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Reject Jonathan’s $1bn loan request, Falana tells N’Assembly A National Conference delegate, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, has asked the National Assembly to reject the request made by President Goodluck Jonathan, asking for the Assembly’s approval for a $1bn loan to aid the war against the Islamic sects, Boko Haram. Falana said the President must explain what he had been doing with the budgets made for defence in the past few years. He said, “The request made by President Jonathan for approval of the Senate for a loan of $1 bn to fight the menace of the Boko Haram sect should be rejected in its entirety. Between 2010 and 2013 over N3tn was budgeted for defence. “Under the Appropriation Bill signed into law on May 23 this year, 20 per cent of the entire federal budget i.e. the sum of N968.127bn out of N4.962tn was earmarked for defence. The Senate should find out what happened to the defence budget in the middle of the year to warrant a supplementary budget of N160bn.” Similarly, another Senior Advoca ...
HND/BSc Dichotomy Committee Submits Result The committee set up by the Federal Government to work on the dichotomy between holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND) and university degree holders has submitted its report. The committee inaugurated in May, 2014 was tasked with reviewing the content and curriculum of the HND programmes to be equivalent to the Bachelor of Technology and introduce a bridging programme that will pave way for HND holders to reach the highest grade level in the public service. Some of the recommendations of the committee include the need to maintain standards by not creating two different B.Tech degrees, but to synchronise the B.Tech curriculum proposed by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the polytechnics with the same one approved for the universities by the National Universities Commission. This, the report said, is to avoid further dichotomy. It has been nine months since the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) went on strike, with one of its de ...
THE JUDICIARY - THE LAST HOPE OF THE COMMON MAN AS IT STOPS THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AGAINST THE MINISTER OF PPETROLEUM/NNPC The judiciary will continue to defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian public against perceived injustice and oppressive regimes. The Judiciary asserting its constitutional place within the institution of democracy is the last hope of the common man in Nigeria. The stopping of the National Assembly against the Minister of Petroleum Resources/NNPC is not only timely but a proof that we still have a country where hope lives. The seemingly face-off between the House of Representatives, The Presidency/NNPC on one hand and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, an institution of the Federal Government has assumed a constitutional significance with the court stopping the office of the Inspector General of Police, a creation of the same constitution against itself is the respite for rhythmic balance inter-change needed to ensure respect for the rule of law in ...
Hopesthat the striking Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, would go back to classrooms after yesterday’s scheduled meeting of the lecturers with the Joint Committee of the National Assembly and other stakeholders have once again been dashed. This was because the meeting was postponed till end of the month following the absence of relevant ministers. Yesterday’s meeting was reportedly fixed about two weeks ago, following cries from parents, guardians, students and other stakeholders in the sector that students of polytechnics have lost over a year, following alleged insensitivity of the relevant authorities to the plight of the students. ASUP has now been on strike for 337 days, while students of colleges of education have remained at home since last December. A stakeholder from the COEASU camp, who spoke on the botched meeting, toldVanguard: ‘’We were already at the meeting this afternoon when we were informed that it had been adj ...
‘Jonathan can’t stop Deziani from appearing before N’Assembly’ Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources ( Downstream ), Senator Magnus Abe, has said that it is not possible for President Goodluck Jonathan to prevent Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Deziani Allison – Madueke, from appearing before any committee of the National Assembly. Abe, who stated this in an interview with some journalists in Abuja on Saturday, therefore warned appointees of the Federal Government from using the name of Jonathan to challenge the powers of the National Assembly. Alison-Madueke, who is being probed by the House of Representatives over an allegation that she spent N10bn on a chartered aircraft, has said that the National Assembly cannot investigate her without first obtaining the consent of Jonathan. The minister and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, who made the submissions in an affidavit they filed in support of a fresh suit before an Abuja Federal High Court to stop the probe, mainta . ...
Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) reflected yesterday on the state of the nation, urging Nigerians to vote wisely in next year’s general elections. She lamented the rot in the polity, the collapse of social infrastructure, graduate unemployment, growing insecurity and other challenges, which she said, had overwhelmed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government. Mrs. Tinubu said: “Nigerians will see changes, if the All Progressives Congress (APC) wins the 2015 elections and forms the government at the centre.” Briefing reporters at her constituency office, the Rehoboth House,Yaba, Lagos Mainland, on her activities in the Senate in the last three years, she said the National Assembly would have impacted more positively on the country, if it was dominated by the APC. Lagos Central APC leader Prince Oluyole Olusi; Lagos APC Secretary Eshinlokun Sanni; former Minister of State for Defence Chief Demola Seriki; one-time Finance Commissioner Wale Edun; Alhaji Mutiu Are and Yaba Local Coun ...
Senate panel blames Jonathan for illegal N685bn spending The Senate Committee on Finance has said that President Goodluck Jonathan should be blamed for the unilateral spending of N685.910bn by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on kerosene subsidy in 2012 and 2013. The committee which probed the alleged $49.8bn missing oil money, said Jonathan set aside a directive by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2010 that kerosene subsidy payments should be stopped. It added that the President defended the disbursement of the whopping sum by the NNPC without appropriation by the National Assembly. In the report which was obtained by our correspondent on Monday, the committee noted that Yar’Adua stopped the subsidy payments because Nigerian masses were not the beneficiaries. The committee lamented that Jonathan’s decision to set aside the directive by Yar’Adua made the Federal Government to spend N353.3bn in 2012 and N332.5bn in 2013 on kerosene subsidy payments. It said that Nigerian mass ...
Group Urges FG to Implement Panels' Recommendations On Fuel Subsidy Abuja — A rights organisation, Africa Network Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), has tasked the Federal Government on the implementation of the recommendations of the reports of probe committees on oil fuel subsidy. The reports include the National Assembly committees headed by Hon. Farouk Lawan, Ministry of Petroleum Resources led by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and the Presidential committee led by Aig-Imoukhuede as aftermath of the 2012 January protest against removal of fuel subsidy. Deputy Executive Director, ANEEJ, Leo Atakpu, said the workshop was parts of campaigns to end impunity in the oil subsidy regime. It also reviewed the prosecution of cases investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force and noted the slow pace of prosecution of suspects by the courts resulting in no convictions, more than two years after thereby fuelling speculations that chi ...
No govt. agency exempted from Procurement Act – BPP Abuja – The Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mr Emeka Ezeh, said on Tuesday that no Federal Government organisation, including the National Assembly, was exempted from the Public Procurement Act. Ezeh said this when a delegation of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) visited the bureau in Abuja. He assured that when the Procurement Act was properly followed, good governance and honesty in the award and execution of contracts would be maintained. According to him, the Procurement Act of 2007 covers all federal ministries, extra-ministerial offices, departments and other public entities set up by the Constitution or Act of the National Assembly. He said the organisations, whether funded from the Federation Account, or from their own Internally Generated Revenue were mandated by law to go through the BPP for any purchase. “A lot of people are misinformed about the Procurement Act. “It took a while for people to begin to unde ...
