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Boko Haram in trouble as FG orders 52 Ezugwu MRAPS to finish off terrorists
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Boko Haram in trouble as FG orders 52 Ezugwu MRAPS to finish off terrorists

The Nigerian government has placed a firm order of 52 Ezugwu, a locally made Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to be delivered to the Nigerian Army and deployed to troops in the frontline fighting Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the northeast. This was disclosed by the special assistant to the Senate president on new media, Abubakar Sidiq Usman on Twitter.
FG To Pay 24 Million Poor Nigerians N5,000 Each – Sadiya Farouq
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FG To Pay 24 Million Poor Nigerians N5,000 Each – Sadiya Farouq

The Federal Government on Tuesday said about 24.3 million poor Nigerians would get N5,000 each for a period of six months. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Federal Government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor. A statement issued in Abuja by her aide, Nneka Anibeze, said the intervention would serve as cushion for those further impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement read in part, “According to records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register. “Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months.” Farouq said the intervention database ...
NIMC: FG Extends NIN-SIM Linking Till February 9 2021
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NIMC: FG Extends NIN-SIM Linking Till February 9 2021

Public Notice!!!! All Nigerians and legal residents are advised to enroll for their national identification number (NIN) and link them before february 9th, 2021. Enroll for your national identification NUMBER (NIN) today!!! Please remember, nin enrollment is FREE.
Don’t Sell Your SIM Cards Linked To NINs – FG Tell Nigerians
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Don’t Sell Your SIM Cards Linked To NINs – FG Tell Nigerians

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians against selling their SIM cards that are already linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), asserting that crimes committed with any SIM card would be traced for appropriate action. Sounding the warning, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami said this has become necessary as 47.8 million Nigerians have linked their SIM cards with their NINs. Dr Pantami after a review of the on-going NIN registration exercise with the Ministerial Task Force commended Nigerians for massively turning out for the exercise. The Minister in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, urged Nigerians to be mindful of the need to protect and se...
FG Unveils Car Made By 30-Year-Old Nigerian, Auwal Hassan
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FG Unveils Car Made By 30-Year-Old Nigerian, Auwal Hassan

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has unveiled a car built by Mr Auwal Hassan, a 30-year-old Nigerian inventor. Speaking in his office in Abuja on Monday, the minister called on youths to be innovative in producing goods and services that are usually imported, saying that would improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), create employment and reduce imports. Dr. Onu reiterated the commitment of the ministry in partnering and supporting young innovators. In his remarks, Mr Hassan solicited for the cooperation of the ministry in developing more automobiles and other engineering feats such as the production of helicopters. He said the vehicle has a speed capacity of 50 kilometres per hour, a five gear transmission and six horsepower engine speed. Direct...
FG To Build 6 Correctional Facilities
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FG To Build 6 Correctional Facilities

The federal government disclosed on Saturday that it would establish six new modern correctional facilities in the six geo-political zones in the country. Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, made this known in Kano while inspecting the ongoing model maximum security custodial facility project at Janguza in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state. Aregbesola said the project was part of projects initiated by the federal government to reform the correctional service. The minister said, “we are actualising our commitment to reform the correctional service that we have in Nigeria. What we have here is a model of what we expect to have nationwide. Here, we have a 3,000 custodial facility, which we plan to replicate in each of the six geo-political zones in the country. It ...
FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan
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FG Asks EFCC To Forward Cases On Patience Jonathan

The Federal Government has asked the acting Chairman of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar Abba, to make available details of all cases concerning former first lady, Patience Jonathan. A presidency source revealed that Abubakar Malami, the Attor­ney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, gave the direc­tive and extended it to include rela­tives of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to the source, the direc­tive may be ominous but Dayo Apata, the Solicitor-General of the Feder­ation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, has communicated the government’s position to the EFCC. The source told Daily Indepen­dent that the EFCC is expected to give a comprehensive update of investigation into cases involvi...
Finance Act: Disquiet As FG Targets ₦850 Billion From Dormant Accounts
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Finance Act: Disquiet As FG Targets ₦850 Billion From Dormant Accounts

