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Nigeria Electricity Workers Stops Electric Strike In Nigeria

Nigeria’s electricity workers suspend strike in Nigeria after announcing the news early this morning on Twitter.

Here is the tweet:

Dear customer, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike. Our offices and payment channels are open for business. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (Eko Disco) shared on its Twitter page on the morning of Thursday, December 12, 2019.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NUEE had, on Dec. 11, embarked on an indefinite strike, following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government.

Comrade Joe Ajaero, General Secretary of the NUEE says: “Following the agreement reached between NUEE and representatives of government this morning, on all the issues in contention, the Union wishes to suspend the industrial action it embarked upon to press home these demands. Consequently, members are urged to return to their duty posts while we monitor the implementation of these agreements. We would not hesitate to resume action if the agreements are not implemented.”


“The parties involved should, without delay, refer the issues to the Ministry of Labour and Employment for mediation rather than embark on another strike that will do the economy more harm,” Olawale said.

Has Xenophobia Completely Stopped Between South Africa And Nigeria

Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Xenophobia can involve perceptions of an ingroup toward an outgroup and can manifest itself in suspicion of the activities of others, and a desire to eliminate their presence to secure a presumed purity and may relate to a fear of losing national, ethnic or racial identity.

Has the xenophobia completely stopped

From the look of things it look’s like the fight has stopped.

South Africa has apologised to Nigeria over a spate of xenophobic attacks which led to a spike in tensions between the two countries. A special envoy from South Africa presented an apology to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari responded to profuse apologies from the South African president, pledging that the relationship between the two countries will be solidified.

How many Dead victims

At least 10 people have been killed in the trouble in South Africa, including two foreign nationals says the South African government , but none of the victims have been identified as Nigerian. From the Investigation they have not found any Nigeria victims.

Further investigation says ” No Nigerians were killed in the violence in South Africa, but Nigerian-owned shops and businesses are believed to have been targeted by the mobs.”

Also,South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa told the BBC that he felt ashamed by the recent violence.

Why all Nigerians should go into Agriculture

Agriculture in Nigeria is a branch of the economy in Nigeria, providing employment for about 30% of the population as of 2010. The sector is being transformed by commercialization at the small, medium and large-scale enterprise levels.

Agriculture in Nigeria | Credit:

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Major crops include beans rice, sesame, cashew nuts, cassava, cocoa beans, groundnuts, gum arabic, kolanut, maize (corn), melon, millet, palm kernels, palm oil, plantains, rice, rubber, sorghum, soybeans, bananas and yams are produced.
In the past, Nigeria was famous for the export of groundnut and palm kernel oil. But over the years the rate of export of this produce has reduced. A few years back local Nigerian companies has commenced exporting groundnuts, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, moringa seeds, Ginger, cocoa etc.

The country’s agricultural products fall into two main groups: food crops produced for home consumption, and exports. Prior to the Nigerian civil war, the country was self-sufficient in food, but increased steeply after 1973. Bread made from American wheat replaced domestic crops as the cheapest staple food.

Between 1980 and 2016, Yam production increased from more than 5 million tonnes to 44 million tonnes.

Nigeria Exports


Cocoa is the leading non-oil foreign exchange earner but the dominance of smallholders and lack of farm labour due to urbanization hold back production. In 1969, Nigeria produced 145,000 tons of cocoa beans, but has the potential for over 300,000 per year. For more productivity, Nigerian Government should give more incentives to cocoa farmers
Rubber is the second-largest non-oil foreign exchange earner.

Oil palm

The palms industry constitutes a significant sector of the Nigerian economy, providing food and raw materials for the Food, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics and the Bio-energy industries. In Nigeria the institute that has valuable information about oil palm is the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research. The formal mandate of the institute is to conduct research into the production and products of oil palm and other palms of economic importance and transfer its research findings to farmers.

Why all Nigerians should go into Agriculture

Crude oil pours out 85% of government revenue and Nigeria largest and main exports since full scale production of crude oil began in 1958, the rate of agriculture products and exports begin to decline.

Agriculture was Nigeria largest and main exports of Nigeria but now agriculture is now neglected and there by developing a mono – economy as Nigeria rely solely on crude oil as the major source of revenue.

Other countries without fertile land waste millions of dollars to make their land fertile but Nigeria is blessed with it and don’t value it.

Nigerians should go into agriculture again to build the economy again and reduced the rate of importation again.

