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Zainab Ahmed

How Nigeria will fund bad roads’ repairs — Minister

The Nigerian government says its priority for the releases for capital projects in the 2020 budget will be on fixing bad roads in the country. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said this on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the presidential villa in…

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UPDATED: Senate report blames NNPC for pipeline explosions that killed 18

Two petroleum pipeline explosions that killed 18 people between June and July happened because the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was "negligent", a Senate committee said Tuesday after investigating the blasts. The deadly explosions occurred in Rivers and Lagos States after leaked petrol caught fire as residents tried to scoop the…

Group holds award ceremony for satire writing

An arts platform, Punocracy, has held its maiden prize-giving ceremony for satire writing and also announced November 9 as the 'World Day of Satire'. Punocracy is Nigeria’s first strictly satirical platform, launched in March 2018, which was first run as a regular satirical column in the University of Ibadan by…

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Maulud: Buhari, Atiku, others ask Muslims to embrace teachings of Prophet Muhammad

President Muhammadu Buhari, in his goodwill message to Muslims, on the commemoration of the Maulud (birthday) celebration of Prophet Muhammad, has charged Nigerian Muslims to borrow a leaf from the life of the great Prophet. The president who spoke through his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu,…

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Eight talking points from Senate last week

After three weeks of budget defence sessions, the Nigerian Senate resumed plenary last week. One takeaway from the defence sessions observed by this newspaper is the overpricing of items by MDAs. But as the session ended, the Senate had a variety of debates. Below are some of the major ones:…

University of Ibadan (UI)

Shocking ways Nigerian universities reward best graduating students

In 2017, when Best Somadina, living up to his name, emerged the Mass Communication Best Graduating Student from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), formerly known as Anambra State University, he knew he would get a stream of awards. But the items he got left him bemused: a tuber of yam,…

Former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola

FOR THE RECORDS: What Fashola actually said about the state of Nigerian roads

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has been criticised by many Nigerians for his statement on the state of federal roads across the country. Mr Fashola, while addressing state house correspondents on Wednesday, shared his views on the country's road networks and the plan of his ministry. But…

Arsene Wenger to meet Bayern next week over managerial role

Speculations linking former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, to Bayern Munich is set to be discussed next week, the Frenchman has told beIN Sports. Bayern has had a meandering season so far, having won five and lost two of their first ten Bundesliga games, trailing the leaders Borussia Monchengladbach by four…

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

Senate urges police to investigate Onitsha tanker accidents

The Senate on Thursday called on the Nigeria Police Force, in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corps, to investigate the circumstances that led to the fire outbreak that gutted properties in Onitsha late October. The senators made this call following a motion raised by Ifeanyi Ubah, Uche Ekwunife and…

Former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola

Rep member challenges Fashola to 90-day road travel tour

The statement that roads in the country are not as bad as they are portrayed, attributed to Babatunde Fashola, Minister for Works and Housing, has earned him a response from a member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Salam. Mr Salam (PDP–Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo federal constituency) challenged Mr. Fashola and…

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting 2020 budget [PHOTO CREDIT: @OfficialPDP]

2020 Budget: Nigeria may lose ₦1.2 billion next year to overpricing by MDAs

Nigeria may lose over ₦1.2 billion next year to overpricing in the proposed 2020 budget currently before the National Assembly. This is because federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are trying to avoid the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to fix bogus prices for items they propose to procure. [gallery…

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Senate Last Week: Budget defence continues behind closed doors

Majority of the activities of the Senate in the outgoing week were done behind closed doors. After a fortnight of budget defence by various MDAs, the past week had Senate committees do their own rounds of defence before the Appropriation Committee. Below are some of the matters that found their…

Ahmed Lawan Senate President

Senate President congratulates Buhari, APC on Supreme Court ruling

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the ruling of the Supreme Court Wednesday, which dismissed the appeal by the opposition PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Mr Buhari was declared the winner of the February 23…

