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Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar [Photo Credit: Online Nigeria]

Jigawa governor presents N134 billion budget for 2018

Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State on Tuesday presented a budget of N134.17 billion for the state’s 2018 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. Mr. Badaru, who tagged the appropriation bill as “Budget of Economic Diversification and Self Sufficiency’’, said “it is slightly above 2017 budget by 3.3…

Naira notes used to illustrate market trading

Naira maintains N362.5 to dollar at parallel market

The Naira on Tuesday maintained N362.5 to the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N480 and N430. At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Nigerian currency was sold at N362 to the dollar, while the…

Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE)

NSE market capitalisation improves by N89 billion

Market capitalisation on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday increased by N89 billion amid gains recorded by some highly capitalised equities. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation which opened at N12.97 trillion rose by N89 billion or 0.69 per cent to close at N13.06…

National Bureau of Statistics headquarters

Nigeria’s capital importation hits $4 billion in third quarter of 2017 – NBS

The total capital imported in the third quarter has hit $4.1 billion dollars, which doubled the inflow in the second quarter, representing an increased value of 147.5 per cent on a year- on- year basis. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said this in a report on “Nigerian Capital Importation…

Protest greets arrival of French President in Burkina Faso

President Emmanuel Macron of France told African youths on Tuesday that he belonged to a new generation of French leaders who would build partnerships with the continent rather than tell it what to do. But a youth protest against him, stones pelting one of his delegation’s vehicles and a botched…

Pic.22. Muslim pilgrims from Kwara boarding during the inaugural air-lift of 2017 pilgrims at the International Airport in Ilorin on Thursday (3/8/17). 04011/3/8/2017/Anthony Alabi/BJO/NAN

NAHCON advises intending pilgrims on timely payment of 2018 Hajj fare

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has advised intending pilgrims to ensure timely payment of 2018 Hajj fare to enable the commission meet the deadline for closure of registration by the Saudi Authority. The Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, gave the advice when he received the new leadership…

Adamawa Assembly passes bill on free treatment of accident victims

The Adamawa House of Assembly, on Tuesday, passed a bill for the free treatment of accident and terrorism victims by government hospitals in the state. The bill was unanimously adopted and passed after a motion for its third reading by the Majority Leader of the House, Hassan Barguma (APC-Hong) at…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Reps begin debate on 2018 budget

The House of Representatives on Tuesday commenced debate on general principles of the 2018 Appropriation Bill as issues regarding the non-implementation of Zonal‎ Intervention projects in 2017 appropriation were highlighted. Leading the debate, the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos-APC), appealed to his colleagues not to lose sight of ideas behind…

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Mnangagwa opens three-month amnesty window for return of stolen funds

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has opened a three-month amnesty window for the return of public funds illegally stashed abroad by individuals and companies. Mr. Mnangagwa in a statement said on Tuesday that upon the expiration of the amnesty at end of February 2018, the government will arrest and prosecute…

Uhuru Kenyatta inauguration

Kenyatta sworn-in as rival Odinga promises own inauguration

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, shortly before riot police teargassed the convoy of opposition leader Raila Odinga who told supporters he would be sworn in on December 12. Mr. Kenyatta won a repeat presidential election on October 26 that was boycotted…

Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG

Pakistan begins importation of Nigeria’s liquefied natural gas

Pakistan has begun the importation of Nigeria’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as part of efforts to deepen the economic relationship between the two nations. Pakistan Head of Chancery, Asim Khan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that the first consignment of 70,000 metric tonnes of…

Kenyatta

Kenyatta lifts travel restrictions, says all Africans can get visa on arrival

President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that any African can get a visa on arrival in Kenya, and will be free to settle in the country if they marry a Kenyan, removing restrictions on some nations. “If you wish and find a willing partner, you can marry and settle in…

NYSC Corps members

NYSC re-deploys 52 nursing, pregnant corps members

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in Jigawa has approved the re-deployment of 52 nursing and pregnant corps members to states of their choice. The state NYSC coordinator, Michael Amolo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Tuesday that the NYSC authority had also approved the re-deployment of…

