Nigeria’s insecurity: ‘President Buhari doing his best’ – Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), says President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best to fix the current insecurity challenges bedevilling the nation. The VP, who spoke yesterday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received the Muhammadu Buhari-Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group, assured that the security challenges will be resolved for a stronger and greater. Osinbajo appealed to citizens to ensure that the ideals of the nation are kept. According to him, “Mr. President has always remained steadfast and focused on resolving the problems of the country beginning with…

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Subsidy removal: Government, citizens must agree – World Bank

The Federal Government and the citizens must agree on the removal of petrol subsidy that will cost Nigeria over N3 trillion by the end of 2021, the World Bank’s Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri, has said. Nigeria’s rising fiscal deficit is yet another sign of the country’s ailing finances and makes a mockery of the government’s insistence to continue with a wasteful petrol subsidy regime that gulps over a trillion naira per annum, among other overly expensive ventures of a cash-strapped government. To solve this, Chaudhuri said “there has…

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Direct primaries: H/Reps invite INEC chairman over alleged ‘N500bn’ cost implications

The House of Representatives has invited the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to clear the air on the cost implication of conducting direct primaries by political parties in the country. Yakubu is to appear before the House Committees on Appropriations and Electoral Matters to speak on the matter. The House resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance moved on Thursday in Abuja during plenary by the lawmaker representing Yagba-East/Yagba-West/Mopa-Muro federal constituency of Kogi State, Rep. Leke Abejide. It was unanimously endorsed at the…

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2023: There‘ll be turbulence in PDP over choice of presidential candidate – Wike

…Doubts APC’s readiness to hand over power Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has predicted that there would be disagreements in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), over which part of the country will produce the party’s presidential candidate in 2023. This is as he said that the presidential candidate of the PDP must be someone who will be ready to confront the All Progressives Congress, (APC), even as he doubts the readiness of the ruling party to hand over power in 2023. Wike, who spoke yesterday, during a live television…

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Sokoto records 1,137 fresh HIV infections

Sokoto State recorded 1,137 fresh HIV infections between January 2020 and September 2021. The Acting State Coordinator of Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, (CiSHAN), Sokoto State chapter, Muhammad Garba, disclosed this at a press conference in commemoration of 2021 World AIDS Day, yesterday, in Sokoto. Garba said the State’s prevalence rate is 0.4%, according to the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, (NAISS). He noted that the reduction in prevalence follows concerted efforts by State and non-State actors within Sokoto State. He explained that the new cases of…

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Senate queries Aviation Minister for frustrating AMCON on issuance of NG Eagle Air’s Operation Certificate

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Senator Uba Sani, has declared that the 9th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not happy that certain agencies of government are working at cross-purposes. Senator Sani, who spoke at the Zuma Rock Resort in Niger State, according to an issued press statement, said the development was not in the overall interest of the Nigerian economy. The lawmaker said that the Upper Chamber was particularly not happy with the Aviation Ministry, which he accused of frustrating the…

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Nigeria recruits churches, mosques to speed up mass vaccinations

In a bid to stop a surge in cases during the Christmas travel season and wary of the emergence of new variants, Nigeria is turning to religious leaders, churches and mosques to push a mass vaccination campaign. Those worries will likely deepen after the country yesterday, reported its first cases of the Omicron variant that has prompted new travel bans. The nation has so far mostly escaped the brunt of the global pandemic that ravaged Europe and elsewhere after coronavirus emerged in December 2019. Recorded cases are low — around…

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EFCC re-arraigns former Ekiti Gov, Fayose on 11-count amended charge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), yesterday re-arraigned former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and his company, Spotless Limited, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke presided over the hearing on the 11-count charge on alleged money laundering and non-declaration of assets. In the amended charge, Fayose and one Abiodun Agbele, who is also standing trial on alleged money laundering offences before another division of the court, were alleged to have on June 17, 2014, taken possession of N1. 2 billion, to fund Fayose’s…

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