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Woman Sells Stolen Baby To Pastor For N900k In Edo State

The woman after her arrest

The owner of an illegal orphanage, Godswill Ophanage, at Ekpan, Warri, Delta State identified as Juliet Phillips, has been arrested for allegedly stealing and selling a 2-year-old boy to a pastor in Edo State.

According to a report by Dailypost, Juliet was arrested alongside her mother and one Collins Ogbor who is a retired director in the Community Development Department of the Ministry of Women Affairs in Delta State.

The prime suspect, Juliet, allegedly stole Testimony, from his mentally unstable mother, on November 28, 2018, and took him to Deliverance Orphanage operated by her mother in Ozoro.

From there, he was sold to a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Edo State, at the rate of N900,000. The cleric thereafter renamed him Favour.

While confirming the report, the Delta State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, revealed that Juliet also allegedly stole three children from Ekpan Primary School in 2017.

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Chelsea suffer worst defeat in 26 years, humiliated by City

AntonioRudigerAndreasChristensenChelseabcxcwnkbtFklManchester City took over the English Premier League summit on Sunday in style, inflicting a record 6-0 defeat of Chelsea, and sending them to the sixth position behind Arsenal.

It was the worst defeat ever suffered by the London club in the last 26 years.

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Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (2R) celebrates with teammates

Chelsea FC biggest loss and worst defeat was the loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1953.

The Blues lost 1-8 to Wolverhampton in the First Division.

Spurs believe they can be champions after another late show

In the FA Cup, Chelsea also once lost 1-6 to Sheffield Wednesday.pep-guardiola-640x400

Their worst League Cup defeat was inflicted by Stoke City in 1974, when Chelsea were thrashed 2-6 in the Round 3 replay in October 1974.

On 18 April 2000, Chelsea also lost 1-5 to Barcelona in the second leg of the quarter-finals of Champions League.

In the League, today’s showing at Manchester City stands out.

PDP accuses APC of plans to import foreigners for elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of intention to import more foreign nationals into the country to influence the general elections, especially the presidential election.

Consequently, the party charged security agencies to immediately carry out comprehensive investigation on the security and political implications of the presence of two Nigerien governors and other foreigners during the APC presidential rally in Kano on Thursday.

National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, speaking at the Pa Oruta Ngele Township Stadium in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, venue of the party’s presidential campaign flag-off in the state, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify APC’s presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, from the February 16 election for allegedly importing foreign nationals to influence the polls.

Secondus described as shameful, the APC rally in Kano, where governors and other persons from neighbouring countries, especially Niger Republic, attended and openly campaigned for Buhari, saying such action shows that the ruling party intends to import more foreign nationals into the country to influence the elections.

He said a vote for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was a vote for freedom from poverty, hunger and insecurity, adding: “Governor David Umahi is the best governor and I know that you are going to vote for him again.

“Let me warn INEC that what we witnessed yesterday (on Thursday) was the worst that we have seen in the country, where people from other countries, like Niger and Chad, came to influence the elections in Nigeria.”

Briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, PDP, through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged: “President Buhari and the APC, in their desperation, have compromised our territorial integrity as a nation and this portends grave danger to our national security and the sanctity of our electoral process.

“For a nation contending with insurgency and banditry, the involvement of mercenaries from neighbouring countries in the APC rally must be condemned by all and sundry. This is particularly against the backdrop of claims by Buhari that killer herdsmen ravaging our nation are mercenaries who are infiltrating from the Sahel region.”

The PDP noted that already, there was apprehension that “miscreants who came from Niger Republic to Buhari’s rally are being offered accommodation in our country by the APC to unleash violence immediately it is clear that Buhari is losing in the February 16 presidential election.”

On account of this, PDP demanded an urgent and thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the presence of politicians and thugs from Niger Republic at the rally, urging the Presidency and APC to immediately explain the “roles being played by Issa Moussa, Governor of Zinder, and his counterpart from Maradi, Zakiri Umar, both of the Niger Republic, who were sighted decked in the attires and official logos of the APC in our political affairs”

“Our security agencies must immediately investigate and lay in the public domain, the circumstances leading to their presence.”

In PDP’s opinion, “the presence of the Niger Republic Governors at President Buhari’s rally signposts a direct assault on the credibility of the Presidential elections. This is particularly against the backdrop of INEC’s plans to allow Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in that country to vote in our election, a situation that opens the way for aliens to infiltrate as IDPs and participate in our elections.”

It asked: “What was the true purpose of the invitation of these foreigners to the APC rally in Kano on Thursday? What secret deals did APC leaders make with them at the expense of our national security?

“We, therefore, call on all Nigerians, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political affiliations, to rise in total condemnation of this direct assault on our territorial integrity as a nation. Our citizens must henceforth be at alert and get prepared to defend the sovereignty of our nation.”

Speaking at the party’s rally in Abakaliki, Senate President Bukola Saraki lamented the high rate of hunger and unemployment in the country since the coming of the APC to power, which he attributed to the inexperience of the ruling government in the management of the economy.

Abubakar’s running mate, Peter Obi, said the party wants to replicate what Umahi is doing in Ebonyi State and in the entire country.

Abubakar’s wife, Jennifer, noted that the huge crowd in the stadium was an indication that Umahi was solidly behind her husband.

In his speech, Abubakar commended Umahi for the huge transformation going on in the state and promised that such would be replicated in the entire country if he is elected President, promising that the Southeast would not be marginalised in his government and urged the people to vote and protect their votes to ensure that their votes count in the end.

Earlier, Umahi, while welcoming party members and faithful, assured that the state would vote massively for Abubakar and all candidates of the party.

Man Named His Cute New Born Twins Atiku And Wike In Rivers

A Nigerian man identified as, Saveme Odual, has reportedly named his new born twins after Atiku and Wike in Rivers state.According to Facebook user, Joy Oyaghiri-Fagbemi, the man who named his new born twins Atiku and Wike, is

said to be a former member of the APC who decamped to PDP the day Governor Wike visited Abua Odual for the PDP campaigns.

