Dickson signs 2017 budget, education bill into law

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the 2017 Appropriation Budget of N243.2 billion and the Educational Development Trust Fund Amendment bills into law. It will be recalled that the governor proposed an educational trust fund bill to help the less privileged in the state acquire education. Assenting to the bills at the Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said the budget, christened “Budget of Repositioning for Consolidation,” was aimed at completing various ongoing projects in the state. Dickson, who noted that the government appropriated N111 billion for capital projects alone,…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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Opponents to challenge Turkey ‘Yes’ vote

  Turkey’s main opposition party has said it will challenge the country’s referendum result after the president won a vote to expand his powers. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has questioned the legitimacy of the close result, citing irregularities in the electoral process. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push for an executive presidency succeeded with just over 51% of the vote. The win was met with both celebrations and protests across Turkey. The CHP is refusing to accept the “Yes” victory and is demanding a recount of 60% of the votes,…

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Fawehinmi: Why Senate can’t compel FG to sack Magu

Mohammed Fawehinmi, scion of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi law dynasty in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, speaks on the Senate, Presidency’s face-off, rejection of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, former Adamawa state’s governor, Bala Ngilari’s post-conviction bail, democratization of SAN award and sundry issues     There seems to be a crack in the Senate, Presidency relationship over the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu’s rejection as the agency’s czar by the Senate. What does this portend…

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How I was deceived by EFCC – Ex-NIMASA DG

A former Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna BabaJauro, has narrated how some officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ‘played the fast one on him’ while on an investigative mission to the agency sometimes in July 2015. He made the disclosure while testifying in a trialwithin- trial ordered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos to determine the voluntariness of a statement he wrote at the commission’s office while being investigated over an alleged N304.1 million…

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Building insurance gains traction from regulators, lawmakers

With regulators and lawmakers putting modalities in place to fully implement building insurance in the country, victims of subsequent disasters are set to get paid for losses. Sunday Ojeme reports     Effort by the Federal Government to ensure Nigerians embrace all aspects of Compulsory Insurances is gaining strength following insurance regulators and lawmakers’ synergy on public building insurance. The latest determination, which began two weeks ago with a meeting between the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Nigerian Insurers’ Association (NIA) and Federal Fire Service, was given another traction last week…

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Nigeria is not ripe for Diaspora, electronic voting -Rep Garba

Hon. Abubakar Kannaike Garba represents Ilorin East/Ilorin South Federal Constituency of Kwara State and is the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Works. In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, he speaks on a wide range of issues including the delay in the passage of budget, the problem associated with credit facilities for farmers and SME’s and the use of card reader and electronic voting system in the country   The issue of late passage of the budget has remained an albatross in the country and the 2017…

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How Reps rejected proposal to sack govs

A controversial bill seeking to amend the 1999 constitution to empower the National Assembly to remove state governors was kicked out by members of the House of Representatives a week ago. PHILIP NYAM reviews the debate on the rejected proposed legislation Members of the House of Representatives were last week engaged in a heated debate reminiscent of the tenure elongation agenda otherwise called third term, during the 5th Assembly. Apparently aware of the mood of the nation and the impression the public have about the legislature, the lawmakers were unanimous…

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Amaechi withdrew N53bn without due process, Wike alleges

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday said the administration of former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi withdrew N53 billion from the state’s reserve fund without due process. He said the withdrawals were made between February 12, 2014 and May 27, 2015, adding that the people of the state had been paying the price of the withdrawal. Wike, who spoke when he signed five bills passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly into law, said his predecessor’s administration refused to respect the law as it indiscriminately withdrew funds from the fund…

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X-raying telecoms consumers’ worries

With telecoms regulator declaring 2017 as Year of Telecomms Consumer, mobile subscribers across networks have listed their current challenges regarding quality of service (QoS), which they want the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to focus on. KUNLE AZEEZ reports     Over the last 16 years of telecoms deregulation, the number of mobile subscribers on various telecoms networks has grown significantly. From a paltry 500,000 mobile lines in 2001, the industry has grown to over 230 million connected lines with over 154.1 million of them active on their respective networks and…

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