Insurgency: G-7 countries pledges £276 million support for Nigeria

The Group 7 (G-7) countries have pledged to assist people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria with £276 million ($389 million or roughly N148 billion). The group of wealthy countries will be supporting the United Nations (UN) and other aid agencies in helping victims of the conflict. A statement issued from the UK High Commission in Nigeria disclosed that Britain is leading the coordinated move by the G-7 countries to provide humanitarian assistance this year. According to the statement, the move intends to call for more efforts…

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FG denies report on re-introduction of Covid-19 restrictions

…Clarifies position The Federal Government has denied media reports that it has reintroduced new Covid-19 restrictions as part of measures to curb the spread of the new India variant into the country. The Government explained that it was only maintaining the curfew under phase 4 of the phased restriction of movement, adding that it never relaxed the curfew imposed earlier under Phase 3 of the eased lockdown. This clarification was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC) on…

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Covid-19: Again, FG announces fresh restrictions 

…Bans large gathering, shuts bars, night clubs, recreational centres The Federal Government has yet again announced another phase of nationwide Covid-19 curfew in a bid to further stem the tide of the disease in the country. According to the Presidential Task Force, (PTF) on Covid-19, National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, who made the announcement yesterday, during the PTF on Covid-19 briefing in Abuja, said that the 12.am to 4 am curfew has now been restored and would take effect from midnight yesterday. Mohammed further said that bars, nightclubs, gyms and others should…

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“We should restructure governance system to make Nigeria better” – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that there is a need to change the structure of governance to ensure development in Nigeria. The governor stated this in Lagos at the premiere of ‘Unmasked’, a documentary feature film co-produced by Kadaria Ahmed and Femi Odugbemi, structured around the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, adding that the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic can be used to improve the welfare of the people. According to him, “The lessons are certainly not lost on me personally and my government. I know that indeed…

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FG begins profiling of Nigerians linked to terrorism financing – AGF, Malami

The Federal Government has begun profiling towards prosecution, well-placed Nigerians suspected of being financiers of terrorism in the country. Briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation,  (AGF), Abubakar Malami, said the arrest of the suspects followed the recent convictions of some Nigerians on terrorism financing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He said that investigations conducted have established reasonable evidence of the involvement of the highly placed individuals, businessmen and institutions across the country in financing the Boko Haram terrorists. Although Malami declined…

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Afaka abducted students: How FG released notorious kidnapper, parents paid N32m ransom

Details have emerged as to how the Nigerian government released a notorious kidnapper in exchange for the freedom of the last batch of 27 students of Federal College of Forestry, Afaka, abducted on March 11. In a prisoner swap deal brokered by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, it was learnt that the kidnapper, simply identified as Nanono, was transported from a detention facility in Kano, where he was being held, and handed over to a traditional ruler in Kaduna who acted as the middleman. Parents and relatives of the victims were…

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‘Workers to earn more as FG seeks pay parity’, Says Finance Minister

Contrary to earlier reports, the Federal Government has said it is not thinking of cutting wages, but rather mulling salary harmonisation.  This is against the backdrop of the fact that there are some government agencies paying much higher than others, for staff on the same grade level. Therefore, according to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, the government is seeking more pay parity.  Mrs. Ahmed, who disclosed this at the ‘National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Cost of Governance in Nigeria’, organised by the Independent…

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Labour opposes move by FG to cut salaries, merge MDAs

The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), has opposed moves by the Federal Government to cut salaries of civil servants as well as the number of federal agencies. Recall that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had said the FG was working to reduce the high cost of governance by cutting the salaries of civil servants as well as the number of federal agencies The Minister gave the indication at a ‘National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Cost of Governance in Nigeria’, organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other…

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Reps to FG: “Suspend national census over insecurity”

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to suspend the planned national census over Nigeria’s security challenges. This call was made by the federal lawmakers at Tuesday’s plenary session. According to the green chamber, the census scheduled for this year should be put on hold until the country’s security situation improves. The lawmakers also invited the chairman of the National Population Commission, (NPC), Nasir Kwarra, to appear before them over the feasibility of conducting the census in the face of insecurity. The resolution followed the adoption of…

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Insecurity: ‘Nigeria must not become like Somalia’ – Northern Christian Elders to Buhari

The Northern States Christian Elders Forum,m (NOSCEF), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address insecurity before the country “goes the way of Somalia”. Recall that Nigeria has witnessed several attacks such as killings and kidnapping on schools and communities most especially in the North-East. Chairman of the Forum, Ejoga Inalegwu, in a statement yesterday, urged President Buhari to employ every means to address the current security challenges. Inalegwu, who said the new trend of targeting students “is most condemnable”, appealed to the president “to seek every available aid,…

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