Ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train: Remaining 23 victims regain freedom

The remaining 23 victims of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train kidnapped on 28 March, 2022 have been rescued. The victims were today Wednesday by a Committee set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor. A Statement by the secretary of the Committee, Professor Usman Yusuf said the 7-man committee assembled by the Chief of Defence Staff secured the release of the 23 victims held hostage by Boko Haram terrorist and took them to custody. Yusuf Said the nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Nigerian military led…

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ASUU faces de-registration, as FG presents certificates of registration to 2 breakaway factions

…”We will not be stopped by CONUA” – Prof. Osodeke The Federal Government has presented certificates of registration to two breakaway factions of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU). The new sub-unions in the academic sector are Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA) and National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA). The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, presented the certificates to the unions yesterday, at the Minister’s Conference Room, Federal Secretariat, Phase-1, Abuja. The minister explained that the two bodies will exist alongside ASUU. CONUA,…

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Corruption by ASUU, others, undermining govt’s effort to revamp education sector – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said corruption in the education sector has undermined the Government’s efforts and investments over the years. The Nigerian leader spoke while delivering his address at a Summit on diminishing corruption in the public sector, which was held at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. According to Buhari, the incessant industrial actions in educational institutions are not only a result of underfunding. “Incessant strikes, especially by unions in tertiary education, often imply that Government is grossly underfunding education; but I must say that corruption in the education system,…

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High-level PDP BoT, Wike meeting ends in a deadlock

Hopes of finding a lasting solution to the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were dashed as the crucial peace meeting between the Party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) members and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has ended in deadlock. The meeting, which lasted for about four hours, was held behind closed doors in Government House, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, and ended with participants coming out smiling and exchanging banters. Acting Chairman of the PDP BoT, Senator Adolphus Wabara, briefed newsmen and said they had a critical discussion…

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Thousands stranded on Niger Bridge as flood takes over Kogi-Abuja road

Commuters and travellers in their thousands have been held at a standstill along the Abuja-Lokoja road in Kogi State. Travellers in their numbers were held in the gridlock, which started immediately after Lokoja, stretching to a nearby town of Koton-Karfe, after the Niger Bridge. According to reports, commuters have been held in the gridlock since 3p.m yesterday, and as of the time of filing this report, the road has not been cleared. The gridlock, which started from the Lokoja axis of the Niger Bridge to the other end of the…

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2023: “We’ll shock the whole system” – YPP presidential candidate

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Malik Ado-Ibrahim, has said that the party will shock the whole system during the 2023 general elections. Ado-Ibrahim stated this during an interview on a television programme, yesterday. According to him, YPP’s structure is different from all other political parties, saying the intention of the party is to communicate directly to the people. The presidential candidate added that over 100 million young Nigerians are ready to go and vote for a leader they can believe in. He said, “We want to…

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President Buhari presents N19.76 tr 2023 Budget to NASS Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday present the 2023 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly the N19.76 trillion budget proposals for the 2023 financial year. This was disclosed in a letter from President Buhari, read both by the president of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, at resumed plenary, yesterday. The presentation, according to the letter, will take place at 10 am at the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives due to on-going renovation works in both chambers. The…

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2023: ‘Power of ballot has been restored to Nigerians’ – ex-INEC Commissioner

A former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Barrister Mike Igini, has advised those planning to rig the 2023 general election to bury the thought, saying the elections would be won or lost at the polling units. Igini, who recently retired as the Akwa-Ibom State REC, spoke on television programme, in Abuja yesterday, applauded the current National Assembly for passing the new Electoral Act amendment Bills, which President Muhammadu Buhari gave his assent to become the 2022 Electoral Act. According to him, the 2022 Electoral Act has…

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2023 General Elections: APC to kick-start campaign at Villa October 10

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to kick-start campaigns for the forthcoming 2023 general elections on October 10. According to a party source, party chieftains who got nominated into the APC Presidential Campaign Council, to be chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Women’s wing, to be led by First Lady, A’isha Buhari, would be inaugurated on that date at the Dome Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja. It was gathered that certain members of the APC held a crucial meeting, yesterday, in Abuja, ahead of the return of the…

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Economic Disaster: ‘Nigeria faces disaster over escalation of oil theft’ – Kyari

The Federal Government yesterday raised the alarm that the country is on the brink of an economic disaster following indiscriminate oil theft, pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta areas, with attendant low oil production. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, raised the alarm when he appeared before the Senate’s joint committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Petroleum (Upstream) and Gas. Answering questions on the state of the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil sector, Kyari also revealed that contrary to speculations, Nigeria…

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