2020 Budget: Ahmad Lawan ignites hope in National Assembly and Nigeria  By Abubakar Sidiq Usman

The ninth Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria made history on Thursday, December 5, with the passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill into law, thereby fulfilling the promise of the legislature to return the budget cycle to January – December period as it used to be. Until few years after the return to democracy in 1999, Nigerians had become used to the January to December budget cycle such that individuals, businesses and corporations plan their activities in line with the cycle, but the ritual was distorted due largely to…

Why we are in a hurry to perform – Lawan   …commends NASS staff for hard work, dedication to duty

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Sunday advanced reasons why the ninth Senate is in a hurry to deliver on some of the targets set in its legislative agenda. Lawan said the Senate was conscious of the need to act very fast before the 2023 politics start to slow down governance. The Senate President spoke at the End of Year Get-Together/Award ceremony which was organised by the Senate management for the staff of the Senate. Lawan said: “we came with our own ideas, our own agenda as Distinguished Senators…

Technology, Innovations Key To Nigeria’s Development  – Omo-Agege

Nigeria must accelerate advancements in technology and innovations in order to realize critical development goals in the Digital Age, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has advocated. Presenting a paper titled ‘Technology, Innovation and National Development’ in Lagos on Sunday, Senator Omo-Agege emphasized that Nigeria can leapfrog into a great future through the adaptation of technology and utilization of innovations to boost institutional capacity, expand access to quality healthcare and boost productivity in agriculture along with other critical sectors. In the paper presented at the 2019 Luncheon organized…

SSS apologised to Justice Ojukwu for invading court – Falana

SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria) The head of the State Security Service team that invaded the Abuja Federal High Court on Friday apologised to the judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, for their action, a witness has said. PREMIUM TIMES reported how SSS officials invaded the court Friday in a bid to rearrest an activist, Omoyele Sowore. Mr Sowore had been released Thursday night, after 124 days in detention, based on the order of Mrs Ojukwu. The SSS in a statement Saturday denied that its officers invaded the court. It accused Mr…

Buhari-Tinubu Alliance Will Crack Noticeably In 2020 – Farooq Kperogi

Nigerian US-based journalism teacher and critic, Farooq Kperogi, tells The Interview why he has continued to be one of President Buhari’s greatest critics, In what could be his most detailed interview so far, US-based journalism teacher and critic, Farooq Kperogi, speaks on a wide range of issues from his hard-hitting columns to journalism in Nigeria and from Atiku Abubakar to Sowore’s detention and the Buhari-Tinubu relationship. It’s as hard as nails, and yet, clear as crystal. Once you start reading it, you can’t stop: In one of your recent articles,…

BOXING : Dabiri-Erewa Celebrates Joshua’s victory

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission ( NIDCOM),Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa,has congratulated Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi-Joshua, for defeating his opponent Andy Ruiz Jr in Saturday’s World Heavyweight Boxing fight in Saudi Arabia, thus reclaiming his World Heavyweight titles. Dabiri-Erewa gave the commendation in a statement by NIDCOM Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Sunday in Abuja. She said that the victory over the Mexican was not only a thing of pride to Nigerians, but to Africa as a whole. “I congratulate you on this wonderful feat, for winning…

HAJJ : Saudi Allocates 95, 000 slots To Nigeria, as NAHCON sign HAJJ 2020 Agreements

Nigeria has retained 95, 000 slot allocation for pilgrims in 2020 Hajj.This formed part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada on behalf of Nigeria and the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr SalehBn Taher Benten who signed on behalf of the Kingdom. The MoU was signed on 5th December 2019 preparatory to the year 2020 Hajj exercise. Prior to the signing event, Ambassador Dada conveyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s gratitude to King Salman Bin AbdulAziz and the Saudi Arabian…