Banana

ANALYSIS: Imported banana floods Abuja markets

Imported banana, with low prices, has flooded Abuja markets, raising concerns about the country’s food security, the livelihoods of banana farmers and traders as well as the health of consumers. An investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, at various markets and supermarkets in Utako and Maitama districts of…

Kaduna State House of Assembly rejects nominee for criticising El-Rufai in the past

Kaduna Assembly suspends two PDP lawmakers without fair hearing

The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Tuesday suspended two of its members indefinitely for allegedly engaging in some ‘manipulative activities’. The affected lawmakers are: Bityong Nkom (PDP-Kaura) and Danladi Kwasu (PDP- Zangon Kataf). The decision followed a motion of matter of urgent public importance moved by Muktar Hazo, member…

OPEC

Oil Price: OPEC to hold crucial meeting Thursday

OPEC is heading for tougher-than-expected policy talks on Thursday amid concern that its efforts to rebalance the oil market might overshoot by creating a global deficit and spurring a further price rally. “It will not be an easy meeting and we always look at various scenarios,” United Arab Emirates Energy…

Abuja City Gate

Abuja residents to pay for infrastructure, Minister says

The FCT Minister, Bello Muhammad, has said that residents of the territory may have to pay for infrastructure as government could no longer continue to fund it. Mr. Muhammad said this while on an inspection tour of ongoing road projects by the FCT, being executed by Gilmort Engineering Ltd. on…

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Fire destroys 50 shops in Calabar market — SEMA

The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has confirmed the destruction of over 50 shops after Monday’s fire incident at the Yoruba section of Watt market in Calabar. John Inaku, SEMA Director General, who disclosed this after an assessment visit to the area on Tuesday, said the cause of…

Pope meets Myanmar’s religious leaders, makes no public mention of Rohingya

Pope Francis met leaders of several faiths in majority-Buddhist Myanmar on Tuesday, stressing the importance of “unity in diversity”. Pope Francis made no mention the Muslim Rohingya who have fled en masse to Bangladesh after a military crackdown. The pope held private talks with Myanmar’s military chief in Yangon on…

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni

8 Ugandan journalists charged with offending Museveni

A Ugandan magistrates’ court on Monday charged eight newspaper journalists and editors with offending President Yoweri Museveni, a Justice Ministry spokesman said. The journalists at the Red Pepper newspaper were arrested last week. They “willfully and repeatedly” disturbed the “peace and privacy” of the president, his brother and a security…

FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials at a scene of an accident

FRSC confirms three dead on Ayingba-Ochadamu road

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, on Monday confirmed the death of three persons in a multiple accident on Ochadamu – Ayingba road in Kogi. The state Sector Commander of the FRSC, Segun Martins, who confirmed it in Lokoja said that the victims comprised two males and one female, all…

NiMet predicts weather across Nigeria

NiMet predicts sunny, hazy, cloudy weather for Tuesday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunny and hazy weather conditions over the central states of the country on Tuesday. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Monday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 27 to 38 and 13 to 19…

Fire incident: FGC Keffi cancels first term examinations

Students of Federal Government College, Keffi will not write first term examinations following the loss of two female hostels to fire, its Acting Principal, Babatunde Usuma, has said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fire, which started at 7.45 p.m. on Sunday, raged on till Monday morning. A…

Lawyer Yewande Oyediran jailed seven years for stabbing husband to death

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Monday sentenced a female lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, to seven years imprisonment for stabbing her husband, Lowo, to death. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the trial judge, Munta Abimbola, said that the accused was convicted of manslaughter and not of…

Lagos PDP elects new leaders amidst complaints

The Lagos Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has elected as its Chairman, Moshood Salvador, a factional Chairman of the chapter. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Salvador and other executives of the chapter were elected at a closed-door congress held at the King Seliat Hotel, Jibowu, Yaba,…