News Summary 20th January; Senate Receives President Buhari’s Vacation Letter

News Summary 20th January; Senate Receives President Buhari’s Vacation Letter

Senate Receives President Buhari’s Vacation Letter

Thursday Senate Plenary commenced with acknowledgment  of receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vacation letter.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read the letter in which it was stated that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be Acting during the 10 days President Buhari is on working vacation.

Mrs Buhari Meets Melinda Gates Foundation

The Wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari hosted the Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Mrs. Melinda Gates on an advocacy of improving lives of women and children in Nigeria.

Resident Doctors Declare One Week Warning Strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria has declared a one week warning strike in view of what it described as failure of the Federal Government to implement collective bargain agreement concern the welfare of its members and the health sector in general.

National President of the Association Dr. Onyebueze John says the one week warning strike is a fall out of the first the regular meeting of the executive council of the association held in Abuja.

Count Down to Digital Switch Over: Minister of Information Meets BON

As countdown to June final switch over from analogue to digital television begins, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed says there is the urgent need to institutionalize a regular meeting of Interest groups to keep track on the process.

It was at a meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria.


Minister of Defence Defends Deployment of Troops to Gambia

The Nigerian Military has sent its contingents as part of the ECOWAS standby force for deployment in the Gambia.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence signed by Brigadier General Muhammed Sani Ahmed says the aim is to implement the decision of ECOWAS leaders in upholding the result of the Presidential Election of December 1, 2016.

The statement adds that the development is due to failed efforts to resolve the political impasse there with Yahya Jammeh refusing to relinquish power.

PTAD Assures Pensioners of Prompt Payment

Pensioners who undergo successful verification will begin to enjoy prompt payment of their entitlements three months after the exercise.

Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Sharon Ikeazor stated this at the Verification of Civil Service Pensioners in the North East in Maiduguri.

PDP Caretaker Committee over Strategy Report

The People’s Democratic Party caretaker committee has expressed confidence in the nation’s judiciary to be just in its leadership case before the court of appeal.

At a meeting with its strategy committee, the party’s caretaker committee chairman senator Ahmed Makarfi challenged state chapters to be more alive in rebuilding the party.





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