Osoba to chair New Telegraph Awards Night

Yahaya Bello accepts, applauds recognition   Veteran journalist and former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, will preside over activities at the New Telegraph Awards Night as chairman. The event, slated for this Saturday at Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, is expected to recognise and honour some prominent Nigerians, who have…

Jonathan, PDP knock Osinbajo on debt, corruption

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday challenged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to show the scorecard of the present administration instead of bandying figures that had no bearing on realities of the economic situation in Nigeria. National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, accused Osinbajo of peddling rumours and false claims on the debt profile…

Senate adjourns plenary for lack of quorum

Less than 20 senators in attendance The Senate, yesterday, adjourned plenary session for one week due to lack of quorum, as majority of the senators have travelled for oversight functions outside Abuja, the nation’s capital. When the apex legislative chamber resumed plenary, it was observed that less than 20 senators, out of the 108 senators,…

Kogi: NLC lauds Bello over Paris Refund utilisation

The organized labour in Kogi State has hailed Governor Yahaya Bello for constituting an independent committee to commence prompt payment of 3 to 4 months salaries arrears to civil servants in the state. The Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka, who spoke during the inauguration of the committee by Governor Bello on Monday…

Intervention funds: Senate beams searchlight on Buhari, Jonathan

CHUKWU DAVID reports that the Senate has undertaken a Herculean task of investigating the two intervention funds initiated and administered by President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, with the ultimate goal of determining the propriety or otherwise of their applications   The Senate witnessed a rancorous plenary session on Wednesday last week. The…

Umahi has created robust economy in Ebonyi – Orji

Uchenna Orji is the Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Job creation in Ebonyi State. In this interview with UCHENNA INYA, he reveals how the state government has created wealth through its various empowerment programmes     The Ministry of Empowerment and Job Creation was not in existence in the past administrations in Ebonyi State. Why…

Arms purchase: Dasuki shuns court trial

A former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), yesterday, refused to appear before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for continuation of his trial in an alleged unlawful possession of firearms and diversion of funds meant for the purchase of arms. Dasuki, however, sent a letter to the court in which he…

500 APC members defect to PDP in Adamawa

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Hon. Umaru Fintiri, yesterday received more than 500 defecting members as well as stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ganye Local Government Area. He assured them of equal treatment. The defectors were received by the governorship hopeful at his residence…

Olokun Festival: When Badagry came alive

  The ancient city of Badagry was agog on October 23 and 24, as thousands of people from Nigeria and outside the shores of the country, converged at the Suntan Beach, Badagry, Lagos State for the annual Olokun Festival organised by Olokun Festival Foundation. The foundation was led by chief promoter of the foundation and…

2019: el-Rufai, Obi’s fight gets messier

FELIX NWANERI reports on the worrisome dimension the standoff between Kaduna State Governor, Nasri el-Rufai and a former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, is taking ahead of the 2019 general elections     The battle of wits between Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasri el-Rufai and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party…

Wike to multinationals: Encourage host communities with key appointments

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that part of the crisis bedeviling the Niger Delta region is the refusal by multi-national companies to encourage their host communities with key appointments. Speaking during a visit by the leadership of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Governor Wike said local content participation was key to industrial…