Again, Buhari seeks Reps approval for $5.513bn

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the House of Representatives to request for the approval of fresh $5.513bn external borrowing. According to the letter read by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the plenary on Thursday, Buhari said the funds were for 2020 budget deficit, financing of critical projects, and some states of the federation. The President also presented a revised 2020 Appropriation Bill and 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper. The National Assembly had recently approved a loan of N850bn for the Federal…

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House of Reps resolves FCT health workers’ salary delays … JOHESU members to get pay in two days

… JOHESU members to get pay in two days The leadership of the House of Representatives has resolved the issues surrounding the delays in the payment of salary of some health workers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.Consequently, some of the health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals are to receive their salary on or before May 22, 2020, which will be Friday.The issues were resolved at a meeting, on Wednesday, between the leadership of the House, led by…

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Gambari resumes as CoS, pledges allegiance to Buhari

Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, resumed work at the Presidential Villa saying his primary assignment was to report directly to the president, not to the public. Prof. Gambari who stated this on Wednesday when he spoke briefly to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, commended President Buhari for finding him worthy to serve in the new capacity. “I thank the President of the Federal Republic for giving me the opportunity to serve him and of course, the country,” he said. Gambari, when…

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Meet Prof. Gambari, Buhari’s new Chief of Staff

Newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Agboola Ibrahim Gambari, is a man who needs little or no introduction in the Nigerian political landscape. Gambari, an Ilorin Prince and one of Nigeria’s best brains in diplomacy and international relations was appointed to replace the former CoS to the President, Abba Kyari who died after a protracted battle with coronavirus. Born on November 24, 1944, in Ilorin, Kwara State, he is a respected scholar and diplomat. Gambari was Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 and was later appointed by the…

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Gbajabiamila condoles Buhari over nephew’s death

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has condoled President Muhammadu Buhari and the members of his extended family over the demise of his nephew, Alhaji Mutari Dauda.The Speaker also prayed for the repose of the late Alhaji Mutari Dauda, who was the younger brother to Mamman Daura.The Speaker, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, also extended his condolences to the entire people of Daura Emirate over the loss.He prayed that Almighty Allah will give the President, members of his…

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Supreme Court nullifies Kalu’s conviction

Reprieve came the way of ex-Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Kalu, as the Supreme Court on Friday nullified his trial those of others, who were in December convicted and sentenced for N7.1bn fraud. Justice Mohammed Idris, who had been elevated to the Court of Appeal bench, had returned to the Federal High Court in Lagos to complete the case which started in 2007. The judge had sentenced the ex-governor to 12 years imprisonment for the fraud he allegedly perpetrated during his tenure as Abia State governor. But in a unanimous…

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Sanwo-Olu to Lagos Civil Servants: Don’t come to work tomorrow

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered all civil servants in the state, irrespective of grade levels, to stay away from work on Monday, May 4. National Infinity reports that the new directive overrides the earlier directive that officers from grade levels 12 to 15 were to report for duties on Monday. The five-week total lockdown imposed on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States by the Federal Government in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak expires on Sunday night, May 3 and the new phase of gradual easing as directed by…

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Why COVID-19 is spreading fast in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the delayed closure of the country’s borders, seaport, and airports, including the failure of returnees to self-isolate, caused the spread of COVID-19. He said this during an Instalive interview with CNN on Wednesday. According to the governor, Lagos was prepared to curb the spread of COVID-19 but had to wait for the Federal Government to shut airport, seaport and land borders. The PUNCH reports that though Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 death on February 27, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), officially shut the country’s airports, seaports,…

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COVID-19: Palliatives must reach all Nigerians in need – Gbajabiamila

… establishes strategic response team…House set to pass law on SIP, fresh economic stimulus The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the palliatives provided by the Federal Government at this time of lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic must reach all Nigerians in need.Gbajabiamila said although the government has done its best to reach as many Nigerians as possible, evidence showed that many Nigerians in need are yet to get any form of palliative.“The commendable palliative schemes initiated by the administration have helped alleviate the…

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Don’t open for 3rd term, LASG warns private schools

The Lagos State Ministry of Education has warned private schools in the state to shun the idea of resuming for the third term academic session until the lockdown period is over. Recall that the state government had on March 18 ordered public and private schools in the state to close down from March 23, as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, in a statement on Thursday, said all private and public schools in the state would…

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How my family suffered while I was in isolation -el-Rufai

Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has narrated his family’s ordeal during his stay in isolation and treatment for Coronavirus. The elated governor who just tested negative to COVID-19 after undergoing treatment for the infection said “My family not only went through the trauma of potentially losing a member but also the risk of being infected as well. The entire family has been supportive as usual, while my many friends and colleagues from all over the world have sent their prayers and best wishes. The governor, who made this known…

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COVID19: No curfew, its total lockdown -Osun Govt. clarifies

The State Government of Osun hereby reiterates that the second stint of the State-wide 14-day lockdown necessitated by the need to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the State of Osun, is not a curfew but a TOTAL LOCKDOWN.This by implication means that the State Government has not relaxed the order to accommodate human or vehicular movements at certain hours of the day during the period of the lockdown. The State Government considers defiance of this directive as civil disobedience.Please be informed that all borders remain closed and interstate…

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COVID-19: Osun Information Commissioner, Egbemode, donates relief materials to Ijabe

Following the statewide lockdown necessitated by the need to curb the spread of the ravaging coronavirus in the State of Osun, and the implications of the lockdown on the people of the State which include economic hardship, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, has donated relief materials to indigents in Ijabe. During the hand over of the relief materials, Mrs Egbemode was received by the Onijabe of Ijabe land, Oba Felix Olaniyan Oyelade; the Chairman of Odo Otin North LCDA, Hon. Seriki Akeem; the Chairman…

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Osun gives 2days break, extends lockdown for 14days

The State Government of Osun has today extended the initial 14-day lockdown in the State, by another 14 days. But has suspended the lockdown for two days, from Wednesday 15th April 2020 to Thursday 16th April 2020 to allow people to re-stock for the second stint of the lockdown.At a briefing today by the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, the State Government explained that the decision is necessary in order to ensure a total defeat of coronavirus in Osun.Governor Oyetola, speaking about the necessity for the lockdown,…

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Reps demand end to inhuman treatment of Nigerians in China

…Medical team under 100% quarantine -Chinese Ambassador The leadership of the House of Representatives has expressed displeasure over the inhuman treatment meted out on some Nigerians by the Chinese authorities in Beijing.The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila said at a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, that the inhuman treatment on Nigerians in China must be addressed forthwith. The Speaker went ahead to confront the Ambassador with the protest video of the incidence where a Nigerian was seen challenging Chinese officials over the maltreatment. At the meeting,…

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COVID19: Ogun awaits NCDC approval for mobile testing

Ogun State Government said it was awaiting the approval of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to begin the mobile testing for COVID-19 in the state. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, disclosed this on Thursday, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH. She said “We hope to start soon after the NCDC accreditation. The mobile application is an assessment tool for the individual members of the public on the basic symptoms of coronavirus. It can be downloaded on Google play store. The App is not for diagnostic purpose.…

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COVID-19: Gbajabiamila demands all-inclusive relief package for Nigerians

…emphasizes why government must waive electricity bill for 2 months The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has emphasised the need for an all-inclusive relief package for Nigerians by government, arising from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.Gbajabiamila said one of the most effective means of alleviating the financial burden of the stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the virus is for the government to give a 100 per cent waiver on the electricity consumed by every household in the country.The Speaker said this in Abuja…

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COVID-19: Reps seek 2-month free power supply to Nigerians

The House of Representatives is to consider a fresh Stimulus Bill that will ensure that Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Speaker Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said. The Speaker said the proposed Bill is to help in boosting the economy through the informal sector as the country prepares for the aftermath of the coronavirus. The proposed Bill, which will be the second Stimulus Bill by the Green Chamber, is to be considered immediately the House reconvenes from its ongoing break,…

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Gbajabiamila salutes Oshiomhole at 68

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on his 68th birthday.Gbajabiamila said Oshiomhole’s sterling leadership qualities as the APC National Chairman have contributed tremendously in stabilizing the party since his coming on board in July, 2018.In a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said Oshiomhole has proven to be one committed Nigerian, who continues to work tirelessly in moving the country forward.Describing the APC National Chairman…

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Again, FG reduces fuel pump price

The Federal Government on Tuesday night reduced the price of petrol from N125/litre to N123.5/litre. Current petrol price indicates a reduction of N1.5 on every litre of petrol purchased nationwide. It announced the reduction through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, after a whole day meeting with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Abuja. Announcing the reduction, the Executive Secretary of the PMS pricing regulator, Abdulkadir Saidu, said, “PPPRA, in line with the government approval for a monthly review of PremiumMotor Spirit pump price hereby announces guiding PMS…

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Ooni, Adeboye, Akinrinade other eminent citizens lead Osun COVID19 relief committee

Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has put together a 21-man Food and Relief Committee of Eminent Nigerians to cushion the effect of restrictions on the movement of goods and services in the state.  The committee members are Asiwaju Tunde Badmus,  Chief Adebayo Jimoh, Pastor Enoch Adeboye,  Pastor Matthew Asimolowo, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja I,  General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd), Chief Tunde Ponle, Rt Hon Patricia Etteh, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi,  Sir Demola Aladekomo, Rt Hon Lasun Yusuff,  Dr Wale Babalakin and Dr Segun Aina. Others are…

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Its total lockdown in Osun as Oyetola announces second confirmed COVID-19 case

Osun announces total lockdown of State as Oyetola discloses second confirmed COVID-19 caseThe Osun State Government has announced the total lockdown of the State on Tuesday following the confirmation of the second case of the deadly Coronavirus.The Government reaffirmed the commitment to shut down all the land boundaries effective from midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2020. The Governor of the State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, made the disclosure during a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning.Oyetola maintained that there would be no movement within the State during the shutdown while those on essential duties…

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COVID19: Nigeria hits 89 cases, Ehanire, NDCD boss brief Buhari

The President, Muhammadu Buhari, Health Minister, Prof Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ikekweazu, met at the State House, Abuja just as the country recorded 8 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total confirmed infections in the country to 89. Infinitylive.com.ng reports that the meeting has put to rest rumours that the President had been flown to London for Covid-19 treatment. The photographs of the meeting were uploaded online by the State House, showed Buhari and the other officials observing social distancing…

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Gbajabiamila salutes Tinubu @ 68

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has paid glowing tributes to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 68th birthday. Gbajabiamila, who said Tinubu has been serving humanity diligently and tirelessly in the last 68 years on earth, noted that having the former Lagos State governor in the country is a tremendous blessing to the citizens.In a birthday message he signed, the Speaker said Tinubu’s belief in democratic tenets is unparalleled, and his democratic credentials are unprecedented and…

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Akure Blast: Akeredolu confirms,vehicle carrying explosives caused it

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said a vehicle moving improvised explosive devices to a nearby state, Edo, caused the early Saturday morning explosion that rocked Akure, the state capital. The explosion which occurred in the early hours of Saturday at Ilu Abo village, split the Akure-Owo Road into two, destroying over 50 buildings. Akeredolu, who inspected the scene of the explosion on Saturday, said he was briefed by security chiefs. He explained that the vehicle was in a convoy heading to a storage facility in a neighbouring state when…

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FG to close motor parks, ban inter-state travel -Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has announced plans to ban inter-state travel and possibly close down motor parks as part of measures to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus. Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said this at a press briefing in Abuja, on Thursday. According to the minister who also affirmed that the President, Mohammadu Buhari is in a perfect state of health, “It is now time for enforcement,” of a possible lockdown, he said. Mohammed also clarified as fake news reports that the President, Mohammadu Buhari has been coughing…

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Osun Govt sets new guidelines for public transportation

As part of its continued efforts to upscale pre-infection cum transmission measures against the deadly COVID-19 disease, the State Government of Osun, has banned overcrowding/overloading of buses and vehicles moving within the State, while also issuing new public transport guidelines to operators and passengers in the State. In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Transport, Engr Hussein Olatoke Olaniyan, the new guidelines is part of the proactive measures taken by the State Government of Osun to curb the spread of coronavirus through the…

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Abba Kyari, Sanusi Lamido’s 2023 campaign materials hit the net

Abba Kyari, President Mohammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff’s campaign materials for the 2023 Presidential election have surfaced online. So also is that of Sanusi Lamido, the deposed Emir of Kano’s Presidential Campaign Pick-up van. Sanusi’s campaign vehicle had the inscription “All Nigerian Youth Project 2023, Lets Save Nigeria.” Kyari’s campaign shirts and face-caps are already generating mixed reactions on social media, have the inscription “Sustainability 2023′ ‘Towards sustaining the good policies and ideologies of President Muhamadu Buhari,” boldly written on them. There have been rumours flying about suggesting that the…

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Pray for Nigerian leaders, Gbajabiamila urges clerics

…gives reasons for suspending consideration of FG’s $22.7bn loan The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged religious leaders to always pray for Nigerian leaders for better leadership. Gbajabiamila said Nigerian leaders need prayers all the time to succeed. Speaking when he hosted Leaders of Faith Forum from the South-South and Southeast in Abuja on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila also urged the clerics to avail Nigerian leaders their wisdom and knowledge, especially in the areas of politics and governance. “I want to say that please do not forget…

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Osun Signs Amotekun bill into law, says no breathing space for criminals

