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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MOVES TO INCREASE CORP MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCE

August 3, 2018

The Federal Government has begun an upward review of the 19, 800 naira monthly allowance paid to members of the National Youth Service Corps.
Director General of the scheme, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure noted that the NYSC, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, received a letter from the Presidency, which confirmed that the process to review the allowance of corps members had started.
Brigadier General Kazaure said the Presidency had also sent a copy of the letter to the Ministry of Finance for further consideration.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DEMOLISH APAPA RAIL STATION TO EXPAND SEAPORT

July 24, 2018

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has directed that the Apapa station be demolished and expanded in order to accommodate activities at the Apapa seaport.

The minister said this yesterday, after the inspection of the project in Lagos.

He said the idea is to pull down the existing structures, expand the station towards the seaport for easy access to ferry goods from the sea to the rail line and then to the town.

NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION TO MOBILISE 1,500 NIGERIANS FOR UPCOMING WORLD CUP MATCH

June 19, 2018

The leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation has concluded arrangements to mobilise Nigerians in every part of the country to provide support for the team during the crucial encounter against Iceland this Friday in Volgograd.

The Nigeria Football Federation will procure match tickets for the over 500 Nigerians resident in St Petersburg and other 1,000 Nigerians living in the Russian capital city of Moscow to storm Volgograd to cheer the players.

NORTH KOREA LEADER, KIM JONG-UN VISITS CHINA FOLLOWING UNITED STATES SUMMIT

North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un is making a two-day visit to China, a week after meeting United States President Donald Trump.

It is expected he will discuss sanctions and the commitment he made at the summit, in general terms, to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

North Korea’s only economic ally, Beijing, has already suggested sanctions against North Korea could be eased.

Meanwhile, the United States and South Korea have confirmed they have suspended planning for their next joint military drills.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CHARGED TO PLACE VITAL GAS PIPELINES ON FRANCHISE

Power Generation Companies across the country have called on the Federal Government to put on franchise, some of the gas pipelines in strategic locations especially the Niger-Delta region in order to guarantee surplus gas supply to thermal plants.

The companies have also challenged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, to endeavour to respect contractual agreements in order to unlock prospects in the nation’s power sector.

They also demanded that, all players in the power sector value chain should be treated equally with fairness where defaulters are made to face sanctions or penalized.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MOVES TO PROVIDE 10,000 TRACTORS FOR FARMERS

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has moved to provide 10,000 tractors for both small and large scale farmers in Nigeria in what is said to be a collaboration with the Nigeria Agriculture Mechanization and Equipment Leasing Company.

This is aimed at increasing agricultural output for domestic consumption and export.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh in Abuja, expressed optimism that the partnership would enable the agricultural sector generate more revenue.

NIGERIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY TO REVIEW REGULATION FOR START-UP CARRIERS

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it has concluded plans to review regulations stipulating conditions and requirements for start-up airlines.

Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Muhtar Usman said proposed review would widen the scope to include conditions under which new airlines will be registered and issued relevant documents.

Captain Usman said the implication of the review would ensure that new entrants no longer present two airplanes as minimum entry requirement.

SENATE DELEGATION HEAD TO RUSSIA FOR TALKS

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will today, lead a Senate delegation on a three-day parliamentary visit to Russia, aimed at deepening legislative practices and strengthening the relationship between both countries.

The delegation would also hold side meetings with corresponding committees of the Federation Council of Russia.

Dr Saraki is also expected to address the Russian senate and hold meetings with key stakeholders in order to exchange views on issues of Nigerian-Russian cooperation.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RULES OUT MEETING WITH NEW PDP MEMBERS

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will never sit down for discussion with the aggrieved members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party that joined forces to form the ruling All Progressives Congress.

A top government source revealed this to the media on the condition of anonymity yesterday.

The source said President Buhari had conveyed his position on the matter to state governors elected on the platform of the APC during a meeting he had with them recently.

The President was said to have insisted that state governors and the national leaders of the party should be able to resolve such issues.

NORTH KOREA EXPRESSES OPTIMISM OVER NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH UNITED STATES

June 11, 2018

North Korean state media have raised the possibility that their country could “establish a new relationship” with the United States.

This comes a day before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets United States President Donald Trump for historic talks.

The comments mark a shift in tone from North Korea after decades of animosity towards the United States.

Meanwhile, President Trump has said he has a “good feeling” about the much-anticipated summit.

Both leaders arrived for the talks – the first ever between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader – in Singapore yesterday.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WARNED AGAINST REJECTION OF POSTED TREASURY OFFICERS

The Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has threatened to shut out from the payment platform, any agency of government that rejects accounting officers posted from his office.

The Accountant General made the threat in Abuja.

He wondered why some agencies, which relied on the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation for the release of funds to implement their plans and programmes, would in turn reject treasury officers sent to effectively assist in managing their finances.

He then warned Ministries, Department and Agencies of government that were in the habit of rejecting treasury officers posted to them to desist from such or be ready to face the consequences of their action.

IBADAN BUTCHERS DECRY CLOSENESS TO HERDSMEN AT NEW ABATTOIR

Following the relocation of an abattoir in Oyo State to Amosun village in Akinyele Local Government area of the state, Butchers in Ibadan have decried closeness to herdsmen which could trigger crisis.

The butchers described the closeness of the abattoir to the herdsmen as a keg of gunpowder that can explode anytime.

Meawhile, the Chairman, Aare Latosa Local Council Development Area, Bashorun Adekunle Oladeji said a three-day ultimatum had been given to the butchers to move to the central abattoir.

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