Sound Sultan: Details of singer’s last phone call revealed

A phone conversation between the late Nigerian singer, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan and on-air personality, Steve Onu, aka Yaw, is now in public domain.

Sound Sultan died today in the US after a battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma.

The Jagbajantis was 44 years.

In the conversation with Yaw, Sound Sultan explained he was only following God’s will. He noted he never planned to make a trip to America because of health concerns.

“God has a plan, I know that strongly. So, I just dey follow am. This trip no be my plans.

“If you see the way doctors dey tell me say I dey respond to treatment. Chemo don start, everything. I thank God. I no dey stress myself,” Sound Sultan said in a telephone call.

He is survived by his wife, children and siblings. Dailypost


5 kidnappers nabbed after abducting boy in Ogun

Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested five suspected kidnappers while the gang attempted collecting N3.5m ransom for an eight-year-old boy, Sadiq Abass.

The police identified the suspects as Abdul-Raman Umar, Falalu Abubakar, Danjuma Bako,  Idris Lawal and Fauziya Falalu .

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested on Friday following a complaint lodged at the Ogere divisional police headquarters by the victim’s father, Riliwan Mohammed.

The PPRO said the five suspects conspired to kidnap and collect N3.5m from Mohammed.

He said, “The suspects were arrested following a complaint lodged at the Ogere divisional headquarters by one Riliwan Mohammed, who reported that he left his wife and three children at home at about 12 noon, only for him to receive a phone call from a strange number that his eight years old son had been abducted.

 “He reported further that the caller demanded N3.5m as ransom if he wanted to see the boy alive.

“Upon the report, the DPO, Ogere division, CSP Abiodun Ayinde, quickly mobilised his crack detectives to go after the hoodlums.

 “The detectives embarked on technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to the hideout of the suspects, where they were arrested and the victim rescued unhurt.”

Oyeyemi said the state Commissioner of Police, Edward  Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation. Punch


COVID19 third wave: States run out of vaccine, 9,057 travellers disappear

There are strong indications that Nigeria is  gradually approaching  the third wave of COVID-19 with  the steady rise  in  positive  cases of the virus in the last one week.

The PUNCH  on Sunday gathered that  the  fear that  the third  wave  might be  deadlier than the two previous ones  was heightened by the fact that the country recorded Delta variant of the virus last week when most states had exhausted their vaccine doses.

According to reliefweb.int, the Delta variant has been confirmed in 22 African countries and has been found to spread 225 per cent faster than the original virus.

No fewer than 5,600 people across Africa died from COVID-19 in the first week of July.

Lagos State, which was the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria during the first and the second waves, on Sunday said the bed occupancy in its isolation centres had increased from one per cent to six per cent.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a statement on Sunday, said only one per cent of the states’ residents had received COVID-19 vaccines, adding that the state was targeting 60 per cent for herd immunity.

He also lamented that  between May 8 and 7 July, 2021, 18 per cent (9,057) of  50,322 “passengers of interest” who  arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed Airport could not be reached for mandatory isolation.

The governor said these as the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control on admitted steady rise in COVID-19 cases in the country in the  last  one week. Punch


Police arrest 8 suspected cultists in Delta, recover arms, ammunition

The Rapid Respond Squad, RRS, visibility patrol led by the Divisional Police Officer “A” Division in Warri, CSP T.Y Mahmud has arrested eight suspected cultists at Jeddo Community, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.

The suspects include Oghenewaro Bebe ‘m’, 21yrs, Oritsetusem Fenemigho, ‘m’ 29yrs, Weyinmi Onomakponi ‘m’ 35yrs, Emmanuel Edah ‘m’ 27yrs, Osro Etiosa ‘m’ 23yrs, Oshef Benji ‘m’ 27yrs, Confidence Sunday ‘m’ 18yrs, Akintemeyin James ‘m’ 18yrs and Hope Agbogidi ‘f’ 25yrs.

The suspects are allegedly members of the Aiye Black Axe confraternity, DAILY POST learnt.

