Tuesday, 4 August 2015

PHOTO: Former MD NNPC Handover To New MD NNPC,Dr. Ibe Kachuikwu Today

 
Immediate past Group Managing Director  of NNPC, Joseph Dawha hanging over to  Dr. Ibe Kachuikwu the newly appointed GMD NNPC today August 4th.
A brief handover ceremony was held at the NNPC Towers to mark the assumption of office this evening.
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PHOTOS: New NNPC GMD meets Pres. Buhari as he assumes office

Pres. Buhari met with Chairman/MD Exxonmobil Nigeria, Mr. Nolan O’Neal & Dr. Ibe Kachuikwu the newly appointed GMD NNPC today August 4th. Mr. Kachikwu, has assumed duty as the Chief Executive of the oil corporation. A brief handover ceremony was held at the NNPC Towers to mark the assumption of office this evening.


Kachikwu pictured above with the immediate past GMD od NNPC, Joseph Dawha.
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Groom re-arrested after ditching new wife while on bail

Murat Shomshe
Murat Shomshe

A man who was granted bail to get married was re-arrested by Australian police on Tuesday, a week after he jilted his new wife and went on the run.

Prosecutors said Murat Shomshe, 33, who was facing possible firearms charges, was given a weekend furlough to get married, as long as he returned to jail on the Monday after the wedding.
They said Shomshe had convinced a Melbourne Magistrates’ court that the wedding had to go ahead or he would lose the 5,000 dollars he had already paid for the ceremony.

It said his bride-to-be posted 7,300 dollars for his bail and the Muslim wedding went ahead on 25 July, attended by no fewer than 450 guests.

Prosecutors said the bride, Belinda Dulevski, however, told the police that her new husband disappeared, while she was in the shower, on the same day he was meant to return to prison.

They said Shomshe was re-arrested on Tuesday in the Campbellfield suburb of Melbourne.
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Nigeria's Ex NSA Dasuki in N1.75bn Cash-For-Arms Fraud

According to Sahara Reporters, Ex National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, perpetrated a N1.75bn Cash for arms fraud before being relieved of his post.

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Excerpt:

SaharaReporters has learned of a monumental $8,853,600 (N1,751,864,867) fraud in the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) during the just-terminated tenure of Mr. Sambo Dasuki.

The fraud pertains to shipments of guns and ammunitions allegedly for the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, for which the amount was allegedly allocated for the purchase of arms and ammunition, none of which seem to have ever arrived in Nigeria.

This fraud appears to have been perpetrated at a time that Nigeria was in desperate need of military hardware to fight the insurgency in the northeast of the country, with Boko Haram murdering or abducting thousands of civilians. The then President, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, and his officials, were also openly critical of international partners, including the United States, for not selling arms to Nigeria.
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Ogun sex workers protest colleague’s death

Scores of commercial sex workers in Abeokuta on Monday night held a candlelight procession in honour of their colleague, who was allegedly killed by suspected ritualists last Sunday.

Persons, suspected to be ritualists, had killed and dumped the corpse of one 23-year-old Sitira at a refuse site at Oloomore junction, Abeokuta, in the early hours of the fateful day.
A chunk of flesh was severed from her  right arm by her assailants.

The ‎late Sitira was said to have been thrown off from a moving Sport Utility Vehicle along the Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway.

The sex workers, ‎who wore black dresses, stormed the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta‎, on Monday night, wailing.

However, on Monday, ‎about 50 commercial sex workers, plying their trade in Abeokuta, converged on the NUJ secretariat and also at the frontage of the nearby residence of former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.

They identified their slain colleague wi‎th different names such as Titi and Folake.
Bearing lighted candles, they chanted various solidarity songs and rained curses on the unnamed killers of their colleague.

They said, “Oro nla le da, oro nla le da, eyin tepa Titi, t’eje o dagba, oro nla le da. Omo yin ma ku, eeeheee Omo yin maku, eyin tepa Titi t’eje o dagba, omo yin ma ku.”

Meaning, “You have done something grievous, you have done something grievous by killing Titi prematurely. The killers‎ of Titi (Sitira) have done something grievous. Their children will die, their children will die, those that killed Titi, will lose their children.”

They later departed for the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, another spot where they ply their trade to continue their mourning.

Speaking with journalists, some of them  claimed that another colleague in the same business was killed by suspected ritualists alongside Sitira.

