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  1. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SET TO RELEASE NEW LIST OF LOOTERS WITH NAMES OF GOVERNORS THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT RELEASED A LIST OF LOOTERS SOME WEEKS BACK AND NOW THEY ARE PREPARED TO RELEASE ANOTHER LIST THAT WOULD CONTAIN NAMES OF FORMER GOVERNORS, MINISTERS AND BANKERS. The list is expected to contain names of people that are yet to be arraigned for corruption charges. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had earlier disclosed that 55 persons stole N1.34tn under the former President’s watch. The Minister also released a list of 29 names who he claims took money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd.). The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Chairman, Prof. Itse SaG.ay (SAN) confirmed this to reporters. He said the names of 55 persons that allegedly looted N1.34tn under Jonathan’s regime were not in the lists of looters released by the Federal Government. SaG.ay added that he was very sure that the Federal Government would publish the names of these alleged looters. “Yes, I’m sure. In fact, there is a paper containing all their names, the charges against them, how far their cases have gone, some of them have never been charged. That list includes former governors, ministers, bankers and so on. That is another list entirely.” “I don’t want to mention any names for now. There are people on that list that the court declared that the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) had no right to prosecute for technical reasons, not for substantive reasons.” He said.
  2. Senator Dino Melaye will be arraigned in court soon, for allegedly feeding the Nigerian police false information on attempted assassination on his life. The Senator in a very passionate video at plenary yesterday said he won't stop speaking out against the Federal Government. In his words, 'If this arraignment is to stop me from criticising the federal government, they have made a capital compound mistake. I shall continue to speak, I shall continue to ask questions, I shall continue to criticise any public office including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria'. He continued to say, 'I have conquered fear and I am not afraid of prison. The last administration arrested me 14 times. Babangida and Abacha's government all detained me'. Download Video
  3. The Federal Civil Service Commission of Nigeria (FCSC) has begun massive recruitment in some ministries and agencies. All unemployed Nigerians with the requisite qualifications have been directed to apply online. Read the advertisement for the 2017/18 jobs advertisement placed in the Nigeria Television Authority by the FCSC below: The Federal Civil Service Commission of Nigeria (FCSC) is an executive body in Nigeria that has the authority to make appointments and transfers and to exercise disciplinary control over all Federal Civil Servants. No officer can be appointed into the Civil Service without authorization from the Federal Civil Service Commission if they have been convicted of a crime, or had previously been employed in the Government Service and had been dismissed or asked to resign or retire The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) wishes to announce vacancies in the following MDAs: (i) Federal Ministry of Information; (ii) Federal Ministry of Environment; (iii) Federal Ministry of Justice; (iv) Federal Ministry of Trade and Investments; and (v) Bureau of Public Procurement. Job Type: Full Time Qualification: OND, HND, BA/BSc. Location: Abia, Abuja, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara Job Field Administration/Secretarial General. How to Apply: Qualified Applicants can access Application Forms on-line on FCSC Website: www.fedcivilservice.gov.ng. Collect FCSC Forms from Chairmen of the States Civil Service Commissions in the Following Geo-political Zones: (a) North-West (Kaduna); (b) North-East (Yola); (c) North-Central & Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mabushi (Abuja); (d) South-East (Owerri); (e) South-South (Port Harcourt); (f) South-West (Ibadan). FCSC Headquarters, 4 Abidjan Street, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja. For avoidance of doubt, the application form is free. Completed Application Forms must be submitted where collected on or not later than six (6) Weeks from the date of this Publication (Advertisement). All Application Forms should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly stating the Ministry, the post applied for and addressed to the: Hon. Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, 4 Abidjan Street, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.
  4. The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday dispelled the rumour that the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) would be increased. He gave this explanation while addressing state house correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He said that the Minister of Petroleum (State), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, would have been at the briefing but had to go for an urgent meeting in order to resolve the petroleum scarcity in the country. “Government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of PMS; the minister has assured the council that there is enough products for the next one month even to end of January,’’ the minister stated. According to him, there is usually more demand for petrol product during the yuletide which explains the scarcity of the product during the period. Mohammed said that the council had given a marching order to the Petroleum Minister (State) that the fuel crisis in the country should not last beyond the weekend. He said that the minister had given assurance to ensure that the problem was contained. On digitization, the minister said that the migration from analogue was on course. He said that the digital switch over (DSO) platform in Ilorin would soon be inaugurated while those in Kaduna, Osogbo and Enugu were also ready for inauguration. “We hope that in the next couple of weeks we are going to inaugurate these DSOs. “The idea is that in the next few weeks we will inaugurate one DSO in one state in each of the regions of the country,” he said. Mohammed observed that there were challenges the country was working on especially the issue of set up boxes as the government was not in a position to subsidise 40 million set up boxes. “We are looking at bringing down the cost of the boxes at the same time not lowering the quality of those boxes. “I think the set up manufacturers are working very hard to bring the cost from 40 dollars to 20 dollars and we are also working with the governors and local government chairmen to see how we can collaborate. “They can buy more boxes while we use our technology to ensure efficient payment of television licenses,” the minister said.
