By Patrick Ochoga  …As Obaseki Pledge Support In Tackling The Disease The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that an estimated of  173, 660 persons were living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Edo State. The Minister who was represented by Dr Evelyn Ngige, Director for Public Health from the Ministry stated this when he led a delegation of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and implementing partners on an advocacy visited Governor Godwin Obaseki in Government House, Benin City, He urged that state take the issue of funding the activities HIV/AIDS more seriously to combat the disease. Adewole explained that there was still a wide gap between those who require HIV care and treatment and those who can access it in Edo State adding that 25, 730 Persons living with the virus were on Anti-Retroviral treatment. The minister said that the state in...
The Niger Delta University (NDU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has joined the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the union. Dr Stanley Oguon, Chairman of the chapter, said on Thursday that the move followed a resolution reached after the local union emergency congress. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that ASUU had on Monday directed all its state chapters to go on an indefinite nationwide industrial action. Oguon told NAN in Yenagoa that although the university was preparing for its end of semester examinations, the lecturers believe in the genuineness of the ASUU struggle. Meanwhile, a student of the university, Andy Micheal, has appealed to the Federal Government to dialogue with ASUU, so as not to prolong the strike. He said that any delay in the negotiation would be counterproductive to students and the nation’s education sector.(NAN)
The Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has intercepted two suspected human traffickers and rescued 44 minors. The Sector Commander, Malam Umar Ibrahim, told our correspondent in Kaduna on Thursday that the suspects, a driver and one other adult were arrested on Wednesday on Kaduna – Zaria Expressway. According to him, the suspects were arrested by FRSC patrol team led by Assistant Route Commander Audu Usman, when he stopped a Fiat Bus (J5) with registration number XC 532 ZAR for overloading. “Our patrol men along Kaduna – Zaria expressway, around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, stopped a white and blue colour fiat bus popularly known as J5 for overloading. “On checking to see what the bus was loaded with, our men discovered it was stuffed with 44 minors and one other adult. “When asked, the driver, one Dauda Ezekiel of Gubuchi Village , Makarfi Local Government Area of...
By Henry Tyohemba, The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige will meet today to deliberate on ways of ending the strike embarked upon by the university teachers. According to a statement by the deputy director of Press, Ministry of Labour, Mr Samuel Olowookere, the decision to resume the meeting was taken on Tuesday after the meeting between the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and leadership of Labour Union at the Minister’s Conference room. The statement said that the meeting particularly, agreed on the forensic audit of the sum of N30 billion, earlier given to ASUU in 2010. The statement reads in part: “The Minister hence wishes to assure members of ASUU, indeed all Nigerians that government is already at work to resolve all outstanding issues in line with the resolve of the present administration to cast any form of...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, After weeks of uncertainty, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday assigned portfolios to the two new ministers sworn in several weeks ago. The new ministers are Stephen Ocheni ( Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan ( Gombe). Osinbajo’s spokesman, Mr Laolu Akande, announced this via his Twitter handle yesterday . Akande tweeted, “Ocheni was named Minister of State , Labour and Employment; while Hassan was named Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing. “There are now two ministers of state in Power, Works and Housing ministry, ” . . . Swears In New Perm Secs, Charges Them On Anti-graft War By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday swore in 21 new permanent secretaries of the Federal Civil Service. The brief ceremony was held at the council chambers before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting. Recall that 300 candidates from federal government ministries, departments and agencies sat for the examinations meant to fill in...
by Francis Okoye The Borno State commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu yesterday confirmed the killing of 16 people in Konduga, while 82 others sustained various degrees of injuries at different Boko Haram attacks in Konduga local government area of Borno State. Mr Chukwu stated this during a chat with newsmen following Tuesday’s incident. Residents of Konduga had earlier told journalists that, 39 people were killed while 103 others were injured and are currently receiving medical attention at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. It would be recalled that suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked Konduga village, about 34 kilometers from Maidugiri, killing several persons. LEADERSHIP recalls that this attack is coming barely five hours after the launching of the special mobile strike teams by the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Tuesday, with directives to track down the Boko Haram spiritual leader, Abubakar Shekau. The attack by suicide bombers on Mandarari town of Konduga local...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, said it is strategically ready for the 2019 general election. The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated this during the swearing in of nine newly appointed Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja. The nine RECs are Mrs. Asman Sani Maikudi; Sam Olugbadebo Olumekun; Prof. Riskuww A. Shehu; Kassim Gana Giedam; Jibrin Ibrahim Zerawa; Abdulganiyu Olayinka Raji; Prof. Sam Egwu; Mike A. Igini; and Mallam Sadiq Musa. It would be recalled that INEC had fixed the Presidential and National Assembly elections for Saturday, February 16, 2019 while Governorship, State Assembly and Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will hold two weeks later on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. The INEC boss, while noting that yesterday marked exactly 548 days to general elections, stressed that in terms of strategic planning, the commission is prepared. He said, “In terms of strategic planning, we...
The prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari following his vacation to London has engendered pro and anti-government protests. SOLOMON AYADO writes on the role of the National Assembly. Is it true that the absence of President Muhamadu Buhari is having an effect on governance? Can the National Assembly question the absence of the President on the fact that a vacuum is  being created? Why is it that the lawmakers have become more defensive, seemingly not evolving serious legislative action to end the agitations? Are the lawmakers simply playing politics hence the varied protests? Is there any  inducement? When will the President return or resign? And if he (Buhari) does not return in the expected time, what would be the next line of legislative action? These are among many unanswered questions spinning the narratives of concerned members of the public on the prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari. The people are suspecting...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah , MARK ITSIBOR, Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel,   The federal government has so far consolidated over 20,000 bank accounts since the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the country. Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris who disclosed this, said by aggressively implementing the TSA across board, the federal government has also eliminated multiple banking arrangements that were hitherto used as fraud channels. Speaking at a 2-day workshop for financial correspondents yesterday in Abuja, the AGF noted that the consolidation of accounts has further brought about transparency and effective tracking of government revenues. Stiff implementation of the TSA policy, he said, has among other achievements led to the blocking of leakages and abuse that characterized the public finance management prior to its advent. He said, “As part of our stewardship, TSA has enabled us to make tremendous gains to the federal government and to the Nigerian economy. We have successfully eliminated...
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON) said 37,388 out of the 65,271 intending Nigerian pilgrims for the 2017 hajj had been transported to Saudi Arabia as at Aug. 16. NAHCON’s Head Operations, Alhaji Abudullahi Modibo, disclosed this at a news conference  in Abuja, yesterday. Modibo, who presented the statistics of carrier flight performance for this year exercise, said the 37,388 represents 58 per cent of the intending pilgrims. He said that the remaining 27,883 (42 per cent) would be transported before Aug. 26 by four carriers  NAHCON commissioned for the exercise. Modibbo said transportation intending pilgrims commenced in July 30, adding that the exercise would end of Aug 25 or 26. The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abudullahi Mohammed, said that this year hajj had been a successful exercise, so far. Mohammed was represented by Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo, NAHCON​ Commissioner in charge of personnel, policy, management and finance. Mohammed further said that the commission was...