Federal government dismisses report of Nigeria’s Embassy attack in Cotonou.

The federal government has dismissed reports that the Embassy of Nigeria in Cotonou, Benin Republic, was attacked. Minister of Foreign Affairs  Geoffrey Onyeama The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement said the video circulating on the social media purportedly showing an attack on a Nigerian embassy was an old video. The ministry therefore called on the general public to disregard the fake news being spread by mischief makers to whip up sentiments and cause unnecessary tension between Nigeria and Benin Republic. Nwonye added that the ring leaders of the unwarranted attack in Dakar were...

FG to subject public buildings in Nigeria to mandatory maintenance checks

FG to subject public buildings in Nigeria to mandatory maintenance checks

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the federal government has concluded plans to subject public buildings across the country to mandatory maintenance checks. Osinbajo stated this at the closing ceremony of the Construction Artisans Awards and Job Skills Expo in Abuja. The vice president, represented by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the first phase of the mandatory maintenance programme would cover only public buildings. He said before reaching a decision on the introduction of the maintenance framework, the ministry sampled nine buildings and discovered that about N600 million would be required annually for maintenance. The...

President Buhari promises to rejig police and judiciary if re-elected

Presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress – APC, Muhammadu Buhari has promised to rejig the police and judiciary for better results in the fight against corruption, if re-elected on February 16. Addressing supporters in Abakaliki Township Stadium in a rally to officially flag off his campaign in the state, the president said his administration had done its best to fulfill its campaign promises in 2015. He added that APC would continue to keep its promises if voted into power again. The achievements of his administration he enumerated include recovering some parts of Borno State held hostage by Boko Haram...

Europe leaders stand against Theresa May’s bid to rewrite Brexit

European leaders have moved to head off British Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to rewrite the Brexit divorce deal, warning they will not shift. Having thrown out the exit deal May negotiated with the EU, divided British lawmakers voted on Tuesday to send her back to get an Irish border backstop clause removed. May seized on this as a chance to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union on March 29 without an agreement on the terms of the split, vowing to return to Brussels to demand changes to the text.

Workers in Akwa Ibom state commend Government for readiness to implement new minimum wage

Governor Udom Emmanuel has been applauded for his timely acceptance and declaration that he would pay the agreed 30,000 naira new minimum wage to workers in the state. Some workers in the state who spoke with Planet News while, urged other state governors, who are yet to make declarative statement about the minimum wage to do so in order to justify their stance. According to them, the pronouncement by the governor has stood him out amongst other state governors who are still foot-dragging over the issue. While calling on the federal government to expedite the process of implementing the new...

EFCC files 10-count charge against former S.G.F, Babachir Lawal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has filed a 10-count charge against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and five others. The charges were filed on Wednesday. Others included; Hamidu David Lawal, Sulaiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday, Rholavision Engineering Limited and Josmon Technologies Limited. All the suspects are expected to face trial in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Runtown wins legal battle against his former record Label, Eric Many

Nigerian musician and songwriter Douglas Jack Agu popularly known as Runtown who has been in a legal struggle for 7 months with his former record Label Eric Many has won the court case. In a judgment delivered by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday 23rd January, Runtown’s former record label, Eric Many has been restrained from interfering in the singer’s affairs.

Arsenal closes in on Denis Suarez deal

Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez. The Spaniard will join the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, with a purchase option in the summer. Suarez has played 71 times for Barcelona since joining in 2013 but has only featured eight times this season. He previously played under Gunners manager Unai Emery during a loan spell at Sevilla when Emery was in charge of the La Liga side.

US urges its citizens to avoid travelling to Venezuela

The United States has urged its citizens to avoid all travel to crisis-torn Venezuela, citing risks of crime and arrest and the US embassy’s limited ability to assist. The State Department had earlier listed Venezuela as Level 3, meaning that Americans should reconsider visits.While the new travel advisory concerns the security of US citizens as the United States is pressing leftist President Nicolas Maduro to step down faced with Venezuela’s economic collapse and mounting street protests. More than 40 people were killed and record numbers were arrested during a week of protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

NJC issues seven-day ultimatum to both suspended CJN, and the acting CJN

The National Judicial Council, NJC, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the suspended chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, and the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad. This was disclosed after an emergency meeting in Abuja. Ibrahim Muhammad is to respond to a petition against him over an alleged breach of NJC rules, allowing himself to be sworn in as acting CJN without due consultation with the NJC as stipulated constitutionally. The body also referred the petition written against the Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC). The council, therefore, said it...

NIMC stresses need for national identity numbers

Following the commencement of the mandatory use of National Identity Number – NIN this January by the National Identity Management Commission – NIMC, the commission is insisting that people yet to register to collect their NIN slips do so, while further listing the features of its permanent identity cards, when successfully collected. Speaking with Planet News, NIMC’s Senior Manager Customer Care Services, Iniobong Ekpo, expressed concern for those yet to secure the cards, saying the implementation of the compulsory use of NIN, though still dragging in some quarters, will be total in no time. According to Ekpo, the permanent identity...

