A new twist has crept into Senate’s investigation of an alleged missing $20 billion oil fund as the Committee on Finance directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to furnish it with more details on a $2.4 billion payment for third party financing.
NNPC had earlier supplied a memo on the fund but withdrew it and agreed to re-present it after reconciling the figures. The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led committee also asked the Auditor-General of the Federation, Samuel Okura, to explain the link between routine checks by his office in NNPC and the committee’s investigation.
Okura was asked to furnish the committee with information on whether the periodic checks his office carries out in the NNPC had to do with the subject matter of its investigation.
The tsunami that swept the heads of aviation parastatals this Tuesday can only be attributed to the invisible hands of the immediate past minister of aviation. Whether this assumption is correct or not, it is unimaginable that Captain Fola Akinkotu, the director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who has spent less than one year in office, would be dropped for no justifiable reason.
His appointment letter gives him a five-year tenure. In my indirect investigative sympathy phone calls to the majority of those affected by the sack, each of them attributed their demise to the former minister, who, up until today, uses her connections in high places to invisibly run the aviation sector. It is also easy to re-confirm this assertion because, conspicuously, the president has virtually refused to either confirm the appointment of the current overseer of the Ministry of Aviation, Mr Samuel Ortom, as a substantive minister in charge or appoint another minister to replace Ms Oduah.
Premium Times Exclusive: APC lawmakers set to block Jonathan’s plan to buy new aircraft, renovate villa at N3 billion
Opposition APC proposes reduction in budget allocations totalling N350 bn to fund capital projects.
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked its members in the National Assembly to block a plan by President Goodluck Jonathan to upgrade facilities at the sprawling Aso Rock presidential villa, and purchase a new aircraft into an already bloated presidential air fleet at a huge N3 billion.
The proposals are part of the 2014 budget currently before federal lawmakers.
The APC also proposed a reduction in spending on about 16 items in the budget, to save N350 billion which should be used to raise capital expenditure and create jobs for Nigerians.
•There are more pressing issues to keep a serious President busy than going to receive defecting politicians
President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to Kwara State has come and gone, but the avoidable hullabaloo generated would for long be subject of rational public discourse. Before his visit to that ‘State of Harmony,’ there were palpable fears that a clash might ensue between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the centre controlling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The fears were not unfounded as the police reportedly showed tinge of partisanship when it invaded the premises of a printer engaged by APC to produce street signposts and destroyed his equipment, carting away over 300 signposts of the APC. Mr Ambrose Aisabo, the state’s police commissioner later unsatisfactorily defended his action: “We had information that APC was planning to print several posters and use it to deface that of Mr. President and we went there and indeed we saw several thousands of posters that they had printed. We impounded them but the people explained to us they had no plan of defacing the posters of Mr. President and I now warned them and allowed them to go with their posters …I am not against anyone pasting posters but I am against when people use it to deface those of others … so it is not true that anyone has been detained because we have released all of them,” he reportedly declared.
A missing Malaysia Airliner carrying 239 people crashed off the southern coast of Vietnam, Vietnamese and Chinese state media reported Saturday, both citing Vietnam’s military.
More than half the passengers on board are Chinese nationals.
But Malaysia authorities said the reports are incorrect.
They have no information that any wreckage has been found of the missing plane and no confirmation of a crash, said acting transport minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
“The CA (Civil Aviation Authority) says that is not true, and our foreign office says it is not true,” Hishammuddin said.
But Malaysia is taking the reports seriously, and are working to confirm any crash of the missing plane.
The foreign heads of government and dignitaries who came for the country’s centenary celebrations had hardly settled down in their posh hotel rooms and comfortable quest houses when the news that the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists had struck again filtered in.
This time in Adamawa, killing and maiming, as had become their style, without a single thought to the fact that they were callously and nonchalantly taking lives they had no power to create.
The death toll is still rising as we speak. A couple of days earlier, they had struck at a secondary school in Yobe and snuffed out the lives of over 50 young minds.
The nomination of the President’s wife’s friend,Bola Shagaya as a delegate to the National Conference might hit the rocks soon as the organisation she is claimed to represent has said that she is not one of their members.WHIMBIZ organisation,(WOMEN IN BUSINESS), an organisation long set up by business women were given 2 slots at the National Conference and were told to nominate 2 persons to represent them which they did.
