Saturday, January 23

Tag: Government

Sale of government assets will benefit Nigerians – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed says
News

Sale of government assets will benefit Nigerians – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed says

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said that the sale of the Federal government's properties to fund the 2021 budget will benefit Nigerians and help to boost the economy.   Ahmed said this when she appeared on Channels TV on Friday morning January 22.   Recall that on January 12 during the budget presentation, Ahmed revealed that the Federal government will be selling off some of its assets and use the funds generated to fund the deficit in the 2021 budget.   In her chat with Channels TV, Ahmed said a lot of government assets are currently moribund and provide little or no value to Nigerians in their current state.   “There are some government assets that are dead that can be sold to the private sector to be reactivated and put to use for t...
#EndSARS Activists: Government Yet To Unfreeze Our Bank Accounts Since Oct 2020
News

#EndSARS Activists: Government Yet To Unfreeze Our Bank Accounts Since Oct 2020

The CBN had in October 2020 asked banks to freeze the bank accounts of about 20 individuals involved in controlling #EndSARS funds. Activists linked to the #EndSARS protests have said the Post No Debit restriction placed on their accounts by the Central Bank of Nigeria has yet to be lifted. The CBN had in October 2020 asked banks to freeze the bank accounts of about 20 individuals involved in controlling #EndSARS funds. The affected individuals include Bolatito Racheal Oduala, Chima David Ibebunjoh, Mary Doose Kpengwa, Gatefield Nigeria Limited, Saadat Temitope Bibi, Bassey Victor Israel, Wisdom Busaosowo Obi, Nicholas Ikhalea Osazele, Ebere Idibie, Akintomide Lanre Yusuf, Uhuo Ezenwanyi Promise, Mosopefoluwa Odeseye and Adegoke Pamilerin Emmanuel. Others are Umoh Grace Ekane...
Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello Rules out Negotiation with Bandits
News

Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello Rules out Negotiation with Bandits

Niger state's Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has ruled negotiation with bandits amid an influx of bandits who enter into the state through the Benin Republic border. Addressing State House reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the rising insecurity and infrastructural decay in the state, Bello said he ruled out negotiating with the criminals because they don’t keep to any agreement. He added that he once reluctantly negotiated with the bandits, but it never produced any positive result. The Governor who alleged that “the bandits are Fulanis that have no one to control them even their parents", said the menace of bandits in the state had become a source of worry to the government. Bello revealed that the bandits come to t...
ASUU explains why it hasn’t called off its eight months old strike
News

ASUU explains why it hasn’t called off its eight months old strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has said it will not be calling off its eight months old strike until the Federal government pays all withheld salaries and fulfills all of the offers made to the union thus far.   The Federal government, in its latest offers to ASUU leadership, pledged to pay N40 billion as Earned Allowance and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system, bringing the total payment to N70 billion. The government also agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 2020, but after due consultation with the government side.   The Federal government also accepted the demand by ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of their...
Government Is Open To New, Creative Ideas In Growing Nigeria’s Economy – Osinbajo
Politics

Government Is Open To New, Creative Ideas In Growing Nigeria’s Economy – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a major feature of Nigeria’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic as indicated in the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) currently being implemented, has been an openness to new and creative ideas. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the vice president spoke at a webinar with some French business leaders under the aegis of the Franco-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The vice president said that the approach was in a bid to save jobs, protect businesses, and attract new investments He said that part of what the Federal Government had done in its response to the pandemic was to build a business environment that would be supportive of domestic and foreign investors. “It is important to recognise th...
Kleptocrats In Government Are Betraying Buhari’s Policies – Ali Ndume
Politics

Kleptocrats In Government Are Betraying Buhari’s Policies – Ali Ndume

The lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume believes that President Muhammadu Buhari is being betrayed by some kleptocrats in his government. Senator Ndume who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics said “the president is a genuine person that has the interest of the common man at heart. “He has integrity and the competence but unfortunately, the kleptocrats in the government have formed the majority and therefore betraying the laudable policies that the president wants to implement”. Ndume who said the present government came in with three major agendas which are to secure the country, to fight corruption, and to provide infrastructure, argued that President Buhari has performed on all counts. He howev...
Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin
Politics

