FG Announces Formal Closure Of Abuja Airport

Lai Mohammed, Visa Processes, Immigration Processes
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has formally announced the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

According to the government, the airport would be shut down from midnight on Wednesday and would remain closed for six weeks.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, at a world press conference in Abuja on Monday.

Also at the conference, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the government has kept to its word on making the Kaduna Airport ready for use as an alternative.

The Minister of State in charge of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, also said observations made by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was in the Kaduna Airport on Friday, had been “taken care of”.

Osinbajo had asked the contractors to speed up the remaining work, ahead of the March 8, 2017 flight diversion.

Furthermore, he announced that some foreign airlines had agreed to divert their flights to the Kaduna Airport during the period, contrary to earlier concerns that were expressed by international flights about the safety of Kaduna.

Mr Sirika added that the government has set up a website: www.abujaairportclosure.info, through which information would be shared with Nigerians.

He, however confirmed that so far, only one international airline has agreed to use the Kaduna Airport.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has assured airlines and passengers flying in and out of the Kaduna Airport of maximum security.

 IGP Idris made the pledge on Sunday when he inspected the security arrangement at the Kaduna airport and its environs.

Adamawa Ex-Governor Jailed For Corruption

balaA Former Governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Ngilari, has been convicted and sentenced to five years in prison by a High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa state capital over corruption charges.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, found Ngilari guilty of four charges, and discharged him on one, which bordered on conspiracy.

Justice Musa discharged and acquitted the Former Secretary to the State Government, and the Commissioner of Finance, who were second and third defendants in the case.

He said the law stipulated that the convict shall not be given an option of fine.

The former governor was charged on September 21, 2016.

ANPA Endorses Obiano As Sole Candidate For 2017

ANPA Endorses Obiano As Sole Candidate For 2017Ahead of the November 18 Gubernatorial election in Anambra state, the apex socio-political organisation of the people of Anambra north senatorial zone, Anambra North Peoples Assembly (ANPA), has taken a unanimous decision not to go to the polls with multiple candidates, but to stick with the present administration of Governor Willie Obiano for continuity.

In a massively attended meeting at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state, the entire assembly from the seven Local Government Areas of Anambra north, led by Emmanuel Achike and assisted by the former Minster of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya, endorsed and declared the governor as their choice and sole candidate for the election and urged other senatorial zones to support them in their own interest.

In the history of governance in Anambra state, the Central senatorial zone has had the opportunity of occupying the seat of Anambra state government for 11 years, the south senatorial zone for six years and six months and the North senatorial zone for the very first time.

ANPA, irrespective of political leaning, had gathered and taken a unanimous decision to allow the present administration to continue based on a wide consultation made in the seven Local Government Areas that make up Anambra North Senatorial Zone.

Speeches by the Chairman, Elder Emmanuel Achike and his assistant, Dr. Tim Menakaya set the meeting on course in which the conviction of continuity became high for the present administration of Governor Willie Obiano.

Member representing Ogbaru (II) constituency, Mr Somtochukwu Udeze, read out the report of the fact finding committee which was adopted by the whole House as a working document for the upcoming election.

“It is a general consensus that Anambra North should retain power for another four years so as to complete the maximum of eight years in office which will see that the circle of equity be completed as other senatorial zones have enjoyed the same in the past. It was a general conviction that Anambra North has to win the forthcoming 2017 gubernatorial election.”

Member representing Oyi/Ayamelum, Gabriel Onyenwife and a former Senatorial candidate for Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Dr. Mike Areh took the bull by the horn to appeal to the conscience of the people on continuity and urged them to consider the monumental achievements of the governor and stick to him for the coming polls.

The motion for endorsement of Governor Willie Obiano as the sole candidate of Anambra North people was moved as the people affirmed that Obiano was found as the best option and worthy to pilot the affairs of the state for another four years on completion of the present tenure.

A former senator representing Anambra East and West, Mr Emma Anosike among other persons who reacted to the endorsement noted that until Governor Obiano says he would not run, that would be the only time the zone would search another.

The meeting then came to an end with an appeal from members of ANPA, calling on other senatorial zones to support the idea for equity and fairness.

Osinbajo Promises To Actualise Sea Port Project In Edo

Osinbajo Visits Kaduna Airport, Inspects FacilitiesNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has promised that the Federal Government will work closely with the Edo state government to actualise a sea port at Gelegele.

Professor Osinbajo made this known during a town hall meeting with stakeholders from the oil-producing communities of the state in Benin City, as part of his tour of the Niger Delta region.

The visit is in continuation of the dialogue between the Federal Government and oil producing communities in a bid to find a workable template to ensure development of the oil rich region, and a brighter tomorrow for the people of the states.

He therefore pledged that the Federal Government is determined to address the issue of neglect, youth restiveness and under-development in the Niger Delta.

