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The Blind Need Help In The North

He stood up as soon as the Friday prayer ended at a Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja Central Mosque. Clutching a walking stick and a braille hand frame, the teenager announced his mission to the congregation. He was a student of the Government School for the Blind, Katsina who couldn’t buy his learning materials and had come to seek help, he said, displaying a student identity card, which gave his name as Aliyu Ibrahim, to support his claim. After speaking in Hausa briefly, he translated himself in smattering English. He asked the…

Drug Abuse: The Task Before Buba Marwa Committee

Nigerians woke up to the cheering news on December 11 last year,that former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brigadier General Buba Marwa was announced as Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee On Drug Abuse. For stakeholders in the health sector, and for parents who are condemned to watch their wards ravaged by drugs and substances, the news was elating. It is once again a demonstration of the connection between the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and the ordinary Nigerians. Not only is it a…

PenCom: House Of Reps Stops Probe, Says It was Misinformed

An Ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives set up to probe the activities of the National Pension Commission, PenCom, has called off the probe, citing new information made available to it. The House had on Thursday November 29, 2018, resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the activities of PenCOM from April 2017 till date. The resolution was premised on alleged irregularities in the activities of the Commission which included operating without a Board 19 months after the Federal Government…

PENCOM And The Challenges Of Motley Ghosts

Anyone who has ever headed an organization or association of people knows the peril of fighting corruption and those who profit from it. It is a hazardous venture undertaken only by persons with strong character, conviction and determination. Such individuals often come out of the struggle bruised or battered, but nevertheless contented and comforted for putting themselves on the firing line to protect public trust. This is the situation with the National Pension Commission, PenCom, which is the regulatory body mandated to…

 Buhari Saves 2019 Election, Fails To Assent Electoral Amendment Bill 2018

Ita Enang, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (senate) broke the news this afternoon that his principal had returned the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 to the Senate. While he did not say whether the President declined assent or not, he left no one in doubt that the presidency had rejected the bill for the third time. Enang told reporters that, “President Muhammadu Buhari has taken decision on Electoral Act Amendment bill 2018. In accordance with his power under the 1999 Constitution and…

Governor El-Rufai Has Balkanized Kaduna State Into Tribes, Sects – Isa Ashiru

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kaduna State, Isa Ashiru has taken a swipe at Governor Nasir El-Rufai over the way he runs the state. In a chat with THE WHISTLER, Ashiru alleged that El-Rufai had personalized governance in the state turned it into a “one-man show” where people do not matter. Ashiru, a former member of the House of Representatives, said security situation in the state had worsen since El-Rufai took over the mantle of leadership in the state, stressing that a once…

Shiites Protest Detention Of El-Zaky Zaky Again, Call Buhari A Muslim Fundamentalist

Followers of Ibrahim El-Zaky Zaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, have again taken to the streets in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital to protest the continuing detention of their leader. Scores of his followers, mostly young boys and ladies, embarked on a peaceful demonstration to the National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday morning to demand release of El-Zaky Zaky who has been in the custody of the Department of State Security Services, DSS since December 14, 2015. The protesters carried…

DANA Air Denies Losing License

There are indications that Dana Air may have lost its operating licence has all its flights have been reported cancelled. Some frequent flyers of the airline who alerted THE WHISTLER Tuesday morning said efforts to book Dana flights were unsuccessful and that all its flights were reported canceled without any explanations. “All their flights have been canceled,” said Richard Ako, a frequent flyer of Dana Air on Tuesday morning after failing to get a booking at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja. Some…

2019: Atiku Has No Moral Burden, Lawyers Urge Nigerians To Disregard Alleged US Indictment

Nigerians have been urged to disregard a United States Senate report allegedly indicting former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on investigations chaired by Senator Carl Levin had allegedly indicted Abubakar during 2010 investigations of violations of U.S. money laundering laws. The former vice president was said to have laundered funds into U.S, banks through his wife Jennifer Douglas, based in that country. But speaking to THE…

Nigeria Oil In High Demand – NNPC

As Nigeria continues to ensure stability and improvement in oil production, the country will become more critical to the supply and demand structure of the global oil market. Mr. Mele Kyari, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Department, NNPC, revealed this during a presentation on production outlook for Nigeria in Geneva, Switzerland. He said the quality of the Nigerian crude and the recent intervention of the current administration in the country to ensure stability and increase production would make…