Tuesday, November 24

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Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax
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Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax

In order to reduce the impact of inflation on Nigerians, the Buhari administration, is, through the 2020 Finance Bill, proposing the exemption of minimum wage earners from Personal Income Tax. This is even as the President Muhammadu Buhari administration tried to justify the reduction of import duties on cars, saying the government will buy locally assembled vehicles. Buhari made these disclosures in his speech delivered virtually by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed: "Building Partnerships for Resilience". And when coupled with other items in the proposed Finance Bill, and various economic policies of the Federal Government, these incentives would ensure the resilience of the Nigerian ec...
Petrol, Electricity Tariff Hike: FG Not Prepared For Honest Dialogue ― Labour
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Petrol, Electricity Tariff Hike: FG Not Prepared For Honest Dialogue ― Labour

The Organized Labour accused the Federal Government of not being prepared for a sincere and honest dialogue in finding a lasting solution to the petroleum price increase and electricity tariffs. The organised labour also accused the government of violating the understanding reached by the two parties before the planned September strike was suspended, adding that it was one of the reasons that they staged a walk-out at their meeting on Sunday night. They also said that they will not attend any meeting organised by the government until the recent increase in petroleum pump price was reversed. Recall that at the resumed meeting between the Federal Government and the organized labour at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday night, the labour leaders stormed out...
ASUU Strike – FG Will Continue To Pay ASUU Through IPPIS, UTAS Doesn’t Have Hardware Backing – Ngige
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ASUU Strike – FG Will Continue To Pay ASUU Through IPPIS, UTAS Doesn’t Have Hardware Backing – Ngige

THE Federal Government has said that for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, to be used as an alternative platform to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, there must be a hardware backing the system. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, had opposed the introduction of IPPIS as the payment platform, claiming that it did not take care of their peculiarities and had came up with UTAS. But the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has said that even if the UTAS passed the integrity test, it required the hardware to protect it against hacking and other challenges that could affect its efficiency. Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari a...
FG May Increase VAT Rate By 2.5% In 2021
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FG May Increase VAT Rate By 2.5% In 2021

Federal Government on Tuesday disclosed that it has spent N7.09 trillion as at the end of the third quarter of 2020 fiscal year, just as it unveiled plans to introduce additional 2.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) rate in 2021 fiscal year as part of efforts aimed at increasing revenue generation. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed disclosed this while presenting the overview of the 2020 fiscal outcomes and budget implementation/2021 budget defence to the House Committee on Finance, chaired by Hon. James Faleke. According to documents presented to the Committee, as at the end of Q3 2020, Federal Government’s revenue available for budget funding (excluding GOEs) was N2.83 trillion, 70% of target. Federal Government share of oil revenues was N1.203 trillion (...
Payment Platform Crisis: FG May Drop IPPIS For ASUU, Others As Opposition Grows
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Payment Platform Crisis: FG May Drop IPPIS For ASUU, Others As Opposition Grows

There were indications on Sunday that the Federal Government might adopt any payment platform developed in universities as an alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. The spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, who gave this indication in an interview with The PUNCH, however, gave conditions for adopting any payment platform apart from the IPPIS. According to him, the platform must be capable of eliminating ghost workers’ syndrome and other forms of corruption in payment of salaries. Akpan stated this as opposition to the IPPIS grew on Sunday when unions including the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union and the Petroleum and Natural Ga...
Only First Class & 2:1 Graduates Will Be Employed As Teachers – FG
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Only First Class & 2:1 Graduates Will Be Employed As Teachers – FG

THE federal government said Saturday that only professional teachers with First Class certificates will be employed beginning from next year, 2021. The government which said it would also consider people with 2.1 qualifications, explained that the measure was part of its renewed efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigerian schools. Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echonu made this known during a monitoring exercise of the Professional Qualifying Examination,PQE, organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria,TRCN. No fewer than 17, 602 teachers from across 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are expected to participate in the examinations. Addressing newsmen, Echono who stressed that the decision...
FG Cuts N2 From New Pump Price, Petrol To Sell At N170.17
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FG Cuts N2 From New Pump Price, Petrol To Sell At N170.17