Professor Osinbajo, who arrived Edo state on Monday, was received at the Benin City Airport by the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Minister of state for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachukwu, among other personalities.

He also paid a courtesy visit to HRM Ewuare (II), Oba of Benin, at his palace before proceeding to the New Era College Benin City for the town hall meeting.

Nigerian Govt. Warns Citizens Against Non-Urgent U.S Trips

Diamond BankThe Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the U.S to postpone their travel plans until the new administration’s policy on immigration is clear.

A statement signed in Abuja by Special Assistant on Media to Dabiri-Erewa, Abdurrahman Balogun, said that the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by the office of the SSA.

“In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to the Nigeria.”

“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”

Dabiri-Erewa said that “no reasons were given for the decision by the U.S immigration authorities.”

The Presidential aide said that the statement “is only to advise Nigerians without any compelling or essential reasons to visit the U.S to consider rescheduling their trip until there is clarity on the new immigration policy.”

She, however, reminded Nigerians in the Diaspora to abide by the rules and regulations of their host countries and be good ambassadors of the country.

Goodluck Jonathan Faults Report On Rescue Of Chibok Girls

Goodluck Jonathan Faults Report On Rescue Of Chibok GirlsFormer Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has denied reports that he turned down the offer of the British armed forces to help rescue the missing Chibok school girls.

The former president in a statement insisted that he did not reject the offer to rescue the girls, saying he gave the international community free latitude to conduct their operation.

“We wish to promptly point out that nothing can be farther from the truth, as Nigerians are conversant with the effort made by the former President Jonathan’s administration, towards rescuing the Chibok girls, especially in relation to collaborating with the international community, in the bid”.

He went on to say that the lies in the report are self-evident because the international press and the Nigerian media actively covered the multinational efforts and collaboration made by the Nigerian government and international community.

The 276 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state, Nigeria’s northeast on April 14, 2014.

Japanese Govt. Partners Nigeria On Border Security

border-securityThe Japanese government has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting the Nigerian government in strengthening its border security and also enhancing constant border patrol.

To this end, the Japanese government is committing 500 thousand dollars towards Nigeria’s border monitoring.

Nigerian and Japanese government officials met at Nfum border at Etung Local Government Area of Cross River state.

One of the Japanese officials told Journalists that in the last two years, the government had trained law enforcement officials in different workshops and on various techniques such as how to patrol the borders, how to interview suspects of crime, how to do proper arrests under the rule of law and respect to human rights among others.

She further stated that with the increase in crime rate across borders, the need for improved security approach has become imperative, which is the reason for the partnership.

“We find that since crime is so much evolving, and we have so many different forms of crime nowadays and organised crime, law enforcement officials need constant upgrading of their skills to be able to detect this crime, investigate them and be able to prosecute them”.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Signs MoU On Industrial Park

Gov. Emmanuel Visits Akwa-Ibom PDP SecretariatAs part of the drive to industrialise Akwa Ibom and create business opportunities, the state government has reached an agreement with some private developers for the commencement of an industrial park and jetty project in the Ikot Abasi area of the state.

Governor Udom Emmanuel, who headed the government delegation, assured the contractors, 3W Alliance (Ltd) and allied partners that his administration would do everything possible to support the speedy completion of the project which spans five Local Government Areas.

He maintained that he has put in place a structured transaction process that would ensure that the project is sustained beyond the lifespan of his government, saying: “The business is structured to survive no matter who is in the saddle tomorrow”.

Stating that natural resources are useless if not properly harnessed into effective productivity, Governor Emmanuel affirmed that he has extracted support for the project from the host communities.

The Governor, who jokingly said that water can only be transformed into wine, depending on who is conducting the prayers, added that he has reached an understanding for an harmonious relationship between the developers and the host communities.

“Before all of us were born, the water was there and it was not yielding dollars to the people, today we want to drive that water to become wealth, and we deserve all the support and cooperation of the public.”

He said the success of businesses depended on reliable infrastructure, security and transparent legislation.

He also expressed satisfaction that the arbitration of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was under the country’s jurisdiction and assured residents that the projects would commence in earnest.

Chairman of 3W Alliance ltd and leader of the delegation, Umaru Abdul Mutallab, while signing the agreement on behalf of the contractors, assured the government of their readiness to urgently execute the project as demanded.

Mutallab, a former Minister of Economic Development said: “We look forward to immediate commencement of the project and we will do our very best to ensure its speedy completion”.

He then commended the governor for his foresight, describing the industrial park as a significant economic investment for the people of the state.

Other partners in the project who accompanied Mr Mutallab included, Emilio Magoni of Impresit Bakolori, Oliver Zheo representing Longxin Group, Jackson Ilusiantei from Nebei Port in China, Emmanuel Okon of Eminence Oil and Chemical and Rabi Momoh who led the team from Heritage Bank, Olojede Alani of New Insurance and Bolarinwa Sanmi of Pan Africa Capital.

