Wike Lauds Nigerian Navy’s Professionalism

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has lauded the Nigerian Navy for being professional while performing their duties.

The governor commended the Naval High Command for tracking down Rivers State Fishing Commercial Fishing Trawler, which he said would boost the revenue base of the state.

He made this known when he received the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole and the Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore I.N Kayoda.

He said unlike other security agencies, the Nigerian Navy has concentrated on the promotion of security, rather than promotion of political interests.

“The Nigerian Navy has lived above board. They have refused to be dragged into politics. We have had rerun elections in the state, but I have had no reason to complain about the conduct of naval personnel”.

He assured the Naval High Command of the support of his administration in terms of the provision of logistics to fight crime.

The governor said that the gunboats being purchased for the Nigerian Navy by the Rivers State Government will be released to the security agency.

He charged the Nigerian Navy to ensure that the gunboats when delivered, should be used strictly for the protection of Rivers waters.

“We are always willing to support security agencies. Nobody will tolerate crime as it hinders development “.

Earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole announced that the Navy has tracked down the fishing Trawler of the Rivers State, and would soon be handed over to the state government.

He also commended the governor for his commitment to Naval Operations, adding that the 120 Housing Units completed by the administration for the NNS Pathfinder would help solve the accommodation challenges of the personnel at the facility.

Rear Admiral James Oluwole noted that the Nigerian Navy would judiciously use the gunboats when delivered by the Rivers State Government.

Ondo Election: Akeredolu Meets With APC Women, Urges Unity

Akeredolu, Ondo Election, Ondo APCThe candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) for the November 26, 2016 election in Ondo State, Olurotimi Akeredolu has appealed to members of the party to be united and work for the success of the party in the election.

Akeredolu stated this while meeting with APC women leaders in the 203 wards in the state, at the party secretariat in Akure, the State Capital.

According to the APC candidate, the party controls 22 out of the 36 states of the federation and Ondo cannot afford to go with a party that is dead.

He noted that it will be beneficial for the people of the state, if APC is united, thereby calling on women to take up the task.

“We cannot go to a party that is dead, you cannot resurrect a dead person, the important thing for us is that in APC we must have a cohesion, Ondo State is the only state with gas in abundance in the South West to generate light for other states.

“That is what we can achieve if we cannot go to any other party and think we will have any benefit. “For the benefit of our people in the state, we must remain in APC, we must ensure that APC government is in place and we call on our women to do that job.”

The wife of Mr. Akeredolu, Betty Akeredolu on her part emphasized the need to kick out poverty among the women folk in the State. She assured that the administration of Akeredolu will empower women to earn a decent living, no matter their profession.

In her words” we have to kick out poverty, it is very important. “If our women are empowered to earn a decent ‎living no matter their profession is, they should be able to earn a decent living and with that they can take care of their families so Aketi regime will make sure that we arrest poverty in Ondo State.”

Two of the women leaders spoke to Channels Television on the purpose of the meeting, calling on the women in the state to support the party massively as it is the only party where their aspirations can be met.

One of the women, Oladunni Odu explained in her interview, “We have invited women from all over the state so that they can see our programmes and we are going to have women programmes, talking to professionals, market women all over the state, the more you have the better for us.”

While the other, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju said, “This is where the aspiration of women in Ondo State can be met. There’s room for women in APC as you can see, everybody’s charged now and we are all coming out”.

Almakura Receives Biometric Screening Report

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe Nasarawa State government has received the final report of the biometric screening exercise of workers and pensioners of the state that it contracted a firm to carry out on the seventh of July, 2014.

It was undertaken to verify the actual number of workers and pensioners of the state.

Mr Tanko Almakura while receiving the report at the government house on Friday expressed belief the submission was timely and assured them it would be implemented immediately.

During the submission, leader of the delegation and consulting firm, Idris Yakubu, who outlined the objective of the exercise to eliminate ghost workers, advises the government to implement the report immediately.

The Governor also applauded the efforts of the consulting firm and believed the submission was timely, especially now that the state had intended to adopt the Treasury Single Account to manages resources and block loopholes.

He promised to implement the final report without wasting any time, as he ordered constituted authorities to act fast in that direction.

The exercise, which is the third and lasted for 18 months has gotten hold of over 1,600 ghost workers and will save the government a huge sum of money annually if implemented.

