The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has called for international collaboration to improve the economy of the state and to better the lots of the people.
The governor made this call when he hosted ambassadors of Scandinavian countries comprising Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark at the government house in Lafia.
He believes that a partnership with the foreign countries will open a vista of development for the state and scale up its revenue base.
“It is for this reason that I would like to open a new vista for a relationship in the field of agriculture, health, education, real estate between Nasarawa state and these countries
“As a matter of fact, we will be highly interested in collaboration and support from these countries. We are trying to package what we call the comprehensive special school, one of the largest in the whole of this country that is supposed to take care of people living with disabilities,” he said.
Al-makura also called for collaboration to improve education in the state, especially in adding value to special education and teaching children with disability.
“We have built the school and we are in the process of furnishing it for take-off in January and we are inviting the northern countries to come and collaborate with us with a view to adding value to special education especially as it relates to children with disabilities in the form of visual disability, hearing disability, physical disability, and hearing disability.”
Singer Kcee says his plan to contest in the Anambra governorship is not a joke.
Speaking on Rubbin Minds on Channels Television, the ‘Limpopo’ crooner explained that his ambition to become a governor is aimed at ensuring positive change.
“It is not a joke. When I declared my intention, the internet went down that day. Some people thought I was joking and some youths were like ‘Kcee don’t joke with us’ because they have been looking for a youth to stand up.”
Kcee is however not sure he will be on the ground on election day.
He said, “There are some things going down and I am standing my ground and standing my ground is I don’t want to go through the route they want me to go because those are the problems that most of the sitting governors and (those in) other positions are facing, where you have people sponsoring your project and I don’t want to fall into that category.
“I want to make sure that I have my people to support me and if they can’t support me, then no need to.”
Addressing the controversy he courted when he posted wads of dollars on his Instagram page, Kcee claimed that it was just a stunt suggested by his manager.
“That was strategic, that was a stunt. I did a song then called ‘Desire’ and if you listen to it, there is a line that says ‘my love for you, go dey fall like dollar’,: he said.
“So I did it to draw attention to the single at that time and we got the attention.”
The Foreign Direct Investment drive of Akwa Ibom State Government, has received a quantum leap as the state government has concluded plans to partner with General Electric Global Operations, for the establishment of a world class training institute to address man power need and boost capacity of Akwa Ibom indigenes in the power sector.
The Executive Director, Government Affairs, General Electric Global Operations – West Africa, Dr. Joyce Shyngle-Wigwe, dropped the hint during an interaction with Government House correspondents shortly after a meeting with Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, at his office.
Dr. Wigwe said, “General Electric has watched with keen interest the pace of development in the state as regards infrastructure under the watch of a seasoned entrepreneur governor Udom Emmanuel, and the company has decided to partner with the state in the provision of electricity, health care services and in other development programmes of the administration”.
She explained that, “The company had been involved with the installation of turbines at Ibom Power Plant and has undertaken the rehabilitation of power infrastructure to facilitate speedy transmission and distribution of electricity in the state”.
The Chairman of Ibom Power Company, Engr. Etido Inyang, who facilitated the meeting described the interaction as fruitful, explained that Akwa Ibom Governor has given approval for the state government to collaborate with the firm to boost power generation at Ibom Power Company.
“The collaboration would make the state a Power hub and the first phase of electricity generation would be at 240 Mega Watts while the second 240 would provide a total output of 480 Mega Watt for sufficient power generation”.
Engr. Inyang indicated that the Governor has directed the company to work out a functional modality to actualise the vision and expressed delight at the company’s decision to establish a training Centre in the state.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang, who also spoke said the company would help fast track the development matrix of the state’s administration.
The Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr Ahmed Zakari, who congratulated Governor Emmanuel and his Executives on the development strides witnessed in the state, hinted that, “The state’s vision on infrastructure and industralisation informed their decision to partner in the development agenda of the state’s administration”.
“The partnership would boost the power sector to enable small and medium scale business operators carry out their businesses and provide employment to the youths of the state”.
The Nasarawa State Government, has commenced screening for payment of gratuities for eligible pensioners in the state.
The two days screening is supervised by the State Head of Service, Thomas Ogiri.
