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Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president
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Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president

Ferdinand "BongBong" Marcos Jr has been sworn in as the new president of Philippines succeeding outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte . Marcos Jr - nicknamed Bong Bong - Bong won the election landslide last month. Sara Duterte, the daughter of the outgoing president, is being sworn in as vice-president. Marcos Jr took his oath of office at midday local time (0400GMT) on Thursday June 30 in a colourful ceremony at the National Museum. His inauguration marks a stunning comeback for the Marcos political dynasty, which was ousted after a popular revolt in 1986. Flanked by his wife and three sons, Marcos waved and smiled while observing a parade that featured an aerial display of jet fighters and march-pasts of Philippine's military. In his first speech as preside...
Senate confirms Buhari’s ministerial nominees
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Senate confirms Buhari’s ministerial nominees

The seven persons nominated as ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari have been confirmed by the senate. They were confirmed on Wednesday June 29, following a screening at the upper chamber of the National Assembly. The exercise was presided over by Senate President Ahmed Lawan. Four of the newly-confirmed ministers are from four south-east states; with one appointee each from the north-west, south-west, and south-south regions. The new appointees who will be replacing ministers who resigned to contest in presidential primaries include Henry Ikechukwu – Abia State, Umana Okon Umana – Akwa-Ibom State, Ekuma Joseph – Ebonyi State, Goodluck Nana Obia – Imo State, Umar Ibrahim Yakub – Kano State, Ademola Adewole Adegorioye – Ondo State, and Odo Udi – Rivers State. Kindly ...
JUST IN : Buhari, 4 ministers, and others depart for Rwanda to attend Commonwealth summit
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JUST IN : Buhari, 4 ministers, and others depart for Rwanda to attend Commonwealth summit

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), being held from June 20 to 26, 2022. A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, said that at the meeting, the President will join other leaders to participate in discussions focused on the progress and prosperity of the more than two billion people living in the 54 independent countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific that make up the Commonwealth. The theme of CHOGM 2022 is "Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming." The Heads of Government are expected to reaffirm their commitment to upholding the Commonwealth Charter, which focuses on democra...
2023 : Tinubu, Atiku Set For Epic Battle, as Nigerians seek good Governance
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2023 : Tinubu, Atiku Set For Epic Battle, as Nigerians seek good Governance

An epic battle is set for the February 25, 2023, presidential election as the two major political parties; the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have come up with their flag bearers. After months of hide-and-seek over zoning, the presidential primary of the APC, which was conducted at the Eagle Square, produced a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the flag bearer. The high point of the primary, which lasted for over 24 hours, was the presentation of the party’s flag to Tinubu at 3.07 pm on Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari. Tinubu, who polled 1,271 votes was followed by a former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who got 316 votes; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, 235 (third); Senate President Ahm...
South-east should produce next president, but there’s no justice – Governor Uzodinma
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South-east should produce next president, but there’s no justice – Governor Uzodinma

Governor Hope Uzodinma has said that the South-East region of the country should produce the next President of Nigeria.  Uzodinma who featured on a Channels Television programme, said South-East being denied the opportunity to produce the next President is due to lack of equity.  He said; “From the view of political calculation, the sentiment of the people in the south-east is that they deserve to produce the president because the reason why this power is moving from the north to the south is that the current president is from the north having served for daughter years.“The reason why the south-east is asking for it is that when the power came to the south it went to the south-west and was there for eight years and the next time it came to the south it went to the s...
Obaseki’s govt suspends taskforce on environmental issues
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Obaseki’s govt suspends taskforce on environmental issues

 Share The Godwin Obaseki’s administration in Edo State has suspended its taskforce on development control and environmental issues, domiciled in the state’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainability. The Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, a lawyer, yesterday in Benin, indicated that Obaseki’s administration would, in due course, inaugurate a new taskforce for sanitation, to enforce matters relating to environmental sanitation. Ogie said: “Members of the public are advised to desist from engaging with the defunct taskforce on matters of development control and report anyone found parading themselves as members of the taskforce to the relevant security agencies. “Edo State Ministry of Physical Planning, Urban and Regional Development is primarily...
FCTA votes to renovate national mosque and Christian center with N1bn
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FCTA votes to renovate national mosque and Christian center with N1bn

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reportedly voted to renovate the national mosque and Christian center with N1bn. FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello who disclosed this on Thursday June 3, while featuring at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also revealed that revealed that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has started generating over N200 billion annually through its aggressive internally generated revenue (IGR) drive. He said the FCT now rated second in terms of IGR drive, intends to beat Lagos as the highest revenue generating state in the country. While the sum of N1 billion (N500 million each) had been set aside to renovate the National Mosque and ...
FIRS to ask FG to reject loan requests of states owing taxes
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FIRS to ask FG to reject loan requests of states owing taxes

