Friday, 21 August 2015

I don’t see Olamide, Wizkid, others as threats – Lace

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Entertainment No comments
Taiwo Agbohunsa popularly known as Lace, who said he looks up to Akon, Tuface and Wande Coal has just dropped a hot new single titled ‘Turn by Turn’

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Lace, an artiste with Foxtrot records, has been in the industry for a while, but after a long hiatus, he is back, better and bigger. He has re-instated himself back into the industry by dropping a hot new single titled ‘Turn by Turn’. The new single is already enjoying massive airplay.

He feels that he has what it takes to succeed in the industry. According to the ‘Se bi wo’ crooner other established artists are not threats to him “Olamide, Wizkid and other established artistes are not threats. We are not in competition, we are colleagues but at the same time we task each other to become better.”

Speaking further, Lace says, “the desire to create something more than the usual is what motivates me. I want to make a difference in the music industry. I look up to people like Akon, Tuface, most especially Wande Coal, and all other artists who are doing good songs. Seeing what they have been able to achieve gives me the strength and the will to put more effort. I want to be a model of an impactful artist, someone who can be said to have given his all to music.”


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Mother, son arraigned over alleged theft of N9.1m cash

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Crime No comments
A 40-year-old mother, Bamitale Oyeneyin, and her son, Michael (20), were on Friday docked before an Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court over the alleged burglary and theft of N9.1millon cash.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Martins Olowofeso, told the court that the two accused persons conspired with others now at large and burgled the home of one Mr Jendor Blessing and stole the sum of N9, 100, 000 cash.

The prosecutor told the court that Michael concealed the crime that Ayo Oyeneyin, who is at large, told him that he broke into the house of Blessing and stole N9.1million.

He also said that two accused persons were arrested at a herbalist’s home at Ajisafe Street, Ode-Irele, with the picture of Blessing, for spiritual purposes, with intent to kill him.

Olowofeso said that the accused persons committed the offences on Aug. 3, at about 8:00 p.m. at Efugbo, in the Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.

According to him, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 516, 411(2), 390, 519 and 209 (a),(b) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing.

Counsel to the accused persons, Mr Idowu Mafimisebi, prayed the court to admit his clients to bail in liberal terms.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olayinka Omole, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500,000 each, with one surety each in like sum.

Omole added that the sureties must submit a one-year tax clearance certificate from the Ondo State Internal Revenue Board.

She ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and also fill an affidavit of means with two recent passports photographs of the sureties and the accused attached.

The case was adjourned till Sept. 9, for hearing.



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Kogi approves N276,769,400 for 2015 WAEC candidates in Kogi

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Education No comments
Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has approved the reimbursement of N276,769,400 to eligible candidates that sat for the 2014/2015 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examinations in the state.

According to a statement issued by the Secretary of the WAEC Fees Refund Committee, Ibrahim Odoma, a total of 24,172 candidates were certified eligible to benefit from the funds released by the governor.

Mr. Odoma said a seven-man committee headed by Hajiya Maryam Ladi Ibrahim, had earlier screened the list of WAEC candidates from across public schools in the state with a view to ascertaining the actual number of eligible beneficiaries.

He said each beneficiary is to be refunded the sum of N11,450 which was the amount their parents had earlier paid for their registration.

It would be recalled that governor Wada had earlier promised to reimburse parents who paid for the 2014/2015 WAEC fees for their children and wards following the suspension of fees payments by government in order to ascertain the actual beneficiaries as well as amount involved.

The government was forced to suspend the payment last year following some alleged fraud leading to a demand of about N500million from government, which represented a huge difference against the figures paid in the previous years. The benefiting schools are now been issued bank draft to cover for students who are certified to have paid.

Parents and educationists across the state have continued to hail the decision of the government to redeem its promise to parents in the state through the refund of WAEC fees.

A foremost educationist, Chief Obaholo Kayode Osu said the governor’s action has helped to restore the confidence of Kogi people in his administration. He said the gesture of the Wada Administration will help to encourage parents to continue to enroll their children in school, having been assured of government’s support.

“What the governor has done will surely reinforce our advocacy for universal education as parents will be confident of enrolling their wards in schools with strong believe that the government will support their education.

This is a welcome development and we hope the governor will leverage on this popular decision by looking into the pension of retired teachers to encourage those in active service to continue to give their best. We are aware a lot of reforms are going on in that sector as we hope to start reaping the fruits of the reforms soon”, he said.



