Absence Of Judge Stalls Trial Of Ladoja

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public FightThe judges of the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Monday did not sit to hear cases pending in the court.

That’s because all Federal High Court judges across the country are said to be away in Abuja, attending a conference organized for them by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON.

One of the cases affected by the absence of the judges is the case involving a former Governor of Oyo State, Sen Rashidi Ladoja.

When our correspondent arrived at the court this morning, only a few lawyers and litigants could be seen in the court premises. Some of them were trying to get new dates for the hearing of their cases.

Most of the judges are however expected to be at their duty post on Tuesday as the training is only scheduled for today. It will be the turn of the Appellate court judges to hold their training tomorrow.

The former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja is standing trial alongside, his former Commissioner for Finance, Mr Waheed Akanbi, on allegations of defrauding the state to the tune of 4.7billion Naira.

The two were arraigned last December by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an eight count charge before Justice Mohammed Idris.

They had pleaded not guilty to the charges and a second prosecution witness was to have taken the witness box in continuation of his testimony against the two men.

I’m Not An Importer, Says Saraki

Saraki, trial, Ccode of conduct tribunalThe Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has denied importing a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) said to have been seized by the Nigeria Customs Service.

Dr. Saraki said this when he appeared before the Senate Ethics Committee investigating the allegations of the importation of the vehicle with fake documents.

The Senate President told the Committee that he is not an importer and no document has his name on it as the importer.

Earlier, the Nigerian Senate said it would investigate the allegation against Dr. Saraki over the seizure of a bulletproof SUV by the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Customs was said to have seized the vehicle belonging to the Senate President for unpaid duties valued at 74 million Naira.

Alleged Certificate Scandal: Melaye, ABU VC Appear Before Senate

Senate-Dino-MelayeSenator Dino Melaye has appeared before the Senate Ethics Committee, investigating allegations over his certificate from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Senator Melaye told the committee that he is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, although he is yet to collect his certificate from the institution.

He said he intends to collect his certificate when he visits the institution on Friday.

Meanwhile, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba while appearing before the committee said from the institution’s records, Dino Melaye graduated with a third-class degree in Geography.

CBN Orders BTAs, PTAs, Medicals, School Fees At 360 Naira Per Dollar

CBN Boosts FX Supply With Additional $180 MillionThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mandated all banks to process foreign exchange demand for Personal Travel Allowances (PTAs), Business Travel Allowances (BTAs), medicals and school fees at 360 Naira to the Dollar.

The financial regulator gave the order in a circular issued to all commercial banks on Monday.

The CBN says banks will be receiving the foreign exchange at 357 to the Dollar from the regulator and should not sell the monies to Bureau de Change operators, but only to retail end users.

The banks were also ordered to display the new rate of 360 in all their branches and should expect CBN examiners who will move around to ensure compliance.

Earlier this month, the CBN had instructed the banks to process and meet the demand of PTAs and BTAs by end-users within 24 hours of such application.

According to the regulator, the directive remains unchanged and customers are directed to report any bank which fails to comply with the new directive.

Enugu Govt. Builds 300 Schools Across 17 LGAs

Federal Fire Service, Enugu State, Joseph Anebi, Ifeanyi UgwuanyiThe Enugu state government said it has spent three billion Naira, to build about three hundred school blocks in both primary and secondary schools across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Enugu Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Ezeh said the administration inherited a lot of dilapidated structures which posed a great challenge to learning especially in a conducive environment.

”Last year alone, the governor committed three billion Naira to the construction of new school blocks and renovation of old ones. From May last year to this date, about 300 school blocks have been completed. If you move round Enugu state now you will see so many beautiful school blocks, some are renovated while some are completely new”.

He noted also that the Ugwuanyi administration is committed to fulfilling its campaign promises especially in the area of education which is in the first phase of its action plan and has captured more in the second phase of its plan.

Prof. Eze noted that in addition to approval of the release of teachers promotion in the state, structures has been put in place to train and retrain teachers for quality to be maintained in the education system.

”We have put structures in place to see that we continue to train our teachers. For instance, we have what we call state school improvement team at the headquarters and each member of the team has a local government they are in charge of. The person has a responsibility of supporting the school support officers who have direct contact with the teachers. They go round schools to monitor teaching, learning and supporting the teachers”

The principal of community secondary school Ugwogo Niike, Mr. John Ikpa said the three new school blocks have continued to make learning easy .

”We have three new blocks and the students are happy, we have never had it like this before. The students are beginning to feel the impact of government and we are very grateful.

I Will Resign If Abuja Airport Is Not Opened By April 19 – Aviation Minister

Abuja Airport Closure: Amaechi, Sirika Appear Before SenateThe Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika, has said that he will resign if the Abuja International Airport is not opened by April 19, 2017.

The minister made this known at a meeting between the Ministry of Information and an Aviation Industry Pressure Group in Lagos.

