FG Approves Cultivation Of Genetically Modified Maize

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 4,776 total views,  417 views today The Federal Government has granted environmental approval for the evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new variety of genetically modified maize developed by researchers at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Approval for the cultivation of the crop was announced in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, jointly signed by the Communications Officer, West and Central Africa for African Agricultural Technology Foundation; and the Information Officer, IAR/ABU, Yakubu Dodo. According to the statement, the genetically modified maize would resist fall…

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VAT Dispute: South-South States To Join Suit At Appeal Court, Say Governors

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 25 total views Governors of the South-South have resolved that states in the region should join the suit filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) challenging the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) by states. This formed part of the resolutions reached at the meeting of the South-South Governors’ Forum held on Monday at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Delta State Governor and Chairman of the forum, Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed this while briefing reporters at the end of the closed-door meeting. While Rivers was initially…

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Nigeria@ 61:Revamp Ailing Economy, Address Soaring Food Prices, PFN Tells FG

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 161 total views The President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Wale Oke, has urged the Federal Government to revamp the ailing economy and take steps that will lead to reduction of prices of foodstuffs and other items. Oke said this on Thursday in a statement by his media office to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary. He lamented that the poor state of the economy was having negative effects on so many Nigerians. Oke who said enough of segregation, nepotism and favoritism, urged Nigerians home and abroad, to embrace God…

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Food Security: Actionaid, Others To FG, Secure Farmers’ Lives With Insurance Cover

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 1,977 total views,  2 views today As food prices continue to soar high on daily basis, ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, and 40 Budget Committee Group, BCG, members across seven States and the FCT, Wednesday, called on Federal Government to secure lives of farmers with insurance cover to sustain food production and boost food security. The call was part of other recommendations made in a communiqué endorsed by 28 Civil Society Organisations after a2-day Public Financing for Agriculture Budget Committee Advocacy (PFA-BCA) Summit held in Abuja, which was organised by ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) in…

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5G Not Harmful To Our Health, Pantami Tells Nigerians

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 3,108 total views The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami says the fifth-generation (5G) network is not harmful, allaying fears in many quarters that its deployment could pose a risk to public health. Pantami spoke after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Wednesday where he also said the National Policy on fifth-generation (5G) network in Nigeria was approved. According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have confirmed the network is not harmful to people’s health. “Both of them confirm…

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FG Condemns ‘Unconstitutional Change Of Govt’ In Guinea

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 468 total views The Nigerian Government has condemned what it describes as an apparent coup d’état in the Republic of Guinea. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Esther Sunsuwa, made the position of the government known in a statement on Sunday. According to the statement, the takeover of power by the military is in clear violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. “The Government of Nigeria strongly condemns and rejects any unconstitutional change of government and therefore calls on those behind this coup to restore…

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FG Advocates Smart Technology For Efficient Housing

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 6,036 total views The Managing Director and Chief Executive of Federal Housing Authority, FHA, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has called on stakeholders in the housing sector to embrace smart technology for efficient housing delivery in Nigeria. Ashafa said this at the Real Estate Discussions and Awards Ceremony organised by Thinkmint Nigeria, sponsored by Octo5 Holdings, Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank, Homework Development and Properties, Urban Shelter and Purple in Lagos. The event, tagged “Real Estate Markets Signals in Africa: Trends and Opportunities”, brought together real estate experts, government representatives, international institutions and…

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Strike: Ngige Optimistic As ASUU, FG End Eight-Hour Talks In Abuja

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 12,751 total views The strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities may soon be called off after an eight-hour meeting between ASUU leaders and federal government representatives ended on an amicable note. Briefing journalists after the eight-hour meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the dialogue was fruitful. ASUU’s president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi agreed with the Minister’s remarks. Ngige said the government has made a proposal which ASUU will take back to their executives. The minister explained that several issues were discussed in the…

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FG Targets 250,000bpd Of Petroleum Product From Modular Refineries

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 1,344 total views The Federal Government is projecting an average of 250,000 barrels per day petroleum product refining capacity through the establishment of modular refineries. A modular refinery is a simplified refinery requiring significantly less capital investment than traditional full-scale refinery facilities. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who made this known at the inauguration of the 5,000 barrels-per-day Waltersmith Modular Refinery and the groundbreaking for a 45,000-bpd plant in Imo State, expressed its support to modular refiners in a bid to meet government’s target of becoming a…

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We Cannot Return To Classes On Empty Stomachs – ASUU Coordinator

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 7,446 total views The Coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the South-South region, Aniekan Brown says members of the union cannot return to classrooms on empty stomach. Brown who is in charge of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Ebonyi states maintained that in the interim, their members have not been paid salaries for periods ranging from four to nine months, and as such, their members will not return to classes until they are paid. Brown disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Calabar, Cross River…

