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JAMB commences sale of registration forms for 2019 UTME

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board-JAMB has commenced sale of registration forms, for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, today Thursday, January 10. JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this to newsmen said the sales of forms will last for six weeks, adding that the board will stop using cyber cafes for registration of candidates...

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President Buhari reiterates commitment to elimination of corruption in campaign financing

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his commitment to the elimination of corruption in campaign financing, saying he will not authorize the use of funds from the public treasury for his re-election campaign. Buhari who restated this after the Federal Executive Council-FEC meeting in Abuja, directed Council members to take advantage of technology to reach out...

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INEC and heads of security agencies meet in Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission – INEC has called for a different approach to the deployment of security forces during elections. The demand came about 37 days to the 2019 general elections, and at a time campaigns have commenced nationwide and preparations already at advanced levels. The chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, stated this...

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INEC to experiment electronic transmission of results in 2019 general elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission -INEC has said it would only do a nationwide pilot electronic transmission -e-collation of results in the forthcoming general elections. INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in his opening remarks at the Commission’s regular quarterly meeting with the media in Abuja where he said for the Commission to do full...

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President Buhari launches second National Strategic Health Development Plan

President Muhammadu Buhari has launched second National Strategic Health Development Plan from 2018-2022 to attain the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria and also unveiled the first phase of the N55 billion Basic Health Care Provision Fund in six states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Speaking at the event in Abuja, Buhari...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Presidency reacts to speculation that President Buhari would be represented by his vice in the presidential debate

The Presidency has reacted to speculation that President Muhammadu Buhari would be represented by his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the presidential debate slated for January 19 by the Nigeria Election Debate Group. The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in his reaction, said the president is yet to...

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The World marks 2019 International Braille Day

Governments at all levels have been urged to provide necessary materials to Special and Vocational Training Centres in the country to assist the visually impaired Nigerians acquire education and the required training. Speaking with Planet News as the world marks 2019 International Braille Day today, the National Secretary of Braille Council of Nigeria, Nicolas Obot...

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INEC debunks reports on ban of election result transmission in 2019 polls

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has dismissed reports on the ban on transmission of election results saying the Commission did not make such announcement. The INEC boss also faulted reports that the commission was under pressure to manipulate the 2019 general elections in favour of the ruling All Progressive...

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Court refuses to order removal of police blockade from Dino Melaye’s residence

Federal High Court, in Abuja, has refused an ex-parte application brought by Senator Dino Melaye to order the removal of police blockade on his residence. Melaye approached the court through his lawyer, Nkem Okoro of the Mike Ozekhome chambers, for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights. In the ex-parte application, Melaye prayed the court...

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PDP rejects appointment of Amina Zakari as the chairperson of INEC Collation Center Committee

The People’s Democratic Party -PDP has rejected the appointment of Amina Zakari as the chairperson of INEC Advisory Committee and Presidential election Collation Center Committee. The PDP presidential campaign organisation made this known by its director, media and publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, during a press briefing at the party’s campaign headquarters, saying it took the position...