Those In Government Are The Real Hoodlums, Not Palliative Looters – Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests and other sundry issues. Excerpts: South-West governors, traditional rulers and Ministers met in Lagos state last week to proffer solution to the #EndSARS crisis last and Afenifere was not invited. What do you think was responsible for that? The thing is very clear. Like we said, the Kaduna meeting is an afterthought on our unity as a country. They had a sectional meeting of the North where you have all the key appointees of the President, Chief of Staff, IGP, Chief of Army Staff, Lai Mohammed and others. Even in their communiqué, they were so insensitive. There are places they said nomination from Federal Executive Council (FEC)...
Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu
Politics

Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives says it is deceitful that Nigerians are being made to focus only on the national assembly. The House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of Government to lead by example by cutting its own salaries, allowances and other office running costs, before advising others to do so. The spokesperson of the house, Benjamin Kalu, stated this on Thursday while briefing journalists in the National Assembly. Mr Kalu’s call is coming on the heels of calls by Nigerians for the reduction of salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly.A section of Nigerians also called for part time legislative work to save the country from the needless financial haemorrhage. In August 2015, President Muhammadu Buharihad issued a...
IPPIS: PENGASSAN Declare Meeting With Government Inconclusive, Continue Strike
Politics

IPPIS: PENGASSAN Declare Meeting With Government Inconclusive, Continue Strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Wednesday said a meeting it held with the Federal Government was inconclusive. The President, Felix Osifo, gave the update in a statement. He said the government was yet to address some of PENGASSAN’s demands. The parties had disagreed after the directive that the oil workers register for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Osifo disclosed that PENGASSAN maintained that Petroleum Training Institute and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, must be paid using the harmonized template of 2015. He noted that this was already in use by the budget office, appropriated by the National Assembly and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari into law. The labour leade...
#EndSARS: Iyabo Ojo Alleges Threat From Government Over Participation In Protest
Celebs

#EndSARS: Iyabo Ojo Alleges Threat From Government Over Participation In Protest

Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has alleged she is being threatened by the government for joining the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and the now-defunct controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). MCI reports that the mother of two in a social media post on Wednesday shared a picture of herself, saying she woke up to a message from a friend that her name was being mentioned in government circles. “So this morning I wake up to a message from a friend in the media, he said someone sent this to him,” she wrote. “Now, if you are close to Iyabo Ojo, advise her to calm down. Smart celebrities who have brains don’t take on governments ooo. I was somewhere and her name was mentioned.” Iyabo had been a supporter of the #EndSARS campaign, joining the protest in Lagos. She ha...
I Have Never Been Bribed By Government – Omotola Reacts To Bribery Accusations
Celebs

I Have Never Been Bribed By Government – Omotola Reacts To Bribery Accusations

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has reacted to allegations that the government paid her to cast doubts about the Lekki toll gate shooting. The actress denied these allegations and said she has never been bribed by the government. She added that she can't be lured by money and went on to explain the reason for her statement. Omotola said she realized that it appeared the authorities were trying to deny people were killed at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020, so her tweets were aimed at stating that whether anyone died or not doesn't change the fact that a crime happened and innocent unarmed protesters were shot at. She said her tweet was misconstrued and people began assuming she had been paid. The tweet from Omotola that cause outrage reads: "If People died during the Lekki To...
President Buhari Tells Youths To End Street Protests, Dialogue With Government
Politics

President Buhari Tells Youths To End Street Protests, Dialogue With Government

PRESIDENT BUHARI TO NIGERIAN YOUTHS: END STREET PROTESTS, DIALOGUE WITH GOVERNMENT ON POLICE REFORMS President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Abuja appealed to Nigerian youths to end street protests and participate in meaningful discussions with government aimed at comprehensive reforms to end all forms of police brutality against Nigerians. The President spoke in his message to the maiden National Youth Day celebration, observed on November 1, coinciding with the African Youth Day celebration. Against the backdrop of the recent protests against police brutality in the country, leading to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), President Buhari, who was represented by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, told the gathering that the pleas of Nigerian youths have been...
This Government Is Determined To End Impunity – Abubakar Malami
Politics

This Government Is Determined To End Impunity – Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, says the federal government is determined to end impunity. The minister said this in a statement Umar Gwandu, his special assistant on media and public relations, issued on his behalf. The statement is in commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which is celebrated on November 2 every year. He said it is gratifying to note that “Nigeria is no longer among the countries with impunity for crimes against journalists”, referring to the 2020 Global Index for Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists released on Wednesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The report indicated that Nigeria is the only country that came off the index from 2019.  Malami said b...
Lagos state government lifts curfew
News

