Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Extremist reveals how he wanted to kill UK prime minister, May

I can face any force, APC ruining Nigeria – Atiku

Defence Minister must apologise to Nigerians – Ortom blows hot again

Why should I love Shittu, he’s not a woman – Ajimobi mocks Buhari’s minister

Attack on herdsmen: CAN seeks Buhari’s intervention over youth sentenced to death

We serve one God – Pastor donates money for mosque completion

Tinubu to Ekiti voters: We have modified Fayemi… he’s now smart and intelligent

US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council over ‘bias against Israel’

Nigeria vs Iceland: Super Eagles to arrive in Volgograd on Thursday

Players and coaches of the Super Eagles, are expected to arrive in Volgograd, Russia on Thursday, June 21, ahead of their second Group D match against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.

The Nigerian team returned to their team base camp in Essentuki on Sunday, after losing their first match 2-0 to Croatia in Kaliningrad.

Gernot Rohr’s men are currently bottom of the group with no point.

Iceland and Argentina are on one point apiece, following their 1-1 draw.

The Super Eagles must beat Iceland on Friday, in order to brighten their chance of reaching the round of 16 of Russia 2018.

NFF to ban Super Eagles players from social media

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has moved to curtail the use of social media by Super Eagles players during the 2018 World Cup.

First vice-president of the federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, is concerned that it has become a source of distraction for the players.

Team officials at the Eagles’ base camp in Essentuki have been told to address the issue ahead of Friday’s crucial clash against Iceland.

Some players were trolled on social media after Nigeria lost 2-0 to Croatia last Saturday and got involved in nasty exchanges with the fans.

“Personally, I don’t think that our players should react to people on Social Media,” Akinwunmi told journalists in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

“To the best of my knowledge, the issue has been addressed by those with the team in Essentuki (team base camp) and there’s no issue about that anymore.”

N1.6 trillion released for capital projects in 2017 budget – Adeosun

The Federal Government has announced that a total of N1.6 trillion (N1,580,270,755,084.44) capital cost was released to Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the 2017 federal budget. Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, made this known in Abuja, yesterday.

The N1.6 trillion total capital releases for 2017 is higher than the N1.2 trillion (N1,219,471,747,443.00) total capital releases for 2016.

In the 2017 capital releases, Power, Works and Housing received the highest allocation of N523,011,701,723.25 which was 33.10 per cent of the total capital releases. The sector also received the highest releases in the 2016 capital budget, which was a total of N307,411,749, 682.00 (25.21 percent) of the 2016 capital budget.

Defence and Security received the second highest capital releases of N197,596,016,072.02 (12.50 per cent) in 2017, as against N77,532,885,729.00 (6.36 per cent) total releases the sector received in 2016.

Agriculture and Water Resources received a total of N149,485,276,897.37 (9.46 per cent) in 2017. The sector had received N143,121,925,241.00 (11.74 per cent) of the capital releases in 2016. Transportation received a total of N126,253,042,607.50 (7.99 per cent) of the 2017 capital releases as against the N171,900,597,013.00 (14.10 per cent) in 2016. Health and Education together received a total of N98,190,277,285.69 (6.21 per cent) for 2017 as against N56,270,030,992.00 (4.61 per cent) the sectors received in 2016. Other sectors combined received a total of N485,734,440,498.61, which was 30.74 per cent of the 2017 capital releases. In 2016, a total of N463,234,558,786.00 (37.99 per cent) was disbursed to these sectors.

The Minister of Finance noted that despite the economic challenges in 2017, the Federal Government was able to fully cash-back the capital releases.

She added that the sustained high allocations to key sectors were a reflection of the Federal Government’s commitment to infrastructure development in the country. The minister said that the Federal Government was working assiduously to attract private capital to complement government spending in these key areas.

Heavens won’t fall if you take bold decisions, CJN tells judges

 Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday, charged judges and  other judicial officers in the country to take decisions as heavens will not fall.

Swearing in Justice Abdu Adamu Kafarati as the substantive Chief Judge of Federal High Court, Onnoghen said the judiciary would stand behind any judicial officer hounded for taking bold and courageous decisions that have constitutional backing.

According to him, the judiciary would remain an arbiter between executive and legislative arms of government.

He said: “Don’t run away from your responsibility, remain courageous and firm. Since God has made it possible for you to be in this position, do what you have to do at the right time. Be bold and courageous. The heavens did not fall in times of old and it will not fall now.

