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Saturday, October 31, 2020

October 31, 2020

If I Had My Way, I'll Order Ayade To Step Aside For An Interim Govt, He Doesn't Know What Administration Is - Obong Of Calabar Blasts C'River Governor


 

The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu (V) has blamed the governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, for the massive looting, destruction and vandalism of public and private properties in Calabar and other parts of the state last weekend, suggesting that the governor lacks administrative skills.


The Obong made the statement on Friday when he received former Governor Liyel Imoke and his delegation in his palace.


The monarch blamed the governor for not holding regular security meeting, which he believed was partly responsible for the incident.


He said:

“Why is this happening to us? It is because politicians have failed. And if I had my way, I could have said, this governor, should wait, let’s set up an interim administration then he starts learning on how administrations are actually done,”


“He should be holding security meetings regularly. This thing would not have happened if he had called the security people together after hearing what happened in Lagos and other places; if he had called them together and tell them, look my friends; nothing should happen in my state. The calamity would have been averted.


“The key is that there has to be a change of attitude, every one of you should have access to the governor. Now that we have professor and professor in administrative set up, we expected that we should have the best. The governor should be able to open his door for people to come in, and should work with everybody.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

FG Begins Payment Of N30,000 Grant To Artisans


 By Oalekan Adetayo

The Presidency on Tuesday said the payment of N30,000 one-time grant to 330,000 artisans across the country under the Economic Sustainability Plan has commenced.


The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement titled “Payment of N30,000 grants to 330,000 artisans under ESP begins.”

Akande said the payments were being made to sets of verified beneficiaries of the Artisan Support Scheme, a track under the MSMEs Survival Fund.

The statement read, “In the first stream of payments starting today (Tuesday), beneficiaries are being drawn from the FCT, Lagos, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Kano, Bauchi, Anambra, Abia, Rivers, Plateau and Delta States.

“They form the first batch of applications for the scheme submitted between October 1 and October 10.

“The MSMEs Survival Fund scheme is a component of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan which was developed by an Economic Sustainability Committee established by President Muhammadu Buhari in March 2020. The President asked his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to head the committee which produced and is overseeing the implementation of the plan.

“Under the ESP, the Survival Fund is generally designed to among other things, support vulnerable MSMEs in meeting their different obligations and safeguard jobs in the sector.”

Akande added that enumeration for the second stream of states under the scheme has also commenced with enumerators in various states compiling the lists of artisans through their association leaders.

He said all artisans are expected to liaise with their association leaders to document their details.

He added, “The registration of applicants for Stream 2 began on October 19, 2020. States under Stream 2 are: Edo, Ogun, Ekiti, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Enugu, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Taraba, Bayelsa

“In the same vein, enumeration and verification of the documents of applicants under the Survival Fund Payroll Support scheme is still ongoing. Dates for the commencement of payment would be announced in due course.

“The application process for the payroll support scheme, which began on September 21, had ended on October 15, 2020. Accepted applications are categorised by industry sectors, including Education and Hospitality, among other sectors.

“However, there may be an extension for applications for some states that have not met their quota on beneficiaries. The Artisan Support Scheme is to benefit about 9,000 Nigerians per state and FCT.”


October 28, 2020

Calabar Looting & Vandalism: My House Was Not Badly Damaged - Senator Gershom Bassey Reacts

Senator Gershom Bassey

 

The senator representing Cross River South in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Gershom Bassey has reacted to the looting and vandalization of his house in Calabar by hoodlums.


GRASSROOT REPORTERS had reported that last week, hoodlums went on rampage in Cross River State, looting and vandalizing private and public properties, including that of the senator.


Reacting to the incident, the senator said his house was not badly damaged and that recoveries of the looted properties are being made.


He said: "We are still assessing the extent of damage but today, a number of those things are being recovered. My house was not badly damaged but we are recovering them, we are assessing them.


"We need to strive towards good governance. It is good governance that would deliver these dividends of democracy, so for us in the National Assembly, we must continue to play our role in order to ensure that the executive delivers the dividends of democracy. Dividends such as employment etc. We must create wealth for our people."