Lagos state government lifts curfew

The Lagos state government have lifted the curfew imposed in the state following the outbreak of violence days ago.   Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, Gawat Jubril who made the announcement however stated that the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government to curb the spread of COVID19 remains.   The statement read;     The curfew imposed on Lagos State after the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS  protests has been lifted immediately. The 12 am to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government to curb the spread of COVID19 remains. Lagosians are free to go about their businesses without any hindrance whatsoever. Security agencies will continue to discharge their duties. Lagosians are urged to co-oper...
May you catch covid-19 – Toke Makinwa addresses those saying she was paid to announce she tested positive
Health

May you catch covid-19 – Toke Makinwa addresses those saying she was paid to announce she tested positive

Toke Makinwa has slammed those who said she must have been paid by the Government to announce she has contracted covid-19. Shortly after the OAP made the announcement on social media, some doubted if she is really infected and said she must have been paid by the Government to make the announcement. Toke now prays those doubting her truth, will also catch covid and get healed so they can learn to trust others. Reacting via her Twitter handle, she wrote; ''And to the people saying the government must have paid me to say I got Covid, I know the government has fucked you over so bad you have trust issues, I feel bad for you too but pls let me heal in peace. ''For those who doubt that Covid is real, I hope you get a personal encounter, may you catch Covid-19 and also survive it so ...
We disbursed N6 billion to poor households in Zamfara – Humanitarian minister, Sadiya Umar-Farouq
News

We disbursed N6 billion to poor households in Zamfara – Humanitarian minister, Sadiya Umar-Farouq

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq on Tuesday October 27 revealed that her ministry has disbursed over N6 billion to poor households in six out of the 14 local government areas of Zamfara under the 2020 Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme.   Speaking during the flag off of Grant for Rural Women Project in Gusau, Sadiya said the programme was launched to address deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households.   The Minister said 130,000 beneficiaries from Anka, Bungudu, Birnin Magaji, Kaura Namoda, Tsafe, and Talata Mafara local government areas received between N30,000 and N80,000, based on the dates each beneficiary was enrolled into the programme. ...
Supreme court strikes out suit filed by Bayelsa state against Rivers state over ownership of Soku oilfield
News

Supreme court strikes out suit filed by Bayelsa state against Rivers state over ownership of Soku oilfield

The Supreme Court has struck out a suit filed by the Bayelsa state government over the disputed Soku oilfield belonging to Rivers State.   Bayelsa State government had approached the Supreme Court after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered it to refund the 13 percent derivation it had received over the years from disputed Soku oilfield to Rivers State.   At the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday October 27, Justice Ngwuta, who led a panel of 7 justices, wondered why the Bayelsa State government decided to file a suit at the apex court, whereas steps were being taken to challenge the judgement of the Federal High Court at the Court of Appeal.   Justice Ngwuta observed that the Bayelsa State government was jumping the gun and its action was tantamount ...
Items looted from warehouses are dangerous to health- Kaduna state govt warns
News

Items looted from warehouses are dangerous to health- Kaduna state govt warns

The Kaduna state government has warned that the foods and drugs carted away from the warehouses attacked by some residents of the state are contaminated and dangerous to health.   The state government gave the warning in a statement released this morning by Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs. Read below The National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has updated the Kaduna State Government about the items looted yesterday from their warehouse in the Narayi area of Chikun LGA. The looted items include expired, prohibited and dangerous drugs. Persons who consume such drugs are at great risk of serious illness and death. The management of a food processing company whose stores were looted in Kakuri has also disc...
Don’t Embarrass Government With Your EndSARS Reports – NBC Tells Media Houses
News

Don’t Embarrass Government With Your EndSARS Reports – NBC Tells Media Houses

The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has warned media houses in the country to cautiously feature user-generated content in their reports. In a statement released on Tuesday night, the regulator said this directive is aimed at preventing embarrassment to “individuals, organisations, government or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society at large”. The NBC said it has been monitoring the coverage and reportage of the #EndSARS protests and commended media houses for being conscious of their role as gatekeepers and the fourth estate of the realm. “In specific terms, the commission enjoined broadcasters to take definite note of the following provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to further guide their broadcast during this challenging time,” the statem...
#EndSARS: Time to talk with Government – OPAN President, Austyn Ogannah
News

