Author: Toba Ilori

Abdourahmane Tchiani, head of Niger’s presidential guard, has named himself head of a transitional government in the West African country, two days after his unit overthrew democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum. Aljazeera reports that the “self declared” head of state made the announcement on Friday on state-run television, saying he was the “president of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland”. The 62-year-old general also said the intervention had been necessary to avoid “the gradual and inevitable demise” of the country. He said while Bazoum had sought to convince people that “all is going well… the harsh reality…

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The united States of America has strength ties between itself and Nigeria. Vice President Harris made this known on her twitter account. Harris took to her Twitter account to emphasise the robust and enduring ties between the United States of America and Nigeria. Both nations have expressed their commitment to collaborate on various global and regional issues, encompassing critical areas such as safeguarding democracy in West Africa and the Sahel region, as well as fostering digital inclusion and economic prosperity. The partnership between the two countries seeks to address these significant challenges and work together towards a more secure, prosperous,…

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The Management of Dangote Refinery has firmly denied a report circulated on several online media platforms alleging that the company employed 11,000 skilled workers from India, while neglecting young individuals from Nigeria and other African nations. In response to the report, Anthony Chiejina, the Group’s Chief Branding & Communications Officer, expressed strong disapproval of the report, stating that it was crafted with malicious intent. He emphasised that the report’s claims did not accurately represent the actual number of skilled Nigerian workers present at the site. Chiejina reaffirmed Dangote Refinery’s commitment to employing a substantial number of skilled Nigerians and highlighted…

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The National Association of Resident Doctors might see the need to halt strike action as the Federal Government approves twenty five thousand naira peculiar allowance for medical and dental doctors in hospitals, medical and clinics in the Federation public service only. GOVIMA earlier reported about the medical association releasing a communique. In a communique released at the conclusion of the Extra-Ordinary National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the medical doctors made it clear that they cannot assure industrial harmony in the health sector across the country once the extended ultimatum expires on July 19th,…

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The chief of staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila has revealed that President Bola Tinubu’s administration may create new ministries from the existing ones. The News Agency of Nigeria confirms. Earlier GOVIMA reported that the ministerial list was submitted to the National Assembly today by Gbajabiamila and was read by Senate President Godswill Akpabio. ‘’Mr President intends to separate portfolios or restructure the ministries in such a way you might be hearing of new ministries that were not standalone ministries before. So the process continues.He said that a second part comprising 13 names would be sent to the assembly, adding…

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The federal government has set up a 27-man committee immediately to work on the 2019-2023 Youth policy for the country. In his office in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, presided over the inauguration of the Committee today. He emphasised that the government’s purpose in establishing the Review Team is to create a comprehensive Policy Document for the Ministry. This document will serve as a crucial guide in fostering the development of the nation’s numerous youth, providing them with a fitting framework for growth and progress. According to him, “The…

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The soldiers participating in the coup unfolding in the Niger Republic have issued a warning against foreign interference in the country’s political situation. In a late-night address on Wednesday, Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane announced the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum from office. Abdramane’s statement confimed the  earlier reports of suspicion regarding a coup attempt, as soldiers from Niger’s presidential guard had surrounded and restricted President Bazoum’s access to his office and residence. Ealier, Abdramane, in his address, was flanked by some soldiers, it is unclear if they are acting on behalf of the country’s military. Ministries next to the palace have…

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At the plenary on Thursday, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, unveiled the 28 ministerial nominees put forward by President Bola Tinubu. The latter containing the list of the ministerial nominees was personally delivered by the Chief of Staff and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. SEE FULL LIST BELOW: 1. Abubakar Momoh 2. Amb Yusuf Maitama 3. Architect Ahmad Dangiwa 4. Hanatu Musawa 5. Chief Uche Nnaji 6. Beta Edu 7. Doris Aniche 8. David Umahi 9. Nyesom Wike 10 Mohamed Badaru 11. Nasir El-Rufai 12. Ekperikpe Ekpo 13. Nkiru onyejiocha 14. Olubumi Ojo 15. Stella okotekpe…

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The suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, received a favorable ruling as the Federal Capital Territory High Court dismissed the Department of State Services’ request for a 14-day “extended detention order.” It was gathered that the application was discreetly filed by the DSS’ legal team on Wednesday and came before a vacation judge. The DSS based its application on the new evidence it had discovered. Justice Hamza Muazu, in his judgment, declared that the Department of State Services’ application for a 14-day “extended detention order” for the suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, amounted to an abuse of the court…

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The ongoing military coup in Niger Republic has left Max Air aircraft 5N-ADM, carrying 360 Nigerian pilgrims, stranded at the airport in Niamey. The B-747-400, piloted by Captain Maitama Kabo and accompanied by 18 crew members, landed in Niamey at 2140z (2240 local time). The situation is still developing, and further details will be provided shortly.

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GOVIMA on  Wednesday reported that the NLC had given the government a seven-day ultimatum to reverse all what it called anti-poor and insensitive policies or face a nationwide industrial action. The Federal Government  has dared the organise union saying  that it is legally restrained from embarking on planned nationwide strike against the hike in the price of petrol and the high cost of living in the country. In a statement on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, B.E Jedy-Agba, revealed that the union has been restrained by the order of the national industrial court from engaging in…

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On Wednesday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), called on the Federal Government to reverse all “anti-poor” and anti-workers policies within a week’s time. Failure to comply could result in a nationwide strike. It listed the policies as including the recent petrol price hike, the increase in school fees and the Value Added Tax increase. It also demanded two specific actions from the Federal Government. Firstly, they called for the immediate release of the eight months’ withheld salary of university lecturers. Secondly, they demanded the prompt inauguration of the Presidential Steering Committee, as agreed upon during earlier consequential dialogues. The Nigeria…

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