Maintenance of River Niger Dredging Flagged Off

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi flagged off the of the maintenance dredging of the River Niger from Ajaokuta to Onitsha and congratulated the management of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for looking inwards. He promised to ensure the NIWA was fully empowered to continue to carry the regular maintenance dredging with bigger and more standard dredger to make “This is the best form of administration you can get being ingenious because we don’t have money to pay any contractor. I asked if they have the capacity to do…

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Lawal: EU, US sad about Nigeria, arm twists Buhari to suspend him

The phoney anti corruption war of the Buhari administration has become a source of embarrassment to international donor agencies as they watched with bemusement as buhari looks the other way while his acolytes loo the country dry. The last straw was watching money for humanitarian rescue mission being brazenly looted by government officials, particularly those in the presidency while Buhari pretends that all is well and pursues his vendetta and political emasculation of the opposition, using Ibrahim Magu as a hatchet man. The European Union and the American has watched…

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Stakeholders kick as as Saudi takes over Hajj Airlift

The inability of Nigerian local Airlines to fill their quota in the Bilateral Air service agreement with other countries has resulted in foreign airlines fleecing Nigeria through multiple entries into the countries. The latest of this ripoff appear to be the Saudi Airline, Flynas, which the ministry of Aviation has allocated 45% of the Haj airlift of passengers, claiming that the Saudis insists on 50% of the passenger airlift from over a hundred countries. Already most European Airlines have multiple entry points to the country, and sadly is the preferred…

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Nigeria ranked 152nd in human development index by UNDP

By Akinwale Kasali Nigeria is now at the bottom of economic growth in new rating involving 188 countries. The oil rich country is only fairly better than 36 poorest countries in the world. The 2016 Global Human Development Index Report of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) ranked Nigeria 152nd out of the 188 countries surveyed. The magazine gathered that the 2016 Human Development Report focuses on those communities that are left behind, despite the development progress over the last 25 years. The report, released in Abuja, saw Nigeria retaining…

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Customs Promotion: The Big Fraud

By Stephen Ubanna When Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, announced that the last December , Customs promotion exercise would be based on merit and not quota system , not many people took him serious. This is because promotion in the Customs Service over the years have been based on Quota system, thus making it difficult for  bright officers to be promoted to the senior officers rank. But one major problem which past and present management  of the Service  had been unable to deal…

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EFCC storms BDC on tip off from whistleblower

A tip from a whistle blower today led operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to intercept huge sums of money in various currencies at the popular Balogun market in Lagos. The monies include €547,730 and £21,090 as well as N5,648,500 . The total haul is about N250m at the prevailing exchange rate at the parallel market. The intercept followed information that about N250 million cash was being moved somewhere in the market for conversion into foreign currencies by unnamed persons. Operatives responded timely, met the money in…

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Customs Officers In Trouble

By Stephen Ubanna When Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel was appointed the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  by president Muhammadu Buhari, in late 2015, not many people gave him opportunity to succeed . this is because of the peculiar nature of the NCS where Officers and Men of the Service who have entrenched themselves in a particular area were not ready to accept posting to another Command. They had expected the Customs boss to start the restructuring and reforming programme of the government  by moving the Officers…

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Nigeria Begins Another Round of Fuel Scarcity,If…..

By Oji Odu As members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), made good their thereat to begin an indefinite strike today, Monday, April 3, 2017 to press home their unmet demands, Nigerians may begin to experience a return of the nightmarish long queues at filling stations. The duration of this industrial action depends largely on the outcome of the meeting between the union and the Federal Government scheduled for 3pm today. Petroleum Tanker Drivers,( PTD), branch of NUPENG, had directed her members to begin a…

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Ali’s Masterstroke, Senators Rebuff Abubakar Malami

By Stephen Ubanna Those who think that the on-going mass posting of Assistant Comptrollers by  Hameed Ali , a retired Colonel and embattled Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, would affect the operation of the Service a at the ports and land border areas would be disappointed. This is because the exercise has long been expected. The movement of the Assistant Comptrollers from the Customs formation in the north to the south , according a source is to inject discipline into the Service. It is coming on the heels…

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“Am Not Detained, I Only Report At DSS Office Daily”-Ifeanyi Ubah

