DEMOCRACY: Nigeria has made substantial progress in twenty years – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Thursday that Nigeria has made significant progress over the last twenty years since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. Lawan stated this in a speech delivered at the 17th Edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue with the theme “Twenty Years of Democracy in Nigeria: Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities”, which held in Abuja. The Senate President, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, was represented by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger…

Gov Sani-Bello tasks LG Chairmen on good governance, service delivery at grassroots level

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has charged the Local Government Area Chairmen in the state to brace up in the discharge of their administrative duties in order to bring about meaningful growth and development at the grassroots level. Governor Sani Bello gave the charge at a three-day Post-Inauguration Workshop for the Chairmen and some Ministry Officials of the state, held at the 5th Chukker Polo Club, Kaduna. The Governor, who called on the Chairmen to ensure that all departments in the council are functional, also urged them to…

No worker in Oyo State ‘ll earn below N30,000 minimum wage— Gov Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Wednesday that no staff in the State’s workforce would earn below the N30,000 national minimum wage. He stated that once the Committee set up by his government to look into the modalities for the implementation of the wage completes its assignment, the Government will stand side by side with the workers to implement the decision. The Governor noted that he was looking forward to a decision that would be agreeable to the civil servants as well as affordable and sustainable for the…

Gov Sani-Bello distributes Hilux vans to Council Chairmen

Niger State government in its bid to promote good governance and ensure adequate monitoring of the activities at the local government areas of the state has distributed 25 Hilux vans to the local government council chairmen in the state. Handing over the vehicles to the Chairmen at the Government House, Governor Sani Bello enjoined them to make judicious use of the logistics provided at ensuring that they get in touch more with the people at the grassroots level.   While emphasising his administration’s interest in seeing results at the local government…

Gov Wike signs Rivers 2020 Appropriation Bill

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has signed the 2020 Budget of the state into law. Governor Wike signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill passed by the State House of Assembly into law at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday. The 2020 Rivers Budget is christened: Budget of “Reassurance, profound impact for inclusive growth and shared prosperity.” The Governor gave his assent in the presence of the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Ikuinyi Ibani, House Members, Members of the State Executive…

FG Rejects Religious Freedom Violation Tag, says It Feeds On Discredited Narrative

The Federal Government has rejected the US designation of Nigeria as a country that engages in or tolerates severe violations of religious freedom, saying the iniquitous tag stems from an orchestrated narrative that has long been discredited In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the good people of Nigeria enjoy unfettered freedom to practise their religion, and blamed failed politicians and disgruntled elements some of them supposedly respected leaders for latching on to religion as their trump card, especially…

Osun Govt Suspends Yuletide free train ride over Lagos-Ibadan rail line repairs  ….Gov Oyetola appeals to citizens

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has said resumption of work on Lagos-Ibadan rail line will unavoidably stall the government’s free train ride programme for the Christmas and New Year festive season. The Federal Government through the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, had on Friday ordered the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation, the contractor handling the 10 railway stations along Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail line to resume work immediately with a view to completing the projects unfailingly next month. In a statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ismail…

Impeachment: Response to an Ill-informed Law Lecturer called Sylvester Udemezue By Farooq Kperogi

I usually don’t respond to responses to my public interventions. The only times I do so is if a response not only drips wet with intolerable ignorance but also has the potential to replicate its nescience among unsuspecting learners. The response of one Sylvester Udemezue—whom I was told is a law lecturer at the Nigerian Law School—to my widely shared explanatory piece on the difference between “impeachment” and “removal from office” fits this bill. The man wrote a tortured, rambling, grammatically awkward, and logically impoverished rant as a riposte to…

Gov Yahaya Bello Signs N176b 2020 Appropriation Bill, Commends State Assembly for Speedy Passage

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Wednesday signed into law the 2020 appropriation bill tagged “Budget of Prosperity” at the banquet hall of the Government House,  Lokoja, the state capital. The bill which was presented to the Governor by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Mathew Kolawole was earlier this month presented to the House of Assembly. While signing the budget, Governor Bello said his foremost gratitude was to the Almighty God and the people of Kogi State for coming out en mass to re-elect him as governor…