Thursday, 31 August 2017

Eid el-Kabir: Ekweremadu Calls for Sacrifice, Unity

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has enjoined Nigerians to eschew all forms of recrimination and imbibe self-sacrifice, forgiveness and other higher virtues that promote national unity and development.

Ekweremadu made the call in his goodwill message to the Muslim Umah on the occasion of Eid el-Kabir.

Eid-El-Kabir: Saraki Seeks Rededication to Nation Building

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, called on all Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the dreams and aspirations of building a strong, united, economically sound and politically stable country.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, felicitated with Muslim faithful on the occasion of this year's Eid- El-Kabir, while urging all Nigerians irrespective of religion to use the occasion to pray for the greater glory of the country.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Breaking News: South East Governors Holding Meeting With Nnamdi Kanu

Governors of the South-east states are holding a meeting with the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Namdi Kanu.
The meeting, which is being attended by the five governors from the region, is currently going on at the lodge of the Enugu State governor’s lodge in Enugu.

PAMED Calls on Federal Government to Restrain Military from Monitoring Social Media Activities of Nigerians

The Partnership for Media and Democracy (PAMED) has called on the Federal Government to restrain the Nigerian Army from monitoring the social media activities of Nigerians, describing the action as a violation of the rights of Nigerians to freedom of expression and the privacy of their communications guaranteed by the Constitution and international human rights instruments to which Nigeria is a party.

Buhari Showers Cash Gifts on D’Tigress Players And Officials

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced cash gifts of  N1 million each for members of the national female basketball team, D’Tigress, who won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali and qualified  for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Nigerian Airports Ready For Sallah Celebration

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby assures all airport users that Nigerian airports under its management are fully ready to play host to air travellers during this Sallah celebration.

As part of our preparations to ensure seamless facilitation of our highly esteemed passengers during the Sallah celebrations and beyond, the VIP Protocol lounge at the General Aviation Terminal, Lagos, has recently been refurbished to give maximum comfort and value to our customers. 

Arafat: Saraki Urges Pilgrims to Pray For Nigeria, Buhari

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has charged the 91,000 Nigerian pilgrims currently performing this years hajj to use the occasion of significance of the Arafat Day tomorrow (Thursday) to pray for the quick recovery of the nation's economy and good health for President Muhammdau Buhari.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Ekweremadu Mourns Kanti Bello

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed sadness over the death of former Senator Kanti Bello, describing it as a heavy loss to the entire nation.

Ekweremadu, who served with the late Senator in the fifth and sixthSenate, said the Katsina-born Senator was a “cosmopolitan and highly detribalised Nigerian, who worked tirelessly to help solve Nigeria’s leadership challenges”.

Saraki Mourns Ex-Senator Kanti Bello

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed grief over the death of former Senate Chief Whip, Muhammad Kanti Bello, who passed away on Tuesday.

The deceased who served in the Senate for two terms represented Katsina North Senatorial District between 2003 and 2011 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki Off to Saudi Arabia for Hajj

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday (Monday) night flew out of Abuja to Saudi Arabia to join the two million Muslim faithful gathered in the holy land for this year's hajj.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President will spend the period of the pilgrimage to pray for the unity, stability and development of Nigeria as well as better health for the leader of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari.

National Assembly, US Congress Men Meet on North East, Security Crises

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki led a team of National Assembly members on Monday in a meeting with a United States (U.S) Congressional Delegation to discuss issues around security, humanitarian crisis in the North East, and ways to build a better working relationship between the Parliaments of both countries.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

D'Tigress Are African Champion

The Nigeria Senior Women’s Basketball team, D’Tigress, have been crowned African champions again following their 65-48 win over Senegal on Sunday in the final of the 2017 Afrobasket Championships.

Mayweather Stops McGregor in Tenth Round

Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect career record to 50 fights unbeaten by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of one of the richest fights in boxing history.
At a packed-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the former five-weight world champion faced flurries of early punches from UFC's most iconic figure, who was making his debut in professional boxing.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

IG of Police Makes N10bn Monthly, Collects Bribe to Post CP To States – Senator Misau

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has been accused of extorting money, ranging from N10m to N15m, from Commissioners of Police, State Mobile Commanders and Special Protection Units (SPU) Commanders, for favourable postings.

UBEC Act Amendment: Queens College Alumni Association Commends Senate

The Queens College Old Girls Association (QCOGA), has commended the Senate, under the leadership of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, for passing the amendments to the 2004 Universal Basic Education Act.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Buhari meets APC, PDP leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the leaderships of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Illegal Recruitment: Senate to Accelerate Passage of Existing Vacancies Bill, Says Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate will accelerate the passage of the Existing Vacancies in the Federal Civil Service (Prohibition) Bill, once it resumes in September.

2017 Afrobasket: Nigeria Stuns Senegal, Sets Up Cote d’Ivoire Quarterfinal Clash

Nigeria shocked Senegal 58-54 in a highly intense game on Wednesday night to go top of Group B and maintain an unbeaten streak at the ongoing FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 in the Malian capital of Bamako.

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.