Govt putting our lives at risk -Labour leaders, as meeting on fuel pump increase ends abruptly

The meeting between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the hikes in fuel pump price and the electricity tariff on Sunday ended in disarray as the labour leaders walked out of the parley in anger. The dialogue, which was meant to take updates on the implementation of resolutions reached during the three previous meetings, ended abruptly barely 10 minutes after it commenced at the Presidential Villa banquet hall, Abuja. The meeting had started at 8:18 pm when the Trade Union Congress President, Quadri Olaleye, raised the issue of…

Read More

Our game plan for Social Media -Lai Mohammed

*Budgets N250m for media, influencers, bloggers The Federal Government on Thursday said it has no plan to shut down the internet or social media. It said it would only work with stakeholders to regulate social media. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this at a press conference in Abuja. Mohammed observed that social media was used wrongly to cause mayhem in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest. Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has budgeted N250m for engagements with foreign media, influencers, bloggers, local…

Read More

#EndSARS: Massive resignation hits Nigeria Police

Resignation letters from hundreds of officers in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests have allegedly been rejected by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, The Guardian is reporting. This newspaper gathered that hundreds of policemen were ready to leave after their humiliation and burning of stations. “There is no amount of talk that will assuage the anger of policemen. We are very angry. Many of my colleagues tendered their resignation, but they are not accepting it. The morale is terribly low. Our officers were dehumanised. Some were killed. Many…

Read More

Lagos Police vow to resist planned protest

The Lagos State Police Command has vowed to “resist any planned protest, procession or gathering under any guise or nomenclature in Lagos State “. This was contained in a press statement on Thursday by the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi. The statement was titled ‘We will resist any planned protest in Lagos -Police’ with EF No CZ: 5650/LA/PPRO/VOL.3/48. He warned that the police would not allow any form of protests whether tagged “peaceful” or not. Adejobi expressed concern that “the government and people of Lagos still…

Read More

COVID-19: China bans Nigeria, others

The Chinese government has placed a temporary ban on Nigerians from entering China. The ban covers other nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our correspondent learnt that the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Philippines and a few others were also affected by the policy. It was gathered that the decision was informed by the evaluation of the COVID-19 situation in the concerned countries. Announcing this in a public notice on Thursday, the Embassy of China and Consulate in Nigeria also said it…

Read More

Why Tinubu denied me Oniru stool -Hakeem Ajasa

A Prince in Iruland, Hakeem Ajasa, who is a member of the Abisogun ruling house, has written a pre-litigation letter to All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, accusing them of manipulating the process of selecting the Oniru, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal. The letter was also addressed to the local government chairman, Eti Osa local government area, Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, the Attorney-General of the state, the current Oniru and the Elegushi of Ikate Land In a letter dated October 27, 2020, Ajasa claimed he…

Read More

‘I don’t share from money generated at Lekki Toll Gate’ -Tinubu

Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has denied having any investment in the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), and as such has no dime in the funds generated at the Lekki Tollgate. The rebuttal follows claims and allegations of his involvement in the shooting of unarmed protesters on Tuesday at the Lekki Tollgate. He was alleged to be livid from the losses made at the tollgate due to its shutdown by #EndSARS protesters; hence, the scheme to disperse protesters Bola Tinubu debunked…

Read More

Jailbreaks: NCS to publish names, pictures escaped inmates

The Nigerian Correctional Service has said it will publish the names and pictures of over 1,500 inmates who escaped from the correctional centres in Benin and Oko, Edo State, as well as Okitipupa, Ondo State, on Monday and Thursday, respectively. The NCoS spokesman, DCC, Austin Njoku, said the service was equally mobilising various security and intelligence resources to recapture the fleeing inmates. While 1,993 inmates broke out of the two custodial centres in Edo State, 58 reportedly escaped from the Ondo correctional facility. The inmates who included convicts serving time…

Read More

“I didn’t run away, I was in Lagos” -Bola Tinubu

Former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has debunk allegations that he ran away to France to evade attack during the #EndSARS protest. Tinubu disclosed this while speaking to journalists after a visit to the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in Lagos House Marina on Saturday. The former governor said he visited the governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to ask him if he had anything to do with the killing of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday. Tinubu, who was at…

