Cross River Govt. Assures Communities Of Electricity Distribution

ben-ayadeThe Cross River State Government has assured all the communities across the state yet to be connected with electricity will soon have transformers installed in their communities.

He also stated that the state will enjoy uninterrupted power before the end of the present administration.

The Director General of the State Electrification Agency, Hon. Jake-Otu Enyia disclosed this to Journalists in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.

Speaking on the Ayade’s Zero tolerance to darkness, Enyia said, Governor Ayade is passionate about rural electrification knowing that, power supply is fundamental to rural development and economic emancipation.

“Since the present administration came on board, the state government has invested hugely in the electrification sector through the supplies of transformers, installations and ensuring that the state is lighted.

“For those yet to be captured, the governor has mandated SEA to intervene in such communities for them to also benefit from the gesture”, Enyia said.

Osinbanjo Commends Gov. Ikpeazu On Good Governance

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Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, has commended the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, over what he describes as “the smart business approach to governance”.

Professor Osinbajo said this when Governor Ikpeazu led a delegation of some top functionaries of Abia state government alongside top Aba business/industry leaders to a meeting with Osinbajo and top federal government functionaries in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

A press statement issued by the office of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu, revealed that the meeting held at the Acting President’s office in Aso Rock Villa, was a follow up meeting on the economic development plan of the state, especially as it concerns support for the growth of Small Scale and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Aba.

No Business With China

While commending Governor Ikpeazu’s “smart business approach to governance”, Professor Osinbajo restated that Aba is very strategic and important to the country in terms of innovation, manufacturing and production.

“Nigeria has no business with China if all hands are on deck to develop Aba as a major industrial base.

“I commend Governor Ikpeazu’s unflinching campaign for made in Aba products which quality have improved across board.

“I must say that the made in Aba campaign has raised the tempo in demand for Aba made goods, therefore, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAGDAC) and Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) as federal agencies should ensure that Aba business community have no difficulty registering their products” Osinbajo said.

Governor Ikpeazu, while making his presentation, outlined his administration’s MSME development plan for Aba industrial zone and thanked the FG for partnering with the state to develop the economy of Aba and Abia State.

He stressed on the need for rapid development of Aba as the SME capital of Nigeria, adding that Aba has the capacity and potentials to make Nigeria truly the giant of Africa.

“I want to say that if Aba is given adequate attention, which includes infrastructural and human capacity development, it has the potential and capacity, as the SME capital of Nigeria, to position Nigeria as truly the giant of Africa.

“Our government is doing all we can to ensure the infrastructural turnaround of Aba within the limited resources of the state, but we can’t do it alone, that is why we are thankful to the Federal Government for showing very strong interest in partnering with us to develop Aba as the SME capital of our dear country.

“I must say, it is our collective resolve to promote goods and services made in Aba, and we will not relent in the campaign.

“We call on the Federal Government and multinational companies as well as individuals to not only join us in the campaigns, but also patronise made in Aba goods.

“My administration is also looking forward to the time when all government procurement would give priority to locally manufactured goods to support local producers” the governor said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okey Enelama has informed Governor Ikpeazu, that the FG’s plan on the development of Aba industrial zone which is part of the 2017 budget, will soon come on stream.

Gov. Ahmed Warns Judiciary Against Corrupt Practices

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on members of the judiciary to stand against corruption and uphold the rule of law.

The governor who made this call at the swearing-in of a new grand Kadi of the Shariah Court, Hon. Muhammed Ola Abdulkadir, said that recent happenings on alleged corruption against some members of the judiciary, make the public question the integrity of the judiciary.

According to the governor, “Judges across the country should be bold, fearless, incorruptible, follow the principles of the constitution and promote democracy”.

He also noted that the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development.

“Judiciary must be inclusive and promote social justice. – Ensuring equal treatment of all before the law goes a long way in building trust in the credibility of the judicial system,” Ahmed stressed.

Consequently, he stated that all citizens must have unrestricted and equal access to justice at all times.

Also, the rights of all must be protected regardless of gender, age or status, as justice helps society create organised human relations and forms the basis of strong institutions and good governance.

Kaduna Attack: Govt. Enforces 24-Hour Curfew

Godgodo, death toll, KadunaThe Kaduna State Security Council has enforced a 24-hour curfew in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State with immediate effect.

This follows the recent attacks by gunmen that claimed lives and property in some communities in the two local government areas.

A statement by the spokesman for the state government, Samuel Aruwan, says the action became necessary in order to protect the lives of residents and avoid further breakdown of law and order in the two Local Government Areas.

The statement directs all security agencies on a special operation in the two local government areas to ensure strict compliance of the curfew, stating that only workers on special duties and those on humanitarian services are allowed free movement after due clearance by security agencies.

Naira Drops As CBN Announces New FX Policy

Naira, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Nigerians,The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday announced its first policy actions in the Foreign Exchange (FX) market.

The announcement by the financial regulator comes less than a week after the National Economic Council asked the CBN to revisit its policies on the FX market, as the value of the local currency unit (Naira) dips almost on a daily basis.

