Soludo Calls For Sustainability Of Obiano’s Leadership

Soludo Calls For Sustainability Of Obiano’s Leadership A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo, has called for the sustenance of the leadership style of the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

He made this known while giving a lecture examining Anambra as an emerging start-up state, during the celebration of Governor Obiano’s three years in office.

The former CBN governor also identified the huge potentials of the state in terms of human and material resources.

He therefore challenged citizens to develop the state through a support system that engenders prosperity and progress.

The governor on the other hand, used the opportunity to state some of the achievements of the state under his administration.

He revealed that Anambra, in three years, has become a first choice investment destination with well over 40 investors attracted and investment inflow worth 5.5 billion U.S dollars.

The event, which took place at the Government House, Amuobia, brought together business men, politicians, clergymen and security operatives among others.

Nigerian Army Destroys Over 900 Arms Discovered During Amnesty Programme

Piled Up Arms and Ammunition

The Nigerian Army says it has destroyed over 900 arms and ammunition after a 60-day disarmament exercise carried out by the Rivers state government.

The weapons, including explosives, were recovered during the state government’s amnesty programme which was concluded in November 2016.

Thousands of cultists and their gang leaders from Ikwere and Obio Akpor Local Government Areas had surrendered their arms during the grace period given by the state government.

The destruction exercise was conducted by officers and men of 6 division of the Nigerian Army.

Gen. Gowon, Others Bag Vanguard Achievement Awards

vanguard-awardWinners have emerged in different categories at the 5th Vanguard Personality of the Year Awards ceremony. 

The event, which held in Lagos ‎on Saturday, saw former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and elder statesmen Emeka Anyaoku, Edwin Clarke, Alhaji Issa Funtua, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, bankers, Pascal Dozie and Herbert Wigwe who received the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, bagged the Personality of the Year Award while industrialist, captain Idahosa Okunbo, was awarded the businessman of the year.

SDP Supporters Protest Over Michika Local Government Election

michikaSupporters of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Michika, Local Government Area of Adamawa state, have taken to the streets to protest the outcome of the local government election held in the state.

The protesters who thronged the street carrying placards with various inscriptions, insisted that the election was won by their candidate Mr Vanzi Zira.

They have also accused both the state electoral commission and the commissioner of police of playing a clandestine role.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Oyekunle Adegboyega, denied any of such wrong doing.

NASS May Amend Laws On Power Generation – Saraki

saraki2Amending the laws on power generation, transmission and distribution may be the best approach to solving Nigeria’s electricity problems.

This was the observation made by Senate President Bukola Saraki, during a guided tour of an energy self-sufficient village in Germany.

He said the National Assembly has to amend the laws to allow communities generate energy and to allow creativity and the involvement of the private sector.

“In trying to find a solution to our problem, we might start thinking about decentralisation.

“Looking at what we have seen here, if we can do same, whether by using solar or even wind, and more importantly decentralize, maybe that might begin to address some issues.”

In an interview with Channels Television, the project leader of the energy self-sufficient village, Werner Frohwitter, also expressed optimism that Nigeria would benefit from switching to renewable energy for electricity generation.

Also as part of efforts to attract German investments into Nigeria and improve economic relations between both countries, Senator Saraki had met with German businessmen last week.

Himself and his team assured investors that the Nigerian government is removing inhibitions to doing business in Nigeria and that the Nigerian parliament is enacting laws in this regard.

Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves Hit $30b Again

Nigeria's Foreign Reserves Hit $30b AgainFor the second time since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in May 2015, Nigeria’s foreign reserves have hit the 30 billion dollar mark.

The latest figures from the nation’s apex bank, (CBN), show that the reserves which have experienced a steady day-on-day increase of between 2.30 and 2.75 % since January 5, 2017, closed the trading week above 30 billion dollars.

The last time the reserves crossed the 30 billion dollar mark was in July 2015, and went as high as 31.63 billion dollar in August of the same year before it began to decline.

The reserves were affected by low crude oil prices across the world, which reduced the availability of foreign exchange and in turn, put pressure on the Naira.

The rising reserves may be attributed to oil prices, which have soared as a result of agreed production cuts between OPEC and non-OPEC members.

Since February 2017, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been providing foreign exchange to banks to meet the tuition, travel and medical needs of customers, thereby reducing the pressure on the Naira.

Rubbish Landslide Kills 48 In Addis Ababa

Rubbish Landslide Kills 48 In Addis AbabaAt least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

Officials say dozens of people are still missing since the landslide which occurred on Saturday night at the Koshe landfill.

The area has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa’s wastes for more than five decades.

According to the BBC, a city spokeswoman told AP news agency that many children were among the dead.

Meanwhile, there are fears that the death toll could rise further, as a resident said 150 people were there at the time.

Hundreds of people attempt to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site, sifting through the rubbish for items they can sell, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa reported.

Obiano Commissions JOSAN Rice Farm And Mills In Anambra State

Obiano Commissions Josan Rice Farm And Mills In Anambra StateThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has commissioned an ultra-modern integrated rice farm and mill, named JOSAN, at Ufuma, Orumba north Local Government Area of the state.

At the commissioning, the governor revealed that rice production in the state is presently 400,000 metric tons, above the 320,000 metric tons of annual consumption capacity of the state.