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has cut N2 from N155.17 ex-depot price of petrol earlier announced on Friday. With this new price, a litre of petrol will now sell at between N166.17 and N170.17 across the country. The state oil company announced the reduction in a statement on Friday night. “NNPC is aware of a document widely circulating in the media purporting an increase in the PPMC Ex-Coastal Price and Ex-Depot Price (with collection) to N130 and N155.17 respectively and wishes to clarify that although there was a slight increase in the price based on the prevailing realities of market forces of demand and supply, the correct prices, as can be seen on PPMC’s “Customer Express” platform (online portal for procurement of petroleum products) are: Ex-Coastal ...
COVID-19: FG To Get $750m Loan From World Bank For States — Zainab Ahmed
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COVID-19: FG To Get $750m Loan From World Bank For States — Zainab Ahmed

The federal government is currently processing a $750 million loan from the World Bank for state governments to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among the populace. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this at the inauguration of the committee on Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery for Economic Stimulus (N-CARES), in Abuja, yesterday. She said that the administration was determined to assuage the impacts of the COVID-19 on low-income earners who form the bulk of the Nigerian population. Her words, “The diverse and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world with significant consequences on informal businesses, and households that survive on daily income and the peasant farmers who depend on their farm produce to surviv...
Mr Education?: BBNaija’s Prince Asks Bashir Ahmad Why ASUU Strike Is Still Ongoing
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Mr Education?: BBNaija’s Prince Asks Bashir Ahmad Why ASUU Strike Is Still Ongoing

Following the impasse between the FG & ASUU on the ongoing Nationwide strike that is about 8 months old; Nigerians have brought up an old tweet from President Buhari's PA on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, posted on June 20 2019. Bookmark this tweet. This second tenure of President @MBuhari is going to be education, education and education. Schools will be upgraded. Our basic education system will be improved. Education will be priority. Number of out-of-school will be drastically reduced. Ex-BBN Season 5 Housemate, Prince Enwerem did react to the tweet. This is the 9month since ASUU has been on strike and nothing seems to be done about it. Why is this so Mr education? @BashirAhmaad
FG Owes 3,504 Contractors N69.9bn – Fashola Tells National Assembly
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FG Owes 3,504 Contractors N69.9bn – Fashola Tells National Assembly

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said on Thursday that his ministry owed 3,504 contractors handlings its various housing projects, about N69.9bn. Fashola stated this when he appeared before the joint National Assembly Committee on Housing, to defend his ministry’s 2021 budget estimates. He, therefore, said the N76.4bn allocated to the ministry in 2021 would be grossly inadequate to execute 186 projects across the country.
ASSU VS FG: NANS To Protest Nationwide, To Take Court Action
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ASSU VS FG: NANS To Protest Nationwide, To Take Court Action

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has resolved to organise a nationwide mass protest to press home its demand for the immediate reopening of all universities across the country. This is part of resolutions reached in a communique issued on Wednesday in Enugu after NANS Students’ Leaders Emergency Virtual Meeting held on Nov. 9. The communiqué said that the continued strike was an organized crime against students’ career and educational pursuits. It said that NANS with no hesitation declares 14-day Ultimatum for both parties (ASUU and FG) to resolve their impasse for campuses to re-open or risk Mass Protest. According to the statement, the #EndASUUStrike protest will have an economic shut down as the major target. The statement reads in part: That NANS ...
FG Seeks Support Of South-East Leaders On Social Media Regulation
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FG Seeks Support Of South-East Leaders On Social Media Regulation

The Federal Government on Saturday solicited the support of South-East governors and leaders in the zone on social media regulation to check fake news and misinformation of Nigerians. The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, made the appeal while speaking at a presidential delegation interaction with South-East governors and other leaders of the zone in Enugu. Mohammed said that the #EndSARS protest and agitation that turned violent and destructive in the country were brought about by fake news emanating from the negative use of the social media. According to him, the purported massacre leading to the EndSARS protest only happened in the social media. He said some Nigerians were misled by fake news on social media which turned out as hatred for the police a...
FG Will Support Developmental Initiatives Of States – Fashola
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FG Will Support Developmental Initiatives Of States – Fashola