The Police also recovered Two (2) locally made pistol, one(1) battle axe, one(1) long cutlass, five (5) customized Aiye pillows, one (1) customized center table with Aiye logo, one (1) AK 47 expended ammunition, necklace used as body protection charm, two (2) HP Laptop, six (6) iphones, two (2) suspected stolen Lexus car keys, one (1) original and a duplicate copy from the suspects.

It was learnt that the Police on patrol duty intercepted and arrested the first suspect, Oghenewaro Bebe in a full regalia of Aiye Black Axe Confraternity.

The Delta State Police Command led by CP Ari Muhammed Ali confirmed the arrest in a statement signed by the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe.

According to the Police image maker, “The suspect confessed to be a member of the above cult group.

“He led the team to a bush bar at Jeddo which is their meeting point.

“At the bush bar one live silver like 7.63mm ammunition was recovered.”

DSP Edafe noted that the suspect led the Police to Ughoton Community where a top leader of the Confraternity, Oritsetusem Fenemigho is residing.

He said the cult leader was arrested along with his members.

“The said Oritseusen Fenemigho equally led the team to Idimi Sobo under Okere Urhobo where they recovered a suspected stolen car. Investigation is ongoing,” he added. Dailypost


New moon sighted: Sultan of Sokoto announces date for 2021 Eid-el-Kabir

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has announced that Sunday, July 11, will be the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.

This was contained in a statement on Sunday signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.

“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in Conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee on Saturday received reports on the sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.

“The Sultan accepted the report and accordingly declared Sunday, July 11, as the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH,” it read in part.

Dhul-Hijja is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims perform the Ḥajj (Holy Pilgrimage) as well as observe the Festival of Sacrifice.

Nigerian Muslims will now observe the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir on Tuesday, July 20, which is equivalent to 10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH. Dailypost


NDLEA intercepts N6.5bn heroin at Lagos airport, declares baron wanted

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has intercepted a consignment of 26.15 kilogrammes of heroin with a street value of over N6.5 billion at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.

NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said that the seizure was made at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) shed of the Lagos airport.

According to him, the illicit drug had arrived Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on 30th June, 2021.

He said that it was, however, detained for screening following reasonable suspicion of the content of the consignment.

“A follow-up operation was subsequently carried out the following day, 1st July when narcotic officers of the MMIA command trailed the driver and a clearing agent that were assigned to deliver the consignment.

“Investigation revealed that they were to deliver to the house of a baron at Okota, Lagos.

“During the follow-up operation, the baron, who obviously mounted a counter-surveillance around his neighbourhood, fled his home before the arrival of the team of operatives who stormed his residence.

“They were however able to search his home and recovered a number of documents to establish his true identity,” he said.

Babafemi said that the NDLEA Chiarman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retired), had directed that the fleeing drug baron be declared wanted immediately and his details submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world.

He said Marwa had, therefore, directed the agency’s Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations as well as the Directorate of Intelligence to deploy their networks to fast-track the arrest of the baron.

Marwa said that in view of the volume of heroin brought into country by the fleeing baron, the agency would deploy all available mechanisms, locally and internationally, to track him and bring him to face charges in the law court.

“Those who have been on the run for 10 years and some for five years, we have since tracked them and are now facing charges while cooling their heels behind bars.

“The latest one will not be an exception, because he can only run but can’t hide for too long before we get him,” Marwa was quoted to have said.



‘She terrorised me spiritually’ – Man beheads 65-year-old woman

The Police in Cross River State have arrested on Christian Edem-Eyo, 34, for allegedly killing and beheading one Uduak Okpo.

The suspect, paraded on Tuesday, buried the head of the victim, aged 65, and the body separately on June 6, 2021.

In a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria, Edem-Eyo admitted that he murdered Okpo because she was a ‘spiritual terrorist”

“I killed Uduak Okpo because she belonged to the marine world. She was terrorising me spiritually in the compound,” he said.

Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande said the suspect will soon be arraigned.

The CP said the command’s Operation Restore Peace is yielding results with the arrest of many criminals.

Akande added that the police are liaising with traditional rulers, youth groups, stakeholders and communities to maintain order. Dailypost 


Detained Igboho’s aides denied access to lawyers – Spokesman alleges

The 11 men and a woman arrested in Sunday Igboho’s Ibadan residence on Thursday are being denied access to their lawyers.

The spokesman to Sunday Igboho, Olayomi Koiki, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Koiki, the 12 detainees “have since been held underground under lock and key, and remain incommunicado from their lawyers and families.”

Koiki alleged that “all attempts by their legal representatives to meet with them as prisoners of conscience at the DSS Headquarters, Three Arms Zone, Abuja yesterday the 5th of July 2021, and also today the 6th July of 2021, have been rebuffed, refused and thwarted by the Department of State Security on mere whims.”

He revealed that an official letter submitted by members of the legal team, requesting for visitation rights with the detainees had been discountenanced by men of the DSS.

The spokesman explained that two of the detained individuals are in need of urgent medical attention, particularly the woman among them; stating that “although the DSS are very much aware of her health condition which requires urgent care, they have refused to act on same.”

“It goes without gain-saying that we will hold the DSS and its entire hierarchy liable should any harm befall these detainees,” Koiki declared. Dailypost 


Military Dismisses Major For Mobile Phone Theft, Lieutenant Commander For Stealing N250,000

Two Senior Officers Dismissed From Armed Forces Command, Jaji For Alleged Stealing  

Two senior officers of the Nigerian military have been dismissed from the force for engaging in theft, SaharaReporters has learnt.  

A military source noted that the soldiers were members of Senior Course 43 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.

The source said the senior officers - one in the position of a Major and the other, a Lieutenant Commander are leaders that other junior officers look up to as role models.

In a notice written in military format, Major I Abdullahi (N/12034) was withdrawn for stealing a handset while Lt Cdr MI Madume (NN/2938) was withdrawn for stealing the sum of N250,000. It was dated July 3rd, 2021.

The source said, "These are our leaders in the military dismissed for stealing, you can imagine that these are people we are looking up to are engaging in theft. One of them, a Major stole an ordinary phone while the other, a Lieutenant Commander stole N250, 000."

Checks by SaharaReporters revealed that a Lt Commander's salary in Nigeria is about N230,652 per month while a major earns about N300, 000 monthly.

The Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji is a training facility established for the Nigerian Armed Forces, including the army, air force and navy to produce operational-level military officers of the highest professional standard.

It is near the village of Jaji, about 35 km northeast of Kaduna in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Saharareporters 


Edo government revokes road project, orders contractor’s arrest after viral video

Edo State Government has stopped the Lawani Crescent Federal Constituency road project in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.

A viral video by a citizen exposed the poorly executed construction. His complaint triggered condemnation of the authorities on social media.

On Tuesday, Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu undertook an inspection of the location and announced that the contract stands revoked.

The government said it falls short of the standard that has been maintained across the state.

“We call on citizens to take charge of all government properties in their area”, a statement on Facebook read.

The contractor handling the road is to be arrested and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

The government added that the National Assembly allocated N360million for constituency projects in Akoko-Edo federal constituency in 2021.

The Governor Godwin Obaseki administration vowed to investigate “to ensure we have value for money”. Dailypost 


Nollywood Actress Damilola Adegbite counsels single mothers

Nollywood actress Damilola Adegbite has urged single mothers never to deprive their children the opportunity of enjoying fatherly love.

The single mother of one has advised other single mothers to allow their kids have access to their dads.

In commemoration of the Father’s Day celebration on Sunday; the actress took to her Instagram page to address single mothers on the significance of fathers’ involvement in the lives their children.

Damilola Adegbite urged single mothers to allow their children’s fathers to be involved in their lives as much as possible; while adding that the children will eventually grow and someday inquire to know why they were deprived of fatherly love.

