By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja   The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Agricultural Production and Services, and Customs and Excise to investigate circumstances that has led to the importation of the genetically modified maize without clearance from the National Biosafety Management Agency and recommend appropriate measures to protect the nation from importation of such products in future. This is as it urged the federal government to stop further distribution of the products to food chain. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion on the need to investigate the alleged importation of Genetically Modified Maize into Nigeria moved by Hon. Kingsley Obinna Onwubuariri and Hon. Munir Babba Dan Agundi. Debating the motion, Hon. Onwubuariri noted that the agricultural revolution of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is geared towards ensuring sufficiency in food production adding that Nigerians have heeded the call and have gone back to the farms, the result of...
By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for approving a deep sea port for Cross River State. This is as he declared that the peer review of projects and programmes between states in the South-South and South-East geopolitical zones of the country, will lead to the faster development of the two regions. Wike, who spoke Wednesday in Calabar, during a visit to the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, said it is a good development that the deep sea port project was approved despite political differences. The governor stated that peer review exposes governors to different techniques of achieving development for the good of their people. He said, "We are all from one zone and from the PDP. From time to time, we encourage ourselves by visits to exchange ideas and to see how we can move the region forward. "We also belong to the South-South...
Cross River State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a consortium of energy firms led by Foot-Print Africa to deliver a 750mw power plant in the state. The project which has 18-month timeline will be deployed through ship mounted turbines, expected to soon berth in Calabar. In the interim, a 40 megawatts of electricity is to be delivered in the next three months through a truck-mounted turbine as an emergency measure. According to the lead consultant and Chief Executive Officer of African Discovery Group, Mr. Alan Kessler, the power will be delivered at no cost to the state, stressing: “The system is of course free of charge and it will not offer any upfront cost to the people and government of Cross River State,” adding that “the ship will berth nearby and power can be conducted into the grid.” Justifying the venture: Kessler explained “At the end of the century,...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna Again, Former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University and Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi has said that the North is not afraid of breaking up, stressing that the north is prepared to go back to the pre 1914 arrangement. The elder statesman who represented Chief Paul Unongo, chairman of the Northern Elders Forum and bared his mind at a two-day conference with the theme: "The North and the future of the Nigerian Federation" organised by the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP) was of the view that "If we can't go back to1914, we should go back to 1960, regional governance. North is not afraid of getting its North back, just Iike those that want East and West. I see this as a political manoeuvre and the North will not take it," he said. He further stated that although restructuring means different things to different people,...
By JULIANA AGBO, Abuja The executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim commission (NCPC), Rev Uja Tor Uja has charged Christians to build character for Nigeria in various capacities so as to contribute their quota to the change the nation needs. Rev Uja who gave the charge Wednesday during the NCPC inauguration of the pilgrimage mobilisation team in Abuja said, Christians need to build a holistic character that will provide the nation directions that will show example to foreigners. He stated that Christians must build a vision that is big and long enough to correct some wrong doings in the church and Nigeria generally, adding that Nigeria needs a vision long enough to provide development and engagements so that the present generation and the generation to come engage the vision. He added, "vision is the critical thing that holds people together, it is not sufficient to keep shouting restructuring, but the only thing...
By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has decried the politicisation of security in the state by the Police High Command, saying that it is negatively affecting the state's security architecture. Wike, who stated this on Monday when course participants of the National Defence College, who are on study tour of Rivers State visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt, said the state is suffering certain avoidable  security infractions because of the politics introduced in security management. The governor commiserated with the families of the deceased in Obio/Akpor local government area, saying that the administration will continue to strengthen security, despite the acts by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to sabotage the state security architecture. He said, "We had a security incident, I expected the State Commissioner of Police to be here to brief me and for us to plan to forestall a recurrence, but he will not...
BY MSUE AZA, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that tankers must stop parking on the Abuja-Kaduna- Zaria highway as soon as the trailer parks under construction in Maraban Jos and Tafa are completed. The governor who visited scene of the fire incident Sunday expressed sadness over the death of six persons following a fire outbreak involving petrol tankers at Tafa, Kagarko local government area of the state. Recall that, the incident which occurred on Saturday also left 14 persons with various degrees of injuries. One house and several shops were also burnt when a trailer conveying petroleum products caught fire. El-Rufai, who arrived the scene of the incident around 6:30pm, in company of Hon. Nuhu Goro Shadalafiya, member representing Kagarko Constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly and other government officials, condoled the community and assured them of government commitment to complete the Tafa trailer park. The Governor also visited the site of the trailer park being constructed in Tafa. He charged the contractor to speed up work and complete the project to end the perennial dangers posed by trailers packed on the highway. In a statement issued by Governor El-Rufai's spokesman,...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT No fewer than 10 persons were killed Monday morning when unknown gunmen stormed Mgbuoshimini community in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State. The incident, which occurred at about 4:00am in the mining came less than four days after two youths were killed by suspected cultists who invaded the community. When LEADERSHIP visited the community, which hosts the Port Harcourt office of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), a lot of corpses were seen lying in fronts of their houses. A resident of the community, Alhaji Illiasu Bashir, who spoke to newsmen about the incident, said, "Around 3.30am in the night I started hearing gunshots by Slaughter area in the Mgboshimini at the waterside. So this morning somebody called me that they have killed one of your brothers, when I went there I saw Nasiru who is our security at the Slaughter and when I checked on the...
A 23-year-old man, Daniel Isong, who allegedly escaped from a hotel without paying for drinks and pepper soup he consumed, has appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court. Isong , whose residential address was not provided, is facing a three-count of obtaining under false pretences, breach of peace and stealing. The prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada, had told the court that the accused and one other person at large committed the offences on Sept. 12 at Urban Hotel located on Yaya Street, Ogba, Lagos. Eruada said the accused fraudulently obtained bottles of beer and plates of pepper soup worth N21,800 with the promise to pay after consumption. He said Isong attempted to escape from the hotel without paying for them. “He was, however, caught with the help of a waiter who intercepted him, and he was immediately arrested. The offences contravene Sections 312, 285 and 166 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,...
Linda Nwagu reports that the gloom that defines the condition of learning for the children of internally displaced people, IDP in their makeshift schools in the camps was partially lifted recently for the pupils in Durumi Camp, in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT as a group of humanitarian Non-governmental organisations visited with wonderful packages. It was a heart warming sight at the IDP camp in Area one, Durumi Abuja  following a visit of a Non-governmental organisation: the Rising Child Foundation Abuja, few days ago. The Non-organization  governmental organization run by  Miss Taibat Aduragba Hussein was at the camp to indoctrinate into the children the need to embrace  education. The children were encouraged to strive past their limitations and work hard to excel in school. The headteacher at  the IDP camp school who were there to receive the organization, Mr.Aminu also reiterated the encouragement to the children  and used her experience in...