The Federal Government has released the white paper on the report of the presidential committee on restructuring and rationalization of Federal Government parastatals, commissions and agencies, rejecting most of the recommendations in the Steve Oronsaye report.
In the document released by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Federal Government rejected the recommendation to merge NTA, FRCN and VON.
It also rejected the recommendation to abolish the Federal Character Commission; privatization of FAAN; scrapping of the Ministry of Police Affairs, and re-introduction of tuition fees in federal universities, among others.
The accepted recommendations include: scrapping of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission; repealing of the national salaries, income and wages commission law; scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP; merger of Nigeria Airways Management Authority (NAMA), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET); and partial commercialization of NIPOST.
The campaign against corruption and corrupt practices is being taken to institutions of higher learning.
Part of this initiative includes the recent inauguration of an Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU, at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Ogun State.
During the 6th edition of the ACTU forum, held at the institution in the Ogun State capital, prominent anti-corruption campaigners challenged university administrators to lead the effort in their domains.
The President of Campaign for Democracy, Joe Odumakin, in her speech, decried the low level of integrity among Nigerian students.
“Gone are the days when it was a thing of shame for you to be caught cheating in an examination hall. What we have today are pictures of a miserable society that is not only digging its own grave but is even writing the scripts for funeral rights.”
The Head of the ICPC in Oyo/Ogun states, Olusesi Olukile said, “The psycho-social and political culture of corruption in the society at large has crept into the educational sector, thereby crippling the values of integrity, honesty, excellence, transparency, accountability and fairness.”
Odumakin, however, also challenged anti-graft agencies in the country to be more responsible and responsive to their constitutional responsibilities.
Members of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta community including teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as students assembled for the launch of the ACTU in the school.
A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed April 11 to hear a suit filed by suspended CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, seeking to halt investigation into his tenure by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRCN.
In a short ruling, Justice James Tsoho, said that he would hear the defendant’s objection and the plaintiff’s motion together.
Tsoho, however, ordered that the status quo should be maintained until the suit was determined.
Sanusi is seeking a declaration that the FRCN constituting itself into an investigating body in a manner contained in some newspaper publications of March 24 is ultra vires in its powers.
The suspended CBN Governor has joined the FRCN and the Executive Secretary of the FRCN as the first and second defendants.
He is seeking a declaration that the conduct, actions and decision of the defendant are ultra vires.
He averred that the FRCN’s declaration in a briefing note dated June 7, 2013 and submitted to the President were ultra vires in their powers as contained in the FRCN Act, 2011.
The order comes a day after a separate court ordered the payment of 50million Naira damages to Mr. Sanusi for the illegal detention and seizure of his passport by the Department of State Security Service, SSS, after his suspension.
Issues bothering on the proposed National Conference and the smooth transition to digital broadcasting in June 2015 topped discourse at the 60th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The assembly which was a gathering of the private, public, commercial and government media representatives across the country had as its theme; ‘’The National Conference –Imperatives for Broadcasters’’.
The broadcasters at the conference discussed ways of increasing operational efficiency in the broadcasting industry.
The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, gave the assurance that Nigeria would be among the countries that has gone digital in its broadcasting system by June 2015 to enhance national security.
The host of the conference, General Manager of the Cross River Broadcasting Commission, Aye Henshaw, and his counterpart from the FRCN, Ladan Salihu, centred their discourse on the theme of the forum; ‘’The National Conference-Imperatives for Broadcasters’’ as they encouraged broadcasters to be conscious of the significance of the National Conference to the continued unity of Nigeria.
The forum believes that the National Conference would add value to the evolution of a true Nigeria, even as Nigerians look forward to June 2015 when the broadcasting industry would switch-over to digitalization.
The Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria is a coalition of all broadcasters who meet quarterly to discuss and proffer solutions to problems hindering the smooth transition of the broadcast industry in Nigeria.
The regular media chat hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan with a selected team of media executives will hold on Sunday, the 18th of November 2012.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr Reuben Abati, announced on Friday that “President Goodluck Jonathan is to speak on matters that are currently of interest to the nation in the next edition of the Presidential Media Chat on Sunday, November 18, 2012.”
“During the Presidential Media Chat which will be broadcasted live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), President Jonathan will answer questions and respond to comments from a panel of reputable media practitioners on a broad range of issues that are presently in the public domain.”
The Presidential Media Chat will begin at 1900 hours (7PM) and all other television and radio stations in the country are advised to hook up to the network services of NTA and FRCN to transmit the programme for the benefit of their viewers and listeners.
You can also tune to Channels TV to view the presidential chat and our esteemed online viewers can log on to www.channelstv.com or our live streaming website on m.channelstv.com
The Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) has asked the national assembly to consider the review of the structure of ownership and control of public media houses in the on-going constitution amendment to give the organisations more editorial independence and make them more accountable to Nigerians.
Speaking at a dialogue of editors on the review of the 1999 Constitution, the president of the NUJ, Mr Muhammed Garba, stated that the review of the acts establishing these media houses have become imperative as there is a need to give them more editorial independence as well as make them more accountable to the Nigerian public and not the government.
The affected media organisations that will be affected with the review will be the Nigeria Television Authority, (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Others are the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) ACT
According to Mr Garba, parts of the Act that need change is the powers that allow the President to hire and fire in the various public media houses ,this he says will give the organisations more neutrality in the job of discriminating information.
He also demanded a review of the laws on the establishment of media organisation in Nigeria, as he also sought for laws that will make provision for a better welfare for media practitioners.