Thursday, 27 April 2017

Don't succumb to intimidation, distraction by naysayers—Lai Mohammed tells govt Information Managers

Hon. Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, presenting the keynote address at the 2017 Annual National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has charged government information managers to remain focused in carrying out their duties, despite efforts by naysayers to distract and intimidate them.
The Minister gave the charge in his keynote address at the 2017 Annual National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in Ilorin on Thursday.
He said the job of the government information managers has become so daunting because of the undefined nature of the opponents and the advent of the Social Media, which puts power in the hands of anyone with a phone and data, without commensurate responsibility and control.

We are committed to eradicating polio from all communities in Nigeria – Buhari

Nigeria is firmly committed to ensuring that polio is totally eradicated from all communities all over the country, according to President Muhammadu Buhari, in a speech delivered by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Vice President Osinbajo spoke today when he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication where stakeholders deliberated on determined and ongoing government efforts to combat the spread of the deadly disease in the country.
There had been a resurgence in some North-Eastern States because of insurgency especially among communities that were recently liberated by the Nigerian military from the strangle-hold of terrorism.
President Buhari also charged Nigerian State Governors, many of whom were in attendance at the meeting, especially those with new cases of polio in their domain, to tackle polio with all the seriousness and commitment it deserves, restating the commitment of the Federal Government to opening up access in communities involved to ensure vaccination.
As the Vice President recalled, President Buhari had personally signed the Abuja Commitment in January 2016 with the State Governors as a demonstration of his resolve to ensure polio is completely eradicated in Nigeria.

Rivers people reaping the reward of electing a prepared governor --Senator Orji

L-R: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Former Abia State Governor and Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Theodore Orji  at the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park on Thursday 

Former Abia State Governor and Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Theodore Orji has described  the transformation  taking place  across Rivers State  as a wonderful outcome of voting a prepared  leader. 
Addressing  journalists  after joining Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  on projects inspection  on Thursday, Senator  Orji noted that all projects being executed  in the state are targeted at improving the  living condition of the people. 
He said: "This transformation is wonderful.  You need to come to Rivers State to see things physically. 

FCT police operatives dislodge a dare-devil cattle rustling syndicate

Poised to combat crime and frustrate criminals out of circulation, a gallant team of Police operatives attached to Kwali Divisional Headquarters on patrol at Kwali village has dislodged and recovered one pump action gun, two live cartridges, 109 cows and twenty-nine (29) sheep from a dare devil armed robbery syndicate which specialises in cattle rustling.
A release by DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command said the syndicate which was reported to have rustled some cows and sheep from a community in Niger state were intercepted at Kwali village on Thursday at about 1:00am  where a fierce gun battle ensued between them and the Police patrol team.
As a result of the professionalism, gallantry and superior gun power of the Police Patrol team, one of the hoodlums was shot dead while five of his accomplices fled the scene with varying degree of bullet wounds.

The commissioner of Police FCT, CP Musa Kimo psc who commended the Police operatives for their bravery and gallantry that led to the dislodging of the notorious cattle rustling syndicate, has order for a massive manhunt for the fleeing suspects.” 

Buhari’s Social Investment Programme Implementation: State govts agree to upgrade collaboration with FG

*FG to crackdown on armed herdsmen, others-NSA
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (M) with  members of the Presidential Task force on Polo Eradication after a Meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday

The National Economic Council, NEC resolved Thursday to locate the State Governments’ coordination units in the State Governors’ office.
This is one of the highlights of the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, earlier today at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.
While updating the Council which is made up of all 36 State Governors, the Central Bank Governor and Minister of the FCT, about the progress in the implementation of the SIPs, Prof. Osinbajo noted that in all the States and FCT, different aspects of the programmes are operational.
The SIPs include the N-Power job programme for unemployed graduates where 200,000 have been engaged in all States and FCT, the Homegrown School Feeding Programme now operational in at least 7 states feeding over one million primary school pupils one hot meal daily, the Conditional Cash Transfer in 9 States and the Government Enterprise & Empowerment Programme, GEEP, a micro-credit scheme meant to grant soft loans to well over one million Nigerians.
The Vice President informed Council on impediments and other observed programme implementation delays noticed as the SIPs have become operational across the country. Some of the obstacles have been identified within the Federal Government/State Government's collaboration mechanism.

Nigerian troops neutralize 15 terrorists, capture cache of weapons in Sambisa

The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor  Ezugwu has commended troops of 21 Brigade  of the Division for delivering a devastating deep punch to Boko Haram terrorists leading to the capture of large quantities of terrorists' equipment.
The commendation came on the heels of troops display of bravery that led to successful and decisive  repelling Boko Haram terrorists attempted incursion  into their location in Sambisa forest, Borno State early Thursday.
A release by
Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 7 Division said the troops resilence paid off with heavy  battering of Boko Haram terrorists leading to the terrorist sustaining huge casualties in fighters and equipment. The terrorists paid dearly as the troops neutralized 15 of them and wounded several others. 

Party Primaries: Option A4 most transparent method - Dogara

For primaries of political parties to be transparent and truly democratic, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has called for the adoption of direct voting method where all card carrying members of parties are allowed to vote to choose candidates that will represent their parties in elections.
The Speaker said this while responding to a request from a delegation from the Conference of Female Parliamentarians of State Houses of Assembly, led by its chairperson, Hon Elizabeth Ativie, at the National Assembly, that Option A4 should be included in the Electoral Act. 
He argued that direct primaries is more effective in choosing the true candidate of the people because it takes away the option of manipulation of a few delegates by interested parties who have more financial or political influence.
Speaking on the merits of Option A4, he said, "it is there in most of the Constitution of our political parties where primaries are supposed to be by direct or indirect means. But in most cases, most political parties, if not all, have always opted for the indirect primaries. To be more candid, direct primaries can help even in general elections because once a candidate emerges under those conditions, you will know that he is generally accepted by the people.