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has threatened to initiate a new process of enforcing and recovering unremitted tax deductions owed by some states and local governments. In a public notice signed by Muhammad Nami, executive chairman of the FIRS, the agency said it would advise the federal government and the ministry of finance to reject requests for external and domestic loans by defaulting states. The agency also threatened to name and shame defaulting states and local governments. Read the statement below...... Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL THANKS AND GO...
Buhari seek APC Governors advices Over Choice Of Successor
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Buhari seek APC Governors advices Over Choice Of Successor

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday dropped a bombshell when he told the governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to allow him to make a choice for his successor. The president met the governors ahead of the presidential primary election fixed for June 6, 7 and 8. Credible sources privy to a meeting held between the president and the governors said the president took most of the governors by surprise considering that they wanted him to allow them to choose one among them as the next president. Some of the sources said the president was also bowing to pressure from some powerful forces around him who want to remain relevant in the next administration. One source privy to details of the meeting however said the president’s silence about who his choice was...
Soludo declares curfew in 7 Anambra LGAs
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Soludo declares curfew in 7 Anambra LGAs

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State has declared a 6am to 6pm curfew in seven Local Government Areas of Anambra State.  The Governor made the announcement in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday May 25, adding that the affected local governments are Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Orumba North and Orumba South. The curfew which takes effect from Friday May 27, will be in force until normalcy returns to the affected areas. Soludo said;  “With effect from tomorrow, Friday, 26th May, 2022, a 6pm to 6am curfew is hereby placed on motorcycles (okada), tricycles (keke), and shuttle buses in Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South Local Governments until further notice.“Also, motorcy...
Fed Govt to spend N999m on pupils
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Fed Govt to spend N999m on pupils

 Share Federal Government yesterday said N999 million would be spent daily to feed approximately 10 million pupils in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) across the country. Hajiya Aishatu Digil, the team lead of NHGSFP, made this known in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on disbursement modalities for the review cost of feeding in the programme. She said the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, got the approval of spending N100 per person daily on feeding in the programme. She said 9, 990, 862 pupils from primary one to three in the programme “will now be fed with N100 daily for 20 days in a month, which will amount to N999,086,200 million daily. ...
JUST IN : Wike Dissolves State Executive Council
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JUST IN : Wike Dissolves State Executive Council

Governor Nyesom Wike Victor Edozie Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has dissolved the State Executive Council with effect from Tuesday, May 24, 2022. According to a press statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday by Governor Nyesom Wike’s Special Assistant on Media, Kevin Ebiri, the Chief of Staff to the Governor and Senior Special Assistant (Protocol), have also been relieved of their office. “His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, commends the members of the Rivers State Executive Council for their service and contribution to the development of the State. He has also wished them the best in all their future endeavours.” The statement stated that the Governor has instructed all the former members of the State Executive Council to hand over to the most se...
FG adds new tax on telephone calls
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FG adds new tax on telephone calls

The Federal Government has added a new tax on phone calls to fund free healthcare for the Vulnerable Group in Nigeria. The telecom tax in the equivalent of a minimum of one kobo per second for phone calls is captured in the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2021 signed by the President Buhari last week, as one of the sources of funds required to finance free healthcare for the Vulnerable Group in Nigeria. The Fiscal Policy Partner and Africa Tax Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Taiwo Oyedele, said;  “S.26 of this new law imposes a telecommunications tax of not less than 1kobo per second on GSM calls. With call rates at about 11kobo per second, this translates to a 9 per cent tax on GSM calls.“The tax is one of the sources of money to the Vulnerable Grou...
Australia elects Anthony Albanese as new Prime Minister
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Australia elects Anthony Albanese as new Prime Minister

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has conceded defeat in the country's election after Anthony Albanese, leader of the Australian Labor Party won him in the country's election, Saturday, May 21.  Scott Morrison conceded defeat on Saturday, making way for his successor Anthony Albanese, leader of the Australian Labor Party. Scott Morrison has also decided to step down as leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. This means a new Leader of Opposition will be elected. "To my colleagues tonight, who have had to deal with very difficult news, and have lost their seats tonight, I as leader take responsibility for the wins and the losses. That is the burden and that is the responsibility of leadership," Scott Morrison said. "As a result I will be handing over the leade...
Why we must clampdown on Okada: Lagos releases accident statistics
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Why we must clampdown on Okada: Lagos releases accident statistics

The Lagos State Government has adduced reasons why it must clampdown on irate okada riders in the state, releasing statistics involving okada riders. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said doctors were complaining that more and more people were coming with Okada-related emergency. “About 1,712 accidents have been recorded in Lagos in the first quarter of this year. Out of this figure, about 45 percent; to be precise, 767 of the accidents were caused by Okada. “And it is shocking to know that about 54 percent of the victims are between the ages of 30 and 39. These are our able-bodied young people who are getting cut down like that all because they mounted okada,” he said in an interview on Channels TV Sunrise Daily. He described the ongoing enforcem...
Buhari’s exclusion of South-East is fuelling insecurity – Tambuwal
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Buhari’s exclusion of South-East is fuelling insecurity – Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has said that the insecurity in South-East is being fuelled by President Muhammadu Buhari's exclusion of the people of the zone.  Tambuwal said this while meeting with delegates from Imo State chapter of the PDP on his presidential aspiration.  The Governor who promised to quench insecurity in the region by incorporating them into his administration if elected, added that people from the zone feel cheated because Buhari left them out in the scheme of things.  He said;  “Buhari has shortchanged the South-East. I was the one who advised Saraki to choose Ike Enweremadu to become his deputy in 2015. There is a complete case of exclusion of the people of South East. The head of the ten mos...
I inherited a ‘red treasury and pervasive insecurity’ in Anambra – Soludo
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I inherited a ‘red treasury and pervasive insecurity’ in Anambra – Soludo

