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By Dr. Okey (Oduma) Chidolue, Columnist We endlessly complain about our government (Local, State & Federal) but we cannot individually or collectively carry out a very simple task like driving through an intersection. “What exactly is wrong with us?” This is the question I have continued to ask. We endlessly complain about our government (Local, State & Federal) but we cannot individually or collectively carry out a very simple task like driving through an intersection....

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ABUJA — The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the 2022 Appropriation Bill for an aggregate expenditure of N16.39 trillion for presentation to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari today Thursday. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, made this known when she briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja. On the approved 2022 Appropriation Bill for an...

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By Abba Dukawa, guest columnist   I am not sure how to address our late Nigeria presidents since the formal curtsey of your Excellency is of no use to them since they are in eternity.  But this open memo has become necessary to intimate you on the state of the Nation after 61 years of statehood. I am like having an imaginary conversation with late Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Major General  Aguiyi Ironsi, General Murtala  Mohammed, Chief Benjamin...

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ABUJA — The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has urged the Federal Government to act fast by mitigating hardship faced by Nigerian workers. Mr. Benjamin Anthony, the AUPCTRE President, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in commemoration of Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary, on Friday in Abuja. Anthony noted that the rising cost of commodities, children’s school fees, medicals, accommodation, and transportation...

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ABUJA — The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) has called on Nigerians to resume their match to greatness as the country marks its 61 years of Independence. Mr. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, made the call in a statement on the commemoration of Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Thursday in Abuja. ‘He said there was no gainsaying the contribution of Nigeria’s working class to the national development, peace and unity. ”On this commemoration of another independence anniversary, we...

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BENIN — Mr. Peter Esele, a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Edo, has said that 61 years after Nigeria’s Independence, politicians in the country were still confusing and manipulating the people with regional sentiments, and ethnicity/geopolitical balancing. Esele said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday on the occasion of Nigeria’s 61 years independence anniversary. He said that this was a ploy been used by politicians...

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ABUJA — To achieve sustainable economic growth in Nigeria, some Civil Society Organizations, CSOs in the country have called for collective actions from stakeholders to ensure support for civic freedom and security of businesses. The CSOs made the plea in Abuja, at a regulatory Compliance Training for Civil Society Organization’s in Nigeria with a theme: Insecurity in Nigeria and the shrinking civic space, A case for incentivizing business support for civic freedom and human rights”....

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ABUJA — Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that ethnicity is a big challenge to development in Nigeria. Amaechi, in a statement on Friday, said rail projects around the country were built for the growth of the economy rather than ethnic biases. He identified what he called politicising of railway development as one of the major challenges hindering government’s effort to stimulate the economy. Amaechi, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public...

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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 — Governors of States in the Southern region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has reaffirmed their earlier commitment to fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum held on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State; they resolved that power to collect Value Added Tax, VAT, be vested on the states. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting on Thursday in Enugu State Government...

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