paid an appreciation visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

FEC approves N2.9 billion for printing of exam materials

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N2.9 billion contracts for the printing of sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCTA to decentralise emergency outbreak response in 6 area councils

The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it will decentralise emergency outbreak response through advocacy in the six area councils of Abuja.

Coronavirus stalls works on Ajaokuta Steel complex – official

Restrictions of air travels as a result of the outbreak of novel coronavirus pandemic, stalled the take off the proposed resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex, it’s Sole Administrator, Engineer Sumaila Aka’aba, has disclosed.
“The National Security Council discussed this matter and reached a conclusion that the deployment of Aegis Ashore in Akita and Yamaguchi is to be rescinded,” Defence Minister Taro Kono told a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Japan to scrap US missile defense system

Japan has scrapped the deployment of a multibillion-dollar US anti-missile system, the government confirmed Thursday, days after saying the programme had been suspended.

Minister receives compliance report for concession of four airports, seeks FEC approval

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirka, has received the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the concession of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano International airports.

Lagos issues guidelines to ease registration, payment by contractors

In a bid to ensure the ease of doing business, particularly during the lockdown ordered by the Federal and the Lagos State Governments to curb further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA) has issued new guidelines for registration, renewal and upgrade of registration of contractors, suppliers and consultants with the agency.
A civil society organisation, the Open Justice Initiative, OJI, has petitioned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, asking him to investigate the leadership tussle in the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON.

Nigerian government inaugurates Ajaokuta presidential project implementation team

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Ajaokuta Presidential Project Inauguration Team (APPIT) to help revamp the company in line with the recent agreement reached with Russia to resuscitate the steel company.
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. 7

Speaker Gbajabiamila: Chinese doctors must be quaratined

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday insisted the Chinese doctors coming to help in the fight against COVID-19 must first be quarantined for 14 days and comply with all relevant laws in the country.
An FCT High Court, Jabi on Monday fixed Feb. 25 to hear a suit challenging the qualification of Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker, House of Representatives, to contest for election.

Flight diversion to Ghana, other countries embarrassing – lawmakers

The House of Representatives has described the inability of planes to land at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, leading to flights diversion to neighbouring countries as embarrassing.

Nigeria to support agro-industrial processing zones, creates more jobs – minister

The Minister State for Agriculture, Mr Mustapha Shehuri, says Federal Government will support and promote Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs) and creation of more job opportunities in the sector.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has promised a better preparation ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

Federal government set to make sports more rewarding – minister

The minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, has said the Federal Government is already working on a new business model that would explore the business angle of sports to make it more-rewarding.
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar is the current Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Airforce

Nigerian Airforce trains 4,500 special forces in four years – Naf chief

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Regiment Training centre has trained no fewer than 4,500 Special Forces for VIP protection, assets protection and advanced regiment courses in the last four years.

Niger government spends N252 million on state hospital’s new neonatal wing

The Niger Government said it had spent about N254 million to construct and equip the maternal and new neonatal wing of the General Hospital in Minna.

55 Nigerians stole N1.3 trillion in seven years – Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State have decried endemic corruption in the country.

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President Muhammadu Buhari-led government as part of its commitment to link the entire country by rail, Monday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line

President Buhari mourns General Abacha’s younger sister

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President noted that the deceased devoted her time on earth to care for the less-privileged and godly upbringing of her children.
Former Nigeria Ambassador to United States, Professor George Obiozor,

IPOB: We’ll not recognise George Obiozor as Ohanaeze President

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has vowed not to recognise the newly elected President of Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze, Prof George Obiozor.
Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has announced the reopening of the State Secretariat, Alausa as well as other government establishments.

Coronavirus: Lagos extends resumption date for public servants

According to the ministry’s spokesperson, Ben Goong, the decision was made “after extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols.”
Governor Douye Diri has expressed worry over the development, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

Bayelsa governor pledges timely completion of Igbogene-AIT road project

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has assured of the timely completion of Igbogene-AIT Outer Ring Road to boost economic activities in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Senate of the Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), has approved Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 as the resumption date for the continuation of its 2019-2020 Academic session.

Official: Maitama Sule university to resume lectures January 18

The Senate of the Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), has approved Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 as the resumption date for the continuation of its 2019/2020 Academic session.