Polling stations have opened across Liberia as the nation elects its next president and 73 members of the House of Representatives.
This is the first transition election in Liberia in 70 years.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) team covering the election in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, reports that the elections began on a peaceful note, with electoral officials and materials arriving on time at the polling stations visited.
Voter turnout is impressive, judging by long queues that stretched several metres away from the voting points while accreditation and voting are going side by side. Read more
BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON OCTOBER 1ST, 2017
My dear Nigerians,
October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires — freedom.
Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1st is always a day for celebrations.
It is a day for thanks giving, reflection and re-dedication.
It is also a day for remembrance. We should remind ourselves of the recent journey from 1999 – 2015, when our country happily returned to democratic rule.
However, in spite of oil prices being an average of $100 per barrel and about 2.1m barrels a day, that great piece of luck was squandered and the country’s social and physical infrastructure neglected.
We were left with no savings and huge infrastructure deficit.
The APC Government’s Campaign rallying cry to restore security, re-balance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric. Read more
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with members of the National Council of traditional rulers and decried the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors.
The Federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243. 795 billion.
The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995-2002.
The President, who met with the traditional rulers at the new Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja frowned at the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the payment of the refund.
UK has finally made headway in its quest to withdraw from the European Union (EU) following Tuesday’s approval of its “withdrawal bill” by British lawmakers.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill passed second reading, moving the bill to the next stage of the Parliamentary process.
The vote was 326 MPs in favour and 290 against.
Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement calling the vote “a historic decision to back the will of the British people.”
“Although there is more to do, this decision means we can move on with negotiations with solid foundations and we continue to encourage MPs from all parts of the UK to work together in support of this vital piece of legislation,” she said. Read more
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has given the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), permission to proceed with its planned recall of Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi).
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave INEC the permission to go ahead with the process on Monday after dismissing Melaye’s suit for lacking merit.
Melaye had filed a suit seeking to stop INEC from recalling him from the Senate following a petition it received from the constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District, which Melaye represents.
Dimgba, in his judgment, premised his opinion on the grounds that Melaye was hasty to run to the court and that he should have explored and exhausted the internal mechanisms provided by the 1999 Constitution.
According to the judge, “Melaye’s complaints are hasty, premature and presumptuous.’’ Read more
Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE, General Overseer, RCCG and Mother-in-Israel Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye!
President Buhari receives the General Overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye at the Abuja House London on 18th Aug 2017.
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The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, says the whistleblower policy of the Federal Government is one of the current administration’s successful initiatives.
She said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a seminar organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) on “The Whistleblower Policy and its Implication for Public Servants’’.
The Whistleblower Policy was introduced in December 2016 by the Federal Government as part of the initiatives to wage war against corruption.
According to Adeosun, as at July, over 5,000 reports have been made through various reporting channels, 365 actionable tips are received out of the 5000 reports.
She said that over half of the reports came from public servants.
The minister said the tips related to issues of contract inflation, ghost workers, illegal recruitment and misappropriation of funds.
Others according to her, include illegal sale of government assets, diversion of revenues and violation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) regulations.
The minister also said that the information received showed that certain types of tips were recurring. Read more
The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it has suspended special promotion for policemen until further notice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Misau had in an interview granted to a newspaper report, which was published on August 10, alleged that police officers pay bribe for special promotion.
Following the report, the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris constituted a special panel to investigate complaints and allegations on special promotions.
Mr Mike Okiro, the Chairman of the commission who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the suspension became imperative, following complaints and allegations by members of the public.
“Given the avalanche of disparaging reports, comments and allegations revolving around special promotions, the commission has decided to put on hold all recommendations until further notice,’’ he said.
Okiro said that the promotions already processed would be referred back to the I-G of police for more details on the beneficiaries. Read more
The Federal Government has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike in the universities in the interest of the nation.
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal in a statement signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press, in the Ministry, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had on Monday declared an indefinite strike over Federal Government failure to keep to the 2009 agreement.
According to Ngige, there is an ongoing renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU by the Babalakin Committee.
“The Federal Government has set up the Babalakin Committee on 13th Feb. 2017, which is already addressing the issues raised by ASUU. Read more
Former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has appealed to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table.
Ezekwesili made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday.
She noted that no matter the disagreement; dialogue and negotiation were the best way to go, in the overall interest of the students and the nation.
The former minister said that urgent agreement by both parties would help to protect the current academic calendar. Read more
The annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) will hold on Monday, Aug. 7, with 150 traffic officers from Ogun state to be deployed in strategic locations.
Pastor E A Adeboye, General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide
The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) has prepared to deploy the officers.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relation officer of TRACE, in a statement on Saturday in Ota, Ogun that the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) programme will also start on Aug. 13.
Akinbiyi said that the 150 operatives would be deployed along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode Expressway and the Ijebu-Ode-Ore Expressway to ease the free flow of traffic.
He said that the full strength of the Corps’ Akute, Sagamu, Mowe-Ibafo, Ogere, Ikenne and Ogbere Divisional Commands would be available during and after the one-week long programme. Read more
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, will anytime from now launch a world class bus terminal, first of its type in Nigeria, in Ikeja, capital of Lagos state,
The Ikeja Bus Terminal was developed by the State government as part of the infrastructure for the Lagos Bus Reforms Project.
It will serve as the hub of all transport activities within the Ikeja Zone, serving over 50,000 passengers daily and providing access to many destinations, including Oshodi, Ojota, Iyana-Ipaja, Maryland, Agege, Ogba, CMS, Obalende, Iyana-Ipaja, etc.
The Terminal is built to provide a safe, secure, comfortable and relaxing environment, unlike the current bus parks and garages, where transport services take place in the sun and the rain, in unhygienic environment with no facilities and with very rickety vehicles. Read more
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, has called for a surge in diplomacy for peace and for a new emphasis on preventing conflicts in Nigeria and the world in general.
Guterres made the call in a statement made available by the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Nigeria, Oluseyi Soremekun
The Secretary General was quoted as saying this in a message to the Lagos Model United Nations (LMUN) 2017 organised by the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in collaboration with UNIC Lagos.
Guterres’ message was delivered by UNIC Lagos Knowledge Management Assistant, Ms Bolanle Olumekor.
The LMUN with the theme, “Innovation, Development, and Diversity for Global Sustainability” was attended by 200 delegates from 14 Universities in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Read more
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has sacked four policemen attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun State.
The men were found guilty of extorting N50,000 from a man they arrested on trumped up charge.
Affected by the dismissal order are Inspector Mufutau Olaosun, Sgt. Adebayo Temitope, Cpl. Bakare Taiwo and Cpl. Adesoye Ayokunlehin.
According to a statement by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Sogunle, who heads the Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, the men were dismissed after they were found guilty in an Orderly Room trial at the Area Command Headquarters, Ijebu-Ode. Read more