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Wike to continue sponsorship of pilgrims to Israel, Saudi Arabia

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Politics No comments
Rivers governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said his administration will continue sponsorship of Christian and Muslim Pilgrims to their respective Holy lands.

Wike made this known at the inauguration of the State Christian and Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards in Port Harcourt.

He said that the dwindling state resources was not an excuse to stop sponsoring Nigerians, adding that pilgrimage was necessary for spiritual growth of the people.

“Rivers government will continue to sponsor pilgrims in view of the importance Nigerians place on their religious faith.

“However, the number of people to be sponsored on pilgrimages would be reduced in line with dwindling state resources.

“My administration will continue to promote religious harmony and support Muslims because of our belief in religious diversity,” he said.

Wike urged the boards to be prudent with resources and work hard to avoid financial scandal.



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We’re ready for war – North Korea

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   No comments
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops to be ready for war, against a backdrop of rising military tensions between his country and South Korea.

The announcement follows an exchange of artillery shells across the two countries’ heavily fortified border.

The Demilitarised Zone is a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said the move came during an emergency meeting late on Thursday of the powerful Central Military Commission of which Kim is the chairman.

During the meeting, Kim ordered frontline, combined units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) to “enter a wartime state” from Friday 5pm local time (08:00 GMT).

The troops should be “fully battle ready to launch surprise operations” while the entire frontline should be placed in a “semi-war state,” KCNA quoted him as saying.

The CMC meeting came hours after the two Koreas traded artillery fire on Thursday, leaving no apparent casualties but pushing already elevated cross-border tensions to dangerously high levels.

The KPA followed up with an ultimatum sent via military hotline that gave the South 48 hours to dismantle loudspeakers blasting propaganda messages across the border or face further military action.

The ultimatum expires on Saturday at 5pm.


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Nigeria can earn N5tn from agriculture –Shonga GM

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Economy No comments
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Nigeria can achieve national food security and earn about N5tn foreign exchange from agricultural exports as well as create massive employment with the adoption of commercial agriculture, the General Manager, Shonga Farm Holdings Limited, Mr. Adebayo Sangobiyi, has said.

In an interview with our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Thursday, he said it was imperative to have a well-articulated and strategic agricultural master plan that should be strictly implemented to boost the nation’s agricultural transformation.

He canvassed the adoption of the Shonga Farm model as a national agricultural strategy, stating that such a measure could make Nigeria compare favourably with the United States and the United kingdom in agricultural production and exports.

He said Nigeria’s food import bill of N717bn as of December 2013, according to a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, was not cheering.

Sangobiyi said, “If we face agriculture squarely, there will be industrialisation; with that, the economy will be transformed. Even at the national level, the Gross Domestic Product will improve and we will do less of importation.”

He stated that Shonga Farms had intensified its expansion programme with the aim of reducing the food import dependency of Nigeria.

He said the concept of the farm was for them to understudy the white farmers, adding that by the time they are big enough they should buy them.

According to him, that explains why there is the Shonga Phase 2 which is called Alapa project.

“Our intention is to start the Alapa project with the indigenes. I think Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has started it by selecting 10 farmers from each of the 16 local government areas of the state.Nigeria can earn N5tn from agriculture –Shonga GM

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Nigeria can achieve national food security and earn about N5tn foreign exchange from agricultural exports as well as create massive employment with the adoption of commercial agriculture, the General Manager, Shonga Farm Holdings Limited, Mr. Adebayo Sangobiyi, has said.

In an interview with our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Thursday, he said it was imperative to have a well-articulated and strategic agricultural master plan that should be strictly implemented to boost the nation’s agricultural transformation.

He canvassed the adoption of the Shonga Farm model as a national agricultural strategy, stating that such a measure could make Nigeria compare favourably with the United States and the United kingdom in agricultural production and exports.

He said Nigeria’s food import bill of N717bn as of December 2013, according to a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, was not cheering.

Sangobiyi said, “If we face agriculture squarely, there will be industrialisation; with that, the economy will be transformed. Even at the national level, the Gross Domestic Product will improve and we will do less of importation.”

He stated that Shonga Farms had intensified its expansion programme with the aim of reducing the food import dependency of Nigeria.

