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PMB Approves refund Of N10.069 billion To enugu state. (Details)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N10billion as an intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The President disclosed this in a tweet on his official handle @MBuhari

“I have approved the sum of N10billion for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards.

“Even as we have many items competing for our limited resources, we will continue to prioritize infrastructure investments in every part of the country. It is our responsibility to ensure Nigeria’s infrastructure is fixed; we will keep doing this,” President Buhari tweeted.

The intervention fund approval follows an earlier meeting between the South-East leaders and with President Buhari at the State House Council Chambers in Abuja.

The leaders during the meeting called for special Federal Government intervention for the speedy completion of the Enugu International airport and rehabilitation of federal roads in the region.

Speaking on behalf of the leaders, Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, urged the President to declare a state of emergency on roads in the South East.

“We are here to kindly urge Mr. President to approve special funds for the Akanu Ibiam Airport just like what was done for Abuja Airport,” he said.

Governors at the meeting include Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

Also, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader representing southeast Caucus in National Assembly and Senator Sam Egwu were at the meeting.

Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim was also at the meeting. Former Governors from South-East region at the meeting include Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State; Okwesilieze of Enugu State; Sullivan Chime of Enugu State; Achike Udenwa of Imo State, and Ikedi Ohakim also of Imo

Nigerians would not even care who’s in government – Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari believes a majority of Nigerians will be less bothered about governance if the needed infrastructure is in place.

He made the remark on Thursday when he received a delegation of governors and leaders of the South-East on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The President noted that when a government struggles to put in place measures that would make life easy for the people, they won’t have an alternative than to speak out.

“We’re trying our best to make sure that infrastructure rehabilitation is carried out very quickly,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina.

President Buhari added, “I personally firmly believe that if we get infrastructure correct – the roads, rail, power, most Nigerians will mind their businesses.

“They would not even care who is in government. But when you deny them infrastructure, it will be difficult for them to compete and move across the country and regions.”

During the meeting, President Buhari approved the release of N10 billion Special Intervention Fund for immediate repair and upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.

He said he was aware of the central nature of the airport to the socio-economic development of the South-East following its closure for repairs since August 24.

The President who noted that he was aware of the infrastructure deficits all over the country declared that his administration was working on remedying the situation.

He appealed to the governors to explain the government’s position to their people, stressing that his administration would not ignore the problems.

“Please, have the courage to continue to explain to your constituencies whenever they feel that there is laxity in government’s effort to rehabilitate infrastructure,” President Buhari pleaded.

He said, “We are doing our best within the resources available to the government. The Federal Government is working to fix the infrastructure deficit in the country.

“The challenges are there. It is our responsibility to fix things, we are doing it and we will continue to do our best in this regard.”

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State commended the President’s effort towards infrastructural development in the region.

He noted the quality of work at the second Niger Bridge and other ongoing Federal projects in the South-East, including the Enyimba Industrial City in Aba.

Governor Umahi, however, described the condition of inter-state Federal roads in the region as deplorable and urged the President to “kindly declare a state-of-emergency” on them with appropriate directives issued.

FG to Ghana: The Border Closure Wasn’t Because Of Any Country.

The Nigerian Government says there is no ulterior motive in its decision to close the nation’s borders.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this during a meeting with two Ghanaian ministers on Thursday in Abuja.

He told Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration, Shirley Botchwey, and the country’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, that no country was targeted in the border closure.

According to the minister, Nigeria, as a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), respects the rules of the regional body.

He gave assurance that free movement of persons and goods would continue, stressing that the border closure was targeted at criminal activities and not countries.

Onyeama also informed the Ghanaian ministers that the Nigerian government would ensure that issues raised by their country would be looked into and addressed as soon as possible.

Read the tweets by the minister below:

Met with H.E. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration and H.E. @Alankyerematen, Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry. I assured that after the meeting between the Ministers and relevant stakeholders, the challenge of ease of trade…

— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) October 17, 2019
…not countries. So, in addressing a particular country’s issues, it would not be a disadvantage to another country because for us, it is a measure to address a particular issue. #BorderClosure 🇳🇬🇬🇭 @NigeriaGov @DigiCommsNG @GhanaMFA @ecowas_cedeao

— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) October 17, 2019

Jamb, UTME to register only those candidates with national identification number. (Details)

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that all candidates that wish to take the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must have the National Identification Number (NIN).

In a series of tweets, the examination board urged Prospective candidates to visit the nearest @nimc_ng office for their capturing.

