Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Osinbajo pledges support for IPI 2018 in Abuja

In line with its commitment to promote private sector partnership, the Buhari administration will partner the Nigerian chapter of the International Press Institute (IPI) to host a hitch-free 2018 World Congress of the Global Network of Free Media, according to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo gave the assurance when the board of the Nigerian chapter of the International Press Institute (IPI), paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa earlier today to intimate him on plans for the forthcoming event scheduled for Abuja in June 2018.
According to the Acting President, ``It is a very important opportunity for Nigeria to showcase ourselves and also to show that Nigeria is safe and secure for business. It is also an opportunity to advertise all of our ease of doing business initiatives.’’
The Acting President also assured the visiting IPI board that states could participate in the hosting of the event especially as it provides ``an important opportunity for tourism and for them to showcase some of the great initiatives that they have.’’

We are at the cusp of a radical economic growth--Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo Wednesday said Nigeria is on the verge of a radical economic growth.
Osinbajo spoke at the swearing in ceremony of newly appointed federal permanent secretaries, at the State House Council Chambers.
While congratulating the new Permanent Secretaries, Osinbajo also described as rigorous, the selection process undertaken by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and her team of retired Heads of Service, Permanent Secretaries, seasoned technocrats and members of the organized private sector.
In other words your appointment, on a state by state basis is on merit, and you are here today being presented to this nation as the best that our civil service can offer. You come into office at a crucial moment in our national history. First we are at the cusp of a radical economic recovery and growth effort that has as its core the implementation of a comprehensive diversification of the Nigerian economy.

Osun Festival: Ooni says cultural tourism is enough to free Africa from economic bondage

Ooni of Ife, his Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has stated that the African culture is the greatest asset capable of liberating the continent from economic bondage​.
The African foremost monarch  made this known yesterday during the Osun festival held at Ita-Osun which is the first settlement of the powerful goddess  of river from where she left to settle at Igede-Ekiti in Ekiti state, saying Osun known for her motherly roles had brought succour to many household and she remains a messenger of God sent to mankind to do as commanded by the creator of the universe.

SERAP asks ICC to investigate alleged missing N11 trillion electricity fund

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Mrs. Fatou Bensouda Prosecutor International Criminal Court (ICC) to use her “good offices and leadership position to investigate whether the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in the electricity sector since the return of democracy in 1999 and under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria amount to crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and to prevail on the Nigerian government to surrender all suspected perpetrators for trial by the ICC.”
Nigeria is a state party to the Rome Statute and deposited its instrument of ratification on 27 September 2001. In the petition dated 16 August 2017 and signed by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale the organization said that, “allegations of corruption in the electricity sector in Nigeria have had catastrophic effects on the lives of millions of Nigerians, akin to crimes against humanity as contemplated under the Rome Statue and within the jurisdiction of the Court.”

Total fuels up IS division with PPO; reduces manual project reporting by 50 percent

JOHANNESBURG – Energy company, Total South Africa’s Information Systems (IS) division implements Project Portfolio Office’s cloud-based project portfolio management (PPM) application, PPO, to slash the time spent on project management reporting, reducing it from two and a half days per week to instantaneous, real-time information at any point.
Total’s IS division took the decision to build a project management office (PMO) in early 2016 due to the fact that it was consistently running a number of technology-related projects,” explains Moeti Senauoa, SAP and business applications manager for Total’s IS division. “We then looked for a tool that would assist the division in consolidating this project-related information for reporting purposes.
Although six months had been spent on change management with the introduction of our PMO and the correct methodologies were put in place, we still had to employ an external resource to manually collate and distribute paper-based project management reports on a weekly basis. Due to the fact that we have several project managers in our employ, this was a laborious and time-consuming process.”
Led by project owner Senauoa, the IS division performed market research to find a tool that could eliminate this manual reporting process, and encountered PPO. “Our project managers tested the free trial version of PPO and based on this, we then decided to implement the application.