See what wrote Joy Oyaghiri-Fagbemi below;

 

“An Odual man from Ward 11 identified as Saveme Akpila, a former member of the APC who decamped to PDP the day Gov. Wike visited Abua Odual for the PDP campaigns, has named his newborn twins Atiku and Wike. After the PDP Presidential Candidate and Gubernatorial Candidate of Rivers State, respectively. They were delivered on his way home after the PDP campaigns at Ayama, Abua on Tuesday. To God be the glory”

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Traditional African names often have unique stories behind them. From the day or time a baby is born to the circumstances surrounding the birth, several factors influence the names parents choose for their children. Whichever ethnic group you look at, these local names reveal a wealth of information about the bearer. Here are nine different ways African parents name their children:pray-for-grace

Among several ethnic groups, picking out names can be influenced by positive or negative circumstances the family finds themselves in around the time a child is born. Often, such names are complete sentences. Ayodele (joy has come home) is a unisex name for a baby whose birth brought happiness to their Yoruba parents in Nigeria. Yetunde or Yewande (mother has come back) is a Yoruba name given to a girl whose grandmother or other female relative died before she was born. Adetokunbo (crown/wealth has come back home) is a unisex Yoruba name often given to a child born abroad.

Ajuji (born on a rubbish heap) is a Hausa name given to a baby after those born before it failed to survive. It is believed that giving the child a “terrible” name will deceive evil spirits into thinking the child is not loved and as a result, allow it to live. Kgomotso and Pumza (comfort) are given to babies born shortly after a death or tragedy in Sesotho and Xhosa families in South Africa. Kiptanui and Cheptanui are often given to babies whose mothers may have suffered extreme difficulties during childbirth among the Kalenjin ethnic group in Kenya.

INEC removed Amina Zakari from Collation center of the Presidential poll results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has excluded Amina Zakari and other national commissioners from the collation of presidential poll results.

The electoral body had initially designated Zakari to lead the collation center during the Presidential election on February 16th.

This followed a public outcry with many claiming that Zakari is a relative of President Buhari, an allegation that has been denied by the Presidency and Zakari herself.

According to The Nation newspaper, the collation of election results would be done at the collation secretariat and not the collation centre.

“No national commissioner is in charge of collation of presidential poll results. It is true that there is what is called collation centre but it is separate from the collation secretariat, which is responsible for the collation of results.

“No national commissioner will be appointed into the secretariat committee. So, Hajiya Amina Zakari or any national commissioner does not have anything to do with the collation of results.” a source told the Nation

Executive Order 007 Of 2019 To Boost Private Sector -Finance Minister

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has explained that the Executive Order 007 of 2019 on the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme will provide the much-needed private capital for infrastructure development in the country.

“The scheme will incentive private sector investment in Nigerian roads across key economic corridors and industrial clusters, relieving the government of the burden of funding the initial outlays for these investments,” she said in a statement by her Special Adviser, Mr. Paul Abechi, yesterday. According to her, relevant provisions of the Companies Income Tax Act empower “Mr. President to authorise the exemption from corporate taxation, for certain companies or groups of companies, by way of the issuance of tax credits.” The new scheme, she said, “is based on the demand for road projects by companies and other corporate sponsors, who are willing to deploy their own working capital and financial resources to fund road projects located in the major economic corridors of the country where they have significant businesses and operations.

“In terms of process and governance, prospective road projects are to be submitted to the government via the scheme’s management committee. “After carefully considering submissions by investors, the management committee will forward the proposals, through the chairman of the committee, to Mr. President, who is empowered, pursuant to the Executive Order, to select eligible road projects.”

According to her, once approved, the eligible road projects would be published in an official gazette, and modalities would be agreed upon with the investors to accelerate the implementation of the projects, the verification of eligible project costs, as well as the issuance of tax credit certificates to the Investors. The Executive Order also provides mechanisms for groups of investors to pool funds together to invest in road projects – directly; jointly through special purpose vehicles; or indeed, in collaboration with institutional investors such as Pension Fund Administrators, Collective Investment Schemes, Insurance Companies and Investment Banks.

These measures have been adopted to enhance the ease of accessibility to the Scheme’s benefits by prospective Investors. The minister disclosed that in the pilot phase of the scheme, six private sector players in the construction industry would  execute the Executive Order 7. They include Dangote Industries Limited, Lafarge Africa Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Nigeria LNG Limited, and China Road and Bridge Corporation Nigeria Limited. “These investors will be investing in the following 19 eligible road projects, totalling 794.4km, which have been prioritised in 11 states across each of the six geo-political zones: Construction of Ashaka-Bajoga highway in Gombe State; reconstruction of Dikwa-Gambaru Ngala road in Borno State; reconstruction of Bama-Banki road in Borno State.

“Others are rehabilitation of Sharada road in Kano State; rehabilitation of Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway/ bypass, in Kaduna State; Reconstruction of Birnin Gwari expressway in Kaduna State; reconstruction of Birnin Gwari-Dansadau road in Kaduna State; reconstruction of Makurdi-Yandev-Gboko road in Benue State; reconstruction of Zone Roundabout-House of Assembly road in Benue State.

“The rest are reconstruction of Obajana-Kabba road in Kogi State; reconstruction of Ekuku-Idoma-Obehira road in Kogi State; construction of Adavi Eba-Ikuehi-Obeiba-Obokore road in Kogi State; rehabilitation of Lokoja-Ganaja road in Kogi State; Ofeme Community road network and bridges in Abia State; rehabilitation of Obele-Ilaro-Papalanto-Shagamu road in Ogun State; reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota road in Lagos State; Construction of Bodo-Bonny road and bridges across Opobo channel in Rivers State; and rehabilitation of Benin City- Asaba road in Edo State.”

