*Buhari okays expansion of Nigeria’s maritime boundaries *Youths demand implementation of N5,000 stipend from Buhari

*Buhari okays expansion of Nigeria’s maritime boundaries *Youths demand implementation of N5,000 stipend from Buhari


Buhari okays expansion of Nigeria’s maritime boundaries

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the continuation of efforts by the National Boundary Commission to significantly expand the nation’s maritime boundaries.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President gave the after he was briefed by the commission’s Director-General, Dr. Muhammad Ahmad, on the status of preparations for a submission by Nigeria to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Read more

Youths demand implementation of N5,000 stipend from Buhari

Following the rejection of the motion for the payment of N5, 000 monthly allowances to unemployed youths in Nigeria at the Senate yesterday, Nigerians have taken to the social media to demand the implementation of the stipend as promised by the APC-led government. Read more


Dickson lauds Buhari for revealing Nigeria’s financial status

Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for disclosing the economic status of the country.

Dickson urged Bayelsa people to brace for the harsh financial situation facing the state.
He spoke at a meeting with the new Special Advisers at Government House, Yenagoa, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Thursday. Read more

Buhari: Good Neighbourliness Essential for Security of African Countries

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja said recent developments  had made it more important for Nigeria and other African nations to close ranks and work together against terrorism.

A statement by the Special Advier to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said Buhari spoke at an audience with a Special Envoy of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea. Buhari said that since terrorism no longer respects national borders, the international community must urgently evolve and implement more effective collaborative measures to enhance  global security. Read more


Wike’s group, Peterside disagree on road projects

The Grassroots Development Initiative, a group sponsored by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has disagreed with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 governorship election, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, over claims that only 10 kilometres of road were rehabilitated in the state within the past six months. Read more

NYSC establishes distress call centres for members’ safety

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Bamidele Olawunmi, has said that the agency has put up adequate security arrangements for the safety of corps members in Osun State and other parts of the country. Read more

Agriculture viable sector to boost revenue – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday said the agribusiness sector remains one of the most viable areas that the Federal as well as State Governments must begin to pay serious attention to boost its revenue generation in the wake of dwindling oil prices. Read more

Nigerian hackers ‘most wanted’ in 7 countries nabbed in TTDI

Police picked up two foreigners, most wanted in seven countries, in connection with computers and automated teller machines (ATM) hacking incidents at Taman Tun Dr Ismail here today.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in his tweet, said a raiding team comprising Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department nabbed the two Nigerian men. He also congratulated the team on their success. Read more

Niger Air Force Bombs Boko Haram Base, Arrests 20 Militants

Niger’s Air Force has bombed a Boko Haram base in the country’s southeast and arrested more than 20 militants, security sources said on Thursday, in its biggest counter-attack in eight months.

Members of the Islamist militant group based mostly in North-Eastern Nigeria have repeatedly attacked the Lake Chad area, including Niger’s southern border region of Diffa. Read more

Police unveil better welfare package for officers

AIG Bala Hassan in charge of Zone 2 said in Lagos on Thursday that the Police High Command had introduced better welfare package for its officers and men.

Hassan made the assertion during a visit to the News Agency of Nigeria, Lagos office. Read more

Shun Waste, Impunity, Buhari Tells Ministers-designate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday warned his ministers-designate against waste of resources and impunity, urging them to key into the change agenda of his government.

The president spoke at the ongoing retreat for the incoming ministers at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Abuja. He also asked them to consider themselves privileged to be called to service in the midst of millions of Nigerians, charging them to work as a team to deliver. Read more

Ministerial Portfolios: How Presidency Lied, By PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has bemoaned the confusion in the Presidency especially between President Muhammadu Buhari and his spokespersons over certain issues of national importance.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary party, Chief Olisa Metuh, told Daily Independent that the Presidency had been lying in recent times. Read more

Ministerial Portfolio: There Are Too Many Lies From The Presidency – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has bemoaned the confusion in the Presidency especially between President Muhammadu Buhari and his spokespersons over certain issues of national importance.
In a chat with Daily Independent, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, who said there are too many lies coming from the presidency in recent times,  said that  Nigerians will soon know who is lying between President Buhari and his media aide, Garba Shehu, over who gets what when the newly appointed ministers are sworn-in. Read more

No Going Back On Concession Of Imo Parastatals -Okorocha

Imo state government has said that there is no going back in the concession of some public parastatals in the state, insisting that the measure had become inevitable for effective management of these institutions.

