Group indicts Ministry of Foreign Affairs over FOI non implementation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today became the latest entrant into the Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame” as it was adjudged to have consistently breached most of its duties and obligations under the FOI Act over the last seven years. Ms. Chioma Nwaodike, Legal Officer at Media Rights Agenda (MRA), announced the induction of the Ministry into the FOI Hall of Shame in a statement in Lagos, saying the institution had essentially ignored its responsibilities under the FOI Act for most of the past seven years in circumstances…

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Why Igbos are supporting Atiku——-Group

The Eastern Union (EU) is a political-social cultural organisation of old East Central States , based in Nigeria and abroad with members across the South East and South-South zones of the country championing the course of the old East Central States. In this interview with Dailymandate in Abuja, National Chairman of the group, Hon. Charles Anike, gives reasons why South East and South-South zones are clamouring for presidential ambition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other issues. Excerpts How do you see the recent search of PDP’s Presidential flag bearer, Atiku…

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The fall of Adams Oshiomohle

  These are not the best of times for Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, former Governor, Edo State and former President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. Many were those who wondered at the palpable silence of this foremost labour leader as the Government and the Organised Labour were spoiling for a fight over the minimum wage. Unknown to many, Oshiomohle was having his own baptism of fire in the hands of the dreaded Department of Security Service, popularly known as SSS. For a couple of…

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FG keeps mum on secret meeting with INEC Chairman

Federal Government has kept mum five days after its meeting with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday. Chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, hosted Mahmood Yakubu, in a meeting, alleged to have lasted 30 minutes, which took place inside Kyari’s office. Yakubu did not speak with state house correspondents on his way out of the villa, neither Kyari. The presidency has also not issued a statement on the meeting that held while there was an outrage over…

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Ikeja electric bags award for commitment to safety

For its strict adherence to high safety policy and commitment to safety of life, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), Nigeria’s leading Electricity Distribution Company has been honoured with the 2018 Concerned Organization of the Year. The award, which was presented by the World Safety Organizations (WSO), an International Association of HSE Professionals, is in recognition of IE’s outstanding dedication and support to ‘Making Safety a way of Life.” In another category, the company’s Head: Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE), Engineer Jamiu Badmos, also won the prestigious WSO-NG Environmental/Occupational Safety Person…

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AFEX condemns gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi…calls on the UN to take decisive action against Saudi Arabia

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of prominent media and freedom of expression organizations across the continent, today condemned the October 2, 2018 gruesome murder of renowned Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, saying a country that indulges in such barbaric behaviour ought to be ostracized by the civilized world. In a statement issued from its Secretariat in Accra, AFEX called on the United Nations to demonstrate its commitment to the safety of journalists and ending impunity for crimes against journalists by…

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MRA indicts FRCN over FOI

Media Rights Agenda (MRA), has inducted the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) into its Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame”, saying the institution’s sundry violations of the provisions of the FOI Act also amount to a breach of its primary mandate to make news and information available to the public. In a statement in Lagos, Ms Morisola Alaba, a Legal Officer at MRA, said: “It is always disheartening when a public institution established and funded primarily to facilitate the free flow of information within the society, particularly between…

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Court cases rather than running mate position reasons for Ekweremadu’s plan defection

There are indications that the purported defection of the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the ruling All Progressive Congress APC, may materialized next week. Ekweremadu is said to have perfected plans to move to APC, in a shock move following the several court cases hanging on his head rather than the choice of Alhaji Abubakar’s running mate as the PDP’s Presidential candidate in the 2019, presidential election. Irked by the choice of Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State as Atiku’s choice,…

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FG issues first gold refining licence says National Gold Reserve Scheme is working

 The federal government said it has established a Federal Gold Reserve Scheme, in its bid to diversifying the economy. Minister for , Sen. Udoma Udoma, said the move was part of the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) with a view to strengthening the nation’s macro-economy. Disclosing this at the on-going National Economic Summit, He stated:, “As an outcome of the ERGP focus labs, we have also been able to accelerate the development of a National Gold Development Policy and the establishment of a Federal Gold Reserve…

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Government , labour who blinks first?