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Lai Mohammed Condemns Attack On Media, Says FG Will Protect Press Freedom

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 446 total views,  2 views today The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has condemned the recent attack on some media houses. Mohammed who spoke in Lagos on Saturday when he paid a visit to the media organisations that were attacked in the aftermath of the EndSARS protest and the Lekki shooting, said any attack on media houses was an affront on democracy in the country. “Whoever attacks free press is also attacking democracy because there can be no democracy without a robust and vibrant free press,” he said. “That is…

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FG, ASUU Meeting Ends In Another Stalemate

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 4,050 total views,  2 views today The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU)  has once more failed to reach a decisive conclusion. The closed-door meeting which was held on Wednesday at the conference room of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja lasted for five hours with  newsmen being excused after opening remarks were made ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, led the delegation of striking lecturers to the meeting which had the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in attendance. In his…

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Hold Perpetrators Of Lekki Shootings Accountable, US Tells FG

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 493 total views The United States has strongly condemned the use of excessive force by the military authorities against unarmed demonstrators in Lekki, Lagos. The Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in a statement on Thursday, asked the Federal Government to hold those responsible accountable. He said the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principle. Pompeo, therefore, admonished the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights. He also enjoined the demonstrators to remain peaceful. The statement titled, ‘Ongoing protests in…

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ASUU Consults Members Over Progress In Talks With FG

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 4,389 total views,  2 views today The meeting between the Federal Government delegation and executive members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has been adjourned to Wednesday next week following disagreements over the salary payment platform. Although the Federal Government agreed to fulfill its financial obligations to ASUU members, particularly the payment of outstanding salaries and earned academic allowances, the negotiations got stuck as ASUU disagrees on the mode of payment. The government side, led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige appealed to ASUU to enroll on…

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Bulk Of Education Budget Spent On Public Varsities’ 10,500 Profs – FG

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 3,064 total views ….Education Sector Can’t Progress When ASUU Goes On Six-Month Strike, Says Nwajiuba ….Nigerian lecturers least paid globally, FG not serious about knowledge economy – ASUU The Federal Government on Wednesday lambasted the Academic Staff Union  Universities for refusing to call off its six-month strike. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja, said the bulk of education budget was being spent on 10,500 professors in Nigeria’s public universities. Faulting ASUU’s request for more funds,  the minister said the union should…

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FG Meets With Labour Unions

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 1,848 total views The Federal Government on Sunday met with Labour Unions to avert the planned strike billed for Monday, September 28. A statement signed by Charles Akpan, the spokesman of the Labour and Employment Ministry, noted that the meeting was to commence at 7:00 pm. According to the communiqué, the Honorable Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige was to meet with the Organized Labour at the Presidential Villa Banquet Hall. As of the time of writing this report, the closed-door meeting was still ongoing and the outcome remains…

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FG, Labour Fail To Reach Deal Over Planned Strike

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 2,484 total views It appears the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC planned strike will go ahead next week as the meeting with the Federal Government has failed to reach an agreement. While the Federal Government proposed some palliatives to cushion the effect of the hike in petrol pump price and electricity tariff hike, Organised Labour insists that the increment must be reversed before any further deliberation on the matter. On whether Organised Labour is aware that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria has issued a restraining order…

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Reverse Fuel, Electricity Price Or Face Nationwide Strike, NLC Tells FG

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 1,183 total views,  2 views today Organised Labour has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government refuses to reverse the recent increases in fuel and electricity tariff. Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba while making the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja said the NLC’s central working committee (CWC) has resolved to issue a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse the increase. He said workers and Nigerians are disappointed that the government decided to increase both the price of fuel and electricity tariff at a time…

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Niger State Government Urges FG To Consider Landmass In Revenue Sharing

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 1,541 total views The Niger State Government has asked the Federal Government to consider landmass in the revenue sharing formula for the country. The State Commissioner for Finance, Zakari Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview shortly after the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) led by its Federal Commissioner, Barrister Patrick Mgbebu Nworu, met with Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in a closed door meeting at the Government House, Minna. Abubakar noted that the landmass of the state is the largest in the country with its topography having environmental challenges such…

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Apostle Suleman Decries Death Sentence On Kano Musician When FG Pardoned 600Terrorists

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 250 total views Apostle Johnson Suleman, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, has described as ironic the fact that Nigeria which recently pardoned over 600 Boko Haram members could support the killing of a singer for blasphemy. The cleric said this via a tweet on Tuesday while reacting to the death sentence handed to a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano State, Nigeria. Suleman tweeted, “A country that pardons terrorists wants to kill a man for blasphemy. I am sure even Saudi Arabia is shocked……

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