Osinbajo Inaugurates Sovereign Authority Investment Board

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, NSIA Chairman, Mr Jide Zeithin and NSIA MD/CEO, Uche Orji during the Inauguration of Board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) at the State House in Abuja

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has inaugurated the board of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.

Dr Ade Ipaye, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, NSIA Chairman, Mr Jide Zeithin, MD/CEO, Uche Orji, Board Member, Ms Halima Buba, Board Member, Urum Kalu-Eke, CRO/ED NSIA and Board Member, Stella Ojekwe-Onyejeli, Board Member Bello Maccido, Board Member Lois L. Malhunga-Dibie during the Inauguration of Board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) at the State House in Abuja

Members of the board include Lois L. Malhunga-Dibie, NSIA MD/CEO, Uche Orji, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, NSIA Chairman, Mr Jide Zeithin, Ms Halima Buba, Urum Kalu-Eke, amongst others.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the New NSIA Chairman, Mr Jide Zeithin

The inauguration took place on Friday at the President Villa, Abuja.

Osinbajo urged the members of the board to be fully dedicated to carrying out their roles.

Board Member Lois L. Malhunga-Dibie, NSIA MD/CEO, Uche Orji, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, NSIA Chairman, Mr Jide Zeithin, Board Member, Ms Halima Buba and Board Member, Urum Kalu-Eke during the Inauguration of the Board of NSIA at the State House in Abuja

He said, “As representatives of the people, our charge is simple: we require you to fundamentally improve the performance of the authority and strengthen its operations,”

USAID Tasks Nigerian Govt On Water Sanitation, Hygiene

USAID, AdamawaThe United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that about 57 Million people in Nigeria do not have access to portable and clean water and are therefore vulnerable to contracting water-borne and other related diseases if nothing is done to address the situation.

The agency has committed the sum of 2.5 million dollars for the improvement of safe water and sanitation in Kaduna and Bauchi states.

At the official launching of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project (WASH) for Kaduna and Bauchi states, USAID mission Director, Mr Stephen Haykin says unsafe water and poor sanitation largely contribute to the high rate of child mortality in Nigeria.

He, however, asked all stakeholders in the water sector to join forces to ensure success in the achievement of the country’s water sanitation target, which according to him, will improve the living conditions of the people.

According to experts, only half of the nation’s population have access to portable drinking water and sanitation. This trend according to USAID and other stakeholders must be reversed if Nigeria must win the war against the child and maternal mortality.

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources says it is not unmindful of the situation as it is making effort to correct the trend.

The launching of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project by USAID is to provide support to new reform-minded state governments for the immediate term, and here, Kaduna and Bauchi are the benefiting states.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai represented by his Chief of Staff, Bashir Saidu and his Bauchi state counterpart underscore the importance of water for sustainable development, hence they say they have committed many resources to the expansion of water projects in both urban and rural centres.

Apart from the infrastructural deficit in most States, stakeholders identify population explosion, obsolete legislations and rural-urban migration as some of the major challenges militating against access to clean water and poor sanitation.

Why Nigeria Can’t Have Stable Power Supply Now – Oke

The Associate Professor Energy/Electricity Law, University of Lagos, Yemi Oke has said that Nigeria cannot get stable electricity supply unless certain things are put in place in the power sector.

He, first of all, called on the government to back off from the power sector if it is assumed to be privatized.

“The government should have no business in the power sector if you are giving an impression that the sector is privatized.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr. Oke stated that the government should enforce strict regulations on the sector.

He revealed that for the sector to get reformed the Federal Government has to back off from off-grid regulation, ensure that state electricity regulation should be set up, rural electrification fund should be distributed to the state and the states should centralize the distribution through their local governments

He further disclosed that rural electrification will deploy off grade renewables, solar to communities which should not be regulated by the local government for effectiveness.

In his words, “Rural electrification fund should be from the state and the state should now decentralise the distribution through their local government for effectiveness”

He added that if all these requirements are met, the sector will be able to transmit enough power supply to the country.

Police Confirms Murder Of Area Commander In Delta

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningThe Delta State Police command has confirmed the murder of the Ughelli Area Commander, ACP, Usman Ndanbaba.

He said that the command was investigating the attack and would ensure that the culprits were brought to book.

An eyewitness account says the officer was trailed by his attackers at the roundabout opposite the palace of Ovie of Ughelli on Isoko Road. He was allegedly shot twice at close range, following which he was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he died.

Meanwhile, one police officer from Abraka Police Division was also reportedly killed and three others injured during a routine patrol along the railway line in Abraka.

It was gathered that the officers were taken unaware and as such before they could recuperate to fend off the attack, the damage had already been done, as one of the officers died on the spot, while others escaped the siege with bullet wounds and are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident with assurances that the police is still on the trail of those who committed the dastardly act.

Delta Assembly Speaker, Igbuya Impeached

The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Monday Igbuya has been impeached.

Mr Igbuya was impeached by lawmakers on Thursday morning at about 6 am.

Unconfirmed sources say Mr Igbuya was impeached after twenty-two (22) out of the twenty-nine (29) members of the state’s Legislative Assembly signed his impeachment.

The Speaker was impeached over his alleged abuse of office and highhandedness

Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Okpe constituency, Sheriff Oborevwori has been elected as the new Speaker.

The impeached Speaker and some House members are in a closed door meeting with the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

Suspected Herdsmen Kill One, Injure Three In Delta

Suspected Herdsmen Kill Two Persons In BenueOne police inspector has been killed while three others injured following an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State.

