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Adeyinka Asekun

Osinbajo names another Ambassadorial nominee

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has added Adeyinka Asekun, a banker, to the list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees currently being considered by the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Osinbajo's letter conveying Mr. Asekun’s name at plenary on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in the United Kingdom…

Governors Ayodele Fayose

Why we stopped Makarfi-led PDP meeting at ICC – Nigeria Police

The Ahmed Makarfi-faction of the Peoples Democratic Party was stopped from holding its meeting at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday to "forestall breach of peace," the police told PREMIUM TIMES. Security details attached to the ICC confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that police officers led by the Commissioner in…

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

PDP Crisis: Makarfi faction blocked from meeting at Abuja conference centre

The meeting of the Makarfi-faction of the Peoples Democratic Party scheduled to hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, has been moved to the lodge of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, after the original venue was barricaded. The meeting, slated for today, Monday, was called on Friday following the Appeal…

Nigerian Senate

Senate to hold public hearing on 2017 budget, despite maintaining secret finances

The Nigerian Senate will on Monday hold a public hearing to enable citizen-participation in the approval of the N7.28 trillion proposed 2017 budget - presented by President Muhammadu Buhari last year. Described as "a first-of-its-kind", the convocation of the public hearing on the budget proposal was disclosed by the spokesperson…

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN  during a Briefing of the Senate on the Planned Closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja Runway for Repairs at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, 17th January  2017.

Civic group tasks Fashola on transparency in power, works ministry

A Nigerian civil society organisation, Budgit, has called on the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to uphold transparency and ensure detailed disclosure of utilisation of funds released to his ministry for capital projects in 2016. In a statement two weeks ago, Mr. Fashola's office declared that “no…

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi inspecting one of the rail projects

You lied to Nigerians, Senate tells Amaechi

The Senate on Wednesday vowed to tackle the Presidency over claims by Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, that the National Assembly was yet to approve loans that would be used for rail infrastructure. In a statement by its spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, on Wednesday in Abuja, the senate said Mr. Amaechi alleged…

President Muhammadu Buhari watching TV

Buhari requested indefinite extension of medical vacation, Senate says

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to extend his 10-day vacation in UK. Aliyu Sabi, spokesperson of the senate, made this known to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. Mr. Sabi said that the letter did not specify when the president would return to the…

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway under construction

Works Minister, Fashola, lists top federal road projects for 2017

The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has explained how the federal government has prioritised highway projects across the country in order of economic importance. Mr. Fashola appeared before the Senate on Works on Monday to defend his ministry's budget. In the 2017 budget proposal, the Ministry has…

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SGF Lawal appears before Senate committee

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs on Monday, days after he failed to honour the committee’s initial invitation to defend his office’s proposed budget for 2017. The initial schedule for Mr. Lawal to defend his office’s…

President Muhammadu Buhari watching TV

UPDATE: Why Buhari extended vacation indefinitely

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly, notifying the lawmakers of his intention to extend his vacation in the United Kingdom for medical reasons, the Presidency has said. Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Sunday, announced the new development. Mr. Adesina said the President wrote the…

Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

Senate, Reps summon Fashola over sack of TCN management

The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, is expected to appear before a joint committee of the National Assembly on power on Monday to justify the sudden dissolution of the management of the Transition Company of Nigeria. The joint committee issued the summon on Friday just after the…

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Lieutenant Colonel unjustly dismissed by Nigerian Army dies while awaiting justice

One of the officers controversially dismissed by the Nigerian Army for alleged partisanship in the 2015 general elections is dead. Ojebo Baba-Ochankpa died while waiting for justice after he and other affected officers petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari. The deceased went to bed hale on Monday but died before dawn on…

Abuja rail train coach

Nigeria secures $1.5 billion Chinese loan for Lagos-Ibadan rail

The Federal Government has secured $1.5 billion (about N450 billion) counterpart funding from China for the Lagos-Ibadan rail project set to commence in March. The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made the disclosure on Wednesday when he appeared before the Gbenga Ashafa-led Senate committee on land transport to give report…

