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Thursday, November 21, 2019


29 persons with HIV died during Abalaka’s treatment – FG

The Federal Government will not be able to partner popular surgeon, Dr Jeremiah Abalaka, as regards finding a cure to HIV because 29 out of 30 of his patients died of complications during treatment.

According to Punch news, The Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr Gambo Aliyu, said this at an event held in commemoration of World AIDS Day with the theme, ‘Communities make the difference.’

Abalaka had in the last 20 years constantly claimed to have found a cure to HIV but that the western world was undermining his efforts because the developed countries were making a lot of money off the sale of anti-retroviral drugs.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, however, the NACA DG expressed doubts over the credibility of Abalaka and the efficacy of his methods.

Aliyu said, “About 30 patients were treated by Abalaka. Today, only one is alive; 29 died of complications that followed. Is that not enough?”

The NACA boss said Nigeria still accounts for a large number of new infections, adding that less than 40 per cent of Nigerian youths have a proper understanding of the disease.

He said, “Nigeria accounts for more than half of new infections and deaths from AIDS-related illness according to the UNAIDS 2018 report. Less than 40 per cent of our adolescent and young people, who are the leaders of tomorrow, have correct knowledge and comprehensive knowledge about HIV.”

Aliyu noted that Nigeria’s domestic funding for HIV was estimated to be below 30 per cent, adding that efforts of communities were urgently needed to ensure that HIV remain on the political agenda and galvanise international and national funding for HIV.

Speaking earlier, the National Coordinator, Network of People living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said there was no cure to HIV.

Ibrahim noted that 1.9 million people in Nigeria had the disease but argued that only about half of those affected had access to treatment.

He argued that the fight against HIV must also be underpinned by the protection of human rights.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Over 90m Nigerians live in extreme poverty —FG

The Federal Government has said almost half of Nigeria’s population, about 90 million people, live in extreme poverty.

According to Punch news, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Mrs Sadiya Farouq, declared this in Abuja on Monday when she appeared before the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development to defend the ministry’s 2020 budget proposal.

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The minister stated that the ministry had the enormous responsibility of addressing some of the underlining causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment.


She said the crises included the fact that “relatively high poverty, nearly half (90 million) of the country’s 198 million population, live in extreme poverty; relatively high unemployment at 23.2 per cent with over 40 million unemployed or underemployed citizens; high number of persons of concern, including over two million Internally Displaced Persons; 230,000 Nigerian refugees in Niger, Chad and Cameroon and 45,000 refugees in Nigeria; over 22 million persons with disabilities; over 14 million persons in one form of drug and substance abuse or the other; and growing needs of the elderly and other vulnerable groups.”

Farouq said the proposed total 2020 budget for the ministry was N3,582,102,000. The amount comprises N499, 975,000 for recurrent expenditure and N3,082,127,000 for capital expenditure.

According to Farouq, the ministry has six agencies under its supervision, namely the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Social Investment Office, the North East Development Commission, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.

Saturday, September 28, 2019


FG to drag judge before NJC for granting Omoyele Sowore bail

There were indications last night that the federal government was contemplating reporting Justice Taiwo Taiwo, to the National Judicial Council (NJC) on account of his decision to grant bail to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

Justice Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja admitted Sowore to bail on Tuesday and dismissed the objection raised by the Department of State Security (DSS) to the bail.

The Nation gathered last night that a shocked Nigerian security and intelligence community met on the matter yesterday and resolved to appeal the judgement.

It also decided to petition the NJC on the issue.

A top government source, who spoke to The Nation, on the condition of anonymity, said that anyone standing trial for treasonable felony is not entitled to bail.

Sowore was arrested and kept in the custody of the DSS since 3rd of August, 2019, for allegedly calling for “revolution” through the group’s protest fixed for 5th of September 2019.

Sowore on Thursday, commenced a contempt suit against the Director-General of the DSS,Yusuf Bichi, for allegedly disobeying the order granting him bail.

