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Low Oil Prices: SURE-P excluded from 2015 budget

The Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, received no budgetary provision for 2015, amid concerns whether President Muhammadu Buhari would retain the programme. SURE-P was established by former President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of the 2012 fuel price increase and nationwide strike, to reinvest savings from the reduction of…

​Catholic Bishops denounce high earnings by Nigerian govt. officials

The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria has described as unjustifiable the high cost of governance in the country, resulting from exorbitant allowances for public office holders. In a statement signed by its president and secretary, Most Revs. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama and William Avenya, respectively, the body said such earnings constituted…

Nigerian feminists raise alarm on increasing rape cases on campuses, suggest solutions

A group, the Nigerian Feminist Forum [NFF], has cried out over the increasing cases of rape in tertiary institutions across the country. "The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) is dismayed and alarmed by what appears to be an overwhelming rise in reported cases of sexual assault and rape of female university…

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30 states fail to claim N80.9bn UBEC funds, yet some owe teachers

While they complain of funds for educational projects in their respective domains, 29 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory have failed to make use of N80.9 billion available to them as Universal Basic Education grant. The money, from N177.6 billion total grants available to all 36 states…

Odinkalu, bomb victims demand release of govt. support funds

Bomb blast victims in the country have stated their resolve to seek the release of support funds donated for their welfare. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the Bomb Blast Victims Association of Nigeria, in Abuja Tuesday, the chairman of the association, Olatunji Kayode, said previous attempts to access the…

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Dangote to build new cement plant in Zimbabwe

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has indicated plans to build a cement factory in Zimbabwe. He also plans to invest in coal mining and power generation in the South African region. Mr. Dangote disclosed this on Monday after a closed-door meeting with Zimbabwe’s vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. He said the…

“Hangry”, 22 other new words added to Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford University Press has released 23 new words in its quarterly update of list of words in Oxford advanced learners dictionary. The words, released Thursday to the web version of the dictionary, include hangry, bants, manspreading and more. Awesomesauce: This is an adjective, used also informally in the US to…

NASS members walked out on us when confronted over their jumbo pay — ex-RMAFC boss, Tukur

Hamman Tukur, an engineer and former Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, speaks about his tenure, the huge allowances taken by members of the National Assembly, his constant brushes with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the administration of FAAC and other sundry…

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South Africa blocks Pistorius’ early release

South Africa's Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, has stopped Oscar Pistorius’ intended release on parole 10 months after the former Paralympian was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Mr. Pistorius was billed to be released Friday after serving just a sixth of his term. South…

Adadevoh, Gani were humanitarians Nigerians should not forget — Odinkalu

As the world marks the 2015 international humanitarian day, the chairman of the National Human rights commission, Chidi Odinkalu, has urged Nigerians to remember the sacrifices of some of the nation’s finest humanitarians. The human rights chief said the efforts made by Nigerians like Ameyo Adadevoh, Gani Fawehinmi, Bamidele Aturu,…

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World Youth Day: Buhari commends Nigerian youth over polls, begs for patience

President Mohamadu Buhari on Wednesday commended youth in the country for their role in the success of the 2015 general elections. As part of his speech at an event to commemorate the 2015 International Youth Day, the President said the ruling All Progressives Congress would fulfill all its campaign promises…

​​Kogi moves to access backlog of UBEC funds

The Kogi state government says it has concluded plans to release N2.1 billion counterpart funds to enable it access its three-year backlog of Universal Basic Education funds. This was contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, in Lokoja by the state's Commissioner for Information, Zainab…

Activists seek more action to help widows in Nigeria

Saddled with a pregnancy due in three days, Carol Ugu watched as her husband struggled with a deadly brain tumour for months. When her child finally came, it was a stillbirth. Then, shortly after, her husband  died. A mother of four, Mrs. Ugu said the severity of her husband’s ordeal…

Buhari has no reason to fail – Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, has said that the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari has no excuse to fail. Bishop Onaiyekan spoke Monday evening after a thanksgiving mass organised in honour of his 46th priestly anniversary, at the Catholic Pro Cathedral, Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, Abuja. He…

Court postpones Al Jazeera journalists hearing

An Egyptian court has postponed the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists, Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy, and Peter Greste earlier scheduled for Thursday. The hearing was scheduled in February, for July 30, for want of evidence leading to the conviction of the three journalists of conspiracy with the Muslim Brotherhood,…

Only military can defeat Boko Haram

President Mohammadu Buhari has been urged to equip the military for a fierce battle against terrorists if his administration hopes to put the menace in the past. Briefing journalists, Thursday, at the launching of a book, titled Sects & Social Disorder: Muslim Identities and Conflict in northern Nigeria, the author…

Buhari hails Father Mbaka’s courage, patriotism in run-up to 2015 elections

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended fiery Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, for his patriotism in the run-up to the 2015 general elections, saying his courage has earned him a mark in the sands of time. In a statement Thursday to congratulate the leader of the Adoration Ministries Enugu, Nigeria, on the…

Malnutrition hits Adamawa IDP camp

No fewer than 50 people, mostly children under the age of five, are suffering from malnutrition in Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons camp which is in the suburb of Yola, Adamawa state. A member of the Federal of Muslim Women Association who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the condition of anonymity…

EU assures Nigeria, others of support in fight against Book Haram

The European Union has reiterated its support for Nigeria and other West African countries in the fight against terror. In a statement from the office of the EU delegation to Nigeria and signed by its press officer, Modestus Chukwulaka, the EU decried the reported killings of about 800 people by…

Kogi Guber Poll: PDP group denies seeking Gov. Wada’s exclusion

The PDP Concerned Group, a subgroup within the Kogi state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, has refuted claims that it sought the exclusion of Governor Idris Wada from the forth coming governorship polls. In a six-page statement signed by five of its members, Husseini Idris, Mohammed Bello, Taiye Oshadare,…

End quackery in Nigerian journalism, Governors’ Forum tasks new NUJ President

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari , has tasked the newly elected president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Abdul-Waheed Odusile to entrench professionalism in the industry. According to a statement by NUJ’s Secretary General, Abuja Council, Emanuel Ogbeche, Mr. Yari decried the rising incidence of fake…

Akwa Ibom guber election: APC reacts over allegation of harassing REC

The All Progressives congress, APC, has reacted to an allegation by a group, the Public Interest Lawyers League, accusing it of unduly harassing Akwa Ibom State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Austin Okojie. The group had accused the ruling APC of using its influence to harass and intimidate Mr. Okojie over elections…

Group alleges harassment of Akwa Ibom REC by SSS, APC

A group under the auspices of the Public Interest Lawyers League has accused the State Security Service of unduly harassing the Akwa Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner, Austin Okojie In a statement signed by its president, Abdul Mahmud, the lawyers said the ill-treatment was connected to the interest of the ruling…

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Nigerians react to Buhari’s plan to appoint ministers in September

Nigerians have expressed mixed feelings over the decision of the President Mohammadu Buhari to delay the appointment of ministers till September. Some welcomed the move, while some described it as a demonstration of lack of preparedness for governance. Frank Tietie, a legal practitioner and chief executive of the Citizens Advocacy…

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Kogi Governorship Poll: Group asks PDP to drop Gov. Wada to avoid defeat

A group within the Kogi state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Concerned Group, has appealed to the national leadership of the party and the PDP Governors' Forum to prevail on the incumbent governor of the state, Idris Wada, not to run in the forthcoming governorship election in the…