“The Board would ONLY register candidates with NIN.

“All payments on JAMB Services are made directly to the Board’s TSA.

” Please be informed that the Board frowns on any form of financial dealings between candidates and staff.

“Therefore, candidates involved in any financial transaction with a staff of the Board should notify the Board immediately and also provide any useful information about such staff for necessary action”.

All Candidates wishing to take the 2020 UTME must have the National Identification Number (NIN). Prospective candidates are urged to visit the nearest @nimc_ng office for their capturing.

The Board would ONLY register candidates with NIN.

— JAMB (@JAMBHQ) October 17, 2019

N4.5 Million Debts for bag, I am a debtor – Tonto dikeh reveals.

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has revealed that she is currently owing her personal shopper the sum of 4.5million for two bags she ordered.The mother of one made this known in one of the posts she shared on Instagram.The actress had shared an image with the words:

Someone just asked me if me too I dont live fake life..My dear i do oo, I am still owing my personal shopper 4.5million for 2 bags I placed order from..Instead of me to pay her shebi I buy phone and posted…”Dikeh captioned the post:“I am a shameless woman oooo….
Lemme tell them that my life isnt perfect too
I will pay you soon boo”

Do You know who 2face is to me? – Tacha finally open up about snubbing 2face.

Reality TV star Tacha has cleared air on speculations that she rubbished ace singer Tuface during his visit to the big brother house.

Recall that there were perceptions that the Port Harcourt’s first daughter had snubbed Tuface while other housemates embraced him.

But in an interview with Dotun of CoolFM, Tacha debunked the claims saying it was just a misconception.

According to her, the particular scene can be attributed to moment Big brother called all housemate,

She said her reaction could have come after she thought Biggie wanted to ask them to maintain a particular state.

“I saw a video they said Tacha snubbed Tuface and I was like no … I love Tuface, in the house, we don’t get to see people and when anybody comes to the house, it’s a big deal, we don’t even want you to go”

“I don’t even remember but from the little detail i was getting, you know we do ‘freeze’ in the house especially when there is an event, biggie calls like housemates.”

Tacha added

Why I Have Been Struggling In Chelsea – Christian Pulisic.

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has revealed why he is struggling at Stamford Bridge this season.

Pulisic has struggled to hold down a starting place under manager, Frank Lampard this season following his £53million move from Borussia Dortmund.

The 21-year-old is also yet to get on the score sheet, but has picked up a few assists in various competitions.

Having failed to find the back of the net in the first five matches he started, Lampard dropped the American to the bench.

The winger has only managed to play 10 minutes of football since then.

But Pulisic is now saying that the pressure of being an American is one of the reasons he hasn’t reach his best form at the Blues, adding that his country’s historic struggles to produce top-level footballers was the reason.

It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; “wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe,”‘ Pulisic told the Players’ Tribune.

“You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.

“This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back. Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”

Pulisic will now hope to feature for Chelsea this weekend when they take on Newcastle United in the Premier League.

BBNaija: WOW, What A Question! – Tacha Finally Speaks On Eviction.

Reality star, Tacha had an interview session today at Cool FM and she was asked how she felt about her disqualification.

She was asked if her disqualification was an unfair treatment or if she feels she personally contributed to it.

Responding to the question, Tacha said;

”WOW! Such a question! Oh my God! (Laughs) wow wow wowwow uhmmm Biggie’s house Biggie’s rules, everything is at Biggie’s discretion.

Omo at the end of the day everything went fine and good. I had a very great time in the house. It was fun. Interesting and it’s still a learning process“.

Endorsement of corruption and inexcusable decision to kogis – PDP.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly to approve a payment N10.069 billion to Kogi state as scandalous.

The opposition party, therefore, urged the National Assembly to use such funds for the payment of salaries and pensions of “suffering” workers in the state.

The PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, it said:

“The PDP describes as an endorsement of corruption and inexcusable injury to the people of Kogi state, for President Muhammadu Buhari to seek to direct funds to Governor Yahaya Bello, for phantom projects, and neglect the Kogi workers many of whom are owed salaries and pension in arrears of 36 months. “Such action by Mr. President further confirms that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is directly in league with Governor Yahaya Bello to strangulate the people of Kogi state.

“If the Buhari Presidency means well for Kogi state, it should reword its request and put the interest of the masses ahead of all selfish and parochial political considerations, particularly as the state approaches a critical election in which the people have made up their minds to vote out Governor Yahaya Bello,” the PDP said.

