Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Rooney Retires From International Football

England's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after turning down the chance to be part of the squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers.

The Everton striker was asked by England boss Gareth Southgate to be involved against Malta and Slovakia.

South East Senators Engage Kanu, IPOB ..Ask Kanu to Conform Within Rule of law

The South East Senate Caucus has again engaged the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and his members against the backdrop of rising tension in the country.

The caucus through its Chairman Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe held a meeting with Kanu in his Ohuru, Obingwa  country home in Abia State on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Minister Hands Over Snakes, Reptiles To University Of Uyo

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, yesterday in Calabar officially handed over three boxes containing 145 assorted snakes to authorities of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) in Akwa Ibom State.

Flooding: States, Stakeholders Should Take Proactive Measures, Says Saraki

As the raining season is underway across Nigeria, President of the Senate has called on States across the Federation to take proactive measures to mitigate against and minimize the risk of flooding in their areas.

In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki stated that recent reports show that as many as 30 of Nigeria’s 36 States are at risk for flooding due to inadequate town-planning, construction oversights and obstructed drainage systems.

Women’s AfroBasket: D’Tigress Destroy Guinea, Set For Tough Senegal Clash

Nigeria’s D’Tigress on Tuesday secured their fourth successive win in the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket in Mali.
Sam Vincent’s team reached another century of points with a 106-33 win over Guinea after they had destroyed Egypt 106-72 on Sunday.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Buhari To Work From Home, Writes National Assembly On Resumption

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday wrote to the two Chambers of the National Assembly to intimate the federal lawmakers that he has resumed work after spending 104 days outside the country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.
Adesina said the communication was in line with constitutional provision that requires Buhari to notify the lawmakers of his return.

Full Text of Broadcast By President Muhammadu Buhari

My dear citizens,

I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

Senate Warns PenCom, CBB, ICPC Nominees Not to Resume Before Confirmation

The Senate has advised the nominees into the headship of three Federal Government institutions whose names were recently announced not to resume work until their nominations are confirmed in accordance with the provision of the constitution and the establishment laws of the affected institutions.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Younger Brother Of Late Danbaba Suntai Is Dead

Hardly had the former governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State been lowered into the grave yesterday that his younger brother, Babangida Suntai died while receiving intensive care at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Jalingo.

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.  

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

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. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Citizens Have a Right to Peacefully Protest -NLC

The use of water cannons, tear gas and other offensive means by the police to disperse peacefully protesting citizens against the absence of our President is condemnable. The right to peaceful protest is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended). This right has been affirmed by the courts of the land.

What was expected of the police, who have relatively done well with regards to public protests in recent times, was to sit it out with these protesters.

Senate Frowns At Police Brutality Against Protesters

The Senate has condemned the action of the Nigeria Police in using force to disperse a group of protesters in Abuja campaigning against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate stated that while  it condemned the subject of the protest which is aimed at forcing President Buhari to either terminate his medical vacation or resign, the Upper Chamber of the Federal Legislature would not support any violation of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

Saraki Has Returned His Pensions From Kwara, Says State Government

The Kwara state government has stated that Senate president and two term governor of the state has returned all the pensions he got from the state. 

According to a statement signed by Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold who is the secretary to the state government, it was Saraki who on his own volition considered the morality of the situation in which the pension would put him since he is still a serving Senator and chose to abandon his legal rights. 

Leave Buhari Alone, He Violated No Law, Says Senate

The Senate has cautioned the sponsors and participants in the protests by a coalition of civil society organizations,  operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo, and demanding for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over his medical vacation in the United Kingdom to stop heating up the polity with their unreasonable demands.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Saraki Seeks Alignment of Education Curriculum With Industry Requirements

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday stated that Nigeria’s university curriculum and teaching methods must be upscaled to reflect the demands of employers from both the public and the private sectors.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Saraki: Access to Finance Key to Curbing Youth Unemployment

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that youth unemployment in Nigeria can be curtailed with a collaborative policy and legislative thrust that would help improve access to finance and develop basic infrastructure.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Monday, noted that the inability to access finance, inadequate power supply and the nation's current under-developed transport systems in many parts of the country, hinder millions of otherwise productive but unemployed and under-employed youth from starting small businesses.

Fish Out the Perpetrators of Church Massacre - NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has expressed shock at the massacre of worshippers at St Philip's Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra State, describing it as strange since places of worship in decent conflicts are usually sanctuaries.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Anambra Massacre: Saraki Says Perpetrators Must be Brought to Justice

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed deep sadness over the massacre that occurred at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Anambra State on Sunday.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu,  Saraki stated that the killing of worshippers represents the worst kind of evil, and the security services must not stop until the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Ozubulu Church Massacre: A Sacrilegious Act, A Black Sunday- Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described as beastly and sacrilegious the Sunday massacre of worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church Ozubulu, Anambra State.

Ekweremadu, who also described the day as a black Sunday, not only for Anambra State, but also the entire nation, called on the security agencies to fish out the killers and bring them to justice.

Gunman Kills 8 Worshipers In A Church, Injures 18

The police in Anambra on Sunday confirmed that a gunman killed eight worshippers and injured  18 others in an early morning attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka that the remains f the dead had been deposited at Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.

