Friday, September 22, 2017

Dyepkazah Shibayan

    Fund disclosure, 18-month imprisonment for violation — highlights of NGO bill

Fund disclosure, 18-month imprisonment for violation — highlights of NGO bill

On July 14, 2016, the house of representatives passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish a commission that would regulate non-governmental organisations (NGOs).Umar Buba Jibril, deputy majority leader and sponsor of the bill, said the bill sought to supervise, monitor and coordinate the activities of civil society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs).But recently, those who saw the [...]

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    Rep: We need to regulate NGOs… the bill won’t affect churches, mosques, esusu

Rep: We need to regulate NGOs… the bill won’t affect churches, mosques, esusu

Umar Jibril, deputy majority leader of the house of representatives, says the non-governmental organisation (NGO) regulation bill is in the interest of Nigerians.On Thursday, Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), launched a campaign against the bill about to be considered and passed by the national assembly.In a five-minute video, Odinkalu said the proposed law would [...]

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    Thugs ‘beat up’ Osun commissioner in Ondo

Thugs ‘beat up’ Osun commissioner in Ondo

Bola Ilori, the Osun state commissioner for regional integration, was reportedly beaten up by suspected political thugs in Ondo state, on Thursday.Ilori was attending the zonal meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee on restructuring, at the International Event Centre, Akure, when the incident took place.It was learnt that the commissioner was assaulted when he left the hall to [...]

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    Wike knocks Lai: Your irresponsible utterances stoking embers of disharmony

Wike knocks Lai: Your irresponsible utterances stoking embers of disharmony

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has advised Lai Mohammed, minister of information, to stop "stoking the embers of disharmony".The minister had said corrupt elements were the sponsors of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).Speaking on Thursday at the All Nigeria Editors Conference in Port Harcourt, Wike said the country needed "forthright leadership and consensus building" to steer it to [...]

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    Northern elders on restructuring: We won’t be stampeded into adopting what will hurt us

Northern elders on restructuring: We won’t be stampeded into adopting what will hurt us

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) says it will not be stampeded into adopting an agenda that will hurt its basic "interests".Wantaregh Paul Unongo, leader of the forum, said this on Thursday in reaction to the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).Unongo said the north acknowledges "the legitimate questions on the current operations of the Nigerian state."What the north [...]

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    Nwodo, in Sokoto, says NO to another civil war

Nwodo, in Sokoto, says NO to another civil war

John Nwodo, president-general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says the country should not be allowed to get to the stage of another civil war.Nwodo said this on Thursday when he paid a visit to Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto.He said although the country is facing challenges, the unity that has existed over the years was worthy of being maintained.The president-general who [...]

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    No knowledge of IPOB’s presence in our country, says French embassy

No knowledge of IPOB’s presence in our country, says French embassy

France has denied the allegation that the financial headquarters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is in its country.On Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, alleged that the group had been receiving financial assistance from the European nation."Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know, but you see, can you as a government [...]

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    El-Rufai: Those who advocate abandonment of existing political structure are unrealistic

El-Rufai: Those who advocate abandonment of existing political structure are unrealistic

Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna says, says those seeking a "wholesale abandonment" of the existing political structure in the quest of restructuring the country are "probably unrealistic" in their expectations.Speaking at Chatham House in London on Thursday, el-Rufai said Nigerians appreciate their diversity but seek a fairer system that puts social justice above everything.The governor explained that this could be [...]

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    Gbajabiamila: Reps will debate report on Patience Jonathan’s accounts

Gbajabiamila: Reps will debate report on Patience Jonathan’s accounts

Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, says the lower legislative chamber has not directed banks to lift the restriction imposed on the accounts of  Patience Jonathan, former first lady.On Tuesday, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, chairman of the house committee on public petition, directed six banks to unblock Jonathan's accounts.“Until EFCC proves otherwise, I’ll ask you to remove the precautionary restriction [...]

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    Health workers declare nationwide strike

Health workers declare nationwide strike

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have directed their members in federal hospitals to proceed on an indefinite strike.Biobelemoye Josiah, national of chairman JOHESU, blamed the action on the federal government's "lackadaisical attitude".At a press conference in Kwara state on Wednesday, Josiah explained that the union had given government two ultimatums to respond to [...]

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    S’court rejects appeal of sacked rep, insists he must return salaries

S’court rejects appeal of sacked rep, insists he must return salaries

The supreme court has dismissed the application of Herman Hembe, sacked member of the house of representatives from Benue state.On June 23, the apex court sacked Hembe and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to present Dorathy Mato with the certificate of return of Vandeikiya/Konshisha federal constituency.The court also ordered Hembe to return all the salaries and allowances he [...]

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    Lai: We are taking steps to block IPOB’s funding

Lai: We are taking steps to block IPOB’s funding

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the federal government is taking steps to block the source of funding of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).The minister said this on Tuesday while speaking on 'Good Morning Nigeria', a live programme on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).Mohammed said the government knew the countries supporting IPOB but that he was not at liberty [...]

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    You can’t cry more than the bereaved, reps chief whip tackles Saraki over IPOB comment

You can’t cry more than the bereaved, reps chief whip tackles Saraki over IPOB comment

Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, chief whip of the house of representatives, says the comment of Senate President Bukola Saraki on the categorisation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation portrays him as a controversial leader.On Monday, Saraki opposed the declaration, describing it as unconstitutional. The nation's number three citizen said due process was not followed.But Doguwa dismissed Saraki's statement, [...]

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    Omokri to Lai: You are minister for information, not propaganda

Omokri to Lai: You are minister for information, not propaganda

Reno Omokri, former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has advised Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, to stop spreading propaganda.Omokri said this in reaction to Mohammed's allegation that people in opposition parties were sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).The former presidential aide urged the minister to face his duty by giving occasional briefings to Nigerians, and not propaganda.In [...]

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    ’12 killed’ in fresh suicide attack in Borno

’12 killed’ in fresh suicide attack in Borno

Three suicide bombers have killed about 12 people and injured 27 in Meshimari, a village in Konduga local government of Borno state.Ibrahim Liman, a witness, said the incident occurred around 12pm on Monday.He told TheCable that the bombers sneaked into a place close to the residence of the district head of the village.Liman also said the Borno State Emergency Management Agency [...]

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