Union, CAPPA meet minister, restate opposition to Water Bill

By Valentine Amanze

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have restated their demands for the National Assembly to jettison the National Water Resources Bill 2020.

The two groups made the declaration at a meeting with Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Hussein Adamu, in Abuja on Tuesday September 15, 2020.

CAPPA seeks reparation from firms for environmental pollution

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has joined other civil society groups in pressuring African governments to push for reparation from the multi-national companies for polluting the continent with their activities.

CAPPA’s Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi, made the appeal during the global launch of the “liability roadmap” to Make Big Polluters pay, held across the world on September 15, 2020.

How tobacco industry is interfering in Nigerian govt policies

By Valentine Amanze

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have raised the alarm that the tobacco industry was still interfering in Nigerian policies.

They raised the alarm, launching the 2020 tobacco industry interference index report for Nigeria.

A survey carried by the two groups revealed that the Nigerian government fell short of some several critical standards of transparency and probity.

Obi hails Igbokwe’s exemplary achievements

By Valentine Amanze

The Nigerian-born Pearlena Igbokwe, who is now the chairman, Universal Studio Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, has been commended by Mr. Peter Obi.

Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, made the commendation in a statement yesterday.

FIIRO ex-boss, Elemo, appeals for food security

By Valentine Amanze

The former Director General of Nigeria Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos, Professor Gloria Nwakaegho Elemo, has decried the rising cost of living in Nigeria.

She has therefore called for food security in the country to avert the impending crisis.
Elemo spoke at the 19th inaugural lecture of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Oyo State.

No negotiations with P&ID, says Nigerian govt

Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), has ruled out a negotiation with the British Virgin Island firm, Process and Industrial Development (P&ID ) over the $10 billion judgment it obtained against Nigeria.

This came as a reversal of his position expressed in a live interview on Arise TV on Wednesday when he gave indication that the government would keep the window of negotiation with P&ID open.

Manufacturers donate N8b cash, N300m palliatives to govt

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The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has announced that its members donated N8 billion in cash and N300 million palliative materials to both Federal and state governments during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Its President, Mr. Mansur Ahmed, stated this on Thursday at the 48th Annual General Meeting of the association in Lagos.

Ahmed told reporters that indicators revealed that the nation was not immune to the challenges as global manufacturing also experienced inconsistency in production growth, indicating an overall economic slowdown.

Niger accesses N1.5b CBN loan to boost agric, empower 10,000 youths

By Ummi Ismaeel,

Niger State government has accessed the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN), Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme for 2018 to boost the production of rice, maize and soya beans across the state.

State Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries, Alhaji Haruna Dukku, disclosed this after the State Council meeting in Minna.

He explained further that no fewer than 10,000 youths between 18 to 35 years benefitted from the scheme.

Lagos govt okays hike in monthly payment of pensioners

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has approved a 33% increment for all state pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme (PAY AS YOU GO) with effect from January 1, 2020.

He also approved the payment of a balance of 25% rent allowance for officers on GL 07 and above who had retired from May 2000 to August 2004.

Buhari approves additional N8.9b for June COVID-19 hazard allowance

By Valentine Amanze

The federal government of Nigeria has approved additional N8.9 billion to off-set a large chunk of the June 2020 coronavirus (COVID-19) allowance to all health workers in the country.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the end of the meeting between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Wednesday in Abuja.