Diaspora: Nigeria, UK to further harness its potentials for development

Nigeria and the UK have taken greater steps in strengthening its age-long relationship for development, through its Diaspora. This was stated when the Deputy High Commissioner, Ms. Gill Atkinson and the Political Counsellor, British High Commission, Mr. Jonathan Bacon paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja. The Deputy High Commissioner acknowledged the rich list of  Nigerians in the UK, performing excellently in various fields of endeavours. She spoke that one key mission was to harness potentials and resources between the…

Senate summons NLNG over refusal to pay compensation to 73 communities  …..   gives one-week ultimatum   

The Senate has given the management of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited a one-week ultimatum to appear before its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions or face the consequences for failing to do so. The summons was issued on Wednesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, when the chamber considered a report by the Ethics Committee on the refusal by NLNG to pay compensation for lands acquired from seventy-three (73) host communities in Rivers State. The report was against the backdrop of a petition received from one Chief…

Senate passes Health Emergency Bill  

The Senate has passed a bill to provide for a national framework for the control of outbreaks of infectious diseases in Nigeria.   The bill’s passage followed the consideration of a report by the Committee by the Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.   The piece of legislation entitled, “Bill for an Act to Provide for an Effective National Framework for the Control of Outbreaks of Infectious Diseases and Other Events Endangering Public Health and Requiring Public Health Emergency Measures and For Other Related Matters (SB. 413)”, was read…

Senate passes Nigerian Meteorological Agency Bill

The Senate on Wednesday passed the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Bill, 2022 to provide for the regulation of meteorology in Nigeria. The passage of the bill was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Committee on Aviation during plenary. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West), in his presentation, said the bill seeks to repeal the Nigerian Meteorological Agency Act, 2003 and enact the Nigerian Meteorological Agency to provide for the Regulation of Meteorology in the country. “The objective of the Bill is for the purpose of…

NHRC proposes quarterly dialogue to address oil spills in Niger Delta

The Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu SAN, has proposed a quarterly dialogue between the Commission and the oil and gas industries to address issues of oil spillage and other associated human rights violations in the Niger-Delta region. Ojukwu recommended the dialogue as a way to mitigate peculiar forms of human rights violations in the oil-producing region of the country when he received a delegation from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria on a courtesy visit to discuss human rights friendly exploration practices in host communities.…

2022: Senate approves N215.8bn budget for FIRS

The Senate on Wednesday approved the sum of N215,811,290,243 billion naira as budget for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the 2022 fiscal year.   The approval followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Finance during plenary.   Chairman of the Committee, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West), in his presentation, said out of the amount approved,N119,684,218,735 was for Personnel Cost; N60,160,518,057 for Overhead Cost; and N35,966,553,451 for Capital Cost.   He stated that the 2022 projected Cost of Collection of N215.81 billion was slightly lower…

National Chairmanship: Nasarawa APC endorses Senator Al-makura

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, has unanimously endorsed Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura for the position of the national chairman of the party. At a colourful ceremony that held at the Government House, Tuesday, the APC adopted the former governor as its only candidate to run for the position of the national chairman of the party ahead of the February 26 national convention. At the event, Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, members of the national assembly from the state, members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly,…

Niger Police nab more suspects for youth restiveness, thuggery,illegal possession of weapons

A joint task force comprised of the Police, Military, DSS, NSCDC and Vigilantees in a continuous onslaught against youth restiveness, thuggery and other acts of criminality in Minna,Niger state capital metropolis, launched an aggressive raid and house to house search on Tuesday 25th January, 2022 at Unguwar-Biri community area of Bosso LGA  arrested twenty eight (28) additional suspects with the following recoveries; -Ten (10) arrows -Seven (7) cutlasses -Eight (8) knives -Nine (9) sticks -Five (5) shisha pipes -One (1) wood cutter -One (1) axe -One (1) iron rod -One…

Fuel Subsidy: Lawan tasks security  agencies to stem petroleum smuggling

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday met with heads of security and paramilitary agencies and tasked them to do more to checkmate smuggling of petroleum products out of Nigeria. In attendance at the meeting were the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali(rtd), Commandant General, Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, representative of the Director General of the State Security Service, San Gesto and representative of the Comptroller General of Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Ishaka Abdulmumini Lawan said in his opening remarks that the…

Niger Police arrest ex-convict for robbery in Suleja

The Nigeria Police Force,Niger state command on 23rd January,2022 at about 0230hrs, on receipt of information at ‘C’ DIV Madalla that suspected robbers armed with cutlasses, sticks and knives attacked residents of Kwakwashe area of Suleja. The Police Division patrol team immediately mobilized to the scene where one Abdulrazak Umar aged 23yrs ‘m’ of Ungwar-Aho, Suleja was arrested in connection with the robbery attack. During interrogation, the suspect confessed to be a member of five-man gang who robbed about five residences in the area. He also confessed to be an…