Eminent businessman and former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, will on Thursday and Friday consecutively  deliver lectures at Nnamdi Azikiwe University( UNIZIK) and University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Kalu, who has carved a niche in business and leadership, is billed to pres­ent a paper titled: “Culture, leadership and higher education in Nigeria ” in the UNN. A statement  signed by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, UNN, Professor Christian Onyeji, said “the lecture is designed to discuss how contemporary developments in leadership, governance and higher education have eroded our core values and hindered self actualization in Nigeria.” Kalu is expected to present his views on the standard of higher education arising from his experiences as an active leader and entrepreneur in Nigeria. Onyeji said that  “The nomination for the intellectual exercise is usually reserved for those with passion and interest in education, human development and youth empowerment. “Dr Orji Uzor Kalu is...
The managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere has declared that the current focus of the federal government on the Niger Delta region has made it an investment destination with opportunities in oil and gas, agriculture, Information Communication Technology, as well as power generation and distribution. Ekere made the declaration while speaking during the dinner held for participants at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, United States. The NDDC boss, who stated that the Niger Delta was being repositioned to attract investors in several growth areas beyond oil and gas, assured that specific policy initiatives targeting the root cause of the agitations in the Niger Delta were being prepared for rollout by the federal government. He said, “These will tackle security, law and order, power, transport infrastructure, modular refineries and investment in people.” Ekere stated that the NDDC’s participation at the 2017 OTC conference was...
The executive director, African Internally Displaced Persons Voice Foundation, Mr. Oluwatobi Ogunbayo has called for the setting up of a global protection working group under the World Bank to oversee the protection of the rights of the international displaced persons (IDPs) around the world. A statement made available  to LEADERSHIP said Ogunbayo made the call at the World Bank Group and the International Monetary  2017 Spring meetings in Washington where it as revealed that an estimated 40 million people have been displaced from their homes through armed conflict in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. According to him, the displaced persons have taken shelter in camps for months and years without a coordinated approach to resettlement and re-integration. He noted that in Nigeria, there is a rising case of HIV/AIDs in IDP camps with about 3,000 new cases. It was also revealed that global aid agencies and multilateral institutions are on the...
Lawyers to former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Alhaji Bala Mohammed have kicked against the continued detention of the former Minister by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC. It will be recalled that the former FCT Minister was again whisked away from his residence on the 2nd of May, 2017 and since then has been detained at the EFCC custody, despite declarations by an FCT High Court which had granted him bail on the 29th of November, 2016, for the same offense. In a letter addressed to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, dated 5th May, 2017, Counsel to the former FCT Minister, Chief Christ Uche, SAN, called on the Agency to release him on bail, saying that there was no justification for his detention following his arrest since 2nd May, 2017. Bala’s Counsel are also contemplating filing a contempt of Court case against the EFCC for violating the...
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has restrained the House of Representatives from acting on the report of its House Committee on the Federal Capital Territory which indicted the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, over allegations of impropriety in the management of Federal Government’s Centenary City project in Abuja. Anyim, through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), approached the court with an ex-parte motion brought pursuant to Order 5 Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009 and Section 35 (1) of the 1999 Constitution. In the motion with suit number, CV/1303/17 and application no: M/5531/17 before the presiding judge, Justice U.A. Musale, the Anyim named the House of Representatives and Hon. Herman Hemben who is the Chairman, House Committee on FCT as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively. Anyim begged the court for “an order of interim injunction...
National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday declared that PDP stalwarts or stakeholders itching to form new political associations are military apologists and nomadic political activists who have no genuine political credentials. He noted that such members of their party were at the helm of affairs in PDP when impunity held sway. In the face of the raging leadership crisis, it was gathered that most PDP leaders are poised to form a new party if the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led faction loses the been accused of nursing plans to Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha, was alleged to have said should Sheriff win at the apex court, there exists an alternative platform, where they will move into enmass. But Sheriff, in a statement signed by the PDP spokesman, Hon. Bernard Mikko, said that there is no division or schism in the party to...
Omega Fire Ministries has said that it received with bewilderment the purported claim by Miss Stephanie Otobo that she has now become born again and accordingly “forgiven Apostle Johnson Suleman” who she previously accused of having an amorous relationship with her. The church, in a statement signed by the communications manager, Mr Phrank Shaibu, it expressed doubts about Stephanie’s new claim of being born again, coming on the heels of the fresh suit instituted by her against Apostle Suleman in Canada, the smear campaign and threat to unveil nude pictures confirming her tryst with the senior pastor. Mr Shaibu particularly pointed out the several lacuna in the statement announcing Miss Otobo’s new status as a born again Christian noting that the Canada based stripper must provide answers to some salient questions before she could be believed. He said that contrition requires remorse and confession, adding that if Stephanie Otobo is indeed born...
Despite repeated complaints by Abuja motorists of cheating and extortion by officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, the head of the organisation has absolved his agency of any wrongdoing. On different occasions, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, encountered some of the complainants at the Mabushi headquarters of the agency. One of them, Abraham Oyekan, said he gave a VIO official N12,000 to help him renew his vehicle papers since January without result. Mr. Oyekan identified the official as Bodinga, who apparently bears the same surname with the acting director of the agency, Wadata Bodinga. “To be honest, Bodinga has been helping me to renew my particulars; I don’t know what went wrong this time around. “I gave him N12,000 for renewal in January, but he gave me only the vehicle insurance paper without the others. “He has been giving me all sorts of excuses since then, that’s why I am here to complain,’’...
Police in Kaduna have last week friday arraigned three persons; Kelvin Edet, Joseph Nnanji and one Nasiru who is still at large before the Chief Magistrate Court 5, Barnawa, Kaduna for electricity related offences. A press statement by the Head, Corporate Communication of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi disclosed that Kelvin Edet and Joseph Nnaji were slammed with three count charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and mischief, offences that are contrary to, and punishable under sections 97, 348 and 334 of the criminal code of Kaduna State. They were accused of conniving among themselves and engages in energy meters’ tampering, bypass and other forms of energy theft. The statement further revealed that two of the accused persons, Kelvin Edet and Joseph Nnanji, who were physically in court, pleaded not guilty to the offences and were granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, Abdullahi Maigamo in the sum of Fifty thousand Naira...
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has revealed that the Federal Government will embark on roads projects worth N50 billion in parts of Bauchi State. Hon Dogara, disclosed this  while flagging-off road projects in his Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State. He stated that the 50 kilometer Dass – Wand – Baraza –Dur – Lushi – Zunbul – Folchi – Dott – Dundot road was a joint effort of all members of the National Assembly from the State. The Speaker added that under the N50 billion worth of roads projects to be undertaken include the reconstruction of Bauchi-Gombe which contract has already been awarded, Kano-Bauchi North and Bauchi Central up to Maiduguri. According to him if the roads were to be done by the state government, it would take 10 years. Dogara said: “I want to tell you that these are not the only roads projects we...