Why Kogi published details of salaries paid to civil servants – Fanwo

The Kogi State Government has said its decision to publish details of salaries paid to each public servant since the inception of the present administration in the state on January 27, 2016 was to “silence the falsehood of nonpayment of salaries peddled against the present administration in the state."
Addressing newsmen in Lokoja Wednesday, the Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said the Governor is not owing workers “who have been verified to be genuine and consequently cleared," saying the outcry over nonpayment was coming from “fraudulent beneficiaries of the ghost workers syndrome who have been cut off the system."
The Governor’s spokesman said the Governor did not only clear the arrears it met at inception, but has been up to date with salaries.
He said, “It is unfortunate that mischief makers have been brandishing fake news about Kogi State as regards payment of salaries. Kogi State Government has paid up to March 2017. Those we are owing now are those who recently scaled the hurdle of appeals made possible by the Governor. The Governor just received the report two days ago and efforts are in top gear to pay those who have just been cleared.

Shipowners back Dakuku to lead African Maritime Revival

From Left: Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr. Hassan Bello, Director General NIMASA , Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Outgoing Chairman of AAMA, Mr. Sobantu Tilayi and the Chairman, Governing Board of NIMASA, Major General Jonathan India Garba (Rtd) during the AAMA Conference which held in Abuja recently

Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) has given its support to Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) to lead African maritime sector revival, for the economic benefit of the continent, following his recent election as the Chairman, of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA).

APC determined to win Anambra guber election-- Odigie-Oyegun

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (left) in a handshake with the Chairman of the Party’s South East Zonal Committee on the 2017 Anambra Governorship election, former governor of old Anambra state, Dr. Jim Nwobodo during a visit to the APC National Secretaeriat in Abuja on Thursday. Former Abia state governor, Dr. Uzor Kalu is Vice Chairman (middle) is Vice Chairman of the Committee.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Thursday expressed the Party’s determination to win the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship election.
Odigie-Oyegun said the Anambra State Governorship election was a test case on the APC-led government’s bid to mainstream the South East in the power equation of the country.
The APC National Chairman made the disclosures when he received the APC South East Zonal Committee for the Anambra 2017 Governorship election at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
The Committee which was presented by APC National Vice Chairman (South East), Hon. Emma Eneukwu is chaired by former governor of old Anambra state, Dr. Jim Nwobodo. Former Abia state governor, Dr. Uzor Kalu is Vice Chairman. Other members of the Committee are Sen. Emma Azu Agboti (Secretary) Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume, Sen. Nkechi Nwogu, Chief Cosmas Maduba and Chief Gbazuagu Gbazuagu.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Buhari needs rest, to work from home –Lai Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday stayed away from the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said that the president couldn't attend because he needed some rest at home.
Mohammed added that the President has requested that all the files on his table be brought to him, saying he would be working from home.
"We just concluded the Federal Executive Council meeting, I'm sure you noticed that the President was not there. He was not there because he asked that he be allowed to rest and asked the VP to preside.

NEMA confirms 3 suicide bombing attacks in Borno

Suicide bombers have detonated explosives at three different locations in Muna area of Borno State.
The areas affected were Muna Usmanti, Muna Garage and Muna Ethopia respectively.
The incidence  occurred around 4: 11 am which led to 11injured and 5 death.
Among the death persons include four  suicide bombers and a member of security volunteer group known as Civilian JTF.
The spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim disclosed that response agencies including emergency workers from Borno State Emergency Agency (BOSEMA) promptly responded to the distress call.
Ibrahim said: "We have since taken the injured persons to hospital for proper medical attention while the dead bodies have been deposited in the mortuary." 

PRAWA saves teenager from prison over charges of assault, missing phone

The Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare (PRAWA), a Non-Governmental Organisation supported by Foreign and commonwealth office has saved Ernest, a 19 year old teenager from continuous detention in Kirikiri medium prison.
Ernest who was accused of causing the loss of a phone worth N45, 000 during a fight that ensued after an argument with a driver, has been discharged and released from prison custody by an Ejigbo Magistrate court in Lagos, after former executive secretary of PRAWA Dr Uju Agomoh paid a compensation of N25,000 to the complainant. 
After speaking with the boy’s mother, the consultant for PRAWA on the PRP pro bono project- Ms. Chinelo Uchendu, learnt that the complainant is ready to withdraw the case if compensated with a reasonable sum while the lawyer that stood up for the boy during his first arraignment demanded N50,000 each for two sureties needed for his bail.
According to the mother of the boy, the boy was been held because the family cannot afford to pay for the phone which was misplaced during the fight as the complainant said he would only withdraw the case when paid a compensation. 

Sokoto Guber Tussle: Tambuwal fails to stop court process against him

Attempt by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State to move a Federal High Court in Abuja to reject court processes filed against his nomination by the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the 2015 Governorship election, have been dismissed.
The processes filed by Senator Umaru Dahiru and another governorship aspirant on the platform of APC were accepted by Justice Gabriel Kolawole as being competent and properly filed to challenge the nomination of the governor for the election of the 2015.
At the mention of the suit today, the APC’s counsel, Mr. Jibrin Okutepa and Mr. Sundy Ibrahim Ameh (SAN) have vehemently opposed the originating summon and the affidavit filed by Dahiru to challenge the propriety of the 2015 APC Sokoto Govership Primary Election on the ground that the election was fraught with fraud, breach of electoral act and APC’s guidelines and also marred with violence.
The contention of APC and Tambuwal’s Lawyers was that a new counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Roland Otaro was not properly changed to replace Professor Awa Kalu (SAN) who they said was the counsel for the plaintiff on record.
Okutepa and Ameh insisted that for the two plaintiffs to properly change their lawyer, the leave of the court must first be obtained and secured in line with provision of the Federal High Court Practice Direction. They therefore urged the court to reject all the process filed by Otaru on the ground that they are incompetent and unlawful for the court to adjudicate upon.

Digital shift factor in Q1 profit growth--Etisalat CEO

Tele-communications giant, Etisalat reported strong figures for the first quarter, noting its “ability to sustain momentum in spite of vastly changing global industry trends”.
According to Saleh Al Abdooli, the group's CEO , “Etisalat has continued its efforts to align its business with the digital mandate it has undertaken, by shifting the operating model, investing in future technologies, and by acquiring and disseminating digital capabilities across its operations.”
The company reported a Q1 2017 net profit after federal royalty of AED2.1 billion ($571.7 million), up 5 per cent year-on-year, on revenue of AED12.5 billion, down 3 per cent. It said its revenue was impacted by unfavourable exchange movements, mainly in Egypt. In constant currency, revenue growth was 3 per cent.
Revenue in UAE, Etisalat’s home market, increased 5 per cent to AED7.6 billion, as a result of growth in the subscriber base with increased bundles, strong performance in the “eLife” segment, and increased business solutions, digital and ICT services.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Nigerians deported from Libya arrive Lagos Airport

Nigerians, numbering 253 , who have been stranded in Libya were Monday deported back to Nigeria aboard an Airbus A333-200 with registration number 5A LAT. The 253 returnees  who were conveyed on the Libyan Airline plane cmale and 3 male children.
Comprised of 140 adult females and 8 children. Also aboard were 103 adult This is the largest single batch of deportees to arrive Lagos Airport in recent times. The returnees journey back to Nigeria, as usual , was facilitated by International Oganisation for Migration, IOM, after the Federal Government asked for its assistance after confirming that some Nigerians were willing to return home.
The aircraft conveying them landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, around 8:10pmMonday and were received at the Hajj Terminal by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA. There were two medical cases among the deportees with one of them suffering serious burns on her face and the second had mental depression.

UNODC, EFCC parley on corruption prevention strategy

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, Monday engaged senior management staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on fashioning a strategy that would effectively help in the prevention of corruption. 
Speaking at the one-day workshop tagged "Support to Anti-corruption in Nigeria Project", Polleak OK Serei, the UNODC Project Coordinator, who stood in for Christina Albertin, UNODC Country Representative, said, "UNODC is required to strengthen corruption prevention capabilities of relevant anti-corruption agencies, based on improved specialized skills, tools and procedures."
Jesse Wachanga, Deputy Project Coordinator, UNODC while highlighting the four pillars of United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC, urged participants which included heads of units and departments of the EFCC, to have "a clear stand taken against corruption through integrity check on staff of EFCC, enlightenment of citizens, and focusing on prevention of corruption strategies."
Jibril Manigi, Director, Finance and Accounts, who represented the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, commended the UNODC for its support of the anti-graft agency over the years, noting that "we will further strengthen the EFCC and make us better operators and make our country less endemic to corruption." 

The event, which held at the Valencia Hotel, Abuja, was sponsored by the European Union, EU, in partnership with the UNODC.

Police arrest cultists after fight over girl in Bwari

Concerned with the involvement of youths in cult activities, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Musa Kimo has enjoined parents, guardians and religious leaders to rise up to the occasion by providing sound moral and spiritual guidance for the youths whose future is seriously being threaten by the ugly menace of cultism.  
The CP who noted that the involvement of the youths in cult activities is constituting a serious security threat to the society, advised youths to focus more on their education and shun any act that could truncate their future dreams.  
He gave the advice while receiving security brief from Bwari Divisional Police Officer on the arrest of some suspected cultists at Kuduru village.

Ex-President Jonathan's physician, Fiberesima, docked over N258.9m contract scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday April 25, 2017 arraigned Dr. Fortunate Fiberesima, a former Chief Executive Officer, State House Medical Centre, Abuja before Justice Peter. O. Affen of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 6-count charge of money Laundering.
Fiberesima, was alleged to have abused his position as the Chief Physician to the President in 2012 in awarding contract to a company where he has interests.
The defendant, who also parades himself as Fortunate David and David Thank God Fiberesima, was initially meant to be docked by the EFCC on March 7, when the trial judge observed that, “all charges are under the ICPC Act not that of the EFCC” and consequently ordered that the charge be either amended or transferred to the appropriate authority for prosecution.
At the resumed sitting today, the defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against him by the EFCC.
Count one of the charge read:

Brazilian cocaine traffickers arrested at Lagos Airport

One of the suspects
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended two Brazilian drug suspects over unlawful importation of canned whitish substance that tested positive for cocaine. The suspects who claimed to be tourists were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos with the canned cocaine amidst personal effects inside their luggage. The total weight of the cocaine seizure is 23.865kg with an estimated street value of about ₦310 million naira.
Nigeria-Brazil cocaine trafficking route has gained notoriety over the years; but this is the first arrest of Brazilians with cocaine at the Lagos airport. The tins were factory-sealed such that officers had to cut it open to discover the concealed drugs. Several canned drugs had been uncovered at the Lagos airport in the past. This development has not come as a surprise to narcotic investigators because drug cartels are always adopting new strategies of smuggling drugs.

I collected N26m from NSA for Fani-Kayode- Witness tells court

Hearing on a case involving the erstwhile Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, over his alleged role in the mismanagement of funds meant to fight insurgency during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration commenced on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama Abuja.
Arraigned on November 10, 2016, Fani-Kayode is facing a 5-count charge of money laundering preferred against him by the EFCC.
He was said to have received through his police aid, one Victor Ehiabhi, the cash sum of N26million paid to him by the former Director of Finance and Administration, DFA, of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, Shuaibu Salisu on the instruction of the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
The transaction was done without going through financial institution as required by the Money Laundering Act.
While being led in evidence by counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Ojogbane, Ehiabhi, who testified as PW1, narrated how he received N26million cash on behalf his principal, Fani-Kayode.
Ehiabhi and Salisu had through written statements, admitted paying the money to FFK in cash.
On November 21, 2014, my principal, who was out of town, directed me to stay in town. I got a call from one Mr. Francis, his gardener, telling me that Fani-Kayode called him and directed that I should accompany two of the domestic staff to pick a message for him from the office of the National Security Adviser at the villa. I later got a call from the defendant confirming the directive.
His domestic driver (one Mr. Kenneth) was directed to take Francis, Esther (another domestic help) and I to the villa. At the villa, Francis and Kenneth were asked to stay outside while I and Esther were ushered inside.

Ex-Gov Babangida of Niger docked, remanded in prison

PHOTO: Pro Babangida Aliyu protesters around the court premises

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, arraigned the immediate past Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, and the 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Umar Nasko, before Justice Aliyu Maiyaki of the Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State on a 6-count charge of fraud to the tune of N3billion.
Nasko also served as Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Environment under Aliyu’s administration between 2007 and 2015.
Aliyu, fondly called ‘the chief servant’, among other things allegedly diverted N520m from the Niger State Government Security Account domiciled in Zenith Bank  between January and March 2011.
Within the same period, the former governor also allegedly diverted a separate N1.7bn from the same account.
Aliyu and Nasko allegedly diverted about N1.09bn, which was proceeds of 16 per cent shares of Niger State in the North South Power Company Limited.
The alleged crimes are believed to be in contravention of sections 97 and 312 of the Penal Code.
One of the counts read:

Ericsson suffers unsatisfactory and mixed Q1

Ericsson booked a net loss of SEK10.9 billion ($1.2 billion) and an 11 per cent year-on-year decline in sales, according to its CEO, Borje Ekholm
Speaking on the company’s earnings call, Ekholm said Ericsson’s performance had been impacted by its well-publicised restructuring costs, in addition to a faster than anticipated decline in sales of its legacy portfolio.
In a largely downbeat call covering its performance in the first three months of 2017, the company highlighted the need to intensify its cost-saving efforts, and increase the speed of its new product pipeline and business development initiatives.
Part of its ongoing business review will include an assessment of its contract procedures and discounts offered to customers, in a bid to increase margins.

Mrs. Obiano calls for stoppage of girl-child marriage

Wife of Anambra Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has called for the stoppage of girl-child marriage. She made the call on 24th April 2017 while speaking to community leaders and stakeholders during tour of border communities of Mkpunando Otu, Enugwu Otu and Eziagulu Otu Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area.
Mrs. Obiano urged parents in the communities to train their daughters first in education and allow them to mature before giving them out in marriage. Said Mrs. Obiano:
“The sight of young girls with pregnancies and some carrying babies is not encouraging.  The way to get the best out of these girls is not early marriage but by ensuring that they are trained and able to fend for themselves. We have set up centres where they came be trained on handcrafts and other trades, I want you to encourage them to learn something new and I can assure they will make every one proud.”

Confronting Terrorism: Osinbajo renews call for international collaborations

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has renewed the call for international collaboration aimed at tackling the menace of terrorism, stating that Nigeria will continue to cooperate in the global fight.
Prof. Osinbajo who made the call earlier today when he received on a courtesy call to the Presidential Villa, the Bangladeshi Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad, added that networking among terrorists groups has increased the need for countries to close ranks to counter the threats posed by their activities.
``We are concerned about terrorism not just within our borders, we have also seen the influence of terrorists across borders and how terrorist organizations have cooperated with each other,’’ the VP observed.
He added that ``we are aware for instance that some within our own borders are cooperating with ISIL and we think that this sorts of evil collaborations must have a response from countries that share similar experiences and can present a credible force against terrorists’’.
Speaking about the urgency required to tackle the menace, Prof. Osinbajo warned that ``terrorism is a major problem and perhaps the most significant problem that the free world will face in the coming years’’.

World Malaria Day: Saraki reiterates call for Nigeria to access $300milllion malaria bond

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has reiterated the Senate’s call for the Federal Government to fast-track access to the $300million malaria bond.
This was revealed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on the occasion of 2017 World Malaria Day, which has the theme, “Push for Prevention.”
The Senate President cited the March 2017, Senate Motion, entitled “Urgent need for the Federal Government to access a $300 million Malaria Bond through the Innovative Financing for Malaria Prevention and Control Project (IMPACT)” which called on the Federal Government to fast-track access to the 300 million dollar malaria bond by the Global Fund to fight malaria, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and tuberculosis.
Again, it is necessary that we do our utmost best to access this global fund,” Saraki said, “With 97% of Nigerians being susceptible to malaria it means that we are all at risk — hence, we have to work to bring down these numbers.”
This year’s theme demonstrates the need for us to also look at ways to push for  prevention, as opposed to treatment. If we continue with our current healthcare model that focuses more on treatment, with 60% of our country’s outpatient visits being malaria-related, we will continue to overburden our healthcare system,” the Senate President said.
He also said: “Moving forward, the 8th Senate will continue to work with the Federal Government to ensure that we access this fund. With 300,000 Nigerians dying from malaria every year, this is not only a duty, it is a priority.”

Studies by health organizations show that Nigeria has more reported cases of deaths due to malaria than any other country in the world.

Speaker Dogara leads House leadership on condolence visit to Senate President

The leadership of the House of Representatives, led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, has paid a condolence visit to the President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki and the leadership of the Senate over the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who passed on over the weekend.

Dogara, said while expressing sadness over the sudden demise of the late senator, that he will be remembered for his legacies, especially for his dedication to the betterment of the common man.

Speaking during the condolence visit at the office of the Senate President, he also offered condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Osun State and the immediate family of the deceased, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss.

He said the sudden death came as a rude shock, especially,  as he was "someone, who, as described on the floor of the House, whose major preoccupation was the problem of the common man."

"We were rudely shocked by the sudden, very sudden departure of this great Nigerian who has contributed immensely to his home state Osun, and the development of this country as a whole. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Presidential report highlights progress in business registration, after 60-day reform action plan

The number of days required for registration of new businesses in Nigeria has been reduced from 10  to 2 courtesy of a reform agenda of Buhari administration.
Besides, there is also now a 24-hour timeline for company registration from when application form is completed and all required documents made available.
Also, prospective business owners can now search on Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) portal   ( to avoid duplication of names and prevent selection of prohibited names, while company registration no longer requires lawyers as it is now optional for SMEs to hire lawyers to prepare registration documents.
These are among highlights of a report presented at a Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PEBEC, earlier today at the Presidential Villa, marking the end of the 60-day Action Plan on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria reforms.
(The Council established by President Muhammadu Buhari is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. But today’s meeting was chaired by Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, one of the several federal ministers who are Council members as the Vice President was busy with the work of the Presidential Investigative Panel.)
Other Ministers at today’s meeting included Foreign Affairs Ministers Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State for Industry Trade & Investment Aisha Abubakar, and her counterpart in Budget & National Planning Zainab Ahmed. Other government dignataries at the meeting included the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, and several heads of MDAs. The report was presented by Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Trade & Investment.

Bauchi official docked for N1.9m land scam

In another development, the    Commission today in Bauchi, arraigned an official of the Bauchi State Ministry of Lands and Survey, Maikudi Ibrahim Abubakar before Justice A.M.Shitu of the Federal High Court Bauchi on one count charge bordering on Obtaining Money by False Pretence.
The accused who hails from Azare, Katagum Local Government,  Bauchi State,  was  alleged to have sometime in April,2014 collected the sum of N1, 955, 000.00 from one Auwal Dankyarana on the pretext that he owned two plots of land situate at Tambari Housing Estate and Gida Dubu Housing Estate respectively in Bauchi and promised to process the title documents of the plots but diverted the funds to personal use. Investigation revealed that, the Certificate of Occupancy of the plots in question were allocated to different people since 2012 while the transaction in this trial only took place in 2014. 

Court remands INEC staff in prison for N112.4m scam

Justice O. Efreti Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State has ordered that Mrs. Fidelia Omoile, a serving Independent National Electoral Commission’s ( INEC) official in Isoko- South Local Government Area of Delta State, be remanded in prison custody following her arraignment on Monday,  on a two- count amended charge, bordering on conspiracy and money laundering, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Omoile was docked for allegedly collecting the sum of N112, 480,000.00 (One Hundred and Twelve Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira), as a bribe during the weeks leading to the 2015 Presidential election. She was among the over 100 INEC Officials that allegedly collected part of the $115million (N23bn) disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison- Madueke, during the countdown to the 2015 presidential election. 
Omoile was arrested on 11 April, 2016 following intelligence received by the EFCC on the activities of some INEC Staff, who allegedly connived with some Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), in defrauding the Federal Government huge sums of money, running into millions of Naira. 
Count one of the charge read: “That you Fidelia Omoile on or about the month of March, 2015 at Asaba within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourselves to receive cash payment in the sum of N 112,480,000.00 (One Hundred and Twelve Million, Four Hindered and Eighty Thousand Naira only)  exceeding the statutory limit without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a)  of the Money laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 as amended and punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Act”.
Count two of the charge read: “That you Fidelia  Omoile on or about the month of March, 2015 at Asaba within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did receive cash payment in the sum of N112,480,000.00 (One Hundred and Twelve Million, Four Hindered and Eighty Thousand Naira only) exceeding the statutory limit without going through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a)  of the Money laundering ( Prohibition) Act 2012 as amended and punishable under Section 16 (b) and (4) of the same Act”.

Trial of former Enugu Chief Judge commences

The trial of a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Professor Innocent Azubike Umezulike who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for false declaration of assets began on Monday,  April 24, 2017 at the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
At the commencement of the trial Monday, prosecution witness, Usman Adoke, an operative of the EFCC, during examination by the prosecution counsel. Ahmedu Arogha, told the court that Plots 312 and 767 Independence Layout Enugu belonged to the defendant but that he did not disclose his interest in the property in the Asset Declaration Form he filled at the EFCC. He further told the court that his team wrote the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Ministry of Lands, Enugu for information on the property. He said a response from the Ministry of Lands Enugu indicated that the former Chief Judge was the owner of the said plots of land.
Professor Umezulike was arraigned on a four count charge of non-disclosure of asset and false declaration of assets on March 16, 2017 before Justice J. K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court Port Harcourt.

Court strikes out Obanikoro's N100m suit against EFCC

Justice Abdulaziz Anka  of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi,  Lagos,  on Monday,  April 24, 2017,  struck out a N100m fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by a former Minister of State for Defence,  Musiliu  Obanikoro,  against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on the grounds of incompetence.
The former minister;  his wives,  Fati and Moroophat, and sons,  Gbolahan and Babajide,  had,  through their counsel,  Lawal Pedro,  SAN, in the suit,  sued the Commission for "unlawful invasion of their houses and seizure of some of their properties."
They had urged the court to declare the seizure of items from their houses on June 14, 2016 by the Commission as null and void.
However, in his ruling today, Justice Anka upheld the preliminary objection by E.E. Iheanacho, counsel to the EFCC, who said: “since the main claim of the applicants was founded on tort, their principal reliefs are not maintainable under the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009.”
The judge ruled that the Commission had secured search warrants from the Lagos State Magistrate  Court to carry out the search on the applicant's houses.
Justice Anka also refused to declare the recovered items as null and void, so as not to prevent the Commission from tendering them as exhibits in the pending criminal case against the applicants.

Climate NGO launch” solar powered dryer panel” in Nigeria to over come post-harvest food crops damages

The Developmental Association for Renewable Energy in Nigeria “DARE” had lunch the first solar powered Dryer Panel at Sabon Garin Ba’awa in Makarfi local government, Kaduna state of Nigeria with the aims of Teaching the local farmers new scientific Techniques and the Appling of technological approaches in reducing waste of farm crops, due to lack of processing machine in rural area

In an interview with the press men shortly after introducing the Dryer panel to the villagers,Mallam Yahaya Ahmed who is the director of the NGO in Nigeria said, “we introduce the solar powered Dryer to the rural farmers through and its through “revolving Fund” ,so as to find means of reducing the large number of food crops from damages ,and also to reduce the lost of money by the rural farmer, as a result of damages crop.

NIMASA DG Dakuku Peterside’s election as AAMA chairman well deserved — Rivers APC

The election, last week Friday, of Dr Dakuku Adol Peterside, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), as the new Chairman and President of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) is well deserved, the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said. The party congratulated Dr. Peterside in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt, describing his election, which was one of the highlights of the Third AAMA Conference, held in Abuja, the Nigeria capital, as a testimony to his exceptional leadership qualities.
Dr. Peterside, who was the APC governorship candidate during the 2015 polls, is an astute and seasoned administrator with a Midas touch who has repositioned and turned around the fortunes of NIMASA within one year of his appointment as the DG of the Agency. We are, therefore, not surprised that Maritime Administrators from 32 countries in Africa have found him worthy of piloting the affairs of AAMA for the next one year,” Rivers APC said in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
The party noted that Dr. Peterside, a former ranking member of the Federal House of Representatives, has as NIMASA DG demonstrated sterling leadership qualities acknowledged by African and world leaders. “He has in so short a time made NIMASA an institutionalised institution with the right structure, the right work ethics; an institution which Nigerians are proud of. Today, NIMASA is a model of reference on the continent of Africa, an agency that understands that it is set up to serve the Nigerian people,” the statement said. It further noted that Dr. Peterside has within one year ensured the full implementation and enforcement of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) code in the nation’s ports, and shut three jetties and port facilities for non-compliance with the provisions of the ISPS Code.

U.S. Embassy commemorates World Malaria Day

ABUJA, NIGERIA- Today, the United States Embassy in Nigeria commemorated World Malaria Day during a ceremony that highlighted the global campaign to “end malaria for good.” This year, Nigeria chose the slogan; “what is your role?”- to recognize individual and collective roles to end the scourge of malaria.
Each year in Nigeria, more than 80 million people fall ill and 300,000 die from malaria. The U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to raising awareness about the proper prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. 
Early and accurate diagnosis is essential for rapid and effective disease management and surveillance. Malaria diagnosis is vital as misdiagnosis allows disease progression from uncomplicated to severe forms, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. In 2015, Nigeria adopted the T3: “test, treat and track” strategy for malaria case management. 
Ending malaria will increase school attendance, boost worker productivity and significantly lower out-of-pocket cost for treatment. This is why malaria prevention and control remain a major U.S. foreign assistance objective,” said David J. Young, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Nigeria.
The national guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of malaria recommends prompt diagnosis either by microscopy or malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (mRDT) before treatment using first-line Artemisinin Based Combination Therapy (ACT) is administered. It improves overall management of patients with febrile illnesses, and helps reduce the emergence and spread of drug resistance to anti-malarial medications.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Troops clear buried IEDs at Banki-Pulka axis

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations said in a recent release that the Chief of Administration (Army), Major General IM Alkali and the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General VO Ezugwu's convoy encountered and cleared 4 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists along their way from Bama to Gwoza at about 10.00am on Saturday 22nd April 2017. 
They encountered the 4 clustered IEDs buried at a crossing point along Banki Junction and Pulka road, about 6 kilometres to Firgi in Borno State. 
The Explosive Ordinance Device team however, were able to quickly detect the deadly IEDs and safely extracted and detonated them.  
The two senior officers were on operational visit to troops of 26 Task Force Brigade deployed for Operation LAFIYA DOLE currently engaged in Operation DEEP PUNCH. 
The team among other places visited 112 Task Force Battalion Pulka.”

Nigerian Troops recover large cache of arms in Southern Kaduna

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations said the recently launched Operation HARBIN KUNAMA II by the Nigerian Army in Southern part of Kaduna State which will cover some forests in Bauchi, Kano and Plateau States has started to yield the desired result as troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army recover large cache of arms and ammunition in southern part of Kaduna State on Saturday 22nd April 2017.
He said the discovery was made when troops embarked on cordon and search of Gwaska, Dangoma, Angwan Far and Bakin Kogi general area of Southern Kaduna State. 
During the operation, the troops recovered 73 Dane Guns, 4 Locally Made Rifles, 1 Locally Made Machine Gun and 1 Locally Made Pistol. Others include 260 Cartridges, 14 rounds of 7.62mm Ammunition, 63 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 1 Locally made Small Machine Gun Magazine, a pair of worn out military boot and some quantities of assorted Improvised Ammunition and Pyrotechnics hidden in dug out pits. 

Adeleke: We have lost a colossus - Dogara

Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has described the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke as shocking and a huge loss to the country.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker said he received with shock, the news of sudden death of Senator Adeleke and said the former Osun State Governor was a distinguished gentleman.
"Senator Adeleke was a  leader who left giant footprints and lasting legacies as the first civilian governor of Osun State," he stated.
Dogara also recalled that the late senator was credited for establishing tertiary educational institutions across Osun State when he was governor in the third republic, thereby laying the foundation for the development of the State.

"On behalf of all members of the House of Representatives, I condole with the Adeleke family, the Senate, government and people of Osun State over this big loss," Dogara added.

Army chief charges frontline troops to be disciplined

Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have been charged to remain discipline, dedicated and vigilant while discharging their military duties. Soldiers were urged to be patient, calm, continue with their good work and sustain the standard of discipline all ready set.
According to a statement by
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka , Director Army Public Relations, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai gave the charge during his routine operational visit to troops of deployed at Pulka and Gwoza in Borno State. The COAS who is on an assessment visit to see troops in the ongoing operation DEEP PUSH  to clear the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists around Sambisa forest was represented by the Chief of Administration (Army), Major General M Alkali. 
He commended the troops on the successes recorded in the ongoing campaign against insurgency in the North East. The Army chief urged them to hasten up in the hunt for the leaders of Boko Haram while assuring  them of Army Headquarters support on the fight against insurgency.  He further stated that the dependants of fallen heroes will be promptly paid all entitlements due for the deceased to their next of kin.
Nigerian Army appreciate your sacrifices to Nigeria nation.  History will not forget you for all you have done to protect the territorial integrity of our country. We will continue to provide you with all you need to end this war so that displaced persons of this region can return to their respective communities. As for our troops who paid the supreme price, we will continue to provide support to the families they left behind” he assured.
The COAS was accompanied on the visit by the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu and some staff officers of the Division.  
The Commander, 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Brigadier General Adeyinka Laguda received the COAS on arrival and briefed him at the  Brigade Headquarters.

My greatest fear as Speaker- Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said that his greatest fear is not political battles or controversies, but not leaving a lasting legacy which will impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.
He made the revelation during an interview with an Abuja based  Magazine.
When asked what he would consider his greatest challenge since he became Speaker, he stated that problems will always occur, and as leaders, such problems should always be dealt with.
I tell people that one of the things God has developed real well in me is to remove fear from me, I fear nothing. 
He stated  that the only thing that frightens him is if the Eighth House of Representatives, which he leads, is unable to leave landmark achievements.
The only thing that frightens me is if this Eighth Assembly which, by virtue of the grace of God, I have been called to lead, is unable to leave landmark achievements; that is what bothers me and prevents me from sleeping. At times, I begin to think about what it is that we have achieved, done wrong or could have done better? What is the next line of things we can do for the betterment of the lives and living conditions of our people?.....This is going to be 2 years, what can we really say we have done that has bettered the lot of Nigerians? What will be our place when the history of this country is written?”

Nigerians don't take controversial Waku serious - Kogi Gov's Aide

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has hit back at Sen. Joseph Waku over claims by the ACF Chieftain that Governor Yahaya Bello had a hand in the alleged assassination attempt on Sen. Dino Melaye, saying Waku has not surprised Nigerians who "see him as a clownish alarmist."
Speaking through his Director General on Media on and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja over the weekend, the Governor said he won't succumb to efforts at distracting his administration from the " noble New Direction Agenda aimed at repositioning the state and recovering it from the ruins of the past.
"Waku should not see Kogi as his fishing point in his efforts at being heard after decades of obliviousness and irrelevance. He should not misrepresent the highly respected Arewa Consultative Forum, an organization that is committed to the development and unity of the Northern Region of Nigeria.
"His assertion that the North will hold the Governor responsible if anything happens to Dino is reckless, unsubstantiated, uncharitable and indefensible. Waku should apologize to the people of Kogi State for his wanton allegations and also to the Arewa Consultative Forum for allowing his uninformed position embarrass the noble organization.

Afreximbank picks Nigeria to host healthcare centre of excellence

Cairo--The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has selected Nigeria as the preferred country to host the first of its Centres of Excellence for Healthcare Services in Africa.
Following a strategic alliance they formed in 2014, Afreximbank and King’s College Hospital, London (KCH), are establishing a network of centres of excellence in tertiary healthcare across Africa to deliver a range of specialist healthcare services for patients.
By supporting the development of first class health and medical care facilities across the value chain, they hope to promote trade in health and medical services within Africa.
Nigeria had been shortlisted, along with Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania, for consideration as potential host countries for the first Centre of Excellence. A joint Afreximbank and KCH team subsequently engaged their ministries of health to confirm their willingness and readiness to host the first centre in a process that also involved consideration of macro-economic and sectoral information.
 “The Centre of Excellence initiative will make a significant contribution to the continent by helping meet the growing healthcare needs of Africans,” said Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, who noted that it would also enhance service exports, promote employment and conserve foreign exchange.

Joint security operatives conduct cordon and search operation in Anambra

Operatives of the Department of State Security Services Anambra State Command and a Patrol Team from 302 General Support Regiment Onitsha carried out a Cordon and Search Operation on three identified locations in Amansi - Umuru, Orukabia and Graceland Housing Estate, Nteje general area,  Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. The operation was conducted in the early hours of Sunday.
Colonel Sagir Musa, Deputy Director Public Relations, 82 Division in a statement revealed that in the three areas that were searched, - specifically, - in building number 8, Chukwunonso Ndulue Street in Graceland Housing Estate, Nsugbe, Onitsha, two suspects were arrested, and the following arms, ammunition and other  items were recovered:

Police arrest Abuja cab driver for alleged robbing female passenger

The FCT Police Command said it has arrested of one Sunday Ojo, 32 years who hides under the guise of being a cab operator to rob and dispossess his unsuspecting passengers of cash and other valuables.
DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, Abuja in a statement said the police acted on a report by police operatives attached to Iddo Police Division and arrested the suspect at his residence at Gbesa village for robbing his female passenger of the cash sum of Seventy Thousand Naira (N70,000), wrist watch  and her ATM card, which was used by the suspect to withdraw One hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000.00) from the victim’s bank account.
According to the victim (names withheld), she boarded the suspect’s car along Airport road Lugbe but was diverted by the suspect to Jedo Estate Sabon Lugbe where he robbed her of the items stated above. 
The suspect in whose apartment the victim’s wrist watch and SIM card was recovered has confessed to the crime and is helping the Police in its investigation.  
In compliance with the directives of the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Musa Kimo psc, the suspect has been transferred to the Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.

Afreximbank appoints Samallie Kiyingi Director of Legal Services

Samallie Kiyingi, Director, Legal Services, Afreximbank

Cairo, 20 April 2017: – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced the appointment of Samallie Kiyingi as Director, Legal Services.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Kiyingi worked for three years as an independent consultant in London after serving variously as Associate Director of the Legal Department at BACB, London; Director of the Legal Department at Deutsche Bank, London; and Senior Associate at Clifford Chance, London, for six years.
She also worked for two years as an Associate at Ashurst (previously Blake Dawson Waldron) in Sydney, Australia.
In her new role, Ms. Kiyingi will be responsible for all legal matters that touch on the business of Afreximbank, including documentation for the Bank’s loan and guarantee facilities and review of bond issuance and equity investment documentation.
Ms. Kiyingi, a Ugandan national, holds a graduate diploma in legal practice and a bachelor’s degree in law and arts in international studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
She was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, in 2002, and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2008.

Adeleke’s death shocking, sad - Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has described the death of the first civilian Governor of Osun State and serving senator, Isiaka Adeleke, as shocking, disheartening and sad.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in lbadan, on Sunday, the governor said he received the news of Adeleke's sudden death with shock and disbelief.
The governor described the late senator as a celebrated and committed politician, distinguished senator, grassroots mobilizer, socialite and great philanthropist.
Ajimobi said, "When the news filtered in that Senator Adeleke was dead, l was extremely shocked and amazed. I found it very difficult to believe, because he was bubbling with life when l saw him last.
"Senator Adeleke was one person l admired for being a fine politician who committed his life to the service of humanity and his native Ede land. 
"Right from his days as the first elected governor of Osun State up till his death, he never wavered in stretching his helping hands to the poor and the needy.

Rivers Govt to embark on aggressive rural electrification-- Wike

Caretaker Committee  Chairman of  Port Harcourt LGA, Hon. Christian Chiokwa, Representative of Rivers State Governor and  Chief of Staff,  Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, Hon. Ikechi Chinda and the Senator Representing Rivers-East Senatorial District, Sen. George T. Sekibo during the presentation of transformers donated by the Senator to his constituents at the weekend. 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that his administration  will embark on aggressive rural electrification  as part of the state's  Golden Jubilee celebration.
Speaking  at the weekend during the presentation  of transformers  donated to communities of Rivers East Senatorial District  by their Senator, Chief George Sekibo, Governor Wike  said his administration  is embarking on rural electrification  in a bid to revive rural economies. 
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Engineer Chukwuemeka Woke, the governor  said the rural electrification  scheme will empower small and medium  sized businesses in  rural areas   and also create jobs for unemployed youths.
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