The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State yesterday engaged each other in war of words over the planned construction of an agro-allied cargo airport in the state. Oguntuase said the airport project is not the immediate need of the state, but rather a fundamental transformation of Ekiti economic life that would address the prevailing vicious poverty in the state. It is crystal clear that Governor Fayemi doesn’t understand the yearnings and plight of the people. “I wonder when people are suffering and all roads in Ekiti State are in deplorable condition and Fayemi-led government is embarking on white elephant project. “If the project is a ploy to siphon Ekiti money, the Federal Government, African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Bank would not have supported the project.
October 21, 2019 04:32 UTC
On Friday, the state government had alerted residents of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and other parts of the state that flood could last throughout the weekend, owing to the release of water from the Oyan Dam. The lagoon is said to be having difficulty discharging water into the ocean causing backflow into the drainage channels. So what we normally do every year is to use a canoe to cross over to the city each time there is flood. I am not asking government to give my family money, I am not asking government to give us relief materials as flood victims because I don’t need it. What I want government to do is to construct our road so that there would be no more loss of lives and properties.
There have been weeks of pounding rains, which swamped major cities, leaving homes and facilities isolated by flood water. The immediate past president of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE), Mr. Oreoluwa Fadayomi told The Guardian that many Nigerians are building on flood prone locations, thus, making them more susceptible to flood effects and building collapse aside other factors that could trigger building collapse. He said government shouldn’t grant license to residents to embark on construction projects in flood prone areas. So many landlords are falling victim of poor building foundation in locations such as, Arowojobe, Maryland, Medinah estate, Oke-Alo, Lekki and Ilubirin and others. That is the case you find in the Magodo building collapse.
And with the Customs relaxed on checking insurance certificates, importers were only procuring insurance cover when they felt it was necessary. The Guardian gathered that cargo insurance is classified into three categories- ICC ‘A’, which has the most risk covered, while ICC ‘B’ and ICC ‘C’ have less insurance coverage. This means insurance companies in the country continue to lose approximately a minimum of N270 billion from non-purchase of original cargo insurance certificates for 27 million cargoes. Investigations also show that the fake insurers issue fake marine certificates to customers at major centres where shipping activities are carried out across the country. Further findings reveal that one can get a fake Insurance Cargo Clause ( ICC) “C” marine insurance cover, which is the minimum marine cover, for N2,500 notwithstanding the Insurance value.
Hillary Clinton on Sunday posted a joke letter on Twitter supposedly sent by John F. Kennedy during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, written in the excitable style of US President Donald Trump’s recent letter to Turkey. The parody letter, originally from ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” TV show, is written on mocked-up White House letterhead and addressed to Russia’s then leader Nikita Khrushchev. Get your missiles out of Cuba,” starts the letter pretending to be from president Kennedy. Don’t be a fool,” Trump finished, adding: “I will call you later.”The joke letter from Kennedy to Khrushchev ends: “You’re really busting my nuts here. In the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy and Khrushchev faced off in a moment of high diplomatic tension that threatened to tip the world into nuclear war.
Earmarked N4.3b to fight HIV/AIDS, TB, malariaMore reasons have emerged why Nigeria ranked fifth among eight countries with the highest burden of Tuberculosis (TB) in 2018 namely: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa. However, in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) latest Global TB Report, released yesterday, Brazil, China, the Russian Federation and Zimbabwe, which have high TB burdens, achieved treatment coverage levels of more than 80 per cent. WHO’s latest Global TB Report noted that 2018 also saw a reduction in the number of TB deaths: 1.5 million people died from TB in 2018, down from 1.6 million in 2017. Director General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, said: “The continued Government of Nigeria funding for growing the National Treatment and Prevention Programmes is vital for the sustainability of AIDS response. I appeal to all governors to equally commit to investing to end AIDS in Nigeria as a public health threat by 2030.
A 35-year-old woman, Monsurat Olusanya, has been arrested by detectives of Ogun State police command for inflicting severe injuries on the body of a four-year-old girl, Fathia Ogundimu, who is reported to be her niece. Not satisfied, she gave the baby human bite on her stomach and lips. “On the strength of the report, the DPO Sango police station, CSP Godwin Idehai, detailed his detectives to the scene where the aunty was promptly arrested. The victim has been taken to hospital for medical treatment. Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Bashir Makama, has directed that the suspect be charged to court as investigation is concluded.