Governor Udom takes campaign train to Nsit Ubuim and Etinan

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has promised to award a contract for the construction of an ultra modern Police station in Nsit Ubium local government area in order to boost the security Architecture in the area and ensure the protection of lives and properties. Governor Emmanuel who made the pledge during his Gubernatorial campaign rally in Nsit Ubium, also assured the people that the next human driven foreign investment to be attracted to the State will be cited at Nsit Ubium. In Etinan local government area, the Governor sued for continuous support for the PDP to enable him do...

ASUU issues warning to university VCs over non-compliance to ongoing strike

Academic Staff Union of Universities – ASUU has threatened that it would sanction some university vice chancellors who may have been uncooperative in the ongoing strike by the lecturers. ASUU President Professor Biodun Ogunyemi reacting to the allegation that some vice chancellors have been intimidating lecturers in their institution and have ordered them back to the classroom, while some have reportedly commenced examinations, said the union may be preparing for a confrontation with some of the vice chancellors that have defaulted and failed to cooperate. Ogunyemi expressed regret over some members of the union, who choose to betray their conscience...

Atiku visits US, to meet Nigerian business community

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party-PDP Atiku Abubakar yesterday arrived the United States of America to meet with the Nigerian business community in the U.S. According to a statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibeh, Abubakar is also expected to meet with U.S. government officials during the visit. The PDP presidential hopeful who is accompanied by the Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and Senate President Bukola Saraki is expected to return to the country on Saturday, January 19. Reports say Atiku’s arrival in the U. S has ended a 12-year deprivation of visa to a country in...

LEAP Africa organizes training for youth corps members in Akwa Ibom

Federal government has been advised to review the secondary school curriculum in the country in order to equip students and young school leavers with knowledge on how to contribute to nation-building through wealth creation. Speaking with Planet News on the sidelines of a three-day leadership training organized by a non-profit organization, LEAP Africa for youth corp members in Uyo, the Executive Director of the organization, Femi Taiwo said the current school curriculum limited the capability of the students. He said as an organization committed to developing dynamic innovative and principled African leaders, the i-LEAP programme was designed to help students...

FG to present proposed new Minimum Wage to National Council of State on January 22

Federal government says the proposed new National Minimum Wage will be presented to the National Council of State on January 22. The Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige disclosed this while speaking with State House correspondents after the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, work was still ongoing on the figure, frequency of review, those to be exempted and everything about the bill before it would be ready for transmission to the National Assembly.

INEC Akwa Ibom State to suspend collection of PVCs were violence is recorded

Following the disturbing trend involving attack of its personnel and forceful dispossession of Permanent Voter Cards – PVCs since the commencement of the last phase of PVC collection at Ward level, the Independent National Electoral Commission – INEC has withdrawn its personnel and directed that PVCs collection in Ikono Local Government Area and EdemAya III, in Ikot Abasi LGA, now be at INEC Local Government Area offices. In a Press Release signed by INEC’s Head of Department Voter Education and Publicity, Anthony Patta, this has happened in Ikono Local Government Area and Ward 8 (EdemAya III) Ikot Abasi Local Government...

Joint Health Sector Unions threatens to resume strike on January 31

Joint Health Sector Unions-JOHESU, has threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended on 30th May 2018 if the issues in dispute are not resolved before Thursday, 31st January this year. Issuing the strike notice in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Doctor Chris Ngige, JOHESU Chairman, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah noted that having waited for this long it was surprising that the matters had not been resolved. Reports say among issues at stake are upward adjustment of the CONHESS Salary structure; unjustified withholding of the salaries of JOHESU members for the months of April and May,...

House of Representatives to commence debate on 2019 budget today

House of Representatives will today commence debate on the 2019 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 19 last year before the joint session of the national assembly. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who made the announcement during plenary yesterday, said the House will commence the second reading of the budget today after a valedictory session slated in honour of Ayeola and late President Shehu Shagari. Meanwhile, the lawmakers are yet to pass the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper over two months after it was transmitted to them.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons to take on China today in invitational tournament

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will today tackle China’s women national team, nicknamed Steel Roses, in their opening game of the Four –Nation Invitational Tournament. The nine-time AWCON champions will take on China at Huitang Stadium at 7.35pm local time, which is 12.35pm in Nigeria after the game involving the Korea Republic and Romania. The winner of today’s encounter will clash with the winner of the game between Korea Republic and Romania in Sunday’s final slated to kick off at 7.35pm local time 12.35pm Nigerian time.

British Prime Minister Theresa May survives parliament’s no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal, weeks before the UK reportedly leaves the European Union. May emerged victorious in parliament’s first no-confidence vote in a British government in 26 years, by a 325 to 306 margin, a majority of 19. The British Prime Minister was on Tuesday dealt the heaviest drubbing by parliament in modern British political history with 432 votes to 202, over the divorce terms she reached with Brussels.

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel presents 2019 Manifesto

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has presented his 2019 Manifesto christened “completion Agenda” with a renewed commitment to surpass the superior performances recorded in his first tenure and position Akwa Ibom as the industrial hub of Nigeria. This he says will translate into more industries, more infrastructures, more roads networks and better educational facilities as well as sustaining the prevailing peace in the state. Governor Emmanuel who stated these during the State PDP Campaign Flag off held at the Uyo Township Stadium, noted that having delivered on his five point agenda promised in his first term, the second term...

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