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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.

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.