Sharing an image which had the inscription: “A FATHER’S MESSAGE To single mothers, the ‘Tinsel’ actress captioned post;

“There are three categories of single mothers: the ones whose children’s fathers cannot be in their life (e.g dead, incarcerated etc.);

The ones whose children’s fathers have abandoned them or who do more harm than good being a part of their lives (e.g cases of domestic violence); and then lastly, the ones who intentionally keep their children/child away from their father because they are angry, bitter, hurt and vengeful.

“To ‘category 3′ mums, today is a good day to reassess the situation.

There are many awesome fathers who genuinely crave to be in their children’s lives but are not allowed to by their moms.

Trust me, I understand how you feel.

Please soften your heart towards them and make decisions based on what’s best for your child.

You will not always be able to keep them separated from their father.

May our children not grow up and blame us or despise us for depriving them of their fathers’ love.

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads.

You are loved and appreciated.” Thenationonlineng 


Google set to support African startups with $6m funding programmes

Google has announced new initiatives to help African startups get access to capital and best of its resources.

The programmes, which include a $3 million Black Founders Fund for African startups and a $3 million Google.org grant to help low-income communities develop entrepreneurial skills and funding.

Nitin Gajria, managing director of Google Africa, and Rowan Barnett, Head of Google.org Europe, Middle East & Africa, disclosed this in a joint statement on Monday.

“Through the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund Africa, we are supporting early-stage Black-founded startups and startups that are benefitting the Black community on the continent. We want to bridge the existing fundraising gap for Black startup founders in Africa’s fast-growing technology landscape,” the statement reads.

“The programs, which include a $3 million USD Black Founders Fund for African startups and a $3 million USD Google.org grant to help low-income communities develop entrepreneurial skills and funding, will help Black founders grow their businesses not only by providing capital but also by providing access to the best of Google resources.”

They further explained that the fund will be allocated across a pipeline of 50 investable startups in Africa and is open to all startups that meet the criteria.

“The $3M non-dilutive fund will be allocated across a pipeline of 50 investable startups in Africa, with each firm receiving up to $100,000 in cash awards. Each selected company will also receive $220,000 in Google Cloud Credits and Ad Grants, as well as mentoring, technical and scaling assistance from the best of Google. The equity-free fund is available to entrepreneurs developing for Africa, on the continent,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, applications are open from today until July 7 and eligible startups can visit goo.gle/BFFAfrica now to apply. TheCableng


NAFDAC set to register, certify premises of chemical manufacturers

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has declared that it is set to register and certify premises of chemical manufacturers in order to boost the nation’s economy.

A statement signed on Sunday by the Agency’s resident media consultant, Mr Olusayo Akintola, stated that the NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this during a virtual stakeholders’ meeting with chemical manufacturers.

Adeyeye said that it also advocates for use of chemicals that are less harmful and hazardous, adding that a portal had been created by the agency for registration of chemical products for strict adherence to international best practices.

She said, “Chemicals no doubt play a pivotal role in the economic development of any country, Nigeria as an economy in transition has many needs of chemicals for her numerous industries.

“Some of these chemicals are now manufactured in the country and this creates an environment of heightened concern that NAFDAC is expected to play a leading role in strengthening chemical safety and security.

“The NAFDAC Act empowers the agency to undertake appropriate investigations into production premises and raw materials for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals.

“The Act also empowered the agency to establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certificates of the production sites and of the regulated products.”

Adeyeye said that the law also compels all handlers of chemicals to adhere strictly to all the stipulated guidelines for sound chemical management in order to safeguard the health and protect the environment.



Freedom fighter Sunday Igboho Reveals Time, Venue For Mega Oduduwa Republic Rally In Lagos

Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said nothing will stop Oduduwa Republic agitators from storming Lagos on July 3 for a mega rally.

Igboho, who has been spearheading the rallies to mobilise more support for the agitation for a sovereign Yoruba nation, to be called Oduduwa Republic stated that Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria is the next venue for the rally. 

