Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wechie’s deceitful claim, inconsequential to Wike, Rivers PDP replies APC

Chairman, Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah has described the call by the depleted State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Gov Wike to resign over underhanded claim by Mr. Livingstone Wechie, as nonsensical, child’s play and act of frustration.
Obuah also said as far as the PDP is concerned, the so called ‘revelation’ by a chameleonic Wechie lacks worth and substance and therefore does not require a serious- minded Governor and the PDP to be perturbed about it, not to talk of resigning and abandoning the people’s mandate.
The PDP Chairman explained that going through the APC’s statement signed by Eze Chukwuemeka Eze and the sudden suspicious and questionable turnaround by Livingstone Wechie, the party is convinced of the naivety, regarding democratic principles, of the APC and its political jobber, Mr. Wechie, and that the duo do not have character and should not be taken serious.
The PDP observed that the APC statement is watery and lacks substance, saying the reason for Governor Wike to resign is neither here nor there, insisting that the latest bond between Wechie and his sponsor, Rotimi Amaechi, and by extension, the All Progressives Congress, APC, will soon be exposed.

Enugu Govt completes three-month training of Traffic Enforcement Bureau Cadets

Following the successful completion of over two months training of more than 200 persons by personnel of the Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs), to be recruited as Traffic Enforcement Bureau Cadets, the Enugu State Ministry of Transport has announced Saturday, July 22, 2017, as the date for the passing-out parade of for the Cadets in the Course 1.
It will recalled that the Enugu State Ministry of Transport (MOT) Traffic Enforcement Bureau was established by the past administration in 2004,  through the Road Traffic Law, S.86 CAP 137, Vol. VI Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria, 2004 Enugu State Road Traffic (Approved Traffic Offences, Penalties and Fine) and has been in operation since then.
Announcing the passing out parade date, the Commissioner for Transport, Hon. Vitus Okechi said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Heads of all the Security Agencies in the state; all the Transport Stakeholders in the state, namely: the National Union of Road Transport Workers, RETAN, Tricycle Association, LUBAN, AMTO, IPMAN, NUPENG, etc; Religious leaders; Traditional Rulers; all Market Traders Associations; Public Office holders, among others, are expected to grace the occasion.

RIWAMA warns against continued harassment, intimidation of sanitation workers by security agents

Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Felix Obuah has again called on security agencies, especially the Police, to stop the incessant undue arrest, harassment and intimidation of Sanitation Workers who clean the City at nights.
Obuah, in a statement in Port Harcourt said the call became necessary as the continual arrest and harassment of Sanitation Workers is capable of subverting the efforts of the Agency to keep the State clean and healthy.
The Sole Administrator emphasized that the job of cleaning the City at the odd hours of the night is indispensable and should be commended, adding that those who carry out this legitimate assignments ought to be appreciated rather than hounded and dumped into police cells.
Obuah also appealed to the Police to assist the Agency by ensuring that the cleaners are not molested or intimidated by hoodlums who interrupt or obstruct the services at nights.

2016 NEC retreat resolutions: Council recieves monitoring report citing progress

· FG to decide on proposed new Ecological Fund criteria
There is considerable progress in the implementation of ideas generated at last year’s retreat of the National Economic Council, according to a Monitoring Report presented to the Council at the July meeting earlier today.
At the NEC meeting presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, the report of an Ad-hoc Committee on Ecological Fund was also received with recommendations on how to manage the Fund.  Prof. Osinbajo noted the report and stated that the Federal Government will now consider the recommendations and take its decision on the matter
The NEC Retreat which was held in March, 2016 adopted 71 resolutions across six thematic areas, which included; agriculture, solid minerals, investments, industrialization and enabling monetary policy. Others are infrastructure and services, investing in our people and survival of states & beyond.
The monitoring activities started in the 1st quarter of 2017 determined the level of implementation of the resolutions and the extent to which the Federal Government and States have invested towards achieving the objectives of the resolutions.
National Economic Council (NEC) is composed of Governors of the 36 States including the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the Central Bank Governor.
Below are the highlights of deliberations of the 79th NEC meeting:

Budget: Osinbajo proposes N135.6bn virement

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has submitted a virement proposal of N135.6bn to the National Assembly.
The money is meant to cover projects across many MDAs, particularly the Ministry of Power/Works/Housing.
The request was made in a letter dated July 18, 2017, which was read to members of the House by its Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, at plenary on Thursday in Abuja
The acting president drew the attention of the House to discussions and agreements between the executive and legislature before the 2017 Appropriation Bill was signed into law.
Part of the agreement was that the executive should submit a “virement proposal’’ to move some funds from within the budget to other critical items in the budget.
Some of the ministries affected by the request are Power, Works and Housing; Transportation, and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Our huge investment in education yielding dividends, says Ugwuanyi

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday unveiled the ultra modern permanent site of the Post Primary School Management Board (PPSMB), saying that the new edifice was another demonstration of his administration's resolve to provide quality education for the people of the state.
Similarly, Gov. Ugwuanyi commissioned some equipment recently procured by the state government for technical and vocational Schools in the state,  during which he also inspected exhibitions of craft and equipment built by talented students of technical schools.
Unveiling the PPSMB permanent site, the governor said that the project will provide a conducive operational environment for workers in the state as part of the government's efforts to promote job satisfaction, efficiency and productivity among the workers.
He noted that his administration had also declared its unequivocal commitment to raise the standard and quality of education in the state, especially through the revitalization of regulatory bodies in the education sector in addition to the upgrading of facilities and infrastructure.

