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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has secured a reduction in the charges for the 2024 Hajj from the Saudi Arabian government. According to the NAHCON, the cost of accommodation in Madinah dropped from SR 2,080 (Saudi Riyals) in 2023 to SR 1,665 this year. Similarly, the cost of accommodation in Makkah was realized at SR 3000 against SR 3,500 in the previous year. However, the reductions contained in a statement by Fatima Sanda Usara, the NAHCON’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs, were attained in the cost of airfare, accommodation and Masha’ir packages. She disclosed that the achievement…

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The Oyo State Government has sealed a new generation church at Golden Estate, Oluyole, Ibadan, the state capital The state government said the church was sealed over noise pollution. It noted that the action was taken against a branch of Christ Life Church in the area, after several unresolved steps taken by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to mediate among the complainants, residents and the church management. Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, said this on Friday. He added that the state government was left with no other option but to seal the…

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The Oyo State Government has suspended Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola (Gbadewolu I) as the Onido of Ido in Ido Local Government Area of the state. The government, in a letter dated 2nd of February, 2024 and signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Olusegun Olayiwola, indicated that Governor ‘Seyi Makinde approved the suspension on 1st of February, 2024. “I wish to inform you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State of Nigeria, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sub-section 1&2 of Section 26 of the Chiefs Law, Cap. 28 Vol…

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. Our attention as a peace loving and law abiding citizen of AFIJIO LG has been drawn to a purported Press Release signed by the State Hon Commissioner for Information after an interactive meeting held yesterday at the Western Hall, Secretariat at the instance of our amiable and indefatigable Deputy Governor of the State in the very person of Barrister Bayo Lawal with almost all the invited Stakeholders in attendance including but not limited to the vibrant Representatives of AFIJIO Descendants Union which is the umbrella Union of all AFIJIO indegenes both at home and in the diaspora but to…

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Canal+ Group, a French TV channel, has offered to buy all the shares in South Africa’s MultiChoice for $1.69 billion. According to Reuters, Canal+, in a statement on Thursday, said it has already submitted a proposal to this effect. Canal+, a top shareholder in MultiChoice with a 31.67 percent stake, according to data on London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), said it would likely pay 105 rand in cash per share — a 40 percent premium to MultiChoice’s closing share price on Wednesday. The French firm said its offer, worth 31.7 billion rand ($1.69 billion), was non-binding and indicative. The…

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Ahead of the midnight February 1, 2024 deadline given by the Central Bank of Nigeria to commercial banks to sell all excess foreign exchange holdings, Deposit Money Banks on Thursday made frantic efforts to offload their surplus dollar stocks. It was learnt that the treasury departments of the DMBs spent the entire day battling to sell their excess FX holdings. Officials processed several foreign exchange request forms of their customers as they sold more dollars to them, The PUNCH gathered. The increase in the level of forex sale activities at the official foreign exchange market, it was learnt, led…

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Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George, has appealed to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to shelve his 2027 presidential ambition and allow younger Nigerians to run. George made this appeal in an interview on Arise Television on Thursday. According to George, Atiku would be 81 years old in 2027, and he would be too old at the time to govern the country. The PDP chieftain noted that Atiku should be like a big uncle in the room, mentoring the younger ones instead of thinking about contesting in 2027. George said, “My brother Atiku Abubakar…

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There is growing restiveness among the staff of the federal civil service, ministries, departments and agencies, and MDAs, over unpaid January salaries. The worker’s situation is compounded by the fact that they also owed a backlog of N35,000 in wage awards. It was gathered that non-payment of the January salary to core civil servants and non-core civil servants is due to the inability of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF, to finalise the 2024 Appropriation on the Government Integrated Financial Management System, GIFMIS, platform. The failure has prevented the release of the personnel warrant for…

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Festus Keyamo, minister of aviation and aerospace development, says officials of the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) received over N493 million last year as duty tour allowance (DTA). Keyamo disclosed this in a post on his official X handle on Thursday. On Wednesday, during an interview on Channels Television, Keyamo said the relocation of FAAN headquarters from Abuja to Lagos was important due to the cost of operation. He said FAAN officials spent N450 million on flight tickets last year, as they fly every day to and fro Abuja to get documents signed. While raising concerns about…

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: An Ivorian football fan, Anselme Santos, who was caught on camera in the stands trying to woo a young lady, has reportedly issued an apology to his wife and children. The amorous moment happened in the heat of celebration of Ivory Coast’s Round of 16 victory over defending champions in Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro on Monday. The determined effort of Santos to engage in conversation with his seatmate instead was captured on camera, swiftly transforming into instant meme material. According to Actu Foot, Santos expressed remorse for any distress his actions could have caused to his wife…

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