Friday, July 19, 2019

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    Dogara: We won’t accept excuses for non-payment of pensions

Dogara: We won’t accept excuses for non-payment of pensions

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has urged the executive to ensure that all backlog of pension payments are made promptly, saying no excuse will be accepted for failure to do so.Dogara gave this charge on Thursday after Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance and Udoma Udoma, her budget and planning counterpart, briefed the house on efforts made so [...]

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    Udoma: We don’t have funds to pay salaries, pensions

Udoma: We don’t have funds to pay salaries, pensions

Udoma Udoma, minister of budget and national planning, says half of the projected revenue in the 2017 budget is for salaries and pensions, but the funds to pay are not available.Udoma said this on Thursday, while fielding questions from members of the house of representatives.He said the federal government had been making efforts to solve issues relating to the welfare [...]

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    Faleke: We campaigned for Buhari but he is rewarding Bello’s cronies

Faleke: We campaigned for Buhari but he is rewarding Bello’s cronies

James Faleke, a house of representatives member, says the federal and Kogi state governments have marginalised the Audu/Faleke political family.In a statement on Wednesday, Faleke said despite working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win elections, members of the political family had not been given appointments.He said Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, gave appointments to members of the Peoples [...]

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    Meningitis spreads to Cross River, kills 12-year-old boy

Meningitis spreads to Cross River, kills 12-year-old boy

The dreaded meningitis disease ravaging parts of the north has spread to Cross River state, killing a 12-year-old boy identified as Paul Ogar.Inyang Asibong, commissioner of health in the state, disclosed this on Wednesday, saying 24 cases had been reported.The commissioner said Ogar was brought from Ogoja local government area to Calabar, the capital of the state.She explained that Ogoja [...]

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    Reps reject bill seeking to empower n’assembly to sack governors

Reps reject bill seeking to empower n’assembly to sack governors

Legislators in the house of representatives on Wednesday kicked against a bill seeking to empower the national assembly to remove governors and deputy governors from office "in appropriate circumstances".The bill is seeking to delete the proviso of section 11 (4) of the constitution which already specified that the national assembly could take over state house of assemblies in times of [...]

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    Senate to review two out of four bills rejected by executive

Senate to review two out of four bills rejected by executive

The senate has resolved to constitute a conference committee to consider the observations raised in two bills rejected by the executive.On February 22, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo refused to give assent to four bills.The bills are Dangerous Drug Amendment Bill, 2016; National Lottery Bill, 2016; Currency Conversion Freezing Order Amendment Bill, 2016, and Agricultural Credit Scheme Bill, 2016.Osinbajo had explained [...]

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    Release N15bn to amnesty programme, reps tell FG

Release N15bn to amnesty programme, reps tell FG

The house of representatives on Tuesday urged the federal government to release the sum of N15 billion appropriated in the 2016 budget to fund the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).The lower legislative chamber also mandated its committee on Niger Delta Affairs to investigate the circumstances leading to the challenges of funding as it affects the amnesty programme.Moving the motion on the [...]

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    Senate tells health ministry to get more vaccines to combat meningitis

Senate tells health ministry to get more vaccines to combat meningitis

The senate on Thursday directed the ministry of health to work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to acquire vaccines to combat the outbreak of meningitis.The upper legislative chamber also directed the relevant agencies to carry out mass sensitisation and immunisation of children and adults susceptible to the disease.The resolutions were sequel to a motion sponsored by Gbenga Ashafa, senator [...]

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    Bamaiyi: Obasanjo used his presidency to cover up his involvement in ’95 coup

Bamaiyi: Obasanjo used his presidency to cover up his involvement in ’95 coup

Ishaya Bamaiyi, a former chief of army staff, says Olusegun Obasanjo used his tenure as president to cover up his alleged role in the 1995 coup.Obasanjo was president between 1999 and 2007.He was among those arrested and detained by the regime of Abacha, but as luck would have it, the military dictator died and Obasanjo was not only set free [...]

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    SERAP sues FG over disbursement of Paris loan refund

SERAP sues FG over disbursement of Paris loan refund

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the federal high court in Lagos to give an order compelling the federal government to publish details of the N388.304 billion Paris Club refund.The funds were allegedly said to be diverted and mismanaged by 35 states.In the suit marked FCH/CS/523/17 and filed on Monday, SERAP wants Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the [...]

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    South-east governors showed courage by calling for Kanu’s release, says IPOB

South-east governors showed courage by calling for Kanu’s release, says IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has lauded the courage of south-east governors for calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, its leader.Kanu is being tried for treason at the federal high court in Abuja.The call for the release of Kanu by the governors is sequel to a meeting that was held on Sunday in Enugu state.At the meeting, the [...]

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    Diya tried using me to overthrow Abacha, says Bamaiyi

Diya tried using me to overthrow Abacha, says Bamaiyi

Ishaya Bamaiyi, a former chief of army staff, says Oladipo Diya, a retired general, wanted to use him to overthrow Sani Abacha, a former military head of state.Diya had accused Bamaiyi of being the initiator of the coup.But in his book, 'Vindication of A General', Bamaiyi said Diya, who was second-in-command to Abacha, started planning the coup as early as [...]

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Buratai: We need UN assistance to demine Sambisa forest

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says Nigeria needs the assistance of United Nations (UN) to demine Sambisa forest in Borno state.In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Buratai said the army is doing a "limited demining" of the forest to enable the troops move around for operations.He said that this is in order to create safe [...]

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    APC to meet senate caucus Tuesday over legislature, executive rift

APC to meet senate caucus Tuesday over legislature, executive rift

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will meet with its seante caucus on Tuesday over its rift with the executive.In a statement on Sunday, Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesman of the party, said following the worsening relationship between the two arms of government, the national working committee (NWC) of the APC decided to embark on series of consultations aimed at resolving [...]

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    Underfunding APC is part of change mantra, says Ganduje

Underfunding APC is part of change mantra, says Ganduje

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, says underfunding the All Progressives Congress (APC) is part of the ruling party's change mantra.Ganduje said this in an interview with Vanguard, when he was asked what was responsible for the underfunding of the APC.He said things were different under President Muhammad Buhari's administration as the era of people getting "cheap money" was over.The [...]

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    Asari-Dokubo: Buhari’s govt is a ‘deaf and dumb regime’

Asari-Dokubo: Buhari’s govt is a ‘deaf and dumb regime’

Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, has described President Muhammadu Buhari's administration as a "deaf and dumb regime".He said the government is the most insensitive and hostile in Nigeria's history.In an interview with PUNCH, Asari-Dokubo said the current administration came with the mindset to "kill but unfortunately, they found it very difficult to kill us".The [...]

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