I would like to appeal to you to dedicate and commit yourself once again to the task at hand. There is no doubt that victory is with us – it is ours, but that shouldn’t mean we should rest even for a moment.
Speaking at the opening session of the inaugural meeting of the campaign council at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari said even though he was sure of victory, members of the council should notwithstanding leave no stone unturned in leading the party’s campaigns effectively.
We are still waiting, you know the trading is done on IATA platform and it is at the end of the year that they would collate everything, because they have changed their system a little bit. So, we believe that by the end of January we should have the exact figure of trading for 2018. But I can only have an estimate which is over $1.4 billion, said by the President of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Mr. Bankole Bernard
The issue is this, when this thing was prevalent in 2015, we heard Borno elders; where are Borno elders now? Where are the leaders of Northern Nigeria, where this problem has become endemic? What are they saying? The truth is that if we don’t rise to the challenge sooner than later, if things continue this way, we are not going to have a country. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who spoke in Lafia during the party’s launch of its presidential campaign in Nasarawa State
The state government would take every step possible to ensure that the people of the state live in an atmosphere of peace and prosperity that is devoid of crime and violence, adding that the menace of killings and kidnapping would soon become a thing of the past in the state.According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, on Friday
90% of Degradation in N’Delta Are Caused by Oil Theft – Shell
The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has blamed the degradation of the environment in the Niger Delta on the spillages from the activities of crude oil thieves, sabotage of facilities, illegal refining and other third party interference, rather than negligence by the company.
This was recently made known by the representatives of the oil multinational firm who spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during the 2017 West Hub Integrated Stakeholders Engagement Forum for Tarakiri/Egbemo/Oporomor communities.
He, however, urged all stakeholders to rethink the destruction being done to the environment with a view to effecting the needed change.
Some of those who made presentations during the event attended by monarchs, youth groups, leaders of local communities, industry experts, government reps as well as security agencies included the company’s Asset Manager, Swamp West Hub, Mesh Maichibi; Alaiye Dokubo, Government Relations Manager for Edo/Delta and Jerry Udjo, Community lnterface Coordinator, and the Special Adviser on Security to Bayelsa Governor, Boma Spero-Jack.
The company noted that though security remains a major issue in the region, through the assistance of stakeholders, including the activities of security agencies operating in the region, it was able to halve sabotage-related cases in 2016 compared to the previous year.
While taking responsibility for just 10 per cent of the spills in the region, Shell maintained that irrespective of the cause, the SPDC would continue to clean and remediate areas affected by spills originating from its facilities.
It also attributed the reduction in spillages partly to the company’s continuous improvement in air and ground surveillance.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Maichibi decried the despoliation of the environment caused by the acts of sabotage and the effect it is likely to have on future generations and urged oil thieves and illegal refiners to look beyond the temporary gains.
“We need to understand what is happening to us in the Niger Delta. If we don’t protect this land, we do not have a future and our children’s children will ask us what we did when it happened. How do we protect this land? We don’t need to engage in illegal bunkering, don’t break pipelines etc.
“We all need to come together and talk to our boys in those areas. If we don’t, they will continue and we will have an environment that is dilapidated,” he said.
Maichibi said whereas in the past, the company initiated projects for the host communities, the new Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) policy entails that the oil-producing communities initiate and take ownership of the projects throughout the region.
The Special Adviser on Security in Bayelsa, Spero-Jack, in his remarks, told the stakeholders that investments could only come to the state when there is peace.
He narrated stories of killings and mindless waste of lives before his principal, Governor Seriake Dickson took over government in 2012, adding that relative peace had returned to the Niger Delta region.
The government representative said it was as a result of the insecurity that made construction giants, Julius Berger and RCC leave the region, but said kidnapping and pitch had reduced by 70 per cent due to the new approach to security in Bayelsa and the Niger Delta by extension.
The PDP therefore demands an open and public trial of all those arrested so that all issues and charges against them as well as their defence therein would also be in the public domain. We demand a proper investigation and lawful prosecution instead of the reprehensible resort to outright political persecution, which can only have a place in a military regime. The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Tuesday, said the military style of pronouncement of guilt on Chief Dokpesi before any fair hearing, betrays the fact that he is a victim of political persecution and mob trial by the APC government because of his association with the PDP.
“It is only in Nigeria that one says because somebody has contributed to the success of the ruling party, corruption charges should be withdrawn against him. But if he falls out of favour tomorrow, then, EFCC will bring up the remaining charges. The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Nigerian Senate, Shehu Sani, on Tuesday challenged the Code of Conduct Bureau to look into asset declarations of other Governors who served at the same time as the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, saying politics should not be mixed with anti-graft war.
On the controversy surrounding the supply of permanent voters cards to come local government areas of the state and the calls on the use of Card Readers during the poll, Yakubu said though the delay on the supply was regrettable,” the supplementary voters card totalled 52,000 have been supplied this morning and handed over to the Resident Electoral Commission. And we will discuss with the stakeholders on a suitable and effective way of distribution. The INEC boss added that no voter would be allowed to vote without accreditation through the card reader. The national chairman of the INEC,Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission has put necessary arrangements needed to conduct free and fair poll despite the allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the plot by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to rig the elections.
Africa was depicted as an orphaned place, abandoned by progress, peace and prosperity. The continent was alternatively viewed as an object of pity and scorn. Often, Africans were treated as passive, unthinking players in our own lives if not squatters on our own land,” he added.He said recent events in Paris had confirmed that Boko Haram was an aspect of a violent global phenomenon. All who believe in the enlightened progress of mankind must unite in partnership to tackle the root causes of violent extremism. We must battle poverty, intolerance, illiteracy and the alienation born of the lack of access to opportunity,” he said.
According to him, poverty and conflict continue to impede the development of Africa, stressing that in Nigeria, the evil of Boko Haram has scarred the social and economic landscape of the northeastern region. Former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu speaking on the occasion of the formal launch of the Centre for African Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CAEL) and his Investiture as the patron at the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom on Monday, Tinubu said the present contributions of CAEL to Africa convinced him to work with the centre for the good of the future.
We will ensure that any governor that they to reduce the N18,000 minimum wage will not have rest in his domain until the right thing is done. Reducing the minimum wage is something that cannot be defended. If political office holders still collect the same salaries nationwide, there is justification for anybody to be thinking of tinkering with the minimum wage.
“I want to assure us that the issue of review of the minimum wage, the leadership stands on that. We are only trying to consult with the TUC to ensure that they don’t divide our rank and come up with a figure that we will make public before we make our demand. I think it is defensive for them to say that they cannot continue to pay the minimum wage. I also think that they are saying so because they know that the review is due”
Comrade Wabba also called for a review of Privatisation policy of the government saying it has not yeilded the desired result especially in the power sector which he said has resulted into more darkness rather than leading to improved power supply. Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba, Speaking at the delegate conference of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Wabba said since the five- year period stipulated for the review of the minimum wage had lapsed, the NLC was working in collaboration with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to arrive at a figure to be presented to government
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