Nigerian News from Leadership News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:28:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Benue PDP Begins Grassroots Campaign For Jonathan’s Re-election Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:28:53 +0000 Barely 22 days to the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in the country, the PDP in Benue has taken its presidential rallies to the villages.

The Coordinator of the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign in the state, Mr Sam Odeh, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi on Friday.

Odey told NAN that the essence of the grassroots campaign was to drum support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the

He said the campaign organisation was leaving nothing to chance in its efforts to achieve maximum support for the president in his re-election bid in March.

Odeh, a former Minister of state for the Niger Delta, said the party had concluded arrangements for the commencement of its campaign in Katsina-ala, in Benue North-East Senatorial district on Friday.

The coordinator said the rallies would be held in all the senatorial districts of the state before March 28 dateline for the polls.pdp-chair

He appealed to the people of the state to turn out en masse for the rallies slated in their zones, explaining that party leaders would educate them on the imperative of re-electing the president.

NAN recalls that the party recently held a town hall meeting in Makurdi where participants called for grassroots campaigns and the release of campaign materials. (NAN)

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INEC To Test-run Card Readers In Anambra Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:24:10 +0000 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Saturday test-run its voter card reader technology at Igbo-Ukwu ward 1 in Aguata Local Council Area of Anambra.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Edwin Nwatarali, who announced this at a news conference in Awka on Thursday, however stressed that the exercise was not a mock election.

“We are not conducting mock elections, it is just to test our card readers which will end at accreditation,” Nwatarali emphasised.

According to him, prospective voters will come out with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for accreditation using the card readers.

“First, we will check if the cards are that of INEC; secondly, the electorate will authenticate their finger prints to confirm that they are the true owners of the cards.

“Thirdly, if per chance anyone does not pass through the second stage electronically, there will be a manual register where your face will be checked against the card.

“After that, your index finger is inked and the exercise ends,” the commissioner explained.

He also said that there would be no ballot casting, collation of figures or declaration of result on the day.

Nwatarali explained that Igbo-Ukwu was selected because of the high level of PVC distribution in the area.

“Out of 8,033 registered voters in the area, 7,976 persons have collected their cards giving a percentage of over 90 per cent PVC collection.

“We have 47 cards not collected in the registration area and 10 cards that are being expected from Abuja.

“Again, the area has features of both urban and rural areas; there is a market in the immediate vicinity, there are high rise buildings and bungalows as well as remote areas within the ward.”

The commissioner urged all registered voters in the area to come out with their PVCs for the exercise to know how problems emanating from there could be resolved before the general elections. (NAN)

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UN Assembly Adopts Resolution To Strengthen Democracy, Global Peace Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:21:39 +0000 The UN 69th General Assembly has adopted a resolution encouraging relevant stakeholders to strengthen their efforts to promote peace, human rights, democracy, respect for religious and cultural diversity and justice through education.

Among other items, the assembly, on Thursday in New York, also took action to fill vacancies in the Peace building Commission.

The resolution, titled “Education for Democracy,” which was adopted without a vote, also strongly encouraged Member States to integrate education for democracy, along with civics and human rights into their education standards.

They are also to develop and strengthen programmes and activities aimed at democratic values and governance.

By terms of another text, “International Strategy for Disaster Reduction”, the assembly decided that the international meeting that would take place in Sendai, Japan, from March 14 to March 18, would be known as the third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The assembly, by another decision, relating to “Follow-up to the Outcome of the Millennium Summit,” decided that the opening plenary meeting of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda on Sept.25, would begin at 11 a.m.

It said the first interactive dialogue would be convened from noon to 3 p.m.

In other action, the assembly, on the recommendation of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee, decided by acclamation to appoint Mr Seongmee Yoon as a member of the Committee on Contributions for a term beginning on March 5 and ending on Dec. 31, 2017.

Proceeding to the next item o the agenda, the assembly elected, without a vote, Colombia, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia and Morocco as members of the Organisational Committee of the Peace building Commission for a two-year term of office, beginning on Jan. 1.

It also took note of two documents by which it was informed of other vacancies filled in the commission.

From the group of leading financial contributors, Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the Netherlands would serve two-year terms from January 2015.

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Pakistan would serve from the troop-contributing countries for the same period.

It also took note of the information that the Marshall Islands had made the payment necessary to reduce its arrears below the amount specified in Article 19 of the Charter.(NAN)

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Anambra Pilgrims Pray For Nigeria’s Unity In Israel Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:18:42 +0000 The Anambra State Christian Welfare Pilgrims Board said that it prayed for the unity of Nigeria at the state of Sea of Galilee.