The Federal Government has restated its resolve to continually support the developmental initiatives of state governments. Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation. The minister also pointed out that the Federal Government was not discriminatory along party lines when making refunds to states on Federal projects executed or repaired by them The minister said that the N78 billion refunds owed to Rivers State for work done on federal roads was still outstanding because the process for payment must go through the...
N392bn Debt: FG To Focus On Priority Projects, Says Fashola
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N392bn Debt: FG To Focus On Priority Projects, Says Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has disclosed that due to the burden of unpaid certificates totaling over N392 billion, the federal government would carefully select projects to execute in the 2021 budget, instead of starting new ones. A statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Boade Akinola, noted that Fashola stated this during the 2021 budget defence of his ministry before the House of Representatives Committee on Works, and reiterated that the budget would focus on road projects, especially those on routes A1-A9. Fashola explained to the committee that the disparity between the liabilities in unpaid certificates and the budgetary provisions over the years had compelled the ministry to prioritise its capital propos...
FG To Obtain $124.2 Million Loans For Water Projects
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FG To Obtain $124.2 Million Loans For Water Projects

The Federal Executive Council has given approval for the collection of $104.2m and $20m loans from two international financial institutions for the development of water projects in Nigeria. According to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, the loans would come from the African Development Bank and the African Growing Together Fund. Spokesperson for the ministry, Kenechukwu Offie, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, said the loans would be deployed to the projects to ensure sustainable water supply. She said, “The Federal Executive Council at its meeting of November 4, 2020, approved to obtain loans of $104.2m from African Development Bank and $20m from African Growing Together Fund to finance Nigerian Urban Water Reform and Akure Water and Sanita...
Education

Strike: FG, ASUU Meeting Ends In Deadlock Again

THE meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the poor funding of Universities and the controversy surrounding the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, payment platform, yesterday ended without any resolution. This is as the Federal Government at the meeting which held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja, said it cannot afford the N110 billion demanded by the ASUU for funding of revitalisation of universities. Speaking at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told journalists that the government cannot meet the demand of ASUU of revitalisation because of the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Senator Ngige disclo...
FG Clamps Down On #EndSARS Promoters, Freezes Accounts
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FG Clamps Down On #EndSARS Promoters, Freezes Accounts

There were strong indications on Tuesday that the Federal Government had begun a clampdown on promoters of #EndSARS protests by freezing their bank accounts. Some #EndSARS promoters, who spoke separately to The PUNCH, said their banks informed them that the Central Bank of Nigeria had directed that their accounts should be frozen. Last months, youths calling for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police protested for two weeks in major cities of the country. On Tuesday, some promoters of the protests said their accounts had been frozen for the past two weeks. The CBN, according to multiple complaints received by The PUNCH, reportedly instructed banks to place a ‘Post No Debit’ restriction on the accounts. The banks, it was learnt, were able to ...
FG Seeks Fresh $1.2 Billion Loan From Brazil
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FG Seeks Fresh $1.2 Billion Loan From Brazil

The Federal Government is seeking a $ 1 .2 bn external borrowing from China to finance agricultural programmes in the 2021 budget . A request for approval has also been transmitted to the National Assembly . The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on Tuesday to defend the budget proposed by her ministry , made this known . Ahmed disclosed that the Federal Government sent a request to the National Assembly to approve the loan from the Brazilian government to address issues in the agriculture value chain as Nigeria . Ahmed also said the Federal Government would acquire 100, 000 hectares of land in each state for food production, adding that link roads would be built in suc...
EndSARS: FG Denies Generating ‘No-Fly’ List
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EndSARS: FG Denies Generating ‘No-Fly’ List

The Federal Government has denied generating a ‘no-fly’ list of youths and persons who participated in the recent #EndSARS protests against police brutality. The Federal Ministry of Interior made this known in a tweet on Tuesday in reaction to a media report by an online publication (not The PUNCH). The publication alleged that the Nigerian authorities have started collating a no-fly list of Nigerians that energised the #EndSARS protest last month. Reacting, @MinOfInteriorNG wrote, “The Ministry of Interior did not, has not and will not generate any no-fly list. Ignore fake news, please!” The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Nigeria Immigration Service on Monday prevented a promoter of the #EndSARS movement, Modupe Odele, from travelling. Although the officers did not...
Why FG Didn’t Shut Down Social Media During EndSARS Protests – Sunday Dare
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Why FG Didn’t Shut Down Social Media During EndSARS Protests – Sunday Dare