FG Plan To Cut #3,000 From The Newly Approved Minimum Wage Of Workers

Mixed reactions have trailed the decision of the National Council of State on the new minimum wage for workers in Nigeria.nlc-protest408805875.jpg

Recall that the National Council of State has decided that the national minimum wage for states and the private sector should be N27,000, and agreed also that N30,000 should be minimum wage for federal workers. This decision was reached in the National Council of state meeting, which held at the State house on Tuesday, and was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.osinbajo-with-nlc-leaders-600x338599490044.jpg

The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige informed state house correspondents of the decision, shortly after the meeting.

Reacting to the development, lawmaker representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani faulted the decision to slash N3,000 off the the sum.

According to him, many government agencies are declaring ‘record breaking’ Billions and trillions in revenues, while some states also boast of an increase in their Internally generated revenue. This according to him, this implies that both federal and states should be able to pay the earlier agreed sum of N30,000.nlc-fg-minimum-wage-2-21298622026.jpg

Speaking via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, the lawmker wrote:

“National Council of State,what will you gain by ‘cutting 3k from 30k’,in a nation where even Government agencies are declaring ‘record breaking’ Billions and trillions in revenues;And also states, making claims of higher IGR.?”

Trouble! As Onnoghen’s Counsel Tells CCT They Have No Jurisdiction To Hear Case Against CJN

justice-onnoghen-absent-as-asset-declaration-trial-starts-at-code-of-conduct-bureau-see-photos1Counsel to the defendant Olanipekun, SAN says the defence is stating what the law says and not feelings or thinking as the prosecutor is making the court to believe. Says they have an interlocutory application pending before the CCT that it has no jurisdiction to hear case against Onnoghen.

Prosecutor Aliyu Umar, SAN states that there is no reason why the accused Justice Walter Onnoghen should not be in court for arraignment so he could plead guilty or not guilty as the right service was done.

Olanipekun states equivocally that CJN Walter Onnoghen is not running away from the CCT but insists that the tribunal has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

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Aliyu Umar, SAN states that service was to done the CJNs Personal Assistant and there is no reason why the accused Justice Walter Onnoghen should not be in court for arraignment so he could plead guilty or not guilty.

“I don’t know why we are dissipating so much energy on this.”

– Defence Counsel, Olanipekun SAN says while insisting that service was not properly done on CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen and that the CCT has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

Prosecutor wants service of case to be done at most this week to Justice Walter Onnoghen since he said it wasn’t properly done initially. But Defence Counsel Olanipekun says that’s too short. He is asking for 28th of January for proper service and resumed hearing.justice-onnoghen-absent-as-asset-declaration-trial-starts-at-code-of-conduct-bureau-see-photos

Case adjourned to Tuesday January 22nd 2019 for proper service and appearance of Justice Walter Onnoghen in case of FG vs ONNOGHEN.

Noisy courtroom as CCT Chairman argues with Defence Counsel Wole Olanipekun, and finally adjourns.

CCT Chairman Danladi Umar says service should be done by Wednesday and hearing to resume on Thursday this week but Defence Counsel Olanipekun kicks, says the timing is too short.justice-onnoghen-absent-as-asset-declaration-trial-starts-at-code-of-conduct-bureau-see-photos1

“I’m in charge of my court, not you” Umar replies Olanipekun.

Family releases burial details of late Shehu Shagari

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The family of Nigeria’s former executive president, late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died Friday will be buried today (Saturday, December 29) in Sokoto.

His grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late President would be flown from Abuja to Sokoto for burial on Saturday, in accordance with Islamic rites.

Shagari, who was 93, died at 6: 40 P.M at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Mahe said he was flown to Abuja on Christmas Day after his health deteriorated.

Shagari was president 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as military head of state.

The former leader was born February 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Sokoto. After his early education, he worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951.

In 1954, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives.

He served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979. He won a disputed re-election in 1983 that accelerated a military coup three months later after he was sworn in and the economy was on a precipitous decline.

(NAN)

Don’t Embarass Us, FG Begs NLC On December 31st Deadline For New Minimum Wage

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Nigerians will need to pray and hope for a quick resolution or agreement between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress if the on going back and forth is any thing to go by.

The Federal Government on Friday, urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to discard the December 31 ultimatum over lingering disagreement between organised labour and state governments on the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage.Nigeria-Art-Music-AFRIMA

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, made the appeal while speaking with State House correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The organised labour had on Thursday, given the ultimatum following Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up, to device ways to ensure that implementation of new minimum wage would not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

However, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen on Thursday, expressed organized labour’s reservation over President Buhari’s position, saying that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.Lai-Mohammed-1

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics,” he had stated

But Mohammed, who described the NLC as “a very patriotic union”, said he was confident the organized labour would not do anything that would embarrass the government or Nigerians.

He said: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is a very patriotic union and I am very confident that they will not do anything that will embarrass the government or do anything that is going to worsen the situation.

“Continuous engagement I think is the key, we will continue to engage them and I think they do also fully understand what the challenges are, and both parties are determined to ensure that a common ground is arrived at which will be comfortable for all.”

#Minimum wage: NLC issues December 31 deadline to Federal Government

The organised labour has given the Federal Government up to December 31 to send the tripartite committee report on N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly following a decision that was taken in Lagos on Thursday at a joint meeting of three labour centres—the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC).

Labour said the ultimatum followed President Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to device ways of ensuring that the implementation of the new wage did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen after the meeting, said that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.

According to Wabba, the organised labour cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the country if the wage report was not passed for implementation on or before December 31.

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics.

The national minimum wage committee was both technical and all-encompassing in its compositions and plan to set up a technical committee is alien to the tripartite process.

It is also alien to the International Labour Organisations’ conventions on national minimum wage setting mechanism,’’ he said.

The labour leader said that issues on payment of minimum wage was a law that was universal, citing that other African countries like, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa had increased their minimum wage this year.

Bukola Saraki Blasts APC After Buhari Was Booed At National Assembly

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, fired at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), hours after President Muhammadu Buhari was booed as he presented the 2019 Budget.

In his statement posted on his official Facebook page, Saraki noted that Nigerians have witnessed stunted growth in their respective businesses, lost their jobs during the recent recession and lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East.

