I Never Knew I Would Be Known Globally – Don Moen

Don Moen American Gospel Music Artiste, Don Moen, has said that he never knew he would be known globally.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise on Saturday, Mr Moen said: “In the early 80s, one of my wife’s sisters wrote a letter. In the letter, she was praying for my wife Laura and me, she said: As I was praying, I saw Don standing in front of thousands of people leading them into God’s presence and writing songs that suits the heart of kings.

“I said to Laura that , honey, your sister is a wonderful lady, but she is not a prophet because there is no way I’m going to stand in front of thousands of people.

“I couldn’t speak in front of 15 people without getting nervous,” he emphasised.

Answering a question on what else he does aside singing, Mr Moen said “I have been a music executive for 20 years. I was the Head of the Labour and Integrity; finding the song and the artistes. I wasn’t an artiste at that time.

Ron Kenoly, also a guest on Sunrise Saturday, speaking on how he started his journey said: “Let me put it in a few words spoken by a Pastor who introduced me once, he said: If the bible were to be written today in Nigeria, integrity music, Don Moen and Ron Kenoly would have a place in the scripture.vlcsnap-2016-03-26-12h50m35s66

“I think that capitalises all that the Father has done in us and through us, but it has not been without test, challenges, trials, a lot of prayer and a lot of honest seeking the heart and the mind of our heavenly Father.

Mr Kenoly, being spirit filled, said that all the songs himself and Moen wrote were directed from God.

“Before recording a song, we always find out what the Father really wants to be done. I never considered ministering worship music as what I would do while I was in the military.

“When I was in the Air Force, I was always singing secular music and I won several contests,” he added.

Governor Dickson Worried Over Bayelsa’s Lowest Allocation

Bayelsa governor seriake dicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has expressed worries over the recent Federal Allocation to Bayelsa State from the Federation Account which he said was the lowest the state had ever received. 

Governor Dickson made the statement while swearing-in the first three Special Advisers to be appointed in his second tenure in office.

The Governor stressed that the allocation of 2.9 billion Naira was not enough to cater for the wage bill of civil servants in the state, which amounts to 4 billion Naira.

He expressed worry over the economic future of the state and advised Bayelsa citizens to seek alternative sources of generating revenue and forget being dependent on the government.

The Governor also said that appointments in his present administration would not be as much as it was in his first tenure.

“The government lacks the fund to cater for the appointees,” he stated.

Those sworn in were Dr Boma Spero-Jack, Mr Francis Agbo and Honourable Timipre Seipulu.

Dr Spero-Jack was appointed Special Adviser on Security, Mr Agbo, Special Adviser on Media Relations and Honourable Seipulu, Special Adviser on Treasury and Accounts.

Kaduna Govt. Bans Multiple Tax Collection, Introduces E-Payment System

el-rufai-KadunaThe Kaduna State Government has introduced a new tax policy, banning multiple tax collection in the state.

The new policy also bans Local Government officials and agencies from collecting taxes and all form of levies from individuals and corporate organisations across the state.

The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, made the announcement on Friday after signing the new Kaduna State Codification and Consolidated Tax Policy and Pension Scheme into law.

El-Rufai said that the replacement of cash tax collection with e-payment method is part of efforts to block leakages in revenue collection.

According to him, the measure is to ensure that every penny collected would count.

The Governor also explained that the new tax policy would boost the state’s revenue profile, attract more investors and make payment easier for people.

He stated that his administration had taken necessary steps to cut cost of governance and direct resources to where it really matters.

Governor El-Rufai warned those posing as revenue collectors to stay clear as government will use all legal means to bring them to justice.

Residents of the state including labour unions have applauded government for signing the two bills into law. They have expressed the belief that it will help ameliorate the sufferings of the people.

We Will Urgently Develop Agriculture, Buhari Tells Saudi Businessmen

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that his administration was fully committed to increasing the productivity of Nigeria’s agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

This, he said will save the nation from the harsh effects of the lower crude oil prices.

Speaking at a meeting with leading members of the Council of Saudi Arabia’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, President Buhari revealed that with declining revenues from crude oil exports, Nigeria’s hopes of economic resurgence now lie in the rapid development of its immense agricultural and solid mineral resources.

Inviting Saudi Arabian businessmen to invest in both sectors, the President said  his administration will welcome greater foreign investments in support of its efforts to rapidly diversify the Nigerian economy.

According to a statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said that Nigeria had regrettably depended too much on crude oil exports to the neglect of other resources and was now paying a harsh price for failing to diversify its economy early enough.

“With the downturn in the global prices of oil, we now have to protect our solid minerals. We have to return to agriculture.

“Mining and agriculture are our hopes now. We will welcome investments in these areas. We will appreciate an in-flow of more resources and expertise to help us achieve our objective of economic diversification,” the President said.

The Chairman of the Council of the Saudi Arabian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Dr Abdulrahman Al Zamil, said that agriculture was a very important area of investment for its members, adding that they were already in Brazil, the United States of America and Sudan, “where we have huge farms.”

Declaring that they were willing to invest in Nigeria, Dr Abdulrahman Al Zamil said that the Saudis were the leading investors in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Part of the President’s delegations are the governors of Osun, Ogun, Katsina, Borno, and Zamfara States who took turns to address the Saudi Arabian businessmen on investment possibilities in their states, with the assurance of good returns.

Nigerian Troops Make Progress In Counter-Insurgency Campaign

Army-TroopsThe military says Nigerian and Cameroonian forces have killed suspected Boko Haram terrorists and freed several hostages during a raid to combat the insurgency in several West African nations.

According to a statement issued by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the troops killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists and also rescued 45 persons in an operation against the insurgents in villages.

