Ambode seeks partnership with business community to develop tourism sector — Daily Times Nigeria


THE Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has invited the business community to partner with government in the tourism, hospitality, recreation, transportation and agro-based sectors to harness the abundant potential across the State. The Governor stated this while speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 2017 ‘Exemplary Leadership in Business’ awards ceremony […] The post Ambode seeks partnership with business community to develop tourism sector appeared first on Daily Tim

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APC women leader backs devolution of power - Vanguard News


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Hajia Ramatu Aliyu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Women Leader has drummed support for the devolution of power in the country. According to the women leader, it will enhance the delivery of essential services to Nigerians. She stated this at a public hearing organised by APC Committee on True Federalism on Thursday in Abuja. Aliyu stressed the need for some of the items on the exclusive list to be transferred to the concurrent list. This, she said was critical to fast-track the country´s development, adding that Nigerians had a lot to benefit if the country was restructured. “As most of us will agree, there is the need for devolution of power from the centre to the federating unit. “A few items of the exclusive legislative list should be transferred to the concurrent list to fast-track the development of the country and enhance the delivery of essential services to the Nigerian people,´´ she said. She also said that it would not be out of place to transfer federal ...continue

Nigerian police arrest four after Britons kidnapped - Vanguard News


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Four people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of four British nationals in southern Nigeria, police said on Thursday. Kidnap-syndicate The Britons, including a husband and wife from a Christian medical charity, were seized last Friday in Delta state, where they had been providing free health treatment. Delta state police spokesman Andrew Animaka said there was still no update as to their whereabouts. But he added: “We are following up on a lead with the arrest of four persons in connection with the incident. “The suspects are currently in the custody of the state police command, in (the state capital) Asaba, and are rendering useful information. “I can assure that we are on the heels of the abductors.” Kidnapping for ransom is rife in southern Nigeria, where high-profile individuals and their families are a frequent targeted for criminal gangs. Victims are usually released after a few days once payment is made. Last Thursday, an Italian ...continue

2017 Budget: Ojogbou’s Allegation is Spurious-Okowa - Vanguard News


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has described the allegation of a blank 2017 Budget by an All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain, Dr Cairo Ojogbou’s as spurious. Fielding questions from Journalists on Thursday  shortly after presenting 2018 budget proposal to the Delta State House of Assembly, Governor Okowa noted that Dr OJOUGBO’S allegation is devoid of intellectual content. Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa Dr Ojougbou had accused Governor Okowa’s administration of operating a blank 2017 budget but, reacting for the first time, Governor Okowa said, “in the first instance, I will not react to comments made by somebody who, though went to school, but made very unintelligent comments.” “You (Journalists) were here last year when the budget was presented, the budget was debated by the House, the press was also present when the budget was signed; I have been to the National Assembly and I believe that the Delta State House of Assembly is credible; we have followed all th ...continue

Dogara, Reps Leadership Shun APC Meeting


Friday, October 20, 2017 - Indication that all is not well with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged yesterday, as the leadership of the House of Representatives led by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, shunned the party’s consultative meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) held in Abuja. The meeting, sixth in the series and chaired by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had in attendance the Governors of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Imo, Rochas Okorocha, Edo, Godwin Obaseki and Adamawa State, Abdullahi Jibrilla Bindo. The Governors of Ondo, Kano, Kogi and Nasarawa States were represented by their deputies. While Senate President, Bukola Saraki was not in the meeting owing to his trip to Russia, no reason was given for Dogara’s absence. While declaring the meeting open, Oyegun had said: “I welcome you to the sixth of the series of our consultative meetings, which has proved to be extremely useful not only in stabilising the ...continue

Alleged graft: Magu should be jailed for illegal arrest of Ekiti officials- Ekiti Assembly - Vanguard News


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - ‎…adopts report indicting Fayemi, Oni by its Committee overseeing Public Accounts The Ekiti State House of Assembly Thursday said that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu may soon be jailed for alleged illegal arrest of two officials of the state, Toyin Ojo,Finance Commissioner, and Yemisi Owolabi, Accountant General, on September 28 over alleged misappropriation of Paris Loan Refund. The duo were released unconditionally after two weeks of detentionby the EFCC.Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu Chairman, House Committee on information of the Assembly and member representing Oye Constituency in Oye Local Government Area of the state, Samuel Omotosho declared the House’s position on Magu during the presentation of the 2015 Report by the House Committee on Public Accounts. The report detailed the state’s Auditor-General’s queries, findings and recommendations on alleged graf ...continue

Plateau Killings: We don't take sides --- STF boss — Daily Times Nigeria


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos The Special Task Force (STF) mandated to restore peace on the Plateau, Southern Kaduna and some parts of Bauchi State, has said the public should not drag the task-force into unnecessary unverified claims, saying it does not take sides when resolving conflicts. The task-force Commander Major General Anthony Atolagbe, stated this on […] The post Plateau Killings: We don’t take sides — STF boss appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers   continue reading ...continue

