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“FG owes me money” – Embattled Ex Pension Reform boss, Maina

Abdurasheed Maina, Ex boss of the Presidential Pension Reform Team (PPRT) has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to an open debate following the corruption allegation charges trailing him. Maina spoke through his lawyer, Sani Katu, saying, “Let’s meet at an open panel of investigation if the EFCC is truly straightforward. We urge the government to appoint an independent panel of investigation and see who will run out of Nigeria.” According to Maina, who is still being looked for by the EFCC, the allegations of corruption brought against him are not true. He noted that it is the federal government that should be paying him money following its whistle blower policy, as he assisted in recovering stolen funds. Katu said;“In 2011, we stopped the stealing of N300 mill...

Federal Government set to pay N50bn to civil war victims

The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Monday, agreed to pay a total of N88bn for the complete destruction of the remnants of landmines and bombs used during the Nigerian Civil War and compensation of victims. The said amount is also for other purposes, including the reconstruction of public buildings in some parts of the states affected by the war. Of the N88bn, the sum of N50bn is for the compensation of the victims, while N38bn is for the purpose of the destruction of the landmines and rebuilding of public buildings affected by the war, which took place between 1967 and 1970, mainly in the South-East geopolitical zone and some parts of the South-South and the North-Central geopolitical zones. About 493 victims of the war were said to have been enumerated. The affected states are the five...

SSANU set to resume strike after FG failed to implement an agreement

Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) has threatened to resume strike over failure of the Nigerian government to honour the agreement earlier reached with the union in September. A meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the three non- teaching staff in the universities comprising SSANU, non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and NAAT has been fixed for next Tuesday to fix a day to commence the action. SSANU National President and Chairman of JAC, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, stated this yesterday while speaking at the 32nd National Executive Council (NEC), meeting at University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Ugwoke said that the Union is not intimidated by the plan by the federal government to implement the no work, no pay policy, stressing that “it will be morally ...

Avengers don’t just talk, they will strike – Gbaramatu prime minister warns FG

Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the traditional Prime Minister of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West local government area has warned the Nigerian government not to take the threat by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to renew hostilities in the region lightly. He gave the warning in a chat with newsmen in Warri, ‎Delta State. Gbenekama said it was unfortunate that government could not use the ceasefire period to implement agreement reached with leaders and stakeholders of the region. His words: “The federal government should sit up. From November 1st to November 4th, it is one year and two days when PANDEF after securing the 90 days cease fire, presented 16 points agenda for cease fire. “As at today, nothing has been touched in the 16 points agenda. Why would they not be angry? But they should...

Herdsmen begs FG to stop Benue anti-grazing law

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) appealed to the Federal Government, on Sunday, to prevail on the Benue State government to extend the implementation date. This is coming ahead of November 1, 2017 deadline for the implementation of anti grazing bill in Benue State. The National Coordinator of the association, Alhaji Garus Gololo, told newsmen in Makurdi that the extension of the implementation time would enable both the government and the herdsmen resolve some grey areas in the law. He, however, did not disclose the duration of the extension needed. Gololo regretted that the law had placed certain responsibilities on the part of herdsmen that were difficult to fulfill within the time frame provided for its implementation. “For instance, we are expected to r...

Photos: FG begins payment of pension owed Biafra War veterans from South East and South South

The Federal government has begun disbursement of the pensions owed dismissed Biafra police officers in the South-east. This comes after last week’s announcement that President Buhari had approved the payments of the pensions to the veterans of the Biafra war. The pension payment was flagged off on Friday, 20th October in Enugu state See photos of some of the veterans as they gathered to receive their pension Like 0

FG lists states to benefit from World Bank fund

The Federal Government has listed 18 states that will benefit from the $500 million World Bank assisted project. The National Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project, RAMP, Ularamu Ubandoma, said the states will join the already benefiting ones to share from the 500 million dollars World Bank fund. The project is under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project RAAMP3. He said this at the unveiling of selected participants in the 18 states under the RAAMP 3 project and Pre-Appraisal Mission Wrap Up Meeting with the development partners in Abuja on Friday. He said, “The whole essence of the project sponsored by the World Bank, French Development Bank and Africa Development Bank is to provide suitable road network for rural farmers to convey their farm produce to the market...

NMA challenges FG over private practice ban on doctors

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) called on the Federal Government, on Friday, to clearly define its moves to ban medical doctors in public service from private practice. Chairman of Lagos State chapter of the association, Dr Olubunmi Omojowolo, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Omojowolo said that though the law did not permit doctors in public hospitals to own private hospitals, they could however, offer specialised services to private hospitals when required. “Actually, this is not new; the law does not permit doctors who are working in public hospitals to own private hospitals. “However, the application has to be properly defined; when talking about private practice by doctors in public hospitals, the government has to explain exactly w...

Monkey Pox: FG is importing deadly vaccines from Iran – MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Thursday, frowned at the alleged forceful administration of Monkey Pox vaccine in some parts of South East, especially in Anambra State which caused pandemonium in the region. The group alleged that the substance was imported from Iran with the aim of subtly annihilating the people of the region who were agitating for Biafra republic. In a statement signed by the leader of the group, Uchenna Madu, MASSOB warned the military to be mindful of their activities in the South East and South-South region. The statement partly read: “MASSOB through our intelligence agency have confirmed that the source of the immunization drugs were brought from Iran without the due process of clearing of imported goods, our intellige...

JAMB: Senate urges FG to scrap post-UTME

Senate urged the Federal Ministry of Education, on Tuesday, to totally scrap post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Umaru Kurfi, during its session. Senate also advised the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to initiate a strategy to ensure the efficiency and integrity in the conduct of the pre-university examination. The lawmakers lamented that the introduction of the post-UME examination has to a large extent, failed to remedy the problems associated with JAMB and as such, its continuous existence has posed more challenges for the Nigerian educational system. Nigerian government had last year June stopped the examination but just over a year later, in August, government lifted the ban. “Cancellation of Post-...

FG did not ban Rice importation – Agric Minister, Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, on Wednesday, stated that the Federal Government did not ban the importation of agricultural produce including rice. The minister stated this while speaking to newsmen in his office. He clarified that all the federal government did was to put measures in place to checkmate the smuggling of rice into the country. He also explained that maize was not on the nation’s import ban prohibition list but charged maize importers to work out how to grow the produce locally through integration, the way Olam farms had done with rice production. Ogbeh said: “Olam has gone into a very large poultry business and they ordered maize because maize is not banned yet. “We haven’t really banned anything yet, not even rice; you can bring in rice as long ...

Over N6.6bn was spent on School Feeding Programme – FG

The Federal Government revealed, on Monday, that it has disbursed over N6bn since the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme started in 2016. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Laolu Akande disclosed this in a statement. “A total of N6,643,432,789 billion have been disbursed by the Federal Government since the school feeding programme kicked off late last year,” the statement said. The government said at least 19,000 schools have been covered so far, adding that more schools would benefit from the programme with the commencement of a new academic session in September. They said more states would be added to the list, in line with government’s target that 5.5 million schoolchildren would be fed by the end of 2017. According to the state...

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