The Chairman of the board, Dr Levi Muonanu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Galilee on Thursday that the 188 pilgrims from Anambra prayed for the country.

Muonanu said that the prayer became necessary because the country was faced with electoral challenges that needed God’s urgent intervention.

“We do not want war, crisis or breakaway as such we must dedicate time to pray for Nigeria as we had never done. Unity of Nigerian is non- negotiable.

“We are faced with lots of challenges in the upcoming elections and if the process was not handled carefully it will lead to crisis and we do not want crisis.

“Our politicians needed to be prayed for to have the spirit of good losers and sportsmanship with this mindset our polity would not be heated up and best practices would be seen in the March 28 and April 11 general elections,” he said.

He said that the country needed prayers more than ever before, and pointed out that all political gladiators should discharge their duties to the nation with sincerity.

Muonanu said that the sea of Galilee was a place where Jesus Christ calmed the storm to save his disciples, adding that prayers offered there on behalf of the nation would be answered by God. (NAN)

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Bird Flu Rocks Toro Area Of Bauchi State Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:02:51 +0000 Ten poultry farms in Bauchi state were confirmed to have been affected with Avian Influenza, according to the Ministry of Animal Resources and Nomadic Resettlement.
The Commissioner overseeing the Ministry, Alhaji Umar Sale Giade disclosed the outbreak of the birds’ disease popularly known as Bird Flu during a sensitisation visit to Toro local government area on the flu.

Alhaji Umar Sale revealed that so far three local government areas of Katagum, Bauchi and Toro local government have been infected by the disease.
According to him, seven poultry farms were reportedly affected with the disease in Toro local government area, stressing that five hundred and fifty eight various species of bird were affected in the seven farms.
He explained that out of the seven affected farms, nine thousand, two hundred and eight (9, 208) chickens were killed, saying Toro local government area has the highest population of poultry farms in the state.
The Care-taker Committee Chairman of the Local Government, Alhaji Adamu Umar Danyaro Geji had earlier while speaking reiterated his council’s determination to partner with Ministry of Animal Resources and Nomadic Resettlement to fight the disease in the area.
Represented by the Head of Administration of the local government, Alhaji Usman Muhammed Mashema, the council chairman commended the state government for its effort towards enlightening poultry farmers on the danger of avian influenza.

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Ahmed Signs Kwara 2015 Budget Into Law Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:29:41 +0000 Kwara State Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed has signed the 2015 Appropriation Bill into law.
Ahmed while signing the bill into law promised to create 5000 new youth jobs in 2015 in line with his administration’s commitment to youth development under the Shared Prosperity Programme.
He said he will continue to accord priority to youth empowerment and entrepreneurship because they offer the most reliable means of uplifting the lives of the people.
According to him, the fact that youths constitute more than 60 per cent of the population makes it imperative to focus on employment and entrepreneurship in order to create prosperity for the greatest number of the people.
Government, he said, has outlined plans to cater for the interest of all groups as well as ensure even development in the state under its Shared Prosperity programme
Ahmed commended members of the state House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the bill and pledged to ensure optimum implementation of the budget provisions.
Explaining the upward review of the budget to N122.4b from the earlier proposed N119.8b, Ahmed said the increase was to accommodate an additional N2b as funding for the expanded Micro Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Scheme.

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Court Dismisses Prophet T.B. Joshua’s Application Against Coroner’s Inquest Into Building Collapse Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:23:52 +0000 An Ikeja High Court, Lagos, dismisses an application by Prophet T.B. Joshua to stop coroner inquest into building collapse at Synagogue Church in 2014.

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PDP Silenced As Buhari Returns From London Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:14:04 +0000
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari  on Friday returned to the country from London, after weeks of absence.
Buhari’s return has finally put to rest the controversy generated by his absence.
General Buhari whose absence in the country two weeks ago sparked off controversy  with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its supporters alleging that Buhari was hospitalised  in London for cancer treatment.
It would be recalled that the  APC presidential candidate had  on February 19, 2015  left the country to address the Royal institute Academy  London otherwise known as Chatham House. 
Fielding questions from journalists who kept vigil at the airport, Buhari who arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe  International Airport at exactly 5.45 am amidst fanfare and jubilation by supporters, Buhari said he was alive and mentally alright describing his outing abroad as a normal human exercise.
Buhari said “I went to rest that is all I did and I am here  alive , hail and hearty.”


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Post-confab Youth Summit, Result Of Poverty – Ondo APC Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:52:52 +0000 All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state has described the gathering of the South-West youths to endorse the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan as a resultant affect of unemployment and poverty in the land.

