Nigerian News from Leadership News http://leadership.ng Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:42:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Taraba Govt. Releases N101m For UNICEF Programmeshttp://leadership.ng/news/543903/taraba-govt-releases-n101m-for-unicef-programmes http://leadership.ng/news/543903/taraba-govt-releases-n101m-for-unicef-programmes#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:42:35 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543903 UNICEF LOGODr Abdulai Kaikai, Chief Field Officer, UNICEF Field Office Bauchi, has confirmed release of N101 million counterpart fund by Taraba Government for UNICEF supported health and education programmes in the State. Kaikai confirmed the release of the fund at a two-day mid-year review meeting on the implementation of Taraba Government/UNICEF programme for the first half...]]> UNICEF LOGO

Dr Abdulai Kaikai, Chief Field Officer, UNICEF Field Office Bauchi, has confirmed release of N101 million counterpart fund by Taraba Government for UNICEF supported health and education programmes in the State.

Kaikai confirmed the release of the fund at a two-day mid-year review meeting on the implementation of Taraba Government/UNICEF programme for the first half of 2016 in Jalingo on Saturday.

“This is our first joint review in Taraba since UNICEF adopted a new planning process of aligning with the state planning process.

“Through this process, UNICEF has capitalised on the strength and comparative advantages of the different MDAs toward increasing the UNICEF supported activities’ impact through coherent and accountability of implementing agencies’’, he said.

Represented by Mr Drissa Yeo, Head, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Projects Bauchi Field Office, Abdulai said UNICEF was currently providing support to Taraba in two thematic areas.

He gave the areas as maternal and neo-natal child health and polio as well as basic education.

“These programmes are consistent with priorities of the state and federal government’s emphasis on implementing Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action and Busan recommendations for effective development assistance.’’

He commended the high-level of commitment of the state and encouraged it to continue to provide counterpart funding for the benefit of children in the area.

Commissioner for Health in Taraba, Dr Innocent Vakai thanked international partners especially UNICEF and the WHO, for their continued support toward the promotion of quality healthcare services in the state.

He assured that the state would continue to provide the enabling environment that would improve the quality of life for the people.

Executive Secretary of Taraba Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Alhaji Aminu Hassan, said the state was making efforts to provide one primary health care facility in the 167 wards across the state.

He said the agency trained personnel for the implementation of the UNICEF assisted Polio Eradication and Strengthening Healthcare in popularly called “hard to reach communities.’’

He explained that 350 “hard to reach’’ settlements’’ had been identified and covered under the programme within the first half of the year. (NAN)

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NUC Approves New Varsity For Bayelsahttp://leadership.ng/news/543901/nuc-approves-new-varsity-for-bayelsa http://leadership.ng/news/543901/nuc-approves-new-varsity-for-bayelsa#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:38:52 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543901 NUC-houseThe National Universities Commission (NUC), has approved the establishment of the University of Africa for Bayelsa, the 43rd state university in the country. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa on Saturday. According to the statement, NUC handed over the...]]> NUC-house

The National Universities Commission (NUC), has approved the establishment of the University of Africa for Bayelsa, the 43rd state university in the country.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa on Saturday.

According to the statement, NUC handed over the letter of approval to Gov. Dickson when he visited the commission in Abuja.

It quoted Dickson as expressing gratitude to the NUC’s Executive Secretary for the warm reception accorded him and his team.

“The approval of the university followed the formal presentation of relevant gazette law, academic brief, physical master-plan as well as the satisfactory report of the advisory resource assessment visit by the commission.

Dickson explained that the University of Africa, Toru-Orua, was conceived as a public private partnership venture and designed as a first rate institution of learning to attract some of the best teachers from Africa and the world.

He said the university would be funded by private partners while the government would only provide the enabling environment for its establishment.

“I am here leading this small delegation to present to you these laws passed by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, establishing a new university working with the private sector.

“It will be run on a public private partnership (PPP), basis. Unlike the existing one, it will not be directly funded by the state.

“Our belief is that for a university to be sustainable, we must create room for private sector participation and involvement.

“The University of Africa, Toru-Orua, is the first of its kind in this country to be established by government with private sector involvement.