#EndSARS: Time to talk with Government – OPAN President, Austyn Ogannah

Nigerian online publisher, Austyn Ogannah has urged #EndSARS protesters to embrace negotiations. Ogannah, who is the President of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, OPAN, while commending the #EndSARS/#EndSWAT protesters for the courage so far displayed, said it is time channels are opened to pave way for talks. He decried the attacks on police facilities in Lagos, Benin, and the release of prisoners at the Benin Correctional Service Centre. “Though the attacks were done by hoodlums, they should not be happening because they distract us from the conversations”, he said. “I believe it is time to sit down with the authority to figure out a strategy on the reforms we want implemented and cut a deal. The #EndSARS protest is getting out of hand, it is being distracted by...
#EndSARS Protest: This government should not act as if people trust them – Seun Kuti
Celebs

#EndSARS Protest: This government should not act as if people trust them – Seun Kuti

Nigerian Singer, Seun Kuti has called on the federal government to grant the request of #EndSARS protesters and not make decisions like they have the trust of the masses.   Seun Kuti made this call while speaking of Channels TV's "Sunday Politics" programme. Commenting on the federal government's claim of meeting all the request of the young protesters and calling for an end to the protest, the singer stated that the government does not fully get what is being demanded and what the protest is about.   He said;   “This government should not act as if people trust them. They should not wear that toga for themselves. That is what I am saying. “People should not sit in their high offices in Abuja. Bring yourself off your high horse. Come and relate with...
It is unfair to say that government has not or is not doing anything about the #EndSARS protest – Presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi
Politics

It is unfair to say that government has not or is not doing anything about the #EndSARS protest – Presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi

President Buhari's Special Adviser on Digital Media, Tolu Ogunlesi has stated that it is unfair to say that the federal government has not or is not doing anything about the #EndSARS protest.   Speaking in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, Tolu averred that tremendous progress has been and is still being made to meet the demands of Nigerians protesting against police brutality in the country.   He added that police reforms now, has never been this high on the agenda any government since 1999.   The presidential aide said;   “If you look at the 5 for 5, you can see that quite tremendous progress has been made on all of these. "Never before has police reforms been this high on the agenda of any government since 1999, so it is unfa...
Kaduna state House of Assembly approves castration as punishment for rapists
News

Kaduna state House of Assembly approves castration as punishment for rapists

The Kaduna state House of Assembly has approved castration as punishment for anyone convicted of rape in the state.   The Assembly gave the approval following the passage of a bill to amend the Kaduna state penal court law, 2017, by the lawmakers on Thursday, September 10. The assembly announced the approval on its Twitter handle but deleted the tweet afterward.   “The Bill Recommend total Castration for Rapist in the State,” the assembly's deleted tweet read   However, the majority leader of the assembly also tweeted about the development. “A bill to amend the Kaduna State Penal Court Law No.5 of 2017 has yesterday 09/09/2020 been pass into Law by @Kadlegislature. The Bill Recommend total Castration for Rapist in the State,” the tweet read In July this y...
Kaduna Government Files Criminal Charges Against Anglican Bishop
News

Kaduna Government Files Criminal Charges Against Anglican Bishop

Abiodun Ogunyemi, the Anglican bishop of Zaria diocese has been arraigned before a chief magistrate’s court in Kaduna over alleged“defamatory remarks” he made against Governor Nasir el-Rufai.  The Bishop who was arraigned on charges bordering on criminal defamation, injurious falsehood and criminal intimidation, had criticised the governor over the planned demolition of 110-year-old St George Cathedral in Zaria.  In a statement released in November 2019, Ogunyemi said that El-Rufai will never be president even though he is being groomed to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.  However upon being arraigned on, the Biship pleaded not guilty and was granted bail. A member of the Kaduna Synod and a canon of the cathedral church of...
Nigeria Loses N2.5 Trillion to Fraud Every Year- Forensic Body Reveals
News

Nigeria Loses N2.5 Trillion to Fraud Every Year- Forensic Body Reveals

The Society for Forensic Accountants and Fraud Prevention (SFAFP), a body that studies the management of funds by Government agencies, has revealed that Nigeria loses N2.5 trillion  yearly in the national budget to public sector fraud and corruption. SFAFP Chairman Iliyasu Gashinbaki, revealed that in Africa, 25 per cent of annual budgets of countries are diverted through bad schemes by politicians. Gashinbaki, speaking at a virtual induction of 192 associates of SFAFP at the weekend, revealed public officers mismanaged government money by unlawful use of public assets for private advances, underpayment of taxes and duties on export as well as import. Other methods of embezzlement include payment of salary to ghost workers; bribery and extortion; payment for air supply (goods ...
Nigerian Students Won’t Write 2020 WAEC – FG
News

