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Phones / Itel Launches Itel A50 Smartphone For Budget-Conscious Youngsters by Josepholome: 1:30pm On Jun 19
itel, a leading reliable smart life brand, is excited to unveil A50, its latest smartphone designed specifically for entertainment-loving young consumers. itel A50 offers an array of features that cater to the dynamic lifestyles of young people, all at an incredibly budget-friendly price.


With itel A50, users are empowered to capture life’s cherished moments with ease. Its massive 128GB ROM allows you to hold a staggering 40,000 photos directly on your phone, alleviating any storage concerns. Additionally, the innovative 4+4GB Extended RAM with memory fusion technology, seamlessly caches up to 11 apps, ensuring smooth multitasking and app switching. Featuring a striking 6.6″ HD+ display with an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio, itel A50 delivers an immersive viewing experience for gaming, video watching, and web browsing. With A50, you’ll never get caught with a low battery again, because it boasts a powerful 5000mAh battery that keeps you powered through the day. Type-C connectivity ensures safe and efficient charging, while three different power-saving solutions optimize battery usage based on your needs.


Aiming to offer consumer blazing-fast download speeds for network surfing, itel A50 boasts a 300% increase in multi-band 4G support compared to 3G. Meanwhile, it comes equipped with the latest OS 14.0 system, providing a more intuitive and customizable user experience. Users can personalize home screen and utilize the convenient “Find Phone” function to locate their devices with ease.

Designed with the youthful and energetic aesthetics in mind, the itel A50 is available in a variety of classy and fashionable colors, allowing users to express their unique style. Its sleek thin-edge design adds a touch of sophistication and style. Additionally, the integration of side fingerprint and face unlock technology enhances the user-friendly experience to match usage habits.


itel A50 is not just a smartphone, it’s a lifestyle companion that combines affordability, functionality, and style. Whether you’re capturing memories, streaming content, or staying connected with friends, this device delivers on all fronts. Get ready to elevate your mobile experience with itel A50 – the ultimate choice for fun and entertainment at an affordable price!

https://www.pulse.ng/business/domestic/itel-launches-itel-a50-the-best-smartphone-for-budget-conscious-youngsters/vdxe72n

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Politics / HURIWA Apologizes To Asabe Waziri An NNPCL Staff Over Defamatory Statement by Josepholome: 11:30am On Apr 29
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has apologised to Ms Asabe Waziri corruption allegations levelled against the NNPCL staff.

HURIWA, using the FOI Act, had requested details about Waziri's employment, salaries, benefits, date of enlistment, and alleged acquisition of properties from the NNPCL.


The rights group clarified that the FOI request was made based on the best of intentions and not to malign or discredit you Ms Asabe .

An Abuja-based human rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Friday, April 26, apologised to Ms Asabe Waziri, a staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited over corruption allegations.

HURIWA had written to the NNPC's Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Mele Kyari, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), to seek clarification on Ms Waziri's employment status.


Why we sent FOI request on Asabe Waziri's probe - HURIWA

In a statement made available to Legit.ng, HURIWA's national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, explained that the rights group's decision to send the FOI request to the NNPCL was based on best intentions and not to malign or discredit Ms Waziri.

The letter signed by Comrade Onwubiko reads: "On behalf of our organisation, we write to tender our sincerest and unreserved apology to you for our decision to write to your employer. "We apologise for whatever insinuations of official misconduct unbecoming of a public officer or of corruption that may have been perceived from our FOI letter to your employer. "This is totally unintended, as we hold you in high esteem. We wish to let you know that we never did that letter on behalf of anybody, but it was a decision of our organization, and our intentions are of the best of intentions and not to malign or discredit you.


"We once more, extend to you our apology. Whilst believing that our explanation is satisfactory, we hereby assure you of our highest honour and consideration."

In another report, HURIWA had also called for the probe of the now-suspended minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation, Dr Betta Edu. The group made the call following the alleged diversion of N585.2 million of public funds into private accounts, violating the 2009 public sector financial regulations.
https://www.legit.ng/nigeria/1588855-rights-group-apologises-nnpc-probe-asabe-waziris-multi-million-naira-homes-abuja-lagos/

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Politics / Akin Alabi Distributes Generators, Grinding Machines, Others To Constituents by Josepholome: 11:57am On Apr 04
Akin Alabi Extends Aid to Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituents: Distributes Generators, Grinding Machines, and FoodDate:

April 4, 2024 in a benevolent move to alleviate the challenges faced by constituents, Akin Alabi, the esteemed representative of Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency, has embarked on a significant humanitarian effort. Amidst the backdrop of power shortages and economic strains, Alabi has spearheaded a distribution campaign aimed at providing essential resources to those in need within his constituency.This initiative, executed with precision and compassion, witnessed the distribution of generators, grinding machines, and essential food items to residents of Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency.

The generators and grinding machines are poised to empower individuals economically, enabling them to establish sustainable livelihoods despite prevailing challenges.

Acknowledging the importance of reliable power sources and access to tools for income generation, Akin Alabi emphasized the significance of community support and collaboration in overcoming adversity. "It is imperative that we stand together as a community, extending a helping hand to those facing hardship," Alabi remarked during the distribution event.

The gesture has been met with profound gratitude and appreciation from constituents, who view Alabi's actions as a beacon of hope in trying times. Many beneficiaries expressed their heartfelt thanks, citing the impact of these contributions on their lives and livelihoods.

The distribution event not only addressed immediate needs but also underscored Alabi's commitment to uplifting the welfare of his constituents. By fostering economic empowerment and providing essential resources, Akin Alabi continues to exemplify leadership rooted in service and compassion.

As the Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency navigates through challenges, Akin Alabi's unwavering dedication to the well-being of his constituents serves as a source of inspiration, igniting optimism and resilience within the community.
https://leaders.ng/2024/04/04/akin-alabi-extends-aid-to-egbeda-ona-ara-federal-constituents-distributes-generators-grinding-machines-and-fooddate/

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Religion / Harvest Of Miracles As Billions Anticipate Healing Streams With Pastor Chris by Josepholome: 11:24pm On Mar 11
The superlative commemorative 10th edition of the Healing Streams Live Healing Service with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is only days away. Expectations are soaring as billions worldwide prepare for a victorious life-changing encounter with God. Like never before, the potent streams of God’s healing power will flow abundantly to all nations and territories, wiping out every disease, pain, and affliction from the bodies and lives of all believers.
Scheduled to take place from March 15th to 17th, 2024, the Live Healing Services is a time of restoration and salvation for many worldwide seeking divine intervention and liberation from all their troubles. This event edition will be streamed in all major languages of the world on Healing Streams TV and all major terrestrial television and radio stations worldwide, giving instant access to the revitalizing power of God to anyone, no matter their location, time, class, or status.
So far, all nine editions of the program have recorded countless incredible healing miracles, with many people giving their hearts to Christ as they experience God’s Word backed with amazing signs and wonders in an atmosphere of exultant worship and prayer.
During the New Year’s Eve service, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the President of Loveworld INC and organizer of the event, declared, “We had several amazing programs of healing in 2023, but they cannot be compared to what is going to happen this year 2024”.
This powerful prophecy sets the tone for this edition of the program. The extraordinary healing miracles recorded so far during various preparatory activities, programs, and Healing Everywhere outreaches held daily in every territory on earth have underscored this.
As the highly anticipated weekend draws near, preparations are in high gear. Don’t miss out on the Road To Healing Streams Live Healing Services , airing LIVE on www.healingstreams.tv every day from now till the 14th of March 2024 at 12 noon and 4 PM GMT+1. Tune in to the program daily to witness the exciting and daring works of faith from millions of saints around the world as they prepare themselves and the world around them for the program. Undoubtedly the experience will stir up more faith in you and prepare you for your miracle.
At the Ongoing Road To Healing Streams Live Healing Services, Daid from Lahore, Pakistan, called in and joyfully shared the testimony of a pregnant sister in their church who went about inviting and preparing people in Pakistan for the 9th edition of the program with Healing to the Nations Magazine. One day, after an outreach, she realized that she hadn’t felt her baby moving for a while, so she went to the hospital.
Upon examination at the hospital, it was confirmed there was no fetal heartbeat or movement, and the doctors broke the news to her that her baby had been dead for an estimated 10 hours. Though shocked, she refused the news, proclaiming that her baby couldn’t die when she has been dispensing the truth of life in Jesus Christ to others and inviting them to the Healing Streams. Her faith in God was rewarded when she received her miracle. Today, mother and child are alive and hale!
53-year-old cab driver Elina Kenzhekul from Kyrgyzstan was involved in a ghastly accident that left her suffering from a traumatic brain injury that kept her inane and feeble for months after discharge from the hospital. Repeated visits to the hospital and several treatments yielded no significant change in her state till she had to confront the bleak fact that she would have to live with the vulnerability of frequent dizziness, headaches, nausea, loss of consciousness, sudden blurred vision, and more for the foreseeable future.
When news of the Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris reached her, Elina immediately seized the lifeline of hope offered and prepared to participate at one of the healing centers near her in Kyrgyzstan.

She received her healing as the man of God, Pastor Chris, prayed for all connected to the service, commanding healing to the bodies. Instantly, Elian received strength and realized she was healed. Today, she is back to work, driving, walking, full of zest and vigor. Glory to God!
Elina is but one of the millions globally whose participation in the program has wrought life-defining miracles and transformations in their lives. This is a foretaste of the spectacular move of the Spirit that will be experienced again at the Live services this March, so get ready, your time for divine restoration is at hand.
The Live services begin at 3 PM GMT+1 daily. You can also enjoy the Healing Streams experience with friends and family from the comfort of your devices onsite in your home, office, place of business, or online by creating a virtual center now. To get started, visit www.healingstreams.tv/LHS to create one or to register your onsite center. Remember to share your link with all your friends and family. Furthermore, you can choose to participate from any of the healing centers nearest you.


https://newsdeskng.com/2024/03/11/harvest-of-miracles-as-billions-anticipate-healing-streams-with-pastor-chris/

Business / Group Calls For Prosecution Of Jim Obazee For Overstepping Investigative Mandate by Josepholome: 11:55am On Feb 23
The Southwest Professional Youths Network has expressed deep concern over recent reports of alleged misconduct by Jim Obazee, the former Special Investigator appointed by President Bola Tinubu.

Recall that an online medium had, on Thursday, published a report revealing that Obazee has carried on with his duties despite the expiration of his mandate in December 2023.

In a statement sent to journalists on Friday and signed by its convener, Comrade Seun Adeaanu, the youth group asked the president to prosecute Obazee for overstepping his mandate.

Part of the statement read:

”The accusations of intimidation, invasion of privacy, and overstepping his investigative mandate are troubling and raise significant questions about the conduct of the investigation.

”It is disheartening to hear about the continued harassment of CBN officials and other individuals even after Jim Obazee’s presidential mandate officially expired on December 1, 2023.

”Such actions are unacceptable and undermine the principles of transparency and the rule of law.

”The Southwest Professional Youths Network calls on President Bola Tinubu to investigate these allegations and take appropriate action.

”We urge President Tinubu to ensure that he faces legal consequences for his actions.

”In a democratic society, it is essential to uphold the highest standards of accountability and fairness. No individual, regardless of their position, should be allowed to abuse power or compromise the rights and privacy of citizens. The rule of law must prevail, and justice should be served.

”We trust that President Bola Tinubu will address these concerns promptly and take decisive action to restore confidence in the investigative process.

”The Southwest Professional Youths Network remains committed to advocating for good governance, accountability, and the protection of citizens’ rights.


https://leaders.ng/2024/02/23/southwest-youth-group-calls-for-prosecution-of-jim-obazee-for-overstepping-investigative-mandate/

Education / Hensard University Partners Zeb Ejiro, Top Scientists And Others by Josepholome: 9:01am On Jan 27
Hensard University Partners Nollywood legend, Zeb Ejiro, top scientists and others to Foster Creative Arts, Scientific & Climate Research

Commences Centres of Excellence

Hensard University, a newly established private university, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State has announced its collaborations with distinguished individuals from the Creative Arts, Sciences, and Climate Research. The partnerships are to promote the Film School, Centre for Genomics and Bioscience, and Centre for climate Research, initiatives that Hensard University would use to deepen the Hensard Advantage in those fields.
The Chancellor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, held separate meetings with Chief Zeb Ejiro, OON, a legend of Nigeria’s film industry, and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria, engaged in a productive conversation with the Senator Dickson, regarding the the Film School, and the Department of Film and Multimedia Studies.



