Centenary Project: Anyim Accuses Reps Member Of Bias

Centenary Project: Anyim Accuses Reps Member Of BiasIt was a drama-filled session on Friday at the investigative hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Federal Capital Territory probing the centenary city project.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, who was at the hearing, accused the chairman of the committee, Herman Hembe of pursuing a personal agenda with the exercise.

The House committee is investigating alleged irregularities surrounding the centenary project launched by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Eminent Nigerians Want Implementation Of National Conference Report

National Conference recommendations implementationA group of Nigerians, predominantly from the south-west region, are seeking prompt implementation of the recommendations of a national conference that was held last year.

The group made the demand in a meeting held on Friday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.

At the meeting, which may be the last of the series of what they call post-confab summit, the participants expressed concerns about the conference recommendations.

The convener of the summit and Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and other speakers also canvassed that the Yorubas should cue behind the President as the man who has their interest at heart.

Group Endorsed President Jonathan

He urged them to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election in the March 28 presidential election, as he had guaranteed the implementation of the recommendations.

In a meeting held on February 27, the group endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, expressing hopes that he is the only leader capable of implementing the recommendations of the National Conference without any alteration.yoruba leaders

The resolution was adopted in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at a gathering that had in attendance leaders from all walks of life.  They gathered to discuss the future of Nigeria at a post-National Conference Summit.

The group’s endorsement was contained in a 10 point communique read by the chairman of the summit, Ayo Adebanjo.

It has been over six months since the conference ended and the recommendations submitted to the Nigerian President.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on Wednesday approved the final report of the National conference for full implementation.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the council meeting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim, said that council’s decision follows the recommendation by a committee President Goodluck Jonathan set up, which concluded that the report is implementable.

According to Mr Anyim, this is the first leg of the Jonathan administration’s concrete steps in the implementation of the recommendations and resolutions of the conference.

FEC Approves Full Implementation Of Confab Report

National ConfabThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the final report of the National conference for full implementation.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the council meeting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim, said that council’s decision follows the recommendation by a committee President Goodluck Jonathan set up, which concluded that the report is implementable.

According to Mr Anyim, this is the first leg of the Jonathan administration’s concrete steps in the implementation of the recommendations and resolutions of the conference.

He said the recommendations and resolutions that have implications for constitutional amendment should be transmitted to the National Assembly for enactment into law, while resolutions on policy matters by federal and state agencies or local governments which require action should be transmitted to the appropriate quarters for immediate implementation and all that requires action by state governments should be referred to the states for immediate implementation.

FEC said the National Assembly should work with the state assemblies in bringing the implementation to effect.

Also approved are contracts for the construction of the Oshegbodo-Oweto Road in Benue State at the cost of N7.9 billion to de-congest traffic on the Abuja-Lokoja Expressway, the Ningi-Fuskamanta Road in Bauchi State at the cost of N7.1 billion and the dualization of the Suleja-Minna Road in Niger State at the sum of N23.6 billion.

The Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen, said the roads will help improve transportation in Nigeria and oil the wheels of the economy of the states.

The FEC also approved the procurement and distribution of tricycles by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for the Benue North-West Senatorial District at the sum of N472.5 million to alleviate transportation challenges.

Council also approved the construction of corporate head offices for the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) in Lagos and Abuja. While the construction of the Abuja complex will cost N14.7 billion, the Lagos office building will cost N24.7 billion.

Council approved that Nigeria should now serve as headquarters of the West African Telecommunications Regulators Assembly having been an active leader in the telecoms business in West Africa.

Transformation Ambassadors Gather 17Million Signatures For Jonathan

Transformation Ambassadors The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, have gathered over 17million signatures from the nationwide rally organised in support of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, announced this while handing over the document to the Vice President Namadi Sambo at the grand finale held in Abuja.

While receiving the documents, the Vice President commended the support group for the nationwide rally and stated that President Goodluck Jonathan would respond to the call in no time.

“The signatures represent the confidence Nigerians have in the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

“They also show the President’s acceptability and popularity across the country. It is good that Nigerians appreciate the efforts of Mr. President in the areas of education, aviation, trade and investment, agriculture, security, roads and many others,” the Vice President said.

From each geo polictical zone of the country, representatives delivered motivating speeches, all with one goal of presenting President Jonathan as their presidential candidate in 2015.