Security: Confab Delegate Asks Jonathan To Postpone 2015 Presidential Election By 18 Months A Delegate representing the South South geo- political Zone, same zone with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan at the on- going National Conference, Chief Okon Osung has called the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone the proposed 2015 general. Osung said for the nation’s democracy to be preserved, it is important for the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Electoral umpire, to extend the Presidential Elections by at least eighteen (18) months. In a media chat with Journalist in Abuja, Okon Osung said the security challenges with Boko Haram engaging in massive killings of persons and wanton destruction of property in some parts of the country has become imperative for Nigeria to have a declaration of a Presidential or National Assembly politico- administrative moratorium. Osung, a former National Vice President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, who noted that the issues ra . ...
CHAM FALIYA SHARON~wrote: BENEFITS OF "Boko Haram" 1. Only few people now talk of the 'missing' 20 billion dollars! 2. The outrage that greeted the unlawful removal of Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from office has taken the back seat! 3. The theft and misappropriation of public funds by the disgraced former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, and the strident demands for her prosecution have been quietly forgotten! 4. The outrage over the use of billions upon billions of naira of public funds by Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke the Petroleum Minister for her private jets has cooled off! 5. The outrage and persistent demands for the sack of the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro for fraudulently collecting close to a billion naira from job seekers for phantom jobs in the Immigration Service which caused the loss of about 26 lives has also cooled off! 6. The Nigerian public has forgotten that the National Assembly has approved the 2014 budget estimates since March, but the President has still not signed ...
I know where the Chibok girls are – Senator Ahmed Zanna A lawmaker representing Borno North at the National Assembly, Senator Ahmed Zanna has confirmed he knows the whereabouts of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Zana, who claimed that the government refused to listen to him, told CNN that he won’t reveal the location of the girls and the dreaded Islamist group. The Senator made this declaration when he was being interviewed via a telephone call by Isha Sesay of CNN. Asked where he thinks the insurgents might be keeping the girls, the Senator replied, “I won’t tell where they are being kept again because I have told the Federal Government where they are likely being kept before the video was released. Now that I saw the video, the vegetation in the clip confirmed what I have told them earlier,” “If they want to know where they are being kept, then the government should remember what I told them before. What I can tell you is that the girls are no longer here in Chibok.” He affirmed that it w ...
Education budget: Still scratching the surface Coordinating Minister for Education, Nyesom Wike- File copy to Punch Newspaper HOW to fund Nigeria’s crises-ridden education sector has become a nightmare. But we should not be deceived that education received the lion’s share in the N4.6 trillion budget of 2014, recently passed by the National Assembly with an allocation of N424.2 billion, comprising N373.5 billion for recurrent and N50.7 billion capital expenditures. Defence, Health and Works ministries followed in that order. Although the Federal Government seems to have given education a priority in the budget, it has failed to address the challenges of infrastructure and quality by the paltry allocation to capital expenditure. For six months last year, academic activities in the country’s public universities were paralysed as lecturers went on strike over the parlous state of our Ivory Towers and unpaid allowances. Its definitive effect is that the 2012/13 academic session, which ought to have end ...
Adm.ISHAQ MM. ADAVI, said; could this be true with 2015 election arround the coner: According to them (Govt.), that: In assessing FG’s budget proposal for 2014 A News Analysis by Ishaq MM. Adavi, News Agency of Public Administration Dept. (NAPAD) The emphasis, which the Federal Government placed on job creation and inclusive growth in the 2014 Appropriation Bill, has elicited the commendation of some perceptive analysts. The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, presented the proposed N4.6 trillion budget for the 2014 fiscal year to the National Assembly on Dec. 19. The proposed budget of N4.6 trillion is lower than the N4.9 trillion 2013 budget. A breakdown of the proposed budget shows that N3.7 trillion, representing 72 per cent, is earmarked for recurrent expenditure, while N1.1 trillion is earmarked for capital projects. Okonjo-Iweala stressed that the budget would focus on job creation and inclusive growth, saying : ``The budget is going to support the push in agriculture and kick-start the ...
NA adopts resolution to increase salaries of federal govt employees ISLAMABAD (APP): National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution to increase basic salaries of federal government employees in proportion to price hike. The resolution was moved by Begum Tahira Bukhari mentioning that “The House was of the opinion that the government should take steps to immediately make increase in the basic salaries of the Federal Government employees in proportion to price hike.” Speaking over the resolution, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics & Privatization Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said the government would try to give maximum relief to its employees in available resources. He said no such statement was given by Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar that there would be no increase in salaries of the federal government employees in the upcoming budget. Rana said it was the priority of the government to control inflation and keep it in single digit. Mem ...
The National Conference Introduction The calls for the convocation of a sovereign National Conference to address the socio-economic and political challenges of the nation following the annulment of the June 12 Presidential Election of 1993 have persisted through the years to this day. This is in spite of our return to civil rule in 1999 with the attendant coming into existence of the National Assembly that is the ultimate sovereign. In response to this persistent agitation, President Goodluck Jonathan revealed on October 1, 2013, that his administration had decided to explore the option of a national conversation. Consequently, he set-up a 13-member Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue with Senator Femi Okoruonmu as Chairman. The Committee embarked on a nationwide tour and met with various stakeholders at the end of which the recommendation for a National Conference was made. This recommendation was accepted by the Federal Government and the modalities for its convocation were released ear ...
ARD Strike: Nigerian ‘Doctors’ And Her Craze For Self Importance BY FEJIRO OLIVER An African proverb rightly says that the cane with which we use in beating the child is waiting for the next child. I saw it coming that our MBBS graduate will succumb to the cheap publicity of going on strike, so as to buy the sympathy of Nigerians, just the way the other medical workers got all Nigerians supporting their strike. I saw it coming that they will turn to the cane (Journalism) to publicize their fight against the Federal Government. I could not help but laugh at an MD consultant who told his colleagues that the battle for their continuous supremacy in the health sector which has now be removed, via the media will be won back through the media; hence they are ready to channel all the resources to use the media. Don’t worry, dear friends; many of my colleagues are waiting to lodge your money in their bank accounts, just to write to smile with your money to the bank, while they know the truth that your batt ...
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Unemployed Graduates To Start Receiving Monthly Allowances -NANS The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, said on Monday it would push for passage of the bill mandating the Federal Government to pay monthly allowance to unemployed graduates. Gbadebo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that the allowance would cushion the hardship faced by the graduates, adding that unemployment was largely responsible for the insecurity in the country. Gbadebo, who is representing the students at the conference, said crime would reduce in Nigeria once job opportunities became available. “Tertiary institutions are churning out thousands of graduates every year without the necessary atmosphere to gainfully get them employed. “We will also be discussing the issue of employment in the conference. “We are going to revisit that bill that was unwholesomely thrown out by the National Assembly, the bill that recommends that every graduate of every tertiary institution must be paid a particul ...