On Wednesday his lawyers submitted his passport to a Deputy Chief Registrar of the court.

Meanwhile Sowore remained in the custody of the Department of Security Service (SSS) last night, 72 hours after a Federal High Court granted him bail.

His lawyers claimed yesterday that the DSS refused to comply with the court order even after his bail conditions had been met.

It was gathered that a court bailiff bearing the documents confirming that the bail conditions had been met was not allowed into the DSS premises Abuja yesterday morning.

He was asked to come back at 12 noon which he did.

This time,the document was collected from him and Sowore’s lawyers at the gate,yet he was not released.

Sowore is facing trial for treaons -related charges.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo ordered the release the convener of #RevolutionNow protest on Tuesday on the condition that his lawyer , Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), will produce him for arraignment whenever he is required.(Thenationng)

Thursday, September 12, 2019


N182 billion approved by FG for rehabilitation of major roads

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday approved about N182 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of various roads across the country.

The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, said this while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the maiden FEC meeting held at the Presidential Council Chamber, Abuja.

He disclosed that the first segment of the approval was for the extension of the Lagos-Badagry express road to Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic at the cost of N15.2 billion, NAN reports.

The minister also announced that the Council approved N189billion for the construction of 14 roads in various parts of the country.

According to him, the construction of Kontagora-Bangi road in Niger state will cost N20.3 billion, with a completion period of 48 months while rehabilitation of outer Marina-Bonny Camp road and Eko bridge will cost N9.2 billion, with a completion period of 12 months.

The minister further stated that the Council approved N2.5billion for the construction of Wudil bridge on Kano-Maiduguri road while N12.3billion was approved for the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi road in Taraba.

He added that the council approved N10.6billion for the construction of Baro Port road in Niger, N25billion for the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Kafin Hausa road in Jigawa while rehabilitation of Abba-Owerri road would cost N6.98 billion.

According to the minister, the council approved N16.9billion for the rehabilitation of Kaliyari-Damaturu road in Yobe; N17.3billion for the construction of Yaba-Yangoji road in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and N12.7billion for the rehabilitation of two outstanding sections of Nnnewi-Okigwe road in Imo and Anambra.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting,disclosed that the Council approved the revised estimate total cost for the rehabilitation of Itakpe -Ajaokuta Rail line.

He said the contract was awarded 122 million dollars but “we requested for a total of 56 million dollars additional works which were broken down into 38.8 million dollars additional works and 17.2 million dollars variation, now bringing the contract of Itakpe to Warri to a total of $178.7 million.(NAN)

Saturday, August 31, 2019


Nigeria FG orders Immigration to Process passport in 48 hours

The Federal Government has ordered the Nigeria Immigration Service to ensure that passports are issued to Nigerians within 48 hours after application.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday, decried the delay Nigerians faced in passport processing and called for an end to the challenge.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2019 management retreat of the NIS in Lagos, the minister said immigration officers should prioritise service delivery.

The minister also stated that there should be improvement in immigration services at the country’s international airports, adding that an official route for people with special needs should be created rather than jumping the queue during passenger handling.

On land borders, the minister urged immigration officers to improve their expertise in ensuring security.

He explained that unwanted and criminal persons must not be allowed into the country through the borders.

Aregbesola said immigration officers needed to improve on helping the Federal Government to boost the ease of doing business in the country.

The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, said the retreat was organised to aid brainstorming on challenges facing the NIS.

According to him, the NIS will continue to make notable efforts at improving the quality of its workplace environment and the services it renders.(Punch)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


FG says they will be challenging UK court’s $9.6bn judgment in US

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the National Intelligence Agency and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to conduct a thorough investigation into the activities of the Process and Industrial Developments Limited which was recently asked by a United Kingdom court to seize $9.6bn in Nigerian assets.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a joint press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, also said the Federal Government was challenging the UK court’s $9.6bn judgment in a United States of America’s court in order to protect the country’s interest and its assets.

Mohammed was joined at the press conference by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zaynab Ahmed; and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.

