A lawyer and public affairs analyst, Nkechi Chukwueke on Thursday listed the steps to take when acquiring properties and how to handle conflicts arising from evictions and/or demolition of properties. Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Ms Chukwueke gave four reasons why any property can be demolished by the government.
The first reason according to her is “if a land is acquired illegally.”
She said another reason why a house can be demolished is if the property is constructed on government reserved area.
“Three, if the property in question is also built on an area designated for another purpose,” Ms Chukwueke.
She said the government can demolish any structure for ‘overriding public interest.’
In this video, Ms Chukwueke provided some advice to those whose properties are in contention.
The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri on Thursday said Nigerians must learn to pay attention to local news media for information that will enhance their lives. Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Omeri queried Nigerians who complained that there are not aware of the activities of his agency.
He said: “I have discovered something, like I said, I have travelled over 20, 000Km since I took office. I have met people who say they have not seen me even in their states but then when I ask them what do they watch? They watch CNN, they are always on DStv watching other programmes; they don’t watch local stations.”
Mr Omeri said because Nigerians are always watching programmes on Digital Satellite television (DStv), the NOA may have to broadcast its information through that channel.
He however advised that “Nigerians must begin to look inward and look at their stations for news and things that interest them and are happening within their communities.”
A legal practitioner and financial analyst, Tilewa Oyefeso on Thursday said the bill before the National Assembly, seeking to amend the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) act is the most important in the history of the country. Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Oyefeso said it is wrong to allow just one person decide the fate of Nigerians in terms of currency in use.
Citing section 17, 20 and 22 of the CBN act which says “The bank shall have the sole right of issuing currency notes and coins throughout Nigeria and neither the Federal Government nor any State Government, Local Government, other person or authority shall issue currency notes, bank notes or coins or any documents or tokens payable to bearer on demand being document or token which are likely to pass as legal tender.
“The bank shall arrange for the printing of currency notes and the minting of coins; issue, re-issue and exchange currency notes and coins at the bank’s offices and at such agencies as it may, from time to time, establish or appoint; arrange for the safe custody of un-issued stocks of currency notes and for the preparation, safe custody and destruction of plates and paper for the printing of currency notes and disc for the minting of coins; and arrange for the destruction of currency notes and coins withdrawn from circulation under the provisions of section 20 (3) of this Act or otherwise found by the bank to be unfit for use.”
Mr Oyefeso said the National Assembly’s ambition to take back the powers vested on the governor of the CBN is the motive of the lawmakers to seek an amendment of the act that established the bank.
“There is a contest for power; the National Assembly, they want to take back that power. There has always been this conflict which may eventually be resolved by the Supreme Court,” he said.
A Financial analyst, Pascal Odibo on Thursday called on the Federal government to sack every public service officials involved in awarding the contract for the repair of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to Bi-Courtney.
Mr Odibo, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the government did not have to wait for three years before terminating the contract if those in public offices had a mechanism to conduct proper evaluation of the contract.
“You don’t even in the first instance award the contract to an efficient institution,” he said.
“Public service persons and personnel must be held responsible for the offices and the responsibilities that they occupy. It is not sufficient to be an assistant director; it is not sufficient to be a director in any ministry, department and agency of government and things fail and all you just do is to say you terminate a contract.
“Who approved the PPP (Public Private Partnership)? Who bided with Bi-Courtney? If Bi-Courtney did not do well why did it take three years to get to this position? And if indeed Bi-Courtney have not done the work, who is the second best bidder?” he asked.
Following the issues surrounding the Federal Government’s cancellation of the concession of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to Bi-Courtney Consortium, a former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeazor Akaraiwe, Thursday accused the government of lack of ‘due diligence’ in the contract.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, the legal practitioner said the Federal Government failed to carry out sufficient investigations to ascertain why Bi-Courtney fell short of the terms of the concession contract.
“The government is being made to look like a juvenile; today saying one thing and tomorrow doing another thing,” he said.
