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Herdsmen: Normalcy returns to Edo community
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Herdsmen: Normalcy returns to Edo community

By: Emmanuel Ikhenebome There was chaos at Abudu, administrative headquarters of Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State on Friday morning, following the killing of a farmer on Thursday in the community by suspected herdsmen. The incident which unsettled the area forced most persons of Fulani and Hausa ethnic group to go into hiding, as they did not turn up for their usual Jumaat (Friday) prayers in the community, apparently due to fear of reprisal attacks. An altercation had ensued between the suspected herdsmen and some farmers on motorcycle over right of way inside a farming area where the herdsmen also have camps. The altercation later degenerated into a physical fight between both parties, during which the suspected herder stabbed one of the farmers with knife ...
Kaduna Assembly Speaker harps on harmonious relationship between arms of Govt
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Kaduna Assembly Speaker harps on harmonious relationship between arms of Govt

By: Abubakar Abba, Kaduna  Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani says cordial working relationship between the three arms of government will lead to more dividends of democracy.  The Speaker's position was contained in a statement signed by his SA, Hon. Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, dated Thursday January 20, 2022. Rt Hon Zailani's statement which was part of his welcome address to President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a two-day working visit to Kaduna State. "The transformation would have been evident much earlier, but was frustrated in the 8th Senate by some undemocratic forces from our state, who preferred to delve into politics of selfish interests instead of the collective good of our good citizens. "We are nevertheless, excited t...
Electoral Act Amendment Bill: NASS deletes compulsory direct primary clause, adds consensus clause
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Electoral Act Amendment Bill: NASS deletes compulsory direct primary clause, adds consensus clause

The Senate on Wednesday included the consensus mode of primary in the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill as suggested by President Muhammadu Buhari. Both chambers of the National Assembly, the Senate and the House of Representatives, however, deleted compulsory direct primaries from the bill. While the House gave options of parties adopting direct or indirect primaries, the Senate included direct and indirect primaries as well as the consensus mode as suggested by the president in an interview few weeks ago. Buhari had last year vetoed the electoral bill and sent it back to the National Assembly over the restriction of political parties to direct primaries. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had suspended action on the bill till resumption on Tuesday, after the Chris...
1400 residents killed by security operatives in Igboland, group alleged
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1400 residents killed by security operatives in Igboland, group alleged

Security agencies led by the Nigerian Army allegedly killed no fewer than 1,400 residents and razed about 1,000 homes in 100 Igbo communities in 14 months, a report has shown. The security agencies allegedly involved in the massacre are the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy. The report titled, ‘Massacre in Eastern Nigeria: A Special Investigative Report’, was prepared by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) and was released on Wednesday in Enugu by the organisation’s Board of Trustees. The report was signed by the Board Chairman, Intersociety, Chief Emeka Umeagbalasi; Head of Campaign and Publicity, Chidimma Udegbunam; Head of Democracy and Government, Chinwe Umeche; Head, Civil...
Finally FG lifts suspension on Twitter operations
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Finally FG lifts suspension on Twitter operations

Following the approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government has lifted the suspension on Twitter operations in Nigeria effective from 12.00 midnight of today. Chairman, Technical Committee, Nigeria Twitter Engagement and Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. He said the approval was given following a memo written to the president by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami. The statement read: “The Federal Government of Nigeria directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12a.m. of 13th January, 2022. “The approval wa...
Shonekan’ll remain reference point in Corporate Nigeria history – Soludo
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Shonekan’ll remain reference point in Corporate Nigeria history – Soludo

By: Awesome Ekene Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has expressed grief over the demise of Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Nigerian Interim Head of State from 26 August 1993 to November 17, 1993 In a statement made available to the media by Joe Anatune, Governor-elect, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo described Shonekan as a monumental loss to the nation. He said Shonekan's wealth of experience as a lawyer, a Boardroom guru and an Industrialist who headed vast conglomerates in the nation's productive sector will remain a reference point in the annals of the history of Corporate Nigeria The Governor-elect also described the deceased as a statesman, lover of peace and an incurable optimist of a greater and united Nigeria. He noted that Shonekan's patriotism and per...
With right strategy, investment and hard work, Igbo can rule Nigeria in 2023 says pro-Igbo group, NIROH Worldwide
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With right strategy, investment and hard work, Igbo can rule Nigeria in 2023 says pro-Igbo group, NIROH Worldwide

