Akwa Ibom State Government recieves commendation for curbing child abuse and trafficking

Akwa Ibom State Government has been commended for partnering with the state National Human rights commission-NHRC, law enforcement agencies and other relevant bodies in ensuring that the issue of child abuse and trafficking is completely nipped in the bud in the state. The state coordinator of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Iji, who gave the commendation in a chat with planet news, said the efforts of the state technical working group on the rights of Orphan and Vulnerable Children and other child protection partners has contributed to the successes recorded in the fight against child abuse and theft. While...

Governor Udom appoints Dr. Moses Umobong as Acting Rector of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has approved the appointment of Doctor Moses Umobong as Acting Rector of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua. A statement signed by the Head of the State Civil Service, Ekereobong Akpan says the appointment of Doctor Umobong takes immediate effect, following the retirement of the incumbent rector of the school, Doctor Israel Affia. According to the statement, Doctor Umobong is the most senior academic staff of the institution and his appointment is pending when the substantive Rector will be appointed. Governor Emmanuel further thanked the retired Rector and wished him success in his future...

FG and labour unions reach agreement on transmission of new Minimum Wage bill to National Assembly

Federal Government and organised labour unions in the country have finally reached an agreement on the transmission of an executive bill of a new Minimum Wage by the Federal Government to the National Assembly after three days of meetings. The agreement came on a day that labour unions staged a protest rally all over the country over the transmission of the bill to National Assembly by the Federal Government. Unlike other meetings , the Tuesday meeting lasted fewer hours. However, president of Trade Union Congress, Kaigama Bobboi, warned that if the Federal Government reneged on the date it promised to...

Tope Alabi tops the list as the best artiste of 2018 in Nigeria

Popular Nigerian gospel artist and actress, Tope Alabi has topped the list as the best artiste of 2018 in Nigeria and also claimed the spot for most album played in the year by Boomplay, a music streaming service in Africa. Davido’s “Assurance” claimed the spot for most-played song while “Mind” by DMW is the second most-played song in Nigeria acoording to the record released by the platform. Boomplay a music streaming service in Africa in its annual statistics for Nigeria, showcased the music trends and artists that defined the year.

Arsenal to face Manchester United in FA Cup fourth round

Manchester United will visit Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup at The Emirates Stadium after Monday’s draw pitted the two English Premier League giants together. The draw was conducted by former Wolves and Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, as well as former Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane. Arsenal with 13 FA Cup wins and United with 12 are the most successful clubs in the world’s oldest knockout competition. English Premier League champions Manchester City are at home to top-flight strugglers Burnley, while holders Chelsea will take on Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town at...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives China at invitation of Chinese President

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Beijing for an unannounced visit, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to reports Kim will be in China until January 10 with his wife Ri Sol-ju. The visit comes amid reports that negotiations are under way for a second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump. The two met last June, the first such meeting for a sitting US president.

PDP suspends deputy national chairman, Senator Gamawa Babayo

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has suspended its Deputy National Chairman North Senator Gamawa Babayo, over allegation of dereliction of duty and anti-party activity. National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said that Babayo was suspended by the National Working Committee. The committee held an extra-ordinary session on January 5, where it critically reviewed the petition against the deputy national chairman.

FG reaches agreement with ASUU, releases 15.4billion naira for salary shortfalls

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU. Addressing journalists after a meeting with the lecturers in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the majority of their demands have been met including the release of 15.4 billion naira for payment of salary shortfalls. According to him, the Federal Government is also in the process of releasing another 20 billion naira for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers. Meanwhile, the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the National Executive Committee of the union will review...

Wizkid announces his intention to quit music temporarily

Starboy records boss and frontline act, Ayodeji Balogun, better known as Wizkid, has announced his intention to quit music temporarily. The “Fever” crooner took to his verified Twitter handle, to announce that he would be taking a much-deserved rest till March, this year. Wizkid, who did not reveal the reason for his intended break, has however disclosed that his one target for the year 2019 is to make more money.

PSG striker Timothy Weah’s six-month loan to Celtic confirmed

Paris Saint-Germain striker Timothy Weah’s six-month loan to Celtic has been confirmed with manager Brendan Rodgers saying he brings “pace and technique”. The 18-year-old United States forward’s deal was confirmed after he arrived in Dubai to join Celtic’s training camp during their winter break. Weah’s arrival closely followed that of West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke, who has also joined the Scottish champions on loan for the rest of the season.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces resignation

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has announced he would step down next month, more than three years before his current term was due to expire. The decision ends Kim’s six-year tenure and may give US President Donald decisive influence over the future leadership of the global development lender. According to Kim in a statement, it has been a great honour serving as president of the institution he described as full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty. ELSEWHERE – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki have reopened a border crossing between...

JAMB commences publication of a bulletin of its financial activities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board-JAMB say it was set to commence the publication of a bulletin of its financial activities to the public for the purpose of transparency. The Head, Media and Information of the board, Fabian Benjamin, who disclosed this in an interview, said the bulletin, which will be known as “Jambulletin”, would be published every Monday and would not be for sale. He further stated that the new development is in compliance with President Buhari-led administration’s directive to full disclosure of all financial transactions in the public sector, in line with his transparency agenda adding that the...

