FG Removes Baffa, Reinstates Bogoro As Executive Secretary Of TETFUND


The Federal Government has removed Bichi Baffa and approved the reinstatement of Professor Suleiman Bogoro as the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

This was disclosed on Monday in a statement from the Office of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The statement says that the reinstatement of Prof. Bogoro is with immediate effect and with the same terms and conditions as it were in his previous appointment as stipulated in the TETFUND staff conditions of service.

Prof. Suleiman Bogoro was the Executive Secretary of TETFUND between April 2014 and February 2016.

Nigerian Troops Discover A Pit Boko Haram Dump Victims

Nigeria-Army-Troops-counteri-terrorism-Boko-HaramNigerian troops in counter-terrorism operations in the nation’s northeast have discovered a big pit in Jadda where the Boko Haram terrorists dump bodies of hapless victims of their nefarious activities to decompose.

The discovery was made by troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B attached to 22 Brigade who had intensified efforts to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the region

It was a combination of foot and mobile fighting patrols on daily basis to deny the Boko Haram terrorists freedom of action in their area of operations.

While in Bogoro, Duguno 1, Duguno 2 and 3 on Thursday, the troops on reaching Mbaraka encountered some suspected Boko Haram terrorists who engaged the patrol team in a gun battle.

The troops successfully cleared the terrorists and proceeded to Jadda village which was suspected to be a stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorists.

A statement by a spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, said a large number of the houses in the village were discovered to have the terrorists group’s flags hoisted in their domains.

The troops engaged the Boko Haram terrorists and killed four of them before discovering the pit with decomposed bodies.

“It was also discovered that the terrorists held lots of people as hostage in Jadda.

“The fighting patrol team also succeeded in freeing those held hostage and recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number OF-4814, 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 Dane Guns, one motorcycle, two Solar panels and food storage facility. Other items include 120 litres of AGO and packs of Panadol,” the statement read.

According to Colonel Sani, a soldier suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for further medical treatment.

He said he was already in a stable condition and responding to treatment.

Reps Slash Petroleum Host Community Fund In PIB

RepsThe House of Representatives has reduced the proposed levy on oil companies for the operation of Petroleum Host Communities Fund from 10 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

The lower chamber of the National Assembly made this change as it continued with the clause-by-clause consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill at plenary.

The fund, which is expected to cater for the mitigation of all negative environmental impacts on host communities arising from exploratory activities of oil companies was slashed, as lawmakers noted that any attempt to retain the 10 per cent levy may have negative effect on future investment in the sector.

The provision, as contained in clause 116 to 118 of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) currently being considered in the House, is seeking to create the fund independent of whatever interventionist funds already in existence.

The Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on PIB, Reps Ishaka Bawa, suggested a reduction of the proposed percentage, asking the House to be mindful of the implication of the levy on future investments in the Petroleum, Oil and Gas Sector.

Reps Leadership: Groups Want Speaker Zoned To Northeast

house of reps speaker sagaYouths and Women from the Northern Nigeria, under the umbrella of Arewa Youth and Women Coalition For Good Governance, held a rally in Kaduna on Saturday to drum support for the zoning of the House of Representatives Speaker to the Northeast.

During the rally, the Groups called on the National Leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to ensure it carries along every part of the country in its power sharing arrangement for National Assembly leadership positions and other political offices.

They explained that zoning the House of Representatives Speaker to the Northeast is in the interest of justice and fairness.

Addressing Journalists at the rally, Spokesman of the Group, Ado Suleiman, explained that their agitation will give the north east region, that has been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency, a sense of belonging, also considering the overwhelming vote it gave to the APC during the presidential election.

The Groups also endorsed the member representing Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro, Dass Federal Constituency in Bauchi State, Mr Yakubu Dogara, as their preferred choice for Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Eighth National Assembly.

Although the tenure of the Seventh National Assembly will expire in June to pave way for the inauguration of the newly elected members, those interested in assuming leadership of both Chambers of the National Assembly have already started lobbying for the positions.