We’re not insensitive to pensioners plight – Aregbesola

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola ( 2nd left), his deputy, Otunba Laoye Titi-Tomori (left), Secretary to the state Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti and Sharon Ikeazor, the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) when her team paid a courtesy visit to the Osun State Government Secretariat, Abeere on Monday

Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that the state government is not insensitive to the plight of pensioners in the state.
Aregbesola explained that the government is incapacitated to pay the pensioners gratuity which is about N5bn.
The governor stated this just as he called on the Federal Government to assist state governments across the country in raising bonds to pay the gratuities of state pensioners who voluntarily retired from the service to avoid the Contributory Pension Scheme.
Aregbesola made the call while playing host to the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Mrs Sharon Ikiazor who paid him a courtesy visit at the state secretariat on Monday.

Former councillors endorse Wike for a second term

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing Former PDP Councillors on Wednesdayat the Government House Port Harcourt.

Over 500 Former Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) councillors on Wednesday endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term. 
The  councillors  who trooped to Government House Port Harcourt on a solidarity  visit declared  that Governor Wike  has performed  creditably well and deserves  to be re-elected. 
Chairman of the PDP Ex-Councillors Forum, Rivers State Chapter, Mr LoveGod Nweze declared  that members of the forum are  satisfied  with Governor Wike's  roll out of projects and programmes for the people of the state. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ozubulu : Alleged drug dealer ‘Bishop’ storms Nigeria, visits victims

Aloysius Ikegwuonu, the alleged drug dealer who is named as one of the chief suspects of the devastating attack at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra state has returned to the country.
Recall that the state governor, Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra, had after visiting the scene of the incident, said it was as a result of a feud between two brothers who are based abroad.
Investigating into the church attack which was carried out by a gunman is ongoing.

Good governance will end clamour for restructuring-- Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (m), President of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Mallam Mohammed Moulud and Executive Director of STAN, Prof Ben Akpan after the visit of STAN to Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared  that nobody will clamour for the restructuring of the country   once the Federal Government adopts a just governance model. 
He said that a governance model that emphasises  the equitable  distribution  of resources and projects will promote unity and the  rapid growth of the country.
Addressing the National Executive Council of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria  (STAN) on Tuesday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that unless the Federal Government takes the right steps to address developmental challenges, agitations for restructuring  will intensify...

Soludo, Ezekwesili want Nigerians to demand accountability from leaders

Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)has urged Nigerians to demand good governance and accountability from political leaders.

Soludo made the call at “The Big Ideas Podium’’ with the theme “Nigeria: The Economics of Failure’’ of the African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage) in Enugu on Tuesday.
He said that the real solution to the myriad of challenges confronting the country was an exemplary leadership based on performance and accountability.
The former CBN boss said that the country was blessed with hardworking and resilient people who needed a focused and positive looking leadership.
Dr Oby Ezekwesili, who was the guest speaker, said that successive leaderships in the country had failed to concentrate on having and building a solid economy for the overall prosperity of all Nigerians.

EFCC recovers N553m stolen funds from politicians in South East – Official

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has recovered N553.77million from corrupt politicians in the South East.
The Zonal Head of Operations of the commission, Mr Johnson Babalola, made this disclosure at a news briefing on Tuesday in Enugu.
Babalola said the news briefing was held to acquaint members of the public on the activities of the commission in the past seven months.
He said that the recovered funds were part of the public funds the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) illegally appropriated to itself to prosecute the 2015 general elections in the zone.
He said that the commission recovered N300 million, N82.5 million and N60 million from chieftains of the party in Ebonyi, Abia and Enugu States respectively.

Oyegun receives report of fact-finding and reconciliation committee on Bauchi

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), H.E. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (right) receiving the report of the Party’s six-member fact-finding and reconciliation committee on Bauchi State from the Committee Chairman, Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) H.E. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Tuesday received the report of the Party’s six-member fact-finding and reconciliation committee on Bauchi State at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
The report was submitted by the Committee Chairman, Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige. He was accompanied by other committee members: Gen. Lawrence Onoja; Sen (Prof.) Oserheimen Osunbor; Gen. Lawal Jafar Isa; Alh. Gambo Magaji and Alh. Yahaya Alfa (Secretary).
Sen. Ngige said the Committee met with the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara; some members of the National Assembly and the Governor of Bauchi State, H.E. Mohammed Abubakar in the course of the committee’s fact-finding and reconciliatory engagements with stakeholders.
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