Some commuters at the Nyanya Bus Terminal in Abuja are demanding tighter security at the station due to what they describe as inadequate security arrangement at the location. They say that security reinforcement at the terminal would safeguard the lives of passengers and other users of the station. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the terminal was reopened on July 4, after it was shut in April 2014 following the bombing of the place by Boko Haram. The bombing, according to the Abuja Emergency Management Agency, left more than 70 people dead and almost 200 others severely injured. Mr Godwin Agi, a commuter, told NAN that the traumatic experience of the 2014 bombing had prevented him from going to the station to catch a bus before now. “To be frank, I was afraid of coming into this terminal to board a bus, but from the new arrangement, people are becoming more and...
By Andrew Ojih, Jalingo Taraba State governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has flagged off the construction of a thirty kilometer Wukari- Tsokundi road in Wukari Local Government area of the state. Ishaku, in a statement signed by his deputy chief press secretary, Mr. Iliya Bekyu Akweh yesterday in Jalingo,said the contract would cost  N5.8 billion. He said  “The construction of this road is expected to be completed within one year and is a fulfillment of the governor’s campaign promise to the people of the area.” Governor Ishaku reiterated his administration’s commitment towards delivering the state from its economic backwardness, noting that provision of roads across the state becomes imperative to achieve the set objectives. Governor Ishaku explained that since assumption of office,his administration  has prioritized provision of road network, agriculture and power supply to turn around the fortunes of the state. He assured citizens of the state that his administration was determined to reposition the state...
There is now a church operating in the heart of Abuja which does not collect tithe nor offering from members, SUNDAY ISUWA reports. Givers Embassy, aka Home of Consular Generals, was formally established in the heart of Abuja at the conference hall of 3J’s Hotel last Sunday, 30th July, 2017. What stands the church out is that it neither collects tithe nor offering from members. The church, according to the pastor, is dedicated to the service of humanity especially Nigerians who are mostly poor in the midst of plenty. Givers Embassy has a football club called, “Givers Shooters FC (1Timothy 4:8).” The players were selected from local football fields, it was gathered. During the inauguration service, the church commenced with greetings and after a warm welcome address, an opening prayer ensued. The first hymn followed thereafter with praise and worship. There were scriptural readings and intercessory prayers for the nation. Thanksgiving and personal prayers...
By Obinna Ogbonnaya There was pandemonium today in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital as over 200 tricycle operators blocked the government house gate and disrupted vehicular and human movement to protest the leadership crisis rocking the union and harassment and intimidation they are face over alleged noncompliance to the payment of N3,400 fee by the State Ministry of Works. The tricycle operators who besieged the government house gate said they were in the government to ascertain if the levy was actually imposed on them by the state government and to urge the state government to wade into the leadership crisis rocking the union. The protest which lasted for more than one hour saw most passengers trekking long distance while others waited for the operators to commence operation. One of the protesters, Mr. Ikpofu Collins who decried the continued harassment and intimation members of the union are currently facing in the hands of the...
 BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The FCT Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal (URPT) has disclosed that it received only 90 complaints, on land use contraventions, from litigants in Abuja since its inception in 1996. Briefing newsmen on the activities of the tribunal in Abuja yesterday, the acting secretary of the tribunal, Yahaya Abubakar noted that out this number, 12 complaints were determined on their merit, while 18 complaints were struck out, for lack of diligent prosecution or want of jurisdiction, just as the trial of 53 complaints are ongoing. Abubakar pointed out that lack awareness of the existence and the role of the tribunal, coupled with the lackadaisical attitude of some government agencies in addressing complaints involving them, as some of the challenges facing the tribunal. He added that the public has also not been patronizing the tribunal, as expected, due to lack of knowledge of its existence, as well as the benefits derivable from...
by Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin Renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Usman Sanu- Sheu, yesterday warned Nigerian leaders, especially state governors to desist from making propaganda and lies hallmark of governance. He posited that any public office holder who reneges on his electioneering campaign promises us a liar”and is inviting the wrath of God.”l Sanu -Sheu stated this in a brief but thought provoking sermon in Ilorin, Kwara state  at  the naming  of the grandson  of the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Special Duties and Protocols, Alhaji Mashood Mustapha. The event was graced by the Speaker Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad and former Special Adviser to the state Governor on Communication Strategy, Alhaji AbdulRaheem Adedoyin among others. The cleric warned politicians to shun propaganda and lies, which he pointed out pervaded governance across the country. “What we have come to realize in this society of ours is that propaganda and lies have become...
By Ankeli Emmanuel, Sokoto The Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has  commended Tony Elumelu Foundation and its founder, Tony  Elumelu on  their contribution to entrepreneurship and creation of jobs for young people in the North. The Sultan made the commendation during a courtesy visit by  the Chairman of UBA Group and Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu  shortly before the National Dialogue Series at the Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, where Elumelu gave a speech to university students and civic leaders. The Sultan stated that Elumelu’s intervention, through his foundation, and entrepreneurship advocacy has created jobs and helped in creating security in the North by keeping idle youths off the streets. “We need more Tony Elumelus. We need more Aliko Dangotes. We continue to appreciate what you are doing for our youth because when you take these children off the streets, you provide the means for them to live a...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja The Nigeria Police has warned all groups intending to protest illegally in the Federal Capital Territory to desist as the Force will not hesitate to stop such protest. According to the Police PRO, FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, ”Information at the disposal of the FCT Police Command has it that some disgruntled persons have perfected plans to embark on unlawful protest with intent to block major roads in the Federal Capital Territory.” He further noted that the “Command wishes to state unequivocally that while it will continue to be professional and respect the fundamental rights of citizens as stipulated in the Nigerian Constitution, it will not fold its arms and watch any group under whatever guise jeopardise the existing peaceful atmosphere in FCT by blocking Federal roads and denying law abiding citizens easy access to such roads. “The Command is hereby warning the group to heed wise counsel and channel...
BY TARKAA DAVID Following last week’s rejection of ministerial slot for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), by members of the House of Representatives, the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations and other concerned indigenes have declared Abuja unsafe for residents. Speaking during what they termed, ‘A March Against Injustice’ in Abuja at the weekend, the leader of the group, Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf  noted that the rejection of ministerial slot for the FCT was capable of causing violence and exposing Abuja residents to security threat. Yusuf noted that the problem of Nigeria has always been marginalisation and warned that the natives will resist any further attempt to ridicule them, adding that they will go to any length to  make their demands, even if it means carrying arms. “If the senate has agreed to a constitutional amendment for an FCT minister and the House of Representatives have refused to accept it, then we want to make...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, Abuja Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it is partnering with Jaiz Foundation to provide infrastructure, housing mortgages and humanitarian services for FCT residents. Speaking when he received a delegation of the board of directors and management of Jaiz Foundation in his office yesterday, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, expressed hoped that the foundation would provide mortgages to enable staff own houses and train unemployed youths and women in the territory. Bello informed the delegation that FCT has over 10,000 IDPs spread in more than 30 locations, across the suburbs and asked for the intervention of the foundation’s Zakat Trustfund towards their care. He observed that the shareholders profile of the bank and customer base today position the bank’s services as, not only beneficial to Muslims, but purely a business model which is beneficial to all peopleand faiths across the social spectrum. The minister informed the delegation that FCT has...