The Witness of Untruth


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - The two clichés that apply to the intervention of the former Minister of petroleum, Professor Tam David West on the troubling revelations at the NNPC are ‘when you find yourself in a hole and trying to get out, you stop digging’ and the other is a ‘cure worse than the disease’. Increasingly he has become the personification of a particular idiosyncrasy-that of making the most absurd Trumpian logic and fictive statements with the certitude of a lawgiver. In an interview with the Punch, here is David West’s opening salvo. ‘Was there a Ministry of Petroleum Resources in (Shehu) Shagari’s time and during Buhari’s first term in government’? In other words, he is saying that there was no ministry of petroleum in those two dispensations Yet there was a certain Professor Tam David West who answered to the title of Minister of petroleum in, precisely, Buhari’s first term in government. Can you then imagine the same personality contending that no such ministry existed in that material dispensat ...continue

NAICOM moves to enforce compulsory insurance of public buildings - Nigeria Business News


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - To drive the enforcement of the compulsory insurance of public buildings across the country, The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) in Abuja has inaugurated a technical committee. The committee was inaugurated by NAICOM’s Commissioner for Insurance, Mr Mohammed Kari, and it has membership drawn from NAICOM, the Federal Fire Service (FFS) from all the zones and […] NAICOM moves to enforce compulsory insurance of public buildings   continue reading ...continue

Akwaaba Travel Market organisers set to launch Abuja Jabamah, hotel show — Daily Times Nigeria


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Organisers Of Akwaaba Travel Market Lagos, recently announced the launching of a ‘M.I.C.E and Hotel Show’ in the Federal Capital Territory,- “Abuja Jabamah”. After 4 years since the last Abuja BANTABA event, which was later held in Port-Harcourt in March this year, organiser, Mr. Ikechi Uko, says Abuja is ready to host a M.I.C.E and […] The post Akwaaba Travel Market organisers set to launch Abuja Jabamah, hotel show appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers   continue reading ...continue

Singer accuses SAFA boss of rape - Vanguard News


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - South African singer and ex-MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country’s football boss Danny Jordaan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago. Danny Jordaan He “overpowered” her and “painfully” raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city, she has alleged in a blog. Mr Jordaan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment. Now living in Sweden, Ms Ferguson said she had been moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out. She said the attack took place when she was “high and happy” following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa’s first democratically elected parliament in 1994. Mr Jordaan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African Football Association, came to her hotel suite after she had given a performance at a dinner. “He overpowered me and painfully raped me. It must have been over in about 20 seconds although it felt lik ...continue

PDP needs democratic chairman – Jonathan — Daily Times Nigeria


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Former President Goodluck Jonathan said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must do the right thing at its December convention by electing courageous chairman that would run the party democratically. Jonathan stated this when he received one of the party’s national chairmanship aspirants, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, in his office in Abuja. He said that as an opposition […] The post PDP needs democratic chairman – Jonathan appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers   continue reading ...continue

Ghanaian Pastor Says God Has Chosen Yul Edochie As Governor (Video)


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Ghanaian Pastor Says God Has Chosen Yul Edochie As Governor [Video] A Ghanaian Reverend has endorsed Nollywood star Yul Edochie as Governor of Anambra State and he urged indigenes to come out en masse to vote for him. The Anambra State election is almost around the corner and Yul Edochie, of the Democratic Peoples Congress, (DPC), is on... Read More   continue reading ...continue

Enugu govt posts specialists, consultants to district hospitals — Daily Times Nigeria


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Enugu State Government has revealed that it will soon post specialists and consultants to its district hospitals to further improve health-care delivery in the state. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Ekochin, said this after inspection of some district hospitals within the Enugu North Senatorial zone (Nsukka axis). Ekochin toured the Enugu Ezike District […] The post Enugu govt posts specialists, consultants to district hospitals appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers   continue reading ...continue

$3.8 Billion Egina FPSO Vessel to Arrive Nigeria Q1 2018


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Eromosele Abiodun The technical partner of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), in the building of $3.8 billion Egina oil production vessel at LADOL’s Free Zone, Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI), has said that the hull of the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) being built in Korea, is expected to arrive in Lagos in the first quarter of next year. LADOL is currently playing host to the fabrication of a $3.8 billion oil and gas logistics service facility–FPSO rig, otherwise called the Egina project. The project, which has been described as first-of-its-kind in the Sub-Sahara Africa, is being built for Total Oil Exploration and Production Company, with LADOL acting as the local content partner. Giving an update on the project when a team from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) led by Chapp Jumbo, comptroller Free Zone Enterprises of NIS and General Manager, Operations, Private Zones of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Muazu Muhammadhadi R ...continue