Hensard University Chancellor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, with NASDRA’S Executive Director, Dr Ibrahim Yakubu Tudunwada, right, Prof Dileep Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Hensard, left, DVC Prof Prekeyi Tawari-Fufeyin, and Prof Shedrack Benson Jatau, Director of Academic Planning at the signing of the agreement.


Chief Ejiro praised the initiative and its capacities to produce future creative entrepreneurs who could bring more freshness to the industry.
Senator Dickson said the Film School equip aspiring artists with knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to fill gaps in the industry. He also announced the expansion of Agriculture scholarship to include, Department of Film and Multimedia Studies, Environmental sciences and ICT through the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation.


He called for increased support from governments and institutions to nurture talent in Niger Delta communities as a proactive measure to build on an improved future for the region.
In another meeting, Senator Dickson welcomed Dr. Nnaemeka Ndodo, a distinguished Molecular Bioengineer and former Chief Molecular Bioengineer of the National Reference Laboratory of the National Centre for Disease Control, to join Hensard University’s Centre for Genomics and Bioscience.


The Senator expressed his commitment to establishing the university as a premier hub for scientific research, urging parents and students passionate about the Sciences to enrol at Hensard University where solid foundations have been laid to cultivate the next generation of world class scientists and innovators.


Hensard University has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for Atmospheric Research of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA. The agreement was sealed at Hensard University. It was the second MOU that Hensard University was signing to strengthen Research Centres at its Faculty of Environmental Sciences. On 29th October 2023 Hensard University and Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMET, led by its then Director-General, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu signed an MOU that included climate and weather monitoring. Prof. Shadrack Benson Jatau, Hensard’s Director of Academic Planning, and former President, Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers, signed on behalf of the university.


Senator Dickson with Zeb Ejiro, Chairman BOT, Nollywood Movie Producers Asdociation, who inspected the Film School of Hensard University, and Dr. Nnaemeka Ndodo, acclaimed Molecular Bioengineer, who is Director, Hensard School of Genomics and Bioscience


In the NASRDA MOU, both parties agreed on a collaboration on joint research activities, scientific workshops/conferences, staff exchange, capacity building, academic visits, students supervision, and air quality and climate monitoring, as well as sensitisation campaigns in the Niger-Delta region where pollution from oil and gas explorations remains a major concern.
Hensard University will host an Atmospheric Science laboratory with state-of-the-art instruments for researches in air pollutants, meteorological variables and climate observations towards measures to save lives, the environment and ecosystems.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Dileep Kumar said the wide scope of the partnership covered key areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The MOU is to:

Establish joint academic and scholarly cooperative linkages on teaching, research and community services on climate change in Nigeria. The overall aim is to improve the country’s response to effects of climate change in form of nationally determined contribution.
Exchange of departmental, technical staff of the two institutions for short, medium or long term, to enhance and guarantee further climate and environmental research a scholarly cooperation in teaching and research.
Organise and execute joint projects and facilitate access to funds from international organisations and foundations such as, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, World Bank, MNSOFF, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Africa Development Bank.
Provide environmental and climate
monitoring equipment to enhance teaching, research and development especially with the Centre for Environment and Climate Research at Hensard University.
Organise joint conferences, seminars, symposia, special short term academic programmes -vocational, cultural, tourism.
Exchange publications for scientific, scholarly, teaching, information dissemination on the climate to strengthen the relationship between NiMET and Hensard University.
Jointly source and apply for both local and international research and project grants to enhance teaching, research and development between the two parties.
NASDRA’s Executive Director, Dr Ibrahim Yakubu Tudunwada, who signed for the agency, said his organisation looked forward to an engaging relationship that would contribute solutions to the challenges in the sector. Dr Najib Yusuf Galadanci, NASDRA’s Assistant Director, Research and the signing of the MOU.
Hensard University Chancellor Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, at the event, said the university lays emphases on researches that would break frontiers of knowledge and improve the lot of humanity.
At Hensard University, Senator Dickson said, the students are being taught to solve problems in various areas of society’s needs. The agreements on climate change, environment, he said, were among collaborations and linkages that Hensard University is creating to make relevant contributions to society.
Hensard University, a new, innovative, private institution, is dedicated to providing international, ethical education with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and practical skills.
Its dual certification programmes, which offer students the opportunity to earn global qualifications, international student exchange programmes foster cultural diversity and provide invaluable experiences, in addition to established strong linkages, collaborations, and affiliations with renowned institutions and cutting-edge research centres worldwide.
These strategic partnerships with NASRDA and NiMET highlight Hensard University’s commitment to academic excellence and its dedication to addressing pressing climate challenges. By leveraging the expertise and resources of these renowned institutions, Hensard University aims to spearhead groundbreaking research, foster knowledge sharing, and contribute to sustainable development in Nigeria.
Prof. Dr. Dileep Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Hensard University, expressed his enthusiasm for these collaborations, emphasising the significant impact they will have on climate research and education. He stated, “These partnerships represent a major milestone in our journey toward Hensard University becoming a hub for climate research and innovation. By joining forces with NASRDA and NiMET, we are well-positioned to make substantial contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, both regionally and nationally.”
Senator Dickson’s unwavering commitment to fostering diverse avenues of growth and development at Hensard University is evident through his efforts to promote both the creative arts and scientific research.
By providing opportunities for young talents to thrive in these critical sectors, Hensard University envisions a future where Nigeria’s creative and scientific industries flourish.

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Education / Court Adjourns Deputy Director’s N150 Million Suit Against Jamb To March 11 by Josepholome: 12:30pm On Jan 24
The Honourable Justice OA Obaseki Osaghae of the National Industrial Court has adjourned a suit filed my a Deputy Director of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Yisa Usman, over wrongful dismissal.

The Deputy Director filed the N150 million suit as compensation to challenge the decision of JAMB to unlawfully dismiss him from office on 29th September 2023 .

In the suit, NICN/ABJ/266/2023, filed by his Counsel, Oseini Bamigbaye from the Chambers of Mohammed Shuaibu, at the NIC Abuja, the Deputy Director is praying the court to quash the dismissal and reinstate him.

He is also praying the court grant him an order for his entitlements, benefits, and perks among others.

Usman is the claimant, while JAMB is the sole defendant in the case dated and filed September 29, 2023.

When the case of wrongful dismissal was called up for mention at the National Industrial Court, Area 3, Abuja on Monday 22nd January, 2024, the presiding judge, OA Obaseki Osaghae, adjourned the matter to March 11, 2024.

The defendant, JAMB did not appear nor send a legal representative for the hearing.

The court document shows that the plaintiff is seeking, “An order compelling the defendant to promote the claimant as the Director of Finance and Account, being the most senior and qualified director in the Finance Department; the current Director of Finance and Account (DFA), having been holding that office illegally since May 9, 2022, when he turned 60 years old.

“Exemplary damages in the sum of N150, 000, 000.00(one hundred and fifty million naira) for illegally and unlawful dismissing the claimant as well as the emotional, reputational, psychological pain and trauma caused by the malicious, illegal, and arbitrary actions of the defendant.

“The cost of this action including reasonable cost to cover solicitor’s fees.”

In his statement of material facts, Usman averred that he joined JAMB in Sept 11, 1997 as an Accountant II and rose to the position of deputy director after receiving several promotions in the board.

He said at the time of the dismissal, he was in his eight years as deputy director in federal service and next in line to be the DFA.

He said his professional education, training, experience, and personal principles “shaped him as an accountable, honest, transparent, efficient, and anti-corruption individual who cannot tolerate any form of infractions and always speak up against them.”

According to him, this nature resulted in conflicts with the management of the board, as he is seen as an obstacle that needs to be removed
He said his commitment to due process and aversion to corrupt practices led him to lodge complaints to the management of JAMB, the Head of Service, the EFCC, ICPC and the office of the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education about financial interactions in the board.
Usman said unfortunately, these actions did not sit well with the board’s management, particularly its Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

NAN observes that no fewer than 33 letters, exhibited in the court documents, were written by the claimant to different government agencies in his efforts to blow the whistle on various infractions, violations of due process, laws, and civil service rules against the board in relation to procurement, bookkeeping and employment regulations.

Against this background, Usman averred that he suffered continuous transfers despite his constant pleas due to his physical and health issues.
According to him, within a period of five years, the claimant was maliciously transferred from Abuja to Kogi to Kaduna and then to Port Harcourt and back to Kaduna, despite his physical challenges and the distance from his family.

He alleged that the purpose of these transfers was to remove him from important core activities of the board and prevent him from raising concerns about any notable infractions.
Besides, he said that in the bid to shut him down, a trumped up charge was filed against him at Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja.

“Despite all these challenges, the claimant diligently and commendably performed his duties and responsibilities,” he said
Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osaghae adjourned the matter until March 11 for further mention due to non-representation of JAMB in court when the matter came up on Monday.
The judge also directed that a hearing notice be issued and served on the defendant against the next adjourned date.

NAN reports that the police had, on June 14, 2023, arraigned Usman before Justice Nkeonye Maha of a FHC on allegations bordering on threatening Mrs Raheemat Oloyede on the phone with the intent to blackmail her husband, Prof. Ishaq, the JAMB’s registrar, among other counts.

But Usman’s lawyer notified the FHC court, when parties returned to court, that while the trial was still ongoing, his client was dismissed when parties ought to respect and submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the court and maintained a status quo pending the hearing and determination of the charge.

NAN

https://thenetwork.ng/court-adjourns-deputy-directors-n150-million-suit-against-jamb-to-march-11/

Politics / Deji Adeyanju Berates Nyesom Wike Over Rising Insecurity In Abuja by Josepholome: 12:51pm On Jan 19
– asks the minister to concentrate on his job as cabinet minister –

-Blames demolition of shanties and poor people’s home for raising insecurity in the FCT.

-Says when the poor no longer have what to eat, they will eat the rich.”

Human Rights Activist and Convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju has berated the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mr. Nyesome Wike over rising insecurity, kidnapping, maiming and killings in Abuja.

Adeyanju in a press statement made available to newsmen said, he is deeply alarmed and outraged by the rampant cases of kidnappings and killings that have plagued the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja in recent months.

“The safety and security of citizens should be of utmost priority for any responsible government, yet the FCT Minister, Nyesome Wike, bears a significant responsibility for the escalating insecurity in the capital city.”

“It is disheartening to witness the nonchalant attitude displayed by the FCT Minister towards the security challenges faced by the residents of Abuja. Instead of taking responsibility as the Chief Executive Officer of the FCT, he was busy blaming Council Chairmen for traveling out of their Area Council just yesterday when he spent days partying and politicking in Rivers State himself. He has refused tj actively address the pressing issues facing the FCT. He seems to be more preoccupied with politicking and engaging in power struggles in his home state of Rivers. This neglect of duty has left the people of Abuja vulnerable and exposed to the nefarious activities of criminals.”

Adeyanju further stated that the abrupt displacement of individuals, including scavengers and the destruction of shanties where disadvantaged people earned their livelihoods, has contributed to the current state of insecurity in the FCT.

“Rather than adequately relocating these individuals and providing them with alternative means of sustenance, the Minister has callously sent them to the streets, exacerbating the desperation and criminal activities in the city.”

The activist stressed that, It is a distressing reality that the poor, who have been neglected and marginalized, have resorted to criminal acts such as kidnapping in their pursuit of survival.

“The Minister’s negligence and failure to address their needs and concerns have inadvertently created a vicious cycle of crime and victimization. It is important to note that, when the poor no longer have what to eat, they will eat the rich.”

“I call the President to intervene and hold Minister Nyesome Wike accountable for the security challenges plaguing the FCT. It is imperative that the Minister prioritizes the safety and well-being of the people rather than engaging in personal political battles. The President must address the security situation in Abuja decisively and ensure that necessary measures are taken to safeguard the lives and property of its inhabitants.”

Adeyanju also urged the security agencies to enhance their intelligence-gathering capabilities and redouble their efforts to make the city safe for all residents to live in and pursue their dreams and aspirations. That, the protection of citizens should be their primary objective, and they must spare no effort in combating the criminal elements responsible for the wave of kidnappings and killings.

“If the concerns raised in this statement are not urgently addressed, we, at concerned Nigerians, will not hesitate to take to the streets in peaceful protests to demand justice and security for all. The lives of innocent citizens are at stake, and we will not allow their suffering to go unnoticed or unaddressed.”

It is time for the FCT Minister to fulfill his duty and for the security agencies to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the lives and dignity of the people. The residents of Abuja deserve nothing less than a safe and secure environment in which to live, work, and thrive.