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said the Federal Government had the option of shutting down the social media space during the #EndSARS protests but chose not to tread the path. Dare, who spoke on Monday while featuring on Channels Television’s programme Sunrise Daily, said the government did that to allow freedom of expression. He said other countries had taken certain measures to exercise some level of restraint over the cyberspace but Nigeria has not done so. The minister, however, said the internet and the social media have tremendous benefits but “as a country, we must start to think of how to curtail fake news. There must be some level of responsibility and some level of punishment to those that create chaos out of mischief in our country.” H...
Strike: FG Making Smooth Negotiation Difficult —ASUU
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Strike: FG Making Smooth Negotiation Difficult —ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has accused the Federal Government of frustrating efforts to resolve issues that led to the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the lecturers. The National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said this on Politics Today, a programme aired on Channels Television and monitored by our correspondent. He explained that the Federal Government has refused to take the necessary steps in addressing the strike action. According to him, the delay in adopting ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, is one of the major reasons why the strike has not been suspended. He said, “The strike is still on as a result of the FG not taking the necessary steps. We gave them two weeks to address our five points dem...
IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary – Abiodun Ogunyemi
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IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary – Abiodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday said it is yet to call off its ongoing strike because the federal government has made a smooth negotiation very impossible. Disclosing this on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ monitored by Daily Independent , the national body of the university lecturers, led by its President, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi said that they are waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), a homegrown payment platform created by ASUU in place of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Ogunyemi said due to the IPPIS structure, some university lecturers are losing up to 70 percent of their salaries while some professors re...
WTO: FG Moves To Counter US Position On Okonjo-iweala
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WTO: FG Moves To Counter US Position On Okonjo-iweala

As the world awaits the outcome of the final consensus decision on the next World Trade Organisation, WTO, there are indications that Nigerian government may have started diplomatic actions to head-off opposition from the United States of America, USA, against the emergence of Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala for the job. A source at the Ministry of Trade and Investment told Vanguard yesterday that the government was taking steps to prevent USA’s opposition from snowballing into adverse swing in the support base for Nigeria’s nominee. Earlier, Okonjo-Iweala had received endorsement from the majority of the voting members of the WTO giving her a clear lead over the contending candidate, South Korea’s trade minister, Mrs Yoo Myung-hee. But sources close to the WTO as well as western medi...
Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform
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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

For the second time in one week, the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked on Wednesday  as they failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers. The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment,  Chris Ngige,  had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution. But the ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment should be made through the UTAS. Seq...
ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi
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ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi

Despite pleas by stakeholders and Nigerian students to end the strike, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, in this interview with IYABO LAWAL, insists that schools will remain shut until issues of members’ salaries and revitalisation are settled. What is the update on the seven-month strike embarked on by university teachers? Nothing has changed significantly. We have presented our issues. We started with five, and we now have six issues. These are revitalisaton of universities; renegotiation of 2009 agreement; visitation panels to universities; proliferation of universities, particularly by state governments and of course Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) of members. The starting point is to say that those were outst...
FG To Connect Chad To National Power Grid
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FG To Connect Chad To National Power Grid

Despite the shortage of power supply in the country, the federal government is in negotiations with the Republic of Chad in an agreement that could see it begin the supply of electricity to the North-Central African country soon. THISDAY learnt that a meeting was recently between the Nigerian team and the Chad Minister of Energy, Mrs Ramatou Houtouin, who flew into Abuja in furtherance of the expected deal, while the Nigerian team was led by top officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). A few months ago, the Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Chachaimi, had asked for his country to be connected to Nigeria's electricity grid during a visit to the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman in Abuja. Chachaimi argued that connecting Chad to Nigeria's electricity grid wou...
FG Approves Fund For Training Of 500,000 Youth On Digital Skills
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FG Approves Fund For Training Of 500,000 Youth On Digital Skills

Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports, disclosed this while speaking at the inaugural edition of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) youth summit. Speaking on the topic ‘Strategic Roadmap for Youth Development post-COVID-19’, Dare said the programme was part of the ministry’s DEEL initiative – Digital skills acquisition, Entrepreneurship, Employability and Leadership — introduced in November 2019. Dare said the programme, which will run for the next 12 months, has been captured under the economic sustainability plan of the federal government. “The Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) has taken into cognizance the DEEL initiative, and I am glad to announce that we have gotten approval for the funding of a 12-month programme under the initiative that will see 500,000 of our yo...
FG Slams ASUU For Using UTAS As Condition For Ending Strike
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FG Slams ASUU For Using UTAS As Condition For Ending Strike