One Nyanya bomb blast suspects dies in DSS custody


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - ONE of the suspects on trial for the April 14, 2014 bomb blast that killed 75 people and wounded several others at a crowded motor park in Nyanya, a surburb of Abuja, has died in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS). The suspect, Adamu Yusuf, who was the third defendant in the charge, was said to have died from asthma attack while in DSS detention recently. The Federal Government had, on May 15, 2015, arraigned the alleged mastermind of the blasts, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, alongside Adamu Yusuf, Anas Isah, Yau Saidu Muhammadu, Sani Ishaq and Ahmed Rufai Abubakar (a.k.a. Abu Ibrahim/Maiturare) at the Federal High Court, for being behind the blast. Other suspects were said to be currently suffering from one ailment or another. At the resumed hearing on Thursday, counsel for the defendants earlier moved applications for the remaining suspects to be transferred to prison custody. The prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, who was absent, sought an adjournment of the matter ...continue

Army Vaccine Scare: PDP Blasts APC Over Comments …As 500 APC Faithful Decamp To PDP In Emohua


Friday, October 20, 2017 - The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, noted with dismay the treacherous effort of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to vent its frustration against the economic recession in the country on the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike by linking him to last Tuesday’s scare over the rumoured plan by the Nigerian Army to forcefully vaccinate school pupils in the state. A statement signed by the  Special Adviser to the state PDP Chairman on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, said, “At no time in history has the tale of an idle person being the devil’s workshop played out as presently manifested in the actions of the APC members who have mismanaged the nation’s economy.” The state PDP said that what happened last Tuesday was the result of the state of intellectual poverty which the Muhammadu Buhari administration has subjected Nigerians to in the last two years. “More stupefying is the linking of the police, notably, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to the wh ...continue

Ambode seeks partnership with business community to develop tourism sector — Daily Times Nigeria


Friday, October 20, 2017 - THE Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has invited the business community to partner with government in the tourism, hospitality, recreation, transportation and agro-based sectors to harness the abundant potential across the State. The Governor stated this while speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 2017 ‘Exemplary Leadership in Business’ awards ceremony […] The post Ambode seeks partnership with business community to develop tourism sector appeared first on Daily Times Nigeria. Nigeria News from Nigeria Newspapers   continue reading ...continue

Police rescue abducted DPO, five others — CP


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - The police in Niger State on Thursday said they have rescued a Division Police Officer who was abducted on  Sunday along with his orderly. Mr Austine Agbonlahor, Commissioner of police told News Agency of Nigeria in Minna, the officer, SP Amos Aliyu, was rescued along with five other victims in an operation. Aliyu is the DPO in charge of Sarkin Pawa Police Division in Munya Local Government Area,  Niger. ” Yes the senior police officer, along with five others, were rescued and have since been reunited with there loved ones ” He said that the victims were rescued with the aid of useful information from some members of the public. He explained the command was taking proactive security measures to deal with any form of security threat. “We have already deployed sufficient security personnel in identified areas prone to criminal activities. “We are battle ready to confront any form of security threat to enable residents to move on with there legitimate business. ...continue

BudgIT: Debt profile of states rise to N3.89tn - The Nation Nigeria


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - A civic technology organization, BudgIT Nigeria has said the total debt profile of states from both internal and external borrowing has increased from N3.03 trillion in 2015 to N3.89 trillion in 2016.   BudgIT’s Lead Partner, Oluseun Onigbinde said this at the launch of the organization’s state of state report in Abuja, on Thursday.   According to him, Lagos state has 24.2 per cent of the total debt stock of state governments with N500.8 billion debt profile in 2015 to N734.7 billion in 2016.    Onigbinde expressed worries over the increasing debt profile of states and their inabilities to generate revenues.   He said the high debt profile had made it difficult for most states to meet their recurrent expenditure obligations.   Onigbinde said: “Total debt profile of states in 2015 and 2016 was N3.03tn and N3.89tn respectively. Lagos state’s total debt stock rose from the 2014 level of N500.8bn to N734.7bn in 2016 – accounting for 24.2 per cent of the total ...continue

Banks to begin crackdown on customer's accounts, as CBN rolls out strict rules » YNaija


Friday, October 20, 2017 - Following new directives from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday, on Bank Verification Number (BVN) operations and watch-list for the banking industry, banks will soon crack down on customer’s accounts. Details: Records from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) show that there were about 45.85 million total bank accounts unlinked, but when compared with the active accounts the number dropped to 15.72 million unlinked to BVN as of February 2017. The record further shows that as of October 8, 2017, the total BVN issued were 30,511,506. In a memo to the NIBSS, Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) signed by Mr Dipo Fatokun, Director Banking and Payment System, CBN warned banks and OFIs to ensure proper capturing of the BVN data and validate same before linkage with customers’ accounts; ensure all operated accounts are linked with the signatories’ BVN; and ensure customer’s names on the BVN database are the same in all of his/her account ...continue