March 21, 2019

* Okorocha swears in sister as Happiness commissioner (Punch) * MASSOB tells Buhari to forget second-term bid (DailyTrust)

*    Okorocha swears in sister as Happiness commissioner (Punch)    *      MASSOB tells Buhari to forget second-term bid (DailyTrust)


Okorocha swears in sister as Happiness commissioner (Punch)

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sworn in 28 new commissioners and 27 Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils in the state.  He charged them to prove their worth in the service of the state and her people. One of the commissioners sworn in by the governor is his biological sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha). She is now the state’s Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment. Ololo, who is married to Chuks, an engineer, was the All Progressives Congress’ candidate into the House of Representatives for the Owerri Federal Constituency seat in 2015 and she has served in various capacities since Okorocha became the state governor in 2011. Read more

MASSOB tells Buhari to forget second-term bid (DailyTrust)

The Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari, to forget about his aspiration for re-election, saying Nigeria would disintegrate before 2019. The group also asked Atiku Abubakar and other political gladiators interested in the office of the president to perish their dreams as three nations would emerge from Nigeria before then. In a statement issued yesterday in Awka, Anambra State by the group’s leader, Uchenna Madu, the body said President Buhari would be the last president of a “unified” Nigeria. Read more

How to create jobs for pilots, by NCAT rector (Nation)

The development of general aviation will create jobs for some of the over 300 unemployed pilots, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Captain Abdulsalami Mohammed has said. General aviation is the operation of private and business jets by individuals and organisations not involved in scheduled flights. Mohammed, who spoke in Abuja, urged young pilots to begin their career with light airplanes until they acquire experience, encouraging them to start with general aviation as it is the perfect training ground. According to regulatory requirement, pilots for general aviation require about 250 flight hours to operate such aircraft. Read more

PDP panel bans presidential ticket campaign at convention (Punch)

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will visit the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abuja, on Tuesday (today). His visit is coming two days after he returned to the party which he left in 2014. The Convention Planning Committee of the party, set up to organise the elective national convention coming up on Saturday in Abuja, has banned the display of campaign posters of any presidential aspirants at the Eagle Square venue of the convention. The committee, headed by the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, also barred the supporters of the presidential contenders from the venue on Saturday. Read more

New procurement act to mandate patronage of ‘made-in-Nigeria’ goods (DailyTrust)

The Federal Government has hinted that it’s institutionalizing the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) through the review of the Bureau of Public Procurement Act to make it mandatory for the MDAs to patronize local products. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave the hint at the flag-off of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign for the South-West geo-political zone in Lagos on Monday. The concept of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign followed the Executive Order signed by the then Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to encourage the patronage of locally-made products as a deliberate policy to conserve foreign exchange as well as to boost business for Nigerian companies so they can employ more people and earn revenue. Read more

StarTimes begins live broadcasting in Maiduguri (Nation)

Digital Pay TV Company, StarTimes Nigeria on Monday announced the extension of its operations to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in fulfilment of its promise to deliver quality and affordable entertainment to every Nigerian home. Recall that StarTimes, a joint venture between Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Star Communications in China, commenced operations in Nigeria seven years ago and presently covers over 60 cities in Nigeria. According to a statement signed by its Brand and Marketing Director, Qasim Elegbede, the company’s expansion drive marks a significant milestone for the growth of its business, “and Maiduguri is an important market for us as we expand our offering across the globe. Read more

Imo youths kill, burn head teacher accused of sorcery (Punch)

A serving head teacher, Mr. Cosmas Nwaiwu, has been reportedly killed by irate youths from Nneoche Umuoma Nzerem in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. Nwaiwu, 57, who was said to have been killed on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 was the Head Teacher of Obolo Primary School, Ehime Mbano. Our correspondent on Monday gathered that Nwaiwu was murdered on the allegation that he was “diabolically diverting the destiny” of three members of his extended family. Read more

Sheriff still in politics but on sabbatical – Ojougboh (DailyTrust)

A former national vice chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the South South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, has said that the ousted national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff,  is on sabbatical. Dr. Ojougboh, who was Sheriff’s deputy at the peak of the leadership crisis in the party, however,  told Daily Trust in an exclusive interview yesterday in Abuja, that  Sheriff was still in politics. When asked to name the political party Sheriff was aligning with, Ojougboh said, “he is very much in politics; he is strategizing.” Read more

We’ll sustain Made-in-Nigeria patronage campaign, says Fed Govt (Nation)

The Federal Government says it will intensify and sustain the campaign for the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products in a drive to diversify the economy, create jobs and generate wealth. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed stated this in Lagos yesterday at the launch of the Southwest campaign for the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria products by the Ministries of Information and Culture as well as Industry, Trade and Investment. Mohammed said: “One issue that is very important to our administration is the diversification of the economy away from oil. Boosting industrial development, especially through the local production of goods and services, is a major fulcrum of this policy. Read more

