We Must Offer Incentives To Attract Global Investors – Buhari

Global Investors, “To attract global investors, one must offer attractive incentives”. These were the words of the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit, holding in the state capital, Katsina.

President Buhari commended the Katsina State Governor for taking the bold step towards building a more vibrant economy, assuring him that the effort would be rewarding in the end.

He also promised support to any state with laudable plans for economic growth as the Katsina State Governor unveiled his strategy to move the state forward.

The Governor, Aminu Masari had said in his welcome address that the essence of the event was to stimulate local investment and attract foreign direct investment to the manufacturing sector.

President Buhari acknowledged that this plan is capable of creating jobs as “employment is the quickest way to escape poverty” but “every player must do his best, including the federal government”.

“For global players, some of whom I am pleased to see represented here to take the deep plunge, they must be offered attractive incentives.

“Liberal set of tax incentives, infrastructural support, faster and shorter government responses to business requests; these generous offers are the minimum required to attract critical investor who is quoted in every country and region of the world,” he said.

President Buhari recalled his pre-election promise to end poverty by ending corruption, growing the economy and creating jobs in Nigeria.

“I hold myself to these promises. It is in this context that today’s summit takes on an additional significance,” he stated.

“The APC-led government of my home state has strongly embraced this vision by assembling the world to be part of this summit.”

FG Files Charges Against Kingsley Kuku

Kingsley KukuThe federal government has filed a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and fraudulent acquisition of property against the former Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Kingsley Kuku and one of his aides, Lawrence Pepple, who served as a technical assistant.

The two-count charge filed by Messrs Johnson Ojogbane and Abdullahi Faruk on behalf of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), accuses the former coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and his aide of fraudulently acquiring a property on or about the October 23, 2013.

Count two of the charge, which relates specifically to Mr Lawrence Pepple, accuses him of knowingly acquiring interest in a private company where he is a Director and sole signatory of the company’s account whilst being employed in the public service as technical assistant on reintegration to the Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs.

The arraignment of the accused persons before an Abuja High Court in Wuse Zone 2, however, did not hold following the absence of the accused persons.

 

 

FG Appoints 13 University Vice Chancellors

Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government has clarified the appointment of the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

A statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and issued in Abuja says President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of the new Vice Chancellors due to the fact that the tenure of the Vice Chancellors being replaced had expired.

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof Kayode Soremekun is the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC. Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University Of Jos (UNIJOS), will now function as VC, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Abu, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, has been appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, while Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, has been elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, will henceforth be the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, is the new VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University Of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎.

FG Sacks 13 University Vice Chancellors

asup sacked Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government of Nigeria has sacked Vice Chancellors (VC) of 12 Federal Universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe.

A statement on Sunday by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, did not give any reason for the sacking of the affected Vice Chancellors but simply said that President Muahammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for the affected universities with effect from February 12, 2016

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe, was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Kayode Soremekun, was made the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC; Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Haruna Abdu Kaita, was named the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Professor Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos (UNIJOS) became the VC of the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Professor Magaji Garba, was appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State while Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, was elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, is now the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, was made the VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎

DSS Announces Arrests Of Terror, Other Criminal Suspects

dssThe Department of State Security (DSS) has announced the arrest of persons it says threaten Nigeria’s internal security.

Among those arrested is one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa, said to be a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to a statement by the DSS, Yunusa was arrested in Kano following intelligence which indicated his move to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.

Also arrested in Daura, Katsina State are Ibrahim Mohammed Daura, Zaharadeen Salisu and five others suspected to be members of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru.

Others arrested include one Mohammed Aliyu Ndako in Kwara State, a 17-year-old undergraduate student of a tertiary institution in the state, said to be one of those with plans to carry out coordinated lone-wolf attacks on selected populated targets in Nigeria.

The service says it has busted the network of syndicated kidnap gangs in Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Nasarawa, Oyo and Osun states and the FCT.

 

EFCC Raids Former Customs Comptroller General’s Residence

Abdullahi-DikkoOfficials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday raided the residence of the former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, in Abuja.

The anti-graft agency arrived at Mr Dikko’s house at 6, Ahmed Musa Crescent, Jabi, at about 7:00am local time.

Mr Dikko was not at home when the officers, whose mission was not known, arrived.

Cameras were not allowed into the premises but police men were seen outside his residence.

A relative to the former Customs’ boss, Mohammed Usman, told reporters that about seven officials of the EFCC were in the house to carry out search for documents.

“A team of about seven operatives of the EFCC in company with some armed policemen arrived at the residence at about 7am and have been in the house for the past five hours.

“From the information available to me, no search warrant was presented before the commencement of the search,” he said.

Faulting the search on the ground that the operation was carried out in the absence of the former comptroller-general, the Customs boss’ relative said “the only people in the house at the commencement of this search are his children who are below the ages of 18”.

Mr Dikko, who is from Katsina State, became the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service on August 17, 2009 and resigned his appointment in August 2015, barely two months after President Muhammadu Buhari came into office.

NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Flood Victims

nemaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated relief items to the flood victims of Seven Local Governments in Katsina State.

Director General of NEMA, Mohammed Sidi, asked residents of the area to heed the warnings of the Meteorological Agency to prevent a recurrence.

Items distributed include food items, toiletries, bedding and building materials.

Present at the meeting to distribute the materials, were officials of the State Government, Traditional Rulers and community dwellers.

While commiserating with the people over the loss of lives and properties, Mr Sidi, however, advised that warnings on weather conditions be taken seriously.

The hardship caused by the flood has left many still in shock.

Mr Yauu Saleh lost his daughter when a wall collapsed, following the flood.