The Minister said the level of work on the Abuja runway in the past three weeks shows that the re-opening will be on schedule.

At the same meeting, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed debunked social media reports saying the runway will be closed for an extended 18 weeks.

The Federal Government had on March 8, 2017 closed the Abuja International Airport for six weeks, to enable repair works on the runway which is said to be dysfunctional.

Paris Club Loan Refund: EFCC Indicts Saraki, Aides For Laundering 3.5billion Naira

Saraki, trial, Ccode of conduct tribunalThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly indicted the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and some of his aides in the alleged laundering of up to 3.5 billion Naira, from the Paris Club Loan Refund.

A source at the EFCC told Channels Television that the report, which was compiled by detectives at the anti-graft agency, followed months of investigation, and was submitted to the President on March 10, 2017, days before the Senate rejected Magu’s nomination a second time.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, has denied that any money from the Paris Club Refund was paid to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

In a press Statement, Mr Olaniyonu has described as untrue the report purportedly from the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu, where he made several allegations against the Senate President, as it concerns the payment of the Paris Club Fund refund to the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).

Mr Olaniyonu stated that these allegations are not new as the EFCC itself came out to deny the reports saying, it had nothing to indict the Senate President as the investigation was still on-going then.

In addressing the specifics of the allegation in the reports, Mr Olaniyonu stated that the EFCC believes that since the Senate President has worked in the same organisation with Mr. Robert Mbonu before, whatever transaction he is involved in should be linked to the Senate President in this era of mud-slinging and much-raking.

He further stated that Mr. Mbonu is not representing Mr. Saraki in any transaction he does with the NGF and no money from his company, Melrose, in his dealing with the Nigeria Governors Forum came to Dr. Saraki either directly or indirectly.

According to Mr Olaniyonu, “It is obvious that at this point when Mr. Magu believes the Senate President should be blamed for his failure to secure confirmation as Chairman of EFCC by the Senate, he would want to fight back by cooking up reports and masterminding its leakage”.

He challenged the EFCC to make public any information to the contrary.

Expert Advocates More Measures To Curb Tuberculosis

Expert Advocates More Measures To Curb Tuberculosis
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A medical expert, Alex Nkwuda, has advocated more precautionary measures to members of the public in order to curb the spread of tuberculosis.

He made the advocacy in an interview to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

The 2017 Tuberculosis Day themed: “Unite To End Tuberculosis”, was focussed on leaving no stone unturned to save lives.

Speaking on the significance of the day, the expert said it is mostly observed to sensitise the public on the dangers of the disease and how it affects the lives of humans.

Mr Nkwuda stated that the communicable disease could be contracted in an overcrowded environment and also through having a close contact with an infected person although it is curable.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO), has decided to map out strategies to put an end to the disease because it is actually curable and can be stopped.

“They are trying to map out strategies to see how they can unite with health workers, government, individuals, communities and social organisations to see how to end the disease”, he stated.

He, however, called the public to take health precautions such as sleeping in ventilated rooms, eating balanced diets and taking regular vaccination as well as going for regular check up to ascertain their status.

Mr Nkwuda also made a case for synergy between government and non-governmental organisations towards intensifying sensitisation efforts so as to curtail the disease collectively.

The World Tuberculosis Day is one of the eight official global health campaigns designated by the W.H.O to create enlightenment that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in most parts of the world which causes the death of nearly 1.5 million people each year.

Australian Grand Prix 2017: Vettel Wins Season Opener

vettelSebastian Vettel has beaten pre-race favourite, Lewis Hamilton, to victory in the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Vettel drove a perfectly judged race to claim Ferrari’s first victory in two years as the all round excellence of his new car and an inspired strategy combined to deliver what was ultimately a comfortable victory.

In 19 of the last 27 seasons, the winner of the first race of the campaign has proceeded to win the Formula One Championship.

Okowa Orders Contractors To Speed Up Road Projects

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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has ordered all contractors handling road projects across the state to utilize the dry season to speed up their work.

He gave the order while inspecting road projects across the state, while also commending the quality of work done so far.

He, however, pointed out areas that needed amendments.

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The governor was accompanied by some members of the State Executive Council and top government functionaries.

He also expressed his pleasure over the warm welcome he had received on arriving at the Warri area.

“I feel happy, it is spontaneous and I feel happy that the projects are directly impacting on the lives of the people.”

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Furthermore, the governor reiterated his commitment in delivering his electoral promises, adding that his administration would do everything possible within its powers to ensure the delivery of quality projects that could stand the test of time.

“We are trying to utilize the dry season for road construction.

“We believe that our projects must stand the test of time, and we are using concrete on most of our roads in Warri axis and they are more than nine inches in thickness because, the roads must stand the test of time”, he said.

The governor also stressed that while the focus for now was on road construction, other sectors of the economy, especially education would also get the deserved attention during the rainy season.