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President Buhari Hands Over Nigeria To Osinbajo, Goes On 5-Day Vacation
President Muhammadu Buhari has proceeded on a 5-day vacation, his office announced Friday, February 5, 2016.
According to the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari will be on break from his official functions from February 5 to February 10, 2016.
The Presidency stated that while the President is on vacation, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the President.
‘Militants Hijack Merchant Ship, Demand Kanu’s Release’ – IPOB, MASSOB React
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has on Tuesday, February 2, reacted to alleged involvement in the seizing and threat to blowing up a merchant ship carrying foreigners.
The Media and Publicity Officer of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful averred that IPOB is a peaceful group with responsible men in the society in Nigeria and in diaspora as members and therefore, cannot involve in any violent activity that may possibly harm or take the life of anybody from within and outside Nigeria, Vanguard reports.
“Many people are sympathetic to the Biafran actualization cause because of the treatment meted to the entire Biafran land comprising the former Eastern Region. Many groups are also rising up to speak against the treatment meted to the IPOB leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu who at present is being incarcerated in Kuje prison, and they can use any style to make their demand felt by the Federal Government but no IPOB member has a hand in it.”
FG Paid Zero Subsidy In January – NNPC Boss
With respect to the new price regime for petroleum products, the Federal Government of Nigeria has on Tuesday, February 2, announced that it did not pay any subsidy on petroleum products in January 2016.
Despite paying over N1.1 trillion in 2015, the Minister of State for Petroleum/Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Ibe. Kachikwu, stated that the country would save $1 billion (N200 billion) from the newly introduced Direct-Sale-Direct-Purchase, DSDP, arrangement in Nigeria’s crude oil for products transaction which is to commence next month.
Kachikwu made the disclosure known when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee investigating the offshore processing agreements (OPAs) and crude oil swaps between NNPC, its subsidiary, the Petroleum and Pipelines Marketing Company, and oil traders.
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Nigerian Air Force Drone Destroys Boko Haram Logistics Base In Sambisa
An Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the Nigerian Air Force has destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram insurgents, the air force in a statement on Tuesday said.
According to the statement, which was issued by the Air Force spokesman Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the UAV was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission when it came across the gathering of Boko Haram members at Garin Moloma, about one kilometre north of the Sambisa Forest.
The statement reads: “The Nigerian Air Force Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has destroyed a logistics base used by members of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) group. The UAV was on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission when it came across the gathering of BHTs at Garin Moloma, about one kilometre north of the Sambisa forest.
Operation No BVN, No Salary – Gov Wike Warns Civil Servants
Governor Nyesom Wike has gifted the civil servants in Rivers state his first directive since the Supreme court upheld his election, that any worker who does not have their bank verification numbers will not be paid their salaries.
The Governor made this disclosure known on Tuesday, February 2, while addressing Civil Servants at the State Secretariat Complex in Port Harcourt.
He said, ‘‘I will do everything possible to block every loophole for the development of the State as the amount of money we pay for salaries is so much. Therefore, I have directed the Commissioner of Finance to ensure that anyone without a Bank Verification Number (BVN) is not be paid salary so as to check excess payments”.
Arms Deal: NLC Declares Complete Support For Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Crusade
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared its ‘unalloyed support’ for the ongoing war on corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, as it has described corruption as a “national malaise that afflicts virtually every fabric of our national life.”
NLC, which consists of Nigeria’s main workers’ communicated this in a statement issued on Friday, January 29, at the end of its national executive council meeting held in Lagos.
Read statement below:
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNIL [NEC] OF THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS HELD ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016 AT AIRPORT HOTEL, IKEJA, LAGOS
The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NEC) met at Airport Hotel, Lagos on Friday, January 29, 2016 to discuss core Labour issues and the state of the of the nation.
Reps Uncover Fraud Of 169 Ghost Firms On N1trn Rail Contracts
The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Failed Rail Contracts, on Wednesday, February 3, brought to light the scam of 169 ghost companies that registered as contractors with the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, for projects worth up to N1 trillion.
The Chairman of the committee, Johnson Agbonnayinman, (Ikpoba/Okha federal constituency), who spoke on the need to invite the contractors, was however disappointed as none of them showed up.
According to him, only the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, responded to the committee’s letter.