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra state has said that he inherited a “red treasury and pervasive insecurity” from his predecessor, Willie Obiano. Speaking on Thursday May 19 during his presentation of the N170 billion revised 2022 budget proposal to the Anambra House of Assembly, the Governor said his administration would take steps to overcome the “humongous” challenges confronting it. Soludo said;  “We have seriously started reforming our system of tax administration to significantly ramp up our internally generated revenue over the coming years. In the meantime, the dire needs of Ndi Anambra and our transformation agenda cannot wait.“We are working on a mixture of financing options including debt that is ring-fenced to fund bankable projects and/or inf...
83m Nigerians to benefit as President Buhari signs national health insurance bill into law
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83m Nigerians to benefit as President Buhari signs national health insurance bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 into law.  The new law which 83 million Nigerians will be benefitting from, repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme Act 2004. Speaking during the signing of the bill, President Buhari said the new law makes provisions for the setup of a trust fund “to ensure the coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission”. Garba Shehu quoted his principal as saying during the signing of the law that a Fund will be set up “to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission”. The President was quoted saying;  “For the large number of ...
Kwara Assembly declares lawmaker’s seat vacant for defecting
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Kwara Assembly declares lawmaker’s seat vacant for defecting

Kwara state House of Assembly has declared the seat of Ndamusa Guyegi, representing Edu constituency of the state, vacant after he defected to the Social Democratic Party. Ndamusa defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Social Democratic Party, claiming he took the decision as a result of prolonged division and factionalisation of the APC in the state. He is reportedly the second member in the 24-member Assembly dominated by the APC to defect from the party. Reacting to his defection, the Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Danladi-Salihu maintained that there was no division or faction within the ruling All Progressive Congress from the National to the ward level that could warrant Hon. Ndamusa to defect to another political party having been elected on the...
Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, pulls out of presidential race, says he wants to focus on his job
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Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, pulls out of presidential race, says he wants to focus on his job

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has announced his withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race. This comes barely 48 hours after President Buhari ordered all members of the Federal Executive Council interested in running for elective positions in the 2023 general elections, to tender their resignation on or before May 16. Ngige while announcing his withdrawal from the race today, May 13, said he took the “momentous decision” in the interest of the nation and to enable him to concentrate on his job. “Today, 13th May 2022, I had an audience with the president, Muhammadu Buhari, as a follow up to the one I earlier had with him on 11th May 2022. Having also consulted widely with my family, constituents, supporters and well-wishers, it is my pleasure to anno...
JUST IN : Buhari Bids Farewell To 10 Ministers, Promises To Replace Them Soon
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JUST IN : Buhari Bids Farewell To 10 Ministers, Promises To Replace Them Soon

Ten ministers have resigned to run for political offices, following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari at the last Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. The Minister of Information and Culture, announced this Friday while briefing State House reporters after a valedictory session held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday. He said the ministers would soon be replaced. Mohammed listed the former ministers who attended the session as Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation), Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta Affairs), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technological Innovation), Timipre Sylva (State, Petroleum Resources), Tayo Alasoadura (State, Niger Delta Affairs), Dame Tallen Paulen (Women Affairs), Uche Ogar (State, Mines and Steel Dev...
‘Why Lagos Suspended Committee On Removal Of Abandoned Vehicles For Second Time’
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‘Why Lagos Suspended Committee On Removal Of Abandoned Vehicles For Second Time’

The Lagos State government has again placed an indefinite suspension on the entire ad-hoc teams of the Removal of Abandoned Vehicles Committee (RAVC) operating in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas in Lagos State with immediate effect. The suspension which was contained in a directive issued to the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, by the governor of Lagos State was a result of several complaints of extortion and harassment of members of the public by the committee. Daily Trust reports that this would be the second time the committee would be suspended following a plethora of complaints from members of the public. It would be recalled that the Removal of Abandoned Vehicles Committee (RAVC) was suspended in 2021 while the...
Senate amends electoral act to allow statutory delegates vote in primaries
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Senate amends electoral act to allow statutory delegates vote in primaries