While government officials hope that the relief materials gets to those affected, the victims appealed to the State Government not to relent in sensitisation of communities on the dangers of building on drainage.

Nigerians Should Accept Democracy As A Lifestyle – Buhari

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to be patient and accept democracy not as a system of government but as a lifestyle in order to ensure development of the country.

The President said this when he paid homage to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, after attending the Juma’at prayer at the Low Cost Housing Mosque in Daura, Katsina State.

The President, who delivered his speech in Hausa, urged those who were aggrieved after the 2015 elections to seek redress through democratic means and institutions, noting that Nigeria is adopting democracy from the western nations and learning fast by avoiding mistakes made when studying the weaknesses and strengths of those nations.

According to the President , if Nigerians decide to be hasty, some avoidable mistakes can be made, urging that elections at all levels must be conducted based on democratic principles.

President Buhari also urged those interested in elective positions to look for a political platform of their choice, declare their interests and the party would support them.

He said that in 2002 when he joined politics, many people did not give him a chance because they knew his antecedents as a military officer but added that the 2015 polls had clearly shown that it is God that chooses who becomes a leader.

President Buhari said that he decided to contest elections because of his commitment to serve the people and not to be served or to amass wealth.

He added that he had served the nation in different capacities in the past and had not had so much money in the banks either locally or abroad or anywhere in the world.

He said that all he had over time is “integrity and commitment to serve the people” adding that he would fulfil his promises to the people.

The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, had earlier said he had known Buhari for his consistency which had become the hallmark of his integrity.

Orubebe Accuses Jega Of Being Tribalistic, Selective And Partial

Godsday Orubebe

Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe on Tuesday accused the Chairman of the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega of being ” tribalistic, selective and partial” in dealing with issues of irregularities raised during the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Mr Orubebe was speaking during the resumed announcement of the elections result in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He alleged that Prof Jega swiftly set up a committee to look into issues raised about the results in Rivers state by the All Progressives Congress, APC and slowly responded to PDP raised issues.

“We have raised issues about results in Kano, in Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina and yet you have done nothing about it. You are biased. You are partial. You are tribalistic.

“Jega you have been compromised, we are no longer confident in you,” Orubebe said while causing a scene at the centre.

The ex-Minister also accused Jega of handing out results to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to publish on its site.

He also noted that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s will reject the results being announced INEC.

However, in a swift reaction, the professor of Political Science responded to the allegations raised by the former minister.

Sambo Assures 2million Votes for PDP In Kaduna

SamboNigeria’s Vice President has assured to deliver over two million votes for his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kaduna State, noting that the people of the state are in full support of the party.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, an indigene of Kaduna State and running mate to the PDP presidential candidate, said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has performed well in all sectors of the economy to deserve the votes of Nigerians.

He also added that with the overwhelming support that the PDP currently enjoys in Kaduna State and the north-west zone, he is expecting an over overwhelming victory for the party on Saturday.

Although the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari is from Katsina State also in the north-west zone.

The Vice President, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Umar Sani, at a youth empowerment programme in Kaduna, maintained that the zone is up for grab by the PDP, having achieved similar feat in the 2011 elections.

Sambo has literately relocated his office to his home state where he has been meeting with different groups across the state.

The purpose according to Sani, is to woo electorates to vote for the PDP in the coming election, stressing that the Vice President does not want to lose anything to chance in securing victory for President Jonathan and PDP.

One of such strategies is the distribution of cars, tricycles, sewing machines, wrappers and cash to PDP members in the state by his aide.

This is aimed at boosting the morale of party men and women and to reassure them of President Jonathan’s commitment to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians if voted into office for another term.

However, as Nigerians go to the polls this Saturday to elect their next president, political pundits are watching to see how the different strategies adopted by politicians will translate to victory, especially with the amount of resources so far deployed for the exercise.

Kingsley Kuku Debunks Reports Of War Threats In Ijaw Nation

Kingsley-KukuThe Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on the amnesty program, Mr Kingsley Kuku, has debunked reports in the media that the Ijaw nation will go to war if President Goodluck Jonathan was not re-elected into office.

According to him, the President’s kingsmen only expressed concern over the way he was treated during his campaign in Bauchi and Katsina States.

Mr Kuku reacted to the reports in Abuja on Friday, during a forum on how to apply the lessons learnt from the solutions that brought the Niger delta militancy to a calm, in solving the Boko Haram problem.

Aside from this, Mr Kuku also asked leaders from the north-east to take ownership of the Boko Haram problem and end it.

It took efforts of the late president Musa Yar’adua and leaders from the Niger delta region to end the Niger delta crisis.

The organisers of the forum said such collaboration was also needed to end terrorism in the north-east.

Katsina Governor’s Wife Distributes Food Items To Physically Challenged

Governor's WifeThe wife of the Katsina State Governor, Fatima Shema, has appealed to Nigerians and corporate organizations to continue to reach out to the physically challenged members of the society.

Mrs Shema made the appeal when she distributed food items and other materials to over 2,000 physically challenged and less privileged people across the state.

This has become a yearly practice to ameliorate the sufferings of some of the downtrodden and physically challenged members of the society.

Based on the National Bureau of Statistics, Katsina State is one of the poorest states in the country with a 74.5% poverty rate.

Further worsening the situation in the state is the high number of physically challenged people in the state.

The wife of the State Governor noted that there needs to be a multifaceted approach to fighting the endemic poverty in the state and at the same time help the needy in the society.

The Governor’s wife also advocated the need for philanthropists and corporate organizations to contribute in assisting the less privileged members of the society.