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019

Why I Dealt With Former CJN, Justice Onnoghen - Buhari Reveals


President Muhammadu Buhari says he was left with no choice but to suspend Nkanu Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of the Federation in the first month of the New Year.

Onnoghen was suspended by the president as Chief Justice on January 25, 2019, after the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) commenced investigations on him for alleged corruption and non-declaration of suspicious monies in different currencies traced to his domiciliary bank accounts.
On June 9, 2019, President Buhari accepted Onnoghen's resignation and retirement from service following his arraignment at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

During a meeting with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and chieftains of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, at the presidential villa on Tuesday, June 25,
President Buhari said he wonders what kind of conscience men like Onnoghen possess.
“What I do is when a person cannot justify what he has or fails to declare as the constitution specifies… some of them swear to almighty God that their property doesn’t belong to them until we show them their bank accounts and their companies, right then we have some peace.
“Anybody who cannot account for what he has and for refusing to declare, we will have to do something about it. I will tell you Afenifere leaders that that was why I had to deal, though reluctantly, with the former Chief Justice of Nigeria because there were millions of dollars, euros not to talk of naira which were not declared.

“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have. How can you sit and preside and lock people up for years and even sentence some to death and yet you are not doing what the constitution says you should do by occupying that vital institution?”, Buhari asked rhetorically.

Onnoghen's trial

The following amounts of monies were reportedly found in Onnoghen’s bank accounts by intelligence agencies during the investigation stage.
USD account from October, 2012 to September, 2016 — $1,922,657.00
GBP (£) account from 2012 to September, 2016 — £138, 439.00
Euro account as at September 30, 2016 — €55,154.00
Naira account from September, 2005 to October, 2016 — N91, 962.362.49
The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and other security agencies like the Department of State Security (DSS) were also believed to possess dossiers of Onnoghen’s illicit financial dealings and records of his phone conversations with individuals intent on perverting the course of justice.

Cross River State born Onnoghen is 68 years of age. He was appointed acting CJN on November 10, 2016.
In April 2019, Justice Onnoghen was convicted by the code of conduct tribunal for false declaration of assets. He was also banned from holding public office for 10 years and ordered to forfeit monies in his bank accounts to the federal government.

It would be the first time a Chief Justice of Nigeria would be put on trial and convicted.
Buhari’s suspension of Onnoghen at the time was considered suspicious. The CJN was suspended only weeks before the nation’s general elections.
President Buhari was accused of meddling with the judiciary in the event that the outcome of the presidential election—in which he was a major contestant--was challenged in court.
Buhari would go on to win the February 23 presidential election on the platform of the governing APC. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the opposition PDP is currently challenging the result of the election in court.
Justice Tanko Mohammed was named by the president to succeed Onnoghen in January.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

June 06, 2019

Banditry: Zamfara Govt suspends traditional ruler

Gov. Muhammad Bello

The Zamfara Government has announced the immediate suspension of a first class traditional ruler, the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, over alleged involvement with bandits in the state.
Dr Muhammad Bello
The suspension is contained in a statement signed by Mr Yusuf Idris, Director-General to the governor on Press Affairs, and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday.

The statement also announced the suspension of Alhaji Ahmed Lawal, the District Head of Kanoma.
Recalled that Kanoma was attacked during the Sallah celebration leaving no fewer than 16 persons dead and 14 others wounded.
“His Excellency, the Zamfara State Governor, Hon. (Dr) Bello Mohammed, has approved the suspension of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim (Banagan Maru)
“The governor also approved the suspension of the District Head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal (Bunun Kanoma),” the statement read in part.
The statement said the Ibrahim and Lawal would “remain suspended pending the conclusion of an investigative panel soon to be set up by the state government”.

According to the statement, the suspensions followed series of complaints from the communities regarding the traditional rulers’ alleged dealings with bandits.
The statement directed the suspended Emir to handover his official vehicle and all other government property in his possession to the most senior district head.
“The district head is also directed to handover same to the most senior village head in the area,” it statement said

Thursday, May 9, 2019

May 09, 2019

Banditry: Police IG orders transfer of 6,000 officers from Lagos to Zamfara

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate transfer of over 6,000 senior policemen and rank and file out of Lagos State.
According to sources who spoke to Eagle online, this is part of Adamu’s plan to reinvigorate the Force in Lagos State amid escalating crime rate.
It is also believed that most of these policemen have made the state their comfort zone and running their personnel businesses instead of policing.

