News Summary 22nd December 2016;Nigerian Army Debunks Rumour on Soldiers’ well being
Nigerian Army Debunks Rumour on Soldiers Wellbeing
The Nigerian Army has debunked the rumour that troops of operation Lafiya Dole are ill-treated and not well fed.
This was at a press conference by theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Lucky Irabor in Maiduguri.
He called on the media to shun negative and misguided publications adding that the
Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigeria union of Journalist’s should rise and defend the nation’s National security interest.
FG declares 26th and 27th December 2016 as public Holiday to celebrate Christmas
The Federal Government has declared Monday the 26th, Tuesday 27th December 2016 and Monday 2nd January 2017 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing day and New year 2017 celebrations.
Making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government the Minister of Interior Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau urged all Christian faithful and Nigerians in general, to remain committed and supportive of the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, in his sustained efforts towards building a peaceful, united and prosperous nation.
General Dambazau also urged Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for unity and peaceful co-existence across the country.
The Minister wishes all Nigerians at home and abroad, a Merry Christmas and prosperous 2017.
FG Approves Whistle Blowing Policy
A whistle-blowing programme and supporting policy have been approved by the Federal Government as a deliberate attempt to strengthen the mechanism for the fight against corruption.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun announced this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council Meeting. Approval was also given for the execution of the second Niger Bridge project.
Nasarawa State constructing more feeder roads to ease traffic.
Nasarawa State Government is constructing more feeder roads to link Karu in the Nation’s Capital Abuja so as to provide more alternative routes to commuters coming into the Federal Capital Territory thereby decongesting the ever busy Mararaba-Nyanya highway.
NLC to monitor Paris Refund
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed it Councils Nationwide to monitor receipt and the utilisation of the refund of Paris debt deductions.
A statement by the General Secretary of NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson says the Congress has noticed the disbursement of the refund of Paris debt deductions made to states which it pointed out represents a major injection of funds into the coffers of the state Governments.According to NLC the Federal Government guideline in releasing these funds stipulates that at least fifty percent of receipts should be applied to the payment of Salary arrears and pensions.
According to NLC the Federal Government guideline in releasing these funds stipulates that at least fifty percent of receipts should be applied to the payment of Salary arrears and pensions.The monitoring by the councils, NLC states is to ensure compliance by the state government.
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Thirty Two Young Nigerians Receive grant for business start-up
Thirty-two young Nigerians with compelling business ideas have emerged successful in the first phase of the Young Nigerian Professionals Forum, YNPF YES grant.
The Lucky applicants were presented with their Cheques at a ceremony held in Lagos. Jane Ojukwu reports that each of them received between one million and two million Naira to support them.
Concerned Democrats Condemn Electoral Violence in Rivers
Civil Society Organizations have continued to condemn the phenomenal election violence in River state.
The latest came from the concerned Democrats of Conscience which mandate is to among others work towards the sustenance of the Nation’s democracy.
Developing Herbal Medicine identified as a way to improve Health Sector
Developing phytomedicine or herbal medicine has been identified as one way of building an efficient and effective health sector in Nigeria, particularly in attaining universal health coverage and the rapid result initiative.
This is the view of the Director-General of Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) Prof. Karniyus Shingu Gamaniel at a media Conference in Abuja.
Jigawa state presents N127.87 billion 2017 budget
Jigawa state Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has presented a budget of one hundred and twenty seven billion, eighty seven million naira to the state house of Assembly for the 2017 fiscal year. Habibu Hussain reports that the budget tagged “Budget of Economic diversification and self-sufficiency is seven percent less than that of 2016.