Victims Support Fund target overshot by N8.79 billion
A total of N58.79 billion was realised at Thursday’s fund-raising dinner for President Goodluck Jonathan’s Victims Support Fund, his office disclosed in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The statement, issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said the sum exceeded the initial target of N50 billion by N8.79 billion.
It expressed Mr. Jonathan’s appreciation to those who responded to his call for collective action to support victims of terrorism in the country, for which the fund is meant. Read more
High level lobbying trails IGP Abba’s resumption
As Suleiman Abba formally resumed on Friday as Nigeria’s 17th Inspector General of Police (IGP), indications have emerged that some senior serving police officers in parts of the country are angling to lobby for juicy beats and offices across the federation.
With Abba, moved from the position of an Assistant Inspector General of Police to Inspector-General of Police, all the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police are expected to retire alongside Abubakar.
Police sources have revealed on Saturday that with a new IGP in place, some 27,000 serving police officers across police commands and Abuja will be promoted to their next ranks in the next six months to one year. Read more
Electricity Generation: FG To Offset 25bn Naira Debt Owed Gas Suppliers
The Federal Government of Nigeria says it will offset the 25 billion Naira owed companies that supplied gas to privatised independent power plants.
It says the funds will be provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, explained that the payment of the debt was one of the measures taken to improve electricity generation in the country. Read more
PDP Stakeholders Kick Against By-election, Say It’s Waste Of Resource
ADAMAWA Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders have kicked against any plan to conduct a governorship by-election in the state, pointing out that since a general election is around the corner, it will amount to waste of public funds to conduct a governorship election twice within two months.
While speaking at a PDP stakeholders’ meeting attended by top party members and National Assembly lawmakers, former Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Senator Jibril Aminu, said the stakeholders will not support anyone calling for a governorship by-election in the state, stressing that the country is facing financial crisis; hence government should not be compelled to embark on programmes that are not viable. Read more
Professional forum carpets Enugu Deputy Governor
Enugu State’s Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, has come under criticism, following the defence he put up against his planned impeachment.
This Enugu Professionals Forum (EPF) on Saturday described his defence as untenable and utterly dismissible, contending that the deputy governor was only intent on currying unmerited sympathy from the public. Read more
Rivers announces N10m fund for late NUJ president’s children
Rivers State governor, Chibuike Amaechi, on Saturday in Port Harcourt announced a N10 million endowment fund for the children of the late Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) president, Ndagene Akwu.
The governor spoke at the funeral service conducted for Akwu in the state capital.
Akwu was NUJ president from 2006 to 2009. He passed on in Port Harcourt on June 19. Read more
USAID: Omisore Lied over Favourable Opinion Poll on Osun Election
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore lied over favouring him in an opinion poll, saying that it did not conduct any poll on the election slated to hold next weekend in the state.
The Acting Public Affairs Officer, United States Consulate General, Lagos, Rhonda Watson and Information Specialist, U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, Joke Omotunde, of the USAID Democracy and Governance Team, Abuja, said no poll was ever conducted by the agency on the coming election. Read more
Osun Election’ll Be Well Policed – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday in Osogbo that there would be no going back on the decision of the federal government to massively police the governorship election coming up in Osun State next Saturday.
Jonathan spoke during the governorship election campaign rally for the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Senator Iyola Omisore. The president, who was, apparently, reacting to the loud criticism that greeted the vast security and military deployment for the Ekiti State governorship election in June, also urged the people of Osun State to vote massively for Omisore. Read now
Military uncovers B’Haram’s plan to invade N’Central, N’West states
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday assured Nigerians of his administration’s efforts to strengthen the police and armed forces to ensure that “rascals” like Boko Haram terrorists do not embarrass the nation again.
This is as intelligence reports have revealed plans by the terrorist group to over run some states in North Central and North Western Nigeria. Read now
Ghana to seek an IMF programme to stabilise cedi
Ghanaian President John Mahama has ordered his government to open talks with the International Monetary Fund on a programme to help stabilise the economy and halt a slide in the cedi currency, officials said on Saturday.
Mahama told a meeting of his economic advisors on Friday that urgent measures should be taken to prop up the cedi, which has fallen by around 40 percent against the dollar this year, placing it among the world’s worst performing currencies. Read now
Gaza Strip: Israel Declares Missing Soldier Hadar Goldin Dead
Missing Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin who was earlier suspected to have been abducted by Hamas fighters has been declared dead by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), saying the 23-year-old infantry lieutenant was killed in combat.
It is still unclear if his remains have been recovered but the IDF said the forces have scientific evidence of his death during an encounter with Hamas militants when two other Israeli military personnel were also killed. Read more
Ebola Outbreak Feeds on Fear, Anger, Rumors
As the number of new infections and deaths rise in the Ebola outbreak, fear and suspicion is rising, too, making it more difficult for health care workers to get the sick into hospitals, even as increasingly angry crowds are calling for more government action.
The growing chaos caused by this current Ebola outbreak, which is already the worst on record with more than 1,300 infected and 700 dead in three countries in West Africa, was witnessed by ABC News in Clara Town, a low income community in the Bushrod Island area of Monrovia. Read more
Nigerian banks to start capturing customers’ biometric data
Nigerian banks would on Monday begin to capture the biometric data of customers, beginning with Lagos state as directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers’ Committee.The exercise would be nationwide as a measure to attain Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) and Know Your Customer (KYC) system.
A statement by the CBN on Saturday said that the BVN exercise involves the capturing of an individual’s basic biometric data information, including the facial image, the 10 fingerprints as well as other unique features of the customer. Read more
Power: FG targets additional 5,000mw by Dec 2014
The Federal Government aims to add 5000MW to the national grid by the end of 2014 from gas powered generation plants, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke has announced.
The minister also announced the increase in the price of gas from $1.50 to $3.30 per metric cubic feet, a move that might lead to further hike in electricity tariff. Read more