SIGNED:
Comrade Deji Adeyanju
https://leaders.ng/2024/01/19/adeyanju-berates-nyesome-wike-over-rising-insecurity-in-abuja/

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Politics / National Youth Leaders Lament Corruption At Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs by Josepholome: 5:27pm On Jan 11
Urges Tinubu to oversee adequate investigation, prosecution of fingered ministers

The National Youth Leaders Forum of Political Parties in Nigeria (NYLFPPN) has lamented the scandal rocking the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

In a statement on Thursday, signed by
Comrade Eze Onyebuchi Chukwu, who is also the National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Spokesman of NYLFPPN, the Forum said that it is unfortunate that youths given opportunity to serve are abusing the privilege and discrediting others.


The Forum said the unpardonable corrupt practices “which had for so long eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nigeria public offices, has become a culture that must not be allowed to continue under any guise”.

The statement read: “We the National Youth Leaders of Nigeria’s political parties are very much troubled over recent scandalous revelations as it affects some of President Tinubu’s cabinet members and in particular the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu and other culprits. We hope findings will be revealed further in the coming days.

“We want to condemn in its entirety the misuse of office by a supposed pride of the youth of this nation, and we categorically point out that it is too early for the nation to start witnessing this kind of official recklessness under the Renewed Hope administration.

“It has been our desire to see that the youths return to power and as such pains us as a forum when a youth in power is found in this kind of mess.


“It is even more shocking that the names of the public officers mentioned so far are youth, whom more confidence is being reposed in by all the youths of Nigeria.

“It is pertinent to note that this unpardonable corrupt practices, which had for so long eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nigeria public offices, has become a culture that must not be allowed to continue under any guise.”

They added: “At this juncture, we call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to see to the logical, thorough and transparent investigation of Dr Betta Edu and other public office holders that had been fingered in the current scandal. If facts are properly established and they are found guilty, due diligence should be deployed for prosecution of everyone found wanting, without fear or favour in accordance to law.

“We also urge Mr President to ensure he sustains the tempo of his fight against corruption at all levels by showing Nigerians that it is no longer business as usual.


“We wish to use this medium to register our unalloyed loyalty and genuine support to President Bola Tinubu in the steps he is taking to correct the many past wrongs of leadership in the country.

“We would continue to point out our observations in areas of common concerns and we will not fail to applaud every right step this administration is taking to re-establish a better and prosperous Nigeria.”

https://newnationalstar.com/national-youth-leaders-lament-corruption-at-ministry-of-humanitarian-affairs/

Politics / Shaibu Suffers Blow As PDP Leaders From Edo North Endorse Ighodalo by Josepholome: 6:37pm On Jan 08
The bid of the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu, suffered a major setback today as the PDP leadership in his own senatorial district – Edo North – came together at the residence of Chief Oghiadomhe to endorse the candidacy of Barr. Asue Ighodalo.

In a grainy video clip, Sen. Yisa Baimoh was seen leading the motion to adopt Barr. Ighodalo. The question, when put to the leaders and party executives from the 6 local government areas by Hon. Johnson Abolagba, was unanimously adopted. Hon. Abolagba then advised Edo Central PDP party members to follow the lead of Edo North and similarly present Barr. Asue Ighodalo as their consensus candidate ahead of the Party primaries on the 3rd of February.

A selection of PDP leaders in attendance at the endorsement were the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku; former Edo State Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff to President Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe; Sen. Yisa Braimoh; Sen. Odion Ugbesia and his twin brother Akhere; Mr. Ose Anenih; the Vice Chairman of Esan South East LGA, Mrs. Susan Opekpen; former Esan North East LGA Chairman Ogbejele Idogei; Barr. Anthony Ehilebo; Hon. Honesty Agnibatse; and former Edo State PDP Youth Leader Arc. Targius Irabor;

This endorsement effectively pulls the rug from under the feet of Philip Shaibu, who now finds himself without a political base within the PDP. His angry outburst at the palace of the Otaru of Auchi later that day, suggests he too is very aware of the precarious political position he finds himself in. He accused Obaseki of diminishing the office of the deputy governor; and charged the people he was speaking to, to support him because it was his turn; according to the Deputy Governor, failing to support him would keep Edo North out of power for at least two decades. It is worth noting that while the current Governor of Edo State is from Edo South; his predecessor, Gov. Adams Oshiomole, was from the same local government in Edo North that Comrade Shaibu hails from.

As momentum continues to build behind Barr. Asue Ighodalo ahead of the PDP party primaries in February, questions arise about the role of Chief Dan Orbih, who was noticeably absent from political engagements which took place in his senatorial district today. Seen last night in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the company of Ogbeide Ihama where he attended a social event organized by Gov. Wike; Chief Orbih’s feud with Gov. Obaseki remains unresolved. Will Chief Orbih align with Barr. Ighodalo and help the PDP retain power? Or will he play a spoiler role that will help the APC secure victory in Edo State; just like Gov. Wike did during the 2023 General Elections?

Meanwhile, Barr Asue Ighodalo is set to officially declare on the 12th of January in Benin.

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Religion / Billions Expect Miracles As Healing Streams Live Crusade With Pastor Chris Begin by Josepholome: 3:18pm On Oct 27, 2023
Billions are set to experience the supremacy of God’s love and miracle-working power firsthand today as the Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome begins.

The event which is world’s largest online healing crusade will continue till Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 3 PM GMT+1 daily. The Spirit of God will pour forth extravagant blessings, healing, and fecundity to the nations, bringing fulfillment and restoration to all connected to the services.

“Prepare yourself for a miracle and keep your faith expectations high, for God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Renowned for restoring health to millions of people from every race and strata in the Name of Jesus Christ, the program is God’s answer to the cry of the sick and hurting today,” said Mr. Olajide Babasola, who is the head of media, Healing School of Christ Embassy.

Teresa’s life was indelibly changed for good while participating in the program from her home in Canada. For 17 long years, she was in poor health due to hypertension. Three years ago, her condition worsened with the onset of diabetes, arthritis, and liver disease. As a result, she depended on a walker to stand or move around. During the healing services, she experienced a most liberating encounter with the Holy Spirit. Now, she can walk without aid, bend, and get out of bed without any pain. “I am forever grateful for this healing,” she says.

Teresa’s case is not an exception. Countless individuals from different walks of life and nations have shared joyful testimonies about how their participation irrevocably transformed their fate.

Aniket’s testimony is another powerful affirmation of God’s immense healing power available at the Live Healing services. He took part in the program from a healing center in India, hoping for a miracle after suffering from hyperglycemia for eight years. In this condition, he had to deal with various unpleasant symptoms like extreme dehydration, frequent urination, constant weakness, and blurred vision. Pastor Chris ministered to him during the program, and God’s healing power was evident in his body. Today, his blood levels are normal, and he can perform tasks that he couldn’t do before.

You don’t have to suffer anymore; it’s time for you to be permanently free from that pain and affliction. This program is for you. You can receive your miracle today if you will only believe! Participate in the service today from anywhere in the world in your preferred language by logging on to www.healingstreams.tv or all Loveworld Networks.

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Join us today to enjoy revelational teachings on the Word, soul-stirring moments of worship, and intense prayer sessions and ring in extraordinary miracles. The healing streams of God will flow unhindered everywhere, changing lives and impacting blessings.

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Politics / NDDC To Support Young Entrepreneurs In Niger Delta by Josepholome: 12:12pm On Sep 14, 2023
The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has pledged to support young entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta region through targeted skill development initiatives to promote sustainable development.


Speaking during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the Coalition of South-South Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, COSSCCIMA, at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, stressed the importance of building a comprehensive data-base for youth empowerment.

Ogbuku stated that the registration of the Niger Delta Chamber of Commerce being championed by the NDDC is not intended to challenge the efforts of COSSCCIMA but to extend the reach of the NDDC's programme of empowering the people of the Niger Delta region through entrepreneurial schemes.
He said: “I want to assure you that the Niger Delta Chamber of Commerce will not undermine your activities. It will rather complement your contributions. Ordinarily, we would have jumped into partnership with COSSCCIMA but we felt that doing so will limit us to just six states, while our mandate covers nine states.

“Whatever we are all doing will be promoting commerce and industry as well as entrepreneurship in the Niger Delta region."

He noted that supporting the growth and development of young entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta region would ultimately lead to the creation of jobs for the teeming youth population of the region.

Ogbuku affirmed: " Here in NDDC, we are committed to improving economic prosperity in line with the Commission's mandate through entrepreneurship development. We shall support COSSCCIMA so that entrepreneurs will be encouraged in the Niger Delta.”

The NDDC boss said that the Commission was developing an exhaustive digital repository comprising vital information about the youths of the Niger Delta region, including their qualifications, skills, interests, needs, and current employment status. He said that this database will serve as a plank for data-driven planning, enabling the formulation of impactful policies and programmes targeted at the youths.

Speaking earlier, the President of the Coalition of South-South Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, COSSCCIMA, Dr Okon Emah, stated that the trade group was well positioned to collaborate with the NDDC as the members were spread across the six states of the South-South region.


He explained: “COSSCCIMA is the umbrella body of the private sector and Chambers of Commerce in the six states of the South-South geo-political zone of Nigeria. It enables the private sector in the region to articulate and have a common perspective on issues and policies that affect the economy of the region.

“Our members offer services that will not only help in your development activities, but also assist in poverty alleviation, job creation and sustainable wealth creation.”



Emah assured that the Coalition of Chambers of Commerce would collaborate with the NDDC in skills and apprenticeship development, as well as offer service provider due diligence.

Pius Ughakpoteni
Director, Corporate Affairs
September 14, 2023.









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Politics / Samuel Ogbuku: Bayelsa Governor Hails Tinubu For Choice Of NDDC MD by Josepholome: 2:50pm On Sep 09, 2023
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has given kudos to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for re-appointing Dr Samuel Ogbuku as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

Senator Diri expressed his appreciation when he received the Minister of Niger Delta Development, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, and his entourage, which included the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, at Government House, Yenagoa.

The Governor, who described Momoh and Ogbuku as illustrious sons of the Niger Delta region, said they “will do justice to the issues and challenges facing the region.” He canvassed for partnership as a strategy to successfully deliver on the East-West Road.

He stated: “I will carry the message of partnership to my brother governors. We all want to see a speedy completion of the East-West Road because the issue has been on for many years. Several other roads like it have long been completed.

“We will cooperate with the Ministry of Niger Delta Development to take the message to wherever necessary to ensure the completion of the road, which is central to all the six states of the South-South region.”

Senator Diri remarked that the Ministry of Niger Delta Development was too far from the people of the Niger Delta region, noting that the people would want to feel some inclusiveness in its activities.

He said: “Niger Deltans want to feel the impact of the Ministry. At the moment, it is too far from the people of the region. Not by its location, but impact. As at now, the people have been alienated.

“For example, we want to see the speedy completion of the East-West Road and other tangible projects in the region so that the goose that lays the golden egg is not allowed to wallow in poverty.

“Last year, Bayelsa State was cut off from civilization during the flood. The East-West Road was totally cut off. We appeal to the President to come to our rescue. Something urgent has to be done to ensure that Bayelsa is not cut off again this year.”

Speaking earlier, Engr. Momoh advised the governors in the South-South region to come together to push for the completion of the East-West Road, stating that President Tinubu had the interest of the region at heart.

He solicited the partnership of the Niger Delta governors to tackle the region’s developmental challenges and advised Governor Diri to seek areas of partnership with the NDDC. He cited the partnership between the NDDC and he Rivers state government in the execution of the Okrika-Borokiri Road project.

The Minister also visited members of the Bayelsa Traditional Rulers Council in their Secretariat in company of NDDC Chief Executive Officer. Addressing the traditional rulers, he enjoined them to lend their voices to the call for urgent measures to be taken on the East-West Road.

Chairman of Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, King Bubaraye Dakolo Agada IV, decried the dilapidated state of many sections of the East-West Road, worsened by last year’s flood.

According to the Royal father, “after the flood, the road was left unattended to and the flood is returning with no remedy, so far, from the Federal Government.”

He appealed to the Minister to come to the aide of Bayelsa people before the oil-producing state would, again, be completely cut off from Nigeria.

https://thenigerian.news/bayelsa-governor-hails-tinubu-for-choice-of-nddc-md/

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Politics / NDDC, Ogbuku Shine As Minister Momoh Gets Remarkable Reception In PH by Josepholome: 1:47pm On Sep 08, 2023
NDDC, Ogbuku Shine as Minister Momoh Gets Remarkable Reception in Port Harcourt

By John Mayaki

In the embrace of a splendid Port Harcourt dawn, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) headquarters stood adorned in welcome, a mosaic of warmth and effusive hospitality. Yesterday marked a day when Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, the acting Managing Director and CEO of the Commission, revealed the depth of his endearment to the diligent workers he presides over—his dedicated workforce.