PDP governors, led by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and also Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Goodswill Akpabio, were also present to add their voices to the call for President Jonathan to run for a second term.

Some of the serving ministers also seized the opportunity to reel out the achievements of the Jonathan administration, with the Minister for Agriculture, Akinwumi Adeshina, and the Minister For Petroleum Resources, Diezian Alson Madueke leading the pack.

As the 2015 elections draw closer, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria have remained optimistic that in the coming days, President Jonathan would heed their call and respond in the affirmative.

 

Jonathan Unveils National Identity Card

National Identity CardPresident Goodluck Jonathan has asked the National Identity Card Management Commission to ensure that the issuance process of the new e-card is prompt and swift enough to enable many more Nigerians obtain their e-ID cards, as soon as possible.

While speaking at the unveiling of the e-card, he urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and the private sector, to key into the project, following the benefits from its designed functionalities.

According to the President, the regime of duplication of biometric databases must give way to harmonization and unification with the e-ID scheme, which shall be the primary database.

He asked the commission to also ensure that all registrable persons are enrolled into the National Identity Database and that all MDAs involved in data capture activities, align their activities, with a view to switching over to the NIMC infrastructure.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, while extolling the beauty of the card and its multiple purposes, expressed happiness that the National Identity Management Commission has tried to survive despite various challenges.National Identity Card

The Director-General of the commission, Chris Onyemenem, in a presentation, took the audience through the uses of the card. According to him, the card would solve the challenge of proof of identity, the way no proof of identity has.

There were also testimonies from the operators of the system on what the identity card could do for the holders anywhere in the world.

President Jonathan unveilled the card, and used it to carry out some financial transactions via the ATM.

Top government officials were present for the presidential launch and unveiling of the national e-id card, including the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, and the Minister of Finance and Supervising Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.

Insurgency: FG Constitutes Committee On Victims Support Fund

In its effort to scale up support for victims of insurgency and terror attacks nationwide, the Nigerian Government has constituted a Committee on Victims Support Fund to mobilize resources and administer appropriate support to victims of insurgency and Boko Haram terror activities all over the country.

Accordingly, the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the composition and appointment of members of the Committee on Victims Support Funds as follows:

  1. Gen. TY Danjuma, GCON                                         –        Chairman
  2. Mr. Fola Adeola                                                       –           Deputy Chairman
  3. Alh. Mohammed Indimi                                       –           Member
  4. Alh. Abdulsamad I. Rabiu                                    –           Member
  5. Alh. Sani Dauda                                                       –           Member
  6. Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija                                     –           Member
  7. Mr. Cosmas Maduka                                            –           Member
  8. Mr. Jim Ovia                                                          –           Member
  9. Mr. Wale Tinubu                                                 –           Member
  10. Alh. Sani Sidi, DG, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)          –           Member
  11. Air Vice Marshal Tony Omenyi (Representing Defence Headquarters)     –           Member
  12. CP Salisu Fagge, representing Nigerian Police Force       –           Member
  13. Mr. Sayana Yusuf, representing Department of State Services                  –           Member
  14. Chief Uche Secondus, PDP Deputy National Chairman (South)                 –           Member
  15. Alh. Tijani Tunsah, APC Deputy National Chairman (North)                    –           Member
  16. Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) —          Member
  17. Representative of Jamaatul Nasril Islam (JNI)                 –           Member
  18. Chief(Mrs.) Nkechi Mba, Representing National Council of Women Societies    –   Member
  19. Prof. Ben Angwe, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)  – Member
  20. Representative of the United Nations (UN)                 –           Member
  21. Representative of Department for International Development (DFID)     –     Member
  22. Representative of Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Member
  23. Representative of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)           –           Member
  24. Alh. Balarabe Musa, Representing Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) – Member
  25. Two (2) Representatives of Local Civil society/Youth Groups (Male & Female) –           Members.
  26. Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF)     –     Secretariat

Terms of reference

  1. To identify sources and ways of raising sustainable funding to support victims of Boko Haram terror activities;
  2. To develop appropriate strategies for the fund raising;
  3. To ascertain the persons, communities, facilities and economic assets affected by Boko Haram terror activities;
  4. To assess and determine the appropriate support required in each case;
  5. To manage, disburse or administer support to the victims as appropriate;
  6. To address related challenges as may be appropriate; and
  7. To advise Government on other matter(s) necessary or incidental to support victims of Boko Haram terror activities.

