“Remove subsidy on all petroleum products”, H/Reps tell FG

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to discontinue subsidies on not just the Premium Motor Spirit, (PMS), popularly known as petrol, but on all petroleum products. This call follows the re-emergence of queues at the various fuel stations across the country, following the recent increase in the pump price of petrol products occasioned by the stoppage of fuel subsidy. These were part of the recommendations by the House Ad-Hoc Committee on the Need to Investigate the Petroleum Products Subsidy Regime in Nigeria, which the lawmakers considered…

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FG sets aside N15bn to secure school children – Zainab Ahmed

The Federal Government has disclosed that the sum of N15 billion in the 2023 budget has been set aside to secure school children sequel to violent attacks and kidnapping of school children in various parts of the country. The outgoing Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed made this known on Monday in Abuja, at the training of safe school administrators. She noted that to ensure the security of the children who are still in school, urgent steps have to be taken so as not to swell…

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Abuja CCTV Project: Court orders FG to account for $460m Chinese loan

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to answer for how a $460 million Chinese loan was used to fund the failed Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) project. The court said the Government must publish the total amount of money paid to Chinese and local companies and contractors, precise details of the identities of the companies and contractors, and the status of the implementation of the project. Hon. Judge Emeka Nwite issued the directives in his ruling in the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project…

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Census: “We already spent N200bn in logistics, others before postponement – FG

The chairman of the National Population Commission, Nasir Isa-Kwarra, on Thursday, hinted at how N224 billion released by the Federal Government for the 2023 Housing and Population Census was spent. The initial money budgeted for the exercise was N800 billion but was cut short after the postponement. Isa-Kwara, who mentioned this in Abuja during a breakfast meeting with media executives, said that the N224 billion has been spent on preparations for the exercise, which include printing of papers, and training of ad-hoc staff members, among many other miscellaneous. Recall that…

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FG spends N13tr on fuel subsidy – SGF Boss Mustapha

…Surpasses Health, Education, Agric, Defence Cumulative Budgets The Federal Government yesterday admitted that Nigeria has spent more money on fuel subsidy than the entire budget for health, education, agriculture, and defence in the last five years, and almost the capital expenditure for 10 years. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who made the disclosure yesterday, stated that fuel subsidy pay-outs from 2005-2021, representing a 16-year window, have cost the federal government a whopping N13 trillion on a conservative estimate. The Government also acknowledged that the…

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‘Nigerian Govt, citizens, don’t trust each other’ – Yar’Adua Centre

There is a current distrust between the Nigerian government across all levels and the citizens, according to the president of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Human Development Centre, Muttaqa Rabe-Darma. Rabe-Darma disclosed this at the weekend in Katsina, during the 13th Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Day Memorial Lecture, organised by the ‘Katsina State First Youth’, Fix Under Grassroots Aids Initiative. According to him, functional governmental systems require a trustworthy leader who exploits an all-inclusive government, considering all stakeholders as part of the decision-making body. He noted that it also required appreciating people’s functionality and…

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“Suspend $800m loan disbursement to FG- SERAP tells World Bank

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has requested World Bank President, David Malpass, to halt all loan payments to the Federal Government totaling $800 million and to ask the incoming administration to offer convincing justifications for the loan. The term of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration expires in May 2023, thus SERAP is inviting Malpass to renew the conversation with the incoming administration on the allegedly approved $800 million loan in order to explain the specifics of its justification and intended use. The Federal Government stated its intention to use…

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Over $200bn national assets lost to terrorism, militancy – FG

The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, has expressed concern over the spate of attacks on critical national assets across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Although he said the government had deployed both kinetic and non-kinetic mechanisms to safeguard these assets, the NSA stressed that there was a need to develop and continuously review measures to address dynamic threats to the nation’s infrastructure. Monguno, who was represented by the Principal General Staff Officer, Office of the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Sadiq Ndalolo, spoke at the validation exercise for…

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‘Japa’ Syndrome: FG advises frustrated youths to remain in Nigeria

The Federal Government has called on “frustrated” Nigerian youths to remain in the country instead of travelling abroad to take up menial jobs to survive. NCAC Director-General, Olusegun Runsewe, gave the advice during a tourism and culture stakeholders meeting on Tuesday in Abuja. Specifically, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) advised Nigerian youths to shun the ‘Japa syndrome’, saying it does not guarantee a shortcut to affluence. Runsewe gave instances where some youths travel abroad to embrace menial jobs, which they found difficult to practice in Nigeria. He said…

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FG denies abandoning Igbos stranded in Sudan

Reports alleging that some Nigerians of Igbo background were intentionally left behind in Sudan, which is currently ravaged by war, have been debunked. There were earlier reports which alleged that the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa issued the directive for the Igbos in Sudan to be left behind in favour of other ethnic backgrounds. A viral video that circulated on social media claimed Igbo indigenes in Sudan were stranded, while one of the indigenes narrated how they (Igbo) were asked to alight from the bus for…

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