President General of Ndigbo Royal Heritage (NIROH) Worldwide, Dr Paul Okoye has advised the Igbo to strategise, invest in the right people and work hard in order to acquire power and emerge the President of Nigeria after the 2023 general elections. Okoye who spoke in Umuahia yesterday  while delivering the keynote address at the 2023 Igbo Political project conference hosted by NIROH Worldwide said the Igbo still have much work to do as the 2023 election gets underway and warned that the Igbo may stand to lose 2023 election if they fail to understand that power cannot be gotten on a platter of gold. Recommending effective strategy, investment and hard work as recipe for the Igbo success in the 2023 project, he also advised the Igbo to drop ethnical campaign and jettison the...
Poor condition of members: Aviation workers threaten showdown
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Poor condition of members: Aviation workers threaten showdown

Aviation workers under the National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, have said they will no longer tolerate the deplorable conditions its members have had to endure for the better part of the last decade. In a joint communiqué signed by Deputy General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Francis Akinjole; General Secretary, NUATE, Ocheme Aba; Secretary-General, ANAP, Abdulrazaq Saidu; and Deputy General Secretary, NAAPE, Umoh Ofonime, the groups demanded the implementation of minimum wage/consequential adjustment that had been on since April 2019 in all the aviation agencies, apart from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technol...
Anambra Vigilante to metamorphose into Ebubeagu – Adinuba
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Anambra Vigilante to metamorphose into Ebubeagu – Adinuba

By: Awesome Ekene The Anambra State Government on Monday disclosed its plans to change the name of Anambra Vigilance Group (AVG) to Ebubeagu. Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba who dropped the hint in Awka, said the move was in line with the Southeast Governors’ decision to have a uniformed security outfit in the region. He said the state already had an efficient Vigilante Group which would need to be restructured ahead of the name change. He however blamed the delay in changing the name to the prevailing security challenges in the state, adding that the process had b6 forwarded to the state House of Assembly. He said, “For us, there is no big deal, we have an efficient Anambra Vigilante Group which we intend to restructure and change its n...
Plateau Governor commends military for their peace building initiatives
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Plateau Governor commends military for their peace building initiatives

By: Emmanuel Couson The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong has commended Operation SAFE HAVEN for uniting youths of diverse backgrounds in its area of operation using their non-kinetic approaches. The governor stated this  during the Grand Finale of the Chief of Defence Staff Peace and Unity Marathon and Football Competition organized by Operation SAFE HAVEN in Jos.  Represented by the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof Danladi Attu, Governor Lalong noted that bringing the youths together from 24 local government areas of Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna states is a novel idea towards promoting unity, friendship  and peace building  is an indication that sporting activities could be used to unite the youths and take them out of ...
NSCDC assures increased presence, civility of officers in Anambra
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NSCDC assures increased presence, civility of officers in Anambra

By: Awesome Ekene The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Anambra State has restated its resolve to redouble its commitment and sacrifice towards drastical reduction of crime and criminality in the state. The State Commandant, Everestus Chimezie Obiyo who gave the assurance in a press conference, also assured of increased intelligence gathering and training of his men especially in the area of civility and respect of human dignity. He said the command addressed a total of 250 cases ranging from malicious damage, assault, threat to life, vandalization of government critical national assets and Infrastructure, illegal transportation and dealings on petroleum products, obtaining by false pretence, buying of stolen items, among others. He hinted that 100 of such ca...
Stop the use of Military uniform, DHQ warns politicians, unauthorized persons
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Stop the use of Military uniform, DHQ warns politicians, unauthorized persons

 …vows to prosecute offenders By: Emmanuel Couson The Defence headquarters (DHQ) has warn against the use of military uniforms by unauthorized persons, especially politicians during campaign and vows to prosecute offenders.  Air Commodore Wap Maigida Acting Director Defence Information stated this on Wednesday 5 January 2022. According to him  wearing of military uniform by unauthorized persons and politicians for  electioneering campaign posters is illegal. "The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has noticed with dismay that some politicians have formed the habit of wearing military uniforms and accoutrements for electioneering campaign posters" He said.  Continuing Commodore Wap said "the campaign posters of some Governors, dressed in military cam...
NAF appoints new branch Chiefs, AOCs, other senior officers
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NAF appoints new branch Chiefs, AOCs, other senior officers

