E-PAPER , 13TH AUGUST,2017

E-PAPER , 13TH AUGUST,2017
BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Missing (TREM) Dr. Mike Okonkwo has said that members of the National Assembly who are opposed to restructuring of Nigeria's political system are enemies of the nation. He also said that church leaders should guide their subjects right by instructing them against joining successionist agitation   ‎in any part of the country. Okonkwo stated this in Abuja during the grand finale of the 5th Leading Edge Conference. "‎Anyone who refuse restructuring is an enemy of Nigeria," he said. He explained the mounting agitation from restructuring in every part of the country ‎suggests that it is long overdue. "When a season for something is due, nobody can hold it back, I believe with all my heart that if Nigeria is restructured it will be better for us, it will bring real competition, healthy competition that will lead to development," he said. According to Okonkwo, the major reason behind agitation...
By Tope Fayehun Labour unions in Ondo State have rejected the offer made by Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on payment of outstanding pensions and salaries in the state. The unions under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) said, they would not accept fractional payment of their salaries arrears and pensions. The workers who are still being owed salaries from September 2016 to January 2017, have been expectant since the announcement of the receipt of the state’s  N7.6 billion share of the Paris club refund. But the state government had in a recent meeting with the labour unions said, the 75 percent of the Paris Club refund, which is N5.7billion, would not be enough to offset all the outstanding salary and pensions for September 2016, thereby suggesting a grade level payment. The workers, in a statement signed by Chairman of NLC in the state,...
By Orjime Moses, Abuja Divine Laborers Outreach Ministries, Lagos has ordained Pastors, commissioned chaplains and presented award to eminent Nigeria leaders. Speaking at the occasion, the Chaplain General, Dr. Chris Nwanne said there can't be physical commissioning without the spiritual one. The ceremony held on 30th July at Century Hotel Ago Palace way Lagos. The Divine Institute of chaplain international commissions and promoted four chaplain officers who are due for promotion. They are: Chaplain John Elumeze (G.O of DLOM), was promoted and commissions as Chaplain full brigadal, Christian Okonkwo was commission as chaplain commandant, chaplain Kelvin was commission to chaplain lieutenant commandant while chaplain Chris Madabuchi was commission as chaplain lieutenant. Bishop Pius Nnona ordained some people and poured oil on them. Other chaplains were also promoted and commissioned. The united chaplain state of New York registered with the supreme court of justices; state of New York in conjunction with divine institute of chaplain international in...
Some commuters at the Nyanya Bus Terminal in Abuja are demanding tighter security at the station due to what they describe as inadequate security arrangement at the location. They say that security reinforcement at the terminal would safeguard the lives of passengers and other users of the station. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the terminal was reopened on July 4, after it was shut in April 2014 following the bombing of the place by Boko Haram. The bombing, according to the Abuja Emergency Management Agency, left more than 70 people dead and almost 200 others severely injured. Mr Godwin Agi, a commuter, told NAN that the traumatic experience of the 2014 bombing had prevented him from going to the station to catch a bus before now. “To be frank, I was afraid of coming into this terminal to board a bus, but from the new arrangement, people are becoming more and...
By Andrew Ojih, Jalingo Taraba State governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has flagged off the construction of a thirty kilometer Wukari- Tsokundi road in Wukari Local Government area of the state. Ishaku, in a statement signed by his deputy chief press secretary, Mr. Iliya Bekyu Akweh yesterday in Jalingo,said the contract would cost  N5.8 billion. He said  “The construction of this road is expected to be completed within one year and is a fulfillment of the governor’s campaign promise to the people of the area.” Governor Ishaku reiterated his administration’s commitment towards delivering the state from its economic backwardness, noting that provision of roads across the state becomes imperative to achieve the set objectives. Governor Ishaku explained that since assumption of office,his administration  has prioritized provision of road network, agriculture and power supply to turn around the fortunes of the state. He assured citizens of the state that his administration was determined to reposition the state...
There is now a church operating in the heart of Abuja which does not collect tithe nor offering from members, SUNDAY ISUWA reports. Givers Embassy, aka Home of Consular Generals, was formally established in the heart of Abuja at the conference hall of 3J’s Hotel last Sunday, 30th July, 2017. What stands the church out is that it neither collects tithe nor offering from members. The church, according to the pastor, is dedicated to the service of humanity especially Nigerians who are mostly poor in the midst of plenty. Givers Embassy has a football club called, “Givers Shooters FC (1Timothy 4:8).” The players were selected from local football fields, it was gathered. During the inauguration service, the church commenced with greetings and after a warm welcome address, an opening prayer ensued. The first hymn followed thereafter with praise and worship. There were scriptural readings and intercessory prayers for the nation. Thanksgiving and personal prayers...
By Obinna Ogbonnaya There was pandemonium today in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital as over 200 tricycle operators blocked the government house gate and disrupted vehicular and human movement to protest the leadership crisis rocking the union and harassment and intimidation they are face over alleged noncompliance to the payment of N3,400 fee by the State Ministry of Works. The tricycle operators who besieged the government house gate said they were in the government to ascertain if the levy was actually imposed on them by the state government and to urge the state government to wade into the leadership crisis rocking the union. The protest which lasted for more than one hour saw most passengers trekking long distance while others waited for the operators to commence operation. One of the protesters, Mr. Ikpofu Collins who decried the continued harassment and intimation members of the union are currently facing in the hands of the...
 BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The FCT Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal (URPT) has disclosed that it received only 90 complaints, on land use contraventions, from litigants in Abuja since its inception in 1996. Briefing newsmen on the activities of the tribunal in Abuja yesterday, the acting secretary of the tribunal, Yahaya Abubakar noted that out this number, 12 complaints were determined on their merit, while 18 complaints were struck out, for lack of diligent prosecution or want of jurisdiction, just as the trial of 53 complaints are ongoing. Abubakar pointed out that lack awareness of the existence and the role of the tribunal, coupled with the lackadaisical attitude of some government agencies in addressing complaints involving them, as some of the challenges facing the tribunal. He added that the public has also not been patronizing the tribunal, as expected, due to lack of knowledge of its existence, as well as the benefits derivable from...
by Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin Renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Usman Sanu- Sheu, yesterday warned Nigerian leaders, especially state governors to desist from making propaganda and lies hallmark of governance. He posited that any public office holder who reneges on his electioneering campaign promises us a liar”and is inviting the wrath of God.”l Sanu -Sheu stated this in a brief but thought provoking sermon in Ilorin, Kwara state  at  the naming  of the grandson  of the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Special Duties and Protocols, Alhaji Mashood Mustapha. The event was graced by the Speaker Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad and former Special Adviser to the state Governor on Communication Strategy, Alhaji AbdulRaheem Adedoyin among others. The cleric warned politicians to shun propaganda and lies, which he pointed out pervaded governance across the country. “What we have come to realize in this society of ours is that propaganda and lies have become...