• Ambode’s N812.9b ‘budget of consolidation’

    Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law. The budget has an array of projects planned to impact on the lives of Lagosians. Miriam Ekene-Okoro looks at the highlights of the budget and what it portends for residents.THERE are indications that 2017 holds so much promises for Lagosians. That was the consensus of observers, after going through the details of the 2017 budget, which was signed into law by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.The signing of the budget
  • Remembering S.L. Akintola

    The Samuel Ladoke Akintola Foundation was set up at the weekend by some youths to immortalise the former Premier of the defunct Western Region, who was killed by soldiers on January 15, 1966. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU, who witnessed the ceremony, writes on the life and times of the lawyer, nationalist, wordsmith, and controversial leader of the reactionary Nigeria National Democratic Party (NNDP).
    Fifty one years after the assassination of Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, historians h
  • NADECO bids Ilenre farewell

    The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has described the death of minority rights activist Mr. Alfred Ilenre as a huge loss to democracy and the human right community.NADECO Chairman Vice Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, who led its members on a condolence visit to the family of Ilenre at Ikorodu, Lagos State, said the late activist and NADECO chieftain lived and died for humanity.He said the late Ilenre laundered the image and integrity of the country, noting that the activist travelled abroad to def
  • Ndume’s sack: Who’s next?

     The Senate  has removed Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume as the Senate Leader. Since Ndume’s removal, tongues have been wagging as many observers  contemplate what went wrong. In this report, Assistant Editor ONYEDI OJIABOR traces the senator’s travails to the leadership tussle in the Upper Legislative Chamber.
    The removal of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume as the Senate Leader was dramatic.Senate President Bukola Saraki, who announced Ndume’s removal from his exalted numb
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  • Anambra governorship race: Ripples over APC ticket

    Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, the former governorship candidate in Anambra State on the ticket of Labour Party (LP), who defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) last week, with a pledge to pursue his governorship ambition on the new party’s ticket, has raised the bar for the APC’s ticket in the forthcoming governorship race, reports Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu
    EVEN before Ifeanyi Ubah’s defection to All Progressives Congress (APC) and his declar
  • Saraki unfolds Senate road map for third quarter

    IN line with the legislative agenda formulated by the Senate to guide its legislative business, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has unfolded the road map that will guide the activities of the upper chamber for the third quarter.
     It appears a road map, if religiously followed, will go a long way to lift the country out of economic despondency.
     Saraki used his welcome address at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday after the Christmas and New Year recess, to articulate the wa
  • It’s challenging working with Ortom

    Kwaghngu Abrahams is the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties. In this brief interaction with Uja Emmanuel in Makurdi, he said it’s challenging working with Governor Samuel Ortom. Excerpts
    What is it like, working with Governor Ortom?
    We have been working together since 1990 when he was contesting for Chairman of Guma Local Government Council and we have had a robust relationship. And now that he has appointed me to work with him as Governor of Benue State, it is quit
  • House hits the ground running

    PROBABLY disappointed by the controversies that trailed the 2016 Budget, the House of Representatives  on resumption from the Christmas /New year break assured that the economy is going to be its central focus in 2017. The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, in his welcome address on the first day of plenary of the year last Tuesday, said the consideration of 2017 Budget estimates would follow due process as prescribed by the law. His disposition may not be unconnected with the fact that past exercises
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  • Tackling challeges of governance in Edo

    Two months in the saddle, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki is living up to expectation through his pragmatic approach to governance, writes John Mayaki.
    Prior to his election as governor of Edo State, people were fed with many stories about Godwin Nogheghase Godwin. But, two months after, voters are convinced that he is the best man for the job.
    Many lies were told about him. These lies, however, were still not enough to truncate the people’s confidence in him. They therefore voted him in
  • Ekiti 2018: prp demands for functional card readers

    Ahead of next year’s governorship poll in Ekiti State, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deploy functional card readers to aid its smooth conduct.
    The party said faulty card readers used for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo State is gave the electorate concern and reduced their confidence in the machines.
    In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Gbenga Ogedengbe, the PRP said the coalition of opposition parties
  • Ambode: Consolidating good governance in Lagos

    Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has surpassed the expectations of Lagosians in the last 20 months in many respects. The security challenges he faced initially when he came on board had led many observers to dismiss the governor’s campaign promises as idle talk. But gradually he is transforming the state. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE reports.
    Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has not left the people in doubt, about where the administration is heading. Lagos has witnessed tremendous
  • Yobe council elections tribunal inaugurated

     The  Chief Judge of Yobe State Hon. Justice Garba Musa Nabaruma yesterday  inaugurated chairmen and members of the Local Government Elections tribunal in the state.
    This is sequel to the forth coming Local Government Elections in Yobe State slayed for Febuary 11, 2017,
    According to the Chief Judge, three trial tribunals and three appeal panels, one each of either for each of the senatorial zones of the state in line with the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission and Local
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  • Gambia: Jammeh ‘will not step down’

    Gambia’s outgoing President Yayah Jammeh will not step down when his mandate which ends on January. 18, in spite of his electoral defeat, the Information Ministry said on Thursday.
    The autocrat, who ruled the small West African nation for 22 years, will remain in office until the Supreme Court decides on a petition filed by Jammeh.
    According to the statement, Jammeh is challenging the result of the December. 1 presidential election.
    President-elect Adama Barrow, a former real estate agent
  • Ekweremadu may be next target, Ndume warns

    Ousted Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume yesterday warned that the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu might likely be the next target to be removed from his seat.
    Ndume, who faulted the process of his removal, spoke under the cover of “personal explanation”.
    Although the Borno South Senator seemed to have accepted the fate that befell him in good faith, he warned that Ekweremadu might be the next principal officer to be axed.
    Senate President Bukola Saraki announced the removal of
  • ‘How to restore Ondo’s lost glory’

    How economically viable is Ondo State? Why is it not living up to expectation as an oil-producing state? Does the state has a future? These were some of the questions a politician, Light Tunji Ariyomo, tried to proffer solutions to at the ‘Trace Annual Lecture’ held in Akure, the state capital, recently.
    The theme of the lecture was: Ondo in 2017 and beyond: Building a strong economy driven by 21st century technology and innovations. The guest lecturer said for Ondo to become a
  • Aguiyi-Ironsi: Hero or villain?

    What is the place of the late General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi in the history of Nigeria? Following the bloody coup masterminded by mostly young Igbo officers, there were lots of misunderstanding, suspicion and resentment against his administration, particularly in the defunct Northern and Western regions. As a leader who was obviously not prepared for the challenges of governance, the late Aguiyi-Ironsi displayed much naivety in the way he handled the demands of various stakeholders. Deputy Politi
  • Senate: Ndume accepts fate, concedes to Lawan

    The former Majority Leader, Sen. Ali Ndume has accepted his removal from the position, which he assumed on June 9, 2015.
    Ndume accepted his fate in a point of order raised at plenary on Wednesday, a day after he was dramatically replaced by Sen. Ahmed Lawan(APC-Yobe).
    Ndume, who quoted Order 43, said that the senate was an institution that must be protected by law makers.
    He thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him, while he served them as majority leader.
    According to him, the s
  • N400m fraud: Metuh tells court to subpoena Dasuki as witness

    A former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to subpoena former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to testify in his trial.
    At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Counsel to Metuh, Mr Emeka Etiaba (SAN), reminded the judge, Justice Okon Abang, of a pending subpoena before the court to invite Dasuki as the next witness.
    Abang, however, advised that both the defence and prosecuting counsel liaise with
  • Obama visits Chicago: Defends legacy, democracy in farewell speech

    U.S. President Barack Obama returned to his adopted hometown of Chicago on Tuesday to defend his legacy.
    Obama urged Americans to protect democracy from challenges both at home and abroad, in his final public speech before he leaves office.
    “Yes we can; yes we did,’’ he said, echoing the slogan of his 2008 presidential campaign, as he was joined on stage at McCormick Place by first lady Michelle Obama and elder daughter, Malia.
    He echoed the slogan after delivering his final pr
  • Russia has compromising information on Trump – report

