Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 18 January 2017

 Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Joseph Ari says the ITF is working with stake holders in the power sector to find solutions to problems of unstable power supply in the country.
Ari, while speaking at a stake holder’s forum of the power sector organized by the ITF in Abuja, noted that stable electricity is a major factor to a productive economy.

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has urged the Nigerian Air Force NAF to continue taking necessary measures to avoid civilian casualties, as it carries out its task of keeping Nigerians safe.
The Minister in a statement said the news was a rude shock to him.
This is because it was just a few hours after leading members of the BBOG and the media to Yola, where the Air Component of the fight against Boko Haram is based.
Mohammed said the accidental bombing does not reflect the kind of professionalism the team witnessed when they flew to Sambisa with the pilots.
“One of the things we went away with after spending some two days at the Tactical Air Command in Yola is the strict adherence to operational guidelines… we witnessed pre- and post-mission briefings for the pilots, the high attention paid to details, especially concerning emergencies and weather, and the evacuation plan in case of accidents.”
The Minister of Information and Culture added that “We heard that on several occasions during their sorties, fighter pilots have had to hold their fire after observing the movement of women and children in Sambisa.”

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:50


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has urged the military to investigate the Nigerian Airforce fighter jet accidental bombing involving Internally Displaced Persons Camp, in Kala-Balge, Borno state.

Dogara said that would help prevent future occurrence of such incident.
The Speaker who in a statement said he was sad about what happened,condoled with the families of the victims and prayed for a speedy recovery for the injured.

Published in Domestic
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:30


The Senate has approved the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF and the Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP, as it adopted the exchange rate of N305 for a US dollar proposed by the Executive for the 2017 fiscal year.

It also adopted the oil benchmark production of 2.2m barrel per day and 44.5 Dollars per barrel as benchmark price for 2017 budget.
That was after considering and adopting a report of the senate joint committees on Finance, Appropriation and National Planning presented by the chairman of the Finance committee, John Enoh.
The Senate, however, expressed worry over the gap between the parallel market and the official exchange rate, urging the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to initiate measures to close the gap.

Recall that the Senate had on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016, referred the MTEF and FSP documents to its committees on Finance, Appropriation and National Planning, for further legislative action.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:30


Andre Ayew converted a first-half penalty as Ghana started their latest bid to reclaim the Africa Cup of Nations title with 1-0 victory against Uganda on Tuesday.

In the other match played yesterday in the same group, Mali held Egypt to a goalless draw.
In today’s fixture, host nation Gabon trade tackle with Burkina Faso after they were held to 1- 1 draw by Guinea Bissau.
In the second match of the day Cameroon battle Guinea Bissau.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:24


These are mid-week match that will be played across the country in the Nigeria professional league.
Lobi stars will travel to Kano to play former champions Kano Pillars.
FC Ifeanyi Uba will be hoping to redeem their image after their first match drama as they will welcome MFM of Lagos.
Niger Tornadoes will battle ABS.
Akwa United will host Rivers United while El-Kanemi Warriors will travel to meet Wikki Tourist in Bauchi.
In other matches, Nasarawa United will welcome last season champions Ranger International who lost their first to Abia Warriors in Enugu.
Abia Warriors will be hoping to continue good form when they host Katsina United.
Gombe United will trade tackle with Remo Stars.
Plateau United will host two time CAF Champion league winner Enyimba International of Aba and finally Sunshine Stars will slug it out with Shooting Stars.


Published in Sports
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 13:57


The Gambia's parliament has extended President Yahya Jammeh's term, which is due to end on Thursday following his defeat in elections, by 90 days. 

It also approved his decision to declare a 90-day state of emergency in the tiny West African state.
Regional leaders have threatened to use military force to oust Jammeh if he refuses to hand power to President-elect Adama Barrow on Thursday.
The Gambia was plunged into crisis after Jammeh rejected Barrow's shock victory in the 1 December election.

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The Nigerian Army is offering N500,000 as cash reward for relevant information that can lead to the arrest of suicide bombers and their accomplice in order to stop suicide bombings in the country. 

Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, announced the offer in a statement.
Usman lamented that the spate of suicide bombings in the North-East and in particular, Maiduguri and Madagali metropolis, is assuming a disturbing proportion.

The Army urged the people to be more vigilant and security conscious, and assured that all information received would be treated with utmost confidentiality and urgency to apprehend the terrorists and their sponsors.

Published in Domestic
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:04


The Senate has ordered the Federal Ministry of Finance to pay federal judges all their salary arrears on or before Monday next week.

The decision is the outcome of a point of order raised by Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday.
Na’Allah informed his colleagues that the federal judges had not received salaries or any other emoluments for the past 4 months.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, described as unfortunate, the situation where Judges working at the Federal level would be owed salaries for months.
Ekweremadu, therefore, asked the Senate committees on Judiciary and Finance to intervene, by ensuring that the relevant authorities clear all the outstanding arrears of the Judges before next Monday.
The committee is expected to report back to the Senate on Tuesday, 24th January, 2017.

Published in Domestic
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:51


Prime Minister Theresa May has interpreted the idea of UK staying within the European single market as not leaving the EU at all.

May in her speech said the UK cannot possibly remain in the union’s single market.
The prime minister however promised to push for the freest possible trade with European countries.
She also promised to sign new deals with other countries around the world.
In addition, the British Prime Minister announced that Parliament would get to vote on the final deal agreed between the UK and the EU.
But Labour warned of "enormous dangers" in the prime minister's plans.

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