The recently signed Finance Act, which empowers the federal government to help itself to a loan of N850 billion naira from dormant accounts and unclaimed dividends, is creating concerns amongst Nigerians. Through the Act, the federal government is targeting some N850bn from the said funds. It could be more as the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed said that the figure is still being computed but N850bn is within sight. “There would be as much as N850 billion. We have to get the exact report from the CBN and then Company’s Registrar to ascertain that so it could be realised into this special trust fund for unclaimed dividends and dormant accounts,” she said. The loan, the government said, would be used to fund the 2021 budget. Policy Will Dam...
FG Orders Immediate Closure Of Enrolment Activities At NIMC Headquarters
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FG Orders Immediate Closure Of Enrolment Activities At NIMC Headquarters

The Federal Government has ordered immediate closure of enrolment activities at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Headquarters, Abuja and reactivation of 20 centers within the FCT to make the process of NIN enrolment much easier from Monday, January 18th 2021. A statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMC Kayode Adegoke advised members of the public, residents and visitors to the FCT wishing to enrol for the National Identification Number (NIN) to use any of the following NIMC centers: State Office 2nd Floor, Block C, No 4 Maputo Street, Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja. Area Councils: Abaji – Abaji Secretariat Complex, Legislative Section Abaji, FCT -Abuja; AMAC- AMAC Secretariat Annex, Kabusa Junction Apo, FCT- Abuja; BWARI- Area Council Complex Bwari, FCT...
FG Bans Assemblies, Overcrowding, Visiting Days As Schools Resume On Monday 18
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FG Bans Assemblies, Overcrowding, Visiting Days As Schools Resume On Monday 18

The Federal Government, on Thursday, banned overcrowding and large gatherings such as assemblies and visiting days, as schools reopen on Monday. It also put limitations to class sizes and hostel occupancy and asked the schools to ensure compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers and workers, as well ensure temperature checks and put hand washing facilities in strategic locations in all schools The government also asked the school authorities to ensure constant supply of water and sanitisers, and make available functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, gave the conditions in a statement by the Director of Press in the Federal Ministry of Educ...
FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero
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FG Disburses ₦123.348bn Grants To States. Bayelsa, Imo, Rivers, Zamfara Get Zero

The Federal Government has disbursed another round of performance-based grants to States in the sum of N123.348bn ($324.6m) under its States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr. Hassan Dodo, the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the disbursement followed the achievement of results by the States in the just concluded 2019 Annual Performance Assessment (APA). The assessment was carried out by the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) as the Independent Verification Agent (IVA) and approved by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of t...
Expatriate Policy: Employ Nigerians Or Face Sanctions, FG Tells Firms
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Expatriate Policy: Employ Nigerians Or Face Sanctions, FG Tells Firms

THE Federal Government, yesterday, mandated companies in Nigeria to employ qualified Nigerian graduates understudying for expatriates, or face sanctions. A statement by the Chairman of the Special Ministerial Task Force on Monitoring and Enforcement of Nigerian Expatriate Business Permit and Expatriate Quota Administration, Mr. Bola Ilori, said, in Osogbo, Osun State, after it met with representatives of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Society of Engineers, other professional bodies and officials of the Ministry of Interior. Ilori, at the end of the meeting, told companies to submit the details of Nigerians understudying expatriates, to verify their sincerity or otherwise to the policy, or face heavy sanctions from the...
Oil Nears $56, FG May Reintroduce Fuel Subsidy
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Oil Nears $56, FG May Reintroduce Fuel Subsidy