He said the concept of the farm was for them to understudy the white farmers, adding that by the time they are big enough they should buy them.

According to him, that explains why there is the Shonga Phase 2 which is called Alapa project.

“Our intention is to start the Alapa project with the indigenes. I think Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has started it by selecting 10 farmers from each of the 16 local government areas of the state.


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LASG orders agencies to obey pension law

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Politics No comments
The Lagos State Government has ordered government agencies that have not fully complied with the provisions of the Lagos State Pension Reform Law to commence their contributions into the employees’ retirement saving account.

The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said it was his passion to enhance workers’ welfare and their continued financial empowerment through the payments of outstanding commitments in the state public service.

The governor spoke on Thursday in Alausa, Ikeja, where N2.2bn retirement benefit bond certificates were presented to 658 retirees in the state.

At the event, which was the 18th edition, Ambode said, “All government parastatals that have not fully complied with the provisions of the Lagos State Pension Reform Law by regular remittance must immediately commence their contributions into the employees retirement saving account.

“The payment of the retirees’ pensions is an indication of our passion to enhance workers’ welfare.”

Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, said a total liability of N761.828m was being absorbed by the state government on behalf of the retirees.

The Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission,   Mrs. Folashade Onanuga, assured that retirees who had not been paid their entitlements would soon be attended to, saying the governor had promised not to rest until they all received their retirement benefits.

The LASPEC boss said the governor had earlier in the month approved N11bn to meet the outstanding pension liabilities of retirees, adding that the funds would be disbursed on a monthly basis.


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Firm faults Lagos on 50-year lease claim

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Economy No comments
Afriland Properties Plc has faulted the Lagos State Government’s claim that it paid N50m for a 50-year lease of Falomo Shopping Centre in the Ikoyi area of the state.

The firm, which was the concessionaire of the property, said the contract was negotiated transparently in accordance with best practices, adding that the transaction was not detrimental to the people of Lagos State as claimed by the government.

Afriland, in a statement on Thursday, explained that the Lagos State Development Property Corporation, acting on behalf of the Lagos State Government, established a Special Purpose Vehicle, SPV, which was jointly owned by the parties for the purpose of developing the Falomo project.

The statement said, “Under the terms of the agreement, the SPV ─ Falomo Shopping Centre Development Company Ltd. ─ was granted a concession to develop, build, operate and maintain the project on a build, operate and transfer basis.

“Afriland paid N50m to the LSDPC as an expression of interest in the redevelopment project.

“The LSPDC will receive a 35 per cent interest in the SPV for its land contribution and through this significant equity holding, will continue to receive significant ongoing value.

“Afriland is obliged to fund the entirety of the development costs which is projected to exceed N30bn without recourse to taxpayers.

“Furthermore, all value to be derived from the creation of this world-class commercial venture will be held in, and enjoyed by Lagos State and its residents. The development will ultimately revert to the state upon expiration of the lease.”

The firm said it had always upheld the values of integrity and excellence, adding that it had the utmost respect for the dictates of the law.

“As a significant investor in Nigeria and one which is committed to ensuring value creation within the country, we will underline the importance of creating a business environment that is based on transparency, contractual certainty and social partnership.

“The information against us will do little to promote the national interest or create the business environment our country needs,” the firm added.


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Revisit sacked workers’ case, NLC tells Amosun

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Politics No comments
The Ogun State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Akeem Ambali, has said the union rejects the decision of the panel that recommended the sacking of six civil servants in the state, including an English Language teacher, Mr. Jolaolu Adegbenro.

The NLC, therefore, urged the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, to order a retrial of the sacked workers.

He disclosed this to our correspondent during a telephone interview on Wednesday in Abeokuta.

Ambali said the union did not have confidence in that panel and had demanded that another panel should be constituted to retry the sacked workers.

He said this was part of the demands he made when he visited the Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi and members of the Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday.

He said, “The state NLC has expressed its lack of confidence in the panel that tried the English Language teacher and other five civil servants in the state over an alleged offensive comprehension examination paper. We demanded that the state should constitute another panel to retry those involved.”

Ambali, who was accompanied to the House by other members of the union, also stressed the need for the government to clear the outstanding workers’ cooperative deductions.

He said, “The government had earlier promised to pay all deductions to workers by the end of July but it did not fulfil the promise. There is still that of contributory pension and others. The government needs to enter into negotiation with NLC on how to resolve all this.”