He wrote: “The last three-and-a-half years have been eventful ones at the global level and in our domestic economy. From dips in oil prices to major shifts in the economic landscape, crude oil production shut-ins and security challenges, the economy and Nigerians have been directly impacted by these events.

“Many businesses closed down and many people lost their jobs during the recent recession. In the same period, we lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East, thousands were displaced, and many lives also lost due to clashes between farmers and herders, in addition to the general hardship unleashed by unstable economic winds.

“The recovery from the recession is still fragile. The fundamentals underlying the recovery remain weak, and if unchecked, can lead to dire consequences. The economy still runs on oil and very little progress has been made in terms of diversification.

“As a result, the expansionary budget policy in effect since 2016, which was aimed at raising spending and stimulating growth in the economy, was not matched by achievable revenue targets. The corollary is higher and rising deficit as well as a considerable debt burden, all due to an unsustainable fiscal stance.

“The under-performance of independent revenues is straining government’s ability to meet its expenditure, especially investments in critical infrastructure. This further exposes government to higher deficit levels which have been largely financed by borrowing.

“To be clear, two scenarios will play out if we do not deal decisively with challenges to revenue. These would be to: i. accommodate higher debt with higher repayment costs, which is not sustainable; ii. reduce the capital budget, which would mean a slow-down in government investment in critical infrastructure.

This, again, does not aid growth or economy development.
“It is for these reasons that the National Assembly required that the 2018 Budget proposal and future ones be accompanied by a Finance Bill, which would give credence to the financial proposals of government.

“It is one way of establishing credibility in projected revenues. It is imperative, therefore, that a 2019 Finance Bill is submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.”

Police begin search of Former Chief of Defence’s killer in Nasarawa State

Police IG, Ibrahim Idris has deployed the Intelligence Response Team and the Special Tactical Squad to Nasarawa State to fish out the killers of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Spokesman for Nasarawa State Police Command, Kennedy Idirisu , said in Lafia on Wednesday that the team, alongside senior military personnel, were led to the scene of the incident by the Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Bello , in line with the IGP directive.

Idirisu said that the late Badeh was shot dead at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday by gunmen at Tudu-Uku village along Gitata-Keffi road in Karu Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that the former Chief of Defence Staff was returning from his farm in the company of his friend and driver when unknown gunmen ambushed and opened fire on their moving vehicle.

“The former Chief of Defense Staff suffered gunshot injury, which resulted in his death, with the driver sustaining injuries while the friend was abducted.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police is therefore calling on the public with useful information to avail the police with the view to rescuing the abducted person and arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act,” Idirisu said.

He assured that any information from the public that would aid the investigation would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

NLC Rejects Any Renegotiation Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has reacted to a proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a technical committee to review the agreed N30,000 minimum wage, saying organised labour will not be a party to such an exercise.

Buhari had revealed the plan to constitute the proposed technical review committee while making the 2019 budget presentation at the National Assembly in Abuja.

However, Wabba who spoke shortly after the budget presentation, insisted that as far as the labour movement was concerned, the issue of new minimum wage figure was settled by the tripartite committee, which concluded negotiations on the matter and submitted its report to the president.

“We cannot accept the use of any technical committee to look into the already agreed N30,000 minimum wage.

“The president promised to pass the report to lawmakers a week after it was presented to him. “Once the tripartite committee has met and agreed on an amount, no other committee can meet on the same issue,’’ Wabba said.

The NLC president said the organised labour is scheduled to meet next week to take a final decision on the issue.
On his part, the President of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero, also kicked against the proposed technical committee.

He said the tripartite committee had considered the ability of the state governments to pay the N30,000 before agreeing on it.

“We (labour) have resolved to fight for the new minimum wage even after the upcoming general elections. There would be no retreat or surrender until workers receive the wage,” he said.

EU Meets With INEC Ahead Of 2019 Election

eu3-768x576The European Union has pledged its committed to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission in conducting a free and fair elections in the country.

It says it will provide all that is necessary in making the elections free and fair and ensuring its a credible one.

Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlson, who made the pledge to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, said the Union had committed over 100 million euros to Nigeria’s democracy since 1999.

He was speaking after a meeting of some EU ambassadors to Nigeria with a delegation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.eu4

Karlson said the meeting with the INEC delegation afforded it the opportunity to assess the level of preparation and further look at other areas of collaboration that would enhance credibility of the 2019 general elections.

The EU delegation head expressed confidence that INEC would conduct a free and credible election come 2019, noting that the EU had supported the commission in various ways.

”We have since 1999 provided more than 100m Euros in support of democratic processes in Nigeria.

”I have a very good piece of news for everyone that our high representative and vice president has just now approved that we will have again a long time observation mission here next year,” he said.

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The supports which entails institutional and technical, according to the EU are aimed at ensuring elections in the country are free, fair, credible and peaceful.

Karlson said that as part of its support to Nigeria’s democracy, the EU had just concluded tours of the six geopolitical zones, educating youths and women on the essence of participating in the 2019 general elections.

“EU has been supporting INEC for a very long time; it is not something that we started doing just ahead of the elections.

“As a matter of fact, we have been providing institutional and technical supports to INEC for a very long time,” he said.

He said the meeting with INEC delegation had afforded the union the opportunity to discuss inclusiveness, the importance of participation of people with disability, the importance of women and youth.

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Sometimes there are quick fixes, things that can be done without great investment to ensure that these people have better access to voting also,” he said.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu, said that the commission was fully prepared to conduct an election that would be an improvement on previous ones.

Yakubu said the yet to be signed Electoral Amendment Act would not affect the commission in any way as INEC had been conducting itself within the ambit of the law.

“For us, there is no legal lacuna as a law exists, but if it is accented to, then we will abide by the provisions of the new law, but as we speak, there is no legal lacuna.

”We have taken the actions we have taken so far legitimately under the provisions of the law as it exists and nothing has changed,” he said.

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The INEC chairman also assured that steps had been taken to guarantee an all inclusive elections.

He said the commission was looking at all possibilities that would ensure people with disabilities exercise their franchise.