Nigerian Students Won’t Write 2020 WAEC – FG

The Nigerian government has announced that Nigerian students will not be participating in the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu made the announcement after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday July 8. The Minister who also disclosed that there is no date yet for school resumption, added that he will prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year than expose them to danger.
Drama As Akwa Ibom Seals Christ Embassy Church After This Happened
News

Drama As Akwa Ibom Seals Christ Embassy Church After This Happened

Akwa Ibom State Government has sealed off a Christ Embassy church in Uyo, the state capital for allegedly flouting guidelines for reopening of churches amid the coronavirus pandemic, The PUNCH reports. The Secretary to the State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem, who announced the development in a statement on Sunday, expressed dismay at the action of the pastors and members who reportedly attacked members of the state COVID-19 monitoring team. Ekuwem said, “Today, Sunday 21 June, 2020, the Akwa Ibom State Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria Monitoring Team, while on a routine compliance/inspection visit to the Christ Embassy Church, Nung Akpa Ime branch, State House of Assembly Road, off Nsikak Eduok Avenue to enforce the guidelines and protocols adopted to prevent communi...
El-Rufai Confirms 23 new COVID-19 Cases in Kaduna Communities
News

El-Rufai Confirms 23 new COVID-19 Cases in Kaduna Communities

The Kaduna State government has announced 23 new cases of COVID-19 in five communities in the State. The communities are Kaduna North, Chikun, Zaria, Giwa and Igbabi. The new cases were confirmed after the State conducted 201 sample tests. “Covid-19 Update: On Thursday, 18 June 2020, 23 samples returned positive out of 201 tested. “The new cases are from Kaduna North (9), Chikun (3), Igabi (2), Giwa (4), Zaria (5),” the government tweeted on its official Twitter account on Friday morning. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria as of today is 18,480, according to the NCDC.
Kogi govt Gives Clarification on Reopening Schools
News

Kogi govt Gives Clarification on Reopening Schools

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> The Kogi State government has made clarification on a directive making the rounds that schools in the State should immediately reopen. Reports emerged on Monday, particularly on social media, that the government has directed schools principals and teachers to resume on Monday, 15th June 2020. However the Executive Chairman, Kogi State Science, Technical Education and Teaching Service Commission (STETSCOM), Mrs. Cecilia Cook denied the report, describing the rumour as the handiwork of mischief makers. Speaking through the Information Officer, Mr. Onighaye Talabi, she said that the c...
We Have Returned 5.7bn out of N7.9bn Seized From Rochas Okorocha to Imo State Government- EFCC
News

We Have Returned 5.7bn out of N7.9bn Seized From Rochas Okorocha to Imo State Government- EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has returned N5.7 billion out of the N7.9 billion seized from the former governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha. The Zonal Head of the commission, Usman Imam, who disclosed this today during a press conference, said the monies were released to the Ihedioha and Uzodinma administrations for the payment of salaries and pensions. “I started the Imo state case in Enugu and upon my deployment to this zone, the investigations of corruption allegations against the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, was transfered from the Enugu zone to Port Harcourt for further investigations. Within the period, the commission succeeded in freezing abou...
Rape in Nigeria: FG Finally Sets up Gender Based Violence Management Committee
News

Rape in Nigeria: FG Finally Sets up Gender Based Violence Management Committee

President Muhammadu Buhari led government has announced the immediate inauguration of a Gender-Based Violence Management Committee. Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said this in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Thursday. He condemned the prevalent and rising incidence of rape and sexual assault in the country. Malami said incidents of rape cases in the country have increased dramatically in the last few weeks, resulting in the brutal murder of some victims. The statement observed that the development has sparked outrage in Nigeria and abroad. The minister noted the Federal Ministry of Justice has identified with calls for national response against rape and sexual assault in the country. Malami said in fulfillment of the Min...
Event Centers Remain Shut for now- Lagos State Govt
News