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants, Ademola Ogunkunle on Thursday said, contrary to the allegations of the Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task force, Nuhu Ribadu that Steve Oronsaye never attended the panel’s meetings; that the former head of civil service attended four of eight meetings.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ogunkunle said he was privy to the minutes of the 26-man committee and that Mr Oronsaye’s name appeared on the attendance register of four of the panel’s meeting.
There was a faceoff between Mr Ribadu and Oronsaye during the presentation of the committee’s report to President Goodluck Jonathan with the former accusing the latter of not participating in the panel’s work.
Mr Oronsaye also disclaimed the report presented by Mr Ribadu insisting that the figures in the report were not verified.
A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Babatunde Ogala, who was also a discussant on Sunrise Daily said what Mr Oronsaye did on the day his committee presented its report to President Goodluck Jonathan was ‘a show of shame.’
He said the former Head of Service ‘has shown himself to be a man that is even not fit to hold any office in this country.”
The former lawmaker said it was irresponsible for Mr Oronsaye to have verbally disclaimed a report presented by a committee he was a part of, without presenting a minority report to the President.
“If you did not agree with the majority report, have yours ready,” he said.
The Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas, Ifeanyi Uba on Monday accused the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of using her position to engage in local politics.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Uba said the Minister is also assuming the position of a god.
“She’s playing Anambra state politics with her job and reputation. She is assuming to be god; she’s not god,” he said.
The Managing Director of Capital Oil and gas, Ifeanyi Uba on Monday denied claims by the Chief Executive Officer of Cosharis group, Cosmos Maduka that he offered him (Mr Uba) a lifeline when his business was in the brink of collapse.
“Is it by his pure water business that he’ll be able to come and help me,” Mr Uba, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, asked.
Mr Uba said he believes politicians were influencing the Cosharis boss, whom he referred to as an uncle, to engage in the media war with him.
Mr Maduka had claimed that since Mr Uba and his company (Capital Oil and Gas) were labelled by most commercial banks in Nigeria as ‘unbankable’, he helped the oil merchant to obtain a loan of $180 million from Access Bank to finance the importation of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The Cosharis boss also alleged that 10 letters of credit were opened and that of the 10 expected cargoes, only six were delivered.
Disputing Mr Maduka’s claims, Mr Ubah said “everything about that story is false.”
When asked if it was true that he is indebted to Access Bank to the tune of N21 billion, Mr Uba said ‘you can’t eat your cake and have it’.
He said the loan he obtained from the bank was what he used to import petrol of which his company is yet to receive subsidy payment. “The money is sitting in Access Bank,” he said.
“Access Bank is the consignee of all the vessels imported. Therefore, if they are accusing of fraud, then it is all of us together,” he added.
A lawyer and public affairs analyst, George Eke on Thursday said that the disagreement between the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force, Nuhu Ribadu and Stephen Oronsanye is a ploy to distract Nigerians from the malpractices in the oil and gas industry.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Eke said the first problem with the taskforce was in the way it was constituted. He said it would have been better if the panel was constituted by President Goodluck Jonathan rather than the Petroleum Resources Minister.
A presidential aspirants in the 2007 general election under the plateform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and a consultant to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Galtima Liman on Friday said the conditions for negotiation with the Federal government proposed by the fundamentalist group, Boko Haram are unrealistic and impossible to meet.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Liman said President Goodluck Jonathan as the president of the country cannot be dictated to.
A purported spokesman of the Boko Haram sect on Thursday proposed to dialogue with the federal government and to planning a ceasefire if the government is willing to honour certain conditions.
The conditions for negotiation according to the sect include the arrest and prosecution of former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff for allegedly arresting and killing some of their members.
The second condition is that the venue for the dialogue with the government must be in Saudi Arabia.
The group also listed the names of the negotiators both from their side and from the federal government side.
The purported Boko Haram’s spokesman, who gave his name as Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, listed the mediators from the government side to include Shettima Ali Mongonu, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Gaji Galtimari and Barrister Aisha Wakil and her husband.
While according to Mr Abdulaziz, negotiators from the sect would include himself, Abu Mohammed Abdullaziz, Sheik Abu Abas, Sheik Ibrahim Yusuf, Sheik Sani Kontagora, and Mamman Nur.