By: Emmanuel Couson The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, announced new postings redeployment of senior officers to reposition the Airforce for better service delivery. Air Marshal Oladayo Amao In a Press Release by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet Director of Public Relations & Information Nigerian Air Force, the exercise is geared towards  the  reinvigoration of the  service for greater performance, enhanced productivity, operational efficiency, and effective service delivery. The statement added that ''It is in view of the foregoing that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has approved the appointment of new Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding (AOCs), Commandants of tri-Service and NAF institutions as well as Unit ...
Northern youths beg Buhari to return Nigeria to security level under Jonathan
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Northern youths beg Buhari to return Nigeria to security level under Jonathan

Members of the Coalition of the Northern Groups have asked President Muhammadu Buhari ppto return Nigeria to the era of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan when the country experienced a minimal level of insecurity. The CNG’s Director of Strategic Communications, Ismail Musa, made the call while featuring on Vanguard Live on Wednesday. This group also lamented the alarming rate of killings, kidnappings, and general insecurity across the country and berated Buhari over his handling of insecurity in the country. “What we are begging them for now is, you know human life is very important; in fact, it’s very key. “If you can do something, in fact, if you can take us back to the insecurity you met on board that will be tolerable to a large extent to say well he has taken us back to (for...
PMB promises improved access to forex
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PMB promises improved access to forex

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the Federal Government will take appropriate measures to improve access to foreign exchange for the importation of raw materials and machines that are not available locally. Buhari gave the assurance to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) on Wednesday while hosting the body’s leadership in Abuja. He spoke in response to MAN’s requests on making the manufacturing sector contribute more to the Nigerian economy. Buhari told the Mansur Ahmed-led executives of MAN that the relevant Ministry would revisit their concerns on the increase in excise duties on the identified products and other tariff-related matters. On the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the President said Nigeria would fast track the process of settin...
Police never invited me, Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu reveals
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Police never invited me, Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu reveals

The former governorship candidate of the Action Alliance AA, in the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Uche Nwosu has been released from Police custody less than 24 hours after he was whisked away during a church service at his hometown, Eziama Obieri in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, by masked police operatives. In a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Chikezie Nwadike, the son-in-law to a former governor of the State, disclosed that he didn’t spend the night in the facilities of the police. The statement also debunked the speculation that Nwosu had refused to honour many police invitations extended to him and that his refusal to honour the invitations resulted in his arrest in church during service. The statement challenged the police or anybody...
NCF raises alarm over impending food insecurity
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NCF raises alarm over impending food insecurity

By: Isaac Ojo The Northern Christian Forum (NCF) has raised the alarm over impending food scarcity in Nigeria occasioned by the activities of insurgents and bandits in the North. The Anambra State president of the forum Pastor Andrew Aversion raised the alarm in a press release made available to journalists in Awka. Pastor Aversion pointed out that the insurgents have assumed an invincibility status because there is no sincerity in the war against insurgency and banditary. "Insurgents and bandits have taken over certain local government areas in the North, it is so bad to the extent that Nigerians now pay taxes and levies to the insurgents so as to stay alive. "The federal government is aware of this dangerous development but the individuals in the corridors of power have c...
Insecurity: PDP blasts APC controlled govt.
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Insecurity: PDP blasts APC controlled govt.

The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) says the governing All Progressives Congress(APC) has become numb to the violence and bloodletting that is now routine across Nigeria. It also said the APC has clearly demonstrated that it was not a political party but a conglomeration of strange bedfellows. The new National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologun-Agba, said this in an interview with newsmen, in Abuja. He said, “…about numbness to violence, numbness to bloodshed. Anywhere in the world that you find a leadership that is true leadership, they won’t go on vacation during a crisis. “When destruction happens to countries, a president of that country is expected to step forward as a consoler-in-chief. But in Nigeria, there is an absolute lack of leadership. That is why 40,50 peo...
Insecurity: HURIWA want immediate change of security chiefs
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Insecurity: HURIWA want immediate change of security chiefs

