Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Friday 11th January 2019

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Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Friday 11th January 2019

Strike continues until FG implements offers, says ASUU
Fri, 11 Jan 2019

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday said the ongoing strike would not be called off until the Federal Government fully implemented all the offers it made to the union after their last meeting.

The public university lecturers said they were tired of Federal Government’s antics of making unfulfilled promises, insisting that the strike would be called off after they got tangible evidence and concrete actions that the offers made to them by the Federal Government had been implemented.

The National President, ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents in Lagos on Thursday, said the team of the union that met with the government on Tuesday did not reach any agreement with the Federal Government.

Asked when the strike would then be called off, Ogunyemi said, “Our members said they want to see evidence of satisfactory implementation of all they have proposed before the strike can be called off.”

On Tuesday, ASUU met with the Federal Government officials including the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, as well as his Labour and Employment counterpart, Chris Ngige.

After their discussions, Ngige explained what the Federal Government was offering to the union.

He said the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Ministry of Finance had confirmed with evidence that N15.4bn had been released to public universities.

But ASUU president recalled that last year, the government promised to release funds for the revitalisation of public universities, which was one of the demands of the union, but failed to do so.

Ogunyemi stated, “As for the proposal, it can be disaggregated. There are items there that require implementation. If they are setting up a committee on state universities, and they actually do, it is not something we need to agree on. It is about action.

“If they have implemented it, it is off the list. If the government says it will pay a shortfall of salaries on a certain date, and the date comes and they release the money, it is also implementation. There is no agreement on the matter.

“On the revitalisation fund, we presented to the government that five tranches of N220bn each were outstanding. The government has not said it will release one, even if it is spread over a period of one year. There is no agreement on that. What they are offering is not even up to one tranche.

“Last year, they promised to release the fund but they did not till November when the strike began. Long story short, our members are saying they do not want promises again, what they want is action, implementation or disbursement of funds. The government must act in a way to convince the union that agreement has not been set aside; to show that government has not set aside the agreement, they should release one tranche.”