AFRIMA receives 4,816 entries for 2017 submission ...Eastern Africa with the highest entries

AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein

AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein
The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is already in the works to becoming an epoch-making awards event after receiving nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and music professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17.
The African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the
2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website and the awards social media platforms.

Wike flags off reconstruction of 175 public schools

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (2nd L) , Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Venerable Fyneface Akah (l), Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives , Rt Hon. Austin Opara and Former PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus after the flag off of the reconstruction of 175 Basic Schools by Governor Wike on Thursday at the State School, Rebisi. 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has flagged off the reconstruction and furnishing of 175 Basic Schools across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. 
The 175 basic schools  are in deplorable condition, making teaching and learning difficult. 
Performing the flag off of the reconstruction of the schools on Thursday  at the State School, Rebisi in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said nobody would believe  that the immediate past administration left schools to decay  to  this level.
He  said that  when his administration  took over, the former administration  did not access UBEC, pointing out that the State Government  accessed  the funds for the re-positioning  of basic schools in the state.

EU, UNICEF Earmarks 54 million Euros for MNCHN project in 3 Northern states

The European Union, EU in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF has earmarked 54 million Euros for Maternal, New-Born, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) outcome project in three Northeast states of Bauchi, Adamawa and Kebbi.
The UNICEF Country Representive, Mohammed Malick Fall who stated this Thursday during the official handover ceremony of Health Equipment and Medicine to Bauchi State government, said that  out of the 54 million Euros, the EU has provided 50 million Euros through a grant,  UNICEF contributed 1 million Euros while the three benefiting states are to provide 1million Euros as government counterpart fund.
He said that the project was hinged on sectoral integration that includes health, water and Sanitation/Hygiene, Nutrition, HIV/AIDs, Child Protection, Community Development and social protection in the three target states.

S-East S-South Network (SESSNet) gives FG ultimatum on restructuring

*May opt for self-determination if...
The South‎-East South-South Network (SESSNet) has given The Federal government of Nigeria no later than December 2017 to restructure the country or risk intense global agitation for self-determination in the South East and South South region.
The group also called for establishment of a Committee that would determine which areas need to be restructured in the country with immediate effect.
This was stated in statement issued by the group and made available to newsmen.‎
The statement reads; "‎‎For decades Nigeria has faced existential crisis due to the circumstances of its arbitrary creation and the added phenomenon of successive bad leadership.
"The crisis of nationhood has continued unabated and in recent times has assumed frightening dimensions with the proliferation of secessionist groups across the country, including IPOB, MASSOB, OPC, LNC, Niger Delta AVENGERS, RONDEL.

Footballer Nwankwo Kanu's wife launches new health book after helping him fight back from killer heart disorder

Wife of Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has written a book on healthy living, inspired by her battle to help him fight back from a near-fatal heart disorder. Amara is currently on holiday in Lagos for a month. Would you be interested in an interview with her while she’s in Nigeria?
Nwankwo Kanu won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and UEFA Cup. As captain of Nigeria he became an Olympic Gold medallist and twice won African Player of the Year. Kanu is a member of theInvincibles: the Arsenal side that finished the 2003-04 season undefeated. He famously scored a hat-trick in fifteen minutes against Chelsea to turn a 2–0 deficit into a 3–2 victory.

People who die from AIDS nearly halved from 1.9m to 1m – UN

UN says the annual number of people who die from AIDS has nearly halved from 1.9 million to one million between 2005 and 2016.
According to the UNAIDS agency, the share of people with HIV who have access to medical treatment has also risen to above 50 per cent for the first time. UNAIDS said in 2016, there were 36.7 million people around the world who were living with the virus that weakens the immune system and could lead to AIDS.
Among them, 53 per cent were able to get medicine that suppresses the virus.

Damning revelations the beginning of the end of Wike administration —Rivers APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has demanded the resignation of the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in the wake of the shocking revelation by Mr. Livingstone Wechie, the Executive Director of the Integrity Group. Mr. Wechie had recently revealed that all the documents his group used to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in a letter dated July 29, 2015 and addressed to the Senate President in a failed bid to stop the confirmation of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a Minister were all fabricated by the Rivers State Government under the watch of Governor Wike. The tantalising petition, which has now been confirmed to be fake, was laid on the floor of the Senate on August 8, 2015 and followed up with the summoning of Amaechi before the Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges on October 12, 2015.
The revelation by Mr. Wechie and the Integrity Group vindicates our position that Governor Wike is a fraud, diabolical and that his evil administration was foisted on Rivers State by former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan,” Rivers APC said in a statement issued on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

Okorocha confirms N7billion Paris Club fund for Imo

Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha has confirmed the state’s own share of the latest Paris Club Fund of Seven Billion Naira (N7billion).
He also said the money will be used to clear 2017 outstanding pensions since the government had earlier cleared all the past pension arrears upto December 2016 and had then assured to begin to pay the Pensioners at the end of every month with effect from January 2017.
According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the government kept this promise in abeyance following the steady and disturbing increase in the number of Pensioners and the amount involved worrisomely snowballing to more than N1.5billion even when some states with more population density pay about N500million as Pensions. This ugly scenario has occasioned the Final Clearance Programme which has already begun at the local government headquarters across the state. 

