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A cross-section of Ministers at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa

ANALYSIS: How Buhari’s ministers performed in first year (Final Part)

In this final part of the series, Festus Owete and Tunde Eludini review the performance of the heads of seven ministries after one year in office. Their promises were compared with their achievements and their failures highlighted. 18) Ministry: Sports Minister: Solomon Dalung [caption id="attachment_208313" align="alignleft" width="276"] Solomon Dalung, Sports…

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ANALYSIS: How Buhari’s ministers performed in first year (Part 3)

In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete reviews the performance of men and women supervising seven ministries in relation to their promises and achievements. Read our first part here and second part here. In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete reviews the…

A cross-section of Ministers at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa

ANALYSIS: Performance of Buhari’s ministers after one year in office (Part 2)

In this second part, Festus Owete continues the review of the performance of Nigeria's ministers, a year after they were appointed. The first part reviewed the performance of handlers of five ministries. The ministers were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 11, 2015. 6) Ministry: Transportation Minister: Chibuike Amaechi…

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ANALYSIS: How Buhari’s ministers fare after one year in office (Part 1)

On November 11, 2015, President Muhammdu Buhari inaugurated 36 ministers to man 24 federal ministries. While one year may not be enough to judge the performance of the ministers, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete presents a scorecard of some of the ministers based on their promises, achievements and expectation of Nigerians…

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Ife prince, Aisha Buhari’s ally, others: Profile of Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari submitted 46 names to the Senate for confirmation as ambassadors. Festus Owete presents the profiles of some of nominees. Olurunimbe Mamora (Lagos): Mamora, 63, is a trained medical doctor and graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. He was the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly…

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INTERVIEW: PDP Crisis: Why Sheriff, Makarfi factions agreed to reconcile – factional deputy national chairman

Cairo Ojougboh was a member of the House of Representatives and later national vice chairman of the PDP, South-South zone, until the crisis in the party broke out last May. He teamed up with the Ali Modu Sheriff faction where he is the deputy national chairman. Mr. Ojougboh, a medical…

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INTERVIEW: Nigeria: How NJC is protecting corrupt judges – Buhari’s adviser

The Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, a lawyer, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Hassan Adebayo, speaks on how the judiciary has frustrated the corruption war of the Buhari administration and steps being taken to purge it. PT: Nigerians have expressed different views…

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Maitama Sule canvasses ‘revolution’ for Nigeria’s progress

An elder statesman and Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maitama Sule, has canvassed revolution in the country in order to return it to the path of development. He spoke on Tuesday when Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, visited him in Kano. Mr. Sule,…

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Biafra is dead – DG of Voice of Nigeria, Okechukwu

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has said the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra is no longer feasible. He therefore requested ethnic Igbos to call the agitators to order, do a rethink and support President Muhammadu Buhari “in constructing a prosperous and progressive Nigeria”. According…

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Nnamdi Kanu’s trial to continue after judges’ withdrawal

The treason trial of the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will still go on despite the withdrawal of another judge from the case, lawyers have said. Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had on Monday stepped down from the case following…

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Supreme Court to decide fate of Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, today

The Supreme Court will, Tuesday, deliver judgement on various appeals challenging the election of the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. Two of the appeals were filed by a former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada and the former deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, James Faleke.…

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ANALYSIS: How House of Reps may resolve budget scandal

Festus Owete in this analysis examines how the House of Representatives may approach the allegation of budget padding upon resumption on Tuesday. One issue that is certain to feature prominently as the House of Representatives reconvenes from its three-month recess, Tuesday, is the controversial allegation of budget padding against its…

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INTERVIEW: How Voice of Nigeria, VON, was badly mismanaged, with 6 of 8 transmitters lost – DG, Okechukwu

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, speaks on his new assignment, the Buhari administration, Igbo presidency and others. Excerpts: PT: What are the challenges you encountered since your assumption of duty as director general? Okechukwu: On my assumption of duty at…

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INTERVIEW (Part 1): Buhari, lawmakers, other Nigeria leaders must make more sacrifices – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, recently visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES. During the visit, the activist turned senator fielded questions from the editors. He spoke on various issues, including the economy, Boko Haram, accountability in the National Assembly, and his grouse with his state…

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Most Niger Delta projects have no impact on people – Ministry

A ministerial technical audit committee on the contracts awarded by the Ministry of Niger Delta between 2009 and 2015 has said most of the contracts awarded by the ministry in the oil-rich region had no impact on the people. It also revealed that only N427 billion, representing 60 per cent…

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Ex-Information Minister, Maku, Nasarawa govt clash over alleged Ombatse threat

A former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has alleged of plot to frame him up as a sponsor of ​violence purportedly planned by a group called new Ombatse ​in his home Nasarawa State.​ He ​said this on Monday in a statement. Mr. Maku, who is the ​n​ational ​s​ecretary of the…

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ThisDay journalist, ex-PDP deputy spokesperson join race for PDP publicity secretary position

A former Deputy Editor of ThisDay Newspapers, Kola Ologbondiyan, and a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode Ojomu, have joined the race for the position of the national publicity secretary of the party. Both Messrs. Ologbondiyan and Ojomu announced their intention to vie for the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s ministers battle over control of Ecological Fund

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, are currently engaged in battle over the control of the Ecological Fund. A bill proposed by Mr. Malami putting the management of the Fund under the Office of the Secretary to…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan tackled Nigerian lawmakers on budget padding

The raging feud between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, over the padding  of the 2016 budget has again brought to fore the question the integrity of Nigeria’s budgeting process. Mr. Dogara had, during the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Presidential panel establishes Boko Haram ties with Al-Qaeda

The dreaded Nigeria-based terrorist group, Boko Haram, established links with some international terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abducted Female Students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, has said. The committee stated this in its report submitted to former President Goodluck Jonathan before he left office. The…

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Former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, formally returns to APC

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, on Friday returned to the All Progressives Congress. Mr. Ribadu said in a statement he posted on his Facebook page that he rejoined the party online on Friday, and then hosted officials of the party from his Bako…

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EXCLUSIVE: How to rescue missing Chibok schoolgirls– Presidential Committee

The Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abducted Female Students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, has asked the federal government to take advantage of foreign support, backed with hi-tech equipment, to locate the abducted girls and rescue them. It also called for the beefing up of arms and ammunition of the…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Dino Melaye’s broken, controversy-laden lawmaking life 

In this report, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete traces Dino Melaye’s controversies in the National Assembly since 2007. Not many Nigerians, especially close watchers of Nigeria’s National Assembly, will be surprised at the outburst and behaviour of Senator Dino Melaye on the floor of the Senate last Tuesday. Mr. Melaye, the…

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INTERVIEW: Why National Assembly budgets, lawmakers’ pay should be made public — Gbajabiamila

The Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, Mohammed Lere and Hassan Adebayo, speaks on his defeat in the race for Speaker, why Nigerians are not sympathetic to lawmakers, the huge salaries and allowances earned by the lawmakers and other issues.…

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INTERVIEW: How Buhari spends his time outside official hours – Femi Adesina

Shortly before the one year anniversary of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, spoke to PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Sani Tukur, on the achievements of the administration, how the president spends his time outside official hours, his family life,…