Nigerian News from Leadership News http://leadership.ng Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:38:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Kano Govt. Approves N136m For Outstanding Scholarshiphttp://leadership.ng/news/543782/kano-govt-approves-n136m-for-outstanding-scholarship http://leadership.ng/news/543782/kano-govt-approves-n136m-for-outstanding-scholarship#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:38:00 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543782 Kano-Deputy-Ggovernor-Dr.-GandujeThe Kano State Government has approved N136 million for payment of outstanding scholarship and new bills for state sponsored students at American University of Nigeria(AUN) Yola. The state commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, announced this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting on Friday in Kano. Garba said the...]]> Kano-Deputy-Ggovernor-Dr.-Ganduje

The Kano State Government has approved N136 million for payment of outstanding scholarship and new bills for state sponsored students at American University of Nigeria(AUN) Yola.

The state commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, announced this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting on Friday in Kano.

Garba said the gesture was part of the government’s resolve to provide scholarship to Kano indigenes pursuing academic courses at home and abroad.

According to him, the present administration was committed to funding the professional courses of Kano state indigenes.

Garba said the council had approved N56 million for the construction of additional classrooms at Almajiri Model Schools at Tsanyawa and Doguwa local government areas.

He also said that the council approved N789 million as expenditure to be incurred in 2016 Hajj operation in the state.

The commissioner said that the expenditure would cover the expenses of 99 operational staff of the state pilgrims welfare board and others.

He expressed government determination to develop infrastructure in the state as part of the initiatives to improve the welfare of the people. (NAN)

 

 

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Sterling Bank Eyes N35bn Fresh Capital In Second Half Of 2016http://leadership.ng/business/543776/sterling-bank-eyes-n35bn-fresh-capital-in-second-half-of-2016 http://leadership.ng/business/543776/sterling-bank-eyes-n35bn-fresh-capital-in-second-half-of-2016#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:15:58 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543776 sterling_bank_logoSterling Bank Plc. on Friday said that the N35 billion tier 2 capital raising would be concluded in the second half of 2016. This is contained in the half year result statement issued by the bank in Lagos and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The statement quoted the Managing Director, Mr...]]> sterling_bank_logo

Sterling Bank Plc. on Friday said that the N35 billion tier 2 capital raising would be concluded in the second half of 2016.

This is contained in the half year result statement issued by the bank in Lagos and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The statement quoted the Managing Director, Mr Yemi Adeola, as saying that the capital raising exercise would be completed before the end of 2016.

“As we look to the second half of the year, we remain committed to our plan to conclude our N35 billion tier 2 capital raise, prioritise operating efficiency and ensure moderate loan growth,’’Adeola said.

He said that the bank would continue to diversify funding sources as its retail banking strategy gains traction.

The statement said that the bank’s non-performing for the half year ended June 30, 2016 dropped to 2.8 per cent against 4.8 per cent posted in the comparable period of 2015.

It attributed the drop to benefits of credit risk management and efficient cost management introduced by the bank.

The statement explained that the 2.8 per cent ratio of non-performing loan was far below the industry threshold of five per cent.

The report also showed that the bank’s cost of funds also declined to 4.7 per cent against 5.9 per cent in the preceding period.

The bank’s net interest income increased by 31.9 per cent to N25.6 billion during the review period compared with N19.4 billion in corresponding period of 2015.

“Non-interest income stood at N8.5 billion in contrast with N15.2 billion in first half 2015. Profits before and after tax stood at N4.4 billion and N4 billion respectively.’’

It added that net loans and advances increased by 36.5 per cent to N462.3 billion which was largely driven by foreign exchange revaluation.

Also, customer deposits increased to N627.9 billion from N590.9 billion achieved in the previous period.

The statement said that the bank had remained irrepressible as demonstrated by the strength of its core business.

“The bank has taken steps to improve staff productivity by introducing a flexible work environment to achieve its goal of building a great workplace and reduce operating expenses,’’ it said. (NAN)

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Sheriff Commends Abuja Court Ruling, Says ‘Fine’ Judges Existhttp://leadership.ng/news/543775/sheriff-commends-abuja-court-ruling-says-fine-judges-exist http://leadership.ng/news/543775/sheriff-commends-abuja-court-ruling-says-fine-judges-exist#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:07:59 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543775 Modu SheriffThe 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...]]> Modu Sheriff

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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Danjuma Sympathises With UNICEF, IOM Over Boko Haram Attackhttp://leadership.ng/news/543774/danjuma-sympathises-with-unicef-iom-over-boko-haram-attack http://leadership.ng/news/543774/danjuma-sympathises-with-unicef-iom-over-boko-haram-attack#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:59:07 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543774 general-ty-danjuma-rtd-former-chief-of-army-staff1The Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative, retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, has sympathised with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) over attack on it’s workers by Boko Haram insurgents. Danjuma expressed his sympathy in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Victim’s Support Fund (VSF), Mr Alkasim Abdulkadir in Abuja...]]> general-ty-danjuma-rtd-former-chief-of-army-staff1

The Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative, retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, has sympathised with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) over attack on it’s workers by Boko Haram insurgents.

