Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Nigeria Customs sack 48 top officers

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has terminated the appointment of about 48 senior officers in the service in its ongoing reorganization.

A circular dated January 19, 2017 and signed by Ag. Comptroller in charge of Discipline, Ganiyu I.A was addressed to all Zones, all Customs Area Command and units.

According to the circular, about 45 officers were dismissed, 11 retired while the appointment of three we're outrightly terminated.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Saraki makes case for Nigerian Engineers In Construction Projects

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday called on Government agencies at all levels to integrate Nigerian Engineers, technicians and artisans in their workforce when embarking on construction projects as a way of utilizing  local capacity and conserving scarce foreign exchange.

Saraki who make the call in his remarks before he formally flagged-off the construction of the Dauran-Birnin, Tsaba Birnin and Magaji Kauran Namoda Roads in Zamfara State, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, also called on all government agencies to use locally made equipment where possible.

Friday, 20 January 2017

IPC demands immediate halt to harassment of Premium Times; calls for stakeholders dialogue on media freedom

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria has described the invasion of the premises of Premium Times in Abuja and the subsequent arrest of its Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi and the judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu by armed police men on the night of January 19, 2017, as an unacceptable assault on freedom of the Press.
Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade said in a statement today (January 20, 2017), that the attack on Premium Times as well as the harassment of other journalists in recent times are completely antithetical to democratic values and norms at the core of which are the rights to free speech and media freedom.

PDP Governors Forum: Ekweremadu Congratulates Fayose

…Says He’s Right Man for the Job
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on his emergence as the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum.

Ekweremadu, who described the Forum as an important group within the party, expressed confidence in the ability of Fayose to rally the governors elected on the platform of the party, teeming PDP faithful, and supporters to hold the fort in opposition.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Deputy President of the Senate, Uche Anichukwu quoted him as saying: “Governor Fayose is a strong voice in the opposition. He is an unapologetic PDP faithful and has the audacity, political sagacity, and benefit of experience from his number of years as a Governor to provide quality leadership for the Forum. I, therefore, nurse no doubts that he is the right man for the job.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

New fashion label set to make exploits in Nigeria fashion industry (Sponsored Post)

House of Dignity is a premium fashion brand based in the capital city of Nigeria; Abuja. HOD was conceived in 2014 but began operations in 2016. House of Dignity's philosophy is simply to ensure that clients step out in style and class regardless of their status. Also we are of the strong believe that no matter how fascinated we are with fashion trend, we should keep our sanity.

Patrick U. Patrick is the founder and CEO of House Of Dignity. He is a graduate of political science from the University of Jos. He is also a one time lecturer with training and an expertise in fashion design.

NLC demands payment of salaries of Judicial workers

19th January, 2017

Honourable  Minister,
Ministry of Finance,
Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Area.

I convey compliments from the Leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and I'm constrained to write and draw the Honourable Minister’s attention to the plight of Federal Judicial Officers and Staff, whose salaries the Federal Government did not pay in the month of December, 2016.

Given the sensitive nature of the work of judicial officers and staff, and as a separate arm of Government, one cannot stress enough the importance of the Judiciary in the present dispensation and the efforts of Mr. President to bring about change in our national life and root out corruption from our society.

Buhari writes Senate, to go on medical vacation for 10 days

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday wrote the Senate that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo will act on his behalf as President for the 10 days that he would be on medical vacation. In a letter addressed to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, President Buhari said he was writing in line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended. According to the letter which was read at plenary today, Tuesday by Saraki, President Buhari said he will be away from Monday 23rd January to Monday 6th February. The letter read, “In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended, I wish to inform the Distinguished Senate that I will be away n a short medical vacation from Monday January, 23 to February 6th, 2017 and while I am away, the Vice President (Osinbajo) will perform the functions of my office. “Please, accept, as always assurances of my highest esteemed consideration.”


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Nigerian troops set to take Yaya Jammeh out

Nigeria soldiers will, on Wednesday (today), arrive at a base of the Economic Community of West African States troops in Senegal to ensure that President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia steps down on Thursday, January 19.

Nigerian warship, NNS UNITY, is also heading for the coast of The Gambia to join the operation.

The Punch reports that the troops would be briefed by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in the early hours of Wednesday, before leaving for Senegal.

This is Barack Obama's Net Worth as He Leaves the White House

On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States and the Barack Obama era will officially come to an end. While his net worth is nowhere near that of his successor, Mr. Obama will leave office a very rich man.

Based on a recent study by American University in Washington, D.C., the Obamas could stand to make as much as $242 million once leaving the White House.

Despite pressure to defect, Ekweremadu Vows to remain in PDP

The Office of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has dismissed as false, insinuations and reports that the Senator could be on his way to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to save his job.

In a statement made available to reporters in Abuja, the Special Assistant (Political Matters) to the Deputy President of the Senate on Political Affairs, Hon. Okey Ozoani, described the reports as “a fantasy of those peddling it”.

Saraki condoles with victims of IDP camp bombing

The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has conveyed his deep regret over the accidental bombing of the Rann Community in Borno State.

Saraki, in a statement on his social media handles said:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of today’s accident in Rann Community of Borno State. 

I pray that the souls of the victims may rest in peace. I wish the victims speedy recovery, and I pray that incidents like these never reoccur again.”

Tragedy as Nigeria Airforce Jet Bombs IDP Camp, Kills 100 Persons

Tragedy struck in the fight against terror group, Boko Haram, on Tuesday, when a fighter jet involved in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East fired at aid workers, soldiers and displaced persons in error, killing no fewer than 100 persons on the ground.

Aid workers confirmed to have been killed in the bombing included the officials ofDoctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), International Committee of the Red Cross and some refugees.

But the Nigerian Air Force said in a statement on Tuesday evening that it had begun an investigation into the accidental air strike.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

FC Ifeanyiubah Accept LMC Sanctions Over Abandoned Match Vs Pillars

FC IfeanyiUbah have accepted the punishment meted out on them by the League Management Company for abandoning their Nigeria Professional Football League match-day one fixture against Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday.

The Anambra Warriors refused to continue play after 50 minutes of the encounter following sending off of the club's Team Manager, Jonathan Igwe by the centre referee, Folusho Ajayi and alleged biased officiating by the referee.

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