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House crisis: PDP BoT decides Elumelu, others’ fate today

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Amidst allegations of corruption, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will meet today to discuss the report of the Iyorchia Ayu committee on the minority leadership crisis of the House of Representatives.

The committee, which comprised mainly former presidents of the senate and deputy who are members of PDP, was inaugurated on July 10, to intervene in the rift between the party’s leadership and some members in the House of Representatives led by Ndudi Elumelu.

PDP National Working Committee (NWC), had earlier suspended Elumelu and six others members in the House for one month, for going against the decision of the party in the choice of minority leadership. This was later extended.

The suspended members were subsequently referred to the Disciplinary Committee led by Chief Tom Ikimi.

The Ayu committee, which was given one week to submit its report, later turned in its report on September 9.

Though the content was yet to be made public, it was reported that the committee unanimously exonerated Elumelu and six other suspended members, of complicity in the nomination and announcement of the House minority leadership.

This was what might have annoyed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who described it as “the most corrupt committee ever set up by the party.”

BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jubrin, assured party members that the board would not take side in the matter.

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SDG commences primary school building in Kogi

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Following the documentary carried out by a community report for an online Igala Radio anchored by Mr. Gabriel Yunusa Enemali, also known as Okanyi, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the Presidency has commenced the building of a primary school in Ukpologogene community, Ayingba, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.

 

The development came following a documentary showing the dilapidated nature of the school, which had been abandoned by the successive governments in the state.

Okanyi in the documentary highlighted the poor nature of the school environment, where pupils learn in a hollow building covered with leaves.

 

The trending documentary also showed pupils sitting on the floor, learning through a tattered chalk board.

 

Okanyi while speaking with New Telegraph said Ukpologogene situation was just one out of many dilapidated schools across the 21 local government areas of the state.

 

According to him, the documentary was not to undermine the state government, but to call its attention to the plight of primary school children in the rural areas of the state and the country, based on the 17 goals of the SDG programmes. He said: “When I went to the area for the first time, I met two people who introduced themselves as headmaster and teacher respectively.

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Delta, private sector to build Leisure Park in Asaba

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For residents of Asaba, the Delta State capital, that had to travel outside the capital city in search of family fun, the 2020 yuletide season may usher in a new era if plans by Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA) mature according to schedule.

 

A leisure park to provide entertainment for families and children would be developed in Asaba and could be up and running ahead of the yuletide season in 2020.

 

The park, which would be funded by a private organisation, was seen as the missing link in the emergence of the capital city into a cosmopolitan one. Director-General DSCTDA, Mrs. Onyemaechi Joan Mrakpor, who revealed this, said the absence of such a facility had been denying residents of Asaba the opportunity for such leisure and family bonding. Speaking on a Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) Television current affairs programme at the weekend, Mrakpor said DSCTDA was engaging a private organisation to execute the project.

 

“Our target is that before the yuletide of 2020, a functional leisure park complete with entertainment facilities for children and families will be in place in Asaba. It is very important to have a decent leisure park in Asaba given the fact that it is now the gateway to every part of the country,” she said. Mrakpor said the state governor was desirous of giving Asaba an ambience that was not only welcoming to businesses and entrepreneurs, but also those seeking relaxation and family outing.

 

“We have to take advantage of the security in Asaba and provide a haven for entertainment to thrive,” she said of the leisure park project. Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has assured citizens of the state that his administration would henceforth monitor the implementation of the General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) between host communities and oil companies operating in the state.

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Okanyi documentary: SDG commences renovation of primary school in Kogi

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Muhammad Bashir
Lokoja

Following the trending documentary of a community report carried out for an online Igala Radio anchored by Mr. Gabriel Yunusa Enemali known as Okanyi, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), under the Presidency in Abuja, have commence the building of a primary school at Ukpologogene community in Ayingba, Dekina Local Government of Kogi State.
The development came on the heels of the documentary depicting the dilapidated nature of the primary school at the community abandoned by successive governments un the state.
Okanyi, in the documentary, highlighted the poor nature of the school environment where pupils take lessons in a hollow building covered with dried leaves.
The documentary also shows pupils sitting on the floor, learning courtesy of a tartared writing board also known as black board.
Okanyi, while speaking with New Telegraph, said the Ukpologogene situation was just one out of many delapidated schools of learning dotted across the entire 21 local government areas of the state.
According to him, his decision to make the documentary, was not done to undermine the state government, but rather it was his way of calling the attention of the government over the plight of primary school children at the rural areas in the state and the country at large, based on the 17 goals of the SDG programmes.
“When I went to the area for the first time, I met to two persons who introduced themselves as head master and teacher, they said they were only two of them who teaches from primary one to six.
“They also made me realise that they were working for the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the last time they had received full salary was during the early days of Governor Idris Wada,” he explained.
It was after his expose, that the SDG under the Presidency, mobilised contractors to the community to comence the rebuilding of the primary school.
The SDG, it was learnt, will only rebuild the primary school from class one to six, but will not touch other buildings such as the headmaster’s office, library and staff room.

