• BREAKING NEWS! Plane conveying Brazillian football team crashes in Colombia

    BREAKING NEWS! Plane conveying Brazillian football team crashes in Colombia

    A plane 72 passengers including a top flight Brazilian football team has crashed in Colombia.

    Brazilian side Chapecoense were on their way from Bolivia to Medellin International Airport in Colombia to play in the Copa Sudamerica final when the plane came down, reports said.

    Just six people are believed to have survived, according to Officials at Medellin airport.

    The plane with nine crew members crashed at about 10.15pm after suffering power failures while flying through the mountainous Antioquia Department.

    “Tonight it was reported that […]

  • No Sharia Bill Before National Assembly, says Dogara

    No Sharia Bill Before National Assembly, says Dogara

    Amid speculations that a Bill to introduce the criminal aspects of the Sharia legal system across the country has passed second reading in the House of Representatives, the Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara has said there is no such proposed law before any of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

    He stated this while speaking at a reception organised for him and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, by the Northern Nigeria Christian Politicians held […]

  • Ministers hold retreat, set to unveil National Economic Blueprint

    Ministers hold retreat, set to unveil National Economic Blueprint

    Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has revealed that the government would soon unveil its economic blueprint for the country.

    Following two days of brainstorming in Abuja, organized by Udoma’s ministry, with various teams drawn from the public and private sector, Udoma revealed that the president’s economic vision and Strategic Implementation Plan, drawn up by his ministry, along with vibrant ideas canvassed and analysed at the retreat, would be harmonised and launched at the federal government’s comprehensive economic […]

  • National Assembly proposes July to December for budget preparation

    National Assembly proposes July to December for budget preparation

    It was gathered that the National Assembly has proposed 15 key reform strategies that feature the adoption of a budget calendar, which will begin with the submission of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) by the second week in July. The timetable would end with the President signing the Appropriation Bill into law by the third week of December every year.

    A statement by Saraki’s Media Office said that the measures contained in a report submitted to Senate President Bukola Saraki […]

  • National Assembly yet to receive details of Buhari’s $29.9bn loan proposal

    National Assembly yet to receive details of Buhari’s $29.9bn loan proposal

    Barring last-minute move, the National Assembly was yet to receive the details of the Federal Government 2016-2018 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan of $29.9 billion, 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) from the Executive arm of government, checks last night revealed.

    Sources close to the leadership of the National Assembly said yesterday that the details demanded by the lawmakers as precondition for the consideration of the President’s requests has not been submitted.

    Recall that both chambers of the […]

  • Sell only redundant national assets – MAN advises FG

    Sell only redundant national assets – MAN advises FG

    According to reports, the President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Dr. Frank Jacobs, has said that idle assets that no longer yield dividends to government can be sold to boost the current economic situation.

    Jacobs said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

    He said that funds realised from the sale of such assets could be used to develop structures that would enhance the economy.

    “What I will recommend is the sale of idle assets that […]

  • CJN launches National Judicial Policy, inaugurates ethics c’ttee

    CJN launches National Judicial Policy, inaugurates ethics c’ttee

    According to reports, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has launched a National Judiciary Policy (NJP) and also inaugurated the Ethics Standing Committee.

    The aim is to provide an oversight over judicial offices and court star, to ensure integrity and independence of the Nigerian judiciary.

    The CJN added that and to serve as a legal backing for several multi-faceted strategies and guidelines to be developed by the judiciary to continue to rid the sector of acts that are not […]

  • present 2017 budget to National Assembly – Presidency explains

    present 2017 budget to National Assembly – Presidency explains

    According to reports, the Presidency on Friday disclosed that the 2017 Budget will not be presented to the National Assembly until the conclusion and approval of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/‎Fiscal Strategy Paper by the legislature.

    President Muhammadu Buhari had a fortnight ago submitted the 2017-2019 MTEF/FSP to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.

    At an an interactive session with journalists on Friday, the Senior ‎Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, promised that government agencies are already […]

  • Customs fire 29 senior officers for “compromising the national economy”

    Customs fire 29 senior officers for “compromising the national economy”

    According to reports, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has sacked 29 senior officers for “compromising the national economy”.

    Last week, the service sacked 17 junior officers for drug abuse, bribery and forgery.

    In a statement on Thursday, Wale Adeniyi, spokesman of the service, said the senior officers were sacked after a disciplinary panel found them guilty of offences bordering on corruption and theft.

    “Twenty-nine senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been dismissed for various acts of gross misconduct. The dismissed officers […]

  • FG plans national framework to end HND/BSc disparity

    FG plans national framework to end HND/BSc disparity

    To end the disparity between polytechnic and university graduates, the Federal Government will soon introduce a National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF).

    Dr Margaret Ladipo, the Rector of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), announced the plan at the 30th pre-convocation news briefing on Wednesday in Lagos.

    Ladipo said that the framework was still being formulated by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and would be adopted as soon as the paper work was completed.

    With the framework in place, she said polytechnic graduates […]

  • Recession hits National Assembly, broke, borrows to pay workers

    Recession hits National Assembly, broke, borrows to pay workers

    Cash-strapped National Assembly has resorted to bank facilities to pay its staff their monthly salaries and allowances. But the facilities do not include the controversial running cost paid to lawmakers, as well as the salaries and allowances for their aides.

    About N4.5 billion is spent on the running cost of lawmakers in the two houses of the National Assembly. The sum of N13.5 million is paid to each senator while a member of the House of Representatives gets a little above […]