Importation of agricultural products is one of the most stupid act by Nigerians instead of investing it in our soil so we can export them some rather choose to import. Nigeria government should encourage agriculture and the President of Nigeria is working on that as he closes the border for months now and he is encouraging and pushing Nigerians into agriculture.

Reference: Wikipedia: Agriculture in Nigeria

Nigerians to lose access to their bank accounts in 2020 Says Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed.

Nigerians to lose access to their bank accounts in 2020 Says Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed.The Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is a unique number that identifies a specific individual (or company) for the purposes of paying taxes. As tax payment is mandatory for all individuals and companies, everyone needs to have a unique TIN.
The 9th assembly amended sections 33, 49 & 58 of the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA), making it mandatory for individuals to produce their Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) before they can operate existing or new bank accounts in Nigeria.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

What this means is that from January 2, 2020 when the implementation of the policy will begin according to the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, those without it may not be able to use their bank accounts until they can present it.Many Nigerians without the Tax Identification Number (TIN) may become unable to access their bank accounts from January 2, 2020 following the passage of the Finance Bill, as amended, by the National Assembly.Everyone who has a BVN OR NIN is supposed to be automatically assigned a TIN. However to confirm this, members of the public can check the site of the Joint Tax Board or the Federal Inland Revenue Service or read on TIN.

Source: Opera

7 Things Nigeria Have Achieved That No Other Country Have


Nigeria who gain her Independence in 1960 is now 59 years old and have achieved a lot that no other country especially in Africa have ever achieved.

Gwari, Nigeria |Credit: Fatima Muhammad / EyeEm/Getty Images |

Here are 7 things Nigeria have achieved:

1. A Peaceful Country Despite Over 200 languages and Ethnic

Nigeria is a blessed nation truly with over 200 languages and ethnic groups and still peaceful, there’s no religious crises or tribalism in Nigeria.

Especially in Lagos, The largest city in Nigeria, this is a home to all, Nigeria with a large population of over 200,000,000 people live peacefully and safe.

READ ALSO: See The Top 10 Philanthropist In Nigeria

2. Best Musicians In Africa

When talking about music in Africa, the best is from Nigeria, from Wizkid to Davido to Tiwa Savage to Burna Boy, We got it all.

Any award to African music, Nigerians can never be optional or not involved, Nigerians have influence so many with the Afro pop and Afro beats from nice and talented musicians and producers.

3. Best Film Producers in Africa

Nigeria is the best film producers in Africa and third in the world, after Hollywood and India’s Bollywood is Nigeria’s Nollywood. Nigerians are good they got the talent, skills, knowledge and resources to proof that.

Nigeria have produced over 10,000 films this year alone from all main ethnics, the Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa, are all involved.

4. No. 1 Rice Producers In Africa

Nigeria surpassed Egypt to be the No. 1 producers of rice in Africa in 2019.

The land is fertile, agriculture is Nigerians culture right from time but due to some brain drains and desire to acquire a white collar job the Agriculture in Nigeria don’t add much to the economy.

5. Largest Economy In Africa

Nigeria can boast of a fertile land, natural resources and largest number of educated people

Nigeria economy is the largest in Africa surpassing the South African economy.

READ ALSO: Top 5 Food Nigerians Can’t Do Without

6. Best and Largest Army in West Africa

Nigeria possess the best Army in West Africa, the 4th best and largest military in Africa, Nigeria have supported many Africa countries in war and funds.

7. Nigeria Is One of the Largest Producers Of Crude Oil

Nigeria is the world’s 12th largest crude oil producer and also the 8th largest exporter, producing on average 2,525,000 barrels daily.

This is one of the main blessing God gave to Nigeria, the oil. The oil contributes largely to Nigeria economy contributing 85% of Nigeria government revenue.

US authorities have frozen about $14.2 million fraud linked to CEO of Air Peace Limited

Source: Premium Times
United States authorities have frozen about $14.2 million in bank accounts linked to companies registered by the Allen Onyema, the founder of Air Peace.

Founder/CEO of Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema. [PHOTO CREDIT: Wikipupils]

Mr Onyema and Ejiroghene Eghagha, Air Peace’s head of finance and administration, were recently indicted for alleged money laundering and bank fraud in the United States.

Both suspects strongly deny the allegations and said they looked forward to proving their innocence in court.

