By Bidon Mibzar, Abuja The Rector of the College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Captain Abdulsalami Mohammed has revealed that Fifty Thousand job seekers have applied for the hundred staff vacancy available in the institution. Mohammed while encouraging the twenty six thousand applicants who were eventually selected to write the Computer Base Aptitude Test, yesterday, at the Federal Civil Service Institute, Abuja, to put in their best, also assured them that the employment process will be strictly on merit. The rector who lauded the efforts of the public civil service institute, (PSIN), for being professional in handling of the recruitment exercise, also noted that the PSIN had employed the best modern computer based test that is needed for a credible employment exercise anywhere in the world. “Our body is a body of excellence where it is expected to meet global standards, that is why we are bringing you here to the public service institute...
By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO and AHURAKA ISAH , Abuja Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun, disclosed yesterday that the House will tomorrow commence debate on the recommendations of its special ad-hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution ( as amended). According to Lasun, the debate and voting on the 27-item recommendations will be held between Wednesday and Thursday. Lasun also stated that the House will within the same period consider the request for an addition of N135.6 billion by virement to the 2017 Budget. Speaking ahead of the commencement of the 16th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in Abuja, Lasun explained that the conference will not affect normal legislative activities in the House, as he said the conference had granted them the opportunity to shift some of the programmes till afternoon after House plenary. “Don’t forget that between Wednesday and Thursday as we are...
By MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja Ahead of the decisions of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday, boosted liquidity in various segments of the inter-bank foreign exchange market with the total of $195 million. At Monday’s Forex trading, the CBN offered the sum of $100,000,000 as wholesale interventions and allocated the sum of $50,000,000 to the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) forex window. The invisibles segment comprising Business/Personal Travel Allowances, tuition and medical fees, among others, received $45,000,000. The Bank’s acting director in charge of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, said the bank continued to intervene in the inter-bank sector in order to ensure adequate liquidity in the market. According to him, the CBN management was quite pleased with the performance of the naira against other major currencies around the world, particularly now that the forex rates at both the inter-bank and BDC segments neared convergence. Mr. Okorafor expressed...
By FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja with agencies report The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) yesterday approved the capping of Nigerian oil production at 1.8 million barrel per day (bpd). Accordingly, OPEC called on several members to boost compliance with production cuts to help clear excessive global stocks and support flagging prices. A ministerial committee of OPEC and non-OPEC known as the Joint Market Monitoring Committee (JMMC) charged with the responsibility of monitoring the global oil pact said it had agreed Nigeria would join the deal by capping its output at 1.8 million bpd, once it stabilizes at that level from 1.7 million bpd. However, the JMMC under the leadership of the Kuwait’s minister of Oil, Electricity & Water, Issam A. Almarzooq, which met in the Russian city of St Petersburg, did not give the timeframe for when this would happen, saying it would track Nigerian production patterns in the next weeks. Delivering his opening...
By Sunday Isuwa with agency report The Nigerian Army has redeployed 52 general and 597 other officers in what appears to be a major shakeup, it was gathered last night. Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, who was recently posted out of 1 Mechanised-Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna,  was, however, left out in the redeployment that affected 649 officers. Maj-Gen Oyebade was in the last posting, sent to the Army Headquarters in Abuja as chief of logistics. But it was gathered last night that the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt-Gen Yusuf Tukur Buratai has cancelled the recent postings that redeployed Maj Gen Oyebade to the Army Headquarters without a new portfolio given to him. Although the Army Spokesman, Brig Gen Sani Kukasheka Usman told LEADERSHIP last night that he was not aware of the new changes, an online newspaper, Premium Times quoted a recent memo with reference number MS/G1/3OO/2O7, signed by the military secretary,...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja and ABUBAKAR SALIHI, Kano The Kano State Police Command has arrested five suspected members of the Boko Haram sect at Gayawa area of Ungogo local government area of the state after a gun battle with the terrorists. The suspects are Abba Mohammed of Niger Republic aged 20 years; Usman Buhari aged 23 years from Borno State; Iliyasu Abdullahi aged 46 years old from Gezawa, Kano State; Aisha Ya’u, 25 and Ladidi Yunusa, 27 both of Kwana Hudu Qquarters, Kano State. The Police said they recovered exhibits from them, including one AK47 Rifle No. 58008821, 49 ammunitions, four magazines, pieces of IEDS, two sets of Air Force Uniform, four Air Force caps, one hand smoke, one military boot and one set of camouflage Uniform. Others are one Volkswagen Motor vehicle key, one Laptop, one IPad, some pictures of the suspects with military uniform and some operational black masks. According to a...
BY Kayode Tokede, Lagos The nation’s foreign reserves reached $30.5 billion last week as a result of increased global oil prices, checks by LEADERSHIP on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) website have revealed. Data from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) revealed that basket of 14 crudes stood at $47.48 per barrel last week from $45.21 a barrel it opened in July. Experts said world economic growth in 2018 is forecast at 3.4 per cent, the same level of growth forecast for 2017. “This reflects a continued strengthening of the global recovery which is becoming more balanced, with stability in the oil market remaining a key determinant. Global growth in 2017 is expected to be around 1.27 million barrel per day, broadly unchanged from previous month, average 96.4 million barrel per day”, they said. According to report, Nigeria’s crude oil production had been stuck on 1.8 million barrel per day and has now...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja As part of its probe into the alleged mismanagement of N351 billion paid Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) between 2005 and 2016, the House of Representatives committee on health services has given 35 organisations two days to submit their audited accounts to it. Issuing the directive at the weekend, chairman of the committee, Chike Okafor, revealed that of the 59 HMOs that received payments from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the last 11years, only 24 have made available their accounts to auditing consultants appointed by the House committee to ascertain the amount all the firms were paid. Okafor said that in the spirit of fair hearing, the committee had resolved to give defaulting HMOs till Wednesday to avail the auditors working on its behalf their records. He said, “As we announced on the final day of the public hearing on the allegations of fraud in health insurance administration...
By FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja Britain has expressed its readiness to invest in pipeline infrastructure, renewable energy, gas and power of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. British High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright, made this promise when the group general manager, Group Public Affairs of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, visited the Chancery of British High Commission in Abuja. Mr. Arkwright noted that the British Government had genuine investment interest in the Downstream, Midstream and Upstream sectors, stressing that the British Department for International Trade was ready to liaise with the Federal Government to invest in the country. The High Commissioner also urged the Federal Government and the NNPC to organize a road show in London to create awareness on the possible investment opportunities available in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector. Mr. Arkwright said so many British investors had funds which they were willing to invest in Nigeria, stressing, however,...
By CHIMA AKWAJA, Lagos The federal government is about to save the country a whopping N127 billion scarce foreign exchange through the inclusion of high quality cassava flour in wheat flour for baked food. This is the initiative of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), a parastatal under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The agency has pioneered research and development effort in cassava production in Nigeria which led to the development of over 25 commercial cassava products. One of such products is the development and utilization of high quality cassava flour for cassava wheat composite flour production for bread making which received presidential attention in 2004. According to director general of FIIRO, Dr. Gloria Elemo, the institute had in the last 20 years been involved in the training of over 2,000 master bakers in cassava bread production. In an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP, Elemo noted that, while FIIRO has carried out consumers’...