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Okanyi documentary: SDG commences renovation of primary school in Kogi

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Muhammad Bashir
Lokoja

Following the trending documentary of a community report carried out for an online Igala Radio anchored by Mr. Gabriel Yunusa Enemali known as Okanyi, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), under the Presidency in Abuja, have commence the building of a primary school at Ukpologogene community in Ayingba, Dekina Local Government of Kogi State.
The development came on the heels of the documentary depicting the dilapidated nature of the primary school at the community abandoned by successive governments un the state.

Okanyi, in the documentary, highlighted the poor nature of the school environment where pupils take lessons in a hollow building covered with dried leaves.

The documentary also shows pupils sitting on the floor, learning courtesy of a tartared writing board also known as black board.
Okanyi, while speaking with New Telegraph, said the Ukpologogene situation was just one out of many delapidated schools of learning dotted across the entire 21 local government areas of the state.
According to him, his decision to make the documentary, was not done to undermine the state government, but rather it was his way of calling the attention of the government over the plight of primary school children at the rural areas in the state and the country at large, based on the 17 goals of the SDG programmes.

“When I went to the area for the first time, I met to two persons who introduced themselves as head master and teacher, they said they were only two of them who teaches from primary one to six.
“They also made me realise that they were working for the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the last time they had received full salary was during the early days of Governor Idris Wada,” he explained.

It was after his expose, that the SDG under the Presidency, mobilised contractors to the community to comence the rebuilding of the primary school.

The SDG, it was learnt, will only rebuild the primary school from class one to six, but will not touch other buildings such as the headmaster’s office, library and staff room

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Help us disseminate the message of local content policies, NCDMB charges journalists

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By Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) at the weekend charged the media to help disseminate information on how local content policies and strategies can best be practiced in Nigeria.

Speaking in Port Harcourt during a workshop organised by the board for a group of select journalists from the South South region, Ginah Ginah General Manager Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordinator of NCDMB, who represented the Executive Secretary Simbi Wabote, in his welcome speech maintained that the media has a role to play in ensuring that that there is a local content practice in the country.

Maintaining that the country has been very much behind in the practice of local content policies, Ginah said: “We are lagging behind and the only way to come on board is through sustainable development. We are lagging behind to the extent that the world has left us behind.”

Disclosing that oil was going to disappear in the near future, the GM stated that there is no sustainable development without local content adding that it, however, has to be done constructively.

Stating that Nigeria wasted more than 60 years under developing itself, Ginah said” “If the policies of local content were in place earlier before now, there won’t have been any like thing kidnaping and pipeline vandalization.”

Also disclosing that millions of naira can be saved if the host communities are incorporated into the scheme of things, the GM said the board has come up with a host community participation guidelines adding that it will surely bring peace and lower the cost of production.

The board he said had been able to disengage about 1000 expatriates stating that that this time before any project is embarked on, a Nigerian must be part of the project.

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G5 Sahel leaders to begin crisis talks in response to deadly jihadist attack in Niger

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G5 Sahel leaders will meet Sunday for an emergency summit in Niger to coordinate their response to a Jihadist attack on an army camp that killed 71 military personnel, Mali and Niger said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assault, in which hundreds of jihadists on Tuesday attacked the camp near the border with Mali with shells and mortars.

“Yesterday our neighbour Niger buried 71 of its soldiers who died by the bullets of those who want to spread chaos,” Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told an audience in Bamako on Saturday.

“We will not fail in our solidarity with Niger and tomorrow my brothers of the G5 Sahel and I will go to Niamey and we will consult together,” he said.

The G5 Sahel, an anti-jihadist task force, comprises Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, reports France24.

The Niger presidency confirmed the summit to AFP.

The attack in Inates in the western Tillaberi region was the deadliest on Niger’s military since Islamist militant violence began to spill over from neighbouring Mali in 2015, and dealt a blow to efforts to roll back jihadism in the Sahel.

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou raced back in the night from a security and development conference in Egypt to chair a meeting of the National Security Council in Niamey. Three days of national mourning were declared.

Militant violence has spread across the vast Sahel region, especially in Burkina Faso and Niger, after it began when armed Islamists revolted in northern Mali in 2012

Tuesday’s attack prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to postpone a meeting scheduled for next week in the southwestern French town of Pau, where he and five presidents from the Sahel were due to discuss security in the region.

The talks will now take place early next year.

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Lindsey Graham to kill Trump impeachment ‘quickly’ in Senate

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South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham once again dismissed the House Judiciary Committee’s approval of two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, saying he wants to be clear he’s “not trying to be a fair juror.”

