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BREAKING Saraki denies links with Hushpuppi, calls out ‘dirty, cheap politics’

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has described as ‘dirty, cheap and irresponsible politics’ a statement credited to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and signed on its behalf by party spokesman Yekini Nabena in which he was linked with a cybercrime suspect, Ramon Abbas (the popular social media influencer commonly known as ‘Hushpuppi’) who was recently arrested in the United Arab Emirates and extradited to the United States.

Saraki in a statement issued in Abuja denied that he has any association with the criminal suspect.
The statement reads:

‘The statement credited to the APC, the ruling party in our country, is one of the ways by which our anti-graft agencies are weakened and why the fight against corruption in the country is often viewed with suspicion by the international community. This is because when these cyber-crime suspects were operating freely and openly displaying wealth, the APC saw nothing bad in their activities. Also, the party at that time did not deem it ne…
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BREAKING NUPENG gives FG 2 weeks to fix highways

There are strong indications that the nation’s oil workers may embark on industrial action any moment from now should the Federal Government fails to fix all dilapidated nation’s roads.

This is as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) threatened to embark on industrial action without notice if the 10 oil workers kidnapped at sea in Port Harcourt, yesterday, were not released.
President of the union, Williams Akporeha, at a media briefing after the virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, said NUPENG had given the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to commence total rehabilitation of the roads to save lives and properties and can no longer tolerate the current situation of things.

“We are shocked at the lackadaisical attitude of Local, States and Federal Governments to the issues of addressing the degenerating state of Nigeria roads before the coming of the current raining season, despite all our warnings for them to make necessary construction,…

BREAKING Lagos reopens schools August 3

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, yesterday announced gradual re-opening of schools from August 3, directing students in transitional classes, who have mandatory public exams ahead of them, to resume for revision classes and their examination. The governor said the schools’ re-opening must follow established public health guidelines and protocol in the State. The permission to re-open, he said, only applies to day schools, while boarding activities are excluded. He said only students in Senior Secondary School Three (SSS 3) and their counterparts in Technical Study Three (TEC 3) will be allowed to resume on August 3. The dates for the revision classes and examination for pupils in Junior Secondary School Three (JSS 3) will be announced in due course, Sanwo-Olu said. Besides, the governor said the Primary Six pupils will be graded by their already recorded Continuous Assessment (CA) to pass over to secondary schools.
According to him: “Students in transitional classes, who have man…

SPORTING Bash Ali writes Buhari, requests for visit

As part of his effort to have the proposed Guinness World Record Boxing fight in Nigeria, Bash Ali has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting for a visit to present his proposal.

In the letter he personally signed on June 23, 2020, Ali who said “sports is one of the biggest industries in the world” said if allowed to hold in Nigeria, the world record fight would earn Nigeria big money.
“A Guinness World Record Boxing Championship has never hold outside the United States, so this would be the first, the most lucrative on the soil of Nigeria. This fight was to be watched live by an estimated audience of between 20 to 25 million people on Pay Per View Television (PPVTV) before COVID-19 but because of the fear of people going outdoors after COVID-19, it’s expected to be watched on PPVTV by an estimated audience of 30 million people thereby bringing revenue of about $3 billion including sponsorships, adverts and sales of souvenirs that could amount to another $1 …

BREAKING Domestic flights to resume on July 8 –FG

Domestic flight would resume on June 8, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced yesterday.

Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce of COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, announced on Monday that the Federal Government had approved that domestic flights resume in the country on a safe date.
Writing on his tweeter handle, Sirika said operations would resume at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja on July 8 with other airports to follow.

“I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on the 8th of July, 2020. Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri & Maiduguri to resume on the 11th. Other airports on the 15th. The date for international to be announced in due course. Bear with us,” he wrote.

Flights had been suspended in the country as part of movement restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The PTF had initially set June 21 as a tentative date for flig…

BREAKING FG hikes petrol price to N140.80/litre Amidst harsh economic condition

Amidstharsh economic conditions which have further reduced the purchasing power of average Nigerians with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), yesterday recommended an upward review in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol to between N140.80 and N143.80 from N121.50 In making the proposal, the PPPRA said “Please recall the provision for the establishment of a monthly price band within which petroleum marketers are expected to sell PMS at the retail stations, based on the existing price regime. “After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price band of N140.80 – N143.80/litre for the month of July 2020.”
PPPRA said the new ex-depot price includes the statutory charges of bridging fund, marine transport average, national transport allowance (NTA) and the admin…

BREAKING COVID-19: Africa needs $110bn lifeline urgently, says IMF

For the umpteenth time, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has exposed the vulnerabilities of sub-Saharan African countries worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the region needs a lifeline of $110 billion.

Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director of IMF’s African Department, made the disclosure in a statement released on Monday in Washington DC. Selassie however pointed to a number of policy priorities the continent needs to implement going forward.
He also called for cautious reopening of the economy in the face of rising cases of the scourge, while admitting that Africa has shown strong resilience thus far.

He said: “First and foremost, the immediate priority remains the preservation of health and lives. But as the region starts to recover, authorities should gradually shift from broad fiscal support to more affordable, targeted policies; concentrating in particular on the poorest households and those sectors hit hardest by the crisis. “Looking even further forward, and once the cr…