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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.

Nigeria Struggles with Unprecedented Economic Crisis –Senate Leader

Nigeria is struggling with an unprecedented economic crisis due to a plunge in oil revenues undermining the state's ability to provide even basic services, Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Tuesday.

According to Reuters’ report, the comments by the country's third most powerful person are among the starkest from officials on the extent of an economic crisis hitting Africa's top oil producer.

Senate to Focus on Ministerial Screening, Budget, PIB

Ministerial screening and inquiries into the non-implementation of the N556 billion capital expenditure in the N4.493 trillion 2015 budget are major issues expected to top the agenda of the 8th Assembly of the Senate, as they resume from their annual recess tomorrow.

Senator Ighoyota Amori (PDP, Delta Central) told BusinessDay that the upper chamber would also give attention to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

‘Terrorists Bombs don’t Discriminate between Religions or Ethnic Origins’

Terrorist bombs never ask the question about the religious persuasion of its victims or their ethnic origins, before causing havoc and destruction, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Vice President spoke yesterday at the church service marking the country’s 55th Independence Day coming up later in the week on October 1.

President Buhari's Statement at the NACA Side-Event in the United Nations


Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. I welcome you to this important event. Let me express Nigeria's sincere appreciation to UN-AIDS for the support and collaboration in organising this event.

UN Security Council: Osinbajo Advocates a Permanent Seat For Nigeria

MISSION –The VP said Nigeria deserves a seat because of its contributions to peace keeping.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has advocated a permanent membership status for Nigeria in the Security Council of the United Nations, stating that the country deserves it because of its contributions to international peace keeping, the size of its population and economy.

Buhari to Review Number of Nigerian Foreign Missions

DIPLOMACY –A presidential committee to be established to carry out the review.

President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday in Abuja that his administration will undertake a review of Nigerian foreign missions to determine those that are really essential.

Speaking after being briefed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo, President Buhari said that a Presidential Committee will soon be established to carry out the review.

Buhari Issues State Payments Deadline in Anti-Graft Drive

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has set a deadline for ministries to start using approved government bank accounts to make payments -- part of his drive to stamp out corruption -- after some offcials were slow to comply.

Buhari's spokesman, Femi Adesina, said all receipts due to the government or its agencies must be paid into the Treasury Single Account, which is maintained by the central bank and linked to other government bank accounts, by Sept. 15 or officials would face "sanctions".