They want the anti-graft agencies to carry out a prompt, thorough, transparent and effective probe into into the allegations. In a petition signed by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP implored the two bodies to “probe allegations that some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are selling the employment slots at their disposal, with a single slot being allegedly sold for as much as N1.5 million. We urge you to prosecute anyone suspected to be involved should you consider there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, and to make public the outcome of any investigation.”It went on: “This alleged preferential treatment in Nigerians’ access to government jobs is a textbook case of cronyism, patronage and corruption. The public interests are best served when public employees are recruited on the basis of their skills, competence and expertise rather than as a reward for political, social and other similar connections.”In the letter sent to ICPC chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye and EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, the group stated: “Unless the allegations are urgently investigated and suspected perpetrators brought to justice, the effective and efficient performance from the public workforce, competence in government services and functioning of ministries, department and agencies will continue to be negatively impacted.”On its part, HURIWA, in a statement yesterday by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, regretted “that the EFCC, which has extended its dragnet in pursuit of, and targeting students andIt further said: It was pure act of discriminatory applications of the relevant laws against fraud and graft that the anti-graft agencies, including EFCC and ICPC, have shut their eyes to the widely circulated allegations made by the Police Service Commission (PSC), accusing the IGP of involvement in alleged fraud in the recently compiled 10,000 prospective constables into the force.”“Indeed, these crimes should occupy the attention of not just the anti-corruption institutions, but the Department of State Services (DSS) should arrest the key figures because employment racketeering is both an economic crime and a major threat to national security.”
The USSD services include the GTB’s *737#; First Bank’s *894#; Fidelity Bank’s *770#; Access Bank’s *901#; and UBA’s *919# that run on telecoms’ operators platforms. Thank you.”The N4 per 20 seconds means that in every per minute, customers will pay ₦12 on each USSD transaction. Instead, the banks decided to further charge the customers N4, which will be remitted to the telecoms companies for infrastructural maintenance. “What I don’t really understand is why the banks and telecoms operators can’t agree to share the N50 which is already being charged. In a statement made available by his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, titled “Discontinuation of Alleged USSD Service Charge by MTN”, Pantami said yesterday that the ministry was not aware of it.
The impeached Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Simon Achuba, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the political crisis currently rocking the state to prevent breakdown of law and order. He said that the president’s elderly intervention would save the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) from an impending danger. The impeached deputy governor, who said that electricity supply to his official residence was also disconnected and power generator disabled to force him out a few hours after his purported impeachment, insisted that swearing in anyone else as deputy governor amounted to illegality and a breach of the constitution. Meanwhile, the assembly has accused members of the panel that investigated the allegations levelled against the former deputy governor of compromising the assignment given to them. The decision of whether the deputy governor is guilty or not guilty is that of the House.”
The suspended judgment of the Court of Appeal, Calabar was at the weekend delivered with Senator Bassey Albert of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) retaining his Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial seat. The member representing Ukanafun /Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, Mr. Uyime Idem also defeated Mr. Uko Ette in the appeal he brought against Idem. He added that there was no need to evaluate evidence and analyse the submission of counsel in that regards. He also thanked the people of Akwa Ibom North East for the victory. On the other hand, the appellant’s counsel, Mr. G. A. Umoh also thanked the court for the industry in the judgment.
October 21, 2019 04:21 UTC
The situation of roads in Ijegun area of Lagos state has become a nightmare for every road user; pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers; people complain bitterly about the poor state of Ijegun road, which has resulted to several accidents and life threatening events. The road has become a deathtrap for the people and we are feeling rejected by government despite the fact that the road is a major one. Davido, Chioma welcome 1st baby in LondonPrevious administrations in the state used to patch up the road but this has not helped. I’m pleading with the Lagos State Government and the authorities of Ikotun Local Government to take quick action and help stop the hardship faced by people that commute on this road daily. Caleb IjiomaLagos state
October 21, 2019 04:18 UTC
Our beloved country, Nigeria, is in such a situation that can be best described as “chaotic”. More than half of the Nigerian population lives below the poverty line. There is absolutely no way of denying the fact that our country is in a state of chaos. However, many Nigerians have succeeded in making colours amidst this chaos. It is high time we looked beyond the never-ending chaos and thought of how to create colours amidst this never-ending chaos.
October 21, 2019 04:18 UTC
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and experts in the Information Technology industry have charged insurance operators to invest in technology to effectively key into the financial inclusion target of the Federal Government. The Acting Commissioner for Insurance, Sunday Thomas, made this assertion at just concluded 2019 Insurance Professional Forum, tagged: “The Digital Era: Implications for Insurance Professionals”, organised by the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) at Abeokuta, Ogun State. The NAICOM boss, said that failure of the insurance companies to key into the 21st century demand for digital business services might spell doom for the industry. He noted that insurance professionals need to be more alert and imbibe various relevant technologies as a baseline or core competency while adopting newer technologies – the internet of things (IoT). According to him, Insurance companies must effectively integrate into the robust financial circle to take its rightful place in the economy.
October 21, 2019 04:17 UTC
He added that he was close to Ladipo Spare Parts Market, Oshodi, when the police stopped him. “I looked back and I didn’t see any of the guys that had engaged me to carry the items”, the suspect said. “This is not the first time I would be helping them to carry materials like that to Ladipo. “Once I get to Ladipo, they would tell me to wait while they sold off those materials and pay me. Meanwhile, the police in Lagos have arrested 23-year-old Ayobami Adegbite for alleged armed robbery of passers-by in Ajah.
October 21, 2019 04:17 UTC