Reps probe CBN, NNPC, NPA, PEF, others over alleged alienation, sale of government landed properties

The House of Representatives will, on Wednesday, commence investigative hearing into the petition against the implementation Committee of White Paper on the Commission of Inquiry into the alienation and sale of Federal Government landed property from inception to date levelled against the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The investigative hearing was initiated by the House Committee on Public Accounts chaired by Hon Wole Oke. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had in 2005 approved guidelines for the sale of Federal Government houses across the country, including…

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China Loan: OPC accuses Buhari’s government of mortgaging NPA as part of payment plan

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari led government’s loan arrangements with China. It said the administration had embarked on a suicidal mission that will push the Nigerian economy to its knees. OPC Publicity Secretary, Yinka Oguntimehin, in a statement on Tuesday expressed worry that the borrowings would make the South-West the greatest loser. Noting that Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said it will take the Federal Government about 20 years to pay back the loan, OPC decried that government failed to judiciously utilise previous loans…

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Nigerian journalist shot dead in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Tuesday, condemned the attack and brutal killing of its former treasurer, Benjamin Ekom, by unknown gunmen at his residence in Washo village, Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area (LGA), of the state. The NUJ made its position known in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Salihu Alkali and Sunday John, on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital. The Union described the attack on innocent residents of the state by criminal elements as one too many, and called…

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Kaduna govt spends a whopping N16bn on security with no security

Governor of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, says the state government has spent about N16 billion on security in the last five years. According to NAN, el-Rufai spoke at a meeting with the state council of emirs and chiefs on Tuesday. The high level of insecurity in Kaduna has been a source of concern to the government and residents. In July, at least 50 people were killed in different communities across southern Kaduna alone. The governor said the money was used to support security agencies and acquire technology and infrastructure to fight…

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Buhari orders immediate overhaul of Nigeria’s security apparatus

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military and all security agencies in the country to rejig their strategies in order to address security challenges confronting some parts of the country. The President gave the directive on Tuesday, at the National Security Council meeting held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents on decisions reached at the meeting chaired by President Buhari. He also revealed that the administration was working on a…

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How NDDC top management shared N4.9bn as medical checkups allowance, Senate report reveals

More revelations are coming up concerning the alleged financial recklessness in theNiger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). A Senate report which was obtained on Monday in Abuja showed how the top management of the agency shared N4.9bn among themselves. However, it was done in the guise of medical checkups at a time when Nigeria was under lockdown to check COVID-19 spread. The Senate report also showed that the management paid N114.9m as a supplementary medical allowance to 26 staff members during the same period. The report indicated that the monies were…

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COVID-19: We spent over N500m to feed school children during lockdown

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, (MHADMSD) Sadiya Farouk, has revealed that the federal government spent about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the Coronavirus pandemic. The minister disclosed this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. She said that the program was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29 Presidential directive. According to her, each take-home ration was valued at N4,200 and the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs were reportedly invited to…

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Buhari gives NDDC till Friday to pay scholarship of stranded Niger Delta students abroad

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the payment of fees and stipends of stranded scholarship students of the Niger Delta Development Commission studying abroad. This was contained in a statement titled ‘NDDC invites President Buhari to Commission Signature Project’ and signed by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, on Tuesday. Odili said Buhari conveyed the directive to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio The statement reads, “Under the Commission’s finance protocol, only the Executive Director (Finance) and the Executive Director (Projects) can sign for the release of…

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FG raises hate speech fine from N500,000 to N5m

The Federal Government has launched the reviewed sixth Broadcasting Code of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who unveiled the document on Tuesday at an event in Lagos revealed that the government has raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million. He explained that the code was reviewed in line with the directive of the President for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the NBC in the wake of the 2019 general elections. Mohammed noted that President Buhari had…

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NIPOST, FIRS lock horns over stamp duties charge

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has denied depriving the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), of discharging its duties. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the agency’s spokesperson, Abdullahi Ahmad, on Tuesday. The chairman of the NIPOST, Maimuna Abubakar, in a series of tweets, accused the FIRS of stealing the mandate of NIPOST. She said the FIRS, responsible for assessing, collecting and accounting for tax accruing to the Federal Government, had begun printing stamps. Ms Abubakar called on Nigerians to ensure that NIPOST gets justice. NIPOST is a government…

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