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'Nigeria will Fully Redeem its Pledge of $100m for MNJTF'

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria will fully redeem its pledge of 100 million dollars for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to enhance the operations of the Task Force against Boko Haram.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari

The statement said the president was speaking at a high-level meeting of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council.

FG Sacks Top Civil Servants Over Employment Racketeering –Minister

Some top officials of the Civil Service have been dismissed by the Federal Government for extorting money from 400 applicants and offering them employment illegally.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure on Saturday in Lagos during a meeting with some selected On-Air-Personalities.

The meeting was part of the minister`s five-day consultations with critical stakeholders in the media industry.

Ban Commends Buhari’s Efforts to Fight Corruption, Tackle Insurgency

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to fight corruption and insecurity Nigeria.

This is contained in the readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with Buhari at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, made available by the UN National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun.

``The Secretary-General commended President Buhari’s efforts to address corruption, tackle insecurity and promote economic development in the country.

``Ban expressed the United Nations’ continuing support to these efforts.

Buhari Orders Probe of 38 People, Firms Over Arms Deals

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the investigation of 38 former military chiefs, officers and companies for an alleged arms procurement fraud, a presidency statement said on Friday.

Reuters reports that among those listed are former chiefs of defence and air staff that served under previous president Goodluck Jonathan. The statement added that the order was based on a recommendation by a committee established to carry out an audit of arms and equipment procurement from 2007 to 2015.

Reps Sponsored 327 bills in Six Months –Gbajabiamila

House Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday said that the 8th Assembly in its six months of existence had sponsored a total of 327 bills as against 132 presented within the first six months of the 7th Assembly.

Gbajabiamila said this in Lagos, at an end of the year media briefing on activities of the 8th House of Representatives from June 9 to Dec. 22.

He said that 264 Bills out of the 327 had passed through first reading and awaiting second reading while a total of 40 Bills had been referred to committees.

President Buhari to Speak on Current National Issues on Media Chat

President Muhammadu Buhari is to speak on current national issues on Wednesday during his maiden Presidential Media Chat.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Adesina, in the statement, said the media chat will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

Britain to Assist Nigeria with Additional Military Personnel

The British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Michael Fallon, has said his country will deploy additional military advisers and trainers to Nigeria to help in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

Fallon stated this while fielding question from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.

Buhari Did Not Receive Compensation for Attack on His Convoy in 2014 -Presidency

The Presidency has dismissed an online report that President Muhammadu Buhari received 300,000 dollars and five armoured SUVs from the Office of the National Security Adviser over the attack on his convoy in Kaduna in 2014.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Commission Plans for Census 2016

The characteristics of people living with disabilities will be collected in census 2016 unlike previous censuses which isolated them, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), has said.

Duruiheoma stated this on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ forum organised by Centre for Citizens with Disability (CCD) to commemorate the 2015 International Disability Day.

Theme of the day is ``Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment of People of All Abilities.’’