  5. Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court has retired voluntarily from service. Earlier in the year, Justice Ademola was discharged and acquitted by an FCT high court on charges of money laundering and abuse of office. This followed a raid on the homes of some judges by the Department Of State Services (DSS), which termed the operation a sting operation. In January, an official of the DSS had testified that the sum of 38 million Naira, two pump action rifles and some foreign currencies were recovered from his house during their search at his residence in October. Justice Ademola, his wife and Mr. Joe Agi, a senior lawyer subsequently faced trial on allegations of bribery and illegal possession of firearms. Justice Ademola did not give reasons for his retirement.
  6. The non-academic university workers have described as insensitive and laughable the threat by the Nigerian government to apply the ‘no work, no pay’ employment clause over the current strike by the workers. The minister of labour, Chris Ngige, had warned the three striking unions, NASU, SSANU and NAAT, to stop teleguidng their members to confront the government via the industrial action. Mr. Ngige had also warned the workers not to push the government to invoke the clause as it would adversely affect the workers spending power during the Yuletide. The spokesperson of SSANU, Abdussobur Salaam, criticised the minister’s position on Wednesday in an interview. Mr. Salaam also said none of the items in the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement the unions had with the government has been resolved. He said Mr. Ngige’s arguments lacked merit because he could not justify the methods and framework used in sharing the earned allowances recently released by the government.. “We no longer call it allocations because allocations follow guidelines. What we have seen is that this process did not follow guidelines and the templates were discarded. We wrote demanding explanations since 14th November and only went on strike on 1st December. Was that not enough time for government to respond? As far as we are concerned, government must hold itself liable for this strike,” he said. He also said the minister should avail the unions a copy of the service wide circular from the National Salaries and Wages Commission which gave specific directives in respect of the university staff schools. “As chief conciliator, one would have expected him to invite us and listen to our grievances first, before making a position, that is if it is necessary for him to do so. To threaten us would imply that he assumed that we just love going on strike. Does he assume that we go on strike for the fun of it? If there is no reason, would we go on strike? “The letter from Salaries and Wages was to be issued within four weeks. Till today, almost two thousand of our members from the university schools are still languishing and waiting for a letter that would reabsorb them and include their names in the university’s budget in line with the National Industrial Court judgement,” he said. According to him, December 5 marks exactly one year that the judgement was given. “Isn’t it a shame that a government that prides itself to be run under the rule of law can still be prevaricating after a judgement of court has been issued? We insist that those who seek to embarrass this government are from within. We have no less than two thousand of staff who have not been paid salaries since 2014 and yet, the minister can be pontificate about no work, no pay.” Speaking on the allegation of union leaders misleading their members, Mr. Salaam said the members had independent minds of their own capable of making decisions without cohesion by their leaders. “As far back as two weeks ago, universities such as UI and Ife had reacted spontaneously to the allocations made in their respect. Our people are not fools or illiterates who cannot recognise injustices when meted out to them. As leaders, we tried to quell their angers but they turned against us,” he said. “For us, until this matter is resolved, no work no pay notwithstanding, it is a case of no retreat no surrender! The government should not test our resolve because our members have been pushed to the wall. We have been deceived by government and have totally lost confidence in its ability to ensure peace in the university system. We stand by our position and will not back down, regardless of any proclamation of no work no pay”, he said. Meanwhile, the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, in an interview with state house correspondent after the Federal Executive Committee, FEC, meeting on Wednesday insisted the issues between the unions and federal government have been resolved. “As far as I am concerned, these things had been addressed before I left and the formula that was used to share the money was agreed by them. They sat down with the officials in the Ministry of Education and agreed. So the money was not for ASUU alone, it was for all the unions,” Mr Adamu said despite the repeated public stance of the non-academic staff that that claim was false. According to the minister, the shortfall in payment of salaries is being addressed but the issue of the teachers in university staff schools will take sometime. “Government has accepted the Court verdict that says they should be reinstated and they will be reinstated. I think the only issue before I left was that they will be in salary relevant to what they are doing. They are not university staff, so they will just be receiving normal salaries,” he said. The three unions commenced an indefinite strike on Monday, accusing the government of violating an earlier agreement on the sharing pattern of earned allowances recently disbursed by it.
  7. The federal government has declared Friday as a public holiday in commemoration of the Muslim Eid-El-Maulud celebration. Abdulrahman Dambazau, the minister of interior, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, according to a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement was signed by Abubakar Magaji, the permanent secretary of the ministry of interior. It said Dambazau urged all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion to pray for peace, progress and unity of the nation. He further urged all Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in its efforts at building a virile nation, and wished Nigerians a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration. Eid-El-Maulud is celebrated every year by Muslims on the twelfth day of the Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Awwal as the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

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