Oduduwa varsity not for sale – Founder (Punch)

The President and founder of the Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, has warned that the university is not for sale as recently advertised by three companies. Adedoyin, in an interview with our correspondent, lamented that three companies had through the Internet offered the OUI for sale at the costs of N30bn and N10bn, respectively. Based on the addresses supplied in the advert, there is an indication that the companies, namely Hillcrown Investments Limited, Best Consult Limited and De-Batuns, are located in Lagos. But, none of them responded to telephone calls made by our correspondent. Read more

More APC leaders may leave – Frank (DailyTrust)

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has warned that more party leaders may leave the ruling party after the exit of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Frank, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, said the leadership of the party should be remorseful, following the resignation of the Wazirin Adamawa and many others. He attributed Atiku’s defection to the failure of APC leaders at national level, saying he had predicted the recent development in the APC. Read more

Ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan’s $15.591m case for Jan 19 (Nation)

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday adjourned hearing of former First Lady Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s suit seeking to unfreeze her accounts till January 19. The accounts are said to have $15.5 million in them. Justice Mohammed Idris adjourned to enable the former first lady’s lawyers to respond to an objection by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mrs. Jonathan is praying the court to discharge a no debit order placed on the accounts. The judge on May 8 held that Mrs. Jonathan and other parties must give oral evidence on the money’s ownership. Read more

Reps committee chairman canvasses more funding for tertiary institutions (Punch)

The Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Alhaji Aminu Suleiman, has called for more funds for tertiary institutions in the country to enable them to effectively carry out their responsibilities. Suleiman, in separate meetings with journalists, at the University of Ilorin and the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State recently, said there was ample evidence of ineptitude in many tertiary institutions across the country. Read more

NMA healthcare garland caps it all for Gaidam (DailyTrust)

It is unmistakable that Yobe State is going through fundamental transformations. Long considered an outlier in the nation’s socio-economic milieu, a situation made worse by six years of crippling Boko Haram insurgency, the state is now basking in unprecedented energy as key social sectors, such as healthcare, agriculture, water and sanitation, education, roads, etc. grow to capacity in the service of the people. It’s all thanks to the dedicated effort of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam. As an accountant and auditor who understands the value of a balanced sheet and the economics of save-and-invest as opposed to that of borrow-and-spend, Governor Gaidam is doing Yobe proud by deploying and transforming lean resources into making big impacts in the lives of the people of the state. Read more

Ogun loses N5b monthly haulage revenue to collectors – Amosun (Nation)

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has said the state government loses between N3 billion and N5 billion monthly to haulage revenue collectors. The governor said the fraud was perpetrated through cheating, extortion, use of fake receipts and failure to remit the money collected to government coffers.  He regretted that the loss was hurting the government and limiting its capacity to serve the people effectively. Amosun spoke yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing stakeholders during the kick-off ceremony of the “Harmonisation of Haulage Revenue Collection in Ogun State”. Read more

Nigeria, Rwanda record increase in malaria cases (Punch)

Malaria cases have shot up in Nigeria, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to statistics from the 2017 World Malaria Report.  This is coming at the time that the world has set a target to eliminate the disease by 90 per cent in 2030.  Experts at the World Health Organisation who coordinated and researched the figures said these increases may deter progress made in the fight against the disease and they called on governments in the three countries to double their efforts. Read more

Four nabbed for using fake bank alert to buy car (Nation)

Edo State Police Command said yesterday it had arrested four persons, who specialised in sending fake bank alerts to buy vehicles from motor dealers in Edo and Delta states. It gave the names of the suspects as Samuel Ogie, Osayande Osagbe, Omorodion Matthew and Prince Owens Elema. They were said to have purchased a Toyota Corolla car from a car dealer in Delta State, but were arrested after a discreet investigation in Edo State. Police Commissioner Babatunde Johnson Kokumo, who briefed reporters at Abudu in Orhionmwon Local Government, said the suspects approached a car shop at Ekpan in Delta State under the pretence of buying a vehicle and told the car dealer that they would pay through bank transfer. Read more

Gunmen kidnap Senator Arise, demand N80m ransom (Punch)

A  former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Ekiti State, Ayo Arise, was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday. He was kidnapped along with his driver on the Okene-Abuja Highway while travelling back to Abuja from his country house in Oye-Ekiti. He was said to be travelling in his Mercedez Jeep as of the time of the kidnap. A family source said the abductors had demanded N80m for his release. The All Progressives Congress’ chief was said to have attended a ceremony at Ikere Ekiti on Saturday, where a chieftaincy title was conferred on a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin. Read more

Dokpesi woos Ayade (Nation)

