Saturday, 19 August 2017

Saraki Welcomes Buhari, Says: "President "ll Resume With Greater Vigour"


President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari back to Nigeria.


In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki thanked God for the safe return and recovery of the President, and reaffirmed the commitment of the National Assembly to continue working alongside the President in achieving objectives aimed at improving the standard of living of Nigerians and overall development of the country.  


“I thank Almighty Allah for bringing President Muhammadu Buhari back whole, hale and hearty. I am thoroughly delighted that President Buhari has returned home after his medical vacation", the Senate President said, “I was privileged to have met him twice in London during the period of the vacation. After our first meeting, I told Nigerians there was no cause for alarm. After our recent lengthy meeting on Thursday this week, I informed Nigerians that Mr. President's return home was imminent.


"In all, we must thank Almighty God for sparing all our lives and granting Mr. President a most remarkable recovery. His return marks a new lease of life for this administration. I am confident that Mr. President will resume with even more vigour to pursue an economic agenda that will improve the welfare of all Nigerians.  In this vein, Mr. President should seize this opportunity to further consolidate and strengthen his team in order to meet the challenges ahead. 


"On our part, the Senate is ready to work closely with the Executive and bend over backwards to support Mr. President. I congratulate all Nigerians on Mr. President's return.


We thank the Acting President for his hard work in holding forte and steering the ship of governing the nation during this period."


“May the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation, and give our President, Muhammadu Buhari, the strength and wisdom to lead us successfully ” the Senate President said.

President Buhari Set To Return Today


President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London.
The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.
President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017.
He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
August 19, 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

NLC To EFCC: Do Not Succumb To This Intimidation

We condemn the attack by gun men on the Area 7 office of the EFCC which houses key investigation units of the Commission.
The attack represents the audacity of corruption and the shifting of the battle ground from the court room to the streets and should be condemned by all those who love this country.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

13 Persons Killed in Barcelona Terror Attack


Thirteen people have died and dozens were injured after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas, popular with tourists, police and local officials say.
The vehicle sped along the pedestrian area, mowing down people and sending others fleeing for cover.

Unpaid Advert Debt: Journalists Plan Mass Protest Against APC


Journalists covering the All Progressives Congress (APC), have concluded plans to embark on a massive protest against the National Working Committee (NWC), led by Chief John-Odigie Oyegun from next week, over its refusal to pay various advertisements placed in their newspapers.

The debts running into over N30 Million, cut across various major national Newspapers covering the party, which include; The Sun, Thisday, Punch, Daily Trust, Blueprint, Guardian, Nation, Vanguard, Leadership, among others.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

General Court Martial Sentences Aircraftman Bernard Kalu To Death By Hanging

The General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Makurdi has sentenced Aircraftman (ACM) Bernard Kalu to death by hanging for shooting and killing his female colleague, late Aircraftwoman (ACW) Sholape Oladipupo. 

ASUU Strike Political – Lawmaker

A House of Representatives member, Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-PDP), has alleged that the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike is politically motivated.

Agbonayinma on Tuesday said that the strike embarked upon by the lecturers on Aug. 14 was a deliberate plot to disrupt President Muhammadu Buhari’s return.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Abuja Market Shut Down Amid Clashes Over Buhari’s Absence

The attempt by protesters at the popular Wuse Market in Abuja to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to return to Nigeria or resign on Tuesday resulted in the breakout of an inter-tribal clash.

Ekweremadu: Freetown Mudslide a Monumental Regional Disaster

…Calls for immediate regional action

The immediate past Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described as a monumental regional disaster the floods and mudslide that killed hundreds of persons in the outskirts of Freetown, the nation’s capital.

Anti-Hate Speech, Jungle Justice Bills: Saraki Promises Quick Passage

As the 8th Senate lays out its agenda for the next 22-months, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has highlighted that due to the rising tensions in the polity, the passage of Bills to mitigate against hate speech and jungle justice will comprise a major part of the Senate’s social impact agenda when it resumes in September.

Federal Government Appeals To ASUU To Suspend Strike

The Federal Government has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its on-going strike in the universities in the interest of the nation.
        
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige who made the appeal today in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Press in the Ministry, Samuel Olowookere, said there was an on-going renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU by the Babalakin Committee which the Federal Government set up on Monday 13thFebruary 2017, and which is already addressing the issues raised by ASUU.  

LEADERSHIP Labour Editor Emerges LACAN Chairman

Michael Oche, a foremost Labour correspondent with Leadership Newspaper has been elected chairman of Labour Correspondents Association of  Nigeria (LACAN). He is to takeover from Mr. Soji Eze Fagbemi, the Labour Editor, Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, who has piloted the affairs of the association for a few years.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Saraki Outlines Senate Priorities In The Next 22 Months

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the passage of both the Administrative and Fiscal Policy Bills for the Petroleum Industry as key parts of the priorities for the 8th Senate when it resumes after its annual recess.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Saraki Confirms Sack Of Aides

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, confirmed that he had reduced the number of aides working in his office.

Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, made the confirmation when he briefed National Assembly Correspondents in Abuja.

More States Will Soon Access UBEC Funds, Says Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that Senate’s amendment of the Act that establishes the Compulsory Universal Basic Education, will provide all 36 States of Nigeria with needed funds to enhance the quality of education in the country.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said that for many years, many States have been unable to access the intervention funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), due to their inability to pay the 50 per cent matching grant prescribed by the Act.