Saraki loses bid to stop trial, Judge’s disqualification

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has failed to persuade the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja to suspend further hearing on the 16-count charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

Saraki equally lost his bid to disqualify Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, from further presiding over the case.

In a ruling on Wednesday, the two-man panel tribunal dismissed the fresh application Saraki filed through his team of lawyers led by a former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, as an abuse of judicial process.

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation and Ministry of Info and Culture Sign MOU to Strengthen Creative Industries

L-R: Ace Comedian, Ali Baba; Film Producer, Zeb Ejiro; CNN Anchor, Zain Asher; Renowned Actress, Joke Silva; Minister of Information,  Culture and Tourism , Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Chairman Heirs Holdings and Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Mr. Tony Elumelu; Nigerian Film Maker, Mahmood Ali-Balogun; CEO, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Mrs Parminder Vir; and Ace Musician, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (aka D’banj), at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Nigerian Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and the Tony Elumelu Foundation to develop a framework in support of the Nigerian creative industry, which was held at the National Arts Theater, Lagos on Tuesday

 

At the historic National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) on Wednesday signed an MOU with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture for the development of Nigeria’s creative industries. The Honourable Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Tony O. Elumelu, CON signed for their respective organizations.

 The partnership will provide a framework for bringing creative industry stakeholders together with investors, financiers and business leaders to transform the creativity of industry entrepreneurs into a profitable sector capable of attracting international collaboration and contributing consistently to the national economy.

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Nigerians warned: 99 per cent smuggled rice not fit for consumption

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, says 99 per cent of rice smuggled through the land borders is not fit for human consumption.

Mr. Ali, a retired Colonel, said this at a joint news conference on illegal rice importation to Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said samples of some of the rice seizures made over a period were referred to NAFDAC to ascertain their condition.

He said the test reports certified that smuggled rice through the borders was unfit for human consumption.

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Ex-Appropriation Chair, Jibrin, undergoes dope test at National Hospital

Suspended House of Representatives member, Abdulmumin Jubrin, on Tuesday reported at the National Hospital, Abuja to undergo test for substance abuse.

He said the move was to disprove a claim that he is a regular drug abuser and had been acting under the influence of drugs.

Mr. Jibrin arrived the private wing of the hospital at about 12 noon and was received by the hospital’s deputy Director, Clinical Services.

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‘Dangote refinery will create 300,000 jobs’

The Dangote Industries Limited $17 billion refinery project will create over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs by the first quarter of 2019, the Chief Operating Officer, Mr Olakunle Alake, has said.

Alake on Monday said that the refinery, petrochemicals and fertiliser plants were in one location.

He said the project would be the single largest stream in the world.

He said, “The refinery and fertiliser projects will create job opportunities for the communities and Nigerians when it becomes operational.

“The refinery will have a refining capacity of about 650,000 barrels of crude a day.”

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Economists oppose sale of national asset

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

 

The Nigerian Economic Society on Monday opposed the sale of some of the country’s national assets, stating that the decision of the government does  not make economic sense in the face of the current economic challenges.

It faulted the argument put forward by the government that the sale would be used to fund the budget, arguing that the sale of the nation’s assets would further widen the level of income inequality in the country.

The approach being adopted by the government as “generationally irresponsible” since it would widen the level of inequality in the country.

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