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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ASUU CONTINUE TALKS OVER STRIKE

November 15, 2018

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment and leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities are expected to meet in Abuja today over the strike in public universities.

The Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, would meet with ASUU executives led by the National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, in Abuja to review the September 2017 Memorandum of Action.

Earlier, ASUU had said it asked its members to resume strike because of certain unimplemented areas in the 2017 Memorandum of Action, which suggested the Federal Government’s insincerity to the demands by the lecturers.

GOVERNORS THREATEN TO SACK WORKERS UPON NEW MINIMUM WAGE IMPLEMENTATION

Nigerian governors have said they cannot afford to pay workers a minimum wage of 30,000 naira unless the organised labour wants its members to be sacked.

The governors at their emergency meeting in Abuja last night, asked the Federal Government to also accede to the review of the national revenue allocation formula.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari after the meeting said that a new committee would be raised to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the issue.

He said the committee would work out another formula towards quickly resolving the problem associated with the proposed minimum wage.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BORROWS 495 MILLION DOLLARS FROM WORLD BANK FOR IRRIGATION PROJECT

November 14, 2018

The Federal Government, yesterday, stated that it has borrowed 495 million dollars from the World Bank for the implementation of the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria Project (TRIMING).

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, explained that the project involves the rehabilitation/expansion of about 42,000 hectares of irrigation land under the first phase to be completed 2022.

The Minister, however, lamented that out of the 12,220 megawatts of hydro power which the country is blessed with, only 1,930 megawatts has been developed at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro Dams.

NAFDAC DIRETOR-GENERAL LAMENTS POOR STATE OF EQUIPMENT AT AGENCY

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has said that 80 per cent of the equipment belonging to the agency has not been working.

Professor Adeyeye who said this in Lagos, also complained that the agency was understaffed and awaiting the approval of the Head of Service of the Federation to recruit more personnel.

The NAFDAC boss disclosed that the last time the World Health Organisation paid a visit to the NAFDAC laboratory in Yaba, they were zero.

While speaking on the debt profile of the agency, Professor Adeyeye said she met a debt of 3.2 billion naira upon her assumption of office, but has now been reduced to 400 million naira.

CIVIL SERVANTS WARN GOVERNMENT AGAINST DISRUPTING MINIMUM WAGE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS

The Association of Civil Servants of Nigeria has warned the Federal Government against playing with the 30,000 naira benchmark agreed as the new national minimum wage for workers, saying the consequences would be dire.

National President of the association, Bobboi Kaigama, tasked the government to complete the entire process of national minimum wage before the end of 2018 so that workers who have waited for so long can begin to enjoy a new lease of life.

SENATE PROMISES SPEEDY PASSAGE OF MINIMUM WAGE BILL

November 13, 2018

NIGERIA BASKETBALL FEDERATION MOVES TO STAGE LEAGUE DESPITE COURT ACTION

DEATH TOLL RISES TO FORTY-TWO IN DEADLY CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

PRESIDENT BUHARI SAYS MORE LOOTED FUNDS STILL IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

President Muhammadu Buhari has again said the country’s stolen money was still stashed away in major European cities, the US and other havens around the globe.

The President noted that the bulk of the stolen money could have been invested in the education sector to improve on quality, blaming the elite for allegedly looking the other way while the theft took place.

President Buhari who spoke in Paris during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in France, also assured that his administration would spend more on education to cover lost ground.

PRESIDENT BUHARI CALLS FOR MORE STRINGENT ANTI-GRAFT LAWS

November 12, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the sanctions of jail terms for culprits of illicit financial flows were no longer sufficient to fight the menace.

President Buhari who stated this while delivering a speech on “Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) and Corruption: The Challenge of Global Governance” at the Peace Forum, in Paris, France, said stringent actions should be taken against perpetrators of illicit financial flows.

The president also said that such stringent action should include the crackdown on safe heavens and return of stolen assets to countries of origin.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEGINS IMPLEMENTATION OF ZERO OIL PLAN

The Federal Government has said that it has started implementing the Zero Oil Plan (ZOP), as set out in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, who disclosed this in Abuja, said in order to achieve the objective government has set up a committee that would be  working in close collaboration with state governments to promote the establishment of Domestic Export Warehouses and Aggregation Centres in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He explained that the project, which has received the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has secured early commitments from domestic and foreign investors in textiles and garments industry as well as agro-processing sub-sector.

NIPOST GETS APPROVAL ON DIGITAL ADDRESSING SYSTEM

The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has received the approval of the federal government to begin a nationwide Digital Addressing System (DAS) and Address Verification System (AVS).

Based on this, the agency has commenced the DAS and AVS systems nationwide and has digitally uploaded the addresses of individuals and organisations on its online portal, which is now accessible to all, including government.

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