“For the first time in Anambra, we introduced magnifying glasses for those with visual impairment, in the Osun election, we introduced tactile balloting, meaning that those with visual impairment who can read with brail and can vote are assisted,” he said.

Aisha Buhari warns against discriminating drug addicts

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The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha has cautioned against discriminating against those involved in the usage of hard drugs.

Mrs Buhari said rather than isolating and discriminating drug users, the society should look beyond the problem and begin to look at the main cause of the problem.Aisha-Buhari-1-1024x576

The wife of the President spoke at the official flag-off of Youth Against Drug Abuse, YADA, campaign organized by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, at the Kano Government House, yesterday, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

Represented by the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, she said the problem of drugs should be addressed for a lasting solution.aishag457346532.jpg

According to her: “As a result of drug influence, the lives of many youths have been destroyed as they engage in all sort of heinous crimes which has led to their incarceration.

“It must be understood that whatever crime someone under the influence of drugs commits is influenced by the drug.Aisha-Buhari_2

“I want to commend the efforts of all government agencies in the fight against drug abuse in the country and that such efforts has led to the arrest and confiscation of 86 containers containing prohibited drugs.”

The Federal Executive Council, approved the 2019 budget proposal.

1..-President-Buhari-Presides-over-FEC-by-Novo-IsioroThe approval was granted at Friday’s special session presided over by  President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting which started by 10:30am lasted  till around 1:00.pm at the Presidential Villa.

Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of FEC meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja, the Minister of Budget and Planning, Udoma Udoma said the Council will liaise with the National Assembly to determine when the president will submit the draft estimates for the consideration of the two chambers.

He however did not give details of the proposal when asked by newsmen, noting that  the Nigerian constitution only allows the president to give out the details and he will do so when the National Assembly is ready to receive the draft.

The FEC had on 24th October approved the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) for the 2019 -2021 to provide template for the 2019 budget.

The session which was presided over by President Buhari approved a budget estimate of N8.73tr for the 2019 budget, N400bn lower than that of this year.

It will be recalled that, Udoma, had last month announced that the Federal Government was considering a leaner 2019 budget of N8.6 trillion, which is leaner than the N9.1 trillion approved by lawmakers for 2018.

He had explained at a consultative forum on the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) and fiscal strategy paper (FSP) 2019-2021, that the decision was due to reduced government revenue projection for the year.

Udoma also said government planned to cut down the level of borrowing from N1.6 trillion in 2018 to N1.5 trillion in 2019, while the deficit component would be reduced from N1.9 trillion in 2018 to N1.6 trillion.

In spite of  the recent oil output drop to about 1.9 million barrels a day, Udoma said government was optimistic the 2.3 million barrels a day target was achievable with production now rising to about 2.15 million barrels a day and new oil productions being put into play.

Although a $50 per barrel oil price benchmark was proposed in the ERGP, the minister had expressed confidence that with a significant rise in the price above $80 per barrel currently, government has proposed a $60 per barrel oil price for the budget.

Udoma had added that N305 was proposed as exchange rate to the dollar, with government working to keep inflation down after slight increases in the last two months on the heels of 18 months consecutive decline.

The projected target gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate for the budget was put at 3.01 per cent, reduced from 4.5 per cent in the ERGP; 3.6 per cent in 2020 and 3.9 per cent in 2021.

“Growth is expected to increase from 0.8 per cent in 2017 to 2.1 per cent this year and 3.01 per cent in 2019 with the continued implementation of the ERGP in 2019 and improved outlook for oil prices,” he said.

On revenue, Udoma had said based on the oil price and oil production assumptions, government expected to generate about N3.6 trillion from oil, up by about N500 billion from last year’s figure.

About N6.9 trillion revenue is projected to be available to the budget in 2019.

With other projections showing government expects to collect less revenue from some independent sources, he said only about N624 billion is expected to be realised, against about N847 billion in the 2018 budget, among others.

Court gives EFCC, DSS, police 72 hours to produce Diezani Alison-Madueke

The chief Justice of Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, on December 4, 2018, ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of States Security Service and all other security agencies to apprehend and arrest a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke within 72 hours.

According to a statement released by EFCC, the order was made following a motion ex parte made before the court by counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga, praying for an order of the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Madueke to enable the Commission apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria. Continue to read the

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The EFCC investigated the former minister along with Jide Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, following a petition dated October 2, 2013, from Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, bordering on money laundering and official corruption.

Investigations into the petition revealed that Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was found to have engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.

Madueke and Omokore, are also alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos. They are to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count charge for the offences, which are contrary to Sections 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

Recall that when the matter came up on December 3, 2018 the Commission however filed application for warrant of arrest, condition precedent for Deziani’s extradition protocol to bring her back home to face trail.

The prosecution told the court that Diezani, who is currently in the United Kingdom, jetted out of the country while investigations into the alleged fraudulent acts were ongoing.

The court today, granted the ex parte motion, and ordered the security agencies to provide Madueke within 72 hours, for her to face the charge preferred against her.

“The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours”, the judge held.

“We are starting the ranches soon To End Herdsmen Killing – FG

cattle-colonyThe Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said the Federal Government will soon begin cattle ranching in the country to stop herdsmen killings.

Ogbeh made the disclosure on Monday during his official visit to a beans market located at Auta Ballefi, Nasarawa State, operated by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), NAN reports.

“We are starting the ranches soon. We will see if we can buy large number of shell and keep before we start. We want to stop the cows roaming about causing fights and killings.

“We will buy and give them to feed their cows until they get use to the ranches. We want to know if you have up to a trailer load. We will see what we can do if we can off-take the shell from you,’’ he added.

The minister, however, warned farmers against preserving beans with sniper after harvesting.

“We are proud of what we are seeing here today because this is not what we normally see in the IDPs. Most of the IDPs we visited are always waiting for people to bring food to them.

“But here, you are producing food and making money. You have told us what you need and as we go back to the office, we will find ways of helping you.

