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Jumbo pay: Executive, legislature taking Nigerians for a ride–Ex-senators, others

Former members of the National Assembly and prominent civil rights activists have described the jumbo pay of Nigerian lawmakers as a conspiracy between the federal executive and the legislature. A senator earns about N15m every month and a member of the House of Representatives earns about N10m. These eminent Nigerians, who spoke with SATURDAY PUNCH […]

FG Moves to Douse Budget Tension with N’Assembly

The row over 2011 budget between the Federal Government and National Assembly may be nipped in the bud following moves by key parastatals to submit their proposals to the federal legislature. Senate President David Mark had warned on Wednesday that the budget would not be approved until government’s budgetary proposals for federal parastatals, departments and […]

Atiku promises coastal guards, relocation of Niger Delta Ministry

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Monday night, took his bid to clinch the presidential ticket of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the business community in Lagos as part of his tour of the South-West geo-political zone with a promise to raise, via legislation, a coastal guard, to be dominated by ex-militants, to protect the […]

Imo to create 52 autonomous communities

Fifty-two communities in Imo State are well on their way to being granted an autonomous status. An autonomous community is entitled to a traditional ruler as well as a president-general, both answerable only to the local government authorities. The change in status for the communities is sequel to the recent repeal of Law No. 6 […]

JTF set to dislodge John Togo

THE Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta is considering a final push to rid the Niger Delta of impenitent militants, especially the leader of the Niger Delta Liberation Force, ‘General’ John Togo, The Nation has gathered. It was learnt that the task force was only awaiting a final nod from the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, […]

Scores feared dead as multiple explosions rock Jos

THE fragile peace of Jos, the Plateau State capital, collapsed once again Friday as multiple explosions rocked the city, killing scores of people and leaving hundreds of others severely injured. Unconfirmed reports at press time indicated that no fewer than nine explosions had occurred in different parts of the city, with two of them happening […]

Imo launches onslaught against cancer

PLANS are afoot in Imo State to halt the advances of cancer, one of the deadly diseases  ravaging the world. The state is focusing on women with a view to reducing its prevalence  among them. The wife of the governor, Mrs Chioma Ohakim disclosed this while declaring open a sensitisation and advocacy workshop on early […]

How Yakubu’s miss changed Nigerian football

On June 22, 2010, the Nigerian and South Korean international football teams met at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in the final group stage match of Group B. So far in the World Cup, Nigeria was a major disappointment, losing 1-0 to Argentina and 2-1 to Greece, and could have only advanced onto the […]

MEND warns of further attacks

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has denied that a militant leader, Tamunotonye Kuna, aka Commander Obesel, and four others allegedly escaped from prison. MEND said the militants were “secretly removed from the prison facility under the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan for possible execution”. In a statement by its spokesman, […]

Ijaw leaders warn Jonathan over state of affairs in Niger Delta

As the electioneering for the 2011 elections hots up, concerned Ijaw leaders, in the Niger Delta have written President Goodluck Jonathan warning him to be wary of persons he has endorsed for 2011 in order not to jeopardize his presidential ambition. The Ijaw leaders also complained of perceived surreptitious moves to shut the ethnic nationality […]

Gov. Udom Emmanuel reappoints Nollywood star, Ini Edo

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