NLC calls crucial meeting, dares Nigerian govt on minimum wage, ‘no work, no pay’

Following the federal government’s announcement that it has proposed N24,000 as the minimum wage for civil servants after consultations, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said it will hold an emergency meeting next week to take a decision. The general secretary of NLC, Peter Ozo-Esan, in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night said the committee…

FG to pay 50% ex-Nigerian Airways staff benefits from next week – Minister

The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it will pay 50 per cent of entitlements owed ex-staff of the defunct Nigerian Airways in 2018 and pay the balance next year. The finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, revealed this on Wednesday while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja. She also at a separate…

Corruption: Embattled NHIS boss, Prof Yusuf suspended by Governing Council

Months after he was controversially reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari despite corruption allegations against him, DESERT HERALD can confirm that the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf has been indefinitely suspended by the Governing Council of the Scheme over several allegations of abuse of office, corruption and insubordination….

17 parties submit presidential, NASS candidates list, ahead of today’s deadline — Yakubu

FOUR hours to the deadline for the submission of list of presidential and National Assembly candidates, 17 of the 91 political parties have submitted their lists to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Speaking at a quarterly dialogue session with a coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, (Situation Room) in Abuja, Chairman of the commission, Prof….

Stop borrowing, Senate, NSIA, others warn FG

•As FEC appoints $2.78bn Eurobond managers •Nigeria needs to avoid another debt burden – NLC, Rewane, Ezekwesili •Corporate Nigeria lampoons FG’s borrowings •Senate asks CBN to increase ATM withdrawal to N40,000 per transaction The Senate and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, yesterday warned the Federal Government against returning the country into a debt trap. Though…

Obasanjo/Atiku: Catholic Secretariat says Kukah’s reconciliatory effort hijacked, politicised

The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria on Wednesday described as mischievous demands by the Buhari Media Organisation that the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, should be withdrawn as Convener of the National Peace Committee. The organisation said Kukah was needed to bridge the animosity between ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and his former…

INEC, APC set for showdown today over Zamfara candidates’ list

The Independent National Electoral Commission and the All Progressives Congress are set for a showdown over the submission of the list of candidates for elections in Zamfara State, this paper has learnt. The deadline for submission of the names of the candidates for presidential and National Assembly election is Thursday (today) and the APC is…

EFCC obtains court order to detain Fayose for two weeks …ex-gov to sue anti-graft agency

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a remand order from a Federal Capital Territory High Court to keep former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State for two weeks. The remand order, it was learnt, is subject to renewal which implies that Fayose could spend longer than two weeks in custody. A reliable source…

Despite the perceived fight against corruption by the APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari, corruption seems to be on unprecedented increase under his watch. The World Economic Forum on Tuesday released its annual corruption index as part of its Global Competitiveness Report”. In the report, Nigeria ranked 15th with Republic of Guinea behind Uganda, Nicaragua and Cameroon. Using a methodology linked to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, the WEF ranked 140 countries’ level of corruption within their society on a scale of one to 100. A score of 100 means a country is without corruption, while zero is the most corrupt possible. All the countries featured on this list scored 30 or less. The countries the WEF views as most corrupt tend to be in Africa, Central America, and the Middle East, in societies with weak legal and governmental systems and widespread poverty. For instance, the WEF ranked Yemen, which is in the middle of a brutal civil war, as the most corrupt nation. But a handful of the world’s 20 largest economies also made it onto the list. The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history of the series, with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0. The new index sheds light on an emerging set of drivers of productivity and long-term growth in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It provides a much-needed compass for policy-makers and other stakeholders to help shape economic strategies and monitor progress

By Jamal Khashoggi I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going…

World Economic Forum Ranks Nigeria Among 32 most corrupt countries in the world 

Despite the perceived fight against corruption by the APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari, corruption seems to be on unprecedented increase under his watch. The World Economic Forum on Tuesday released its annual corruption index as part of its Global Competitiveness Report”. In the report, Nigeria ranked 15th with Republic of Guinea behind Uganda,…

Opposition Candidate, Atiku Gains Momentum in Nigeria’s Presidential Election

By Dulue Mbachu and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari must think history is threatening to repeat itself as he watches his main challenger in February elections, Atiku Abubakar, do what he did three years ago: build a broad alliance to win power in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Buhari, 75, rode atop a wide coalition…