Governor Rochas Okorocha who disclosed this while interacting with newsmen at the government house Owerri regretted that all General hospitals in the state now lie comatose with low public patronage as a result of the lackadaisical attitude of the medical personnel’s who refer patients to their private hospitals to make quick money to the detriment of the state’s economy. Read more

Youth Leader Decries Upsurge In Criminal Activities In Abakaliki

The President, Amike-Aba Community Youth Organisation, Ebonyi Local Government Area, Mr Amaechi Egbe, on Thursday decried the recent upsurge in criminal activities in Abakaliki.

Egbe made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki and expressed worry over the development. Read more

Adamawa sacks state varsity VC

Vice-Chancellor of Adamawa State University, Prof. David Shall, has been removed over allegations of maladministration, the SSG, Umar Bindir, says. Read more

Continental cooperation essential to terror war – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said recent developments have made it more important than ever before for Nigeria and other African nations to close ranks and work together against terrorism. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while granting audience to a special envoy of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

WIMBIZ advocates more women representation in govt, boards

The Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) on Thursday advised all the tiers of government and policy makers to increase the number of women in their cabinets.

Mrs Osayi Alile, the President of WIMBIZ, made the appeal at a media parley in Lagos to announce WIMBIZ forthcoming annual conference. Read more

Nigeria drops 7 places on FIFA world rankings to 59

Nigeria has dropped seven places to 59 from 52 on the monthly FIFA rankings, according to the November rankings released on Thursday by world football governing body FIFA. Read more

Three more suspects arrested in Edo bank robbery

Three additional suspects have been arrested over the Tuesday’s deadly armed robbery attacks at a police station and two commercial banks, which led to the death of six persons, in Igarra, Edo State.

Our correspondent gathered that two of the suspects were nabbed by the vigilance groups in a forest near Makeke‎ on Wednesday‎, in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state. Read more

Traditional rulers offer help for Osun financial crisis 

The Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers said on Thursday that monarchs in the state were ready to offer assistance to bring out   the state government from its current financial challenges and other problems.

The chairman of Council of Traditional Rulers in the state, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, said this while briefing journalists in Osogbo after the meeting of the  council held at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding. Read more

Fayose: Why Nigerian Leaders Always Fail to Deliver Democratic Dividends

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said the gap between the leaders and the people always cause the failure in governance in,Nigeria.

He added that the only way Nigeria can make progress is for them leaders to humble themselves and come to the level of the led. The governor made the comment in Ado-Ekiti while having an interface with the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers . Read more

600,000 migrants ‘ll cross Balkans this winter – UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimated on Thursday, some 600,000 migrants will travel from Turkey to Greece and through the Balkans between November and February.

“Harsh weather conditions in the region are likely to exacerbate the suffering of the thousands of refugees and migrants landing in Greece and travelling through the Balkans. Read more

Plateau State Secure, Safe for Investment, Says Lalong

The Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, on Thursday said the people of the state now enjoy peace, having successfully overcome the security challenge that bedevilled it.
He said the state government will do everything possible to push for the reactivation of the Inland Dry Container Port being executed by the federal government in Jos, the state capital. Read more

Senate Committees’ Constitution: Ekiti PDP Expresses Reservation over Saraki’s Action

The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party,  has said the relevance accord the 24 committees allotted to the PDP members  by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki after commencing operations would determine whether the party would commend him or not.

The PDP, which praised Saraki’s leadership for allotting 24 committees to the PDP members in the Senate, said  the number of committees ceded to a party might be insignificant compared to how relevant they are allowed to be in terms operation and influence on the floor of the Senate. Read more









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