“It will be strictly a fee paying tertiary institution that will attract students from across the continent and the globe.

“It will be the model as we encourage more private universities in this country’’, Dickson said.

The statement quoted Prof Julius Okojie, NUC’s Executive Secretary, as congratulating the state.

Okojie said the establishment of the university took effect from July 28, having complied with the basic requirements.
According to Okojie, the University of Africa is 143rd in the Nigerian university system. (NAN)

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Navy Impounds Vessel With 600,000 Liters of Diesel In Bayelsa Creekshttp://leadership.ng/news/543900/navy-impounds-vessel-with-600000-liters-of-diesel-in-bayelsa-creeks http://leadership.ng/news/543900/navy-impounds-vessel-with-600000-liters-of-diesel-in-bayelsa-creeks#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:37:32 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543900 buknering-crude-oil-theft-465x290_3The Central Naval Command, (CNC) Yenagoa, on Saturday said it seized a vessel laden with 600,000 litres of suspected illegally refined automotive gas oil also known as diesel. This is contained in a statement issued by Lt. Cdr Edward Yeibo on behalf of the command’s Flag Officer Commanding (FOC). Yeibo said that two of the...]]> buknering-crude-oil-theft-465x290_3

The Central Naval Command, (CNC) Yenagoa, on Saturday said it seized a vessel laden with 600,000 litres of suspected illegally refined automotive gas oil also known as diesel.

This is contained in a statement issued by Lt. Cdr Edward Yeibo on behalf of the command’s Flag Officer Commanding (FOC).

Yeibo said that two of the four suspected oil thieves were arrested while loading the barge with diesel.

He further reiterated the Navy’s Zero Tolerance to crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering and other sundry crimes in the Niger Delta Region.

According to him, the operation, which led to the arrest of the suspects, was in line with the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas’s strategic directive to the Navy.

He quoted the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship SOROH Commodore Habib Usman, as saying that a barge and five wooden boats laden with about 600,000 metric tonnes suspected to be illegally refined Automated Gas Oil and 2 suspects were arrested.

Usman said the suspects were arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship SOROH around Beama community in Nembe Local Government Area in the waterways within Bayelsa.

The wooden boats were suspected to be used to convey the illegally refined Automated Gas Oil from the refining points to the barge for loading.

“As of the time of the arrest one of the boats had finished trans-loading its product into the barge.

“Consequently, the personnel of Forward Operating Base FORMOSO with gunboats and tug boat towed the barge to its jetty for further investigation.

“However, the wooden boats were destroyed, the two suspects are in custody for preliminary investigation and prosecution,” Yeibo was quoted in the statement.

He added that the FOC, CNC Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba had assured that the Navy will make the sea lane of communication accessible for all legitimate users and frustrate maritime criminalites in its Area of Responsibility.

According to him, there is no hiding place for crude oil thieves as the Navy will continue to sustain patrols in the maritime environment. (NAN)

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Boko Haram: Northern Clerics Say UN Not Serious To Provide Aid For IDPshttp://leadership.ng/news/543894/boko-haram-northern-clerics-say-un-not-serious-to-provide-aid-for-idps http://leadership.ng/news/543894/boko-haram-northern-clerics-say-un-not-serious-to-provide-aid-for-idps#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:46:48 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543894 GoogleFollowing reports by the UNICEF that it is pulling out it’s aid workers from the north east region after Boko Haram reportedly ambushed their convoy, the Northern Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROM) has said the world body was never ready to provide relief material to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north east. The...]]> Google

Following reports by the UNICEF that it is pulling out it’s aid workers from the north east region after Boko Haram reportedly ambushed their convoy, the Northern Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROM) has said the world body was never ready to provide relief material to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north east.

The group which condemned the attack in its strongest term, however said the attack was just a deliberate excuse for the U.N. to suspend its relief operations and pull out it’s workers.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, National Coordinator of NIFROM, Bishop Musa Fomson commended the military for repelling the attack and thanked the officers of the army for their sacrifice in maintaining security of lives in the north east.

He said, “It is hypocritical that the same world body that that did not do the needful to halt Boko Haram’s rise has agencies that are today making a show of providing relief to affected persons. Had there been a prompt international response to the threat of Boko Haram in the initial stage we would not be at this point now.