“I have never seen any beans market as big as this. And because you are farming, we are going to help you improve on what you are doing.

“I assure you that before the next planting season, we will bring three tractors here. You manage the tractors to do your farming.

“The first thing I will say now is nobody should put sniper on the beans again for storage because it is poisonous to human health.

“Instead, use pepper for preservation. That is why when we export beans, they are being rejected in Europe,” he said.

The minister restated government’s commitment to provide big market for farm produce to avoid post-harvest losses.

“We will find bigger markets to buy what you are producing. We are going to be buying from this market for schools’ programmes because is clean and direct from the farms.

“From the report released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) few days ago says the country has saved N51 billion in 34 months from importation. We have cut down food importation which is good,’’ he added.

INEC promotes 2,209 members of staff ahead of the 2019 elections

inec-1226463488.jpgThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promoted 2,209 members of its staff in its 2018 promotion exercise.

Malam Mohammed Haruna, INEC National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Haruna 847 junior and 1,362 senior staff were promoted after the commission considered the report of its Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee (AFDC).

“In furtherance to the Commission’s commitment to the welfare of its staff, 2,209 were promoted. Out of a total of 927 junior staff who sat for the 2018 promotion examinations, 847 passed and were promoted accordingly.

Of the 1,847 senior staff who took the exams, 1,517 passed. However, 1,362 were promoted in accordance with the existing vacancies.

Out of this number, 315 persons were promoted to Directorate Cadre, eight of whom have become Directors,” he said.

#ASUU: House of Reps declares state of emergency- puts pressure on Buhari

ASUU_14The House of Representatives, yesterday, declared a state of emergency on the education sector, vowing to rescue it from further decay. To this end, the House resolved to increase the budgetary allocation of the sector to the United Nations standard of 26 per cent from the present paltry seven percent.

It also set up an adhoc committee to interface with the relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs, of government in the sector to proffer best solutions on the issue.

The resolutions followed a motion, titled: “Need to Reform Nigeria’s Tertiary Educational System”, sponsored by Ayodele Oladimeji. Moving the motion, Oladimeji said Nigerians now preferred sending their children abroad, a development he said was responsible for the neglect of the education sector.

He said: “The House notes that strategic importance of education to any nation cannot be over emphasized being the fulcrum of national growth and development. “Also notes that tertiary education is the platform for developing human capital for social, economic and technological transformation and advancement of any nation “Again notes that right to education is a fundamental human right and a tool of attaining not only academic excellence but also social justice and progress, through which citizens achieve not only personal growth but also develop civic and political consciousness.

“Worried that Nigeria loses a minimum of N1 Trillion to Education Tourism annually because about 75,000 Nigerians are currently studying in Ghana, Benin Republic and Egypt, among others “Also worried about the dwindling quality of education in Nigeria, thus making our graduates unemployed, as no fewer than 1.8 million graduates in the country move into labour market every year with the hope of getting jobs that are not available. “Informed that numerous problems beset Nigeria’s educational system, leading to poor quality and exodus of our youth from pursuit of tertiary education; these include inadequate funding and infrastructure, epileptic power supply and examination malpractices.

“Aware that the Nigerian Government allocates 7 per cent of the national budget to education which is far from the 26% budgetary allocation recommended by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) for developing countries like Nigeria.

“Also aware that Nigeria’s educational sector needs urgent reform, failing which it will continue to spiral down and Nigerians will continue to spend their hard-earned foreign exchange in financing education tourism.” Contributing to the motion, the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, lamented the level of infrastructural decay in Nigeria.

Gbajabiamila, who noted that education should be made a fundamental human right for all Nigeria children, said: “The level of infrastructural decay in our schools diminishes your capacity to learn, even to teach. What have we done with our oversight function? ”

Saraki Pleads With Buhari’s Presidency To Probe Police, As Robbery Suspect Dies In Custody

Saraki-e15-1Following the eventual disclosure by the Nigeria Police Force, that Michael Adikwu, the principal suspect in the deadly bank robbery attacks in Offa, Kwara State, on April 5, 2018, is dead, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Presidency, to institute a judicial inquiry into ‘how and when’ the suspect died.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, which was made available to newsmen, Saraki noted that the new disclosure by the Police, has vindicated his earlier claim that the suspect had been murdered in Police custody, and that the investigation was politically motivated to implicate him (Senate President), Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara State, and a few others.
He stated that the inquiry would help to thoroughly examine and interrogate how the investigation into the robbery incident was conducted by the Police, and whether the investigation followed the normal process and complied with global best practices.
He added that the Police needs to confirm why it took them so long to make the disclosure about the death of the principal suspect, after they categorically denied it at the time he (Saraki) disclosed the information, and it was reported in the Media.Senate-President-Bukola-Saraki
“It should be recalled, that when we mentioned it that the principal suspect had been murdered, and that investigation into the Offa robbery attack was politically motivated and targeted at implicating me and other individuals, the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said: ‘Michael Adikwu is in Police custody. You know that he is the one that led the killing of 22 people. The fire arms that were carted away, he is helping the Police in the investigation to recover them. There is a State in the South-West where they kept him. I cannot mention the State. It is in one of the South-West States’.
“The fresh facts have now thrown more light into why there had been inconsistencies in the various statements by the Police. The Police initially told the Attorney-General of Kwara State, that the principal suspect was alive, and they only later reluctantly disclosed that he died in the course of arrest. How can a suspect confirmed to be in custody, now be said to have died in the course of arrest? This contradiction shows a deliberate attempt to cover up something.
“It is obvious that the Police have orchestrated the information they gave to the public on the Offa robbery, only to tarnish the image of the Kwara State Governor and myself. We are calling for a public inquiry, to probe the issues of extra-judicial killing, the cover-up of this killing, with the aim of framing up some individuals for political purpose, and politicising of criminal investigations. The facts need to be laid bare.
“The inquiry may help to further document and define the terms of handling of suspects in Police custody, and how to prevent extra-judicial killing of suspects, for whatever purpose. There is need for transparency in investigations into all cases, and our methods should comply with global standards. We should discourage situations where Police politicise investigations, and deliberately set out to frame some individuals.senate-president-saraki-dogaras-full-speech-at-the-world-conference525493377.jpg
“With the facts on ground, the issues that should be unearthed by the inquiry include: When exactly did the suspect die? How did he die? Why was the Police denying the facts of his death, when they knew he had died? At what point did the Police Leadership know of the death? Why are the Police covering up the facts? We believe the answer to these questions will help the country to address the issue of human rights abuse, extra-judicial killing, manipulation of criminal investigation to achieve political ends, deliberate attempt to cover up some facts, and how skewed investigation of crime can impact on successful prosecution of suspects”, he added.
Bukola Saraki stated that, now that the Police have commenced prosecution of the remaining suspects in court, there should be diligent and prompt prosecution, so that justice can be transparently done to both the victims of the Offa robbery and the accused persons.