Danjuma expressed his sympathy in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Victim’s Support Fund (VSF), Mr Alkasim Abdulkadir in Abuja on Friday.

It will be recalled that UNICEF and International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) humanitarian response team were recently attacked by insurgents on their way from Bama to Maiduguri after delivering food and medicines.

Danjuma, who is also Chairman VSF, said the attack on humanitarian NGOs who were in the North East to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) was shocking to all Nigerians.

“It is tragic that men and women who make great sacrifices to save the lives of starving and sick people in the North East have become the target of insurgent attacks’’, he said.

He, therefore, assured the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that military presence would be beefed up around all humanitarian crisis centres.

Danjuma added that this would ensure a safer zone for providing food, medicine and nutritional help to those in need.

He also wished the injured soldiers who protected the humanitarian convoy a quick recovery and extolled the gallantry of the soldiers for saving the lives of humanitarian workers. (NAN)

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Pope, At Auschwitz, Asks God To Forgive ‘So Much Cruelty’http://leadership.ng/news/543773/pope-at-auschwitz-asks-god-to-forgive-so-much-cruelty http://leadership.ng/news/543773/pope-at-auschwitz-asks-god-to-forgive-so-much-cruelty#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:55:51 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543773 Catholic Pontiff, Pope FrancisPope Francis prayed on Friday near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, and asked God to forgive ‘so much cruelty.’ A report by the Vatican officials said it was in tribute to 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, gassed there by Nazi occupiers during World War II. It said Francis,...]]> Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis

Pope Francis prayed on Friday near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, and asked God to forgive ‘so much cruelty.’

A report by the Vatican officials said it was in tribute to 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, gassed there by Nazi occupiers during World War II.

It said Francis, on the third day of his trip to Poland for the international gathering of Catholic youths, exchanged gifts with the Auschwitz survivors, including a 101-year old woman.

The Argentine-born pontiff, 79, made no statement as he proceeded to walk through the barely-lit corridors of the drab, brick building of Auschwitz Block 11 which had housed prisoners selected for special punishment.

The report said that before his trip, Francis said he had decided that silence in prayer was the best way to pay tribute to those who died.

It said that Francis also visited the underground cell where Franciscan monk, Maksymilian Kolbe, was killed after offering his life to save a Polish man whom camp handlers had picked to die of starvation.

In Auschwitz’s commemorative book, Francis wrote in Spanish: “Lord, have mercy on your people. Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty.”

Francis, on Friday, the 75th anniversary of Kolbe’s sacrifice, also visited Birkenau, a part of the camp where most of the killings were committed in gas chambers.

He walked solemnly past guard towers, barbed wire fences and remains of crematoria that the Nazis blew up before the camp was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on Jan. 27, 1945.

German occupation forces set up the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp during World War II in Oswiecim, a town around 70 km (43 miles) from Poland’s second city, Krakow, in the country’s south.

Between 1940 and 1945, Auschwitz developed into a vast complex of barracks, workshops, gas chambers and crematoria.

On July 29, 1941, the camp director, in reprisal for the escape of a prisoner, chose 10 others and sentenced them to death by starvation.

When the selection was completed, Kolbe stepped forward and volunteered to die in place of one of them, Franciszek Gajowniczek.

Kolbe was later killed by lethal injection but the man he saved survived the war.

Kolbe was made a saint in 1982 by then-Pope John Paul II, a Pole. (Reuters/NAN)

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Strike: 4 Workers Shot As NLC President Meets Al-Makurahttp://leadership.ng/news/543771/strike-4-workers-shot-as-nlc-president-meets-al-makura http://leadership.ng/news/543771/strike-4-workers-shot-as-nlc-president-meets-al-makura#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:29:00 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543771 Gov Tanko Al-MakuraPolice in Nasarawa State on Friday allegedly shot four workers as the Nigeria Labour Congress began talks with the State Government over the protracted labour crisis rocking the state. NLC President Ayuba Wabba told newsmen at the Police Clinic in Lafia that the workers were allegedly shot by a policeman at the gate of the...]]> Gov Tanko Al-Makura

Police in Nasarawa State on Friday allegedly shot four workers as the Nigeria Labour Congress began talks with the State Government over the protracted labour crisis rocking the state.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba told newsmen at the Police Clinic in Lafia that the workers were allegedly shot by a policeman at the gate of the Government House where they had gone to await the outcome of the NLC meeting with Gov. Umaru Al-Makura.