Warning to Mr. Mustapha, SGF For Using His Office For Activities Involving Fraud.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says his attention has been drawn to unrelenting activities of faceless persons using the social media and other platforms to lure unsuspecting members of the Public to submit their Curriculum Vitae at a fee, to a non-existing desk at his Office, for Federal Government appointments.Mr Mustapha also says his Office is similarly aware of inaccurate information being peddled around regarding constituency projects being executed under its supervision.In a communique signed by spokesman to the Secretary General of the Federation, Mr Willie Bassey, the SGF says his office neither executes nor supervises constituency projects.Mr Mustapha also says he has become aware of numerous forged introductory letters purportedly issued from his office seeking diverse favours from individuals and corporate entities for personal gains.He advised the general public to beware of the clandestine activities of dubious and fraudulent persons and their cohorts going about to fleece unsuspecting members of the public.The SGF assured Nigerians that the Government has evolved measures to track the unpatriotic and faceless persons and will bring to justice anyone found engaging in these unwholesome activities.He urged Nigerians to always get clarification from the official communication channels of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation which are: Website Address: and Email Address:

Syria: Turkey Refused To Quit Even After U.S Commands Stop Fire. (Details).

Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Turkey’s operation — which has been facilitated by the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria — would continue.

The only way to solve Syria’s problems, Erdogan told parliament, was for the Kurdish forces to “lay down their arms… destroy all their traps and get out of the safe zone that we have designated.”

But clashes continued across the region, with Kurdish fighters in the border town of Ras al-Ain burning tyres in a bid to blind Ankara’s warplanes and digging in against a ground offensive by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels.

“We are fully prepared to wage battles,” an official from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told AFP. “The real battle has yet to start.”

Having struck a deal with Damascus over the weekend, Kurdish forces have joined with Syrian troops to take an abandoned US base between Kobani and Ain Issa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Turkish operation, now in its second week, has triggered a flurry of diplomacy among major powers.

Trump sent Pence along with his top diplomat Mike Pompeo to Turkey amid the greatest crisis in relations for decades between the NATO allies, with talks due in Ankara early Thursday.

Facing a barrage of criticism in Washington for abandoning the Kurds, Trump has slapped sanctions on three Turkish ministers and raised tariffs on its steel industry.

Pence’s office said the US would pursue “punishing economic sanctions” unless there was “an immediate ceasefire”.

But Trump again dismissed the idea that pulling out 1,000 troops — practically the entire US contingent in the region — had been a betrayal of Kurdish militants who bore the brunt of the fight against the Islamic State group in recent years.

“The Kurds are very well protected,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “By the way, they are not angels.”

– Russia steps in –
Moscow has stepped into the void left by the US withdrawal, deploying patrols to prevent clashes between Syrian and Turkish forces.

Russian TV showed its forces alongside Syrian government troops taking up positions in and around the town of Manbij.

The Kremlin said it would host Erdogan for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the coming days, to ensure the operation does not turn into all-out war between Turkey and Syria.

The Turkish government can count on widespread support for its operation at home, where decades of bloody insurgency by Kurdish militants have killed tens of thousands of people.

But Western powers fear it will endanger the battle against the Islamic State group. Thousands of IS prisoners are held in Kurdish-run camps in the region.

Europe has taken an increasingly tough line with Turkey and several countries, including Britain, France and Germany, have imposed arms embargoes on Turkey over the operation.

– Battle for border town –
The Kurdish-led SDF has mounted a desperate defence to the east of Ras al-Ain, using tunnels, berms and trenches.

A Syrian fighter serving alongside Ankara’s forces said his forces were trying to cut Kurdish supply lines from nearby Hassakeh to facilitate their advance on the town.

Since launching their assault on October 9, Turkey and its Syrian rebel proxies have secured more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) of border, but Ras al-Ain has held out.

Erdogan, who like Trump faces political difficulties at home, wants to create a buffer zone stretching 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the border into Syrian territory.

He wants to destroy Kurdish hopes of an autonomous enclave that could serve as a launching pad for attacks in Turkey, and to resettle some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees Ankara is hosting.

Erdogan said that once the safe zone was established, “stretching from Manbij to the Iraqi border”, then the operation would have “ended on its own”.

The offensive has left dozens of civilians dead, mostly on the Kurdish side, and displaced at least 160,000 people.