Agree to N30,000 Minimum Wage or face the consequences- NLC to Governors

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The President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has stated that the N30,000 national minimum wage agreed by all stakeholders and submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari, by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee was a compromise figure.

Comrade Wabba has also insisted that the committee has fully completed its working with all the stakeholders fully represented, including the governors, before the figure was arrived at and agreed upon.

To this end, the NLC president pointed out that the committee has concluded its work; and workers would not accept anything less than the agreed N30,000 from the Executive and the National Assembly.nlc-protest280263991.jpg

He said the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was a product of intense and robust negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee that lasted for one year between November 2017 to November 2018.

He explained that the state governments were represented by six states, one state from each of the six geo-political zones of Nigeria; while a letter was sent by the committee to every state to send in their memorandum as their input to the national minimumwage negotiations.

Wabba said: “It is on record that 21 States responded by sending memoranda with figures. Subsequently, public hearings were conducted in each of the geo-political zones in the country. The State governments were all represented at the zonal hearings and made their input to discussions towards a new national minimum wage.

“The demand of organized labour was N66,500. From the memoranda submitted to the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee by State governments, there were proposals by some states to even pay higher than the negotiated national minimum wage of N30,000.

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“After extended and extensive negotiations by the Tripartite Committee, a final compromise figure of N30,000 was agreed by all the partners – Government, Organized Labour and Employers in the Private Sector.

“This agreement took on board prevailing economic indices and factors especially as outlined in Convention 131 and Recommendation 95 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on Criteria and Procedure for Collective Bargaining especially towards arriving at a National Minimum Wage for any country.

“It was on the basis of this agreement that the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee concluded its work and submitted its Report to Mr. President on the 6th of November, 2018. This ended the process of negotiations for a new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers.”

President Buhari Sends Message To Nigerians On Eid-el-Maulud

President-Muhammadu-Buhari-at-the-Daura-Eid-Ground-on-Friday-September-1-2017President Muhammadu Buhari has extended greetings to entire Nigerian citizens and Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Maulud; the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

In his message to mark this year’s Eid-el-Maulud by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, Buhari wished all citizens peace, happiness, and good health.

He said that the nation was making great progress under the APC-led Federal Government in dealing with issues of security, the war against corruption, the reform and restructuring of the economy.

While noting the provision of infrastructure by the government, the president said: “But to be fully successful, the country needs the support and prayers of all citizens.’’

He also asked for prayers for the nation for peaceful electioneering as the nation embarks on the journey to democratic elections in 2019.

Buhari expressed the hope that the important Islamic ceremony of Eid-el-Maulud would help to promote mutual harmony and tolerance among all Nigerians.

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#Minimum Wage: Buhari, Governors In Closed Door Meeting

BUHARI-FEC-MEETING-1APresident Muhammadu Buhari and some state governors under the aegis of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, are currently meeting in his office at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

According to report, the president and the governors are meeting over the disagreement between the organised labour and state governors on the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

Recall that state governors had threatened to carry out mass retrenchment if they were forced to implement the new wage of N30,000.

The governors then set up a committee to meet with the president.

Governors of Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Kaduna, Kebbi, Plateau, Bauchi, Ebonyi and Enugu states are the members of the committee meeting with the President.

The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Abdul’aziz Yari, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, are also among the attendees.

The NGF had earlier said it would re-strategise and dialogue with President Muhammadu Buhari on the issues associated with the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

To drive the process, the forum constituted a committee to meet the president to work out a formula to quickly resolve the issues.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, told newsmen at the end of an emergency meeting of the governors in Abuja that payment of N30,000 wage was impracticable.

Yari, however, said the proposed wage would be paid if labour would agree to downsizing of the workforce across the country “or federal government itself accedes to the review of the national revenue allocation formula”.

Yari alleged that the Tripartite Committee on the minimum wage did not include governors’ submission of N22,500 in its proposal to Buhari “because it said that the governors’ decision came late”.

He said: “Situation where our report was not taken or considered by the tripartite committee in the presentation to the president, then, I don’t know how the committee wants us to work.”

Oshiomhole speaks on foreign predictions that Atiku will defeat Buhari

b721b8ec-adams-oshiomholeThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has urged Nigerians to disregard foreign predictions on the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.

Oshiomhole noted that only Nigerians would be responsible for the outcome of the election, adding that foreign sources predictions hold no ‘water.’

The APC Chairman while speaking with Arise Tv over the weekend noted that the APC government does not regard such issues as it was only bothered about how to solve political and security issues facing the country.

Oshiomhole said: “For me, there are people who find joy in quoting foreign sources, I like to talk about Nigeria people and they are our primary constituency. They are the ones that hired Mr. President. I am not accountable to financial intelligence and everybody is aware that some of these papers don’t have the reputation they claim to have.

“After all, these are the same institutions that wrote lavishly about Nigeria banking system but few weeks later that some of these banks were empty.

“I think we have done couple of things that will form the basis of our campaign. This is the only government that gives bail-out money to state governments to enable them meet their most basic responsibilities without bothering whether they are APC, PDP or APGA. I don’t know any government before now that was just fair and just regardless of political party affiliation. These are things we should be talking about.