Presidency, others to fuel generators with N836.6m in 2014 The Presidency and other ministries, departments and agencies of government will spend N836.6m for the fuelling of plants and generators in 2014. The amount is contained in the 2014 budget proposal before the National Assembly. The figure is striking when considered from the standpoint that the government, had after the privatization of the power sector promised that Nigerians would begin to see significant improvement in power supply from the first quarter of next year. Specifically, President Goodluck Jonathan had while inaugurating the Phase II 500 megawatt Omotosho National Integrated Power Project Plant in Ondo State two months ago promised reasonably stable power supply in the country by the middle of 2014. He added that the Federal Government was targeting 4,700mw from 10 NIPPs, which he said would be completed before the end of the first quarter of 2014. According to him, the 10 National Integrated Power Projects will be handed over to the ...
How can the government tackle unemployment, when huge chunk of the yearly budget goes for the payment of salary and allowances of political office holders and civil servants? The problem is that the bulk of government spending (75 percent) is recurrent expenditure. And 25 out of the 75 percent of Federal Government overhead go to the National Assembly. That’s hindering the economic and infrastructural development of Nigeria. That’s why we have irregular power supply, decaying infrastructure, high unemployment rate etc. For us to make progress, we need to start looking at the structure of expenditure and make it more compatible with the development initiative of the country. If the political office holders and civil servants receive less and steal less, there will be enough money for good roads, better schools, well equipped hospitals, regular power supply, and all these would help in creating more jobs. A Nigerian politician speaks against corruption when he or she is not getting enough to steal, othe ...
No doubt, AIT is now the unofficial mouth piece of the ruling GEJ led PDP Federal Government and PDP itself. The patently biased and "arrangee" interview it conducted when the APC directed its members in NASS to block every executive bill send to the National Assembly gave it out. It is curious that no single person spoke in defence of APC out of all the people AIT interviewed! As for me, i have stopped watching AIT programme that involves inviting discussants to express thier views on any burning national issues because such discussion is usually tainted. Not a few agreed with this commentator that AIT has thrown objectivity, balance and fairness to the winds. GBAM!
AHEAD OF PLANNED National Conference: WHILE Akwa IbomITES CONTINUE TO MAJOR IN THE MINOR...!! By Borono Bassey I must be quick to establish that I share some of the sentiments raised by eminent Nigerians who have kicked against the modalities that will drive the planned National Conference as released by the Federal Government. Only a few days ago, one of the most respected public affairs analysts Nigeria is blessed to have, Kelechi Deca raised a very illuminating concern about the modalities of the conference. He insisted that the proviso that dictates that the outcome of the conference be subjected to the ratification by the National Assembly will make nonsense of the conference itself. To buttress his argument, Deca said if it is agreed by the majority at the conference for instance, that the remuneration of lawmakers be slashed, he maintainted that he did not see the members of the National Assembly giving their nod to this unpalatable recommendation. In the face of the myriads of criticisms that has ...
I listened to Dr Fredrick Fasheun on channels tv, describing as an abomination, the suggestion by a senator, that the confab reports and deliberations should have recourse to the National Assembly and the outcomes forwarded to the lawmakers. The conference itself was never christened a ‘sovereign’ one by the Federal Government which initiated it and if it were, then it would mean President Jonathan and all other elected officials would have to down their tools and Nigeria will be undergoing a rebirth or most likely, a disintegration. But since the conference is not sovereign both at conception and in it’s manifestation, then it will certainly reveal itself as an opportunity for so many things to align with it and utilise or use it for other interests and agenda, some positive for Nigeria, some negative to our co existence; as peace continues to elude us. Funds were channeled to the National Assembly which were meant for a truer Constitutional Amendment process and opinions were fetched from constitu ...
All hope in me began to evaporate and vamoose as I scrutinised the 2014 budget prepared by the Federal Government and presented to the National Assembly by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. With due respect to Madam Ngozi, a woman I admire so much and saw as a potential President of Nigeria, I wonder if she prepared that budget or it was prepared and sent to the Ministry of Finance without any input whatsoever from her. It is very obvious that some politicians sat down to concoct that budget by padding it with all manner of spurious figures that calls to question the intelligence behind some if not most of the sinful allocations- Dele Momodu
PDP, APGA, LP, AP Unite Against APC An alliance of lawmakers from different political parties emerged at the House of Representatives on Monday with an avowal to protect the Nigerian democracy and nation. The lawmakers in the alliance called their group, National Unity Group. The NUG, dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers, has the Labour Party, Accord Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance members in the House coming together to confront opposition All Progressives Congress, which had vowed to ground the Federal Government. The new group’s slogan is “No to Anarchy” and it vowed to meet the APC’s threat with “robust resistance.” But the APC lawmakers in the House, in their initial reaction on Monday, have said they will wait for members of the group on the floor of the House. The APC’s national leadership last week had directed its members in the National Assembly to “block” all legislative proposals by President Goodluck Jonathan. Among Jonathan’s urgent legislativ ...
FG assures Confab delegates of adequate security LAGOS—The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that security of delegates to the forth-coming National Conference will be given top most priority, even as members of the National Assembly have been warned not to frustrate the yearnings of Nigerians. The Speacial Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Ali Gulak spoke in a telephone interview. He said that the Federal Government would go the extra mile to protect the lives of the delegates and the vital facilities that would be committed to the business of the National Conference. According to Alhaji Gulak,”we do not foresee any threat to lives of the delegates but we will not leave anything to chance because this is a major political programme of the Jonathan admisitration and the success of this programme will advance peace, unity and development in the country”. He said the experience of the 2010 Golden jubilee celebration that was bombed remains fresh in the minds of the Fed ...
We embrace the stand of the Federal Government and National Assembly on the Anti *** policy. Nigerian youths are encouraged to shun vices and other activities which contravene God's plan for human race. We will not relent. Please, continue to spread this good news dear friends.
Opportunity Cost; Alternative Foregone. I am deeply concerned that the National Assembly *** the Federal Government of my country Nigeria has embarked on yet another needless venture of initiating and passing a bill into law that has no meaningful impact on I and my countrymen. The law in question has made it illegal for persons with bisexual attributes popularly referred to as either homosexuals or *** to live in our country. The law further imposes a 14 year jail term sentence on these new set of "offenders." What a law! While I do not see how the existence of these persons can harm or kill me and my fellow country men, I am certain that the activities of highly placed thieves in government institutions if not checked can harm, destroy and eventually kill not just me but other Nigerians in our thousands, if not millions. My heart grieves because so much time and resources have been spent on making this irrelevant bill become law. While this process lasted, the Petroleum Industry Bill is still in ...
