Uroghide stated that the President had breached Section 80 of the Constitution which stipulates that all government’s spending must be appropriated by the legislature. The President said, “Recently, approval was granted by the United States government but with a deadline, within which part payment must be made otherwise the contract relapses. In the expectation that the National Assembly will have no objection to the purchase of these highly specialised aircraft, which is critical to national security, I granted anticipatory approval for the release of $496,374,470. This was paid directly into the treasury of the United States government. Senator Abu Ibrahim, however, recalled that former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan made withdrawals from the ECA without seeking National Assembly’s approval.
April 26, 2018 10:45 UTC
Police said 24 people have been injured in a cylinder explosion at a crowded labour colony in the northern Indian state of Punjab Thursday, police said. “The explosion took place when some laborers were cooking in one of the makeshift houses in New Smart Colony in the Giaspura area of Ludhiana city,” a police official said. “The gas cylinder had first caught fire and exploded when the laborers tried to put it out using water,” he said. Onlookers who had gathered near the house sustained injuries following the explosion, he said, adding that the condition of five is said to be serious. “A probe has been ordered into the incident,” the official added.
April 26, 2018 09:00 UTC
A 29-year-old policeman, Sylvester Shamaki, who allegedly used his fingers to penetrate private part of a 22-year-old woman, was on Wednesday brought before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Sylvester, whose address was not given, is facing a charge of s3xual assault. Modupe Olaluwoye told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 14 at 6.30 p.m. at No 9 Adebisi Tolani Str., Medina Estate, Gbagada, Lagos. Olaluwoye said that the accused assaulted the complainant (name withheld) by forcing himself on her and penetrating her private part with his fingers. The offence contravenes Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
April 26, 2018 07:52 UTC
THE Federal Government allotted N90 billion in its April auction, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said on Wednesday. The auction result obtained from DMO’s website in Abuja said it sold N12.75 billion in seven-year bonds at 13.53 per cent and N38.96 billion 10-year bond at 13.98 per cent. It, however, introduced a new five-year bond at 12.75 per cent, raising N38.29 billion for it. The result noted that successful bids for the 12.75 per cent April 2023, 13.53 per cent for March 2025 and 13.98 per cent for Feb. 2028 were allotted at the marginal rates of 12.75 per cent, 12.85 per cent and 12.89 per cent, respectively. ALSO READ: $3bn Eurobond, $300m Diaspora bond to fund budget deficit —DMOThe News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria issues sovereign bonds monthly to support the local bond market, create a benchmark for corporate issuance and fund its budget deficit.
April 26, 2018 07:52 UTC
AN Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Wednesday refused the bail application filed by a man, Chinonso Kalu, charged with defiling a 10-year-old girl. The defendant, who was arraigned sometime in Nov. 2017 on a count charge of defilement, filed the bail application through his lawyer, Mrs Victoria Ubong. Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya, who refused the bail, said that the defendant failed to provide credible facts before the court. “The court has always exercised its discretion while granting bail but the nature and gravity of this offence is to be taken into consideration. “The defendant’s affidavit shows that he has no credible sureties, the affidavit also failed to provide any credible facts before this court.
April 26, 2018 07:41 UTC
Rwanda trailed a shining blaze when it completely banned plastic bags in 2008 as part of its Vision 2020 plan for sustainability. In 2014, Cameroon outlawed disposable plastic bags, while Mauritania banned the use, manufacture, and importation of plastic bags from 2013. Another success story is in Senegal which since January 5, 2016, banned manufacture and use of certain plastic bags, and Kenya joined last year with its new policy banning plastic bags. The truth is that we, in Africa, are already like the fishes in the oceans; we are fed poison every day. The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, famously ‘advised’ members of the Commonwealth to reconsider their unfavourable stance on gay rights.
April 26, 2018 05:48 UTC
A contribution of Nigeria’s telecommunications sector to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has hit 10 per cent. On the aggregate, the telecoms industry’s contribution to GDP in Nigeria stands at 10 per cent”, he said. In 2001, the telecom sector could boast of a mere $50 million worth of investments but as at September 2017, we have investments worth $70 billion. “Nigeria is one of the highest financial contributors to ITU in the African region and also a major player in ITU Telecom World activities for many years. I can assure you that Nigeria will continue to reinforce its cooperation with the ITU,” he stressed.
April 26, 2018 04:36 UTC
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has signed into law a bill on Child Welfare and Protection, weeks after its passage by the Kaduna State House of Assembly.The Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Mohammad Baba, hinted that “the Governor has already signed the bill into law. He regretted that majority of the prisons have not undergone rehabilitation in more than 50 years of establishment. Although incarceration is sometimes necessary to achieve public safety, that alone dies not provide the entire solution. On December 27, 2017 a town hall meeting was held to find solutions to the Nigerian community’s problems. At the meeting, Oluchi’s uncle (Mr. Uwaoma) and two sisters were held hostage while her father escaped after being almost lynched by angry members of the community.
