“They are plotting to assassinate me” – Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that the Federal Government has plans to assassinate him, Punch reports. Wike said this

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that the Federal Government has plans to assassinate him, Punch reports.

Wike said this at the Living Faith Church in Port Harcourt, where he observed his thanksgiving service for the third year anniversary of his administration.

Rather than focus on governance, he said, the federal government is planning on assassinating him or framing him. He said:

Intelligence report available to us as of this morning indicated that they are plotting to assassinate me in a crowd and claim it was an accidental discharge.

The level of conspiracy against Rivers State is unfortunate. Instead of focusing on governance, they focus on how to assassinate me or frame me up.

Expounding upon the framing allegation, Wike said the police had planned to plant millions of dollars and AK-47 rifles in his home in Abuja, and then obtaining a search warrant allowing them to search the house.

The plan was to be carried out by the APC-led government, he said, through the Inspector General of Police.

The police had however been unable to obtain the search warrant, he concluded. He said:

I am not afraid of my residence being searched by the police, but I know their evil intention

PDP Accuses FG, APC Of Clampdown To Silence Opposition

File photo: Kola Ologbondiyan   The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of

PDP Accuses FG, APC Of Clampdown To Silence Opposition
File photo: Kola Ologbondiyan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of commencing a direct clampdown of major opposition leaders in the country.

The party also alleged that the government was going after perceived political opponents as well as individuals with interests and views that were divergent to those of President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, made the allegations on Saturday while addressing a news conference in Abuja.

He claimed that the clampdown was tailored to silence the opposition and those who refused to join or support the APC in a bid to allegedly emasculate other political parties and undermine the nation’s laws and electoral system among others.

Apart from allegations of corruption, Ologbondiyan decried the alleged plots to clampdown and detain opposition leaders for charges bordering on treason and that some compromised judicial officers have been enlisted to give convictions and jail members of the opposition.

He informed reporters that these were some of the issues discussed at the meeting of the PDP National Working Committee.

According to the PDP spokesman, the committee resolved to alert all Nigerians that the party’s National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, being threatened since the party filed a petition to the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations, in which it accused the government of human rights abuse and persecution of opposition among other allegations.

“The PDP is aware of clandestine plots against key opposition leaders, particularly, members of the PDP National Working Committee, some dissenting members of the APC, members of the civil society, opinion leaders, journalists and bloggers, who refuse to succumb to intimidation and that such persons have already been listed and currently being trailed by agents of the state.

“This has become manifest in the plot to rope members of “nPDP”, especially those in the National Assembly, into gun-running and murder charges just because they came out to voice their opposition to the APC government’s constitutional violations and executive brigandage in the running of our nation’s affairs, the party claimed.

The PDP further accused the APC of being fixated on it because of the supposed renewed popularity of the party among Nigerians.

It also vowed not to relent in resolve to return power to the people, restore democracy and national cohesion, as well as safeguard the nation’s territorial integrity, come 2019.

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We are not leaving her to fate – FG speaks on Release of last Dapchi Girl

Lai Mohammed The federal government has spoken on the efforts being taken to secure the release of the last Dapchi

Lai Mohammed

The federal government has spoken on the efforts being taken to secure the release of the last Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, The Cable reports.

Over 100 girls had been abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State.

105 girls were eventually returned, and while 5 girls were said to have died, the insurgents reportedly refused to release 1 girl, Leah, on the basis that she did not renounce her religion.

Leah’s father, Nathaniel Sharibu, had appealed to the media to put pressure on the government and secure the release of his daughter.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, speaking with correspondents at the State House on Wednesday, said efforts are being made to secure her release. He said:

I think Mr President actually addressed that issue in Washington and my position is always the same that we are yet to resolve the issue of six girls.

A total of 111 girls were kidnapped, 105 were returned and we are busy on daily basis asking and negotiating and asking what happened to those five officially at least and then what is delaying the young girl, Leah Sharibu.

Negotiations with insurgents are quite tortuous and complicated at times but I can assure you we are not leaving her to her fate and those who should are daily busy working on her release.

