Niger gov. Bello appoints, NTA reporter new CPS

  Niger State Governor, Bello Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger has approved the appointment of Mrs Mary Berje as his new Chief Press Secretary (CPS). This is contained in a statement by Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) on Thursday in Minna. Berje replaced Malam Jibrin Ndace. Until her appointment, Berje was a staff of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Minna. The statement said that the governor also approved the re-appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Inga as the Director General, State Emergency Management Agency and Alhaji Baba Arah,…

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Governments urged to end open defecation menace

A public affairs analyst, Carl Umegboro has described open defecation in the country as alarmingly awful, stomach-turning and a hazard to the human race existing over the years. He, therefore, called upon the federal, state and local governments to step up concerted actions towards ending the menace in no distant time. Umegboro, also a social crusader, told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday after a media field-trip to Ibadan in the southwest on “Clean up Nigeria: Use the toilet” campaign which was organized by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration…

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ISWAP: Former Senate President, Ebute writes UK parliament, solicits arms, tech for Nigeria

Former Nigeria’s Senate President Ameh Ebute The third Republic Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, has urged the UK parliament to support Nigeria’s insecurity challenges with modern arms and technology weapons of warfare. The highly vocal lawyer-cum-politician made this plea in a letter addressed to Rt.Hon. Mrs.  Kemi Badenoch, Member of Parliament (MP), representing Saffron Walden constituency on Thursday. While appreciating previous interventions of the British Government to battle the terrorism scourge, Mr Ebute believes more can still be done. According to the ex-lawmaker, with the support of the UK, the…

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ECOWAS Chairman’s statement on failed Coup in Ethiopia

STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN OF ECOWAS AUTHORITY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT, H.E. PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE FAILED COUP ATTEMPT IN ETHIOPIA In my capacity as the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government and on behalf of our Regional Organisation, we strongly condemn the coup attempt in the Amhara Region and the tragic events in the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on Saturday 22 June, 2019. We express our deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the…

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Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi suffers ‘severe health crisis’

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi won the country’s first free presidential election in 2014 Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is in hospital after suffering a “severe health crisis”, officials say. They gave no further details. Mr Essebsi – who at 92 is the world’s oldest sitting president – was also treated in hospital last week. PM Youssef Chahed said Mr Essebsi was receiving all the attention he needed and people should stop spreading “fake news” about his condition. There had been reports that the president had died. Mr Chahed said in…

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FAAC: FG, states, LGs share N679.69bn in May

The Accountant General of Nigeria, Alhaji Ahmed Idris The Federal Government, States and Local Government Councils have shared N679.69 billion as revenue for the month of May. The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Alhaji Ahmed Idris, disclosed this shortly after the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Kano on Thursday. He said the amounts shared were the outcome of the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting. Idris said the distribution covered the allocations to the three tiers of government, inclusive of cost of collection to Nigeria Customs Service…

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Trade Union Congress decries level of Nigeria’s borrowing

The President, Trade Union Congress, Mr Bobboi Kaigama The President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Bobboi Kaigama, has expressed worry over increasing rate of inflation and the country’s debt profile. At the opening of its Triennial National Delegates Conference in Abuja, Kaigama said it was a matter for regret that little efforts was being made to solve the issue. According to him, with the country’s current debt profile still at N24.3 trillion, efforts must be geared towards ending borrowing, and looking inwards for self-sufficiency. “Our economy is in…

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Gana: Using sports as tool to re-engineer civil defence

NSCDC Commandant-General, Abdullahi Muhammadu A civil society organization, Centre for Media Advocacy (CMA) has applauded and commended the management of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), under the leadership of its Commandant-General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, for using sports to re-engineer the mental and physical well-being of its officers and men. It is to ensure a better and enhanced productivity and focus on the task ahead in safeguarding the nation. In a press release signed by Comrade Sule Inuwa, Executive Director (Research) and Comrade Gabriel Gwajime, Director (Media), respectively,…

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Groups condemn attacks on Buhari, Chief of Staff

President Buhari of Nigeria Civil society organisation under the auspices of Guardians of Democracy and Development, GDD, alongside seven other groups, has lampooned clandestine attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari and his chief of staff, Abba Kyari. Recall that a group, under APC Concerned Nation Stakeholders led by one Dr. Symeon Chilagorom, recently staged a protest it claimed was against internal forces pulling down the administration of President Buhari. The group in its statement advised the president to distance himself from Kyari and his longtime allies, Mamman Daura and Ismaila Isa…

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Adamawa PCRC applauds police over clampdown on kidnappers, other criminals

The Adamawa Chapter of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has lauded the state Police Command for successes recorded in its renewed clampdown on kidnappers and other criminals in the state. The state Chairman of PCRC, Alhaji Abubakar Al’umma, gave the commendation  while speaking with newsmen in Yola on Thursday. Al’umma said the recent arrest of 65 kidnappers and over 100 gang members known as “Shila boys’’ terrorising residents of Yola was a commendable effort that needed to be sustained. “We are happy with the performance of the police under Commissioner…

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