The charges were first made public by the United States Department of Justice on Friday night. Shortly after the announcement, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively obtained the full detail of Mr Onyema’s indictment, which was not made public by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The charges said Mr Onyema used several companies he set up in the U.S. to launder funds and commit bank fraud through issuance of counterfeit letters of credit.

Some of the companies’ bank accounts in the U.S. and Canada had been frozen with their substantial balances as part of the investigation, court documents showed.

The documents showed that $4,017,852.51 was seized from JP Morgan Chase Bank account number ending in 5512 held in the name of Springfield Aviation Company, LLC.

Another $4,593,842.05 held in Bank of Montreal with account number ending 7523 in the name of Springfield Aviation Inc. was also seized.

American government also traced and seized $5,634,842.04 held in Bank of Montreal with account number ending in 515 in the name of Bluestream Aero Services, Inc.

American law enforcement authorities indicated in the charge document that efforts had commenced to secure final forfeitures of the funds.

In an earlier statement Saturday, Mr Onyema said he was innocent.

As the press statement clearly stated, these are indictment (sic) that only contains charges,” the statement said.

“I am innocent of all charges and the US government will find no dirt on me because I have never conducted business with any illegalities.

“Be rest assured that I also have my lawyers on this and these mere allegations will be refuted. I never laundered money in my life, neither have I committed bank fraud anywhere in the world. Every Kobo I transferred to the US for aircraft purchase went through the Central Bank of Nigeria LC regime and all were used for the same purpose.

The American companies that received the funds are still in business. I never took a penny from any US bank or Nigerian bank. I am willing to defend my innocence in the US courts,” the AirPeace CEO stated

Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa set to Sponsor 100 Nigerian students

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has confirmed his desire to sponsor 100 Nigerian students in Skyline University which is located in Kano state.

(Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, November 20, Ahmed Musa was at the Skyline University in Kano where he was unveiled as the University’s ambassador.

I am a great believer in the importance of education hence, my excitement in joining this great team to promote this vision of becoming anything you want to be in life as long as you can dream it

So, I am pleased to let you know that I would be sponsoring 100 students at this university. Yes! 100. Details to follow shortly,” Musa wrote on his Instagram page.


Nigeria Gospel singer, Sinach welcomes 1st child at 46

The most influential female gospel singer in Nigeria, Sinach has welcomed a baby after five years of marriage.

Source: UGC

The good news about the arrival of her child was shared by senior pastor of Chris Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome at the just-concluded LIMA Awards which held in Lagos at the Loveworld Convocation Arena.

Thank you for that song, we are all excited with what the Lord has done in your life, of course in the life of many others standing with you here we just love you. And I told them, you just had a baby! so everybody got excited,” Pastor Chris said.

Sinach is now a mother and in a child celebration mood after 5 years of marriage to her husband, Joe Egbu.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Visits Nigeria(Africa)

Like other developers, yesterday, Twitter CEO and Co-founder, Jack Dorsey, visits Nigeria. He arrived on Thursday evening as part of his listening and learning tour across Africa.

After Nigeria, Mr Dorsey is also set to visit other Africa countries, Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa.

While in Nigeria, Mr. Dorsey is expected to meet with leaders in the local technology and business ecosystem.

This came after his announcement in October where he said he will be in Africa for the whole of November, visiting four African countries. Nigeria and Ghana in West Africa, Ethiopia in East Africa and South Africa.

He is expected to meet with leaders in the local technology and business world, in his words- “entrepreneurs”- however, the reason for this meeting is not yet known.


Xenophobia: Angry Nigerians protests

Xenophobia: South African have attacked so many Nigerians in South Africa, Nigerians go on protests.

Angry Nigerians went on rampage on Wednesday, September 4, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, in protest against attacks on the country’s citizens in South Africa.

The protesters, according to The Nation, blocked the roads, burnt tyres and attacked a mast belonging to one of the telecommunications companies operating in Nigeria.

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Premium Times further reports that the protesters stormed a business organization with roots in South Africa forcing men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to mobilize to the scene.
The report added that the protesters were prevented by the police from attacking the mall.

The protesters are calling for a shutdown of all businesses that are owned by South Africans in the country.

Nigerian lady breaks record in Indian University

Nigerian lady breaks record in Indian University; Bags First Class in Pharmacy (Photos)

A pretty young and vibrant Nigerian lady, Ms Chideraa Njoku has broken a record in Indian university – Chideraa, 22, who hails from Mbaise in Imo state has shattered academic records in Pharmacy in Indian Subharti University.

