Earth Tremor Hits Abuja, FEMA Calls For Calm

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, particularly those around Maitama, Gwarinpa, Mpape were roused to an unprecedented earth shaking that left many confused on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Many residents while sharing their experiences expressed shock stating that they had never had such unusual forceful shaking of their homes and shops from a natural disaster since they began living in Abuja.

A bridge linking Jalingo and Wukari at Maraban Gassol in Taraba State has collapsed due to heavy rainfall experienced on Wednesday evening. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola revealed the incident in a statement signed by Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, Director of Information in the ministry in Abuja.

FG Increases Maternity Leave To Four Months

The Federal Government has increased maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 16.

The government also advised women to seek legal action against discrimination and abuses at workplace.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said this when he addressed a plenary session at the ongoing 107th International Labour Conference holding in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.

The Police Service Commission, PSC, has released details of successful candidates following its recruitment exercise into the rank of Constable.

President Buhari had in January, approved the recruitment of 6,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force, with the PSC confirming last month that over 133,000 candidates had applied.

Details on the PSC website show that candiates were selected from the 36 states and the FCT.

Alcohol Manufacturers Reject 500% Excise Duty Hike

The Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) says it rejects the new “astronomical increase” in excise duty being imposed on domestic wines and spirits.

The Chairman of DIBAN, Chief Patrick Anegbe told newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos, that the hike was a threat to the N420 billion investment of the industry.

Anegbe said that there was no prior engagement/consultation whatsoever with the indigenous producers of wines and spirits, before adopting the new excise method.

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