Bayelsa Governor Mr Henry Seriake Dickson on Thursday attributed the huge wage bill of the state to prevalence of ghost workers in the public service. Dickson made the observation during the monthly breakdown of the state’s income and expenditure for the month of January 2013. He said that the... Read more
Unidentified gunmen who abducted six expatriates of Bayelsa coastline have demanded a ransom of N200 million to free the sailors. Police Public Relations Officer for Bayelsa Command Mr Fidelis Odunna confirmed the development in a telephone chat on Wednesday. A Russian, three Ukrainian and two Indian sailors were abducted... Read more
The Federal Government on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with General Electric Company to invest one billion dollars (N158 billion) in assembly and manufacturing facilities in Nigeria. Mr Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Trade and Investment, signed on behalf of Nigeria while Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman and global... Read more
The government of Switzerland has pledged to partner the Federal Government to assist Nigerians deported from Switzerland. Ms Simonetta Sommaruga Federal Councillor of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police, made the pledge in Abuja on Friday when she paid a courtesy visit to the Federal Ministry of... Read more
Disengaged ExxonMobil junior workers protest short fall in terminal benefit Some 1,444 disengaged junior workers at ExxonMobil’s Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom on Thursday said the shortage in their terminal benefits was unacceptable. More than 1,000 of the sacked workers participated on a protest march on the streets... Read more
A boat driver, Sun Ebi, lost his life in an attack by armed men suspected to be sea pirates along the Brass waterways in Bayelsa eye witness accounts. Reacting to the attack, the chairman of Brass chapter of the Maritime Workers’ Union, Mr Magnus Angel, described the attack that... Read more
A team of Child Rights focused NGOs on Wednesday rescued two children accused of witchcraft at Okopedi Market, Okobo in Akwa Ibom. Officials of the Humanist Association for Peace and Social Tolerance Advancement (HAPSTA) and Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), said at the scene that the rescue was... Read more
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of Earth Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has applauded Wednesday’s decision by a Dutch court which held Shell liable to the 2008 oil spill in Ikot Ada Udo in Akwa Ibom. A statement from the organisation on Wednesday described the judgement as a watershed. “The landmark judgment... Read more
The Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta has destroyed 362 illegal, local crude oil refineries during its patrol of the region. The Media Coordinator of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed the development on Saturday in Yenagoa. He said the illegal refineries were in Kolokolo area... Read more
Suspected militants of the extremist group, Boko haram driving a “smashed SUV and motorbikes” threw an improvised explosive device (IED) at the convoy of the Emir of Kano, Nigeria, Ado Bayero, and then shot at his official vehicle, killing his driver and three of his bodyguards, according to military... Read more