Nation Building: Amosun Tasks Individuals On Outstanding Role

Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun, Sun Man of the Year, Nation Building, NigeriaOgun State Governor, Ibikunke Amosun, says Nigeria will be a better place if everyone who gets an award continue with the momentum with which they get such honour.

Governor Amosun made the remark on Sunday during the 14th edition of the Sun Award.

Bagging the Sun Man of the Year award for 2016, he said the honour would propel him to do more for the people of Ogun State.

Call To More Service

The governor, who dedicated to the people of Ogun State, was among successful awardees recognised for their positive contribution to the society.

“Let me thank from the Sun Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Eric Osagie, and his team for a job well done.

“When award like this is given, for me it’s a call to more service.

“It’s a challenge because you’ll ask yourself, why am I single out, why are we being singled out to be given this award? It (means) they’ve seen some good things which we are doing.

“You have challenged me and this award is not for me, it is for the good people of Ogun State,” he said.

True Federalism Identified As Panacea To Nigeria’s Challenges

Emeka Anyaoku, Former Commonwealth Secretary-General.True federalism and political system restructuring have been identified as the panacea to the current socio-economic challenges in Nigeria.

This admonition came from former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, at the SUN Newspaper Man of the Year Award 2017.

While it was a time to honour those who had been nominated by the organisers as having distinguished themselves in the area of responsibility in the year 2016, it was also an opportunity to reiterate the call for higher standards in governance in the country.

The 14th edition of the event which took place in Lagos, brought together serving ministers, governors, political leaders and some other dignitaries.

Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, bagged the Governor of the Year award, while Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was awarded as the Man Of The Year.

Russia Wants Pragmatic Relations With U.S.- Lavrov

russiaRussia wants to build pragmatic relations with the United States based on mutual respect, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

Addressing the Munich Security Conference, he also described NATO as a “Cold War institution” whose expansion had led to unprecedented tensions in Europe over the past thirty years.

Kwara Assembly To Support Youth Development

kwara, labour leaders, salary paymentThe Kwara State House of Assembly has restated its commitment towards enacting laws that would make youths realize their potentials in the state.

The leader of the House, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke gave the assurance in Ilorin, shortly after receiving an “Icon of Hop” award from the National Association of Polytechnic Students in Nigeria.

Hon. Oyeleke who described youths as beacon of hope of any country, said the House had remained focuses in the performance of its legislative functions and enhanced the well-being of youths, women and children in the state.

He assured that the legislative arm of government in the state under the leadership of the speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad would continue to be responsive and reflect the aspirations of  majority of the people in its legislative functions.

Hon. Oyeleke commended the association for recognizing his modest achievements and assured that, the award would inspire him to rededicate himself more towards serving God and humanity.

The leader of the delegation, Comrade Taiwo Bamigbade and the Senate President of the National Association of the Nigerian Students, Comrade Adedeji Olusegun said his track record of achievements right from his days as a student, councilor, council chairman made him to eminently qualify for the “Icon of Hope” award of the association.

They noted with delight that the legislator had offered scholarship to more than 200 indigent students and enjoined him to sustain his service to humanity, to further enhance the well-being of the Nigerian society.

NFF To Include Channels National Kids In Foreign Tour

Federation Cup, NFFThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the best players from the 2016 Channels National Kids Cup, will feature in an international youth tournament in May.

NFF first Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi made this known after meeting the Youth Football Development Committee in Abuja on Friday.

Mr Akinwunmi reiterated the federation’s support for the competition, to ensure it grows into an internationally recognised tournament in two years.

The Channels National Kids Cup is a football tournament specifically designed for primary schools in Nigeria.

Group Hails Nigerian Army For Disciplining Soldiers

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute LoyaltyThe Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG) has described as heart-warming the punishment melted out to the two soldiers who maltreated a physically challenged person in Onitsha, Anambra state.

The two military men were demoted and imprisoned for 21 days and are also to lose 21 days pay.

According to a statement signed by national coordinator, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the group commended the Nigerian Army for the instant justice done on the matter.

“Human right violation by military and police brutality must be a thing of the past for discipline to be maintained by our security organizations”.

In a related development the group has also called on the state government to allow Muslim students the right given to them by the court of competent jurisdiction.

According to the group, the court of appeal has ruled in favour of hijab for Muslim students of Lagos state and the Lagos state government has lost the battle on its appeal, as well as interlocutory injunction to restrain the Muslim students from using hijab.


Ekweremadu Appeals To PDP Members For Calm

Ike-Ekweremadu-Senate-Deputy-president-in-NigeriaThe Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has appealed to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to be anxious over the appeal court ruling, favouring the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party.

Senator Ekweremadu, says there is no cause for alarm as the party leadership will meet as soon as possible, to take a decision on the best way forward.

He said the PDP will emerge stronger from its present challenges.

