BREAKING: NLC Suspends Planned Strike, FG Shifts Grounds, As Negotiations Continue

  ABUJA – Organised labour on Tuesday demanded documents from the Federal Government to support its claims during a negotiation on the consequential adjustments on the New National Minimum Wage. Labour suspended its planned strike as both sides agreed to continue negotiations today (Wednesday). The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, at the opening of the meeting, said the demand of the workers before the negotiation would shut down the economy. But a source at the five hours meeting, which started at 2.45pm, confided in our correspondent that the labour leaders and the government’s representatives made concessions. He added that they failed to reach a definite agreement on [Read]

Nigerians to pay N5000 for National ID Card, N3000 for renewal, says Govt [SEE REACTIONS]

Earlier today the National Identity Management Commission made an announcement that getting a new National ID card will cost #5,000 and renewal will cost #3,000. Well, it seems most Nigerians are not welcoming the idea and have taken to social media space to call out the Nigerian government. Here are some of their reactions as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG:- [Read]

Factions in ASUU as new academic union, CONUA emerges

OSUN – In a bid to refine academic unionism to foster quality education in the Nigerian university system, a newly formed academic union in Nigerian universities, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), has made a call for a stable academic calendar.  Addressing journalists after its first national stakeholder forum at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, at the weekend, the National Coordinator of the union, Niyi Ismaheel, said the union is set to adopt new methods in engaging with other stakeholders in the sector to ensure stability in the university system. While assuring that it is ready to champion as well as address the lingering crisis of members welfare, [Read]

PDP rejects re-introduction of toll gates, says it’s ‘anti-people’

ABUJA – The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has strongly rejected plans by President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to return toll gates on highways across the country. It would be recalled that the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced that the Federal government is concluding plans to re-introduce toll-gates on Federal highways. He disclosed this when he spoke to state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday October 2nd. In a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP ”laments that such insensitive idea, in the midst of excruciating economic hardship and high costs of living occasioned by the incompetence and harsh policies of [Read]

NYSC Approves White Hijab For Corps Members

  ABUJA – The National Youth Service Corps has said that it will allow female corps members, who are Muslims, to use white, shoulder-length hijabs for religious purposes. This was made known in a document released to newsmen on Monday in Abuja. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the NYSC also added that only three types of dressing used for different occasions would be acceptable for corps members. The document reads, “The modes of dressing for corps members are classified into three categories, which are used for different occasions. One, within the camp during the orientation programme, their normal attire, except otherwise directed, consists of a pair of white shorts with [Read]

FIFA BAN: Siasia in tears, seeks Dangote, FG’s help, says ‘my career at stake’ 

Embattled former Super Eagles’ manager, Samson Siasia, has pleaded with the country’s philanthropists to come to his aid to appeal FIFA’s life ban. The USA ’94 Super Eagles’ striker, who is expected to pay 100,000 Swiss Francs (N36,453,400) by October 10, for his appeal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) made this appeal in a brief chat yesterday. “I’m appealing to the Dangotes (Aliko) and Otedolas (Femi) of this world to help me as I have only 10 days to file an appeal in Switzerland. Should I fail to appeal before 10th of this month, the appeal would never be heard again. “I’m appealing this matter to [Read]

FEC Okays N314bn For Road, Education Projects

ABUJA – The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday approved a total N311.8 billion for two link roads connecting the Second Niger Bridge in the South East and other projects being prosecuted at the University of Abuja. Besides, it sanctioned N1.833 billion for programmes in the Ministry of Education under the auspices of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND). Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told State House correspondents at the end of the gathering in Abuja that N79.82 billion goes to the Ibadan-Ilesa-Ife road, N200.176 billion for roads linking the Second Niger Bridge to Asaba and Onitsha, and N29.654 billion to be [Read]

BREAKING: Court Sets Sowore Free From DSS Custody

ABUJA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court seating in Abuja has ruled that Omoyele Sowore be realeased forthwith from detention by the Department of Security Services and realeased to his lawyer Femi Falana, SAN. He is to submit his international passport to the court registrar within 48 hours. Recall that the SaharaReporters owner has been in the detention of the DSS for months  now following Federal Government’s order to arrest him over alleged treasonable felony arising from the planned nationwide #RevelutionNow protest called upon by the former student activist. More Details Shortly!! [Read]

Nigeria Approaches World Bank For Fresh $2.5bn Loan

ABUJA – Hafez Ghanem, World Bank’s vice-president for Africa, says the lender is in talks with the Nigerian government for a $2.5 billion concessionary loan. Ghanem made this known in an interview on Wednesday in Abuja. The Bretton Wood institution official said Nigeria received $2.4 billion from the bank in 2018. “We’re talking about a new set of programmes of about the same amount, it should be about $2.5bn,” Bloomberg quoted him to have said. “It’s important to resolve the problems of the power sector in Nigeria to bring in more investments. Because you need to bring down the cost of power to make the economy more competitive for the [Read]

Osinbajo’s Aide Relocates Out Of Presidential Villa, Tradermoni, Others Moved To New Ministry

– Osinbanjo’s aide relocated out of Presidential Villa – Northern forces plot for 2023 presidency, Sidelined Osinbajo – TraderMoni, others moved from Osinbajo office to New Ministry ABUJA – The raging power tussle for the Presidency in 2023 may have again led to the relocation of some aides of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo out of the Presidential Villa. On Monday, September 16, the Federal Government set up a new economic team. President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Prof. Yemi Osinbajo chairman of the Economic Management Team in his first term. In previous administrations, the position was held first by the Vice President and, thereafter, by the minister of finance. Osinbajo [Read]

Nigerians to start paying for bank deposits, withdrawals – CBN announces [SEE MEMO]

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that the full implementation of the cashless policy will begin nationwide by March 31, 2020. CBN made this known in a circular to all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country on Tuesday, September 17. According to the circular, the implementation of the policy would signal the imposition of charges on deposits in addition to already existing charges on withdrawals. The charges will take effect from Wednesday, September 18, 2019, and will attract three percent processing fees for withdrawals and two percent processing fees for lodgments of amounts above N500,000 for individual accounts. For corporate accounts, the apex bank in the circular [Read]

Fulani herdsmen from Chad, Niger to benefit from FG’s livestock plan – Gov Bala

Fulani herdsmen from Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries will benefit from the National Livestock Transformation Plan, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said. Mohammed, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, said since Fulani herdsmen are nomadic, it would be inappropriate to deprive them from benefitting from the livestock plan just because they are not from Nigeria. The initiative will be 80 per cent funded by the Federal Government while the states would provide 20 per cent counterpart funding and the grazing land. The governor, whose state is among those that will be part of the initiative, said Fulani exist in many countries across [Read]

Shi’ites, police may clash again on Tuesday as proscribed group plans nationwide procession

•We’re Nigerians and ready to die in Nigeria –Shi’ites •March and see what police will do – FPRO The Nigeria Police Force and members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, may clash at the group’s upcoming Ashura procession on Tuesday. The Ashura procession, also called the Day of Ashura, is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is observed annually by Shi’ite Muslims worldwide to commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq. Known as the third Shia Imam, Husayn was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and son of Ali ibn Abi [Read]

Attack on South African Businesses in Nigeria Will Hurt Nigerians More, FG begs Nigerians

ABUJA – The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians not to attack South African companies operating in Nigeria in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.   In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described as deeply disturbing the reports that some Nigerians, angered by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, have started attacking South African companies in Nigeria. He said that targetting South African companies in Nigeria for attack is, for Nigerians, a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face, because the investors in such companies, especially MTN and Shoprite, are [Read]