Some of the states in the region that have witnessed the rally include Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, and Ondo States.

The spokesman to the activist, Olayomi Koiki, who spoke in a live video, said the rally is scheduled to take off from Ojota Park, Lagos on Friday, Daily Post reports. 

He said, “We are sending a peaceful message to Governor Sanwo-Olu. We do not mind any other person who is saying we should not come to Lagos.

“Sanwo-Olu is the chief security officer of the land and we are coming to Lagos.

“July 3rd is the most important date; nobody can say we should not come to Lagos. It is a peaceful rally.

“We have gone to Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti and we had peaceful rallies, so nobody can stop us from not coming to Lagos.” Saharareporters 


Bbnaija: Social media reacts as body enlargement brand drags Nina

BBNaija star Nina Ivy has come under intense heat sessions from social media users after being dragged by a body enhancement brand for undergoing plastic surgery barely three weeks after she allegedly signed a deal with them as their influencer.

The Nation reported Nina had decided to follow the path of some BBNaija ex-housemates who had gone under the knife to enhance parts of their bodies by undergoing a plastic surgery procedure in faraway Florida, United States of America.

The enhancement brand located in Nigeria called out the US-based ex-BBNaija housemate following a viral video that showed she just underwent surgery to further enhance her feminine features.

They revealed the termination of contracts with Nina following her act and explained the reality TV star has done huge damage to them.

The brand also noted that the reality star was paid millions to represent them yet she went ahead to use the money for plastic surgery.

The brand demanded Nina refunds them in full and also tender a public apology to address the supposed damage her act might cause them.

The brand’s boss explained they have invested so much in building what they have today and the reality TV star will not be the one to end their brand.

They have threatened to deal with the mother of one and make her pay dearly for her actions.

This development has made social media users express their disappointment, noting the social media personality acted badly and should refund the brand their money with an apology to follow.

evelyn____xx stated: “But Nina you signed an endorsement deal with body enhancement store not even up to 1 month and use the money to complete your surgery payment. E choke for your side. Better refund the money.”

wf_ella_berry wrote: “U use ambassadorship money go do surgery wetin u want to make people wey u dey influence for the brand talk na oo ehn Nina bagrand.”

debblissimports said: “But refund the enhancement ambassador deal you got.

Iizzyypp stated: “The ‘bagrand’ of the criticism is you just signed an endorsement barely 3weeks ago about organic enhancement & yet go for this almost immediately, that move alone cud wreck ur sponsor’s biz…After 3yrs, sense still far.”

de_vibes_angel wrote: “Nobody is criticising her for getting her body done.. as most celebrities does.. we are just saying.. she shouldn’t have accepted the deal if she know she wasn’t gonna use their product.”

chef_weli said: “Ok, Oya refund them the endorsement money back let everyone zuruike.”

blaq_beeuutee stated: “Funny how the ones with inferiority complex talk about or know people who are depressed. If you weren’t depressed yourself you wouldn’t be bothered about getting a new butt or bleaching your skin. Oh well, everyone is claiming to be doing what makes them happy.

By the way, I hope you have refunded the brand you are signed to market their butt cream.”

queenkonia wrote: “You shouldn’t have accepted the deal with Mav herbals if you know that you have it in mind to do your body. Hian!”

ida_oyedele said: “Madam no one is hating you for getting your body done. Why did you sign a deal with a brand and not represent what it stands for. No business owner will take it likely. I hope other brands learn from this most of these influencers are just after the bag they don’t care what happened to your business.” Thenationonlineng 


Africa: FG pays N20,000 stipends to 394,433 beneficiaries of 774,000 jobs

Three hundred and ninety – four thousand four hundred and thirty- three (394, 433) participants of the Federal Government’s Extended Special Public Works Programme have so far been paid as of Friday, 18, 2021, document showed last night.

In the document shared by Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, 639, 947 participants registered for the programme meant to provide a stop- gap three month jobs to mainly artisans to earn N20, 000 monthly doing public works.