It was a day etched in memory when the Minister of Niger Delta Development, Hon. Engr. Abubakar Momoh, crossed the threshold into the loving embrace of the NDDC employees, whose hearts resonated with unwavering support and genuine concern for their well-being.

The minister’s purpose in Port Harcourt was as grand as the sunrise, a harmonious convergence of endeavors that led him through the sacred corridors of the NDDC’s headquarters, an inspection of the Eleme section of the East- West Road, a courtesy visit to the esteemed Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, and an audience with illustrious traditional rulers, among them were His Majesty, Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, the newly anointed Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, and the revered His Royal Majesty, King Ateke Michael Tom, JP, Sekuro of Niger Delta and Amanyanabo of Okochiri Ancient Kingdom.

The vibrant collage of this day wove together the aspirations of a region, the vision of a minister, and the dedication of a diligent workforce. It was a chorus of unity and purpose, where the future beckoned with optimism and the bonds of camaraderie grew ever stronger.

In the halls of the NDDC headquarters, a revelation dawned upon the visiting minister, one that spoke volumes about the character and candor of the Commission’s staff. It became evident that these individuals were not practitioners of pretense; they wore their emotions on their sleeves. If they held discontent within, they voiced it with unmistakable clarity, leaving no room for ambiguity.

Yet, as the minister observed, this day was unlike any other. It was a vivid departure from the norm. Instead of the sombre sea of black attire that once symbolized their discontent, the corridors were now awash with an array of vibrant colors. The mourning clothes had been set aside, replaced by hues that painted an altogether different narrative.

Perhaps the most striking testament to their support and goodwill lay in the clock’s unwavering hands. It was a testament to their dedication that they chose to wait until the late hours, enduring well into 7pm, to receive the Minister. Such an act transcended mere duty; it embodied a resolute determination and commitment to see the Managing Director thrive in his endeavours.

In this colourful shift, a profound message was conveyed – a message of optimism, of unity, and of hope for a brighter future. It was a day when the staff of NDDC chose to let their actions speak louder than any words, demonstrating that their allegiance was not just a matter of duty but a genuine desire to see their institution flourish under the Dr. Samuel Ogbuku’s leadership.

Their happiness extends far beyond the realm of mere material comfort for the Honourable Minister. According to the MD, “On your behalf, as their steadfast leader, they radiate joy, not solely due to their well-being, but because of the profound, genuine affection they harbour for me”. This sentiment flows organically, like a river nourished by the collective goodwill of these dedicated workers.

According to the Managing Director, “These dedicated workers are fully prepared to extend the unwavering support you require, Honourable Minister. I can confidently assure you that any past discord between the NDDC and the Ministry will remain in the annals of history during your tenure. We are poised to offer you all the cooperation and assistance you need.”

Ogbuku said it is of paramount significance to underscore that from the day of the Minister’s assumption of office and their initial encounters, the Minister graciously embraced them as his own. According to him, “Consequently, the entire cadre of NDDC directors has unequivocally pledged their solidarity and support to your leadership. This transformative unity represents a profound departure from the previous dynamics within the NDDC”.

The Managing Director reminisces about a time when the NDDC directors held reservations regarding the Commission’s alignment with the Ministry. However, the tides have decisively shifted. He said, “Today, even our veteran directors, who have witnessed the Commission’s evolution, acknowledge that the warm reception you have received is unprecedented. This serves as a testament to the new era unfolding within the NDDC—a paradigm shift characterized by partnerships for success and collaborative efforts with all relevant authorities to foster the much-needed development in the Niger Delta.”

Dr. Ogbuku concluded by extending a heartfelt welcome to you on behalf of the dedicated staff and management of the NDDC, affirming, “Sir, you are warmly welcomed to the NDDC”

The Minister, in his response, expressed his appreciation to all the members of staff and management for the warm reception. He stated, “I am delighted to be in your midst. When we were planning to come to Port Harcourt, I was not informed that I would have such a warm and elaborate session with the staff and management of the NDDC. It was only this afternoon that I was informed about this. Let me say that I am indeed very glad to be with you. As one of those who played a role in establishing the NDDC, it is my first visit to the headquarters after 20 years. Since assuming office, this is the very first place (Port Harcourt) and, by extension, the headquarters of NDDC that I am visiting outside Abuja, and I have not even visited my own place.”

He continued, “Since our arrival, we have visited some of the projects being handled by NDDC, particularly the East-West Road axis from Eleme to petrochemical down to Onne. The state of the road is disheartening, and I have promised that we will do our best to appeal to Mr. President and our colleagues in Abuja to expedite the completion of this road.”

The Minister also praised President Bola Tinubu, saying, “We have a listening president in President Bola Tinubu. Let us all appreciate God for the victory at the Presidential Election Petitions Court. This president is different from his predecessors. He is a politician who is deeply committed to the development of the Niger Delta. The change in the ministry’s name, from Niger Delta Affairs to Niger Delta Development, is a clear indication of his commitment to the region’s development. All that is needed is a little push from the ministry and the region’s leaders for more meaningful development.”

Regarding the Managing Director’s visit a week ago, he remarked, “When the MD visited with his Directors to brief me, the opening paragraph of his speech was about the welfare of staff. I intended to sample opinions from staff to confirm this, but today, I see no need to do so. I can witness it for myself. If an organization’s staff believe that its leadership has done well for them, this is the result. I thank the MD for that but encourage you not to rest on your laurels. The best days are ahead.”

He also appreciated the MD’s transition from acting MD/CEO to substantive MD/CEO, stating, “This is a historic occurrence in the NDDC. I see the MD as a capable leader and navigator. I believe you will leverage this position to do more for the people of the Niger Delta.”

The Minister emphasized the importance of cooperation and said, “For an organization to excel, its leadership must show the way, and the people behind them must be ready to cooperate. With what you have demonstrated here this evening, I have a strong feeling that we need to provide the necessary cooperation to transform NDDC beyond its current state.”

He concluded by stating, “We have come with a renewed hope from Mr. President, with eight presidential priorities, including ending poverty, enhancing security, promoting inclusivity, combating corruption, and developing infrastructure, among others. NDDC will not be exempt from these priorities. We are committed to executing these agenda items for the benefit of the people.”

https://happeningnownews.com/nddc-ogbuku-shine-as-minister-momoh-gets-remarkable-reception-in-port-harcourt/

Politics / Mele Kyari: A Swift Performer By Adewole Kehinde by Josepholome: 11:23am On Sep 07, 2023
"There was a problem for years between NNPC and Indorama; I stepped in when it came to my attention. I gave them 21 days to sought the issues. Before 21 days, Mele Kyari came to my office to say we had solved the problems. Thank you, Mele Kyari... President Tinubu.

With the following statement from President Bola Tinubu, the President has recognized Mele Kyari's capacity, implying that he has what it takes to properly unleash Nigeria's vast investment potential in the oil and gas sector.

Kyari, as an insider, understood well the workings of the NNPC Limited system as well as the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Kyari hit the ground running within days of his appointment. The performance of NNPC Limited under his leadership has been impressive, to say the least. Under him, situations and circumstances that in the past had appeared insurmountable were turned around.

One of these challenges is the reference President Tinubu made at the Nigeria-India Presidential Roundtable and Business Conference, which earned Mele Kyari the Presidential "Thank You."

If Mele Kyari had not handled the crisis between NNPC Limited and Indorama Petrochemicals Limited very well, the new $8 billion pledged towards the expansion of Indorama Petrochemicals Limited's fertilizer production and petrochemical facility in Eleme, Rivers State, wouldn’t have come to reality.
Aside from Indorama Petrochemicals Limited, Kyari has also led the NNPCL to resolve age-old disputes with its other business partners, notably the International Oil Companies (IOCs).
This is part of its efforts at boosting Nigeria’s crude production and unlocking investments in the deepwater space in the aftermath of the coming into being of the Petroleum Industry Act.
Consequently, the NNPC Limited and the IOCs signed various Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) agreements that would ensure the production of about 10 billion barrels of crude oil and generate over $500 billion in revenue. The agreements are the Production Sharing Agreement, Dispute Settlement Agreement, Settlement Repayment Agreement, and Escrow Agreement.

Still about the relationship with the IOCs, a notable accomplishment of Kyari’s leadership of NNPCL is the payment of Nigeria’s joint venture cash call arrears to the IOCs totaling $5.1 billion.

This was made possible through the introduction of the Alternative Funding Approach (AFA), which replaced the erstwhile cash-call payment model.

The Alternative Funding Approach model allowed for the utilization of NNPCL’s funds to finance its share of joint venture operations, thereby reducing the country’s reliance on external borrowing and increasing the flow of investment into the industry. Many oil-producing African countries have since adopted this initiative.
Also, NNPC Limited and Addax Petroleum Company signed an asset transfer agreement to bring an end to the dispute surrounding Oil Mining Leases 123/124 and 126/137.

With the agreement, the dispute over OMLs 123/124, 126/137, operated by Addax Petroleum Nigeria Limited, has finally been resolved.

The Production Sharing Contract for the blocks was initially signed in 1973 between NNPC and Ashland but was terminated after 25 years.

NNPC also signed various Memoranda of Association (MoU) with many countries, including the national oil companies of Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone, in furtherance of the planned Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project.

In 2022, the NNPC Limited sealed a $1.4 billion external project finance agreement for hydrocarbon projects in the Niger Delta.
Codenamed Project Panther (under the NNPC Limited/Chevron Nigeria Limited joint venture), the agreement was signed at a ceremony in London.

That same year, NNPC Limited, according to its vision of maintaining a leading position in the Nigerian petroleum downstream sector, acquired OVH Energy Marketing (OVHEM), owner and operator of the Oando downstream assets.

Through this acquisition, NNPC Retail Limited will build on the existing success of OVH and operate model service outlets, leveraging OVH’s extensive asset base and commercial capabilities.

There is no doubt that Mele Kyari has unveiled programmes and policies that have enhanced transparency and efficiency in the operations of the company.

These include the setting up of a new trading subsidiary, the establishment of a new crude oil marketing division, and the implementation of a new performance management system, which enhances accountability in the Nigerian oil and gas sector by publishing monthly financial and operational reports.

For those who don’t know about Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited is the current management of Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited (EPCL), having taken over management and ownership of the company from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) in 2006. The group later set up fertilizer lines.

Indorama Nigeria owns 65 percent of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals; NNPC owns 10 percent; the government of Rivers State owns 10 percent; the host community owns 7.5 percent; the Federal Government owns 5 percent; and its Nigerian employees own 2.5 percent.

Mele Kyari has never failed in any assigned task because he has the requisite professional skill, acumen, experience, and track records of innovation, reformation, and achievements in the industry.
 
Adewole Kehinde is the publisher of Swift Reporters and can be reached via 08166240846, e-mail: kennyadewole@gmail.com

https://leaders.ng/2023/09/07/mele-kyari-a-swift-performer/

Politics / Inc, Condemns Appointment Of Abegunde Into Nddc Board by Josepholome: 8:13am On Sep 05, 2023
The Ijaw National Congress, (INC), Ondo State Chapter, has kicked against the appointment of Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde as the Executive Director, Corporate Services of the Niger Delta Development Commission Commission, (NDDC).

Abegunde is from Akure South Local Government in Ondo State.

The Chairman, Ijaw National Congress (INC), Ondo State Chapter, Akure, Hon. Bonsuwe Ogonobibi Ominidougha, in a statement on Tuesday, commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the timely and prompt constitution of the Niger Delta Development Commission Board, (NDDC), just barely three months in the office.

He stressed that it was a confirmation of the responsiveness of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government to the yearnings of the people of Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole.

According to him, even though the Congress is happy with the constitution of the board, at the State level, the INC, totally condemns the appointment of one Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde as the Executive Director, Corporate Services of the Commission (NDDC), who they said is from Akure South Local Government in Ondo State.

According to him, the appointment contravenes the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Act 2000, section 12, subsection 1.

He stated that the Act clearly and unambiguously stated that the MD and the ED, shall be bonafide sons and daughters of the oil producing states.

“There shall be for the Commission, a Managing Director and two Executive Directors who shall be indigenes of oil-producing areas starting with the member states of the Commission with the highest production quantum of oil and shall rotate amongst member states in order of production

“As at present, we have two oil-producing Local Government Areas in Ondo, Ese-Odo and Ilaje, since Hon. Otito Atikase has been appointed from Ilaje Local Government Area as the Ondo State Representative in Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Board, it is natural and just the Executive Directorship position should go to Ese-Odo Local Government Area,” the statement said.

