By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have moved to persuade the former governor of Borno State, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff back to the party. Sheriff who was one of the founding fathers of the APC had left to become the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But the group, it was gathered wants Sheriff back to the fold of the APC, a party he helped to build and nurture. The leader of the group, Dr Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, said, “Before the consummating of the APC merger, Sen Sheriff was the greatest sponsor of the defunct ANPP and chairman of the Board of Trustees.” “As chairman of the ANPP Board of Trustees, his roles in the actualization of the merger to form the APC cannot be over emphasized. Sen Sheriff was committed to the effective take off of the APC coupled with his track records in party...
BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the Senate, Senator Dino Melaye, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working against an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja by issuing to the public a ‘purported’ amended schedule of his recall from the Senate. It would be recalled that Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High Court had on Monday, September 11, 2017 dismissed Melaye’s application seeking to stop the recall process even as he ordered INEC to avail the lawmaker with a “copy of the petition and other accompanying documents to enable him prepare for the stakeholders’ meeting for the commencement of the verification exercise within two weeks from the date of the judgement.” LEADERSHIP also observed that despite the fact that INEC was unable to serve the relevant documents on Melaye, who is out of the country,  as ordered by Justice...
BY Danjuma Joseph, Lafia Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has re-assured the citizens of government’s commitment to protecting lives and properties. The governor spoke, yesterday, at the funeral service of the late Abaga Toni, Dr Sylvester Oho Ayih, at the Saint Michael Catholic Church, Garaku, in Kokona Local Government of the state. Al-Makura, who expressed regret over the recent crisis in some states, assured that he will not rest on his oars to ensure that all Nigerians living in the state enjoys equal opportunity, irrespective of the their backgrounds, believes and persuasions. According to the governor, “ I believe every Nigerian has the right to leave every where he wants. I can tell you, some of the people who are not from this state, the Igbos, Yorubas, Isekiris, Efik, Ibibios, Urobos, have contributed to the development of this state, more than the so-called indigenes. Why don’t we leave together?” “I will not rest...
BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, Jos Plateau Elders Advisory Forum (PEAF) has commended the swift response of Governor Simon Lalong to douse the tension that arose in the state  as a result of the activities of  the proscribed IPOB in the South  East. The forum  also condemned the killing of over 21 innocent women and children by unknown gunmen in Ancha village of Bassa local government council of the state. A statement issued and signed by Captain Din (retd) after its inaugural meeting in Jos called on security operatives to ensure the perpetrators of the killings were arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law. The statement further appealed to the Fulani herdsmen and the Irigwe community to corporate with the state government and relevant security agencies with the view to finding  lasting solutions to the incessant attacks and killings in the area. It said the aim of the forum was to promote...
By Abu nmodu, Minna In order to achieve good and quality financial management, the Niger State government with the support of the World Bank has engaged the services of vendor to supply, install and integrate the state Financial Management Information System (SFMIS). The state commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe stated this yesterday at the first phase of the training for the state SFMIS end users in Minna. He recalled that the federal government of Nigeria and by extension Niger State, along with other states, received a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) towards the cost of implementing Public Sector Governance Reform and Development Project (PSGR&DP) whose overall objective was to improve transparency, accountability and public financial management and human resources management to strengthen governance. Balarabe stated that in a bid to achieve good and quality financial management the state was experiencing some challenges that impact negatively on the efficiency and effectiveness...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna An estimated 1.9 million people in North Eastern part of Nigeria, scattered across 250,000 households are in urgent need of early recovery support of food, shelter and other social infrastructure. The country director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Samuel Bwala stated this, while speaking at the graduation ceremony of first batch trainees of 79 internally displaced persons at the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Learning Centre in Kaduna yesterday. According to the country director of the UNDP who are the sponsor of the training for participants drawn from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states “The insurgence just worsened the situation resulting in mass suffering among the people especially women and the youth. From our assessment, about 1.9 million people in the region, representing over 250,000 households are in urgent need of early recovery support, including shelter, food, livelihood, social infrastructure, public security, among others. It is important to note that...
By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has reiterated that the safety of southerners, particularly Southerners of Igbo extraction, is not under threat anywhere in the north despite reports of recent attacks on people of northern extraction and their properties in Abia and Rivers states. The party further reaffirmed its stand on the sanctity of the unity of Nigeria, saying it will not support any discussion on the issue. APC deputy national chairman (north), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, in a statement added that the party while not interfering with the statutory works of the security agencies, urged it continue to do everything possible to guarantee security of life and property in all parts of the country, while urging that everyone must support and cooperate with the security agencies. Shuaibu said: “However, security is everyone’s business. As such, and as of today, I can assure Nigerians that every traditional ruler, religious leaders,...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Anambra State governorship election, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has rejected the outcome of the party’s primaries  and resolved to head to court to seek redress. Ubah, who faulted the whole process of the primary election, said  that the delegates list used for the PDP primary election was different from the certified true copy of the delegates list he obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. He further stressed that the person who emerged as the PDP candidate for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State,  Mr. Oseloka Obaze, was in the first instance not qualified to contest the election as he was only granted a provisional waiver as at the time of the primary. The PDP governorship primary for the Anambra State governorship election held on Monday, August 28. Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, he pointed...
BY Doyin ojosipe, Abuja Nurses under the aegis of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM) yesterday said it will join other health workers in the upcoming industrial action come Thursday, the 21st of September 2017. Briefing newsman in Abuja, yesterday, the president of the Association,  Comrade Abdulrafiu Adeniji said the Nurses had expressed sadness over the state of the health sector, especially the moribund state of health infrastructure. “Members during the meeting noted with great concern the lack of equipment and Medical consumables in all the health facilities in the country that have affected the delivery of quality Health Care to the Nigerian citizens and therefore call on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and respective managements of Federal Health institutions and by extension State and Local Government owned health institutions to do the needful in this regard,” he said. Adeniji said, “The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) met...
By Michael Oche, Abuja The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educationaal and Associated Institutions (NASU), has insisted on continuing with it strike action unless the Federal government  urgently meet their demands. The Union accused the Federal Government of refusing to demonstrate commitment to adequate funding of tertiary education in the country, describing the situation as very unfortunate. Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the National Executive Council meeting, Comrade Chris Any, the National President of the union said the union  is determined to continue with the strike for as long as Government remains unconcerned He said, “We equally call on the Federal Government to without waste of time respond positively to all the demands of the unions with a view to ensuring that the strike ends without any further delay. We are however determined to continue with the struggle for as long as Government remains unconcerned. “We are using this medium of the meeting of our...