News Summary 3 November 2016; FG Approves New Universities, Senate Passes PIB, etc
FG Approves New Universities
The Federal Government has approved the establishment of eight new private universities in the country as recommended by the National Universities Commission NUC.
State House Correspondent Adamu Sambo reports that the council also approved a revised contract for the completion of domestic and international terminals for Port Harcourt Airport.
Buhari Receives Nasarawa Governor
Nassarawa State has expressed formal appreciation to Muhammadu Buhari for the provision of robust power infrastructure in the state in support of the government’s industrial aspirations.
Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura stated this after delivering the message to the President on behalf of his people.
The Governor said his administration also secured President Buhari’s blessing for the mass housing programme soon to commence at the Nassarawa FCT border area to provide shelter for more Nigerians in need.
Senate Passes PIB
The first bill on petroleum sector has passed second reading at Senate Plenary.
Waziri Zaiyanu Reports that the contentious bill has been referred to the committee on petroleum.
House On LG Financial Autonomy
The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill for an act to give financial autonomy to Local Governments in Nigeria.
DG NTA Addresses Senate Committee On Information
Towards achieving successful and effective budgetary allocation for 2017, the Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation has commenced oversight visits to agencies and parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
National Assembly Correspondent Denis Adegunloye reports that this is with a view to assessing success levels in respective 2016 Budget implementations.
Progressives Governors Forum On Unity Of APC
The Progressives Governors forum says it will continue to support the All Progressives Congress in ensuring that Nigerians have access to more dividends of democracy.
The chairman of the forum Rochas Okorocha said this after a closed door meeting with members of the national working committee of the party in Abuja.
Second Protest Against Corrupt Judges
A group of Nigerians known as forum of non-governmental organizations of Nigeria is demanding that all judges indicted in the recent corruption cases in Nigeria step down.
It is the group’s second protest on the matter in Abuja.
GMN: On US Election
Nigeria’s bilateral relation with the United States Of America is said to be cordial under the Barack Obama Presidency.
Ahead of the US presidential election where Barack Obama’s successor is to emerge, some analysts on NTA programme Good Morning Nigeria say the victory of the democrat in the election will give a boost to the existing relationship.
Gen Gowon Calls For Support Of Anti-Corruption Crusade
Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon has called on all Nigerians to support the anti-corruption crusade of the Federal Government aimed at sanitizing the system and entrenching good governance for all.
General Gowon was speaking in Lafia during the North-Central Zonal rally of Nigeria prays.
100 Days Of Abuja Kaduna Railway
About fifty two thousand passengers have used the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail service since it officially commenced operations one hundred days ago.
Government Hails Nigerian Doctor In US
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has congratulated a US based Nigerian Surgeon Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye on his recent feat in carrying out a successful operation on an unborn baby with tumor in her mother’s womb.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa who conveyed the message in a statement said President Muhammadu Buhari received the news of Dr. Olutoye’s unique feat with excitement and fulfillment and looking forward to meet him soonest.
The statement also stressed the need to celebrate Dr. Olutoye for the wonderful feat he performed in saving lives and projecting a good image for Nigeria.
Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and his surgeon partner Dr. Darrell Cass of Texas children’s hospital has carried out an operation on a fetus at 23 weeks in the US.
The baby Lynlee hope who suffered from a tumor was removed from mother’s womb, operated on and returned back, healed and continued to grow until she was born again at the 36th week.
Service Of Songs For Late Dr. Oladokun
It was time for sober reflections as members of the Nigerian Television Authority Headquarters bade farewell to one of their own, Late Dr. Taiwo Olaniyi Oladokun in a service of songs held in Abuja.