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the internal security architectures of the country to reflect federal character. HURIWA made the call against the backdrop of killings by terrorists in the Northern part of Nigeria. The right group said religious and ethnic bigotry by security heads was responsible for killings and terrorism in Nigeria. A statement by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko reads: “Following the serial blood cuddling butcher and slaughter by terrorists in the North West of Nigeria of civilians including travellers and the persistent failures of intelligence gathering capacity of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a call has gone to the President and Commander-In-C...
Obasanjo cautions Ooni, others against open support for political office seekers
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Obasanjo cautions Ooni, others against open support for political office seekers

The former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has warned traditional rulers in Yoruba land against an open endorsement of any political office seeker, saying their role should end in offering prayers for whoever visit them. The former president also told Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, not to direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant for political position, because the race was not known for following a single political party. Obasanjo spoke at the palace of Ooni in Ile-Ife, where he joined dignitaries that include, ex Oyo State governor, Rasidi Ladoja, to witness the installation of the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Dr Nterenya Sanginga and his wife, Charlotte Kurara, as Aare and Yeye Afurugbin Ola of the source. He appeal...
Again, 150 youths empowered, trained on repairs and maintenance of renewable energy devices in Anambra
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Again, 150 youths empowered, trained on repairs and maintenance of renewable energy devices in Anambra

By: Isaac Ojo Another set of one hundred and fifty youths have completed their 3 day empowerment training on repairs and maintenance of renewable energy devices in Obosi, Idemili North Local Goverment Area of Anambra State. The empowerment training program was powered by Orange Business Solutions Ltd and sponsored by the lawmaker representing Idemili North and Idemili South in the House of Representatives, Hon Obinna Chidoka. Engineers from National Centre For Hydropower Research And Development (NACRED ECN) took the trianees through different course during the program. Engr Dan Babarinde, a registered electrical engineer who was an instructor during the training sessions said that the issue around solar installations has made it imperative that the youths be trained in the fi...
Silence on big corruption cases in Nigeria worries CDD
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Silence on big corruption cases in Nigeria worries CDD

Center for Democracy and Development has expressed concerns over the silence of the Federal Government on big corruption cases in the country. The group cited the lack of action despite the revelations of the forensic report on the Niger Delta Development Commission, stressing that only an impartial attitude was needed to tackle corruption in the country. This was contained in a statement by the Director of the group, Idayat Hassan, titled, ‘CDD wants Government, Citizens to unite in fighting corruption’. The statement read in part, “More worrying was the federal government’s lack of response to suspected instances of monumental corruption. An example is the recent revelations involving the Niger Delta Development Commission and the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs. “We believ...
Buhari, Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, others lay foundation centre for Christian-Muslim relations
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Buhari, Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, others lay foundation centre for Christian-Muslim relations

President Muhammadu Buhari former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welby were among the dignitaries that laid the foundation stone of the Kaduna Centre for the study of Christian-Muslim relations and the promotion of peace. All the speakers at the occasion harped on peaceful coexistence among the adherents of the two major religions in the country – Christianity and Islam. President Buhari noted that laying the foundation for the centre signified the entrenchment of peace not only in Kaduna State but the entire north and indeed Nigeria that had over the years suffered religious crises. He congratulated the founder of the centre and Secretary of the Anglican Communion Worldwide, Archbishop ...
Confusion as Buhari sacks AEDC management over workers’ strike
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Confusion as Buhari sacks AEDC management over workers’ strike

There was confusion among power sector operators on Tuesday after President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company AEDC as a result of the strike embarked upon by the workers of the company. Officials of the Federal Ministry of Power said the management of AEDC had been replaced with an interim governing council, stressing that the directive came from the Presidency. The Deputy Director (Press) Bureau of Public Enterprises(BPE) FMP, Austin Asoluka has confirmed the development. He said that a new interim management team formed by NERC (Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission) has been put in place. The strike embarked upon by workers of the AEDC on Monday sources claimed caused serious embarrasment to government, after their ind...
Commissioner vows to tackle  gender-based violence in Bauchi
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Commissioner vows to tackle gender-based violence in Bauchi