“So I urge you as the Chief Judge as well as all other judicial officers to take decisions, heavens will not fall.  The Nigerian judiciary will always do the best to ensure that we remain the arbiter between the other two arms of government and the citenzry.”

Maintaining that the swearing-in of Justice Kafarati will bring stability at the Federal High Court, the CJN, urged the new CJ to respect his oath of office.

He said: “I don’t have to remind you of the oath you have just taken. That oath has been your life since you became a judicial officer. You have no other constituency, so continue to abide by it.”

NNPC repairs pipeline, power generation increases by 1,304MW

Power generation has risen to 3,876.9 megawatts after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation fixed the gas pipeline that was ruptured on Friday, which supplies gas to most thermal electricity generating plants in the country.

Data obtained from the Transmission Company of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday showed that the country’s power generation increased by 1,304.3MW, as it moved up from the 2,572.6MW recorded on Sunday to 3,876.9MW on Monday, which was the latest generation figure as of when this report was filed in.

The TCN also stated that there was significant improvement in gas supply to the power generating plants following the restoration of the ruptured pipeline, adding that gas was gradually building up in most generating stations.

The firm noted that in a day or two, it was expected that gas and power supply would be back to normal and explained that the increase in power generation to the national grid was an indication that gas supply had improved.

The electricity grid witnessed a sharp drop in power generation on Friday and Saturday, losing 1,087.6 megawatts as about eight power stations were forced to shut down operations due to the rupturing of the gas pipeline.

Power generation had plunged to about 2,905MW on Friday from 3,992.6MW the preceding day, following the rupturing of the gas pipeline belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company as well as technical issues at the gas wells of an international oil company, Shell, on June 16.

The TCN commended the NNPC and the NGC for the quick intervention, and also appreciated the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the power generation and distribution companies and electricity customers for their cooperation during the crisis period.

The General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, stated that as soon as the gas build up was completed, the affected generating stations would resume normal power generation to the grid.

She noted that through the implementation of the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme, the TCN had commenced the construction of new substations as well as upgrading of existing ones and transmission lines across the country.

“This is expected to further stabilise the grid and also put necessary flexibility and redundancy in line with N-1 capacity,” Mbah added.

Why herdsmen, farmers clashes persist – Gov. Masari

 Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has on Tuesday said the persistence and incessant clashes between the herdsmen and farmers mostly hinges on encroachment on areas of land reserved for grazing by farmers and consequent encroachment on farms by breeders.

Governor Masari stated this during the flagging off ceremony of demarcation of cattle routes in nine Local Government Areas of the state to arrest the ugly trend in the country and avert the clashes in the state.

A total of 7,240 beacons is expected to be erected across 905km of stock routes both local and international which passes through the state to other neighbouring countries.

The Governor represented by the Secretary to the Government of State, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, said the demarcation was to ensure peace and unity between herdsmen and farmers as well as changing the unhealthy relationship existing between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, thus bringing to an end the culture of bloody violence

According to him, “It must be pointed out that the original grazing routes and grazing areas in many states of the federation have been encroached upon by people, this is one of the reasons why herdsmen are destroying peoples’ farms in search of food for their animals.

“We are determined to ensure peace and unity between herdsmen and farmers. Our main focus is to change the unhealthy relationship existing between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, thus bringing to an end the culture of bloody violence.

“The ugly trend started some decades ago but most states failed to take necessary actions to stop the takeover of the grazing routes and reserves which were adequately provided even during the colonial days.

“But Katsina state government is the first to initiate and implement the programme. But this cannot be sustainable if we cannot complement the effort of state government by ensuring that no one violent the rules of the initiative.

“We appeal to stakeholders and security agencies to take the necessary measure to recover the grazing reserves and identify cattle routes from those who have encroached into them.

“We called on traditional rulers of the affected local governments to give the committee that would embark on the exercise, the needed support that will enable them to discharge their assignment effectively,” Governor Masari stated.

Earlier, the State Standing Committee Chairman on improvement of relationship between farmers and herdsmen, Alhaji Abdulraziz Lawal K/Sauri, said the essence of the exercise was to foster smooth passage of pastoralists and further prevent farmers/herdsmen clashes in the state.

“The re-demarcation and beaconing of stock routes already earmarked by the committee in first phase of the exercise will cover some selected cattle routes in nine local government areas of Baure, Ingawa, Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kafur, Faskari, Zango,” Alhaji K/Sauri enumerated.