Workers in the state had embarked on an indefinite strike following the decision of the state government to slash their salary by 50 per cent.
According to Wabba, one of the workers has died, while three others, including a lady are being treated for gun shot wounds at the clinic.

He said the dead victim was a staff of the state Ministry of Education, while the three others who sustained gunshot wounds included a staff of Doma Local Government Council, the Judicial Service Commission and a journalist with the defunct Nigerian Newsday, a state-owned media outfit.

“The workers were unarmed and peacefully protesting for their rights only to be shot at by policemen stationed at the government house gate.
“We do not know what prompted them to shoot at unarmed workers who were waiting for us to finish discussion with the state government over the issue of their emoluments.

“They were attacked with maximum force. You can see one dead, two critically injured. They were very peaceful, unfortunately the police, under whatever pretence opened fire. It is most unfortunate,” he said.

Wabba said when the NLC officials got wind of the incidence and approached the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello, he said there was no casualty.

The NLC boss, therefore, called on the police authority to fish out those responsible for the shooting or face a nationwide protest by the congress.

“The rules of engagement in such a situation must be adhered to as everybody around the world has a right to protest. These workers have a right under the law,” he said.

Wabba appealed to workers to remain calm and law abiding as the national leadership would take up the issue and will inform them on the next line of action.

Reacting over the alleged shooting, the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello, said he was yet to be briefed as he was attending the meeting between NLC and the state government.

He said the command would investigate to ascertain what really transpired. (NAN)

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Jibrin Solely Worked On 2016 Budget, Says House Appropriation Committeehttp://leadership.ng/news/543769/jibrin-solely-worked-on-2016-budget-says-house-appropriation-committee http://leadership.ng/news/543769/jibrin-solely-worked-on-2016-budget-says-house-appropriation-committee#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:24:01 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543769 The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, said on Friday that the former Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin, solely worked on the 2016 budget.

Rep. Chris Azubuogu, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, told newsmen in Abuja that Jibrin’s allegations against the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara were baseless.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there had been accusations and counter accusation over budget padding between Jibrin and the leadership of the house.

“As members of the Committee on Appropriation, we want to state categorically clear that the ousted chairman’s action does not in any way reflect the position of the committee.

“We wish to state that we totally dissociate ourselves with all the calculated plot to pull down the integrity of the leadership and members of the 8th House of Representatives,’’ Azubuogu said.

He said that after collating reports of the budget from various standing committees of the house, Jubrin failed to present the report to the committee for deliberation.

“He unilaterally took the entire budget to a hideout with his consultant without the consent of the committee.
“That was the last time the committee saw the budget, only for Jubrin to resurface about three weeks later, with a report purported to have come from the committee.

“Consequently, members approached Mr Speaker with a complaint and a demand to remove Jibrin as the Chairman of the Committee.’’
He added that Jibrin’s confrontational approach irked the members to request for his urgent removal from office.

On call for independent investigation into the allegations, Azubuogu said there was no breach in the appropriation process that would warrant any external interference.

“Jibrin is on his own and we as members of the Committee on Appropriation, saddled with the responsibility of treating the 2016 and subsequent national budget are solidly in support of Dogara and other principal officers of the House of Representatives.

“We, therefore, request that Jibrin should tow the path of honour and conduct himself in a manner befitting an honourable member of the House of Representatives,’’ Azubuogu said. (NAN)

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PDP Caretaker Committee Says Convention Will Hold In Port Harcourthttp://leadership.ng/news/543768/pdp-caretaker-committee-says-convention-will-hold-in-port-harcourt http://leadership.ng/news/543768/pdp-caretaker-committee-says-convention-will-hold-in-port-harcourt#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:21:53 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543768 PDPThe National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday said reports that an Abuja High Court nullified it’s existence was untrue. The committee’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told newsmen in Abuja that several reports he read about the court ruling were inaccurate. It will be recalled that a High Court sitting...]]> PDP

The National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday said reports that an Abuja High Court nullified it’s existence was untrue.

The committee’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told newsmen in Abuja that several reports he read about the court ruling were inaccurate.

It will be recalled that a High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang on Thursday nullified the ruling of Port Harcourt High Court recognising the caretaker committee.

According to Adeyeye,‎ the motion seeking to restrain the PDP from conducting the proposed Aug. 17 national convention has not been heard by the court.

”And no date has been fixed for the hearing of the same.

”What was before the court yesterday was the issue of who is the authentic legal counsel for the PDP as between Ferdinand Orbih and O. O. Fakunle.

”The court in determining the question of legal representation held that the appointment of O. O. Fakunle by Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff was acceptable to the court.