The minister said the President’s decision to probe the firm and its activities was based on the fact that the Federal Government suspected foul play in the contract which was negotiated and signed under the past administration in 2010.

Mohammed was joined at the press conference by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zaynab Ahmed; and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.

The minister said the President’s decision to probe the firm and its activities was based on the fact that the Federal Government suspected foul play in the contract which was negotiated and signed under the past administration in 2010.(Punch)

Monday, August 12, 2019


We’ll make Tekno a scapegoat -FG

The Federal Government has promised to bring sanity into the social lives of citizens and stop the debasement of humanity and the pride of Nigerian women by making scapegoats of some persons.

The government was reacting to the controversial music video by a popular musician, Augustine Kelechi, aka Tekno, with scenes of four semi-nude women dancing in a moving van on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos.

The artiste, in the four-minute video, was seen throwing money suspected to be dollars at the young women.

The government expressed disappointment that despite ongoing investigations into the anomaly, Tekno went ahead to release the offensive video.

In the official music video for the song, ‘Agege,’ which was released on Thursday, Tekno was seen in the moving van performing to the camera with the half-clad women dancing seductively.

A statement on Sunday by the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Segun Runsewe, said Tekno would be made a scapegoat “to teach others a serious lesson.” (Punch)

Saturday, June 22, 2019


FG to proscribe Al-Majiri, others

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, on Thursday, disclosed that some groups like the Almajiri groups would be proscribed by the Federal Government.

Almajiri is a system of Islamic education practiced in northern Nigeria.
Monguno briefed State House correspondents at the end of NEC meeting chaired by Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa  Abuja.

He was with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, and Anambra State Governor, Willy Obiano.
Noting that the groups are becoming a problem to the society, Monguno said that education is every child’s right.

He also pointed out that drivers of insecurity in the country included unemployment, poverty and increasing population.
He said, “I also made suggestions regarding the way forward which include, employment creation and reduction of poverty, and being the culture of impunity and looking at stabilizing certain areas of the country by giving rise to affordable education.
“This is very important because in most parts of the country we have a lot of children roaming around without any formal education.
“And as the President has mentioned earlier when he was inaugurating the national economic council, we need to make education compulsory and free for every child in the country.
“Because the problem we face today are rooted in the fact that a lot of people who have been denied the opportunity basically the opportunity to get formal education end up over the years, there is accumulation of large mass of human beings who end up becoming criminals, drug addicts and so on and so forth.
“And they end up becoming tools to be used by elements in the wider society who have very dangerous intentions.

“And therefore, it is very important to proscribed certain groups ultimately running around under the guise of maybe getting some kind of education that is not really formal and then begin to cause a lot of problems for society,” he added
Speaking further on the Amajiri groups, he said “The group I spoke about on illiteracy is the Almajiri. Ultimately, government will have to proscribe the Almajiri phenomena, because we cannot continue to have street urchins, children roaming around, only for them in a couple of years, or decades to become a problem to society.
“We are not saying that they are going to be contained in a manner, that you might think we want to do something that is harmful to them, no.
“What we want to do is to work with the state government to enforce the policy of education for every child. It is every child’s right, his entitlement so long as he is a Nigerian.
“If you recall what happened in the Western region,  I think in the fifties and the sixties, when the Premier made education free and compulsory at both primary and secondary levels.
“This is what we are looking at. Let me tell you something, one of the element of national power is the population of a country. You don’t just rely on your armed forces, the location and so on and so forth.

“The population is a very critical element of national power. It is from the population that you get a critical mass.
“Imagine the child that was ten years old on  27th July, 2009, in 37 days time, it will exactly one year when Boko Haram erupted. We are not talking of one child, there are millions of them. So, when we look at population, as an element of National security, don’t be surprised if out of every 100 Almajiri, you have two neurologists, four architects, two lawyers, and so on and so forth.

