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LAI MOHAMMED TO MEET WITH KEKE RIDERS, BAKASSI RETURNEES TODAY

Commercial tricycle operators, otherwise called Keke riders, and Bakassi returnees are among the distinguished Nigerians invited for a town hall meeting in Uyo, Awka Ibom state by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The event scheduled for states in the south-south geo-political zone of Nigeria will hold at the prestigious Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and golf resort today.

The invitation was  released from the office of the information minister through the state national orientation agency and the ministry of information and communications. They disclosed that the town hall meeting is part of measures by the federal government to communicate policies, programmes and activities of the present administration to the people.

 

DSS INVITES OSUN RELIGIOUS LEADERS OVER LOOMING CRISIS

The Department of State Services has invited the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Osun State, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya and some Muslim leaders yesterday in the state over the looming crisis in public schools following a court verdict on the use of hijab in public schools.

The CAN chairman in the meeting stated that they are peace-loving people and that, they are not at war with anybody but promised to direct their children to start wearing choir robes and any other church garment they like to school, if the state government decides to implement the judgment that Muslim children are free to wear hijab to schools founded by Christian missionaries. In reaction, the Muslim community has urged the CAN to respect the court judgment on hijab.

 

I WILL LEAD PDP TO WINNING WAYS –  SARDAUNA

National chairmanship aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party, Sadiq Bello Sardauna has pledged to reunite the party and relaunch it to winning ways if given the mandate by his party men, during the forthcoming national Congress of the party.

Sardauna in Kano yesterday said that his candidacy offers a window of opportunity for self rediscovery by the party. The national championship aspirant said the crisis in the party requires the “energy and wealth” of experience of a youth that can in between diverse interests and come up with results. He therefore urged all and sundry to support his ambition.

 

I WON’T CONTINUE SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME, FAYOSE TELLS FG

Ekiti state government, Ayodele Fayose, has said that the school feeding programme of the All Progressives Congress-led federal government must be done without the proposed 40 percent counterpart funding from States.

The governor, who said his state was interested in the scheme, added that the school feeding programme was purely a contract between the APC-led federal government and Nigerians. In a statement issued on Sunday by his special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, he said the Ekiti people deserved the benefit from the programme without assisting the Federal Government in any way.

 

LASU SUSPENDS INDIAN HEMP-SMOKING UNDERGRADUATE

The Lagos State University has suspended a second year computer science undergraduate for being in possession of a substance suspected to be cannabis sativa (Indian hemp). The suspension is contained in the University’s bulletin made available to newsmen, Sunday, in Lagos.

The University’s vice-chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, suspended the student in line with the powers conferred on him by section 28 of the law establishing the Institution. According to Prof. Olanrewaju, the suspension will subsist until he appears before the students’ disciplinary committee of the University to defend himself.

 

BAYELSA ELDERS WRITE TO BUHARI, SEEK END TO MILITANCY

Political and traditional leaders in Bayelsa State on Sunday argued that the growing unemployment and general frustration in the Niger Delta region were partly responsible for the insurgence of armed agitations in the regions.

In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari that was signed by Chief Newton Ayibatare and others, it was stated that fighting unemployment would substantially reduce anger in the oil-rich areas and also look for a permanent solution to ending the crisis in the area and also ensure the takeoff of the Brass Liquefied Natural Gas project (Brass LNG).

 

IJAW FORUM LAUDS OSHIOMHOLE

The South-South Ijaw Youth Leaders Forum, SSIYLF, has said the Ijaw of Edo state fared better under governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, who they described as “detribalized and non-partisan” in the governance of the state.

The group said Oshiomhole was the first to visit the Ijaw communities of Edo state, adding:” Oshiomhole renovated schools, built boreholes, graded roads in the Ijaw areas of Edo State and appointed an Ijaw son of the state, Don Okubo Robert, as Executive Director, Surveillance Security, Edo state. They claimed that over 500 Ijaw youths got employment in the present administration.

 

BUHARI ADVISED TO RECOVER LOOTED FUNDS, SHUN IMF LOAN

President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to redouble his efforts at recovering looted public funds so that such funds could be ploughed back into the economy instead of seeking loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

An agro-allied economist and aviation expert, Captain John Okakpu urged the National Assembly to pass laws that will prescribe stiff penalties for fund looters to make stealing unattractive. According to Okakpu, he advised that stolen funds could be given to Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at a single digit interest to create more impact on the economy, thereby amnesty should be granted to fund looters.

 

FG PLANS FRESH BAIL OUT FOR STATE GOVTS

The ministry of finance had said that the Federal Government plans to set up a conditional budget support facility to provide financial relief to state government. The ministry stated that the proposed facility is aimed at providing support to overcome the current financial challenges.

The ministry said the Federal Government has agreed to develop the international public sector accounting standards – complaint software for States to use. The government has also agreed to develop new bond issuance guidelines to ease access to the capital market for states wishing to fund developmental projects. The minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, added that the Fiscal Sustainability Plan, FSP, introduced by the federal government will improve transparency and accountability in states.

 

DICKSON QUERIES HOS, AG OVER DELAY IN SALARIES

The governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, had expressed dismay over the delay in the payment of salaries to workers in the state. The governor who frowned on the situation had queried the Head of Service, Accountant-General and the accountant of all the ministries in the state to explain what “necessitate the delay”.

Dickson was also said to have directed them to ensure the payment of the salaries not later than today, Monday, June 13, 2016. He warned that failure to carryout directives today would attract disciplinary action against the erring officials. It was gathered that the governor made provisions for the payment since last Thursday. The governor commended the workers for their patience and understanding.

 

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