Event Centers Remain Shut for now- Lagos State Govt

The Lagos State Government has clarified its position on reopening of event centres in the state, explaining that owners of such places must register their facilities pending issuance of further directives by Governor Sanwo-Olu in respect of their operations. The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat AkinbiIe-Yusuf, who made the clarification following media reports that owners of event centres could now open for operations, maintained that all event centres and cinemas are to remain shut for now. In a statement released this afternoon, the Commissioner explained that the State government is yet to make any declaration on the date for reopening the event centres, adding that the Governor will make a pronouncement provided that the event centres have met all laid...
Cross River Public Schools To Resume June 16 As Government Mass Produces PPE
Education

Cross River Public Schools To Resume June 16 As Government Mass Produces PPE

All public schools in Cross River State will resume June 16 as the State government plans a special protective measures for children and others. So far the state remains the only state in the county without the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and poised to maintain that standard, the State government is braising the trail again as it has commenced the mass production of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for trial resumption of public schools The State governor, Senator Ben Ayade announced this in a statement made available to some newsmen in Calabar yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita as he (Ayade) unveiled the PPE made at the state owned garment factory. The protective gears, which include face shields and PPE overalls, according to Ayade w...
Dakuku Peterside cries as court declares Aguma authentic Chairman
News

Dakuku Peterside cries as court declares Aguma authentic Chairman

Former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside has reacted to Tuesday’s Court judgment that declared Igo Aguma as the authentic Chairman of the party in the State. Peterside described the judgement as as a miscarriage of justice, adding that the APC will be great again. He assured party faithful that the evil gang-up against Rivers APC will not stand, adding that the judgment by Rivers State High Court was not totally unexpected. Speaking with journalists after the judgement, the party chieftain said the court in its wisdom granted all reliefs sought by the claimants, including those not sought. Honourable Igo Aguma had approached the court challenging the composition of the caretaker committee in the State by the APC ...
Removal Of Fuel Subsidy, Price-fixing Excites Atiku
News

Removal Of Fuel Subsidy, Price-fixing Excites Atiku

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has lauded the president Muhammadu Buhari led administration over the stoppage of subsidy and price-fixing for petrol. Speaking via a statement on his official Twitter, he further called on the federal government to remove other impediments and roll out incentives to spur investments in the oil sector. He said, “Federal government finally withdraws from the fuel subsidy and price-fixing bazaar that had been rife with corruption and stalling investments. This is something patriots have been calling for and for which I was demonised. “The stoppage of subsidy and price-fixing is a right move, although it should have come earlier when the economy was stronger. “Federal and state governments should proceed to remove other impediments and roll ...
“My Church Will Remain Closed” – Chris Okotie Rejects Government Guidelines
Religion

“My Church Will Remain Closed” – Chris Okotie Rejects Government Guidelines

Chris Okotie, founder of the Household of God Church, has rejected the guidelines issued by the Lagos state government for the reopening of worship centres. The Lagos state government, on Thursday, announced that religious activities will resume in two weeks. While Muslims will return to mosques on June 19, Christian worship would begin on June 21. Some guidelines were also announced by the state government to facilitate the reopening of worship centres and to curb the spread of COVID-19. They include the compulsory use of face masks; restriction of people below the age of 15 and above 65 years from services, while gatherings should not exceed one hour. But in a statement, Okotie rejected the guidelines, saying the “fulfilment of the Bible prophecy” against the church is...
The President is not in Charge of this Nation – Wole Soyinka says
News

The President is not in Charge of this Nation – Wole Soyinka says

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, says he does not believe President Buhari is the one in charge of the affairs of the nation. Soyinka who has never hidden his displeasure about the Buhari-led government, said this when he spoke in a fresh interview with PlusTV Africa. While reacting to the open letter the former military administrator to Kano state, Umar Dangiwa, wrote to the president in which he accused him of appointing only persons from his region into his government, Soyinka said “First of all, I was appalled by the silence that followed this revelation. I think those who are responsible for this criminal lopsidedness should be punished. It is not sufficient just to discuss it. It’s criminal. I have said this before. I don’t believe there is really anybody in charge in Aso R...
Lagos Government Launches Register-to-open Initiative of the economy amid Coronavirus pandemic
News

Lagos Government Launches Register-to-open Initiative of the economy amid Coronavirus pandemic

The Lagos state government has launched a Register-to-Open Initiative for religious and social centres, social clubs, event centres, restaurants, bars, night clubs, spas, cinemas and gyms ahead of the gradual re-opening of the state economy. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on May 17 debunked claims of absolute reopening of the state's economy. The Governor said;   “In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management. “There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening. “I d...
We’ve Pulled out from Peace Agreement with Bandits – Governor Masari
News