FMC Owo Doctors Demand Release Of Kidnapped Pharmacist

Resident-doctorsMedical doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo in Ondo State have called for the immediate release of a staff of the hospital, Mrs Queen Adeyeye, who was kidnapped last Saturday by unknown gunmen.

Mrs Adeyeye, who is the Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the hospital, was kidnapped while returning home from a church programme.

Addressing a press conference at the centre, the Chairman of Body of Medical Doctors, which consists of resident doctors and consultants, Dr. Opeyemi Komolafe, urged the state and federal governments to ensure the woman is rescued from her abductors.

They charged President Muhammudu Buhari to tackle the high level of insecurity in the country, lamenting that the lives of the staff of the hospital were no longer safe.

He urged all security agencies to deploy necessary machinery and intelligence to ensure that the kidnapped pharmacist is freed by her captors.

$6.8 Billion Fraud: Reps To Probe NNPC, Swiss Oil Deals

The House of Representatives has mandated a joint committee to investigate the alleged involvement of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with Swiss oil dealers in deals that cost the federal government billions of dollars.

This resolution followed a motion by Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, who drew attention to a Berne Declaration report, a Swiss non-governmental advocacy organisation, released last week, detailing how the NNPC and the Swiss oil trading companies allegedly duped the country of over $6.8 billion.

Abudu-Balogun expressed worry that “In spite of all these actions of the National Assembly, there are still allegations of corruption in the Nigerian oil industry. The new report by Swiss non-governmental advocacy organisation, the Berne Declaration, detailing how the NNPC, in connivance with major Swiss oil trading companies, is draining Nigeria of billions of dollars of revenue through the sale of crude oil below the market value.

“The Berne Declaration has described the Nigerian oil scam as the greatest fraud Africa has ever known, and the report specifically listed Vitol and Transfigura Commodity Trading Firms (NNPC partners) in the shady deals, saying Nigeria loses billions of dollars as large volumes of oil are exported far below the market prices.

“Exclusive and (non transparent) partnerships of Vitol and Transfigura with NNPC gave them over 36 percent of the market share, with NNPC selling its crude at discounts. Why is Nigeria the only major oil producing nation that sells 100 per cent of its crude to private traders rather than market, it benefits from the resulting added value with the greatest number of beneficiaries of export allocations.

“(We are) worried by the sharp practices and deals in NNPC crude oil allocations to local refineries, which are not utilised, but sold fraudulently at knock down prices to Geneva-based companies through letter box companies by SWAP arrangements,” he said.

Titled “Swiss Traders Opaque Deals in Nigeria”, the report catalogued the “letter box companies”  modus operandi employed by  the alleged partners to defraud the country of over $6.8 billion, noting that such a fraud is the greatest in Africa.

The report said: “No less than 6.8 billion dollars of unjustifiable subsidies were paid out in 2009 and 2011 – that is the equivalent of nearly four times the Nigerian health budget for 2013.”

It said, “the all-powerful national company, the NNPC, categorised as the most opaque national oil company on the planet, itself is evidence of Nigeria’s ‘resource curse’ at work.”

The first and third largest Swiss enterprise in terms of turnover in 2012, Vitol and Trafigura, outclassed their competitors through opaque partnerships with the NNPC to defraud Nigeria, it said.

It notes that more than half of Nigerian crude oil exports pass through Switzerland and that Nigeria is the only major producing company that sells 100 per cent of its crude oil to private traders, rather than marketing it itself and benefiting from the resulting added value.

It further gave instances to show how oil sales between the NNPC and the Swiss partners were carried out at prices lower than the market rates, adding that seven of the Nigerian ‘importers’ involved in this fraud have a subsidiary in Switzerland.

The report indicts the NNPC thus: “Swiss traders do not acquire this crude oil based on public and transparent calls for tender… each year the NNPC grants the allocations of exports under obscure conditions and on the basis of criteria that are unknown outside the restricted circle of the decision makers.”

The Berne Declaration said the profit generated by NNPC and its Swiss partners escape state coffers, adding that any profits that are collected in Nigeria for the state don’t get through.

The lawmaker said in view of the damaging allegations contained there-in, the House needs to investigate the report.

The committee is expected to report back to the house within four weeks.