• Federal workers groan over heavy salary cuts

    Federal workers groan over heavy salary cuts

    Federal workers last month experienced a slash in their salaries as tax, pension, and National Housing Fund (NHF), are now applied on gross salary.

    Some workers had as much as 50 per cent salrary slash, while others had only 10 per cent cut. Some workers in the information ministry, who declined to be named, told reporters that they had no fore knowledge of the salary cut until the memo came.

    In a November 30, 2016 memo, entitled: “Reduction in November 2016”

    And signed […]

  • Rivers: Federal and state legislative polls will hold Dec 10 – INEC

    Rivers: Federal and state legislative polls will hold Dec 10 – INEC

    Pending Federal and State legislative elections in Rivers State will hold on December 10 as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

    INEC’s director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, stated this yesterday while dispelling a report that the elections have been suspended again.

    Osaze-Uzzi, who described the report as misleading disassociated himself from it saying “the Rivers election will hold as scheduled on December 10.”

    Recall that INEC had two weeks ago fixed the conduct of pending elections into Rivers and […]

  • Senate summons Federal Civil Service boss over alleged secret employment

    Senate summons Federal Civil Service boss over alleged secret employment

    It was gathered that the Senate on Wednesday invited the Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Mrs Joan Ayo, to brief it over increasing allegations of secret employment by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.

    The upper chamber said that it is worried over the unending allegations that MDAs were clandestinely carrying out employments without due process.

    Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs said that the decision to invite the FCSC boss was taken after its oversight visit […]

  • NUC approves 15 new courses for Oye-Ekiti federal varsity

    NUC approves 15 new courses for Oye-Ekiti federal varsity

    It was gathered that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved additional 15 new courses for the Federal University, Oye, in Ekiti State.

    The Information Officer of FUOYE, Mr Godfrey Bakji, made the disclosure in Oye-Ekiti on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

    Bakji said that the approval was contained in a letter from NUC dated Nov 14, 2016 and addressed to FUOYE Vice Chancellor, Prof Kayode Soremilekun.

    He listed the newly-approved degree programmes to include Public Administration, […]

  • Federal lawmakers urge posthumous promotion for slain Col. Abu-Ali

    Federal lawmakers urge posthumous promotion for slain Col. Abu-Ali

    According to reports, the House of Representatives on Tuesday recommended that a Nigerian soldier who died over the weekend be given a posthumous promotion to be a colonel.

    Muhammad Abu-Ali died in a Boko Haram ambush on Friday night as a lieutenant colonel.

    The proposal by the House followed a motion of urgent national concern raised by one of its members from Sokoto, Abdulsamad Dasuki.

    Mr. Dasuki in his motion also said the Nigerian government should employ his wife into the civil service […]

  • Recruitment: We follow due process, federal character principle – EFCC

    Recruitment: We follow due process, federal character principle – EFCC

    It was gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has stated that it is conforming with due process and giving equal representation to states, in line with the federal character principle, in its on-going recruitment exercise.

    The commission announced recently that it was recruiting 750 cadets. The announcement drew the response of hundreds of thousands of applicants from across the country.

    However, after the recruitment exercise at the Nigerian Air force Base, Mando in Kaduna, there were reports of complaints […]

  • Lagos federal legislators back Buhari on $29.96b loan

    Lagos federal legislators back Buhari on $29.96b loan

    President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to the National Assembly’s for approval for external borrowing of $29.96 billion to execute key infrastructural projects has continued to attract mixed reactions.

    While the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) kicked against the plan and asked the legislators to throw it out, three Lagos lawmakers, in a separate chats yesterday backed the government, saying: “It was a well thought out plan if only the money would be properly managed and put to the right usage.”

    The trio – […]

  • Senate passes NEDC bill, approves 3% federal VAT for 10 years

    Senate passes NEDC bill, approves 3% federal VAT for 10 years

    According to reports, the Senate yesterday passed the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill which empowers the Federal Government to set up a commission to rehabilitate the Boko Haram devastated North-East region.

    Strangely and interestingly, the Senate included Kano and Plateau States in the list of states to benefit from the commission’s funds for rebuilding the region, even though they are located in North-West and North-Central geopolitical zones respectively.

    The decision to include Kano and Plateau in the rebuilding plan followed a protest […]

  • Federal government re-introduces teaching of History in primary, secondary school

    Federal government re-introduces teaching of History in primary, secondary school

    According to reports, the federal government has finally re-introduced History as one of the subjects in the nation’s primary and secondary schools’ curriculum, explaining that its introduction as an independent subject and not a mere theme was necessitated by the clamour and concerns by several groups, including the Presidency, National Assembly and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.

    The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu had urged delegates to the recent National Council of Education, NCE, to consider the disarticulation […]

  • Court sacks two PDP federal lawmakers

    Court sacks two PDP federal lawmakers

    A Federal High Court in Abuja Division has sacked two House of Representatives members from Enugu State.

    The affected lawmakers are Honourable Stella Ngwu representing Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani Federal Constituency and Honourable Dennis Agbo representing Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency.

    Justice Okon Abang held that the emergence of Ngwu and Agbo as the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in December 2014 was unlawful.

    Justice Abang ordered the sacked lawmakers to refund all monies they had collected by way of salaries and allowances since they […]

  • Federal government frustrated my efforts to free Chibok girls trice – Boko Haram close pal, Salkida

    Federal government frustrated my efforts to free Chibok girls trice – Boko Haram close pal, Salkida

    Freelance journalist, Ahmad Salkida, has revealed that several attempts made by him to free the abducted Chibok girls from captivity had been frustrated by the federal government.

    Salkida, who is believed to have direct links to Boko Haram terrorists, said he met the girls and their captors at the instance of the federal government.

    In an email to Newsmen on Sunday, Salkida faulted the narratives of the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and President Muhammadu Buhari’s biographer, Professor John Paden, on […]