Alexis Sanches Undergoes Surgery In Barcelona After Clash With Inter.

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez has undergone surgery in Barcelona after picking up an ankle injury on international duty, his Italian club Inter Milan confirmed on Wednesday.

Sanchez hobbled off in the 88th minute of a goalless draw in the friendly against Colombia in Alicante on Saturday.

Inter said that Sanchez underwent a consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona on Wednesday morning.

“The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Inter medical staff and the decision was made to proceed with surgery on the left ankle,” the Serie A club said in a statement.

“The operation was performed in the afternoon on the peroneus longus tendon and it went exactly as planned.”

Medical tests in Milan on Tuesday revealed damage to a tendon in his left ankle and Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said he expected the forward could be out for up to three months.

Sanchez joined Inter on loan from Manchester United this season, but has made just four appearances.

The 30-year-old was sent off in his first full start after scoring in a 3-1 win over Sampdoria.

Inter are second in the Italian league one point behind defending champions Juventus after seven matches.


Presidency – Ukraine Won’t Interfere In Donald Trump’s Impeachment.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that Ukraine “will do nothing” in connection with the impeachment probe against Donald Trump over allegations the US president tried to force Kiev to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

“As the president of Ukraine, I won’t interfere with events in other countries, unlike some others may try,” Zelensky told AFP as he met the Ukrainian diaspora in the Latvian capital Riga. “We, as Ukraine, will do nothing,” he said.

BBNaija: Biggie was the only sexy housemate, he tried to turn me on once – Tacha Narrates.

Tacha has revealed that the only person she was attracted to while in the BBNaija 2019 Pepper Dem house was Biggie.

The 23-year-old social media influencer popular for her activities on Instagram and BBNaija made this revelation during an interview with Dot2un and Kemi Smallz on a radio show, Midday Oasis.

When asked who she was attracted to during her 89-day stay in the house, Tacha said;

“I was attracted to Biggie. I was attracted to his voice and Biggie once turned me on. When Frodd won the Ultimate Veto Power and it was nomination night, he called Tacha and after calling other nominees, he called Tacha again and when I queried, he said, Tacha, no leave, no transfer and that turned me on. I was like wow, Biggie did that for me.”

Speaking on her stay in the house, Tacha said;

“I’ve learned a lot in the house. Biggie is incredible and I feel it’s a platform everyone should experience if they could. My highlight was going into the house, every process was deliberate.

“I am learning, I am 23, it’s not a reason, but I am learning not to pay attention to things that don’t matter and just walk away. I can be hot-headed… My energy in the house surprises me now, it’s not a good thing, but I’m learning.”

On what she loves about Davido to have gotten the OBO crest in between her boobs, Tacha said the singer’s drive and strength are what she loves and admires.

“Yeah, I love Davido. David was the inspiration behind my having the OBO tattoo. You know David has this drive regardless of everything, he still has that drive and strength and it’s what I admire. I want to be Tacha that the world will know and still act like upcoming,”

She told Dot2un.

Tacha also revealed that she’s been listening to Wizkid’s ‘Joro’ as well as Rudeboy’s ‘Audio Money’. However, she says her favourite music act at the moment is Joeboy.

Investigation on Turkish footballers saluting military – UEFA.

UEFA announced on Tuesday that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Turkey into “potential provocative political behaviour” by their players after making military salutes in their last two matches.

In both their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania on Friday and France on Tuesday, Turkish players made the salutes — seen as supporting Turkey’s current military operation in Syria — as they celebrated late goals.

UEFA said in a statement that it has appointed an ‘Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector’ to investigate.

Nigeria Reacted As NIMC Included 3,000 Naira Bill To Card Renewal. (Check).

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Tuesday disclosed that the renewal of the National Identity Card will cost N3,000 and replacement of the card if lost will cost N5,000.This was disclosed on the official Tweeter handle of the agency @nimc_ngNIMC also said that applicants who wish to renew their card can visit any NIMC office with the required documents to obtain their card.This announcement did not go down well with many Nigerians who fumed, questioning why the National Identification card will need to be renewed after the acquisition.Others mocked the decision of NIMC noting that since they have applied for the card, they are yet to get it, talkless of renewing it.

See tweets below…

Syria: Two Soldiers Rep Turkey Killed By Military.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed on Tuesday after shelling from the Manbij region, where Ankara’s forces had clashed with Kurdish militants the night before, the defence ministry said in a statement.