The electoral act 2022 has been amended by the Nigerian senate to allow statutory delegates participate in political parties’ congresses and conventions. The earlier version assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari this year, prevents statutory delegates which include councillors, local government chairmen and their vice, political party chairmen in all the 774 LGAs, state and federal lawmakers, governors and their deputies, president and vice president, political parties’ National Working Committee members, state party chairmen and secretaries, from taking part in party primaries. The new bill sponsored by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege and passed during plenary on Tuesday May 10, allows statutory delegates, in addition to the delegates el...
Senior Lawyer, Robert Clarke, seeks extension of President Buhari’s tenure
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Senior Lawyer, Robert Clarke, seeks extension of President Buhari’s tenure

Elder statesman, Chief Robert Clarke, has called for the extension of President Buhari’s tenure. DailyTrust reports that the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made the call when he appeared on AriseTV. Clarke argued that the months preceding the 2023 elections are not sufficient to put an end to the insecurity, making the conduct of an election possible. The elder statesman maintained that the constitution provides that the President can extend his tenure by six months, in the first instance, if he feels that conditions are not favorable to conduct any election. “The Constitution provides that the President can stay longer than eight years. I’ve always said it. It is in the Constitution. If the situation in which we’re in now continues, and it is impossible to vote in th...
It takes a mad man to govern Nigeria – Gov Wike
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It takes a mad man to govern Nigeria – Gov Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that Nigeria currently needs ''mad man'' as President to effect the much-needed change the country needs at the moment. Governor Wike who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this while addressing delegates of the party in Kogi State on Wednesday, May 4. . “The energy in me is too much. I want to use the energy to work for the country.I have made myself available for my party, and to be voted to become the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Never in the history of this country have we so divided. I can bring back the country on its track of greatness. It doesn’t matter where you are from. It takes a mad man to govern Nigeria.As for me, if you don’t vote for me ...
It’s not government’s job to address unemployment – Governor Fayemi
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It’s not government’s job to address unemployment – Governor Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has said that contrary to popular opinion, it is not the job of the Federal Government to address unemployment. Fayemi who is also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum said this while speaking during a Question and Answer session a ta political gathering in Abuja today May 4. “It is not the job of the government to address unemployment, it is our job to create the enabling environment to allow employment to happen. We will create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and then these businesses will create jobs in the process.”he said Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL TH...
Nigeria needs men of integrity at this moment – Obasanjo
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Nigeria needs men of integrity at this moment – Obasanjo

Former Nigeria President, Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that Nigeria needs 'men of integrity' who will stand out just like Noah stood out in the bible during his time Obasanjo, made the remark at a Global Crusade organised by the Deeper Life Bible Church, in Abeokuta  on Tuesday, May 2 . Obasanjo said that Nigeria and the entire world required God’s visitation.  “If you consider what is going on in our cities, our states, our country, our region of West Africa, our continent and indeed our globe, our world required crusade of this nature. “Some people accused us, Christians of `religiosity’ without spirituality. Yes, that has been the position of the world even in the time of Jesus Christ, but should we lose hope? No. “There is no time in the world that things ...
Ahead 2023 : It’s the turn of the South to produce President – Governor Akeredolu
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Ahead 2023 : It’s the turn of the South to produce President – Governor Akeredolu

The chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) and governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said that it is the turn of the South to produce the next President of Nigeria. In a statement released today May 3, Governor Akeredolu, who warned the APC against self-inflicted crises before the general election, noted that the party leadership should have no difficulty in making pronouncements on the important issue. The Governor averred that it will be disingenuous for anyone to argue against rotation at this period. He stressed that the party must announce the zoning of the presidency to the South just as it has fixed various fees for the purchase of nomination forms. The statement in part read ''The party Executive Committee has fixed a fee for the purchase of t...
Train attack: Bandits’ use of captives as shields making confrontation difficult – President Buhari
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Train attack: Bandits’ use of captives as shields making confrontation difficult – President Buhari

President Buhari has said that the bandits who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train are using their abductees as human shields and this is making it difficult for the military to confront the assailants. Recall that eight persons were killed and several persons were kidnapped by the bandits.  According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, the President while receiving some residents of the federal capital territory (FCT) at the statehouse on Sallah homage, however, gave the assurance that his government would explore every opportunity to secure the captives alive and unhurt. “As we celebrate this occasion with joy amidst friends and family members, we are fully conscious of the fact that many families in our country are in a state of fear and anxi...
I support IPOB’s agitation but I won’t condone violence – Gov Wike
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I support IPOB’s agitation but I won’t condone violence – Gov Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said that he supports the agitation of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but is against the violent activities linked to the group. In an interview with Channels TV, Governor Wike said that his problem with IPOB started when they allegedly came to Rivers to set ablaze government properties and force their membership on the residents of Rivers. “There came a time that IPOB was singing praises about Wike. Nnamdi Kanu was singing praises about Wike, saying he is their son. Why? I said to the federal government there is nothing wrong with people agitating. What is important is to listen to their agitations. What are they talking about? Sit down with them. Talk with them.My problem came, which I will not compromise with. They came to...
Reaction asNational Assembly workers issue strike notice
Employment, Government

