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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020

Senate Approves Refund Of N148.14bn To Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo, Osun, Rivers



By Sanni Onogu

The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a refund of N148,141,969,161.24 to Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo State Governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

The approval followed the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (Edo Central).

Senator Ordia in his presentation stated that most of the Federal highways in the beneficiary states where projects were executed “were at a deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.”

According to him, “series of visits were carried out by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on all Federal Roads completed by the States and ascertained that the quality off work done met the required standard.”

The lawmaker however noted that states like Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo States embarked on the highway projects execution as far back as 2005 to date.

He added that while the State Governments have completed all projects, as well as paid all contractors, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) on its part certified that due process was followed accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Barr. Benedict Umeano (Anambra – South East); Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo – South South); and CP. Olayinka Babatunde Balogun (rtd) (Ogun – South West) as members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

The confirmation of the nominees followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions led by Senator Patrick Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central).

In a related development, the upper chamber on Tuesday referred President Buhari’s request seeking the confirmation of nominees to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Tribunal to its Committee on Trade and Investment.

The nominees who are expected to appear for screening before the Committee include: Mrs. Sadatu Mama Shafi, Chairman (North Central); George Chukwuma Mbonu, member (South East); Barr. Thomas E. Okosun (South South); Umar Dauda Duhu (North East); Ibrahim El-Yakubu (North West); Mrs. Sola Salako Ajulo (South West); and Kenneth Tersoo Gyado (North Central).

Friday, November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Senator Ndoma-Egba Loses Wife In An Auto Crash


This is not the best of times for former Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, as his wife, Mrs. Amaka Ndoma-Egba died on Friday, November 20, in an auto crash along Benin-Akure road.

This is coming less than a month after the former senator's house was looted and vandalized hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest. Within the last ten months, Senator Ndoma-Egba also lost his mother, mother-inlaw and former media aide.

The former Senate Majority Leader confirmed the sad news to GRASSROOT REPORTERS in a telephone conversation.

November 20, 2020

ECOWAS Bank Drags Cross River To Court Over $7m Tinapa Debt


 By Wale Odunsi 

ECOWAS Court of Justice has fixed November 30, 2020 to hear suit no. ECW/CCJ/APP/14/19 involving ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) and Cross River State Government.

EBID accused Cross River of failure to adhere to the terms of the loan agreement no. 7/AP/LAFRDF/04/05.

The accord was entered by both parties on May 20, 2005.

The applicant claimed that the respondent secured the loan for the partial financing of the Tinapa Free Trade Zone and Resort.

EBID said Cross River has refused to follow the agreed repayment terms.

The bank is seeking orders declaring the agreement as valid, binding and subsisting, and mandating the respondent to immediately repay the sum of $6,999,679, among others.

EBID relied on Article 9 (6) of the Court’s Supplementary Protocol, Section 10.4 and Article 3 of the loan agreement.

The court also fixed November 30 to adopt the terms of settlement in a suit by representatives of some Nigerian communities.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

FG To Sell Calabar, Omotosho, Geregu Power Plants


The Federal Government announced that it will sell the Geregu 2, Omotosho 2, and Calabar power plants for N434 billion in 2021. The FG also disclosed plans to concession major sports stadiums across the country.

This was disclosed by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in its 2021 Budget Defence in Abuja.

Geregu 2 Power Plant would be sold for N140.7 billion, Omotosho Power Plant N151.4 billion and  Calabar Power Plant N143.4 billion, the BPE said.  The Geregu 2 Power Plant differs from the Geregu Power Plant owned by Billionaire, Femi Otedola.

Senator Theodore Orji, member of the Senate Committee on  Privatization and Commercialization disclosed that Geregu is already majority-owned by private investors.

“We also found that in Geregu Power Plant, the core investor already owned 51% shares and that the transaction emanated from a request by the investor for additional 29% of FGN residual 49% shares,” Orji told the BPE

November 17, 2020

Calabar Roads Rehabilitation: Rain Has Washed Off All Work Done Yesterday - Ayade's Spokesman


The Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Mr. Christian Ita has blamed the impatience of Cross Riverians which has led to the governor granting approval for the rehabilitation of internal roads in Calabar metropolis and other part of the state, against engineering advice.

Following the onset of dry season, the governor had given approval for the rehabilitation of internal roads in Calabar, and work commenced yesterday.

The state Commissioner for works, Engineer Dan Osim Asu said the governor also mobilised contractors for the completion of the 27 kilometre all important Boki East-West road.

In an apparent reaction to the heavy downpour in Calabar yesterday, Mr. Ita said all the work done yesterday on the roads have become a colossal waste of time and money.

In a press statement yesterday, titled 'Potholes and the need for patience by Cross Riverians', he said:

"Impatience and pressure most often birth disastrous outcomes.

"The state government commenced work on potholes against engineering advice to please the public and here we are with this heavy rain today.

"As it stands, all the work done today on the roads have become a colossal waste of time and money.

"The lesson here is that we must always listen to engineering advice when it comes to issues of this nature. Not everything needs to be political". The statement read.

Monday, November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

Prof. Damen Emerges National President Of Association Of Medical Laboratory Scientists Of Nigeria

By Obio Monday


Prof. James Damen

Prof. James Garba Damen, the current Head of Department, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Jos, has been elected as the 14th National President of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN).

He scored a total of 238 votes to defeat his closest rival, Dr. Ifeanyi Casmir, who scored 135 votes, at the maiden delegate election of the Association which took place in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Monday, 16th November, 2020.

Prof. Damen will succeed Dr. Bassey Enya Bassey after his three-year tenure elapses at the end of this month.

Others who were also elected into various positions included:

Prof Marian N. Unachukwu - Vice President 1

 Dr Musa Muibi - Secretary

CMD Kantiyok - Assistant Secretary

Funke Akinade - Treasurer
Tony Asiodu - Financial Secretary

Kabiru Adamu - Auditor
Emilia Eliezer- Welfare Officer

Femi Adebo - Vice President 2 (Southwest)

Musa Sarki Adamu - Vice President 2 (Northwest)

Ibrahim Fewudu - Vice President 2 (Northeast)
Osarobo Eseiwi - Vice President 2 South South

Soji Billyrose - Publicity Secretary

Thursday, November 5, 2020