NDDC Projects: Contractors To Face Prosecution After 30 Days Ultimatum

NDDC Gives Contractors 30 Days to Return to SiteThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has given contractors handling its projects 30 days to return to site and complete the projects or face prosecution.

The Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, stated this following an Inter-Ministerial meeting in Abuja chaired by Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The meeting, which took place over the weekend, had in attendance Ministers of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Environment, Niger Delta, Information and Culture, as well as the Presidential Amnesty Office.

It reviewed the 20-Point Agenda of the Petroleum Ministry with regards to the Niger Delta, as well as the Amnesty Programme and the 16-point demand of the Pan Niger Delta Forum.

Mr Ekere said “a list of such contractors is being compiled in all the nine NDDC states and defaulters would be prosecuted”.

He stressed the need to fast-track the ongoing audit of projects awarded in the Niger Delta region, in line with government directives.

“It is important for our contractors to realise that it can’t be business as usual. President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to change how government business is conducted and everyone must wake up to that reality.

Workable Plan

“But beyond that is the fact that we owe the Niger Delta region and our people the duty to implement and complete these projects, in order to facilitate sustainable regional development.

“This is a necessary process to ensure that things are done properly, how they ought to be done and when they ought to be done. It is important to consolidate the agenda with that of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, as well as the blueprint of the State Governments, the Amnesty Office and the NDDC Master Plan, in order to roll them into one workable plan.

“We are all going to initiate quick-win projects that will give a sense of involvement to government’s approach to handling issues that will impact the people. We will organise frequent town hall meetings with all stakeholders and collaborate in building sustainable economic models for the communities of the Niger Delta,” Ekere said.

The NDDC boss also emphasised the need for the Commission to work with the Ministry of Environment and NOSREA, to facilitate the clean-up exercise in affected areas of oil spill, work on a time frame and encourage IOCs to provide more power to their host communities beyond working with Electricity Distribution Companies.

“Satellite mapping will be used to identify polluted areas in the Niger Delta and a comprehensive plan of action adopted to ensure regional clean-up. This is important because we must ensure that we safeguard our environment and give our people the opportunity and enabling environment to pursue our predominant traditional livelihoods.

“Agriculture and aquaculture are key to facilitating sustainable development in the region, particularly as we seek alternate productive socio-economic activities beyond oil and gas,” he said.

 

Yobe Government Reaches Out To Displaced Christians At Christmas

Yobe, christian, christmasThe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Yobe state chapter, has taken delivery of some food and non-food items presented to its displaced members by the state Government.

The materials are to be shared to its members located in four Local Government Areas of the state, considered worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Presenting the materials to the Christian community, the Commissioner of Home Affairs, Aji Bularafa, said Governor Gaidam’s administration is demonstrating the spirit of togetherness by extending hands of friendship to the Christians community “at this festive period”.

He said the materials should only go to the displaced Christians living in Damaturu, the state capital as well as those in Gujba, Gulani and Potiskum Local Government Areas, believed to be worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The Christians in these Local Government Areas lost their valuables such as; foods stuff, cloths, churches among several other materials, and like their Muslim counterparts, government thought it wise to assist them particularly at this festive period so that they will celebrate without any hitch.

“This symbolizes spirit of oneness irrespective of any difference and the governor expect CAN leadership to share these items to the traumatized Christians to enable them celebrate the birth of Christ like any other Christian” Aji Bularafa said.

The commissioner prayed for harmonious coexistence among the diverse cultures, religions and tribes in the state, the country and the world as a whole.

The CAN secretary Mr Emmanuel Yilar Apagu, also expressed his appreciation to the Yobe state Government for the gesture describing it as “very timely by putting a smile in the faces of Christians at this festive period”.

While assuring to share the items truthfully, the reverend said the materials would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the Christian community, who he believes have been traumatized for a very long time.

“We are seriously surprised by these gifts of food and non-food items because it’s the first of its kind in the history of the state and none of us expected it.

“We wish the government more strength, wisdom and good leadership in piloting the affairs of the state believing that with this, government will continue to carry everyone along regardless of any difference. We quite appreciate” Mr Apagu said.

APC, PDP Trade Words Over Call For Buhari’s Resignation

Buhari's Resignation, PDP, APC, Imo, Election, Imo NorthThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the resignation of President Buhari over what it calls crass ineptitude in the handling of the nation’s affairs.

The PDP also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of failing to stop the economy from drifting away and ending in a recession.

Describing the APC as lukewarm in the management of the challenges facing the country; the PDP alleged that most of the major investments made by its government in critical areas of the nation’s economy are being allowed to waste away.

In the meantime, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the PDP as a shameless irritant bent on distracting the government from rescuing the country from the mess it left it.

