The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has “received several documents from the World Bank totalling over 700 pages on information on the spending of recovered assets stolen by the late General Abacha, with some of the documents suggesting that Abacha loot was spent on roads, electricity, education, health and water.”
This information was disclosed by SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, in a statement dated November 29, 2015.
The organisation said, “SERAP can confirm that last week we received several documents from Ann May of the Access to Information Team of the World Bank following our Access to Information Request to the Bank. We also received a letter dated 24 November 2015 from Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, Director of the World Bank in Africa.”
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, through his Dangote Foundation, is building a N7bn state-of-the-art operating theatre and diagnostic centre at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano.
The Chief Executive, Dangote Foundation, Ms Halima Dangote, said during a visit to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, that the project would be completed next year.
The Federal Government would understudy the Australian mining sector in the bid to reposition the country’s solid mineral sector, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, has said.
The government will also be learning how the Australian government has been able to achieve synergy between communities, states and the government in resolving the recurrent conflicts between communities and miners and settling the royalties due to states.
Nigeria to prosecute T.B. Joshua, others over death of 116 persons in church building collapse ….. PREMIUM TIMES
The trustees of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) will on Monday (November 30, 2015) be arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over the collapse of a six-story building in the church on September 12, 2014, which led to the death of 116 persons.
Senior Pastor of the church, Prophet T.B Joshua is one of the trustees.
Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) tells TOBI AWORINDE that the All Progressives Congress’ deputy governorship candidate, James Faleke, should replace the late Abubakar Audu in the run-off
Why do you support the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a supplementary governorship election in Kogi State?
It is because the election has already been held. It is a waste of time, resources and the efforts and energy of the people to go back and take part in an election in which they have already voted. Therefore, only those who have not voted and have been deprived of voting should vote. That is what we have been saying — Section 181 of the constitution already shows that once an election has been conducted and the results show that there is a leader, if the person dies, then the running mate should take his place; even though in this case the results have been declared inconclusive. Those are the two legs of my argument: You do not repeat an election that has been concluded and whose results have already been written down. In essence, it is only those that have not voted who will now vote. And as to who will be the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, it has to be the person who was the running mate of the person who passed away. These are the two things to consider.
There were indications on Sunday that moves by the All Progressives Congress to resolve the crisis created by the death of its governorship candidate in Kogi State, Prince Audu Abubakar, had failed.
The PUNCH gathered that following its decision on Friday to pick Mr. Yahaya Bello as a replacement for the late governorship candidate, the APC had contacted leaders in the three senatorial districts of the state to rally support for Bello.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on all stakeholders in the education sector to ensure the provision of qualitative and quantitative education in order to achieve national development.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Onwuka, said this on Saturday during the 41st convocation ceremony for the conferment of post-graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates at the University of Benin, Edo State.
Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed concern over the unemployment rate in the country, stressing that if urgent steps are not taking to address it, “the country may be sitting on a keg of gun powder.”
He expressed this concern on Saturday at the 16th and 17th convocation of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, says terrorism in Nigeria indirectly created by northern leaders, who used religion to deceive poor Muslims.
Kukah said this in his keynote address at a conference organised by the Islamic Welfare Foundation at the Fountain University, Osogbo.
The on-going protests in the South-East requires creative handling by the federal government, governors of states that comprise the zone and Igbo leaders of thought to avoid unnecessary escalation of the situation. But the arrogant, insensitive, and threatening comments by a few military officers and cowardly hasty condemnation by some prominent Ndigbo are disingenuous, because both sides are trivialising the key issues of marginalisation, exclusion and alienation raised by the Biafran agitators, which lie at the heart of the troublesome unresolved “national question”.
Dr. Chu S. P. Okongwu in his 2004 tributes to Ukpabi Asika, took an aside in his eulogies to emphasize the following: “The generation born after the civil war will not know that the former Eastern region, comprising East-Central State, South-Eastern state, and Rivers state, enjoyed a highly developed road network, with probably the highest quality road density in sub-Saharan Africa. These had been damaged or neglected during the war. Ukpabi Asika planned to reconstruct and modernize these.
Action was also taken to upgrade and transfer to central government responsibility some trunk ‘B’ roads (1, 240 kilometers) and introduce some new federal highways and alignments… .” Dr. Okongwu was East Central State’s Commissioner forEconomic Planning from 1970-1975, and presumably has the data. But that’s besides the point. The real point is that assertion that the East had the “highest quality road density in Sub-sahara Africa” before the damages of war and neglect ruined it all.
In January 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan in his own wisdom, decided to appoint Air Marshal Alex S. Badeh as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Almost immediately, a United States-based Nigerian journalist Abiodun Ladepo circulated an opinion on the web suggesting that Badeh was too fat to head our military. I thought my colleague’s opinion particularly his assertion that Badeh was “the most out of shape officer” he had ever seen was rather harsh and uncharitable. When Badeh assumed office, he spent ample time pointing accusing fingers at a section of the press for being anti-government.
After a while, I found too many problems with his management of the Military but felt that whatever went wrong ought to be overlooked in view of those difficult days of Boko Haram when our troops ran away from the enemy claiming that they were ill-equipped; while their families embarked on public demonstrations against the posting of their bread winners to the battle front.I imagined that he probably had people like Ladepo in mind. Two issues convinced me to further investigate Ladepo’s critical assessment of the then CDS. First, at a show in Lagos last year, one comedian said he too could become Nigeria’s Chief of defence Staff. His claim to the office was that he was almost as fat as the incumbent. He also said that when Badeh was appointed CDS, Baba Obasanjo laughed for a very long time adding that the last time he saw the former President, Baba was still laughing over the appointment. Knowing the dangers of Obasanjo’s unending laughter, I convinced myself at the end of the show that Badeh was a man to watch.