By: Ruth Selya, Bauchi  The Bauchi State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has  disclosed that the Ministry is ready to protect women, girl child, people living with disabilities and youths against all forms of violence in the state. The state Commissioner in the Ministry, Hajiya Hajara Gidado said this during a one day rally organised by Plan International in collaboration with Bauchi state chapter of the Nigerian Association of women journalists to commemorate the 16days of Activitiesm, with the theme "Orange the World, Stop Gender- Based Violence Now".  Represented by the Director of the Ministry, Fatima Ibrahim, who re...
Edo communities lament continued blackout
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Edo communities lament continued blackout

By: Emmanuel Ikhenebome It seems all hope of electricity restoration to some communities in Orhionmwon and Uhunmwode local government areas of Edo state by the end of 2021 may have been dashed as Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) insisted on 'community billing system'. The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that, the system, coupled with clearing of unpaid electricity bills amounting to millions of Naira 'owed' BEDC were conditions the company handed the affected communities before it can restore power and commence services in the area. The communities which include Abudu, Evbuobanosa, Iguomoson, Uvbe, Igbogiri, Iru, Ofien, Idudolor, Evbuohen, Isua, Evbosawe, Ugboayon, Oza, Ugbeze, Oghada, Igbanke, among others have been without electricity for more than five years. A s...
Zamfara government officials barred from speaking to media
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Zamfara government officials barred from speaking to media

The Zamfara State government has placed a ban on all its officials from speaking to the media or disseminating information regarding government policies and programs. The ban affected the state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, gave the order on Thursday while addressing members of the Correspondents Chapel in Gusau, the state capital. According to Dosara, the state government decided to use a centralized information management to curtail the spread of fake news and misinformation to the people. “This is in view of the security situation in the state and the mismanagement of information where everybody takes his own opinion and chips in on behalf of government,” the Commissioner said. ”This further aggravat...
Niger-Benue inland waterway port project to create 5,000 jobs NIWA
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Niger-Benue inland waterway port project to create 5,000 jobs NIWA

By: Awesome Ekene The Nigerian Navy, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Nigerian Export and import (NEXIM) Bank have begun the survey and charting for the lower River Niger and River Benue for enhanced waterway port to stimulate socio-commercial activities in the country. Chairperson, Sealinks Consortium, one of the handlers of the project, Dabney Shell-Holma who disclosed this in Lokoja, said the project would open up the country’s inland waterways to 25 African countries and Europe in transportation and trade connectivity, According to her, the project, covering 932,000 square kilometres, will provide jobs for more than 5,000 Nigerian youth. “I am sure the British Government will be celebrating what we are doing here today and will say, Nigeria has finally woken ...
BudgIT knocks Buhari for budgeting N21.9bn to build 14-bed clinic
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BudgIT knocks Buhari for budgeting N21.9bn to build 14-bed clinic

A Nigerian Civi Organization, BudgIT, has described the N21.9 billion allocated for the construction of the 14-bed Presidential Clinic at the State House Medical Centre, Abuja as “outrageous” and “inflated”. The organization in its latest publication titled “Frivolous, Suspicious and Inflated Projects in FG’s Budget Proposal”, where it analysed the projects in the 2022 budget proposal, BudgIT recalled that the same project gulped N1.9 billion between 2019 and 2021. “The sums of N395m, N416m, and N1.06bn were allocated for this same project in 2019, 2020, and 2021 federal budgets, respectively. It is outrageous that this 14-bed presidential wing still needs N21.9bn,” the organisation said. The Permanent Secretary, State House, Umar Tijjani, had in October said the physical constru...
FG launches new enhanced Passport in UK
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FG launches new enhanced Passport in UK

The Federal Government has launched the new enhanced electronic passport in the United Kingdom to improve passport application process for citizens at home and in diaspora. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who spoke during the rollout of the passport  at the Nigerian High Commission in London, said it is the responsibility of the government to provide the passport without stress within a reasonable period, adding that the Nigerian passport is the highest affirmation of Nigerian citizenship. This was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement by the Minister’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure. The statement titled, “FG launches Enhanced Passport In The UK”, partly read, “What we have come to do here is symbolic of the core mandate of the Ministry of Interior and indeed, the Feder...