Author: Freda Okhiria

…installs Performance Management Appraisal system (PMA) The Federal Government has threatened to sanction non-performing workers through its Performance Management Appraisal system (PMA), put in place. The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, who stated this at the 2022 Ministerial Service Award Programme for the labour sector said it would no longer be business as usual for unproductive civil servants. According to him, “This is an opportunity to inform you all that enhanced performance for productivity must be encouraged and so this platform is to celebrate and recognize excellence in service delivery by some carefully selected officers…

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The Board of Trustees meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has just bagan in Abuja. The meeting as usual is being presided upon by the National Chairman of the party, Iyiochia Ayu, and it’s in attendees includes; the BoT Chairman, Sen. Walid Jibrin, it’s Secretary, Sen. Adolphus Wagbara and others. The event is holding ahead of the party’s National Executive Council meeting slated to hold in a few hours

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The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Olajide Adediran, has called for the resignation of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the continous collapse of buildings in the state since 2019. According to the statement signed by his media aide, Gbenga Ogunleye, “he said, “It is not enough that the government official assigned to the Ministry concerned, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, resigned. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has failed the entire Lagosians, not only the victims of this current incident and the over 100 people who died in about 47 cases of building collapse between 2019 to…

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The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has dowclosed that the bank will provide 12.5 billion dollars to support the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme (AAA-P). The AfDB president disclosed this via his verified twitter handle @akin_adesina on Wednesday. The AAA-P is Africa’s own programme, supported by African Heads of State, to mobilise more resources for climate change, to advance the objectives of the African Adaptation Initiative. According to NANs report, the AfDB and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) are mobilising 25 billion dollars for this programme to which the bank committed 12.5 billion dollars.…

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The Kogi State Police Command has recovered three vehicles used for United Bank of Africa (UBA), First bank, Zenith bank robbery operations in Ankpa area of the state. The vehicles were said to have been abandoned at the scene of the robbery by the fleeing armed robbers. A statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP William Aya, noted that “consequent upon the robbery attack on the United Bank for Africa, First bank and Zenith bank Ankpa simultaneously, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, immediately led a team of tactical operatives to the scenes for an on-the-spot assessment.” According to…

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The Federal Government has revealed that they made N127.03bn from Value Added Tax on calls, SMS, data, and other information and communication services in the first six month of the year. According to report released by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, “10.69 per cent of the total N1.19tn that was collected as VAT within the period under review. The government charges 7.5 per cent forr the consumption of telecommunication services.” Speaking on the contribution of the sector in the second quarter of 2022, the NBS revealed that “In terms of sectoral contributions, the top three largest shares in Q2…

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Isa Muhammed Ashiru, one of the PDP governorship candidate for Kaduna State has said the long issues between the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State have been resolved. Ashiru while speeking at the meeting he and 16 other PDP governorship candidates had with Wike in Port Harcourt, days after first meeting with the party’s presidential flag bearer and former Vice President, Atiku said it was a fruitful and open discussion with sincerity. He said: “It was fruitful and an open discussion with sincerity. “We are home and dry. We discussed issues that border on…

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA disclosed that they seized 871,53 million illegal funds between the period of January 2021 to August 2022. According to document released by the spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi the agency had seized N871.53m worth of illegal drug funds between January 2021 and August 2022. The document showed that N619.12m was recorded as final illegal drug funds forfeiture and N252.41m as interim forfeiture, which is grouped under its drug supply reduction effort where it revealed that it arrested 18,940 suspected drug traffickers from January 2021 to July 2022. The agency also noted that…

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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, disclosed that at least 30 buildings collapsed in the state, between January and July, 2022. This data was contained in a comprehensive record of incident which happened during the period under review and was released by the Permanent Secretary of the agency, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, yesterday. According to the data, the building collapse incidents recorded, showed 24 total collapsed, 6 partial collapse, with 1 impending collapse It also revealed that out of the 973 emergency cases recorded across the metropolis, Alimosho council area topped the list of occurrence. Also, the highest recorded emergency…

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Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, has expressed concern over the nonchalant attitude of some insurance companies to pay death benefits of deceased civil servants in the past few years, thereby frustrating the government efforts after fund has long been released.. Dr. Yemi-Esan, stated this at a meeting with underwriters of Group Life Insurance Policy for federal civil servants in Abuja on Tuesday. According to her, while the federal government is working tiredlessly to ensure swift release of funds, the necessary insurance company expected to disburse these funds are holding unto them. “the federal government…