”It must be emphasised that at no stage ‎did the judge set aside the judgment of justice A. M. Liman of the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court which could have led to the dissolution of the committee.

”An order validating She‎riff as national chairman could not have arisen from the issue of proper legal representation.”

Adeyeye sad the portion of the ruling relating to the matter read: ”though I have powers to nullify the decision of the Port Harcourt Division that recognised Makarfi leadership, I will not do so.

”This is because there is no application to that effect before me. I will however allow the court of appeal to do justice to that.”

He said for Nigerians to keep faith in court processes, proceedings of courts of law should not be subject of subjective manipulation.

Adeyeye said it was impossible in law that a judge of a court of record will acknowledge the existence of a valid judgment and proceed to make the ‎kind of orders purportedly attributed to him.

He said: ”let it be known that the convention of the PDP will hold.

”The caretaker committee will not relent in its efforts to ensure a hitch free, free and fair convention where we will hand over on Aug. 17 to credible people.” (NAN)

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Sokoto: INEC To Recruit 325 AdHoc Staff For Assembly Bye-election – Officialhttp://leadership.ng/news/543772/sokoto-inec-to-recruit-325-adhoc-staff-for-assembly-bye-election-official http://leadership.ng/news/543772/sokoto-inec-to-recruit-325-adhoc-staff-for-assembly-bye-election-official#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:54:56 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543772 inec_logo_1The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Sokoto State, is to recruit 325 ad hoc staff for the state House of Assembly bye-election for Tureta constituency fixed for August 20. This information is contained in a statement signed by Mallam Muhammad Musa, the INEC Head of Voter Education, on Friday, in Sokoto. The statement said...]]> inec_logo_1

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Sokoto State, is to recruit 325 ad hoc staff for the state House of Assembly bye-election for Tureta constituency fixed for August 20.

This information is contained in a statement signed by Mallam Muhammad Musa, the INEC Head of Voter Education, on Friday, in Sokoto.

The statement said that the bye-election had become necessary, following the vacancy created by the resignation of the former member representing the constituency, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar.

It said: ”The state constituency has 32,384 registered voters, 10 wards, 67 polling units and nine voting points.

“No fewer than 325 ad hoc staff will be recruited, especially from serving members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), who will be trained and deployed in the exercise,’’ he said.

The statement also advised political parties wishing to participate in the election to conduct primary elections for the emergence of their flag bearers.

According to the statement, this is in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

“The intending voters are also advised to come along with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) on the election day.

“Only those with the permanent voter cards will be allowed to cast their votes,’’ he said.

NAN recalls that Abubakar, the immediate House Leader in the Assembly, resigned on January 12.

He contested and won the chairmanship position of Tureta Local Government under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). (NAN)

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We Are At War With Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition In N/East – Ndumehttp://leadership.ng/news/543770/we-are-at-war-with-hunger-poverty-malnutrition-in-neast-ndume http://leadership.ng/news/543770/we-are-at-war-with-hunger-poverty-malnutrition-in-neast-ndume#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:20:22 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=543770 Senator Ali NdumeSenator Ali Ndume has said that Nigeria is at war with hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in the North East following the activities of Boko Haram in the area. Ndume, who is representing Borno South Senatorial zone, stated this while answering questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari in performing the 2-raka’at Juma’at...]]> Senator Ali Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume has said that Nigeria is at war with hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in the North East following the activities of Boko Haram in the area.

Ndume, who is representing Borno South Senatorial zone, stated this while answering questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari in performing the 2-raka’at Juma’at prayer at the State House, Abuja.

He, therefore, appealed to well-meaning individuals, non-governmental agencies and the international community to help address the situation in the North East.

He stated that current efforts by the Federal Government to tackle insurgency had been yielding positive results, adding that immediate measures should be taken by stakeholders to ameliorate the suffering of the people in the zone.

“The fight against Boko Haram, with the determination and seriousness from this government, is almost over.

“We are facing another war and that is fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, and that too, government is bracing up to it.

“We are crying out, we are looking up to you to help us in the North East particularly.

“Particularly in Borno, the aftermath of the insurgency, which is almost over, is the issue of hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

“For three years our people who mostly depended on subsistence farming, did not go to their farms, and government alone cannot feed the whole North East or Borno state alone, and that is our greatest challenge.

“We are calling on all non-governmental agencies, individuals, all Nigerians and even the international community to join hands in helping our people no matter how little it is.’’

Ndume described the current face-off in the House of Representatives over accusations and counter-accusations of budget padding as “media creation.’’

The senator, who said such face-off was unnecessary, advised all parties involved to channel their grievances through the internal legislative mechanisms for amicable settlement. (NAN)

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