Author: Akinola Ajibola

Members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) stage a protest in Abuja on April 19, 2021. President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and other relevant stakeholders to address the problem with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).He explained that this became necessary to ensure the issues raised by the judiciary workers, who have been on a nationwide strike since early April, were resolved to resume activities in various courts across the country.Senator Ngige briefed reporters on Friday after a meeting…

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A file photo of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. The Muhammadu Buhari administration has declared its support for the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, amid calls for his resignation or removal.Mr Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made the position of the government known in a statement on Thursday.“The administration stands behind Minister Pantami and all Nigerian citizens to ensure they receive fair treatment, fair prices, and fair protection in ICT services,” he said.Pantami was widely criticised recently for the comments he made in the past…

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(FILE) The general view in N’djamena on April 21, 2021. (Photo by Djimet WICHE / AFP) There will be a lot of trouble for Nigeria and all other countries sharing borders with Chad if the security in the West African country escalates, Major General Bashir Magashi has said.Magashi, who is the Minister of Defence, made the remark on Thursday at the continued special weekly ministerial briefing held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.He was reacting to the recent happenings in Chad following the death of President Idriss Deby who died of injuries he sustained while fighting rebels in…

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A file photo of the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, at his office in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @EngrSMamman The Federal Government has concluded plans to embark on a programme to electrify 200 Primary Healthcare Centres and all the 104 Unity Schools across the country.Sale Mamman, who is the Minister of Power, disclosed this in a series of tweets via his verified handle on Wednesday.He explained that the mini-grid, which would be taken up by the Federal Ministry of Power, was also designed to provide solar-powered streetlights to the host communities of the healthcare centres and within the environment of the schools.The…

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A file photo of secondary school students in their final year writing an examination in preparation for their undergraduate programmes. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi is inviting applications from Nigerians and other foreign students for grant of scholarship, the Federal Ministry of Education has said.A statement from the Federal Scholarship Board Management explained that the scholarship was meant for students seeking to pursue higher studies at the undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral levels in Indian Educational Institutes/Universities for the 2021-2022 academic year.The courses available for study include sciences, humanities, commerce, and engineering, except medical…

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A file photo of a powerline. The Federal Government has apologised to Nigerians over the current power outages and shortages in various parts of the country. This was caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants (NIPP) supplying electricity to the national grid, the Federal Ministry of Power explained in a statement on Thursday. Aaron Artimas, who is the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media and Communications, listed the affected plants to include Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji, and Ihovbor. He noted that while the Jebba Power Plant was shut down for annual maintenance,…

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A google map of the Republic of Niger, a country in West Africa. A total of 20 pre-school children – aged between three and five years – lost their lives to a horrific fire that broke out at a school in the Republic of Niger. The incident which occurred on Tuesday in an impoverished area on the outskirts of Niamey, the country’s capital has left dozens of parents and teachers with uncontrollable tears and agony. The victims perished when the fire tore through the classrooms made of wood and straw, witnesses said. “The little children, innocents, were really burned…

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Nigeria recorded its highest inflation rate in four years, NBS report revealed on April 15, 2021, Nigeria’s inflation rate has continued to rise as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation increased to 18.17 per cent (year-on-year) in March. This is 0.82 per cent points higher than the rate recorded in February (17.33 percent), which makes it the highest reported in four years since April 2017. The National Bureau of Statistics disclosed the new figure in its CPI March 2021 report released on Thursday. Increases were recorded in all Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) divisions that…

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A file photo of doctors during a protest. The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called on the Federal Government to prevail on state governments to pay salary arrears owed their members in the country. This formed part of the resolutions reached at the virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union after its leadership met with the government. Addressing reporters on Monday in Abuja, NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, noted that authorities in Abia and Imo States owe resident doctors 20 months and five months arrears, respectively. He stressed the need for the state governments to…

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In this screengrab taken on April 10, 2021, delegates cast their ballots in the PDP zonal congress held at the International Trade Fair Complex in Kaduna State. The North-West Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ended abruptly on Saturday after it was disrupted by thugs. Scores of party faithful had stormed the International Trade Fair Complex in the Kaduna State capital for the exercise which was attended by some PDP chieftains. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and a former National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, were among those present while Zamfara State Governor, Bello…

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