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Minimum wage: Reduce reckless expenses, pay N30,000, NLC tells govs
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi and Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress on Thursday attacked the Nigeria Governors Forum for saying that there would be economic crisis in Nigeria if President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to present an executive bill on N30, 000 minimum wage to the National Assembly as demanded by organised labour. A governor, who
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Minimum wage: Reduce reckless expenses, pay N30,000, NLC tells govs
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi and Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress on Thursday attacked the Nigeria Governors Forum for saying that there would be economic crisis in Nigeria if President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to present an executive bill on N30, 000 minimum wage to the National Assembly as demanded by organised labour. A governor, who
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Rivers building collapse: Ministry needs sanitation, says panel
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt The commission of inquiry constituted by the Rivers State Government to probe the collapse of a seven-storey building in Port Harcourt has said it will recommend the sanitation of the state Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning. Speaking at the end of the public hearing on Wednesday, the Chairman of
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Alkalis death: Police declare 13 more suspects wanted
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
James Abraham, Jos The Plateau State Police Command says it has declared 13 more suspects wanted in connection with the death of a former Army Chief of Administration, Maj.Gen. Mohammed Alkali, who was killed and his corpse discovered in an abandoned well in the Jos South Local Government Area of the state in 2018. The
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Encomiums for Lekan Are at 85
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan Nigerians from all walks of life including academics, businessmen, traditional rulers, politicians, captains of industry and expatriates alike, poured encomiums on an elder statesman and Chairman, Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Dr Lekan Are, as he clocked 85 years on Thursday. The dignitaries, including Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, a former
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Atiku supports Benue ranching law, Ortom tells supporters
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
John Charles, Makurdi The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday declared that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was in support of the Benue ranching law. Ortom stated this during his re-election campaign tour of Katsina Ala and Kwande local government areas of the state. The governor reiterated his
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Ayade receives ex-attorney general back to PDP
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Ada Wodu, Calabar The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on Thursday received a former Attorney General of the state, Mrs Nella Andem-Rabana (SAN), back to the Peoples Democratic Party. Andem-Rabana, who was the deputy governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the 2015 general elections, has pledged to work for the re-election of Ayade.
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Ohanaeze denies endorsing Atiku
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Clifford Anuyua, Enugu The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said on Monday it never at any time endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for the forthcoming February election. The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Chuks Ibegbu, disclosed this in Enugu, during a press briefing, he jointly addressed with Chief
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Baga attack: NEMA distributes relief materials to displaced persons
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The National Emergency Management Agency has commenced distribution of relief materials to fleeing residents of Baga, Maiduguri. Baga, few days ago, came under the attack of Boko Haram insurgents, leading to residents of the town fleeing to Maiduguri, Monguno in Borno State and neighbouring countries. It is believed that over 50,000 persons
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LASG supports farmers to boost food production
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has empowered 1,252 farmers to boost food production and ensure self sufficiency in the state. A statement on Thursday stated that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode spoke during the inauguration of the 2019 Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme. Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, said
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Military shouldnt be left alone to handle Boko Haram Shettima
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The ongoing counter-insurgency war should not be left to the military alone, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has appealed. He asked that all security and para-military agencies should get more involved in the war and jointly ward off the threat against the nation. The governor made this appeal on Thursday while
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Extend IGs tenure, groups urge Buhari
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
John Charles, Makurdi Two groups on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The groups, Tiv Youth Council, and Arewa Youth Assembly, noted that removing the IG as the general elections drew near would be dangerous to the security arrangements already made for the general
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Candidates applying for police job hit over 294,851
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Twenty-four hours to the close of the portal for the recruitment of 10,000 police constables, the number of Nigerians that have applied to join the Nigeria Police Force has reached over 294,851. The recruitment, which began on November 30, 2018, was expected to close on Friday (Today) as required by the Federal
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We have transferred our corrupt leaders to APC PDP
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin The Peoples Democratic Party says it has transferred its corrupt leaders to the ruling All Progressives Congress, adding that it is now free of corruption. The party spoke during a political stakeholders summit organised by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Lagos branch, in Ikeja, Lagos. Various political parties and their candidates, during the
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Victory is mine, Buhari boasts ahead of poll
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Olusola Fabiyi and John Ameh President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said he was confident of victory at next months presidential election. He stated that all that was needed was an extra push by the Presidential Campaign Council and the February 16 poll would become a formality. Buhari spoke in Abuja at the inaugural meeting of
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APC holds rally in Kwara, PDP in Nasarawa
