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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that approximately 60% of public sector workers were hired through nepotism, bribery, or both between 2020 and 2023. The findings are part of the "Corruption in Nigeria: Patterns and Trends" report, based on a survey conducted with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The survey showed that 27% of respondents used bribery, 13% relied on nepotism, and 19% used both methods to secure employment. Additionally, 46% of those hired admitted to paying a bribe, a significant increase from the 31% reported in 2019.
The Plateau government says 22 people died and 132 were injured in the collapsed building of Saints Academy in Jos, the state capital. On Friday, the two-storey school building, which is located in the Busa Buji community of Jos north LGA, collapsed while students and teachers were in classes for the third term examination. Speaking at the scene of the incident, Musa Ashoms, Plateau commissioner for information and communication, said the school had a population of about 400, adding that the section that collapsed was accommodating 200 students. The commissioner said the collapsed school building was built on a waterlogged…
The supreme court has ruled that the federal government should henceforth pay allocations directly to local government councils from the federation account. Delivering judgment in the suit on Thursday, a seven-member panel of justices held that state governments have continued to abuse their powers by retaining and using the funds meant for LGAs. The apex court also ordered the federal government to withhold allocations of LGs governed by unelected officials appointed by the governor. Emmanuel Agim, who read the lead judgment, said states are mandated to ensure that their local government councils are democratically elected, ⁠and that governors cannot use…
The Adamawa State Government has filed a lawsuit against the federal government at the Supreme Court concerning the distribution of revenue from the federation account. Humwashi Wonosikou, the chief press secretary to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, announced on Thursday that the state seeks an interpretation of Section 162 (1), (2), and (3) of the Constitution regarding the allocation of funds from the federation account. Adamawa State contends that all revenue in the federation account must be distributed among all levels of government without any deductions, except those permitted by law. "The president must adhere strictly to the Constitution in managing and…
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has announced stringent sanctions against electricity distribution companies (DisCos) that fail to meet performance standards, while also warning consumers not to pay for electricity distribution infrastructure such as transformers, cables, and poles. In a recent order, NERC stated that it will reduce the administrative and operational expenditure of any DisCo that fails to offtake at least 95 percent of the total energy allocated to it for distribution. DisCos will be evaluated on seven key performance indicators, including energy off-take, revenue recovery rate, and compliance with customer service standards. Sanctions include a downward adjustment of…
Chief Whip of the Senate, Ali Ndume, has expressed concern that President Bola Tinubu is unaware of the widespread hunger affecting many Nigerians. Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial District, claims that Tinubu has been "caged" within the Presidential Villa, with forces preventing meaningful discussions from reaching him. Speaking at a briefing with journalists at the National Assembly complex on Wednesday, Ndume stated, "Mr. President is not aware of what is happening outside the Villa. He has been fenced off and caged. Many of us will not go through the backdoor to engage him." Ndume criticized Tinubu's administration for its lack…
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) community court of justice has found the federal government of Nigeria guilty of human rights abuses in its response to the #EndSARS protest in October 2020. The court ruled on Wednesday that the Nigerian government’s actions, particularly its disproportionate use of force at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, breached several international human rights standards, including articles 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, and 11 of the African charter on human and peoples’ rights. The court mandates the Nigerian government to pay N2 million in compensation to each victim named in the suit.…
NNPC is in talks for another oil-backed loan to boost its finances and allow investment in its business, its chief executive told Reuters, as pressure mounts on the state-backed oil company the economy depends upon. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in which the government is the main stakeholder, aims to raise at least $2 billion, two sources familiar with the situation said. Its debts to gasoline suppliers have doubled in the last four months to hit $6 billion. Nigeria's government finances rely on the oil the NNPC exports and oil provides the bulk of crucial foreign exchange reserves. But…
The Senate has warned of imminent nationwide protests by Nigerians except the Federal Government immediately moves to address the acute food crisis in the country. It also revealed that the various Federal Government-owned food reserves across the country were empty, warning that Nigerians could no longer bear the acute hunger. The issues were raised when the Senate considered a motion tagged: “Urgent need to address food insecurity and market exploitation of consumables in Nigeria,” co-sponsored by Ali Ndume. Ndume in his argument, said beside Sudan, “in the North, we have started seeing hunger. People can’t go to the farm. Even…
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says only three of the 22 airports in Nigeria are profitable. Speaking on Channels television on Tuesday, Olubunmi Kuku, FAAN’s managing director, said several states in the north and south-west are developing new airports. She said the authority is cross-subsidising the other 19 airports and will continue to do so for some of the new airports being developed. “I started off by saying that we have 22 airports which we own and manage,” Kuku said. “We also have about six or seven airports that are either owned by state governments or private individuals…
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