They explained that the mutilated remains‎ of the sex worker was uncovered in a ditch at the same Olomoore, Abeokuta.
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Security men arrest 25 UNIJOS, College of Forestry students for cultism

TWENTY-five students of the University of Jos and Federal College of Forestry, Jos, have been arrested for cult related offences by combined team of special task force, police and Directorate of Security Service (SSS), on Tuesday.

A source close to one of the security agencies who carried out the operations in two campuses of the institutions and neighbouring community told the Nigerian Tribune that the security men stormed the institutions in the early hours of Tuesday and whisked the students away following a tip off.

The source further disclosed that prior to the arrest, there were rampant cases of cult activities on the campuses and vicinities which recently led to the death of three students along Bauchi road where the two institutions were situated.

The students were taken to Sector 2 Command of the Special Task Force (STF) at Dogon Dutse, Jos.
The STF Media Officer, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the arrest.

He said the arrested students were being interrogated to ascertain their level of involvement, adding that those found culpable will be handed over to the police for prosecution.

Captain Iweha said that those who carried out the operations followed due and laid down procedures for such operations.
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PHOTOS: ADB President-elect, Adewunmi Adesina visits Pres. Buhari

African Development Bank President-elect, Dr. Adewunmi Adesina visited President Buhari at the Presidential Villa today August 4th. More photos after the cut...



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PHOTOS: US Judicial officials meet with Nigerian military authorities

A delegation of the United States Judicial Committee of the Congress has met with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Service Chiefs as part of US efforts to enhance cooperation between the two countries in tackling Boko Haram insurgency.


This is as a follow up to President Buhari’s recent visit to United States of America. It will be recalled that based on allegation of human rights abuse leveled against Nigeria by the Human Rights Organization, the United States refused to sell ammunition to Nigerian Military as enshrined in Leahy law prohibiting her from providing military assistance to foreign countries guilty of violation of human rights with impunity.

The meeting was therefore one of the efforts being made by the two countries to resolve the accusation and counter accusation by the Human Rights Organization and Nigeria. Briefing newsmen after a closed door meeting, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Ismail Aliyu stated that having identified gaps created in the relationship between the two countries, deliberations made centred on the issues of insecurity in Nigeria and improvement on human rights. He stated that the visit of Mr President was a great gain to the country, which has rekindled the hope and aspirations of the two countries to resolve the matter.

The visitors were much concerned about the security situation in Nigeria and in the Lake Chad Basin area which informed the basis for the visit. He noted that all identified gaps would be definitely workedon. “We discussed the issues of security and human rights and they are pleased with the discussions”, he concluded.

The leader of the delegation, Darrel Issa reiterated that their visit was to fashion out possible modalities towards assisting Nigeria in her challenge with additional technical support through provision of overhead surveillance and other logistics to fight boko haram and stop oil theft by pirates. He noted that discussions were made in such a way that both parties have confidence that the rules of law have been obeyed.

He pointed out that the process to lift restrictions as prescribed Leahy has begun and the US is looking forward to reactivate a proactive relationship upon which she can provide a much robust support.

Present at the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, other top military officers and top government functionaries.

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Metuh, others not on our pay roll —Ondo PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ondo State, on Tuesday, denied the allegation against the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, of placing the national publicity secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh and some other leaders of the party on monthly pay roll.

The Ondo PDP described the allegation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) ,in the state as the height of falsehood and deliberate attempt to denigrate the party.

Speaking during a press conference in Akure, the state publicity secretary of the party, Banji Okunomo, called on APC to support its allegation with facts and clarifications or face legal action.
Okunomo dismissed the allegation, threatening legal action against the party if it failed to establish and support its allegation with facts, saying “ we cannot sit back and allow the image of our governor and that of our political party be smeared by falsehood in the name of politics.

 “ This allegation, in spite of its ill logic , pettiness and pedestrian quality, is also absolutely criminal as it is intended to assail and assault the credibility of both the government and personality of Olisa Metuh,  it is not only libelous, but also a false information, which carries a jail term”

He frowned on the inability of APC publicity secretary in the state, Abayomi Adesanya, to verify his facts rather than depending on “ mere rumour,  as his veritable source of information.

The  PDP publicity secretary said despite the challenges facing states in the country in settling their wages, the state still stand out as one of the states that is committed to paying its workers, while the state Is also focussed and committed to the discharge of its responsibilities to the people of the state.

