• How I withdrew N16.7bn cash for former Governor Jonah Jang – Plateau government cashier tells panel

    How I withdrew N16.7bn cash for former Governor Jonah Jang – Plateau government cashier tells panel

    A former cashier has told a probe panel of enquiry how he withdrew N16.7 billion cash for former Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang.

    Yusuf Pam, a former cashier attached to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, told the panel that he withdrew the N16.7 billion based on “executive directive from the former governor”.

    He told the commission that he was given security backup to withdraw the cash, and disclosed that each withdrawal was “usually a maximum of N150 million, which […]

  • Reps panel decries non-patronage of Nigerians in oil and gas sector

    Reps panel decries non-patronage of Nigerians in oil and gas sector

    It was gathered that the House of Representatives committee on local content has decried the non-patronage of qualified Nigerians in the oil and gas sector.

    Chairman of the committee, Mr. Emmanuel Okon, spoke on the issue during a stakeholders meeting on expatriate quota in the sector. He remarked that most oil firms have no quota approvals for the expatriates working them.

    He further stated that findings by the committee indicated that some of the firms engaged expatriates that are not qualified to […]

  • Reps to probe presidential panel on arms procurement

    Reps to probe presidential panel on arms procurement

    It was gathered that the House of Representatives has mandated its committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate a committee set up by the Presidency and Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) on arms procurement.

    The resolution followed a motion under matter of urgent public importance by Rep. Chris Azibogu (PDP-Anambra), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.

    Moving the motion, the legislator said that the committee, set up by the Presidency on Aug. 31, 2015, had […]

  • AIIB appoints Okonjo-Iweala to advisory panel

    AIIB appoints Okonjo-Iweala to advisory panel

    A former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been appointed a member of the international advisory panel of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

    Song Liyan, AIIB Senior Communication Officer, in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, announced that Okonjo-Iweala would join 10 other key persons on the panel.

    Liyan said: “The Panel provides impartial, objective and independent advice to the President, allowing the Bank to benefit from the international experience and expertise of panel members.”

    He quoted AIIB President, Jin […]

  • National Assembly seeks panel on Niger Delta, bill to stimulate economy

    National Assembly seeks panel on Niger Delta, bill to stimulate economy

    House of Representatives has concurred with the position of Senate in urging federal government to urgently raise a team comprising elected lawmakers in Niger Delta region to dialogue with the government in coordinating concerns of the people in the area towards ending all forms of restiveness in the oil-rich zone.

    In a motion by House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, the representatives are further urging President Muhammadu Buhari to prepare an Economic Stimulus Bill to the National Assembly to accommodate fiscal and investment […]

  • Rio Olympics: Minister sets up panel to probe U23 ‘padded’ team list

    Rio Olympics: Minister sets up panel to probe U23 ‘padded’ team list

    A three-man panel has been despatched to Salvador, Brazil, to investigate allegations of abuse of Personal Identification Cards known as PVCs or accreditation cards.

    This followed a statement signed by Lenny Abbey, head of NOC Relations and Services, which reads; “It has come our attention that there has been abuse of accreditation by the Nigerian Football team.

    “Rio 2016 Accreditation Department reported that upon arrival in Manaus on the 4th of August 2016, the team claimed that they all lost their PVCs […]