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NMA rejects FG’s move to stop private practice

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The President, Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, on Monday said the attempt by the Federal Government to stop private practice by doctors working in public health institutions was against the law of the land. He, however, said the NMA frowned on its members who use official hours for their private practice. He urged the government to enforce the laws ...

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NNPC not transparent despite reforms

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The Nigerian National Corporation is still not transparent enough despite the various reforms introduced by the Federal Government to make the corporation accountable to Nigerians, Publish What You Pay, an international coalition that promotes public debate on the reforms in the extractive sector, has said. According to the coalition, the Federal Government has yet to take strategic actions in its ...

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Issues in the MTEF 2018-2020

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The Federal Executive Council-endorsed Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2018-2020 has now been laid before the National Assembly awaiting parliamentary approval in accordance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act. The MTEF will derive the force of law when approved by the lawmakers and its key parametres will be the basis of the policy, revenue and expenditure profile of the 2018 federal budget. ...

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Pension assets rise to N7tn

The total assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme rose to N7.09tn as of the end of August, this year. Figures obtained from the National Pension Commission revealed that the funds had continued to maintain a steady growth since inception of the scheme. PenCom stated that the aggregate pension assets under the CPS grew from N4.61tn as of the end of ...

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37 job openings for young Nigerians in UN

There are 37 career openings for young Nigerians under the United Nations bureaucracy, according to UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed. Amina disclosed this at a Cultural Night organised by Nigerians working at the United Nations Systems. She said the openings are available  via the Junior Professional Officers’ (JPO) Programme, including internship for young graduates. According to her, Nigeria has the ...

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African leaders must speak with one voice – President Buhari to Alpha Conde of Guinea

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President Buhari has said that African leaders must speak ‘with one voice’, independent of foreign influence, to achieve economic integration, development, peace, and security on the continent. Speaking at a bilateral meeting with President Alpha Conde of Guinea on Friday night in Istanbul, Turkey, President Buhari said leaders should learn from history to effectively tackle conflicts, violent extremism, and proliferation ...

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Court orders CBN, banks to freeze accounts without BVN

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria and the 19 commercial banks in the country to disclose all accounts in their custody and the balances in such accounts. The court ordered the banks to disclose the details of all such accounts, their owners and their proceeds in their affidavit of compliance deposed to by ...

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Three soldiers killed as troops bomb B’Haram camp

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Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole, the military anti-terrorism operation in the North-East, have bombed buildings in a large Boko Haram camp which they discovered on Friday, killing unspecified number of insurgents. The Boko Haram settlement was discovered at the Urga area of Konduga in Borno State. Our correspondent learnt that the settlement, said to be highly populated, was discovered by an ...

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Oni has no fraud case to answer – Ekiti lawmakers

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The Ekiti State House of Assembly has said the former Ekiti State Governor, Segun Oni, is not being probed over any allegation of mismanagement of public funds while he presided over the state. The lawmakers added that the query about Oni, submitted by its Public Accounts Committee as part of the 2015 reports by the state’s auditor-general, was quashed for ...

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Erdogen’s wife hosts Aisha Buhari, others in Turkey

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Wife of Turkish President, Mrs. Emine Erdogen, on Friday hosted Mrs Aisha Buhari and wives of other D-8 countries. See photos>>>

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How Nigeria, others can tackle corruption – IMF

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The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and key global experts have advised Nigeria, Argentina and other top countries battling corruption to use tools that can help reduce procurement costs by about 60 per cent. They urged the countries to strengthen institutions, provide incentives against corruption and deploy more ...

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I will never return to PDP, says Obasanjo

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has vowed never to return to the Peoples Democratic Party. This was what he told journalists after he met with the  National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, behind closed-doors. The meeting was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, which lasted for one hour. The former president said, “I will never return to ...

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CBN warns financial institutions against exploiting customers

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has asked operators of microfinance banks and other financial institutions in the country not to engage in exploitative activities. The CBN said this could be achieved by obtaining necessary certifications before commencing operations. The Head of Consumer Protection Department, CBN, Umma Dutse, said this during the ceremony for Smart Campaign Certification Award in Lagos to ...

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Senate to probe Paris Club refunds, others

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The Senate on Thursday resoled to probe how the Paris Club Refunds and other bailout funds to state governors by President Muhammadu Buhari were approved. The Senate’s decision followed a point of order raised by Sen. Samuel Anyanwu (PDP- Imo) during plenary, who afterwards, sought the leave of the Senate to move a motion on the matter during the next ...

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China museum removes photos comparing Africans to animals

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A Chinese museum has removed photographs which compare African people to animals from a controversial exhibition after being accused of racism, the curators said Friday. Social media users in Africa had led outrage over the montages, including one showing an open-mouthed African child alongside a monkey in the same pose, and another showing a black adult man baring his teeth alongside ...

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Two dead, six injured as Cameroonian gendarmes invade Nigerian community

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At least two persons were feared dead while six others were injured after Cameroonian gendarmes from Bodam community allegedly invaded Danare in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. It was learnt on Monday that the crisis which started on Friday was as a result of the alarm raised by residents of Danare that their Cameroonian neighbours had encroached on their farmland. The ...

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Police rescue kidnapped Catholic priest in Ebonyi

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The Ebonyi Police Command has rescued a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Timothy Nwanja, abducted by gunmen in Okpokueze Nkomoro community, Imoha Development Centre of Ezza North Local Government Area. The priest, who serves at St. Mary’s Parish in the area, was kidnapped by three gunmen at about 8.30pm on Sunday night at his residence. The state Police Public Relations Officer, ...

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Wildfires kill 39 in Portugal, Spain

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At least 36 people have died in fires ravaging forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday, after three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia. The 36 deaths, which were confirmed by Portugal’s national civil protection agency and included a one-month-old baby, come four months ...

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