Why NDDC board was dissolved, by minister

Ndubuisi Ugah   The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, has said the dissolution of the recently screened board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), was in order, as the move prevented the perpetuation of corruption in the interventionist agency. The minister, during a courtesy visit to Governor Godwin Obaseki at Government House, in Benin City, said the new leadership of the ministry would not sit and watch corruption thrive, which is why it worked meticulously to put the right people in the right places.…

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2023 Presidency: Comparing George with Tinubu, political insult –Razak

Olalekan Osiade   •PDP chieftain’ll defeat APC leader in a free, fair contest, says Ola-Benson     A former governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Chief Lanre Razak, has responded to an article published in the last edition of Saturday Telegraph, in which the newspaper looked at the chances of some of those aspiring to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, from the South West and South East of Nigeria, come 2023. Describing as “political insult of the highest order”, the comparison of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju…

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Nigeria’s restructuring’ll reduce overdependence on FG –Don

Stephen Olufemi Oni   A Professor of Law, University of Ilorin, Abdulmumini Adebayo Oba, has stressed the need for restructuring of Nigeria in a manner that not everything would depend on the centre as it is presently. He said: “We need to decentralise in many ways so that the current urge and struggle to control the centre will never be a do or die affair again for our various religious, ethnic, political and sectional groups.” Oba, who spoke at the university’s 189th Inaugural Lecture on Thursday, said rather than pursuing…

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2020 guber ticket: Edo PDP at crossroads

OJIEVA EHIOSUN writes that the race for the PDP governorship ticket is brewing a crisis that is set to ‘consume’ the party if nothing is hurriedly done to nip the catastrophe in the bud.         The race for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, has taken a new dimension, with the leadership of the party at crossroads over the choice of its would-be candidate. This is because, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, who is expected to automatically clinch the party’s ticket…

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Military invade Bayelsa community, avenge colleagues’ killings

Pauline Onyibe   In an apparent reprisal attack, troops of the Joint Military Task Force (JMTF) codenamed Operation Delta Safe (ODS) yesterday invaded the Bilabiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, killing a suspected killer of their colleagues, four naval ratings, who were killed a fortnight ago. It was gathered that the attack, which was launched on Friday morning led to the burning of some parts of the community during a search for the suspects, forcing residents to flee into the creeks for safety. Though no reason…

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Minimum wage: We’re still holding talks with labour

Cephas Iorhemen   Less than 24 hours after Benue State government pronounced an approval of N30,009.99 as minimum wage for workers in the state, the government yesterday reversed its decision saying no approval was made to that effect. Governor Samuel Ortom’s Special Adviser on Labour Matters, Chief Ode Enyi, had told journalists that “the governor had approved N30,009.99 as minimum wage for workers”, but hours later, the government said it took the decision in a haste. Though no time was given when the new wage package would be implemented, labour…

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Appoint Orounagha as aide, Delta PDP women beg Okowa

Gabriel Choba   Women from Enekorogha community in Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint their leader and Coordinator, Felicia Orounagha, as one of his Special Assistants on Women Mobilisation. The women noted that Orounagha had ‘suffered’ enough in PDP over the years. Rising from a crucial meeting held in Burutu, the Enekorogha PDP women lamented the reduction of women into the state government’s appointments, noting that Okowa should not forget that women played the majority of roles in ensuring his victory. Addressing…

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Lagos installs 2,000 restriction signs for okada, tricycle operators

In a renewed effort towards creating awareness about the Lagos State Traffic Laws on restricted areas for the operation of motorcycles popularly called Okada and tricycles known as Keke, the Lagos State Government has commenced the installation of 2,000 prohibition signs across the metropolis. The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, sai a good number of the road signs indicate restricted areas, warning that anyone that violates the law after this effort would be punished in accordance with the law. Oladeinde explained that the road signs had been mounted on…

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Niger gov seeks assembly’s approval for N25bn Sukuk bond

Daniel Atori   The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has written to the state’s House of Assembly, for an approval to access N25 billion Sukuk development bond. This will be the second time the governor will be introducing such a request to the assembly, after Senator David Umaru, then lawmaker representing APC-Niger East, had kicked against Bello’s plan to take a N21.5 billion Sukuk bond. It should be recalled that the governor had introduced a request to take N21.5 billion Sukuk bond to the 8th Assembly but…

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El-Rufai commissions milk farm project

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Baba Negedu   Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday commissioned the 1000 household milk farm project, in Damau, Kubau local government area of the state. The project is a joint venture between the Kaduna State Government (KDSG), Danish dairy giant, Arla and the Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria. The venture, the governor said, would assist in expanding the national capacity to produce high quality milk and reduce over reliance on import. Speaking at the commissioning, El-Rufai said the project is also a pragmatic and sustainable solution to…

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