Nasarawa suspends LG directors over failure to pay workers’ salaries

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has directed the Local Government Service Commission to suspend all Directors of Personnel Management (DPMs) and Directors of Finance and Supplies (DFS) in the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas for three months over the non-payment of workers’ salaries. The suspension order was issued to the top council officials to enable the state …

Nasarawa suspends LG directors over failure to pay workers’ salaries

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has directed the Local Government Service Commission to suspend all Directors of Personnel Management (DPMs) and Directors of Finance and Supplies (DFS) in the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas for three months over the non-payment of workers’ salaries. The suspension order was issued to the top council officials to enable the state …

99% of bandits in Katsina are from Zamfara — Gov Masari

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, says natives of Zamfara State are responsible for the killings, kidnappings and other acts of banditry in his state. Masari said 99 per cent of bandits that kept terrorizing farming communities in Dandume, Faskari and Sabuwa Local Government Areas (LGA) of Katsina, all came from the neighbouring Zamfara State. The governor made this known …

N’Assembly aides demand same pay package with parliamentary staff

  AIDES to members of the National Assembly, under the auspices of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum, have expressed their displeasure over the discrimination in their salaries and allowances. NASSLAF members noted that they deserve equal treatment with members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria. Chairman of NASSLAF, Salisu Zuru, argued that both aides and workers in the …

Moderna Covid vaccine candidate almost 95% effective, trials show

A second COVID-19 vaccine now also appears highly effective in preventing illness following exposure to the virus that causes the disease. The biotech company Moderna, Inc., said Monday that its experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing disease, according to an analysis of its clinical trial. The news comes a week after Pfizer and BioNTech said their vaccine was more …

Two Nigerian traders attempted suicide over $1m Ghana trade levy – Abike Dabiri

Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Monday said two Nigerian traders in Ghana attempted suicide over the $1million business equity required by the authorities.   Nigerian traders have been having a hard time doing business in Ghana over the requirement and other conditions. Most of them have had their shops shut for months.   Mrs Dabiri-Erewa said …

Apologise to Nigerian Army now, Lagos Observers tell Sanwo-Olu over false statements on Lekki shooting

  The Lagos Observers Group (LOG) says Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, must apologise to the Nigerian Army for misleading the general public on the EndSARS protests. The group said this has become paramount after reviewing circumstances that led to the escalation of violence in the state during the protest while analysing the Army’s testimony as well as other critical stakeholders …

Peru President, 12 ministers resign

  Peru’s interim president Manuel Merino resigned on Sunday after less than a week in office, leaving the country in limbo following lawmakers’ demands he step down over two deaths during protests at the sudden ouster of his predecessor. The latest political shake-up comes as Peru, the world’s No. 2 copper producer, battles the coronavirus pandemic and what is expected …

U.S. Election: Trump admits defeat to Biden

President Donald Trump acknowledged publicly for the first time that President-elect Joe Biden won the election. The president’s comments, made in a seemingly offhand post on social media, come as his campaign continues to challenge the results of the election in court and as his administration holds up formal transition processes. In subsequent tweets, Trump wrote that he would not …

‘Competent’ Buhari has integrity — Ndume

      The chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has integrity and the competence to lead but being betrayed by kleptocrats in his government. Ndume, who represents Borno South district, stated this when he spoke on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme. He said, “The president is a genuine person that …

Why Nigerians want Amnesty International out of the country

A lot was expected from Amnesty International’s maiden foray into Nigeria in 2015. With its burgeoning global status, Africa’s most populous nation envisaged a new chapter in human rights violation. However, five years down the line, AI has underwhelmed, on its way out of the country. Read also: COVID-19: Some people indifferent to safety guidelines — FCT Residents Amnesty presented itself as …

Yakubu’s temporary exit raises fresh concerns in INEC

Professor Mahmood Yakubu By Charles Kumolu The stepping  aside of Prof Mahmoud Yakubu as Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for confirmation for a second term has ignited high-wire intrigues within and outside the commission over the soul of the Election Management Body, EMD, Vanguard learned. Yakubu, who stepped aside last week after the expiration …

Man sets self, girlfriend ablaze in Benue

The Police Command in Benue, on Sunday, said that a middle-aged man, simply identified as Nicodemus, has set himself and his girlfriend ablaze in Makurdi. The command’s Spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi that Nicodemus died on the spot, while the girlfriend, also identified as Shiminenge, died later …

COVID-19: Some people indifferent to safety guidelines — FCT Residents

Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have said that while some persons were in strict compliance with the safety guidelines by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), some were indifferent. Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, President of Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), an Abuja-based NGO, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) …

UAE and Boko Haram funders

THE recent conviction of some Nigerians living in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, for funding Boko Haram Islamist terrorism came as cheering news to well-meaning Nigerians. We are not used to achieving similar results in Nigeria since the insurgency started eleven years ago. The convicts bagged sentences ranging from life imprisonment to ten years behind …

NiMet predicts hazy, sunny weather conditions, Monday to Wednesday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency has predicted haziness and sunshine from Monday to Wednesday across Nigeria. NiMet’s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted dust haze condition with visibility range of 2km to 5km and localized visibility of less than 1000m over the northern part of the country on Monday morning and afternoon. According to …

URBAN RENEWAL: Inside ‘new’ Kaduna

Emma Ujah For those who have not been to Kaduna, capital of former Northern Region, in the last one year, a visit would leave them surprised at the new look of the town, due to the on-going Kaduna Urban Renewal programme of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. With the rehabilitation, expansion and building of over 20 roads …

ECOWAS Parliament: legislating its way to legitimacy

By Victoria Ojeme The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was created in 1975 by the Treaty of Lagos (ECOWAS Treaty). The creation of an ECOWAS Parliament came almost 20 years later, when it was formed alongside other Community institutions with the revision of the ECOWAS Treaty in 1993. Established by Article 13 of the …