Ministry of Education's spokesperson, Ben Goong, said the demand of the body is ridiculous - Goong further stressed that ASUU cannot dictate how varsity lecturers should be paid their salaries. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has come under attack as the federal government described the condition set by the body before it can end its strike as "unreasonable." It would be recalled that ASUU said it would end the strike action after its home-grown University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) has passed the federal government's integrity test. Speaking in an interview with The Punch, the association's national leader and president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, gave the assurance with questions popping up on when the lecturers will resume back to cla...
FG To Reduce Data Cost From N1,000 To N390 Per Gigabyte
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FG To Reduce Data Cost From N1,000 To N390 Per Gigabyte

The Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, of the Nigeria Communication Commission, Umar Danbatta, has revealed that the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy is planning to reduce the cost of data from N1,000 to N390 per gigabyte. Speaking to journalists in Kano on Saturday, Mr Danbatta disclosed that part of the plan was the new national broadband plan for the year 2020-2025, which says Nigeria must provide broadband connectivity, cover virtually all parts of the country and deploy 4G infrastructure also across the country. According to him, the ministry was tasked to come up with a digital economy policy and strategies, adding that all the efforts put in place are intended to bring the cost of data down to N390 as against the N1,000 that Mobile Network Operators, MNOs, are char...
FG Rejects Proposal To Repair Ports’ Scanners With N753m
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FG Rejects Proposal To Repair Ports’ Scanners With N753m

There is an indication that the five faulty scanners at the Apapa ports have been abandoned as the Federal Government rejects proposal to repair them at a cost of N753 million. This development, Vanguard Maritime Report learnt, comes at the backdrop of the move by the government to acquire 300 new scanners at the cost of N688.6 billion as recently approved by the Federal Executive Council, FEC. Consequently, the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMDLCA, have petitioned President Muhammudu Buhari over the decision. The petition signed by NCMDLCA president, Lucky Amewiro, disclosed that three main level of improvement for the five scanning equipments were given to government, which are upgrading, updating and enhancement. The petition said ...
FG Begins Payment Of N30,000 Grants To Artisans
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FG Begins Payment Of N30,000 Grants To Artisans

The Presidency on Tuesday said the payment of N30,000 one-time grant to 330,000 artisans across the country under the Economic Sustainability Plan has commenced. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement titled “Payment of N30,000 grants to 330,000 artisans under ESP begins.” Akande said the payments were being made to sets of verified beneficiaries of the Artisan Support Scheme, a track under the MSMEs Survival Fund. The statement read, “In the first stream of payments starting today (Tuesday), beneficiaries are being drawn from the FCT, Lagos, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Kano, Bauchi, Anambra, Abia, Rivers, Plateau and Delta States. “They form the first batch of applications for the scheme submitted bet...
Eid-ul-Mawlid: FG Declares Thursday, October 29 Public Holiday
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Eid-ul-Mawlid: FG Declares Thursday, October 29 Public Holiday

The FG has declared Thursday October 29, 2020 as Public Holiday to mark this year's Eidul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola) who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad for witnessing this year's occasion. He enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country. The Minister admonished Muslims to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 Verse 59 which says: “O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger, a...
Palliatives Distribution: FG Never Asked Governors To Wait For Approval – Officials
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Palliatives Distribution: FG Never Asked Governors To Wait For Approval – Officials

There no time were governors of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) asked to await any further directive before distributing the palliatives given to them by the federal government to cushion the effect of the COVID- 19, credible sources have told Daily Trust. Since Wednesday last week, hoodlums across the states have been breaking into stores and strategic reserves looting food items and everything on sight in the wake of the #EndSARS protests. Besides donation by the federal government, groups such as the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) and spirited individuals had also contributed food and non-food items even as much of such donations had not been distributed to the targeted people. The consignments were, however, looted...
Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform
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Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers . The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll - out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution . But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not ...
Ban Tomato Importation – Dangote Tomato MD Tells FG
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Ban Tomato Importation – Dangote Tomato MD Tells FG

