Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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Amaechi demands N750m, N500m from Fayose, Fani-Kayode

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has threatened to sue the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, and a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, if they did not retract the allegation that the $43 million recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ikoyi last week belonged to him within seven days. Amaechi is also demanding the sum of N750 million from Fayose and N500 million from Fani- Kayode as compensation for the malicious and defamatory claim. Fayose had, through his spokesman, Lere Olayinka, on his…

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Ikoyi billions: Wike, CNPP accuse FG of plotting cover up

Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described as unfortunate the desperation of the Federal Government to cover corruption simply because her principal financial sponsor is involved. Briefing Rivers Christian leaders on the development at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike stated that the Rivers State Government is not interested in the prosecution of the immediate past Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, but simply seeking the return of funds belonging to the state. He said that the should the Federal Government return the stolen resources domiciled by the Former Governor…

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FAAN raises enquiry panel on inferno

Commercial, audit, media departments affected Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday set up an investigative panel to probe the early morning fire which engulfed three departments at its corporate headquarters. The panel, consisting the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Department of State Services (DSS), police and personnel of its Legal, Safety and Aviation Security departments, is to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the inferno and extent of damage. Meanwhile, the FAAN Managing Director, Saleh Dunoma, said the proposed multi-million naira FAAN headquarters was…

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FAAN to carry undercover probe into inferno, sets up panel

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Tuesday set up an investigative panel into the early morning fire that engulfed three departments at its corporate headquarters.    The panel consisting of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Police, and personnel of its legal, safety and aviation security departments is to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the inferno an extent of damage. Meanwhile, the Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma said the proposed multi-million naira FAAN headquarters is still…

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‘Stronger collaborations needed to tackle illegalities in maritime’

Mr. Vickson Ossai Aghanenu is the Managing Director of Anagba Ventures Nigeria Limited and President of Association of Chandlers and Ship Suppliers of Nigeria. In this interview with BAYO AKOMOLAFE, he speaks on the illegal activities in the country’s maritime, which requires collaboration from all stakeholders to sanitise the sector and raise its contribution to the nation’s economy. Excerpts:     How would you assess the performance of the maritime industry in the last three months? The maritime industry, which is very important to the Nigerian economy, has been experiencing…

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An elixir for Nigeria’s aviation

Many Nigerians would be ready to roll up their sleeves for a heated debate or even a fight, pertaining to the fact whether the advent of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in May 2015, meant change and progress for Nigeria or not. That this debate would be heated or even turn into a brawl is in the character of democracies and one thing no one can take away from the government of Buhari in the last two years, is that it has striven hard to remain essentially, democratic in…

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MRS plugs Nigeria’s $200m annual loss on fuel imports

  Indigenous oil trading conglomerate, MRS, at the weekend plugged the hole of Nigeria’s over $200 million annual loss on demurrage and lighting expenses on fuel importation with the commissioning of 120,000 metric tonnes Africa’s biggest jetty, Dantata Jetty, in Apapa, Lagos. The event, which drew Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Trade and Investments, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; senators and major stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, also witnessed…

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