The sustained increase in global crude oil prices has pushed up the landing cost of imported petrol closer to the current pump prices of the product in Nigeria, and appears to have triggered a return to petrol subsidy era, ’ FEMI ASU reports Since November 13 , 2020 when the pump prices of Premium Motor Spirit ( petrol ) were last increased in the country, the price of the international oil benchmark, Brent crude, has been on an upward trajectory, rising from $41. 51 per barrel to close at $51. 22 per barrel on December 31. Fuel marketers had in December expected another upward adjustment of PMS prices to reflect the further rise in crude oil prices . However , a N 5 reduction in petrol price , effective December 14 , was announced by the Federal Government – a development that le...
FG Reveals 7 SIM Cards Can Be Linked To One NIN
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FG Reveals 7 SIM Cards Can Be Linked To One NIN

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said on Friday that seven SIM cards can be linked to one National Identification Number on the National Identity Management Commission Mobile App launched recently. The minister said the ministry and NIMC are working on transforming the NIN enrolment process and the onward linkage to SIM cards as required by the Nigerian Communication Commission. “We developed an app, when you go online, you will see it. That app, as long as you have your NIMC number, you will only download it without visiting any office. You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one. I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation,” he said. Pant...
FG Replaces Stamp Duty With N50 Electronic Transfer Levy
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FG Replaces Stamp Duty With N50 Electronic Transfer Levy

Consequent upon the outlawing of stamp duty on electronic bank transfer by the Court of Appeal, the Federal Government, through the Finance Act 2020, has introduced Electronic Money Transfer Levy. Finance Act 2020, which was recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has a commencement date of January 1, 2021 along with the 2021 Appropriation Act. The new law stipulates payment of N50 levy on every electronic money transfer deposited in any bank or financial institution on any account on the sum of N10,000 or more. Like Value-Added Tax (VAT), states will benefit more from the accruing revenue at a ratio of 85 per cent, while the Federal Government and Abuja will share the remaining 15 per cent. The Act also reduces import duty on tractors from 35 to five per cent; mass ...
FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover
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FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Friday advised the public to stay off Airport Road Flyover in Lagos dangerously burnt by fire, pending the determination of its structural safety. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bridge which runs over Toyota Bus Stop on the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway being reconstructed, was engulfed by fire when a petrol tanker burst into flames on Thursday. The federal and Lagos State governments on Friday carried out a joint inspection to know the extent of damage to the bridge and adjoining roads. Leading the state and federal officials, Popoola raised concerns over the safety of the bridge, saying that its structural integrity had yet to be ascertained. He told NAN during the insp...
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FG Proposed ₦15 Trillion Infrastructure Fund

Against the backdrop of the dearth of critical infrastructure across the country, the plan by the Federal Government to float a N15 trillion infrastructure fund is ambitious but nonetheless a step in the right direction. Besides the need for a careful articulation and implementation of the proposal, it may very well be a good opportunity to formulate an infrastructure policy that can serve the rigour of time and institutionalise correction of the many flaws afflicting the country’s infrastructure system. The system, if it can be so-called, certainly deserves a new lease of life. All over the world, no country attains great height without alluding to its infrastructure. Nigeria cannot be an exception of success without an infrastructural base; nor can she afford to keep losing opport...
FG Directs Reversal Of Electricity Tariff Adjustment
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FG Directs Reversal Of Electricity Tariff Adjustment

The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to inform all Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to revert to tariffs that were applicable in December 2020. Mr Aaron Artimas, Senior Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister of Power, made this known in a statement in Abuja, on Thursday. He said that the reversal to the old tariff was to promote a constructive conclusion of the dialogue with the Labour Centres (through the Joint Ad-Hoc Committee). “I have directed NERC to inform all DISCOs that they should revert to the tariffs that were applicable in December 2020 until the end of January 2021 when the FGN and Labour committee work will be concluded. “This will allow for the outcome of all resol...
FG Increases Electricity Tariff By 50%
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FG Increases Electricity Tariff By 50%

