* I won’t allow 2017 budget to be padded –Buhari * Rival parties clash as Ondo elects governor

* I won’t allow 2017 budget to be padded –Buhari  * Rival parties clash as Ondo elects governor




I won’t allow 2017 budget to be padded –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday promised to ensure that the 2017 Budget is not padded like the 2016 budget.

He said he would never allow “rogue projects and figures” to be injected into the financial document again under his watch. Read more

Rival parties clash as Ondo elects governor

Ahead of the governorship election in Ondo State today, there were violent clashes among rival political party supporters in Akure and Owo on Thursday night and Friday.

This is happening as a total of 1,280,580 voters with Permanent Voter Cards are preparing to choose the next governor of the state among the 28 contestants in today’s governorship election. Read more

We must work to overcome recession, say Fashola, Sanusi

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, on Saturday stressed the need for Nigeria to develop its own plan capable of effectively addressing the current economic downturn.

This is just as the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said that the right monetary, fiscal and structural policies would address the biting recession. Read more

Dons, economists slam Buhari over $29.9bn loan

A cross-section of economists, including university dons from across the country have expressed their displeasure with President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposal to borrow $29.9bn to get Nigeria out of recession, saying it would mortgage the future of coming generations.

Some of the economists also noted that it was risky for the country to take such a loan as there was no national plan for it. Read more

We have no confidence in INEC – PDP

The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party has said that it has no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission.

It also alleged that the commission played a “suspicious role” in frustrating its candidate in the Ondo State governorship election, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), from campaigning for the election. Read more

Ebonyi varsity VC, other principal officers sacked

Following the amendment of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU) Law 005 of 2016, which has been assented to by Governor David Umahi, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, in Abakaliki, Prof Francis Idike, and other principal officers of the institution have been ordered to immediately vacate their offices.

Giving the order yesterday in Abakaliki after assenting to the amended law, Umahi said having exhausted their eight-year tenure as stipulated in the amendment, the officers should bow out with immediate effect (with effect from today). Read more

N4.7bn fraud: EFCC to arraign Ladoja Dec 14

Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 14, 2016 for the second arraignment of a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, who was accused of N4.7bn fraud.

To be arraigned alongside Ladoja is Waheed Akanbi. Read more

Ondo: Residents express frustration as ATMs run out of cash

Scores of residents of Akure expressed frustration on Friday following the inability of many automated teller machines to dispense cash as early as 10am.

The public holiday declared by the state government worsened the situation because bank customers could not go inside the banks to make withdrawals and had to rely on the ATMs for cash withdrawals. Read more

EFCC arraigns Ogunlewe, others for N400m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arraigned a former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, and two others for alleged N400m fraud.

Ogunlewe, who is the Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, was arraigned alongside the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; and the Bursar of the institution, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi, before the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta, on 18 counts, bordering on conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money by false pretences and abuse of office. Read more

Bayelsa approves N250m for students stranded abroad

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has approved the sum of £300,000 and $450,000 (over N250m) respectively for the payment of tuition fees of students from the state who are on scholarship in different foreign universities.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Markson Fefegha, made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Friday. Read more

Stop rejecting corps members, FG warns MDAs

The Federal Government has directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to accept corps members deployed to them by the National Youth Service Corps.

Already, the government has instructed the Ministry of Youth and Sports through the NYSC to monitor the level of compliance and give periodic reports to the government. Read more

NAF sets up panel to investigate helicopter accident

The Nigeria Air Force has set up a seven-man board to investigate the cause of the helicopter accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Makurdi on Wednesday.

The Director of Information and Public Relations, NAF, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement on Friday that the seven-man panel is headed by Air Vice-Marshall Emmanuel Anebi. Read more

Over 470,000 Nigerians die from firewood smoke in five years

Over 470,000 Nigerians are believed to have died from firewood smoke-induced ailments in the past five years.

The World Health Organisation recently said smoke from open fire is Nigeria’s third biggest killer with over 95,000 deaths annually behind Malaria and HIV/AIDS. Read more

Family in panic as seven-year-old boy vanishes

On Monday, November 7, 2016, seven-year-old Toheeb Aremu simply vanished from his parents’ home in Akowonjo area of Lagos. More than three weeks after, there has been no trace of the boy, causing apprehension in the family over what might have happened to him.

The boy’s grandmother, Mrs. Grace Felix, said she was heading back from a visit to a relative with him and his elder brother, when she put them on a commercial motorcycle ahead of her. Read more

Nigeria considers importing crude oil from Niger due to militant attacks

Nigeria, typically Africa’s biggest crude oil producer, is considering importing crude from neighbouring Niger due to militant attacks on pipelines in the Niger Delta that feed its refineries, a state oil company spokesman said on Friday.

Nigeria’s crude production, which was 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) at the start of 2016, fell by around a third in the summer following a series of attacks since January by Delta militants who want a greater share of the country’s energy wealth to go to the impoverished southern oil-producing region. Read more

Nigeria to Get Major Economic Boost from TABEF – Okpe

Businesses in different sectors of the economy are about to enjoy a major boost as Turkey  promised more investment in Africa. The promise was made at the just concluded Turkey –Africa Business Economic Forum, TABEF 2016 in Instabul. This is in line with the country’s resolve to create an enabling environment for future collaborations.

