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Buhari Seeks Senate Approval For Finance Bill 2020

The Senate on Tuesday received a transmission of the Finance bill 2020 from President Muhammadu Buhari, for consideration and passage into law in support of the 2021 budget before the National Assembly. The transmission of the bill was accompanied by a letter dated 25th November, 2020, and read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. The letter reads: “Pursuant to Sections 58 and 59 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), o formally request that the Finance Bill, be considered by the Senate, for…

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Nigeria’s Gas Programme To Create 2m Jobs Annually – Minister

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, says the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) of the Federal Government will create two million jobs annually in the country. Sylva disclosed this at the inuaguration of the programme by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday. He said the introduction of gas for the powering of automobile and other engines was a step in the right direction, adding it remained a cheaper and cleaner source of energy. The gas products are Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)…

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Police Parade 5 Fleeing Benin Jail-Break Inmates, 35-Armed Robbery, Kidnapping Suspects

…….Including One Female For Re-arrest 5 inmates who escaped from Edo Correctional Centre Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested thirty-five (35) suspects comprising thirty-four (34) male and one (1) female for their involvement and indictment in cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other heinous crimes in some parts of the country. Also arrested are five (5) inmates who escaped from lawful custody from the Benin City Correctional Centre during the ENDSARS protests.  Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: 8 AK49 rifles,1 Beretta Pistol with 6 rounds of live ammunition,…

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APC Holds Virtual Emergency NEC Meeting

An emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 8, 2020. This was disclosed in a statement issued by Mr Yekini Nabena, the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary on Sunday. Nabena said that NEC members had been invited through a letter by the National Secretary of the party’s Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedeheh. According to him, the meeting which will hold virtually, will review the party’s position and set agenda for its next…

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Reps Speaker Gbajabiamila Condemns Killing Of Borno Rice Farmers

Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has condemned the killing of about 50 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno by Boko Haram insurgents. Gbajabiamila expressed sadness over the killings of the innocent rice farmers in a statement by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi on Sunday in Abuja. The speaker said the incident had once again brought to the fore the need for more military action against the terrorists. He said it was unfortunate that at a time the country was focusing on self-sufficiency in rice farming, about 50 of the farmers were killed in…

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NiMet Predicts Sunshine, Cloudiness Monday To Wednesday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and cloudiness across the country from Monday to Wednesday. NiMet’s weather outlook released on Sunday predicted sunny and dry conditions over northern region throughout forecast period. According to it, North central region is expected to be in sunny and dry conditions, while patches of clouds with sunshine intervals are expected over parts of Benue, Kwara and Kogi states throughout forecast period. NiMet anticipated inland and coastal cities of South to be in cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine during the morning hours.…

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Senate President Condemns Killing Of Farmers In Borno

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the killings on Saturday of rice farmers by terrorists in Zabarmari in Borno State. Lawan decries the incident as another act of babarism against innocent Nigerians minding their own business. The Senate President condoles with the families of the victims, Government and people of Borno State over the senseless carnage. “This incident is heart-rending and again demonstrates why we must all continue to support the security forces to thwart the criminals in their evil determination to impose a reign of terror…

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Rep Calls For Strengthening Of Electoral Act, Institutions

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Benjamin Kalu, says Nigeria must strengthen its laws to ensure politics is practiced without ethnic, religious or tribal considerations. Kalu (APC-Abia), who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said Nigeria must strengthen its electoral institutions to reduce the influence of those in power. “we saw in the (recent) U.S. elections that the ‘power of incumbency’ had no influence over electoral institutions unlike in most African democracies. He…

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#EndSARS: SERAP Dares Minister On Misleading Report Of Court Proceedings

……..Seeks Probe Of False Posting, Suit Adjourns Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed “to probe false posting on the Ministry’s official Twitter handle of court proceedings in a lawsuit against him and the National Broadcasting Commission [NBC], asking the court to declare arbitrary, illegal, and unconstitutional the N9m fines imposed on Channels TV, AIT and Arise TV over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests, and to stop the NBC from collecting the money.” According to SERAP: “The Ministry of…

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Air Force Elevates 107 Senior Officers, Gets 16 AVMs –NAF HQ

The Air Force Council (AFC) has approved the promotion of 107 senior officers to the next higher ranks in the Air Force (NAF),  a statement by Wing Cdr. Bassey Okon, Acting Deputy Director for Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF headquarters, said on Friday in Abuja. According to Okon, the affected senior officers comprise 16 Air Commodores (Air Cdres) who were promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM), 31 Group Captains who were promoted to the rank of Air Commodores. Also, 27 Wing Commanders were promoted to…

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