FG to improve remuneration for teachers, other workers

By Thompson ABISOLA President Muhammadu Buhari has said a comprehensive policy for improved remuneration for teachers and all public servants is being developed. Buhari, represented by Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said this at the 2018 Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference on Tuesday in Abuja. The president said that the remuneration policy would include genuine pension scheme. The conference has the theme, “Education for Self-Reliance: A System’s Approach to Education for the achievement of Education 2030 Agenda.” He said that the choice and timing of…

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Ekweremadu: Police investigate alleged assassination attempt

By Giwa SHILE The Nigeria Police Force said it had commenced investigation on the alleged assassination attempt on Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu, his wife and son, allegedly escaped assassination attempt at their Apo residence in Abuja in the early hours of Tuesday. Ekweremadu had narrowly escaped an alleged attempt on his life in Abuja on Nov. 17, 2015. Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. Moshood explained that the incidence was a burglary and not…

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Tripartite Committee recommends minimum wage increase to N30,000

By Aliyu DANLADI The Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage on Tuesday recommended an increase in the existing minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000. Chairman of the Committee, Amal Pepple, made this known in her remarks when the committee presented its report on the Review of National Minimum Wage to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Pepple explained that the recommendation made by the committee was predicated on the high cost of living, occasioned by the exchange rate as well as…

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I’m fully committed to having new National Minimum Wage — Buhari

By Giwa SHILE President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage. Buhari said this in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving the report of the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage from the committee’s chairman, Amal Pepple at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He expressed delight that the committee had successfully completed its assignment in a peaceful and non-controversial manner. He revealed that the Federal Government would soon transmit an Executive bill (on National Minimum…

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Buhari sends special envoy to Guinea Bissau

By Meletus EZE President Muhammadu Buhari, as Chairman, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, has sent a Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau ahead of the country’s legislative elections. The delegation was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean -Claude Kassi Brou. The Onyeama- led mission met with President of Guinea Bissau José  Mário Vaz and political leaders with other stakeholders. The minister at a separate meeting appealed to political leaders in the country to embrace peace and unity…

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TCN explains power supply instability in Sokoto, Birnin-Kebbi, Gusau

By Thompson ABISOLA Current power supply limitation in Sokoto, Talata-Mafara, Gusau and Birnin–Kebbi is caused by the collapse of 132KV transmission tower located  between Funtua and Gusau, a statement from Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says. The statement, issued by TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs , Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, in Abuja on Tuesday, said the collapse of the tower resulted in  transmission capacity constraints on its Birnin-Kebbi-Sokoto-Talata-Mafara-Gusau transmission line. Mbah, said the collapse of tower No 307 on Funtua-Gusau transmission line route cut off bulk electricity supply to Gusau and…

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$134m Ibadan Inland Dry Port project begins soon – Shippers Council

By Olamilekan FAWAS Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, , has said that the construction of $134million new Ibadan Inland Dry Port (IDP) would commence soon. Bello made the disclosure in Ibadan on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy call on Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state in his office. Bello had led Mr Dada Ahmed, a representative of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and representatives of CRCC China-Africa Construction Limited on the visit. Bello presented to the governor an Outline Business Case Compliance Certificate (OBC) of…

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$55m crude oil shipment: FG closes case in suit against Agip

By Olaleke ASHAFA The Federal Government (FG) on Tuesday closed its case at a Federal High Court Lagos, in a 55 million dollars debt recovery suit it filed against Agip Oil Company Limited. The suit, filed since 2016 by the government’s counsel, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), is one among others by the government, seeking to recover almost 12 billion dollars in missing crude oil revenue from some international oil companies. The Federal Government is claiming 55 million dollars from Agip for missing crude oil revenue. The FG accused Agip of…

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Minimum Wage: Atiku welcomes FG agreement to pay N30,000

By Meletus EZE The Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has commended the Federal Government for agreeing to pay N30,000 minimum wage negotiated with labour leaders in the country. Abubakar made the commendation in a statement his Presidential Campaign Organisation on Tuesday in Abuja. He described Nigerian workers as the “goose that lays the golden egg” and was worthy of the best pay that Nigeria could afford. Abubakar recalled that he had last week stated his commitment to a living wage as one of the pillars of…

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Unilorin increases fees by 35% – Management

By Aliyu DANLADI The Management of the University of Ilorin on Tuesday disclosed that it had hiked its school fees by 35 per cent. The spokesman of the university, Mr Kunle Akogun,  said that the initial increment was by 48.4 per cent as against the general conception of 100 per cent. According to Akogun, the increment  is in university and faculty charges. He explained that the items that made up the charges were simply fundamentals and basic. ”As a result of reduction in the Federal Government reimbursement for the university…

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