According to the press release by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, the Committee would be inaugurated by the President on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by 10.00am at the Council Chamber, Aso Villa, Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan Unveils Centenary City

jonathan-5-599x300President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, unveiled the Centenary City, which is the last of the activities lined up to mark Nigeria’s 100 years of existence.

President Jonathan said that the Centenary City would be used to attract foreign investors and showcase the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria to the International Community.

He commended the confidence displayed by the developers and promised that his administration would do all it could to provide the enabling environment needed to complete the project in ten years.

President Jonathan, whose dream is to build a Nigeria that posterity would cherish, expressed happiness that it had become a reality.

For him, the outcome would be a representative of Nigeria’s unity and strength such that would galvanise investors from across the world.

The FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, described the vision as evidence of good leadership and inspiration from the President, while Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  Anyim Pius Anyim, said that this was the legacy the President wants to bequeath to posterity.

An inspection of the architectural design  showed that there would be residential houses comprising of 260 luxury villas and 256 apartment buildings, 5 star hotels and residences, including the Abuja commercial center with 139 office buildings.

The ground breaking and unveiling ceremony attracted captains of industries from Nigeria and overseas,Government officials including State Governors, members of the Federal Executive Council, friends and well-wishers of Nigeria and members of the diplomatic corp.

 

 

 

 

 

I Will Always Encourage Nigerian Youths To Be The Best – Jonathan

Goodluck-JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has promised Nigerian youths that his administration will continue to encourage them to be the best in their chosen professions.

The President was speaking in an interactive session with Nigerian youths themed “Democracy Day-a Day with young leaders organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government.

He used the occasion to launch another booklet on the transformation agenda 2013-2014—Steady Progress Moving Forward, challenging Nigerian politicians to live by their promises to the electorate.

The president provided answers to questions posed by the youths but before then he had launched a book- transformation agenda 2013-2014-steady progress moving forward where he threw up another challenge to politicians.

The Minister of Youths and former governor of Adamawa State, Mr Boni Haruna described Nigerian youth as very enterprising and reiterated governments call for amnesty for Boko Haram members.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Haruna likened the amnesty offer to the one in the Niger Delta, saying 30,000 youths have benefitted from the programme and have been transformed from militants to “wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens”.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable
“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

 

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

The president said he has confidence in Nigerian youths and urged them to grab the numerous opportunities available and be who they want to be.

President Jonathan said that terrorism cannot succeed in any community without support from the local people and called on those who are respected by the insurgents to join hands with the government in order to encourage them to lay down their arms, insisting that the “military alone cannot stop terrorism”.

He said: “Terror succeeds with local support. It will be difficult for terror to thrive where people reject it. It is a major challenge to all of us.”

“Military alone cannot stop terror or any radicalism. Terrorists have people they respect, they have community, traditional and opinion leaders they respect. All of us can deradicalise them.

“We will through persuasive activities encourage people to shun violence,” he added

As part of efforts to ensure youths are reorientated and not misled, he said that his government is already working out modalities to reintroducing moral education in schools.

Also at the event are the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, and former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya.

Bring Back Our Girls Protesters Stopped At Aso Rock

#bbogFormer Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, and the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Coalition have been refused entry into the Presidential Villa in continuation of their protests.

The efforts of the campaigners to get to the Presidential Villa were frustrated by officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force who put up a barricade.

The leader of the group, Dr Ezekwesili, insisted that with or without the blockade, they would proceed to the Presidential Villa to see the President, and that they would not stop until their girls were brought back

They were, however, met by a delegation of government officials sent by President Goodluck Jonathan, most of them ministers, also in the same red attire, who went to receive them at the entrance into the Three Arms Zone, which was made the meeting point.

Frustrated by the blockage, the protesters went down on the floor weeping, after which they rolled out ten questions for the delegation of the Presidency, led by Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim.

The Federal Government asked the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ protesters to direct their protests to the terrorists, who are the real enemy, as the Federal Government works with the international community to effect the release of the missing girls.

