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Passenger plane with 19 onboard crashes on takeoff in Nepal

Kathmandu (Nepal), July 24, 2024 – A passenger plane carrying 19 people crashed during takeoff in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Wednesday morning, with fire crews working to douse the flaming wreckage. The Saurya Airlines plane crashed at around 11:15 am (0530 GMT), Nepal’s military said in a statement. “Rescue work is going on” with the army’s quick response team lending assistance, the statement added. Further details were “still being confirmed”, Kathmandu airport general manager Jagannath Niroula told AFP. The Kathmandu Post newspaper said 19 people including air crew were aboard …

UN, Columbia University, New York to headline ASIS 2024

Lagos, July 24, 2024 – The Africa Social Impact Summit (ASIS) 2024 is set to be an extraordinary gathering of influential leaders, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, and Jeffrey Sachs, of the world-acclaimed Columbia University, New York, are set to headline the event.  The summit, co-convened by the Sterling One Foundation and the United Nations, is scheduled for July 25th and 26th at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos. It promises to be a pivotal platform for addressing Africa’s critical social and economic challenges under the theme …

Delivery of 17 locomotive containers will ease food transportation, others – TDF

Abuja, July 24, 2024 – The delivery of 17 locomotive driven containers to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) facilitated by the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration will considerably reverse the trend of food inflation in the country because of its potential to reduce the cost of movement of food items from producers to consumers across the country.  The Democratic Front, in a statement signed by its Chairman Mallam Danjuma Muhammad and Secretary, Chief Wale Adedayo, observed that the delivery of the containers was not only another huge response to ease …

FG disburses N438bn to 34 states, FCT under NG-CARES

Abuja, July 24, 2024 – The Federal Government has paid over N438 billion to 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Nigeria Community Action for Resilience and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Programme.   Malam Suleiman Odapu, the Information and Communication Officer of the Federal CARES Support Unit (FCSU), disclosed this in a press statement. According to the statement, the disbursements were determined by the results achieved by the states and FCT during the third Independent Verification Agency (IVA) assessment conducted in January 2024.  The assessment showed that Zamfara, Nasarawa, …

NNPCL- Dangote Tussle: Reps call for suspension of NMDPRA boss

Abuja, July 23, 2024 – The House of Representatives has called for the suspension of Farouk Ahmed, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), pending the conclusion of the investigations into the tussle between NMDPRA and Dangote Refinery The House took the decision on Tuesday following a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Esosa Iyawe, a member representing Esosa Federal Constituency, Edo State, during the plenary. Iyawe said there was the need to address issues arising from Farouk’s utterances about the nation’s …

Dangote should be supported by Nigerians rather than vilified – Otedola

Lagos, July 23, 2024 – Femi Otedola, the Chairman of FBN Holdings, has urged Nigerians to support Aliko Dangote, the promoter of Dangote refinery, rather than vilify him. He said Dangote as the largest private sector employer of labour in the country, rank among the largest taxpayers in the country. Otedola said he was solidly behind Aliko and his refinery in their ongoing crisis with the NNPCL. Otedola took to his verified X handle, formerly Twitter, on Tusday to express his solidarity with him.  “My brother, the visionary, has built …

Ndume, others raise N40m to resettle IDPs in Borno

Abuja, July 23, 2024 – Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume has raised N40 million to resettle some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their ancestral homes in 10 communities in Gwoza Local Government area of Borno State. The affected communities include Gwoza, Pulka, Limankara, Warabe, Ngoshe, Kirawa, Izge, Bitta, Hambagtha, Modube, and Yamtake villages. Ndume, in a statement in Abuja, said villagers in other communities would also return to their ancestral homes soon. Ndume led the other donors with N10 million, while his wife Hajiya Maryam, donated N3 million into a …

Nationwide Protest: Tinubu pleads for more time

Abuja, July 24, 2024 – President Bola Tinubu has appealed to Nigerians to shelve the planned protest slated for next month. The nationwide protest, tagged ‘EndBadGovernance’ protest, is scheduled for between August 1 and 10 to protest against the rising cost of living and economic hardship in the country. Idris Mohammed, the Minister of Information, made the appeal on behalf of the president on Tuesday. The minister spoke to journalists after a meeting with the President on the issue on Tuesday He said the president urged the organisers of the …

Reps amend Act to increase 2024 budget to N35trn

Abuja, July 23, 2024 – The House of Representatives has approved the increase of the 2024 budget from N28. 777 trillion to N35.055 trillion. This was done on Tuesday by amending the 2024 Appropriation Act as sought by President Bola Tinubu. The president said the increase in the budget by N6.2 trillion as supplementary budget was to accommodate the new minimum wage and other financial obligations of the federal government. Th review of the Act followed the approval of the report of the House Committee on Appropriation. The Chairman of …

Senate passes N70,000 minimum wage bill

Abuja, July 23, 2024 -The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to increase the minimum wage to N70,000 from N35,000. The bill, Minimum Wage Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024, was presented to the National Assembly by President Bola Tinubu early this month for the approval of the new minimum wage agreed with the labour. Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, who led the debate on the general principles of the bill, said it sought to amend the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019 to increase the National Minimum Wage and reduce the time for its …