Okunomo denied the state owing  its workers about 24 months salary and said “workers in the state are currently receiving their outstanding salaries, thus, the claim by APC that workers are being owed outstanding salaries for as much as two years is the most brazen manner to lie, it brings out the desperation to delude, deceive and hoodwink the people to get on a highway to nowhere.”

He said APC should be worried about how to turn around the country to bring radical development to the nation as promised during campaign rather than engaging in circulating falsehood.

He said “ as we speak, no election promise has been fulfilled as fuel now sells above the pump price of N87.00 and the Naira they promised to exchange at par with the dollar continues to its free fall.”
The APC had accused Governor Mimiko of using the state’s resources to sponsor  some members of  PDP national officers  on a monthly basis.

The APC said in the statement, “We reliably gathered that Olisa Metuh and some PDP national officers are on the payroll of the Ondo State Government.”
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PDP denounce claims Amaechi is considered for cabinet

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed dismay at claims President Muhammadu Buhari was begging former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, to accept an appointment into the Federal Government cabinet.

Amaechi reportedly claimed this past weekend Buhari had implored him to accept the position of Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria or Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Rivers State's PDP chapter said if the claims were true, this would be tantamount to glorifying corruption, and which also exposes the President's fight against corruption as anti-people and targeted at only members of the PDP.

The PDP, insisting that the former Governor of Rivers State, Mr Amaechi, is corrupt and has raped the State in an extreme manner, expresses reservations over the President's stance, and his tolerance of the APC chieftain," Jerry Needam, Spokesperson to Rivers State PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, said.
He alleged Amaechi had at several fora boosted that he was a dependable ally of the President and also a prospective ministerial appointee for either the Defence Ministry or Ministry of Petroleum.

Similarly, the party said it was also amazed at the manner Amaechi's alleged corrupt and fraudulent actions were continually being celebrated by his lieutenants, the APC folks in Rivers State and Abuja. Needam said PDP made bold to say that under Amaechi as Governor, corruption was legalized and institutionalized.

He claimed there were obvious evidence attesting to the validity of this position and the PDP is fully ready to provide prove of its claims.
Comment could not be obtained from the APC and The Presidency.
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Police uncovers another kidnappers’ den in Oyo

The Oyo State Police Command has uncovered another kidnappers’ den at Oyagbe area in Oyo town,‎ where different atrocities are committed.

The State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Katsina, who led journalist to the den on Tuesday, disclosed that the place has been a deserted hotel belonging to one Olatunji Kabiru who is now in police custody.‎

He also stated that the men of the state command had arrested five kidnappers in connection with the kidnappers’ hideout.

Katsina while parading the suspects added that a victim Husseni Sani was rescued from the den of the kidnappers in Oyo Town area of the state.

According to him, the Kidnappers had come all the way from Benin Republic and moved to Kwara State and finally settled at the Atiba Local Government of Oyo state.

He said:” Today (Tuesday) we are happy to announce that a ground breaking discovery was made yet again and this time in Oyo town where some wicked individuals kidnapped a fellow human for ransom. We have so far arrested 5 people connected with the crime including the hotelier, and the victim Saki Fulani is now in our custody.

The hotelier, Olatunji Kabiru a former counsellor of ward one, Atiba Local Govt of Oyo State, said that the kidnapper had come to him asking for three room for two weeks which he claimed that a deposit of N5,000 was giving to him.
Kabiru said that he was not aware that they were kidnappers and that he got to know about their activities when the police came knocking at his door step.

The kidnapped victim, Hussein Sani, a cattle rearer from Ikoyi Ile, Kajoola Local government in Oyo town, said that he had been kidnapped at Ogbomoso and was fed rice and Coke for 14 days.
He said that the kidnappers had demanded N1million and threatened to kill him and his elder brother if he was unable to pay.

In his reaction, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, thanked the police and other defense agencies for their swift action at clamping down on the suspected kidnappers.
He said that the prompt and assertive move of the police contributed immensely to the discovery of the hideout, adding that community members be more careful in their various activities.

“I thank men of the police and other security agencies, for a job well done for bursting the crimes in this part of the state which is very surprising to us in this area. The prompt actions of the Police contributed to the immense discovery of the kidnappers, I must add that such people should not be allowed to exist in our societies.”

He however, called on the public to always inform the police when they suspect any unholy activities around their environment.

“I have to say at this juncture that it is everybody’s duty to be alert over the happens in their environment and keep the police informed about dangerous activities in their environment,” Alaafin said.