Troops fix pot holes, clears bushes, facilitates unhindered movement

Troops of formations under 7 Division in Operation LAFIYA DOLE said they are not resting on their oars as they engage in massive filling of pot holes and extensive clearing of vegetation to ensure security of persons, goods and services along various routes within the Division Area of Responsibility in Borno State.   
A statement signed by
Lieutenant Colonel , Kingsley Samuel Deputy Director Army Public Relations 7 Division said “troops of 21 Brigade intensified efforts on Wednesday 19 July 2017 to fill bad portions along Road Bule Yobe to  Darajamel. The formation's effort is in line with the Division's overall intention of denying the Boko Haram Terrorists freedom of action and facilitate unhindered movement along the routes.

DSS warns security/anti-corruption agencies from using its name for illegal operations

The Department of State Services (DSS) has expressed dismay over what it called the activities of impostors including some security agencies who have continually engaged in illegal security operations, allegedly in the name of the Service, in parts of the country. These impersonators, in some instances, try to mimic the Service’s operational tactics by using its symbols and paraphernalia especially operational dress codes. 
According to a statement by
Tony Opuiyo , Department of State Services,  National Headquarters,  Abuja “The aim, according to information available to the Service, is to accord semblance of legitimacy to their operations and as well leave impressions that the DSS was, in fact, involved. An instance was the recent search which the DSS was falsely accused to have carried out at the Kaduna residence of the former Vice President, His Excellency, Namadi SAMBO. Another was the one executed at No.165, Ademola Adetokunbo, Wuse II, Abuja, belonging to Sahara Energy Company.

Bridge FM RADIO CEO, Nzekwu urges govt to be proactive in information dissemination

The Chief Executive Officer of Bridge 98.7 fm Asaba, Dr Henry Nzekwu has urged media and communication aides to Governors in Nigeria, to increase their tenacity in responding to public enquiries about happenings in government so as to further bridge the gap between the electorates, public office holders and elected representatives.
The broadcast icon made the appeal at the headquarters of Bridge FM in a chat with the Executive Assistant on Communication to Delta State Governor, Barrister Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe who was a guest of the station on Wednesday July 19, 2017.
According to Nzekwu, media and communication aides to governors and senior public officers must at all times enlighten the public about policies, programmes, achievements and blueprints of governments, adding that by so doing the public become well informed and able to reasonably appreciate positive efforts of various administrations be it federal, state or local government.
"I must admit that governor Okowa administration is doing a great job which is why his media and communication aides must consistently engage the pubic through the mass media.

APC to Fayose: Stop brainwashing Ekiti people on Paris Club Refund

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has warned Governor Ayodele Fayose against brainwashing Ekiti people on the fresh payment of Paris Club refund of N4.7b, saying that the meetings the governor is holding with workers and other stakeholders is a ploy to deceive the people with "ultimate goal to, as usual, divert the money for selfish motives".
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said that Ekiti people are no longer deceived by the governor's antics in always calling workers and other stakeholders to meetings to brainwash them on the state's financial matters, stressing that such practice is a worn-out tactic to "fraudulently deny workers their salaries and con Ekiti people for selfish motives".
He said: "Governor Fayose believes that he is wiser than all Ekiti people put together, which he recklessly celebrates in his contemptuous cliché as 'Ekiti people are stupid'.
"The governor started his latest trick when he called Labour leaders to a meeting last month that Paris Club refund coming to the state would be N4.7b just to create the impression that he is running a transparent administration.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Borno abduction atrocious and cowardly--Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has condemned the abduction of women which occurred recently in Borno State. 
He also sympathised with the families of the abducted women, and assures that the Federal Government will spare no efforts to ensure the safe and speedy return of all the victims.
The Acting President directed Nigeria's military and intelligence agencies to take all necessary steps including coordinating with our international partners to rescue the abducted women, as well as to ensure further tightening of security in and around Borno State. 

He assured that the ongoing efforts of security agencies, including the establishment of additional military and police bases in parts of the country, as well as the improved intelligence gathering will continue, and commends some of the recent significant breakthroughs in combating kidnapping and banditry in the country.

Coalition blames sabotage, not Lami Amodu over Queens College deaths

A group of six non-governmental and civil society organisations, The Coalition of Civil Societies on Human Rights and Anti-Corruption in Nigeria has blamed sabotage as possible cause of death of some students at the Queens College Lagos.

The Coalition in a letter to the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education probing the cause of deaths at the Federal Government’s Unity School, insisted that from their findings after an investigation, "we are convinced that what may have happened resulted from acts of sabotage by some desperate persons".
The former Director/Principal of the College, Dr (Mrs) Lami Amodu, has been accused of culpability in the death of some of the students.
The Coalition, in the letter address to the chairman of the committee and jointly signed by its Chief Convener, Alhaji Sabo Ode and the Director of Public Affairs, Comrade James Ezema, urged the Senate “to ensure that justice is done and that the innocent is not punished for doing that which is right and insisting that the right thing be done in the right way.

