by ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that $5 billion are spent on generators every year by Nigerians, adding that this is unacceptable. Dogara made this known during a Public Hearing on the review of legislation on power, yesterday in Abuja. This is just as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, noted that the problem of power was not much of lack of enabling laws but its implementation. Fahola, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Louis Edozien, noted that many of the problems are not matters of law at this stage, adding that the issues relate more to full implementation of the law, full implementation of its provisions and application of sanctions. The speaker who was represented by the Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor, noted that the legislature would support the executive arm of government...
by Abba Kabara, Gusau The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, commissioned 52-kilometer federal road linking Gummi, Sokoto and Kebbi, reconstructed by Zamfara State government at the cost of over N7.5billion. Mr.Osinbajo who commended Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar for his foresight in complementing federal government’s efforts in the construction of the roads, said the facility will boost the economy by providing a link between the rural and urban communities. He observed that “Despite the current economic challenges, the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has been delivering in accordance with our electioneering promises of bringing positive change to the country,” he said. Mr. Osinbajo observed that the projects executed by Governor Abdulaziz Yari was a testimony of a deep commitment to not only rehabilitate the economic and social condition of the youth, but to also develop a sound foundation for their future aspirations. In his address, Governor Abdulaziz Yari announced that...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, yesterday, conveyed its resolution to Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura calling on him to dissolve the state’s Interim Management Committee(IMC) Chairmen of 13 local government areas and overseers of 18 development areas and their council members on July 24th. Speaker of the House,Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abduallahi, made the call after Alhaji Saidu Galadima, chairman, House committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, moved the motion for the dissolution of the appointed councils officials on the floor of the House in Lafia. Balarabe Abduallahi, also called for election to be conducted into the 13 local government areas of the state so as to bring the government closer to the people at the grassroots as well as to give them a sense of belonging for the overall development of the state. “This motion is timely due to the fact that the tenure of the state’s Interim...
BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi Benue State government has disclosed that it has received N6.8 billion as second tranche of the Paris Club refund. The acting governor of Benue State, Engr. Benson Abounu, who made this known while speaking to journalist in Makurdi, however ,explained that the said amount was less five percent because of the consultancy fees agreed by the states. “We were expecting 25 percent which is one quarter of the total payment as the second tranche. You will recall that the first tranche was 25 percent of the total amount payable and we were expecting the same amount for the second tranche. “But unfortunately, probably due to paucity of funds, only half of that 25 percent, in other words, half of one quarter is just what we have received as the second tranche and the total amount comes to the tune of N6.8b less five percent as the consultancy fees which...
By sam egwu, Lokoja The chairman of All Pogressive Congress, (APC) in  Kogi central senatorial zone has dissociated itself from the suit to stay action on Senato Dino Melaye’s recall process. This was consequent upon the suit filed by a group of principal officers of Kogi APC at the Federal High Court, Abuja to stay action on Senator Melaye  recall process by his constituency. The  Kogi central Senatorial district chairman of the APC,Hon Ahovi Salam Ibrahim declared that he was not part of the arrangement as published in a daily Newspaper. Addressing  a press conference at the NUJ press centre in Lokoja yesterday,  the zonal chairman described the publication as misleading stressing that he never discussed or met with any individual or group of persons in respect of the suit. “I am the zonal Chairman of APC in the Central Senatorial district and cannot go into taking part on issues concerning Dino Melaye from...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja A group known as the Movement for the Right Choice (MRC) yesterday said the Supreme Court’s judgement on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) internal crisis was not a victory for the Ahmed Makarfi-led group alone, but a victory against impunity and leadership rascality. In a statement by the chairman, Mr. Danjuma Peter Gbobien, the group said the judgement will serve as a wakeup call for all political parties to stop imposition of candidates and adhere to the rules of the game. According to the statement, political parties got the message loud and clear that imposition of candidates on either the party or electorate is the fastest way to sending a political party to extinction. While congratulating the Nigerian judiciary for its boldness and resilience, the group said the judiciary has been standing firm in making the country’s nascent democracy stand the taste of time. “This is indeed not only commendable,...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja A pressure group operating under the aegis of Association of Youths of Nigeria Against Corruption (AYONAC) has restated its stand against corruption, condemning the current situation where politicians guilty of corruption have neither submitted themselves to the anti-corruption agency nor returned stolen funds to government vault. The convener of the group, Amb. Phil Roberts, who stated this during a press conference in Abuja yesterday, stressed that the group will ensure that the war against corruption is battled to the last to ensure that nobody is spared and anyone who has a question to answer is brought to book. While stating that all hands must be on deck to fight corruption in the country, he added that “the situation we see in our country today is a consequence of this unchecked malaise that has ravaged every fabric of our existence for more than 16 years. Our institutions have become...
BY YAHYA SARKI, Kebbi Youth leaders under the coalition of National Youth Council of Nigeria ( NYCN ),comprising of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) , Youth and Student Leaders Forum , Concern Nigerian Youth Forum and Arewa Consultative Forum Youth Congress have commended the conduct of the just concluded local government election in Kebbi organised by the Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission ( KESIEC). Addressing journalists in Birnin Kebbi, the spokesperson of the youth leaders , Abdulrahman Manga who is also National Vice President of NYCN North West said they monitored the election in all the 21 local government areas of the state and were satisfied with the conduct of the election. “ All the 21 local government areas we assessed the conduct of the elections ,its proceedings ,participation by electorates, availability of electoral materials , security arrangements and other operational inputs necessary for smooth conduct of the exercise ‘’. According to...
BY ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI, Kano Northern Nigeria Flour Mill yesterday in Kano officially commissioned a Sorghum flour production plant which costs over N2 billion. The chairman, board of directors of the flour mills, Alhaji Aminu Dantata disclosed that the revamped plant situated in Kano would source for sorghum from local farmers, which would culminate into boosting the economy of the state and Northern Nigeria. The industrialist represented by the vice chairman board of directors of the company,  Alhaji Rabiu Gwarzo  in a welcome address revealed that  local farmers  would be paid handsomely for delivering  the  raw materials request of the plant, assuring that the  locally produced flour is in equivalence with global best practices. He commended CBN and Kano State Government for steering the successful resuscitation of the plant and introduction of sorghum milling initiative. The chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria, John George  Coumatarous  disclosed that the sorghum plant would  facilitate the  employment  of over...
BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The Senate and Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) yesterdayquestioned the $20 billion funds realised and reinvested in the oil and gas industry. The executive secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote claimed that the Board has trained about six million Nigerians in the oil and gas sector since the inception and was also able to reinvest $5billion out of the $20billion funds in the country’s oil and gas industry which score at five per cent participation in the sector. But the Senate angrily faulted the claim, describing it as unrealistic and blatantly prostrate, saying the assertion does not in anyway tally with the actuality in the achievements of the Board in the time been. This was the outcome of a one-day public hearing by the Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) and Gas Resources on local content implementation and investigation on the utilization of...