Kogi Govt. To Prosecute Workers Indicted By Staff Screening Committee

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has vowed to prosecute workers indicted by the Staff Screening Appeal Committee set up by the State Government, to verify genuine and non genuine workers.

Governor Bello who stated this while receiving the final report of the screening exercise from the Chairman of the Committee in Government House Lokoja, said his administration has zero tolerance for corruption.

The 36 man staff complaint appeal committee was saddled with the responsibility to attend to public servant who which to appeal the decision of the screening review and complaint committee was inaugurated by Governor Bello on January 26 2017.

At the banquet hall of the Government House, are top government officials, Heads of Ministries and Parastatals, Labour leaders and their officials, Representative of Security Agency in the state and the committee members.

While appealing to the Governor to temper justice with mercy, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman said the labour would hold a meeting and come out with their position.

Governor Bello who faulted the workforce said their lack of cooperation is what extended the screening which would have been done within a short time with the staff verification exercise coming to an end.

Buhari Absent From FEC Meeting Again

The President, Muhammadu Buhari is again absent at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is presiding over the meeting.

Cabinet members are expected to brief journalists on the outcome of the meeting.

This is the second time the president will be absent at the meeting since his return from the United Kingdom, last month.

Several Killed In Borno Suicide Attacks

Seven Killed In Maiduguri Suicide BombingSeveral people have been reportedly killed, when suicide bombers detonated explosives at different locations, on the outskirt of Maiduguri, Borno State.

According to security and emergency officials, five persons – a member of the CJTF and four suicide bombers – lost their lives in the attacks.

The attacks occurred at Muna Usmanti, Muna garage and Muna Ethopia.

According to a statement by the Head Media and Public Relations, NEMA, Sani Datti, the incidence occurred on Wednesday morning at about 4:11am.

He however, stated that the injured and dead persons have been evacuated to the Maiduguri General Hospital by the rescue team from NEMA and Borno SEMA.

Kanu Denies Rejecting Bail Conditions

Court Dismisses Six Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu, OthersLawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has distanced the IPOB leader from his parent’s position, insisting that they would meet the bail conditions within 48 hours.

The family of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is not impressed with the bail conditions given to their son, although they are happy with his release.

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Mr Kanu was on Tuesday granted bail on health grounds by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

He is to present three sureties, one of whom must be a serving senator, a Jewish religious leader and a highly respected person who must own a landed property in the Federal Capital Territory.

The bail sum is 100 million naira per surety.

Justice Binta Nyako warned Mr Kanu against granting press interviews, holding rallies or being in a gathering of more than 10 persons while on bail.

She warned him that the bail would be revoked if he flouts any of the conditions.

The justice, however, denied bail to other persons arraigned with Kanu, stressing that the treason charges against them is a serious offence.

She also refused to vary her ruling on protection of witnesses because witnesses are security operatives.

U.S. Supports Nigeria With $300m To Fight Malaria

Mr David Young

Nigeria may have recorded remarkable success in its fight against malaria, more still needs to be done to completely end the disease.

The United States Government has announced a $300 million commitment towards achieving this, while asking government to increase efforts in eliminating the disease.

The Deputy Chief of Missions at the U.S. Embassy, David Young, noted that ending malaria in Nigeria would prevent over 80 million illnesses and more than 300,000 related deaths each year.

He further stressed the need for both Federal and State governments to develop the primary healthcare through significant funding.

in their separate remarks, Malaria Ambassador and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari, as well as the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed how far they have been working to intervene, especially with funds from donor agencies.

They promised to ensure transparency and accountability in projects geared towards a reduction of the malaria scourge.

“All pregnant women are being given the needs and drugs for free in all State Government-owned hospitals and other health facilities.

“I will like to assure that Zamfara State government will continue to sustain the fight against malaria,” Governor Yari said.

“We will account for every Kobo, Naira and Dollar that you give to us. Take malaria out of the table, room, environment, this country; many things will change, and maternal mortality and under-five mortality will significantly improve.

“The contribution of the workforce to economic development will also significantly change,” Professor Adewole also said.

WHO Lauds Nigeria’s Effort In Reducing Malaria Prevalence

Mrs Linda Ozor

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has applauded Nigeria for making progress in its malaria elimination programme, by reducing the disease’s prevalence across the country.

The National Professional Officer for Malaria at the WHO, Mrs Linda Ozor, made the commendation on Monday in Abuja, ahead of the 2017 World Malaria Day.

She was speaking at a meeting to examine the progress made so far with implementation of the National Malaria Elimination Programme since 2015.

Mrs Ozor believes that if the current efforts are sustained, Nigeria is capable of eliminating malaria in the nearest future.

“Nigeria has witnessed a lot of successes in malaria programme, notably the decline in prevalence from 42 per cent in 2010 to 27 per cent in 2015. This is a very huge success,” she said.