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Ondo Mother & Child Hospitals recorded 50,000 births in 5 years

Ondo State government, on Tuesday, disclosed that over 50,000 babies have been delivered at the Mother and Child hospitals in Akure and Ondo, since the inception of the Safe Motherhood Initiative programme by the state government.
The state government also disbursed about N35 million to traditional birth attendants across the state for referring 3, 218 pregnant women to government hospitals, in order to improve maternal health in the state.

State Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, who gave the figure, while speaking with newsmen in Akure, the state capital, said the money was disbursed to traditional attendants, in order to engage in other profitable specialised skills.

Akinmade said the various intervention programmes initiated by the Olusegun Mimiko-led administration in the health sector, had drastically reduced the maternal mortality rate in the state.
Giving a breakdown of the number, he explained that during the period under review, nine twins, four triplets and a set of quadruplets were successfully delivered.

He said the objectives of the Safe Motherhood Programme, otherwise known as ‘Abiye’ and the ‘Agbebiye’ programmes were being realised, adding that no stone would be left unturned in this direction.

According to him, the target of ‘Agbebiye’ was to stop the involvement of traditional birth attendants in child delivery, adding that government had been supporting and financially empowering them to engage in other specialised skills of their choice.

“One can imagine what would have happened to the 3, 218 pregnant women they have referred to government’s hospitals, where there are competent professionals trained on child delivery.

“Government’s concept of ‘Agbebiye’, which aimed at putting a halt at the operations of faith and traditional birth attendants, has greatly assisted the state government to achieve the current result.
“Before the present government came on board, maternal mortality level in the state was rated very high, but as I talk to you, the state has gone beyond the Millennium Development Goals one and two in the area of maternal mortality,” he said.

Akinmade said the state’s Emergency Medical Service which commenced operations in October 2014, had saved many accidents victims, explaining that the routine immunisation programme equally initiated by the state government tagged ‘Orirewa’ had also saved many children under five years, thus attracting the Bill and Melinda Gates Award to the state as the second overall best in immunisation in Nigeria.

It was also gathered that government through the Community Development and Cooperative Services Ministry, constructed 130 community-based health centres as part of government’s efforts at improving maternal health in the state.

Akinmade attributed the state’s health success story to Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s political will due to the passion he has for the welfare of the residents of the state.
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Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill Eight, Kidnap 100 In Cameroon

At least eight people were killed and about 100 others were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on a village near Cameroon's northern border, a local government and a military source said.

Tchakarmari, the village targeted early on Tuesday, lies north of Maroua, where dozens of people were killed in a series of suicide bombings by the Nigerian Islamist group last month.

"Residents said the attackers headed back to Nigeria where Cameroon is not allowed to pursue them," the local government source in the Far North region said.

A senior military officer deployed as part of a Cameroonian military operation aimed at curbing the spillover of violence from Boko Haram's stronghold in northeastern Nigeria said the attackers had crossed over from Nigeria shortly after midnight.

After the spate of suicide bombings in July, Cameroon's government announced plans to send an additional 2,000 troops to boost security in the Far North region.
The regional governor has banned burqas since the attacks, which were carried out by veiled female bombers. And over the weekend, authorities rounded up and expelled about 2,800 Nigerians living in Cameroon without the required documents.

Cameroon has already deployed some 7,000 troops as part of a regional force which includes Chad, Niger and Nigeria to try to stop Boko Haram's six-year insurgency.
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574,498 Employable Nigerians Were Unemployed In Q2 2015

“574,498 Employable Nigerians Were Unemployed In Q2 2015″- NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics ,NBS has revealed that a total of 574,498 active people joined the labour market in the second quarter of 2015.

It stated this in its second quarter unemployment/underemployment report, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The NBS stated that while these persons (within the ages of 15 and 64) increased from 102.8 million in the first quarter to 103.5 million in the second quarter, the labour force population (those within the working age) increased to 74 million from 73.4 million in the first quarter.

The 574,498 new entrants, the report added, represented an increase of 0.81 per cent.
Within the same period, the report stated that the total number of people in full employment (did something for at least 40 hours) decreased by 1,317,700.

It attributed the decrease in the number of people in full employment to either job losses or that the previously fully employed persons chose or were forced to work on a part-time basis.

“In the Q2 2015, the labour force population (those within the working age population willing, able and actively looking for work) increased to 74.0 million from 73.4 million in the Q1 2015, representing an increase in the labour force by 0.81 per cent.