We’ve Pulled out from Peace Agreement with Bandits – Governor Masari

Governor Aminu Masari has announced that his government has pulled out of the peace agreement they reached with bandits who have been killing and destroying properties owned by innocent residents of Katsina state. Though the Katsina State Governor said the peace agreement his administration reached with bandits in 2016 yielded positive results, he however added that the gunmen betrayed it and have since been carrying out coordinated attacks with their accomplices from Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger Republic across the state. Masari told BBC Hausa;   “The armed bandits have betrayed our trust in them, following a peace agreement earlier negotiated with them, in our quest to find a lasting peace in the state. “We chose peace dialogue for peaceful coexistence in the state a...
Alcohol Is Trending In South Africa As Government Ease Lockdown To Allow Sale OF Alcohol After 9 Weeks
News

Alcohol Is Trending In South Africa As Government Ease Lockdown To Allow Sale OF Alcohol After 9 Weeks

South African shoppers filled trolleys with cases of beer and cider and bottles of whiskey and wine on Monday as the government eased the coronavirus lockdown to allow the sale of alcohol to resume after a nine-week ban. South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption per capita in the world, banned the sale of liquor in late March to ease hospital workloads and prevent a rise in domestic violence related to alcohol abuse during lockdown. Under looser restrictions, alcohol will be sold for home consumption from Mondays to Thursdays, a welcome relief for an industry on its knees due to the ban. An estimated 117,600 jobs have been lost in the industry, with 13% of the craft beer sector in the process of shutting, while the wine industry was in severe distre...
Wetin We Need Another Loan For? – Seun Kuti Questions Pres. Buhari
Celebs

Wetin We Need Another Loan For? – Seun Kuti Questions Pres. Buhari

Seun Kuti , Afrobeat musician and Son of Legendary Afrobeat singer Fela Kuti, has questioned the government over the numerous loans they ‘ve seeked. He asked that people speak up on the numerous loans being collected by the Buhari administration. He also complained about not seeing what the money are being used for. He wrote: “OGA GENERAL BUHARI WETIN WE NEED ANODA LOAN FOR? MY PEOPLE MKE UNA ALL RAISE UNA VOICE AGAINST ALL DIS LOANS WEY GOVT DEY KWALECT WIT OUR NAME BUT WE D PEOPLE NO DEY SEE D MONEY AND ANY DEVPT DEM USE D MONEY FOR ✊ ?ALUTA”
301 Chinese evacuated from Nigeria through Lagos airport
News

301 Chinese evacuated from Nigeria through Lagos airport

301 Chinese nationals were on Thursday night evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos. The evacuation was done by Nigeria Carrier, Air Peace airline. The airline carried out the evacuation with its Boeing 777-300 with registration 5N-BWI. The 301 passengers and 24 crew members were flown directly from Lagos to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China’s most populous, commercial city. The evacuation which was arranged by the Chinese government took off at about 10: 00 pm Nigerian time and arrived at about 1:15 pm Nigerian time on Friday. Recall Air Peace was also the airline that evacuated Israelis living in Nigeria late March and has been contacted by other countries for evacuation operations. Spokesman of the airline, Stanley ...
Manager of Demolished Hotel Tested Positive For Coronavirus – Rivers Government
News

Manager of Demolished Hotel Tested Positive For Coronavirus – Rivers Government

The Rivers state government has announced that the manager of a hotel which was demolished by Governor Nyesom Wike for violating the lockdown order he issued, has tested positive for Coronavirus. In an announcement made on Sunday May 24, the Rivers government said the Manager of Prodest Hotel, Bariledum Azoroh is among the 27 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the State. The state's commissioner for information, Paul Nsirim also recalled how some COVID-19 Taskforce members who went to enforce the Executive Order at same hotel, were allegedly ''brutalized and dehumanised leading to the death of one of them.'' The statement reads; Rivers State has recorded 27 new positive coronavirus cases. The Manager of Prodest Hotel, Eleme is among the new positive cases. This late...
Economic Diversification: Enugu govt donates vehicle to ECCIMA
News