Constitutional Amendment should be done by the National Assembly. Either Article 156 be completely striked down and cancelled out of the constitution OR it be amended to have same provincial preference for every natural resource in the country. In my view best thing would be that Art 156 be amended so that all provinces and areas have equitable share of all national resources, as this is the fundamental spirit of Federation. As per my understanding this Art 156 is incorrect for two main reasons ; firstly we all are part of one country and all parts / areas of country have to support and share the resources we have, and secondly the funds utilized in gas exploration were given by Federal Government, so how can the province justify its own preference over the same. We all Pakistanis have to be united, support each other, and have heart to share our resources if we wish to prosper in the world. ..
SOME of the details contained in the 2014 budget proposals of the Federal Government currently awaiting the approval of the National Assembly are as outrageous as they are disquieting. Those details have, as usual, exposed the government's propensity for frivolities and plush living. Global trends however suggest that public officials should scale down the cost of governance and roll back casual luxuries in public office. But President Goodluck Jonathan is again making a public statement of opulence in a country where the majority of the people live below the United Nations poverty threshold. It is obvious that what the government has succeeded in doing with the budget, as usual, is to use it to promote the ostentatious and wasteful lifestyle of government officials, while further impoverishing the Nigerian citizenry. When the government is not budgeting N2.2 billion for a "befitting banqueting hall in Aso Rock Villa," as was the case last year, it is proposing N34.5 million for the feeding of lions in th ...
At this time of the year it should be very wrong for me to vent my anger as the atmosphere is and should be of of utmost gratitude to the Most High for the gift of life, but as a Social commentator, a journalist and and an MC I can't help but to express my anger at the Government insensitivity to the plight of we Nigeria as fully demonstrated in 2014 Budget in which Federal Government that couldn't resolve ASUU problem until after 6 months of lives were wasted plan to buy two animals in the Presidential zoo and even a new jet at the cost of Billions of Naira not mentioning their budget for Foreign trips and National Assembly packages! With level of Poverty in the country, how can the prsesident be budgeting 1Bn Naira on a new jet despite having about ten aircraft at his disposal! I MC EDACITY Am angered and asm sure you will if read the full story below DECEMBER 30, 2013 BY JOHN ALECHENU AND FRIDAY OLOK President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President Namadi Sambo. President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-Presi ...
Iwopin Paper Mill to resume soon, says Rep A Federal lawmaker, Honourable Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, has expressed the confidence that the abandoned multi-billions naira Iwopin Paper Mill would soon resume operation, following the 100 per cent payment by investors to the Federal Government. Abudu – Balogun who represents the Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency at the Lower House of the National Assembly, said a revived Iwopin Paper Mill will fast – track the socio – economic development of his people, create direct and indirect employment, as well as generate revenue for the state and the Federal Government. The All Progressives Congress (APC) legislator made this known in Ijebu – Ife, Ogun State while rendering account of his stewardship and distribution of empowerment items valued at about N30 million to party members and supporters in his constituency. He said work ought to have began at the paper mill were it not for the litigation involving two parties that had earlier ...
Pakistan's National Assembly will never cease to amaze you with its absurdities. Dominated by right-wing nut cases, it has passed a resolution condemning the hanging of Abdul Qadir Mollah, a man convicted of rape and murder by the Bangladesh Supreme Court. It has also offered condolences to the family of Mollah and listen to this, . the people of Bangladesh. The man was convicted and hanged by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on the request of the Federal Government of Bangladesh after the war crimes tribunal had found him guilty of crimes and sentenced him to life imprisonment. The crimes were in fact, against the very same people of Bangladesh that Pakistan's NA is offering condolences to!! The crimes were rape and murder. This reminds me of May 2013 when I was in India and Sarabjeet Singh, the convicted Indian terrorist involved in the killing of a number of Pakistanis was bludgeoned to death in Kot Lakhpat Jail. I watched in amazement as the right wing of India (the JIs, PML (N)s and PTIs of India)and ...
Footage of my participation few months ago at a two-day Corporate Nigeria Stakeholders' and Investors Forum Sponsored by the Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, an eventful outing held at United Nations Headquarters Manhattan in New York, USA. As a member/representative of Diaspora Affairs Committee from National Assembly at that forum, I reassured Nigerians in diaspora that the Federal Government will be encouraged to redeem its $500 million Diaspora Bond plus other incentives for Nigerians outside the shores of Nigeria, particularly those that are doing us proud. I however emphasized that Delta State is not the only investment friendly environment in Nigeria but that Ondo State Government under the leadership of Governor Olusegun Mimiko has also created an enabling environment where investment will not only survive but where investors will have the opportunity to recoup their funds within the framework of their revenue projections. Kindly avail yourself the opportunity to view the foot ...
Forget Agreements, ASUU Strike 2013 Not Ending Soon!!- ASUU Asked when the lecturers would call off the strike, he said, “I doubt if the strike is ending soon. The problem is with the Finance Minister. Where is government getting N1trn from? He said, “I must tell you that our mandate remains. The only mandate we have is that 2009 agreement must be met. We have not reached any agreement with the Federal Government. “Since the Federal Government wants to be releasing N220bn every year for five years, then all monetary and regulatory agencies must sign. The Central Bank of Nigeria, Ministries of Finance and Labour, National Assembly, Office of the Presidency, National Universities Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Trade Union Congress and our umbrella body, the Nigeria Labour Congress, must sign with consequences stated. According to him, government had always failed in implementing agreements reached with ASUU. He said, “Truly the President sat down for more than 13 hours with us.He told us ...
BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE Arinze Ezenwa wrote: I would like to draw the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria, The Federal Ministry of External Affairs, and the National Assembly to the activities of some unscrupulous agents in Nigeria, with collaboration of some Nigerian elements in Doha offering Work Visa to unsuspecting Nigerians to work and live in Qatar. This practice has been on for some time but has recently reached a frightening dimension in the last few months. There are now many Nigerians living roughly, some in detention, many living in uncompleted buildings earmarked for demolition, as a result of a scam going on in Nigeria about Qatar Work visas. Qatar is a tiny emirate in the Middle East. It is a country rich in oil and gas resources which have fuelled the infrastructural and economic development of this Arabian Peninsula nation over the past decades. This economic boom has seen the migration of people from South East Asia, Europe, America and Africa to this small Gulf State. The ...