Anybody who negotiates with insurgents and terrorists in the world will know that is not a direct face to face negotiation like we are doing. Thank you.

FG to complete repair work on existing Niger bridge in December

NAN Mr Innocent Alumonah, Federal Controller of Works, Anambra says the Federal Government will complete repair work on the existing

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Mr Innocent Alumonah, Federal Controller of Works, Anambra says the Federal Government will complete repair work on the existing Niger Bridge before the end of December.

Alumonah, who gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen on Monday in Asaba, said that the contract awarded in 2013 was 78 per cent completed.

He said the essence of the emergency repair work was to ensure that the bridge was brought back to its full functionality and increase its lifespan.

The controller said the existing bridge was constructed in 1965 and commissioned in 1966, adding that the bridge had enjoyed a lifespan of 53 years.

“You can agree with me that the bridge is aging and experiencing heavy traffic in addition to the axle loads going through it on daily basis.

“It is on this premise that the federal government decided to award contract for the reinforcement of the bridge to bring it back to full functionality and extend its lifespan,” he said.

He said the scope of works on the project was mainly replacement of the damaged steel members, sandblasting and treatment of steel members against rusting.

Alumonah said the scope of the work also involved increasing the bearing capacity of the soil after it was realised that the wearing capacity was becoming weak.

“Soil line protection that will ensure that embankment of the bridge is not eroded and the replacement of the bridge bearing has all been carried out.

“Before the end of this year, we should see the end of the project because it is currently at its completion stage,” he said.

He blamed the delay in the completion of the project on some of the test carried out that required the assistance of some foreigners.

According to him, they brought in some foreigners from the UK who helped in the execution of the stabilisation of the soil.

Mr Henry Udeh, the Director of Highways Bridges Construction, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing said bridges, like other structures required regular maintenance.

He said the existing Niger Bridge was undergoing normal routine maintenance because it was old and needed to be maintained to increase its lifespan.

“The work is seasonal because, as the raining season is setting in, the water level will start increasing.

“Once it gets to a time that the contractor cannot work again, they will stop and wait for the next dry season.

“That is one of the major reasons for the delay in the project,” he said.

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Dino Melaye’s Kinsmen Asks FG To Thread Carefully

The Okun people of the Kogi West have called on the Federal Government to thread carefully over the lingering crisis

The Okun people of the Kogi West have called on the Federal Government to thread carefully over the lingering crisis between Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West and the police.

The Okun Development Association (ODA) and Okun Development Initiative (ODI), while speaking on the issues, appealed to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to intervene and see to the peaceful resolution of the crises within its folds.

National President of ODA, Mr. Femi Mokikan, in a statement yesterday, said from the account of all that has happened in the last 72 hours between the police and the embattled senator, it was obvious that the law enforcement agencies have gone beyond the bounds.

“The Okun people of Kogi State, more than any other people, have justifiable reasons to be apprehensive at the recent ugly dimension that his encounter with the law enforcement agencies has assumed.

“Senator Dino Malaye is like every other person with legitimate claim to any part of Okun-people local government areas, our own. Government must not deploy extra-judicial and extra-legal methods in dealing with suspects.”

General Secretary of ODI, Apostle Olalekan Aiyenigba said: “We agree that no individual is above the law. Every alleged infraction of the law should be investigated. But in the performance of its responsibilities, the police should conform to laid down rules.

“The assumption of innocence as guaranteed by the law must be sacrosanct in the conduct of the police in the current case of Senator Dino Melaye.”

Court Restrains FG From Publishing Secondus’ Name In Looters List

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday ordered the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Federal Government

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Monday ordered the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Federal Government to stop further mention of the name of Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, as one of the looters in the country pending the determination of a matter brought before it bordering on defamation of character.

Secondus had approached the State High Court presided over by the State Chief Judge, Justice I.A. Iyayi-Lamikanra, in Suit Number PHC/1013/2018, seeking the sum of N1.5bn as damages over the publishing of his name in the media as one of those allegedly involved in the looting of the nation’s treasury.

