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The Federal Government is to register unemployed Nigerians online as from Wednesday April 5.

The Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations of  the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Edmund Onwuliri, announced this in a statement given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Monday.

Onwuliri said the registration was aimed at collecting up to date data of the unemployed Nigerians.

He said the registration was in compliance with NDE’s mandate “to obtain and maintain a data bank on unemployment and vacancies in the country.”

The deputy director said the exercise would enable the directorate to serve as a clearing house linking job seekers with existing vacancies in government agencies and the private sector.

“The online portal which goes live on Wednesday April 5, 2017, is designed to capture the relevant details of any unemployed person. It will equally serve as a job exchange portal that will link job seekers and employers.

“There will be a practical demonstration of the workings of the portal at the NDE stands at the ongoing 28th edition of the Enugu International Trade on Thursday”, he said.

He gave the portal’s address as: www.jobsforall.ng

“The directorate sees this initiative as a bold step toward deepening the effectiveness of its employment creation strategies and a critical input into the process of designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes and schemes.”

Onwuliri explained that the online portal would henceforth serve as a meeting point for job seekers and their prospective employers, adding that the initiative would go a long way to eliminate the cumbersome process of recruitment by employers of skilled labour in private and public sectors. (NAN).

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EFCC ‘should arrest Adoke, Etete, others’

A Federal High Court judge in Abuja has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to deploy its arresting powers to produce before the court those indicted in the controversial $1.1 billion Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 transaction (also known as the Malabu Oil deal).

Justice John Tsoho gave the advice yesterday when EFCC counsel Jonson Ojogbane made a request for direction when two of the three charges the commission filed in relation to the Malabu Oil deal were mentioned.

The first of the charges was filed on December 21, last year. There are nine defendants, including former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Bello Adoke (SAN).

Others are former Minister of Petroleum Dan Etete, Aliyu Abubakar, Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd, Rocky Top Resource Ltd, Imperial Union Ltd, Novel Properties & Dev. Co. Ltd, Group Construction Ltd and Megatech Engineering Ltd.

The second charge filed on March 2, has Adoke and Abubakar (of AA Oil) as defendants.... more

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President, Saraki, Dogara  meet over budget, rift

•President Buhari

BEHIND closed doors and separately, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.

Expectedly, the festering rift between the Presidency and the National Assembly took the centre stage.

The President first met with the Speaker before meeting the Senate President —for about 40 minutes each.

The meetings confirmed yesterday’s The Nation story — that the President was billed to meet with the leadership of the National Assembly as part of efforts to address the strained relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

It was learnt that the meetings also discussed Budget 2017, the  amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 and other national issues.... more

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Detained ex-Benue Governor Suswam battling for freedom

Former Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam was battling for bail yesterday after spending over one month in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).

It was learnt that the counsel to the former governor, Mr. J.B. Daudu (SAN), came from Kaduna to Abuja yesterday to press for his bail.

The DSS is still investigating the ex-governor for alleged link with a militia leader, Terwaze Akwazza (a.k.a Gana) who has held three local governments captive in Benue State.

The local government areas are Logo, Katsina-Ala and Ukum.... more

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Fayemi plotting  my removal,  says Fayose

•Fayose

•Minister: allegation laughable

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has accused his predecessor Dr Kayode Fayemi of plotting to “come back to power through the backdoor”.
Fayose alleged that Fayemi and his allies in the Presidency were working with three Supreme Court judges to invalidate the June 21, 2014 governorship election to bring Fayemi back to power.
The governor, who addressed a briefing yesterday at the Osuntokun Lodge, Government House, Ado-Ekiti, vowed to resist any attempt to steal the mandate given to him.
He accused Fayemi, who is Minister of Mines and Steel Development, of “name dropping” and attempting to subvert democracy and turning Ekiti to a banana republic.
But the minister’s Special Assistant (Media) Olayinka Oyebode said the governor would not be dignified with any response.
He described the governor’s allegation as “laughable”.
Oyebode said: “The allegation is laughable, we will not want to dignify his allegation with any response. The wicked runneth when nobody pursueth.”
Fayose said one of the Supreme Court justices recently arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) alleged that Fayemi’s friend came to lobby him to assist in reversing the result.
Alluding to an interview in the March 26 edition of ThisDay where Fayemi described the election as “unfinished business”, Fayose said he raised the alarm because the alleged plot “has now reached an advanced stage”.
Speaking during a question and answer session with reporters, the governor said an intelligence report showed that underhand tactics to “unhorse” him were about to be unleashed.

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$550m Abacha loot: Fed Govt set to clear hurdles

Governor urged to withdraw suit

To repatriate a $550million loot traced to ex-Head of State Gen. Sani Abacha, the Federal Government is to resolve two legal hurdles in the United States.

The hurdles are:

  • an application filed before a court by Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu and his wife; and
  • an action by a United States lawyer, Godson Nnaka, who is fighting to have part of the money.

Besides, the government is seeking “political solutions” to the conditions set by the Swiss government for accessing the loot, The Nation learnt yesterday.

The Swiss government would like to monitor what Nigeria does with the loot, a development which the Federal Government considers as an affront on the country’s sovereignty.... more

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Woman seeks justice for detained husband

A housewife, Saratu AlHassan, has appealed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, to prevail on policemen at Area 10, Garki, Abuja, to release her husband who was detained last Tuesday.
She said his continuous incarceration has brought untold hardship to their family, adding that his 70-year-old mother, who is unaware of the situation, is worried because she has neither spoken to nor seen him since.... more

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PDP senators ’didn’t accuse Tinubu, EFCC of conspiracy’

•Asiwaju Tinubu

The Senate Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denied reports that it accused All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of colluding with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to harass its members in the upper chamber.

A national daily, ThisDay, yesterday published as its lead story: “PDP Caucus Accuses Tinubu, EFCC of Conspiracy to Destroy Senate”. In the story, the newspaper claimed that the Senate Caucus of the opposition party alleged at a meeting convened by its leadership at the weekend that Tinubu was conniving with the EFCC to harass senators.... more

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CBN warns bank CEOs over forex

•CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

Bank chiefs caught frustrating efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at getting more dollars to end-users risk severe punishment, the apex bank warned yesterday.

The warning came on the backdrop of reports that lenders are setting difficult hurdles for foreign exchange (forex) end-users wanting to make purchases for Business Travel Allowances, Personal Travel Allowances, tuition payment abroad and medical bills.... more

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Senators, others face legal tussle over Magu

A Lagos businessman, Mr. Raji Rasheed Oyewumi, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja seeking the nullification of the screening of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,  Mr. Ibrahim Magu by the Senate.

He also asked the court to declare that the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and 10Senators, being investigated by EFCC, ought not to have participated in the screening of Magu.... more

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