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was presented last week with classified documents containing allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising information on him, U.S. news reports, said on Tuesday.
    A synopsis of the allegations was attached to the end of a report by U.S. intelligence agencies on Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, said broadcaster CNN, which first reported on them.
    The network based its story on information from multiple U.S. offici
  • Jammeh appoints mediator despite hurdles

    Gambia’s outgoing President Yayah Jammeh on Wednesday appointed a mediator to facilitate meetings between himself and president-elect Adama Barrow.
    Jammeh, who ruled the small West African nation with an iron fist for more than two decades, refuses to accept the result of the Dec. 1 presidential polls, which saw him, lose power.
    Barrow, a former real estate agent, who was little known before he announced his candidacy, is scheduled to take office on Jan. 19.
    The ruling party’s secret
  • Southwest PDP begins reconciliation

    Peace may return to the Southwest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the decision of the party elders to reconcile aggrieved chieftains across the six states.A reconciliation team, led by the former National Deputy Chairman, Chief Olabode George, will commence the tour of the states on january 19, it was learnt yesterday.According to party sources, the founding fathers of the party in the region were taken aback by the electoral misfortune of the party and the protracted crisis that has h
  • Obuah: APC can’t defeat PDP in Rivers

    Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Felix Obuah spoke with reporters on the controversial legislative rerun, the violence that marred the polls and how to avert electoral malpractices. EMMANUEL OLADESU was there.
    What is the state of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State?The PDP is on ground and very strong. It is the leading party in the state and there is no doubt that our choice of Nyesom Wike as governor was a good one. He is God-sent to liberate the people of R
  • ‘Let’s be patient with Buhari’

    Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Chief Taoreed Farombi has urged Nigerians to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari in his bid to reposition the country for excellence.He assured tha the president will build a better and prosperous society.In his new year message, the politician said better days ahead, urging Nigerians to be part of the process.He said the APC at the federal and state levels have put measures in place to achieve a glorious dawn.Farombi said smile will li
  • Anxiety over Oyo council polls

    There have been repeated calls for local government elections in Oyo State. There have been no elections in the last 10 years. Stakeholders have been reacting since the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) announced that the elections would take place on February 11 in the 33 local governments and 24 local council development areas. BISI OLADELE examines how political parties are preparing for the exercise.Political parties are warming up for the next local government elections in
  • 2017: The economy is our central focus – Dogara

    The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has assured Nigerians of the unwavering commitment of the House to enact legislation that would pull the country out of recession in 2017.
    Dogara gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja in his address to welcome lawmakers from the Christmas and New Year break.
    The Speaker said the legislature would implement reforms to the budgeting process that would make it more transparent and devoid of controversies.
    He urged members to work assiduous
  • ‘PDP can’t beat APC in Ajeromi/Ifelodun council’

    Former Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Hon. Kolawole Taiwo has urged All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains in Ifelodun Local Government Area to brace up for the next council polls.He said the APC will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the election, adding that the ruling party has learnt its lesons.Taiwo spoke on the preparations for the contest during its yearly get-together party.At the meeting were the APC Secretary, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Bamgbala,former council chairma
  • Lagos PDP crisis takes new turn

     Twists in the crisis rocking the Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been attributed to external influences, particularly those that have left the fold, but are still interested in using it as a springboard for the 2019 general elections. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE, who has been following the matter, reports. 
    THE crisis rocking the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is far from abating. The chapter is under two factional leaders. Both factions have been fight
  • ‘Dickson ‘ll perform better in his second term’

    Daniel Iworiso-Markson is the Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson. In this interview with MIKE ODIEGWU in Yenagoa, the state capital, he speaks on the challenges confronting his boss and how he is tackling them.How is your boss trying to fulfill his campaign promises to the people of Bayelsa State?Election has now been won and lost. But, what next? If I get you correctly, that’s the thrust of your question. But it is important that we properly situate the philos
  • Adesanya: Mimiko wants to create problem for Akeredolu

    The Publicity Secretary of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC), Abayomi Adesanya, has alleged that Governor Olusegun Mimiko may create problems for his successor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), by awarding questionable road contracts across the 18 local governments.He urged the governor to halt the plan to award the contracts, saying that his contributions to the state should now be limited to the transition process.Adesanya said in a statement that N450m has been earmarked for the emergency
  • How peace can return to PDP, by Ojougboh