The Delta police command confirmed the attack while briefing journalists in Asaba stated that three of their colleagues were on patrol along Abaraka when they were attacked by the suspected herdsmen.

The command also notes that the injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, in a statement said, “Our men were ambushed around the railway line in Abraka and the assailants opened fire on them.

“It was so spontaneous that our men did not have the time to stave-off the attack.

“We lost an inspector and three other policemen were injured and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

“That is the situation of things; we are still on the trail of those who committed the dastardly act.”

Food Security: Nasarawa Govt. Subsidise Fertilizer For Farmers

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In NasarawaThe Nasarawa State Government says it has concluded arrangements to purchase more than 240,000 bags of fertilizers to distribute to farmers at a subsidized rate.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources Jameel Zakari made the disclosure in an interview in Lafia.

He said the government would ensure that genuine farmers access the adequate amount of the commodity as the rains set in. and added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers

He added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers through the governors’ forum for the product.

He pointed out that that the over 400 truckloads of the product expected from the agreement would last beyond the coming rainy season.

He also pointed out that given the commitment of the state government to make fertilizer available early enough, had worked out the necessary modalities for the prompt supply of the commodity.

“We would soon begin to take delivery of the fertilizer in the state for distribution to farmers taking into cognizance of the fact that the earlier farmers got it, the more beneficial it would be towards improving crop yield,” he said.

He explained that there is already a template for the equitable distribution of the commodity to genuine farmers to allay the fear of diversion of the commodity.

The commissioner further said that Governor Tanko Al-Makura has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm, during his recent visit to China, for the establishment of four fertilizer blending plants in the state.

“As we speak, the Chinese partners are already in the state to put finishing touches to the Memorandum of Understanding and start work on the plants,’’

In his opinion, the persistent cases of scarcity of fertilizer would be over in the state when the plants start production.

BOI Signs MOU For Diaspora Investment

NIRSAL, BOI, Financial Inclusion, EcobankThe acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry Mr. Rasheed Olagunju has announced plans by the bank to assist Nigerians in the Diaspora who intend to invest in Nigeria through its business development initiative.

Mr. Olagunju who was speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the bank and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters said scheme would provide a structured platform for mobilising the resources of Nigerians in the diaspora towards national development.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says the programme will also capture deported Nigerians who have special skills.

Washington Reacts With Shock To Trump’s Firing Of Comey

President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday (May 10) fighting a storm of criticism that the ouster was aimed at blunting an agency probe into his presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to sway the 2016 election.

The Republican president’s abrupt move on Tuesday stunned Washington and was swiftly condemned by Democrats and by some in his own party.

People on the street in Washington early Wednesday reacted to Comey’s firing with “shock” and “concern.”

Many Democrats have criticized Comey’s management of the Clinton probe, they said they were troubled by the timing of his dismissal, given that Trump could have acted soon after taking office on Jan. 20 and has repeatedly criticized the FBI and congressional probes into Russian involvement in the election.

Trump Defends Comey Dismissal In Series Of Tweets

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsU.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday (May 10) defended his firing of the FBI’s director, blasting Democratic critics who decried the move and vowing to replace James Comey with someone “far better.”

“Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me,” Trump wrote in a series of posts on Twitter one day after he fired the top U.S. law enforcement official.

Comey had been leading a probe into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome.

Arik Resumes Operations In Maiduguri

Arik Air Operations Grounded Over Union Protest Arik Airline has resumed operations in Maiduguri nearly four years after closure.

Arik is the third airline to resume operations since the Maiduguri International Airport reopened for commercial flights in 2015.

The airport was unceremoniously closed down in 2013 following an invasion by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Due to the attacks, security breach had forced Arik along with other airlines to strike out Maiduguri from the flight itinerary.

The resumption of operations by Arik Airline will not only reduce the rush for air tickets but also ease the stress of securing tickets for travelling.

The Vice President of Ariks’s Northern operations, Hamza Bukar says the airline has come to stay and poised to offer better world class services.

However, the Manager of the Maiduguri International Airport, Mohammed Nazeeb has assured airline operators and passengers of their commitment to the Federal Airport Authority in ensuring best practices.

He also assured that the circumstances surrounding the closure of the airport in 2013 is now history and the airport is now one of the busiest in the northeast.

Passengers are also optimistic that the additional airline will serve their best interest if operations are kept consistent.

Arik air as part of its social responsibility has also been interacting with Internally Displaced Persons of Teachers’ village Maiduguri.

Food and non-food were given to the IDPS with a promise of bringing more, while beneficiaries through their leaders have appreciated the kind gesture.

The preliminary itinerary given by the Arik Air management is three times a week between Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to make up for days when the other airlines do not fly.

The Maiduguri itinerary is from Lagos enroute Abuja.

Fireworks Warehouse Blast In Mexico Kills At Least 14

The death toll from a fireworks warehouse explosion in central Mexico’s Puebla on Monday night has climbed to 14 with 22 more injured, the state government of Puebla announced Tuesday.

The government said the explosion went off at 21:30 in a fireworks warehouse, ahead of a village festival on Monday.

According to early reports from rescue teams, the explosion was sparked by a lit firework outside the house.

Puebla’s interior secretary said the explosion caused the building to collapse, killing the 14 people.

In December, a massive explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico City killed 35 people and injured many more.