The apex bank also announced direct additional funding of foreign exchange to banks for onward sales to Nigerians for their personal, basic travel, medical needs and school fees.

The bank stated in statement that the new directive takes immediate effect.

The apex bank, however, stipulated that such retail transactions should be settled as a rate not exceeding 20% above the interbank market rate, which finished on Monday at 305 Naira, 25 Kobo to the U.S. dollar.

In addition to this, the central bank also announced a significant reduction in the tenor of its forward FX sales from the current maximum cycle of 180 days, to not more than 60 days from the date of transaction.

This move, the financial regulator said would further increase the availability of foreign exchange to all end users.

As the bank seeks to increase efficiency of the FX market that has come under intense local and international criticisms, the apex bank said immediate steps were being taken to clear all unfilled orders at the interbank market, remove imposition of allocation/utilisation rules on commercial banks, as well as implement an effective programme to support the interbank market.

The operator of the interbank FX market, the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, was therefore advised to activate its FX order-book systems as soon as possible.

The agency was also asked to fast-track the on-boarding of foreign exchange clients on the FX relationship systems, in order to ensure total transparency of the foreign exchange market.

CBN To Disburse More Funds To Banks

 CBN To Disburse More Funds To BanksThe Central Bank of Nigeria says it would provide direct immediate additional funding to banks in order to meet the personal, business, medical as well educational demands of Nigerians.

According to a statement released on Monday by the regulator, it expects such transactions to be settled at a rate not exceeding 20 per cent above the interbank market rate.

The CBN says the exercise is part of efforts to ease the difficulties faced by Nigerians while trying to access Forex for transactions.

The Central Bank, however warns that it would sanction any bank or staff involved in unscrupulous and fraudulent transactions on the FX market.

Ogun Police Arrest Forty-Year-Old Woman For Killing Her Baby

Police Arrest 62-Year-Old For Stealing 130,000 NairaThe Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a forty-year-old woman, Foluke Owolewa for killing her one-day old baby.

According to the police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the incident happened at Ipamesan, area of Sango Ota, and was reported at Sango Divisional Headquarters by the Vice Chairman of the community development area (CDA).

The suspect delivered the baby on Thursday morning but killed the baby girl.

The DPO Sango Ota Division, Akinsola Ogunwale led detective to the scene at No. 17 Ilupeju Street, Anishere Unity Estate, Sango Ota where the woman was promptly arrested.

He said, ”On interrogation, the suspect claimed that her two other children are not well taken care of by her husband hence her reason for killing the baby, which she believed will be an additional burden on her.

“Further investigation revealed that this is not the first time the woman will attempt killing her child, it was gathered that she once threw one of her daughter into pit latrine on delivery but the baby girl was lucky to be rescued alive. ” he said.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu has directed that the suspect would be transferred to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

He therefore appealed to members of the public to always be mindful of what is going on around them so, as to give useful information to the Police.

Kwara Govt. To Sanction Doctors Practising At Home

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Government has said that it will sanction doctors who are found to be operating medical services in their place of residence in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Mr Sulaiman Atolagbe Alege, while speaking to newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital, described the act as illegal and said that such has not been discovered, the ministry is on the watch out to bring culprits to book.

“The Kwara state ministry of health has a monitoring team that is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring and checking some of this illegal practices. If anyone is caught, he/she will be sanctioned.” He stated.

Meanwhile, a medical doctor who doubles as a Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Rabiu Yinka has attributed the problem to faulty structure in the country.

According to Prof. Rabiu, he lamented that there should be relevant policies and structure to accommodate medical doctors before graduation.

He said, some graduate doctors indulge in the practice after failing to secure a place for their internship upon graduating from medical School.

However, the professor, who is also the chief medical director of Surulere Hospital in Ilorin, has appealed to the government to focus more on areas that can help to eradicate poverty, rather than embark on infrastructural projects.

“You cannot eradicate problems such as this except necessary policies and structures are put in place by the government at all levels.

“I want to enjoin government to concentrate on how to focus on poverty eradication, rather than going into some unnecessary projects.
Projects are good in fact it helps the state but the people should be helped,” Prof. Rabiu added.

In the same vein, a medical doctor, Dr. Olayiwola Ismail said that graduates in the field, are not certified to operate until they have undergone internship training.

However, he advised the public not to patronise doctors who operate from their homes for their health sake.

Osinbajo Calls On Niger Delta Youths To Shun Violence

osinbanjoThe acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has appealed to residents of the Niger Delta, particularly youths in the region to shun violence and embrace peace.

Mr Osinbajo made this known on Tuesday, during the special engagement on Niger Delta Matters, where stakeholders in River State converged to press home several issues militating against the development of the region.

He called on the youths to give a prevailing room for sustainable development of the region.

According to him, “Peace is the most important quality we need, for the first time we are at the center of government, this is not the time to make war, this is the time to make peace, so that we can derive all the benefits the government has for us all.

