Thursday, 22 June 2017

Osun partners with 'Back to my Roots Nigeria' for festival of arts, culture & heritage tourism

Osun State government is set to partner with Back To My Roots Nigeria in its forthcoming Oyotunji-Nigeria National Celebration of African Arts and Cultural Heritage Tourism in Sheldon South Carolina USA 2017. The State Government made this known through its Bureau of Culture and Tourism, in the presentation of the Oyotunji Nigeria Celebration of Arts, Culture and Heritage Tourism coming up on Oyotunji, Sheldon, South Carolina, USA from July to October 2017.
Hon. Mrs. Taiwo Oluga the Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated this on Wednesday,  21st June, 2017 during the visit paid by Rotimi Vaughan, Oyotunji's Ambassador,  to the Osun State Government to update the Osun State Governor on the forthcoming festival in Oyotunji. 

NOUN matriculate Prisons inmates in Abia

The Nigerian Prisons Service, Abia State Command last week witnessed the maiden matriculation ceremony of 13 of her inmates into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for the 2016 /2017 Academic year. 
The event which took place in Umuahia Prison on Friday 16th June, 2017 saw 10 males and 3 females matriculate into various disciplines of their interests according to the required minimum  qualifications. 
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) after inspection of facilities in the prison earlier in the year approved the Study Centre as part of its partnership with the Nigerian Prisons Service in providing opportunities for the inmates to link up their already trunketed education programme as a result of their incarceration. It could be recalled that education educational programme is one of such programmes employed by the Service to reform the inmates. 
In his opening address, the Controller General of Prisons Ja'afaru Ahmed ably represented by the Assistant Controller-General of Prisons(ACG)/Zonal Coordinator Zone 'E' Owerri, ALLOY UCHENWA congratulated the matriculating students, he however advised them to avail themselves the opportunity to get themselves academically updated for eventual and meaningful engagement upon discharge from the Prison. 

FG: YouWiN! Connect Series 1 to mobilise N2.5Billion under co-investment model for SMEs

The YouWiN! Connect of the Federal government is targetted at mobilising up to N2.5bn annually as equity investment in start-ups and early stage SMEs through qualified fund managers under a co-investment model.  
A statement by
Salisu Na’inna Dambatta, Director (Information) of the Ministry of Finance said the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) “believes that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), are engines of growth to stimulate and sustain economic recovery, thereby making the strengthening of small-scale businesses & the promotion of industrialisation, priorities for economic recovery.”
According to the Minister, “The Federal Government has a renewed focus on key economic sectors in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, with an emphasis on SME led growth in agriculture, energy, technology, manufacturing, industry and key services. 
She further explained that “The revival of these sectors, coupled with increased investment in other sectors, less reliance on foreign exchange for intermediate goods, raw materials and greater export orientation, will improve macroeconomic conditions, restore growth in the short term, help to create jobs and bring about structural change. 
This demonstrates Government’s commitment to empower start-ups and early stage SMEs, providing innovative solutions to local challenges in Nigeria.  This is a key component of the recently relaunched YouWiN! Connect programme.  

EFCC arraigns Ex-Minister, Akinjide for N650m fraud

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, June 22, 2017, arraigned a former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide and one Olanrewaju Otiti before Justice J.O Abdul-Malik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on an amended 12-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N650 million.
While Akinjide and Otiti are facing trial on counts one to 12 of the amended charge, the third accused person, Senator Ayo Ademola Adeseun, who failed to appear in court today, is facing trial on counts one to 24.  
The accused allegedly received the money from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke in the build- up to the 2015 general election.
The money was part of the $115m allegedly disbursed by Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.
During today’s proceedings, Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, counsel to the first defendant, Akinjide;  Michael F. Lana, counsel to the second defendant,  as well as Adeniyi Ishola,  counsel to the third defendant, filed four applications asking the court to strike out of the charges against the first defendant, while also challenging the validity of the amended charge brought by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.

FAAC shares N462bn for May 2017

A total of N462.359 billion has been distributed  as Federal Allocation for the month of May, 2017  to the  Federal Government, State Governments and Local Government Councils. 
The  communiqué issued by the Technical sub-Committee of Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the end of the meeting held today in Abuja signed by the Ag. Accountant General of The Federation, indicated that the gross statutory revenue of N317.562 billion received for the month is higher than the  N274.110 billion received in the previous month by N43.452 billion. 
The slight drop in the average price of crude oil from $55.38 to $55.18 per barrel and a decrease in export volume by 1.023 million barrels, reduced oil revenue by $57.12 million. Crude oil production suffered due to leakages, sabotage, shut-ins and shut-downs at Terminals for maintenance and the Force Majoure  declared at Forcados Terminal since February, 2016 subsisted. There were significant increases in revenues from Companies Income Tax and Oil Royalty, however, the increase in customs and excise duty was marginal.
The distributable Statutory Revenue for the Month is #317.562 billion.