Signs that the organized labour and the Federal Government are headed for a show down began to manifest when the tripartite committee set up by government to review the minimum wage ended without any categorical statement on the agreed amount that was recommended to the Federal Government for approval and implementation. From all indications, there was no consensus and there was no deadlock. Since the Committee submitted its report, it has been claims and counter claims on the amount agreed upon by the Committee. Labour claimed that it was N30,…

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MRA inducts PTDF into ‘FOI Hall of Shame’ …accuses government of encouraging public institutions to break the law

Media Rights Agenda (MRA), on Monday, inducted the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) as its 65th inductee into the “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame” for the agencies failure to implement the FOI, six years after its implemtation. The group said it was extremely concerned about the pervasive culture of non-compliance with the FOI Act across government institutions with no single one of them having ever been sanctioned for violating the Law. In a statement in Lagos, MRA’s FOI Programme Manager, Mr. Ridwan Sulaimon said: “We are gravely concerned…

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Atiku is well prepared to lead Nigeria—-EU Chairman

Hon. Charles Anike is the National President of Eastern Union (EU), a socio-political pressure group for the interests of the people of the Old Eastern Nigeria, in this interview with Daily Mandate Team, he speaks on Atiku-Obi presidential ticket and All Progressive Congress’s primaries including former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s influence in removing the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 and other issues. Excerpt:   What is your first reaction after hearing the name of the ex-Anambra State Governor as Alhaji Abubakar’s running mate in the 2019 presidential general election? The…

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We don’t have $3.5billion subsidy fund, says NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclaimed the insinuation that it has in its custody $3.5billion Subsidy fund.   NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in a release today in Abuja, explained that at the hit of the shortage of products supply at the close of last year, the National Assembly asked the NNPC to do everything possible to stem the hiccups. Ughamadu revealed that accordingly, NNPC initiated the move to raise a revolving fund of $1.05billion, since the corporation was, and still is,…

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Big Barrels: The New Narrative on Africa’s Oil & Gas that is Captivating Global Markets

A year after its release, the global momentum created by the bestseller on Africa’s oil and gas industry, “Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Prosperity”, has led to its re-launching in French, Spanish and German. “The narrative of the book makes its success,” explains author NJ Ayuk, a prominent African energy lawyer. “Big Barrels tells a hidden story of Africa’s oil & gas industry, one that speaks of positive achievements and lays out the capabilities such an industry has to transform the future of African economies…

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Ecobank announces finalists of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018

The leading independent pan-African banking group, has announced the finalists for the 2nd edition of the annual Ecobank Fintech Challenge, a competition for Africa-focused technology start-ups. The list includes eleven (11) fintech start-ups from across the continent and beyond. An Innovation Fair & Awards ceremony will honour the start-ups on August 30, 2018 at the global headquarters of Ecobank in Lomé, Togo. At the ceremony, the start-ups will exhibit and pitch their products to a jury for the Ecobank Africa Fintech Prize, which will be awarded the top innovator and…

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NASS siege: ohanaeze calls for thorough investigation.

Senate rejects committee's report on IGP over Benue Killings

……says action amounts to coup detat The umbrella body of Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze has described the Tuesday’s siege at the National Assembly by security operatives as equivalent of a coup as Ohanaeze urges the government to treat it as such. The President General of the Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo said that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was right in describing the act as a breach of national security but said that all the characters who participated in the act either directly or indirectly should face the law to…

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Lagos Opens Badagry Express Way to Traffic

Lagos State Governor,  Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday directed that the completed portions of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway from Eric Moore to Okokomaiko be opened up to traffic as soon as possible following the completion of works by the contractor. The Governor also directed the Public Works Corporation to intensify palliative works on the road from Okokomaiko to Badagry. The State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, in a statement, said the Governor was touched by the discomfort being experienced by the motoring public plying that axis and has vowed to continue to…

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BREAKING: APC Postpones Ekiti Governorship Primary Election.

Following the violent disruption of the All Progressives Congress governorship primaries in Ekiti State, the Tanko Al-Makura-led organising committee has suspended the exercise indefinitely. A meeting of the committee and all the aspirants held shortly after the crisis erupted. The meeting held for nearly one hour and half. Mr Al-Makura stormed out of the meeting and was guarded into his car and driven away without briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting. DAILYMANDATE gathered that it was an agreement among the aspirants that the primaries be suspended. However, one…

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How secure is Nigeria?

Which is the proper question to ask? Is it how secure is Nigeria or how secure are Nigerians? This is because it does not follow that when a country is secure, the people are secure. To the extent that there is no direct external aggression, Nigeria is secure. But to the extent that every day appears to be the last day of an average Nigerian in most parts of the country, Nigerians are not secure. False alarm? How can? Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, former foreign affairs minister is even of the…

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The right man for the wrong job

The right man for the wrong job Is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu the right man for the wrong job?  Asiwaju’s political sagacity has never been in doubt. It is said that Tinubu has the rare ability of the British Parliament of turning a man into a woman, politically speaking. It is with this appeal that President Muhammad Buhari elected him for the near impossible task of reconciling the various irreconcilable conflicting interests within the ruling APC, not minding that peace and conflict resolution has its own golden rules,  I mean…

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