Wives, children block Giwa Barracks gate after GOC posts soldiers to Bama
Angry wives of some Nigerian soldiers blocked entrance to the Giwa Barracks, at the 7 Division, in Maiduguri, owing not to allow their husbands proceed to Bama as directed by the GOC, General Mohammed Ibrahim.
DailyPost learnt that the enraged women got wind that their husbands had been directed to proceed to Bama, about 70km from Maiduguri, the capital of the troubled northeastern state of Borno. Read more
FG Commences Remodelling of Railway Stations Nationwide
The Federal Government has commenced remodelling of existing railway stations across the country through Public Private Partnership, PPP, initiative.
Disclosing this in Abuja during a visit of the body of Permanent Secretaries, Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation is focused on its mandate particularly in respect of the country’s railway system. Read more
Group denies Nkwonta’s endorsement for Senate in Abia
A human rights group in Abia State, Abia Youth Vanguard, said it has not endorsed Mr Christian Nkwonta of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the candidate to represent the state at the National Assembly come 2015 general elections.
Stating this in Lagos recently, the group’s spokesperson, Mr Trust Chukwuma, added that Nkwonta, who is also the chairman, Abia State SURE-P, was not the people’s choice as implied by a certain group in the state. Read more
Adamawa: Presidency, PDP in Dilemma over Zoning
Ahead of preparations for the selection of a governorship candidate for the Adamawa State by-election, strong indications have emerged that the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in a dilemma over where the party’s candidate would come from.
The thrust of the concern, according to an impeccable source is whether or not zoning should be considered in the selection of the party’s standard bearer. This is bearing in mind that while one of the zones has not produced the governor of the state since its creation, there are other factors that are deemed ‘unavoidablein a political contest’, the source told a team of newsmen over the weekend in Abuja. Read more
Tragedy as Seven-Year-Old Burnt to Death in Lagos
Tragedy struck, yesterday in Lagos, as a 7-year-old boy was burnt to death in an inferno that engulfed a two-storey building at the Lagos State Property Development Corporation Housing Estate, popularly called the Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate, Agege Local Government, Lagos.
Also, a storey building at 24, Glover Road, lkoyi and 42 shops at Ojodu Market, Ojodu, Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Lagos State were razed over the weekend, leaving property worth millions of Naira destroyed. Read more
Pensioners back Jonathan’s re-election bid
Federal Civil Service Pensioners in Nigeria have thrown their weight behind the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he has done so much to deserve a second term.
Rising from an emergency meeting held in Lokoja the Kogi State capital, at the weekend, the pensioners dissociated themselves from an earlier statement credited to the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), which said pensioners in the country would not vote for the president in the 2015 presidential election. Read more
Pres. Jonathan says the 40-years age limit to be able to run for president limits young people
On Saturday in Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan was a guest at an international youth conference which was organised by the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF). The theme of the event was “Capacity for Change for a New Nigeria.”
While speaking at the event, Pres. Jonathan advocated for the removal of the constitutional age limit of 40 years for a Nigerian to become president. The president was of the opinion that the provision is discriminatory against young people, who have the energy, ideas and other needed qualities to lead Nigeria. Read more
FG, General Electric seal deal to boost power, healthcare, transport infrastructure
The Federal Government has sealed a five year deal with General Electric (GE) to boost power, healthcare, transport infrastructure and create jobs for Nigerian youths.
The event, described as Country-to-Company (C2C) took place in Washington DC during the US-Africa Heads of State summit. As part of the bilateral agreement extension, GE will continue leveraging its advanced technology, expertise and global pedigree to address the infrastructure deficits in the critical sectors that are integral to the development of Nigeria’s economy, including Power, Transportation and Healthcare. Finance Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Dr Olusegun Aganga signed for the Federal Government of Nigeria while GE Africa CEO Jay Ireland and DR Lazarus Angbazo, CEO GE Nigeria signed for General Electric. Read more
Ogoni tasks govt on Bori State, UNEP report
OGONI leaders have again urged the Federal Government and delegates to the national conference to review the current list of new states being proposed and ensure that Bori State is included . This was part of the decision taken at the weekend during the general congress of the Ogoni people at Bori, Rivers State which was attended by several participants, including the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, (MOSOP) and representatives of other constituent organizations in the area. Read more
Ijora-Apapa Bridge poses threat to motorists
For some years now, riding on the Ijora-Apapa Bridge has become a journey of great discomfort. This is not so much about oil tankers and container-bearing trucks plying the bridge or converting it to a park, though this in itself is an issue of unending concern to motorists, commuters and residents of Apapa as the search for a lasting solution to the congestion continues.
But perhaps the congestion occasioned by the illegal parking of the trucks which compels motorists to reduce their speed to a zero level, has its own ‘merit’. And you are wondering what merit there is in traffic jam! The point is that while you go on that snail speed; you are unwittingly saving your car from the damage the defective bridge could do to it, especially your shock absorbers. Read more
INEC Ready for Nationwide Distribution of PVCs
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed a plan for massive distribution of permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) nationwide in preparation for the 2015 general election.
The electoral umpire has, also, said it will embark on continuous voters’ registration (CVR) apparently to capture those who did not register during the last voters’ registration exercise in 2010. Read more
Political tensions rise in Iraq as Islamic State marches on
Prime Minister al-Maliki went on Iraqi television on Sunday night to accuse Iraq’s Kurdish President Fouad Masoum of violating the constitution by failing to meet a deadline to ask Iraq’s biggest political bloc to nominate a prime minister and form a government.
Mr al-Maliki, serving in a caretaker capacity since an inconclusive election in April, is under pressure to step aside from Kurdish, Sunni and some elements of Iraq’s Shia community – as well as Iran. Read more
Gaza war cease-fire holds as negotiators gather
An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo.
The truce took effect just after midnight (2101 GMT), preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel. In Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the cease-fire would allow humanitarian aid into battered Gaza neighborhoods and the reopening of indirect talks on a more lasting and comprehensive deal. Read more
NBA wants electronic voting machines for future elections
The Electoral Working Group, EWG, of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to work towards the use of Electronic Voting Machines, EVM, in the conduct of future elections.
The group, however, commended the Commission for the smooth conduct of the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, which it adjudged free, fair and credible. Read more
Lagos Catholic Archbishop advises politicians on 2015 elections
The Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Alfred Martins, has urged politicians not to see the 2015 general elections as do-or-die affair.
In his sermon at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos yesterday, Rev. Martins admonished politicians to use the 2015 elections as stepping stone toward providing quality stewardship to the electorate. Read more
Sultan, Onaiyekan hold conference on credible elections
In their effort towards ensuring credible and peaceful elections come 2015, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan will lead a comprehensive discourse towards responsible politics in the country today, August 11, in Abuja.
According to a statement, signed by the Sultan yesterday and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, the event is aimed at ensuring credible and peaceful electioneering process in 2015. Read more
Romania: Suspected Ebola case in isolation
A man suspected of being infected with Ebola virus was transferred Sunday to the National Institute “Matei Bals”, Bucharest, is brought in Ploiesti.
He recently returned from Nigeria, the third African country has been given national alarm about an outbreak of Ebola. The man worked for several months in the West African state. Read more