Read More

Breaking: “We have footages of Lekki Toll Gate Shooting” –Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that security cameras captured the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate. He said the footage would be submitted to the judicial panel on police brutality, extra-judicial killings, and extortion. The governor said this during a live programme on ARISE TV on Thursday. He revealed this when asked why the cameras capturing the protest was removed before the shootings of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate. In his response, he noted that the CCTV cameras have footage of what happened during the…

Read More

Lekki Toll Gate billboard switch off: We obeyed Sanwo-Olu -Seyi Tinubu

The management of Loatsad Promomedia Limited has reacted to reports making the rounds that the billboard at the Lekki Toll gate where the Tuesday massacre took place was deliberately put out by the agency. A statement by the advertising agency owned by Seyi Tinubu, one of the sons of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday said the billboard was switched off due to the curfew imposed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and that it had no idea of what was going to…

Read More

Soldiers shoot at us – EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gates allege

There were heavy gunshots at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos State, on Tuesday, as soldiers reportedly opened fire on #EndSARS protesters. The Punch had reported that an eyewitness, Samuel Ajani, said that one person was killed and several others injured. According to him, they were all sitting on the floor when soldiers began to shoot. Ajani noted that the shooting caused pandemonium as protesters scampered to safety. He said, “They shot at us. They initially started shooting into the air. We were all scared but some people told us not to…

Read More

Breaking: Sanwo-Olu imposes 24hr curfew, says criminals have hijacked protest

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has imposed a 24hr curfew on the state. The move was in response to the ongoing #EndSARS protest that have turned violent across the state. In a tweet on his official Twitter handle; @jidesanwoolu, the governor said “I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society. Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem…

Read More

Kwara Gov., Abdulrazak leads #EndSARS protest in Ilorin

Dr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Governor of Kwara State on Thursday walked along with hundreds of #EndSARS protesters to the police headquarters in Ilorin, the state capital, urging them to remain calm and peaceful while their grievances are being looked into. Acknowledging the grievances of the protesters, AbdulRazaq said he and a few governors and some businessmen have recently held a zoom meeting with some individuals involved in the protest movement following which their five-point demands were forwarded to the President, Muhammadu Buhari. According to Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to…

Read More

Abuja gives reasons for banning anti-SARS protests

The Federal Capital Territory Security Committee has banned #EndSARS protests in Abuja, the nation’s capital, for alleged violation of the COVID-19 protocols. The FCT Administration said it was concerned that despite the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, last Sunday, the demonstrations had continued, causing inconveniences to law-abiding citizens. The resolutions of the meeting were contained in a statement on Wednesday titled,’COVID-19: FCT Security Committee prohibits street demonstrations,’ signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, Mr Anthony Ogunleye. The meeting…

Read More

‘I didn’t send thugs after protesters’ -Sanwo-Olu

The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to some unverified reports in the social media alleging that the government-sponsored thugs to disrupt the #EndSARS protest. This is untrue and wicked. Such wild allegations were obviously concocted by enemies of peace and orderliness to whip up sentiments against the government, which has been doing everything possible to resolve the crisis by identifying with our youths in their efforts towards police reforms. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been preaching peace. So has the Deputy Governor, who addressed the protesters last…

Read More

Buhari’s PenCom nominee has no NYSC certificate

Hannatu Musa Musawa is a familiar name in political circles in Kano and Katsina States where her father, Alhahji Musa Musawa, bestrode like a political colossus. She is also a political activist in the mold of her father who was a juggernaut of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party led by the late Aminu Kano, and boast of connections in high places.  Thus, it was not surprising that she was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to the board of the National Pension Commission (PenCom)  as a commissioner to represent North West. But unlike…

Read More

FG bow to pressure, disband SARS

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. He said the operatives will be redeployed to other police formations and commands. Adamu announced this in a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon. The announcement came after days of online and offline protests against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide. At the briefing, the IGP said, “The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force otherwise known as SARS is hereby dissolved in all the…

Read More

Heavy security at National Assembly as Buhari presents 2021 budget

There was heavy presence of security operatives in and around the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, where the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is presenting the 2021 Appropriation Bill before the parliament today. The ceremony began at 11 am. There was more deployment of officers of the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps and sergeants-at-arms, who manned strategic points. While shops and other private businesses including banks and restaurants are closed for the day, only a…

Read More

FG to close 3rd mailand bridge tomorrow

The Federal Government has announced that a section of the Third Mainland Bridge will be completely closed for three days for repair works. According to a statement on Wednesday by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Joshua Popoola, the total closure of the section of the bridge will start from Friday midnight. He explained that the repair works on the bridge had reached a stage where there should not be any form of movement or vibration on the bridge for concrete casting. Part of the statement read, “The first total…

Read More

Breaking: Kaduna Gov., el-Rufai names Bamalli as new Emir of Zaria

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. The new Emir studied Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University. Alh. Bamalli held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau and served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to Myanmar. He has been a permanent commissioner in the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission since 2015.

