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N5, 000 allowance: Al-Makura defends Buhari on electoral promises; says ‘ it is not challengeable’ by anybody

Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, Monday, moved to the defence of President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent U-turn on the promised N5000 stipends to poor and unemployed Nigerian youths, saying that the President ‘was at liberty to review his party’s electoral promise of paying N5,000 monthly allowances to unemployed …

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David Mark receives 6th Certificate of Return to senate

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Monday, at its headquarters in Abuja, formally presented the immediate past president of the Senate Senator David Mark, his certificate of return, even as the senator described his victory at the Benue South rerun election held, penultimate Saturday, as ‘a renewed mandate to continue to …

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EFCC requests documentation for NAMA cash advances since 2013

ANTHONY OMOH Reports have confirmed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has officially written to the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) requesting the agency to provide photocopies of documented cash advance from 2013 to date. According to investigation carried out, it would seem that there are some damning …

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Saraki, Dogara reject N10bn allocation for official quarters

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have rejected the N10 billion allocations for their official residences in the 2016 budget proposal of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). The FCTA had proposed N6 billion for the residence of the Senate President and …

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Staff audit: FG discovers 23,846 ghost workers on payroll

Following the ongoing Bank Verification Number (BVN)-based staff audit and enrolment to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Federal Government has detected and removed 23,846 non-existent workers from its payroll. A statement by Special Assistant, Media to the Minister of Finance, Festus Akanbi, Monday, confirmed that following …

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NCC slams N34m fine on Glo, MTN over number portability infraction

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has fined MTN Nigeria and Globacom N34 million for breach of the Mobile Number Portability business rules and regulations. The regulatory body made this known in its “2015 Q4 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Reports’’ obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria, Sunday,in Lagos. NCC said …

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‘Village Headmaster’ icon, ‘Bassey Okon’ dies at 83

Veteran actor and dramatist, Joseph Abiodun Babatunde Adu, (popularly known as Jab Adu) has died at the age of 83. The actor, a known face on the defunct ‘Village Headmaster’ television drama series on the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA , who played the part of ‘Bassey Okon’ passed on in …

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Seasonal rainfall: NEMA, UNICEF, others review flood response profile

As the nation awaits this year’s seasonal rainfall prediction (SRP), from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NiMET), and the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), stakeholders have gathered to appraise last year’s flood response profile in order to ensure a hitch-free season this year. According to …

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FG moves to tackle piracy; plans National Endowment for Arts

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Sunday, said his ministry would work with the relevant agencies of government to tackle piracy facing the entertainment industry. The minister who said this while meeting with some stakeholders in the movie industry in Lagos, also promised that the federal; Government would …

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IATA certifies Arik, Aero, FirstNation for enforcing safety regulations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had awarded its Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificates to indigenous operators Arik Air, Aero Contractors and the FirstNation for enforcing safety regulations. IATA’s newly appointed Regional Director for Africa, Tanja Grobotek, said this when he led a team to pay a familiarisation visit to …

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President Buhari orders investigation into latest Benue killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the clashes between herdsmen and indigenes of communities in Benue State. President Buhari who expressed deep shock at the latest incident during the past week, which led to hundreds of deaths in four communities in Agatu, Benue State, ordered security agencies to …

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