As early as 8:00am on Thursday, beneficiaries of the first phase of payment of gratuities and death benefits to families of deceased civil servants trooped into the Lafia city hall with relevant documents.
Speaking in an interview, Thomas Ogiri said only those whose names were published on certain newspaper are qualified for payment.
He also gave reasons why names were published saying that the government has nothing to hide from its citizens.
“We did it deliberately because this is a transparent government so nothing to hide.
“The governor ordered that it should be published so that we can see it in the newspaper publication, there is no point you come to this point without knowing how much you are going to earn”.
He further expressed satisfaction with the exercise and called on the beneficiaries to be patient adding that they will all be screened within two days.
On their part, the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the government approving the release of their entitlements.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sworn-in four new commissioners and eight permanent secretaries.
The new commissioners sworn in included: Barrister Umma Hikima, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, Professor Kabir Mohammed Mato, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.
The governor also appointed two caretaker chairmen for Giwa and Zangon-Kataf Local Government Areas.
In his address at the inauguration of the appointees, El-Rufai said his government decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration for better performance.
While commending the former commissioners for their service rendered to the people of Kaduna state, he explained that none of them were dropped or sacked but were deployed to handle other government assignments.
He reminded the appointees that they were joining the cabinet at a time the state and country as a whole is facing economic challenges, hence they must work harder to deliver on their mandate.
“I thank the former commissioners for their service in our state. I want to make it clear that we didn’t drop any commissioner.
“None of our commissioners was dropped. Some former commissioners have been deployed to other functions of government. So, our team is intact and we are all together.
“We carefully selected our team members. We decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration and to inject new blood.
“You are joining a ‘wahala’ team and I sympathise with you because we work with little earnings.
“The permanent secretaries were chosen based on their competence, integrity and all the directors chosen to be permanent secretaries sat for exams and faced oral interview so, we have the best of permanent secretaries,” he explained.
Some of the appointees thanked the governor for deeming them fit to serve in his administration, hence, promised to contribute their quota towards making Kaduna state great again.
The absence of the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo at the Federal High Court today stalled the trial of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore, on charges of money laundering.
Mr Belgore, a former PDP governorship candidate in Kwara State was arraigned on February 8, 2017 on a 5 count charge alongside a former Minister of National Planning, Prof of Political Science and International Relations, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman.
Today, one Nkereuwen Anana, a lawyer from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office told presiding Justice Rilwan Aikawa that the Prosecutor in the case, Mr Oyedepo was experiencing some difficulty getting to the court as his vehicle broke down on his way.
Anana also told the court that the first prosecution witness coming in from Ekiti was still on his way.
He then asked Justice Aikawa to stand down the case for a few hours to enable the counsel and his witness to arrive.
Counsel to the first defendant, Mr. Ebun Sofunde (SAN) however opposed the application for a short stand down.
He said he had another matter for the day besides, he submitted that the court could not wait for a witness who was still on his way. He then urged the court to instead adjourn the case.
The other defence counsel aligned with his submission.
After listening to the parties, Justice Aikawa urged the EFCC to show more seriousness so that this case could be disposed of as quickly as possible.
He then ruled in favour of an adjournment which was fixed for March 13 and 14 for commencement of the trial.
Alleged Money Laundering
Belgore and Sulaiman were accused of making two separate cash payments of 450million Naira and 50million Naira on March 27, 2015, without going through any financial institution.
The EFCC claimed that the defendants paid the 50million to one Sheriff Shagaya.
EFCC said the cash sums were above the lawful threshold permitted by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.
The commission also claimed that the defendants “ought to have reasonably known that the 450million Naira and 50million Naira formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges and were subsequently admitted to bail on self-recognisance.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose have flagged off the dualization of Ijero Ekiti township road, in line with his administration’s urban renewal programme, with a promise to do his best for the people of the town.
Fayose while flagging the dualization of the road said, despite the financial upheaval confronting the state, his government will not rest on its oars in fulfilling all its electoral promises.
He also seized the purpose of his visit to call on the teeming supporters of the PDP in the town to remain calm and focused, despite the outcome of the Appeal Court judgement of the PDP leadership tussle.
