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FG to seek review of $35k business registration fee for Nigerians in Egypt

FG to seek review of $35k business registration fee for Nigerians in Egypt.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has disclosed that the federal government will look into the possibility of seeking a review of the $35,000 fee requested by Egypt from foreigners to operate a business enterprise in the country.
This was disclosed by the information minister during a recent meeting with the Nigerian community in Cairo, Egypt’s capital.

There are different fees for registering various categories of businesses in Egypt, including a limited liability company (LLC) nominee option said to cost $34,350.
The LLC alternative is said to be the most common in Egypt and can be 100% foreign owned”.

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JAMB spokesperson sues broadcaster for defamation, demand N6bn

JAMB spokesperson sues broadcaster for defamation, demand N6bn.

The Head, Media and Public Relations at Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Dr Fabian Benjamin, has dragged Mr Ahmed Isah of Human Rights Radio (2nd defendant) to court over injurious broadcast, false allegations and innuendos which amounted to defamation of the claimant’s character.
The JAMB spokesperson, Dr Benjamin is claiming N6 billion as compensation for general damages.

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UN pledges support for Nigeria as millions endure humanitarian crisis

In Damasak, on the border with Niger, Griffiths heard from some women and families displaced by the violence. They told him of their hopes to return home.

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), has concluded a four-day visit to Nigeria.
Griffiths saw first-hand, the humanitarian situation and response in the North-East, promising to raise international awareness about the crisis and bring attention to battles around Lake Chad.

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Poor Kaduna LGAs forced to contribute N115 million for Buhari’s security

The taxing of the local governments came on the heels of Mr Buhari’s visit to Kaduna to inaugurate several projects, including the re-modelled Murtala Muhammed Square, the Infectious Disease Hospital, Dangote Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Ltd and the Sabon Gari market in Zaria.

The Ministry of Local Government Affairs in Kaduna ordered local government areas to provide N115 million to procure extra security personnel in the state ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit on Thursday, Peoples Gazette has learnt.

This is contained in a letter signed by Iliyasu Hussain, the director inspectorate.

The letter, dated January 19, is titled ‘Approval to Provide Security Towards the President’s Visit’.

“I am directed to convey approval for the following local governments to incur expenditures to cater for additional security support to security agencies and logistics, preparatory to the visit of the president and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Kaduna state for commissioning of projects,” the letter said.

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How terrorists tried to kill me in Kaduna – Buhari

During the Kaduna visit, the President also commissioned ultra modern sports and shopping complexes at Murtala Mohammed Square, where he reiterated the likelihood of his staying in Kaduna after leaving office.

President Muhammadu Buhari has recounted the attempt by terrorists on his life in 2014, when he was travelling from Kaduna to Katsina, his hometown.

While commissioning some projects executed by the Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s administration, yesterday, Buhari recalled how he narrowly escaped being bombed near Kawo Bridge in Kaduna.

“There was an attempt to bomb me here and there was a market nearby,” he said, adding that his security escorts were vigilant.
During the Kaduna visit, the President also commissioned ultra modern sports and shopping complexes at Murtala Mohammed Square, where he reiterated the likelihood of his staying in Kaduna after leaving office.

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IPOB commends Abia High Court judgment on Kanu

“This judgment has, to some extent, redeemed the image of the Nigerian judiciary and we ask other judges involved in the IPOB matter to help salvage the battered image of judiciary in Nigeria in the eyes of their global colleagues in the judiciary.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, commended presiding Judge of the Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia, for his courage in declaring the military invasion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s country home illegal.
It commended the court for granting Kanu justice at a time the Nigeria judiciary was losing the confidence of the people and the world due to compromised rulings.

In a statement issued by Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, IPOB also appreciated Aloy Ejimakor and his team of lawyers for securing the judgment in the matter.

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Lagos Rail Projects Ready 2022 — Gov Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, on Monday, assured that the fourth quarter 2022 completion target for the Red and Blue line rail projects remains on course.
Mr Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance while addressing journalists after inspection of the projects at Ikeja, Yaba, Ebute Metta and Marina stations.

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The Red and Blue line rail is part of the intermodal transportation system of the Sanwo-Olu administration in reducing gridlock and ensuring interconnectivity in different parts of the state. When completed, the 37 kilometres Red Line Rail Project will link Agbado to Marina, while the 27.5 kilometres Blue line Rail Project will run from Okokomaiko to Marina.

He expressed satisfaction with the pace of works at the rail stations, as the contractors were on course, hoping that they would round up works on the Blue and Red line rails according to schedule for commercial activities later in the year.

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Lai Mohammed Lists Buhari’s Achievements In 2021

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has compiled a list of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 100 achievements for 2021.

Lai Mohammed remarked that the Buhari-led administration has achieved “tremendous” progress in combating insecurity and increasing the economy, claiming that success is evaluated not by the number of issues faced but by how they are addressed.

Here’s the full statement;

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Ex-President of Sharia Council, Datti Ahmed is Dead

Dr Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, an elder statesman and former president-general of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) is dead.

NAN that a family source confirmed the death, saying the renowned medical doctor, politician and Islamic cleric died in the early hours of Thursday in Kano.

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COVID-19: Buhari Under Close Observation, Cancels Trip

Reports had emerged last week that top aides of the president which includes the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Tijani Umar; the President’s aide-de-camp (ADC), Yusuf Dodo; his chief security officer (CSO), Aliyu Musa, and his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu had tested positive for COVID-19 and were in isolation.

It was gathered that activities at the Aso Rock Villa have been shut down following the outbreak of COVID-19.