The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita has called on the members of the re-constituted Ministerial SERVICOM Committee in...
The Permanent Secretary of Water Resources, Mrs. Rabi S. Jimeta, mni has retired as Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources after...
Japanese companies are invited to take advantage of the various business opportunities that will be presented by the Special Economic Zones being established in various parts of the country. The zones which will serve as manufacturing hubs will have the necessary infrastructural facilities to support the country’s industrialization drive.
Following multiple distress calls by Nigerian students in India on concerns on their safety as a result of renewed attacks on them, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has urged Nigerians in India to remain calm, be watchful of their surroundings. Dabiri-Erewa said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that the renewed Tuesday attacks on Nigerian students' in India was uncalled for. While condemning the mob action as unwarranted and deplorable, the SSA noted that the Indian authorities currently have five suspects in custody.
In line with this present administration’s effort to increase food production, improve standard of living through the provision of irrigation infrastructure and provide enabling...
The Senate today at plenary admonishes the Comptroller General of Customs and Excise, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.) for appearing before it in mufti. ...
“The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) for selected Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Learning Conference should help make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ vision and implementation a reality across individual country level and Africa in particular”.
A former President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ameh Ebute has called on the United Nations (UN) security council to sanction Cameroun, Chad over...
The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,AbubakarMalami,SAN has revealed that the Federal Ministry of Justice in line with the anti-corruption war, had recovered the whopping sum of57.9 billion naira as well as $666.676 US dollars. The Minister made this revelation in Abuja, while defending the ministry’s 2017 Appropriation bill before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters at the National Assembly Complex on Thursday, 23rd February, 2017.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has urged National Network of Advocacy Champions to complement Federal Government efforts towards achieving sustainable health financing of the health Sector. The Minister made this call during a 2- Day workshop for the establishment of the National Network of Advocacy Champions for adequate health financing (NNACAHF),in Abuja.
The Honourable Minister, Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has defended its proposed 2017 Budget on Projects and Programs related to Nigerians in the Diaspora. The budget defence which was held at the instance of the National Assembly, House of Representatives committee on Diaspora, in Abuja recently, was to ascertain the commitment of the health sector towards the welfare and protection of Nigerians abroad.
The Federal Government has embarked on the reform of Budget processes in the country with a view to ensure implementation of budget within 12 calendar months, as it used to be in the past when Budgets were read on the first day of January of every year. The Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr Ben Akabueze stated this in Abuja while he was Guest Speaker at the Bureau of Public Service Reforms(BPSR), monthly Lunch Time Seminar organised in collaboration with the EU-SUFEGOR and with the theme: ‘Developments in the Budgeting System’, he said that preparation of budget has been decentralized and democratized within the Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) through the introduction of web based applications which have now made it easy to identify and monitor what changes have been and who made them. According to him, it has not only saved man-hours but saved billions of naira which would have been expended on travel allowances for coming to submit budget which can now be uploaded from any location across the country.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment towards bringing desired positive change to Nigeria’s healthcare system through the achievement of Universal Health Coverage. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewoleaffirmed the government’s position while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 59th National Council on Health in Umuahia, Abia state. Prof. Adewole noted that the Buhariadministration has resolved to change the health indices of the county through provision of basic healthcare facilities to the poor, vulnerable and people living in rural areas, who need care the most. “We are focusing on the people in the rural areas and the vulnerable population in our society such as women and children under 5 years of age and elderly,” he said. The Minister urged stakeholders and Development Partners to align their support towards the vision of the government in ensuring access and affordability of care to the deprived. Adewole said,“I wish to implore all stakeholders that the present administration was committed to revamping the Nigerian Health system by making the Primary Healthcare (PHC) a fulcrum. I will like to advice all development partners to support this initiative and reprioritize their support to our current vision. We do not want duplication of efforts and wastage of resources”.
Having received adequate clarification considering the matters relied upon by the Senate in arriving at its decision, the President is therefore requesting the gracious indulgence of the Senate to favorably accept the re-nomination of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of EFCC. Also today Mr. President forwarded a correspondence to the Senate regarding the Senate resolution requesting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal to resign his position for breach of his oath of office. The President in the correspondence read by the Senate President said he is unable to approve the recommendation of the Senate to remove and prosecute the SGF on the basis of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee report dated 15th December, 2016. According to the President, the report forwarded to the presidency by the Senate which informed the decision that Engr. Babachir Lawal should resign and be prosecuted by the relevant authority was an interim report as against a final report which ought to have been presented to the Senate in a plenary for adoption as a binding and final report before submission to the Presidency given the weight of allegations made in the report.
Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, will on January 13, 2017 deliver judgement in a N1.9 billion oil subsidy theft charge brought against Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo- Ndagi and Ontario Oil & Gas Limited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. They are alleged to have on July 7, 2010 obtained the sum of N340, 000,000 by false pretence from the Federal Government purporting the money to be subsidy payable to Ontario Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited. The offence is among several others brought against them by the EFCC in a case of conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretence, forgery and altering of documents. Justice Okunnu had earlier dismissed all three applications filed on behalf of Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Ngadi and their company, Ontario Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited, challenging the jurisdiction and competence of the lower court as well as a no-case submission, argued by the defendants.
The Federal Government has proposed to commit N100 billion toward a new Social Housing Programme and another N41 billion for federal government National Housing Programme, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma announced at the public presentation of details of the 2017 budget proposals in Abuja on Monday. The drive to construct thousands of houses nationwide by the federal government and private developers was aimed at narrowing the housing deficit in the country and was in line with the focus of the budget on providing infrastructure.
As a fall out of the 14th Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission of April, 2016 to save Chad of drying up, the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the POWERCHINA International Group Limited have signed a Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) to actualize the transfer of water from the Congo Basin to Lake Chad Basin. At the signing ceremony on Tuesday 13th November, 2016 in Abuja, the Honourable Minister of Water Resources who is also the Chairman of Ministers of the Commission, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE stated that what the POWERCHINA Corporation has done is to expand the feasibility study earlier done by CIMA International in 2011. Adamu said that with the expanded study done by POWERCHINA, it shows that it is technically feasible to transfer water from river Congo to Lake Chad thereby increasing the level of the lake. This, according to the Honourable Minister would halt the receding of the lake and the drying of the north basin due to climate change.
The Minister who was represented by the Director Occupational Safety and Health Dr (Mrs) Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, stated this recently while declaring open a two-day National Awareness and Sensitization Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health, organized by the Ministry in partnership with Global Network Monitoring and Development Initiative with the theme, “ Emergency preparedness and response for workplace system and resilience” In his word, “the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, in the spirit of domesticating the International Labour Organisation’s Convention C.187 on Promotional Framework on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), in Nigeria, is committed to boosting Occupational Safety and Health in the administrative services and offices beyond the regularly covered industrial working environment.”
The Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, said there is need to factor in other existing government policies into the newly proposed National Transport Bill currently being considered by the Senate Joint Committee on Land Transport, Marine Transport and Aviation. He made this call at a one- day Public Hearing on a bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of the National Transport Commission as an Independent Multi-Model Economic Regulator for the Transport Industry and other Related Matters.