“We should maintain peace, the “Buhari government” is committed to changing the narrative in the Niger Delta.

“Our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is going to achieve everything that we have said we will achieve, by the grace of God and you will be extremely proud of this great party

“Don’t worry, today is opposition, tomorrow is victory” He added.

Ogoni Project

The acting President on the issues of the Ogoni clean-up project,disclosed a coordinator has been appointed, while the Shell Petroleum Development Cooperation (SPDC) has been compelled to give 1billion Dollars, meant for the cleanup project and the take off grant has also been provided.

He further revealed that a committee  with focus on the projects to be achieved in the community such as, provision of clean water in the region, health impact assessment study, construction of soil management centre, training, amongst other things, has been constituted.

He appealed to stakeholders in the region that the current administration is genuinely committed to addressing the concerns that have been raised over time.

 

 

 

 

Rivers Govt. Sets Up Task Force To Tackle Black Soot

Cash Recovery Claim Shows Police Desperate To Impress – Rivers Govt.The Rivers State government has set up a task force to tackle the black soot polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs.

The task force has been mandated to investigate and recommend solutions to the environmental challenge.

The decision was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council during their meeting on Wednesday at the Government House.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George, stated that the decision was reached after the Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya had presented findings from a preliminary investigation.

The Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya; Commissioner of Special Duties, Mr Emeka Onowu and the Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George are members of the task force.

The committee will be backed by technical experts and they are expected to liaise with major stakeholders to resolve the environmental challenges in the state.

Port Harcourt residents started noticing black deposits on their rooftops and cars in December 2016 but their concerns became deepened because the soot could not be traced to any source.

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The Ministry of Environment sent its investigative teams to all parts of the state and immediately suggested that the black soot could be caused by illegal oil refining activities, the burning of car tyres at night in different locations in the state, and other air-polluting activities around the state.

Residents of the state were immediately advised to stop the burning of tyres or any illegal oil mining activities.

Oil companies were also advised to stop gas flaring in order to encourage a healthier and sustainable livelihood in the state.

The chairman of the Nigerian Environmental Society in Rivers State, Adeyemi Adewale, equally led his team to the field to set up particle sampling machines.

It is not known if their findings were part of the report presented to the Rivers State Executive Council.

 

 

Delta Govt. Scores Administration High On Empowerment Programme

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has scored his administration high, in its empowerment programme.

Okowa, in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 had said, the performance of his administration would be predicated on a SMART agenda, which is an acronym for Strategic wealth creation projects and provision of jobs for all residents of the state.

The governor said, “I came in with the SMART Agenda and I have continued to stay on course despite the economic recession; yes I agree that we are supposed to move much faster than we are doing today, but, the fact remains that though the economy is bad we have continued to keep hope alive and we will continue to stay focused on our programs.”

“In the year 2015, we had two main programs for the youths; the Youth Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program(YAGEP) and in that year, we had 256 youths that were trained in agricultural production, we are happy to announce that they have all been established; we have visited some of them and they are doing very well, and we are glad to announce the success of the program,” He said.

“In the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) we engaged 1044 youths, we have had a continued monitoring and mentoring program; and the reports we have received have been very positive.”

The governor also disclosed that, “In 2016, the YAGEP program, we trained 342 persons while in the STEP program, we trained 557 persons; the programs had their starter packs put in place and we had a micro-credit adjustment.

“We believe that if we continue to meet the people’s need, things will be better for them, so, while we are providing them with starter packs, we are also introducing them to work with the micro-credit scheme”

“We have also started a program for people with disabilities, they have been engaged in the programs and they are currently doing very well.

“We had the graduate employment enhancement scheme; most of the youths in the agricultural scheme are in clusters because we realized that it was the best way and we have been doing very well with the cluster system,” He said.

Giwa, Effiong, Adama Recieve FIFA Ban Extension

Fifa, World Cup DrawFIFA has confirmed the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF), Disciplinary Committee on May, 12, 2016 against Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong, for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics.

In accordance with Art. 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect.

The quintet were suspended on Thursday in relation to the contest for the leadership of Nigerian football.

After reviewing the charges, available facts and evidence, the NFF Disciplinary Committee found the officials guilty of illegally representing the NFF in breach of Art. 40 of the NFF Statutes, when they without due authorization and mandate purported to contract a Law Firm, Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates of Illovo Law Chambers, 4 Fricker Road, Ground Floor, South Africa in the name of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and refused to pay for services whereby the said Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates commenced proceedings against the NFF for the sum of  one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) being legal fees for professional services rendered in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg.

The officials were also found guilty of breaching Art. 69(1) of the NFF Statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary court and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA and the NFF.

In addition, Christopher Giwa was charged for breaching the general rules of conduct as contained in Art. 13 of the FIFA Code of Ethics when he invaded the premises of the Nigeria Football Federation and falsely presented himself as President of the NFF on 6th May, 2016.

Nevertheless, the relevant member associations as well as CAF have been duly notified of the chairman’s decision.