“It took the horror pictures that emerged from the Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPs) camps in North Eastern Nigeria to provoke the intervention for which the convoy came under attack. Interestingly, it took just that one attack for the UN to announce a suspension of the humanitarian efforts.

“The feeling we have is that the attack provided a much needed excuse for these agencies that have no interest in doing anything for the tens of thousands of people dislocated by Boko Haram. Had there been no attack it would have been a question of time before they cook up another excuse that would have still been used to suspend the so called humanitarian efforts.”

The  clerics also slammed the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki for not carrying out a proper assessment of the situation before reacting to it. It said had Dr Saraki and his likes done right by the country as expected of their positions we would not be here having nationals of other countries give handouts to our distressed brothers and sisters.

“The amounts allocated for the North East would have done something meaningful towards rehabilitating the population had the institution, the National Assembly, that Dr Saraki presides over as chairman performs its oversight functions diligently and curb the corruption associated with local relief efforts.

“For those who do not understand our grouse, the Senate President and the UN have been insensitive to what happens in the North East over the years. Many Nigerians have been killed and or maimed on the same road by terrorists in the past without them taking any notice neither did they show the sympathy now being shown to the aid workers.  For us this is hypocrisy at work.

 “We therefore urge Nigerians to accept that it is their responsibility to rise up to the challenge and support their brethren. It is now glaring that we must forget about the inadequate and often strung out humanitarian assistance that serves no purpose other than providing photo ops for those behind them,” he said.

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PDP Crisis Instigated By External Forces – BoThttp://leadership.ng/news/543896/pdp-crisis-instigated-by-external-forces-bot http://leadership.ng/news/543896/pdp-crisis-instigated-by-external-forces-bot#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:26:55 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543896 Sen. Walid JibrinMeanwhile, chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin yesterday declared that the crisis rocking the party was being instigated by both internal and external forces. He however expressed optimism that inspite of the challenges, the party is taking necessary steps to resolve the crisis, restore its lost glory through a...]]> Sen. Walid Jibrin

Meanwhile, chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin yesterday declared that the crisis rocking the party was being instigated by both internal and external forces.

He however expressed optimism that inspite of the challenges, the party is taking necessary steps to resolve the crisis, restore its lost glory through a genuine reconciliation and mediation that will make the party come out stronger to win all elections and take over power in 2019.

“All the happenings is internal democracy and it is bound to happen, challenges are coming from both internal and external forces and are bound to happen. We are engaging in genuine reconciliation and mediation that will make us come out stronger to win Edo, Ondo governorship polls, re-run in Rivers state and capture power in 2019”, he said.

Senator Jibrin who stated this while briefing newsmen in Kaduna yesterday also informed that the National convention of the party will still go ahead as scheduled based on the party’s constitution and guidelines.

He said, “We are yet to see any judgement suspending the National convention.

Which ever way, if we decide to appeal and we are given accelerated hearing, nothing will stop the convention.

“We will get the judgment copy and study it and thereafter take necessary actions, but whoever is out to destroy our efforts, particularly the Edo primaries, God will not forgive such a person because we have all the INEC documents authenticating the Edo primaries.”

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NMA Declare Member Missing In Kwarahttp://leadership.ng/news/543895/nma-declare-member-missing-in-kwara http://leadership.ng/news/543895/nma-declare-member-missing-in-kwara#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:19:05 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543895 nma-logo_2The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kwara Chapter, has declared one of its members, Dr Abdulkareem Abdulrahman missing. Dr Victor Iroha, the Secretary of NMA in the state, announced this in a statement given to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Ilorin on Saturday. Iroha said Abdulraheem, a medical officer with Hospital Management Bureau, was...]]> nma-logo_2

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kwara Chapter, has declared one of its members, Dr Abdulkareem Abdulrahman missing.

Dr Victor Iroha, the Secretary of NMA in the state, announced this in a statement given to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Ilorin on Saturday.

Iroha said Abdulraheem, a medical officer with Hospital Management Bureau, was posted to General Hospital in Omu- Aran.