In a statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, slammed the PDP for asking for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He added that the APC is on a mission to rescue the country  and resuscitate it from the coma that the PDP left it in, accusing the PDP of attempt to sabotage its rescue efforts.

FG Blames Low Power Generation on Vandals

Power GenerationThe Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has warned agitators across the country to desist from attacking Federal Government’s critical facilities just as he appealed to Nigerians to bear with the government as it finds solutions to the lingering crisis in the power sector.

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital after being installed as the National Grand Patron of the S’Adatul Abadiya organization in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“We are going to appeal to Nigerians to be patriotic and they should please stop attacking and destroying critical facilities.

“On the part of government, what we have done now is looking for other means of gas such as nonassociated gas.

“We have also been trucking gas from Utorogu to Warri and Ughelli so as to allow for the stations around Sapele to have gas,” he said.

The Information Minister assured Nigerians that as it finds alternative means of ensuring adequate gas to fire the existing power stations across the country, effort is being channelled towards achieving the 10,000MW of electricity by the year 2019 by the federal government.

“By February this year, we were able to generate and transmit 5,074Mw of power but we are in this situation today mainly because of the attack on the Forcados export line.

“So now we have capacity to generate but we don’t have enough gas and as soon as this platform is repaired we will be able to generate and transmit more than 5,000MW.

“Therefore, aiming at 10,000MW for 2019 is quite feasible,” he said.

Federal Executive Council Meeting Postponed      

Executive Council The Federal Executive Council meeting earlier scheduled for Friday morning has been postponed till Monday, December 21.

Channels TV correspondent reports that most of the ministers had arrived before they were informed about the postponement.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told newsmen that the postponement was to allow the ministers reflect on some of the corrections made on the 2016 budget proposal during a meeting of the National Economic Council held on Thursday.

“We are being given time between now and Monday to go and rejig our figures because when the National Economic Council met yesterday, certain issues were thrown up which if not resolved will distort the entire budget proposal.

” So we are all going to get back on areas in which each ministry will go and do its own rejigging,” he said.

President Buhari’s Foreign Trips Not Frivolous – Minister

BuhariNigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips since assuming office are critical to the implementation of his administration’s key policies of enhancing security, jump-starting the economy, creating jobs and fighting corruption.

In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, the Minister said that all the trips have been anything but frivolous, and that they have started yielding fruits in terms of turning the tide in the fight against the insurgents who have been most active in the North-east, attracting investments in the range of billions of dollars, and securing global support for the administration’s anti-corruption fight.

“Nigerians, whether in the ruling or the opposition parties, have a right to ask questions about the activities of their President, but it is absolutely important that they do so from an informed, rather than partisan or sensational, standpoint,” he said.

‘Regional and Global Support’

The Minister explained that most of the President’s trips – to Nigeria’s neighbouring countries of Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, as well as to Germany, the US, France and the UN – were devoted to rallying regional and global support for the war against terrorism.

buhari“He was in Germany at the invitation of the G7 to solicit support from the industrialized nations for the war against terrorism. No one who has witnessed the killings and maiming in the past seven years by Boko Haram will call such trips frivolous. After all, the security and welfare of the citizens are the reason for the existence of any government.

“The President’s visit to South Africa was to attend the regular summit of the African Union; the trip to Ghana was aimed at fostering better relations with a brotherly country; the trip to India was for the India-Africa summit that provided the opportunity to explore ways of enhancing Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) from Indian investors, while the trip to Iran was to attend the forum of Gas Exporting Countries, a veritable platform for discussing how to better harness Nigeria’s abundant gas resources for industrial/domestic consumption and export, at a time of dwindling oil prices.

“The President also travelled to Malta to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, from where he travelled to Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change. The President’s second trip to South Africa since assuming office is for the China-Africa forum.

“On the few occasions that the President has embarked on a state visit, he has tied that to an agenda that will further the quest for support for the war against terror and the efforts to enhance FDIs, thus stimulating economic growth and creating jobs,” the Minister said.

He said that apart from rallying global support for the country’s wars on terror and graft or seeking foreign investments, it is important that Nigeria leverages President Buhari’s brand, a high integrity quotient and an embodiment of committed and dedicated leadership, to further Nigeria’s relevance and visibility on the global stage.

“President Buhari is well respected on the global stage for his high integrity, his transparency, his patriotism and his purposeful leadership. It is important to leverage this respect in such a way that Nigeria can become a major player, either in the realms of economy or global diplomacy,” the Minister said.

The Minister added that the President had embarked on the trips under a very stringent budget, cutting his delegations to numbers far below what his predecessors used to travel with, while even the trimmed entourage had received reduced allowances on the occasions that the host governments have provided accommodation and feeding.

