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Finance minister, Zainab Ahmed. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Trust]

Nigerian govt opening beneficial register to enhance fight against corruption – Minister

The Nigerian government says an open beneficial ownership register in the extractive industries will move the country one step closer to a credible and reliable data against corruption. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said this on Thursday in Abuja. As part of the efforts to…

Chinyere Egwuonwu and Peter Sissons at the signing of the MoU

UK signs MoU with Nigeria’s standards agency

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to improve Nigeria's trading capabilities. The two agencies signed the agreement on Wednesday at a training workshop in Abuja. The agreement intends to share good practice between the two organisations, promote…

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UPDATED: NLTP: Nigerian government turning grazing reserves into ranches

The federal government will soon begin remodelling grazing reserves into ranches in seven states in Nigeria as it moves towards implementing its controversial National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP). The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Bashir Usman, disclosed this on Tuesday, at a training workshop on…

National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA)

NITDA: 125 MDAs violate Buhari’s directive on ICT projects

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), on Tuesday, said about 125 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) violated President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on the proper procedure for carrying out ICT related projects. It also said it had begun the enforcement of punitive actions against such organisations. The directive specifically mandates…

Women are cultivating water leaves in Esin Ufot, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, on May 12th, 2014.

Nigerian government trains women farmers in financial literacy

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday in Abuja began a training programme for 80 women picked from across the six geo-political zones. The focus of the training is financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The ministry’s Director of Extension, Karima Babangida, said the initiative is meant to give financial…

Dr Isa Ali Pantami

Pantami directs NCC to implement executive orders in awarding telecommunications contracts

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Executive Orders in awarding contracts in the sector. According to a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the minister's spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, on Monday, the executive…

Herdsmen

FAO partners Nigerian govt to fight antibiotic resistance in animals

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is collaborating with the Nigerian government to curtail the growing risk of antibiotic resistance in animals. The global agency announced this on Tuesday in Abuja. FAO representative in Nigeria, Sufyan Koroma, said this collaboration is through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development…

Senator Aliyu Abdullahi

Hate speech, root cause of violence in Nigeria — Senator

Hate speech is at the root of violence in Nigeria, Aliyu Abdullahi, sponsor of the widely debated National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill, said on Tuesday. Mr Abdullahi, who is the deputy chief whip of the Senate, appeared as a guest on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily programme.…

Philip Idinoba, AfricaRice

INTERVIEW: Why local rice costs as much as imported rice — Expert

A senior rice specialist at the Africa Rice Centre, a pan-African rice research organization, Philip Idinoba says the reason a bag of imported rice costs as much as its local variety is as a result of the cost of production in the rice value chain in Nigeria. The centre works…

NNPC Towers: P&ID and the Petroleum ministry signed the contract here

Global transparency initiative seeks partnership with NNPC

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is seeking partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the director of EITI, Mark Robinson, said on Monday in Abuja. “NNPC is well placed as a transparent company to promote EITI’s new standards of beneficial ownership, commodity trading transparency and contract transparency, all…

DG NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami [Photo: NTA.ng]

Minister seeks ‘concession’ as Customs fuel ban threatens telecoms services

The Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami, has advised the Nigerian Customs Service to allow fuel trucks access to border towns and remote villages. According to a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday by the minister's spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, the access is to enable mobile network operators to power their…

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FRSC dismisses 62 personnel for corruption

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it dismissed 62 of its personnel in 2019. The FRSC corps marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said this on Friday while speaking with reporters in Abuja on efforts to rid the corps of corruption. "These consist of 14 officers and 48 marshals with several others…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed said Nigerians not cooperating over measures to stop the Coronavirus spread

Nigerian govt postpones Abuja Carnival 2019

Nigeria's Ministry of Information and Culture has rescheduled the 2019 Abuja Carnival. The announcement was contained in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the ministry's spokesperson, Joseph Metu, on Tuesday. In April 2019, the Guardian Newspaper reported how a new date for the annual Abuja carnival was disclosed. According…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

Reported violence not enough to discredit Kogi election – Yahaya Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday said the just-concluded governorship election in the state was free and fair despite damning reports to the contrary by election observers. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared Mr Bello the winner of the controversial poll. PREMIUM TIMES reported…

2:39pm. Open space III. PU 003. Obinoyin. OGORI MAGONGO.