He said Abdulraheem had not been found since 6a.m. of Sunday July 24, 2016.

“Abdulraheem drove out of his residence opposite Federal Road Safety Commission Office, GRA in his Navy blue Toyota Corolla car with registration number BWR 532 RP and had not been seen since then.

“His phone has also been unreachable and there has been no trace of either him or his car”, he added in the -statement.

Iroha also stated that all search efforts had so far yielded no results.

He said the matter had been reported to the Police and allied security agencies.

The NMA appealed to people with useful information contact the nearest Police station or his brother Ridwan on 08110709470 or NMA Kwara PRO 08034086152. (NAN)

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Buhari Approves Governing Council, Board For Ogoniland Cleanuphttp://leadership.ng/news/543893/buhari-approves-governing-council-board-for-ogoniland-cleanup http://leadership.ng/news/543893/buhari-approves-governing-council-board-for-ogoniland-cleanup#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:26:13 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543893 BUHARIPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved a 13-member Governing Council and 10-member Board of Trustees (BOT), for the cleanup of Ogoniland in Rivers. The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, announced this in statement given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), by Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Bukar Hassan, in Abuja on Saturday. The minister...]]> BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a 13-member Governing Council and 10-member Board of Trustees (BOT), for the cleanup of Ogoniland in Rivers.

The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, announced this in statement given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), by Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Bukar Hassan, in Abuja on Saturday.
The minister said the structures would ensure inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and sustainability of the exercise.

Mohammed acknowledged the concerns raised by stakeholders on the perceived slow pace of the clean up, saying “Nigerians have a right to voice their concerns”, but called for patience.

“We have responsibility to deliver. The launch was the first step in a 30-year journey. We continue to make strides toward the implementation.

“We ask for patience as we lay solid foundations for the cleanup. The context is complex and stakeholders are diverse. All must be taken along”, Mohammed said.

Accordig to her, Buhari remains steadfast in his conviction to see Ogoniland and other parts of the Niger Delta cleaned up.

She said the ministry was working with the Ministries of Petroleum Resources, Niger Delta, NDDC and key stakeholders in implementing the UNEP report.

The minister said the exercise was a collective responsibility and urged all the Niger Delta communities, especially the Ogonis, to support the remediation and restoration efforts of government.

The UN report estimated that the cleanup of Ogoniland could take up to 30 years with the initial remediation taking five years and the restoration another 25 years.

President Buhari inaugurated the clean up on June 2 at Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers. (NAN)

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Sheriff Commends Abuja Court Ruling, Says ‘fine’ Judges Existhttp://leadership.ng/news/543892/sheriff-commends-abuja-court-ruling-says-fine-judges-exist-2 http://leadership.ng/news/543892/sheriff-commends-abuja-court-ruling-says-fine-judges-exist-2#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:23:48 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543892 The disputed Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the Justice Okon Abang ruling nullifying a Port Harcourt ruling that recognised the party’s caretaker committee.
Sheriff told newsmen in Abuja on Friday that he got an order stopping the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt on Aug. 17.

‎Commending the ruling, Sheriff said the order issued by Justice Abang was a demonstration of the existence of some fine judges in Nigeria.

He also called on the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) to remove the few erring judges who, he said, were ‎tarnishing the image of the judiciary.

‎Sheriff said the ruling of the court had boosted his desire to wipe out impunity even as he announced his readiness to take the PDP to its original owners at the grass roots level.

Sheriff also disclosed that he would convene an expanded caucus meeting of the PDP which he said would comprise the Board of Trustees, National Assembly Caucus and state chairmen to chart the next line of action.