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of The State of Osun on Friday signed into law the State’s Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps Establishment Bill.The bill was transmitted to the governor by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Timothy Owoeye,  on Thursday evening.The House had on March 3, 2020 passed the bill into law after a public hearing to seek stakeholders’ contributions and suggestions on the bill.Oyetola while signing the Bill at the Executive Council Lounge, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, disclosed that the law signifies a declaration of war on criminals in…

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Why Kaduna Gov., el-Rufai labelled Ex-Emir Sanusi ‘Global Citizen’

Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state, has declared dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as a global citizen who is well connected and known all over the world. el-Rufai, who was in Awe on Friday, said he came to show solidarity to the deposed emir. The governor attended the Friday prayer in Awe, which was led by Sanusi II. “His Highness Sanusi is a global citizen. I am here to show solidarity,” he said. El-Rufai and Sanusi II left Awe for Lafia on Friday few hours after a Federal…

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Read Nigerian Government’s COVID19 warning

Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has warned Nigerians to reduce the tradition of hands shaking and hugging in order not to contract the novel coronavirus. Aregbesola, while speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of a 3000-capacity custodial centre in Karshi, Abuja, said the Minister enjoined Nigerians to always stay three feet away from one another and avoid crowded places. “Don’t shake hands again, don’t hug for now except your family members, maintain three feet distance between you and the next person”, he warned. The Minister advised Nigerians to greet by…

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Ilesa Water project: Oyetola inaugurates 8-man project monitoring committee, assures citizens of adequate supply

The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has reiterated the administration’s determination to ensure adequate provision of potable water supply to every household in the State.He said the state would continue to do the needful in the provision of basic social amenities for the citizens, adding that the government was committed to ensuring free flow pipe-borne water in the state.Governor Oyetola stated this while inaugurating an 8-man Project Monitoring Committee on the ongoing construction of Ilesa water project, at the State Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.The…

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Ex-Emir Sanusi’s wife, children visit him in exile

+ Pictures of Sanusi’s new home in Nasarawa One of the wives of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, visited him yesterday at his new abode in Awe town in Nasarawa State. According to Daily Trust, one of the wives of the dethroned emir arrived Awe at about 11.15 am along with three of Sanusi’s children. She arrived in a white SUV with tinted glasses and was escorted by mobile policemen and officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) who were conveyed in two Toyota Hilux vans…

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Gbajabiamila tasks new NASS Board on professionalism, in-house politics

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged the newly inaugurated members of the board of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) to ensure that the National Assembly is manned by professionals. The Speaker also advised the members of the Commission to be wary of in-house politics which is capable of truncating their desired goals for the institution. Rep Gbajabiamila spoke on Thursday while receiving the members of the Commission, led by the Executive Chairman Engr. Ahmad Khadi Amshi on a courtesy visit to the leadership…

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Prez. Buhari removes Peterside as NIMASA DG, replaces him with Bashir

President Muhammadu Buhari has removed, Dr. Dakuku Perterside, as the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency replacing with Bashir Jamoh. Jamoh replaces Dakuku Peterside, a political ally of Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi who was appointed in 2016 to head the maritime agency. Peterside’s tenure as NIMASA DG ends on March 10, 2020.

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Sen. Adeyemi sets Senate on fire

Senator Smart Adeyemi, the All Progressives Congress member representing Kogi West Senatorial District, verbally set the floor of the Senate on fire on Wednesday, when he said he preferred military rule to the current democracy being practised in Nigeria. His submission caused a stir in the Senate as his colleagues vehemently opposed his opinion, describing his statement as anti-democratic. Adeyemi spoke while contributing to the debate on the Bill for the Establishment of a National Electoral Offences Commission, sponsored by Senator Abubakar Kyari. Kyari had said the Independent National Electoral…

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Police take over APC National Secretariat as Oshiomhole’s deputy supports court judgement

Policemen in four pick-up patrol vehicles have taken over the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, following a court judgment suspending the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday. Just as the National Vice Chairman (North-East), Salihu Mustapha, who backed the court decision, told reporters that following the court injunction, Oshiomhole was for now, in no position to issue any instruction as doing so will be “illegal, null and void”. He explained that his intervention was based on information that as soon as the court pronouncement became public, Oshiomhole…

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Gbajabiamila’s aide debunks Sahara Reporters’ Story

The story carried by Sahara Reporters on Monday, March 2, 2020, alleging that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila used public funds to take 300 guests to Dubai for his mother’s birthday is categorically false. The Speaker, his family and a few friends were in Dubai to celebrate the 90th birthday anniversary of Alhaja Lateefat Olufunke Gbajabiamila, the Speaker’s mother. For the records, this event was strictly for family members and a few childhood friends for which no public funds were appropriated or expended. Indeed not…