In the first phase, which has begun, 1,001 senior police officers have been transferred out of the state.
The ranks of those affected are Assistant Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police and Chief Superintendent of Police.
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After this phase of transfer, the IGP is also expected to transfer over 5,000 ranks and file out of Lagos.
In a signal dated May 2, 2019, Adamu instructed that the 1,001 officers should be warned and released to head to their new commands immediately.

Zamfara State, which had been caught in mindless bloodletting, will be receiving over 50 policemen from Lagos.
Incidentally, that happened to be the largest number in the transfer list.
At least 22 officers, among 1001, will report to Abia State.
Others are Adamawa State 43; Akwa Ibom, 11; Anambra State, nine; Bauchi State 31; Benue State, 32; Borno State, 24; Balyesa State, 14; Cross River State, 20; Delta State 10; Ebonyi State, 43; Ekiti State, 42; Enugu State, 29; and the Federal Capital Territory, five.
Also included are Gombe State, 24; Imo State, 30; Jigawa State, 34; Kebbi State, 47; Kaduna State, 35; Kogi State, 23; Kano State, 32; Katsina State, 41; Kwara State, 20; Nasarawa State, 22; Niger State, 14; Ondo State, 14; Osun State, 26; Oyo State, 41; Plateau State, 32; Rivers State, 37; Sokoto State, 29; Taraba State, 40; Yobe State, 35; and Zamfara State, 53.
Officers from other state commands are already in Lagos and taking over the offices vacated by the outgoing officers.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

April 28, 2019

Payment of New Minimum Wage starts from April - FG



With the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari to the new minimum wage of N30,000, there is no other hurdle barring or delaying state governments, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) from implementing the new pay structure, the Federal Government clarified last night.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who made the clarification told Sunday Vanguard that there was no other requirement on the part of the government for the commencement of the payment of the new wage.

The minister’s explanation came amid a report that his office was yet to release a certain instrument authorizing payment, the absence of which would unduly delay the takeoff date of the new pay.
Malami told our correspondent that the signing into law by Mr. President completed the process of implementing the new wage, which takes effect from this month (April).
According to the minister, the minimum wage law does not authorize the office of the AGF to do anything more for payment to commence once the President has given his assent to the bill.

He said: “The incidence, operation and application of a law is automatic unless otherwise stated by its commencement provision. The new minimum wage law is automatic and envisages no further action on the part of the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation, not having been so mandated by the enabling law.
“Bureaucratic processes are not rooted in the action or inaction of the Attorney General, legal obligation having arisen by the commencement of the law upon assent by the President.
“Ministries, Departments and agencies of government are automatically expected to execute their own side of statutory obligations in giving effect to the law that has taken effect and remains applicable, valid and subsisting.
“This is a law the application of which commences upon assent by the President”.
The report, yesterday, had said that the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission had blamed the delay on paying the new wage on non-release of a copy of the Act to enable it prepare the memo for state governments to commence payment.

The Chief Press Secretary of the agency, Mr Emma Njoku, was also quoted as saying that they were still expecting a signed copy of the Act assented to by Mr. President.
But, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, was quoted as saying that there was no issue to be sorted out again once the President had directed that the new pay should start in April.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

Breaking News: Buhari signs new minimum wage into law

President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the new minimum wage bill.
The bill, which has now become a law, will usher in a new pay structure for Nigerian workers.
The National Assembly had passed the bill approving N30,000 as the minimum wage for workers.

State governors had opposed the N30,000 minimum wage with many of them saying they will be unable to pay their workers.
A source at the Presidential Villa confirmed to journalists that Mr Buhari signed the bill today (Thursday).
He also said the president’s aide on National Assembly (Senate), Ita Enang, is meeting with the president and will brief the press later.

Details later…

Monday, April 8, 2019

April 08, 2019

Some travel agencies harvest human parts for sale in Middle East- IOM



The International Organisation for Migration has warned Nigerians of the booming organ harvest in parts of the Middle East , urging them to beware of fake foreign travel agencies .
According to press statement signed by the National Protocol Officer , IOM -Nigeria, Mr . Ikechukwu Attah, these fake agencies promise their victims work abroad and help with their travel documents , only to put them in harm’ s way .