Ominidougha explained that in furtherance to above stated position in Ondo State presently, that the body saddled with the responsibility of managing 40 percent of the 13 percent Oil Derivation Fund to the state, which is known as “Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission ( OSOPADEC)”, has its Chairman and Secretary, as Mr Sam Erejuwa and Dr Victor Koledoye, who are Ilaje and Apoi men, respectively.

He said on that ground that the Congress, of the Ondo State Chapter, believes that the Executive Director, Corporate Services (NDDC), should be given to an Arogbo – Ijaw man without much ado.

According to him, the stand of the Congress was taken in an emergency meeting held during the week.

He said their views are anchored on the fight for the cause of Justice, fairness, fair- play and equity, which according to him, supports the criticisms against Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde’s appointment, who is from Akure South Local Government in Ondo State.

The INC Ondo State Chapter, therefore called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Ondo State Government and well- meaning Nigerians to support their cry against marginalized Ondo State Ijaws in order to consider an Arogbo-Ijaw man for the Executive directorship position of the NDDC.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, you are known for constitutionality, law and order, justice , fairness and equity from your days at NADECO till date.

“The Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency consists of Ilajes, Arogbo-Ijaws and Apoi-Ijaws.

“The Arogbo-Ijaw people have not occupied such key position in both Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Ondo State Oil-Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC) before,” the statement said.

https://crossfirereports.com/inc-condemn-appointment-of-abegunde-into-nddc-board/

Politics / Surveyor General Of The Federation Releases Official Map Of Akwa Ibom State by Josepholome: 8:19am On May 22, 2023
The office of the Surveyor General of the Federation recently released the Certified True Copy( CTC) of the official map of Akwa Ibom State. The Certified True Copy, which was personally endorsed by the Surveyor General of the Federation himself, was released on the 16th, May, 2023, and has receipt No. 0099.

The release of the map comes on the heel of the denial by the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, that there is no official map of Akwa Ibom State in existence. The Governor has in recent times variously insisted that his decision to produce a map before leaving office is because, according to him, the state has not had an official map since its creation over 36 years ago.
The Surveyor General of the Federation and the National Boundary Commission have recently been joined in a suit filed by the Obolo people of Akwa Ibom State at the Federal High Court in Uyo to prevent the Governor from carrying out the remapping of the state, especially as the Governor has only few days left in office. The Obolo people of Akwa Ibom State have expressed concerns about the real agenda of the Governor given the speed and seriousness with which the Governor is going about the rather troubling exercise. The Obolo people, who are from Mbo, Ibeno and Eastern Obolo, representing the three only coastal local government areas of Akwa Ibom State, believe that there is a sinister motive behind this extremely hurried exercise by the Governor.
In a bid to achieve his dream, the Governor has ignored all legal steps deployed by the people to ensure that their communities are not bastardized or their lands heartlessly annexed or ceded or even conscripted into Onna, Eket and EsitEket local government areas. To make matters worse, the social media has been awash with the said purported new map of Akwa Ibom State. The Governor has refused to obey all the lawful court orders and this does speak well for the incoming administration.
Apart from the three local government areas which have expressed apprehension over the purported remapping, the general mood of people in Akwa Ibom State, if measured, show a complete distrust of the Governor, as far as the issue of remapping is concerned, as it appears that the whole exercise is for the benefit of Onna local government area where the Governor hails from, and to accord them with the status of a coastal local government area.

https://ourdailywire.com/surveyor-general-of-the-federation-releases-official-map-of-akwa-ibom-state/

Religion / Avalanche Of Miracles As Healing Streams With Pastor Chris Enters Grandfinale by Josepholome: 5:30pm On Mar 19, 2023
…Avalanche of testimonies from first two sessions

It’s live, yes, the final session of the global online healing crusade tagged Healing Streams Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris., which began on Friday March 17 through today Sunday March 19.

And you can join this wave of the miraculous now by login on to  www.healingstreams.tv/LHS

Since the programme commenced it has become practically impossible to get over the aura and excitement ignited during the Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris. Still basking in the supernatural experience and divine insights received at Day 1 and Day 2 of the March 2023 Healing Streams Live Healing Services, and here comes the final healing service. A time for divine transportation and transformation.

The Day 2 of the Live Healing Services kicked off with the Loveworld Singers leading in harmonious praises. Right after, the Healing School Director, Pastor Deola Phillips warmly welcomed participants around the world and proceeded to lead in a session of prayers.

Healing Streams One of the Scriptures she shared as she prayed, was culled from 1 John 3:8. She emphasized on the life of Christ, ‘For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.’ She described the work of God as concerns divine health, “The work of God is your miracle today, the work of God is your testimony today, and the work of God is your healing today. There’s restoration for you today!”

She continued by encouraging participants expecting a miracle, “Prepare for your testimony by documenting the condition you are now and get ready to celebrate. Prayers have gone forth for you!” she declared.

Then, there was a special talk show segment with Pastor Deola Phillips and Rev. Tom Amenkhienan discussing the impact and outpour of testimonies on the first day.

Like many, they were in awe of the teaching of the man of God, and the astounding miracles ushered in the lives of countless all over the world.

Janet Polar is one remarkable recipient of the healing power of God at Day 1 of the Live Healing Service with Pastor Chris. This woman suffered from a heart disease and paralysis, which left her bedridden and incontinent for 2 years. While participating from a healing center, she was revived. Now she can walk, run, and move around freely.




The Lord said we would witness extraordinary miracles, and so has it been. Momodu Mohammed had lived with mental depression and drug addiction for five years; this resulted in uncoordinated speech and mental instability.

For the first time in 5 years, he sat still for 4 hours, participating in the Live Healing Services without agitation or violence. Momodu testified of feeling an abnormal ‘thing’ leave him through his legs in the course of the service.

The peak of this segment were these words from Rev. Tom, “Healing is God’s will for you. It’s God’s purpose for you. This is His will, get ready today. Your testimony is next, and nothing can stop you”.




The service advanced in to a session of prayers, and Rev. Ray Okocha led the global audience in special prayers for the nations of the world; decreeing the Lordship and dominion of Christ in every nation. This was a precious sight to behold as participation from every nation was recorded, which means every nation was prayed for. Glory to God!




Then came moments of jubilation as live testifiers were on set with Evang. Dr. Eddy Owase to share their divine encounters as a result of participating in previous editions of the Live Healing Services with Pastor Chris.

Shalin was the first live testifier for the day, a young and vibrant teenager, who was oppressed by demons for six years. This led to her collapsing frequently, attempting suicide on several occasions and being unconscious. Today, these things are history! Shalin was completely set free at the July Healing Streams Live Healing Services when the man of God, Pastor Chris, laid hands on her and the demon left forever.

This testimony meant so much to her family as their lives were earlier destabilized owing to her unstable condition.

Another family filled with gratitude for the Healing Streams Live Healing Services is that of Nicholas. One night, without any symptoms, Nicholas’ baby became pale and motionless. She was dead. While her parents prayed intensely for a miracle, they remembered a prayer by Pastor Chris for children from a previous edition of Healing Streams. Nicholas played the audio right next to the baby’s ear, and instantly, the baby’s eyes popped open. She received life!

Thrills and excitement saturated the atmosphere. Every testimony displays the wondrous love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

What followed this segment was an enrapturing praise session led by the scintillating Loveworld Singers. While they sang, the congregation witnessed the arrival of the man of God.

In his teaching during the service, Pastor Chris enlightened participants across the world on a Christian’s future in Christ. He said, “The Glory of God is integrated to you when you believe the Gospel.”

Further dissecting this truth, he read several verses in the book of Romans, which explains how Jesus gave His Glory to anyone who believes in him.

That’s the reason why ‘if any man be in Christ he’s a new creature’. He has received a new life. This new life came with the righteousness of Christ, guiltless and acquitted.

Christ paid with his life so all who come to know him wouldn’t have to suffer the judgement to come. ‘Those who believe in Jesus will be bold on the Day of Judgment (1 John 4:17).

The exhortation came to its peak as Pastor Chris concluded with these words, “All people are beautiful when the right thing happens with them. When Christ comes into your life, there’s a beauty and there’s a glory.”

The pivotal moment came when Pastor Chris approached the sick in the studio, and one could see their hunger and desire for a new diagnosis of divine health.




As the man of God laid hands on the sick, rebuked the evil spirits, and in some cases, blew on them; the devils of darkness fled. The lame walked, the bedridden jumped, the weak sprung up with renewed strength, and many more miracles took place!

The healing power enveloped everywhere, as prophesied in the days leading to the March Live Healing Services, and the testimonies received are simply beyond what the mind can fathom.

Lucy in the United Kingdom had a stroke and diabetes for two years, she was confined to a walking aid. As Pastor Chris ministered, she received her healing, and now, she walks without the aid.

Over in China, a 40-year-old was healed of hemiparesis due to cerebral hemorrhage. A woman paralyzed since 2020, who was also deaf in both ears, testified of her healing, and also, her brother gave his life to Christ and received the Holy Spirit.

The glory of God was evident. Expectations were surpassed. The final session of the Live Healing Services for this March edition holds from 3pm (GMT+1) today. One cannot begin to imagine what the Lord has in store.

The Spirit of God has said, “It’s going to be powerful; it’s going to be extraordinary.” It’s time for the crème de la crème.

Your testimony is very important, as it’s an avenue to inspire others and beget more testimonies.

Do share your testimony here: healingstreams.tv/testimonies



https://ourdailywire.com/billions-expect-avalanche-of-miracles-as-grandfinale-of-largest-online-healing-crusade-with-pastor-chris-begins/

Family / Press Statement : Postponement Of National Daily Awards by Josepholome: 8:17pm On Mar 18, 2023
The management of Paradigm Communications Limited wishes to convey to our esteemed guests and the general public that the National Daily Awards  earlier scheduled to hold on March 23, 2023, in Lagos has been postponed.

The decision to postpone the event was as a result of developments beyond our immediate control. A new date for the Awards will be announced very soon.

Meanwhile, all the nominees and awardees remain as planned.
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, emerged the Man of the Year for the National Daily Awards. IGP Usman Baba is to be honoured at the 2022 National Daily Awards on a new date that would be announced soon, alongside other eminent career and professional individuals, who include Nduka Obaigbena of ARISE Television/THSIDAY Newspaper, Ernest Ndukwe, Leo Stan Eke, Dambatta, and many others, that have distinguished themselves in their trade in both the public and private sectors in Nigeria.

We regret all inconvenience this postponement might have caused our invited guests, recipients and the general public.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
 
 
Signed
Sylvester Ebhodaghe
C.E.O/Editor-in-Chief

https://ourdailywire.com/press-statement-postponement-of-national-daily-awards/

Politics / Tompolo’s Oil Surveillance Company Cries Out As Efcc Detains Head Of Operations by Josepholome: 3:49pm On Jan 21, 2023
•••SAYS NIGERIA’S FIGHT AGAINST OIL THEFT AT RISK

•••ALLEGES THAT COMMISSION IS PRESSURIZING DETAINED HEAD OF OPERATIONS FOR INTELLIGENCE ASSET

The operatives of the Tantita Security outfit belonging to former Commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), High Chief Government Tompolo have raised the alarm that its operations have been endangered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Tantita Security Limited is in the forefront of waging the campaign against the massive theft of the nation’s oil resources by a virulent cabal comprising people within and outside the country.

The Company alleged in a statement on Saturday that the EFCC arrested and has been detaining its Director, Operatives and Technical, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh, who plays a pivotal role in the N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract in Lagos since January 19, 2023.

The company said that while it is resolute and resilient in its fight against the criminal diversion of the nation’s resources, it is aware of efforts being made to strangulate its operations.

The company alleged that some powerful forces in the country are hiding behind operatives of the EFCC to use the commission to scuttle the intensified action against the theft of Nigeria’s oil resources in the country.

The company alleged further that since its Director, Operations and Technical honoured the invitation by the EFCC, and was destined, all efforts to get him out have proved abortive.

The surveillance firm said that the EFCC invitation came in the middle of an ongoing operation to uncover one of the biggest oil stealing cartels in the country.

“Tantita has been in the news for the amazing progress being made in returning Nigeria to its pride of place as the leading oil producer in Africa. However, as we speak, efforts are being made to strangulate Tantita operations.

“On the 19th of January 2023, Tantita’s Executive Director, Operations and Technical, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh was invited by the EFCC and detained. He has been in EFCC custody since. All efforts to ensure his release has proved abortive, as the Commission has insisted that unless he provides a list of names who were his intelligence sources he would not be released.

