Saturday, November 17, 2018

Tag "Federal Government"

    Lai: FG has saved N17bn from foreign trips, sitting allowances

Lai: FG has saved N17bn from foreign trips, sitting allowances

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the federal government has saved over N17 billion from foreign trips, sitting allowances and souvenirs.Mohammed disclosed this at a forum organised by NAN in Abuja on Tuesday.He said the present administration introduced an efficiency unit in the ministry of finance to ensure that the resources of government were not squandered on "trivialised [...]

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    Wellbeing of education sector dependent on oil prices, says minister

Wellbeing of education sector dependent on oil prices, says minister

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says the wellbeing of the education sector is dependent on oil prices.Adamu made the statement while addressing reporters at the headquarters of the ministry of education on Monday.The interaction took place after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite strike.Abiodun Ogunyemi, national president of ASUU, had said the strike became necessary [...]

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    Lai: We are doing our best to rescue Leah Sharibu

Lai: We are doing our best to rescue Leah Sharibu

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the federal government is doing its best to ensure Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl in Boko Haram captivity, is released.The minister said this while speaking with reporters after the 100 years celebration of St. Andrews Catholic Church in his Oro home town, Kwara state, on Thursday.Mohammed said Sharibu is a precious daughter of [...]

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    Another goof?  Dead judge ‘among’ Nigerians banned from travelling abroad

Another goof? Dead judge ‘among’ Nigerians banned from travelling abroad

The federal government has included a dead person on its list of Nigerians banned from travelling abroad, according to the unconfirmed list published by The Nation.On Saturday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, announced that at least 50 Nigerians being probed for alleged corruption have been banned from leaving the country.He had said the action was to the effect of the executive order [...]

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    Labour gives FG 14-day ultimatum over minimum wage

Labour gives FG 14-day ultimatum over minimum wage

Organised labour has given the federal government 14 days to reconvene the committee on a new minimum wage or risk industrial action.Leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC) frowned at the decision of Chris Ngige, minister of labour, to adjourn the work of the committee indefinitely.Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, said [...]

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    FG accuses Switzerland of ‘daylight robbery’ in recovery of looted funds

FG accuses Switzerland of ‘daylight robbery’ in recovery of looted funds

The federal government has accused Switzerland of “robbing” Nigeria in the course of recovering funds looted from the country.Nigeria recently signed an agreement with Switzerland for the release of $322 million said to have been stolen by Sani Abacha, former military head of state.This is just one of the previous recoveries made by both current and past administrations of the [...]

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    ‘Too many journalists imprisoned for wrong reasons’ — group demands release of Jones Abiri

‘Too many journalists imprisoned for wrong reasons’ — group demands release of Jones Abiri

The coalition for whistleblower protection and Press Freedom is calling on the federal government to release Jones Abiri, journalist who was arrested and have been detained for two years.On July 16, 2016, Abiri, publisher of the Weekly Source, a newspaper based in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, was picked by agents of the Department of State Service (DSS) on the allegation [...]

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    Salkida: 30 Chibok schoolgirls are alive — not 15

Salkida: 30 Chibok schoolgirls are alive — not 15

Ahmad Salkida, journalist known for having access to the leadership of the Boko Haram sect, has again, taken to Twitter with new information on the Chibok schoolgirls.In a series of tweets on Saturday, Salkida had said 98 of the girls had died in captivity.“Many of the girls have died as a result of crossfire and bombardments of the security forces [...]

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    Kukah: Amnesty to Boko Haram shows FG knows something we don’t

Kukah: Amnesty to Boko Haram shows FG knows something we don’t

Matthew Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, says the amnesty the federal government granted to repentant Boko Haram members shows it is privy to some information.Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Friday, Kukah said the offer of amnesty shows the insurgent group has not been weakened as the military claimed.Kukah said he had raised the issue of amnesty to [...]

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    Shehu Sani to FG: Ask UK, UAE to publish names of Nigerians with properties abroad 

Shehu Sani to FG: Ask UK, UAE to publish names of Nigerians with properties abroad 

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says names of Nigerians owning properties abroad should be made public rather than being disclosed only to the federal government.Dubai, the commercial city in UAE, the UK and the US are among the favourite destinations for corrupt Nigerian government officials to invest heavily in real estate.In August last year, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an [...]

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    Amnesty on herdsmen killings: It’s not enough for govt to make pronouncements

Amnesty on herdsmen killings: It’s not enough for govt to make pronouncements

Amnesty International has condemned the wave of violence in the country, asking the federal government to punish all those involved.According to the organisation, over 80 people were killed between January 1 and January 5 in Benue, Rivers, Taraba and Kaduna alone.In a statement signed by Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, the human rights organisation clamoured for accountability [...]

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    Pump price of fuel should not go up ‘even by one naira’

Pump price of fuel should not go up ‘even by one naira’

Accountable Leadership for Better Nigeria Initiative (ALBNI), a newly registered civil society group, says any plan to hike the price of petroleum products is “absurd” and should be “quashed”.The group said this in a statement jointly issued by Ogochukwu Paul, its director of media and communication, and signed by Remi Adebayo, president.“Our position on the planned fuel increment by the [...]

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    VAIDS: FG to seize 2,000 properties in Abuja

VAIDS: FG to seize 2,000 properties in Abuja

The federal government has said it will seize properties that are built and owned by corporate organisations from where taxes are not being paid.Babatunde Fowler, chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, said this on Thursday during a media workshop on voluntary assets and income declaration scheme (VAIDS).While urging individuals and companies yet to declare their earnings and pay relevant taxes [...]

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    Fuel scarcity may worsen as PENGASSAN threatens to shut down oil sector

Fuel scarcity may worsen as PENGASSAN threatens to shut down oil sector

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the federal government owing to “anti-labour policies” by some oil and gas companies.In a statement on Thursday, the association said the action would lead to shutting down of all oil and gas installations, causing disruptions in fuel supply and distribution across the country.The [...]

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    Shell kicks as Amnesty calls for its probe over ‘horrific crimes’ in Ogoni

Shell kicks as Amnesty calls for its probe over ‘horrific crimes’ in Ogoni

Amnesty International (AI) has accused Shell Development Company of Nigeria of complicity in the “horrific crimes” committed by the Nigerian military in Ogoniland.AI said its records, internal company documents, and witness statements show Shell played a role in the “murder, rape and torture” of some citizens in Ogoni.A statement issued by the organisation on Tuesday said the findings are contained [...]

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    IPOB to FG: Defend yourself in court — not on the pages of newspapers

IPOB to FG: Defend yourself in court — not on the pages of newspapers

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the federal government of seeking to frustrate the hearing of its fundamental human rights enforcement suit.It said this while reacting to the application filed by the government at the community court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), challenging the fundamental rights suit before the court.In 2016, Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB [...]

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