Reaction asNational Assembly workers issue strike notice

Workers of the National Assembly under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria have served notice of pending industrial action, if the management of the legislative body fails to begin payment of arrears of minimum wage adjustment by the end of May. They rejected the new payment plan put forward by the management of the National Assembly (NASS) and the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), which tends to spread the payment to March 2023. In a communiqué at the end of their meeting, the workers said they would only allow the management and the commission six months, beginning from April 2022 to pay the arrears, as against the March 2023 deadline contained in the new proposal by their employees. They agreed to “concede to the management’s propo...
Nnamdi Kanu heads to appeal court over terrorism charges
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Nnamdi Kanu heads to appeal court over terrorism charges

Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu is reportedly heading to the Court of Appeal to challenge the amended seven charges on terrorism approved by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja. In the copy of court processes obtained by newsmen on Monday May 2, it was revealed that the IPOB leader is challenging the court's final decision to retain counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15. In their application at the federal high court, Kanu's lawyers which include Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Ifeanyi Ejiofor had insisted that the charges against him are legally defective. Ozekhome who noted that his client was “unlawfully, brutally and extraordinarily renditioned from Kenya without his consent”, also argued that the court lacked the ...
Obaseki increases minimum wage to N40,000
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Obaseki increases minimum wage to N40,000

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday increased the minimum wage to N40,000. Hundreds of suffering pensioners in the state, in black attire, with placards bearing various inscriptions, yesterday protested at the Workers’ Day rally at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, disclosing that since their retirement in 2012, they were yet to be paid their gratuities. One of the protesting pensioners, Irene Aiguobarueghian, said life had become unbearable for the retirees, urging Obaseki to specially consider their plight. The governor said: “I am particularly interested in our senior citizens, because they are some of the most vulnerable in our society. We took interest in payment of outstanding pensions to our pensioners, in spite of the fact that these pensions were owed by t...
Nigeria safe to host maiden global tourism conference – FG 
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Nigeria safe to host maiden global tourism conference – FG 

The Federal Government says that the country is safe to host the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry scheduled for Nov. 14 to Nov. 17 in Lagos. The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said on Friday in Abuja. Recall  that Nigeria was given the hosting right for the maiden global event by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at a meeting held at the organisation’s headquarters in Madrid Spain on April 19. Mohammed said the insinuation in certain quarters that participants and tourists would not attend the conference because of stories of killings and kidnappings in the country are erroneous. “The security challenge Nigeria is facing did not start today and I must say the Federal Government is risin...
DRAMA : Councillors suspend LG chairman in Kano
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DRAMA : Councillors suspend LG chairman in Kano

Chairman of Bichi Local Government Area, Prof. Yusuf Muhammad Sabo has been suspended for three months by Kano Council Councilors.  Leader of the Council, Muhammad Tinki who made the announcement on Wednesday April 27, told newsmen that Sabo failed to discharge his constitutional duties in the local government. Tinki noted that the unanimous decision was taken by the councillors after due deliberations in the meeting they summoned recently. He said;  “Now, he will serve the suspension and the committee constituted to investigate the matter will submit its report and recommendations in due course”  Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRI...
Obaseki inaugurates Edo Assembly Commission
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Obaseki inaugurates Edo Assembly Commission

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday, inaugurated a seven-man House of Assembly Service Commission. While addressing members of the newly-sworn-in house of assembly service commission, Obaseki expressed confidence in them to help his administration undertake the expected reforms. He urged them to use their wealth of experience acquired in the past to execute his administrative reforms aimed to improve the socio-economic activities of the people. According to him, “Having you on board at this critical time in our transformation of all the arms of government, we have the capacity and the confidence in you to help us undertakes the reforms. “As you can see, on the parts of the executive, we have been working very hard to reform the way the executives work. “There is a lot ...
Adamawa Assembly declares seat of member who defected to APC vacant
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Adamawa Assembly declares seat of member who defected to APC vacant

Seat of the member representing Michika Constituency in Adamawa House of Assembly, Hon. Joseph Kwada popularly known as ‘Depolis,’ has been declared vacant for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya-Abbas made the declaration days after Kwada defected to the APC on grounds of "injustice".  Abbas declared the seat vacant following a motion to that effect by Hon. Pwamwakeno Mackondo, who brought the matter as a constitutional matter citing section 109 (1g) of the 1999 constitution. Kwada is said to be the third legislator to defect to another political party under the 7th House of Assembly in the state. Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: F...
Everyone is trying to copy the good things Nigerian artistes are doing except its government – Burna Boy {VIDEO}
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Everyone is trying to copy the good things Nigerian artistes are doing except its government – Burna Boy {VIDEO}

