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Welcome to FERMA’s Road Maintenance Project in Rivers State Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is committed to systematically recovering failed sections of federal roads in Rivers State. Engr. Adoga Asikhia, the engineer in charge of FERMA’s Rivers State Field Office, emphasized the agency’s focus on patching potholes, reinstating failed sections, and strengthening pavements on the ongoing road maintenance project in Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre local government areas. The project, which started last year, aims to ensure the road is always in good condition. Motorists are urged to follow speed limits and safety rules to prevent accidents, especially on roads with bends…

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Outrage has erupted in Amassoma, Bayelsa State, as a final-year student of Niger Delta University, Francis Palowei, was stabbed to death on Monday at the Sand Dump. The incident occurred when Palowei refused to pay N150 to some youths at the popular hangout spot. Expected to graduate on July 24, 2024, Palowei’s tragic death has shocked the community. The Nigerian Police Force has launched a manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to justice. Niger Delta University’s Public Relations Officer, Indoni Engezi, assured that the incident did not disrupt academic activities, stating that the police were handling the matter. The…

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Investigative Panel Releases Preliminary Report on Collapsed School Building in Jos The Federal Government’s investigative panel on the collapsed two-storey school building in Jos, Plateau State, has released a preliminary report revealing distress and weak materials used in the construction. The building housed Saint Academy in the Busa Buji community, where 22 people died and 154 were rescued. Prof Samson Duna, Director General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, shared that the building showed signs of distress, with doubts about the quality of materials and inadequate reinforcement anchorage. The report emphasized the need for integrity tests on distressed…

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President Tinubu Advances Talks on New Minimum Wage with Labour Leaders The ongoing discussions regarding a new minimum wage in Nigeria are set to continue as President Bola Tinubu prepares for another meeting with labour leaders this Thursday. This follows a recent meeting with the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, who have called for a new revenue formula favoring the 774 local government areas in the country. During the 15th Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, confirmed that President Tinubu would engage in further consultations with stakeholders to reach a…

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Exciting news for Nigerian travelers! The Federal Government has officially signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to resume visa issuance for Nigerians looking to visit the Middle Eastern country. This agreement, announced by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, comes after a two-year visa ban imposed by the UAE due to diplomatic disputes and financial issues. Amidst social media reactions, with many praising the government for the positive development, Nigerians can now once again apply for visas to the UAE effective from July 15, 2024. The detailed visa conditions and controls can be found on…

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Is Bola Tinubu’s reign at risk of being dethroned by the North in the upcoming 2027 elections? Recent political maneuvers by key northern figures suggest a growing movement to unseat President Bola Tinubu in the next presidential election. The North, feeling overlooked after supporting Tinubu’s rise to power, is now strategizing to present a formidable alternative in 2027. The alleged coalition against Tinubu is gaining momentum, led by prominent northern politicians forming alliances and citing grievances like neglect of northern interests. Groups like the Northern Elders’ Forum have openly criticized Tinubu’s administration, fueling the anti-Tinubu sentiment across the region. However,…

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States Warned Against Disobeying Supreme Court Ruling NGF Assures Compliance with Verdict The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria are urging the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to track council funds and prevent diversion by state governors. ALGON plans to utilize financial autonomy to tackle grassroots issues like security and infrastructure. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring the unconstitutional diversion of local government funds by state governors, NULGE President Akeem Ambali supported the decision, emphasizing the importance of abiding by NFIU guidelines to prevent funds misappropriation. The judgement was hailed by various groups…

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• James Ibori calls judgment an assault on true federalism• SERAP gives governors ultimatum to return LG funds• Ex-deputy gov says ruling doesn’t ensure LG autonomy• Soludo emphasizes need for money to serve people at all levels The recent Supreme Court ruling aimed at ensuring financial autonomy for local governments from state governors may not fully liberate the local administrations, leaving doubts among stakeholders. The judgment declared the withholding of funds by state governors for local government administration as unconstitutional. It followed a suit filed by the Attorney General of the Federation to grant full autonomy to local governments as…

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Agribusiness stakeholders, including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Commercial Dairy Ranchers Association of Nigeria, are calling for the newly created Ministry of Livestock Development to address food insecurity in Nigeria. President Bola Tinubu approved the creation of the ministry on July 9, 2024, during the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on Livestock Reforms in Abuja. The Chairman of LCCI’s Agro-allied group, Kola Aderibigbe, praised the creation of the ministry but emphasized the need for a clear plan to tackle food insecurity. He also expressed concerns about the increased costs for integrated farmers dealing with multiple ministries.…

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In a major breakthrough, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a notorious drug baron, Joachin Mbonu, in Imo State. Mbonu, a key figure in a drug cartel responsible for the production of methamphetamine, was apprehended along with his associate in his village mansion on July 5. The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, disclosed that Mbonu’s cartel had operational bases in Imo and Rivers states and was distributing substantial quantities of methamphetamine across the South-East, South-South, and other parts of the country. During the operation, the NDLEA recovered 419.99 grams of methamphetamine, 750 grams of iodine, and a pump…

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