Bauchi windstorm: Buhari dispatches delegation for assessment

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to lead a Federal Government delegation to Bauchi State to assess the level of havoc caused by the recent windstorm, which destroyed an estimated 1,505 houses mainly in the state capital.

Eight persons were confirmed dead while 120 others reportedly sustained various degrees of injury as a result of the storm

Azare, another major town in the state, was struck by a major fire disaster that destroyed the market few days after the windstorm.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated that the delegation, which also includes Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, will undertake an assessment of the extent of damage occasioned by the natural disaster.

According to the statement, “already, NEMA has started mobilising relief items from its warehouses in Damaturu and Yola for onward distribution to those displaced by the windstorm.

“The aid materials are expected to reach Bauchi Tuesday (yesterday) evening while assessment is being conducted on the fire incident in Azare.”

The President had in a  message on, Monday, extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and families of the windstorm and the fire incidents.

The President said the “nation stands in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude.”

Lai Mohammed charges CBN to spur more actions in e-payment sector

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has challenged the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to spur more actions in the electronic payment system to fully exploit the potentials of the sector in economic growth and development.

The minister who was guest at the Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria, (E-PAAN) media workshop in Lagos recently, however commended the CBN for taking several measures which have seen a tremendous improvement in the overall Nigerian e-commerce sector.

The CBN was a major partner of EPPAN in the organisation of the media workshop which aimed at designing a more robust, recognized and nationally utilized electronic payment system in Nigeria.

The electronic payment system which includes online mobile transactions, ATM withdrawal, Point of sales POS, and others    is currently    on the fast rise all over the world showing strong move towards digital and e-payments.

Developments in the sector prompted the coming together of stakeholders to  deliberate on issues with a view to harnessing good suggestions that will improve payment system in the country. The deliberations are also expected to strengthen consumers’ confidence in the safety, security, and reliability of payment systems.

In a paper he delivered at a media workshop in Lagos, titled: “The Nigerian Payment System: The journey so far”, Director, Banking and Payments System Department of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Dipo Fatokun said: “This National Media Workshop is aimed at getting stakeholders in the payment system closer to the media team for a better understanding of information about  the sector and enhancing our collective knowledge on how issues are reported in order to ensure a stable and sound financial system.

Fatokun noted that so far, the CBN in collaboration with other stakeholders have improved the country’s  Payment System through  Nigerian payment system Vision 2020.

Part of the initiative he said the CBN has used to improve the sector, included the    implementation of Nigeria Uniform Bank Account Number (NUBAN) which has significantly reduced electronic card frauds and helped to put more confidence in the utilization of cards as a means of payment;

Cash-less initiative  which has reduced the cost of cash management; Establishment of Nigerian Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) to  provide a centralized information sharing platform on fraud; licensing   25 Mobile Money Operators to develop products and financial services that would be accessible to the banked and unbanked population; Agent Banking  as a delivery channel for   electronic payments channels in Nigeria where merchants, consumers and    salespersons are rewarded either on points or cash basis  among others.

Super Eagles disappointed me — Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has said he was disappointed with the Super Eagles against Croatia and will now change his prediction that Nigeria will qualify from their group, while also insisting Mikel Obi is “not a No 10”.

Manchester United boss Mourinho sensationally picked the Eagles ahead of Croatia to come out of ‘The Group of Death’, which also has Argentina and Iceland.

But after the three-time African champions fell 2-0 to Croatia in Kaliningrad at the weekend, he has now opted for the Croats to advance ahead to the knockout stage instead.

“I was disappointed with Nigeria against Croatia, who now look better placed to qualify from this group,” Mourinho.

The Manchester United manager, who was for many years Mikel Obi’s boss at Chelsea, also said the Eagles skipper is not a No 10 as he is being played by his national team.

“Mikel is not a No 10, he is a No 6,” said ‘The Special One’.

Eagles former skipper Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has also maintained Mikel is being wrongly played in the national team.

APC convention: Abia faction threatens Oyegun with contempt of court charge

Ahead of APC national convention, a faction of the party in Abia State has threatened the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun with contempt charges for defying a court order to conduct the state congress of the party but instead, he went ahead  to inaugurate Hon Donatus Nwankpa as state chairman.

Before the May 19, 2018, state congresses of APC held across the country, an Abia state high court had sacked the Nwankpa-led executive committee and recognized Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe as the authentic chairman of the party in Abia.

Speaking to journalists in Umuahia, the publicity secretary of the Ndukwe-led faction, Hon. Mike Ozoemena said the faction decided to press contempt charges against Oyegun so as to remind him that the rule of law remains the backbone of a democratic society.