The Speaker said the present administration was committed to promoting workers’ welfare and fulfil electoral promises made to the people despite dwindling resources from the Federation Account.

Adekunbi pleaded with the NLC to be patient with the government, explaining that the issue of late payment of workers’ cooperative deductions and other allowances was not peculiar to Ogun State alone but a national challenge.


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Jealous lover sets woman, rival, three kids ablaze

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Crime No comments
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Residents of Ajumose, Ogbein area of Ede in Osun State were woken up by the screams of three children, their mother and her lover, who were engulfed by fire on Sunday, August 16.

It was gathered that the victims were set ablaze by a man, who allegedly felt scorned that his lover was also dating another man.

The five victims were said to be the suspect’s rival, Munirudeen Lawal; the lover, Hadijat Adegoke, and her three children.

Lawal and Adegoke were said to have been rushed to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, as a result of the burns they suffered.

Sources at the hospital told our correspondent on Thursday that Lawal died on Tuesday while Hadijat died on Wednesday.

Our correspondent gathered that Adegoke, 35, had recently moved to her own house, which had yet to be completed.

The woman, along with her four children ─ Fawas (13), Ishwat (12), Sodiq (8), and Fathia (6), were said to be the residents in the two-bedroomed apartment.

It was gathered that Adegoke had a bricklayer lover who assisted in erecting the structure, while other lovers also helped to erect the structure to its present state.

It was gathered that Adegoke abandoned her husband at a rented apartment and invited Lawal to pass the night at the new house.

Residents of the area said an unidentified man, who was also Adekoge’s lover, sneaked into the area.

One of the residents, who pleaded not to be named, said, “The man discovered that they were having sex. He was visibly angry. Nobody paid him any notice because such drama was not a new thing here.”

It was gathered that the unnamed scorned lover came back with a jerrycan of petrol, poured the content around the room Adegoke and Lawal were sleeping and set it ablaze before escaping from the area.

The fire which affected only the room, burnt the two lovers and three out of Adegoke’s four children.

The kids were said to have sustained serious burns, but Ishwat escaped unscarred because she had yet to sleep when the suspect set the house ablaze.

Residents of the area told our correspondent that they heard cries from the victims’ house and assisted in putting out the fire, and later took the victims to a hospital in the area.

The three kids were taken to Muslim Hospital, Ede. Their maternal grandma, Mrs. Folasade Gafar, who was seen sobbing in the hospital, had yet to be told of the death of her daughter when our correspondent visited the place on Wednesday.

The three children were seen writhing in pains, while the grandma and Ishwat were busy fanning them with hand fans.

The grandma said the hospital had not asked them to pay any bill, but had commenced treatment. She called on Nigerians to come to the aid of the kids.

Ishwat told our correspondent that she saw the man with a 50-litre jerrycan at 9pm on Sunday when she went outside the house to urinate.

She said that she did not know the man, but she had thought that he was urinating as well. She added that around 11pm, she smelled petrol, but before she could do anything, the fire had engulfed the room.

She said the man who slept inside the house on the fateful day was not her dad.

The Area Commander, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Osun West, Mr. Femi Awofade, confirmed the incident.

He said an investigation was ongoing to uncover who perpetrated the act, saying the suspect, when arrested would be made to face the wrath of the law.

The Head, Public Relations and Protocol of the NSCDC, Mr. Wale Folarin, confirmed the death of Adegoke and Lawal to our correspondent on the telephone.

He said, “I can confirm to you that the woman and the man have died. They died at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital.”


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President names Fowler FIRS chair

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Politics No comments
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed Dr. William Fowler, as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

He also appointed Mr. Aliyu Gusau as the Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation.

The two appointments were contained in a statement made available to journalists by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

Adesina said the new FIRS boss would serve as Acting Executive Chairman of FIRS until his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.

He added that Gusau’s appointment would be with effect from August 18, 2015, and it would be a term of four years, renewable for another four years, unless he attains the retirement age of 60 years or completes 35 years of pensionable service.

He replaces Mr. Bright Okogu, who retired after serving his two terms of four years each.

Fowler was the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue from 2005 to 2014.

He had his higher education in the United States where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the California State University.

