Friday, 29 November 2013

Amaechi Dissolves Obio-Akpor Local Government Council

Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi has dissolved the leadership of Obio-Akpor local Government Council.

A statement signed yesterday by the secretary to the Rivers state government George Feyii said the dissolution notice is in exercise of the powers conferred on the governor by the state local government law twenty twelve.

The governor directed the council chairman Timothy Nsirim to handover to the Head of Personnel Management of the council with immediate effect.

Court Sentence Amigo Supermarket Terror Suspect To Life In Prison

The Federal High Court has sentenced a Lebanese, Tahal Roda, to life imprisonment on charges of terrorism.

The High Court also freed Mustapha Fawaz of Amigo Supermarket and Abdullah Thahini.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Ebonyi State University Withdraws From ASUU Strike

Authorities of the Ebonyi State University Abakiliki says it has pulled out of the on-going ASUU strike.

A statement by the registrar of the university Sam Egwu said that academic activities will resume in all the university campuses today.

Egwu said the institution took the decision following ASUU National Executive Council Meeting in Kano over the weekend which failed to end the strike.

We Will Go Ahead With Anambra Supplementary Election - INEC

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Vanguard Newspaper
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it would go ahead with the November thirty supplementary governorship election in Anambra state.

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman Kayode Idowu said the commission cannot stop the election after it has announced the date and began preparations towards the poll.

Idowu insisted that INEC is covered by the Electoral Act twenty ten, as amended to conduct supplementary election.

Anambra Guber Fallout: Ekwunife Sues Obiano

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA Chief Willie Obiano has been dragged to court over allegations that he engaged in double voters’ registration.

The suit filed by the runner-up in APGA’s governorship primaries Uche Ekwunife is contending that Obiano’s double registration status with INEC as a voter disqualified him from contesting in the election.

Ekwunife is praying the court to declare that she is the lawful candidate of APGA.

She also wants the court to compel INEC to recognize her as the candidate of the party in the November sixteenth Anambra governorship election.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

EFCC Arraigns Four for Defrauding Union Bank

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 arraigned Salisu Liman (alias Zico), Isaiah Friday, Azaaior Samuel and Dan Asabe Ibrahim before Justice L.B Lawal-Akapo of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, on a three count charge bordering on conspiracy to defraud, contrary to section 323 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.11, 2011; unauthorized access to  computer contrary, to section 385 of the Criminal Law, Lagos State of Nigeria, No. 11, 2011 and stealing, contrary to section 285 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, No. 11, 2011.

One of the counts read, "Salihu Liman (alias Zico), Isaiah Friday, Azaaior Samuel, Dan Asabe Ibrahim and others (still at large) on or about the 9th January, 2013 at Lagos within the Ikeja judicial division conspired to defraud Union Bank Plc of N2,055,000,000 (Two Billion and Fifty Five Million Naira) which sum you fraudulently transferred from the General Ledger account of the bank in Jos by hacking into the Bank's database (Flexcube) through Jos Branch of the bank and further transferred the said sum to the accounts of Gona Bureau De change domiciled in Union Bank Head office Branch,  Marina, Lagos; Jaxmine Bureau De change domiciled in Union Bank Head office Branch,  Marina, Lagos; Dankawu Bureau De change domiciled in Moloney Street, Lagos; God’s Will Great Commodity Services, domiciled in Union Bank Annex Branch, Akure Branch; ZHG Services Limited domiciled in Union Bank Head office Annex Branch, Abuja and A and B Console Limited domiciled in Union Bank Agaie Branch, Niger "

When the charges were read to the four accused persons, they pleaded not guilty

President Jonathan Fails To Present Budget To National Assembly

 President Goodluck Jonathan has again failed to present the twenty fourteen budget to the National Assembly today.

This is the second time the twenty fourteen budget presentation would be shelved.

Senate President David Mark read the President’s letter to the lawmakers.

A Nigerian Becomes First African To Be Elected As President Of The International Civil Aviation Organisation

A Nigerian, Doctor Olumiyiwa Aliu has been elected President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO.

 ICAO is the umbrella world body for aviation safety.

He was elected at the thirty eighth Assembly of ICAO in Montreal, Canada and the first African to occupy the position.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

We Need House Of Assembly In FCT - Bala Tells National Advisory Committee On National Dialogue

The FCT Administration  has called for the establishment of the Capital Territory House of Assembly to make laws expeditiously for the peace and good governance of the Territory.

This was one of the demands  made by the people of Federal Capital Territory to the National Advisory Committee on National Dialogue on Wednesday during an interactive session with the committee

The FCT delegation was led to the public forum by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed in company of the FCT Minister of State, Olajumoke Akinjide and representatives of the indigenous inhabitants and other residents of capital territory.

The position of the FCT, which was read, by the Chairman, FCT Steering Committee on National Dialogue, Dr, Aliyu Modibbo Umar stressed that the Legislative Organ when established would ensure better efficiency in the administration of the 8,000 square kilometers of the Territory.

Iyayi Was A True, Dedicated Comrade, Says Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has described the late Prof Festus Iyayi as a true and committed Nigerian who gave up his personal comfort and joined the masses in the trenches in the fight for a better society.

In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, Comrade Oshiomhole said: “Iyayi was a distinguished Nigerian who served not only ASUU, but the whole Nigerian academic community. He had a passion for education and I am proud that he came from Edo State. I found him so resourceful that I appointed him a member of the Governing Council of the Ambrose Alli University.

The history of popular struggles in Nigeria today will not be complete without a mention of Prof Iyayi’s selfless sacrifices and intellectual contributions.

Reps Invites Service Chiefs Over Emergency Rule

The House of Representatives has invited Service Chiefs to brief it on the current security situation in the Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.

This follows a request by president Goodluck Jonathan to the lawmakers demanding an extension to the six month emergency rule in the three affected states.

Although the president attached security report by the military to the House, members opted to have a closed session with the military chiefs before taking a decision on the extension .

A similar request by the President to the Senate was granted last Thursday by the Upper

 The Service Chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, are expected to meet with the Lawmakers in camera on Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Investigate The Death Of Iyayi – NLC Tells IG

As reactions continue to trail the death of the former ASUU President, Professor Festus Iyayi, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has urged the Inspector General of Police to commence immediate investigation into the auto crash which led to death of the university Don.

The NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Umar who spoke with STV news in Abuja said the former Asuu boss died when his wealth of experience was needed most within the labour movement.

The NLC President said the congress would petition the Inspector General of Police and the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the vehicular accident allegedly caused by the convoy of the Kogi State Governor.

Reps Probes Sovereign Wealth Fund

The management of the Nigeria's One Billion Dollar Sovereign Wealth Fund is now a subject of investigation by the House of Representatives

The Fund, deposited with the World Bank as a bond in 2011, was expected to lead to the closure of the Excess Crude Account.

The Fund has continued to Pitt the states against the Federal government as it's legitimacy is also contested in Court.

 Adopting a motion by its Minority Leader,  Femi Gbajabiamila,the House alleged that the Fund is managed by Goldman Sachs, UBS and Credit Swiss, all them being Foreign financial institutions, to the detriment of Nigeria's economic sovereignty and security.

Pixs: Gov. Fashola Receives Bill Gates On A Courtesy Visit

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (right) with the Founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates (2nd right), Founder and Chairman, Dangote Group, Alahji Aliko Dangote (2nd left) and his daughter, Halima Dangote (left) during Bill Gates’ courtesy call on the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (right) discussing with the Founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates (left) during his courtesy call on the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (5th right) in a group photograph with Founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates (6th left), Founder and Chairman, Dangote Group, Alahji Aliko Dangote (4th right), his daughter, Halimat (5th left), Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris (4th right), his Science & Technology, Establishments, Training  and Pensions and Agriculture and Cooperatives counterparts, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje (3rd right behind), Mrs. Florence Oguntuase (2nd right behind), Prince Gbolahan Lawal (1st left behind), Chief of Staff, Mr. Lanre Babaloloa (2nd left behind), Country Representative, Nigeria Global Policy and Advocacy, Dr. Mairo Mandara (4th left), Executive Director/CEO, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Ado Muhammad (3rd left), Coordiinator, Polio Rescue Association, Mr. Olugbenga Kuye (right) and others during Bill Gates’ courtesy call on the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja

Monday, 11 November 2013

PDP Suspends Oyinlola And Others As Party's Crisis Deepens

The crisis rocking the PDP tool another dimension yesterday with the suspension of Olagunsoye Oyinlola and factional Chairman of the party, Abubakar Baraje.

Two other members of the New PDP, Doctor Sam Jaja and Ibrahim Kazaure were also suspended for allege anti-party activities.

Our correspondent reports that the decision of the PDP led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to suspend the four members of the breakaway group was apparently to forestall the resumption of Oyinlola as National Secretary of the party.

President Jonathan's Speech at the Reception for the Victorious Golden Eaglets

1.         I am very pleased to host this special reception, in honour of our victorious Golden Eaglets, who by their outstanding performance and victory at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, have brought great pride and honour to our country and our continent.

2.         This is the second time I will be hosting this Special Team this year.  You will recall that on Tuesday, May 21st 2013, I hosted the team when they placed second at the CAF U-17 Championships, losing narrowly on penalties, to Cote d’Ivoire.
3.         On that occasion, I charged the team, on behalf of all Nigerians, to go forth and conquer the world at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Today, with dedication, discipline and great sportsmanship they have succeeded in establishing themselves as true champions on the global stage. Within just 7 months, the team has transformed from being second best in Africa to being the best in the world. It is only through serious preparation, hardwork, and great determination, that such an outstanding achievement is possible.

4.         This victory brings to five the number of global and continental championships Nigeria has won in the last two years of our administration. It will be recalled that earlier this year, against all predictions, we won the Nations Cup in South Africa for the first time in 19 years. Only three months ago, our senior National soccer team, the Super Eagles also defeated the South African national team at home to win the first edition of the Mandela Cup.

5.         In 2012, Nigeria also came tops in the Africa Senior Athletics Championships as well as in the Junior Africa Athletics Championships. This is definitely a golden era in Nigerian sports. These victories did not come as a surprise. After the 2012 London Olympics, where we did not win any single medal, except in the Paralympics, I told the nation that that was unacceptable, and we promised to re-organize the sporting sector to restore the glory of our nation in sporting competitions.

6.         We subsequently held a special Presidential retreat on Sports, during which we took measures to address the factors hampering the performance of our sports men and women. We came up with a road map to change our fortunes in sports. And here we are today, recording victory after victory in continental and global championships. I believe that this is only the beginning.

7.         Moving forward, I want to assure Nigerians that our administration will provide the necessary enablement in terms of facilities and support to ensure that our young men and women continue to rule the world in sports. Without doubt, these victories show the great potential of this country to lead the world in any field of human endeavour once we organise ourselves, apply discipline and work hard.

8.         It is therefore, with a great sense of joy and pride that I, on behalf of all Nigerians, specially congratulate our illustrious U-17 team for their well-deserved victory.

9.         During the championship, Nigerians very keenly followed your progress, through the group stages, to the finals with Mexico. I watched with joy and satisfaction, your persistent display of skill and confidence, as you knocked out Iran, Uruguay, Sweden and eventually defeated Mexico to win the prestigious U-17 World Cup.

10.    In recording this historic victory, the team has set two championship records; Nigeria is now the only country to win the U-17 World Cup a record four times and in doing so, the team also set a new goal-scoring record, with a total number of 26 goals.

11.    I commend the team for displaying a high sense of patriotism throughout the competition, for playing tactical and exciting football, for fighting gracefully till the final blast of the whistle. You won fairly and convincingly and we are very proud of you. This victory is for the whole of Africa, and the beginning of a new era in the revival of our nation’s competitive spirit.  Moments like this, remind us that our capacity to unite and face common challenges remains unshakable.

12.    Throughout the competition, you forged an exemplary bond of friendship, hard-work, togetherness and unity amongst yourself. I urge you to maintain these noble attributes. As you begin life, let this victory be an important take-off point to greater achievements for you, your families, your country and the continent.

13.    To the crew, who have nurtured this team to greatness - coaches, trainers and handlers, I thank you for a job well done. However, amidst our joy and celebration, I must underline that the enduring test of the victory you have achieved, will be the future progress of these players. Their talent must be harnessed and developed to even greater success, you cannot afford to relax on today's laurels; but must continue to train, guide and care for them. This is a world class team, and they must remain world champions from category to category and from one tournament to the other.

14.    I am encouraged that most of the players in this team are drawn from our local football academies. This validates this Administration’s commitment to grassroots youth and sports development. I therefore, urge governments at all levels to pursue the reawakening in investment in the development of our youths and sports.

15.    The glory and honour that you have collectively brought to your fatherland, Nigeria, will not be in vain. Hence, in keeping with my promise, last May, to recognise your efforts on eventual success in this competition, I wish to announce the following tokens:
o     Each player is here awarded scholarship up to University level.
o     N2,000,000.00 (N2m) for each player
o     N3,000,000.00 (N3m) for the Head Coach
o     N2,500,000.00  (N2.5m) each for the Assistant Coaches
o     N500,000.00 for the Team Doctor
o     N500,000.00 for the Physiotherapist
o     N500,000.00 for the Team Secretary
o     N300,000.00 for Chief Technical Officer
o     N300,000.00 for Team Coordinator
o     N300,000.00 for Media Officer
o     N300,000.00 for the Curator
o     National Honours to all the Players and the Crew Members.

16.    Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, no amount of compensation or reward given to these great Nigerians is enough for the honour they have brought to our country. Our Nation appreciates you. All Nigerians at home and abroad are most grateful.

17.    Once again, I say, thank you Golden Eaglets for bringing honour to our nation.

18.    Congratulations! May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

19.    I thank you.

Former Govs, politicians celebrate Lam Adesina

Former governors of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Christopher Alao-Akala on Monday joined thousands of people to mark the first year remembrance of the former governor and leader of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), late Lam Adesina, just as Governor Abiola Ajimobi sued for peace among members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

They also donated to 'Lam Care Foundation' which was launched in memory of Lam Adesina.

Speaking,  Ladoja described Lam Adesina as a God fearing man who lived all his life to serve Allah.

He promised to donate the sum of N100, 000 monthly to the foundation for life. 

Alao- Akala while speaking at the remembrance described lam Adesina as a great man, who was selfless and loving towards everyone. 

Although he did not mention the figure he donated to assist the foundation publicly, he promised to send his cheque to assist the foundation before Friday. 

Earlier in his welcome address, the first son of late Lam Adesina, Dr Ayo Adesina said the Ayo Lam Care foundation was launched in other to immortalise the memory of his father. 

Ayo Adesina said that his father was a philanthropist till his death and he would ensure that the selfless legacies of his father continues to live on.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

APC Visit: PDP Denies Being Jittery Over Amaechi’s Exit

The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it’s now better off with the defection of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to the All Progressives Congress, APC, stressing that all this while, he has constituted a cog in the wheel of progress of the party.

The party disclosed this while reacting to Amaechi’s boasting that the PDP was getting jittery over his intention to leave the party for the APC.

Rather than regret, the party in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on media to the State Chairman, Jerry Needam said Gov Amaechi’s last minute decision to quit the PDP, having been suspended and stripped of the state party leadership, is the best thing that can happen to any group desirous of true democracy and freedom for their people.

Prosecute APGA's Governorship Candidate, Obiano, For Multiple Registration - APC Tells INEC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately commence the process of prosecuting APGA's governorship candidate for Anambra, Mr. Willie Obiano, following the revelation that he engaged in multiple voter registration.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its Interim Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Obiano's multiple registration provides the best test case yet for INEC to convince Nigerians that it is indeed willing and able to discourage multiple voter registration by making those who engage in this electoral fraud to face the full wrath of the law.

President Goodluck Approves 4 Billion Dollars To Boost Electricity Transmission In The Country.

The Minister of Power and Steel, Professor Chinedu Nebo disclosed this on Friday at the official commissioning of 1 X 150MVA, 330/132kv Transformer at Ayede 330/132kv Substation, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

He said that the president had also approved a master plan for a national grid which would provide power to all rural areas in the country.

According to him, this will have a national transformation impact on the country's electricity supply.

The minister further said that Nigeria has a metering gap of three million, adding that it is a huge market for meters manufacturers to tap into.

Commenting on the fate of the staffs of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), he said "Over 40,000 of the 47,000 PHCN workers had been paid off" while work is ongoing to ensure that the remaining 7,000 workers whose bio-metric capturing were not perfect or have multiple banks accounts"

On the challenges confronting the power sector, Nebo said vandalism of the gas pipelines and electricity equipment had been a major setback to achieve stable power supply.

Nebo urged Nigerians to be patient with the new power investors, stressing that it will take some couple of months before Nigerians can be confident of stable power supply.

Eaglets Victory, Toast To Nigeria's Unity Says Gov. Uduaghan

Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has congratulated Nigeria's Golden Eaglets for winning the U-17 football title for a record fourth time.

In a reaction to the Eaglets 3-0 win over their Mexican counterparts, Governor Uduaghan through His press secretary, Felix Ofou, said the victory was a reflection of the resilience in the Nigerian spirit.

'Despite our challenges, diversity and divisions, the Golden Eaglets have shown that we are a united people and that our greatness will become manifest as we join hands in spite of all odds to build a great Nation", he said.

Ekweremadu Congratulates Golden Eaglets

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has congratulated the FIFA Under the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their victorious outing in FIFA Under 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Senator Ekweremadu who described the Eaglets display as “phenomenal, entertaining, and near perfect” said the trophy was a centenary gift Nigerians would never forget in a hurry.

He said: “I am indeed proud of these boys for this superlative and emphatic victory. But beyond the euphoria that comes with it, I believe that this is God reminding us through these young men that a united and one-minded Nigeria where everyone is given the opportunity to do what he or she knows best to do without recourse to nepotism, ethno-religious discrimination, and political manipulations is simply unstoppable.

“It has been quite long we saw a thing like this and for me it is a Centenary gift that calls for sober reflections on what and where we ought to be as a nation”

 He urged all Nigerians to roll out the drum to celebrate the boys and fatherland.

Picture: Kelechi Iheanacho Celebrates

Kelechi Iheanacaho won the Golden Ball as the most valuable player of the tournament as well as the Silver Boot award as the second highest goal scorer with six goals.

Golden Eaglets Are World Champion

Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper
The victorious Golden Eaglets of Nigeria are expected back in the country today after winning the FIFA Under Seventeen World Cup for a record fourth time.

The Eaglets defeated defending champions, Mexico three-nil.

Erick Aguirre’s own goal put the Golden Eaglets in front in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

The Eaglets doubled their lead with a tap in from Kelechi Iheanacho before Captain Musa Muhammed’s free kick sealed the win.

Nigeria also picked up the tournament’s fair-play award and Dele Alampasu was awarded the Golden Glove for being the best goalkeeper while Iheanacho won the Golden Ball as well as silver boot after he scored six goals.

Swede’s Valmir Berisha scored seven goals to win the Golden Boot.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Pics Of APC National Leaders During The Invitation Visit To Gov Murtala Nyako in Yola

Alh Lai Mohammed;Engr,Markus Gundiri;Gen Buba Maruwa;Chief Bisi Akande ;Gen Buhari;Gov Nyako and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

L-R Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Adamawa State Governor,vice Admiral, Muritala Nyalo;Gen Buhari;Chief Bisi Akande;Gen Buba Maruwa;Hon Aminu Maisari;during the invitation Visit to Gov Muritala Nyalo of Adamawa State at Government House ,Yola

EFCC Arraigns Comptroller of Prisons for Sale of Exhibit

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, today, has arraigned a Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, Wure Wisdom Diete and his accomplice, Peter Ayamede, a Senior Inspector of Prisons before Justice C.O Ogisi of the Delta State High Court, Asaba on a 4- count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.

The two accused who are attached to Ogwashi-Uku Prison, Delta State, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The duo were arrested for allegedly tampering with a forfeited exhibit left in the custody of the prison service at Ogwashi-Uku for safe keeping. The exhibit in question  is 27, 200 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) valued at about N4, 020,000.00  loaded in a truck with registration number Enugu XN 789 ENU, and forfeited to the federal government in a case decided by Justice C.M.A Olatoregun- Ishola of the Federal High Court, Asaba.

Investigations revealed that the petroleum product was siphoned and replaced with water.  Deputy Comptroller Diete allegedly authorized the illegal sale of the products.

In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, A. I Arogha prayed the court for an accelerated hearing. However, the defense counsel,   C O. Egwuenu presented an oral bail application for the accused persons but the court directs that the application be formalized.

Pictures: First Lady Of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, Others At Lukman Olanipekun’s Book Launch In Lagos

 First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola (left), Personal Photographer to the Governor of Lagos State and author, Mr. Lukman Olaonipekun (middle) and wife, Mrs. Remilekun Olaonipekun (right), during the launch of the book titled, “Babatunde Fashola: A Story in Photographs”, held at the City Hall, Lagos

First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola (middle), Personal Photographer to the Governor of Lagos State and author, Mr. Lukman Olaonipekun (left), his mother, Mrs Funmilayo Olaonipekun (2nd left), Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Television, Mr Lekan Ogunbanwo (2nd right) and the wife of the Author, Mrs Remilekun Olaonipekun (right) during the launch of the book titled, “Babatunde Fashola: A Story in Photographs”, held at the City Hall, Lagos
 (L-R): First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola (2nd right), former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan (right) Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left), Book Reviewer and an alumnus of the University of Lagos, Mr. Jimi Disu 2nd left), author, Mr. Lukman Olaonipekun (3rd left), his wife, Mrs. Remilekun Olaonipekun (middle), and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State, Otunba Henry Ajomale, jointly presenting the book titled, “Babatunde Fashola: A Story in Photographs”, during its launching at the City Hall, Lagos 

Tambuwal Mourns Haruna Tsokwa

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has described the death of Haruna Tsokwa the late Speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly, as a rude shock.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said the deceased lived an exemplary life of dedication and commitment to duty.

Obasanjo Meets New PDP Governors

The Governors of the New PDP has met with the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo to proffer solution to the crisis rocking the party. 

The meeting which lasted for about two hours had five out of the seven governors in attendance. 

The Amaechi Rotimi(Rivers) drove the car leading  Kwakwanso Musa(Kano), Babangida Aliu(Niger), Sule Lamido(Jigawa), Muritala Nyako(Adamawa) to the former president's house while governors from Kwara and Sokoto state were absent. 

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Babangida Aliu disclosed that it was consultation as part of the group's effort to solve the crisis.

FRSC Deploys 2,220 Officers To Accident Prone Area

No fewer than 2,220 senior officials have been deployed to accident prone highways across the country to ensure zero-tolerance on road traffic crash.

The Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of Motor Vehicle Administration, Danjuma Garuba told newsmen in Ibadan on today that the FRSC had identified six major accident prone areas in the country.

He said in an attempt to reduce to the barest minimum road traffic crashes in these areas, the FRSC management had deployed the officers to monitor and ensure safety. 

He added that the "Operation Octopus" was also to sensitize motorists and other road users on the need to obey traffic rules and regulation.

According to him, the 14-day exercise at the designated accident prone areas is to enlighten and check motorists on over speeding, over loading and imbibe safety culture.

He said it would ensure that motorists especially commercial drivers "obey traffic rules, avoid fatigue and alcohol which often lead to road traffic crashes."

The Deputy Corps Marshal who is in charge of zones 8, 5 and 11, disclosed that during the exercise, Mobile Courts would be put in place at the affected areas to try erring motorists.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Police High Command To Deploy 5 Policemen In Each Polling Unit In Anambra Election

The Police high command has concluded plans to ensure at least five Policemen are deployed to each polling unit in the November 16th Governorship election in Anambra state.

Deputy Inspector General in charge of operations, Philemon Leha dropped the hint while addressing officers and men of the Anambra state command during a working visit of the Police management team to assess the readiness of the force to effectively police the forthcoming gubernatorial poll.

Leha said the decision to flood Anambra  state with tens of thousands of policemen ahead of the election is part of strategies to counter intelligence reports that politicians are planning to sew fake police uniforms for hoodlums to engage in electoral fraud.

Fashola Presents 489.690 Billion Budget Estimate For 2014

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Wednesday presented to the State House of Assembly for approval a total Budget Estimate of N489. 690 billion for the 2014 financial year saying the focus would be to complete on-going projects and consolidate on the gains of the past budgets.
The amount, which is about N7.587 billion short of the 2013 Estimate, as is traditional with the Governor Fashola administration, prioritizes Capital over Recurrent Expenditure with Economic Affairs, General Public Service and Education taking the lion share.
According to details of the Budget presented in the Chambers of the new House of Assembly, Capital Expenditure took N255.025 billion while Recurrent Expenditure got N234.665 which represents a Capital to Recurrent Expenditure ratio of 52:48 as against 58:42 ratio for 2013.
In sectoral allocation, according to the Budget details, Economic Affairs got the lion share with N160,046,436,169 or 32.68 percent followed by General Public Service which got N100,215,966,990 or 20.47 percent while Education with N77,423,827,872, representing 15.81percent of the Budget Estimate, came third.
Other sectors of the economy that got priorities include Housing and Community Amenities N50,537,201,984 billion or 10.32 percent, Environmental  Protection N39,727,711,248 or 8.11 percent, Health N37,812,553,057 or  7.72 percent, Public Order & Safety N17,977,368,027 or 3.67 percent, Recreation, Culture & Religion N3,482,081,806 or 0.71 and Social Protection which brought up the rear with N2,466,309,939 representing 0.50 percent of the Budget.

Governor Fashola said the amount allocated to Economic Affairs would be deployed towards the implementation of various IPP projects, development of Enterprise Zone in Gberigbe, Ikorodu and Upgrading of Yaba Industrial Park as well as advancement of the 10-Lane Lagos-Badagry Expressway / Blue Rail Line Corridor, completion of other on-going Road Construction Projects and pedestrian bridges and implementation of the Agric-YES, Accelerated Food Expansion Program: Rice, Animal Husbandry, Root and Cash Crops
For General Public Service, the Governor said  the allocation would go for settlement of Pensions, implementation of the on-going Residents Registration exercise and issuance of permanent residents’ card and the implementation of Public Procedure Law while allocation to Education will be utilized to improve Science and ICT facilities in Public Schools as well as pursue improvement of Science and continuous rehabilitation/upgrading of Public School buildings and facilities.
 The N50,537,201,984 billion allocated to Housing and Community  Amenities would be deployed towards implementation of the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (H.O.M.S), rehabilitation of small scale rural water schemes /implementation of rural electrification projects, provision of rural roads, electronic Certificate of Occupancy project and upgrading of slum areas, the Governor said.