Speaking at the event, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Turkey will in the coming days focus on helping many businesses in Africa with a view to promoting “closer cooperation with our regional allies, develop solutions to shared challenges and explore mutually beneficial opportunities…We share a common fate. We consider the priority of the African continent as our priority. There is a nice African proverb that says one day’s rain cannot get deep into the soil. We would like to remain friends forever.” Read more

Jonathan, Buhari’s policies plunged Nigeria into recession – Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Solid Minerals, Mrs. Obi Ezekwesili, has said the administrations of former President Goodluck Jonathan and that of the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, led the nation’s economy into recession by failing to adopt the right policies to deal with the crash in crude oil prices, which began in mid-2014.

Ezekwesili noted that while Jonathan’s administration failed to do something about the impending recession before leaving office, the current administration also failed to launch a comprehensive fiscal stabilisation programme on assumption of office in May 2015. Read more

Sliding Economy and Buhari’s 36 Trips in 18 Months

The frightening pronouncement this week by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma that President Muhammadu Buhari would inaugurate an economic recovery plan next month left me shattered. Nigeria’s economy has been sliding in the last 18 months and officially went into recession in the second quarter of this year.

After 18 months of slithering, this administration is yet to conclude on a recovery plan. Nigerians are now being told to wait till next month for the salvage plan. This is a confirmation of my assertion all this while that this administration lacks any blueprint on how to turn around any sector of our nation’s economy. Udoma’s statement is a validation of ineptitude by an administration that assumed office with so much promise but has left Nigerians with blood, tears and pain. Read more

Danger looms for Eagles as Giwa drags NFF to Supreme Court

THERE are palpable signs that Nigeria’s bid to qualify for the next World Cup in Russia may be aborted as embattled Chairman of Giwa FC, Chris Giwa, has concluded plans to drag the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to the Supreme Court, seeking a termination of the Amaju Pinnick-led Executive Committee.

According to our usually authoritative sources, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, Giwa has directed his legal team to file a prayer at the Supreme Court, next week, seeking a dissolution of the NFF board forthwith. If granted by the apex court, the prayer may spell doom for the Super Eagles’ quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Read more

Falcons eye top spot against Kenya

The Super Falcons have complained that they have not yet been paid their bonuses by the Nigeria Football Federation ahead of today’s match with Kenya in their final Group B fixture.

The players have not received bonuses since the qualifying stage, including the home and away fixtures versus Senegal. Read more

Danladi Isah spotted in Enyimba training

Former Plateau United FC safehand, Danladi Isah, may pen a deal with seventh time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba International FC of Aba, sportstalkafrica.com can exclusively report.

Danladi was reportedly dropped by former NPFL winners Kano Pillars FC but reports gathered confirmed that the big goalkeeper left the Pyramid side over contractual agreement. Read more

Barcelona target Moses

Chelsea sensation Victor Moses has emerged as a shock target for Barcelona, The Sun reports.

The  Super Eagles star has undergone a barnstorming transformation under Antonio Conte and has been one of the leading men for the table toppers. Read more

EPL: Pochettino primes Spurs for Chelsea battle

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Saturday’s trip to in-form Premier League leaders Chelsea represents an ideal opportunity for his side to relaunch their season.

Tottenham have won just one of their last nine fixtures in all competitions and go into the game on the back of a Champions League exit at Monaco’s hands in mid-week. Read more

Trump piles pressure on Brussels 

DONALD Trump has invited Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban to Washington as the President-elect seeks to forge strong relations with the eastern European nation.

The Republican maverick called the Hungarian leader on Thursday night, praising the country’s citizens as “brave freedom fighters”. Read more

Two teenage girls in Morocco on trial for kissing

Two teenage girls allegedly caught kissing on a roof appeared in court in Morocco’s Marrakesh on Friday charged with homosexual acts, one of their lawyers said.

The girls, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, were charged with “licentious or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex”. Read more

American yoga instructor, 61, shoots dead two of four burglars after they broke into her home in Chile

A yoga teacher from Texas shot and killed two home invaders as they allegedly attempted to rob her in her residence just north of Santiago, Chile, police said on Friday.

Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa, 61, was in her bedroom in her Batuco home on Thursday when four men entered the room and hit her in the head with a firearm. Read more

Quake strikes China, Tajikistan border; kills at least one – agency

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck China’s northwestern border with Tajikistan killing at least 1 person, destroying houses and severing a railway line in the sparsely populated region, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

Rescue teams in the Xinjiang region have been sent to help isolated communities in Akto County, which sits on China’s mountainous border with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Read more

S Korea braces for ‘largest’ protests against president

Some two million people are expected to join nationwide protests in South Korea to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye, organisers say.

They estimate 1.5 million will gather in Seoul and 500,000 in other regions – in what would be largest rallies since the demonstrations began five week ago. Read more



















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