March 20, 2019

* 2019: My Emphasis Is On Free, Fair Elections —Buhari * Governors to Take Position On Minimum Wage, Tuesday, Says Yari

* 2019: My Emphasis Is On Free, Fair Elections —Buhari                 * Governors to Take Position On Minimum Wage, Tuesday, Says Yari



2019: My Emphasis Is On Free, Fair Elections —Buhari

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari again on Monday said his emphasis at all times was for free and fair elections. “I emphasise free and fair elections at all times,” presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement quoted the President as saying while receiving the Governor-General of Canada, Julie Payette, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari said Nigeria’s democracy was steadily improving with deeper understanding of the culture and tenets among the people, and strengthening of the institutions that guarantee free and fair elections.

Governors to Take Position On Minimum Wage, Tuesday, Says Yari

The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) is to hold an emergency meeting on Oct. 30, to discuss the national minimum wage and come up with a position, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has said. Yari spoke with State House correspondents on the matter after an expanded Economic Management Team meeting at the Presidential Villa on Monday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that organised labour has been at odds with the Federal Government over demands to increase the remunerations of public sector workers.

 Boards Have No Power to Suspend Ceos of Parastatals, Says SGF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday said governing boards of federal agencies or parastatals have no power to remove Chief Executive Officers appointed by the President. He said such boards may, however “articulate infractions, investigate wrongdoing and make recommendations to government through the supervisory ministry.” Mustapha made the clarification at an induction programme for governing board members of federal parastatals, universities and medical centres organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, in conjunction with the Department for International Development, a United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid.

Dogara Expresses Need to Strengthen NAPTIP Act to Curb Modern Slavery

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, says there is need to strengthen the Act establishing the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Dogara said the Act when amended will accommodate trafficking courts, membership of the Board of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC). He stated on Monday at a two-day consultative confab with Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, CPA-UK delegation and other stakeholders by the House Committee on Inter parliamentary Relations in Abuja.

NNPC, Others Yet to Remit $22.06bn, N481.75bn to Federation Account

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiary, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, and other companies in the oil and gas sector have yet to remit a total revenue of $22.06bn and N481.75bn to the Federation Account. Latest report on the summary of unremitted revenue, losses and unreconciled differences from operations and transactions in the oil and gas sector released in Abuja on Monday by the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative showed that the NNPC alone had yet to remit a total revenue of $19.04bn and N424.57bn.

 Lagos Ex-Speaker Joko Pelumi, 49 Others Arrested Over Death Of Policeman

The Police say they have arrested a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Joko Pelumi, and 49 others over alleged attack and killing of a Police officer attached to the anti-cultism unit. Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, told newsmen in Ikeja that the ex-Speaker, along with others, allegedly attacked and killed Akingboju Akindele, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, while trying to effect the arrest of some suspected cultists. “On October 27, at about 4:30 PM, a team of Anti Cultism Policemen attached to Area ‘N’ Ijede, were attacked while trying to effect the arrest of some suspected cultists. “In the process, a Police officer by name DSP Akingboju Akindele was killed.

Suspected Sexual Predator in Police Net in Lagos

A suspected sexual predator has been arrested by the police in Lagos for defiling his neighbour’s two-year-old daughter. According to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, the 38-year-old suspect was arrested on Oct. 24. “On Oct. 24, One 38-year-od man Taiwo Street, Agbado Ijaiye, was arrested for defiling his neighbour’s two-year-old daughter. “The mother of the victim had on that day left her in the care of the suspect and dashed into the neighbourhood to buy some provisions. “When she returned after a couple of minutes, she couldn’t find her daughter nor the man she left her with.

 Death Toll in Iran Alcohol Poisoning Jumps to 84

Iran’s health ministry said Monday a total of 84 people have died and nearly 1,000 been poisoned from consuming bootleg alcohol over the past six weeks, ISNA news agency reported. Despite tough penalties against alcohol consumption since the Islamic revolution of 1979, the use of smuggled or bootleg liquor remains widespread. Multiple cases of poisoning by a deadly batch of moonshine were first reported in late September and have spread across the country.

Japanese Princess Ayako Gives Up Royal Status to Marry Commoner

Princess Ayako married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, to become the latest female royal to leave Japan’s imperial family. The 28-year-old princess, the third daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin, Prince Takamado, tied the knot with Kei Moriya, a 32-year-old employee of shipping company, Nippon Yusen. The princess wore a many-layered court kimono and molded hairdo typical of the imperial aristocracy, while the groom wore a black tuxedo with grey trousers for the ceremony at the shrine dedicated to the spirit of her great-grandfather, Emperor Meiji.

I Will Quit as German Chancellor – Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel has announced she will quit as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021. Merkel’s decision may not be unconnected to series of political crises that have rocked her fragile coalition. Taking a decisive step towards the end of her political career, the veteran leader who has led Germany for 13 years said she hoped her planned departure would end bitter fighting in her coalition and finally focus it on its task of governing Europe’s biggest economy. “Today, it is time to begin a new chapter,” she told reporters at her party headquarters. Referring to the quibbling within her coalition that has sent it from crisis from crisis, Merkel noted that “the picture that the government is sending out is unacceptable”.


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