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has approved over 50 per cent hike in electricity tariff effective January 1, 2021. The new tarrif hike regime is to be paid by customers of the 11 electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs. This is coming just two months after the Commission forced implementation of much opposed hike on Nigerians in November 2020. In a revised Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) signed by the new Chairman of NERC, Engr. Sanusi Garba, on December 30, 2020, the new tariff increase took effect on January 1, 2021, and supersedes the previous Order NERC/2028/2020. In the new Order NERC/225/2020, the commission said it considered the 14.9% inflation rate rise in November 2020, foreign exchange of N379.4/$1 as of December 29, 2020, available gener...
NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres
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NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), on Thursday, warned members of its staff cashing in amid the ongoing NIN registration nationwide to desist as they risk seven years in jail when caught. The Honourable Minister, Dr. Isa Pantami has today directed the suspension of NIMC staff involved in extortion of applicants at its Bauchi and Kaduna State Offices. The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, @DrIsaPantami directs the immediate suspension of staff extorting applicants at NIMC enrolment centers.
FG Commences 300,000 Social Housing Scheme
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FG Commences 300,000 Social Housing Scheme

In support of the Buhari admin’s plan to construct 300,000 houses for low-income Nigerians, under the Econ Sustainability Plan (ESP), cement manufacturers have reached an agreement with @NigeriaGov to charge discounted prices. VP @ProfOsinbajo visited one of the sites Jan 2, 2021 Answering reporters' questions after the visit to one of the construction sites of the Social Housing scheme, in Dei Dei in the Federal Capital Territory, the VP noted the contributions of major cement manufacturers in the country towards the success of the programme. After seeing the prototypes of the one-bedroom and two-bedroom bungalows, @ProfOsinbajo expressed satisfaction with the quality of the design and the fact that the houses are very affordable. “On the average, anybody earning N30,000 a mont...
FG Reportedly Fails To Honour Pact With ASUU
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FG Reportedly Fails To Honour Pact With ASUU

Two weeks after suspending their nine-month-old strike, university teachers have accused the Federal Government of reneging on the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The dons, in a statement, said the government was yet to pay their December salaries, while “illegal” deductions were still to be refunded. In the release, the union said the government had “again failed to honour its agreement on payment of not only outstanding salaries of members ranging from five to eight months; Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) and check off dues illegally deducted before December 31, 2020.” The lecturers had embarked on strike in March 2020 over government’s refusal to honour the agreement reached with ASUU in 2009 that revolves around university revitalis...
Senator Kalu Leads FG Delegation To Revive Abandoned Power Projects In Abia-North
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Senator Kalu Leads FG Delegation To Revive Abandoned Power Projects In Abia-North

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, on Friday, led a high-powered delegation from the Federal Government to inspect abandoned power transmission projects in Abia-North Senatorial zone. We gathered that the Federal Government delegation drawn from the Ministry of power arrived Abia state on Thursday, this was in response to Senator Kalu's earlier request in a letter dated 20th October to the Power Ministry for the revitalization of six uncompleted power transmission stations sited in Arochukwu,Umuahia,Ohafia and Isuikwuato LGAs of the zone. The Federal Government's team led by the Honourable minister of Power Engr. Mamman Kwagyang Saleh followed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power; Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa, Managing Director Transmission Company of Nigeria; Eng...
Nobody Can Stop FG From Probing #EndSARS Protesters – Lai Mohammed
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Nobody Can Stop FG From Probing #EndSARS Protesters – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government says being a member of #EndSARS protest is not an immunity from being investigated or charged for any offence or breach of the laws. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Friday in Lagos at a meeting with editors of newspapers. The minister, who was responding to a question on the alleged arrest of some #EndSARS protesters and sponsors, said nobody is above investigation or prosecution. “Being a member of #EndSARS protest does not grant you immunity if you have committed any crime against the land. The key thing is that you must be treated according to the laws. “Even those whose accounts were frozen, the Central Bank of Nigeria went to court to seek permission to freeze the accounts. I am also aware that some of...
Senate Directs FG To Build E-validation Portal Against Fake Results
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Senate Directs FG To Build E-validation Portal Against Fake Results

