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    • Nigeria bans import, export of all goods through land border

      The Nigerian government on Monday announced a total ban on the import and export of goods through its land borders nationwide as part of the ongoing joint border operation, tagged: “Exercise Swift Response”. The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) who made the disclosure said local dealers who want to export or import goods can use the seaports. The Custom Boss disclosed this during a joint news conference with his counterpart from the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr…

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    • Border Closure: CBN appeals to Rice millers, stakeholders not to increase price

      The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has appealed to members of Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) and other stakeholders in the rice value chain not to increase the price of rice over border closure. Mr Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor said this in a statement issued and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja by Mr Muhammed Tijani, Media Assistant to RIMAN’s Chairman. Emefiele also called on them not to hoard rice as a result of the closure…

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    • Minimum Wage: NLC tells state councils to prepare for strike

      The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed its state councils to prepare for strike on Oct. 16 if negotiation breaks down again with Federal Government. In a circular sent to state councils, signed by its General Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, NLC said this was a notice in case the proposed negotiations slated for Oct. 15 with the Federal Government broke down. “You will recall that a joint Communiqué was issued by the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint…

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    • Budget Defence: Buhari bars ministers, heads of agencies from foreign travel

      President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday barred all ministers and heads of federal agencies from travelling abroad pending their defence of the 2020 budget before the National Assembly. A statement issued in Abuja by Mr Willie Bassey, Director Information, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the order was with immediate effect. “The suspension of such travels will enable functionaries and agencies of the Executive Arm to provide the required cooperation with the Legislature in order to ensure…

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    • 36 States, FCT generate N691.11bn as revenue in first half 2019 — NBS

      The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says in the first half of 2019, the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) generated N691.11 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). The NBS said this in its “IGR at State Level for Quarter One and Quarter Two, 2019” report obtained from its website on Friday in Abuja. It said that compared to N596.91 billion recorded in the second half of 2018, there was an increase of N94.2 billion, indicating a positive…

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    • NNPC discovers crude oil, gas in Northern Nigeria

      The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has discovered hydrocarbon deposits in the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North Eastern part of the country. The corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by its acting spokesman, Mr Samson Makoji, in Abuja on Friday. It would be recalled that drilling of the Kolmani River II Well was flagged-off by President Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 2nd. Makoji said that NNPC acquired 435.54km2 of…

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    • 524 ongoing road projects across Nigeria—Fashola

      Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has said that a total of 524 road projects were ongoing in the different geo-political zones in the country. Fashola said this while addressing the House of Representatives Committee on Works chaired by Rep. Ahmed Birchi in Abuja. The minister said there were four multilateral-funded road projects, 81 under the Presidential Infrastructural Development Fund and 45 others being funded under the Sukuk bond. He said that the ministry was focusing on roads…

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    • Ease Of Doing Business: FG Mulls ‘Visa-on-arrival’ Policy

      The Federal Government has said it is planning a “visa-on-arrival” policy to promote ease of doing business in the country. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama stated this on Thursday at a meeting with his Namibian counterpart, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, in Windhoek, the Namibian capital. The two countries have also agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas that would be beneficial to them as well as the African continent. Onyeama said Nigeria is moving towards a “visa-on-arrival” regime as part of the…

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    • Oil pipeline vandalism hits 115% in July, NNPC raises alarm

      The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has raised an alarm on the increasing menace of oil pipeline vandalism, which hit a record high of 228 pulverized points in July. The corporation disclosed to this on its July, Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR), released in Abuja on Wednesday. It noted that the breached lines represented an increase of 115 per cent from the 106 vandalized points recorded in June 2019. It noted that out of the vandalized points, 15 failed…

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    • Commission says 14, 811 Nigerian migrants return in 2 years

      The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), said 14,811 Nigerian Migrants had been assisted to return with 74 chartered flight from 14 countries from 2017 till date. Mr Charles Anaelo, Coordinator, Technical Working Group of the Commission, made the disclosure in a report at a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday in Abuja. He said said that 8,678 of the refugees were females while 6,133 were males. Anaelo said that a total of 13,075 returned from Libya and…

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