FG, ASUU Meeting Deadlock As Warning Strike Ends Tomorrow

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) could not agree on Earned Allowance due to lecturers despite the Senate’s intervention, a situation which forced the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund to adjourned the peace meeting it convened indefinitely.

The meeting chaired by Senator Jibrin Barau had in attendance the national leadership of ASUU led by I’d national president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi; the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; and the director general of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Ahonu-Amazu, among others.

The meeting ended at about 8.20pm this night without a definite resolution even as the one-week warning strike embarked upon by ASUU since last Wednesday will end today.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Senator Barau, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund, said the peace meeting agreed on all issues at stake except the one on ‘earned allowance’, hence the meeting was called off for further engagements among all parties.

Recall that the Senate had on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 resolved to mandate Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to intervene in the looming industrial action with the aim of averting the strike.

After the first meeting held behind-closed-doors the next day after the Senate’s resolution at the Senate President’s Meeting Room 301 at the New Wing of the National Assembly Complex last week, all parties were upbeat on the quick resolution of the crisis in the tertiary education sector.

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Buhari Departs For Germany Tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari will begin an official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany from tomorrow, 13 October. The visit will end on 16 October.

In Berlin, President Buhari, will confer with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the North-East, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.

Thereafter, the President, who will be accompanied by Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo and representatives of the National Assembly, will meet with Federal President Joachim Gauck.

In furtherance of the administration’s objective to attract more foreign investment and create economic opportunities in the country, President Buhari will participate in a Business Forum in Berlin with leading German companies already active in Nigeria and other prospective investors.

Before returning to Abuja, the President is expected to meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany.

President Buhari is committed to deepening relations with Germany and building on the very cordial relations both countries enjoy in several areas of bilateral cooperation including the fight against terrorism, economic relations, rebuilding of the North east, support for IDPs, vocational training, energy partnership and cultural relations.

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Sokoto Declares Tomorrow Holiday For Islamic New Year

The Sokoto State Government has declared tomorrow as public holiday to commemorate the start of the Islamic New Year (Muharram 3, 1438 AH).

A statement yesterday by Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s spokesman Malam Imam Imam congratulated Muslims for witnessing the Hijra New Year.

It quoted Tambuwal as appealing to the people of the state to use the occasion of the public holiday to intensify prayers for the nation.

It urged all citizens to care, love and protect one another, adding that, Islamic virtues of unity, peace and honesty, should be promoted by all persons.

Sultan declares Monday 1st Muharram, Sokoto Govt declares Tuesday public holiday

The declaration followed the declaration of yesterday as the first day of Muharram, 1438 AH by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.

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Pele Arrives Nigeria Tomorrow, Leads Kanu, Rufai To Legend Camp

World renowned footballer, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, will arrive in Nigeria tomorrow to begin a three-day visit that will see him joining some of the country’s soccer legends in mentoring youths drawn from across the nation in the rudiments of the game.

The three-day visit is part of the YEDA Legend edition 2016 organised by Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA).

Unveiling the programme in Lagos on Friday, the Event Coordinator, songstress, Chidimma Okebalama, also known as Chee, said the project “is focused on the development of football and the Nigerian youth and will bring together football loving teenagers, parents and key figures within Lagos State Government, corporates and football regulatory bodies.”

She added that it would include “a football clinic (football tournament/celebrity match), an exclusive dinner with Pele and other African football legends scheduled to hold on September 24. There will be chances for football aficionados to own Pele memorabilia at an auction during the dinner, whose proceeds will be donated to the Kanu Nwankwo Foundation and the City of David football academy.”

She said the football clinic, which will begin on Wednesday and end on Friday, would climax with a celebrity exhibition match featuring Kanu Nwankwo, Victor Ikpeba, Peter Rufai, Timi Dakolo and Gideon Okeke, among others, at the Campos Mini Stadium, Onikan Lagos.

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John Kerry In Kenya For Regional Security Talks, Arrives Nigeria Tomorrow

With a peace deal unravelling in South Sudan and jihadist attacks continuing in Somalia, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Monday.

The two discussed regional security and terrorism before Kerry met with the foreign ministers of Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda for talks focusing on a faltering peace agreement in South Sudan and looming elections in Somalia.

A statement from the Kenyan presidency ahead of Kerry’s visit said discussions with Kenyatta would focus on “regional security and stability” including South Sudan where a civil war has been raging since December 2013, Somalia where elections are due next month, and Burundi in the throes of a political crisis since April 2015.