He recalled that a court order issued by an Abia State high court  on March 8, 2018 “restrained Oyegun, Nwankpa and his executives and their agents from organizing any ward, local government or state congresses or primaries of the APC in Abia State.”

He therefore, expressed disappointment that Oyegun ignored the valid order properly served on him.

Justice Collins Okoroafor in the order specifically restrained the Oyegun leadership “from planning, implementing, executing or even holding to discuss or strategize on such issues and other issues concerning nomination or sponsorship of candidates for any elective position in Abia state or Nigeria except with the Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe-led state executive committee pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit”.

But Ozoemena lamented that without vacating the court order, the APC national leadership still went ahead to send state congress committee to Abia State headed by Senator Jonathan Zwingina as chairman and Hajia Rabi Sulu Gamabari  as secretary. However, the committee on arrival in Umuahia conducted a parallel congress  supervised by Zwingina and another by Hajia Rabi Sulu Gamabari.

While the Zwingina committee elected the Nwankpa-led faction, the Hajia Gambari elected Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe-led faction, with Gambari saying that her group was in Abia “to ensure that the rule of law is upheld in the country.”

While Nwankpa and Ndukwe emerged chairmen from the parallel congresses Oyegun later included the former along when he inaugurated state chairmen of APC at a ceremony in the party’s national secretariat Abuja.

Against this background, Ozoemena said that Oyegun should prove himself as a democrat by obeying the court order and urged him to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari, who has demonstrated his love for democracy and rule of law by recognizing the outcome of June 12 1993 presidential poll.

UK to end diesel, petrol cars sales by 2040

Britain still plans to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 and will set out more detail as soon as this week, a government source told Reuters on Tuesday after a report suggested the plans were being watered down.

Reuters reports that the Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Conservative government said last year it would ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 although the Financial Times said on Monday that the plans had been downgraded to a “mission”.

There has also been confusion over whether the proposals will include hybrid models, which have both an electric and combustion engine.

A government source told Reuters that there had been no change.

“We will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel engine cars by 2040,” the source said on condition of anonymity. “It’s not government policy to ban hybrids.”

The earliest ministers will detail the plans, known as “Road to Zero”, is on Wednesday but they are unlikely to come so soon, the source added.

The document has already been delayed as Britain’s transport, business and environment ministries discuss the final proposals.

Carmakers have been particularly angry about any restrictions on hybrid models, which are seen by some as a transitional technology as the uptake of purely electric cars ramps up.

Pastor Told Me I'll Be Great, But I Didn't Believe Until It Happened - Nigerian Billionaire

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, speaks with The Punch on his business, family and other issues. Brief excerpts below;

What’s your advice for young people?
You can make it irrespective of whatever background you come from. You must differentiate between your capital and your spending. Make sure that you do not spend money that you should invest in your business.

What were the highlights of your time at UNN? 
That was where I met my late wife. My first year in the university was a very beautiful one because they forgot to ask for my school fees. However, I paid for subsequent years. Paying my fees was a difficult task for my mother and one of my lecturers noticed and he tried to help me. I worked at the departmental library and I was paid a stipend. I was later awarded a scholarship by CFAO; so, I didn’t have problem paying fees for my last two years in the university.

Did you have any premonition that you would rise to this level? 
I was only told by a priest that I would become a great person but I didn’t believe him...

How exactly did you meet your wife? 
I actually met her in the church, during evening devotion. I sat next to her and her friend and we didn’t talk to each other. However, I noticed that when we were singing, both of them were laughing at me. In those days, I was popular in school and my nickname was Ade. Ojo Lumumba because I kept my beards like the first president of Congo, Patrice Lumumba. After the songs, both girls ran out and I wanted to go after them but the theatre people were already around, and I wanted to watch them. Surprisingly, I found them waiting for me outside the hall. They apologised for embarrassing me and they told me that it was actually another man that sat close to us that they were making fun of because he was singing the wrong tune.

What qualities attracted you to her? 
In the second year, I couldn’t pay my fees. Meanwhile, my wife was on scholarship; so, she didn’t have a problem in that area. However, she surprised me by giving me all her pocket money, which amounted to 40 pounds. I was really touched by that gesture and I made up my mind that I was going to marry her. I finished one year ahead of her and we got married in Enugu. Our wedding was only attended by 14 people. We lived very happily and we were blessed with two children (a boy and girl).