    Factional National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Cairo Ojougboh spoke with EMMANUEL OLADESU in Lagos on the protracted crisis in the opposition party and how to halt the logjam.
    What is the state of affairs in the PDP at the moment? Our party is very, very strong. The National Working Committee (NWC) set a committee on mobilisation and strategy and they went round the country and when they submitted that report, they said the party is very strong at the grassroots; th
  • ‘APC must field best candidate to win in Ekiti’

    Former Ekiti State Commissioner for Works and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant Chief Oladiran Adesua spoke with ODUNAYO OGUNMOLA in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on his ambition to rule the Fountain of Knowledge.
    Why do you want to govern Ekiti State?
    I think I am not only good for the job, like others, I am better because unlike others there are four qualities a person aspiring for the post must have. You must know Ekiti like the palm of your hand. You must be knowledgeable
  • Akeredolu: New era of great expectations

    There will be a change of baton in Ondo State next month. Governor Olusegun Mimiko will bow out of office after the expiration of his two terms of eight years. Correspondent DAMISI OJO highlights the challenges that will confront the Akeredolu administration and people’s expectations about the new dawn.Rotimi Akeredolu, lawyer and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), is warming up for the task of governance in Ondo State. On February 24, he will receive the mantle of lea
  • What Reps would be doing in 2017

    The House of Representatives will be resuming from the Christmas Break this week for legislative activities. One does not have to be clairvoyant to guess correctly some of the activities that will take their time on resumption. But would things be done differently? Victor Oluwasegun and Dele Anofi take a look at possible events the lawmakers in the Green Chamber might concentrate on in 2017
    2017 BUDGET
    One of the priority assignments of the House would be the consideration of the 2017 Budget pro
  • Okorocha’s many battles

    Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, is enmeshed in many battles, report Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu and Okodili Ndidi, in Owerri
    SINCE the last months of 2016, there has been a running battle between Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and pensioners in the state over non-payment of their pension arrears.
    The situation, which has been a source of disagreement between the pensioners and the state governments for many years, became further aggravated late last year when the state government
  • Nigerians still walking the tight rope of destruction -Momah

    Former Minister of Science and Technology, General Sam Momah, is back from a writing retreat. The writer who held numerous appointments including, Adjutant-General of the Army, Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, council member of University of Jos and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Vice President, Third World Academy of Science with headquarters in Italy and the pioneer Director of the National War College, has returned with a book, Nigeria’s Break-Up: Consequences and Solutions,
  • National Assembly and 2017 budget process

    THE National Assembly will come alive on Tuesday. Members of the two chambers will once again take their seats as they resume for legislative business after the Christmas and New Year recess.
     One major task before the lawmakers will be the annual ritual of working to pass the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
     President Muhammadu Buhari presented the Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on December 14, 2016, some clear two months behind schedule.
  • APC will deliver, says Edo north leader

    EDO North leader in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Anamero Dekeri, has said the party will deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
    He stated this during the thanksgiving service to mark the victory of the party in the last governorship election held in the state recently where Godwin Obaseki emerged winner under the banner of the party.
    Organised by the party leader in the senatorial zone, Dekeri said it was also to appreciate the people for giving their total votes
  • ‘Blame A/Ibom government for church collapse’

    Mr Effiong Akpan, Head, Town Planning Department, Uyo City Capital Development Authority (UCCDA), has blamed the government of Akwa Ibom for not releasing funds for the demolition of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo.
    The Church building collapsed on Dec. 10, 2016 during the ordination of its founder Apostle Akan Weeks leading to the death of some worshippers while several others sustained injuries.
    Akpan made the statement on Friday in Uyo while testifying before the Commission of Inquiry set up by th
  • Trump insists Mexico will pay for border wall

    U.S. President-in-waiting Donald Trump has insisted that Mexico would pay for the border wall and refuted reports to the contrary.
    Trump, in a tweet on Friday, lashed out at the media for reports suggesting he was going back on a campaign vow to make Mexico pay for a border wall with the U.S.
    In an early-morning Twitter response, Trump called the reports “dishonest” and suggested the U.S. would only be putting up money for the “sake of speed” — and vowed Mexico woul
  • ‘Why Gaidam sacked information commissioner’