Before joining the service of the Lagos State Government, Fowler worked in the banking sector for about 20 years with long stints at Credit Lyonnais Nigeria Limited and Chartered Bank.

Under his leadership, the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue reportedly achieved a sharp increase in internally generated revenue from an average of N3.6bn per month in January 2006, to an average of about N20.5bn per month in 2014.

Fowler, who holds an honorary Doctorate degree of the Irish International University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Business Management Association of the United Kingdom.


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‘Probe Abia pension managers’

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Politics No comments
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Abia State chapter, has asked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to immediately order an investigation into the activities of pension managers in the state.

This was contained in a communiqué issued by the union after its emergency meeting in Umuahia.

The communiqué, signed by the union’s chairman, C. N Udensi; and its secretary, O.C Arungwa, called for sanctions against all those found culpable in pension funds administration fraud.

According to the NUP, some pensioners in the state were owed seven-month pension arrears.

The council called on the government to urgently pay the huge arrears of pensions owed its members across the state, saying the arrears run into millions of naira.

The union further called on the government to implement pension increments approved by the Federal Government without delay.

According to the union, “A situation where a pensioner who retired 15 years ago is still earning as low as N465 a month is very unimaginable.”

The union urges the state government to allocate N50m monthly each to the Abia State Pensions Board and the Local Government Pensions Board for the payment of gratuities owed pensioners.


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Buhari’s integrity increases power supply, says APC

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Politics No comments
The integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari has led to the seeming stability in power generation and has also ensured an increase in its supply, the All Progressives Congress has said.

It also stated that without adequate improvement in power supply, the President may not be able to fulfil most of his campaign promises.

Before the new government came on board, power generation in Nigeria was between 3,000MW and 3,500MW. But in the past two months, electricity generation has continued to stay above 4,500MW.

The spokesperson for the APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed, stated that the stability in power generation was attributable to the integrity that was brought into governance by Buhari.

Speaking at 2015 Electricity Market Summit in Abuja on Thursday, Mohammed, who represented his party at the event, stated that the cases of pipelines vandalism had decreased significantly since the new administration took over from the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said, “I say it anywhere I go that even though we have not added one single megawatt to power, there has been improvement. My colleagues in the PDP will say no; that’s not true. But I maintain that this improvement is as a result of the kind of integrity that President Buhari has brought to leadership.

“Also, there has been a reduction in the cases of gas pipelines vandalism. Furthermore, the TCN (Transmission Company of Nigeria), which used to have about 22 systemic power failures often times, now records about six or seven of such cases. So, what we have today is that we have a leadership that is inspiring Nigerians and making them to believe again in their country. We have a leadership that is promising to reward merit.”

Mohammed observed that the country’s power generation was by far too low, when compared to its population. He said it was time to think outside the box with respect to increasing electricity generation and supply.

He said, “Meanwhile, I will like to state here that a nation with a population of over 170 million people cannot make do with a power generation of under 10,000MW. Even if we achieve 10,000MW, it will not help us in our drive for industrialisation. I have been informed that even if all our power generating plants generate (power) today, we don’t have enough capacity to transmit all that is being generated.

“We need to start thinking out of the box. We can’t afford to think conventionally, because in year 2030, our population will be about the third largest in the world and we cannot just rely on 6,000 to 10,000 megawatts. In the transition committee of President Buhari, we invited many professionals to come and address us on the power sector. The kind of time they gave us to build 20,000MW plant should be between five to seven years. But I don’t think this country can afford that luxury.”

He further noted that the APC promised to create millions of jobs annually, but explained that this would not be possible unless there was improvement in power supply.

The APC spokesperson said, “We must look for radical solutions to this problem, because there is no way a population of 170 million can share 6,000MW and you expect us to be among the top 20 economies in the world. There is very little we can achieve out of our pledges, if the power sector remains the way it is today. We did promise that we are going to create three million jobs a year. This promise is possible and do-able, but it will be much easier for us if the power sector also improves.”


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60% of driving licences in C’River fake –FRSC

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Crime No comments
The Federal Road Safety Commission on Thursday said over 60 per cent of the driving licences being used by drivers in Cross River State was fake.

The state Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Ikechukwu Igwe, who disclosed this while on a visit to the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, in Calabar, said the licences were issued by touts.

He noted that the licences were not captured in the database of the commission.

