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Aviation ministry to spend N32.3 billion this year (For more armoured BMW cars for Her Majesty, Stella Oduah?)

To spend N800m on cars Removes Adetu, redeploy others THE Ministry of Aviation has planned to spend N32.3b to be spent this year, comprising N26b capital projects and over N6b on recurrent expenditure. There were also minor shake up in the top hierarchy for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as the Ministry has relieved […]

Ethiopia arrives for Eagles, NFF lists Guinean referees for friendly

THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Thursday named three FIFA referees from the Republic of Guinea as officials for Saturdays international friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Wayla Antelopes of Ethiopia in Abuja. The center referee, according to the NFF, is Keita Yakuba, who will be assisted by Toure Yasin and Abdel Rafiss are […]

Presidency, Nyako clash over single tenure pact

  Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako The Presidency on Thursday lashed out at Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State over his recent claim that  President Goodluck Jonathan indeed signed a document agreeing to serve for a single term. Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, in an interview with one of […]

Rivers assembly Majority Leader, Lloyd, arrested for alleged murder

Mr. Chidi Lloyd | credits: File copy THE Rivers State Police Command said it had arrested the Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Chidi Lloyd, for the alleged murder of his kinsman, Mr. Kingsley Ejeuo and a police sergeant, Urang Obediah. A statement made available to The PUNCH on Thursday night indicated […]

December salary: Civil servants tackle Okonjo-Iweala, AGF

Coordinating Minister for the economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | credits: File copy The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria on Thursday described as incorrect and unfortunate the statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla, that all federal workers […]

Nigeria at 100: 2015 polls, test case for future –PDP chieftain

■ Lists 3 options for survival From YINKA FABOWALE, Ibadan One-time chairman of the Senate Committee on National Planning and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Lekan Balogun has said the 2015 elections will decide the future of Nigeria after it has struggled with the problem of nation-building and development for 100 years. […]

Elechi grants unconditional pardon to 15 prison inmates

» From JEFF AMECHI AGBODO, Abakaliki The governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi, has granted unconditional pardon and clemency to 15 indigenes of the state serving different jail terms in prisons in the country. They include eight inmates of the Abakaliki Federal Prisons convicted for offences such as stealing and burglary and seven inmates […]

Watch your tongues, Baba Aladura tells Jonathan, Obasanjo

From  Moshood Adebayo, Abeokuta The Chairman and spiritual father of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide (Ayo Ni O), Most Reverend Samuel Abidoye has cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan and former president Olusegun Obasanjo against heating up the polity  through their actions and inactions. Abidoye, in his New Year message to members of the CSMS […]

Missing $49.8bn: Reconciliation that ‘ll strengthen accountability in public finance

FROM ISAAC ANUMIHE, ABUJA A mere letter by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),  Mallam  Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to President Goodluck Jonathan,  on September 25, 2013, alleging non-remittance of over $49.8 billion by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has generated  a lot of controversy in the nation’s already fragile  economy. For one, many […]

Gombe earmarks N2.5bn for agriculture in 2014 budget

Gombe State government will spend N2.5 billion on agricultural development in 2014, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo has said. Cassava farm Dankwambo, who announced this while presenting the 2014 budget proposal of N107.4 billion at the State House of Assembly, said the move was aimed at boosting food production, employment and income generation. “Being the mainstay of […]

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