Revenue: FAAC’s incessant battle with NNPC

Twice this year, in November and December, the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), a session for sharing revenue accruing to federation account, was postponed due to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s inaccurate records, thereby creating problems for the committee.  ABDULWAHAB ISA reports Most states, with the exception of Lagos, Kano and Rivers, have their survival depend entirely on approved income from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). To this large number of FAAC dependent states, any minor disruption in the federation account spells doom for the governors. Staff salaries…

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Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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Umahi reconciles with estranged major political ally

Govenor David Umahi of Ebonyi on Sunday evening reconciled with his estranged major political ally in the state, Chief Julius Amah-Orji, popularly known as ‘Ochiliozuo’ (He who caters for the people en masse). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the relationship between the duo cracked when Umahi appointed Amah-Oji’s main political foe in Afikpo South Local Government Area, Chief Eni Uduma, as the Caretaker chairman of the council. The final nail was driven into the coffin when the governor ensured that Uduma emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party…

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La Liga: Granada suffer home loss, Valencia draw

    Granada’s slim hopes of launching a bid for La Liga survival under Tony Adams were further diminished as an under-strength Celta Vigo ran out 3-0 away winners on Sunday. Former Arsenal and England captain Adams took temporary charge until the end of the season earlier this week having previously worked at Granada as an adviser to Chinese owner Jiang Lizhang. Granada remain seven points off safety with just six games remaining. Adams named a side of 11 different nationalities and without a single Spaniard in his starting line-up…

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Chelsea’s title chances 50 percent – Conte

    “Six finals” await Chelsea in the Premier League run-in after a 2-0 loss at Manchester United that leaves their title chances at only “50 percent”, manager Antonio Conte said. Having hoped to re-establish a seven-point lead over second-place Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea’s advantage remains four points following Sunday’s defeat at Old Trafford. They remain in the driving seat and will face only one top-seven side — Everton — in their last six games, but Conte suggested his team can no longer be considered outright favourites. “We have to think…

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A dance macabre

Nothing seems interesting anymore about politics and governance in our nation. The political landscape has been unstable. Politicians, who once held sway in the supercilious Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have begun their palongo (scattered legs) dance by taking shameless refuge in the tentative All Progressives Congress (APC), either for protection from the searchlight of the anti-graft agencies or for opportunities to seek elective and appointive offices. Governance, on the other hand, has been largely uninspiring and this is accentuated by the fact that a vast majority of Nigerians find it…

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