The Senate on Thursday directed the Federal Ministry of Education to build and maintain for all tertiary institutions in Nigeria, an e-validation portal, to enable employers and relevant authorities or organization within and outside Nigeria, to verify and validate academic result/certificate obtained from tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The decision was sequel to a motion by Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, the lawmaker representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the red chamber with the title: ”the urgent need to compel all tertiary institutions in Nigeria to subscribe to e-validation of results portal so that employers and relevant organisations within and outside Nigeria can verify the results of Nigerian graduates. Senator Tofowomo noted that the use of fake results/certifica...
Boko Haram: FG Will Determine Mercenaries’ Engagement —DHQ
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Boko Haram: FG Will Determine Mercenaries’ Engagement —DHQ

The Defence Headquarters says the decision to engage mercenaries to assist the military in defeating the Boko Haram insurgency is squarely for the Federal Government to take. It noted that the security forces cannot challenge the initiative, stressing that it was up to Nigerians and the government to contract the private army. Following the killing of over 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents last Saturday, Governor Babagana Zulum had demanded the engagement of foreign mercenaries to tackle the militants. Endorsing Zulum’s demand, the governors of North-East states said the thought of hiring mercenaries to fight Boko Haram should be taken seriously. But responding to a question from The PUNCH during the weekly briefing on the security operatio...
FG Engages 17,000 Youths In Rabbit Farming
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FG Engages 17,000 Youths In Rabbit Farming

'The Federal Government on Wednesday announced the commencement of its programme on rabbit farming that would engage 17,000 youths across the country. It made the announcement through its National Agricultural Land Development Authority, noting that the programme had already commenced in some states, as it would engage more participants in the southern part of Nigeria. The Executive Secretary, NALDA, Paul Ikonne, told journalists in Abuja that the agency would provide the rabbits, cage, vaccine and training for participants free of charge. He said the first set of beneficiaries would be required to bring back the kitten from the rabbits they train so as to be used in the empowerment of other youths. Ikonne said, “The President had inaugurated the national young farmers’ scheme,...
FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu
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FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu

Former Presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has blasted the Buhari-led adminstration over the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state. In tweets he shared, the economist expressed fear of Nigeria becoming a failed state. He also said that ''a government which can’t protect the lives of its citizens, spends all its energy attempting to suppress #EndSARS peaceful protesters.'' Moghalu wrote; “The barbaric beheading of 43 Nigerians in Zabarmari village in Borno State by Boko Haram is a national outrage and tragedy. It’s increasingly clear that @NigeriaGov is unable to protect the lives of Nigerians. What does that mean? Our country is becoming a failed state." “It is a travesty that a government that can’t protect the lives of its citizens spends all it...
FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7
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FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7

The pressure by organised Labour on the Federal Government to reverse the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) back to N160 per litre seems to be yielding fruits. At the end of the resumed negotiations between government and the labour movement yesterday night, the Federal Government indicated willingness to consult widely with the view to reviewing the price downward, saying it might unveil the new price at the resumed meeting slated for December 7. The Federal Government said the period between now and then would allow it embark on a wide range consultation over Labour’s request. Labour is insisting that the pump price must be reviewed downward to N160 before negotiations can proceed on the hike in electricity tariffs and deregulation of the downstream sector of the petr...
Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG
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Lekki Shooting: Nigeria Will Never Spare CNN, Others For Spreading Fake News – FG

The Federal government has vowed to punish the Cable Network News, CNN for carrying out unverified information from the controversial Lekki Toll Gate incident. It also vowed not to spare any media organization both local and international that attempted to set Nigeria on fire through unverifiable reportage. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed made the vow on Friday at a stakeholder’ meeting with the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) held in Abuja. The Minister, was reacting to the controversial report by the American Cable News Network, CNN which it said had acknowledged their letter of complaint and promised to probe same on its merit. He accused CNN of spreading fake news by switching casualty figures at Lekki Toll Gate so casually without...
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 ...