“This means 574,498 economically active persons within 1564 entered the labour force. That is, they were able and willing and actively looking for work between April 1 and June 30, 2015.”
In terms of unemployment by gender, the report stated that the number of women that were unemployed within the period was higher than their male counterparts.

For instance, it notes, “While 9.6 per cent of women in the labour force (those between 15 and 65 willing, able and actively working or searching for work) were unemployed in the quarter two of 2015, another 21.6 per cent of women in the labour force were underemployed in the quarter two, 2015.
“On the other hand, 6.9 per cent of males were unemployed in the Q2, 2015, while another 15.4 per cent of males in the labour force were underemployed.”

It added that underemployment continued to be more of a rural phenomenon with 22.1 per cent compared to 7.4 per cent rural unemployment.

Underemployment occurs if one works less than full time, which is 40 hours per week.
It can also occur if one works full time but engages in an activity that under-utilises one’s skills, time and educational qualifications.
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Student embezzles niece’s school fee, slits her throat

An undergraduate of a college of education in Oyo State, Olajide Ajayi, has been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command for attempting to kill his niece, who is also his school mate, by cutting her throat.

The suspect was accused of slitting the throat of Opeyemi Ajala, over payment of N47,000 school fee.
The victim was said to have given her Automated Teller Machine card to the suspect to collect N47,000 and help her pay the sum to her school account as school fee.

It was alleged that Ajayi used the money to buy clothes for himself and spend the rest on other things.
After failing to give a teller to his niece on demand, the suspect began to avoid his niece but when he could no longer bear the pressure on him to produce the money or the teller, he decided to kill her to mask his track.

To actualise his plan, he allegedly went to his victim’s house with a knife and tip-toed into her room.
After overpowering her, he was said to have slit the throat but unknown to him, Ajala did not die.
The suspect said, “I collected the money, but I spent it. When the pressure from her was too much, and there was no way I could get the money to pay her back, I decided to kill her. One night, I went to her house with a sharp knife to kill her.

“I got to her house at about 8pm; when I entered the room, I locked the door and pinned her head down on the bed. I did not allow her to shout. Then, I brought out the knife and slit her throat. When blood started gushing out and she was unconscious, I thought she was dead and I escaped.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, said the lady survived the attack miraculously, adding that she had been taken to the University College of Hospital, Ibadan, for treatment.

The police commissioner stated, “The lady managed to pick her mobile telephone a few minutes after the attack and called one of her neighbours, who informed the police.
“The suspect will be charged to court soon.”
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FG inaugurates committee for economic summit

The Secretary to the National Planning Commission, Mr. Bassey Akpanyung, on Tuesday inaugurated the Joint Planning Committee for the 21st Nigerian Economic Summit.
 
The Nigerian Economic Summit is an annual economic stakeholders forum organised jointly by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, representing the Private sector, and National Planning Commission, representing the Public Sector.
 
Members of the JPC were drawn from both the Public and Private Sectors and the aim was to ensure effective delivery of the 2015 Summit, the twenty-first.
A statement from the NPC quoted  Akpanyung to have said that this year’s summit would discuss the challenges facing the economy with a view to coming up with strategies to addressing it.
 
He said, “Indeed, the Economic Summit has become the largest and most prestigious annual economic forum for policy makers and captains of industry from the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy, as well as representatives of the academia, civil society organizations and development partners to interact and share thoughts on key issues and challenges facing the Nigerian economy, with a view to evolving a common strategy and policy framework for addressing them.”
 
He also stressed that the efficacy of the public private partnership exemplified by the Summit in Nigeria has been proven in developed and emerging markets leading to unprecedented growth and development in leading countries of the world.
 
The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mr. Laoye Jaiyeola, in his remarks, stated that it would be difficult to have a clear-cut discussion on Nigerian economy without the key public institutions and the organised private sector.
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Mimiko sacks aides

Governor Olusegun Mimiko: Governor of Ondo state

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, western Nigeria on Tuesday sacked all his Special Assistants (SAs) and Senior Special Assistants (SSAs).

Mr Eni Akinsola, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor made the announcement in a statement issued to newsmen in Akure.

The statement said Mimiko thanked the outgoing aides for their selfless service to his administration and the state.

While soliciting their continued support for his administration, Mimiko said the action had become necessary in view of the restructuring and repositioning currently being undertaken by government for better service delivery.

