NEITI Asks FG To Reclaim NNPC’s 21billion Dollars Unremitted Funds

NEITI Tasks FG To Reclaim NNPC Unremitted FundsThe Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), has asked the Federal Government to reclaim accumulated funds disclosed by its independent reports between 2010 and 2014.

The report says, only a part of the over $21 billion unremitted funds by the Nigerian National Petroleum corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) can jump-start the nation’s economy.

The Executive Secretary of NEITI, Mr Waziri Adio, told journalists in Abuja at its March policy brief, that no action had been taken against NNPC, despite NEITI’s reports.

“NLNG dividends account for $15.8 billion- this is NLNG dividends of over 15 years from the year 2000 to 2014. NLNG had records that they paid this money to NNPC and NNPC does not dispute that they received this money but the money did not go to federation account.”

The extractive industry revenue watchdog stated that there is a lot of money involved; which if returned, can help the nation get out of its current economic situation.

Education Development: FG Flags Off ‘Train The Trainer’ Initiative

Education Development: FG Flags Off 'Train The Trainer' TrainingThe Federal Government has flagged off a ‘Train The Trainer’ training for teachers, on special needs as well as Hiv/Aids awareness education, in Nigeria’s six geo-political zones.

Flagging off the event, the Director-General of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, Mr Aliyu Bappah, said the training is part of government’s effort to entrench the culture of inclusiveness and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, irrespective of their situation.

He said it would enable all citizens explore their full potentials through education.

Mr Bappah, therefore advised all participants to ensure that they assimilate everything that is being taught, so that the goal can be achieved.

INEC Launches Election Management Plan

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it will establish a prosecution unit, with staff trained in the dynamics of electoral offence cases in order to combat electoral malpractices in Nigeria.

INEC said this is one of the many innovations brought into the commission’s work as it implements a new five-year strategic action plan from 2017 to 2021.

The new line of focus guiding Nigeria’s electoral umpire through the next election, was unveiled during the launch of the five-year strategic plan of action in Abuja.

Speaking at the event, INEC’s Chairman, Mr Mahmoud Yakubu, stated the importance of the innovation, noting that good process leads to good results.

“This approach builds confidence between INEC and election stakeholders by creating a stable system of expectations. Through forward planning, everybody knows what to expect, making it easy to track the attainment of goals and objectives,” he said.

The commission also highlighted the fact that grassroot voter education is critical in countering ‘money for votes’ politics, hence the need for maximum voter education ahead of the coming elections.

South Africa Politics: Unions Ask Zuma To Resign   

Jacob Zuma, South Africa South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, is under pressure to step down from office as some citizens say he is no longer the right person to lead the country.

The latest call is coming from the country’s powerful trade union federation, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), which has about 1.8 million members and constitutes a key part of the governing alliance.

Mr Zuma has faced intense criticism following a major cabinet reshuffle which included the sacking of trusted Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan.

That decision led to South Africa’s credit rating being cut to junk status by standard and poor’s, putting more pressure on a troubled economy.

APC Chairman Calls For Ceasefire Between Senate And Executive

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, has called for a ceasefire between the Senate and the Executive.

Mr Oyegun, made the appeal after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee with the APC caucus in the Senate.

The meeting which lasted for more than three hours, sought to address the acrimony between the Senate and the Executive.

The Chairman therefore called on the government at all levels, to maintain respect and civility with each other.

Also speaking to journalists after the meeting, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate has resolved to focus on issues which would benefit the country.

Group Advocates Investment In Tourism For Economic Diversification

The Federal and State Governments have been urged to explore opportunities in tourism, as an investment option that would help boost Nigeria’s revenue generation in the face of the current economic recession.

The appeal was made at the 47th annual conference of the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), which held at the Imo International Convention Center in Owerri, the state capital.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Growing and Diversifying the National Economy: The Real Estate Imperative’, the National President of NIESV, Bolarinde Ajayi, stressed the need for government to look into tourism and real estate development.

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, George Eche, commended the association for deeming it worthy to choose the state as the rallying point.

The Governor said his administration since its inception, has done well in contributing its quota to the growth of real estate and tourism, considering the numerous infrastructural development it has achieved.

“As I declare this event open by the privilege given to me by our Governor, Rochas Okorocha, we appreciate and commend the leadership of this great association for choosing Imo state for the first time after 47 years of this conference – this practically tells us your association loves Imo state and we welcome you on behalf of Imo people”.

