The Federal Government has accused Oxfam International of trying to incite some sections of Nigerians with its latest statistics on poverty and inequality in Nigeria.
Oxfam, in its latest report entitled, “Inequality in Nigeria, Exploring the Drivers,” in Abuja, had presented an alarming picture of the Nigerian economic situation.The report argued that the combined wealth of the five richest Nigerians, put at about 29.9 billion Dollars, could end extreme poverty in the country.
Speaking at the launch of the report in Abuja, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the 54-page Oxfam does not have the requisite methodology, definition of content and diplomatic approach to analyze and appraise Nigerian affairs.
The minister noted that the positive development and the entire positive poverty alleviation scheme implemented by the Federal Government were not considered in the report.
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has opposed the recent Memorandum of Understanding, entered into by the federal government and Oando Plc to manage Port Harcourt Refinery under Repair, Operate and Maintain arrangement.
NUPENG is alleging that the company is unfriendly to workers.
In a statement, NUPENG General Secretary, Joseph Ogbebor, described the arrangement as faulty, non-transparent and non-inclusive of stakeholders.
The union advised the federal government against the takeover bid by Oando, warning that it would resist it, if it would cause job losses.
NUPENG said while it welcomed the federal government’s reforms to overhaul the oil and gas sector, such reforms should not be to the detriment of workers.
It, therefore, called on the government to involve the NUPENG and PENGASSAN in the arrangement before it is signed by the end of July, 2017, so as to avert industrial crisis in the oil and gas sector of the economy.
Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi has been promoted to the position of Technical Director of Finnish League side, JS Hercules.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has said despite challenges in the downstream sector, the federal government is putting in place mechanisms to keep the pump price of petrol at N145 per litre.
A former FBI boss Robert Mueller has been named special counsel to oversee an inquiry into Russia's alleged meddling in the election and any Trump campaign ties.
In naming Mueller, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it was in the public interest to have an outsider.The appointment was widely endorsed by politicians from both sides.
Calls for a special investigation had mounted since President Donald Trump fired the most recent FBI director, James Comey, last week.
The announcement apparently took the White House by surprise, with Trump only being informed of it after the Deputy Attorney General had signed the order.
Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Centre LSD, Dr. Otive Igbuzor has called on Nigerians to take their role as citizens serious and hold their leaders accountable.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has urged ECOWAS parliamentarians to make laws that will help end governance issues that many ECOWAS member states are facing.
South Africa Football Federation has disclosed that Bafana Bafana's new coach, Stuart Baxter, will announce his squad next week Thursday ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria.
French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with women taking up 11 of 22 posts.