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Nigeria, ECOWAS, Major World Economies Adopt Abuja Statement

Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), World Trade Organisation (WTO), Friends of Investment Facilitation for Development (FIFD) and participants at the High Level Policy and Private Sector Trade and Investment Facilitation Partnership Forum today adopted a declaration titled “The Abuja Statement” at the close of the two-day event, which saw the participation of over 30 African countries ...

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Boosting Infrastructure Investment by Addressing Governance Gaps

Up until now, policy makers focused on improving access to finance. Marking a significant shift, this week representatives from African governments, the global private sector, multilateral institutions, and other development partners meet in Cape Town to participate in the region’s first roundtable on the governance of infrastructure, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). The topic takes center ...

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Kogi Labor Union Leader

The Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union of Secondary School, Science and Technology Education Board (STEB) branch in Kogi State, Mallam Abdulmumini Yakubu has been murdered by unknown gunmen. Following the development, the organized labor in the state on Thursday suspended ongoing negotiation with government. The negotiation which took off on Wednesday was to explore ways of resoling knotty ...

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Thunderous Shout Of “No” At House Of Reps Over Buhari’s Intention

Shouts of thunderous “no, no” filled the legislative chamber of the House of Representatives at Thursday plenary when the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara announced the intention of President Muhammadu Buhari to address a joint session of the National Assembly alongside the presentation of 2018 budget estimate. Hardly had Dogara finished reading the letter from the President than the lawmakers spontaneously ...

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Saraki To IG: Appear Before Senate Panel If You Have Nothing To Hide

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to honor invitation of the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating allegations of abuse of office levied against him if he has nothing to hide. The Senator Francis Alimikhena led ad-hoc committee had on Wednesday threatened to invoke necessary constitutional provisions to compel the police boss to ...

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Senate commiserates with Tinubu over son’s death

The Senate on Thursday expressed sadness over the death of Mr. Jide Tinubu, son of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, after a brief illness on Wednesday. Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who earlier paid a condolence visit to commiserate with Tinubu in Abuja, in a statement he personally signed on behalf of ...

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Melaye Accuses Fashola’s Power Ministry Of Squandering $385m

The senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye of the All Progressives Congress, on Thursday called the attention of the Senate to alleged “monumental fraud” in the Ministry of Power, Work and Housing headed by Babatunde Fashola. Mr. Melaye alleged that the Ministry squandered $385 million on projects not appropriated in the budget between 2013 and 2016. He said that $300 ...

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EFCC To Go After Human Traffickers — Magu

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has expressed the commission’s resolve to go after human traffickers. Mr. Magu said this when a delegation from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) visited him in Abuja. The spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, who reported the visit in a statement, ...

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I Don’t Have N1bn To Give Jonathan, Metuh Tells Court

Embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja not to set aside the subpoena it issued to compel former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear as a witness in his ongoing trial. Metuh further challenged Jonathan’s insistence that the defendant must deposit with the court, for and ...

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Alleged N500m Fraud: You’re Trying To Evade Justice In UK, Judge Tells Diezani

A federal judge in Lagos on Wednesday slammed former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, for trying to abuse court process and deliberately attempting to evade justice in the United Kingdom. Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court while delivering a ruling on Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s application to be joined as a defendant in a money laundering suit ...

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