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10th NASS Leadership: Tinubu, Atiku, Obi Lobby Opposition Lawmakers

With just nine days to the inauguration of the incoming 10th National Assembly, lobbying for the selection process of principal officers have intensified, with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi wooing opposition lawmakers in favour of their preferred choices. In a bid to ensure the preferred candidates of his party scale through as presiding officers of the 10th Assembly, Tinubu has scheduled a crucial meeting with federal lawmakers elected on the platforms of opposition political parties for tomorrow (Monday) at the presidential villa, Abuja. The circular for the meeting with the president sighted by our correspondent yesterday in Abuja was signed by the permanent secretary, State House, Tijani Umar. Also, as the intrigues over the leadership of the 10th National Assembly heightens, it was gathered that Tinubu’s parley with the opposition federal lawmakers would ta

Subsidy Removal: Petrol Prices Now Determined By Market Forces – NMDPRA

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has said it will no longer fix prices or release templates for petrol prices.  The Authority chief executive (ACE), Engr Farouk Ahmed, explained that under the liberalised market, market forces are allowed to dictate prices.   Ahmed added: “We put the regulation in place, we make sure quality control is complied with, we make sure the product is there and we give licence to a prospective importer. The market is now open for everybody that wants to import as far as they meet all the requirements. So, it is not about the NNOC alone. For everybody in the sector, we make sure we guide their operations whether at the depot or wherever the product is but we will not put a cap to say this is what the price must be. As far as we are concerned in the NMDPRA, this is not like before when the PPPRA fixes the price. In a deregulated market, it is the market force that dictates the price.” Ahmed explained that the NNPC’s

Minimum wage needs review, Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has stated the national minimum wage requires a review to reflect realities, emphasising that the improved livelihood for Nigerians remains a top priority of his administration. The President, who received members of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) led by the Chairman, Hope Uzodinma of Imo State at the State House, said the national and sub-national governments will work on the minimum wage, which already requires “soul searching.’’ According to a statement by the Director of Information in the State House, Mr Abiodun Oladunjoye, Tinubu also said his administration would be working on more people-focused economic policies. “We need to do some arithmetic and soul searching on the minimum wage. We will have to take a look at that together, and the revenue. We must strengthen the source and application of our revenue,” he said. Tinubu urged the Governors to seize the opportunity of being chosen among millions of citizens in their States to make a difference in


His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, has congratulated Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman of Kwara State and Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State as they emerged Chairmen of Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) and Progressive Governors' Forum (PGF), respectively. The President's felicitation was contained in a statement from the State House on Thursday wherein he said: "I congratulate the Governor of Kwara State, His Excellency Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on his emergence as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), and the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Hope Uzodimma, on his election as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors' Forum (PGF). "In the same vein, I also congratulate His Excellency Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State and his Kaduna State counterpart, His Excellency Senator Uba Sani, on their elections as Deputy Chairmen for the two respective forums," he said. "Being called upon by their peers to lead them is a tes


  ...promises a constructive partnership with the party. His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma, who was today elected as the Chairman of Progressives Governors' Forum (PGF), paid an official visit to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu. Speaking at the National Secretariat, Governor Uzodimma promised that under his watch, the forum will be very close to the party. He said, “The purpose of the forum is to give impetus to the activities of the party and the government. We are only going to act as salesmen that will market the policies and programmes of the government". The Progressive Governors' Chairman further reassured that as constructive partners to the party, our loyalty to the party is absolute and we will work to build the party greater than we met it. The Governor was in the company of other Governor members of the forum, including the former Interim National Chairman of the Party and Governor of Yobe S

Ohanaeze sets agenda for Mbah, Nwifuru, Otti

  The youths of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has asked the three new governors in the South-East not to disappoint the people who voted them into office.  The new governors are - Peter Mbah- Enugu, Francis Nwifuru- Ebonyi and Alex Otti-Abia. In a statement made available to journalists by the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he told the governors that it is time to face governance.  Okwu, who observed that the journey to victory for the three governors was not an easy route, said they must justify the confidence reposed on them.  He said, “We want to heartily congratulate the three brand new governors in the South-East. It is the will of God that the mantle of leadership will be on them at this historic moment.  “In Enugu, Barr Peter Mbah, against all odds emerged as the governor of the coal city State because the residents were determined to give him their mandate having assessed his personal capacity.  “The residents bought into his mani


Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has emerged as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors' Forum (PGF) today in Abuja after the forum’s election. The PGF is an organization which comprises Governors elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC), which serves as a platform for collaboration, policy development, and sharing of experiences among its members.  Governor Uzodimma's emergence as Chairman of the PGF is a testament to his leadership skills and his ability to garner support from his fellow Governors. As Chairman of the forum, Governor Uzodimma will play a crucial role in guiding the forum's activities, fostering unity among the Governors, and driving the agenda of the APC across the States. With this new position, Governor Uzodimma will have the opportunity to contribute in shaping the policies and strategies of the APC. He will be at the forefront of discussions and decision-making processes that will have a direct impact on the party's direction and the


The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) wishes to inform her esteemed customers across the South East that the loss of supply in some areas within its network is due to the rainstorm which occured yesterday evening and early hours of today. This resulted in faults, occassioned by fallen trees and high rate of broken High and Low Tension poles, causing supply disruption to our 11KV and 33KV feeders across the business districts.    Our various technical/maintenance teams have since commenced patrol of the network to evaluate the extent of damage and treat faults where they are minimal. We regret the inconveniences these have caused our esteemed customers and appeal for their patience and understanding while these challenges are addressed. EEDC remains committed to delivering improved services to her esteemed customers. 

Inaugural speech: I will treat Obi, Atiku with respect — Tinubu

Newly sworn in Nigeria’s president, Bola Tinubu, on Monday, in Abuja, said he will extend the courtesy worthy of a fellow compatriot to his opponents in the February 25 election that brought him to power. He also argued that Nigeria had not had a better election than the recently concluded one in its history. “My victory does not render me more Nigerian than the rest of you. It also does not render my opponents less Nigerian than me. I will treat my opponents, Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar, as important compatriots,” Tinubu said in his inaugural address at Eagle Square, Abuja. About an hour earlier, the former Lagos Governor had taken the oath of office as the 16th President of Nigeria alongside Vice President Kashim Shettima.

Buhari Bows Out, Tinubu Sworn In As Nigeria’s President

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola administered the oath of office to Bola Tinubu and his deputy, Kashim Shettima at exactly 10:28am and 10:38am respectively.   After a grueling electioneering process that spanned months, Nigeria now has a new President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces who will steer the ship of the country for the next four years. Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor, was inaugurated as Nigeria’s 16th President on Monday, May 29 at the Eagle Square in the nation’s capital city, Abuja. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola administered the oath of office to Tinubu and his deputy, Kashim Shettima at exactly 10:28am and 10:38am respectively. “I, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria that I will preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So, help me, God,” the new President swore. The swearing in cere

Dikko Radda sworn in as Katsina Governor

  The winner of the March 18, 2023, governorship election in Katsina State, Dr Dikko Radda has been sworn in as Governor of the state. The inauguration took place today at the Muhammadu Dikko Township Stadium, Katsina. The 52-year-old governor defeated Senator Yakubu Danmarke of the Peoples Democratic Party, who had earlier threatened to file a suit to challenge the victory of Dikko. Dikko and his deputy, Faruk Lawal Jobe, took the oath of office administered by the State’s Chief Judge, Danladi Abubakar between 10:40 am – 10:45 am, in the presence of the former governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and his deputy, Muntari Lawal

Anambra women protest, as Soludo sacks community leader who supported Peter Obi, LP in 2023 polls

  By Okechukwu Onuegbu Crisis has rocked the ancient city of Ebenebe, Awka North Local Government Area, Anambra State following dethronement of the community's women leader otherwise referred to as Chairperson or Women President General, Mrs Favour Nworah, by the State government. Nworah, who has been the Women President General of Ebenebe Town Union Women Wing (ETU WW) since April 2019, was sacked by governor Chukwuma Soludo on April 2023, few months after the 2023 general elections. According to sources, the Women PG was sacked from office because she appeared in different photographs with the uniforms of Labour Party (LP), including posing with and at political events attended by the Presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi, the LP Awka North House of Assembly candidate, Mr Ferdinand Onwuje and others. The development has degenerated into factionalisation of the women's group, with one led by the government appointed Interim Women Leader, Mrs Josephine Okafor, even


  His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma was yesterday bestowed with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The award which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari is coming at the same period when the Rivers State Government conferred on the Governor its highest Award of Grand Service Star of Rivers State (GSSRS). The news of the award was received with excitement by ndi Imo and it is in recognition of Governor Hope Uzodimma's immense contributions to national development and unity. #HopeNewAndElectronicMediaCenter