Those who signed the agreement on behalf of the state government included the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uwemedimo Nwoko, Commissioner for Investments, Trade and Industry Prof. Eno Ikpe and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process Elder Ufot Ebong.

Anti-Corruption War: Govt. Is Treating Symptoms Not The Disease – Akin Oyebode

akin-oyebodeAs the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government says one of its major programs is to tackle corruption, a Professor of International Law, Akin Oyebode, however believes that the government is only treating the symptoms and not the disease.

Professor Oyebode, who was a guest on Channels Television’s political program, Sunday Politics, said Nigeria must increase the penalty on corruption related offences.

“It seems that the Buhari government is fighting the symptoms rather than the root cause of corruption.

“Corruption is systemic, in fact we practice what one can call the crypto capitalist structure and the political economy of corruption will show the type of capitalism we are operating is a form of legalised robbery and to that extent you cannot wish corruption away, except you change the political economy of Nigeria.”

Oyebode, however added that Nigerian leaders are afraid to take the plunge.

He then advised that the government would have to revise the options available.

Tinubu, Maryam Abacha To Commission Major Projects In Borno

Tinubu, Maryam Abacha To Commission Major Projects In BornoAPC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is expected in Borno state, northeast of Nigeria on Monday, to commission 432 resettlement houses for victims of the Boko Haram insurgence.

He is also expected to commission 13 Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, a General Hospital, five Primary Healthcare centres, as well as irrigation items, mobile fish ponds among other projects.

In addition, the former Lagos State Governor ‎is expected to commission 26 luxury apartments in five detached three story buildings located in Maiduguri, to serve as residence for medical doctors working in Government Hospitals which Governor Shettima has named ‘Bola Tinubu Court’.

The Media Adviser to the state governor, said in a statement that Tinubu would be the first in the lineup of VIPs invited by Governor Kashim Shettima starting from March till the end of May 2017, to commission series of projects executed by him in the face of the Boko Haram insurgency.

It was also revealed that the wife of a former President of Nigeria, Maryam Abacha, is expected to visit the state after Mr Tinubu, to commission a 250-bed ultra-modern hospital for women and children, also named after her.

Located along Dikwa road in Maiduguri, the large hospital complex built by Governor Shettima is the first hospital dedicated for women and Zannah said reasons for honouring both Tinubu and Maryam Abacha will be explained in the course of events scheduled for the commissioning exercises.

Most of the projects to be commissioned are located in Ngamdu, Benisheikh, Mainta Kururi, Tamsukawu, Mainok and Auno villages.

Chevening Scholars Commit To National Development

Chevening Scholars Commit To Development Of NigeriaNigerian scholars who have benefited from the Chevening scholarship awarded by the United Kingdom, have reaffirmed their resolve to deploy their resources towards the development of the nation.

Members of the Alumni Association of Chevening Scholars at an extra ordinary general meeting in Abuja, expressed concerns about the state of the nation, saying there is an urgent need for Nigerians to rally round the government.

Co-host of the meeting, Mr John Momoh, believes that the time has come for Nigerians to come together despite individual differences.

“It is time for us to get together and try and see how we can synch our differences and see how we can move the association forward and by extension, how we can contribute positively to Nigeria.”

Another Chevening schorlar, proposed that the association comes up with a Code of Conduct, which can be incorporated into the constitution document that would guide members of the association in moving forward.

Some beneficiaries of the chevening scholarship who shared their opinion of the association, said the essence of the programme is to expose students to the best of international education so that when they return, they can harness their wealth of educational experience and apply it to developmental efforts in the home country.

They therefore came to the conclusion that to foster sustainable development in the country, they would have to dissect different aspects of development issues and break into smaller committees and see that necessary assistance is provided.

Obiano Commissions Orumba Electricity Project

Obiano Commissions Orumba Electricity Project The Anambra State Governor, Willie obiano, has commissioned the Orumba electricity project.

Over 30 communities in Orumba North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra state and other neighboring communities in Abia state are to benefit from the 10 megawatts electrification project by the Anambra state government.

Governor Willie Obiano expressed appreciation to both the Enugu state government and the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, (EEDC), for the public-private partnership initiative.

According to him, most of the residents have not had electricity supply in the last 11 years but with the new development, they should expect to have at least 18 hours of power supply per day.

The Director of Operations, EEDC, commended the governor for the initiative.

Most of the residents expressed profound joy over the commissioning, as it was disclosed that the projects would cover over 47 kilometers from Oji River to Orumba and it is a dedicated feeder line that is exclusive to the three communities.

Obinao, however challenged the citizens to take ownership and safeguard the installation.