Nigerian lady breaks record

Ms Njoku came on top of her class with first class honours and has been awarded a gold medal for her academic excellence and a scholarship for her onward doctorate degree by the University.

Her parents, Mr Joe & Mrs Happiness Njoku Udorly took their daughter to study overseas due to lack of continuity in the Nigerian system of education and the poor regulatory system of Nigeria Universities commission.

Ms Njoku`s great accomplishment comes at the wake of the current Nigerian government`s reckless statement that Nigerian doctors are free to leave Nigeria.


Nigeria’s Federal Government declared Wednesday May 1 as public holiday

Nigeria’s Federal Government has declared Wednesday, May 1, as public holiday to celebrate the 2019 Workers’ Day.

The Minister of Interior, Lt.- Gen. (Rted) Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Nigerian workers on their commitment and sacrifice toward building a greater Nigeria.

Dambazau made the announcement in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary of the ministry.

He commended workers’ effort at ensuring the full implementation of the policies and programmes of government through efficient and effective service delivery to Nigerians and foreigners.

Dambazau called for continuous support of Nigerian workers in government’s effort at re-positioning the economy and moving it to the Next Level.

He also commended them for keeping faith with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s resolve of building a better Nigeria.

The Minister wishes all Nigerian workers a successful May Day Celebration.

Atiku gets 21-day ultimatum to return to Cameroon, apologise to Nigerians

Atiku gets 21-day ultimatum to return to Cameroon, apologise to Nigerians

– A coalition has called on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to apologise to Nigerians and return to Cameroon

– The coalition also urged Atiku to alternatively seek naturalization in Nigeria

– According to the coalition, Atiku’s alleged nationality could have been the reason Ibrahim Babangida refused to appoint him as the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service The Coalition of Minority Tribes in Nigeria has called on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to apologise to Nigerians and return to Cameroon or seek naturalization.

It was gathered that the demand was made by the coalition following the recent reports by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Atiku is a nationality of Cameroon and not a Nigerian.

The group alleged that what Atiku has done by concealing his identity is tantamount to crimes against humanity and must tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, April 15, the secretary general of the coalition, Abdulmuminu Hassan, said former head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida must have realized the true nationality of Atiku hence, the reason he (IBB) refused to appoint him as the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service.

Hassan further said the coalition was giving the PDP presidential aspirant a 21-day ultimatum to return to Cameroon to reunite with his family members. “The Conference of Minority Tribes in Nigeria is indeed alarmed that the paternity of Alhaji Atiku was unlet undetected and he aspired and held the number two position of Vice President in Nigeria,” Hassan said.

Hassan also said that Atiku’s relationship with Simon Ateba, a Nigerian based Cameroonian journalist who was arrested in Cameroon leaves more to be imagined.

“Consequently, the Conference of Minority Tribes in Nigeria wishes to use this medium to issue a 21-day ultimatum to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar return to Cameroon to reunite with his family members. This is important to save Nigerians the trauma of having to deal with his nationality. The Conference of Minority also wishes to advise Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to in an alternative solution seek naturalization as a Nigerian by applying to the Federal Ministry of Interior in Nigeria. This way Nigerians would forgive him for his sins and show him understanding since he has lived the better part of his life in Nigeria,” Hassan added.

Atiku reacts as APC claims he is not a Nigerian

APC’s claim that I am not a Nigerian disrespectful – Atiku

– The PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, reacted to the APC’s allegation the he is not a Nigerian

– Atiku’s spokesman said the APC’s allegation is disrespectful to Nigerians and the office of the Vice President which Atiku occupied for eight years

– The APC had filed a motion at the tribunal saying Atiku has no right to challenge the result of the 2019 presidential election as he is a Cameroonian The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate for the 2019 polls, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) the he is not a Nigerian citizen.

Smart Citizens reports that the APC filed a motion at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja saying Atiku has no right to challenge the result of the 2019 presidential election as he was not a Nigerian. The APC said Atiku’s case lacked merit as he was a Cameroonian and therefore has no right to stand for election.

However, reacting to the claim, Atiku, who spoke through his media aide, Paul Ibe, to The Sun, on Friday, April 12, that it is an insult to Nigerians and the office of Vice President, which he (Atiku) occupied for eight years, for the APC to allege that he is not a Nigerian.