The Managing Director of Dangote Tomato Processing plant in Kadawa, Kano State, Abdulkarim Kaita has on Thursday called on the Federal government to ban importation of tomato paste like it ban rice importation into the country. This was as he decried importation of tomato paste which he said was still thriving as the commodity was being imported from Cameroon and Cotonour in Benin Republic. Kaita made the call while flagging off the distribution of tomato seedlings to 5,000 farmers under the Anchor Borrower of Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday at Kadawa village in Kura LGA of the state. The MD also dropped hint that plans are underway by the company to ensure that Nigeria is self sufficient and positioned to export tomato by establishing the biggest greenhouse in Africa whic...
FG Directs Tertiary Hospitals To Treat Casualties Of Protest Free Of Charge
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FG Directs Tertiary Hospitals To Treat Casualties Of Protest Free Of Charge

The Federal Government has directed that all victims and casualties of the ongoing protest across the country, who arrive at Federal Tertiary Hospitals with injuries should be treated immediately and free. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has therefore informed all the Chief Executive Officers of all Federal Tertiary Hospitals to immediately comply with the directive. A statement issued on Thursday by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour, Mr A. M. Abdullahi, said casualties of the civil unrest should not be rejected on account of inability to pay and must be treated immediately. The statement read: “The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has considered the probability of the need for emergency medical services as a result of civic unrest in some pa...
Daughter’s Burial – Ada Ameh Begs FG, Sanwo-Olu To Allow Her Fly To Abuja
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Daughter’s Burial – Ada Ameh Begs FG, Sanwo-Olu To Allow Her Fly To Abuja

The actress lost her daughter, Godgifts, on October 20 after a surgery in Abuja. In an emotional video she shared on her IG page this morning, the actress said she is yet to go and bury her child because of the chaos in the country. She appealed to the government to take the soldiers away from the streets so she can be able to fly to Abuja to bury her child in peace. See Video below https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGooyICh57W/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
NBA Condemns Lekki Killings, Sets To Begin Legal Actions Against FG, Military
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NBA Condemns Lekki Killings, Sets To Begin Legal Actions Against FG, Military

The Nigerian Bar Association on Tuesday condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at Lekki tollgate in Lagos. The NBA President, Mr Olumide Akpata, stated in a statement asked the Nigerian Army to immediately identify the soldiers who carried out the attack and dismiss them from service. He also said the association would immediately commence legal actions against the Nigerian government and the Army at both international and local fora. He said the suits would be initiated by the NBA on behalf of the families of the victims, “for abuse of power, disregard of rules of engagement and the infringement of the fundamental rights (including right to life) of the affected citizens”. He stated in the statement titled, ‘Nigerian Bar Association condemns the ...
#EndSARS: Burna Boy Promotes Petition To Sanction FG In UK
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#EndSARS: Burna Boy Promotes Petition To Sanction FG In UK

Award-winning singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy is promoting a new petition in the United Kingdom to sanction the federal government and public officials for human rights abuses over the #EndSARS movement. The petition on the UK government and parliament website accused the government and the police of violating the rights of agitators protesting against police brutality. It urged the UK to implement sanctions that allow “individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted.” “Deploying sanctions would provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights,” it read. The singer who is currently in the UK urged British citizens and residents, to sign the petition, urging other p...
Endsars Protests: FG Meets US, UK Envoys, Others
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Endsars Protests: FG Meets US, UK Envoys, Others

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is currently meeting with the members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja. The meeting holding at the Tafawa Balewa House headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, is expected to discuss the ongoing #EndSARS protests rocking the country. Those attending the parley include the envoys of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, amongst others. An invitation extended to journalists to cover the briefing was later withdrawn. The nationwide protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings, which started about two weeks ago, have attracted international interest and drawn attention to rights violation by security operatives as well as the government’s lackadaisical attitude to the problem
ASUU Strike: Resolution Of ASUU Branches On FG’s Offer
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ASUU Strike: Resolution Of ASUU Branches On FG’s Offer

