Budget Padding; Group asks Akpabio to resign over Ningi’s suspension, anti-North sentiments

Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi

As the drama in the National Assembly over alleged budget padding unveils more facts, a northern group has cautioned the Senate President Godswill Akpabio over sentiments while faulting the suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi and asked the Senate President to resign. The group, Arewa Defence League made this known in Kaduna while addressing the media over the suspension of Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, the President of the group, Murtala Abubakar said the antecedents of the President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio leaves much to be desired as nationalist and should…

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Elder statesman Sambo dies at 91

On a sad note, the death has occurred of elder statesman Alhaji Abbas Dabo Sambo today morning at the age of 91. Born on September 16, 1935, in Anguwan Juma ward, Zaria, Alhaji Abbas Dabo Sambo started his civil service career from the colonial era. He was former administrator of the Kaduna Capital Territory, former capital of the Northern Nigerian Government in the 1960s. He was also a divisional officer of the Jos and Hadejiya Division in the same year. He was also a former permanent secretary in the defunct…

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Economic Growth: Dangote partners Govt, advocates commitment to local content values

As the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fairs progresses, the Dangote group said it is partnering Kaduna State Government for economic growth and development, while advocating for commitment to deepening local content values across various business sectors                                                                                      Hajiya Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman, representative of the group made this assertion in Kaduna at the trade fair complex, Kaduna-Zaria road. She stressed that the theme of this year’s Trade Fair, “Sustaining Economic Recovery Through Deepening Local Content Values,” resonates deeply with the vision and mission of the Dangote Group, and find it a pleasure…

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CSO cautions NAHCON against unrealistic promises, commends on 2024 fare

The Independent Hajj Reporters IHR has cautioned the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON against “unrealistic promises” unnecessarily raising intending pilgrims’ hopes of a reduced fare until all options are considered and decisions taken. In a statement by the National Coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed, the independent Hajj reporting body said the Chairman of NAHCON, Mallam Jalal Ahmed Arabi “has repeatedly assured that the cost of the Hajj this year will not be more than the N4.5 million announced as a deposit for all pilgrims. “In the same vein, a recent statement…

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Cotonou Degree: Don’t be sad, they just helping us

By; Professor Abdulmalek Amoka. I was reflecting on this Cotonou 6-week to 1-year degree program and I began to wonder why we are making so much noise about it. The good thing about the degree is that you need not travel there or write any examination. You just register and it will be couriered to you. Nigerians said degrees are useless and that “who e help”. They said we should go and learn welding and carpentry instead of going for a degree (skills rather than a degree).  Now, we are…

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Cotonou Degree Saga: The truth we shy away from

By; Hashim Muhammad Suleiman  In all this Cotonou degree saga, like all crises, truth is the first casualty.  We are all up in the furore of few days degree certificates from Nigerian neigbours. Yet, we’ve all decided to shy away from the one and only truth that made those degree mills a reality. Successive governments in Nigeria have failed to fund university education in Nigeria.  If we are true to our pains, then we should all address the genesis of the problem: failure of governments in Nigeria to strengthen our…

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New-Liberalism and Cotonou Degree Alternative

By; Dr Kabiru Danladi Lawanti The whole Cotonou degree is criminal and all those involved need to be fished out and punished. Some people might see us as harsh or maybe insensitive for saying this.  There are things we cannot say in public, but one needs not to be a prophet of doom to predict that Nigeria cannot withstand this onslaught and will eventually crash.  Our desperate quest for certification through whatever means led us to this situation. Parents are desperate to have their kids in the university, some even…

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Tudun Biri; how I lost 14 Children to Nigerian Army Combat Drone Attack

In this interview by Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State, Mallam Idris Umar who lost 14 of his children to Nigerian Army Combat Drone attack on December 3rd, 2023 relayed what happened and how they battle bandits, while pleading with the government to come to their aid    VOL: Can you tell us you name? Umar: My name is Idris Umar  VOL: Were you affected by the Army drone attack? Umar: Yes I was. VOL: How? Umar: I lost 14 children in the so…

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FG, States, LGCs shares N1.08trn FAAC November revenue

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared N1.088.783 trillion November revenue to the Federal Government, States and Local Government Councils (LGCs). This is according to the communique issued by the FAAC at its meeting on Friday. The communique said that the distributable revenue comprised statutory revenue of N376.306 billion, Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N335.656 billion, Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) revenue of N11.952 billion and Exchange Difference revenue of N364.869 billion. According to the communique, total revenue of N1.620 trillion was available in the month of November.…

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Why they said I collapsed – Akpabio

President of Senate, Godswill Akpiabio, has faulted media reports on his alleged collapse at a colloquium marking his 61st birthday on Thursday. Akpabio said this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday. He said that he felt a bit uncomfortable at the colloquium, partly due to exhaustion, caused by stress.“I have been reading on the social media the propaganda about my collapse, but I’m happy the Senate Press Corps did not join in the show of propaganda.“I went home and I called my doctors and I was told that…

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