“I can only thank you for your services to the government and people of Ondo State who elected us for the delivery of sundry democratic dividends.

“I appreciate your selflessness and dedication and wish you well in your future endeavours,” the statement quoted the governr as saying. (NAN)
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NNPC new boss assumes office

New NNPC GMD, Kachikwu, takes over from Dawha

A few hours after his appointment was announced, the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has assumed duty as the Chief Executive of the corporation.

This is contained in a statement signed by Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, on Tuesday, in Abuja.
It said that a brief handover ceremony was held at the NNPC Towers to mark the assumption of office.

It added that until his appointment, Mr. Kachikwu was the Executive
Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil (Africa).
Mr. Kachikwu, in the statement, expressed gratitude to his predecessor, Joseph Dawha, for his hard work in holding the corporation.

He pledged to work assiduously in achieving the president’s growth
aspiration for the oil and gas industry.

The statement noted that Mr. Kachikwu was a First Class Graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School.

It added that he also had Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law fromthe Harvard Law School.
It added that he started his working career with the Nigerian/American
Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited from where he
joined Exxon-Mobil.(NAN)
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Borno Elders Demand Jonathan’s Apology Over Killings



Following the disclosure by the immediate past Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh that the Nigerian troops were ill equipped for the fight against Boko Haram, Borno Elders’ Forum on Tuesday called on former president Goodluck Jonathan to make an unreserved apology to the people of the state for his failure to handle the crisis.

The forum in a statement signed by its chairman, Amb. Usman Gaji Galtimari, wondered why Governor Kashim Shettima was “almost hanged to death” when he made the same assertion as Badeh.

The elders were also shocked that Badeh was complacent with a sensitive issue that led to massive loss of lives and property without justification.

“What particularly baffles the Borno Elders’ Forum was that at some point in 2014, the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, had said it publicly after assessing the true situation as the man on ground that troops deployed in the fight against insurgents seriously lacked and required better military equipment and that those at battle fronts were poorly motivated. Several voices were raised in support of the Governor’s position.

“The Governor’s comments were completely rebuffed by the then President of Nigeria who went as far as threatening to withdraw soldiers from Borno as he spoke on live television interview relayed by the Nigerian Television Authority, at a Presidential Media Chat. Not only did the President rebuke the Governor and by extension, the people of Borno State, his aides followed suite and roundly condemned the Governor,” the statement said.

The elders in the light of Badeh’s confession, which according to them has vindicated the governor, demanded the following:

– A National Judicial Commission of Enquiry under an incorruptible judge from preferably the Southern Nigeria be set up to ask the immediate past President questions on why his administration refused to provide the military with the required functional and superior equipment whereas our sons and daughters were exposed to mass murder, severe injuries and grave destructions of our communities

– If the former government is found wanting it should be charged for genocide against the people of Borno State or at least criminal negligence at the International Criminal Court of Justice.

– The retired CDS retired should also be asked why he kept silent when the military under his command was not provided with the right equipment. He had the option of speaking or resigning as he ought to have done in order to draw attention of the world and by that he would have saved lives of Borno people.

– A list of citizens of Borno State killed from the time the issue of military capacity became in question, is compiled and relations of those killed are fully compensated for the death of their loved ones as a result of criminal negligence.

– A list of soldiers sent on missions without being properly equipped and exposed to death at different battle fronts in Borno State, is also compiled and that they are specifically celebrated with their survivors fully compensated since their bread winners died not just in combat but out of negligence of those in authority.

– An unreserved apology is tendered by the immediate past President and his service chiefs to the people of Borno State, especially those lost relations and also to Governor Kashim Shettima for all the humiliation he was made to suffer for telling the truth about capacity of the military at that time.
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Ongoing Re-Organization Of The Party - PDP

Press statement from the PDP
The attention of the NWC has been drawn to the unnecessary and unfortunate reactions of Junior, Intermediate and Supervisory members of Staff under the auspices of PDP Staff Welfare Committee in reaction to NWC directive on Re-Organization and Re-Structuring of the Party. The NWC also notes the steps by the Management Committee in the matter.

The NWC appreciates the concerns of all stakeholders of the Party and assures all members that it will not be deterred in its sworn responsibility to reposition, re-organize and re-structure the Party.

For the purpose of clarity, the process of staff re-organization is a sub-component of the reform process in the Party. Consequently, the NWC further affirms that the internal memo emanating from the Office of the National Secretary stands.