However, the caretaker committee had reacted and said the court ruling was misinterpreted as it did not set aside the Port Harcourt ruling that instituted the committee. (NAN)

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Military Will Restore Full Peace To North East, Says Burataihttp://leadership.ng/news/543891/military-will-restore-full-peace-to-north-east-says-buratai http://leadership.ng/news/543891/military-will-restore-full-peace-to-north-east-says-buratai#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:16:36 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543891 PIC. 16. FROM LEFT: GOC 1 DIV., MAJ.-GEN. ADENIYI OYEBADE; CHIEF OF ARMYSTAFF, LT.-GEN. TUKUR BURATAI AND ACTING ARMY CHIEF OF ACCOUNTING ANDBUDGET, BRIG.-GEN. ADEYEMI ADETAYO, AT THE 10TH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OFNIGERIAN ARMY FINANCE CORPS, IN KADUNA ON WEDNESDAY (16/9/15).
6659/16/9/2015/SP/ICE/BJO/NANThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured that the military will restore full peace to the North East in line with the desire of President Muhammadu Buhari. Buratai gave the assurance while addressing troops undergoing training at the Nigerian Army Special Forces Training School at Buni Yadi, Yobe. He charged the troops...]]> PIC. 16. FROM LEFT: GOC 1 DIV., MAJ.-GEN. ADENIYI OYEBADE; CHIEF OF ARMYSTAFF, LT.-GEN. TUKUR BURATAI AND ACTING ARMY CHIEF OF ACCOUNTING ANDBUDGET, BRIG.-GEN. ADEYEMI ADETAYO, AT THE 10TH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OFNIGERIAN ARMY FINANCE CORPS, IN KADUNA ON WEDNESDAY (16/9/15).
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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured that the military will restore full peace to the North East in line with the desire of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buratai gave the assurance while addressing troops undergoing training at the Nigerian Army Special Forces Training School at Buni Yadi, Yobe.
He charged the troops to sustain the momentum of ongoing counter insurgency operations to flush out the insurgents.

According to him, “Operation Lafia Dole’ has entered a critical stage. You must sustain the momentum; there is no going back

“There is no time to waste. We want full restoration of peace in the North East. That is what the president wants’’, the chief of army staff said.

Buratai later told newsmen that he was in Buni Yadi to see how the troops undergoing the Special Forces training were faring.

He explained that the exercise was to make the personnel resilient and be able to withstand challenges they might face in the course of the ongoing operations.

Buratai also explained that the school was relocated from Niger state to Buni Yadi in view of the strategic location of the town in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents.

“We know the importance of this place – Buni Yadi. This is the route they (insurgents) passed through to other parts of the North East and even Plateau in the North Central.

“It is better for us to have dominated and taken over the place’’, he said, and assured the troops of their welfare and logistics need, including required equipment to prosecute the war.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Buni Yadi is the headquarter of the 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigeria Army.

It will be recalled that Buratai had charged the military to remain focused until the insurgents were crushed, when he spoke at the end of a three-day “Combat Support Arms Training Week 2016’’ in Maiduguri, on Wednesday. (NAN)

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Budget Padding, Highly Embarrassing To APC – Chieftain http://leadership.ng/news/543890/budget-padding-highly-embarrassing-to-apc-chieftain-2 http://leadership.ng/news/543890/budget-padding-highly-embarrassing-to-apc-chieftain-2#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:10:09 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543890 timi_frankConsequent upon the on going alleged budget padding crisis currently rocking the House of Representatives, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has described it as “highly embarrassing” to both the party and the federal government. The party chieftain who also called on the NWC to resign their...]]> timi_frank
Consequent upon the on going alleged budget padding crisis currently rocking the House of Representatives, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has described it as “highly embarrassing” to both the party and the federal government.
The party chieftain who also called on the NWC to resign their position if they can no longer steer the ship of the party added that the inability of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to stave off the wave of crisis afflicting the party has become worrisome.
Frank said this when he briefed journalists in Abuja over matters affecting the party.
He said, “If the NWC of the party cannot do it, I call on the leaders of the party to wade in. By now, I expected that we would have summoned the parties involved in the dispute to hear their side and make the necessary interventions. That is when the party knows its job but as it is I do not know whether the party enjoys thriving in crisis. The situation in the House of Representatives is not just embarrassing to the house but to the party including the president, who ofcourse I want to succeed in his determination to make life worth living for Nigerians”,
According to him, it is unfortunate that the crisis in the senate has not been resolved, saying in Kano, Kogi, Bayelsa and several other states, the situation is not any different.
He said the leadership of the party should resign if they cannot mitigate the series of crisis confronting the party. “I want to emphasize that this is not a personal attack on Oyegun or the leadership of the party but this is the reality”, he stated.
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