Government said that it was unfair to say that it had been slow in action, calling on the group to match their patriotic zeal with a realistic understanding of the situation on ground.

Calling on Nigerian citizens to protect each other at this time, the President’s delegates advised civil society groups to also use their influence to encourage Nigerians to supply useful information to security services, using the number 112.

Government extolled the orderly manner they conducted themselves but insisted that their protest should now be directed to the terrorists.

The protesters said that the response by the Government was grossly inadequate as it failed to meet any of their demands.

They also reminded the Government that they could not have been where they were if they were abducted like the missing girls. They maintained their earlier stance that they were not going to stop until the Nigerian girls are returned alive.

CBN Vows To Remain Stable Despite Sanusi’s Suspension

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) today reiterated its commitment to “remain stable” adding that it will continue to “facilitate the smooth functioning of financial markets as well as ensure currency and price stability” in the country.

In a statement by the Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, the apex bank noted that “it remains committed to achieving its core mandates as enshrined in the CBN Act 2007; particularly relating to price (exchange and interest rate), monetary and financial stability”.

The statement further confirmed the receipt of a letter from the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim, officially notifying the bank of the federal government’s decision to suspend the governor, Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the appointment of Mrs Sarah Alade as acting governor.

Mr Sanusi was suspended today by President Goodluck Jonathan over alleged financial recklessness and misconduct.

The president also directed the most senior deputy director, Mrs Sarah Alade to take over in acting capacity.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan has sent the name of Zenith Bank Boss, Mr Godwin Emefiele and Mr Adelabu Adekoya to the Senate for screening and approval as Governor and Deputy Governor of the apex bank respectively.

National Conference: Nigerians Will Be Grateful To Mr President – Anyim

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, has argued that the idea of a National Conference is the best for the country.

Anyim, who spoke to Channels Television correspondent, Lanre Lasisi in Abuja, advised Nigerians to take the advantage this conference provides, by bringing up all issues that have slowed down the development and consolidation of democracy in Nigeria.

He began by speaking on the referendum and the role the National Assembly will be playing in the entire process.

He noted that there are only few places where the constitution provided for referendum; like creation of new states and boundary adjustment issues, but the Government was not interested with that part of the constitution.

He explained that the Federal Government is concerned about making sure that it implements the recommendations of the National Conference as legally permitted under the laws of the country.

“There is a constitution in place, there is sovereignty in place, there is a parliament in place, and there is government in place. All these are established under a constitution and the only provision made by that constitution is for amendments.

“Even if you want to replace the existing constitution with a new one, the National Assembly still needs to meet to put one sentence – we hereby amend this constitution by replacing it with this one. There is no running away from it,” he said.

While assuring Nigerians on the genuiness of the rationale behind the convening of the National Conference, he said that the purpose for the conference was not to create chaos, or to overrule the existing order, but to strengthen it.

Possible Clash With Political Activities

Questions have been raised about the timing of the conference, and how the 3 months planned for it would be accommodated as it coincides with the heavy political activities leading up to the 2015 general elections.

Mr Anyim explained that the election timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Committee, INEC had been well considered by the government and from all indications, the plan is on track.

He assured that the government is poised to make sure that the conference rounds off before the commencement of election activities.

He, however, added that the composition of participants at the National Conference would be Nigerians from all walks of life that are well aware of the Nigerian challenges and it will therefore not be a problem articulating what the problems are, as agreeing on a way forward is the most important thing, and this can be achieved within the planned 3 months.

He also assured Nigerians that every stage in the process will be transparent and will be people driven.

“Nigerians are at liberty actually to decide the pace to go, the direction to go and how to do that. I want to believe that the sincerity on the side of the government, you can go to bed with, the commitment on the side of government, you can take for granted. For us there is nothing too peculiar or personal for anybody in government” he assured.

FG Deploys Twin Approach In Fight Against Terrorism

The Federal Government on Sunday said it has deployed a twin approach of law enforcement and especially dialogue as a counter terrorism strategy to combat the act and threat of terror witnessed in some parts of the country.

The government also noted that the national conversation is always a platform that will foster unity and engender greater trust and patriotism.

This was made known at the graduation of 65 persons from the National Institute Of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.

He also commended the focus of the training, which would strengthen bonds of unity through the setting up of an Advisory Committee on National Dialogue.