Igwe said, “I have discovered that about 60 per cent of driving licenses in this state is fake. They were produced by touts and were not captured in our data base.

“During last week’s enlightenment campaign with tanker drivers, we discovered that out of over 70 licences that were checked, more than 50 of them were fake.”

The sector commander advised members of the public to use their mobile telephone handsets to verify whether licences issued to them were genuine or not.

“One could use his mobile telephone handset to know the status of his licence. What such a person should do is to open his message box, and then type ‘NDL’. Give a gap and then type ‘STATUS’, give a gap again and type the number of the driving licence, then send it to 33811.

“After some time, a message: ‘this license was issued on … date)’ would appear on the screen to prove that the licence is genuine. On the other hand, if this message appears: ‘not in the system’, it means the licence is fake,” Igwe explained.

He also advised motorists to be wary when anybody asks for the copy of passport photographs for the processing of a driving licence, adding that all potential driving licence owners must be captured by the FRSC machine at the designated Board of Internal Revenue Office in Calabar.

Igwe also disclosed that some number plates and proof of ownership of vehicles were not captured in the FRSC database because they were also done through touts.

“Proof of ownership should be generated from our system. Once proof of ownership is handwritten, it is not genuine too. We will soon embark on an exercise to check every proof of ownership of vehicles operating in Cross River,” he stated.

Responding, the state chairman of the NUJ, Mr. Ndoma Akpet, said the media would partner the commission in creating awareness on how motorists could reduce auto-crash to the barest minimum.

Akpet noted that road safety duties should be 70 per cent enlightenment.


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Stop harassing us, PDP govs tell DSS

By Nnagozie Ogudo   Posted at  Friday, August 21, 2015   Politics No comments
Thirteen governors of the Peoples Democratic Party have said there is a need for the country to have a virile opposition.

The governors whose political party ruled the country for 16 years before it was defeated by the All Progressives Congress in the last general election, therefore, called on the men of the Department of State Services to stop disturbing members of their party.

Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, who is also the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, spoke on behalf of his colleagues after their meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night.

Mimiko said the PDP governors were worried by the activities of the men of the Department of State Services, which he said were aimed at stiffing the opposition.

He described the alleged meddlesomeness of the security agency in electoral matters, which he said were capable of affecting the fortunes of the PDP at election petition tribunals, as worrisome and unacceptable.

Reading from the communiqué released after the meeting, Mimiko said, “The forum condemns in very strong terms the alleged worrisome meddlesomeness of the Department of State Services in Election Tribunal matters especially in Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia states.

“It is against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition; more so with the existence of the Electoral Act and the constitution.

“The forum is worried, alarmed and shocked by this development. A situation where officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in these three states, (all PDP states) are daily being arrested, detained and questioned on election-related offences, even when the cases are ongoing at the tribunals, spells doom and poses imminent danger to our fledgling democracy.”He said that the alleged interference was an attempt to stifle the opposition, adding that this action was most unacceptable.

“We insist that the trend be reversed. No democracy survives without a viable opposition in any part of the world,” he added.

Mimiko said that INEC was supposed to be an independent commission and that its officials ought to be shielded from partisanship, especially at a time when the dust raised by the alleged APC membership of the DG of the SSS, Mr. Lawal Musa Daura, had yet to be settled. He alleged that there were clear cases of underage voters in some states and expressed his worry that the DSS did not investigate a single person or made any arrest in those states.

The governor also alleged that “even in a clear case where money paid was traced to the bank account of a State Resident Electoral Commissioner, the DSS has yet to order investigation into the matter.”

He advised the DSS to pre-occupy itself with the task of ensuring internal security and not electoral matters.

At the enlarged meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum later in the evening which ended in the early hours of Thursday, the governor agreed to meet with the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon.

The meeting, according to the Chairman of the Forum, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, would discuss among others, the Sustainable Development Goals, the successor programme to the Millennium Development Goals and the envisaged role of state governors, as critical stakeholders in its implementation.

He said the meeting would be a follow-up to his (UN Chief’s meeting) May 2011 meeting with the Forum.

He also said that sequel to the presentation made by the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited and exhaustive discussions on the operations of the National Integrated Power Project, the Forum resolved to appeal for a more comprehensive power sector policy and strategy, with a view to achieving a holistic solution to the power situation in the country.


Source: Punch
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