The NWC will not be deterred, blackmailed or cowed from taking objective steps necessary for sound political health, astute opposition and general re-organization of the Party.

NWC also assures all members and indeed Nigerians that finances of the Party have been handled in line with standard financial regulations governing political parties and the Constitution of the PDP.

Subsequently, as custodians of the PDP Constitution, the NWC will be guided by the provisions of the Constitution in dealing with all matters related to staff especially schedule iv (staff rules) of the 2012 Constitution as amended.

Signed:

Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary
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2.5 million unwanted pregnancies prevented in Nigeria – Report




The Society for Family Health has said that no fewer than 2.5 million unwanted pregnancies were prevented in Nigeria between 2009 and 2014 through an initiative, Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV/AIDS.

The initiative also facilitated the distribution of 1.2 billion male and four million female condoms, as well as an increase in access to condoms in rural areas from 50 per cent in 2007 to 90 per cent in 2014.

The SFH Managing Director, Mr. Bright Ekweremadu, made this known at an ENR programme in Abuja.

According to Ekweremadu, the programme funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom is to promote sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS reduction in seven high prevalence states in the country.

The states are Enugu, Lagos, Ogun, Nasarawa, Cross River, Akwa-Ibom, and Kaduna as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

The initiative, Ekweremadu added, had prevented 10,000 maternal deaths and 109,364 new HIV infections within the period.

He said, “The ENR programme which ended on December 31, 2014, remains one of the largest HIV and AIDS grants so far in Nigeria. The programme has recorded remarkable achievements in the seven high prevalence states where the implementation took place. The target was to improve access to effective HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment as well as care and support information and services for people most vulnerable to infection.

“Of particular note, are the 2.5 million unintended pregnancies prevented, 10,000 maternal deaths averted and 109,364 new HIV infections prevented,”

Before the commencement of the programme in 2007, he noted that the HIV prevalence was 3.5 per cent with an estimated 3.9 million people living with HIV.

Ekweremadu stated that the programme developed strategies in line with the national strategic plan to contribute to Nigeria’s achievements of the Millennium Development Goal 6 by reducing the incidence of HIV epidemic and mitigating the impact of AIDS.
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PHOTOS: Nigerian enterpreneur Sujimoto meets the Ruler of Dubai

Sujibomi Ogundele aka Sujimoto, the CEO of Sujimoto construction was recently spotted in Dubai with the king of Dubai, his Royal Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The multi-millionaire Nigerian business man has been trying for years to make million dollar investments in Dubai and maybe that's what the short meeting with the king was about. More photos after the cut...



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Profile Of Prof Danbatta - New NCC Chairman

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, PhD

Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Prof. Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc and PhD degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology UK respectively. He had served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunication engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times.

His main administrative responsibilities, in the university, included Deputy and Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Administrator of the Works Department and later, Director of the Centre for Information Technology (CIT). He was also chairman to, or member of, over 60 University committees and task forces. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served as chairman or member to over 20 committees, prominent among which was the Chairmanship of the Implementation Committee of Kano State University of Science & Technology and subsequently became its pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor when it took off in 2001.

Prof. Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in the diverse areas of telecommunications and has also served as external examiner to seven universities and polytechnics and is an assessor, technical reviewer and editorial member to eight research journals. He is a recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour. Prof. Danbatta, who had served two terms of five years as a Member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), is also a COREN registered engineer and member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a six-chapter, 167-page book titled Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics. He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advanced Communications Studies, which was established in the year 2004 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecom industry in the diverse areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). While at DBI he has developed expertise in the following major areas of ICT implementation, policy and regulation:

1. Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of the Nigerian Economy;
2. Competition, Interconnection and Price Regulations in a Developing Economy;
3. Issues concerning Authorization of Telecommunications Services in a Developing Economy;
4. Strategies for ensuring Universal Access and Service to Telecommunications Services;
5. Strategies towards Effective Spectrum Management in a Developing Economy;
6. Issues on Institutional and Legal Framework for Effective Regulation of Telecommunications
Services; and
7. New and Emerging Technologies and Impact on Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of a
Developing Economy.
Prof. Danbatta, who recently served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano, is presently the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil.
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PHOTOS: VP Osinbajo As He Commissions Dangote's Cement Plant In Zambia

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commissioned a 1.5Mt Dangote Cement plant & 30MW coal-fired power plant in Ndola, Zambia today August 4. He was joined by Zambian President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu.


















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