“ Beware of fake foreign agencies that promise work abroad . They process your papers, pay for your tickets and then take you abroad in pretense that they want to get you a job there.
“ Instead , they end up killing their victims and harvesting all the valuable body parts.
“ A lot of people were offered jobs in the Middle East but up to now , their family members cannot trace their whereabouts , ” Attah said.

He said that the body parts ’ black market was now booming in parts of the Middle East , and advised prospective migrants to always go through proper channels to avoid falling victim .
“ The body parts ’ black market business is booming in Middle East .
“ One kidney now costs $ 262 ,000 , heart costs $ 119 , 000 and liver costs $ 157 ,000 .
“ Let our children and grandchildren be aware of these evil devices ,” he said .

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 01, 2019

Onnoghen cry out, says Presidency interfering in trial



Justice Walter Onnoghen

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has  alleged interference of the Executive Arm of government in the proceedings before the CCT.
Justice Onnoghen spoke through his lead counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN.

Awomolo decried that framers of the 1999 constitution omitted to give attention to the need for the CCT to secure its independence, impartiality and non interference from external forces.

In a press statement he issued in Abuja, Awomolo said: “A situation where the executive arm of the Federal Government is the Custodian of the Code of Conduct for public officers, the enforcer of the Code of Conduct through the Tribunal. It is the appointing authority of the members of the Tribunal. In the proceedings in the Tribunal, the executive is the accuser, the investigator, Prosecutor, the witness and the judge, all roll together into one.
“This is unacceptable under the Constitution that guarantees independence of the 3 arms of Government. There is urgent need for Constitutional reform.

“The Code of Conduct Tribunal must have courts established in each of the six geopolitical zones of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Monopoly has the ability to breed corruption, arrogance, disregard for the due process and partiality.
“The Code of Conduct Tribunal should be a full member or part of the judiciary under Section 6 of the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria, 199? (as amended).
“The third lesson is that the case has clearly shown that Nigerian judiciary is very weak, vulnerable and not independent. The security of tenure of a judicial officer is a mere wishful thinking.
“it is unthinkable that the head of the judiciary will be treated the way Onnoghen was treated and not a whimper came from the body of men and women of highest distinction in the legal profession. Is it not dangerous that the President can appoint a Chief Justice without the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC)?

“Whereas political matters and election maters were treated with dispatch, and judgment delivered within hours, the appeal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, six weeks after argument was ordered to be kept away in the file.
“There is no association of Nigerian Judges to speak a word. Let no public officers or judicial officer at any level, throw stones because if not all, most are guilty as Onnoghen.
“Nobody knows who is next, a precedent has been laid. The honourable Attorney-General of the Federation seems pleased.
“Men who sit in judgement over fellow human beings are representative of God on the earth and everyone shall face the almighty God, on the last day, to give account of his stewardship. On that day all secrets shall be laid bare.
“The Bar association has by reason of personal leadership ambition rendered ineffective, divided and week. It is unable to speak boldly to secure the independence of the Judiciary. Elders of the Bar and men of good will should rise from their deep sleep.

“People, who must sit in judgment over others, must be men and women of character, learning and maturity. The mental status and background of such judges must be certified approved.
“The zeal and strong determination of our leaders to fight endemic corruption in our country must be commended and supported. l share the view that corruption is evil, destructive, stunt societal and human growth and diminish the core value of the people.
“The Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal is one of the most effective and strategic institution capable of reducing corruption and abuse of office, in the rank and file of public service. There is urgent need for reform of the institutions.

“Corruption cannot be fought successfully with corrupt institutions and corrupt procedure. It is injustice to inflict corrupt procedure on innocent public officers. God will not allow corruption to consume our nation. The end should not justify the means but the means should justify the end.
“The practice of propaganda lies and media trial will encourage injustice. Truth will exalt our nation, but propaganda and lies will enthrone injustice. Lies and injustice is a reproach. Let justice be done even if heaven will fall and let the rule of law be the only means to justify the end”, Awomolo added.