I’ll continue to support Gov. Amaechi, …Sen. Abe Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South-East in the National Assembly has vowed to continue to support Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State because of his commendable performance. Senator Abe, who spoke at Gokana and Khana Local Government areas in Ogoni, said it was sad that the state was being allegedly neglected by the Federal Government, in spite of the fact that people of the area fought for the realisation of a South South President. He said: “First, we have not said that we are against President Goodluck Jonathan, we have not said so here. People need to remember that the South-South Presidency that we are talking about and enjoying today had an origin. “The Calabar Declaration was the beginning of the South-South struggle for the presidency; that declaration was written by me in the office of then Secretary to Government of Cross River State. I wrote it. Prince Tony Momoh was there, Mr. Egbogbo, the then secretary to the governmen ...
Punch US ultimatum on ports security in Nigeria JUNE 25, 2013 BY PUNCH EDITORIAL BOARD DESPITE reforms that have cost taxpayers so much money, many things are still horribly wrong with port operations in Nigeria. Instead of improving, the situation has become so critical that early this month, the United States Coast Guard, through the US Consulate in Lagos, issued a 90-day ultimatum, warning “the Federal Government to improve on its ports security system or face the stoppage of sail of vessels to Nigeria.” The US body threatened to mobilise its international partners to boycott Nigerian ports if the situation did not change. This is a self-inflicted indictment of recent federal administrations, especially under the incumbent Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the National Assembly committees on Marine Transport, which have oversight functions on the ports. Top officials of the Nigeria Ports Authority and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, the body that manages security ...
The Federal Government, on Thursday, said smoking would soon be banned in the country as soon as the Anti-Tobacco Bill before the National Assembly was passed into law. It also disclosed its readiness to convene a Universal Health Coverage to help boost strategies towards improving healthcare delivery. Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who spoke in Abuja, at a ministerial platform, insisted that the Federal Government could no longer condone smoking. He asked rhetorically: “Why are you smoking? Why are you taking what will kill you? What benefit do you derive from smoking?” Professor Chukwu listed his achievements in office in the last two years to include establishment of National Trauma Centres in the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and the National Hospital, Abuja; completion of Federal Staff Hospital, Jabi, Abuja; completion of Laboratory and Administrative building of the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Abuja, and rehabilitation and equip ...
FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY CORPS: WHAT WE DO In February 1988, the Federal Government created the Federal Road Safety Commission through Decree No. 45 of the 1988 as amended by Decree 35 of 1992 referred to in the statute books as the FRSC Act cap 141 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN). Passed by the National Assembly as Federal Road Safety Commission (establishment) Act 2007. The functions of the Commission generally relates to: Making the highway safe for motorists and other road users. Recommending works and devices designed to eliminate or minimize accidents on the highways and advising the Federal and State Governments including the Federal Capital Territory Administration and relevant governmental agencies on the localities where such works and devices are required, and Educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of discipline on the highway. In particular the Commission is charged with the responsibilities for: Preventing or minimizing accidents on the highway; Clearing obstructio ...
North kicks against ban on B’Haram, Ansaru The North on Wednesday disagreed with the National Assembly on the proscription of two Islamic miltant groups – Boko Haram and Ansaru–by President Goodluck Jonathan. While the North through its two prominent groups, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Elders Forum, faulted the ban, the National Assembly insisted that it was a welcome development. To the ACF and the NEF, the Jonathan administration has through the ban thrown a spanner in the works in its efforts to end bloodletting in the North through amnesty for Boko Haram and Ansaru members. They said they were waiting to see how the Federal Government would address the crisis in the North. In an interview with one of our correspondents in Kaduna, the ACF’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Anthony Sani, argued that with the ban, negotiations with Boko Haram would be difficult. He asked, “Now that they (government) have proscribed the sect, can they now negotiate with a non-existing ...
Jasper Azuatalam request you to ponder on this FOR THE FOURTH TIME, ORITSEJAFOR CALLS FOR THE ARREST OF General Buhari ( I think i traveled when Oritsejafor called for the arrest of the US government, Bola Tinubu, Shehu Sani, Ogbonnay Onu, Lai Muhammed, National Assembly and co) My Igbo people used to ask "Obu Soso Udara muru nwa ana apiwa onu?" Below are statements made by General Buhari and Other Nigerians and the US government. 1. BUHARI - Buhari was said to have accused the Federal Government of double standards in dealing with the issue of Boko Haram, during a radio programme on Liberty FM in Kaduna,.He was said to have questioned the “special treatment” given to the Niger-Delta militants by the Federal Government, while the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses destroyed by the government. 2. Boko Haram: U.S warns Nigerian Military against the use of brutal force Samantha Fox (PSN) The United States Government Friday asked Nigerian Military to use discipline use of force in engag ...
THE depth of corruption and incompetence that pervades Nigeria's public service is on display once again in the unfolding Federal Government's $430 million surveillance camera contract. Not only has the government wasted a huge sum on another failed project, it may be delaying a similar and more transparent project by the Lagos State Government. The National Assembly should not relent in its efforts to unravel the mess and bring culpable public officers to book. The latest national embarrassment involves the Nigeria Public Security Communications System, formed in response to the dire insecurity in the country. A main component of the NPSCS is the installation of Closed Circuit Television Cameras in Abuja, the federal capital, and Lagos, the country's economic powerhouse. Among the issues the parliament should demand answers to is why the 2,000 CCTV cameras claimed to have been installed in the two cities are not working. Initiated in 2009, the CCTV project entailed Nigeria making a down payment of $70.5 ...
He said he was in Port Harcourt and that the network was bad. “In Port Harcourt, network is bad. Can’t confirm,” Yerima said. The spokesman of the JTF in the North East, Col. Sagir Musa, neither picked the repeated calls placed to his mobile telephone line nor responded to text messages sent to him on the issue. Meanwhile, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, condemned the killings. Advising the Federal Government to dwell more on intelligence to check insecurity, he described the proposed death penalty by the National Assembly as a mockery of the fight against terrorism.
At the book presentation in honour of the former CJN Justice Muhammad Uwais yesterday, I stressed the need for the Federal Government to fully implement the Justice Muhammad Uwais’ Electoral Reform Committee. Nigeria should be among the countries that would record one of the best electoral process in Africa and the world by the year 2015. The Uwais’ Committee report remains the most comprehensive one, which if implemented, could improve significantly Nigeria’s electoral system. Therefore I urge the National Assembly to take advantage of the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution to inculcate those recommendations of Uwais’ report that could strengthen our electoral system.
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Vanguard Pension scam: FG replaces Maina on MARCH 1, 2013 · in NEWS By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North ABUJA—Federal Government has bowed to pressure from the National Assembly to sack the controversial chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, from the public service of Nigeria following his refusal to appear before the lawmakers after several invitations. Findings by Vanguard reveal that the Federal Government may have quietly dismissed Maina from service shortly after it dissolved PRTT, so as not to be seen as bowing to the dictates of the National Assembly. Both chambers of the legislature had unanimously voted for the dismissal of Maina, an Assistant Director in the Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pensions Office, CIPPO, who was appointed to run the PRTT for 30 months only to be overwhelmed by scandals involving pensions funds management running into billions of Naira. *Abdulrasheed Maina, Replacements Although the Head of Service, Bello Sali, had said the PRTT had been di ...