They sent in two names.Then a call from the Presidency asking for the states of origin of the 2 names sent in, and then finally the list was announced and lo and behold,one of the names was dropped to be replaced by Ms Bola Shagaya who is mostly known as “friend of First Ladies”.Even though she has not had any official designation,she has always in the recent past been seen with the wives of the Presidents,in what capacities only God knows.This is just another strange nomination as just this morning,one had to question how Daisy Danjuma,probably just about 60 made the “Elder Statesman’s ” delegate’s list put forward by the Federal Government”
Thanks for inviting me as your Keynote Speaker at your Unveiling of Road Map Summit. I do not know how you decided to take this high risk of inviting me to your gathering, knowing full well that my zeal for candor can be generally unsettling for some people of your class and occupation. Since you took the risk, I have assumed the liberty to speak boldly even to your discomfort especially considering that we live in a season of grim when our country is greatly troubled. In perilous times like this, Truth is the absolute freedom. I shall be spurred on by the counsel of George Orwell who in honor of truth stated that “in a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. I further assume that if you wanted someone with the skills of deceit, it would not be me that you would have invited to your gathering. I therefore speak to you today not as a politician but as a daughter of the land.
President Goodluck Jonathan shocked journalists, other members of the Federal Executive Council and guests at the swearing in ceremony of new Ministers on Wednesday when he swore in a new minister for sports.
Dr Tanumo Danagogo was announced as the new Minister of Sports by President Jonathan.
There was no indication that Bolaji Abdullahi, the former Minister who is also regarded as one of the most successful ministers to head the sports sector will be sacked before this morning.
The former Minister was not present at today’s FEC and it was not clear whether he kept away because he was informed that he will be dropped from the cabinet.
AIR passengers can now enjoy personal electronic devices onboard aircraft to various destinations, as more airlines in the globe have equipped their aircraft with the network that permit travellers to use their portable devices throughout the flight.
In general, airlines do not currently allow phone or wi-fi connection from the time the aircraft doors have closed until the aircraft has arrived at the gate and the doors are open again.
But, with the new guidance of the EU’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the use of portable electronic devices on board (PED), including smartphones, tablets and e-readers, it confirmed that these devices may be kept switched on in “Flight Mode” (non-transmitting mode) throughout the journey (including taxiing, take-off and landing) without a risk to safety.
Regardless of what President Goodluck Jonathan’s government would have us believe, we are losing the war against Boko Haram. We’re losing it to the original Boko Haram and to its various franchises, including those in Jonathan’s government.
Days after the chief of defence staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, took over in January, he vowed to end the Boko Haram onslaught by April. He had barely finished speaking when gunmen struck, killing 74 people in separate attacks in Borno and Adamawa states. Badeh ate the humble pie and promptly disavowed setting any deadline to end the killings.
In the last two weeks, gunmen presumed to be Boko Haram have killed over 200 people, including children and teenagers, with over 30 killed on Tuesday.
The APC said its primary focus would be job creation.
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Thursday, unveiled its manifesto and code of ethics. The launch was done at a well-attended national summit of the party held at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
The party’s Code of Ethics, a set of rules it said will govern its activities, has ten principles by which the party commits itself to Nigerians.
The pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, yesterday, demanded from the Federal Government N2.4 trillion as reparation and compensation to Ndigbo in the five South East states and Anioma in Delta State, who lost their loved ones and property during the civil war as well as those still suffering dislocation and seizure of property in the country.
These demands were contained in a statement entitled, ‘The Atrocities and Injustice Against Ndigbo and Ohanaeze Ndigbo: Demand for Reparation,’ issued by the Chairman, Ohanaeze Reparation Committee, Chief Mbazulike Amechi in Enugu.
THE Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has decided that candidates in the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, would compulsorily register only one university, one polytechnic, one college of education and one innovative enterprise institute. It is considered a solution to challenges with admissions to higher institutions.
Candidates formerly had a second preferred institution. Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, JAMB registrar explained, “From our experience, universities refuse to take students who make them a second choice. Last year, vice chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics decided that students should only pick one university, one polytechnic, one college of education and one innovative enterprise institute when applying to write the UTME. If they do not follow these instructions, they cannot apply.”
President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that he does not own any bank account or property outside the shores of Nigeria.
He made the remark during the swearing-in of the 11 new ministers yesterday.
His words as tweeted by his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri, @renoomokri, “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad. All my children live and school in Nigeria”
Nigeria former leaders are often accused of stashing stolen money in foreign accounts and owning expensive properties abroad; the recent is the revelation by the United States on Wednesday that ordered a freeze on $458 million in assets stolen by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his accomplices and hidden in European accounts.
The Justice Department said the corruption proceeds — stashed away in bank accounts in Britain, France and Jersey — were frozen at Washington’s request with the help of local authorities.
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JD:Had you given a damn and declared your assets publicly like your predecessor,stating this wouldnt have been necessary,and for the veracity of this,only time will tell