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By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja, And Okechukwu Obeta, Awka President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the reinstatement of the security aides of Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano. This was revealed in a statement by the president’s special adviser on media, Femi Adesina. The governor had complained about the withdrawal of his security aides while welcoming the president yesterday  in Awka, the state capital, where President Buhari had gone for the grand finale of the All Progressives Congress’ governorship rally, Before departing Awka, President Buhari directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Joshak Habila, to ensure the return of the governor’s security personnel. LEADERSHIP recalls that Governor Obiano had raised the alarm about the withdrawal of his security aides, describing it as a “sign of what will come in the coming days.” However, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said the withdrawal was based on the previous experience whereby the military caught an aide de camp (ADC)...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah And Christiana Nwaogu, Abuja The federal government has announced a recommencement of the compulsory Group Life Insurance coverage for federal civil servants. This comes fourteen months after the federal government exposed its assets and workforce to uncertainties and hazards due to its inability to renew its N5.4billion annual coverage. The permanent secretary, Service Welfare Office (SWO), in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHSCF), Mrs. Didi Walson Jack, made the announcement during a quarterly breakfast meeting with Labour in preparation for the joint council meeting yesterday in Abuja. The service welfare boss stated that the meeting was also called to intimate labour leaders, civil servants and next of kin of deceased officers about the life-touching policy of government to enable them benefit from the scheme. Walson Jack explained that the payment of premium was a compulsory scheme meant to motivate workers to boost their productivity...
Kayode Tokede and Bukola Idowu, Lagos and Mbakaan Kwen, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced yesterday that inflation rate eased to 15.91 per cent in October from 15.98 per cent in September. Specifically, the difference is 0.07 per cent, making it the ninth consecutive slowdown in inflation rate, though still positive, in headline year-on-year inflation since January 2017. The Bureau said, while average headline year-on-year inflation for the first five months of the year (January to May 2017) stood at 17.45 per cent, average headline year-on-year inflation for the next five months of the year (June to October 2017) stood at 16.01 per cent, indicating disinflation from June to date, compared to the period from January to May 2017. According to NBS, it is an indication that, while prices have remained high in 2017, they have tended to slow down their pace of increase since May 2017, both on year-on-year and...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja  Ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday, said that 2,158, 171 voters are expected to participate in the election. This is as the electoral body has said that all political parties and their candidates would be given equal treatment. According to the commission, Anambra State is in the verge of making history in Nigeria as the first state to field candidates in 37 political parties in a gubernatorial election. Speaking at a stakeholder meeting on the Anambra State governorship election, held at the Women Development Centre, Awka, the INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu said it is the first time in the history of the state that 2,158, 171 people collected their PVCs and are ready to vote in an election. According to the INEC boss, even though the gubernatorial election holding on Saturday would be combined with a state assembly by-election,...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja National chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday vowed not to defect from the party, with their supporters, if any of them loses. The aspirants, who also promised to abide by the outcome of the convention however gave a caveat that the convention must be free, fair and transparent in accordance with the constitution of the party. They also agreed that any aspirant, who breaches party’s 2015 zero policy on expenditure which prohibits inducement including lodging of delegates and providing money for votes, should be disqualified on or before the convention date. The aspirants agreed to this while appending their signatures to a peace accord, titled, “National Chairmanship Aspirants Accord On Prevention of Violence And Acceptance of Election Result At The Elective National Convention”, ahead of the December 9  national convention of the party, holding in Abuja. The national chairmanship contenders, present at the meeting were media mogul,...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja and Obinna Ogbonaya, Abakaliki President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured Igbo people that his administration will ensure the timely execution of roads, power and other projects in the South East. Addressing leaders of thought and traditional rulers at a meeting in Government House, Abakiliki when he visited Ebonyi State, the president commended Ebonyi people for the warm reception accorded him during the state visit. He said, ‘’My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is unique among nations. ‘’When I met with leaders from the South East last month in Abuja, they raised several issues of concern, including the state of the roads and infrastructure in the region. I want to assure you that we will deliver on our promises. ‘’Our 2018 Budget includes many strategic projects for...
BY BAYO AMODU, SOLOMON AYADO, AHURAKA ISAH and MBAKAAN KWEN, Abuja The Senate yesterday finally approved a $5.5billion loan request sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the federal government to secure two external borrowings. Against the backdrop of the upsurge in the country’s debt profile, which stood at N19.6 trillion as at June 30, 2017, some Nigerians, both individuals and groups, had kicked against request to borrow another loan, saying it was a way of mortgaging the future of Nigerians. The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had also engaged in a media tirade over the propriety of federal government’s borrowing plan. While, the PDP had condemned the plan, accusing the APC of mismanaging the “buoyant economy” it inherited from it, the APC through its spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, lashed out at the opposition party, saying it was scaremongering over a loan the present administration...
By YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos Foreign shipping companies have re-introduced surcharge for congestion due to inefficiency on the seaside at the nation’s seaports, LEADERSHIP findings have revealed. Nigeria had been saving over N320 billion yearly for the past 11 years before the return of the levy at seaports. Congestion surcharge is slammed when there is an incident of cargoes piling up at the Quay apron and stacking area and is not being moved out. Investigations showed that shipping companies now ask importers to pay this surcharge ahead, even before the ship arrives in the shore of Nigeria. An accounting firm, Akintola Williams Deloitte, in its industry report titled, ‘Public Private Partnership (PPP) as an anchor for diversifying the Nigeria economy: Lagos Container Terminals Concession as a Case Study, had said importers and exporters paid $800 million (N320 billion) annually to shipping companies as congestion surcharge in Nigeria. The report however noted that, while the huge amount...
By Obinna Ogbonnaya, Abakaliki President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reiterated his believe and confidence that Nigeria would continue to be united despite effort by some groups to create crisis and disintegrate the country. Speaking at the State Executive Council government house Abakaliki while addressing Elders of the State, President Buhari iinsisted on the unity of the country saying that the country would be stronger if united. The President is in the state for a one day working visit to the state. The President during the visit commissioned the 14.5 Afikpo-Abakaliki express road, Commissioned the Akanu Ibiam and Senator Offia Nwali flyover, laid the foundation for the Ebonyi State ultra model shopping mall and President Mohammadu Buhari tunnel and also addressed thousands of Ebonyi People at the Abakaliki Township Stadium. The President who is visiting the region for the first time since his inuguration on May 29th 2015 said the diversity of the country makes...
By Michael Oche, Abuja Workers in research institutes across the country under the aegis of Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions (JORAISU). The three main unions in the research institutes include involved in the strike action include the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) and the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI). The workers said their decision to embark on the strike action include the failure of government to implement fully the Agreement it signed with the Unions in the Research and Allied Institutions since January, 2011. Addressing a joint press conference in Abuja, NASU General Secretary, Com. Peters A. Adeyemi, ASURI General Secretary Com. Theo Ndubuaku and SSAUTHRIAI General Secretary, Com. M. O. Akinade said after several failed promises and expiration of various ultimatum, the workers have now lost their patience. According to Adeyemi who briefed on behalf...