WORDS WITHOUT END: WHAT GOOD SHALL WE GAIN FROM BALKANAIZATION OF Governors Forum? One wonders about all the ripples the rumbles and the tumbles in the once solid affilliation of the emperors we officially called Governors in Nigeria it all started like a huge joke of the century in this GEJ administration led then by Governor Bukola Saraki the then Governor of Kwara State as a union of like minds and collegues because it had never happened and could not have happened during the maximum rulership of OBJ that hunted and scared the Governors then to their bone marrows Gradually the forum transformed into a super structure political monster block that could bark and bite , the Presidency continued watching their trend from a distance as the Governors Forum openly challenged all policies of the Federal Government hamstronging the system to most times bow to their demand or face no other option than to go to court the National Assembly was not left in the lurch in this battle of the Governors Forum to stamp .. ...
President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday night signed the 2013 budget of the Federal Government into law averting an unprecedented constitutional crisis and a face off with the National Assembly.
Delta State: THE LITIMUS TEST FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE TOUR the widely unacceptable jamboree and exhibition of evidence of lack of schedule for the Minister of information with the appointment of two attack dogs Okupe and Abati by Mr President Bereft of what else to do Mr Labaran Maku sought the approval of the Natiomal Economic Council and his Principal to be out of his office at Radio House Garki Abuja every week on the road to states in Nigeria doing (a YOO MANS) job in the name of project inspection , which adds no positive value to the Transformational Agenda of this GEJ administration since he is not an expert in those projects Labaran Maku who has lost the confidence of the people and even the National Assembly is roaming about the states streets praising the Federal Government and the Governors that most of the indigenes of their states knows and observes that there are no verifiable evidence of service delievry on ground and that they remain non performing (GOVERNORS) the question is does Labaran ...
Former militants, who embraced the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government in Imo State, are threatening a showdown if their allowances are not paid in the next three days. The ex-militants, who briefed journalists yesterday in Owerri, the Imo State capital during a joint meeting of the Orashi and Enyimba camps, pointed out that the non-payment of their allowances since December had brought hardship on them and their families, saying they were unable to send their wards Back To School after the yuletide holiday. The leaders of Orashi and Enyimba Camps, Prince Emeka Igwe and Andrew Nwakotubu, warned that further delay in the payment of the allowances might disrupt the peace and tranquility currently being in enjoyed in the oil producing areas. They accused the National Assembly of trying to frustrate the efforts of the Federal Government on the Amnesty Programme, According to them, "the last time we were paid was December 13, 2012 and since then we have not been paid because of the delay by the Nationa ...
Members of the House of Representatives spoke glowingly on Tuesday on the Federal Government's programme for Nigeria's centenary celebrations. This was a dramatic departure from their stance last week. The event, which comes up on January 1, 2014, will mark the 100 years of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorates in 1914. Last week, many members had opposed the programme when President Goodluck Jonathan sent a letter to the House requesting for audience to brief lawmakers on the preparations. They had said celebrating 100 years of Nigeria would be a waste of time and a drain on the financial resources of the country. On Tuesday, however, some of them made a U-turn after a session with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Pius Anyim, at the National Assembly. But Senators on Tuesday criticised Federal Government's proposal for the centenary celebrations to mark the 1914 amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria. It also demanded that the execut ...
Leadership Paradox Of N4bn First Ladies Complex, Niger And Third Mainland Bridges Mon, 11/02/2013 - 4:24am | UCHENNA AWOM What a paradox! What a foolery of a choice? What is in N4billion First Ladies Complex? The burning issues are; between constructing of a second Niger Bridge, repair of the old one and the rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos and the building of African First Ladies Complex in Abuja. Which of them are people oriented? UCHENNA AWOM writes that the Senate last week surreptitiously suggested stark choices for the Federal Government; choose between the demands of a majority and the comfort of an overfed few. What an Irony? Could you imagine that the issue of second Niger Bridge and even the sorry state of the present colonial bridge that connects the Eastern states with the rest of Nigeria and the ubiquitous Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, with its creeping fear occasioned by the current state of dilapidation, will take a protest of the National Assembly to attract the atte ...
Atiku Abubakar wrote: There is a need for the Federal Government and National Assembly to make the anti-corruption law stiffer to serve the purpose of deterrence against white-collar criminals in the country.na laugh I dey laugh!
Earlier in the week, Global Fleet, the company that owns Energy Petrol Service Station, owned by Jimoh Ibrahim the famous owner of failed businesses such as Air Nigeria, Newswatch Magazine, NICON Insurance, NICON Hotel, Global Fleet/Energy Stations amongst others, put out a newspaper adverts asking Nigerians to become dealers and operators of his failed Petrol Service Stations around the South West that have been shut down now for a long time. Today I'm hearing National Assembly is putting massive pressure on CBN to recover the N35.5billion unused-for-purpose Aviation intervention Funds Jimoh Ibrahim collected via Air Nigeria from him. Do I see a connection between these two events happening same week? Yes, very clearly. I can only warn Nigerians who are considering taking Jimoh's offer of running is Energy Fuel Service stations to please think again. Remember, that guy collected N35.5billion from the almighty Federal Government and shut down Air Nigeria instead of using the money to save it. A word is e ...
Vanguard News shared the following link:National Assembly has been called upon not to approve the $7.9 billion being requested by the Federal Government to fund certain projects within the next two years.
Sambo, Obasanjo attend Saraki’s funeral prayer Ilorin – Vice-President Namadi Sambo and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo were among dignitaries who graced the Islamic prayer (Fidau) for late Dr Olusola Saraki in Ilorin on Sunday. Sambo, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, led the Federal Government delegation, while state governors in attendance included Adams Oshiomole of Edo, Babangida Aliyu of Niger and Idris Wada of Kogi. Members of the National Assembly and traditional rulers from various parts of Nigeria were also present, to pay last respects for the late politician. Sheikh Habibulahi Adam-El-Ilory, a cleric, in his sermon, urged Nigerian politicians to always remember death and endeavour to serve the people who elected them sincerely. He stressed the need to eschew violence and politics of bitterness in order to move the nation forward. The cleric emphasised the need for peaceful co-existence irrespective of socio-political leanings. “Nigerians should learn lessons from death that all man cr ...