    Facts have begun to emerge why Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam sacked his commissioner of  Home Affairs,  Information and Culture, Alhaji Aji Bularafa.
    Though no clear reason was given why the commissioner was shown the way out, investigation, however, reveal  that he was alleged to be holding secrets meeting with some group of politicians ahead of 2019 general elections.
    Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam on Wednesday directed the Secretary to Yobe State Government Baba Malam Wali to relieve
  • Peace‘ll return to PDP after court verdict, says Ojougboh

    The factional Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (South), Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, has reflected on the leadership crisis in the opposition party, saying that peace will return to the fold after the judicial intervention.
    He said the leadership of Senator Modu Sheriff was not in dispute, stressing that Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who heads the National Caretaker Committee, was an impostor.
    Ojougboh told reporters in Lagos that the protracted crisis was a blessing in disguise, assuring t
  • Obaseki: how commissioners will emerge in Edo

    Since Governor Godwin Obaseki took over the reins of power on November 12, residents of Edo State have been waiting anxiously to see what the new administration would do differently. He has asked for six weeks to undertake a study of the structure of governance, to determine how to proceed. But his pronouncements have indicated the areas that may become his priorities. OSAGIE OTABOR reports. 
    Who will make up the cabinet of Governor Godwin Obaseki? Will they be able to carry out the policie
  • 2017: Chances, threats

    Last year was quite challenging for Nigerians. Now, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. In this report, many observers express hope that the government will tackle the challenges this year. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE reports. 
    There are a number of challenges that require the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s attention this year. These challenges include the economic recession, insecurity, unemployment, decayed infrastructure, power outage, poor refineries and coruption. Some
  • Religious bodies urged to shun rumour

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday enjoined faith-based organisations in the country to shun rumours about the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and dwell only on facts.
    He gave the advice after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Student Christian Movement of Nigeria (SCM) in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vice president spoke against the backdrop of the lingering rumour of alleged plans by the Presiden
  • Egyptian pro-democracy activist released from prison

    Egyptian pro-democracy campaigner, Ahmed Maher, was released on Thursday from prison after serving a three-year jail term for an illegal street protest, according to reports.
    Maher, 36, an iconic figure in the country’s 2011 uprising will be on probation for three more years as part of a court sentence in the same case, the report said.
    In 2013, Maher was handed down the sentence after being convicted of participating in an unauthorised protest and attacking a police officer outside a Cair
  • ‘FG’s N5000 stipend to poor Nigerians will reduce poverty’

    The Osun Government says the monthly payment of N5,000 by the Federal Government to vulnerable Nigerians will reduce poverty, crime and other social vices in the country.
    This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Semiu Okanlawon, the Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy Office of the Governor, in Osogbo on Thursday.
    It said the Federal Government’s gesture, coupled with the Osun government monthly payment of N10,000 to vulnerable elderly persons in the state, would reduce h
  • NASS will pass 2017 budget early – Lagos lawmaker

    A  lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Jude Idimogu, on Thursday, urged the National Assembly to conclude work on the 2017 budget and pass it before the end of January.
    Idimogu, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II at the Assembly, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
    According to him, such development has become imperative in the light of the current hardship facing many Nigerians as a result of the
  • South Korean president accused of violating people’s rights

    A South Korean lawmaker accused President Park Guen Hye of violating“people’s basic rights’’ on the first day of oral arguments in the leader’s impeachment trial on Thursday, local media reported.
    Park, who is accused of corruption, abuse of power and violating constitutional duties, again failed to appear at her trial at the Constitutional Court in Seoul, according to an agency report.
    She was also absent at the opening of proceedings on Tuesday though her attendan
  • South Korean President accused of violating ‘people’s basic rights’’

    A South Korean lawmaker accused President Park Guen Hye of violating“people’s basic rights’’ on the first day of oral arguments in the leader’s impeachment trial on Thursday, local media reported.
    Park, who is accused of corruption, abuse of power and violating constitutional duties, again failed to appear at her trial at the Constitutional Court in Seoul, according to an agency report.
    She was also absent at the opening of proceedings on Tuesday though her attendan