The statement added that the troops safely diffused five improvised explosives in the border towns, while four soldiers in a separate operation were injured when they stepped on buried explosives.

According to L’Oeil du Sahel Newspaper, the leader of an elite unit of Cameroonian soldiers, Captain Yari Emmanuel of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, was killed on Thursday last week during a joint operation with Nigerian Forces that led to the killing of at least 27 militants.

Fayose Lays Foundation For New Oba Market

Ekiti-FayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has formally laid the foundation stone of the new Oba market in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

The new Oba market project estimated at over three billion Naira is to replace the old market which was demolished in December 2015, following a fire disaster.

Speaking during the foundation laying ceremony, Governor Fayose refered to the project as another promise that has been fulfilled by his administration.

The Governor added that the construction of the market would be completed within 18 months and be ready for use.

The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, commended the Governor for his work in the state, stressing that the new Oba market is not for the people of Ado Ekiti alone, but for all indigenes of the state and Nigeria at large.

Some market women in the state also showed their appreciation to the state government.

The occasion was graced by the Governor, his wife, the Deputy Governor, traditional rulers and other top government officials in the state.

NMA Asks Osun Doctors To Embark On 3-Day Warning Strike

Resident-doctors-NMAThe Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has asked doctors in Federal Hospitals in Osun State to join their striking counterparts working for the state government to demand for the payment of their salaries.

Rising from an emergency meeting in Osogbo, the state capital, the State Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, said that the 3-day warning strike scheduled to commence on February 17 would help the striking doctors press for October till December salaries, a reduction of their tax deductions and implementation of the CONTISS salary scale.

Dr. Ogunyemi, who stressed that the doctors in the course of negotiations have had to shift grounds on many of their demands, insisted that the doctors would only resume duty if government is committed to paying up their salaries and acceding to their other demands.

In reaction to this, media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon, claimed that the government has also sacrificed to ensure both parties arrive at a logical end.

He said that the state government has agreed to pay the doctors their outstanding salaries upon resumption.

Giving the assurance that good reasoning would prevail at the end of the dialogue, Okanlawon appealed to the striking doctors to reason with government, especially in the face of the current financial status of the state.

Former Rivers Lawmaker, Monday Eleanya Killed By Gunmen

EleanyaA former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Monday Eleanya, has been killed by unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, confirmed the incident.

He told Channels Television that the victim’s identity was not clear when the report first filtered in, hours after the victim was shot on Thursday, until later in the evening.

According to DSP Mohammed, the former lawmaker was on his way out of his house when he was accosted by armed men suspected to be robbers.

He said that although Eleanya’s car was not stolen, the assailants left him for dead and fled.

Mr Eleanya represented Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Constituency 1 between 1999 and 2003.

Ikpeazu Seeks Unity Towards Abia State’s Development

Abia-ikpeazuAbia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has urged all Abians to drop their shields, indifference and work together, irrespective of party affiliations, to contribute their quota towards the development of the state.

The Governor made the call during a state broadcast.

He said the victory at the Supreme Court is a confirmation of his mandate and a renewed commitment for credible governance that would improve the lives of the citizens.

Governor Ikpeazu urged all the supporters to be magnanimous in victory and the opposition to be objective in their criticisms.

He also urged the opposition to avoid actions that would jeopardise the existing peace and unity in the state, hinting that he is Governor for all.

The Apex Court on Wednesday affirmed the election of Governor Ikpeazu as winner of the Abia State governorship election.

Akwa United Wins 2016 NPFL Super 4

akwa unitedAkwa United have emerged champions of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) pre-season tournament.

The Nigeria Federation Cup winners played out a nil-nil draw with league champions, Enyimba on the final day of the 5-day event held at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo.

Akwa United thus finished top of the table with 9 points, while Enyimba came second with 8 points.

Nasarawa United also earned 8 points but with superior goal difference.

Coaches of both teams who spoke to Channels Television after the match expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the game.

They also said that preparations are on for the CAF Champions League and the Confederations Cup.

APGA Elects Victor Ike Oye As New Chairman

apgaDr. Victor Ike Oye has emerged the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), with the former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, clinching the National Secretary position.

Before the event started, there were rumours of a court order stopping the convention but after a directive from the outgoing National Chairman, the party’s legal adviser cleared the air.

The convention, which took place at the Women Development Center, Awka, had a total of 740 delegates from the six geopolitical zones of the country and happened eight years after the last convention was held, laying to rest projections of disintegration of the party.

The new National Chairman promised to take the party to new heights through building a new and cohesive political movement founded on mutual love, peace and fraternity, devoid of bitterness and acrimony.

The outgoing National Chairman, Victor Umeh, made a well-tailored speech on the achievements of the party and urged the new executive to continue in a higher dimension.

Moving further, the convention moved for the dissolution of the existing body of the National Working Committee, after which the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinwe Nwaebili, moved a motion for the approval of the election of the members of the National Working Committee of the party.

The nominees were called upon and with an unanimous voice vote, they were elected and sworn in.

El-Rufai Bans Fertilizer Allocation To Traditional Rulers, Others

El-RufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has banned the allocation of fertilizers to traditional rulers, politicians and other elites in the state.

The Governor also directed that fertilizer stocks should be sold directly to local farmers from designated sales points.

In a statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday, Governor El-Rufai gave the directive shortly after he paid an unscheduled visit to the fertilizer warehouse of Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture at Dankande village along Kaduna-Zaria Express Way.

El-Rufai made it clear that his administration will not condone injustice and acts of discrimination that would be a disadvantage to ordinary citizens.

During a meeting with the leadership of the Northern Christian Elders Forum on Friday, Governor El-Rufai had said that the Kaduna State Government has concluded plans to merge some of the state ministries, and also cut down the number of Commissioners into the State Executive Council in order to cut down the cost of governance.