Graham, who is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a staunch supporter of the president, told CNN International in Qatar Saturday he has no intention of hearing any part of the impeachment trial in the Senate.

The GOP senator said “I have made up my mind” already, despite the fact the House of Representatives has not yet voted on the floor to send the two articles of impeachment against Trump to the upper chamber — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — which will occur next week, reports Newsweek.

“This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,” Graham said Saturday during an interview at the Doha Forum in Qatar. He added that the impeachment process should end “for the good of the country. I think the best thing for America to do is get this behind us.”

The South Carolina Republican rebuked the suggestion it is inappropriate to already have formed an opinion about the impeachment evidence and trial before it has even started.

“I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” Graham said. “What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense.”

Graham expressed the view of many Republicans who say Trump’s 2020 reelection chances will increase as a result of the impeachment process. Several Republican House members, including Doug Collins of Georgia and Jim Jordan of Ohio, repeatedly stated this past week that they believe impeachment is just a political stunt because Democrats are “afraid” of their chances of defeating Trump next November.

“Personally I think President Trump will come out of this stronger and the good news is that everybody in politics in America needs to prove to the American public we’re not all completely crazy. So there may be a spirit of compromise coming post-impeachment, born of political necessity, if anything else,” Graham continued.

“If you don’t like President Trump, you can vote against him in less than a year. It’s not like a politician is unaccountable if you don’t impeach them,” he added. “So I think impeachment is going to end quickly in the Senate. I would prefer it to end as quickly as possible.”

Despite Graham dismissing any wrongdoing on Trump’s behalf in Ukraine, he continued to say he believes former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in shady behaviour, but there has been no evidence on wrongdoing on behalf of either Biden.

“Now, Joe Biden is a dear friend. I’ve traveled all over the world with Joe Biden. He’s running for president on the Democratic side. I think he’ll do very well. The bottom line is his son was receiving $50,000 a month from a gas company run by the most corrupt guy in the Ukraine and about two months after they raided the gas company’s president’s home, they fired the prosecutor,” Graham continued. “Yeah, I think it’s OK to talk about this kind of stuff.”

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Centenary City: Danjuma donates N5b to Anglican Diocese of Lagos

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The dream and vision of the Diocese of Lagos (Anglican Communion) to construct what it called a Centenary City in commemoration of the 100 years of existence of the church, became a reality on Monday when General T.Y. Danjuma (retd) made a whooping donation of N5 billion towards the project. Danjuma made the donation at an Award and Gala Night for the Centenary Celebration and Fundraising for the Centenary City which was held at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

The donation by Danjuma, which represented the highest donation at the event, will be deployed for the development of the Low Cost housing Estate in the Centenary City. Another illustrious son of the nation, Chief Tunde Afolabi also made a huge donation of N500 million towards the Youth Empowerment centre to be established in the Centenary City. Among the crème de la crème that graced the occasion with their presence were Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency , Babajide Sanwo-Olu, APC leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, His Excellency, Governor Dairus Ishaku, Governor of Taraba State and Chief Tunde & Engr (Mrs) Oluseyi Afolabi, Chairman & CEO of Amni International Petroleum Company and many other dignitaries.

 

The Centenary City was conceived by the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, the Rt. Rev (Dr) Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye to give an enduring legacy back to the society as the Diocese marks 100years. The city was designed to accommodate Youth Empowerment and Development Centre, St. Luke’s Global Hospital, Games Village, lowcost housing estate, Convention ground, Women Empowerment Center, Rehabilitation Center, Amusement Park, Gethsemane Garden and many more.

 

The Gala and Award night was one of the events put together to celebrate the 100 years of the Diocese, which will be concluded on Tuesday, December 10, with a Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ Marina, Lagos.

 

The Award and Gala Night was also supported by the former Bishop of the diocese and his wife, the Most Revd (Dr) Ephraim Adebola and Mrs Oluranti Ademowo OON and other Bishops across the Nation. Highlights of the event include the investiture of the Grand Patron of the Centenary Celebration on the General, TY Danjuma. There were also other awards and unveiling of Heroes and Legends of Anglican Diocese of Lagos and cutting of the Centenary Cake.

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The Sun clears the air on EFCC’s visit

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The management of The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun Newspapers, yesterday expressed displeasure at the move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seal its corporate headquarters over a legal suit that had no bearing on the media company.

 

Three officials of the EFCC and four heavily armed policemen had on Saturday, December 14, 2019, stormed the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for staff and the general public to keep off the premises.

 

The EFCC officials, who arrived the property at about 10am, came in a white Toyota bus with registration number, ABUJA BWR-644GA. Subsequently, they wrote on fence of the property, “EFCC, keep off.” They also advised the staff of the company to collect their personal belongings from the office as they would come back to seal the premises completely.