Delta PDP mega rally holds tomorrow

The Chairman of PDP DELTA MEGA RALLY Publicity Committee, Olorogun Ebenezer Okorodudu, PhD has debunked fake rumours making the rounds that the rally has been stopped by some irrelevant, disgruntled and mischievous political rascals.
He assured that the PDP Delta Mega Rally scheduled to hold on Friday June 23, at the Sapele Stadium will take place, adding that it will attract top party leaders, chieftains, all elected and appointed public office holders and political appointees from the three senatorial districts across the State.

Osinbajo condemns violent attacks in Taraba, orders security reinforcements

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has condoled with the victims of the recent violent attacks in a number of communities in Taraba State, where deaths have been reported. He condemned the acts of violence, adding that perpetrators of the attack would be brought to book.
While commiserating with the people of the affected communities, the entire government and people of Taraba State, the Acting President yesterday summoned and held an emergency meeting with top security officials of the Federal Government and Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Acting President Osinbajo therefore ordered the deployment of an extra military battalion, police reinforcements and also a deployment of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to the areas affected. 
Equally, the Acting President has ordered the provision of relief materials to be delivered to the affected communities in Toffi, Mayo Daga, Mayo Sina, Tamiya, Kwara-Kwara, Tungan Lugere, Timjire, Nguroje and other villages in the hinterlands of Mambilla Plateau.

The Federal Government also put in motion, long-time solutions including mediation between opposing groups in the communal conflict.

Green card fraud: American National remanded in prison

An Ikeja High Court persided over by Justice Josephine Oyefeso Thursday remanded in Kirikiri prison an American national, Marco Antonio Ramirez  for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of  $565,000.
Ramirez  was the Managing Director of three companies, USA Now Plc, Eagleford Instalodge Group and USA Now Energy Capital Group, pleaded not guilty to a sixteen count charge of conspiracy and fraud  levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. 
The EFCC prosecutor, Mrs V.O Aigboje said Ramirez committed the offences between February and August 2013.
The defendant  was accused of allegedly collecting $10,000 from one Olukayode Sodimu under the pretext that the money was meant to facilitate an American Green Card with the US Immigration Services.

INEC notifies Dino Melaye of planned recall by his senatorial district

Sen. Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial District has been notified of his planned recall by his senatorial district by t he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC , on formally acknowledgement of receipt of a petition from some voters .
In a statement, INEC National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna said the commission had deliberated on the issue during its weekly regular meeting held on Thursday.
"In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly, the commission has formally acknowledge the receipt of of the petition to the petitioner's representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of the petition", INEC said.
INEC added that the next step would be to verify that the petitioners are registered voters in the Kogi West Senatorial District.


Maritime: Nigeria to provide support to Ghana

L-R: Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Head, Africa Section, Technical Cooperation Division, Mr. William Azuh at the Post-Transport Policy Workshop Dinner held in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to provide support to the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) through a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Nigeria to export 72 MT of yam to UK, US June 29- Ogbeh

Nigeria will on June 29, 2017, export 72 metric tonnes of yam to the United Kingdom, UK, and United States of America, USA, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Ogbeh made the disclosure Thursday at the end of the meeting with the technical committee on Nigerian Yam Export According to him the flag-off of this new era in raw food exportation from Nigeria will be done at the Apapa Port, which the 72 metric tonnes of yam to be exported will be in three containers at 24 metric tonnes each.
One container will be exported to the UK, while two others will go to the US.
The Minister assured the exporters of government’s support.
He said:"Everything spent will be refunded. We must sell all whatever we can to the world. We account for over 60 per cent of yam production, yet people do not know that we grow yam. 
"These yam exporters are the the real heroes of Nigeria. Oil and gas cannot employ millions of workers as agriculture."

FG declares Monday, Tueday June 26, 27, 2017 public holiday to mark Id-El Fitr

The Federal Government has declared Monday, 26th and Tuesday 27th June 2017 as Public Holiday to mark Id-El Fitr Celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood.

Gen. Dambazau urged all Nigerians to shun Hate Speeches and Divisive Tendencies and join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria, which guarantees fundamental freedoms, including the right of residence in any part of the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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