He further stated that: “if there is any profession that should be thankful to any government for uplifting their values then the NIESV should be thankful to the Okorocha-led administration. This is such that since the advent of this administration, the spate of development in all nooks and crannies of the state has made estate surveyors and valuers busier than their counterparts in other states of the federation; our Ministry of Lands is also the busiest in the east of the Niger” he added.

Also speaking, the Chief of staff to the Imo state Governor, Uche Nwosu, stated that tourism is a catalyst to economic growth.

He maintained that the importance of the estate surveyors and real estate practitioners cannot be overemphasized in management of the tourism sector.

Nwosu further stated that many countries depend on tourism as a major means of economic prosperity and if Nigeria can invest in the tourism sector and seek partnership with the Nigeria institute of estate surveyors and valuers, it could help the economy.

“As we as a nation continue to lament about the fall in oil prices in the world market, do we ask ourselves what next? What if there is no oil? Do we have to fold our hands and see things go bad, as a state, do we have to keep waiting for federal allocation until we pay salaries and pensions? I think we need to go back to the drawing board and think about how we can recover and boost the economy through tourism.

“As professionals, NIESV is very key to this project and if every country or state can be well coordinated to harness the tourism potentials embedded in the land, and also partner with estate surveyors and valuers, we might have a way out” he said.

The four-Day conference came to an end with a dinner and presentation of awards.

Malabu Oil: Criminal Trial To Begin June 8, 2017

Arik Air Takeover: Court Fixes May 15 For RulingAn Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Danlami Senchi, has fixed June 8, 2017 for the commencement of criminal trial against Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited and others.

The others involved include: Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, ENI SPA, former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete and former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke.

Also joined in the case filed by the Federal Government are: Aliyu Abubakar, Ralph Wetzels, Casula Roberto, Pujatti Stefeno, Burrafato Sebastiano and Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

In the three-count charge preferred against the 11 defendants, Shell Petroleum Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, ENI SPA and some directors of the oil companies were accused of giving out $801 million ‎for the illegal acquisition of Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd.

The Federal Government also accused Mr Etete, Mr Adoke and others of illegally receiving the sum of $801 million to grant Oil Prospecting Licence 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

Yobe Youths Advocate Passage Of ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill

youths, turkish govt, NigeriansThe youth in Yobe state have staged an advocacy walk to the State House Of Assembly in Damaturu, the state capital, north east Nigeria, seeking the passage of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill.

This, according to them is aimed at reducing the age qualification for youths aiming to contest elective offices in Nigeria.

The peaceful campaign walk which started from the Damaturu township stadium and ended at the State House Of Assembly complex, brought together vibrant youths across the state.

They were received by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Adamu Dala-Dogo (rtd).

The leader of the team, Mohammed Dauda Gombe, speaking at the event, stated that the main purpose of the bill is to promote increased youth participation in the political processes.

“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a time. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts itself from its youth severs its lifetime.

“If the bill is passed into law, it will provide a platform for all adult citizens to participate as both voters and candidates, thereby enhancing resourcefulness of young Nigerians to improve governance and development at the local, state and National levels.

“It will deepen inter-generational dialogue and knowledge transfer, increasing patriotism and reducing youth involvement in violence and political thuggery,” Gombe said.

Responding to the plea of the youths, Mr Dala-Dogo, appreciated them for the initiative and assured them of the Assembly’s backing whenever the bills get to them.

He also called on political office holders and the government at all levels to accord the youths their rightful place in the scheme of things.

The speaker further revealed that the Yobe Assembly, under his leadership would be in full support of the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ campaign.

He therefore urged the advocates that the campaign should not just stop in the state but be taken to the national level.

“I implore you to take this campaign across the whole states of the federation and I can assure you that the moment it comes to our table, we will give it the desired attention to see that the bills see the light of the day” Mr Dala-Dogo said.

Plateau Assembly: Saleh Shehu Replaces Yusuf Gagdi As Deputy Speaker

Plateau Assembly: Saleh Shehu Replaces Yusuf Gagdi As Deputy Speaker The Plateau State House of Assembly on Tuesday, elected a new Deputy Speaker, Saleh Shehu, after the impeachment of the former Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Gagdi.