Atiku heightens call for restructuring of Nigeria

The former Vice President of Nigeria Alh Atiku Abubakar has once  again re-iterated the need for the urgent restructuring of Nigeria for the survival of our nation and democracy. He stated this in in a lecture organised by the Senior Staff Association of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Addressing  the mammoth audience at the  Main Hall of the University , Alh Atiku Abubakar noted that a restructured Nigeria will witness unprecedented development. He noted that Nigerian must not continue with the business- as- usual syndrome which has kept us backward till date.
He  lamented that the agitations in different parts of the country would not have been deafening if the right things and measures were taken in the past.  He went into memory lane to glorify the good old days when each of the regions in Nigeria competed among themselves for developmental strides and the cost of governance was minimal.

37 suspected wives, children of Boko Haram members detained – Nigerian Army

The Army said on Wednesday that it had intercepted 37 people suspected to be wives and children of Boko Haram terrorists after they escaped from the insurgents’ custody.
A statement issued by Sani Usman, the Army spokesman, said that 30 of the escapees were intercepted on Tuesday at Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe.
Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said that they comprised eight women and 22 children.
On preliminary interrogation, the suspects claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ custody at Kafa and Abagajiri villages in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno,’’ he said.
The army spokesman said that the other seven persons that included women and children were intercepted on Tuesday at Kamuya in Yobe.
They claimed that they escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout at Goropcha village, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno.
Both sets of escapees are currently being screened and profiled,” he said.

Port Efficiency: NIMASA DG lists game changers to make African Ports competitive

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside has listed what he termed game changers that will make Ports on the African Continent to be
globally competitive to include investment in world class infrastructure, strengthen Regulatory Frameworks:, Enhance Institutional Cooperation, implementation of one-stop portals like the national single window and adequate Investment in human capital.
Dr Dakuku stated this while delivering a paper on the Significance of Maritime Regulations and Competitiveness of African Ports at the conference on Port Development, which took place in Accra Ghana.
In his words “African Ports have fallen far behind our global peers on key performance indicators. Cargo spends nearly three weeks on average in Sub-Saharan African ports, compared to less than a week in large
ports in Europe, Latin America and Asia. We are below the global average on three key productivity measures of ports: gross moves per hour, berth moves per hour and man-hours per move”.
He noted that for Port operations on the African continent to experience appreciable improvement, Agencies in the port community must work together to implement integrated and sustainable solutions to the identified challenges.

APC names10-member committee to articulate party’s position on restructuring

Following different agitations for restructuring which has assumed several disparate meanings, the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the fifth regular joint APC National Working Committee (NWC) /APC Governors meeting which held on Wednesday, a committee was set up to articulate the party’s notion on restructuring.
The members of the committee are:
1. Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-rufai (Chairman)
2. Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
3. Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
4. Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong
5. Governor of Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun
6. Former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor
7. APC National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso
8. APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi
9. Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi (Secretary)
10.Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi (Secretary)

SOUTHERN KADUNA: "We will not relent," says Ag. President, orders fresh security reinforcements after recent killings

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has ordered further security reinforcements in Kaduna State following reports of communal clashes that resulted in the loss of lives earlier this week in Kajuru, Kajuru Local Government Area of the State.
Prof. Osinbajo commiserates with families of the victims, the government and people of Kaduna State, and wishes the injured victims speedy recovery. 
He also commends the prompt response and efforts of the State government, and those of the security agencies which contained the situation and restored the peace.
While condemning the act of violence in strong terms, the Acting President notes that the security challenges in Southern Kaduna which has led to the needless deaths is a source of concern for the Federal government and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians.

Any programme to be consumed by Nigerians must be produced in Nigeria--FG

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reiterated the government's decision that any programme meant for Nigerians must be produced in Nigeria, saying he was not appointed Minister to develop the economy of other countries at the expense of the Nigerian economy.
In a statement in Lagos on Wednesday, the Minister said the Creative Industry's potential of creating 1 million jobsin three years cannot be realized if jobs meant for Nigerians are being exported to other countries under the guise of producing, in other countries, programmes to be consumed in Nigeria.
''I didn't say that henceforth, all music videos and films will be produced in Nigeria, or that the production of music videos or films outside Nigeria will be banned. All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian (local) content programme, we will amend the Code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria,'' he said, adding: ''On that, there is no going back.''
The Minister recalled how his office was bombarded with calls from concerned Nigerians when the last edition of the ''Big Brother Naija'' was produced in South Africa, saying he subsequently directed the National Broadcasting Commission to investigate the circumstances surrounding the controversy.
''Following the findings, we decided to amend the relevant sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to prevent a repeat of that development. We are now in the process of doing that, so that anyone who intends to produce a reality show or similar programmes for Nigerians cannot take the production of such shows outside Nigeria.

Afreximbank, Kings College Hospital enter agreement with Health Ministry for healthcare in Nigeria

(L-R) Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health of Nigeria; Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah; and Prof. Ghulam Mufti, Non-Executive Director of the Board of Kings College Hospital, UK, following the signing of the MOU in Abuja.