Read More

See list of Prez. Buhari’s nominees as Supreme Court judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to approve the appointment of eight new Supreme Court justices. The letter read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Tuesday, said the appointment was based on the recommendations of the National Judicial Council. Buhari said his action was “in pursuant to Section 231 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and upon the advice of the National Judicial Council according to their ranking and seniority in the Court of Appeal.” The nominees are, Lawal Garba, (North West), Helen…

Read More

Again, Boko Haram hit Gov. Zulum’s convoy

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, and his convoy were again attacked by Boko Haram on Sunday morning. The attack, which recorded no casualty occurred at about 10.30 am some two kilometers away from Baga while the governor was returning to Maiduguri. The convoy, according to some of the people who returned to Maiduguri on Sunday evening from the tour, was shot at by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. One of them, said, “There was no death recorded this time around except some minor injuries. “The windscreen of some vehicles was…

Read More

Boko Haram fighters kill 15 security aides in Gov. Zulum’s convoy

Jihadist fighters linked to the Islamic State group on Friday killed 15 security personnel in an ambush on the convoy of the regional governor in restive northeast Nigeria, three security said. Sources told AFP that eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed militia were killed in the attack on vehicles carrying Borno governor Babagana Umara Zulum near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad. The insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village close to…

Read More

COVID-19: Nigeria gets local cure

THE Plateau Research Committee on COVID-19 on Friday announced its development of a herbal cure for coronavirus. The committee chairman, Professor Noel Wannang, broke the news during an engagement with local government chairmen and traditional rulers in Jos. He said the team had concluded phase one which was the safe test of the drugs and “has been proven to be safe for consumption”. “The research team has come up with a herbal cure for COVID-19 which Plateau State was the first to develop in Nigeria; we developed the COV PLA-1,…

Read More

FG gives directive on schools’ reopening

The Federal Government has okayed the reopening of all schools as the nation goes into the next phase of the management of Coronavirus pandemic. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, disclosed this on Thursday during the body’s briefing. The briefing came after the PTF submitted its Seventh Report to President Muhammadu Buhari, with the Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, saying all the proposals by the team were approved by the President. Aliyu, who spoke during a briefing at…

Read More

Anger over fuel pump price as Reps minority leader, Elumelu spank FG

The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) from N148 to N151.56k per litre. The Petroleum Product Marketing Company, on Wednesday, announced that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation retail outlets would now sell petrol for N151.56k per litre, while the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria had directed its members in the South-West to sell at N162. The Minority Leader of the House, Ndidu Elumelu, in a statement issued on Wednesday and titled, ‘Reps Caucus Demands Halt…

Read More

Prez. Buhari mourns as Attah Igala joins ancestors

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock at the demise of Attah Igala, Michael Oboni II, who died on Friday. Buhari spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President extended his condolences to the deceased’s family and the Kogi State government. The statement titled “President Buhari mourns Attah Igala, Michael Oboni II” read, “President Muhammadu Buhari expresses profound commiserations with the family, friends, and associates of His Royal Majesty, Attah Igala, Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II, over the transition of the Paramount Ruler of Igala…

Read More

Covid-19: Lagos Biobank handles over 5,000 private testing requests

Lagos Biobank, a digital platform developed by the Lagos State Government to meet the increasing demand for Covid-19 testing following the decentralisation of testing in the state, has handled more than 5,000 requests from individuals since inception.Supported by Sterling Bank Plc, the Lagos Biobank platform was launched by the state government to ensure equitable access, accelerated testing and improved case management for all in the state in a bid to harmonise data from public and private testing centres in the state while also regulating the billing of patients paying for…

Read More

Prez. Buhari orders DISCOs to meter all customers

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered electricity distribution companies in the power sector to carry out mass metering of unmetered customers nationwide. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission announced on Wednesday night in a tweet via its official Twitter handle, the NERC also declared that it had not approved any increase in electricity tariffs, as reported in some quarters on Wednesday. The commission said, “The President has directed that there should be a nationwide mass-metering programme in an effort by the Federal Government to put a stop to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity.…