Nigerian superstar singer, Burna Boy who appeared on Trevor Noah's "The Daily Show" ahead of his sold-out Madison Square concert, took a swipe at bad governance in Nigeria.  As Trevor Noah disclosed that people all over the world are trying to copy the good things Nigerian artistes are doing, Burna chipped in that that does not include its government.  Also on the show, Burna Boy noted that Nigerians are always proud of their achievements and don't hide it except they want to "scam you".  Watch the video below.............. https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cc24cZTDyjK/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/i/status/1519320338701631489 Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN...
Doing business in Nigeria is easier now than before – President Buhari
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Doing business in Nigeria is easier now than before – President Buhari

President Buhari has said that the ease of doing business in Nigeria is better now than before. A statement released by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Femi Adesina, said the president said this during Iftar with members of the business community and the leadership of political parties in Abuja on Tuesday night, April 26. The president said his administration had done “exceedingly well” in improving the business climate of Nigeria. The president asked the private sector to complement government’s effort in poverty reduction and job creation for young people. In 2020, Nigeria ranked 131 globally on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index. The country moved up by 15 places from its previous position — 146. ‘‘No administration...
I don’t owe anybody allegiance outside my oath of office – Osinbajo
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I don’t owe anybody allegiance outside my oath of office – Osinbajo

Vice president and 2023 Presidential hopeful, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has said that he owes no single individual any allegiance asides from the oath he swore to Nigerians when he came into office in 2015. Osinbajo said this on Tuesday April 26, during his political consultations in Ogun state. He stated this amidst reports that his decision to run for President was a betrayal of his former principal and erstwhile political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who had also declared his presidential aspiration ahead of 2023.  Speaking to his supporters in Ogun, Osinbajo said ''After all I have learnt, if called upon to serve the nation, should I say No? I have decided that I will run for the office. I have sworn an oath to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is an oath to...
Insecurity in Nigeria could have been worse without Buhari – Governor Ayade
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Insecurity in Nigeria could have been worse without Buhari – Governor Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State Governor, has said the current state of insecurity in the country could have been worse if Buhari were not the President.  Ayade stated this on Tuesday April 26, while fielding questions from State House reporters after a closed door meeting with President Buhari.  “I’ve just finished a meeting with the President. And this meeting turned out to be one of my most enthusiastic meetings ever. Well, let me first acknowledge the depth of knowledge and the depth of the intellect that the President exudes," he said.  "His master hand understanding of the international and global security challenges and dovetailing into the Nigerian situation. And what he has done to be able to stem the continuous incursion of band...
President Buhari approves reopening of four more land borders
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President Buhari approves reopening of four more land borders

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reopening of four more land borders. The borders are Idiroko in Ogun, Jibiya in Katsina, Kamba in Kebbi and Ikom in Cross River. Recall that as part of measures to curb the proliferation of illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into Nigeria from neighbouring West African countries, President Buhari in August 2019 ordered the closure of land borders. In 2020, the president ordered the reopening of borders in Seme in Lagos, Illela in Sokoto, Maigatari in Jigawa, and Mfum in Cross River. A memo released by the deputy comptroller-general of the NCS, E, I. Edorhe, and released on April 22, disclosed that the President has given an order for the reopening of the borders. “Sequel to the presid...
JUST IN : Britain to reopen embassy in Kiev May
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JUST IN : Britain to reopen embassy in Kiev May

Britain is to reopen its embassy in the Ukrainian capital, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. Johnson said on Friday that the diplomatic mission would open its doors in Kiev again from next month. The announcement followed his surprise visit to the city to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this month. It came as diplomats from other European countries have been returning to the capital following an easing of the security situation with the pullback of Russian forces which had been building for an assault. Britain initially moved the embassy to the western city of Lviv in February shortly before the Russian invasion began. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss then announced in early March that ambassador Melinda Simmons had left the country altogether due to the ...
BREAKING: Buhari meets Service Chiefs, Ministers
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BREAKING: Buhari meets Service Chiefs, Ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over a meeting with the some Ministers and Heads of security establishments at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting, which started at 10am, is sequel to the recommendations by the Council of State over insecurity across the nation. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) are attending the meeting. The Ministers of Defence Bashir Magashi; Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama are also at the meeting. The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; and the Chief ...
Obasanjo: Nigeria’s Insecurity Has Outweighed Community Policing
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Obasanjo: Nigeria’s Insecurity Has Outweighed Community Policing

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the establishment of state police remains the best option to tackle growing insecurity in the country. Obasanjo noted that the nation’s insecurity had outweighed community policing currently in practice. He said this when the leadership of the National Association of Ex-local Government Chairmen in Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Wednesday. The group was led by its pioneer national chairman, Hon. Albert Asipa, and other state executive members. Speaking on security challenges, Obasanjo said the idea of community policing needed to be changed to state police. “Our situation in Nigeria concern everyone, particularly, the case of terrorism. The case has got over the issue of community police. It is n...
We’ve Done Well With Limited Resources, People Are Very Forgetful – Buhari
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We’ve Done Well With Limited Resources, People Are Very Forgetful – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration has done well despite the limited resources at its disposal. The president said this at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which held in Abuja on Wednesday. He said when his government came on board, terrorists were in charge of some local government areas and the South South, which currently enjoy relative peace, was restive. “I will like us to reflect on what the situation was before we came in. How many Local Government Areas were under the control of terrorists in the North-East? In the South-South, we all know what the situation was; now we have relative peace. With the resources at our disposal, we have done very well. “People are very forgetful. Our main problem no...
INSECURITY : Things are getting worse than in 2015 – Governor Diri cries out
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INSECURITY : Things are getting worse than in 2015 – Governor Diri cries out