I WILL SACK YOU ALL, President Jonathan WARNS MINISTERS. President Goodluck Jonathan Friday served a warning to all his Ministers and Heads of Parastatals fingered in the current National Assembly bribery scandal to begin gathering their belongings as his Government will no longer tolerate rogues and fraudsters. An obviously angered President Jonathan made the declaration at the Brown Room of the State House in Abuja during the official assent of the N4.7billion 2012 Appropriation Bill into law. The President noted that his decision is borne out of the need to sanitise the system as the action and inaction of these rogues had consistently undermined the planning of Government policies and programmes. "One of the greatest problem I have noticed from the day I assumed Office as Vice President in 2007 till date is that the Federal Government budget has not been based on proper planning. In most cases, when the budget comes out from the planning and Finance Ministry, along the line, people distort the budget, ...
i believe what Dr Frederick Faseun OPC oga said is write :The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) on Friday called for an immediate ceasefire as a prelude to any meaningful dialogue between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect. At a news conference in Lagos, the OPC also faulted the ongoing constitution review by the National Assembly, insisting that “no amount of tinkering and panel-beating” could reform the 1999 constitution into a “people’s document”. OPC Founder, Dr Frederick Faseun, said that Boko Haram must unveil its identity for meaningful talks which must take place within Nigeria. “Boko Haram has remained faceless; government must insist on not discussing with a faceless group until the leaders are unveiled and known. “And any dialogue between government and Boko Haram should hold within Nigeria,” added the OPC Founder. Fasheun noted that since much of Boko Haram’s hostility was against Christians, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) must be represented at the prop ...
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CONSTITUTION REVIEW PUBLIC SESSION Yewa South/IPOKIA FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY CONSTITUTION REVIEW TEMPLATE. The Template will include but is limited to the following issues: · Proposal for Constitution amendment with respect to: Recognition of the Six zonal structure; States creation; · The Structure, Funding and Creation of Local Governments; · Residency and the Indigeneship question; · Justiciability of economic and social rights; · Fiscal provisions; Separation of office Accountant General of the Whole Federation and Accountant General of the Federal Government; · Separation of office of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; · Process of sending the Revenue Allocation Forrmula of National Assembly; · Independence of State legislature; amendments of the Exclusive Legislative List to devolve more powers to States; · Fiscal federalism; · Abolition of State Electoral Commissions; · Immunity clause review; · State Police Question; · Zoning and Power sharing . ...
Don’t waste your oil money, IMF warns FG ABUJA-THE International Monetary Fund, IMF, yesterday, cautioned Nigeria against expansionary fiscal policies, given the uncertainty that still pervades the global economic scene just as the Nuhu Ribadu Task Force set up by the Federal Government to review the oil industry has found that the use of crude oil traders was contrary to the global best practice and trend wherein national oil companies develop their own trading arms. IMF's Senior Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Scott Rogers, who presented the World Economic Outlook, told journalists, in Abuja that Nigeria must take advantage of the current growth to strengthen her fiscal position by saving for the future, as there is no assurance of early global economic recovery. His words: "The global economic outlook remains uncertain. The global context has continued to witness slowing growth mostly marked in the advanced economies. The US housing prices remain depressed and that nation's weak economy is im ...
Breaking news: there was a peaceful protest this afternoon by National Association of Rams and Goats at the National Assembly Abuja. The association was calling on the Federal Government to make a law that will protect the rights of animals in the country. Meanwhile, the Chief Leader of Union of Nigerian Turkey and Honey has vowed to take every measure to stop the killings of it's fellow species during the Christmas and New Year respectively.
Privatization: Power sector’s workers assured payment of their payoff . 20 October 2012 Workers of the power sector have been assured of adequate payment of their benefit in the planned privatization by the Federal Government. Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Power, Hon Ibrahim Ebbo, stated this at the yesterday in Ajaokuta, Kogi State when he led the committee members on a visit to the Geregu Power Station to monitor the budget as released through the Appropriation Act of 2012. He said “the conditionwe gave the Federal Government is that if any worker should be paid 100 per cent of his pay off entitlements,” adding that the house would ensure transparency in the pay off exercise. Ebbo who carpeted the executive arm over non adherence tothe provisions of the 2012 appropriation law, said the National Assembly was out to ensure that the budget was substantially implemented and that funds appropriated are released to MDAs to execute projects. Earlier, the Acting Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of G ...
Executive Director of African Institute for Applied Economics, Dr. Ifediora Amobi has expressed concern over the Federal Government’s silence on the $5.9 billion external budget in the budget proposal presented to the National Assembly last Wednesday.
Therefore the Federal Government and the National Assembly should adopt Governor Akpabio's development philosophy and recognise Ikot Ekpene, Calabar, kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan, with national histories as special development cities n territories.
The House of Representatives has advised the Federal Government to give priority to federal road projects nationwide. Shame on National Assembly U guys just waking up from sleep or just to talk
Leadership Newspapers shared the following link: federal government yesterday hinted that President Goodluck Jonathan would be sending a fresh Local Government autonomy bill to the National Assembly, which will add to the lists of high-profil
It is time, that the Federal Government of Nigeria starts Social Security Scheme for her citizens. This will reduce social crimes going around the country. Armed and Bank robbery, kidnapping, terrorism and vandalization of pipelines of petroleum products. All the recoverd loots can be expended on the Scheme. National Assembly, please take note.
We call on the Nigerian Senate to stiop trivializing activities of terrorists by recommending llight sentense llike, life jail for them. They should face capital punishment depending on their mode of operations. If you only jail people who bomb houses and churches, mow down Southerners with impunity, what will you do to other murderers and robbers? The crux of the matter is that some Northern elites, who are desperate to return to power, are using armed gangs against Christians and Southerners, to kill and intimidate them. The National Assembly and Federal Government, should take drastic measures and punishments to stop the 'private army' and their 'sacred cow' sponsors, being unleashed on innocent citizens, if they are sincere to let Nigeria to remain one. If those wicked and heartless people continue to bomb churches, it will soon dawn on them, they don' have monopoly violence. Visit: www.powertrumpeter.org.
The National Assembly has always been rejecting the move by the Executive on the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon since 2006 as attempts have been made by the Federal Government to comply with section 12 of the Nigeria constitution, this is the saying of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria; Femi...
Jibrin Ibrahim shared the following link: Ebere Onwudiwe of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, on Friday commended the National Assembly for calling on the Federal Government to appeal the ruling on the Bakassi Peninsula.
Scientists Fault Govt on Lokoja Flood Disaster The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) has faulted the response of the Federal Government to the devastating effects of climate change in the country despite early warnings. President of NAS, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, yesterday at press briefing ahead of the eighth Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-8) with the theme, “Climate Change in Africa: Using Science to Reduce Climate Risks,” said the Federal Government had not responded properly to the flood disaster that had ravaged the country in recent times. Ibidapo-Obe said: “The funny thing about the Lokoja flood disaster is that it was predicted that it was going to happen but what were the mitigating effects? The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) despite their predictions and warning in March under-estimated the Lokoja flood. There are reasons to be on top of this kind of disaster. What happened in Lokoja just tells us how important climate change mitigation can be.” The NAS Presiden ...