Terrorism would also be on the agenda, the statement said, as the threat from Somalia’s Shabaab militants continues to affect the region.

Kerry’s previous visit to Kenya in May 2015 paved the way for US President Barack Obama’s trip two months later.

The high-profile US diplomatic missions underline Kenya’s importance as a regional partner to the US, particularly on security, and demonstrate a thawing of relations that cooled while Kenyatta was under indictment by the International Criminal Court for alleged election-related crimes against humanity.

Kerry is expected to focus his attention on South Sudan and shoring up a year-old peace deal that has so far failed to end the conflict.

Kerry is due to travel to Nigeria on Tuesday before leaving Africa for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

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Asset Declaration: Saraki’s Trial Resumes Tomorrow

The trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will be conducted on a-day-to-day basis as from tomorrow, the chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Yakubu Umar, has ordered.
Saraki, a two-term former governor of Kwara State, is facing trial over alleged falsification of assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

It was alleged that Saraki illegally acquired many properties while in office but failed to declare them in the CCB’s forms earlier filed and submitted to the relevant authorities.
It was also alleged that Saraki made anticipatory declaration of assets upon his assumption of office as governor.
It was further alleged that Saraki sent money abroad for the purchase of properties in London and maintained accounts outside Nigeria while serving as governor between 2003 and May 2011.
Based on these alleged violations of the Code of Conduct for public officers, the CCB initiated a criminal proceeding against Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT ). However, Saraki has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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Why Buhari Must Visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari will begin a week-long official visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar on Monday, February 22, for talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

High on the agenda of discussions between President Buhari and the Saudi Monarch, is the ongoing efforts by Nigeria and other members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to achieve greater stability in the price of crude oil exports.

In a statement on Sunday the spokesperson for the President said that President Buhari would be accompanied by a high-powered Federal Government delegation. The Minister of State (Petroleum) and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu will be part of the delegation.

The President will also fly to Riyadyh on Tuesday.

“Crude oil prices and market stability would also be on the front burner when President Buhari goes on to Doha on Saturday for talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,” the statement read.

The President is also scheduled to meet with leading Saudi and Qatari businessmen in Riyadh and Doha, and invite them to support his administration’s efforts to revamp the Nigerian economy by taking advantage of the great investment opportunities currently available in Nigeria’s mining, agriculture, power supply, infrastructure, transportation, communications and other sectors.

President Buhari’s other engagements in Saudi Arabia include meetings with Heads of International Financial Organisations and Multilateral Associations.

Before going on to Doha, the President will also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria.

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Buhari Departs Nigeria For Egypt Tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday for Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt to participate in the Business for Africa, Egypt and the World Forum.

A statement by the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the forum, which opens in the Egyptian resort town on Saturday, is organized by the Egyptian government under the auspices of the African Union Commission.

“The forum’s objective is to accelerate private sector engagement and investment within Africa and promote the development of African ties and partnerships.

“President Buhari, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt and the Presidents of Togo, Sudan, Kenya, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia are among confirmed speakers at the forum.

“Other confirmed speakers include the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and the President/CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.

“The president will be accompanied on the trip by the minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and the minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelama.

“He will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the forum,” said the statement.

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Why Buhari Must Visit France, Britain Tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will be seeking more global efforts against terrorism during his visit to France and Britain on Wednesday.

At his first stop in Strasbourg, France, President Buhari will on February 3 address a special session of the European Union Parliament to be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.

Other issues that President Buhari would focus on in his address are violent extremism, corruption, Nigeria and Africa’s current security, economic and developmental challenges, and the need for greater support from the European Union and advanced nations for their rapid resolution.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said that Buhari would also hold talks with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz and the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker on the same issues.

After talks with the EU officials, President Buhari will leave Strasbourg for London to join other world leaders at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference scheduled to open in the British capital on Thursday, February 4.

The President will use the opportunity of his participation in the conference which is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations to continue his push for more global understanding, collaboration and support for Nigeria and other countries in the frontlines of the war against terrorism who are striving to overcome its very adverse effects on affected populations.

He is due back in Nigeria at the weekend.

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North-East To Produce New PDP Chairman Tomorrow

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to reach a consensus Tuesday, on who replaces Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, as the party’s national chairman. Sources said the meeting will hold in Gombe, where the new chairman will emerge.

Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi State resigned as PDP national chairman on May 20, 2015, after the party lost the presidential elections.
His deputy, Prince Uche Secondus took over in acting capacity pending a replacement from the North-East.
Misunderstanding in the party reached a record high last week, following the emergence of three national chairmen, as an aftermath of a legal tussle. They included Secondus; the party’s national secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, who was directed by the PDP Governors Forum to take over and Barr Ahmed Gulak, a one-time special adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
However, leaders of the PDP from the North-East have resolved to hold a meeting tomorrow, where a trusted and credible party stalwart would be accepted and sent to the national leadership of the party for approval.
It was gathered that various organs of the PDP, including the National Executive Committee (NEC), Board of Trustees (BoT) and the National Caucus ?are also warming up to meet this week in order to look into the issue of the party’s chairmanship, and possibly approve the appointment of whoever emerges from the North-East.
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Southern Ijaw Residents Flee Over Bayelsa Polls Tomorrow

Apprehensive of violence during the rescheduled governorship election in the Southern Ijaw Local Council of Bayelsa State tomorrow, residents of the area have been fleeing to neighbouring states.

There is even the fear among many of them that the election may not hold because the magnitude of violence will be such that past crises will be child’s play. They also fear that security forces deployed in the area will not be able to control an outbreak of violence.

As if confirming the fear of the residents, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Konbowei Benson , was yesterday reportedly attacked in Korokorosie in Southern Ijaw Local Council.

Benson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who spoke on a live telephone radio programme, claimed that some persons suspected to be members of the opposition threw dynamites that destroyed part of his house.

He claimed to have got wind of the attack in the early hours of yesterday through a telephone call. However, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat,  said he was yet to be informed of the development.

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FG Declares Tomorrow As Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Friday, January 1, 2016 as public holiday to mark the New Year celebration.

The declaration was made on behalf of the Federal Government by the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd).

He called on Nigerians, irrespective of their religious inclinations, to inculcate the spirit of the season as exemplified by love, joy and peaceful co-existence.

Dambazau also urged all Nigerians to continue to promote the unity of the country in its progress towards building a nation devoid of rancour and bitterness.

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What Will Be Discussed In Buhari’s First Media Chat Tomorrow

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will host his first Presidential Media Chat on Wednesday, December 30.

The programme will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

In the course of the programme, President Buhari will answer questions from a panel of journalists on a broad-range of current national issues.

Part of the issues expected to be discussed are insecurity, counter-terrorism operations in the north-east and the economy among others.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said that the Media Chat would begin at 7:0pm local time.

It is the first Media Chat that the President is having since he took over office on May 29, 2015.

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Buhari Departs To Malta Tomorrow For Commonwealth Summit & UN Climate Change Conference

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Thursday for Malta to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which begins on Friday.

The Commonwealth is made up of Britain, Nigeria and 51 other countries that work together to pursue common goals and promote development, democracy, peace, security and good governance.

President Buhari and other Heads of State and Government, who will be in the Island nation for this year’s summit, are expected to deliberate on fresh Commonwealth initiatives on development and climate change with a view to adding greater value to ongoing global efforts in these areas.

At the summit, a new Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, who will take over from the incumbent, Kamalesh Sharma, will be announced.

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FG Set For Swearing In Of Ministers Tomorrow, See Photo

Photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, gives us a glimpse into the swearing in ceremony of newly appointed ministers set for tomorrow. He shares a perfectly capture photo of the event stage which has been decorated and set ready for tomorrow. See IG post below:


EFCC To Arraign Suswam Tomorrow Over Alleged N3.1Billion Fraud

Barring any last minute change of plan, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will formally arraign a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam before an Abuja Court tomorrow, November 4.

The anti-graft agency had on Monday October 2, filed a nine-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N3.1billion at a Federal High Court, Abuja.

Mr. Suswam and his former Finance Commissioner, Omodachi Okolobia, are alleged to have diverted proceeds of the sale of shares owned by the Benue State government and Benue Investment and Property Company Limited.

The offence, the EFCC says, is punishable under section 15(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 20111, as amended in 2012.

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Court To Rule On Dasuki’s Travel Request Tomorrow

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday set Tuesday, November 3, 2015, for ruling on an application for the release of the international passport of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to enable him travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mr. Dasuki is standing trial on a five-count charge bordering on illegal possession of firearms and possession of amounts of local and foreign currency in his residence contrary to Money Laundering Act.