After delivering a devastating message on politics and politicians two Saturdays ago, Kogi State voters were expected to follow through with a tutorial to the country on how best to manage an electoral conundrum consequent upon both the death of one of the candidates in the election and lack of constitutional clarity. Alas, just when it mattered most, they wilted. But whether the wilting was caused by a lack of political depth or lack of principles is hard to say at the moment. By a substantial margin of 240,867 votes to 199,514 votes, the Kogi electorate had given the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket of Abubakar Audu and his running mate, Abiodun Faleke, a commanding lead over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket of Governor Idris Wada and his deputy, Yomi Awoniyi.
Some 41,300 votes were said to be outstanding, nearly half of which were cancelled or unlawful votes that had no business being regarded as outstanding. The rest of the votes had not been cast at all. Out of the 41,300 votes potentially left to be cast, sources within INEC had indicated that approximately 25,000 were backed by permanent voter cards (PVCs).
There is no better illustration of the political programme of waste and senseless consumption than the creation of 36 states and 774 local governments out of the four pre-coup regions under a federal system inherited by the first military government.
- Initiate action to amend our Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to states and local governments in order to entrench true Federalism and the Federal spirit;
- Restructure government for a leaner, more efficient and adequately compensated public service;
- Balance across regions by the creation of 6 new Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to act as champions of sub-regional competitiveness;
- Put in place a N300 billion regional growth fund (average of N50bn in each geo-political region) to be managed by the REDAs, encourage private sector enterprise and support to help places currently reliant on the public sector —FROM Buhari/APC MANIFESTO
I concur with Mr. Deji Adeyanju. The most heartless and reprehensible thing that our government could have done is to cover-up the fact that 105 of our soldiers were killed by Boko Haram a few days ago. To do such a thing is simply evil.
A soldier ought to be honoured in death and this is especially so if he died in the course of doing his duty and fighting for his nation.
Kogi: Of a soporific INEC and a listless professor – was INEC error a deliberate ethnic plot? By Femi Orebe
If the three INEC commissioners deployed, and the state electoral commissioner suddenly lost concentration, what was a supposedly erudite Professor Kucha thinking about, not knowing there was no way 25, 000 votes can overtake 41, 000?
Lawyers were at the forefront of the revolution that gave rise to the American declaration of independence. Majority of delegates to the constitutional convention that gave birth to the American independence were lawyers. Britain and America, the two leading democracies in the world were, at the same time, simultaneously led by lawyers. Lawyers were at the vanguard of a new constitution in Ghana. Lawyers led the constitutional reforms in South Africa and Zambia. Nigeria has produced its sizeable number of great lawyers who are untainted by the common vices that afflict ordinary folks. Lawyers are nation builders. They are influential agents of change in the society with prominent responsibility to build practical and pragmatic democracy founded on the Rule of Law and the constitution – Elder Dele Adesina SAN, in Kunle Ogunsakin’s ‘FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR NATION(Lawyers as agents of change in Nigeria).
Pray, if the above is true, why are some senior Nigerian lawyers, even judges, doing everything to subject the noble profession to outright profanity by putting financial gratification before national interest?
Just as it crossed my mind to write this week about the still-missing Chibok schoolgirls, Prof. Wole Soyinka (our own WS), yet again reminded us all, a couple of days ago, of that terrible blot on the nation’s conscience (if the country has one). Speaking at the official opening of a “Mega-school” named after him in Ejigbo, State of Osun, by the governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, WS lamented that “It is a shame that the nation cannot account for over 200 girls in Chibok,” even as we speak.
It is difficult for me to get my mind round the very fact that over 200 secondary schoolgirls kidnapped by the sadistic terrorist group, Boko Haram, since April last year (a year and 7 months ago) are still missing; that the country the poor schoolgirls called their own could go to sleep for one day, talk less of 540 days, unable to determine their whereabouts, talk less moving to bring them back home!
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) is talking too much and I don’t know who to call, to call him to order. He wasn’t talking like this during the 12 years (between 2003 and 2015) that he was in the trenches, pushing to assume the presidency. He had maintained a dignified taciturnity that somehow helped his cause in 2015. If he spoke, it was to say why Nigeria should not be allowed to obliterate under the PDP 60-year power rolling plan. And because he spoke less, the mystic around his persona was maintained. He was seen as a very serious minded retired general, who understood that better substance was in action rather than in propaganda.
But change has come since May 29 and Buhari has changed too. He now exhibits a very annoying loquacity; always talking not even speaking. Some actually say he is talking anyhow on global stages. In 181 days or so, PMB has visited 10 countries. He has visited more countries than he has visited states or even cities in Nigeria. Each time, he has had something to talk about Nigeria and the line has been very consistent. Nigeria is morally bankrupt due to years of bankrupt leadership. He would add that his mission to effect a turn-around is increasingly looking bleak in the light of daily revelations of the depth of bankruptcy the country has sunk.
Bond yields fall on rate decision
THERE were indications that Nigeria would raise N129.17 billion ($649.10 million) worth of local currency denominated Treasury Bills (T-Bills), with varying maturities of three months and one year on December 2.
The debt instrument, according to Central Bank of Nigeria, will be made up of N17.85 billion for the three-month paper; N18 billion in the six-month paper; and N93.32 billion in the one year bill, through the Dutch Auction System.
Niger Delta activist and member of the 2014 National Conference, Ms. Annkio Briggs, has said that the people of the South-South have no expectation of benefiting from the appointment of former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, as Minister of Transportation.
She said even though the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had allegedly blacklisted the Niger Delta on the list of areas that would benefit from the new government, people of the region have equal rights with those in other regions.