The multinational voices its concerns about the PIB which is before the National Assembly.
again we are in the period of budget preparation and presentation and to fulfil its promise to the people, the Federal Government is set to present a draft Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly on 4 October. The budget has been defined as the official estimates of government’s expected income and spending for a [...]
Jonathan To Present 2013 Budget Oct. 4: - President Goodluck Jonathan will on Thursday, October 4, present the 2013 Federal Government spending plan to the National Assembly, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said the key assumptions of the 2013 Budget are: Crude oil production of 2.48
Kogi Groups Bar Lawmakers From Coming Home Over Roads Published September 20, 2012 | By Kogite Agitation for the reconstruction of the dilapidated Obajana-Kabba-Egbe road, a federal road in Kogi State, has taken a dramatic dimension as some groups of youths in Okunland, Kogi West Senatorial District have resolved to constitute themselves into a militancy movement to fight over the issue. As part of the move, which is preparatory to full-scale civil disobedience, the youth have vowed to prevent members of the National Assembly from the zone from coming home for Yuletide “if the Federal Government failed to act before December.” Those affected according to one of the statements are Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West District; Tajudeen Yusuf, representing Kabba-Bunu-Ijumu Federal Constituency and Sunday Karimi, representing Yagba West, Yagba East and Mopamuro Federal Constituency, all of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a joint statement, Yagba Change Agent Group (YACAG), Okun You ...
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The Hon Minister for Information's comment that the National Assembly's resolution on the N5000 note is not binding on the Federal Government is regretable. Maku reminds me of nza the bird in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Nza the bird overfed himself that he challanged his Chi(Personal God) to a single combat.
Shocking! JTF soldiers to face trial for rape, murder, torture JTF: Worried by violations of the rules of engagement by security operatives in dealing with civilian population during disturbances, the Federal Government has sent a bill to the National Assembly for a law that will punish offenders in concert with international law. The bill forbids unjustifiable JTF attacks against civilian population. Offences punishable include rape, torture, murder, extermination, deportation or forcible transfer of populations, enslavement, imprisonment, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy or enforced sterilisation or any form of sexual violence of comparable gravity. Besides soldiers that may directly be involved in such abuses, military commanders will also be liable for war crimes committed by the troops, such as “extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.” Consequently, culprits will be tried by the Intern ...
It is made the official carrier of the Federal Government cabinet members and the National Assembly period.
The Good, the bad and the Ugly IX The state of Nation and the security challenges has caused Citizens to cry for help from the Almighty the creator of the universe. In a country were the Governance is a sacred duty the loss of a single person is always followed with inquiry and many heads rolls, but in Nigeria due our sharp divisions along ethno –religious, political and regional sentiment designed, coordinating by our Elites and implement by common Man, The output of which has inculcated into us only to condemned injustice when the victims are known to us. The recent condemnation of the activities of JTF in Gombe town and environ should have come before now, let us remember the saying in hausa ‘‘in gemu dan uwan ka ya kamata wuta shafawa naka ruwa means if the beard of you Friend is own fire sock yours in water’’ when there glare inaction by the Federal Government, northern Governors Forums and the JTF on the day light massacre of innocent people at Potiskum Cattle Market must of us kept mut ...
Guang Fulani the Plateau lawmaker who was killed was a member of Ruling PDP. In his last appeal he was calling on United Nations, not ruling PDP in his State or PDP controlled National Assembly or PDP controlled Federal Government, to protect his people! If he lived till 2015 he would be calling on his people to vote PDP and probably tell them of the wonderful job PDP had been doing in power. That my friend is the irony of Nigerians. From 1999 till date we 'vote' the same set of people! If we keep 'voting' them in, it means we are satisfied with our way of life! Only Nigerians can save Nigeria from Nigerians! VOTE BUHARI FOR TOTAL CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY
10 Reasons Why Federal Government Must Stop Sending Southerners To The North For NYSC Now! I was on the phone talking to one of my former students and a friend who has just been posted to Kano state for NYSC when I decided to make this appeal to the National Assembly and GEJ’s administration. My friend said he has not slept since he picked up his posting letter. His family has warned him not to go to Kano. His cousins in Kano are concluding plans on how to relocate from Kano and have told him that he is on his own. So, why should he risk his life embarking on a journey to the dreaded Kano? Why should Southerners take the big risk of ‘serving’ in the North? It doesn’t follow common sense. So, I came up with ten reasons why the Federal Government must stop sending Southerners to the North. 1. First, the slogan “Youths obey the clarion call; Under the sun or in the rain” is for an enthusiastic copper looking forward to the adventure of National Youth Service and not for one scared of kids in his ...
University of Lagos Alumni Association to join National Assembly in suit filed against Federal Government over renaming of varsity.
I Cant blame this student protesting against the renaming of UNILAG:These heroes Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu; Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi; a member of the National Assembly, Gbenga Ashafa; Fawehinmi Mohammed David Agunbiade; a UNILAG lecturer, Prof. Lai Olurode; Osun State University lecturer, Prof. Siyan Oyeweso; and the leader of the Civil Society Coalition, Shehu Sani; are asking the Federal Government to reverse its decision.
What many don't know or fail to realise is that the fact that UNILAG is owned by the Federal Government doesn't make her the sole stakeholder in the affairs of the school. An entity like that has other critical stakeholders like the students, the academic and non-academic staff, the senate, etc that should be consulted and obtained their buy-in before the eventual name change. What has happened to stakeholder engagement strategy? And the President has a Special Adviser on Research and Strategy! Also, you don't do the right thing by employing the wrong method. Has the Act that set up the school been repealed? Another slap on the National Assembly. Anyway, the legislative arm has not demonstrated enough grit to be accorded deserved respect.
Vanguard News shared the following link: Federal Government has distanced itself from a purported bill before the National Assembly seeking mandatory inclusion of 40 percent cassava flour in bread baked in the country. Category News
NEWS: Vice-President Namadi Sambo says appropriate authorities will decide whether or not Nigerians living abroad could vote during the 2015 general elections. Sambo said this when he met the Nigerian community in Cape Town after the meeting of the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission. He said the Federal Government is currently discussing with the National Assembly and INEC about the possibility of allowing Nigerians resident abroad to exercise their civic rights come 2015.
@ Boko Haram VS FED. GOV. The state of things in Nigeria requires a vivid prayer from all Nigerians as the Federal Government has been longing to have a tete-a-tete with the sects. The National Assembly is also absolutely concerned. Please my dear Nigerians, let us begin to pray for a meaningful resolution. Long live Orolu! Long live Osun State!! Long live Federal Republic of Ng!!!
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