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ABUJA — In a major step toward addressing the heightened insecurity across the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to put every available resource to use in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria. In a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the president linked the activities of the bandits to food security. He affirmed that the violent attacks will be addressed to ensure the nation’s food security is not threatened. “Mr. Buhari has been criticized...

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YOLA — The Adamawa state Executive Council has approved the one hundred and fifty million naira (N150m) representing thirty percent (30%) to liquidate its share of an outstanding indebtedness incurred by the previous administrations. Dr. Umar Garba Pella, Commissioner of Information and Strategy disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting explained that the council deliberated extensively on the direction of the state where approvals were made. “The present administration inherited nonperforming debt on...

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ABUJA — The federal government says it has directed the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission (NSIWC) to review salaries of civil servants and some federal agencies. BudgIT, a civic-tech non-profit organization, said it recently uncovered 316 duplicated capital projects worth N39.5 billion in the 2021 budget. Minister of finance, budget, and national planning Zainab Ahmed announced this at a policy dialogue on corruption and cost of governance in Nigeria, organised by the Independent Corrupt...

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“With this achievement,  governor Obiano has earned an enviable spot in the chronicles of Anambra times.” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu As expected, the Anambra International Airport, Umueri which test flight successfully landed and took off a few days ago has drawn several commentaries. One must however admit that the argument, fanfare on the part of government supporters, and dismissal on the part of most opposition of this project, are not altogether unforeseen considering that the expectations of...

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YOLA — Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has restated the resolve of his administration to remain consistent in every facet of human endeavor remains unshakeable despite daunting challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the attendant economic crunch. He appreciates the organized Labour in the State for towing the path of industrial harmony and embracing dialogue as an imperative to resolving disputes and acknowledged the eternal contributions of workers. The Governor stated this Saturday...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) began its week with the task of normalising the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at different filling stations in the country especially the FCT following the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over remuneration. The normalisation started with the corporation increasing the daily supply of petrol across the country from 550 trucks to 1,661 trucks to combat the buildup of fuel queues in some...

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Prince Clem Agba, Minister of State, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, on Thursday gave a breakdown of the COVID-19 expenditure in the country. Agba revealed this at the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP) Conference organized by Connected Development (CODE) in partnership with BudgIT civil society organization in Abuja. According to Agba, of the N500 billion COVID-19 funds, N288billion has been released to implementing agencies to support programmes and Federal Government, while the Ministry...

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The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) has discredited Governor Obaseki’s comment about the printing of N60 billion in March. The Edo state governor had accused the FG of printing about N50 – N60billion to contain the shortfall in the distribution of revenues among the three tiers of government. Refuting the claim, the PGF chairperson and Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi in a statement said Mr. Obaseki’s claims did not reflect the true position of things. “Given...

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The River State governor, Nyesom Wike has thrown his weight around his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki over the claim that N60 billion was printed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to fund the government. Governor Obaseki had claimed that the federal government printed N50 – N60 billion in March to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues amongst the three tiers of government. This claimed triggered reactions from several parties including...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has approved the activation of new SIM card registration with mandatory National Identity Number linking, starting from April 19, 2021. The Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Femi Adeluyi disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. Part of the statement read “For IoT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that SIMs can only be used for...

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