According to him however, the state has a higher goal of achieving over 513,000 metric tons by the end of 2017.

The highly elated governor believes that his agricultural blueprint is indeed working, as Anambra state journeys to self-sufficiency in rice production.

While the rice farm is already operational, an irrigation project has also been added.

The government had signed a partnership deal with Joseph Agro Nigeria limited in 2014, for the cultivation of rice in Ufuma and the takeover of Omor Rice mill.

Speaking on the project, the Commissioner for Agriculture said the rice revolution plan of the state is one that is already meeting the consumption needs of the people.

Also according to the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), the investment which is in partnership with the state government is the largest in the south-east, sitting on 15,000 hectares of land.

He noted that the development would create over 3,000 direct jobs when completed, with the capacity to do all year round rice farming.

The Managing Director of JOSAN, Mr Augustin Ileka, also stated that the farms and mills are established with highly innovative and customised agro-allied solutions with great prospects for women in out-growers scheme.

With the achievement, the state government hopes to cater for the agricultural needs of the people, create jobs for the teeming youths and generate more revenue for the state.

Resident Doctors Condemn Suspension Of FMC Umuahia President

Resident Doctors Condemn Suspension Of FMC Umuahia PresidentThe National Association of Resident Doctors, southeast caucus has condemned the suspension of the body’s president at FMC Umuahia, Dr Innocent Orji, from residency training.

Members of the association have described their colleague’s suspension as a grave error that contravenes section (3) of the Public Service Rules of Nigeria.

During a briefing held in Umuahia, the caucus leader, Dr Udu Chijioke, said the association has their reservations about the alleged misconduct committed by their colleague and his subsequent suspension.

They have therefore asked the Federal Ministry of Health and the government of Abia state to compel the hospital’s management to immediately reinstate Dr Orji or face a strike by all public hospitals in the southeast.

Kunukunuma Residents Protest Over Neglect By Oil Companies

Kunukunuma Residents Protest Neglect By Oil CompaniesResidents of Kunukunuma community in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri south-west Local Government Area of Delta state, have drawn the attention of the Federal and State Government to what they have described as deprivation by a current oil exploration company.

The people claim that prior to the company’s entrant into the community, there had been more infrastructural development.

The community has therefore given a 21-day ultimatum to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) ltd, to restore all rights and privileges previously enjoyed.

While admitting that corporate social responsibility is a privilege not a right, the state government has however said on its part, it would do all it can to foster harmonious relationship.

The Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, said the best way to tackle the issue was to first of all restore peace and calmness among the aggrieved residents.

“We are happy that our brothers and sisters have seen reason why they should sheath their swords.

“Once you bring back peace and you are able to bring a very tranquil environment in the oil producing communities, it now becomes easy to take the next step.

“Get the oil companies to focus on the issues of infrastructure and human capital development, just as the state government would also do as much as it could, given the available resources”.

This is coming several weeks after the Acting President’s visit to the Gbaramatu kingdom where he was able to establish an understanding with the residents on how to foster peace and sustainable development in the region.

Suspected Herdsmen Kill Seven In Benue State

fulani-herdsmen-suspectsSecurity has been beefed up in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue state, following an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen, in which five people were killed in Mkovur and Tombo communities.

More security personnel including soldiers and the police have been deployed at the request of the state Governor, Samuel Ortom, to reinforce those on ground.

The Special Adviser to the governor on security, Colonel Edwin Jando (rtd), who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said the reinforcements have already arrived their destination.

According to Col. Jando, his office had received reports of the killing of five persons including a tax collector on Saturday, whose bodies have been recovered.

He also offered an assurance that security personnel have been deployed to logo, Ukum, Katsina-Ala, Tarka, Gwer, Gwer west and Agatu to embark on patrols and forestall an escalation of the crisis.

Family Of Slain Driver In Abeokuta Demand Justice

Owerri, Court, NBAFamily members of a slain commercial driver allegedly killed by men of the Nigerian Customs Service in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, have demanded justice.

They have asked appropriate authorities to ensure that the killer of Sabauna Onila, a father of four, does not go unpunished.

Lamenting over the loss, Onila’s mother pleaded that the government should intervene in the case, as her son had been the only one taking care of her while he was alive.

”Government should have mercy on me, it has been three years I have been at home. I am sick and he was the one who has been taking care of me before this unfortunate incident happened so, government should ensure justice is done,” she said.

A committee set up for the defense of human rights in the state has also called on the Federal Government to have a review of operations of the service while ensuring justice is served.

The committee’s chairman believes that the “right to life is a non-negotiable right; you don’t have the right to take my life unjustly. The killing is condemnable – we cannot fold our arms and allow this to continue running.

”We have come out as a civil society organisation with the responsibility of defending people’s rights to tell them that the rights of the people is non-negotiable, we have asked the Federal Operations Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service and the state command to relocate to the borders for effectiveness.

“If our borders are not well protected and allow the passage of these suspected smuggled goods, then it should be their fault,” the committee chairman stressed.

Also speaking on the case, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the police is on top of the situation as the incident is still being investigated.

”All other security agencies have concerns for the life and property of the citizens of this country.

“The state government, as well as other security agencies are on top of the situation, they are having a discreet look at the situation and the issue is an issue that is being given proper attention by the government so that the stability and peace of state will continue to be guaranteed,” he said.