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship aspirant Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, has appealed to Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade to back his bid.  Dokpesi  visited the governor yesterday in Calabar and assured him of his resolve to reposition the PDP, if voted as chairman. “The purpose of my visit is to intimate you, as the leader of our party in Cross River, about my aspiration to serve as the national chairman of our great party, the PDP. “I am here to seek your support and the support of members of the party in Cross River. “You need a PDP chairman that shares in your vision and is ready to give necessary support and attract the federal government’s support for Cross River. Read more

Fuel queues return to Lagos amid supply hiccups (Punch)

After more than a year of relief from fuel scarcity in the country, filling stations in some parts of Lagos experienced queues on Monday, while some refused to sell Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, to motorists. The pockets of fuel queues in Lagos emerged few days after the Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter, accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of under-supplying its members with petrol. IPMAN had said last week that its members in Lagos and parts of Ogun State might be forced to shut their filling stations by December 11 if the situation persisted. Read more

10-year-old girl hangs self after fight with bully was posted online (Punch)

A 10-year-old girl, Ashawnty Davis took her own life after a video was shared on social media of her fighting an alleged bully. Ashawnty, a fifth-grade pupil of Sunrise Elementary school in Aurora, Colorado had got into her first ever school fight which turned out to also be her last and the video recording of the fight was posted online. She died Wednesday after being taken off life support at a children’s hospital, two weeks after she was found hanging in a closet at home.  “It’s just devastating,” her father, Anthony Davis, told Fox31 Denver. “She was just a child of joy and she brought joy to everyone.” Read more

Senate panel condemns Total’s $16bn Egina project (Punch)

The Senate Committee on Local Content has said that Nigeria may not benefit from its investment in the $16bn deep-sea offshore Egina oil project being executed by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited and other sub-contractors. The Senate panel gave the firm one week to supply detailed information on the Nigerian content in the project, evidences of taxes paid, personnel employed and expatriate quota, qualifications and salaries of local and foreign staff as well as records of usage of locally fabricated items such as pipes and plastics in the project. Read more

Govt plans laboratory to reduce agric exports’ rejection (Punch)

The Federal Government is planning to set up a world-class laboratory that will have the capacity to test for Aflatoxins contamination, moisture content and some microbiology parameters necessary for agricultural produce to be exported out of the country. The move is part of measures to reduce the rejection rate of products exported from Nigeria to other countries. The European Union had put a ban on the exportation of some Nigerian agricultural products due to non-compliance with standards. The products include beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil. Read more

Lagos community protests four-month power outage (Punch)

Residents of Ijegun-Imore community in Satellite Town, Lagos State on Monday protested the four months power outage in the area. The area is serviced by Eko Electricity Distribution Company. Hundreds of placard-carrying protesters from David West New Site Estate blocked their major road, preventing motorists from passing through the area. Osuchukwu Sam-Bell, Chairman, Landlords/Residents Association, said the community had been in darkness since August due to a transformer fault. Read more

Galadima confident Eagles will soar high in Russia (DailyTrust)

A former chairman of the then Nigerian Football Association (NFA), Alhaji Ibarhim Galadima has expressed confidence that the Super Eagles will not only qualify from their group but go very far in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Last week Friday, the three time African champions were drawn in the same group with perennial rivals, Argentina, Croatia and debutants Iceland. Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, the Executive Chairman of Kano State sports Commission said he does not see any problem with Super Eagles group because there is no big or small team at the World Cup. Read more

Enyeama, Martins’ Eagles return decision up to Rohr – Lawal (DailyTrust)

A former Super Eagles left back Garba Lawal told Daily Trust in a chat that the speculated return of experienced players Vincent Enyeama and Obafemi Martins to the national team should be a decision of technical adviser Gernot Rohr. The CAF licence B coach also noted that without doubt experience is key in a huge tournament such as the FIFA World Cup but imposition of players will be tantamount to stalling the growth of the present set of players. “Rohr (Gernot) is an experienced coach and he knows the calibre of players he needs to execute the World Cup. Read more

Supreme Court lets Trump’s latest travel ban go into full effect (Reuters)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts. The nine-member court, with two liberal justices dissenting, granted his administration’s request to lift two injunctions imposed by lower courts that had partially blocked the ban, which is the third version of a contentious policy that Trump first sought to implement a week after taking office in January. Read more

Iraq accused of violating due process for Islamic State suspects (Reuters)

Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional judiciaries are violating the rights of Islamic State suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions, and broad prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. As the Sunni militant group’s self-proclaimed caliphate crumbles following defeats in Iraq and Syria, thousands suspected of joining it have been captured, detained, and put on trial. At least 200 have been sentenced, Human Rights Watch said, and at least 92 executed. Iraq’s government faces the task of exacting justice on Islamic State members while preventing revenge attacks on people associated with the group which could only undermine efforts to create long-term stability. Read more

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