Kwara Govt. Sets Up Committee To Verify Claims of Christian Marginalization

The Kwara State Government has set up a committee to look into claims of marginalization by the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.

This is in response to allegations by the organization that Christians in the State Civil Service are less favoured in the area of appointments, promotion and transfer.

Members of C.A.N. had earlier complained to the State Government, forcing several meetings with the organization.

The seven-member fact-finding committee inaugurated by the Deputy Governor, Peter Kizira, has been asked to look into the alleged favoritism in deployment of staff in the State Civil Service.

The committee has as members; the former Head of Service, HOS, in the state, Alhaji Yusuf Kawu Daibu as Chairman, while Mrs. Modupe Oluwole will serve as the secretary along with five others as members.

Fashola Calls For State Police To Protect Vulnerable Citizens

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday re-emphasized the need for State Police in the country, arguing that the venture would be justifiable if they were used for the protection of women and children.

Governor Fashola, made this call at the 12th Anniversary of Ms Funmi Iyanda’s Change-A-Life Programme at the Nigerian Television Authority Network Centre, Victoria Island on January 1.

He pointed out that what is lacking in giving adequate protection to vulnerable members of the society was the capacity to enforce the law, adding that the Police, who are engrossed with the task of fighting kidnappers and other violent crimes, would have no time to engage in the processes of enforcing the law on domestic violence.

He said, “if we really want to protect women, we must look again at the prospect of State Police because even if it is the only responsibility we give them, protection of women and dealing with domestic violence, and leave the Federal Police to deal with all the other violent crimes that we have mentioned, it would be a huge step forward”.

Governor Fashola said although Lagos State has made laws against domestic violence and criminalized certain acts in the administration of Criminal Justice Law in the State, with laws now against the abuse of children, the problem remained in the enforcement of the laws.

“One of the responsibilities that the Police have in the law protecting women against domestic violence is to file a complaint on behalf of the victim before a court and to seek restraining order against the respondent who is the aggressor. But how many of those cases really come up to the court”, he said.

Pointing out that it is only the reported cases that Government could deal with, the Governor paid glowing tribute to the Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who supervises the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and the Director-General of the Office of the Public Defender, as well as the volunteer lawyers who work in the Office of the Public Defender “for the selfless work that they have done”.

He said: “It is when the citizens are safe that you feel free to embark on capital intensive development, providing Education and other opportunities for them to find their way in life; the real empowerment of people and looking after their welfare. From there we go on to growing the economy, Power, Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing; and in that way and from it we create a large theatre of opportunities where people can find their way.”

He continued, “I think the opportunity to make a better choice in 2014 is heavy on us, it favours us. The difference between success and failure, for me, is how people react to opportunities. This is the season that offers us the opportunity to do so many good things. But they would happen if we make the choices, seize the opportunity to revalue hard work, to revalue knowledge, revalue the dignity of life, and put appropriate value on our common humanity and to place less value on those things that have taken our focus away from things that are important”.

Maintaining that the Year 2014 would be a better year, Governor Fashola, declared, “But it will not happen by mere wishes. It will happen by making very clear choices individually and collectively…if we unite our minds to the kind of values that we want and unite our minds to achieving those value choices, it will surely happen”.

Highlight of the programme was the presentation of the Remi Lagos Award of Academic Excellence to two most outstanding students of Funmi Iyanda’s Change-A-Life Foundation, Miss Olatunji Fumilayo and Miss Umoh Victoria Uwana.

Also present at the occasion were, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, the Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs Jumoke Giwa, guests like Mrs. Susan Eyo-Honest, Board members, beneficiaries of the Foundation and their parents, among others.

Kaduna SURE-P Committee Renders Account, Denies Allegation of Missing N560 Million

The committee for the implementation of the Subsidy Re-Investment Programme, SURE-P in  Kaduna State has said that  over 2 billion Naira intervention fund has been released and  spent to improve education, healthcare and Infrastructure.

Following various controversies surrounding the release and implementation of funds under the programme, the committee said that it has discharged its duties in line with the objective of establishing the programme by the Federal Government.

At a media conference on the implementation of the 2012 SURE-P funds accrued to the state, the Deputy Governor, Nuhu Bajoga, who is also Chairman of the SURE-P Implementation Committee, said that six sectors for intervention; education, health, agriculture, youth empowerment and security were identified by the committee, and were given attention under the programme.

The breakdown of the budget showed that infrastructure was allocated the highest amount of 833 million Naira, followed by youth and women empowerment which received 487 million Naira. Education and health were allocated 216 million and 93 million Naira respectively.

The Deputy Governor also denied allegations by the State Assembly in June that over N560 million 2012 SURE-P fund was missing, explaining that no single kobo was misappropriated by the committee.

