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Employee in Court for Allegedly Stealing ₦6.2m

An employee of Embassy Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services, Lagos, Jonathan Odize, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates' Court for allegedly stealing N6.2 million from the company.

Odize, 34, who reside at No. 4 Tim Unity Road, Ikeja, is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, told the court that the offences were committed within the months of May, June, July, August, September and November.

Labour Unions want FG to Investigate Alleged Fraud in TSA

Labour unions on Thursday in Abuja called on the Federal Government to investigate allegation of fraud in the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), made the call at a one-day public lecture with the theme: Cost of Good Governance with Special Focus on the National Assembly.

It will be recalled that the Senate had ordered its committees on finance, banking and financial institutions and public accounts to investigate operations of TSA over alleged irregularities.

NDLEA Warns Youths against Peddling Cannabis

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned youths in Ekiti State to desist from peddling cannabis.

The State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Suleiman Jadi, said that the agency had arrested and prosecuted more than 30 youths since January, in the state, for peddling cannabis.

Jadi said that the number arrested included men and women who indulged in smoking, selling, cultivating or transporting cannabis.

Buhari Appoints New Permanent Secretaries

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of the following as Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service:

1. Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba
2. Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse
3. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun
4. Dr. Bukar Hassan
5. Mrs. Wakama Belema Asifieka
6. Mr. Jalal Ahmad Arabi
7. Mr. Sabiu Zakari
8. Mrs. Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi
9. Mr. Aminu Nabegu
10. Mr. Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele
11. Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo
12. Dr. Shehu Ahmed
13. Mr. Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu
14. Mrs. Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa

MTN Posts Slower Subscriber Growth

MTN Group, Africa's largest mobile phone operator, reported a slowdown in quarterly subscriber growth on Thursday, squeezed by stiff competition and tougher regulation in its key Nigerian market.

According to Reuters, MTN said users increased 0.9 percent in the three months to end-September, a slowdown from 2 percent growth the same time a year ago.

Chief Executive Sifiso Dabengwa said the company's subscriber base in Nigeria fell marginally after more than 5 million users disconnected from the network having failed to register their SIM cards.

ASUU Cautions on TSA Impact on Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that operating the Single Treasury Account (TSA) could hamper the smooth running of the university system if implemented in a hurry.

The union expressed the view as part of its resolutions during the ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting held in Owerri yesterday.

ASUU National President, Nasir Isa, said for such a policy to be workable in the universities, the Federal Government should have involved university representatives in deliberating on the policy.

Buhari Pledges to Implement Audit Report on Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pledged to implement the recommendations of Environmental Audit Report on Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) .

He made the pledge after receiving the report at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Buhari pledged that Nigeria would continue to support the Lake Chad Commission in the discharge of its duties.

Buhari Sends Second Batch of Cabinet Nominees to Parliament

President Muhammadu Buhari has submitted a second list of candidates for his cabinet to the upper house of parliament for approval, Senate President Bukola Saraki said on his Twitter feed on Monday, Reuters report.

He did not disclose the 15 names but is expected to read them out in parliament on Tuesday.

Mr. Buhari submitted a first list with 21 names to the Senate earlier this month. He needs to nominate 36 candidates to fulfill the constitutional need for a minister from each of Nigeria's states.

FG Launches National Policy on Climate Change

The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja launched its national policy on climate change.

The policy is expected to serve as guide for the implementation of actions on climate change in the country.

Nana Mede, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, launched the document at the opening of a two-day workshop for Nigeria’s core negotiators for the forthcoming Climate Change agreement.

Mrs. Mede said the policy would be implemented across all sectors.

Finally, Buhari Submits Cabinet List for Senate Approval

President Muhammadu Buhari submitted on Wednesday the names of his nominees for cabinet posts to the senate for approval, the president of the upper house of parliament said.

Senate President Bukola Saraki gave no names of those on the list in a message on Twitter. Buhari, who on Tuesday said he will control the petroleum ministry, is expected to assign ministerial roles after the names have been approved.