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NLC appoints new General Secretary

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced the appointment of a new General Secretary. Emmanuel Okechukwu was approved as the General Secretary by the National Executive Council of the NLC, the labour president, Ayuba Wabba, said in a statement. Read the full statement by the NLC president below. NOTIFICATION OF…

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We’ll totally overhaul Nigeria Police – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday that his administration is carrying out a total 'overhaul' of the Nigeria Police Force. Mr Buhari said this when he played host to some traditional rulers from Northern Nigeria. He listed some of the steps being taken to overhaul the police to include "recruitment of…

Seized Cash .... At one location during a September 10, 2014 takedown in Los Angeles targeting businesses that allegedly laundered money for Mexican drug cartels, FBI agents seized nearly $3 million in cash.... Photo Credit: FBI

Full List of 77 Nigerians charged by FBI for massive fraud in America

A 252-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday charged 77 Nigerian nationals with participating in a massive conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through a variety of fraud schemes and launder the funds through a Los Angeles-based money laundering network as uncovered by the FBI. The indictment was unsealed after…

former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke

N537.3mn Debt: Court tells AMCON to take over Donald Duke’s Ikoyi home

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and United Bank for Africa to take over the Ikoyi property of a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, over an alleged debt of N537,334,360.77. Chuka Obiozor, the judge, made the order…

Bashir Magashi is one of the 44 ministers inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

FOR THE RECORD: Official citations of Buhari’s ministers, SGF

Below are the citations read by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, during the swearing-in of cabinet members today. Each appointee's profile was read before he or she is made to take the oath of office. Below is Mr Adesina's full presentation. Mr. President, Following the overwhelming endorsement of Nigerians for you…

President Muhammadu Buhari-at-FEC Meeting

Buhari reappoints three presidential aides

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Hajo Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration; Hadi Uba, Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Kamal Abdurrahman Muhammad, Special Assistant to the President on Health and Personal Physician, all in the Office of the First Lady. The…

Bashir Magashi is one of the 44 ministers inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

FULL LIST: Portfolios of Buhari’s 44 Ministers – 2019 – 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has assigned portfolios to his 44 ministers. Below is the full list of the ministers and their portfolios. President Buhari assigned the officials after all of them took their oaths of office in batches. 1. President Muhammadu Buhari - Minister of Petroleum 2. Mohammed Musa Bello –…

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

LIST: Lagos State Commissioners and Special Advisers – 2019 — 2023

FULL LIST OF COMMISSIONERS AND SPECIAL ADVISERS APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU OF LAGOS COMMISSIONERS: Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo (Finance) Mr. Tunji Bello (Water Resources and Environment) Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo (Education) Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health) Dr. Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Development) Mr. Gbenga Omotoso (Information and Strategy) Mrs.…

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Sanwo-Olu inaugurates cabinet

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday constituted the state’s Executive Council with the swearing-in of 35 cabinet members who took the oath as Commissioners and Special Advisers. The event, held at Adeyemi Bero Hall in the Secretariat, was witnessed by the leaders and members of All Progressives Congress (APC) from all…

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd left), congratulating Mrs. Olorunkemi Durosinmi-Etti as the new Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office during the swearing-in ceremony of nine permanent secretaries at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, August 19, 2019. With them is the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (left).

Sanwo-Olu appoints nine Lagos permanent secretaries

The Lagos State Government, on Monday, appointed nine new Permanent Secretaries for key ministries and departments, with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu charging the appointees to ensure Lagos residents get the best of their services. At the swearing-in event held at the Banquet Hall in the Governor’s Office in Alausa, Mr Sanwo-Olu…

FILE: Gov. Muhammed Abubukar of Bauchi State inspects a Guard of Honour mounted by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2018 Batch ‘B’ members during their swearing-in ceremony at Ganjuwa in Bauchi State on Thursday (26/7/18). 04031/26/7/2018/Deji Yake/BJO/NAN

NYSC: Addresses of Orientation Camps across Nigeria

The NYSC scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. The National Youth Service Corps was established by decree No.24 of May 22, 1973, “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of…

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS Chairman

Why Buhari queried FIRS chief Fowler – Presidency

The presidency on Monday explained why it queried the chairman of the revenue agency, FIRS, Tunde Fowler. PREMIUM TIMES reported the query sent to Mr Fowler by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari. In the letter, Mr Kyari asked Mr Fowler to explain why government revenue…