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Leke Baiyewu and Tunde Oyekola Thousands of All Progressives Congress members and supporters on Thursday joined the governorship candidate of the party, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to mobilise voters ahead of the general elections. The rally saw thousands of people lining the streets and touching the long motorcade and heavy trucks conveying the APC campaigners amid deafening
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Buhari using govt funds for campaigns, says Atiku
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Success Nwogu, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress of violating the constitution and the Electoral Act 2010, by their alleged deployment of state resources and apparatuses for the 2019 presidential campaign. Atiku, in a statement on Thursday by his media
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Nigeria, Niger meet in Katsina over bandits
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Security operatives from Nigeria and their counterparts from Niger Republic held a joint meeting in Katsina on Thursday where they evaluated and renewed strategies to combat banditry and other security challenges in the two countries. The meeting came on the heels of security challenges facing Katsina State. In attendance at the meeting
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2019 elections and the rest of the world
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Voters need to believe the probity of the democratic process itself, and in the long run, all Nigerians win with free and fair elections Carl Levan, Op-ed page, New York Times, December 6, 2018. All politics, as Tip ONeil, a former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, famously reminded us, are local; that
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Osinbajo, govs pay tributes as Ondo buries Fasehun
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Peter Dada, Akure The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has described the late founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Dr Fredrick Fasehun, as a patriotic Nigerian who dedicated his lifetime to the development of the country. The OPC chieftain died on December 1, last year at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching
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2019 presidential debate is a big gamble
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Bisi Olawunmi Another cycle of presidential election debate in Nigeria holds on January 19, 2019, on the home stretch to the February 16, 2019 presidential election. Presidential election debate is an American innovation which was formalised with the televised debate between Vice President Richard Nixon (Republican) and Senator John F. Kennedy (Democrat) in the 1960
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Lalong attacks Jang, denies ruling Plateau from Abuja
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
James Abraham, Jos A former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has come under attacks for saying that Governor Simon Lalong was ruling the state from Abuja since he was sworn in in 2015 Jang had made the remark during a PDP rally in Mangu where he also said he did not build the Government
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Deteriorating insecurity in the North-West
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
LAMENTATIONS of worsening insecurity in the North-West by two governors, one of whom is Aminu Masari of President Muhammadu Buharis home state, Katsina, should compel him (the President) to rethink his administrations self-adulatory scorecard on security. In Katsina and Zamfara states, bandits kill innocent citizens with reckless abandon and burn police stations, while carrying out
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Its illegal for me to remain Nnamdi Kanus surety Abaribe
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe has told the Court of Appeal in Abuja that his standing surety for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is illegal. He therefore urged the court to relieve him of the suretyship for Kanu. Abaribe also asked the court to set aside the November 14,
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Corruption: Who have we offended
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Fola Ojo Each time we run into stormy weathers of life and fall on hard times, its natural to look to people around us for succour. If our kith-and-kin cant offer a bailout, we are out of luck. We immediately become one of the statistics of the despondent. In countries with welfare programmes that fare
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Pensioners warn Benue govt
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
John Charles, Makurdi Pensioners in Benue State on Thursday gave the state government seven days to pay their arrears or they would resume their protest. A statement issued by the state Chairman and Secretary of the pensioners group, Peter Ikyado and Joseph Adakole, respectively noted that the state pensioners were being owed 14 months while
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Out with the old, in with the old
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
A former president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, and Secretary-General, Hicham El Amrani, were recently fined $27.9m each by the Egyptian Economic Court. The EEC ruled that the pair flouted local Egyptian law when signing a billion-dollar deal between CAF and French media company, Lagardere, in 2015. The deal was not open
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Tension as herdsmen, cattle invade Anambra school
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka There was tension in Anambra State on Thursday as herdsmen with their cattle invaded Ideke Secondary School in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state. Teachers and students of the school, who raised the alarm, left the school abruptly. They described the encroachment as incessant. Speaking to newsmen, the acting Principal
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Of settlers who hate would-be settlers
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Tunji Ajibade What politicians have been does not reliably foretell what they may do in office. The need for them to get the votes is one reason. So, what appeals to voters is what they say. How outrageous such may be doesnt matter. It also doesnt matter that it may contradict their personal experiences. Reliable
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Bayelsa targets N20bn IGR in 2019
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government on Thursday disclosed that it posted N13.6bn as its annual Internally Generated Revenue in 2018 as against the N4.5bn it realised in 2012. The state Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (retd.), disclosed this at the Government House, Yenagoa during the monthly transparency briefing for November and
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Emir of Lafia is dead
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs and Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha, died on Thursday at the age of 84. A member of Lafia Emirate Council and Ajiyan Lafia, Alhaji Sule Abubakar, told our correspondent that the emir died at the Nazemiya Hospital, Abuja, on Thursday. He said the monarch,
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PVCs: Saraki advises INEC to meet stakeholders
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Ademola Babalola and Tony Okafor President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has advised the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately convene a meeting of stakeholders over the next months general elections. Saraki said the meeting should, among others, formulate plans on how to render useless, the intention of