This follows a letter of no confidence in his leadership style, written and endorsed by 18 out of the 24 House members to the speaker and read on the floor of the House.

At the plenary, majority leader, Henry Yunkwap, presented the impeachment notice signed by the 18 members, which was confirmed and verified by the clerk of the Assembly.

Mr  Shehu, representing Dengi constituency was immediately sworn in to resume his functions as a principal officer of the Plateau State House Of Assembly.

Speaking on the impeachment, the former Deputy Speaker, explained that his removal had nothing to do with any indictment whatsoever, rather it was the wish of his colleagues.

“From the day I was elected, I saw it coming because I am one among equal, when I was elected I was not elected as the Deputy Speaker. I have no grudge against any member or members that signed the impeachment process. It is the decision of the House and I am most grateful that I was not removed for committing any fraud or mismanagement, I was removed simply because they don’t want me anymore.”

Mr Gagdi was elected under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to represent Kantana constituency in the state House of Assembly but defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress later in 2016.

According to him, the leadership tussle rocking the PDP was the reason for his defection to the APC.

Fayose Hails John Momoh’s Emergence As BON Chairman

Fayose, John MomohGovernor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has hailed the election of Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, as the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He extolled Mr Momoh’s virtues as an ace broadcaster and veteran journalist whose hard work and expertise as a media entrepreneur has earned him several deserving awards.

He highlighted his national award as an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), his 2014 Planet Africa Awards for Excellence in Leadership among others, as well deserved honour.

Mr Fayose believes that broadcasting in Nigeria is set on a dynamic and prosperous course with Mr Momoh now in the saddle.

John Momoh
Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh

“It is heartwarming to commend Mr John Momoh for emerging the first professional and private television entrepreneur to become the chairman of the BON.

“Mr. Momoh is a core professional who has practised his trade in broadcasting with sound judgment and strict adherence to its ethical tenets.

“He has brought his professionalism to bear on the management of the Channels Television which has since emerged as a leading broadcasting station in the country as well as a multiple award winning 24-hour news television channel.

“Momoh is widely recognized in Nigeria as a transformative industry pioneer with his 37-year-long career in news television broadcasting.

“Little wonder he was included in a new book by veteran journalists and ex-helmsmen of The Daily Sun newspapers, Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe, titled ‘50 WORLD EDITORS — Conversations with Journalism Masters on Trends and Best Practices’, where his success story and that of Channels TV is chronicled as a chapter.

“While I wish him a great time as BON helmsman, I want to urge him to continue to adhere to the ethical tenets guiding the trade and also protect the sanctity of the noble profession,” Governor Fayose said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi.

Mr John Momoh was elected as Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) at the annual delegate conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Abuja.

He polled 51 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Abbas Dalhatu from Freedom Radio, Kano who scored 12 votes.

This is the first time a private television media owner would be holding this position.

Interior Minister Visits Anambra Over Gas Plant Explosion

police-interior ministerThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has sympathized with the government and citizens of Anambra State over the gas plant explosion that claimed several lives and injured many in Nnewi.

The Interior Minister who visited the state assured Governor Willie Obiano that more proactive measures will be adopted to prevent future re -occurrence.

Dambazau was accompanied by the Comptroller General of Fire Service and the Comptroller General of the Civil Defense.

The explosion at a gas plant belonging to the Intercorp Oil Limited, a subsidiary of Chicason Group, claimed eight lives and destroyed nearby houses.

Complaints, blames and confusion by some residents also trailed the incident.

While some of the residents in the area complained that the site of the gas plant was abnormal, others blamed the company’s activities for the ugly incident.

Ondo State APC, PDP Disagree Over Olanusi’s Impeachment

ondo state-APC,PDP-on olanusi's impeachmentThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State have disagreed on the recent impeachment and removal from office of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Ali Olanusi.

Speaking to Channels Television on the issue in Akure, the State capital, a chieftain of APC in the State, Mr Kunle Adebayo, argued that the former Deputy Governor was not given fair hearing, as he was not duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation.

He maintained that the decision of the State House of Assembly ‎to impeach Mr Olanusi was not acceptable.

But the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, Mr Banji Okunomo, said that the former Deputy Governor was duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation to defend himself on the allegations brought against him.

Mr Okunomo, however, argued that the decision of the House to impeach Mr Olanusi was the necessary procedure to be taken. He further called on aggrieved parties to approach the court of law to seek justice.