The document showed that 463, 742 participants have so far been verified and are ready for payment by their various banks.

According to the document, Fidelity Bank has paid 92, 394 participants of the 104, 596 that registered with the bank while UBA has paid 73, 531 participants of the 100, 800 that registered with the bank and Heritage Bank has paid 61, 800 participants of the 102, 800 that registered with the bank.

Also, Zenith Bank has paid 58, 732 participants of the 92, 700 that registered with the bank while Access Bank has paid 58, 638 participants of the 105, 000 that registered with the bank and FCMB has paid 32, 696 participants of the 118, 209 that registered with the bank.

And Yobe MFB has paid 16, 642 participants of the 16, 642 that registered with the bank.

The programme, which was flagged off in January by Keyamo, has come under scrutiny with participants complaining of non – payment of their N20, 000 stipends after competing their assignments.

But on Monday, officials from the National Directorate of Employment, participating banks and the Minister’s office, met at the Minister’s conference room to review the progress so far made in the execution of the programme.

Those present at the meeting on Monday included: Olua Davidson; Faniyi Fatogun; and Christopher Omoaghe (Representatives of the Minister); Olaomi Roseline Silvia; Dauda Idris; Samaila B Mamman (Rep of NDE) and representatives of banks)

At the end of the meeting, all parties affirmed that they will continue the rigorous process of registering and verifying all the participants before payments in order to avoid wide-scale fraud in the programme.

The meeting also agreed that those who have already been selected for the ESPW programme and have issues should approach their various banks to regularise their registration.

The document reads: “All parties affirm that they will continue the rigorous process of registering and verifying all the participants before payments in order to avoid wide-scale fraud in the programme. The banks will continue the role of registering and verifying the participants from their local branches in different LGAs in order to ensure that most of the participants are resident in those LGAs to achieve the aim and design of the programme of empowering 1,000 Nigerians in each of the 774 LGAs in Nigeria.

“The meeting agreed that those who have already been selected for the ESPW programme and have issues should approach their various banks to regularize their registration. The Bank branches are directed to attend to all participants duly selected using https://banks.specialpublicworks.gov.ng. On no account should they be turned back.

“Those who have been duly captured by the banks but with incorrect or inconsistent BVNs are advised to go back to their banks to rectify the inconsistencies. A link will be provided on the ESPW and NDE websites (www.specialpublicworks.gov.ng and www.nde.gov.ng) for participants to check their BVN status. For those who cannot use the internet they should go to the State NDE offices, Liaison Officers of the NDE in their various LGAs or approach the Chairman of their State Selection Committee to avail them the list of those with issues with their BVNs.

“For those who do not have problems with their BVNs but have not received payments, they should go to the banks that registered them to clarify the issues.

“The banks are mandated to issue ATM cards to all participants. Participants are therefore encouraged to collect their ATM cards from the banks so that they can access their payments from various cash points without necessarily going to the banks.

“Participants are assured that their stipends would be paid as soon as all issues are resolved.

“The meeting agreed that banks are no longer restricted to their initially allotted Local Governments. Consequently, selected participants are at liberty to approach any of the seven selected banks nearest to the Local Government where they were selected. The Banks are namely Access, FCMB, Fidelity, Heritage, UBA, Yobe MFB and Zenith.

“So far, the NDE has authorized the payments of one-month stipends to all those that have been verified. As shown above, all parties are making strenuous efforts to resolve issues of those yet to receive the first month stipends before the commencement of the second tranche of payments.”

The SPW is an adhoc programme designed by the federal government to provide a stop – gap three month jobs to mainly artisans to earn N20, 000 monthly doing public works.

1,000 youths were hired from each of the 774 local government areas in the country as beneficiaries, bringing the figure to 774, 000 councils.

N52 billion has been earmarked for the programme expected to last for three months, with the monies used for the purchase of equipment, payment of salaries and other logistics.

But only N26 billion has been released for the programme. Thenationonlineng 

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