“If you don’t start thinking short and long term, to overcome this problem, like I told you earlier on, to overcome this problem, you require collective efforts. You can’t carry this load and drop it on top of the government, even government should not work as a one-legged tripod, it has to be three-legged.

“We have to deal with the issue of these children, Almajiri, regardless of how people feel about it. We must work in sync with the rest of international communities, how many countries that operate this kind of system.
“Let be very, very sincere to ourselves, we have to look at this issue that we have been sweeping under the carpet.
So, when I briefed the NEC, I alerted them on the dangers of this phenomenon and the President in inaugurating NEC also stressed that we must make education free and compulsory. We are not trying to denigrate any group of people.” he stated

According to him, he also briefed the Council on the northeast particularly on Boko Haram issue in relations to the security issues in the country.
He said “I briefed council on the situation in the northeast particularly the activities of Boko Haram which continues to remain very fragile. It is still a problem that needs to be readdressed with collective effort of both intelligence and operations. (The Nation)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Workers Day: FG declares Wednesday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday, May 1, as public holiday to enable Nigerian workers celebrate the 2019 Workers’ Day.

Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerian workers on their commitment and sacrifice towards building a greater Nigeria.

He commended workers’ effort at ensuring the full implementation of the policies and programmes of government through efficient and effective service delivery to Nigerians and foreigners at large.

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Dambazau also called for continuous support of Nigerian workers in government’s effort at re-positioning the economy and moving it to the Next Level, even as he commended them for keeping faith with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s resolve of building a better Nigeria.

The statement from the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, read that the Minister wishes all Nigerian workers a successful May Day celebration. (Daily Sun)

Sunday, April 21, 2019


FG sues for peace ahead of clean-up in Ogoniland

The Federal Government has called on the people of Ogoniland to remain peaceful and avoid taking actions capable of delaying the clean-up in oil-impacted communities in the area.

Dr Marvin Dekil, the Project Coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) in the Federal Ministry of Environment, made the plea on Friday in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers.

Dekil, who spoke at a sensitisation and town hall meeting with stakeholders in the area, reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to the clean-up exercise.
He said that peace was needed in the area to enable contractors to commence clean-up of decades-long oil spills in the area.

“Ogoni people will recall that HYPREP had in January presented and handed over the sites to contractors who were tasked to carry out the remediation works in the communities.
“Our meeting today would have been to inform the people of the level of work achieved by the contractors working in the communities.
“But, regrettably, we do not have any report to give. The reason is not far-fetched as restiveness affects people and activities in which the clean-up exercise is not an exception,” he said.

He, however, said that remediation works had fully commenced in Eleme Local Government Area with youths in the area engaged by the contractors.
“In Eleme, contractors have mobilised to site; equipment is on ground and work has fully commenced in most of the sites.

“To this end, youths in these communities are engaged at different levels in each of the sites,” he said.
Dekil said that youth engagement and empowerment was a critical component of the clean-up project as recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

He said that 15 Ogoni youths were recently trained on fabrication of cassava processing machines at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Onne, Rivers.

According to him, the agency was in advanced stage to train another set of 400 youths in line with the UNEP recommendations.

“So, we are urging the youths of Ogoni to give peace a chance; support the clean-up project and take full advantage of the opportunities that the clean-up brings,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Lateh Loolo, commended HYPREP on its commitment toward the remediation exercise and assured of the council’s support.

Loolo said that poverty and unemployment among Ogonis youths were factors responsible for the restiveness in some parts of the area.

“We are confident that HYPREP will deliver on its mandate and we assure it that we will give all the necessary support needed to ensure the success of the project.
“We appeal that HYPREP initiates more developmental programmes for our people such as skills acquisition training as well as human capital development,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogoniland covers four local government areas consisting of Eleme, Gokana, Khana and Tai. (NAN)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


FG to Court: Order arrest of Innoson boss, two staff

The Federal Government Monday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to issue a bench warrant for Innoson Nigeria Limited’s chairman Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, and two of his employees.

