Federal civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT are grappling with severe lean purse in the running of their offices as cash squeeze now often makes commonplace office tools and stationery unavailable for use. Even ministers and directors feel the heat as their monthly operational allowances have witnessed severe cuts from approving authorities. AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE reports Revelations from ministries, department and agencies (MDA) especially those headquartered in Abuja have indicated that tough times are biting the operations of government offices in Nigeria’s capital as lack of funds have put a strain on their efficiency and ease of conducting their affairs. Checks by our correspondent in some of the government agencies revealed a harsh reality that has depleted the attraction public offices draw in the eyes of many because of the many worries of lack working capital for workers. The situation is said to be giving several of workers a cause for...
National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently released figures which show that not less than 2,673 people lost their lives in road accidents in the first half of this year. The biggest credit for this horrifying figure, the bureau says, goes to over-speeding. EJIKE EJIKE writes. An approximate 15 persons die daily in Nigeria as a result of road crashes. This equals 2,673 as released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). According to the “NBS Road Transport Data,” about 1, 466 died in the first quarter and 1, 207 in the second quarter. The report stated that speed violation was the major cause of accidents with the second quarter, accounting for 44.44 per cent of road accidents, this is as the corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi equally blamed the carnage on over speeding, night journeys and “use of motor boys to drive tankers.” Despite the horrific...
Onukogu Kanyochuqu Jubal and Kabir Akintayo write that dalliance between fathers and daughters has assumed a pervasive proportion in the country. Psychologists who weighed in on this report provided useful insights into the perversion. Sometime ago Nigerian music diva- Omawunmi had a painful cause to render her popular song “If you ask me.” The song made a mockery of a love relationship between a certain father and her daughter. Asa, Nigeria’s songstress export to the international arena, also had similar cause to capture same trend in hit song “Fire on the mountain.” Fathers not just sleeping with their daughters, but going carelessly further to put them in a family way is worrisomely becoming an everyday occurrence in the country. In March this year, Taiwo Olubayode, from Odode-Idanre, Ondo State, earned a nine years sentence with hard labour and no option of fine from a court sitting at Oke-Eda, Akure, the Ondo State...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, A coalition of civil society orgarnisations (CSOs) yesterday declared total support for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the president won’t resign as being demanded by a group of Nigerians protesting under the auspices of #OurMumuDonDo. The coalition of CSOs known as the Centre for Civil Society and Justice (CCSJ) made the declaration after staging a counter protest rally in support of the president at the precinct of Aso Rock presidential. The protest by the CCSJ is a direct response to the one staged by the #OurMumuDonDo group against the continued stay of the president in the United Kingdom in which they are asking Buhari to either return from his medical vacation or resign. Speaking on behalf of the CCSJ demonstrators yesterday, the convener, Comrade Goodluck Obi, said his group has “absolute faith and trust in President Buhari’s administration, not machinations of corruption and destabilisation. “We are saying from today, 10th August...
…Makarfi’s NCC Must Not Exceed 3 Months, Clarke Warns   By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori was listed as member of the national convention planning committee for tomorrow’s special convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), LEADERSHIP Friday findings have revealed. Ibori, who was recently released after serving a four-year jail term in a British prison was listed as No 41 in the main organizing committee of the party. Tomorrow’s non- elective national convention is meant to extend the tenure of the Makarfi-led NCC to enable them conduct the elective convention which is speculated to hold in November. The convention is also billed to see to the amendment of the party’s constitution. Ibori who has not attended any political meeting at the national headquarters since he returned to the country, was, however, absent at the inaugural meeting of the committee last Wednesday. His successor and Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa is the...
By OLAJIDE FABAMISE, Manufacturers in the country under the auspice of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) have disclosed that Nigeria’s cumulative manufacturing investment stood at N3.79 trillion in 2016. This is according to a survey conducted by MAN and made available to LEADERSHIP in Lagos. It indicated that in the second half of 2016, manufacturing investment increased to N448.94 billion from N309.33 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2015, indicating N139.61 billion increases over the period. It also increased by N283.33 billion when compared with N165.61 billion recorded in the preceding period. The association’s survey also indicated that manufacturing investment totaled N614.55 billion in 2016 as against N489.45 billion of 2015; depicting N125.1 billion increase over the period. A breakdown of MAN’s findings showed that plant and machinery ranked highest with investment worth N189.84 billion; trailed by land and building worth N86.58 billion; assets under construction followed with investment worth N64.48 billion;...
BY AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, The management of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), an agency under the Federal Ministry of Health, has been accused of a fraudulently purchasing 15 Toyota Hilux motor vehicles worth N337, 500, 000 million without due process. The funds were alleged to have been diverted from the agency’s account through a fraudulent contract scam before the last day of federal government 2016 capital projects account closure. The contract scam is contained in a petition submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) by a group under the aegis of Concerned Members of Staff of the Primary Health Care System in Nigeria. The petition signed by Comrade Aliu Shehu, Comrade Salihu Hong, Comrade Ike Okoro and Comrade Sule Balogun, accused the executive director of NPHCDA of fraudulently withdrawing the said amount from...
BY BAYO AMODU and Jonathan Nda- Isaiah ,   The federal government yesterday approved the refinancing of the country’s domestic debts into treasury bills worth $3billion as part of its overall strategy to reduce the cost of borrowing. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, gave the hint while addressing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. According to her, the approval was derived from a memo her ministry presented to FEC to enable the federal government to restructure its debt portfolio. She said, “The memo that I presented and was approved by council was part of our efforts to restructure our debt portfolio. We got approval in June that we would restructure our debt profile. We would borrow less in Naira and more in foreign currency because it is cheaper and also because we want to prevent crowding out the private sector. “We...
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF)  component of operation “LAFIA DOLE” conducted intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission over Parisu in the Sambisa general area and destroyed insurgents hideouts. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore, Olatokunbo Adesanya, made the disclosure, yesterday, in Abuja in a statement issued to newsmen. He said the mission was in furtherance of the operations to completely defeat the insurgents. “During the ISR mission, a large group of insurgents were seen converging under a tree close to a prominent zinc-roofed structure. “Part of the structure was concealed by the foliage of a tree, making it a seemingly unobtrusive gathering point for the terrorists. “A confirmatory ISR mission indicated that the structure was indeed insurgents’ hideout, housing a large number of them. “Accordingly, the Air Component detailed four fighter jets namely: one F-7Ni and three Alpha Jet aircraft to strike the target in succession. “The...
By Ahuraka Isah and Solomon Ayado, The Senate said yesterday that it restricted the investigative hearing into how over 60 companies swindled the country with over N30 trillion revenue through non-remittances of moneys payable to the federation account to only the firms in order to avoid disclosing their trade secrets. The Senate also assured Nigerians that the probe was aimed at recovering revenues lost by the government. The Red Chamber was reacting to questions as to why the public investigative hearing is being shrouded in secrecy, thereby giving credence to speculation that the probe itself is fraught with negotiations between the investigation team and chief executive officers of the companies. Senate committee chairman on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Hope Uzodima, said it was not true that the probe into the N30trillion scam is shrouded in secrecy because the press is constantly briefed at every stage of the investigation. “In order not to breach the...