Governor Duoye Diri has said that the security situation in the country is worse than it was in 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari won his first term.  The Bayelsa state Governor said this while receiving heads of some security agencies on Tuesday April 19.  Diri who noted that all parts of the country are affected, further described the spate of killings by terrorists in the country as a great setback for Nigeria where lives could be taken at will. He said;  “I am sure that you will agree that things are worse now than in 2015. The Federal Government has to redouble its effort. Otherwise, the joker card is with the people of Nigeria. They know what to do come 2023.“When one part of the country is sick, it affects the other parts. Kaduna and othe...
JUST IN : Soludo begins clean up of Okpoko, Onitsha
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JUST IN : Soludo begins clean up of Okpoko, Onitsha

ONITSHA — KEEPING to one of his inauguration promises, Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has commenced the clean up exercise of Okpoko, a highly populated slum in Ogbaru Local Government Council of the state. Prof. Soludo had during his electioneering campaign promised to massively clean up the slum and other areas around  Onitsha and modernise it; he restated this during his inauguration.    Last week, he rolled up his sleeves and moved into action to clean up the area, improve the environment and open the blocked drainages for water to find its level and flow into the River Niger. However, the massive cleanup is not going to happen without some collateral damage as over 200 houses said to have been built on the drainages would be pull...
JUST IN : INEC extends voters registration in Southeast
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JUST IN : INEC extends voters registration in Southeast

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in Southeast region of the country.  This was disclosed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, during INEC Engagement with Critical Stakeholders on the Ongoing Fourth Quarter of CVR. Ononamadu said INEC had graciously added more time on days for the CVR registration in Southeast to accommodate for the Monday’s disruption, adding “It is now from 9am to 5pm but previously from 9am to 3pm.” Blaming the low turnout to CVR registration on fear, insecurity and some people with the old stereotype of votes not counting, the REC appealed to electoral stakeholders to mobilise more registrants...
Buhari approves release of 40,000mt of grains to ‘cushion high commodity prices’
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Buhari approves release of 40,000mt of grains to ‘cushion high commodity prices’

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of 40,000 metric tonnes of grains as part of efforts to address the high cost of commodities across the country. This was announced on Tuesday April 12 by Minister of Agriculture, Abubakar Mohammed.  The Minister also said that the grains were released to cushion the effect of preparation for Ramadan, Easter, Salah festivities.  The grains to be released are sorghum, maize, millet, among others. Mohammed said;  “I’m here this afternoon as a result of summoning by his excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. He actually directed and approved the release of grains from our strategic grain reserve by the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development.“This is to cushion the effect of some of th...
Ondo Governor, Akeredolu asks political appointees in his cabinet who intend to contest election in 2023 to resign within 48 hours
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Ondo Governor, Akeredolu asks political appointees in his cabinet who intend to contest election in 2023 to resign within 48 hours

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has asked political appointees in his cabinet with ambitions to contest in the 2023 general elections to tender their resignation within the next 48 hours. He said this is based on the guidelines of the amended Electoral bill signed into law by the FG. The instruction was contained in a memo, dated April 11, 2022, and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu. The memo reads: "As you are aware, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari has signed the amended Electoral bill Into Law and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released guidelines on the conduct of the impending general elections thereby signalling the commencement of intense politica...
BREAKING : Adamu, Kyari resign from Senate
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BREAKING : Adamu, Kyari resign from Senate

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu on Tuesday formally resigned from the Senate. Senator Abubakar Kyari representing Borno North also resigned from the Upper Chamber. Adamu and Kyari, in separate letters read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor, said their action became necessary following their emergence as National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman (North) of the APC respectively. Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL THANKS AND GOD BLESS https://youtu.be/EmD6FSuOK_c
Youths give Amaechi 48-hour ultimatum to resign
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Youths give Amaechi 48-hour ultimatum to resign

Share Seventy-two hours after declaring to run for president in 2023, the National Executive Committee of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called for the resignation of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, saying the timing was inappropriate following the bombing of the Abuja-Kaduna train by terrorists. The youths said it was shocked to see Amaechi “in a total political jamboree, jumping around in the name of declaring for the 2023 presidency rather than being in a sober mood of seeking solutions to the pains of the grieving Nigerians and particularly the affected families.” It called on the minister to apologise to Nigerians for his “indiscretion of elevating his personal ambition over a national tragedy and a national sad mood.” The NYCN, a...
I will fight insecurity and poverty bedeviling the country if elected as president of Nigeria in 2023. Nigeria – Nyesom Wike
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I will fight insecurity and poverty bedeviling the country if elected as president of Nigeria in 2023. Nigeria – Nyesom Wike

Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers said he has the courage to tackle festering insecurity and poverty bedeviling the country if elected as president of Nigeria in 2023. He made the pledge while addressing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) delegates on Monday in Maiduguri. Wike, who expressed confidence that the PDP would win the presidency in the next election, said that the APC have failed in tackling insecurity and economic security. He lamented that people can no longer go to their farmlands or go about their legitimate businesses due to the insecurity. “I came here today because there is a problem. And the problem is that Nigeria is dying and we must not allow Nigeria to die. We must rescue this country. “So I came as a Nigerian, as a Member of People’s Democratic Party. ...
Pakistan elect Shehbaz Sharif unopposed as new Prime Minister
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Pakistan elect Shehbaz Sharif unopposed as new Prime Minister

Pakistan lawmakers on Monday, April 11, elected Shehbaz Sharif unopposed as the country’s new prime minister following the ouster of Imran Khan over the weekend, who resigned his national assembly seat ahead of the vote. Sharif, 70, led an opposition alliance that on Sunday, April 10, forced a no-confidence vote on Khan through the national assembly following weeks of political turmoil in the nation of 220 million people. “Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has been elected as prime minister,” said acting speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq after 174 votes were cast in the 342-seat assembly. After being formally sworn in, Sharif’s first task will be to form a cabinet drawn from the centrist Pakistan Muslim League-N party, the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party, and the smaller conservative J...
5 Reasons Why Osinbajo should succeed Buhari
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5 Reasons Why Osinbajo should succeed Buhari

A group, Osinbajo Grassroots Organisation, OGO, has said the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo should contest for the presidency of Nigeria in 2023 to continue the development strides of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in various sectors. The group noted that the Buhari administration has achieved much in the areas of economic diversification, infrastructure development, anti-corruption and the unmatched investment in security since it came into office in 2015. Mr Suleiman Maito, the South-West Coordinator of OGO said this in Ibadan on Thursday while calling called on Osinbajo to contest the 2023 presidential election. The group said the Vice President has the qualities to lead Nigeria. Maito said: “Osinbajo is competent and his exemplary leadership style w...
‘Budget deficit projected to hit N7.35trn’- President Buhari seeks lawmakers approval for new borrowing
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‘Budget deficit projected to hit N7.35trn’- President Buhari seeks lawmakers approval for new borrowing

President Buhari has written to the House of Representatives seeking an increase in the 2022 budget deficit to be financed through borrowing from the domestic market. In a letter sent to the House of Representatives and read by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, April 7, President Buhari said the total budget deficit is projected to increase by N965.42 billion to N7.35 trillion, representing 3.99% of GDP. He said the incremental deficit will be financed by new borrowings from the domestic market. The President also requested the review of the 2022 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), upon which the budget was hinged. “As you are aware, Mr Speaker, the new development both in the global economy as well as the domestic economy has necessitated the revision o...
Anambra Assembly confirms Soludo’s commissioner-nominees
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Anambra Assembly confirms Soludo’s commissioner-nominees

•Prof Soludo The Anambra State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed the 20 persons nominated by Governor Charles Soludo for appointment as Commissioners. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the confirmation of the nominees took place through a voice vote conducted during plenary yesterday. Recall that Governor  Soludo in a letter dated March 28 submitted the list of the commissioner-nominees to the Assembly for screening and confirmation. The Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, listed the names of the 20 commissioner-nominees confirmed by the Assembly to include: Mr Ifeatu Onejeme – Ministry of Finance, Prof. Ofonze Amucheazi – Ministry of Lands and Mr Ifeanyi Okoma – Ministry of Works and Infrastructure. Others are: Dr Afam Obidike – Health, M...
Imo speaker declares suspended lawmaker’s seat vacant
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Imo speaker declares suspended lawmaker’s seat vacant

Seat of the member representing Nkwerre state Constituency in Imo state house of assembly, Obinna Okwara has been declared vacant by Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Kennedy Ibe. Okwara's seat in the assembly was declared vacant after he joined the Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress. He is also said to be among the six lawmakers suspended by the leadership of the assembly. The speaker asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a bye-election to fill the vacant seat. The suspension slammed on Authur Egwium who represents Ideato North State Constituency has also been lifted.  Ibe said that Egwium had shown cogent remorse in an apology letter he wrote to the parliament and hence deserved to be pa...
Court shifts judgment in defection suit against Ayade
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Court shifts judgment in defection suit against Ayade

A Federal High Court in Abuja has shifted judgment delivery on the defection suit against Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State till April 7. On March 25, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had deferred till April 6 its judgement on the suit by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, filed to declare the seat of governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and his Deputy, Ivara Esu, vacant, following their defection to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. Today, being April 6, Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo halted delivery of the judgment to enable him to consider the implications of a Court of Appeal fresh judgment on the defection. The Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, had five days ago held that defection did not constitute any known offence but constitutional ri...