“The EFCC’s invitation came right in the middle of an ongoing operation to unravel one of the biggest oil stealing cartels in this country. Capt Warredi Enisuoh, our ED, Operations and Technical flew straight from Port Harcourt (where he was coordinating the operations) to Lagos to heed the EFCC’s invitation and walked right into a trap...

“While Tantita is determined to carry on the fight against the oil thieves regardless, it is our position that the EFCC investigation, if genuine, can be carried out with minimal interference to the war on oil thieves and if not, it is clearly being used by powerful forces to scuttle the war on oil thieves. Let Nigerians be aware of what is being done in their name.”

The company explained that Captain Warredi had four cases with anti graft commission out of which he won four.

It was stated that Capt Enisuoh got a judgment of the Court of Appeal CA/L/1320/2016 delivered on 25/11/2017 to access his bank accounts which were frozen by the EFCC.

The firm said further that in September 2022, one month after Tantita began operations, the EFCC invited Capt Warredi and asked him how he gained access to the accounts.

The statement alleged further that the EFCC is giving a condition to Capt Enisuoh to provide the names of those who received money from the account which he did not, as the persons concerned were intelligence assets who provided valuable intelligence and need to be protected.

Tracing the history of the current rift with the commission, the company tells its story:

“Sometime in 2015/2016, the EFCC commenced 4 cases against Capt Warredi and several others. Of the four, three have been concluded, all in favour of Capt Warredi.

“The last one is presently ongoing before Honourable Justice Faji of the Federal High Court Lagos. Before these cases were instituted, the EFCC issued orders to various banks to block all Capt Enisuoh’s bank accounts.

“He challenged this administrative order in court on the basis that the EFCC has no power to freeze accounts without a court order and the Federal High Court lifted the freeze orders.

“The banks failed to comply, so he brought contempt proceedings against them, somehow the new judge handling the contempt proceedings froze the accounts again. Capt Warredi appealed to the Court of Appeal who overturned the 2nd judge and restored the orders of the first judge. Based on that judgment of the Court of Appeal in CA/L/1320/2016 delivered on 25/11/2017 the banks allowed Capt Warredi access to his accounts. The EFCC which was the 1st Respondent before the Court of Appeal in that case never appealed the judgment.

“Then in September 2022, one month after Tantita began operations, the EFCC invited Capt Warredi and asked him how he gained access to the accounts.

“He showed them certified true copies of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, they also asked him to make statements, which he did and pointed out that the questions bordered on the ongoing trial before the Federal High Court Lagos, the investigating team led by Mr. Lawal Aminu claimed to be unaware of the case, so he provided a certified true copy of the charge and pointed out that the prosecution was being led by Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, a staff of the EFCC. He declined to make further statements on a matter sub judice.

“However, as the war against oil thieves firmed up many of them have continued to threaten that those trying to stop their nefarious business would pay dearly for it.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the judgment of the Court of Appeal was delivered in 2017, more than 5 years ago. Again, Capt Warredi is undergoing a full trial, would it not be better to let the courts decide who is right and who is wrong?

Apparently not so for the EFCC investigation team and the legal department being led by Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN.

“The same Rotimi whose wife became a staff of Search and Rescue Clinic of NIMASA at the very time he was leading investigation and prosecution of “criminals” at NIMASA.

“Maybe it was all coincidence. Just the way it is coincidence that in the middle of the biggest investigation of a ship owning oil stealing cartel, the EFCC is asking Capt Warredi to name his intelligence sources.

“Inspite of all the documents earlier provided to EFCC, on Thursday the 19th of January 2023, the EFCC again invited Capt Warredi and detained him. Their position was that Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN had read the judgment of the Court of Appeal and he did not agree with the decision of the Appeal Court. That he believes that the Court was wrong and as such Capt Warredi should refund the money withdrawn from his accounts or he would rot in jail – 5 years after the Court of Appeal settled the issue, without complain from the EFCC.

“The most dangerous entity in a democracy is a law enforcement agency that has no regards for the rule of law. Such an organization is open to institutional capture and to being used as a tool in the hands of those seeking to destroy the nation.

“According to Mr. Lawal Aminu, in the opinion of Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, Capt Warredi after obtaining judgment at the Court of Appeal should have come to beg the EFCC to permit him to access his accounts and his failure to do so was criminal.

“According to Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, it is when the EFCC becomes aware of a judgment that it takes effect and since the EFCC was not informed by Capt Warredi before he accessed his accounts, he is guilty of interfering with the subject matter of investigation

“– the charge they intend to prefer on Monday 23rd of January 2023. It is on this trumped up allegation that the EFCC has detained Capt Warredi for more than the 24 hours constitutionally allowed.

“Initially the EFCC dangled bail before Capt Warredi on the condition he divulged the names of persons who were paid out of the accounts. Capt Warredi pointed out that in addition to the fact that the matter was presently undergoing trial in court, the persons concerned were intelligence assets who provided valuable intelligence and need to be protected.

“Moreover, some of these people are still providing intelligence in our ongoing operations at Tantita. Compromising their details will not only blow their cover but interfere with the ongoing war against oil thieves.

Because Capt Warredi refused to divulge names of intelligence assets the EFCC refused to release him or grant him bail (even though he was already on bail before a Court of law administratively before the EFCC since the 6th of September 2022).

They have continued to hold him claiming he is being uncooperative.”

https://leaders.ng/2023/01/21/tompolos-oil-surveillance-company-cries-out-as-efcc-detains-head-of-operations/

Politics / Senator Dickson Gives Educational Support Fund To 600 Students In Bayelsa West by Josepholome: 2:44pm On Jan 17, 2023
The Senator representing Bayelsa West, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, has given educational grants to six hundred students from the Senatorial district.

The Senator said on Tuesday in Abuja that he decided to give the education support funds to the beneficiaries in pursuit of his passion for educational development in the society.

He said that he had always listed education as a priority sector because of his awareness of the inseparable link between education and development in the society.

He recalled that as Governor for eight years in Bayelsa, he embarked on deliberate steps to turn around the pitiable state of education in the state by declaring emergency in the sector in the State to lay the foundation for bold and deliberate measures in the sector.

According to him, such measures include establishment of Universities, polytechnics, initiation of good policies, the education trust, tertiary education loan board, among others,

Dickson explained that the steps resulted in the changing of the story of the state from the least in the education index to the top three in the country.

He said, “All of you know what I did in education; I initiated a lot of educational policies, the education Trust Fund, the education loan board that is still continuing, uncountable scholarships even in the recession.

“I did that because I understand the importance of education and the direct link of investment in education to the development of any nation, its security and stability and indeed the future.

“ I did all of that and I am going to support human capacity development, to invest in the human being to realize the God given potential and talent.

“Academics for me is a life long passion and it is surely my life long committiment, not just going to school but skill acquisition, in sports and, in music.”

The Senator who had earlier in 2022 given grants to students of the Nigerian Law School from the Senatorial District, promised to unveil a scholarship programme in 2023, which according to him would he merit-driven.

He stressed that developmental efforts in infrastructure and other critical areas will not endure without first developing the human mind through education.

“Just like what I did for the law students last year, I will be unveiling a scholarship program later this year, that will be merit-based and merit/driven.

“Just as I keep telling everybody, for every form of development - building of roads, bridges and house however beautiful, however expensive they are, they will deteriorate “ if we do not first build the human mind.

“The only investment that has trans generational impact, where you invest in one person and the impact will be counting on generations (that goes to the future) is education.

“That is why I keep investing in education, because it does not require repair and renovation and I keep identifying it, in my own modest way up till now and that is what I did as a governor.

“People don't know what I went through, I built schools and provided schooling materials, computers for students and fed them. That is only done by a leader who is futuristic and visionary, and who desires to see a better tomorrow for his people and the benefits will come in years to come beyond the tenure of the initiator, and even the parents and relation may not see the gain today.”


https://leaders.ng/2023/01/17/senator-dickson-gives-educational-support-fund-to-600-students-in-bayelsa-west/

Politics / Abuja Chief Magistrate Court Strikes Out Motion Against Umo Eno by Josepholome: 6:01pm On Jan 16, 2023
Abuja Chief Magistrate Court Struck out motion against Umo Eno
-- Cautioned Applicant

By Ndon Asian

His worship, Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyana has struck out the motion filed by the legal team representing Mr Edet Godwin Etim, in his suit against Pastor Umo Eno. The motion dated December 9, 2023 was filed yesterday.

Attached to the motion no M/06/2023 in suit no CR/94/22 is a four paragraph affidavit and five grounds upon which preliminary issues were based.

Their arguments centered around reasons the applicant wanted the court to discountenance the motion filed by the legal team of Pastor Umo Eno led by Barr Samuel Ikpo against the order issued by the court on December 23, 2022, and the entire proceedings.

Ikpo had on Wednesday convinced the court that it lacked the jurisdiction over the case before conducting the reported trial in the absence of his client and thereafter issuing the order. He cited several supreme Court authorities to back up his position, the alleged offence having been purportedly committed in Akwa Ibom State.

In his ruling on the matter on Wednesday January 11, 2022, the chief magistrate admitted that he was misled into issuing the order. He did not only set aside the warrant but also nullified the entire proceedings leading up to it.

While the court heard the argument of Samuel Ikpo - Counsel to Umo Eno, counsel to Mr Etim were not in court even after being served by substituted means (pasting the processes on the door and window of their Chambers). They however filed their motion yesterday.

Chief Magistrate Iyana wasted no time in striking out the motion when the matter was called. He reminded counsel representing Mr Etim of the fact that the matter was struck out for being misleading and for want of jurisdiction.

Mr Etim was represented, as listed on motion papers, by:
Chief S. T. Yenge Esq.
Gomba M. Obey Esq.
V. F. Edward-Ekpo Esq (signed)
Ahmed T. Abdurahman Esq.
U. J. Akpan Esq.
Godspower Eroga Esq.
Bright I. Uche Esq.
C. O. Ogwu Esq.

https://ourdailywire.com/abuja-chief-magistrate-court-strikes-out-motion-against-umo-eno/

Crime / Residents Panic As Kidnappers Abduct Njc Female Staff At Efab Estate, Gwarimpa by Josepholome: 3:34pm On Jan 16, 2023
Tension and fear have rocked residents of estates around Gwarimpa as kidnappers on Sunday struck and abducted a residence of the EFAB Metropolitan Estate.

The victim, is a female staff of the National Judicial Council, Abuja.

The Network gathered that she came down from her vehicle to buy fruits from a makeshift fruit store by the road when the kidnappers attacked her and escaped with her to the shock of onlookers.

The point the lady was kidnapped is the intersection between three of the biggest estates around Gwarimpa - Efab Metropolitan, Mab Global Estate, and Ipent 7 Estate.

On Monday, the leadership of the three estates circulated information on whatssap and telegram platforms where residents were instructed to be more security conscious.

A resident and member of the Executive Committee of one of the estates said that the intersection leading to the three estates have become completely bad with no intervention from the Federal Capital Development Authority.

The source said that the situation of the road became so bad that the estates contributed funds to fix portions of the it but were stopped from working on the intersection by FCDA.

It was further learnt that the three estates have faced grave security challenge from shanty settlements which were removed by the FCDA after years of complaints.

The source noted that the shanty traders who specialize in selling drugs under the cover of other items are gradually returning thereby endangering the security of the resident.

The source noted that the police authorities under Gwarimpa police state had ensured deployment of operatives to the area but stopped suddenly without explanation.

Investigation revealed that the kidnappers who had obviously monitored the lonely stretch of road with easy access to the Mai express leading to Kaduna and the city Centre, exploited the total absence of police presence to strike.

“It was a moment of shock to the agitated residents. It is a classic case of what they fear most happening to them as this matter has dominated discussions.

“A woman, a staff of the National Judicial Council was abducted just at the junction linking the three estates. We cannot say exactly whether they have called to demand ransom. Perhaps, the police should be in a better position to say what happened.

“Efab Metropolitan Estate where the abducted lady is resident has a police station which is under Gwarimpa Division.

“The Area is too lonely apart from the fact that the junction, that is, the intersection is bad. In fact the entire area is a perfect scene for crime any day.

“So when the Gwarimpa Division of the Police started deployment to the area, the embattled residents heaved a sigh of relief.

“However, prior to the incidence of kidnap, the police withdrew their men leaving the people to their fate.

“The issue is that some of the operators of shanties chased away by the three estates have relocated to the express where they sell fruits, fish, food items and all manner of things.

“A lot of questionable characters loiter around the area obviously to study movement of targets for attack.