Read More

Lagos health commissioner tests positive to coronavirus

Prof. Akin Abayomi the man at the frontline of the battle to curtail COVID-19 in Lagos state has tested positive to the virus. Abayomi, who is having an excellent run as Lagos State Commissioner for Health, posted on his verified Twitter account, “with utmost sense of responsibility, I am obliged to make it known to the general public that I have tested positive to #COVID19. Consequently, I have proceeded on a 14 days self- isolation and treatment at home. Abayomi stated that “I have the full support of the Incident…

Read More

AU kicks as soldiers take over in Mali

The African Union has condemned the arrest of President Ibrahim Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse. “We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” a top rank soldier, who requested anonymity, told AFP. Reacting in a string of tweets, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, called for the immediate release of the duo. He also called on the United Nations and other international organisations to oppose the use of force to end Keita’s political reign in Mali. Faki wrote, “I strongly…

Read More

Nigeria resumes Int’l Flights Aug. 29

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says international flights will resume on August 29, 2020. Sirika said this in a tweet on Monday. He tweeted, “Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the August 29, 2020 beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption. “Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience.” Meanwhile, the Asaba Airport on Monday recorded its first flight, four days after it was reopened by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, for meeting…

Read More

Coronavirus kills Lagos LG Chairman

The Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Babatunde Oke, is dead.According to available information, the LG boss died from coronavirus complications. Oke died early in the early hours of Wednesday. It was gathered that the former council boss has been sick for some time but seemed to have recovered, only for the sickness to relapse late last week. Oke was a second term council chairman and strong member of the All Progressives Congress.

Read More

Heritage Bank, CBN drive improved investment outcomes, job creation

Heritage Bank Plc in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), under the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has continued to drive improved investment outcomes and job creation. Through this partnership, Heritage Bank is not relenting in its efforts at boosting the agriculture base of the nation to make farming profitable to stakeholders and attractive to the youth. Recently, the apex bank approved the disbursement of about N75billion as loan to farmers in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Nigerian Incentive-Based…

Read More

‘Return to work’ -FG orders levels 12,13, others

The Federal Government has directed civil servants on Grade Levels 12 and 13 as well as those on essential duties to resume full duties. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, gave the directive in a circular dated August 10, 2020. The circular was titled “Resumption of officers on Grade Levels 12 and !3 and those on essential duties”. Before now, as part efforts to curtail further spread of COVID-19, only workers on Grade Level 14 and above are resuming at their duty posts, and…

Read More

Tanker drivers go on strike over extortion, harassment by LASG officials

The Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association has said its planned strike will begin on Monday (tomorrow) as planned because the association has not reached an agreement with the Lagos State Government. The National Chairman of PTDA, Mr Salimonu Oladiti, said this in an interview with The PUNCH in Ibadan on Sunday. He said the issues which forced the drivers to plan to embark on an indefinite strike had not been addressed. He noted that talks between officials of the Lagos State Government and petrol tanker drivers failed to achieve the desired result. Oladiti…

Read More

As Lagos Schools Re-open: See Gov. Sanwo-olu’s guidelines

As students in Senior Secondary School class three resume in Lagos on Monday, the Office of Education Quality Assurance has issued guidelines for re-opening of schools and urged owners to adhere to the guidelines, as reopening and assessment of schools will be simultaneously done. The Director-General, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, stated this while briefing newsmen in Ikeja, Lagos. Seriki-Ayeni, who emphasized that school re-opening is centred on Senior Secondary School 3 students alone and not students in other classes, added that the released guidelines were in line with the Federal Government’s…

Read More

Why Lagos is closing isolation centres -Sanwo-olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre has been closed down, with effect from Friday night. Sanwo-Olu announced the closure at Lagos House, Marina, during the 17th update on the management of coronavirus in the state. The governor said the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre – Indo-Centre in Anthony area, which would be soon be inaugurated. “Over the last four, five months, we have built excess capacity centre, but that is only the way to…

Read More

Face Masks: Defaulters risk 6months jail -Ogun Govt

Prince Dapo Abiodun, the governor of Ogun state, has slammed six months jail term on defaulters of the compulsory use of face masks in the state. The governor while updating journalists on the efforts of the government in the fight against COVID-19, invoked regulation seven of the infectious diseases in section 33 of the Public Health Law of the state which mandated the compulsory wearing of face masks by all persons in public as part of measures to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. He disclosed that worship centres would…