Adopting the motion moved by Sam Anyanwu, the senators visited the Trauma Centre of the National Hospital in Abuja where Melaye was admitted. On whether Melaye was still handcuffed, Saraki said: “No, he is not in handcuffs.”The senator was handcuffed and taken away on a stretcher from Zankli Hospital, Abuja to the National Hospital on Tuesday night. He had gone to the private hospital to get treatment after an ordeal with the police team that attempted to take him from Abuja to a court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital for alleged criminal charges. He told his colleagues that the inspector general of police had been avoiding his calls since the last 48 hours. There is procedure,” he said.The Senate delegation earlier sent to ascertain the state of health of Melaye informed the Senate that he was in a very critical condition in the emergency unit of the trauma centre of the hospital.
Ugwuanyi while at the disaster scenes, sympathized with the affected persons and informed them of the decision of his administration to provide shelter and relief materials to cushion the effect of their loss. He assured the persons affected that his administration will “do everything possible to protect and provide them with the necessary assistance”, reassuring the people of government’s commitment to their welfare and security of lives and property. Speaking on behalf of the people of the area, the traditional ruler of Eziama Agbogugu autonomous community, Igwe Desmond Chukwu, expressed gratitude to the governor for “his prompt visit and response through the provision of relief materials and other assistance”. The monarch described the natural disaster as devastating and unfortunate, disclosing that the last time they experienced such havoc was in 1979. He added that “the state government’s intervention was a welcome development and would go a long way to cushion the effect of theloss”, while praying that such calamity does not happen again.
THE Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), says it has taken measures to ensure that its members imbibe the culture of transparency in transactions and corporate governance. Gwadabe said sensitisation workshops had been organised for its members across the nation to avoid any infringements on the requirements of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He noted that the association remained focused in partnering with the CBN to ensure that the naira remained stable at the foreign exchange market. NAN reports that ABCON in the last couple of years had continued to train its members on documentation and transparent transactions. ABCON had also partnered with the Nigeria Interbank Settlement Service (NIBSS) on the training of its members for transparent transactions.
April 26, 2018 04:30 UTC
He also stressed the need for teachers capacity development at all times. With the theme “Addressing the quality question in the education sector”, Nwani said the 21st century professional is not one that has spent many years in any given profession, but one who is open to learning and constantly developing himself. Some inspirational teachers were also rewarded across the country. Mrs. Kemi Adewoye, head of Meadow Hall Foundation, explained that the Foundation pays attention to teachers’ training, development and rewards because it believes that students are mostly influenced by their teachers. “Hence, a happy, well-trained and inspired teacher would go a long way in affecting the lives of the students in their care.”
Sexual health and reproductive health are intertwined. The phrase ‘sexual and reproductive health’ loosely means having access to educational information related to prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, to seek care for sexually transmitted diseases and to get treatment if needed in order to ultimately protect one’s reproductive health. Sexually transmitted diseases can affect reproductive health. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that affects both male and female. Please try to live a healthy lifestyle and make the right decisions about your sexual behaviours as it has a great impact on overall reproductive health.
The governor, who dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the state government had abandoned the premiere Niger Delta University with the establishment of the second state-owned university, said that mischievous elements, who did not mean well for the well-being of the state, were behind the unfounded allegations designed to inflame passion against the government. He stressed that the model of funding the University of Africa was different, as it was meant to be self-sustaining through exploitation of business opportunities and other avenues of revenue generation. Dickson stated that the university already established two companies, the UAT Farms Company Limited and the UAT Investment Company Limited, while the premiere Niger Delta University had come up with Niger Delta Investment Company Limited and the Niger Delta Consultancy Services. He said: “This administration took the decisive step to establish the University of Africa because we believe it is for the common good. The UAT is expected to open more access to university education in the state as has been observed by several credible authorities.“Those who are peddling the lie that this government planned to abandon the NDU are mischief-makers who do not mean well for our state.”
April 26, 2018 04:07 UTC
“As I sit here, I have almost 80 people working for me and there is no single person from this estate. The children of rich people don’t work and they don’t even apply for work. It is very wrong that we have to go far away to look for people that will work for us,” he said. “This meeting does not just directly make one a chief executive, but you have to start from scratch. The Chairman, LERA Publicity and Social Committee, Chika Idalah-Allison, stated that the association is a platform to help proffer solutions to corporate organisations and residents of Lekki phase 1.According to her, the event was aimed at bringing the employed and unemployed together to generate something for themselves.
April 26, 2018 04:07 UTC