Ahmad Lawan

Why bicameral legislature is good for Nigeria – Senate President Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has rejected the call for a unicameral legislature for Nigeria that would require scrapping the Senate or the House of Representatives. Mr Lawan, who spoke on Monday at the third convocation of the Nigerian Institute of Legislative and Development Studies (NILDS), picked Nigeria's…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate Last Week: Revelations from budget defence sessions dominate

Last week completed the fortnight-long sessions of budget defence at the National Assembly. Being the concluding week for the defence, it was busy for senators from Monday till Friday. In the full glare of journalists, apart from closed-door sessions, heads of MDAs fielded questions from lawmakers on matters about their…

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FACT-CHECK: Was Nigeria’s Per Capita Income twice that of China?

CLAIM: A presidential adviser, Doyin Salami, claims that China’s income per head is 5 times more than what Nigerians earn; as opposed to 30 years ago when Nigerians earned double of what the Chinese earned. TRUE: Data from the International Monetary Fund corroborates the claim. However, per capita income comparison…

Former Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola [Photo Credit: Pearl News]

How we will decongest Nigerian correctional centres – Minister

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the federal government is committed to decongesting the correctional centres across the country by reducing the number of awaiting trial inmates. Mr Aregbesola spoke at a public hearing organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriation on Wednesday, according to…

National Institute for Legislative & Democratic Studies (NILDS)

Reduce Nigeria’s political parties to three, Legislative institute tells INEC

The National Institute for Legislative & Democratic Studies (NILDS), a department of the National Assembly, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reduce the number of political parties in the country to a maximum of three. Abubakar Sulaiman, Director General of NILDS, said this at the pre-convocation…

Dele Agekameh, a well-regarded Nigerian journalist and writer. [PHOTO CREDIT: Opinion Nigeria]

Family releases burial plans for veteran Nigerian journalist, Dele Agekameh

Late veteran journalist, Dele Paul Osigbeme Agekameh, will be laid to rest November 23, family members have announced. Mr Agekameh, a PREMIUM TIMES columnist until his passage, battled renal disorder for seven years before it finally took him away on Friday, October 11, this year. He died at 60. While…

Former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola

Why Julius berger is ‘preferred’ contractor for Nigerian projects — Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, has explained why Julius Berger is preferred above “indigenous companies” when entrusting infrastructural projects to companies in the country. He said the firm is a 'Nigerian company' and should not be seen as a foreign firm. Mr Fashola said this before a joint…

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Nigeria needs 700,000 homes yearly — but govt plans to build only 2,383

Nigeria is planning to build just about 2,000 homes this year, while the country needs at least 700,000 units annually to breach a huge housing deficit, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. The World Bank estimates Nigeria's housing deficit to be 17 million. This figure is increasing yearly by 20 per…

Senate President Ahmed Lawan (Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper)

2020 Budget: Ministries, agencies over-pricing projects — Lawan

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has called for streamlining of the process of allocation and releases of funds to ministries. He said this has become important against the backdrop of overpricing of projects proposed in the budget by ministries, and the paucity of revenue. Mr Lawan, who spoke during the…

National Assembly

NASS announces discovery of N4 billion nonexistent projects under transport agency

A joint session of the House of Representatives Committee on Inland Waterways, Land Transport, Ports and Harbours, and Marine Safety and Education, and the Senate Committee on Marine Transport have reportedly uncovered 'nonexistent' projects worth N4 billion in the 2020 budget proposal it received. The National Inland Waterways Agency (NIWA),…

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Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau, wins reelection

Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has been reelected for a second term, in spite of being dogged by scandals in the build-up to the elections, according to Bloomberg reports. Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party won a total 157 seats of the 338 up for grabs in the parliament, ahead of Andrew…

Ahmed Idris

IPPIS: Accountant-General says N163 bn saved — less than govt’s earlier figure

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has said the federal government saved N163 billion in the last two years via the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS. This contradicts the N206 billion quoted by the Director of IPPIS, Olufehinti Olusegun, in January this year. The AGF added…