376 evacuees arrive Abuja from Sudan
The first batch of evacuees from the war-torn Sudan to Egypt arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday.
The evacuees were the first batch who arrived at the Argeen border last week Wednesday, April 26 for airlifting in Aswan Egypt.
The first batch of evacuees experienced some delays as a result of the formalities issued by the Egyptian authorities to enable them to be airlifted to Nigeria.
In an audio sent to the Nigerian in the Diaspora Commission Situation Room on Wednesday, a Nigerian official explained the reasons for the delay in the airlifting of stranded Nigerians who ought to have arrived in the country earlier today.
The official explained, “Two aircraft, Air Peace and NAF C130, are supposed to airlift 350 passengers. Unfortunately, 26 additional persons sneaked into the buses. The Egyptian personnel were there. They counted and they found 376 Nigerians. They refused the 26 people to stay back at the airport and they also refused to allow Nigerian officials to take the 26 people back to the border.
“Now, they want everyone to leave. Neither will they allow them to go back to the border. The only option is to overload the aircraft. The pilots were consulted and they said they could not airlift more people and have plenty of luggage.”
However, the Air Peace plane arrived at 11:35pm with 278 passengers while NAF C130 arrived at 11:55pm with 98 passengers.
Tambuwal swears in 23 perm secs, 15 DGs
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday, swore in 23 new Permanent Secretaries and 15 Directors General into the state civil service.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Government House, Sokoto, where Tambuwal charged the new appointees to use their vast experience to uplift the state’s civil service.
“I task you to use this opportunity to promote the service by adhering to the rules and ethics of the profession for the overall development of the State,” he urged.
The governor noted that it was unprecedented in the history of civil service for 26 permanent secretaries and Directors General to voluntarily resigned their appointments, creating huge vacancies.
He said, “It was on this note that I made these appointments.”
Rep-elect denies attacking activist, warns against blackmail
A member-elect of the House of Representatives from Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency of Ogun State, Tunji Akinosi, has denied accusation of attacking a female activist, Abiodun Thomas.
He noted that the allegation that his car hit a hawker in the Onikan area of Lagos State was false.
Akinosi, a former Commissioner for Forestry in the state, on Monday, had reportedly used his black Prado SUV to brush the hawker.
But, the lawmaker denied the allegation, warning against mischief by those circulating an alleged video of the incident.
Senate Approves Restructuring Of N22.7tn Loan Request
The Senate has approved the restructuring of the controversial N22.719 trillion naira ways and means advances, ostensibly to ensure that the government does not shut down.
The upper chamber gave the approval during Wednesday’s plenary session after considering a report from its ad hoc committee, which noted that the federal government repeatedly borrowed from the central bank of Nigeria in the process exceeding the five per cent threshold of the previous year’s revenue as stipulated by the CBN Act.
President Buhari’s request for the National Assembly to restructure the sum of n22.719 trillion naira ways and means advances were met with suspicion and opposition by federal lawmakers in the Senate.
In his letter to the Senate, which was read on the floor on December 21, 2022, explained that the ways and means of advances given to the Federal Government by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are for emergency funding of delayed receipt of fiscal deficit.
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