Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Chinedu Asadu

    We want to lead with technology, says Connect Rail Services

We want to lead with technology, says Connect Rail Services

Connect Rail Services Ltd, an indigenous freight firm, has unveiled plans of how it wants to lead with technology in the rail sector.In an interview with journalists, Edeme Kelikume, chief executive officer of the firm, said it was established to provide "value innovative transportation solutions for containers and break bulk cargo" in the country.Kelikume said Connect Rail Services is operating [...]

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    Sirika to Atiku: Only Buhari is exempted from airport security checks

Sirika to Atiku: Only Buhari is exempted from airport security checks

Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, has accused Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of raising false alarm over his encounter with security operatives on Sunday.TheCable reported how Atiku was searched by security operatives upon his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.The PDP presidential candidate had said the search was an attempt to [...]

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    DSS searches Atiku’s private jet after returning from Dubai

DSS searches Atiku’s private jet after returning from Dubai

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) searched the jet that brought back Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to Nigeria.Paul Ibe, Atiku's spokesman, confirmed the incident to TheCable on Sunday.It was gathered that the private jet conveying Atiku from Dubai landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 1:30am, into the waiting arms [...]

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    Togolese cook makes u-turn, reveals why he ‘killed’ Credit Switch chairman

Togolese cook makes u-turn, reveals why he ‘killed’ Credit Switch chairman

Sunday Anani, the Togolese cook who was arrested over the murder of Ope Bademosi, chairman of Credit Switch Technology, has reportedly admitted to killing the businessman.According to a statement issued Sunday by the Lagos state police command, Anani confessed to killing Bademosi when he (Anani) sneaked into his room to rob him.The suspect had earlier said four unidentified persons broke [...]

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    ‘You often send window dressing documents’ — senator blames executive for budget delay

‘You often send window dressing documents’ — senator blames executive for budget delay

Biodun Olujimi, senate minority leader, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of unjustly blaming the national assembly over the delay in the passage of the 2018 budget.The senator said contrary to Buhari’s claim that the lawmakers delayed the passage, what the executive usually sends to the legislative chamber is "window dressing documents".Buhari presented the budget to the national assembly in November 2017 [...]

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    Ondo speaker: How my predecessor invaded house of assembly with thugs

Ondo speaker: How my predecessor invaded house of assembly with thugs

Olamide George, newly elected speaker of the Ondo house of assembly, has defended the impeachment of Bamidele Oloyelogun, his predecessor.He said Oloyelogun alongside Ogundeji Iroju, former deputy speaker, allegedly spent over N1 billion meant for the assembly without approval.George said this on Saturday during a news conference in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.Oloyelogun and Iroju were impeached on Friday amid an [...]

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    ‘I pray for people like you’ — Peter Obi replies el-Rufai over ‘bigot’ comment

‘I pray for people like you’ — Peter Obi replies el-Rufai over ‘bigot’ comment

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, has accused Nasir el-Rufai of "recklessness" after the Kaduna governor described him as a "tribal bigot".Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told the governor he is praying for "people like him" over the outburst.Writing via his Twitter handle, el-Rufai had said: "Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely [...]

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    Gulak: I was offered $2 million to manipulate Imo guber primary

Gulak: I was offered $2 million to manipulate Imo guber primary

Ahmed Gulak says he was offered bribe to manipulate the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Imo.The APC chieftain was the chairman of the panel that oversaw the exercise.Gulak, a former adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, says an unnamed person offered him $2 million and a private jet flight to Imo state before the primary began.In an interview with Vanguard, [...]

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    UPDATED: Imo, Zamfara APC missing from INEC’s list of guber candidates

UPDATED: Imo, Zamfara APC missing from INEC’s list of guber candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has failed to publish the name of any governorship candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state.The party was not reflected in the list of parties for the 2019 governorship election published at the commission's office in Owerri, according to PUNCH.The commission published names of governorship candidates of about 67 political parties alongside [...]

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    Reps recommend sack of NEMA DG, indict Osinbajo-led board over ‘illegal’ approval

Reps recommend sack of NEMA DG, indict Osinbajo-led board over ‘illegal’ approval

The house of representatives has indicted the governing board of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over "illegal approval of N5.8 billion north-east intervention fund."The lawmakers also recommended the dismissal of Mustapha Maihaja, director-general of NEMA, over alleged fraud.At plenary on Thursday, the lower legislative chamber adopted a report of its committee which also recommended the prosecution of [...]

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    El-Rufai’s running mate handed new role ‘at the heart of Kaduna govt’

El-Rufai’s running mate handed new role ‘at the heart of Kaduna govt’

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has offered Hadiza Balarabe, his running mate in the 2019 governorship election, a new appointment.The governor on Thursday appointed Balarabe as his senior adviser-counsel, according to a statement from Samuel Aruwan, his spokesman.The statement said the appointment, which is with immediate effect, will put her at "the heart of the (state) government".Balarabe is the [...]

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    Atiku tackles Buhari over minimum wage, says ‘govt only as reliable as its word’

Atiku tackles Buhari over minimum wage, says ‘govt only as reliable as its word’

Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, says President Muhammadu Buhari should "keep to his word" and approve the new N30,000 minimum wage.In a statement by his campaign organisation, Abubakar said the president should work towards paying workers "a living wage" as opposed to the "starvation wages" now paid to them.The minimum wage tripartite committee had submitted its report [...]

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    EXTRA: Faulty microphones force house of reps to adjourn

EXTRA: Faulty microphones force house of reps to adjourn

The house of representatives was forced to adjourn its plenary on Wednesday as a result of faulty microphones.The lower legislative chamber adjourned at about 1pm after some of the microphones continued to malfunction.A similar situation was experienced in recent past, causing the lawmakers to be inaudible when speaking from their seats.On Wednesday, the situation worsened, forcing Yakubu Dogara, speaker of [...]

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    Ezekwesili: What I told IBB in Minna

Ezekwesili: What I told IBB in Minna

Oby Ezekwesili, presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), says it is time to take Nigeria "out of clutches of old order".Ezekwesili, who has been an advocate of the younger generation taking over power in the country.She said that was what she told former military President Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger state, during the weekend.TheCable had reported that [...]

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    NHIS ES: I was suspended for refusing to release N975m to health ministry

NHIS ES: I was suspended for refusing to release N975m to health ministry

Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), says he was suspended for refusing to release N975 million to the ministry of health.He said this on Friday when he appeared before the house of representatives panel investigating the crisis that followed his suspension.The NHIS governing board recently suspended Yusuf after accusing him of financial infractions and abuse of [...]

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    Minimum wage: Court stops labour from embarking on strike

Minimum wage: Court stops labour from embarking on strike

The National industrial court has ordered the organised labour not to go ahead with the nationwide strike scheduled for November 6.At its sitting on Friday, Sanusi Kado, a judge, ruled that the planned strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) will cause huge economic loss to the nation.Kado ruled on an ex parte application [...]

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