PDP Has To Reposition For 2015 – Vice President Sambo

The Vice President, Namadi Sambo at an event in Abuja advised members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to be united so that the party will have a good standing in the 2015 elections.

Speaking at the one year anniversary celebration of the National Working Committee under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Vice President Sambo said that members of the party need to be faithful to the ideals of democracy.

While stressing the need for the repositioning of the party ahead of the 2015 general elections, he stated that the true practice of democracy and the unity of members is key to enhancing the reconciliation efforts of the National Chairman of the party.

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur identified lack of openness, fair-play and internal democracy as some of the problems bedeviling the party.

However, he said that repositioning the party without effectively addressing some of the challenges confronting the party will be an uphill task.

Sambo says youth unemployment is unacceptable to Jonathan

Vice President Namadi Sambo on Tuesday said that the current global phenomenon of youth unemployment is unacceptable to the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The vice president said this at the inauguration of and technical workshop for states implementation committees of the community services, women and youth employment of the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) in the presidential villa, Abuja.

He said youth unemployment rate which is at 50 percent in several nations was the reason the federal government has evolved innovative methods of tackling the challenges of unemployment and that for decades, the country has been faced with high unemployment rates among the youths and strategies and institutional mechanisms put in place to create wealth have not yielded much result.

According to him, the community service programme inaugurated was to fast-track the design to employ 320,000 of the unskilled youth, women and citizens with physical challenges annually, noting that the programme and graduate internship scheme designed to train 50,000 graduates in private companies are part of the benefits of the partial subsidy removal under SURE-P.

While urging each sector of the economy to play its role in contributing to job creation, Mr Sambo said “the present effort under the SURE-P therefore builds partnership between the tiers of government on the one hand and across sectors on the other.”

He said in order to hasten the achievement of the programme; State Implementation Committees (SIC) have been established in each state and the federal capital territory, not only to guide the implementation at the state level, but to also serve as a platform for strengthening partnerships with states and local governments on employment creation.

Mr Sambo urged members of the committee to live up to expectations of government and justify the confidence reposed in them by their nomination for the assignment. He also warned them that “government would not tolerate any act of wrongdoing or corruption in the programme” as their inauguration was an act of matching words with action by the federation government.

In his remark, the chairman of SURE-P, Christopher Kolade, acknowledged the support which President Jonathan and Vice President Sambo have given to the programme. He said contractors in the programme and midwives have not been owed as they are paid promptly.

The Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ministers of Women Affairs, Labour, Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory and representatives of the Minister of Water Resources and others attended the event.

Prospects of crude oil exploration in Northern Nigeria gladdens Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo on Friday expressed the appreciation of the Federal Government to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the positive progress they are making in the exploration of hydro carbon at the Chad Basin.

From left: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Goni Sheikh; The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, and Vice President Namadi Sambo, at a meeting on Lake Chad Basin hydrocarbon exploration in Abuja on Friday

Speaking at a meeting convened with experts within the NNPC and other public sectors at the State House, Abuja, Mr Sambo said he was happy that surveys have indicated the presence of oil in the Chad Basin.

He noted that the budget provision is based on activity assessment and that the efforts so far expended and the achievements recorded so far will lead to the realization of the targeted goal.

He directed that a meeting with Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), a conglomerate that is presently working with the NNPC on the project, should be convened as a step to engaging willing and ready investors that will facilitate speedy and timely exploration in the second phase of the exercise.

The vice president further directed that the recommendation in the aero magnetic data survey needs to the harnessed including other works and services required so that a target time can be arrived at.

He noted on the need for deployment of funds, and the need to source for and engage other capable hands who are willing and ready investors.

Mr Sambo reaffirmed the Federal Government resolved to explore oil on the Lake Chad Basin contrary to the allusion in some quarters that government is not serious in doing so.

In his briefing the Group Managing of NNPC, Andy Yakubu, said despite the insinuations making the rounds that the corporation is not doing much on the exploration of the hydro carbon on the Lake Chad, NNPC was doing a lot to realize the objective of the Federal Government.

He said an integrated team of consortium of consultants set up by the Federal Government to study the possibility of exploring oil has identified 3350Sqm which was recommended for further investigation.

He added that on the submission of the report of the investigation NNPC commissioned its subsidiary and consultants to start the exploration. These consultants include the Chinese companies that worked in similar ventures on Niger and Chad Republics.

Mr Yakubu noted that due to the high technology employed for the exploration the area was divided into four phases and that work is currently on-going on the fifth phase.

He further added that three major sub-basins in the Lake Chad area namely Biu, Maiduguri and Barga had been identified and marked as low risk while work is currently going on in that area.

He pointed out that lack of security and adequate funding are the major challenges being faced in the speedy execution of the project.

If oil is found in the Chad basin, some northern states including Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and by extension Adamawa States may be listed as crude oil producing state, a status that may improve the living condition of residents of these states.

One killed as gunmen attack Vice President’s house in Zaria

Gunmen on motorbikes attacked the country house of Vice President Namadi Sambo in Zaria in Kaduna state on Monday, but he was not in the building at the time, police said.

“The policemen on guard and the assailants were engaged in a gun battle around 11:30, however, a cobbler was hit by a stray bullet and died instantly,” police spokesman Balteh Abdulrazaq said.

“Two police officers sustained bullet wounds on their legs and arms and have since been rushed to an undisclosed hospital,” he said.

Mr Abdulrazaq said no arrest has been made.

“We have already commenced investigation and we are urging the public to remain calm and report any suspicious activities around them,” he said.
Hundreds of miles northwest of Zaria in the remote city of Sokoto, suicide bombers targeted police stations on Monday.

“Two suicide bombers attacked two police formations in the state capital … as a result three people died that includes the two bombers and a police officer,” Muktar Bello, police spokesman in Sokoto, told Reuters.

Suspected members of Boko Haram killed five people and lost four of their members in a series of gun battles in Nigeria’s second largest city Kano on Sunday.

Security experts believe Boko Haram has many cells operating independently from each other. The sect recruits from the millions of disillusioned youths in the impoverished north, who can be easily coerced into joining the insurgency.