 

 

However, in a statement released a few hours later, the management of the media house faulted the action of the anti-graft agency, describing it as one that lacked any legal basis. It therefore appealed to the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami to urgently intervene and advise the EFCC appropriately on the legal consequences of its actions.

 

 

“We do not understand the legal basis for this EFCC action. It is on record that there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 wherein The Sun Publishing Limited appealed against the judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made against it by a Federal High Court in 2007 based on ex parte proceeding. The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution were duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.

 

 

“It is also pertinent to state that EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated 22nd May, 2018 and duly received by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was further put on notice of the pending appeal at the Supreme Court and advised to stay action in the matter pending the hearing of the Motion for Stay of execution and the appeal.

 

 

“Again, it is instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited was not a party to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others, so we do not see why the judgment in that case should lead to attempt to seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.

 

 

“Furthermore, we are aware that both Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and Slok Nig Limited have since appealed the judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris and a hearing date given. We wish to reiterate that The Sun Publishing Limited is an ongoing corporate limited liability company and its shares are owned by various individuals distinct from Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. Therefore, the recent judgment against Senator Orji Uzor Kalu should not be used to disturb the operations of the company and the proprietary rights of its innocent shareholders until the matters are dispensed with at the Supreme Court,” the statement read.

 

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, confirmed that it had marked some properties linked to former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.

 

The Commission, in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwujarem, said that the marking followed a December 5 order of a Federal High Court in Lagos.

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New Emirates tear Kano elders apart

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As elders under the aegis of Advocates for United Kano have called on Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to repeal the Kano Emirate Law which created four additional Emirates in the State and a rotational chairmanship of Traditional Council, another body, the Integrity Group, has thrown its weight behind the governor’s action, saying it is the best thing to have happened in the state in the recent time.

 

Former presidential candidate of the defunct Nigeria Republican Council (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Tofa, with 10 others, not only frowned at the creation, but called on the governor to repeal the law creating the new Emirates.

 

Tofa, in a statement he co-signed with 10 others, said that the creation is an attempt to destroy a 1000-year-old heritage.

 

The statement reads in part: “The Advocates for United Kano, is a non-partisan group of citizens from all professions and backgrounds, who are law abiding and irrevocably committed to the peace and progress of our dear state.

 

“Consequently, we hereby express deep concern about the persistence of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the destruction of the Kano Emirate, a product of the efforts of our forefathers, which has survived for centuries championing purposeful administration and scholarship in Kano State and beyond.

 

“It is without doubt that the Kano Emirate has, for centuries, been a formidable force in shaping the character and economic outlook of the Kano society in particular and Nigeria as a whole. Unfortunately, however, the actions of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje which, to a greater extent, border on personal margins, are unequivocally bent on destroying that legacy.”

 

The statement further lament what it’s described as the governor’s deliberate attempt to politicize the influencing Emirate in Nigeria, therefore ignoring every effort of well- meaning individuals that have cautioned him.

To this end, the elders cautioned the governor and frowned at the way he is conducting the affairs of the state.

 

“We view with great concern the impunity with which the Governor of Kano State has been running the affairs of the state in total disregard of the   wishes and aspirations of the people.

 

“In recognition of the pivotal role of the Kano Emirate in the entrenchment of unity among citizens, its guidance on matters of progress of the state and enhancement of the wellbeing of the people coupled with the dire need to sustain peaceful coexistence among the citizens, we hereby call on the governor to, in the interest of unity, peace and progress of Kano State, immediately cause the repeal of the obnoxious law creating the new Emirates.

 

 

“Our resolve in this regard was informed by careful consideration of the fact that the personal ambitions of the governor should not be allowed to jeopardise the overall common good and harmonious relationship existing among the Kano populace,” the statement added.

 

 

But the Kano Integrity Forum (KIF), headed by Prof Abdul Salihi, while in support of the creation, said it was long overdue.

 

Speaking on behalf of the KIF on Thursday, Prof Salihi said the creation of four new Emirate councils in the state would bring about “balanced development” of the state as it would translate to more specialized health institutions, post-secondary institutions and agricultural development services.

 

Salihu stated that the creation of the new emirates by the Ganduje administration has shown that the governor was fully committed to bringing developments to all parts of the state.

 

According to him, additional Emirates would encourage reconstruction of the state as shown by the examples of states that had taken similar steps such as Jigawa, Yobe and Oyo.

 

 

His words: “The opponents of the creation of the additional emirates councils believe in history, but do not live with history; they are only committed to preserving history, but history can only be preserved to a certain extent.”

 

The state government while reacting to the recent Kano High Court injunction barring the governor from going ahead with the new Kano Traditional Council insisted that it was propaganda being circulated by the opposition.

 

The Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who spoke, said it was “the evil machination of those opposed to the creation of the new Emirates who will be disappointed when the court rules on a substantive judgement.”

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