82 days after he vowed not to go to Aso Villa again, Pastor Tunde Bakare visits President Buhari

The Senior Pastor and Founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, yesterday afternoon visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Villa. This is coming just 82 days after the cleric vowed not to visit the president again. Buhari and Bakare have been friends for years. They contested together in 2011 under the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change. The President’s Special Adviser, (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, posted the pictures of the duo with a caption that read: “President Buhari receives Pastor Tunde Bakare in State House on…

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Covid-19: FG to ban unvaccinated civil servants from offices December 1

The Federal Government has said it would ban workers who fail to show proof of their Covid-19 vaccination from accessing their offices as from December 1st. The civil servants will be required to show their vaccination card or a Polymerase Chain Reaction, (PCR), test done within 72 hours. The Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, confirmed this at yesterday’s briefing of the committee. According to him, “With effect from 1st December, 2021, Federal Government employees shall…

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Senate bows to pressure, gives INEC power on electronic transmission of election results

…Approves only direct primaries for parties The Nigerian Senate yesterday adopted electronic transmission of election results, a position that was contained in the Conference Committee report submitted to the chamber. The electronic transmission of election results, which is a proviso in clause 53 of the Electoral Amendment Act, places on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), the right to transmit results without subjecting their discretion to any other organ as was firstly captured that generated controversy. However, the adoption wasn’t without heated debate, which was brought under control by the…

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After over 100 days in captivity, abducted FGC Kebbi Birnin-Yauri students freed

The over 90 students and members of staff of Federal Government College, (FGC), Birnin-Yauri, in Kebbi State, have been released. They regained freedom after spending 118 days in captivity. A father of one of the kidnapped students, who did not want his name in print, confirmed that the students have been released. The parent, however, did not disclose whether parents of the abducted students have reunited with them. As of the time of this report, the state government and the police are yet to issue any statement over the development.

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Presidency 2023: Osinbajo denies rift with Tinubu

…Says he won’t campaign until INEC gives its go-ahead Vice-President President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, said he will not take any action towards the 2023 presidential election except the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gives the go-ahead. The Vice-President, in a statement by Senator Babafemi Ojudu. Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President, Office of the Vice President titled: ‘No To Divisive Politics, Attempts To Foist A Crack With Osinbajo, Tinubu Will Fail’ was reacting to the story published by Daily Independent today. While denying any rift with Asiwaju…

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APC recognises Support Group backing Osinbajo for 2023 Presidency

The All Progressives Congress, (APC) has recognised the Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG), a group backing Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. In the letter, dated October 4, the APC Director, Administration, Abubakar Suleiman, said the Chairman of the caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, recognised the PCG as a “support group” of the party. “We write to inform you that the national chairman, his excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has approved for your recognition as a support group of the party”, the letter read. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja…

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NUPENG set to commence nationwide strike on Monday

…Says all its union tanker drivers would withdraw their services  The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG), has announced that its Petroleum Tanker Drivers, (PTD), will commence strike on Monday over the deplorable state of the nation’s highways and other issues. The South-west Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Tayo Aboyeji, in an interview with newsmen in Lagos, said the union has lost many lives and properties due to bad roads. “We are going on nationwide strike because of the deplorable and shameful state of our highways. According to…

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FG asks BON to help foster national unity and development

The Federal Government has urged the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, (BON), to use its influence and power to promote national unity and development.  The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the call on behalf of the Federal Government, while delivering the Keynote address at the 75th General Assembly of the BON in Kano State, yesterday. Represented by Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mohammed noted that BON is an essential body that brings together private and public broadcasting stations, including terrestrial radio and…

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MultiChoice Nigeria MD, John Ugbe, elected as Chairman, Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, (BoN)

Aminu Imam The Managing Director, Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, has been elected the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON). He defeated Sir. Godfrey Ohuabunwa, of Multimesh Limited, by 63 to 35 votes in a keenly contested election at the Coronation Hall of the Kano State Government House, Kano. The election was part of the 75th General Assembly and 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BON. The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, established in 1973, is a broad coalition of public and private broadcasters as the nation’s umbrella Union of…

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Senate passes President Buhari’s revised 2022 fiscal framework, approves proposed N16.39 trillion Budget spending

The Senate yesterday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s revised submission of the 2022-2024 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, (MTEF), which he submitted to the National Assembly. The upper chamber also approved the President’s N16.39 trillion planned spending for next year. The revised submission was received and referred to the Committee on Finance on Tuesday for consideration ahead of tomorrow’s budget presentation to the National Assembly by President Buhari. The approval of the revised framework followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Finance. According to a statement issued by the Special…

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