Archives for September 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked state governors not to fix federal roads if they will eventually demand refund for the rehabilitation.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on Abandoned Federal Government Projects (Works) from 1999 till date.
According to the minister, the President issued the directive due to the humongous amounts being claimed by the governors after repairing federal roads in their states.
Fashola said, “The states submitted a bill of almost a trillion naira when President Buhari was elected. He asked us to work out what was their entitlement and all of that.
Ultimately, the BPP (the Bureau of Public Procurement) certified about N44bn – I don’t remember the exact amount now, except for two states; I think Cross River and there’s another state. They didn’t have the documents at the time, which we have sent back to the President.
But the decision to pay those inherited debts, including the ones I contracted as Governor of Lagos, was with the caveat that I should tell the governors to leave his (Buhari’s) roads alone. Those were the directives; I was not the one that took the decision.
He said, ‘Tell them not to fix my roads again if they’re going to claim compensation. If you want to fix it and not ask for compensation, send me what you want to do.
But if you want compensation, go and mind your business while I mind my business because I have inherited enough debts,
Fashola, while responding to the conversation by the Francis Uduyok-led panel that the ministry was overstretching itself by handling 472 road projects at once, said that the incessant demands by lawmakers were partly responsible.
He blamed abandoned projects on incessant budget cut.
Wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and founder of the Family Empowerment and Youth Re-Orientation Path-Initiative, Mrs Martha Emmanuel, has decried the high rate of divorce among couples in the state.
She said divorce was so rampant that something urgent ought to be done to arrest the trend.
Mrs Emmanuel stated this at University of Uyo TETFUND Auditorium, during the inauguration of the Amathy Peace Pheromones Foundation and Payforphan Foundation, initiated by the President of the University of Uyo Women Association, Mrs Rosalyn Essien.
The governor’s wife urged Essien, to use her professional knowledge in peace and conflict management to advise and broker peace among estranged couples in the state.
She said “As a professional in peace and conflict management you have the capacity to counsel, advise and broker peace in broken homes.”
United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has appointed Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, and 25 others to lead the fight against global malnutrition.
This was contained in a statement by the Scaling Up Nutrition SUN Movement, an initiative of the UN Secretary-General launched in 2010.
According to the movement, one in three people suffer from malnutrition the world over and 149 million girls and boys are stunted, hence the job of the global leaders would be to support country-led efforts to scale up nutrition and to deliver for girls, boys and their families to ensure a world free from malnutrition by 2030.
The appointments remain valid until July 2021.
See the full list below:
1. Akinwumi ADESINA (Nigeria), President, African Development Bank
2. Manal AL ALEM (Jordan), Chef
3. Reem Ebrahim AL-HASHIMI (UAE), Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation
4. Mercedes ARÁOZ FERNÁNDEZ (Peru), Vice-President, Republic of Peru
5. Inger ASHING (SWEDEN), CEO, Save the Children International
6. Cherrie ATILANO (Philippines), Founder and CEO, Agrea Agricultural Systems Internaional Inc.
7.Alicia BÁRCENA IBARRA, (Mexico) Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
8. David BEASLEY (USA) Executive Director, World Food Programme
9. Martin CHUNGONG (Cameroon), Secretary-General, Inter-Parliamentary Union
10. Josefa Leonel CORREIA SACKO (Angola), Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
11. Aliko DANGOTE (Nigeria) Chairman and CEO, Dangote Group
12. Annette DIXON (New Zealand) Vice President Human Development, World Bank
13. Chris ELIAS (United States of America) President of Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
14. Shenggen FAN (China), Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
15. Henrietta H. FORE (USA) Executive Director, UNICEF and Chair of the SUN Movement Lead Group
16. Sophie HEALY-THOW (Ireland), Youth Leader
17. Daniel KABLAN DUNCAN, (Côte d’Ivoire), Vice President Côte d’Ivoire
18. Monica Katebe MUSONDA (Zambia), Founder and CEO, Java Foods
19. Jakaya KIKWETE (Tanzania) Former President United Republic of Tanzania, Kikwete Foundation
20. Shinichi KITAOKA (Japan), President Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
21.Maryam MONSEF (Canada), Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Canada
22. David NABARRO (United Kingdom), Sustainable Development Facilitator, 4SD
23. Sania NISHTAR (Pakistan), Founder and President, Heartfile Foundation
24. Inia SERUIRATU (Fiji), Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fiji
25. Feike SIJBESMA (The Netherlands), CEO, Royal Dutch DSM
26. Gunhild Anker STORDALEN (Norway), Founder and President, EAT Foundation
27. Gerda VERBURG (The Netherlands), UN Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the SUN Movement
A Priest from the Catholic diocese of Orlu Rev Father Uzo Uzochukwu who has no personal house and with his meagre salary built a house for this poor family. This is called CHRISTIANITY IN ACTION.