The Group Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has said that he reports at the headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja daily and that he is not being detained. Ubah, who spoke in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, said that the DSS was mediating in a financial dispute he had with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. When he spoke with our correspondent, he said he was on his way to the DSS office, where he said there…

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NUPENG Says No Going Back On Proposed Strike

The planned indefinite strike by the Petroleum Tanker Drivers arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers will commence as scheduled today (Monday), the union said on Sunday. The Chairman, NUPENG, South-West Zone, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, told one of our correspondents, “The strike will hold on Monday. We have not received any positive response from the government.” He said tanker drivers across the nation would boycott fuel depots to press home their demands, adding that several complaints regarding poor salaries, poor state of Nigerian roads, poor sleeping…

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Outrage Greets the Recent Hike in Multichoice Subscription Rate

Effective May 1, millions of Digital Satellite Television (DStv) subscribers in the country would pay more as the owners, Multichoice, effects a price increase across all packages. The PayTv giant yesterday sent out text messages informing its teeming subscribers to expect price hike in 30 days time. A specific message to Premium bouquet customers reads: “Dear DStv customer, due to a price adjustment, your premium package fee has changed from N13, 980 to N14, 700 effective May 1, 2017.” The price hike is coming at a time most Nigerians are struggling to…

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Brexit: 35 years after Falkland, another female PM faces Spain over Gibraltar

Brexit-a word coined in the context of Britain exiting the European Union-has been fully kickstarted by the British prime Minister, Theresa May. The British Ambassador personally handed over the letter, which triggered the activation of article 50 of the Lisbon convention, to Donald Tusk, the European Council President in Lisbon. This automatically notifies the EU officially of the intention of Britain to exit the Union after a forty years of sojourn.As a rule, copies of the letter will be sent to the other twenty seven EU member countries. With this…

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Nigerian Make History, As First Pilot to Fly The World Solo

A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world. Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday  afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September. The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve…

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Tinubu@65: Ambode Names Newly Commissioned Road After Tinubu

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday, poured accolades on the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, over his sterling performance in the last 22 months, saying that the Governor has made him proud. Speaking while commissioning network of roads, link bridge and health centre in Alimosho area of the State as part of activities to mark his 65th birthday, Tinubu said the achievements of Ambode in office was a reflection of a Governor who is not only a thinker but a doer, and…

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Why CBN crashed FOREX rate?

By Shedrack Ifurueze In a new move to make the Naira appreciates further in the Foreign Exchange market, the apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has introduced N360:00; three hundred and sixty Naira only per dollar. CBN assured stakeholders this week that the new rate would be available to Nigerians who wish to buy in commercial banks across the country. The new measure which the CBN announced said that the apex bank would sell FOREX to banks at the rate of N357:00 per dollar while the banks have…

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Buhari: Two years on, Nigerian Economy gallops back to the past

On the second anniversary of the APC led government, critics and analysts are divided on how the economy will be rated-whether it can be rated as an economy that is going no where very fast, or one that is galloping backwards to the mid eighties. A third group of analysts, made up mainly of the core of Buhari Media Campaign group and some young and semi literate Northern iridentists,who seem to have graduated in the school of insults rather than reason, are sticking out their worn out reputation in defense…

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Customs: Ali Warns Saraki, Others

  By Bayo Bernard The fireworks continue in the battle of wits between Nigerian Senate and Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd). The customs boss has again lashed out at the Bukola Saraki led Senate warning the senators not to undermine the laws of the country. Ali said this during an interactive session with freight forwarders in Lagos. The former Kaduna state military administrator was on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF. The two sides are facing…

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Customs Seizes 13 Vehicles Belonging to Kano Senator, and Other Contraband Goods In Jigawa State

Here is another reason for Nigerian senators to be angry with Hameed Ali, a retired colonel, heading the Nigerian Customs Service as Comptroller-General. The Compliance Task Force that Ali set up has just impounded 223 vehicles, 13 of which belong to a senator in Kano State. The Task Force Zonal Commander, Mr Bala Dole, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Monday. He said the vehicles, belonging to the unidentified senator were; 12 new Toyota Hilux trucks and one Toyota Land Cruiser. Dole,…

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