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Retrenchment: NLC Wants el-Rufai Cautioned From Instigating Govs

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to caution Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State from instigating other Northern Governors to sack teachers. NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this in a statement while reacting to purported statement credited to El-Rufai. Gov. El-Rufai was reported to have promised to prevail on other northern state governors to replicate retrenchment of teachers and other cadre of workers. According to him, it has been brought to our attention, statements credited to the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir El-Rufai…

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NGF, States, Seek To Control Petroleum Subsidy Payment 

  The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called on the Federal Government to allow state governments take over the payment of petroleum subsidy based on the needs of their people. NGF Chairman, Governor Abubakar Yari made this call in an interview with newsmen at the end of the meeting of the governors in Abuja on Thursday. He said that governors have decided to place this demand before the Federal Government as way of putting a halt to the unprecedented increase in the petroleum subsidy bill. Yari said that the governors…

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2018 Budget: N57.1bn Deduction For Primary Healthcare, Says Senate

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso (APC Ogun Central), has explained that the N57.1billion expected to be realized from the one percent deduction from consolidated revenue fund in the 2018 budget estimates, is strictly meant for the provision of  primary health care service delivery. Addressing Senate correspondents on the matter in Abuja, Senator Tejuoso further informed that each of the primary healthcare centres will get its allocation directly and not through the 774 local government councils across the country again to ensure that the money is spent for the designed…

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Customs Service Decorates 1977 Promoted Officers

The Nigeria Customs Service, Zone B, Tuesday decorated 1977 newly promoted senior officers across the zone. While decorating the officers, the Zonal Coordinator, Mr Udo-Aka Emmanuel said the significance of the day’s celebrations was to give the officers impetus to work harder. Emmanuel, an Assistant Controller General, further explained that the gesture was an incentive to motivate the personnel to be more productive and efficient. According to the ACG, “the officers are expected to put in their best into the system by generating more revenue. Last year we made N1trilliin and we are…

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Banditry: Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna Stakeholders Petition Amnesty International

Stakeholders in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state under the aegis of Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance have petitioned the Amnesty International(AI) over recent cases of armed banditry, kidnappings and cattle rustlings.   In a petition addressed to Amnesty International, a copy of which was made available to PRNigeria in Abuja, the stakeholders regretted that Kaduna state government has abandoned them to their fate hence the recent killings and kidnappings and called on the International human rights body to wade into the crisis before the community is…

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Army Kills 8 Bandits In Zamfara, Recovers Ammunition

Troops of the One Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Gusau in an have killed eight bandits during exchange of gunfire in Maru Local Government area of Zamfara State. The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Clement Abiade  said in Gusau, the state capital.   He said the Army was now carrying out clearance operations in the state nicknamed “Operation Idon Raini.”   According to him, the troops encountered the bandits in the bushes spanning through Dansadau, Kabaro and Sangeko villages, all in Maru local government area of the state….

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Senate: IGP Not Fit For Public Office At Home, Abroad

The Senate on Wednesday passed a vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for not honouring invitations put to him on three occasions. The Senate took the decision after about an hour of closed-door session. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, announced the decision of the Senate during plenary. “The Senate, in a closed session, deliberated on the non-appearance of the IGP to the Senate in plenary after series of invitation. “The Senate noted that this amounted to a great disrespect to the institution and…

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Billionaire Businessman, Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu Dies In UK

A multi-billionaire, Kano businessman and Islamic scholar, Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu is dead. He died after a brief illness in the United Kingdom.   He was aged 90 years before his death. A business Associate who confirmed the news to the News Digest said he will be buried according to Islamic rites as soon as his body arrives Nigeria.   Sheikh Isyaku founded a major family operated holding company with a history of investment in manufacturing, insurance, banking and real estate.   In the 1970s, the group invested in manufacturing with…

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Kano Assembly Orders Suspension Of  LG Chairman

The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday ordered the suspension of the Chairman of Danbatta Local Government Area, Alhaji Idris Haruna-Zago, for allegedly revealing the state government’s classified information.   The suspension order followed a motion of urgent public importance presented before the assembly by an All Progressives Congress (APC) member representing Nasarawa Constituency, Alhaji Ibrahim Gama.   Gama said that the Chairman had revealed government’s classified information and thereby breached his oath of office.   According to him, Haruna-Zago also failed to inaugurate the Supervisory Councillors and the…

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Kaduna Village Massacre: Death Toll Hits 58, Emir Appeals For Vigilance

The death toll in the last weekend armed bandits’ attack on Gwaska Community in Birnin-Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State has increased to 58, as more bodies were recovered from the town and surrounding environs.   The traditional ruler who also appealed to members of his community to be calm and exercise patience, urged them to be more vigilant and cooperate with the security agencies towards tackling the menace of armed bandits in the area.   Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government and President Muhammadu Buhari have reacted to the dastardly…

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