Ondo Blackout: NDDC Assures Of Power Restoration

We Will Complete All Ongoing Projects, NDDC AssuresThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has assured Ondo Southerners a total restoration of their electricity, after seven years of total blackout in Southern Senatorial District of the state.

The State Director of NDDC, Mr Emmanuel Audu, while speaking with journalists in Akure, the state capital, said the commission was working to connect the area to the national grid latest December 2017.

According to Audu, this area has been battling with power outage for almost seven years in which NDDC has risen to the occasion and ensured that the residents are brought back to limelight.

“From our findings, the 33kv supply line that connects the Southern Senatorial district emanates from Osogbo but the line is old, dilapidated and not in use which has put the communities in darkness”. He said.

Audu further said that NDDC found out that the solution required was to bring bulk power from Omotosho Power Plant to Okitipupa, and construction of 132kv line was awarded in 2013 from the power plant to Okitipupa which covers 60 km distance together with construction of transmitting line over 150 towers.

He also said the second part of the contract is construction of 2 by 30LVA injection substations to run 33 feeder lines that will power the areas.

“That project is currently on and we have achieved over 48 per cent completion of that project. And if that project comes on stream, the power issue within Igbokoda, Okitipupa and even the neighboring communities will be over,” he stated.

The NDDC director, however, decried funding challenges hindering the smooth payment to the contractors handling the project.

“Funding has affected it because we did not make the payment at as when due but efforts are on to get the contractor paid, though they are back to site now.

“We hope that before the end of this year or before the first quarter of next year we will round off that project and the electricity issue in the state will be totally resolved,” he assured.

While adding that paucity of money contributed to slow pace of series of projects seemed to have been abandoned in the area, the NDDC boss said,” NDDC gets its funding from Federal Government and oil companies but there has been drastic reduction of funding received from the companies because of reduction in their sales and we rely solely on them for project execution”.

“But we are working on it since this present administration came on board, the Federal Government has quite been responding as regard its payment. I had, nevertheless, talked with the contractors handling them; we had meetings and I made a promise to them and we were able to pay some of them, at least about 40 per cent of contractors are back to site.

“I think we are able to build confidence in the system once more and it’s a question of time,  we believe that in a short time the projects will all be robust and everybody will be happy,” he stated

However, the state NDDC director noted that there is perennial problem in Niger Delta region, making construction period reduced, because of mangroves swam of the area.

“We have rain most of the time and we have less than 4 months in a year to actively do construction and if you are doing road construction you need good weather to work and all these factors hamper the work, but the state office is up to the task by engaging with contractors,” he assured.

Boko Haram Members, Armed Bandit Paraded In Lokoja

Boko HaramAbout 17 suspected criminals and Boko Haram terrorist who have been hibernating within Kogi State have been nabbed and paraded by the Nigerian Army in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Commandant, Chari Maigumeri Barracks in Lokoja, Brigadier General Henry Ayamasaowea while parading the suspects before the State Governor, Yahaya Bello said they were picked up following a special operation by the Nigerian Army, Navy and the DSS, who have been working around the clock in the last three weeks in the state to put an end to the kidnapping and invasion of insurgents into the state.

Meanwhile, apart from the Boko Haram members nabbed by the joint operation, those arrested and paraded also include the hoodlums that attacked a police station in Eika, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state where two police officers were killed.

Some of the items recovered from the terrorist are several Ak 47, locally made guns, 12 masks of different size, ammunition, dagger, pump action guns, grenade and explosives devises.

The Commandant, briefed the governor on how the 17 suspects were all arrested in Okene and its environs, he said the joint operation combed the entire central senatorial district of the state and the insurgence have invaded Kogi state after the military success in Sambisa forest.

The Operation Officer Lieutenant Colonel, Tosin Ayoola also gave the governor a breakdown on what they have on ground, he identified the suspects as members of the Boko Haram and not a suspect.

However, Governor Bello said, “If the joint task-force will build on the tempo adopted in arresting this suspected terrorist, then crime will be reduced within the shortest time in Kogi state”.

CBN Cannot Sustain The New Foreign Exchange Policy – Muda Yusuf

srThe Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cannot sustain the new Foreign Exchange Policy to improve the economy.

He noted that the CBN does not have the capacity.

According to him, “we need to create a window for capital competition to come in  to improve the foreign exchange”.

Mr. Yusuf made this known on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He however, said “the fundamental issue with the foreign exchange situation in the country is a supply side issue, we have a supply crisis.

“This situation has come about because the CBN is virtually the only supplier in the market meanwhile, the CBN doesn’t have the capacity to support the market, they have always had supplies from autonomous sources.

“So, when you are dealing with this kind of method, you deal with it both on the supply side and on the demand side.

“What we have seen over the years is the concentration on managing demands, there is nothing on the table as we speak.

“To encourage supply, we need supply either from foreign direct investors, foreign portfolio investors or from our exporters”.

He added that the policy is only aggravating the demand.

Ondo Police Command Parade Sixteen Crime Suspects

Police, Kidnappers, Igbodu, Epe, LagosThe Ondo State Police Command has paraded 16 suspected criminals in Akure for terrorising the peace of the state.