Read More

Ogun to open Schools, Churches, Mosques, see details

The Ogun State Government has announced the tentative resumption of religious and academic activities, which had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Dapo Abiodun, in his address on Wednesday evening, said Risk Assessment Forms have been made available to public and private schools to evaluate the readiness for the adoption of the federal government’s declaration to allow SS3 students resume on August 4 to prepare for Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) which is to begin on August 17. “A mandatory virtual training is also being organised for school staff…

Read More

Eid-el-kabir: ‘Don’t visit me’ Buhari cancels Sallah homage

President Muhammadu Buhari has banned the traditional Sallah greetings and homages usually paid to him by top government officials. Buhari said he would observe this year’s Eid-el-Kabir prayers with his family members within the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday. According to the statement titled “President Buhari to Mark Eid prayers with family at home”, Buhari will not be receiving Sallah homage from well-wishers. Shehu said the development was in…

Read More

Eid-el-Kabir: FG declares Thursday, Friday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared July 30 and 31 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir Celebration. This was disclosed in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, on Thursday. According to Ehuriah, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion. The statement added: “He called on the Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and…

Read More

OBJ left out as Buhari honours Tinubu, Soyinka, Osoba, others with railway stations

Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s name was conspicuously missing as President Muhammadu Buhari named railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors after “deserving citizens who contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large.” According to a statement signed by the Ministry of Transportation’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Eric Ojiekwe, the minister, Chibuike Amaechi, disclosed that the Apapa Station has been named after the All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu; the Abeokuta Station named after respectable Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, while the…

Read More

See who got what in Akpabio’s list of lawmakers awarded NDDC contracts

Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has released names of members of the National Assembly who were awarded contracts by the Niger Delta Development Commission. The list was contained in a letter Akpabio sent to the National Assembly. The National Youth Council of Nigeria presented the document to the media in Abuja on Sunday. According to the letter, Akpabio listed Senator Peter Nwaoboshi’s name against 53 projects. The projects included Emergency Repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; Emergency Repairs of ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Emergency Repairs of Otolokpo College…

Read More

Jonathan in Aso Rock, says ‘my relationship with Buhari is okay’

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked President Mohammadu Buhari for naming a railway station in Agbor, Delta State, after him saying his relationship with the President “is okay”. Jonathan, in an interview, with State House correspondents on Tuesday shortly after meeting President Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, described the naming of Warri-Itakpe rail station after him as a good gesture by the President. The former President was in the State House to brief President Buhari on the crisis in Mali and efforts aimed at restoring peace…

Read More

FG to close 3rd Mainland Bridge midnight on Friday

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing has announced that the Federal Government will effect the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos from Friday midnight July 24, 2020. At a news briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, Fashola stated that between 2015 and 2019, the government undertook a survey of all the bridges in Nigeria to determine their conditions and the urgency of repairs that should be done on them. Fashola revealed that “Some were critical, others were less critical and the Third Mainland Bridge is one…

Read More

Why our Acting MD collapsed -NDDC

Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)  acting managing director, reportedly collapsed at the National Assembly because he ignored his doctors’ advice on his state of health. A statement signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, said Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks but that his condition deteriorated Monday morning necessitating his doctors to advise him against attending the hearing. Odili said: “The commission wishes to disclose that Prof Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks. This morning, his condition deteriorated, and his doctors advised against attending…

Read More

NASC retires Sani-Omolori, appoints replacement

The National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) has named Ojo Olatunde as new Acting Clerk to the National Assembly. The appointment which takes immediate effect replaces Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori, who has been directed to proceed on retirement. The Commission also made three more appointments apart from retention of Patrick A. Giwa, who will  remain Clerk of the House of Representatives pending his retirement in November 2020. The new appointments were announced by the Executive Chairman of NASC, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, after an emergency meeting of the commission. A statement by…

Read More

It’s all a farce, no forensic auditing going on in NDDC -Ex-Acting MD tells Reps

Accuses Akpabio of Interference The ongoing crisis rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission became messier as Ms. Joi Nunieh, former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), on Friday revealed that the much-touted forensic auditing reportedly going on in the agency was a farce. In an appearance before the committee of the House of Representatives probing the affairs of the commission, conducted via Zoom, Nunieh blamed Niger Delta Affairs minister, Godswill Akpabio, for all the wrong doings that have bedevilled the agency in recent times. According to…

Read More