Appeal Court Declares Sheriff As PDP National Chairman

On Friday, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt ruled that the caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi is illegal and cannot act on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The judgement, read by two of the three judges on the appeal panel, set aside the judgement by the High court in favour of Ali Modu Sheriff.

The lead Judge, B. A. Sanga, in his judgement said that due process was not followed in the decision by the PDP convention to dissolve the Ali- modu sherrif’s led chairmanship and hence should be disregarded.

Meanwhile a dissenting judgement was given by a third judge, Theresa Orji-Abadua, who upheld the decision of the trial court in favour of the Ahmed Markarfi leadership of the party

The Ali-Modu Sheriff faction, was dissolved by some leaders of the party at a national convention held in Port Harcourt in 2016.

It was the outcome of the convention that led to the intense legal battle.

The party has been thrown into series of court cases in several courts in the country raising concerns over the possibility of two factions.

Friday’s judgement may however, be putting a temporary rest to the crisis rocking the party until a redress is sought in the highest court.

Kaduna Airport: Minister Assures Of 24-Hour Surveillance

Kaduna Economy Not In Recession, Says Budget CommissionerThe Chairman Ministerial Security Sub-committee on the movement of Abuja International Airport Operations to Kaduna, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG (Operations), Alkali Usman, has assured that 24-hour security surveillance will be mounted around the Kaduna airport and environs for protection of lives and property of passengers.

This is ahead of the closure of the Abuja International Airport for repair of its runway, starting from March 8, 2017.

The assignment of the committee on the airport diversion project, is to ensure that security is beefed up at the Kaduna airport, the state capital and the Abuja-Kaduna highway before and during the flight diversion.

AIG Usman, who declared the Kaduna airport safe to receive both local and international flights, says the ongoing rehabilitation at the airport is about 95% completed and all aspects of preparation in terms of security has been concluded.

Meanwhile, the manager of the Kaduna Airport Mrs Amina Salami, says so far the airport is almost 95 per cent completed.

She explained that part of the new terminal building is not ready but the Hajj terminal building will serve as an alternative.

MNJTF Hosts Delegation Of Ministers From Lake Chad

nigerian-troops-to-gambiaThe headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force Ndjamena on Friday hosted a delegation of Council of Ministers, from Lake Chad Basin Commission and Commissioner for Peace and Security African Union.

The delegation was led by the Executive Secretary and Head of Mission LCBC Sanusi Imran Abdullahi.

The Deputy Force Commander MNJTF, Brigadier General Moussa Mahamat Djoui who represented the Force Commander Major General Lamidi Adeosun assured the delegation of MNJTF commitment to ensure the Boko Haram terrorist are defeated in the shortest possible time.

The Head of Mission / Executive Secretary LCBC said the intention of the visit was to showcase to the Ministers what they are capable of doing.

He further pointed out that in LCBC there is no demarcation, no nations, as we all work as one and as a team for a common mandate and objective.

While commending the officers and men of MNJTF on behalf of the Council of Ministers of the LCBC, the Minister of Water Resource of Nigeria Suleman Adamu expressed his appreciation for the brief of activities and achievements of the MNJTF, in bringing Peace and Security in the Lake Chad region.

Minister Siddik Abdel Karim thanked the Heads of States of LCBC for the great initiative to effectively implement MNJTF.

The visit witnessed a detail brief in the activities, achievements and prospects of the MNJTF and visitations.

In other to enhance mobility of troops in the various sectors, 15 tactical vehicles and 30 motorbikes were handed over to the Commander MNJTF, who took advantage of the occasion to heartily thank the delegation from the AU and promised that MNJTF will keep working as a team to ensure success of its mandate.

Okowa Inspects Road Projects In Asaba

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has inspected various road projects within Asaba Capital Territory, charging construction firms to increase the pace of work on infrastructural projects in the state.

Governor Okowa inspected the Okpanam road and drain projects; the 4.4km Joseph Ebolo and Madonna road and drains project; 1.6km Ojife Street, Nduka Iloba and Casaloba Street.

Other road projects were the 700meters Isioma Onyeobi link road from sand beach through Rapu road to Cable road and the 510 meters Stadium and Cap Wire roads off Nnebisi road in the Asaba Metropolis.

The governor who said his government was determined to take development to the people of the state despite the economic recession, disclosed that a lot of roads and other projects are either on-going or ready for commissioning in April.

According to him “ We have about 398 km roads all through the state and so many projects are ready for commissioning now, from the month of April through May, we will be commissioning a lot of road and school projects”.

While commending the construction firms handling the road projects on the quality and standard of work, Governor Okowa charged them to speed up work so as to meet the time schedule.

At the Okpanam road project, where drainage construction work was on, the Governor stated that the drainage work would be connected and completed before the end of February, emphasizing that the drainage project is very important as it would remove storm water from Asaba.

He stressed that “A lot of work is going on with the drains and l have been assured that in another 10 days the drains will be connected.

“After the connection, we are going to see what happens, when the rain comes and how efficiently the drains will carry the water”