NLC to hold nationwide protest today over new national minimum wage

Nigeria Labour Congress-NLC says it will today Tuesday January 8 hold a nationwide protest to drive its demand for the upward review of the national minimum wage from 18,000 naira to 30,000 naira. The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, who disclosed this in a statement stressed that there, would be no strike action for now. Ozo-Eson, therefore, asked members of the public to disregard reports that the strike would begin today. Recall that the National Executive Council of the NLC had on December 17 last year directed that the body hold nationwide mobilization of workers and protests...

INEC presents national register of voters to political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC has presented the national register of voters to political parties. The chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who made the presentation at the quarterly consultative meeting with political parties, further announced that for the 2019 general elections, the total number of registered voters in Nigeria is Eighty Four Million, Four Thousand, and Eighty Four eligible voters. He advised those who are yet to collect their PVCs to do so before the Election Day. Also, INEC has begun the training of 850,000 personnel, including ad hoc staff, for the general elections. Reports say the first...

Military takes over Gabon in coup plot

Gabon soldiers say they have seized power in oil-rich Country, where the ailing leader’s family President Ali Bongo has ruled for 50 years. Soldiers in the West African country say they launched a coup to restore democracy, taking control of the national radio to read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration Council”.

FG urged to implement friendly investment policies to boast economic activities

The Federal Government through the Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, has extended the window for registration of business names at the reduced cost of Five thousand Naira by 90 days. It will be recalled that the Commission under its Business Incentive Strategy-BIS, had reduced the cost of Business Name registration from Ten thousand naira to five thousand for a period of three months from October 1 to December 31, 2018. A statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Moses Adaguusu, explained that BIS was aimed at creating a window for MSMEs to formalize their businesses to enable them own corporate...

President Buhari promises to sign Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari says he was committed to Nigeria’s reform, saying he would assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, PIGB, as soon as the National Assembly presented it to him. The president, who spoke at the 40th anniversary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, in Abuja, said when the bill becomes law, it would address most of the challenges facing the oil and gas industry. Represented by Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Buhari appealed to the workers to support his government towards ensuring better welfare for them. While commending the workers for...

Burna Boy clinches the most wins at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards

Afro-fusion star, Damini Ogulu popularly called Burna Boy has clinched the most wins at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards, taking home four plaques including ‘African Artiste of the Year’. He also took the ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Listener’s Choice’ and ‘Best Make MVP at the award show held in Lagos. Davido and Wizkid got one award each in the ‘Best Pop song’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ categories.

Cesc Fabregas arrives Monaco to finalise move from Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas has arrived Monaco to finalise his move from Chelsea. The tearful Fabregas bid farewell to Chelsea yesterday after making his 501st appearance in English Football in Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Nottingham Forest where he missed a penalty. The 31-year-old will now reunite with his former Arsenal team-mate, Thierry Henry in Ligue 1 after ironing out the final details of his switch.

Malaysia’s King Muhammad The Fifth resigns

Malaysia’s King Muhammad The Fifth has resigned, the first time a monarch has stepped down from the throne in the country before completing their five-year tenure. The National Palace said in a statement that Muhammad’s resignation took effect immediately, but did not give a reason for the 49-year-old royal’s abrupt move. IN ANOTHER NEWS – Prime Minister Theresa May has said the Commons vote on her Brexit deal will “definitely” go ahead next week as she vowed to redouble her efforts to win Members of Parliament round. She said she would set out new measures on Northern Ireland and look...

Governor Udom commends the church for sustaining peace in Akwa Ibom state

Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has commended the church for their role towards the sustenance of peace in the state while also reiterating his commitment to maintaining the existing harmony and unity in the state. Governor Emmanuel who stated this while addressing the congregation at the Catholic diocesan new year fasting and prayers Assembly, held at Cardinal Ekandem seminary grounds, Dominic utuk avenue uyo, expressed optimism that the prayers would bring an enduring peace and ensure a transparent, credible and violent free election in the state and country. While thanking God for the peace and the Christian body for...

NANS urged to persuade federal government and ASUU to end strike

The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students- NANS have been urged to explore all reasonable means to persuade the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities- ASUU to come to terms and call off the lingering strike by the union for the interest of the nation. Speaking with Planet News over the recent meeting of the union with President Muhamadu Buhari and the plans by the students’ body to engage in nationwide demonstration, some students in Uyo commended the moves while others however advised NANS to tread with caution and not get compromised in the process....

President Buhari inaugurates APC Presidential campaign Council today

President Muhammadu Buhari will today, inaugurate the All Progressives Congress -APC Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 General Elections. This information is contained in a statement issued by Festus Keyamu, Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, in Abuja. Keyamu who said the event would take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, at 10 a.m, added that those expected at the ceremony were the persons earlier announced as members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. According to a statement by the party in December, the Council is co-chaired by the president and National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu...