Friday 23 February 2018
(Nigerian Tribune 06/18/13)
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan on Monday assured that his administration would never allow itself to be derailed from pursuing the Transformation Agenda to its logical conclusion. He made the assertion while receiving a high-powered delegation of Middle-Belt and South-South elders under the aegis of the Congress for Equality and Change, led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark and former Senate President, Ameh Ebute. Jonathan said his administration would continue to work diligently to build on the achievements catalogued in its mid-term report to the nation. He also reaffirmed government’s unwavering commitment to moving Nigeria progressively forward along the path of development articulated in the Transformation Agenda. While commending the elders for “working tirelessly to bring us to where we are today”...
(Punch 06/18/13)
The lawmaker representing Enugu North senatorial zone, Senator Ayogu Eze, on Monday said there was still hope for the creation of more states in the country. He told journalists in Enugu that the process for the creation of the new states was still ongoing. He said, “The door is still open for the creation of new states and once the constitutional requirements are met, new states would be created.” The Deputy Senate President and Chairman Senate Constitution Review Committee, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in a recent briefing said all request submitted by stakeholders did not meet key constitutional requirements. But Eze dismissed such and urged those seeking the creation of more states keep their hope alive. He said the committee “erroneously”...
(Punch 06/18/13)
National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control has seized drugs meant for free health mission organised by Senator Babafemi Ojudu for his constituents. The senator said this in Ado Ekiti on Monday at the commencement of the free health programme. He called on the Director-General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii, to intervene to ensure quick release of the drugs so that the beneficiaries of the programme could enjoy them. Although the lawmaker, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District at the upper legislative chamber, said the drugs were confiscated on Sunday in Lagos, he, however, did not give reasons for the agency’s action. Explaining why he embarked on the programme, Ojudu said sudden death had been on the increase because...
(Ventures-Africa 06/17/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Inflation in Nigeria dropped slightly to 9.0 percent in May from 9.1 per cent attained the previous month, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. A statement signed by the Statistician General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale said, “the CPI, which measures inflation, rose by 9.0 per cent year-on-year in May, slightly below the 9.1 per cent rate recorded in April.” The agency revealed that the Composite Price Index (CPI), which measures the rate of inflation on a yearly basis shows that the rate continues to hold below single digits as the Core sub-index continues to show a muted rise due to base effects. The year-on-year muted changes for the rest of the year...
(Nigerian Tribune 06/17/13)
One month after the declaration of emergency rule in order to fight insurgency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, violence has erupted again, as gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamist terrorist’s sect attacked four communities of Hwa’a, Kunde, Gathahure and Gjigga of Gwoza Hills settlements, torching four churches with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS) and petro-bombs Thursday afternoon. According to Tada Garuta, a resident of Kunde, the gunmen climbed the hills on foot with explosives and petro-bombs, and chanted ‘God is great’ in Arabic, before setting four local churches ablaze; and ransacked and emptied their bans of grains along with some livestock to the next community of Gathahure and Hwa’a at dawn. The attacked communities are located in Gwoza...
(This Day Live 06/17/13)
Suspected members of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, believed to have fled their destroyed camps in parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States as a result of the ongoing clampdown by the military, have resurfaced in Gwoza, a Borno town attacking four communities and torching their churches. It was gathered that the sect members attacked four communities of Hwa’a, Kunde, Gathahure and Gjigga of Gwoza Hills settlements on Thursday torching four churches with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS) and petro-bombs. A resident of Kunde, Tada Garuta told journalists that the gunmen climbed the hills by foot with explosives and petro-bombs, and after chanting “Allahu Akbar” meaning God is great, set ablaze four local churches. The bandits equally ransacked and emptied...
(This Day Live 06/17/13)
The federal government, through the Debt Management Office (DMO) raised a total of N110 billion relative from the bond market in May, a report has shown. The Financial Market Dealers Association (FMDA), which disclosed this in its monthly report for May obtained at the weekend, revealed the amount represented a slight increase by 4.96 per cent, compared to the N104.8 billion the government had borrowed from the debt market in April. The bond maturities, according to the report, were re-openings of four previous issues, 4 per cent FGN APR 2015 (5 Year original tenor), 15.10 per cent FGN APR 2017 (5 Year original tenor), 16.00 per cent FGN JUN 2019 (7 year original tenor) and the 10 per cent FGN...
(The Guardian 06/17/13)
BUILDING on the position of experts on the need to step up early warning systems in Nigeria, the United Nations (UN)’d Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordination, Baroness Valerie Amos, says there is urgent need for more support for Nigeria’s disaster management commitment. Addressing stakeholders on conflict and disaster management during her working visit to Nigeria at the weekend, the UN chief also solicited stronger political will by the Nigerian government in strengthening the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria’s disaster containment and management index. The UN chief’s comments came as Nigeria was at the weekend elected President of the Regional Committee for Disaster Management in West Africa. Nigeria’s position is being filled by the Director General...
(This Day Live 06/17/13)
In view of the increasing pressure faced by the naira, which recorded its worst year-to-date performance against the United States dollar last Friday, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has assured Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm over the nation’s currency. CBN Deputy Governor (Operations), Mr. Tunde Lemo, told THISDAY at the weekend that the central bank would continue to defend the naira. According to data gathered from the Financial Market Dealers Association (FMDA), except at the regulated Wholesale Dutch Auction System (WDAS), where the central bank regulates the price of the naira against the dollar, the domestic currency dipped remarkably across other market segments, compared to its value at the beginning of the year. For instance, at...
(Daily Trust 06/17/13)
Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi yesterday called on governors to ignore a meeting called for today in Abuja by his Plateau State counterpart, Governor Jonah Jang. He said Jang should remain within the confines of decorum and cease to impersonate him and parading himself as the chairman of the governors forum.The governor, in a statement in Port Harcourt said: “On Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 reports in the media credited to my brother, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State announced that he has called for a Nigeria Governors Forum meeting. Ordinarily, I would have ignored these reports as I do not imagine that as governors who hold our peoples’ mandate through the democratic process of free and fair...
(Vanguard 06/17/13)
MAKURDI - Elder Statesman and former Minister of Steel, Wantaregh Paul Unongo has declared that the Northern Elders Forum, NEF would support a northern presidential candidate at the 2015 general election. Unongo who is the deputy leader and spokesman of the forum made the declaration at the weekend while interacting with Journalists at his Makurdi residence. He lamented that the North has not been fairly treated under the present administration, “particularly in structural allocations” adding that “we would rationalize on that at the appropriate time”. The former Minister further vowed that whoever or whichever presidential candidate the NEF throws its weight behind at the polls would win the election given the numerical strength of the north. While expressing worry over...
(Voice of America 06/17/13)
ABUJA — Last summer, Nigeria suffered its worst floods in 40 years. Hundreds of people were killed and millions more were displaced. Authorities say this year’s flooding could be just as extreme in some places, and worse in others. But many of the flood victims have not recovered from last year’s devastation. Many parts of Nigeria are prone to flash flooding, but the scale of the suffering last year came as a surprise. As cities, towns and villages flooded, emergency services scrambled to identify the affected areas, rescue people and build makeshift camps for survivors. Nigerian Red Cross Society spokesperson Nwakpa O. Nwakpa says many communities lost everything. "Most of the villages affected are remote villages and poor - farmers...
(This Day Live 06/17/13)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has accused the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of neglecting to comply with the provisions of Section 45 of its Act, a development which has resulted in the inaccurate statistics of Nigerians in jail abroad for drug relate-offences. Section 45 of the NDLEA Act mandates all Heads of Nigerian Diplomatic Mission abroad to furnish NDLEA with the statistics of Nigerians in jail abroad for drug related-offences every six months. But NDLEA's Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, Femi Oloruntoba accused the Foreign Affairs Ministry of failing to ensure compliance with the provisions of the law, which has in effect hampered the agency from gathering accurate statistics. Oloruntoba said this in Lagos at a workshop...