The soldiers were killed “following artillery fire by the terrorists from the Manbij region,” the ministry said.

Seven soldiers were initially wounded in the attack, it added.

The statement did not provide the precise location but said the army returned fire and killed at least 15 “terrorists.”

Six Turkish soldiers have been killed since Ankara launched its cross-border operation last Wednesday against Kurdish militants in Syria.

Syrian forces have moved into Manbij following a deal between Damascus and the Kurds over the weekend to try to hold back Turkey’s advance.

Meanwhile, shelling from Kurdish positions in Syria killed two civilians and wounded 12 others on Tuesday in the Turkish border town of Kiziltepe in Mardin province, the Anadolu state news agency reported.

Turkish border towns have come under heavy artillery fire from Kurdish positions in Syria, killing a total of 20 civilians since the operation began, and causing thousands to take refuge away from frontier.

Ankara is pressing its military operation against Kurdish militants, with the goal of clearing its border from “terrorists” and creating a “safe zone” to repatriate Syrian refugees.

Liverpool will sit alongside their trophy as a ‘barometer of success’ – Peter Moore.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says a long-overdue Premier League title would sit alongside their Champions League triumph as a “barometer of success” for the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s side won a sixth European Cup in June, less than a month after they were pipped by Manchester City to the league title by a single point.

The league resumes on Saturday with Liverpool eight points clear of City and favourites to win their first top-flight title for 30 years.

“I think that is what our fans want,” Moore told the Press Association. “We were so close last year, 97 points, and in any other year we would have won it.

“But the club goes on and I think that (a league title), for many of our fans, would sit alongside our Champions League triumph as the barometer of success.”

City have been the domestic benchmark for their rivals, with four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups since 2011, but Moore said Liverpool were following their own path.

“What Liverpool had to do was bring in a world-class manager, which we have, bring in a world-class squad, which we have, play exciting football, bring in players that are going to draw crowds no matter where they go, we’ve done that, build financial security at the club, we’ve done that.”

Moore said the Champions League victory had had a huge impact on the club, lifting them back to the level of “European royalty”.

Nine years ago Fenway Sports Group, then New England Sports Ventures, completed their £300 million ($380 million) purchase of the club.

They inherited a club languishing towards the foot of the Premier League with six points from their opening seven matches during the short-lived reign of Roy Hodgson.

“When we look at the health of the club, our revenues have doubled in the last five years and been reinvested back into the squad,” said Moore. “We have steadied the ship from some dark days nine years ago.

“We take great pride in our business model: a self-sustaining football club.

“He (Klopp) has built the chemistry and these players are content, motivated and excited to win — not just for Jurgen and the coaching staff but for the people of Liverpool and broader global fanbase.”

Imo: Governorship Repledge To Tackle Insecurity.

The Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to securing lives and property in the State.

While receiving the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Enugu, Brig. General Lasisi Adeboye and his entourage at the Government House, Owerri, Governor Ihedioha explained that although security had been a challenge in the state especially after the elections, there has been an improvement.

“It was challenging tackling insecurity in the state after the elections, but we have now found our rhythm in corroboration with the security agencies to deal with crime in the State.

“The Army has been working with us in tackling security challenges in the State” he said.

The governor further commended the Force for deploying General Adeboye to the 83 Division.

He said he was optimistic that with his wealth of experience, he would live up to expectation.

“We want to assure you of the commitment and readiness of the government and the good people of Imo State to corroborate with the Nigerian Army in general, the 82 Division and 32 Artillery Brigade, Obinze in particular”.

In his remarks, General Adeboye also commended the Governor for what he described as his unwavering commitment to ensuring the security of the people of the state.

Kogi: Presidency Seeks Senate Approval To Refund 10.6 Billion Naira.

The Senate on Tuesday received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari for approval to pay Kogi State Government N10.069 billion being a refund of money spent by the state on behalf of the Federal government.

The request was contained in a letter dated 10th October 2019 and read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, during plenary.

The requested amount is for the settlement of inherited local debts and contractual obligations of the Federal Government to the State for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

President Buhari recalled that 24 out of 25 State Governments had received the approval of the National Assembly for the settlement of claims on projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

He added that the sum of N10.069 billion is the outstanding amount due to Kogi State Government which is the only State yet to receive a refund.

