Rising cost of foodstuffs crippling FG’s school feeding program – Official

The rising inflationary rate resulting in the high cost of foodstuffs is affecting Federal Government’s National Home Grown School Feeding programme negatively. This assertion was made in Calabar yesterday, by the Programme Manager of the programme in Cross-Rivers State, Gab Okulaja, in an interview with newsmen. Okulaja appealed to the Federal Government to review the programme to take care of inflationary trends, as it planned to add five million beneficiaries to the existing nine million. “We have the challenge of increase in the prices of foodstuffs by as much as…

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FG appoints 43 traditional rulers as Varsity Chancellors

The Federal Government yesterday approved the appointment of 43 traditional rulers as Chancellors, and 27 other individuals as Pro-Chancellors of some federal universities and inter-university centres across the country. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja, said that the decision was in line with the establishment of new universities and also to replace deceased chancellors. He said, “Mr. President has, following the establishment of additional universities, approved the appointment, reassignment of chancellors to 43 federal universities. The exercise is intended to also…

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FG Intervention: “We’ve shared N9.5bn to vulnerable Nigerians in Katsina” – Minister

The Federal Government says it has so far disbursed N9.5 billion as conditional grant to 142,000 poor and vulnerable households in Katsina State. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar-Farouk, disclosed this while distributing palm-top computers to 108 independent monitors of the social investment programme in Katsina yesterday. Umar-Farouk said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the expansion of the Social Register to accommodate more poor and vulnerable Nigerians in the conditional cash transfer scheme. The minister, represented by Director, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Aminu Tukur,…

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SERAP sues FG over $25bn CBN overdraft 

…”Enough of borrowing, seek help” – Lawmaker tells Buhari The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has stated that it has filed a lawsuit, requesting the court “to compel the federal government to disclose details of a $25 billion (N9.7trn) overdraft reportedly obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare. The Deputy Director said the group also asked the court to ask the government to disclose spending details of the overdrafts and loans obtained from the…

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FG to flag-off Kaduna-Kano railway project in 2 weeks

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the $1.2 billion Kaduna-Kano standard-gauge rail project will be flagged-off in two weeks. This was announced by the minister during a ministerial media briefing, organised by the presidential communications team in Abuja yesterday. Recall that the federal government approved the Kaduna-Kano railway project in January 2017. Ameachi had said the federal government will borrow less than N100 billion for the project. He said while awaiting the Chinese government’s loan, one-third of the project will be funded from the Federal Government’s budget.…

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Lagos: Fed Govt shuts Eko Bridge

The Federal Government on Friday said it would shut the Ijora ramp of Eko Bridge from midnight to be able to fix a major expansion joint undergoing rehabilitation. The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, said this during an inspection of the bridge. He said that construction works on the Costain section of the bridge had been completed, while the entire project was 35 per cent complete. Popoola said that it was time to continue work on a major expansion joint where traffic coming from Apongbon and…

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FG plans N13.98tr budget for 2022 – Finance Minister

…To spend N900bn on subsidy in 2022 The Federal Government has projected to spend N13.98 trillion in the 2022 fiscal year. The Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, made this disclosure yesterday, during the presentation of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper for 2022-2024, in Abuja. She also disclosed that the Federal Government will slash capital expenditure to N3.61 trillion in 2022, from the N4.37 trillion approved for 2021; the figure is N758 billion lower than the N4.37 trillion spent on capital expenditure this year. The…

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Terrorism: How Kanu orchestrated killing of 60 persons in 4 months – FG

The Federal Government says the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, orchestrated the killing of 60 persons across the South-East and South-South Zones within four months. The FG, which stated this in a letter to western diplomats, also said 55 property got destroyed in the violent attacks in the Zones. The letter dated April 26, 2021, detailed the atrocities committed by members of IPOB on the alleged instruction of Kanu who was then in exile. One of the attachments to the letter listed the attacks on…

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FG urged to adopt ‘Flying Five Flags’ to tackle moral decadence, crimes in Nigeria

. . . IGP, NAWOJ President, others grace book launch The Nigerian Government has been urged to adopt the recommendations of a book titled: “Flying Five Flags” to tackle the moral decadence in the country which is fueling the increasing social crimes perpetrated by citizens. Picture Caption: Guests displaying copies of the book, ‘Flying Five Flags’ Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ), FCT Chapter, wants the Federal Ministry of Education to adopt the book in secondary school schools across the country, explaining that the book contains…

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FG extends NIN-SIM verification to July 26

The Federal Government says it has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26. This was communicated via an issued statement on Monday, signed jointly by spokespersons of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission, (NIMC). At least 57.3 million Nigerians have enrolled for the NIN, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN, according to the agencies. “The decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate the enrolment and…

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