Rivers Political Crisis: “Tinubu won’t take sides” – Presidency to Wike

Presidency Wike

President Bola Tinubu, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, has told the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Nyesom Wike and others that he will not take sides in the on-going crisis rocking Rivers State. The Special Adviser made the President’s position known during an interview on a television programme yesterday, insisting that Tinubu won’t allow any attempt to frustrate the Rivers State government. Ngelale said that anyone with the belief that President Tinubu would take their side in the political crisis would be disappointed. “I…

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Presidential Committee mulls increase on VAT rate

VAT

The Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms has proposed an upward adjustment of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate from the current 7.5 percent, according to reports. Taiwo Oyedele, the committee’s chairman, also recommended reviewing the VAT revenue-sharing formula during a policy exposure and impact assessment session organized by the committee. The proposal comes amidst opposition to various new taxes and levies, including the 0.5 percent cybersecurity levy and stamp duty on mortgage loans. Experts, chambers of commerce, and Organised Labour have expressed concerns that these measures would impose…

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Outrage, as Presidency confirms awarding N15tr contract to Chagoury-Seyi Tinubu’s firm

Chagoury Seyi

The unfolding allegation that President Bola Tinubu awarded the Lagos-Calabar Coastal highway project contract to Gilbert Chagoury’s company, in which hus son, Seyi sits on its Board, has sparked critical reactions online. In a recently posted statement, opposition leader Atiku Abubakar berated the Tinubu-led administration, accusing it of inflating the Lagos-Calabar coastal road project to favour his son and his ally, Chagoury. The Presidency, reacting to Abubakar’s criticisms on Monday, claimed the President’s son’s involvement with Chagoury’s firm is immaterial, condemning Atiku for complaining about the deal. A statement issued…

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“Work together to address fuel scarcity, high electricity tariff” – CNG tasks Presidency, NASS

CNG to Presidency NASS

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has tasked the Presidency and the National Assembly to work together to swiftly address the lingering fuel scarcity crisis and the recent rooftop electricity tariff in Nigeria, saying posterity would judge them in the end. According to an issued statement by the CNG National Coordinator Comrade Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi, the group said it is deeply concerned about the persistent and debilitating fuel scarcity that has plagued Nigeria recently, causing untold hardship to citizens across the country. The statement read in part: “We are outraged…

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‘More Buhari’s ministers, aides to get Sirika treatment’ – Presidency sources

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There are indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), is not relenting in its determination to investigate allegations of corruption against some ministers and other officials, who served under former President Muhammadu Buhari. Recall that last week, former Minister of Aviation under Buhari, Hadi Sirika, was invited by the anti-graft agency to answer questions on allegations of conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, and contract inflation. It was alleged that the former Minister awarded aviation contracts amounting to over N8 billion to his brother, who is…

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APC debunks viral video; says Presidency not after Ganduje

APC on Ganduje

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has distanced itself from the report credited to its Kano State chapter of the Party that the Presidency may have been behind the move to remove the National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, from office. The APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, made the rebuttal when he was featured as a guest on a television programme on Thursday. Recall that the Kano APC, through its spokesperson, Ahmad Aruwa, had on Wednesday accused the Presidency of undermining and conspiring against the APC national chairman. Aruwa made…

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‘100,000 businesses get N50,000 presidential grant’ – Trade Minister

Trade minister

No fewer than 100,000 nano-businesses across the Federation have received the initial disbursement of N50,000 through the Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme, also known as the Trade Grants Scheme. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, who gave the figure yesterday, through her aide, Terfa Gyado, confirmed that the disbursement began a few weeks ago and would be distributed to 1,291 nano businesses per local government area. Nano businesses are enterprises that have one or two workers and less than an annual turnover of N3 million, according to the…

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Presidency unveils platform for citizens’ feedback

Hadiza Bala Usman

The Presidency has unveiled its Citizens’ Delivery Tracker to provide a “strong feedback loop between citizens and government” on the eight priority areas of the Bola Tinubu administration. The President’s Special Adviser on Policy and Coordination, Hadiza Bala-Usman, disclosed this at the Go-Live event of the CDT holding in Abuja yesterday. “The platform is available as a web link (app.cdcu.gov.ng) and will be available as an app for download in the next few months”, said Bala-Usman. Bala-Usman said yesterday’s unveiling is the culmination of a months-long process since Tinubu announced…

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Alleged N6.2m Emefiele Loot: Top INEC, Presidency officials indicted

…Pressure mounts on Tinubu to sack Obazee A recent investigation has implicated high-ranking officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), and the Presidency, including former President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet members, in the alleged distribution of a $6.2 million windfall by former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele. The funds were reportedly withdrawn from the CBN vault under the guise of mobilising international observers for the 2023 general elections, with beneficiaries allegedly extending to the State House and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the…

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“NASS padded 2024 Budget by N1.2tr, not Tinubu” – Presidency

… Says Budget not anti-North  The Presidency has denied the allegation that President Bola Tinubu is implementing a budget different from what the National Assembly passed, saying that the N1.2 trillion differentials was added by the lawmakers. The Presidency also debunked the insinuation that the 2024 budget being implemented by President Tinubu is anti-North. The denials were contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, titled: “The facts about 2024 budget”. The Presidency also denied the allegations by northern senators…

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