They were charged in a fraud case before Justice Ayokunle Faji.
The Police charged them with an alleged N2.4 billion shipping fraud, but the Attorney-General of the Federation later took over the case.

Others named in the charge are Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.
The prosecution is praying the court to order the arrest of Innoson Motors Chairman and his staff for failing to turn up to take their plea in the criminal charge.

Yesterday, Chukwuma and his staff were absent.
Prosecuting Counsel Mr. Julius Ajakaiye moved an application urging the court to order the absent defendants’ arrest.

He said the charge was served on them through a court-ordered February 8, 2016 substituted service following the AGF’s take-over of the case.

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Ajakaiye said since then, the third and fourth defendants had been coming to court, while the first, second and fifth defendants “have refused, failed and neglected to appear in court till date”.

Consequently, he said the defendants were yet to take their plea and should therefore be compelled to appear.
He added that an April 12, 2016 amended charge could not be served on the absent defendants.
Ajakaiye urged the court to grant his application by ordering their arrest.

But defence counsel Chief George Uwechue (SAN) Prof. C. Mbadugha prayed the court to dismiss the application.
They argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to issue the warrant against the defendants “because they were not properly before the court”.

They said the application offends Order 6 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, adding that there was no proper service on their clients.

The prosecution accused the defendants of conspiring to unlawfully falsify shipping clearance documents.
They were accused of “uttering” (presenting) the allegedly falsified shipping documents as collateral to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc to allegedly obtain a loan of N2.4billion.

The Federal Government claimed that the defendants committed the offence at Apapa wharf on October 10, 2013.
The alleged offence is contrary to sections 1(2) (c) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation 2004.

Justice Faji adjourned until July 3 for ruling. (The Nation)

Saturday, March 30, 2019


FG don’t increase VAT – Tinubu warns

(APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has warned that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government should not increase the Value Added Tax (VAT).
Tinubu made this known while speaking at the colloquium held in commemoration of his 67th birthday on Wednesday in Abuja, where he advised that the federal government should rather increase the tax net to accommodate those who are yet to pay.
He said increasing VAT was tantamount to reducing the purchasing power of the people.
“I must say this to Prof Osinbajo and his team, don’t increase VAT but increase tax net to accommodate those who are not yet paying.
“Don’t reduce the people’s purchasing power,” Tinubu said.

Speaking further, he added: “We must criticise ourselves.”

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019


News: FG to jail parents who refuse to enrol their children in school

FG to jail parents who refuse to enrol their children in school
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said that Nigeria will soon implement a policy to prosecute parents who refused to enrol their children of school age in schools across the country.
Adamu made this known in Abuja on Monday while addressing newsmen during the 9th edition of the Weekend Ministerial briefing, NAN reports.
He said parents who sabotage efforts of the government in reducing the number of out-of-school children would soon be criminalised and would be made to face the wrath of the law.
“Unless the issue of parents who refused their children going to school is made a crime, and we start jailing parents, the menace of out of school children will not be resolved.
“There are many who are still working behind culture, religion.
“So the ministry is to effect this policy so that any parent whose child of school age refuses to take them to school will be jailed,’’ he said.

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Speaking on matching grant and other intervention funds for basic education in Nigeria, the minister said a total of N350 billion had been expended on the sub-sector as against the N360 billion spent by the previous administration.
“In the six years preceding the Buhari Administration, between 2009 and 2014, the Federal Government spent about N360 billion worth of intervention on Basic Education covering textbooks, teacher professional development, construction of classrooms and library resources among others,” he said.
Adamu emphasised that corruption and lack of political will from state governments were among other reasons responsible for the collapse of basic education across the states.
“Having come to this painful conclusion, the Federal Government decided to deduct from source, part of the last tranche of the Paris Club refund from all the states that have not been able to access their monies from (UBEC).

“If this attitude of deliberate refusal on the part of states to provide counterpart funding for basic education continues, then the Federal Government will have no choice than to sustain its strategy of deducting counterpart funding of states percentage from source,’’ he said.
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