His words: “That is idiotic. It is idiotic. And it is ridiculous. Atiku Abubakar is a former vice president of Nigeria. Are they telling us that a former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not a Nigerian? That is disrespectful to Nigerians and for the office he has held, which other people will hold and will continue to hold. Everything must not be on the alter of politics”

And it is not the first time Atiku’s citizenship is being questioned. Prior to the 2019 presidential election, a group known as the Egalitarian Mission for Africa had asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to disqualify Atiku from contesting. The group in a suit alleged that the PDP’s presidential candidate is not a citizen of Nigeria by birth and as such not fit to contest in the election. The group argued that when Atiku was born on November 25, 1946, Jada village and other parts of Chamba land in the then Northern Cameroon were still known as British Cameroons.



Super Eagles AFCON 2019 schedule released – get times and venues of every match

Full schedule of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been released following the draws for the competition which took place on Friday evening at a scenic location facing the pyramids of Giza, near the Egyptian capital city of Cairo.

The Super Eagles, making a return to the competition after failing to qualify for the last two editions in 2015 and 2017, were drawn in Group B alongside Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar in their quest to claim a fourth African crown.

And Nigeria will open their AFCON 2019 campaign against Burundi, who have former Premier League star, Saido Berahino in their ranks, on June 22 in the city of Alexandria, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm local time (6pm Nigerian time).

Alexandria, which will be hosting all but one of the Group B games, will next see the Super Eagles in action on June 26 against the Guineans from 4:30pm local time (3:30pm Nigerian time) before hosting the Nigerian national team one last time in the group stage on June 30 against Madagascar from 6pm local time (5pm Nigerian time).

AFCON 2019 kicks off on June 21 with host nation Egypt taking on Zimbabwe in a Group A clash in Cairo, with the game scheduled to kick off at 10pm local time (9pm Nigerian time).

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100-year Indian academic record broken by a Nigerian

Nigerian breaks 100-year Indian academic record

A 2012/2013 First Class graduate of Chemistry from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Stella Emelife Chinelo has broken a 100- year academic record at the 99th convocation ceremony of the Mysore University India to emerge overall best graduating student.

For the record -breaking performance, she earned 20 gold medals and five cash prize awards.
Disclosing the development on Friday at the 35th, 36th and 37th combined convocation awards of degrees, diplomas and certificates, Vice Chancellor of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, noted academic excellence and standard remain the focus of the institution.

He said any of the current students and graduands could replicate Chinelo’s feat, stating “just always remember that learning is a lifelong endeavour and its key ingredients are observation, thinking, consultation and decision making.”

Zuru said for the first time since inception, the university is producing a female first class graduate in Physics, Zainab Abdullahi Bashir from Katsina state with CGPA of 4.81in the 2017/2018 academic session.
Others with similar performance grades include: Okek Obinna Kingsley B. of Forestry with CGPA of 4.81 in the 2015/2016 session while Andulahi Saminu Mujammad B. Fisheries earned 4.84 CGPA in 2016/2017 session and Ojo Suleiman Adebowale BSc Mathematics who graduated in 2017/2018 session with 4.91 CGPA respectively.

While expressing gratitude to God, Zuru told the graduands to count themselves fortunate for passing through the university.
I say congratulations to our beloved graduands. You must also keep in mind that the world out there is a tough, rough, rewarding or punitive terrain depending on how you navigate it,” he stated.

Billionaire Femi Otedola showers compliments on his best friend Aliko Dangote as he clocks age 62

You have broken every boundary in worldwide business and industry – Femi Otedola to Dangote as he clocks 62

A popular Nigerian business mogul has expressed his best wishes for his close friend as he celebrates him on the occasion of his birthday ceremony. Billionaire Femi Otedola has taken to social media to write a heartwarming celebratory message to his close friend, Aliko Dangote, who recently clocked the age of 62.

Otedola in his birthday message showered accolades on his cement mogul friend whom he described as a brother and one of the greatest men to come out of Africa. Rolling out some of the achievements of the celebrant, Otedola further labelled him as a titan that the almighty had specially created for the sake of humanity.

Happy birthday to the greatest man that has come out of Africa. My brother, the visionary, owner of the 2nd largest sugar refinery in the world, the largest cement factory in the world, one of the largest flour mills in the world, the 2nd largest fertiliser plant in the world that is due for completion, and the biggest oil refinery in the world. Aliko Dangote is a titan that God created especially for mankind.” Otedola said. He concluded his post by noting that his friend and brother has broken every boundary in worldwide business and industry.