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FirstBank wins 2019 Oil And Gas Banker award

First Bank of Nigeria Limited was recently presented with the Oil and Gas Banker of Year 2019 award at the Patrons’ Dinner and Industry Awards of the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit held recently at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The four-day event, comprising conference and award dinner, is acclaimed to be Nigeria’s Government official platform for the petroleum industry gathering which has evolved to become Africa’s premier business and technology conference for not just oil and gas but for other industries in the economy, notably; maritime, automobile, banking and finance, power (electricity), pipelines, LNG, infrastructure,…

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Osun to dump Aregbeola’s single uniform, middle school

Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola is to reverse some policies of his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, especially in the educational sector as the Education Policy Review Roundtable Summit set up by the State Government to examine some policies introduced into the sector by the previous administration in the state had recommended the abolition of middle schools. The panel, led by the pioneer Registrar, National Business and Technical Education Board, Prof. Olu Aina, also recommended the reversal of single uniform policy. Middle schools, which have pupils in primary 5 and 6 alongside…

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Jailed And Fined: Metuh Gets 39yrs, to pay N375m

Olisah Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, was on Tuesday sentenced to seven years imprisonment on corruption charges regarding his activities preceding the 2015 presidential election which his party lost, by the Federal High Court in Abuja . Justice Okon Abang delivering judgment at the proceedings which lasted over six hours convicted Metuh on all the seven counts, including the fraudulent receipt of N400m  from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014 and use of the money for political activities of the…

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Ex-Egyptian leader, Mubarak dies at 91

Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian President, ousted by the military in 2011, has died in hospital in Cairo aged 91. Mubarak spent three decades in office before the popular Arab spring that swept into Egypt. He was found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolution. That conviction was overturned and was freed in March 2017. His death was confirmed by Egyptian state news on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Al-Watan website reported that he died at a military hospital. Mubarak underwent surgery in late January. His…

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Focus on what’s good for Nigeria, Gbajabiamila tells journalists

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has challenged Nigerian journalists to always focus reportage on what is good for Nigeria. Gbajabiamila said the press is an integral part of the country’s democracy, hence the need for media practitioners to double-check their facts and ensure they are fair and balanced before going to press.  He said if the Nigerian democracy fails due to false press, it would affect all citizens, noting that it would cost nothing for journalists to be ethical and diligent in their work. Receiving…

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Jimi Agbaje denies Tinubu link

The Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Candidate in the 2019 General Elections in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has debunked allegations that he was a mole of the All Progressive Congress during the polls. He told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that all the allegations against him during the last general election were political gimmicks employed to ridicule him. “There were many things said. I was accused of being the opposition’s mole in the party, saying that it was Bola Tinubu that was sponsoring me. “All those allegations were…

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Gbajabiamila seeks China’s support to end insecurity

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has sought the support of the Peoples Republic of China to end insecurity in Nigeria. The Speaker noted that both Nigeria and China have been having good economic and political relationships, saying there was a need to establish strong military ties between the two countries with a view to ending insecurity. Speaking when he received the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China Mr Zhou Pingjian, on a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said Nigeria…

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We’re committed to Diaspora voting – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has assured that the 9th House is committed to the issue of Diaspora voting. Gbajabiamila said millions of Nigerians who strive to make a living outside the country “have as much a stake in the present and future of Nigeria as those of us who live here.” He noted that after years of struggle on the issue of Diaspora voting, “there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel” under the current National Assembly. Gbajabiamila spoke at a…

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Gbajabiamila pledges Reps cooperation with Red Cross on IDPs

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the House would collaborate with the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) to ameliorate the sufferings of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. ‎Gbajabiamila also said the House would follow the necessary steps to domesticate the Kampala Convention on IDPs, which would go a long way in addressing their plight. He spoke when he hosted a team of the ICRC led by the head of the organisation in Nigeria, Mr Eloi Fillion, on Thursday in Abuja.…

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House of Reps pledges partnership with Nollywood

The House of Representatives will partner with the Nigerian film industry to make it perform optimally and boost government’s revenue, the Speaker of the House Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said. Gbajabiamila said the Nigerian film industry has come a long way and that all well-meaning Nigerians, especially governments at all levels, should support it for the betterment of the country. Describing the Nigerian film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, as a very critical industry, Gbajabiamila said he has been fascinated and impressed by the output of the industry over the…

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