(The Sun 06/17/13)
President Goodluck Jonathan has urged state governors to sign death warrants of criminals condemned to death by courts of competent jurisdiction. This is even as he has expressed regret that discipline at home was gradually becoming extinct because of modern life. He made the call yesterday at the special Fathers’ Day service organised by the Aso Villa Chapel. The President told the governors that the work they were elected to do had both the sweet and the ugly sides, hence, must not be seen as shying away from their responsibilities according to the law, no matter how painful. According to him: “Discipline can be in various forms. In the states, it could be admonition. Magistrate can just admonish and allow...
(The Sun 06/17/13)
The remains of the President-General, Association of Nigerian Market Women and Men, Alhaja Abibat Mogaji, mother of the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubua, were on Sunday, committed to mother earth at Vaults and Garden Cemetery, Ikoyi amidst tears, eulogies and tributes. The body was lowered into the tomb at 12:42pm. Before then, the body that departed her home at Sunday Adigun Street in Alausa, Ikeja at about 10:45am and was driven in a Grey Mercedes Benz wagon 400 marked TOS 7 belonging to TOS funeral for Islamic funeral service at the Lagos Central Mosque located on Lagos Island. By 11:25am, the white casket containing the remains were taken into the mosque for a brief prayer led by the...
(Nigerian Tribune 06/17/13)
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has advised state governors to ensure they sign the death warrants of death row inmates as part of measures to restore discipline in the society. Speaking on the necessity for fathers to discipline their children at Aso Rock Chapel, Abuja on Sunday on the occasion of Father’s Day celebration, he noted that even though it was one of those obligations required of state chief executives, they have often shied away from it, saying that they must see it as part of the ugly job they had to to do as governors. He noted that just as the father was expected to discipline his child, the state through various means was also required to discipline erring citizens. According...
(The Nigerian Voice 06/17/13)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday rescinded its decision suspending the Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Wamakko. The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) Alhaji Bamanga Tukur at a news conference called at his Legacy House office today announced the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party to rescind the suspension of the governor of Sokoto state. The decision to withdraw the suspension slammed on Mr. Wamakko followed a meeting between the Presidential Committee on the PDP Crisis set up by the party and the Presidency. It was also believed that appeals made to the party by the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Chief Godswill Akapbio might have softened the minds of the party. Mr...
(Nigerian Tribune 06/17/13)
WIFE of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan has rejected claims that her presence in Port Harcourt, Rivers state was to advance the cause to unseat the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi. The First Lady frowned on reports which emerged at the weekend linking her current visit to the state to the perceived attempt to remove the embattled governor from his post. A statement issued by Special Assistant (Media) to the President, Ayo Osinlu, on Sunday in Abuja, reminded those it said were crying wolf and hounded by their ghosts that Rivers was the home state of the First Lady. According to the Presidency, “Perhaps we need to remind those who are crying wolf and are being harassed by their own ghost,...
(Vanguard 06/17/13)
LAGOS — Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Jonah Jang of Plateau State were, yesterday, locked in a war of words over their claims to the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF. Amaechi, told his Plateau State colleague to stop impersonating him as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and urged him to keep within the bounds of decorum. Jang in a riposte dismissed Amaechi’s charge as funny. Jang reiterated his claim that his endorsement by 19 Northern governors was tantamount to an election, boasting that he was set to show his superior claim at a meeting of the forum he has summoned for today. The exchange followed Governor Jang’s summon of a meeting of the NGF...
(Vanguard 06/17/13)
Lagos — Following the public outcry over the Federal Government's plan to contract the services of Elbit Systems, an Israeli firm to spy on Nigerian Internet users, Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, has defended government's action, arguing that the move was in the best interest of the country. Speaking on the contract, at the Democracy Audit organised by the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, in Lagos to mark June 12, Maku argued that there is nowhere in the world where e-mails are not monitored by government. At the 14 years Democracy Audit, convener of SNG, Dr. Tunde Bakare, spoke on, 'From Hope '93 to 2013: How Far Has Democracy Brought Nigeria?' noting that since the historic June 12, 1993 election,...

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