The House of Representatives has begun the process of pulling out the National Assembly from the contributory pension scheme under the administration of the National Pension Commission. The House is to create a separate body to administer matters relating to pensions for workers in the federal parliament. At the plenary on Thursday, the House considered and adopted the report of its Committee on National Planning and Economic Development on the legislation titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Pension Reform Act, 2014 to Exclude/Exempt the National Assembly Service from the Contributory Pension Scheme and Establish the National Assembly Service Pension Board.’The Chairman of the committee, Olododo Cook, said the proposal was to exempt the personnel of the National Assembly from the Contributory Pension Scheme and to establish a National Assembly Service Pensions Board “to be charged with the responsibility of administering the pensions scheme for personnel of the service.”Cook stated, “This bill is in consequence of the exit of the service from the application of the contributory pensions scheme under the Pensions Reform Act, 2014.”The bill seeks to amend Section 5(1)(a) of the Act by inserting the words ‘the National Assembly service’ to read thus: ‘The categories of persons exempted from the Contributory Pension are (a) the categories of persons mentioned in Section 291 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), members of the intelligence community and the National Assembly service personnel.’
July 01, 2022 15:49 UTC
A Federal High Court in Kano, presided over by Justice Abdullahi Liman, on Friday, restrained the Kano State government from borrowing N10 billion for the installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras. KFF, through its counsel, led by Mr Badamasi Suleiman-Gandu, prayed the court to restrain Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State from borrowing a N10 billion loan. ALSO READ FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNEOther respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of Kano State, Commissioner of Finance Kano and Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly. He also ordered the plaintiff to serve the Federal Ministry of Finance, Debt Management Office and Fiscal Responsibility Commission with the order and other court processes. The State House of Assembly had on June 15 approved Ganduje’s request to access N10 billion from a commercial bank.
July 01, 2022 14:51 UTC
The Defence Headquarters on Thursday disclosed that 4,770 Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to troops between June 1 and 15, 2022. Those who surrendered, according to the military high command, include 2,490 children; 1,415 women and 814 men. Addressing journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday on the activities of the military between June 16 and 30, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, said all the surrendered terrorists have been profiled. He said, “Members of Boko Haram terrorists have continued to surrender to own troops at different locations in the theatre. “Between June 1 and 15, 2022, a total of 4,770 of them, comprising 864 adult males, 1,415 women and 2,490 children surrendered.
July 01, 2022 14:20 UTC
Speaking with our correspondent on Thursday, Ogunfolaju said customers had stopped visiting his business over fear of being harassed and arrested. “Fast forward to March 7, 2020, we had the EFCC raid and they arrested me and my customers. After being released, I managed to build up the business to normal capacity through promotion, brand activation and bank loans despite the serial losses incurred during the EFCC raid. Two months after the NDLEA raid, precisely on Friday, June 3, 2022, EFCC officials raided the premises again. He said, “The EFCC officials that raided the club came from Ibadan, Oyo State.
July 01, 2022 08:25 UTC
According to him, the scarcity of the product is caused by government’s misplaced priority. He queried the rationale for importing petrol and diesel when these products could be refined locally if the refineries are working. “Why are the scarcity of petrol? The scarcity is not caused by tanker drivers but government’s misplaced priority. He described PTD as the most sustainable aspect of NUPENG, saying that their roles affect everybody in the country.
July 01, 2022 08:22 UTC
As cases of sexual and gender based violence continues to take the front burner of discussions, especially following persistence in cases of violence against women and girls, the Oyo State Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Team (Oyo SGBVRT), has emphasised the need for effective data collation for the fight against violence to be effective. We cannot continue to have data that is not up to date or duplicated across agencies to increase figures. The team further agreed that without data, it will be difficult to prosecute offenders, help victims and adequately sensitise the public. It will also help us to monitor improvement or lack of it in what we do,” the team said. Oyo SGBVRT canvassed for the establishment of a data collection and analysis system that every partner can access.
July 01, 2022 03:17 UTC
The duo of Master Asala Oreoluwa of Government College, Ibadan and Miss Rosemary Anuoluwapo Ajiboye of Sacred Hearts College, Akinyemi, Ibadan, have emerged winners of the 2022 National Schools Essay Writing and Nigeria Mathematics and Sciences Olympiads Competitions. The National Essay Writing Competition, won by Master Asala Oreoluwa was organised by Human Capital Development for the June 2022 edition of the competition held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Receiving the winners, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, expressed his delight over the performances of the students, their teachers and the management of their schools. Abdu-Raheem described the feats attained by the students as a good omen for Oyo State and the country at large. Oyo students win national essay writing, science contestALSO READ FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNEOyo students win national essay writing, science contest
June 30, 2022 23:11 UTC
Anambra State governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo has barred all markets and parks executives from collecting revenue in the state for the government. The governor also disclosed that his administration will commence implementation of a new tax and levy regime in Anambra markets, roads and parks from July 1, 2022, and it is targeted at blocking leakages in revenue collection. Soludo warned those posing as a government revenue collector in any part of the state, to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of the law. He, however, directed that henceforth, all public parks owned by the government will be directly managed by the government, saying that caretaker committee members in Anambra markets are forbidden from collecting revenue on behalf of the government. Soludo noted that the new tax regime has become imperative as the era of revenue generation through the sale of crude oil in Nigeria is gradually phasing out.
