World War (II) Bomb Forces Huge Greek Evacuation

greekAt least 70,000 people are being evacuated to enable the defusion of the World War (II) bomb in the Greek city.

It is said to be one of the largest mass evacuations over one of the largest wartime bombs to be found in Greece.

Officials could not tell if the bomb, which was discovered last week during road works, is German or an allied bomb

Residents within a radius of about 2 km of the bomb have however been compelled to evacuate the area between ahead of Sunday morning when the defusion is expected to take place.

About 1,000 police officers and 300 volunteers will be deployed ahead of the disposal operation.

Sultan Of Sokoto Advocates National Unity

Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu BuhariThe Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar (II), has challenged Nigerian leaders to dwell more on the issues that bind the country rather than its division.

He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 31st National Quranic Competition in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, where the Senate President, Bukola Saraki also asked Muslims to live in harmony with others.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, also canvassed stronger collaboration between government and traditional institutions to foster national unity.

The monarch made the appeal in Abuja while delivering a lecture to participants of course 25 of the National Defense College.

Furthermore, he appealed to them to promote cultural heritage rather than religion which he says has divided Nigeria.

Man Kills Mother In Osun State

Osun police
Osun state police command, CP Folasade Odoro

The entire Akinleye village via Osu in Osun state was on Saturday, thrown into mourning when a man identified as Kazeem Ayoola, allegedly killed his mother, Taibat.

It was gathered that Kazeem attacked his mother with a machete and took the life of the 85-year-old woman.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Osun State Police Command, CP Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the incident, gave the assurance that the matter is under investigation.

Although the reason for Kazeem’s action is yet to be ascertained, the PPRO said he has been arrested and that the corpse of his mother has been deposited at the mortuary of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife for autopsy.

Police Confirm Arrest of 38 Year old Alleged Rapist

Police Confirms Arrest of 38 Year old Alleged RapistAuthorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command have confirmed the arrest of a 38 year old man, Ukegbu Azubike, who allegedly raped a 10 year old girl, said to be the daughter of his neighbour.

The incident which has provoked anger and worry among residents, is coming few days after two separate cases of defilement of 12-year-old girls were reported by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the state.

Spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, while confirming the development, said the suspected rapist was arrested on January 25, 2017 and has confessed to the crime.

Barely a month ago, scores of women lawyers in the state were thrown into tears following the arrest of a 50-year-old father over alleged sexual abuse and having canal knowledge of his 12-year-old daughter for four years.

Fire Destroys Electrical Shop Worth Millions Of Naira In Yenagoa

Fire Destroys Electrical Shop Worth Millions Of Naira In Yenagoa A multi-million-naira electrical shop (Jico Tech Nigeria), located at Amarata, in the heart of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, rendering electrical services to the entire state, was on Saturday gutted by fire.

An interview with one of the sales boys at the shop revealed that the inferno may have been caused by an electrical spark.

The shop is housed at the ground floor of a gigantic one storey building with other adjoining shops and its warehouse and staff rooms upstairs.

Explaining the incident, the sales boy, Uzodinma Okoye, said: “at around 7:00 am in the morning, NEPA brought light and we changed over. After a little while when we came down to start business for today, we saw heavy smoke coming out from the store where hundreds of million naira electrical materials are shaded.

“We raised alarm and forced the door open but behold, the fire had long engulfed almost all sections of the shop”.

The head of sales however said he was satisfied with the quick arrival of the fire fighters and their efforts in putting out the fire, limiting the impact of the damage from spreading to other parts of the building.

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s Administration

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s AdministrationThe wife of Nigeria’s president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has expressed her gratitude to all citizens for the support shown to the her husband, Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

She also pleaded with citizens to sustain the tempo.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Director of Information at the office of the wife of the president, Suleiman Haruna.

”I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for the goodwill and support for my husband and Nigeria in general,” she said.

Mrs Buhari, who was speaking on Saturday, also prayed for peaceful co-existence, stability and the progress of Nigeria.

She made the prayer shortly after her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she performed Umrah (Lesser Hajj).

Mrs. Buhari was received by the Wife of the Senate President Mrs Toyin Saraki, wives of the Governors of Kebbi and Kogi states, Wives of the Service Chiefs as well as the former Deputy Governor of Plateau State Mrs Pauline Tallen.

She urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and good deeds for the nation to prosper among the comity of nations and expressed her gratitude to the almighty God for the successful trip.

“I thank God for journey mercies, I prayed for Nigeria and Nigerian leaders and we should not relent in prayers and good deeds,” she said.

2017 Budget: Oyo Govt. Determined To Be Self Reliant

 2017 Budget Analysis- Oyo State To Be Self ReliantThe Oyo state government has put in place an effective implementation strategy to ensure speedy and efficient performance of the 2017 budget which is believed to be self-reliant and less dependent on federal allocations.

The State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr Abimbola Adekanbi, stated this while presenting an analysis of the 2017 budget proposal at the House Of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Mr Adekanbi said as soon as the state House Of Assembly passed the Appropriation Bill into law, the Ministry Of Finance and Budget would employ administrative monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the budget.