Secondus was reported to have received the sum of N200m from the office of the then National Security Adviser on February 19, 2015.

Apparently not satisfied with the claim by Lai Mohammed, Secondus sued the minister alongside the Federal Government and Vintage Press, seeking among other prayers a declaration that the defendants should retract the said publication and apologise in writing to him (claimant) for the defamatory publication.

However, Justice Iyayi-Laminkanra granted one of the prayers sought by the claimant when she restrained the defendants from further mentioning the name of Secondus in the looters’ list.

But the defendants and their counsels were absent in court when the matter was mentioned for hearing.

The trial judge, nevertheless, adjourned the matter till May 28, 2018.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after court session, lead counsel for Secondus, Mr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, insisted that there was no truth in the claim against his client.

Etiaba said, “The prayers are that they retract the libellous material in as many media as they published it, payment of N1.5bn to Prince Secondus as damages. The judge has granted the restraining order.

“We moved our motion seeking interlocutory injunction in restraining the defendants from further publishing the libellous content. Prayer one was granted. Prayer two was not granted because the honourable court said it was at large.

 

Jubilation As Presidency Ends Dichotomy Between B.Sc/ HND Holders

The federal government of Nigeria has put an end to the dichotomy between graduates of BSc/ HND. This development was

The federal government of Nigeria has put an end to the dichotomy between graduates of BSc/ HND.

This development was issued in a communique by Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of Service of the Federation (HOCSF) on Sunday, April 22.

It was gathered that beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cancellation of the difference between university and polytechnic graduates in the civil service have commended him for the development.

While the disparity had before now restricted polytechnic graduates to certain Salary Grade Level (SGL) in the civil service, it took the intervention of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) to address and solve the issue in their favour.

Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of Service of the Federation (HOCSF), in a statement dated Monday, March 26, relayed the decision of the NCE to all concerned and solicited their support for implementation.

The circular indicated that NCE approved entry point of SGL 08 for HND holders in the civil service.

It also encouraged serving HND officers to fulfil all specified conditions as contained in the scheme of service and extant rules for career progression beyond SGL 14.

Ahmad Yabagi, the head of the umbrella body of the beneficiaries, the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), told newsmen on Sunday, April 22 in Abuja, that the decision has paved the way for career building.

“We are glad that this monster called dichotomy that has been a big threat to the development of technology in Nigeria has been defeated. NATE has therefore resolved to support and partner with the Federal Government in the quest to bequeath entrepreneurial skills to Nigerian youths as a means to turn around the economic fortune of Nigeria,” Yabagi stated.

Yabagi, however, advised all government agencies to see that the resolution contained in the circular is implemented throughout the country.

Nigeria govt earmarks $322m Abacha loot for social programmes

The federal government says the $322.52 million Abacha loot recovered recently from the Swiss government would be ploughed into its

The federal government says the $322.52 million Abacha loot recovered recently from the Swiss government would be ploughed into its national social safety net programmes.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said this during a joint press briefing on Sunday at the end of the 2018 International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington DC, United States.

She said the recovered fund had already been lodged in a special account in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The minister said the social safety nets project was to provide access to targeted transfers to poor and vulnerable households under an expanded national social safety nets system.

Mrs Adeosun spoke on the growth in the country’s economy at the moment, saying the current outlook contrasted with the situation prior to the coming of the administration in 2015.

At the end of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting three weeks ago, the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) recorded positive growths of 0.7 and 1.4 per cent in the last two quarter in 2017.

Mr Emefiele recalled how flobal economic shocks triggered five consecutive quarters of GDP contraction of the economy which culminated in a minus 2.3 percent recession at the third quarter of 2017, from nearly 7 percent in previous years.

Mrs Adeosun said the current economic growth showed inflation rate slowing down with foreign reserves rising.

Latest statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said inflation for the month of March dropped from 14.3 per cent in February 2018, to about 13.49 pee cent in March 2018.

The rate has maintained nine consecutive decline from 18.7 per cent in January 2017.

