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Buhari’s Minister Buys N280m Property In Abuja, Says He Took A Loan From Bank

A serving minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has purchased a massive edifice worth N280 million in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The property was purchased in 2017. The Presidency is currently studying the development.

The cabinet member, who is a substantive minister, it was learnt, was summoned by the Presidency to explain how he came about the funds for the purchase of the house, which is located in the highbrow area of Abuja. The Presidency got wind of the purchase following a petition to the president.

According to a source privy to the issue, the minister, who was staying in an N8 million per annum rented apartment when he became a cabinet member in 2015, has already moved to the palatial house with his security details.

The minister had told the Presidency that he secured the property with a mortgage. “The president summoned him following the receipt of the petition against him that he bought a house of N280 million for residential purposes.

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THE MEANING OF IGALA AND THE IGALA PEOPLE

HE MEANING OF “IGALA” AND THE IGALA PEOPLE by Felix Omachoko

A word is a representation of an idea, of a thought or an image. For example, when one says: Apple, one is necessarily describing the idea of what an apple is, its physical properties, appearance, taste etc. One may not explicitly say that an apple is sweet or red but those images come to one’s mind nonetheless.

Hence it increasingly becomes difficult to understand someone or some text when one does not understand the meaning of a few words as one is unable to visualize the idea represented by the word.

THE MEANING OF THE WORD “IGALA” IGALA is a compound word with “Iga” as its root and “Ala” as the qualifying noun. In Igala language, Iga means a partition, blockade, a dividing wall e.g. partition of India . And the qualifying noun, Ala means “Sheep”. This could imply that the first settlers in Igalaland (the Igalamela) saw themselves as God’s flock or sheep that eventually found their greener pasture in this location.

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President Buhari Signs Executive Order To Prevent Foreigners From Getting Jobs Nigerians Can Do

President Buhari on Monday in Abuja signed Executive Order 5 to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components.


The Executive Order is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.

The president, pursuant to the authority vested in him by the constitution, ordered that all ‘‘procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007.’’

The Executive Order also prohibits the Ministry of Interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria.

It, however, notes that where expertise is lacking, procuring entities will give preference to foreign companies and firms with a demonstrable and verifiable plan for indigenous development, prior to the award of such contracts.

In the proclamation entitled ‘‘Presid…