By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja And Babalola Yusuf, Lagos The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the termination of the multi-billion naira contract between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Integrated Logistics Services (Intels). The House also urged the federal government to remain “status quo” prior to the termination to avoid “injury” to the company’s employees. It would be recalled that the federal government on September 27 terminated Intels contract for the monitoring and supervision of pilotage districts in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Nigeria. The contract which was signed in 2000 also permits Intels to receive revenue generated in each pilotage district from service boat operations in consideration for 28 percent of total revenue as commission to Intels. The resolution follows the adoption of a motion moved by Hon.  Diri Douye wherein he noted that the agreement included the construction and operation...
By Michael Oche, AHURAKA ISAH, SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja and Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos Organised labour in the country yesterday implored President Muhammadu Buhari not to release further bailout funds to governors of the 36 states of the federation until they are made to account for the funds already released to them. The workers under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) also vowed to begin massive protests in states that have refused to use the bailouts funds released to them by the federal government to settle workers’ salaries. A delegation of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) were at the presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday where they met with President Buhari to demand for the release of the 50 per cent balance of the Paris Club refund to states. Chairman of the forum and Zamfara State governor, Abdulazeez Yari, told journalists after the meeting with the president that the...
BY MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), yesterday, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension for ex-Biafra policemen  who were granted presidential pardoned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It would be recalled that till now the retired policemen have not received their pension. According to a statement released by PTAD,  a total of 162 officers will be payrolled while 57 next of kin who have also not been paid their death benefits will be paid in the first batch. It said the first batch of the payment would commence in Enugu on Friday the 20th of October, 2017. According to the statement, “The general public would recall that Nigeria witnessed an ugly civil war between July, 1967 and January, 1970 and as a result of that unfortunate period in our history, some members of the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and the Paramilitary Officers who took part...
by Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja Immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan yesterday met behind closed doors with former military president, General Ibrahim Banbangida, at his uphill residence in Minna. Jonathan arrived IBB’s residence at about 10:00 am in the morning and left 12:14pm after the closed-door session, which lasted over two hours. LEADERSHIP observed that the duo met upstairs, which is very rare in the house where the former military president always host all class of visitors downstairs on most occasions. The former president arrived Minna on a bulletproof jeep, GMC Yukon, with registration number ABJ 961 ER, in a convoy of eight vehicles by road through Minna-Suleja road. He immediately entered into a closed session with IBB and when he eventually emerged from the meeting and was asked the reason for his visit by journalists, he stated that he was around to see IBB who recently came back from a medical trip abroad. When pressed further...
by CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has so far released a total sum of N501.697 billion under the commercial agriculture credit scheme (CACS). Information obtained from the bank by LEADERSHIP showed that the fund was deployed to boost 526 agriculture projects across the country. The document also showed that total repayment under the scheme was N251.156 billion in respect of 526 projects, out of which 281 projects had fully been repaid as at the end of September 2017. It was gathered that outstanding balance with lending banks was N250.541 billion as at September 30, 2017. The CACS was established by the federal government and is financed from the proceeds of the N200 billion three-year bonds raised by the Debt Management Office (DMO). The fund is made available to participating banks to finance commercial agricultural enterprises. Speaking with our correspondent on the sidelines of a three-day workshop for CACS agriculture desks officers of...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja The Senator representing Bauchi central senatorial district, Isah Misau, said yesterday that he was ready to meet the federal government in court to defend charges bordering on forgery and perjury levelled against him. Last week, the federal government had filed a five-count criminal charge before an Abuja High Court against the Senator bordering on alleged injurious falsehood against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Nigeria Police Force. The prosecution had further sought for the permission of the court to summon Misau to appear before it. But the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ishaq Bello, who heard the application in his chamber, refused to grant the permission and consequently ordered the prosecution to follow the legal way of serving the court process on the defendant. Misau, who spoke through his counsel, Mr. Godwin Obla (SAN), in a statement issued in Abuja said the reason he is being called...
by Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday ordered Senator Enyinaya Abaribe and two others standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to explain the whereabouts of the IPOB leader. The court headed by Justice Binta Nyako had granted bail to Kanu on April 24, 2017 under certain stringent conditions, but the IPOB leader has at various times flouted some of his bail conditions. Kanu was absent from the court yesterday when his trial resumed, while prison officials produced his three co-defendants in court. During yesterday’s proceedings in court, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home‎ on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant. A lawyer, Mr. Ogechi Ogunna, who appeared for Abaribe informed the judge ‎that his client...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday rhetorically demanded to know from state governors how they manage to sleep comfortably and luxuriously when workers in their various domains are being owed salaries for months. “How can anyone go to bed and sleep soundly when workers have not been paid their salaries for months. I actually wonder how the workers feed their families, pay their rents and even pay school fees for their children’’, Buhari was said to have asked the governors. The president spoke when a delegation of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) met with him to demand for the release of the 50 per cent balance of the Paris Club refund to states. Led by its chairman, Abdulazeez Yari who is also the governor of Zamfara State, the NGF delegation that met the president in Aso Villa had one representative each from the six geo-political zones of the country. A statement by...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday presented the 2018-2020 medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) and the fiscal strategy paper (FSP) to the House of Representatives as part of preparations for the presentation of the 2018 budget. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, read a letter dated October 9, 2017, conveying the MTEF/FSP to the House. Although the Speaker read the letter without giving details, LEADERSHIP gathered reliably that in the MTEF, the federal government projected a budget of N7.9 trillion for 2018, about N500 billion more than the 2017 N7.44 trillion appropriation. It was also learnt the federal government has proposed $45 per barrel of oil and a 2.3 million barrel per day (mbpd) oil production quota for the 2018 budget. The executive is said to have equally proposed an exchange rate of N305/$1, with 12.42 inflation rates, a 4.8 per cent GDP growth rate and nominal GDP of...
By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja - The embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is expected to return to court today for the continuation of his trial. Kanu was granted bail by a federal high court when the court sitting in Abuja, adjourned hearing on the suit filed against him by the federal government, till today. However, it is unlikely that ‎the IPOB leader will be present in court. For about a month now, ‎there has been accusation and counter-accusation over the whereabouts of Kanu as his whereabouts has remained unknown, following the raid that was carried out by the military in his Afara-ukwu residence in Umuahia, Abia state, on September 14, 2017. The Nigerian army on September 14, 2017 stormed Kanu’ s residence in search of what they called “technical items.” Kanu is standing trial before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, of a federal high court sitting in Abuja. He was granted bail...