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2018 Census to Gulp ₦272b –Population Commission

The proposed 2018 national census will cost an estimated N272 billion, the Director-General of the National Population Commission (NPC), Dr Ghaji Bello, has said.

Bello told a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that the Federal Government was expected to fund the exercise by 51 per cent while the international donor community would fund the remaining 49 per cent.

“The submission we have made to the Federal Government is in the region of N272 billion. But the good thing is that that the N272 billion is not for one single year.

Boko Haram War Gulps $2.6b –Defence Chief

Nigeria spent more than $2.6 billion in 2016 to address the humanitarian challenges caused by Boko Haram terrorists, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, has said.

Olonisakin stated this at the meeting of the ‘Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS’ in Washington, D.C.

“After over $2.6 billion was spent by the Nigerian Government to address humanitarian needs in 2016 – more needs were seen when areas were recovered from Boko Haram.

“Many in this room joined us in Oslo, Norway just last February to show support with Nigeria.

FG to Commence Recruitment of 500,000 Unemployed Graduates June 12

In what is the first roll-out of its ₦500b social investment programmes, the Buhari Presidency will start taking applications online for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme, through an internet portal named

While the portal would be live on Saturday June 11, applications are expected to start coming in on June 12, the beginning of next week. Young unemployed Nigerians are advised to visit the website and apply.

We Made Faster Progress in Security by Curbing Corruption in the Military –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in Abuja that corruption was largely responsible for the inability of the Nigerian military to quickly defeat Boko Haram.

Speaking at an audience with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, President Buhari said that the loss of 14 local government areas to Boko Haram had greatly tarnished the reputation of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Buhari, Hollande, Others for Security Summit in Abuja

In furtherance of on-going efforts by his administration to enhance the security of lives, properties and investments in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, President Muhammadu will host the second Regional Security Summit in Abuja on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Participants in the summit will include President Francois Hollande of France who hosted the first Regional Security Summit in Paris on May 17, 2014.

Standards Organisation Impounds Sub-standard Tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Wednesday impounded two truckloads of fake tyres worth N10 million from a warehouse in Awka.

The warehouse located at a residential building on Zik Ave., Awka, was discovered following intelligence reports, according to the organisation.

Speaking with newsmen, the Head of the organisation in Anambra, Mr Samuel Ayuba, said the raid was part of the national campaign to rid the country of fake and substandard tyres.

Engineers Call for State of Emergency in Road Sector

The Nigerian Institute of Highway Engineers (NIHE) has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the road sector to attract private sector funding.

The Chairman of the institute, Mr Isa Emoabino, made the call in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.

Emoabino, who described the state of Nigerian roads as ``extremely very poor’’, advised that sufficient money must be allocated to the sector to give it a complete turnaround for good.

Transport Ministry to Partner Marine Engineers, Surveyors –Amaechi

The Federal Ministry of Transportation says it will work closely with the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) to uplift the maritime sector.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known on Monday in Abuja when the Executive Committee of AMES paid him a courtesy visit.

He expressed dismay at the unsatisfactory state of affairs at the country’s seaports and the insecurity on the nation’s waterways.

``I want to, with the management of the ministry of transportation, move the maritime sector forward.

NCS Warns Against Illegal Berthing of ships, Midstream Discharge

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Retired Col. Hameed Ali has directed strict enforcement of all relevant provisions of the extant laws of NCS on ships and vessels that berth illegally outside Customs ports.

The directive is contained in a circular issued by the service dated Jan. 21, 2016, and sent to all units, commands and zonal headquarters.

The circular was signed on behalf of the comptroller-general by a Deputy Comptroller-General, Ms Grace Adeyemo.

We’ll Continue to Welcome Supports from U.S. –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in Abuja that his administration will continue to welcome the support and understanding of the United States as it strives to achieve greater internal security and socio-economic progress in Nigeria.

Receiving a delegation led by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny Pritzker at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari applauded ongoing American collaboration with his administration on security and developmental issues.