(Writer Illikannu Donald Chukwuma)
Many have been asking when will the federal government fulfilled its promises on the Ogoni land that has become a sort of a desolate land for its inhabitants. Well, we have some good news for you all, the federal government of Nigeria has truly begun the clean up of the Ogoni land. According to images received by AutorReportNG, we can testify that work has really started.
This is HYPREP’s lot 6 (Nkeleoken) at Alode in Eleme LGA where remediation is ongoing. The process is the transfer of contaminated soil into the biocell for treatment.
It will be recalled that in 2011, UNEP submitted a report to the Federal Government on Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. Today, that document is popularly referred to as the “UNEP Report” among stakeholders. The report contains detailed information on the assessment which covered contaminated land, groundwater, surface water, sediment, vegetation, air pollution, public health, industry practice and institutional issues as well as recommendations and steps to be followed in carrying out the clean-up exercise.
On 2nd June 2016, the Federal Government flagged-off the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) with the mandate to Remediate the Environment and Restore the Livelihood of the people.
With the clean up of the Ogoniland, the people of this community can rest assured that their lands will be fruitful and bring forth bountiful harvest again.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters and Former presidential Candidate of the AAC.
He is also to submit his International passport.
It was reported here some days ago how the decomposing and mutilated body of Navy Commandant Oluwayemisi Ogundana of the Armed Forces Command and Staff Secondary School, Jaji was discovered in a shallow well.
The culprit(s) have been nabbed.
More details into the killing of Navy Commandant Oluwayemisi Ogundana, of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Secondary School, Jaji emerged on Monday as investigations showed that she was having extra-marital affairs with her murderer.
It was reported that the late Ogundana’s husband and three children are resident in Lagos.
Aside from the relationship, the murderer, one Mr Simon Bernard, who was the Chairman of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of the school, was sacked from the position on the orders of the Commandant, Commander Ogundana.
Vanguard gathered that Mr Bernard was also infuriated that after sacking him as PTA Chairman, the Commandant refused to pay him the sum of N2.5million which she had agreed to pay him.
Disclosing how the perpetrators of the crime were arrested, a source said they were nabbed by Provost Officers of Nigerian Air Force at the Air Provost Squadron in Kaduna.
A civilian driver, from Jaji, was said to have packed a Toyota Highlander belonging to the Commander Ogundana at Air Provost Squadron Office in Kaduna owing to fuel shortage in the car and went out of the base to buy fuel.
Before coming back to put the fuel into the car and move it out, the Air Provost had laid an ambush for the civilian having gotten wind that the car belonged to a missing Navy Commander from Jaji.
On his return, the civilian was arrested by the Air force and taken into custody
During interrogation, the civilian driver confessed that the Highlander jeep was given to him to sell by someone in Jaji.
With the information, the Airforce launched a manhunt for the principal suspect who lives in Jaji. After several days of hunting and near misses, the main suspect, Mr Simon Bernard, who is a teacher serving in the school and one-time Chairman, Parents Teachers Association at AFCSC Secondary School, Jaji was apprehended.
During interrogation, the suspect (Mr Simon Bernard) confessed to the killing of Navy Commandant Ogundana at Angwan Loya village in Jaji.
He said he was having extramarital affairs with the Commandant and stated that he killed Commander Oluwayemisi because she promised to give him the sum of N2.5million and reneged.
He further confessed that he had several confrontations with Commandant Ogundana along with other staff over her decision to have him (Bernard) sacked as the PTA Chairman of the school and he bore the grudge against her.
Vanguard gathered that the recovered Toyota Highlander Jeep is currently parked at NAF Base Kaduna and that a team of Naval Police Officers from Abuja have taken the suspects into custody while investigations continue.
Recall that after she was killed, Commandant Oluwayemisi Ogundana was dismembered; her body parts put in a Ghana Must Go Bag and dumped in a well.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, have filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against the judgement of the presidential election petitions tribunal.
The tribunal had dismissed Atiku’s petition and upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the polls.
Atiku and his party filed the appeal on five grounds on Monday.
They alleged that the panel of the presidential election tribunal erred in law “when they relied on “overall interest of justice” to hold that the 2nd Respondent’s Exhibits R1 to R26, P85, and P86 were properly admitted in evidence.”
They are, therefore, asking the Supreme Court to set aside the judgement of the tribunal and grant the prayers sought by them.
The leadership of the Redeemed Christian Church of God announces the transition to glory of the Assistant General Overseer in Charge of Doctrines, *PASTOR ELIJAH .O. DARAMOLA* at the age of 67.
Pastor Elijah Daramola who was a member of the Governing Council of the Mission, passed on in the early hours of Sunday September 22 2019 after a brief illness.
He was the Pastor in Charge of Region 10, FCT from where he moved to Southern Africa Region 2 based in South Africa. In 2018, he was transferred back to Nigeria and became the Assistant General Overseer supervising the South East and South – South Regions in addition to being the Pastor in Charge of Region 6 based in Enugu.
Pastor Daramola is survived by his wife, Pastor Margaret Daramola and children.
– *_Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi,_*
*_Head, Media & Public Relations, RCCG_*