Otedola expressed appreciation to Dangote for the brotherly love that they both share. “You have broken every boundary in worldwide business and industry. Thanks for the brotherly love…” he said.

Presidency warns Atiku , says treason will be treated as treason

Presidency warns Atiku to counsel himself, says treason will be treated as treason

Presidency cautions Atiku, says treason will be treated as treason

The special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, should counsel himself.

Onochie, who took to her Twitter page to make the warning on Tuesday, April 9, said Atiku is lucky to be walking frer

It was gathers that the presidential aide stated that she saw Atiku’s pictures with some weird inscriptions. She said whatever the former vice president is planning, he should not forget that Nigeria has a president in place.

She said: “I just returned to Abuja and saw @atiku’s photos with some weird inscriptions For one who is lucky to be walking free, whatever he is planning, he shouldnt forget that we have a President in place. “Nigerians will insist that treason be treated as treason. He should counsel himself. “When you lose an election, you either congratulate the victor or you challenge the election results in court. After foot-dragging, @atiku has now managed to go to court. It’s in the best interest of the nation that he continues in that legal path instead of stirring mischief.”

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Over 3,000 killed, 500 villages affected in Zamfara – Governor Yari

Over 3,000 killed, 500 villages affected in Zamfara – Governor Yari

– Over 3,000 people have been killed by armed bandits in Zamfara state in the state in the last five years

– Governor Abdulaziz Yari who disclosed this also said over 500 villages were affected by the attacks by bandits

– Going further, the governor said over 13,000 hecters of farmlands were also destroyed The Zamfara government has said that a total of 3,526 persons were killed by armed bandits in the state in the last five years.

This was disclosed by the state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari on Tuesday, April 9, in Gusau during a Town hall meeting attended by the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

“Nearly 500 villages have also been devastated and 8,219 persons were injured, some are still in critical condition.”

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, also said that over 13,000 hecters of farmlands were either destroyed or made useless as the farmers can no longer farm them.

The economy of the state has seriously suffered because thousands of shops were destroyed by the rampaging bandits who had displaced thousands of our people from their places of abode, many of whom cannot sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear,” he added.

Yari said the government had written volumes of reports containing over 7,000 pages, giving details of the crises right from the beginning to the infiltration from Libya and Boko Haram.

He disclosed that the government was aware of eight prominent bandits camps at different bush locations in the state, and urged that they should all be neutralized in order to decimate the criminals. The governor said that recent suspension of mining activities in the state by the federal government must “be followed by enforcement, because, it is one thing to ban, and another to enforce.”

Earlier, Adamu, the acting IGP, told the gathering that the police would take more proactive measures in the fight against bandits and commended the state government for providing enabling environment to security personnel to operate in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the townhall meeting was attended by traditional and community leaders including herders and farmers.


5 hours needed to earn Nigeria’s monthly minimum wage in American company

N6,120 per hour: Nigeria’s monthly minimum wage earned in just 5 hours on duty in American company – even by unskilled staff

The agitation for a new national minimum wage of N30,000 ($83.33) by Nigeria’s labour unions led to industrial action and a series of back and forth meeting between the government and the labour leaders in 2018.

The state governors insisted they cannot afford to pay a minimum wage of N30,000, adding that they are still struggling to pay the current N18,000 minimum wage.

True, some states, at the current minimum wage, are still owing their workers months of salaries. However, the National Assembly eventually passed N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.

While debating the new minimum wage bill, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the proposed N30,000 is not enough for Nigerian workers considering current economic realities in the country.

The speaker said the only way to curb corruption in Nigeria is for the government to pay a living wage and not just a minimum wage. Dogara’s statement may not be far from the truth, especially when the new minimum wage is compared to what workers in other countries earn.

In the United States, Bank of America said starting May 1, its employees’ hourly minimum wage will rise to $17 (N6,120).

According to CNBC, the bank also promised the hourly minimum wage will go higher in the next two years to become $20 (N7,200) an hour. “If you get a job at Bank of America, you’ll make $41,000” a year, chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan was quoted to have said. “With the success our company has … we have to share that success with our teammates.” When compared to the situation in Nigeria, it means it takes employees, even at the lowest rung, with Bank of America just 5 hours to earn what Nigerian government workers earn in a month.

Also, it will take the BOA workers just four hours to earn what Nigerian government workers earn in a month, in two years time—other things being equal.