Abuja, 18 July 2017– The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Kings College Hospital (KCH), London, and the Nigerian Ministry of Health have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in developing a centre of excellence for healthcare in Nigeria.
Following a strategic alliance formed in 2014 between Afreximbank and KCH to establish a network of centres of excellence in tertiary healthcare across Africa, Nigeria was selected, on the basis of a macro-economic and sectorial study, as host country for the first centre. The centre will specialise in the treatment of cancer and sickle cell diseases and will cover four broad areas of medical practice, namely, clinical care, diagnostics, research, and education.
Under the terms of the MOU signed in Abuja on 17 July, Afreximbank, the Ministry of Health and KCH will collaborate in the development of the centre by working together to raise funding and develop relationships, expertise and activities.

8th Senate passes another anti-graft Bill: This is a promise kept --Saraki

The 8th Senate Wednesday, passed the Whistleblower Protection Bill. 
The Bill, which seeks to encourage and facilitate the disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies was presented by the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Senator David Umaru, the member representing Niger East in the 8th National Assembly.
Otherwise known as “An Act to Protect Persons Making Disclosures for the Public Interest and Others from Reprisals, to Provide for the Matters Disclosed to be Properly Investigated and Dealt with and for other Purposes Related Therewith”, the Bill also seeks to ensure that persons who make disclosures and persons who may suffer reprisals in relation to such disclosures are protected under the law.
The Bill also specifies who is qualified to make disclosure of improper conduct; the procedure for making disclosures; and the protection due to ‘whistleblowers.’ 

Southern Kaduna: 28 confirmed dead in Fulani, herdsmen attack

Twenty-eight  people were confirmed dead in the two day violence that erupted between local farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna local government Area of the state. 
The police in Kaduna made the confirmation on a day that the state police command paraded 55 suspects arrested for various criminal offences, ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, money doubling among several other offences.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday,  the state commissioner of police Agyole Abeh said those who lost their lives were mainly women and children. 
While condemning the violence in the area,  the commissioner of police described the incidence as barbaric. 
He explained: "the problem started when some youths claimed that they saw a Fulani man with a bag which they alleged contained military camouflage but he ran away.
"On their way coming, they saw a young grazing herder and they attacked him. But while that was ongoing, his father came in to rescue his son and was subsequently assaulted but later died in a hospital where he was rushed to.

WhatsApp blocked in China

WhatsApp faced at least a partial block in China after a censorship crackdown by the government, as users took to other social media platforms including Twitter to report outages.
At one point WhatsApp users could send text, but not images.
Apparently, the government increased social media censorship in the run-up to the 19th Communist Party Congress, which is considered a politically sensitive event.
The news comes just days after University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said the scope of censorship of keywords and images on WeChat and Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, related to Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a political prisoner who recently died in government custody, expanded greatly.
Concerned that martyrdom around Liu may spur collective action, as well as being concerned about saving face, the knee-jerk reaction of China’s authorities is to quash all public discussion of Liu, which in today’s world translates into censorship on social media,” wrote Ronald Deibert, director of Citizen Lab.

Man successfully sues wife over ugly children and judge orders wife to pay $120,000

Jian Feng sued his wife for giving birth to what he called an “incredibly ugly” girl.
I married my wife out of love, but as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues,” he told the Irish Times. “Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me.”
Initially Jian accused his wife of infidelity, because he knew he could never be the father of an unattractive child. However, DNA tests proved that the child was indeed his. Feng’s wife then came clean and admitted she had about $100,000 worth of cosmetic surgery done in South Korea before they met.

Boko Haram crisis not religious but political--2Baba

Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur , Innocent Idibia, better known as 2Face or 2Baba has said that the lingering Boko Haram crisis which left thousands of people dead, millions injured and displaced from their homes with property worth billions of naira destroyed have nothing to do with religion as insinuated, rather the crisis is strongly associated with politics.
He urged government and politicians step up their games by doing the needful in eradicating poverty among the masses, particularly youths, and do justice to all manner of people, ending insurgency and other forms of violence currently happening in some parts of the north east and the country as a whole may be difficult and unrealistic.

Anti-smuggling: FOU Owerri seizures cross Billion Naira mark

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, an anti-smuggling arm of the Customs Service in Owerri has, resolved to address the problem of smuggling with recorded  seizures worth N372,233,523 in the month of June.
According to Amajam Bukar , the Zone ‘C’ Customs Area Controller,  the Unit equally recovered underpayments worth N12,040,949, while addressing newsmen in Owerri on the successes so far recorded by the Zone while carrying out anti-smuggling activities.
Amajam highlighted that from January 2017 till date the Unit has made 91 seizures with duty paid value of N1,735,665,304; attributing the feat to the total commitment of his officers and support from the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (rtd).

This country is one of the greatest in the world, there is no question about that--Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria is one of the greatest in the world. He spoke during his visit to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, during a one-day visit to Zamafara State Tuesday.
The speech he presented at the occasion read:.
Let me begin by saying that am very honoured  by this warm welcome that has been given me and l bring very warm greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari whom l had the pleasure of seeing in London just about this time last week.
It’s important that everywhere in our country is safe for our people to work and live and I am especially pleased to see that His Royal Highness has maintained this within this kingdom and anyone can approach him and everyone can live here.
This l think is very worthwhile and l must commend you for this great work  that you are doing.
And we have been around to see the works of his Excellency, the governor and in-fact that’s what we are spending the whole of today doing.

Troops intercept suicide bomber at Dala

Troops of 251 Battalion, 7 Division Nigerian Army on Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Dala village on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at about 10.00pm intercepted a suspected suicide bomber who attempted to cross through their forward defences. 
A statement signed by
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations said that upon several challenges and warning shots, the suspect refused to halt.  The suspect who still continued to approach towards the troops location was immediately neutralized. 
The Borno State Emergency Management Agency and the International Committee of the Red Cross have since been contacted to evacuate the suspect remains.”

FG releases another Paris Club refunds of N243bn to states

FG has released a State by State breakdown of another tranche of Paris Club refund of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts on the accounts of States and Local Governments (1995-2002)   as contained in the table below:

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

SON seals up Samsung premises for registration infractions

The premises of Samsung West Africa in Victoria Island in Lagos were Tuesday sealed up by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, (SON)  for failure to register some of the products  being marketed in Nigeria.
SON Head of Product Registration, Enebi Onucheyo, said in a statement  that the action was in exercise of the provisions of the SON Act 14,of 2015.
He said the Act provides for every product imported into Nigeria to be registered with SON for traceability and confirmation of quality status.

37 killed in clash between farmers & herdsmen in Kaduna

No fewer than 37 people were reported killed in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state Tuesday when violence erupted between farmers and herders, leaving many other people injured in Kajuru which is about 50 kilometres from Kaduna, the state capital.
This coming barely three days after four herdsmen were said to have been killed by gunmen in the same place.
The crisis, according to an eye-witness started when some Fulani youths stormed Ungwan Uka village to avenge the death of a certain herdsman allegedly killed by some village youths at a farm in the area.
Mr Agyole Abeh,Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State has confirmed the incident to journalists, adding that policemen and soldiers have been deployed to the troubled area to ensure peace returns to the community.

IGP post new Police Commissioner to Akwa Ibom

The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim K. Idris has approved the posting of a new Commissioner of Police to Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
He is CP MuazuZubairuHalilu, and takes over from CP Don Awunahfsi, Amnipr as the 22ndCommissioner of Police of the State Police Command
CP MuazuZubairuHalilu holds a Bsc (Hons) degree in Botany from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Advance Diploma in Public Admin University of Abuja, a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from University of Lagos and Masters degree in Policy and Strategic Management from International University of Bamenda, Cameroon.

Lagos govt deserves no tax from Indigenes, unless....—Group

A Lagos group, Save Lagos Group (SLG) has disclosed that the present administration of Akinwumi Ambode did not deserve to collect any tax from indigenes of the state because the governor has failed to adhere strictly with the provision of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) that stipulated the condition for the collection of taxes from the citizens.
The group also stated that the Ambode’s administration has failed to justify the huge amount of funds being accrued to the State through taxes, federation Account and other sources of funds, saying that the State government had failed in the area of security, adding that the funds earmarked through Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) were not justified with the state of insecurity in the State.
In a statement issued and signed by the Convener of the group, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman and copies were made available to newsmen on Tuesday, noted that the State government which failed to commiserate its obligations to the citizenry with  the huge resources accrued to it , did not deserve to collect any  tax from the citizens.
Comrade Sulaiman maintained that it was Constitutional provision for the government to
collect tax from the citizens in accordance with the section 24(f) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, however , supporting his argument with the Constitutional provisions of sections 14, 15, 16, 17,18,33,34 & fourth schedule of the amended 1999 Constitution where it enumerated the responsibilities of   the State and local government areas to the citizenry in their areas, adding that until the State government under Ambode’s watch met these provisions of the Constitution that citizens would be compelled to  perform his/her obligation of payment of taxes.

Ondo govt gets oil license for bitumen exploration

Ondo State Government Tuesday got an oil block license from the FG to explore bitumen.Minister of Mines and Steels Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who made this known at the 1st Ondo State Investment Forum held at the International Event Center (DOME), Akure, the state capital, said that the license was granted to the state as part of the efforts of the federal government to diversify the economy and boost the country’s foreign exchange.
Represented by Engr. Mohammed Amate, the Director of Mining License in the Ministry, Fayemi said the bitumen reserve in Ondo State can serve the whole of Africa hence the federal government’s decision to explore the opportunity towards economic development of the country.
According to him, “Nigeria currently imports over 600,000 tons of asphalt per annum and the nation spends billions of naira on importation of asphalt every year. The naira is weak now because of much demand for dollar and less demand for naira and the poor export policy in the country.
With bitumen being produced in Ondo State, the Federal Government will ensure that none of its  road contractors imports asphalt and I am sure that many state governments will prefer to buy from Ondo state because it will definitely be cheaper here than imports from outside the country”, the Minister said.

Ex-Jigawa Gov Turaki secures fresh bail in N36bn fraud

A former Governor of Jigawa State, Senator Saminu Turaki has been admitted to a fresh bail in the sum of N500m with two sureties in the sum N250m each by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja .
Turaki  was granted bail after pleading not guilty to a 32 count charge slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission‎ EFCC on behalf of the Federal Government.
This will be the second time, Turaki will be admitted to bail in less than a week.
he Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Yusuf Halilu had last Thursday admitted him to bail from the custody of the EFCC.
However, in the fresh bail, the trial judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba held that ‎the sureties should either be a businessman, private person or a civil servant not below the level of Director and must have a landed property in within the FCT or any of the Satellite towns within Abuja.
The Judge added that the sureties must deposit their evidence of tax payment from the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
He further held that the defendant must deposit his travel documents with the court's registrar and must report to the headquarters of the EFCC every first working day of every month. 
Justice Dimgba also held that the defendant should be remanded in Kuje prison pending the satisfaction of the bail conditions.
The court later adjourned the case till September 19, a date which the Federal High Court, Dutse had earlier fixed.

Top Boko Haram members renounce terrorism

Four Boko Haram terrorists Monday willingly deserted their hideouts and surrendered themselves to the 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri. Among them was a high-profile terrorist, Konto Fanami, the Ameer of Kafa hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists group that operates along Ajigin-Talala-Mungusum axis. 
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations said that during preliminary interrogation, they confirmed that they abandoned the terrorism because of incessant hardship and realizing that they were misled by their terrorist group leaders. 
They further stated they were also erroneously misinformed and brainwashed about Islam and the Nigerian military and the society generally.

Afghanistan: civilian deaths at record high in 16-year war, says UN

KABUL: The people of war-torn Afghanistan continue to bear the brunt of the grinding conflict with civilian deaths at their worst since records began, the United Nations said on Monday.
In the first half of the year, 1,662 civilians were killed and more than 3,500 injured with deaths in the capital Kabul accounting for nearly 20 per cent of the toll, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report.
The majority of the victims were killed by anti-government forces — including the resurgent Taliban and in attacks claimed by IS, the report said, underscoring spiralling insecurity in the country nearly 16 years after the US invasion.
The UN has documented civilian casualties in the war-ravaged country since 2009.
The first six months of the year have seen a significant rise in the number of civilian lives lost in highly coordinated attacks involving more than one perpetrator, with 259 killed and 892 injured — a 15 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Etisalat Nigeria is now 9mobile

Lagos, Nigeria; July 18, 2016: Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (EMTS), which previously traded as ‘Etisalat Nigeria’ Tuesday informed its over 20 million subscribers, government, regulatory agencies and all relevant stakeholder groups that the telecommunication company has changed its name to 9mobile as a further testament of its unwavering commitment to ensuring business continuity as Nigeria’s fourth largest telecom operator.
According to a statement released Tuesday in Lagos, “Our new trading name, 9mobile represents our 0809ja heritage, our 9ja-centricity, and our evolution over 9 years of operations in Nigeria. Although our trading name has changed, we remain true to the same values on which our company was built. A strong and resilient Nigerian spirit continues to reside in us, uniting us with you our subscribers and we are confident that you will continue to believe in our new brand, which strongly reflects our innate creativity and youthfulness. “Furthermore, this rebrand is a testament to our dynamism, responsiveness and agility as a business, while we leverage the power of technology to deliver innovative products and services that meet your needs. Our confidence in our ability to continue to make this happen is bolstered by the sheer determination, commitment and passion of our people to do more; and continue delivering excellent service. In order to ensure the change of name is delivered efficiently and responsibly, we will take a measured approach to the migration to the new brand over the next few months.

Nigeria has the highest number of out of school girls in the world - Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Price winner and activist,  Malala Yousafzai, met yesterday with girls displaced by the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria 
While in Maiduguri, the epicenter of the crisis in northeast Nigeria, Malala visited schoolchildren in a camp for displaced families and secondary school girls at Yerwa Government Girls School.
Nigeria is the richest country in Africa, but has more girls out of school than any country in the world,” said Yousafzai. 
Studies are clear — educating girls grows economies, reduces conflict and improves public health. For these girls and for their country’s future, Nigeria’s leaders must immediately prioritise education.”
Over 2,295 teachers have been killed and 19,000 displaced, and almost 1,400 schools destroyed since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009. Three million children in the northeast are in need of support to keep learning.

Group accuses Rivers Govt of forging documents to indict Amaechi

The Integrity Friends for truth and peace Initiative a.k.a The Integrity Group, an anti-corruption watchdog had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in a letter dated July 29, 2015 titled: “Corruption, Criminal Breach Of Trust, Unlawful Enrichment, And Conversion Of Over 70 Billion Naira State Resources By Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi And Other Functionaries’’, demanding the investigation and prosecution of Rotimi Amaechi over a then falsely believed conversion of Rivers monies/proceeds of the purported sales of State Assets including Power Plants, a certain Karibi Whyte Hospital and diversion of some monies from the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service etc.
The same petition was addressed to the Senate President which was laid on the floor On 8 August, 2015.
But a statement signed by Livingstone Wechie, Executive Director of the Integrity Group states:

Ericsson set for job, cost cuts as losses continue in Q2

Ericsson is set to make further redundancies and reduce its real estate footprint as part of a new SEK10 billion ($1.2 billion) round of cuts, announced after the company revealed it remained in the red during Q2 following a 164 per cent year-on-year drop in net income.
CFO Carl Mellander told Mobile World Live the cuts were a big part of the company’s bid to make “real efficiency gains”. Although unwilling to discuss staff numbers or regions impacted, he confirmed the latest round of savings would be “geared towards addressing underperforming parts of the business”.
A full public announcement into the specifics is expected to be made at a later date, although Mellander confirmed the changes are set to be executed “very quickly” internally.
The CFO’s comments come as the troubled manufacturer revealed its financial results for the three months to end-June.
Net sales were down 8 per cent year-on-year to SEK49.9 billion. Its net income declined 164 per cent year on year as its bottom line swung from a SEK1.6 billion profit in Q2 2016 to a loss of SEK1 billion in 2017.

Osun Broilers Outgrowers Schemeproduces 5 million birds in 3 years

Osun State Broiler Outgrowers Production Scheme, OBOPS, has produced at least 5 million birds in the last three years, the scheme managers have said.
Revealing this over the weekend, Mr. Kolawole Ogini who is the facilitator of the second phase of the scheme stated that OBOPS has placed Osun among states with relatively high production in poultry business in Nigeria.
He disclosed that Amo Byng Poultry Farm have been saddled with the responsibility of stocking day-old-chicks and appropriate feeds to raise the birds to maturity through a bank loan, after which the anchor farm buys back from the participants.
Mr Ogini stated that the second phase of the scheme is a Public-Private Partnership scheme designed to facilitate poultry farming within the State of Osun.
While reviewing the selection process, Ogini said the scheme is open to poultry farmers in the state with 2,000 capacity pens and bio-security facilities in place which includes perimeter netting and well closed entrance.

Wechie’s Confessional Statement: Every lie has an expiry date – Rivers APC

Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress said  it has always been their position that every lie has an expiry date, adding that today, all the lies and falsehood perpetrated against Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the APC by Gov. Nyesom Wike and the PDP expired with ignominy.
The APC in a statement signed by Mr. Chris Finebone noted that, “No better vessel would have conveyed the Wike and PDP confessional statement of shame than Livingstone Wechie himself having been one of the arrowheads of Wike and PDP on their self-appointed mission to destroy the impeccable image and records of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation. But to God be all the glory and adoration that the chicken came home to roost much earlier than later.”

What unveiled today can only be an act of God. It should serve as a great lesson to those who preoccupy themselves with plotting evil against someone like Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who conducts his private and public life devoid of corruption and opulence. Of course, such plots will always come to an inglorious ruin as demonstrated today” the statement concluded

Fayemi challenges SERAP to prove pension allegation or risk legal action

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has asked the Social-Economic Rights Accountability Project (SERAP) to make public details or proof of pension and any other remuneration he was alleged to be enjoying from Ekiti State government since leaving office as Governor of the state in 2014, or publicly apologise to him for including his name in the list of serving public officers who are earning pensions.
The Minister said the group should be prepared for legal consequences of the defamatory statement should it fail to retract the allegation or show concrete evidence of the alleged pension payment.
Dr Fayemi, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, in Abuja on Tuesday said he had not received a kobo either as pension (as passed by the State House of Assembly) or as severance package (approved by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission) from the state government since leaving office on October 15, 2014.

Arbor Networks extends global leadership position in on-premise DDoS protection, according to IHS Technology

JOHANNESBURG –Arbor Networks Inc., the security division of NETSCOUT, was identified once again as the top supplier of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation appliances overall, as well as in the Carrier, Enterprise and Mobile market segments, according to a new report from IHS Technology, formerly Infonetics Research. 

“Arbor continues to lead the market because they are continuously innovating and moving into fast-growing markets. They are well positioned to benefit from all of the macro trends driving growth in the DDoS mitigation product market,” says Jeff Wilson, senior research director, cybersecurity technology for IHS Markit. “Arbor now offers many price points and capacity options for on-premises protection, from low cost sub-100Mbps virtual solutions to 160Gbps carrier-class appliances. With the Arbor Cloud managed service, Arbor is leading the industry in best practice hybrid defence.”
DDoS market drivers
According to Wilson, “Without a doubt, the number one driver for the DDoS prevention market is the attacks themselves.”

North East: Nigerian military liberated over 25 towns during Jonathan- New Book reveals

The newly released book “Boko Haram Media War: An Encounter with the Spymaster” lists over twenty-five (25) major towns and cities recaptured by the Nigerian military during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan before the final handover to President Mohammed Buhari.

The book authored by award-winning PR professional, Yushau Shuaib disclosed that “At the twilight of Jonathan’s administration when Sambo Dasuki was the National Security Adviser, dozens of towns and cities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states were recovered and confirmed with video and pictorial evidence through military press releases.

Some of the liberated towns include, but not limited to: Abadam, Askira, Baga, Bama, Bara, Buni Yadi, Damboa, Dikwa, Gamboru-Ngala, Goniri, Gujba, Gulag, Gulani, Gwoza, Hong, Kala Balge, Konduga, Kukawa, Marte, Madagali, Michika, Monguno, Mubi, Vimtim among other communities with pictorial and video evidences provided by the Defence Headquarters.
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