“We had governments that spent billions doing ground breaking ceremony for the Second River Niger Bridge, but this government as we speak is not doing ground breaking, it is actually constructing the Second Niger bridge. These are things we want to talk about.

“Secondly, there are couple of things the Federal government is doing in Lagos, Ibadan and other parts of the country; these are things I think we should talk about. It is not the views of sometimes hired foreign commentators. These people are not superior to the Nigerian journalist. These are things we must discuss.

“If the opposition does not want to do that, we will do that. In any case, we have moved the government from one that service the elites to one that looks at the forgotten majority of Nigerians, the voiceless. I think very soon, we will begin to talk what this government has done and who has benefited and how the previous government converted private debts to public liabilities and privatised public funds to private pockets.

“And of course, we are going to get people who are knowledgeable about micro economy issues to assist Nigerians to understand that there is always a time lag between when certain policies are put in place, when certain mismanagement occur and when the impact of those mismanagement begins to occur in the lives of the people. For me, these are the issues that I want to talk about. We must consciously begin to discuss issues, policy issues, security issues and all of that.”

Trouble: Ex-President, Obasanjo Fingered In BIG Murder Case

The name of former President Olusegun Obasanjo has shockingly been linked to the murder of a former Minister of Justice Bola Ige.

This damning accusation was made by a radio presenter, Akanda Oro, popularly known as Awikonko who insists that ex-President had a hand in the murder of Bola Ige.

According to The Punch, Oro, also an online journalist, alleged on live radio that Obasanjo killed Ige.

Awikonko was quoted as saying: “Obasanjo’s murder of Bola Ige, if not for the shortage of time, I would have listed the names of those murdered by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo during his regime. Bloodshed during Obasanjo Aremu’s regime was too much (foolish old man).

“There are repercussions for every evil deed done… In case you hear of my death, do not be sad. Perhaps this is the only mission I have been sent by God to accomplish. The fellow that killed a whole minister of justice and attorney general of the federation went scot-free.

“So, what will it cost him to kill me, a commoner? Let him go and commit suicide or take himself before Ogun shrine to swear that he does not know anything about the murder of Bola Ige and Marshall Harry or that all his children die in his lifetime.”

Expectedly, these accusations have not been treated lightly by Obasanjo who has now slammed a N1bn libel suit on the radio journalist.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), Obasanjo said the allegations were malicious and false and demanded N1billion from the journalist in damages.

The suit filed before Justice O.A. Adenyi of Apo Federal Capital Territory High Court with number FCT/HC/CV/2920/18, called for Awikonko to retract the publication.

It read in part: “A declaration that the publication complained of are false, malicious, unjustified, injurious, scornful, distasteful, unsavoury and have exposed the claimant to public odium, ridicule and disdain both nationally and internationally.

“A declaration that the words complained of do not constitute a valid exercise by the defendant of his freedom of speech.

“The sum of one billion naira only against the defendant as general damages for the defamation of the claimant’s hard-earned reputation.”

Chief Ajibola James Ige, a prominent Yoruba leader and a lawyer per excellence was assassinated on Sunday, December 23, 2001.

Since then, the question on the lips of many is: Who killed Bola Ige? The question keeps begging for an answer despite the fact that the heinous act happened over a decade ago.

Federal Government declares Tuesday, Nov. 20th as public holiday to celebrate Eid-El Maulud

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, 20th November 2018 as public holiday to mark the Eid-El Maulud celebration.

This was made known by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by the permanent secretary Dr. M.B Umar, he urged all Muslim faithful to align themselves with the prophet’s teachings which border on piety, charity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, among others.

While calling on all Nigerians to uphold these virtues, with a view to overcoming the current national challenges facing the country, Gen. Dambazau assured that the Federal Government remains committed to the unity of the country and as such, will put adequate structures on ground towards ensuring that the forthcoming general elections are credible, free and fair.

Dybala not thinking of leaving Juventus for Manchester united

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies.

The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli.
Massimilano Allegri’s men are unbeaten in Serie A after 12 matches and are also exerting their dominance on the European stage, sitting top of their Champions League group ahead of Manchester United.
“I’m not thinking about the transfer market,” Dybala said. “Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here.”
Dybala went on to discuss his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the Allianz Stadium during the summer from Real Madrid and has been an instant hit in Italy.
It had been suggested that the Portuguese maestro’s presence might overshadow his own ability to make an impact on the pitch, but the Bianconeri star is adamant that they work well in tandem.

Vote Out Governors Opposing N30,000 Minimum Wage, NLC Tells Workers

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Thursday asked its members to vote out state governors opposing the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

It added that would not be intimidated by threat from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) to sack workers if the new national minimum wage is implemented.

NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said this in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja.

The governors had said paying N30, 000 new minimum wage would lead to bankruptcy, adding that only Lagos and Rivers States could afford it.

The Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the NGF, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, also said it was impossible to implement the N30,000 minimum wage without downsizing the workforce all over the country.

Reacting to the governors’ stance, Wabba said Nigerian workers would vote out any governor, who refuses to implement as the new minimum wage.

He said threat to sack workers is not new to the union, “therefore, the current one by the governor of Zamfara cannot be used to intimidate labour.”

He accused some political leaders of wanting to enslave Nigerian workers with meager salary, asking them to compare “their humongous salaries” with the N30, 000 new minimum wage demanded by the union.

He said, “The consequences of workers retrenchment are too grievous for any political office holder truly elected by the people to contemplate.

“Few political office holders are bent on enslaving Nigerian workers with peanuts mislabeled as salaries.

“We urge such elected public officials to subject their humongous salaries and allowances, reputed to be among the highest in the world to public perusal pro rata with the minimum wage they want to force down the throats of Nigerian workers.

“We hereby reiterate our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuses to pay the new national minimum wage of N30, 000.

“We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour.

“It would interest Nigerians to know that the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was a product of intense and robust negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee that lasted for one year.

“At the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee, state governments were represented by six states, one state from each of the six geo-political zones.”