Economic Diversification: Enugu govt donates vehicle to ECCIMA

The Enugu State Government, yesterday, donated a vehicle to the Enugu Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), to enable it discharge her duties more efficiently. This is in a bid to encourage the laudable vision of the organization towards the diversification of the state’s economy for job creation and exploration of the non-oil sectors for the sustenance of the State’s development agenda. Presenting the vehicle to the body at the Government House, Enugu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, disclosed that “this donation is to assist your esteemed organization to execute your daily activities bearing in mind the importance of your engagements to the economic growth of our dear state”. The Deputy Governor noted...
Government go-ahead will signal a return to British racing next month
Sport

Government go-ahead will signal a return to British racing next month

"We must emphasise that this provisional plan may still need to be adjusted according to when and under what circumstances racing is safely able to recommence," was the announcement from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) only last week, following the news that horse racing would resume in the UK from June 1st – subject to government guidelines.  With French Galop already re-commencing their racing season, following the coronavirus’ strict lockdown measures which put paid to any sporting events taking place around the world, and news from Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) that the season there will restart on June 8th at Naas, UK fans are hoping for something to look forward to, at the beginning of next month.  After the jumps season was dramatically cut short, with the Cheltenham ...
Churches, mosques open in Taraba as state is free of coronavirus
News

Churches, mosques open in Taraba as state is free of coronavirus

Christians and muslims in Taraba State have been directed to resume their religious activities, but in compliance with Covid-19 protocol. The Taraba government allowed the religious centres to open after announcing that the state no longer has an active case of the Coronavirus. In a broadcast, the Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu, however, said that observance of social distancing and other safety protocols must be strictly adhered to. He also announced a slight ease on restriction of movement and other activities. According to him, government has set aside Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to enable the residents carry out their activities from 8 am. to 6 pm. The deputy governor added that lockdown would still be observed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, adding th...
Citizens Have Right To Sue Govt Over Lockdown, South African President Tells
News

Citizens Have Right To Sue Govt Over Lockdown, South African President Tells

As legal challenges to the South African government’s COVID-19 lockdown mount, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday he could not stop anyone taking them to court. “Since the start of this crisis, a number of people have exercised their right to approach the courts,” Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly letter to the nation, adding this was a normal tenet of constitutional democracy. Ramaphosa chose to address the issue as the country heads into its eighth week of lockdown and voices criticising the government’s measures grow louder. Although the country had more than 15,500 confirmed cases by Sunday, more than 7,000 have recovered and 264 have died. Many argue that the health services have had enough time to prepare for the “peak” of infections, expected from July. Of great...
Caf rules in Botswana’s favour after boycotting U17 Women’s World Cup clash with Morocco
Sport

Caf rules in Botswana’s favour after boycotting U17 Women’s World Cup clash with Morocco

The African football governing body has refused to punish the Southern African nation for failing to honour their away tie The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has rescheduled Morocco's second leg of the second round tie of the 2020 U17 Women's World Cup qualifiers against Botswana. The match originally scheduled to be played at Stade Boubker Ammar in Sale on March 14 following a 1-0 first-leg triumph at the National Stadium, Gaborone, saw the visitors not show up because they boycotted the match due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Reports say that the match's abandonment was due to the travel ban by Botswana's government on citizens to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Japan lifts virus emergency for most regions
News

Japan lifts virus emergency for most regions

Japan's prime minister on Thursday lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus for the majority of the country but kept it in place for top cities Tokyo and Osaka. After fears the virus could explode in Japan, new infections have come down sharply, enabling the government to end the measure in 39 out of 47 prefectures before it was due to expire on May 31. But with new cases still emerging daily in Tokyo, Osaka and the northern island of Hokkaido, Shinzo Abe told reporters in a televised news conference that the state of emergency would be kept in place for those regions. "If possible, before May 31, we would like to lift the state of emergency for the other regions as well," he said. "It's going to be a long road ahead," Abe warned, asking residents to continue ...
‘I was eating cardboard and biting chunks out of the wall’ – Balotelli struggling to cope with lockdown
Sport

‘I was eating cardboard and biting chunks out of the wall’ – Balotelli struggling to cope with lockdown

The Italian forward has been left totally alone since the start of quarantine, and he admits that he hasn't handled it too well Mario Balotelli says he has been "going crazy" during his lockdown as he has spent the past several weeks totally alone. Like virtually every European League, Serie A has been shut down since March as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Italy has been one of the world's worst-hit countries throughout the pandemic, but teams have recently been given government approval to begin group training sessions.