BY SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja Senate President Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of former Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin. This just as he called on the federal government to immortalise Osotimehin in view of his extensive contributions to national development  through in healthcare administration. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the death of Osotimehin as a monumental loss, not only to Nigeria but to the international community. Saraki said: “Osotimehin was a doctor’s doctor. He was one of the finest in the medical profession in this generation. As a medical doctor myself, I know first hand, the zeal and devotion with which Osotimehin plied his trade. “His passion for excellence enabled him to rise to the zenith of his profession and subsequent emergence as the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and later Minister of Health...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS World Environment Day (WED) also known as United Nations’(UN) World Environment Day which falls on June 5 of every year is a day set aside by the international community to celebrate nature. It also provides a global platform to raise awareness on environmental issues with plans to mitigate these issues as a global community. It is the world body’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Since it was first held in 1974, it has become a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. The Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, the world chooses a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes. For 2017, the theme...
BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday ordered the final forfeiture of the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in Ikoyi area of Lagos State to the federal government. The court headed by Justice Muslim Hassan made the order after no interested party in the matter appeared, as directed by ththe permanent forfeiture order should not be absolute. The judge had on April 13 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the monies and also gave any interested party 14 days to come before him to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria. The court had made the order after listening to an ex-parte application filed by the EFCC through its counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, who told the court that the commission received intelligence report from an undisclosed source that...
BY BAYO AMODU, Abuja and CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos Disturbed by the surge in prices of food stuffs and its attendant impact on Nigerians, the federal government has concluded plans to crash the prices of rice and other foodstuffs within the next two weeks. To ensure that this is fully implemented, government is already holding wide range consultative meetings with farmers. Minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh, who is the chairman of presidential task force on soaring prices of foodstuffs disclosed this in an interview with LEADERSHIP. Recently, the national bureau of statistics (NBS), in its annual reports, indicated that the nation is still being weighed down by soaring prices of food stuffs in the face of rising inflation. Before the NBS report which is something most Nigerians were already conversant with, the federal government had in February set up a task force on food security, with the sole aim of looking at...
BY AHURAKA ISAH and SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has written to the Senate seeking an approval of foreign loan of $1.5 billion for some states that are ostensibly in distress. The letter addressed to the Senate titled,  ‘Re-Federal Executive Council approval of the 2016 - 2018 external borrowing (rolling) plan’, was read by the Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki on the floor of the Red Chamber yesterday. The acting president listed the states to include Kaduna state for Development  Policy  Operationwhich is seeking $350m from World Bank; Ogun State Development Policy Operation, $350m from World Bank; Ebonyi Ring Road Project $70m from African Development Bank and  Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP), Abia state from African Development Bank. Others are Health System Project, Katsina, $100m from Islamic Development Bank; Integrated Rural Development Project, Jigawa State from Islamic Development Bank; Ring Road Project, Ebonyi State from Islamic Development Bank and Integrated...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS An Abuja based Social Activist and media consultant, Prince Yemi Itodo, has concluded arrangements to file a N50m suit against the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Ede Ogaba Ede, for defamatory posts on social media. It could be recalled that, the aleged wheelbarrow scheme of Governor Samuel Ortom elicited alot of criticism on social media, which later transcended to print media, with various commentaries across the country. It was gathered that, the Deputy Governor's aide became angry at the commentaries of the Benue born activist and took to the social media with derogatory post against Mr. Itodo, with attachment of his photograph. Addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Mr. Itodo said his team of lawyers has taken step to institute a law suit, adding that, the Chief Press Secretary had shut his ears against every peace deal offered to him. "When he was making those derogatory posts, in...
By Bernard Tolani  Dada Uyo Economic reason has been identified as being responsible for the massive harmful done on the environment in the country and none implementation of the necessary legal framework to protect it. The Director of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Mr. Nnimmo Bassey made the assertion weekend at a workshop held at the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State. He said Governments at all levels, multinational and local companies as well as individual were guilty in this direction as they have played major roles in creating negative impact on the environment now tagged as climate change. Speaking on the theme “Unpacking Re-Source Democracy” he said rising consumption and wastages had led to massive extinction of species and severe environmental change; some of which might well be irreversible. Environmental degradation, he said disrupts our linkages to nature, shrivels our humanity and throws us into unhealthy rivalry...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah The Buhari administration is promoting a new way of thinking and engagement that will secure the development of the Niger Delta and the entire country, according to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. That new approach, which he restated as the New Vision, according to him involves an active and effective collaboration between the government, the private sector and the communities. This approach he stated ensures that “we finish whatever we start.” According to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, Prof. Osinbajo spoke yesterday  while meeting with members of a delegation from Bayelsa State regarding the $3.6B Brass Fertilizer & Petro-Chemical Company that is expected to come on steam soon. The delegation which included executives of the company was led by Governor Seriake Dickson. Lamenting that only 12% completion rate was recorded in several of the projects undertaken by the Niger Delta Development Commission in the past years, while...
By Sunday Isuwa The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has provided free healthcare services to over 400,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-eastern States. According to NAF the 400,000 victims of the Boko Haram terrorists were reached through its medical outreach programmes that began since 2015. To this end, NAF, through its Medical Services Branch, recently organized a medical outreach programme for IDPs at the Mainok, Benishek and Jakana Camps in Borno State. The programme, which held from 1 – 3 June 2017, according to the force, is one of the series of medical outreaches scheduled to hold at various IDP camps in the State during the Ramadan period. "The outreach addressed various medical challenges confronting the IDPs in the 3 selected camps. In particular, the NAF medical team conducted eye tests and other tests to monitor vital signs of the IDPs at no cost to them. Subsequently, medicated eye glasses as...
Anthony Ada Abraham With Agency Report George and Amal Clooney are officially parents after she popped out twins ... a girl and a boy! Their rep says the birth went down Tuesday morning ... and the lil Clooneys are named Ella and Alexander. The high-profile couple had actually been keeping a low-profile lately in England. The last time Amal was out in public was at "The Promise" premiere on April 6 in London. You'll recall, George showed up to an event 20 days later in London ... with no Amal in sight. Amal did throw George a surprise birthday party last month in London. Their reps says mom and the kids are "healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days."