The former NSA was first charged on Monday August 24, 2015 on a one-count charge of illegal possession of firearms, before the government added fresh charge of money laundering.

He was immediately granted bail on self recognition while the trial judge, Adeniyi Ademola, ordered the Department of State Security Services to submit Mr. Dasuki’s passport, which it had seized, to the court registrar.

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New Ooni To Arrive Ife Tomorrow

The newly-named Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, will officially arrive the ancient town of Ife on Tuesday to commence the coronation rites as enshrined in the customs of the Ife people.

Reports gathered that the Kingmakers and members of the Isoro were preparing to receive him and commence the rites as soon as he arrives.

Meanwhile, there was celebration in the town on Monday, particularly among the Giesi ruling where the new monarch comes from.

Although the town is calm and people are going about their lawful businesses normally, trucks of soldiers were seen driving through the streets on sirens, while policemen and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps manned strategic places.

The Ile Oduduwa, which is the palace of the Ooni, is also being manned by armed security men, with an armoured personnel carrier stationed there.

“The Kabiyesi will officially arrive Ife tomorrow (Tuesday) and the kingmakers and members of the Isoro will take it up from there,” Adelowo Ogunleye, Secretary of the Giesi Ruling House, said.

“Once he arrives the kingmakers and members of Isoro will begin the process of crowing him.

“We do not know how long it will take before that process will be concluded, but that will be left for both the kingmakers and the Kabiyesi.”

He also revealed that the new Ooni who is based in Lagos, will not approach the palace on his arrival until the rituals were concluded.


TSA Enforcement Begins Tomorrow

After 48 years of non-compliance, all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government shall in the next 24 hours commence implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), in line with the directive of the federal government.

It will be recalled that President Buhari set Tuesday September 15 as deadline for the full implementation of his directive that all revenue due to the federal government or any of its agencies must be paid into the TSA or designated accounts maintained and operated in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), except otherwise and expressly approved.

Already, to ensure quick compliance with the directive, the head of service of the federation, Danladi Kifasi had given the federal sub-treasury account name and number as Accountant General: 300002095.

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Buhari Meets Governors Tomorrow Over Unpaid Salaries

Following an appeal by the 36 state governors seeking President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention over the inability of some states to pay workers’ salaries, the President has agreed to meet with governors tomorrow.

This is just as the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, has advised affected states to explore available avenues to alleviate the plights of the workers.

The meeting between President Buhari and the governors is expected to focus on the modality of sourcing funds to enable them defray the debts owed their workers. A top government official of the affected states said: “The President has graciously accepted our overtures to him to help us.

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Jonathan Dissolves Cabinet Tomorrow- Report

According to Daily Trust, President Goodluck Jonathan will tomorrow dissolve his cabinet, barring last minute change of plan.

A presidency source told our correspondent yesterday that the president would dissolve the cabinet after a valedictory session scheduled to hold inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday morning.

The source also confirmed that the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting would be the last in the life of the administration of President Jonathan.

He said the president would use the opportunity to thank his cabinet members and request prayers for the country. The valedictory council session, prayers would also be offered for the incoming government of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
Jonathan, who lost the March 28 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, is scheduled to hand over the affairs of the country to Buhari on May 29.

A member of Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet told our correspondent yesterday that all the ministers had received letters from the president since Friday thanking them for serving their father land.

The minister, who is from the South-West said the president emphasised in the letters that the Wednesday’s council meeting would be the last to be held under his stewardship.

He further disclosed that in compliance to a directive from Jonathan, all ministers were expected to hand over the affairs of their ministries to their respective permanent secretaries by Thursday.

The minister, who pleaded not to be mentioned, added that there would also be send-off ceremonies for ministers also on Thursday.  He said: “I can confirm to you that this Wednesday will mark the last Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. That is when Mr President will dissolve the cabinet.

“This is not catching us unawares. All of us have been duly informed. Mr President has sent letters to all of us who are his ministers. Mr President thanked us for having served the country meritoriously well together with him within the last few years.”

The Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, had told State House journalists after the April 15 FEC meeting that the last council meeting under Jonathan would hold on May 20 (tomorrow).

“…The last one (FEC meeting) that will be the valedictory one, on May 20”, the information minister had said then.
Ahead of the May 29 transition programme, the president had on April 15 also directed all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to submit their handover briefs to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on or before April 20.

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