Gleb Fetisov

Fetisov, ‘unparalleled’ global journalism prize launches; Premium Times journalist on judging panel

What appears to be the world's most rewarding annual contest for journalists, the Fetisov Journalism Awards, has launched in Switzerland, with organisers now receiving entries. The Fetisov Journalism Awards (FJA) is an international contest for journalists aimed at generously rewarding the most outstanding reporters from all over the world for their…

El-Zakzaky in plane to India

El-Zakzaky tried to seek asylum in India – Nigerian govt

The Nigerian government said on Friday that Shiite leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky tried to seek asylum in India. The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Gekpe, said this in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES. "With total disrespect and complete loss of decorum for international procedures…

El-Zakzaky

El-Zakzaky arrives Nigeria, whisked away by SSS

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, arrived Nigeria on Sunday from India. Mr El-Zakzaky's flight arrived the Abuja airport on Friday. He was promptly whisked away by security operatives, believed to be officials of the SSS. The Shiite cleric has been in the custody of…

SGF Boss Mustapha

PROFILE: Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of Nigeria

Boss Mustapha is a lawyer, management consultant, politician, businessman and boardroom guru of considerable repute. Born in Adamawa State, Mr Mustapha attended Hong Secondary School, in Hong Adamawa state and North East College of Arts and Sciences Maiduguri Borno state, crowning it with WASC and HSC in 1976. He earned…

A Nuclear power plant used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Construction & Engineering Digest]

Group urges Nigerian govt to reconsider nuclear energy plan after Russia accident

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has warned that Nigeria’s decision to build nuclear power plants to augment the poor power situation in the country will result in mishaps similar to the Arkhangelsk region explosion in Russia last week which led to a spike in radiation levels…

Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on

How Obono-Obla got into trouble — Presidency Source

Activities and conduct of the Chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla has been under critical review for sometime in the Presidency and his outright dismissal and prosecution is imminent, a top government official has disclosed. Specifically, the Office of the Attorney-General of…

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi in court

Nigerian senator challenges court order to forfeit properties, bank accounts

The senator representing Delta North, Peter Nwaoboshi, on Wednesday, filed a suit asking the Federal High Court Abuja to vacate its earlier interim forfeiture order on his assets granted to the federal government. This followed an interim forfeiture order by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on July 5, giving the lawmaker or…

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

Buhari to CBN: We’ve achieved food security; no forex for food importation

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria not to provide foreign exchange for the importation of food, saying his administration has achieved food security. Mr Buhari said this in Daura, Katsina, on Tuesday as he hosted APC governors to Eid-el-Kabir lunch, his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said in…

APC Chieftain, Joe Igbokwe (Photo Credit: Concise News)

Joe Igbokwe, others make Sanwo-Olu’s ‘final’ list of commissioners

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, transmitted the final list of his cabinet nominees to the State House of Assembly. The list includes the spokesperson of the Lagos All Progressives Congress, Joe Igbokwe. The new list comes four weeks after the governor sent the first batch of the…

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Photo credit: thewillnigeria.com)

Abia govt speaks on non-payment of teachers, others’ salaries

The Abia State Government has reacted to reports that it is owing some of its workers including teachers months of unpaid salaries. The government said the situation is not as bad as described by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman in the state, Uchenna Obigwe. PREMIUM TIMES reported Mr Obigwe's…

President Muhammadu Buhari

What I’ll do about Bauchi, Edo assembly crises – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja said that he will work with the relevant constitutional bodies to resolve the crises rocking the Houses of Assembly in Bauchi and Edo states. The president stated this when he received in audience, members of the Bauchi House of Assembly as well as other…

Bishop Matthew Kukah

Nigeria and its Fourth Republic: Failing to Learn or Learning to Fail? By Mathew Kukah

Perhaps, for the sake of argument, let us console ourselves by saying that we are in a republic or even a Democracy. However, we know that we definitely fall short of what is meant by a republic because my Apple Computer dictionary defines republic as; a state in which supreme…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

INTERVIEW: Sowore: I support protests but not revolution – Oshiomhole

The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa on Wednesday. After the meeting, Mr Oshiomhole spoke to journalists about his discussion with the president and other national matters. He also spoke about the Buhari administration's clampdown on protesters after a call…