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Uber a ride hailing company has today announced expansion of its operations in Nigeria extending to Owerri, Imo state and Akure, in Ondo state, that makes their presence felt in 11 Nigerian cities among the 18 cities across West Africa. According to the statement, this makes Uber available in eleven cities across the country, including Lagos, Abuja, Benin City, Port Harcourt and Ibadan. The move is intended to unlock more earning opportunities for drivers while increasing access to affordable mobility across Nigeria. The goal according to the statement the is to increase more access to earning opportunities for drivers and…

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has announced the position of the Federal Government in salary increment of workers, he noted that the government could only afford 23.5 percent salary increase, while a 35% increment will be enjoyed by professors. The minister disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking during the meeting with vice-chancellors and other stakeholders in the university system. Adamu noted that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) warned against signing agreements which the government will not be able to meet. He said,”The Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for all category of the workforce…

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The bishop of Catholic Church, Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has expressed concern over the irresponsibility of the leadership of the country; which cut accross political and religious ranks, saying religion is only being used as a tool of oppression. Bishop Kukah stated this during an interview section on TVC. The Bishop stressed that there is really no problem between the two major religious groups in the country; Christians and Muslims, rather he attributed the main problem of Nigeria to ‘irresponsible leaders,’ who, according to him, use religion as a tool of oppression, rather than for liberation. “There is no problem…

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The Nigeria Medical Association have expressed deep concern over the ravaging rate of kidnapping and killing of health works in the country and has call on relevant authorities to help address the insecurity issue in the country. The association stated this at the just concluded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at Gombe International Hotel, Gombe State. They noted with with dismay, the failure of both Federal and State Governments to effectively check security lapses and the ravaging incidence of kidnappings in Nigeria. According to the communique jointly signed by the President Dr Uche R. ojinmah and secretary general, Dr…

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The National Leader of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Ada Orji Nwanyanwu has dumped her party and has led other women politicians across the country to the Labour Party. Mrs Nwanynwu who was received by three support groups to the Labour party’s campaign council at the party’s headquarters in Abuja was handed the party work tools. According to Nwanyanwu, she was leaving APGA because “Peter Obi has the answer to the challenges facing Nigeria Meanwhile, speaking earlier, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure, said the country has never experienced democracy since 1999. He, therefore, assured Nigerians that…

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No fewer than 38,000 medical doctors and other health workers have vowed to mobilize 25 million votes for the former governor of Anambra state and presidential candidate for Labour party, Mr Peter Obi. Throwing their weight behind the presidential bid of Mr Obi, they promised to engage in nation wide medical outreach programme at the grassroots level under the aegis of Docs and Medics for Peter Obi. Speaking during the presentation of working tools by three support groups to the Labour Party’s campaign council at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, the convener of Docs and Medics for Peter Obi, Dr…

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The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has uncovered an impostor, one Obiako Chukwuemeka who had been pretending to be a medical doctor working as a humanitarian aid under the United Nation at the National Hospital, Abuja. A source within the Federal Capital Territory Police Command told Punch newspaper that Chukwuemeka whose origin and age are yet unknown, has since been detained pending his arraignment before the court. The source said, “The National Hospital Abuja, handed over a fake doctor, one Obiako Chukwuemeka who disguised as a UN doctor on humanitarian aid, to the police at Central Police Station on Thursday.…

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I will flog my political small boys – Gov Wike The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, said he has the capacity to flog political small boys and as such will not leave anything to God. Governor Wike said this on Monday at the inauguration of Okezuo Abia Flyover along the Aba -Enugu Expressway in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area, and the rehabilitated Aba- Owerri Road in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State. “God has given me what it takes to crush these people, for me to crush my enemies,” Wike, who appeared to be throwing bants at…

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The unknown gunmen who abducted some funeral guests in Ondo State have requested a ransom of N90 million before releasing their victims. The Ondo state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. Bamidele Ademola-Olateju at a news conference in Akure revealed that the kidnappers were said to have demanded between N3 million and N10 million on each victim in order to free them. However, she stated that the state government was not participating in the ransom negotiation. The victims were abducted in Ifon, Ondo State, a border town with Edo State, while returning from a burial service in Ewatto, Edo State.…

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The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari has denied claims by the Federal Government linking 14 assets to him. He said contrary to report that huge sums of money was traced to his bank account, he only has N2.8 million in his UBA account and another N200,000 in Sterling Bank account. This was contained in a statement by his lawyer, Barr. Hamza Dan Tani, on Monday claimed that, ”All the allegations on monies and properties by NDLEA belonging to Abba Kyari are false, untrue and lies, just to mislead the public into wrongly believing that it belongs to…

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