The party said, the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by students and youth groups sponsored by Governor Olusegun Mimiko in Akure, the state capital does not reflect the wishes and yearnings of the South-West youths.

While reacting to the Post Confab Youth Summit he’ll in Akure yesterday, the Publicity Secretary of the Party in Ondo State, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya said, the APC can not pretend about the level of unemployment and poverty in Ondo State ‎and Nigeria at large. It is disheartening to see the same youths who have been raped of good fortune and future through persistent unemployment and poverty ravaging in the country.

He said, “It is not uncommon to see a grown 30 year old man still living under the roof of his parents even after completing higher institution. It is only through this Jonathan government that thuggery and hooliganism is promoted above intellectualism among the youths. Millions of our young graduates are walking on the streets daily searching for jobs or how to earn a living.

The APC spokesperson who betrayed emotions and wailed, while addressing newsmen recalled that, some young and promising student leaders lost their lives while returning from Abuja where they had presented an award to Governor Olusegun Mimiko in 2012.

“It is sad that Mimiko and Jonathan government have impoverished the youths so as to use them for political gains. I felt so heavy hearted anytime I think about the welfare of our youths. Our youths who are supposed to be our future leaders have been made to pass through this unwholesome situation. Youths are the pivot of every society but we are confused that our youths have been turned into a political weapon by the Jonathan and Mimiko led administration.

“Most of the youth that graced the Post Confab Summit event convened by Mimiko only came because of what will accrue into their pockets.

“In this perspective, it will be unfair if we say students and youth groups should not collect their shares of the largesse from Gov Olusegun Mimiko to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan. We can only advise the youth groups and students to collect the money and vote for a man with proven integrity, experience and competence to govern Nigeria, where their future would be guaranteed, and  That man is Gen Muhammadu Buhari, “Adesanya said.

He further noted that the whole programme was a charade and a show of shame.

Adesanya asked, “Why do Gov. Olusegun Mimiko needs to bri‎be students to endorse President Jonathan? Is that not a symbol that PDP is a Party of desperadoes? What is the latest about the ‘Immigration Recruitment’?  The PDP can continue to bribe the people but our people are wiser. Nigerians have shown that, there must be an end to this impinity and corruption in the Country. It is certain that, Buhari will defeat Dr Jonathan in the fast-approaching election, no magnitude of bribe can stop that.

“These are the same people that deceived Nigerians, after dollars have exchanged hands, that South-West will support President Goodluck Jonathan because he will implement resolutions of the National Confab.  Now that, eminent Nigerians have challenged them to publish the agenda of the South-West as contained in the Confab’s report, they have suddenly lost their voices.

” They are liars. The yoruba Nation, including the South-West students will never support the selfish agenda of liars. For the people of South-West, it is goodbye to President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

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Corruption War Requires Concerted Efforts – Akomaye Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:47:28 +0000
Pioneer Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Emmanuel Akomaye, has said that the war on corruption is one that should not be left only in the hands of anti-graft agencies, if it must be won.
Akomaye, who made the assertion at a two-day anti-corruption risk assessment training workshop for government institutions, held in Abuja, yesterday, reiterated the fact that while the agencies have the primary task of fighting corruption, they need the cooperation and collaboration of members of the society.
“The political will and commitment of government and the leaders, to fight corruption has always been a question raised by many, but that is only one aspect of the country’s readiness to rid our society of corruption,” he said.
While describing zero tolerance to corruption as a concerted commitment to respond reasonably and adequately to acts of corruption when and wherever they occur, he said, “The media, members of the private sector and indeed every Nigerian must equally commit, both in will and resources, to support anti-corruption initiatives.”
The head of the Intelligence and Special Operations Section(ISOS) of the EFCC, Abdul Suleiman, who represented the anti-graft agency’s boss, Ibrahim Lamorde, reiterated the commitment of the agency, to fight corruption with renewed vigour.
“Corruption means more than public officers taking bribes and gratification, committing fraud and stealing funds and assets entrusted in their care,” he said. “It means the deliberate violations, for gainful ends, of standards of conduct, or ethics, established in private and public affairs to cause wrongful loss to the society and wrongful gains to people in position of trust.”
Suleiman stressed that to bring down the rate of corruption in any nation to a tolerable level, required fundamentally restructuring the country’s mode of production to “one that guarantees the basic necessities of human existence.”
The head, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Initiatives of the UN Global Compact, Olajobi Makinwa, noted that it has become paramount for private companies and businesses, to put in place anti-corruption policies as part of their contribution to the war on corruption.
“Every company must commit to fighting corruption, and this can be done by ensuring that risk assessments of various sectors are carried out, with the aim of helping to put in place necessary policies to check corruption,” she said.


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