June 30, 2022 23:08 UTC
The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, says the Onitsha river port is positioned to generate over N23billion to the Federal Government in 30 years. ”We hope it is a catalyst for other river ports, so that it will decongest other ports and bring about growth. According to the minister, the Baro, Lokoja and Oguta ports, which are at different stages of completion, will be considered after the onitsha port. He said:”After rigorous procurement process, Universal Elysium Consortium emerged as the preferred concessionaire for the concession of Onitsha River Port. ”The redevelopment of Onitsha River Port is seen as a boost to commercial activities in the South East.
June 30, 2022 19:44 UTC
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Thursday, identified torture as a violation of fundamental human rights and vowed to stamp it out of the country. The NHRC boss, who lamented the use of torture during investigations said, his commission is ready to partner with relevant agencies to stamp out torture in Nigeria and establish rehabilitation centres for victims of torture. ALSO READ FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNEIn her speech, PRAWA Executive Director, Dr Uju Agomoh, called on all Nigerians to say no to torture, adding, “We need to prevent the use of torture, say no to impunity and criminalize torture with the use of the Anti Torture Act 2017. In his speech, the Director of Discipline of the Police Service Commission, Mr Tijani Mohammed, identified torture as evil and should be eliminated from society. He said the Police Service Commission has the mandate to discipline any erring Police officer and added that with the Anti Torture Act, “Any person found guilty of torture will be punished, believing that, it will serve as deterrent to others.”How Ekweremadu, Wife Planned To Traffic Boy To UK To Harvest His Kidney For Ailing Daughter ― British PoliceHuman Rights Commission promises to stamp out tortureÒgògó Taiwo Hassan Spotted Fighting With A Street Boy In His HometownHuman Rights Commission promises to stamp out torture
June 30, 2022 18:17 UTC
Former Golden Eaglets captain, Musa Muhammed, says the prospect of playing in Europe’s top competitions lured him to join Bosnian club FK Sarajevo, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. The 25-year-old defender Wednesday signed a two-year deal with the Bosnian topflight club as a free agent. “I have signed a two-year deal with the option of plus one with FK Sarajevo, which is a very big club here in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Muhammed, who captained Nigeria to their fourth U-17 World Cup title in 2013, said. “The president of FK Sarajevo (Ismir Mirvic) wants to change things positively and bring the club back to where they belong after missing the league title in the past few seasons and I’m happy to be part of this dream. “I’m here because the club has great plans of returning to Europe.
June 30, 2022 15:11 UTC
Efforts on tackling plastic pollution got a boost at the UN Ocean Conference when 21 new governments announced they will join the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The UN Ocean Conference is holding June 27 to July 1 in Lisbon, Portugal. On Monday morning, at the opening of the UN Ocean Conference, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced Ghana would also be joining. The new governments follow 11 other governments who announced they were becoming signatories of the Global Commitment at the French-led ‘One Ocean Summit’ in February 2022. They joined other signatory governments and 500+ signatories from across the plastics value chain.
June 30, 2022 11:15 UTC
The Hutus had in 100 days of rage and madness embarked on the ethnic cleansing of Tutsis, and the country nearly died. Tutsis were killed in cities, towns, villages, in their homes, in churches where they had huddled for refuge, in schools, everywhere. And to make matters worse, the victims were killed by people who had been their neighbors, family friends, and allies. If Nigeria dies, whether now or in the future, hatred killed her. “When we don’t know who to hate, we hate ourselves,” observed a writer.
June 30, 2022 09:02 UTC
The 1977-1982 set of the Fiditi Grammar School Old Student Association (FIGSOSA) has celebrated its 40th reunion anniversary to recall history with jokes and smiles and prayers for those who have departed the world among them. “No one in this world is rich enough to buy his/her own childhood or youthful days back. Only friends could help to recreate those moments from time to time at no cost,” he said. ALSO READ FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNEWhile he harped on the power of association in life, he buttressed it with a Shakespare quote saying, “New friends may be poems, but old friends are alphabets. Do not forget the alphabets, because you will need them to read the poems.”He lauded the re-union sub-committee, chaired by Mr Akinwumi Olatunbosun for their efforts in making the day a reality and all the distinguished old mates that contributed ideas, money and advice to make the event a huge success.
June 30, 2022 07:28 UTC
The director of the group, Tunde Kolawale, in a statement on Wednesday, praised Kalu for initiating the process of pacifying the aggrieved senators. He said, “Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu used his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate a peace meeting between the aggrieved senators and the President yesterday. Speaking at the meeting, Buhari urged the Senators to exercise restraint in their decision to defect from the party. After the meeting, Kalu said the aggrieved Senators would no longer pursue defection from the APC. “Earlier this afternoon, I led the 22 aggrieved Senators and members of the All Progressive Congress to President Muhammad Buhari.
June 30, 2022 03:45 UTC