KogiDecides: INEC declares 30 staff missing

The electoral commission, INEC, has declared 30 of its staff missing. The ad-hoc staff took part in Saturday's Kogi State governorship election. They were posted to Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA) by the commission. They were declared missing around 1 a.m. on Sunday during the final collation of results in…

8:45am: Governor Yahaya Bello casts his vote at Okene-Eba/Agassa/Ahache Ward, Unit 11, Okene Local Government

Yahaya Bello wins own local govt with very large margin

The Kogi State Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Bello, has defeated his closest rivals, Musa Wada of the PDP and Natasha Akpoti of SDP, in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi Central. The governor polled 112,764 votes to defeat Ms Akpoti of the SDP and…

1:30 Ward 6, PU 20, Yenagoa LGA. Voting is in progress and peaceful too. No issues with the card readers as well and Unarmed security operatives are around and voters are peaceful and calm.

BayselsaDecides: Official results from LGAs

Official results from local government areas in Bayelsa State have started coming in. After the announcement of the governorship election results at polling units, collations were done in wards before those of local governments. Bayelsa has eight local government areas. The final announcement of results of each local government will…

8:57am: Voting commences at Olofu Polling Unit 012, Ayingba Ward.

KogiDecides: Official results from LGAs

Official results from local government areas in Kogi State have started trickling in. After the announcement of the governorship election results at polling units, collations were done in wards before those of local governments. Kogi has 21 local government areas. The final announcement of results of each local government will…

Kogi State Map

Armed men invade INEC office in Kogi community, chase officials, observers into hiding

The atmosphere was tense Saturday night at about 10 p.m. in Ugwolawo community, Ofu local government of Kogi State, as thugs who claimed to be from Zamfara State invaded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office. Collation of results was ongoing when the armed men arrived. For more than an…

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Nigerian govt orders deactivation of automatic voicemail on existing phone lines

Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigerian Communication Commission to deactivate automatic voicemail on existing phone lines. This is contained in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday and signed by the minister's spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman. According to the statement, subscribers are…

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Nigerian govt grants NCC more time to resolve illegal data deduction

The federal government has granted the request of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) for an extension of the five days ultimatum issued it by the government to resolve issues of illegal data deduction in the country. The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, granted the extension with the…

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NCC to sanction telecom firms who ignore customers complaints

The Nigeria Communications Commission, (NCC) says it will "punish" telecoms operators who fail to attend to customers complaint within 24 hours. The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Adeleke Adewolu, said this at a meeting with operators on Thursday in Abuja. During the meeting, a report issued on the Service Level Agreements…

CORONAVIRUS: Nigerians on the street going about their daily business. [Photo credit: Quartz]

Nigeria declares Monday, November 11, public holiday

The Nigerian government has declared Monday, November 11, a public holiday to mark the Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration This is contained in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday by the interior ministry's spokesperson, Mohammed Manga. The celebration is held by Muslims to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). READ…

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Minister bans cash payments in NIPOST offices across Nigeria

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has directed the termination of cash payment in Nigerian Postal Service offices in Nigeria. This directive is to stop corruption in cash transactions, he said. This is contained in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the minister's spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman,…

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How African farmers can tap into billion-dollar agro-business chain – Experts

For agribusiness to become a one-trillion dollar industry in Africa by 2030, a revolution has to take place in the sector in the continent. This was the conclusion of a panel session at the African Economic Congress in Abuja on Tuesday. The session had experts from different fields of the…