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ABUJA — The Presidency has confirmed the 15 major projects spread across the country’s six geo-political zones to be financed with the proposed over $4 billion loan to be sourced from multilateral institutions, under the 2018-2021 medium-term (rolling) external borrowing plan. Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested the Senate to approve the sovereign loans of $4.054 billion and €710 million as well as grant components of...

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ENUGU —  The Enugu State Government says it has captured an additional 251 functional hotels within its database as part of a drive to improve hospitality and tourism businesses in the state. The General Manager of Enugu State Tourism Board, Chief Steve Odo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday that the number of hotels captured by the government is now 403. Odo spoke on the sidelines of his achievements within one...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has said that it will shut down the operations of Aboki FX, a website providing currency exchange information, which the bank described as an illegal and criminal platform. The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed this while fielding questions after the Monetary policy committee’s two-day meeting in Abuja on Friday, noted that the bank also plans to prosecute the owner of the platform, Olusegun Oniwinde....

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ABUJA — The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), will own a majority stake in Bitt Inc., its technical partner for digital currency eNaira, according to the apex bank governor, Godwin Emefiele. Emefiele announced this at the end of the CBN monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting on Friday. According to the governor, Bitts as a partner will establish their company in the country and the apex bank will own a majority stake in the company. “We...

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ABUJA — The CBN’s monetary policy committee has decided to maintain the monetary policy rate (MPR), which measures interest rate, at 11.5 percent. The committee unanimously voted to retain the key lending rate of 11.5 percent, with the asymmetric corridor of +100 and -700 basis points around the MPR. Godwin Emefiele, the apex bank governor confirmed this to journalists on Friday following the committee’s two-day meeting at the CBN headquarters in Abuja. The governor stated...

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YOLA — The Fintiri administration has initiated a programme to improve a lot of youth, women, people living with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups in the state, and no fewer than 10,520 have been captured under “Adamawa State Social Support Program (ADSSP)”. The initiative was organised by Adamawa State Poverty Alleviation And Wealth Creation Agency (PAWECA) aimed at training youths on various skills while assisting them with handouts to enable them float above poverty level....

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Tech giant Apple has announced the new iPhone 13 Pro, the first of its kind offering 1 Terabyte as a storage option, allowing iPhone users to store twice the capacity of the iPhone 13. The new model was announced during the company’s streaming event on Tuesday. Though the tech company has offered 1TB as an iPad storage option, the iPhone models have had a maximum storage capacity of 512GB. “iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13...

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DAMATURU, (YOBE STATE) —Officials of Damaturu Local Government Shari’a Committee alongside security operatives have raided illegal brothels, beer, and drug selling joints within the Yobe State capital. The raid was not unconnected with allegations that the areas were known for habouring of suspected criminal elements as well as underage commercial sex workers. Bukar Adamu, Council Executive Chairman, who led the Committee on Tuesday raged Zango and Kandahar areas and confiscated cartons of beers and packs...

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ABUJA — The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the loans obtained by the federal government are directed toward improving the welfare of the citizens. According to the ruling party, the series of debts incurred by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was a result of the desire to uplift the living standard of Nigerians. In a statement issued on Wednesday, John Akpanudoedehe, the party’s caretaker committee national secretary, said borrowings are based on a genuine need...

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking for the approval of the National Assembly to borrow fresh sums of $4,054,476,863 and €710 million in an addendum to the 2018-2020 borrowing plan. The president is also seeking the national assembly’s approval for a grant component of $125 million. The request was in a letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday. “I write on the above subject...

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