The Commissioner for Works in Ekiti, Funmilayo Oguns lamented that Ijero Ekiti which has a total of 14 towns under it, is the 11 local government in the state to benefit from the dualization of road project.
Fayose however addressed the people of the town that his administration remains committed to the infrastructural development of the state.
He also ordered the immediate rehabilitation of the road leading to the College of Health Technology, Ijero Ekiti.
The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam on Monday swore-in the newly elected council chairmen of the 17 Local Government Areas of the state in Damaturu, the state capital.
Gaidam said the successful conduct of the local government election in the state shows peace has returned to the state and called on the people to partner security agencies in consolidating peace.
He also said that though the issue to local government autonomy has remained a contentious issue in the country, he suggested that it should be handled with caution as elected chairmen could be financially reckless to the detriment of the people.
“When local government received their statutory share from the federation accounts directly, some of the unpleasant experiences include financial recklessness, large scale mismanagement of funds, failure to pay workers’ salaries for months”, Gaidam said.
He however employed the chairmen to enhance revenue generation, revitalise the education sector, health care services, agriculture and to continue with the laudable initiatives of the state government aimed at improving the lives of the peoples.
The governor tasked them to utilized their allocation in infrastructural development of their councils and to fight the ghost worker syndrome, venture into capital projects, support security agencies as well as keep watch of their employees for efficient service delivery.
“You should utilize the allocation from the federation account and the internally generated revenue judiciously, in the spirit of probity and transparency.
“We also expect you to lay enviable a solid foundation that the future councils will continue to build upon.
This could only be achieved if all council members, heads of departments and sectional heads are involved in the decision making process in consultation with the stakeholders of your areas”, he said.
Gaidan further commended the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (YSIEC) for holding a successful election and also praised security agents and well-meaning people of the state for ensuring a successful polls.
He added that it is a thing of pride, as the state has joined the league of other sister states that have entrenched democracy in the grassroots.
He however thanked the outgoing council chairmen for their contributions toward the development of their respective Local Governments Areas.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar has commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, for what he called his commitment to the development of humanity regardless of socio-economic, political and religious differences.
Abubakar, who doubles as the President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs stated that the leadership of governor Aregbesola has demonstrated high sense of fairness to religious organisations in the state.
In the Bureau’s statement signed by the Director, Semiu Okanlawon, the Sultan stated that Governor Aregbesola has demonstrated to the world, the sterling quality expected from whoever holds the office of the Governor.
He further said, the purpose of his visit to Osun state was to entrench the relative peace, unity and love among Nigerians, which according to him remains the only channel to national growth and development.
“This visit makes the 6th time of being in Osun and we are here in a large number as one family under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, which is the Apex body for Muslims in Nigeria to further register our determination to unity, peace and tranquility of Nigeria and Nigerians.” Abubakar said.
He then applauded to the Governor for playing an active role in propagating peaceful cohabitation between and among the existing religions in the state.
Gov Aregbesola in his response said the impact of the Council had been tremendously felt in engendering peace, unity, love and togetherness of humanity along religious lines.
“I am very glad to receive the Apex Islamic group in Nigeria, just as I am delighted in the fact that the Council had played a significant role in promoting peace and unity not only in Nigeria but in the whole world”. The governor said.
The acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has assured the Niger Delta region of the Federal Government’s readiness to genuinely draw a roadmap, that will lead to the peace and development of oil producing states.
The acting President, who is on a one day visit to Bayelsa State made this known in Yenagoa, the state capital.
After commissioning a new built Helicopter, Prof. Osinbajo proceeded to the secretariat of the Traditional Rulers Council, where he was received by the first class traditional rulers in the state.
However, the chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council and Amayanabo of Twon Brass, HRM king Alfred Diete-Spiff while welcoming Prof Osinbajo, explained the reasons behind the ongoing activism in the Niger Delta that is now commonly referred to as militancy.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa state Governor, Seriake Dickson, told Prof. Osinbajo that in spite of all the underlying issues regarding pipeline vandalism and the agitations for resource control, Bayelsa state remains the most peaceful state in the region.