“On one of the estate’s platform, it was hinted that the three estates are making arrangements with the FCDA to fix the bad portion of the road and the FCT police command to deploy men there.”

https://thenetwork.ng/residents-panic-as-kidnappers-abduct-njc-female-staff-at-efab-metropolitan-estate-gwarimpa/

Politics / 2023: SDP Presidential Candidate Visits Emir Of Kano by Josepholome: 8:20am On Jan 10, 2023
Prince @Pres_Adebayo storms Kano on a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero at his palace.



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Politics / Again, Dickson Bags Award For Transparency by Josepholome: 5:54pm On Dec 23, 2022
•••DEDICATES AWARD TO BAYELSANS, HIS TEAM

The Senator representing Bayelsa West, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, has bagged an award for Transparency in Leadership.

A coalition of over 90 civil society organ under the aegis of the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Dr Gabriel honoured Dickson with the award in recognition of his sterling antecedents in the pursuit of transparency as Governor of Bayelsa State.

Director General of the prominent non governmental organization,

The Governor Seriake Dickson, had won the 2018 Transparency Award organised by the management of the Africa Independent Television (AIT).

The Director General of CCLCA Dr. Gabriel Nwambu said while presenting the award to the former Governor at the Press Centre of the Senate on Friday that it was given to him in appreciation of his “unique dimension of governance, conceived and implemented, especially in the area of transparency, accountability, probity and integrity.”

The Director General said that his organization was particularly impressed with the Governor for the bold step to initiate and the implement the Bayelsa State Transparency Law.

According to him, Dickson acted in an unusual and unique manner by initiating a law that makes it mandatory for the Governor and council chairmen to declare monthly incomes and expenditures of the state.

He stated that his Organisation found it fascinating to discover the Dickson made it an impeachable act of gross misconduct for non disclosure of state income and expenditure for three months in the then executive Bill.

He said, “Senator Henry Seriake Dickson was sworn-in as Governor of Bayelsa State on the 14th of February, 2012 and left office after eight years of meritorious service in February 2020

“On resumption, he, among other novel initiatives, sent an Executive Bill to the state House of Assembly called "Transparency Initiative Bill". This Bill makes it mandatory for whoever is the Governor, or his representative, to make public, on monthly basis, the financial standing of the state. In other words, the bill requires a mandatory full disclosure of the total income and expenditure of the state for the preceding month.

“This law literally makes it mandatory for Governors and Local Government Chairmen to declare to the people, the income that comes into their coffers, and the expenditures thereof.

“Within the context of the BAYELSA State Innovative Law, the bill established and enshrined the right of the people to know how their money is received and spent. Failure to align with the legislation for 3 consecutive months would compel the state House of Assembly to initiate impeachment proceedings on the Governor or Local Government Chairman as the case may be.

“Political leaders and several other interest groups at the time, were shocked when, in the draft bill, Senator Dickson insisted that non-conformity with the provision of monthly briefing should amount to gross misconduct in the law, for which the governor could be impeached. Even the lawmakers felt it was too harsh, but Dickson insisted.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is first of its kind in Nigeria and it is now 10 years since the enactment of this law, no other state in Nigeria has enacted any law similar to this.”

Nwambu stated further that the Senator continued with the monthly implementation of the law for eight years thereby propelling the confidence and trust by the electorate in the government.

He said Senator Dickson’s uncompromising stance on transparency made the Association of former LGA Chairmen who served under him to unanimously affirmed to his integrity in public service and declared that as Governor for 8 years, he never tampered with Local Government Council funds.

He noted that it is indeed encouraging for the ex-Chairmen to affirm that “not only did Dickson not tamper with Local Government funds, he also added 15% of the state IGR to the local governments, to assist them with payment of primary school teachers salaries etc.”

He observed that “With this clear focus on transparency and openness and the introduction of higher standards in the administration of the State, little wonder that even in a recessed economy, the new standards brought in ensured that available funds were duly channeled to the actualization of massive developmental strides in Education, Healthcare delivery, massive road network construction, Human Capital Development, Agriculture and general infrastructural Development, including the BAYELSA State International Airport, the N10 billion Bayelsa cassava processing plant, the Aqua culture village, the gulf course, Universities among others which were initiated, completed and commissioned under him. Many other projects cutting across several sectors were either built and completed under him or conceived initiated and started by him as part of his brought vision for a modernized Bayelsa State.”

He stated further the Dickson period signaled departure from the previous practice where public office holders tampered with state resources with impunity.

He said that while it is the practice in Nigeria to honour those who have distinguished themselves in various areas, the organization finds it necessary to break from the practice by honouring those deserving of such honour while they are alive.

In his reaction, Dickson dedicated the award to the people of Bayelsa and his restoration team while in office.

He expressed surprise at the award and urged all other civil society organizations to ensure that those who have done well are encouraged with due recognition rather than the traditional focus on criticism alone.

“On behalf of my family, on behalf of the Restoration Government, the good people of Bayelsa, i thank the DG, and the organizers.

“I dedicate the award to the members of the restoration team, the deputy Governor, Gboribiogha John Jonah, and all the top government operatives. I also appreciate those who put me on my toes, criticizing us for eight years.

“I thanked you even as I urge the NGOs not only to criticize but to also appreciate those who have done well.

“Public servants are not all devils. This country has a reservoir of great minds in the various sectors doing very well.
Nation building cannot be done alone by one good person. It takes all to make concerted efforts, the total aggregate of every profession that determines whether a nation is great or not.

“I thanked the DG for the recognition of the modest efforts and contributions in advancing the frontiers of promoting public accountability and development in Bayelsa.

“The Transparency Law is still effective in Bayelsa and I want to recommend it to other states. The People have a right to know the financial decisions: income and expenditure in their state.
Bayelsa still operates the law, and the government of the day continues with it. Also, the councils in Bayelsa enjoy financial autonomy.”

https://leaders.ng/2022/12/23/again-iamhsdickson-bags-award-for-transparency/

Politics / Arogbo Ijaws Kick Against Nomination Nddc Ed From Non Oil Producing Owo Lga by Josepholome: 7:07pm On Dec 18, 2022
The Ondo State Chapter of the Ijaw National Congress has condemned the nomination of Mr Charles Ogunmola as the Executive Director Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The group is insisting that the nomination of Ogunnmola who is from the non oil producing Owo conflicts with the provision of the Act establishing the NDDC.

The Act stipulates that only an indigene from an oil producing community be appointed to occupy such a position.

The Chairman, INC, Ondo State, Akure, Hon.Bonsuwe Ogonobibi
Ominidougha, said that the INC in its emergency meeting in Akure on Sunday supports the call for the disqualification of Ogunmola whose nomination violates the NDDC Act.

The INC commended the National Assembly members from Ondo for their position on the contested nomination.

The INC State Chairman in Ondo insisted that the proper thing to do is to appoint somebody from Arogbo Ijaw in Ese-Odo local government area, one of the two oil producing local government councils in the state to occupy the position.

He argued that the other oil producing council, the Ilaje Local government area has already produced the Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission ( OSOPADEC) Mr Sam Erejuwa.

He noted also that Dr Victor Koledoye, an indigene of Apoi holds the position of Secretary of OSOPADEC.

He also pointed out that the newly screened and cleared Ondo State Representative to the NDDC,Hon. Gbenga Edema is also an Ilaje man

Ominidougha stressed that the position of the Executive Director Projects of the NDDC should therefore go to Arogbo Ijaw having been excluded from all such appointments in the interest of fairness, equity and justice.

The full statement, “Ijaw National Congress (INC) Ondo State Chapter lends its voice to the disqualification of Mr Charles Ogunmola as the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC)'s Executive Director, Projects, who is from Owo Local Government by the National Assembly Screening Committee in compliance with NDDC Act in its emergency meeting during the week.

“Primarily, INC,Ondo State Chapter appreciates the Ondo State’s three Senators,the House of Representatives Members, Corporate bodies and individuals who stood solidly and squarely with the people of the Oil-Producing Local Governments of Ilaje and Ese-Odo to fight the cause of justice, fairness and equity.

“The Ondo State Chapter,INC posits that a qualified and responsible person from the Oil-Producing Areas be nominated for the position without further delay.

“In Ondo State, as at present,there is a body saddled with the responsibility of managing 40 percent of the 13percent Oil Derivation Fund to the State which is called Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission ( OSOPADEC) that has its Chairman,Mr Sam Erejuwa, Secretary, Dr Victor Koledoye who are Ilaje and Apoi persons respectively.

“Moreover,the newly screened and cleared Ondo State Representative to the NDDC,Hon. Gbenga Edema is also an Ilaje man.

“The Congress equally congratulates and wishes him an eventful and prosperous tenure.
The Congress therefore,opines that the Executive Director, Projects( EDP),NDDC in question be filled by an Arogbo-Ijaw man.

“This position of the Congress (INC) Ondo State Chapter is hinged on the fight for the cause of justice, fairness and equity that led to the disqualification of an Owo man from occupying it.

The Ondo State Government is called upon by the Congress to fairly recommend an Arogbo-Ijaw man because Arogbo-Ijaw man has not occupied such position in both Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) and Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission(OSOPADEC) before.

https://ourdailywire.com/arogbo-ijaws-kick-against-nomination-nddc-executive-director-from-non-oil-producing-owo-lga/

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Politics / Barrister Adewole Adebayo Unveils SDP Presidential Campaign HQ In Kano by Josepholome: 3:37pm On Dec 16, 2022
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The SDP Presidential Campaign Headquarters was today opened in Kano by the SDP Presidential Candidate @Pres_Adebayo, to the glory of God and for the good of Nigerians. #HopeAgain2023

https://leaders.ng/2022/12/16/barrister-adewole-adebayo-unveils-sdp-presidential-campaign-hq-in-kano-photos/

Politics / Princess Zahrah Audu Announces North Central Women's Gala Night Celebration by Josepholome: 11:31pm On Dec 15, 2022
*Special Recognition for Women of exemplary leadership and contributions to the development of the North-Central - Awards tagged star of the North Central will be doled out to dignitaries and regular class individuals.

In a bid to continuously raise the consciousness of the pivotal cum critical roles played by Women in society toward achieving a functional system, the North Central Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Princess Zahrah Mustapha Audu has announced a special Women's Gala Night Celebration.

Speaking on the Program, the Convener, Princess Mustapha -Audu maintained that aside from the array of educative, insightful, and entertaining programs lined up for the event, there will be special recognitions for Women who have done the Zone proud in their chosen endeavour with the meritorious services and contributions made towards the continued growth and development of the Zone at large.

She further revealed that it is a night to celebrate Women who have been a strong pillar in nation-building and keep working for the sustenance of the society.

She further stated that it is a night designed to rekindle the consciousness that in-spite of our different cultures, traditions, and ethnic cleavage, we remain one indivisible people who form the centre of our great nation Nigeria, and we have always been very influential in deciding who leads our Nation.

She stated that this night would serve as a recommitment of the women of the North Central to ensuring a clean sweep for our party the All Progressive Congress at the upcoming elections in 2023.

*Special Recognition for Women of exemplary leadership and contributions to the development of the North-Central - Awards tagged star of the North Central will be doled out to dignitaries and regular class individuals.

In a bid to continuously raise the consciousness of the pivotal cum critical roles played by Women in society toward achieving a functional system, the North Central Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Princess Zahrah Mustapha Audu has announced a special Women's Gala Night Celebration.

Speaking on the Program, the Convener, Princess Mustapha -Audu maintained that aside from the array of educative, insightful, and entertaining programs lined up for the event, there will be special recognitions for Women who have done the Zone proud in their chosen endeavour with the meritorious services and contributions made towards the continued growth and development of the Zone at large.

She further revealed that it is a night to celebrate Women who have been a strong pillar in nation-building and keep working for the sustenance of the society.

She further stated that it is a night designed to rekindle the consciousness that in-spite of our different cultures, traditions, and ethnic cleavage, we remain one indivisible people who form the centre of our great nation Nigeria, and we have always been very influential in deciding who leads our Nation.

She stated that this night would serve as a recommitment of the women of the North Central to ensuring a clean sweep for our party the All Progressive Congress at the upcoming elections in 2023.

https://leaders.ng/2022/12/15/princess-zahrah-mustapha-audu-announces-north-central-womens-gala-night-celebration/

Politics / Ypp Does Not Pamper And Condone Corruption by Josepholome: 3:19pm On Dec 05, 2022
BEING TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY YPP ACCOUNTABILITY AMBASSADORS ON SATURDAY, 3RD DECEMBER 2022 AT UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE

Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. We the members of Young Progressives Party Accountability Ambassadors (YPPAA) have observed with displeasure the manner in which the name of our party has been put to disrepute and ridicule by those who ordinarily ought not to have been associated with the party.