The commissioner noted that there would be harmonisation among relevant units of ministries, departments and agencies of the state on the budget, which would also involve external supervisors and consultants.

According to him, such measures are to ensure effective and efficient performance of the 2017 budget when eventually passed into law.

While breaking down the proposed budget, Mr Adekanbi said ”an average of four billion Naira monthly, had been proposed by the board of internal revenue, while expectation from federation account was projected at an average of 4.9 billion Naira.”

He added that “20 ministries, departments and agencies were listed as the topmost revenue generating avenues for the state government with the state Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development coming first with an estimated revenue of 40 Billion Naira”.

Meanwhile, the state owned Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo state (BCOS), is expected to generate about 350 million Naira as the State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) is expected to rake in the least amount of 160 Million Naira in 2017.

The breakdown analysis of the budget proposal revealed that about 15 billion Naira would be expended on road networks in the state both for ongoing and new constructions, while the education sector would gulp about 4.8 Billion Naira for rehabilitation of schools, completion of model schools and establishment of a technology incubation center.

Furthermore, “trade and investments in the 2017 fiscal year will gulp about 341 million Naira for the construction of Neighborhood market, revitalization of the state Cooperative college and other trade related activities.

”Agriculture in the 2017 fiscal year will receive about three Billion Naira for the Agricultural Development Intervention to ensure food sustenance of the state.

“The Health sector will gulp about 2.8 billion Naira for the completion of the on-going renovation of the Ring road state Hospital Ibadan, quarterly procurement of essential drugs and surgical consumables as well as other health related projects” the Finance Commissioner stated.

The total sum of 2.4 billion Naira was also earmarked for lands Housing and Urban development as well as the re-opening of existing and new GRAs coupled with land acquisition and payment of compensation to those whose property were affected.

The budget analysis provided opportunity for interaction between the state government and economic stakeholders in the state, especially market women and labour leaders who are expected to be part of the sources for revenue generation.

Edo Police Advocate Capacity Building For Officers

Edo Police Advocate Capacity Building For OfficersThe Edo Police command says capacity building for officers will largely improve performances in the fight against crime.

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, affirmed this during a parade of 40 suspects at the state command headquarters in Benin city, the Edo state capital.

suspects being paraded

Mr Gwandu again reiterated his command’s resolve to rid Edo state of criminals and other unscrupulous elements which he says are inimical to development of the society.

Arguments Trail National Roads Fund Bill

Arguements Trail National Roads Fund Bill Nigerians may have to prepare for an increase in the pump price of petrol if the National Roads Fund Bill is passed as being considered by the House of Representatives.

The technical committee set up by the committee is proposing a fuel levy which will serve as the main source of revenue for the roads fund.

However, the members also received a report which highlights the dangers of an increase in fuel pump price as the main source of revenue for the fund.

The minority report is proposing commuter service charges, toll bridges and other sources of revenue for the roads fund.

Nigeria has 195,000 kilometers of roads out of which about 18% are federal roads.

While most of the roads are in urgent need of repairs, it has been estimated that funds needed for such repairs may not be met by budgetary allocations.

The committee has now stated that they would consider both reports and come up with a decision on how the proposed Nigerian Roads Fund Bill can be funded

USAID Advocates Judicious Use Of Health Care Financing Options

usaidThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has advised federal and states governments to ensure judicious use of available health financing options in the face of dwindling global funding for the health sector in Nigeria.

A representative of the American agency, Mrs Celeste Carr, gave the advice at a workshop on health care financing for state commissioners of health and their legislators in Abuja.

According to her, Nigeria’s health sector can be appropriately financed even in the face of dwindling global funding if local funding options are properly utilized.

In the last one decade, the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), is said to have provided much funding for Nigeria’s health sector.

However, GAVI’s plans to stop the funding in the year 2017, has raised serious concerns about how the government will make up for the funding gaps that its exit and that of other donor partners would create.

Some participants in the forum have now advocated the need for a strong legal framework that will ensure universal health coverage and health care financing.

Meanwhile, a representative of the state’s Commissioner for Health, Balarabe Kakale, emphasized the need to implement the Abuja declaration of 2001 to improve financing for the health sector.

The nation’s annual appropriation for health has been fluctuating between 5.4 and 4.6 per cent of the total budget for the country since 2011.

However, in an attempt to improve the sector, the government is planning to scale the budget up to six per cent as it has earmarked 51 billion Naira for in the 2017 budget currently before the National Assembly.

FG Appeals To South African Govt. To Stop Killing Of Nigerians

Diamond BankThe Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri, has appealed to the South African government to stop the extra judicial killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

She made the appeal when she visited the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja, Mr Lulu Louis.

According to her, over one hundred Nigerians have been executed by South African policemen in the last two years.

Mrs Dabiri further stated that majority of the executions were extrajudicial.

Meanwhile, Mr Louis has given an assurance of his government’s determination to ensure justice for the families of the victims.