Besides, the minister said the country’s foreign reserves, which stood at about $23 billion in October 2016, has grown to more than $47.93 billion, from about $47.37 billion as at April 5, 2018.

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun and Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Godwin Emefiele

“Government is confident that if we diligently implement our economic plan, we will continue to grow the economy,” she noted.

She said the government was optimistic that the country’s economic growth would be sustained, with current projections for 2019 expected to be far more robust than the present level in 2018.

She said the government was determined to use the available opportunity to grow the country’s fiscal buffers, particularly by aggressively growing its revenue base.

The government, she said, had succeeded in building macroeconomic resilience for Nigeria, particularly revising the funding mix, rebuilding fiscal buffers, enhancing foreign exchange reserves and focusing on import substitution strategies.

On the state-owned-enterprises like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the minister said government would continue to efficiently and effectively manage their operational costs, plug leakages and ensure efficiency.

“We must make sure every money earned comes in. We will drive the process of improving good governance and accountability,” she added.

On the nation’s domestic debt, the Minister said government was refinancing inherited debt portfolio from short term Treasury Bills to longer tenured debts, which has resulted in huge savings and reduction in costs of funds.

She said the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) deadline was extended by three months till June 30, 2018 following appeals from tax payers for more time to regularise their tax status.

Besides, she said the present administration has raised the tax payers’ base from 13 million in 2015 to 17 million as at 2018.

The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, who was also at the briefing reaffirmed the country’s positive economic growth outlook, noting that a growth rate of 2.5 per cent projected by the IMF and World Bank for Nigeria was achievable.

Noting the sustained growth in the country’s external reserves, Mr Emefiele stressed the need to continue to grow the reserves and save for the rainy day.

“If we had enough reserves, we wouldn’t have suffered the recession shocks,” he stated.

He assured that concerted efforts were ongoing to realise the 80 per cent target for financial inclusion by 2020.

Nigeria pledges to secure N108 billion to eliminate malaria

The federal government has committed to secure $300 million (about N108 billion) from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and

The federal government has committed to secure $300 million (about N108 billion) from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank to eliminate malaria in the country.

This is contained in a statement issued by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 just ended in London.

The government said in the statement that it would elevate malaria on the national priority list and finance its national malaria elimination strategy.

The statement said Nigeria also pledged an additional $18.7 million to leverage $37 million from the Global Fund to distribute 15 million mosquito nets and to support the local manufacture of essential malaria commodities.

It said that ALMA applauds the commitment by 53 Commonwealth leaders to halve malaria across the Commonwealth nations within the next five years.

It said the game-changing commitment followed the Malaria Summit, where leaders from malaria-affected countries, businesses, donors and Commonwealth leaders to get ready to beat the scourge of malaria.

The statement said the commitment from the Commonwealth has the potential to prevent 350 million malaria cases and save 650,000 lives.

It added 90 per cent of global malaria cases and deaths occur on the African continent and the impact of this renewed focus to eliminate malaria will be felt across the continent.

A health worker attending to sick patients in a hospital ward [Photo credit: SciDev.Net]

The statement noted that apart from the commitment from Nigeria, 11 African countries in the Commonwealth announced new commitment and affirmed their determination to eliminate malaria.

It enumerated the countries to include Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, United Republic of Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.

The statement added that ALMA further committed to the African Union’s (AU) Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria by 2030.

Besides, it said that the AU was also committed to supporting member countries to introduce and strengthen the use of national and sub-national malaria scorecards and action trackers, with robust community engagement to support increased domestic funding.

According to the statement, AU will continue its work with Heads of State and Government in Africa to monitor progress towards this goal.

“Additional commitments from the international community includes the UK Government’s commitment to spend £500 million a year through 2020-2021 and an extra £100 million commitment to the Global Fund.

“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also announced an additional US$1 billion through 2023 to fund research and development to reduce the burden of malaria.

“In addition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged £50 million in matching funds against the UK Government’s additional £100 commitment to the Global Fund,’’ it said.

The statement said the commitments made would be vital for re-energising the global community’s fight to end malaria. (NAN)