Senate: Judge Us by Facts, Not Sentiments

Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has emphasized the need for Nigerians to judge the Upper Chamber of the 8th National Assembly by its achievements and facts, not by sentiments and propaganda.

Speaking in Abuja on Sunday, Senator Abdullahi stated that given the unprecedented performance of the 8th Senate — despite the distractions — since it was inaugurated on the June 9, 2015, this remains the highest performing Senate in the history of the country.

Wike’s Action On Novotel, In Order, Not A Threat To Rivers’ Economy – PDP

The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has again said there is no cause for alarm; regarding concerns raised by those it believes are out to unjustly tarnish the hard-earned reputation of Gov. Nyesom Wike, vis-à-vis his action in revoking the C of O of Novotel hotel in Port Harcourt recently.

Friday, 4 August 2017

My Son Is Not Interested In Politics – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has ruled out the possibility of his son participating in the governorship race in Kwara in 2019.

He said, at a Forum in Abuja that it was untrue that his son was being groomed as the next governor of the state.

According to Saraki, the boy is not interested in politics. That is not in the offing at all; I am sure he doesn’t even want to hear politics at all.

I Subsidise Hajj Exercise With N1bn Annually, Masari Reveals

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has said his administration has been subsidising hajj exercise with one billion naira annually.

He made the disclosure on Wednesday at the inauguration of 18-member board for Katsina State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

NCPC Releases Cost OF Pilgrimage To Israel, Greece And Rome

The Executive Secretary Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Tor Uja has disclosed the cost of this year’s pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome. He made the disclosure in Abuja while playing host to the Chairmen Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) from all the States of the Federation, including FCT.

Two Die After Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Portugal Beach

Two people were killed when a small plane made an emergency landing at a beach in Costa da Caparica in Portugal.

The victims were an 8-year-old girl and a 56-year-old man, the Portuguese National Maritime Authority said on Wednesday. The two were not related.

Wladimir Klitschko Retires And Will Not Fight Anthony Joshua In Rematch

Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing - ruling out a rematch with Britain's Anthony Joshua.

The Ukrainian, 41, was knocked out in the 11th round by current champion Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April.

Joshua, 27, had hoped Klitschko would sign his rematch clause for a proposed fight in Las Vegas on 11 November.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Neymar: Paris St-Germain Must Pay £198m 'In Full' To Sign Barcelona Forward

Barcelona have told Paris St-Germain they must pay a world record 222m euro (£198m) fee "in full" before Neymar can join them.

The Brazil international arrived at training on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish club he wanted to leave.

I Stopped Kwara Pension on My Own Volition, Says Saraki

Contrary to reports that it was the agitations by certain groups that prompted Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to stop the payment of his pension, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President of the Senate, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, has clarified that on August 20th, 2015, Saraki wrote to the Kwara State Government to stop the payment of his pensions.

IPC Decries Attack on Journalists at Kaduna NUJ Secretariat

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria has decried the unwarranted attack on Journalists and the invasion of the Kaduna Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) by alleged political thugs during a press conference by some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Insurgency: Service Chiefs Relocate to Maiduguri

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddiq Abubakar, have relocated to Maiduguri as directed by the Acting President.

They arrived the Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Saraki: Senate to Partner Group to Reposition the Almajiri Education System

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged the commitment of the 8th Senate to reposition the Almajiri Islamic  Education System in the northern part of the country.

 Saraki spoke yesterday in Abuja when a delegation from the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) and conveners' of a proposed National Conference on Almajiri Phenomenon in Northern Nigeria, led by the Executive Secretary of the CCC and chairman, organizing committee of the confab, Air Commodore Anas Yusuf (retd), visited him at the National Assembly. 

Wike’s Descent Into Fascism, An Evil Foretold - Peterside

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Petetside, has berated Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, over his recent revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of Novotel Hotel in Port Harcourt. 

Peterside, who described the action of Wike as worse traits of fascism, however, said he had forewarned Rivers people and the international community, saying “in 2015, I warned Rivers people, the international and business community that Wike should not be trusted to protect their investments and stakes.”  

Monday, 31 July 2017

Constitution Amendment: It’s Not the End of the Road for Failed Bills - Ekweremadu

…Says devolution of powers key to infrastructural development
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed optimism that proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution recently rejected by the National Assembly could still meet the constitutional threshold to become part of the Nigerian constitution when revisited.

Ekweremadu, who commended his colleagues for approving about 95 per cent of the recommendations presented by his Committee, said that it was not the end of the road for the failed alteration bills since constitution amendment was a continuum, noting that further consultation as well as understanding of the issues was needed.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Saraki Pledges To Support Surgery For 6-Year Old Boko Haram Victim

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has pledged to contribute to the spinal cord corrective surgery for a six-year old boy, Ali Ahmadu, ran over by Boko Haram terrorists.

Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, made the pledge when the victim was presented to him in Abuja by officials of the Global Initiative For Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), an NGO spearheading the campaign for his medical care. 

Saraki Reiterates Commitment to Freedom of Speech

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday reiterated his commitment to freedom of speech and the use of social media.

In a series of tweets on his personal account @BukolaSaraki, the President of the Senate, was responding to a story carried by some publications that a civil servant was being allegedly vilified for criticizing him.