Mayhem in Lagos: Govt officials attack residents with machetes

Panic spread through some areas of Ilasamaja yesterday, as some officials of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) attacked hapless civilians with machetes.
A witness, who gave his name simply as Tony, said for several hours, the officials, armed with machetes unleashed hell on the area, causing passers-by, motorists and residents to scamper for safety.
The tensed atmosphere snowballed when suspected thugs suddenly grabbed machetes, sticks and bottles and confronted the LAGESC officials, routing them.

2018 Budget: FG releases N460b for capital expenditure –Udoma

The Federal Government has, so far, released over N460 billion from the 2018 budget for capital projects.

Minister of National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said this yesterday during an interaction with Nigerian journalists at the ongoing IMF and World Bank Group (WBG) Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

“I don’t have the exact figure for the releases, but over N460 billion has been released for the 2018 budget,” he said. “The president has sent a request to the National Assembly to support borrowing for the 2018 budget.

Fayose to EFCC: You’re coercing witness to lie against me

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of coercing witnesses to implicate him, having been unable to establish any case against him.

  The governor, in a letter to the EFCC dated October 10, 2018, said specifically that the commission was doing everything possible to induce and or coerce Mr Maroun Azeez Mecheleb  to make false statement to implicate him (the governor) “when he appears in your office at noon today (11/10/2018).”

How Niger govt encourages malnutrition among children, by group

By Ummi Ismaeel,


A non-governmental organisation, Civil Society- Scalingup Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), has called on Niger State government to release funds allocated for eradicating malnutrition in the state.

  The group also pointed out that since the inception of the current administration in the state it was yet to release the money to check malnutrition and  underweight among children. 

Apapa gridlock and the economic implications

By Nchekwube Nwabunnia

Senate confirms Muiz Banire as AMCON Chairman

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The decision to confirm Banire’s appointment was taken at the Senate’s plenary session on Wednesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Banire, a former Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for appointment as the AMCON Chair in July 2018, shortly before the Senate abruptly embarked on the recess.

2019: Afenifere to endorse Atiku, parleys Obasanjo

There are strong indications that the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, will soon publicly endorse the presidential aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

  To this end, Afenifere leaders yesterday met behind close-door with a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and mapped out strategies ahead of the next year’s elections.

  The meeting took place at the ex-president’s residence –

 Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

Breaking: Nigerian govt proposes N24,000 minimum wage for workers

The federal government has proposed N24,000 as the new minimum wage for civil servants.

Chris Ngige, minister of labour, disclosed this while briefing state house correspondents after the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting.

He said after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) called off the nationwide strike, it agreed to N30,000 as the minimum wage for workers in the public sector and N25,000 for their counterparts in the private sector.

Ngige, however, made it clear that the government would be able to afford N24,000.

No pact with Labour on new minimum wage, says Nigerian govt

The Federal Government has denied reaching an agreement with the leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on the new minimum wage.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed this on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister explained that negotiations are still ongoing as the different groups involved have agreed on different figures as minimum wage.

Nigerian govt sues Ekweremadu, Akpan over assets declaration

The Federal Government has filed charges against the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District, Bassey Akpan.

The Senators are being charged for alleged offences bordering on their refusal and negligence to declare their assets to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of public property.