Breaking: For receiving bribe, Court sends ex-Reps member, Farouk Lawan, to jail

June 22, 2021 Editor 0

A former member of House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, has been convicted by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja for receiving $500,000 bribe from a businessman, Femi Otedola.          Justice Angella Otaluka who convicted Lawan from Kano state announced a seven-year jail term on three count charges preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Read More

Gbagyis, Egbas, what they have in common

June 20, 2021 Editorial III 0

The Gbagyis and Egbas are ethnic groups in Nigeria in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Ogun, one is known for farming and the other for entrepreneurial skills.The two groups though far apart in geographical location, still have something in common.The Egbas are a subgroup of the Yorubas, an ethnic group of western Nigeria, a majority of whom are from Read More

Banana Village: From swamp to shelter

June 20, 2021 Editorial III 0

A retired civil servant, Mr Jacob Akpaso, moved to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with his family after his retirement in 1977 in search of greener pasture. The Akwa Ibom native told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  that he moved from Lagos to Abuja and started farming to make a living. Akpaso said the need for shelter made him Read More

Mohammed Abba Gana, Musa Elayo: Where are they now?

June 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

They served the country meritoriously in their respective capacities, but not much has been heard about them long after they left their positions. ELEOJO IDACHABA seeks where they could be at the moment. Mohammed Abba Gana Mohammed Abba Gana was the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2001 and 2003. He was the predecessor Read More

FCTA to provide better services for IDPs

June 18, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has promised to provide better social amenities and medical consumables for more than 26, 000 internally displaced persons from the North-east and North western parts of the country who took refuge in the capital territory. FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, who gave the assurance Thursday in Abuja, decried the growing number of displaced Read More

14 parties field 472 candidates for FCT area councils poll

June 18, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

Fourteen out of 18 political parties have nominated 472 candidates to vie for 68 elective positions in the February 12, 2022 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said. According to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, at a meeting with political party leaders Thursday in Abuja, a total of 14 parties have Read More

NCARD: FG set to register 10mn farmers

June 17, 2021 John Oba 0

The federal government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has put plan in place by establishing an online portal to register 10 million farmers and ensure efficient and effective monitoring of Federal Government intervention in the Agric sector. The Minister, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, stated this on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the 44th council meeting of Read More

FCT PDP chair urges parties to promote internal democracy

June 17, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Political parties in the country have been advised to respect the will of the people and promote internal democracy within their parties especially by accepting the result of congress elections at the wards, state and national levels of leadership structures. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Comrade Zaka D. Sunday, who gave the advice Read More

The scramble by states for airports

June 16, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

In the days of yore, I gathered, Nigeria had only one airport, located in Lagos, the then nation’s capital, and this served as both an international passenger and cargo airport. Today, nearly all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have passenger airports. Those that do not have are already building one, spear headed not Read More

Again, FCTA threatens to revoke undeveloped Abuja plots

June 16, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The FCT Administration has concluded arrangements to revoke undeveloped plots of land in serviced areas allocated to individuals and corporate organisations. Equally, the Administration will soon commence revocation of plots allocated to various developers under the Mass Housing Scheme but remains undeveloped since allocations were made. The Director of Information & Customer Service (AGIS/Lands), Muhammad Hazat Sule, made this disclosure Read More

FCT council poll: APC reads riot act to members

June 14, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

As political parties intensify plans for the forthcoming February 2022 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area councils’ elections, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has read the riot act to aggrieved members and party executives. They were warned not to jeopardise the party’s chances in the election.In particular, the party warned that anyone bent on taking measures against its Read More

FIRS does not grant tax waivers to local, foreign investors, says Nami

June 13, 2021 David Agba 0

The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, has disclosed that the Service did not grant any tax waivers to any local or foreign investors in the country as the FIRS Act did not empower it to grant such tax breaks. Mr Nami disclosed recently in Abuja during his appearance before the House of Representatives’ Public Accounts Committee Read More

FAO, agric ministry train MDAs, others on data generation, analysis

June 8, 2021 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have commenced a five day train of national MDAs and similar institutions in selected three states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on data generation and analysis. Speaking on Monday during the opening ceremony of the five-day training in Abuja, the FAO Read More

We need N2.6bn to replace 25,462 vandalised assets – FCT minister

June 7, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has disclosed that the FCT Administration needs N2.6 billion to replace 25,462 assets vandalised in the territory.Bello stated this at a town hall meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Monday in Abuja. He explained that recent findings revealed that 400 foul water manhole Read More

Police Council confirms Baba as IGP

June 4, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Police Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, has confirmed Usman Alkali Baba as Inspector General of Police (IGP). The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the meeting, saying Baba was unanimously confirmed. President Buhari had, on April 6, appointed Baba as acting Inspector General of Police. Those in attendance Read More

Still on FCT natives, marginalisation and mayoral status

June 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

The last has not been heard about the agitation for a mayoral status for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the cry of marginalisation by the original settlers of the territory. ELEOJO IDACHABA takes a look at this. Again, the Abuja Original Inhabitant Youths Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO) has intensified its agitations for the identification of Abuja, the nation’s capital, with Read More

Nyanya gridlock: FCTA issues one-week ultimatum to property owners

June 2, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has issued one-week ultimatum to property owners and traders around the Nyanya interchange to vacate site to ensure smooth running of the ongoing construction works in the area.The ultimatum issued Wednesday, was against the backdrop of the return of worrisome traffic gridlock, occasioned by the contravening structures on right of way of the busy Read More

Usuma Dam remains safe water supply to FCT, board insists

May 31, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

Despite the recent concern that Abuja water source faces contamination threat, the Usuman Dam remains safe for potable water supply to residents of the territory, the management of FCT Water Board said weekend. The board in a statement reiterated that it is not relenting on maintenance of dams specifically the Usuma Dam, which serves as residents of the FCT and Read More

Menstrual Hygiene Day: AHF, experts sensitise students, distribute sanitary pads

May 28, 2021 Paul Okah 0

In celebration of the Menstrual Hygiene Day held annually on May 28, a non governmental organisation, AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) Nigeria, in collaboration with the Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI), the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs and health experts, has held a sensitisation campaign for secondary school students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Addressing journalists Friday Read More

FCT Monarch demands concerted action against insecurity

May 28, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun 0

The Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in the Federal Capital Territory [FCT], HRH Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, has called for more coordinated and concerted efforts on the part of security agencies and the various tiers of government to reduce insecurity in the territory. Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, who is also the Onah [Ruler] of Abaji Area Council, observed in an Read More

2021 HAJJ: FCT MPWB to run 2nd dose of COVID -19 vaccination

May 27, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed that intending pilgrims from the territory are to take their second dose of COVID-19 vaccination from Monday, 31st May, 2021. A statement from the board’s spokesperson, Muhammad Lawal said the Director of the Board, Mallam Muhammad Nasiru DanMallam gave assurances on the FCT Administration’s arrangements to ensure that intending pilgrims fulfill all Read More

Imande emerges president of Kuje Tiv community, pledges development

May 26, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

A socialite and philanthropist, Mr Philip Imande has emerged president of the Tiv Community Progressive Association (TICPA) Chibiri Ward in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. Imande along with other new executives are to pilot the affairs of the association for the next three years. The others in the team of the new executives are, Charles Read More