Last Week, Federal Government made an offer to ASUU to suspend the 7 months strike. As required by ASUU rules, branches are expected to meet and vote on government’s offer to academics. Government offered to do the following: - release 30 billion out of the 40 billion demanded by ASUU as Earned Academic Allowances EAA before nov 6 2020. The remaining 10 billion Naira will be released in batches between 2021 and 2022. 20 billion university revitalization fund to be made available by January 2020 - streamlining of EAA into monthly salaries. A committee will be set up to conclude their findings before 31st December 2020 -salary renegotiation committee to conclude before 31 December 3020 - UTAS to replace IPPIS for university workers - payment of withheld salaries . We...
Why Do You Want To Spend Money On IPPIS When UTAS Is Free?- ASUU To FG
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Why Do You Want To Spend Money On IPPIS When UTAS Is Free?- ASUU To FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has challenged the Federal Government to tell Nigerians why it prefers to spend money on enrolling workers on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, when the union’s University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS, can be used for the same purpose free of charge. The National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, threw the challenge on Sunday in a chat with Vanguard. He wondered why the government would insist on wasting scarce public resources on an investment that would in the end fail to meet expectations. “We are close to actualising UTAS’ integrity process. We wonder why the government is insisting on IPPIS that cannot meet expectations in terms of performance. Does it make sense for ...
#ENDSARS: FFK, Alfred Martins Warn FG Over Deployment Of Soldiers
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#ENDSARS: FFK, Alfred Martins Warn FG Over Deployment Of Soldiers

Following the report by the Nigerian army that it would launch ‘exercise Crocodile smile’, an operation that would assist in identifying terrorists in the country, former Aviation and of course PDP chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode, Sunday warned the Federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison the idea of deploying soldiers on the streets. Disclosing this via his facebook handle, Femi said that the deployment of soldiers especially now that Nigerian youths are protesting against police brutality and extra judicial killings by the operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, would turn the #Endsars movement into #EndNigeria. His words: “We will not wait before more blood is shed before we speak and before we send out this warning. We will not wait until th...
ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned
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ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned

While Mr Ngige led the federal government's team, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the representatives of the lecturers team. Thursday’s conciliatory meeting aimed at putting an end to the strike action embarked upon by university lecturers has been adjourned to October 21. The industrial action, which started over six months ago, is a major reason why universities are yet to resume after the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Thursday meeting was convened as a follow up to the previous meeting held with the Senate leadership on Tuesday, where the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, committed to engaging Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders to iron out the outstanding issues. While Mr Ngige led the federal government’s...
World Bank Backs FG On Petrol Subsidy Removal
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World Bank Backs FG On Petrol Subsidy Removal

The World Bank said on Thursday that the removal of petrol subsidy in Nigeria was an important step amid the COVID-19 crisis. The bank, in its ‘Africa’s Pulse’ report entitled ‘Charting the road to recovery’, said countries in sub-Saharan Africa were seizing the opportunity created by the crisis to accelerate the structural reform agenda. “The COVID-19 crisis is not being wasted among countries in the region… In Nigeria, the government has taken important steps to reform its subsidy regime,” it said. The World Bank noted that the Nigerian government had eliminated petrol subsidy and established a market-based pricing mechanism with no price ceilings. It said “The gasoline (petrol) price is set monthly by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency from market-based cos...
Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights
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Etihad Airways Gets FG’s Nod To Resume International Flights

‌Following the decision of the United Arab Emirates to begin visa issuance to Nigerians, Etihad Airways has been approved to operate international flights into Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this announcement on Thursday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, which held in Abuja. He noted that the foreign carrier was already talking with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority regarding the process. Similarly, Emirates Airlines are also scheduled to operate flights into the country starting with Abuja and Lagos. He said, “UAE has commenced issuance of visas today. Consequent upon that, Emirates Airlines will begin operations from tomorrow. They are allowed to start daily flights into Abuja and Lagos. “Their sister company from the sa...
Debts, Salaries Take 52.6% As FG Budgets N13.08tn For 2021
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Debts, Salaries Take 52.6% As FG Budgets N13.08tn For 2021

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, presented to the National Assembly, N13.08tn budget estimates for 2021 with N3.12tn (23.85 per cent) earmarked for debt servicing. Buhari, who said the nation’s economy might relapse into recession, stated that N3.85tn (29.43 per cent) was voted for capital projects, while personnel costs (salaries and allowances) would gulp N3.76tn (28.75 per cent). With 23.85 per cent allocated for debt serving and personnel costs gulping 28.75 per cent, it means 52.60 per cent of the budget or N6.88tn will be spent on both items next year. Giving other highlights of the appropriation bill, Buhari said the budget was premised on daily crude oil production of N1.86m and oil price of $40 per barrel. The President, who tagge...