NASS: ELECTION SHIFT TO AFFECT PASSAGE OF NEW MINIMUM WAGE BILL, 2019 BUDGET

The National Assembly has condemned the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, stating that passage of the 2019 Appropriation Bill and the New Minimum Wage Bill will suffer further delay. Speaking with one of our correspondents on the telephone on Saturday evening, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas, lamented that the postponement had more implications beyond the elections. Namdas said one of the implications was that the National Assembly, which is billed to resume plenary on Tuesday…

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NEW LAGOS IBADAN RAILWAY TO BE READY IN MAY

Rasheed Bisiriyu The 156-kilometre new Lagos-Ibadan railway will be ready in May this year, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Fidet Okheria, has said. He also said commercial operation would commence on the 85km Iju-Abeokuta section of the new standard gauge line after the ongoing free train ride by passengers on the line expected to last for three months. The Iju-Abeokuta section of the standard gauge new railway is currently operating a daily free train, which will last for three months. This is after the Minister of Transportation, Mr…

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INSIDE THE PALACE OF YORUBA OBA IN GHANA, SEE PICS

Oba Alhaji Hamza Peregrino Brimah surrounded by some elders The Yoruba in Ghana are setting good examples with their traditional ruler leading the pace in sustaining their culture and living in harmony. From outside, the one-storey building looks like several other buildings sprawling over the commercial hub of the city, the Makola International Market at Central Accra, Ghana. Originally known as Okaissey, the entire area has been taken over by itinerant traders. However, the bold inscription on the entrance of this particular building indicates a very important place. “This is…

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EVERYTHING POINTS TO BUHARI’S DEFEAT, EXCEPT THE POLLS

Minabere Ibelema At a campaign rally in Abuja last week’s Thursday, Information Minister Lai Mohammed very much stated that Boko Haram is as great a threat today as it has ever been. “As our gallant men and women in uniform clear the remnants of the home-grown insurgency called Boko Haram, they are confronting a fresh crisis, global insurgency,” Mohammed said. “A faction of the Boko Haram sect has aligned with the global terror group, ISIS, to form ISWAP, the Islamic State’s West African Province. … In other words, ISIS now…

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BADARU, RINGIM, ADAMU BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF JIGAWA

As moves by political gladiators to outwit one another, either to consolidate grip on power or wrest power from the incumbents across the country gather momentum, in Jigawa State, the race to the Government House is becoming tense. The forefront runners in the governorship race are candidates of the PDP, Aminu Ibrahim Ringim, the APC, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, and the SDP, Bashir Adamu Jumbo, who have been busy crisscrossing the state wooing supporters, as well as holding nocturnal meetings in the past few weeks. Going by the dramatic change in…

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CUSTOMERS IN LIMBO AFTER SHUT DOWN OF ILLEGAL CAPITAL MARKET

Dantata success and profitable company sealed by SEC Following the closure of a Kano-based Dantata Success and Profitable Company by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 6, 2019, many investors have been plunged into confusion and financial uncertainty. This is as a result of their huge investments in the company, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered. The Dantata Success and Profitable Company is an initiative of Hajiya Basira Dantata. She started the company as a family business where interested members invested their shares for business purposes. The main function…

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ELRUFAI LIED OVER STORY ABOUT 66 DEATHS IN KADUNA , NEMA CONFIRMS CAN CLAIMS

SUNDAY ABORISADE and GODWIN ISENYO The Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Saturday dismissed claims by Governor Nasir el-Rufai that 66 persons were killed by gunmen in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state. The CAN Chairman in the state, Rev. Joseph Hayab, who stated this in a statement, insisted that the governor deliberately gave out the wrong information to deceive Nigerians and the international community. He said the false alarm as contained in a statement by the governor on Friday evening, was aimed at stirring up…

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8 MONTHS ON, THIS GIRL WHO WAS STOLEN FROM CHURCH IS YET TO BE FOUND

Eight months on, girl stolen from church still not found •Embattled mum narrates travails By Bose Adelaja It is eight months since four-year-old Goodness Igwe mysteriously disappeared from the premises of the church where her parents worshiped as she played with her mates after a Sunday service.   The doll she was carrying at the time she was last seen by her parents was later found in her mother’s tricycle. baby and mother Penultimate Wednesday, the mother of three, Mrs Kehinde Igwe, took a break from her daily routine to call…

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SCARY IMPLICATIONS OF BOKO HARAM AMBUSHING GOVERNOR SHETTIMA

Kashim Shettima The recent attacks on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, is a disturbing development, writes Olaseni Durojaiye The deadly attack on the convoy of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, last Tuesday, was both a very audacious move on the part of the anti-social group and a hint at the group’s rising boldness might have been buoyed, perhaps, by some of their successful raids on some military formations in recent times, during which they made away with military hardware from the armouries of the military…

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SEE WARNUNG ISSUED BY FOREIGN OBSERVERS TO INEC OVER ELECTION POSTPONEMENT

The European Union Election Observation Mission, Economic Community of West African States Election Observation Mission and other election observers have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to finalise preparations and adhere strictly to the new February 23, 2019 date for the general elections. The Observer missions noted that the suspension of the polls due to logistical and operational challenges had caused disappointment for many, admonishing the commission to provide regular updates and information to the public on its preparations in the coming days and weeks to enhance confidence and trust…

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