The Chief of Party, USAID HC3 Nigeria Project, ANNA McCartney-Melstad, on her part, attributed the the success recorded to the diligent work of the Nigerian media.

“We owe so much thanks to the media for helping this fight against malaria; through your words, articles and stories; keeping it on the radars of politicians, individuals in the house; and advocates all across the nation. Congratulations to the media, you have done incredible work,” she said.

FG Reconstitutes Governing Boards Of Federal Polytechnics

Buhari Urges Nigerian Engineers To Help End Pipeline VandalismPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the Governing Boards of all the 25 Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria.

According to a statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, the Boards are statutorily responsible for the governance and overall policy formulation for the institutions concerned.

“In making the appointments of the Chairpersons and Members of the respective Boards, the President, apart from ensuring geopolitical spread, was also guided by the stipulated requirements for such appointments as contained in each of the acts establishing the institutions.

“In this respect, each of the appointees is required to, among others, possess a minimum of a National Diploma and be a person of impeccable integrity with a strong commitment to technical education.

“The new Governing Boards (comprising the Chairmen and Members) of the Polytechnics are to be inaugurated on a date to be announced soon,” the statement said.

The affected Polytechnics and their respective Chairmen are as follows:

1. Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Afikpo. Dr. J.T. Orkar
2. Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi. Chief Michael Olanrewaju Oloko
3. Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti. Chief Austin Adeze
4. Federal Polytechnic, Bali. Mrs. Yalwa Tahir
5. Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi. Alhaji Abubakar Dantata
6. Federal Polytechnic, Bida. Professor Muhammad Sani Yakya
7. Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu. Alh. Mohammed Abubakar
8. Federal Polytechnic, Ede. Professor Nasir Yauri
9. Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe. Professor Eddy Olanipekun
10. Federal Polytechnic, Idah. Dr. Ibrahim Muhd Liman Sifawa
11. Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro. Professor Abubakar Ahmed Sadauki
12. Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji. Chief Odey Ochicha
13. Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda. Professor Kingsley Dakeni Alagoa
14. Federal Polytechnic, Mubi. Engr. Bassey Usang Bassey
15. Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa. Professor Godwin Sogolo
16. Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri. Chief Edwin Ogunbor
17. Federal Polytechnic, Offa. Chief Osekula Zikora
18. Federal Polytechnic, Oko. Hon. Chief Lasbury Amadi
19. Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas, Bonny. Sen. Ucha Julius
20. Federal Polytechnic, Ukana. Professor S. Ike Udabah
21. Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure. Chief Abayomi Daramola
22. Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna. Alhaji Yusuf Hassan
23. National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi. Professor David Adewunmi
24. Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi. Dr. Ismail Biodun Layi Oni
25. Yaba College of Technology, Yaba. Barr. Lateef Fagbemi

Air Force Takes Delivery Of Two Russian Helicopters

Air Force To Induct Two Newly Acquired AircraftThe Nigerian Air Force says it has taken delivery of two MI-35m attack helicopters acquired from Russia.

The Director of Operations in the Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Adebayo Amao, made the disclosure at an event in Abuja.

He expressed optimism that the development would aid the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east.

Air Vice-Marshal Amao hinted that more of the latest version of the aircraft are expected from Russia, as well as trained pilot officers to be deployed in conflict zones across Nigeria.

He said the Air Force has expanded its scope of operations beyond the north-eastern enclaves of Boko Haram terrorists, having almost achieved its mission in the area.

Human Development: UNDP Tasks Nigeria On Wealth Distribution

Human Development: UNDP Tasks Nigeria On Wealth DistributionNigeria’s human development ranking has remained static at 152 out of 188 countries, in spite of a 13 per cent increase in index recorded between 2005 and 2015.

This was according to the 2016 UNDP Human Development Report released on Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

As the Federal Government targets a growth rate of seven per cent by 2020, the United Nations believes that a focus on the distribution of wealth and growth will enhance human development in the country.

The UN Country Representative, Mr Edward Kallon, called on government to focus on implementing necessary policies to benefit the citizens, including reducing starvation among children, especially in the north-east.

The Minister of State for Budget, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said the report indicated that Nigeria’s ranking was majorly borne out of too many unproductive people in the country.

Mrs Zainab, however, underscored that the Federal Government would implement its Social Intervention Programme, to put more resources in the hands of the deprived people and also reduce poverty.

I Am Not Losing Sleep Over Threats – Fani-Kayode

Fani-Kayode, EFCC ArrestsThe former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has responded to the threat of a law suit by Mr Chibuike Amaechi, saying he is not losing any sleep over it.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to Femi Fani-Kayode on Media, Jude Ndukwe, says he has been inundated with calls concerning the threat by the Minister of Transportation, to sue him for defamation over the recovered 43 million Dollars issue, though he is yet to be formally communicated to on it.

“We have not received any court processes or letters from Amaechi but when we do so, our lawyers will respond vigorously and appropriately.”