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

CJN: Onnoghen’s confirmation will test Buhari’s religious, ethnic ‘bias’ — Lawmakers

Federal lawmakers from Cross River State have said the perception of President Muhammadu Buhari as one guided by ethno-religious considerations in making public choices may be confirmed, should he fail to seek Senate's confirmation of Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria before his tenure as acting head of the…

Dapo Olorunyomi and Evelyn Okakwu

Why Nigeria needs investigative journalism – Premium Times Publisher Dapo Olorunyomi

Governments do pose a threat to a free press, investigative Journalism, and media freedom which seek to hold them accountable, PREMIUM TIMES publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, has said. Mr. Olorunyomi, participating in the#MondayTango, a Twitter session instituted by HEDA Resource Centre, on Monday, said the media should, however, struggle to earn…

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Saraki gives Ndume new role

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday created two more standing committees to oversee Sustainable Development Goals and Federal Road Maintenance Agency, and replaced the leadership of three others. Mr. Saraki, just before the Senate adjourned plenary on Thursday, named former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, APC-Borno, chairman of…

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle) and others during a Briefing of the Senate on the Planned Closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja Runway for Repairs at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, 17th January  2017.

Senate probes Works Ministry, BPP over contracts inflation, irregularities

The Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate alleged irregularities in the award of contracts by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP. Following a motion by Dino Melaye, APC-Kogi, the legislative body on Thursday asked its committee on public procurement to scrutinize…

Nigerian Senate

Make details of Senate budget public, Senator tells Saraki, colleagues

The controversy over the secrecy with which the National Assembly handles its budget was further brought to the fore on Wednesday with a senator saying he and his colleagues, like most Nigerians, have no knowledge of details of the budget. Ali Ndume, who until a fortnight ago was the Senate…

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Senator slams Buhari, says president lied on SGF Lawal’s alleged corruption

Outspoken Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has dismissed as “false” President Muhammadu Buhari’s claims on a Senate report indicting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, of corruption. Speaking at the Senate on Tuesday after Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Buhari's letter absolving Mr. Lawal of…

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Buhari writes Senate, clears SGF Lawal in ‘grass-cutting’ contract scandal

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate in response to the lawmakers' indictment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and consequent call for his removal and prosecution. Mr. Buhari, in his letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, defended Mr. Lawal and gave…

EFCC  Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

It’s Official: Buhari renominates Magu as EFCC Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to reconsider and confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Buhari’s letter notifying the lawmakers of the re-nomination on Tuesday, just after the Senate returned from an executive session.…

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I’m not aware of Magu’s re-nomination – Buhari’s aide, Ita Enang

Presidential aide on National Assembly matters, Senate, Ita Enang, has said he is not aware of a fresh letter from his principal asking the Senate to reconsider and confirm Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Mr. Enang made the disclosure to the News Agency…

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Nigerian govt announces strategies out of recession

Asset divestment, stable oil production and expansion of economic infrastructure are parts of the strategic plans of the Nigerian government to haul the troubled economy out of recession and restore growth, the Minister for Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, has disclosed. Mr. Udoma spoke on Monday at the State…

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Buhari re-nominates Magu as EFCC chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has re-nominated Ibrahim Magu for confirmation as chairman of Nigeria's anti-graft agency, EFCC. Multiple sources knowledgeable about the development, including presidency officials, have spoken with PREMIUM TIMES on the re-nomination. The Senate had in December last year declined to confirm Mr. Magu as the substantive chairman of…

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Finally, Gambia’s Jammeh ‘agrees to step down’

Gambia's outgoing leader, Yahaya Jammeh, will finally leave power for internationally-recognized Adama Barrow, after failing three deadlines, a report says. A France24 journalist in The Gambia, Nicolas Germain, tweeted at 5.56PM, almost two hours after the expiration of the third deadline, quoted The Gambian officials as saying Mr. Jammeh was…