While the committee prides itself of having successfully committed the SURE-P funds into judicious use, indigenes of the state are hoping that the interventions made by the committee in various sectors of the economy in the state would soon start yielding positive result.

Eid el Kabir: Okorocha Calls On Nigerians To Pray For Peace

As the nation celebrates Eid el Kabir festival, the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has enjoined all Nigerians to pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in order to enjoy the nation’s democracy in areas of security and the economy.

While receiving the Muslim council of Imo state of Nigeria at the Sam Mbakwe expanded exco chambers in Owerri, the state capital, the governor who was represented by his deputy, Eze Madumere, said that sacrifice is one of the major reasons for celebrating Eid el Kabir and as a result all Nigerians must imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and love and also see ourselves as our brother’s keeper irrespective of our religion in order to move the nation to greater heights.

In his address, the secretary general of the Muslim council of Imo state, Jibril Nwagwasim, said the occasion which comes once a year gives them the opportunity to interact with the leadership of the state and to commend the state government for their continuous support for the Muslims in the state which has encouraged inter-religious harmony amongst its citizenry.

He added that Islam as a religion preaches peace, harmony and unity amongst people and therefore, called on all Nigerians to emulate this virtue in order to make the country a better place.

Madumere, who enjoined Muslims and all Nigerians to pray for peace, unity and progress, reiterated that the state government’s readiness to continually give total support to the Muslim community so as to encourage peace and harmony with indigenes of the state.

Meanwhile, Muslims present at the event also used the opportunity to advise Nigerians to pray for peace in the northern region of the country as well as the leadership of the nation so as to steer the affairs of the country in the right direction. They also advised Nigerians to be dedicated and tolerant with one another as stipulated in the Holy Quran.

Eid el Kabir celebration falls within the hajj season, one of the 5 pillars of Islam. It is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honour the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismail as an act of submission to Allah’s command and his son’s acceptance to be sacrificed before Allah intervened to provide Ibrahim with a lamb.



Imoke Returns Home After 3 Months Treatment Abroad

The Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke returned to the country on Friday, after spending about 3 months abroad.

The Special Assistant on Media to Governor Imoke, Christian Ita, said the governor arrived after 10 pm aboard a chartered flight.

“The governor arrived in Calabar through the Margaret Ekpo International Airport late last night,’’ he said.

Governor Imoke had travelled to the United States to receive treatment for what his office described as a minor health concern as well an official leave.

Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, took his place for the duration of the leave in line with the provisions of the country’s constitution.

Governor Imoke made his first public appearance on Saturday evening at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar where he had gone to watch the friendly match between the Golden Eaglets and Botswana Starlets’.

The Eaglets, who have been camping in Calabar for months, are scheduled to host their Botswanan counterparts in two matches scheduled for Saturday and Monday.

Governor Imoke was last seen in Calabar on Dec. 6, 2012.

He was said to have proceeded on a two-month accumulated leave, after he had earlier written to the State House of Assembly on his intention to proceed on leave.

The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, in exchanging pleasantries with the technical crew of the Nigerian U-17 , the Golden Eaglet during the team International Friendly encounter with Botswana U-17 team at the U J Esuene stadium in Calabar
Nigerian U-17 Captain, Musa Muhammed introducing the players to Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke shortly before the kickoff an International friendly encounter between Nigeria and Botswana U-17 team at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar
The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, taking the kick-off while the centre referee watched during an International friendly encounter between Nigerian U-17 and their Botswana counterpart at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar

Moghalu on Nigeria’s Financial System Stability

Despite a reported N2.37 trillion loss for the year 2012, the Deputy Governor, Financial Systems, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, has explained how the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has helped to enhance the nation’s financial system stability.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television weekend breakfast show; Sunrise, Mr Moghalu explained how AMCON which he described as a ‘Bad bank’ was set up to above the bad debts of banks that were rescued in 2009.

He further explained that all the nation’s banks are currently contributing a portion of the annual profits to a sinking fund that will offset AMCON’s acquired debts.




Nigerian banks are financially stable – CBN

Officials of the Central Bank have assured Nigerians that the nation’s banks are financially stable, especially the recently nationalised banks.

The deputy governor of the bank in charge of corporate services, Mr Suleiman Barau and the director in charge of banking supervision Mrs Agnes Martins who spoke at a meeting with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency in Abuja added that the resignation of a bank’s managing director cannot in any way affect the day to day running of a bank.

They however said that the banks new strategy is targeted at ensuring proper risk management, transparency and accountability in the Nigerian banks.

On their part, members of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency took turns to bear their minds on issues bordering on the nation’s economic stability.