The suspects are said to have been involved in various crime ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.

The Commissioner of Police, Hilda Ibifuro Harrison said majority of the suspects were arrested based on useful information from the public to the police authority in the state.

She added that as soon as investigations are concluded on the suspects, they will be charged to court for proper prosecution.

“There has been a case of the murder of a policeman in Okitipupa and three cases of armed robbery reported, where money and other valuables were stolen.

“They have been interrogated on what they have done and they will soon be charged to court in accordance with the law.

The police boss who appreciated the support and cooperation of the citizenry for giving useful information to the police, in order to stem down crime rate and vices in the state, said the work of the security is a joint effort of both public and the police.

She commended citizens of Ondo state for collaborating with the police by giving information as to where all the suspects, arms and ammunitions were kept.

She however, task the people to be more Law abiding as the baton of leadership is changing in the state in few days to come, advised the people to always report any strange and suspected movement in their communities to the police, in order to make the state a no go area for criminals and ensure a crime-free environment.

On the swearing in ceremony of the incoming governor of the state Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, the police boss said, the police and other security agencies will work together to ensure that the occasion is peaceful and orderly.

“We are expecting visitors in the state to partake in the process of inauguration of a new government. I urge everyone to be law abiding. The police and other sister security agencies are working together to ensure peace and forestall any breakdown of law and order in the state before during and after the inauguration. The CP stated.

Gov. Dickson Urges Ijaw Youth Leaders To Promote Peace

Environmental SanitationThe Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has urged Ijaw youth leaders in the Niger Delta to close ranks and promote the peace and unity of the Ijaw nation everywhere.

Gov. Dickson, who spoke when he met with Ijaw leaders across the Niger Delta, who paid him a solidarity visit, says development could only thrive in an atmosphere of peace.

The governor expressed serious concerns over issues of power tussle and internal wrangling for positions in the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) stressing that, he does not endorse factions for elective positions within the Ijaw ethnic nationality.

While commending the leaders for their solidarity and support, during and after the last gubernatorial election in the state, he noted that, as patriotic Ijaws who came out in defence of the common interest of the Ijaw people, when it was needed.

“You gave me your support when it was most needed for the sake of the Ijaw nation, to defend it at a very critical period”, Dickson said.

However, on the reports that he had ceded a portion of land to herdsmen for grazing, Dickson described the rumour as the handiwork of his detractors, who he said are afraid of his rising profile and trying to incite Bayelsans against him and the herdsmen.

“I will not allow herdsmen to have clashes with our farmers in the state, and that is why the government has taken a proactive step to provide a grazing area, the Bayelsa palm to forestall insecurity.

“Some people are inciting Bayelsans to violence against herdsmen and fellow Bayelsans.

“After now, the government will arrest any herdsmen found with cattle in our communities.

“The action of government is in the best interest of Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation”. He said.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Mr. Austin Dressman commended the leaders for their solidarity visit, noting that, Governor Dickson’s love for the Ijaw nation was unflinching.

He however, urged other Niger Delta governors to emulate the government in Bayelsa.

Ogun Govt. Commissions Children Emergency Medical Facilities

Ogun State Govt. Advocates Community Service For PrisonersAn emergency facility to enhance child health care services has been commissioned in Ogun State, to give a leap to the desire of the state government for qualitative and affordable healthcare delivery.

The facility, a ‘one stop-shop’ for child care delivery built in the State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, is equipped with State-of-the-art facilities including laboratory, pharmacy and doctor’s call room for 24 hour service.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who performed the commissioning said the facility would enable children access health care service without stress, adding that the government’s focus was to make health care accessible to every child in the State.

He commended the management of the hospital for making judicious use of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the construction of the ward, assuring that similar project would be replicated in other government-owned hospitals across the State.

He explained that, to achieve the efficient health care delivery programme of the present administration, the ministry had put in place mechanism to improve efficiency among the staff and inculcated fund revolving strategy in the management of its facilities for optimal performance.

“In order to achieve the mission of the state government in the health sector, we have imbibed two strategies which are to improve efficiency and alternative ways of revolving funds so that money gotten from the sale of drugs could be used for the hospital development”, he said.

However, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, noted that pediatricians had been engaged to deliver services that would meet the unique needs of children during emergency.

“We understand that our children need proper attention, especially during emergency, that is why we have decided to separate their emergency ward from the adults”, he said.

The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Olukayode Oladeinde enjoined parents to give proper attention to their children to ensure a better and healthy future for them.

UNILORIN Suspends Union Leaders For Whistle Blowing

Kwara LG Pensioners Begin Seven-Day Prayer, Fasting SessionThe management and governing council of the University of Ilorin have suspended and issued suspension letters to two of its lecturers, on the basis of insubordination.

The lecturers, Kayode Afolayan and Dr Solomon Oyelekan who are the Factional Chairman and Secretary of the University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), were alleged of insubordination and causing disaffection within the university.

The affected lecturers on their part alleged that they are being victimized for exposing corruption in the institution.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali while noting that the suspension was necessary distanced his office from the action.

One of the affected lecturer, Afolayan noted that though the reason for their suspension was not known but believed it has to do with their blowing of whistle of alleged impunity and corruption in the institution.

However, the Factional Vice Chairman of ASUU, Dr Bode Olumorin has called on the federal government to come to their aid, adding that since the government advised people to point out corrupt practices, they should not be abandoned.

The period for the suspension was not mentioned in the letter and the suspended lecturers had petitioned their national body for redress.

With both parties sticking to their positions, interest groups in the university are looking forward to a compromise.

National Assembly To Enact Law To Strengthen NAFDAC

NAFDAC LogoThe National Assembly says it is ready to enact and amend relevant laws that will strengthen the National Agency for Foods, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in checking fake and counterfeit drugs in Nigeria.

The Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health Services, Usman Muhammad stated this in Ilorin at the flag off of the workshop  on rational use of drugs, animal feeds, pesticides and chemicals organised by NAFDAC.

Muhammad particularly noted that the House of Representatives would continue to identify with NAFDAC in protecting Nigerians against consumption of fake and counterfeit drugs.

The acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni also called on stakeholders to maintain rational use of medicines in Nigeria, to ensure that only quality regulated products reach the market and ultimately, the consuming public.

She stated that, NAFDAC has adopted a holistic, multifaceted strategy which transcends local and international barriers in safeguarding the health of the nation.

These strategies she said included sustained public enlightenment campaigns, national and international collaborations, capacity building for members of staff and review of NAFDAC laws.

She however, implored Kwarans to buy medicines from only licensed pharmacies and patent medicines shops, promising to work in close collaboration with other agencies to ensure the rational use of medicines in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the representative of the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed at the occasion, the Secretary to the State Government, Isiaka Gold advocated for stiffer penalties for manufacturers, suppliers and individuals found guilty of producing and distributing counterfeit drugs.

He however said that the activities of the individuals especially in the health sector have led to life threatening health situations and avoidable loss of lives, and urged the public to be vigilant while purchasing drugs and other related product.

Ahmed assured that the government would continue to support NAFDAC in its effort towards eradicating the circulation of products that are harmful to consumers.

He called on pharmacies in the state to ensure that they register and renew their licenses as at when due with the pharmacists council of Nigeria through the State Ministry of Health.

Al-Makura Charges Newly Appointed Executives

Armed Forces Remembrance: Al-Makura To Employ 100 LegionnairesNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura has tasked members of the State Executive Council on upholding the ideals of his administration.

The Governor made this declaration during the maiden Executive Council meeting held at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, to enable the Council brainstorm and chart a way forward for the state.

”The meeting has become very vital and necessary, with the fact that we want to hit the ground running. there is no time to be wasted, that is why i feel we should meet and discuss generally and chart a way forward”

The Governor explained what the article of faith of his administration is, while charging the appointees to operate with the fear of God in discharging their responsibilities.

He also urged them not to go contrary to the constitution and the rule of law.

”First of all, you should consider the fear of God as the most fundamental preoccupation of anything that we do.
”Secondly, this administration is an extension of constitutional democracy,everything we do must be in conformity with the constitution, because we are a product of constitutional democracy.

”We have no business here, if what we do not conform to the constitution’.

”Thirdly, as people that live in an enlightened society that is governed by rules and regulations , the adherence to the rule of law is very very vital”, he said.

He urged them to consider actions and activities that will be beneficial to the masses while encouraging them to be ensure accountability in their dealings.

”Your actions must bring succour,relief,promotion to the larger society”

”We cannot but be accountable in whatever we do, and this is not only financial accountability, it must go beyond financial terms”

”This are what we call the articles of faith of this administration” he said.

Nigerian Army Donates Educational Materials To IDPs

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute LoyaltyThe 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has donated books and other educational aid to children affected by insurgency in Borno State.

The General Officer Commanding the 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu presented the items to the kids at the Bakassi Internally Displaced Person’s camp in Maiduguri.

Part of items donated by the 7 Division at the Bakassi camp school includes thatched classrooms, furniture, instructional materials for teachers and books for the students.

The approach, according to Gen. Ezugwu said is part of the strategies aimed at not only winning the war but also the hearts of the people particularly the children against future indoctrination.

“The project that I and officers of 7 Division would be commissioning is in furtherance of the commitment and desire of our able Chief of Army staff’s counter terrorism strategy which is aimed at applying the stick to whip Boko Haram, while using the carrot to ensure a bright future for children who are innocent victims of terrorism”, Gen. Ezugwu said.

The Commissioner for Education, Musa Kaibo also shared the sentiments of the Army, he believes that if children are supported and put back in school the aim of the insurgents would have been defeated.

“We should avoid this by trying to see that most of those in the community have something to fend on in life, so that we will have a free society.” Kaibo lamented.

The representative of the beneficiaries, Hadiza Abubakar thanked the guests for their generous contributions.

“Thank you for the effort made by you in improving the school condition. We appreciate the soldiers and teachers who have been putting us through.” She said.