2. The trending headlines of the past few days following the conviction of Sen. Bassey Albert by the Federal High Court sitting at Uyo have projected our party in a negative light. Moreso is the attempt in some quarters to paint the party as being sympathetic to a judicially established official corruption.

3. For the avoidance of doubt and to safeguard the minds of the public from being polluted with the impression that YPP condones corruption, we wish to categorically distance ourselves from the corrupt act and the culminating conviction. YPP is a party with lofty moral ideals usually absent in other political parties.

4. Our party is known for due process, accountability and integrity. These virtues are copiously given pre-eminence even in the constitution of the party. As a party with ideology aimed at effective governance, probity and accountability we eschew official corruption no matter the guise it takes. Ours is a young party with a progressive philosophy that sets the standard in political morality in Nigeria.

5. It is therefore very sad that such a new party that is struggling to position itself as an exemplary touch bearer is associated with a criminal conviction on corruption charges. We implore the public to dissociate YPP from that conviction and see it instead as a conviction of a PDP senator or a former commissioner for finance.

6. We base our reason on the verifiable facts that the charges were preferred prior to the convict joining YPP. The criminal trial was concluded in May 2022 while the convict joined the party in July 2022. The events leading to the facts giving rise to the corruption charges did not take place in YPP.

7. Those things do not represent our party. It is the vision of our party to build an egalitarian society driven by mentally progressive and young innovative leaders devoid of greed. The party is aiming to establish a free and democratic society in which the powers and actions of government are lawful and where those in authority are held accountable to the people.

8. Even though the person in question later purportedly secured a YPP gubernatorial ticket under suspicious circumstances, which is still a subject of an ongoing litigation, we reject the attempt to smear our party with the mire of corruption. We disown everything relating to that conviction as they do not represent the virtues propagated by YPP as a party and us as a group within the party. We will not be blackmailed into pampering corruption in the name of party solidarity.

9. We believe that despite any temporary setback that appears to derail the party from its good plans for Akwa Ibom people, our party will bounce back stronger with a more credible and capable candidate to secure victory for us in the coming elections.

10. May we use this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to the ideals of the party even though we frown upon the attempt by some persons to taint the image of YPP with corruption. We also wish to express our unflinching support for the party and its candidates in the forthcoming general elections, particularly our presidential candidate, Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim who has an agenda to reset Nigeria and make it work for the good of all.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Akwa Ibom State
Long live Young Progressives Party

YPP - Service to the people!


Signed

Comrade Itohowo Umoh
Chairman YPPAA


Comrade Angela Edoh
Secretary YPPAA

https://leaders.ng/2022/12/05/akwa-ibom-ypp-does-not-pamper-and-condone-corruption/

Politics / Oba’s Conviction And His Supporters Blind Infantile Blackmail by Josepholome: 8:15pm On Dec 02, 2022
By Iniobong Ituen

We woke up this morning to read a few poorly written, but as usual couched in blackmail and slavish devotion to lies and inaccuracies by certain suspected supporters of the convicted Senator Bassey Albert Akpan notably Imo Udoima, who calls himself The Informer, but whose main assignment, has been to misinform, blackmail, grandstand and besmirch people’s hard- earned reputation to satisfy his maniacal loyalty to his political masters, Manfred Ekpe and others.

Imo Udoima, especially is not someone one would ordinarily join issues with,  because in the circle of the informed and those whose thoughts and actions matter in the larger scheme of things, he is more or less a court- jester, a man whose write-ups evoke derision because they lack the most basic element of journalism, which is objectivity and intellectual flourish.

I have heard people  repeat the clichéd line “ show me your friends and I will know who you are”. To them, it is rather shocking and bewildering for OBA to have picked these nature of media advisors. The result, has been the de-marketing of OBA and his ideals by the constant lies, insults, slander, blackmail  and falsehood that emanate from the poisoned keyboards of these merchants of lies against people that are the enemies of his principal, OBA.

In his social media post this morning, Imo Udoima laboured in a laughable manner  to ascribe the  legal travails  Senator Bassey Albert Akpan otherwise known as OBA is currently experiencing to the  machinations of the State Government. Of course, nothing could be further from the  truth. This he, himself even boldly acknowledged in the same write-up.

This is what he wrote  which in effect exonerates the involvement of the State Government in the case. “Recalled that prior to the political heat of 2019, the case between OBA and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), initiated by Barrister Leo Ekpenyong in 2015, was revived in 2019” after what he stated in the right-write was OBA’s decision not to join Senator Godswill Akpabio in his new political journey.  Leo Ekpenyong, to those who may not know, has taken the Government of Akwa Ibom State and  Governor  Udom Emmanuel to court severally on politically -motivated matters that are still in court, and therefore, is NOT a friend of the Government in any form, shape or manner.

The case between OBA and EFCC has had nothing to do with the State Government. It was pure and simple a persecution  and eventual conviction executed by the EFCC. The case against OBA, was weighty and the   evidence presented overwhelming. His defense team, was to say the least incapable of overcoming the mountain of evidence and testimonies  of witnesses, when cross-examined.  This is the fact of the case, pure and simple.

Imo Udoima, in his laboured attempt to link his phantom involvement of the  State Government in the conviction of OBA, went a great length to manufacture blatant falsehood, when he mentioned the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ekerete Udoh, a man universally acknowledged as a fine gentleman, who goes about his duties in the best traditions expected of his office  and maliciously stated that he had “arranged one of the photographers attached the Office of the Deputy Governor to accompany EFCC officials in their tainted bus with the instruction that he should station himself inside the tinted bus and take pictures of OBA in chain while being taken to prison”.

The above statement is false and totally malicious. Imo Udoima, here clearly advertised his ignorance on how  Press Affairs  Unit in Government House functions. The CPS to the Governor, has over 40 members in the Press Corps that report and take instructions directly from him, amongst them several photographers. He therefore, did not need  to “ arrange one of the photographers attached to the Office of the Deputy Governor”, to take pictures of OBA as he exited the court.  That, right there, is a lie from the pit of hell.  Imo Udoima, knows this, but he maliciously still went ahead to manufacture the falsehood against the fine gentleman, who has been practicing journalism in the best of traditions both in Nigeria and in the United States, simply to smear his professional bonafides. Very sad!

Secondly, Imo Udoima, by maligning the integrity of the EFCC and their capacity to carry out their statutory responsibilities, should be ready to tell the world, when,  as should be expected the EFCC  goes after him, to prove when such an arrangement was made to attach a photographer to the EFCC in their “ tinted bus”.

He should be ready to mention the name of the photographer, failure, he should be ready to face the wrath of the EFCC. He is essentially accusing  a Federal agency that reports to the Attorney General of the Federation as being compromised. This is not a matter the EFCC would treat with levity.Manufacturing blatant falsehood in order to smear the hard work of the men and officers of the EFCC should not be explained away lightly as Imo Udoimah has done. He must be ready to provide the evidence.

It is a fact that we are in a political season where falsehoods and blatant lies are peddled, but such peddlers of falsehood should be ready to defend their actions when called upon to do so. Imo Udoima knows the Government of Akwa Ibom State has no hands in the legal travails of OBA; he knows that Governor Udom Emmanuel, has in the last seven year plus, ignored all the insults, slander, blackmail and morally objectionable falsehood that have been manufactured against his government. No one, and I repeat, no one has been killed, no one has been kidnapped.  The Governor has no iota of interest in OBA’s legal woes.

Imo and his ilk should busy themselves explaining to the world, the depth of malfeasance that led to the conviction of his principal by the EFCC, instead of engaging in a blame game. But while, he is at it, he should be ready to prove to the EFCC, when the falsehood he has peddled  against the Agency took place.

Iniobong Ituen is Affairs Commentator. He wrote from Uyo.

https://ourdailywire.com/obas-conviction-and-his-supporters-blind-infantile-blackmail/

Politics / Dickson, Chief Alaibe Declare Support For Pap And Gen. Ndiomu by Josepholome: 5:50pm On Dec 02, 2022
•••THANK PRESIDENT BUHARI, NSA FOR HIS APPOINTMENT

••• URGE STAKEHOLDERS TO BACK HIM


Former Governor of Bayelsa State, and Senator representing Bayelsa West, Senator Henry Seriake and former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, have declared support for the the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj Gen Barry Ndiomu.

The two prominent Niger Delta leaders said that they have confidence in the ability of Ndiomu to run the Amnesty Office effectively to the benefit of the region, the appointing authority and the country.

Senator Dickson and Chief Alaibe spoke shortly after a meeting at the residence of the Senator at his Maitama residence, Abuja, on Friday morning.

They thanked President Mohammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser Abbagana Monguno, for the appointment of Ndiomu to pilot the affairs of the critical agency.

The two prominent citizens called on the stakeholders, beneficiaries and youth groups across the Niger Delta to give the requisite support to the leadership of Ndiomu at the PAP in the interest of the region.

Senator Dickson and Alaibe also appealed to the Presidency to give the needed financial support to enable the new PAP leader to actualize the execution of the lofty programmes of the PAP such as the important scholarship programme, skill acquisition, development and prompt payment of stipends to beneficiaries.

“We declare support for the continuation of the PAP, call on the beneficiaries and stakeholders for support and understanding for the Interim Administrator of the Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu, (retd).

“We also thank the President, Muhammad and NSA for his appointment.

“We believe and we trust in the ability of Gen Ndiomu to drive the process and the assignment that has been given to him and he has our support in doing so.

“We call on the Federal Government to give him and the Presidential Amnesty Programme all the necessary support, especially financial, to enable him continue with all the lofty programs that the Amnesty program is running, particularly scholarship, skills acquisition and development and payment of stipends as at when due.

“Finally, we call on the stakeholders, beneficiaries and youths of the region to give him the necessary support and to refrain from distractive activities as the new interim Administrator is addressing all issues of interest and concern to them.” They said

https://leaders.ng/2022/12/02/senator-dickson-chief-alaibe-declare-support-for-presidential-amnesty-programme-and-gen-ndiomu-retd/

Politics / Akpabio Self- Proclaimed Nationalist Falling Into An Ethnic Chauvinist by Josepholome: 11:55am On Nov 25, 2022
by Samuel Ukpe, Abak

The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and former Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, a self acclaimed 'nationalist' best fits the description of an ethnic bigot. His intolerance of other ethnic groups and actions against people from other parts of the state during his tenure as Governor of Akwa Ibom State as well as during his days as a Minister of Niger Delta Affairs confirms this assertion.

For instance, there are so many political decisions he took against the people of Abak five, Ikono /Ini and the people of Ibibio nation (who are supposed to be his brothers), which led several to their early grave. This writer gathered, in good authority, scoops about many nocturnal meetings held at the instance of Senator Akpabio to blackmail prominent Ibibio sons who are on federal appointment to the hierarchy of APC, using orchestrated events and paid write-ups.

Can Senator Akpabio's tell the people of Abak five what happened to their prominent sons that led to their early grave, they are Chief Ukpanah, Dr. Ime Umana and Hon. Obong Okon Uwah etc? Can Senator Akpabio tell the people of Ikono/ Ini why there was no development in their area during his eight years tenure as the governor of Akwa Ibom State?

Senator Akpabio thrives in distorting, destroying and tarnishing the reputation and achievements of those he fears have bested him. Such macabre flaw is difficult to condone for long, little wonder why even his family members have left him. His antecedents of destroying other ethnic group is well known; he often used proxies to plot and execute the down fall of prominent Ibibio sons and daughters are known to us.

Akpabio's senatorial aspiration is another show of his insensitivity. It is morally wrong for him to contest in Ikot Ekpene senatorial election, knowing fully that it is the turn of Abak 5 who have sacrificed alot in the course of maintaining peace and cohesion in the senatorial constituency. Already his fractious personality creates deep divisions within APC, which many have blamed for the woes bedeviling the party.

Senator Akpabio believes that he should be the only one to be heard and known in the state. To him, no one else should outshine him, but he outsmarted himself at the national level, loosing out completely. Yet, he appears to have an axe to grind with long standing party stalwarts. He is one of those leaders causing disunity in Akwa Ibom State APC and fanning ethnicity.

Why has Akpabio refused to campaign in Ikono/ Ini federal constituency? Many believe that he will not have their vote, because he did not undertake development of the area during his eight years administration.

Finally, since Akpabio joined APC in 2018, the party rather than becoming stronger has experienced dwindling fortune because of his narrow-minded game of dominance. Come to think of it, why is it that virtually all those who defected from PDP to APC when Akpabio was in PDP, are now defected back to PDP?

https://ourdailywire.com/akpabio-self-proclaimed-nationalist-falling-into-an-ethnic-bigot-by-samuel-ukpe-abak/

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