The letter reads: “The Distinguished Senate President would recall that, based on my request for the Resolution of the National Assembly approving the establishment of a promissory note programme and a Bond Issuance to settle inherited Local Debts and Contractual Obligations of the Federal Government, the 8th National Assembly passed Resolutions approving the Issuance of Promissory Notes to refund State Governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

“The Resolutions of the 8th Assembly were conveyed through three different letters from the Clerk of the National Assembly as follows: Letter dated July 27, 2018, and referenced NASS/CAN/106/Vol.10/277 which approved the Issuance of Promissory notes to 21 states.

“Letter dated January 29, 2019, and referenced NASS/CAN/106/Vol.11/004 which approved the Issuance of Promissory Notes to Delta and Taraba States; and letter dated May 23, 2019, and referenced NASS/CAN/106/Vol.11/164 which approved the Issuance of Promissory Notes to Bauchi State.”

“The three Resolutions approved the Issuance of Promissory Notes to 24 out of the 25 State Governments requested, and the only State for which approval has not been given is Kogi State, with an outstanding claim of N10,069,692,410.15 (Ten billion, Sixty-Nine million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Two thousand, Four Hundred and Ten Naira, Fifteen Kobo).

“The Senate may wish to note that, subsequent to Resolutions of the National Assembly approving the refunds to the 24 State Governments, the Federal Government has issued Promissory Notes to all the approved States for the settlement of their claims.

“Accordingly, the Senate is hereby requested to kindly approve, the Issuance of a Promissory Note in the sum of N10, 069,692,410.15 as a refund to Kogi State Government for Projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.”

The Senate President referred President Buhari’s request to the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts for further legislative work.

Syria: Turkey Backs Footballers Hailing Soldiers To Be Involved.

Turkey’s sports minister voiced support on Tuesday for national team players who saluted the country’s soldiers during their Euro 2020 match with France.

Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu described the controversial goal celebration — in which players were seen as supporting Turkey’s current military operation in Syria — as a “nice salute”.

France drew 1-1 with Turkey in the Euro 2020 qualifier amid mounting tensions after Paris condemned Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militants in Syria.

European football’s ruling body UEFA had already said it would “examine” a military salute given by Turkish players during an earlier match against Albania.

But the sports minister said the controversy was unwarranted, and pointed to the fact that French star Antoine Griezmann had also given a military salute to President Emmanuel Macron in June.

“Those who remained quiet about Griezmann’s military salute are trying to distort our national footballers’ nice salute,” Kasapoglu said in a televised press conference, holding up a picture of Griezmann’s salute.

He said critics were trying to distract from Turkey’s success in staying top of the qualifying group.

“Those who are trying to block out their failure on the pitch should give up on their efforts. The result is clear,” Kasapoglu said.

Kasapoglu also warned UEFA to be “prudent” in its investigation of the salutes.

Turkey’s operation against Kurdish militants in Syria, launched a week ago, has been widely criticised by the international community but has drawn widespread support at home.


Unleashed: FG Places Full Ban On Importation In Nigeria. (Details)

The Nigerian Government has totally banned the importation of goods through any of its land borders.

The government had on August 20 announced the partial closure of its border to importation of goods.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Retd), who spoke for the joint border security exercise along Nigeria’s borders, said goods could only come into the country through the seaports and airports.

He added that the preference for foreign goods especially food items like rice has continuously impoverished our farmers and adversely affected domestic government policies supporting the agricultural sector to enhance food security.

He also lauded the partial border closure, saying it had so far curbed the smuggling of foreign rice into the country in addition to other prohibited items.

He said, “The border closure has impacted positively on revenue generation of the government which in turn will be used to build more infrastructures and develop critical sectors of the nation’s economy.

“In addition, the National Assembly has supported the executive directive on the border closure and the efforts of security agencies in executing the task.

“Goods that are on the prohibition list to Nigeria such as rice, used clothing, poultry products and vegetable oil should not be imported into the country.

“Let’s understand that all perishable items are on prohibition whether on export or import.

“Therefore, nobody can carry tomato to the border to import or export. So it makes it easier for us to close and ensure that all goods for now are banned from being exported or imported through our land borders.

“That is to ensure that we have total control over what comes in and what we do. We are strategising on how best the goods can be handled when we get to when this operation will relax.

“While we call on Nigerian local rice consumers to be patriotic by patronising Nigerian rice, as this will further help the country in reaching self-sufficiency in local rice production and boost our economy, we equally appeal to the business community to see the exercise as opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive in the interest of national security and development.”