By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives has read for second time,  a bill to establish the Nigerian Assets Management Agency to be charged with the responsibility of managing all federal government owned assets including but not limited to assets acquired through court orders, forfeitures and seizures by federal agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). The passage of the bill sponsored by Hon. Jones Onyereri follows a heated debate at Wednesday's plenary. In his lead debate, Onyereri explained that the purpose for the establishment of the agency is for proper management of all federal government owned assets whether exists or acquired through seizures, court orders and forfeitures. According to him, the agency will also ensure a proper co-ordination and enforcement of all federal government assets management legal regimes and enforcement powers...
By Patrick Ochoga The Western Zone of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) the umbrella body of all Ijaw people in the federation has expressed support for the style of leadership of the Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson. The INC said that his style of governance and his intervention in issues of critical concern to Ijaws across the states of the federation which it said had fostered unity. A statement by the Zonal Publicity Secretary of the INC, Western Zone, Comrade Priye Noel Kuete, made available to journalists in Benin City said that Governor Dickson should be encouraged by all Ijaw sons and daughters to succeed both as a governor of Bayelsa State and as a leader of the Ijaw people, a position he has handled to the admiration of millions of the people. The statement commended Dickson for the recent appointment of a son of the Zone, Mr. FIdelis Soriwei, as his Special Adviser...
It’s another independence anniversary but the cacaphony of clamours across the country mounts in light of restructuring debate. CHIBUZO UKAIBE writes Nigeria’s journey in the search of nationhood has been comparatively long and tough. Like many other nation-states, the multi-ethnic entity has constantly evolved, transcending systems of government and forms of administration. Still, pundits opine that dream of the founding fathers of the country, have largely been strangulated by successive leaderships. The projection for the country, famously called the giant of Africa, was that it would lead not just the the continent but black race. The reasons where not far fetched. At the turn of the independence struggle across the Africa, the vibrancy and resourcefulness of its human capital and, as revealed much later, the enormous mineral resources in its domain, positioned the new country for great exploits. But after two bloody coups, a civil war and spells of military intervention, the country’s...
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL The Head of Service (HoS) of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, in her quest to improve civil servants welfare has established a staff welfare office. Making the disclosure yesterday at the 2017 Head of Civil Service Interdenominational Christian Fellowship annual Love Feast, Oyo-Ita said from her innermost mind, her daily prayers had been better welfare for Nigerian civil servants. Represented by Pastor Mrs Maureen Ubi, an assistant director of Monitoring and Reporting, the Hos announced that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the 2017-2020 Strategic Plans of the civil service. She said, “Our 2017-2020 Strategic Plans has been approved by the Federal Executive Council and one of the goals of these Strategic Plans is staff welfare. And to give effect to that, especially as it relates to housing for all civil servants, the HoS got approval and a department called the Federal Integrated Housing Scheme (FIHS) was set...
...How Kaduna Court Okays Arrest Of Arewa Youths BY MSUE AZA The commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, Agyole Abeh, has declared that the warrant of arrest on Arewa Coalition youths from the court of law will be fully implemented. Speaking with LEADERSHIP in Kaduna, Abeh, simply said:" Any warrant of arrest from a court will be carried" Recall that, the Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG) had in Kaduna issued the quit notice in June, asking Igbos to vacate the North before October 1 as they claimed their demand was in response to the secessionist stance of some pro-Biafran groups, like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Kaduna State government had condemned the quit notice and ordered the arrest of those signatories to the declaration :“The Kaduna state government took exception to the fact that the ‘northern youths’ did their irresponsible press conference in Kaduna,” he said. Our correspondent who obtained the details of Kaduna...
...Issue 14-Day Ultimatum To Oil Firms, Others BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA No fewer than 97 oil producing and host communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State have decried the refusal of the Federal Government and oil companies operating in the area to bring development to the communities. This is as they issued a 14-day ultimatum to oil companies operating in the area, including the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Total Exploration and Production Nigeria (TEPNG), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Addax Petroleum Development Company, and others to relocate their headquarters to the area. Chairman of ONELGA Host Communities Stakeholders Forum, Chief Nelson Ekperi, who addressed a press conference at Omoku on Wednesday, requested the Rivers and Federal Government to produce a blue print to develop the area into a mega city. Ekperi said communities in the area are also demanding for the dualization of the Ahoada-Omoku-Ebocha-Egbema Road with street light, insisting that only...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coalition of Indigenous Associations (CFCTIA), have described as lopsided, the recent appointments made by the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello into his administration. Saying only 2 out of the 16 are natives of FCT. A statement signed by the secretary general to the coalition, Barr Christopher Dada, which was made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday frowned that the minister did not find any FCT native worthy and competent enough to be appointed into top positions in the FCT administration. Dada maintained that the coalition, which is a conglomerate of the various FCT indigenous associations, believes and considers the nature and manner of the appointments by the minister as anti-FCT natives, because only two out of the 16 appointments were given to the natives. He noted that in previous administrations in the FCT, especially the immediate past administration, the FCT natives were more and considerably carried...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has called on the Federal Government to take a critical look at the recruitment processes of security agencies to mitigate alleged issues of human rights abuses by security operatives. Wike made the call on Tuesday when the Presidential Investigating Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligation and Rules of Engagement, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, expressed the hope that the panel will fashion out a sustainable mechanism to deal with issues of human rights abuses by security agencies. He stated that it is unfortunate that across the country there have been alleged cases of brutality and human rights abuses by security agencies because of the activities of a few bad eggs, noting that in Rivers State the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has...
BY OMONU YAX-NELSON, Abuja As the Federal Capital Territory Authority  strives to lighten up Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, investigations carried out by LEADERSHIP revealed that Prostitutes, street urchins and vandals are working round the clock to ensure 'operation light up' Abuja project ends in futility. LEADERSHIP gathered that the prostitutes are a versed to street lights because, their patrons, who are men of means are weary of been seen when coming to pick up their clients. The investigation also revealed that, to avoid bad market, prostitutes are said to be enlisting the services of competent electricians to tamper with street lights by removing the transformer fuse, once it is time for their trade. Sources at electrical department of FCDA who pleaded anonymity, gave account to LEADERSHIP, of how he uncovered the nefarious activities of women of night trade. “There was a time power failure on Augustus Aikhomu Street became alarming. I decided to...
The Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma has endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for reelection in 2019, saying that the governor deserves a second term because of his commitment to peace, good governance, love for the poor masses and development of the Church. Archbishop Chukwuma made the endorsement during his sermon at the Centenary Anniversary of the Anglican Church in Nkanuland, which was attended by Gov. Ugwuanyi, the former Governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo and his wife, Patricia, among other dignitaries. He commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the good works he is doing in Enugu State and his uncommon leadership style that has restored peace, unity and good governance in the state, declaring that his re-election is “assured and not contestable” urging all other political parties including the All Progressives Congress (APC) to shelve party leanings to...