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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER CHARGES EUROPEAN UNION LEADERS TO CONSIDER UK PLANS

September 20, 2018

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has charged European Union leaders to focus their minds on getting a Brexit deal in the next two months, noting that negotiations will not be extended.

Prime Minister May told her counterparts, twenty-seven of them, at a dinner in Salzburg, that her priorities remain maintaining economic ties and ensuring promises to Northern Ireland are kept.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TARGETS SIX BILLION NAIRA FROM CONCESSION OF TWENTY SILOS

The Federal Government is to get about 6 billion naira from the concession of 20 silos in different parts of the country to private sector operators.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said in Abuja that the Federal Executive Council approved the plan at its meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.

The minister said the concession of the 20 silos will be for a period of 10 years.

Ogbeh explained that despite the concession, the Federal Government remains the owner of the 20 silos as the deal could be revoked or renewed after the 10-year period.

EUROPEAN UNION TRAINS INEC AND SECURITY AGENTS ON ELECTION PROSECUTION

The European Union, in an effort to improve the capacity of the legal officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agents to prosecute election offenders, has put together a two-day capacity building training in Sokoto.

The training supported by the European Union Centre for Electoral Support will be the first time the police and INEC officials will be coming together to brainstorm on the conduct of a peaceful and credible election.

Senior Electoral Expert at the EU, Maria Mauro, pointed out that election offenses constitute a violation of the laws and regulations guiding the conduct of elections anywhere in the world.

LABOUR UNIONS AGAIN DEMAND NEGOTIATIONS ON MINIMUM WAGE

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it would make good its threat to call out workers on a nationwide industrial action at the expiration of its 14-day ultimatum if the federal government fails to reconvene the tripartite committee on negotiations for a new minimum wage.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said the National Executive Committee meeting mandated the leadership of the labor union to liaise with other stakeholders to review positions if need be before the end of the ultimatum.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUSPENDS NIGERIA AIR PROJECT INDEFINITELY

The Federal Government has suspended the planned commencement of Nigeria Air operations.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known via a tweet yesterday.

The Federal Government, through its Ministry of Transportation, the Aviation arm, had announced last July that Nigeria Air would commence operations before the end of this year.

Linda Ikeji gives birth to ‘Baby J’ in Atlanta

September 17, 2018

Linda Ikeji has just delivered a baby in Atlanta early this morning.

The Celebrity posted on her Instagram page this morning about the news.

Congratulations to her and the family

BREAKING: Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, resigns

September 14, 2018

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has reportedly resigned from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

According to sources, Adeosun resigned over allegations that she forged her National Youth Service Corps certificate.

 

However, The PUNCH gathered that the minister resumed in her office this morning and it is unclear when the reported resignation will take effect

Adeosun had come under fire with several Nigerians, particularly on the social media, demanding investigations from the Federal Government into the allegations and calling for her resignation for presenting an alleged forged exemption certificate.

Oyo 2019: Shittu Renews ‘War’ With Ajimobi, Purchases Governorship Form

September 7, 2018

Less than 72-hour After Governor Abiola Ajimobi hinted that he would meet the over 30 governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to reduce them to 4, communications minister, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu will obtain his nomination form today in Abuja, OYO INSIGHT learnt last night.

 

Ajimobi had, during last Thursday’s Oyo Central senatorial district meeting of the APC, explained that he doesn’t want aspirants to waste their money and to prevent such, he would like to meet them so as to reduce them to 4.

 

OYO INSIGHT learnt that each governorship aspirant would pay N2.5m for expression of interest form and N20m for nomination form making it N22.5m.

 

The governor had fixed tomorrow, 8th September 2018 for the meeting.

 

Shittu contested the 2015 APC governorship primaries with Ajimobi. It took many months to get Shittu settle out of court.

 

Ajimobi would later oppose President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Shittu as minister. It was later settled after many influential Nigerians waded in.

 

The APC had few days ago release the guidelines and fees for elective positions as the 2019 elections draw near.

 

With the sale of the forms closing on Monday, it means those seeking elective posts on the platform of the APC have four days to pay the fees.

 

Ajimobi and Shittu have always disagreed with each other and it has become worse since both found themselves in the same party. At any given opportunity, they fire each other.

JUST IN: Group Buys N22.5m APC Governorship Nomination Form For Alao-Akala

Supporters of former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, have purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for him.

 

Each governorship aspirant would pay N2.5m for expression of interest form and N20m for nomination form making it N22.5m.

With the sale of the forms closing on Monday, it means those seeking elective posts on the platform of the APC have four days to pay the fees.

At a ceremony which held this morning at the Abuja’s national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, supporters of the Ogbomoso-born politician said the ex-governor was prepared for any mode of primary the All Progressives Congress adopts in choosing the 2019 governorship candidate.

The Akala Support Group said although it was prepared for either the direct or indirect primary it would, however, prefere the direct primary because it involves the ordinary people

Speaking shortly after obtaining the forms, the leader of the group, Chief Wale Ohu told reporters, “Whichever the party settles for is okay by us, but we know that direct primaries is the best for the party because whatever it takes, it gives an average party member the opportunity to have a say in who flies the party’s flag at every level.

”It is common sense that in a democratic system like this, you should have direct primaries because it gives an opportunity to almost everybody. I think it is the best option that one can think of. But be that as it may, whatever we agree on in Oyo state, that is what we shall do”.

OYO GOVERNMENT TO COMMENCE STRICT ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION

September 6, 2018

The Oyo State Government has announced that it will commence total enforcement of its laws on environmental sanitation, street trading, illegal motors parks, land grabbing, urban and physical planning across the state, beginning from today, as it gears up to introduce the Ibadan City Master Plan.

The state government said that beggars will also be removed from the streets, saying that most of the destitute on the streets and under bridges have a right to survival as well as good living either by reuniting them with their families or handing them over to collaborating non-profits.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Water resources, Chief Isaac Ishola said that adequate sensitization and enlightenment have been carried out to stop street trading, poor sanitation habits, illegal motor parks and the destitute.

PRESIDENCY AGAIN FLAYS ALLEGATIONS OF BIAS IN HANDLING FARMERS/HERDERS CLASHES

The Presidency has again described as wicked and unfounded, insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari is sympathetic to the activities of violent herdsmen and has been indifferent to their atrocities.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, dismissed an editorial in a national newspaper, which alleged that president Buhari has sympathy for criminality perpetrated by a misguided group.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVES SIX TRILLION NAIRA FIVE-YEAR NATIONAL HEALTH PLAN

The Federal Executive Council has approved a new five-year National Health Strategic Plan 2, expected to gulp the sum of 6.07 trillion naira.

At the meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said the health sector plan, involves the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Professor Adewole said the previous Plan 1 covered 2010 to 2015, while the new Plan 2 would cover 2018 to 2022.

Professor Adewole also noted that the 6.071 trillion naira project, meant for a period of over five years, if funded and implemented faithfully, would achieve a 31 percent reduction in maternal mortality.

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