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DNA request made in Cristiano Ronaldo rape case
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Las Vegas police have asked soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into accusations of rape made against the Juventus forward. Ronaldos lawyer, Peter Christiansen, played down the significance of the warrant sent to authorities in Italy, telling AFP in a statement on Thursday it was standard procedure.
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Pro-Buhari group faults Afenifere for endorsing Atiku
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Peter Dada, Akure A pro-President Muhammadu Buhari group on Thursday knocked the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, for declaring support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The group, under the auspices of the South-West Frontiers for Buhari/Osinbajo 2019, said President Buhari had performed well and deserved second term in office.
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Uproar in Guinea after Russian envoy advises third term for president
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Opposition parties and civil society groups in Guinea voiced outrage Thursday after Russias ambassador suggested the constitution be changed to let President Alpha Conde stay in power. Russian envoy Alexander Bregadze put forward the idea on Wednesday at ceremonies attended by Conde to mark the New Year. In a speech that he made as dean
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Lagos bus reform to start with 820 buses, says Ambode
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said 820 buses will be released in March 2019 to mark the commencement of the Bus Reform Project in the state. He said the initiative would redefine public transport and make the state globally competitive. The governor, who spoke on Thursday during an inspection tour
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Violence: Rivers monarch urges youths to resist politicians overtures
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Oba of Ogbaland in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze Chukumela Nnam Obi II, has charged youths in the area to resist being used by desperate and greedy politicians to unleash violence on their communities before, during and after the 2019 general elections. The monarch, who gave
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Registration of 2019 UTME candidates will be smooth JAMB
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has expressed confidence that the 2019 registration of candidates for its UTME will be a huge success. JAMB spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, told the News Agency of Nigeriaon Thursday in Lagos that the process has commenced nationwide. Registration of candidates for this years examination has commenced in earnest in all
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We dont sell ballot papers, even if theyre old copies, says INEC
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday denied a report which claimed that a truck laden with ballot papers was arrested in Ogoja, Cross River State. The Commission noted that, as a matter of policy,it does not sell ballot papers, even if they are old copies. It said that what it sold in its Cross
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2019 election: INEC will not disappoint the world, Yakubu assures German ambassador
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission will not disappoint Nigeria and the world in the conduct of the forthcoming general elections. Yakubu made the pledge when he received the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck, during a courtesy visit to the Commission on Thursday in Abuja. He
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PHOTOS: British High Commissioner meets INEC, CSOs over 2019 General Elections
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has reiterated her countrys support for Nigeria during the 2019 General Elections. She also reiterated the United Kingdoms support for the efforts of INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and his team to oversee credible, peaceful, free and fair elections. This was contained in a tweet via her verified Twitter
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INEC releases seven-step voting procedure for 2019 general elections
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission has spelled out the voting procedures for the 2109 General Elections. The election umpire wrote via its verified Twitter handle,@inecnigeria. The following are the seven steps, as stated by INEC: Step 1: Upon arrival at the polling unit, joins the queue and present yourself to the INEC official (APO111) at
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Smartphones are paving way for the Antichrist, says Church head
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
The Russian Orthodox patriarch has warned that the popularity of smartphones is paving the way for the coming of the Antichrist. In an interview on state television for Russian Orthodox Christmas on Monday, Patriarch Kirill warned that the widespread use of gadgets connected to the Internet has opened the possibility for universal control over humanity.
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Mixed reactions trail Buharis support of teachers retirement age
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Tare Youdeowei This year, Nigerians expect a better lease of life that will bring progress to them in their endeavours. Teachers in the Nigerian Civil Service are not left out as they are hopeful that President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the bill, which will increase their retirement age from 60 to 65 years. Stakeholders have,
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Middle Belt Forum endorses Olawepo-Hashim for president
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Middle Belt Forum on Thursday formally endorsed the candidature of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, for the February 16 presidential election. The forums chairman, Dan Suleiman, announced the decision to Olawepo-Hashim at the end of a meeting held in Abuja. The meeting was attended by prominent members
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Vote-buying could mar Nigeria elections, US warns
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin The United States of America has warned that widespread vote-buying could mar the general elections. The US Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, who spoke on Thursday during a United Nations Security Council meeting on West Africa, urged politicians, civil society groups and community leaders to ensure that the election was free and fair. Cohen
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El-Rufai, an unpopular governor, hasnt achieved anything Sani
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Jesusegun Alagbe The senator representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has described Governor Nasir El-Rufai as an unpopular governor. Sani, who is contesting for the Senate under the Peoples Redemption Party platform, also said the governor had not achieved anything since 2015. The senator had dumped the All Progressives Congress for the
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Why we are borrowing FG
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday said that it was necessary to continue to borrow in order to invest in infrastructure after the country failed to invest in it when there were heavy revenues from the sale of crude oil. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and his counterpart in
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