Buhari Swears In Permanent Secretaries

BuhariPresident Buhari has again said that his administration will not condone excesses, indifference, incompetence and corrupt practices in any form.

The President was addressing 16 of the 18 new Permanent Secretaries newly appointed in the Federal Civil Service immediately after their swearing in at the council chambers.

He said that the civil service is a reservoir of experience, expertise and loyalty and a dependable ally in his quest to change the country for the better.

The President observed that the success of the civil service would largely depend on the Permanent Secretaries, as they are not only the chief advisers to the ministers, but also responsible for safe-guarding public funds and ensuring the propriety of expenditures under their control.

He said that they are also expected to ensure the full implementation of government programmes and policies aimed at reinvigorating the national economy.

President Buhari noted that they have been chosen at a time the country’s revenue base is low, and called for emergency action.

He said that their selection followed a more rigorous process, a departure from the past when they would have undergone written and oral examination, charging them to defend this position of trust.

The President stated that he considered the civil service as a dependable ally in the era of change and promised to give them all the necessary support to do their work.

Two of the newly appointed were said to be outside the country and would be sworn in later.

 

Buhari Approves Appointment Of 18 New Permanent Secretaries

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria-President-2President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 new Permanent Secretaries in Nigeria’s Federal Civil Service, replacing earlier sacked ones.

The President also approved the deployment of the Permanent Secretaries, collapsed some Ministries and announced the establishment of new ones.

The new ministries are; Information and Culture, Budget and National Planning, Agriculture and Rural Development.

Although no reason was given for the decision, the spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said that the appointments and deployments were with immediate effect.

New Appointments

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries are Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Mr Taiwo Abidogun, Dr. Bukar Hassan, Mrs Wakama Belema Asifieka, Mr Jalal Ahmad Arabi, Mr Sabiu Zakari, Mrs Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi and Mr Aminu Nabegu.

Others are Mr Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele, Mr Alo Williams Nwankwo, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, Mr Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu, Mrs Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa, Mr Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa, Mr Bassey Apkanyung, Mr Louis Edozien and Dr. Ugo Roy.

A statement by Mr Adesina gave a breakdown of the deployment, as approved by President Buhari.

Breakdown of Deployment

1. Dr. Shehu Ahmad     –   Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development
2. Arch Sunday Echono    –       Federal Ministry of Communications
3. Alh. Sabiu Zakari   –   Federal Ministry of Transportation
4. Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba   –   Federal Ministry of Information & Culture
5. Amb. Danjuma Sheni     –   Federal Ministry of Defence
6. Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan     –   Federal Ministry of Education
7. Mrs. Fatima Mede    –     Budget & National Planning
8. Alh. Mahmoud Isa Dutse    –   Federal Ministry of Finance
9. Amb. Bulus Lolo   –   Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
10. Dr. Amina Shamaki – Federal Ministry of Health
11. Mr. Aliyu Bisalla    –  Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment
12. Mr. Bassey Akpanyung   –   Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs
13. Mr. Taiwo Abidogun   –   Federal Ministry of Justice
14. Dr. Habiba Lawal  –   Federal Ministry of Science & Tech.
15. Dr. Clement Illoh   –   Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity
16. Dr. Jamila Shu’ara   –   Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources
17. Mrs. Binta Bello –   Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
18. Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye – Federal Capital Territory
19. Mrs. Rabi Jimeta   – Federal Ministry of Water Resources
20. Dr. Bukar Hassan   – Federal Ministry of Environment
21. Mrs. Wakama B. Asifieka – Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs
22. Mr. Istifanus Fuktur – Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals
23. Mr. Christian Ohaa – Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports
24. Engr. A.G. Magaji – Federal Ministry of Works & Housing
25. Mr. Louis Edozien – Federal Ministry of Power
26. Mr. Jalal Arabi – State House
27. Mr. Mohammed Bukar – General Services Office, OSGF
28. Mr. Abbas Mohammed – Ecological Fund Office, OSGF
29. Dr. Ugo Roy – Council Secretariat
30. Mr. Aminu Nabegu – Special Services Office, OSGF
31. Amb. Bamgbose Akindele – Political Affairs Office, OSGF
32. Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo – Economic Affairs Office, OSGF
33. Mrs. Obiageli Nwokedi – Special Duties Office, OSGF
34. Mr. Innocent Ogbonnaya -Career Management Office, OHCSF
35. Mr. S.K.Y. Adelakun – Common Services Office, OHCSF
36. Mrs. N. Batagarawa – Service Policy & Strategies Office, OHCSF

President Buhari had earlier ordered the mass retirement of 17 Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

No reason was given for their retirement.