POLICE INITIALLY PREVENTED SHERIFF FROM ENTERING PDP SECRETARIAT
The police on Monday initially prevented Sen. Ali Modu Sherrif, former acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from entering into the party’s national secretariat at Wadata Plaza at Wuse.
On arrival, he claimed he remains the party’s national chairman and had come to resume office in line with a ruling by a federal high court in Lagos. The police prevented his motorcade and his supporters from entering the secretariat. He said he was surprised at the action of the police, despite the Inspector-General of Police has given order to provide him with adequate security while resuming office.
Eventually, on the orders of the Inspector General of Police he was allowed into the building.
NIS BOSS GIVES PASSPORT OFFICES 48 HOURS TO CLEAR BACKLOG OF APPLICATION
The comptroller-general, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede has given all Passport Control Officers (PCOs) nationwide 48 hours to clear all backlog of passport applications. He gave the directives on Monday in Abuja at a meeting with senior management staff of the NIS.
He warned that failure to comply with the directive would be interpreted to mean the officer is incompetent and will therefore be removed. He also inaugurated a committee that will configure the NIS passport platform. He said that the committee has been given two months to complete the configuration.
BUHARI HAS NOT ALLOCATED ANYANWU OIL BLOC – KACHIKWU
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has clarified that President Muhammadu Buhari has not allocated oil blocs to any individual since he came into office. The minister made the clarification on Monday in Uyo at the South-South region town hall meeting organized by the ministry of information and culture.
The minister said that the president will need to correct the mess created by the past administration before he can begin to think of giving out such advantages to those who are skilled. The minister promised that the federal government would locate oil depots and modular refineries in the state through private capital intervention.
BE PATIENT WITH BUHARI, YUSUF URGES NIGERIANS
The senator representing Taraba central, Mr. Yusuf Yusuf had urged Nigerians yesterday in Abuja to exercise patience and cooperate with the Federal Government as it made effort to improve the nation’s economy. He said he was not unmindful of the challenges currently faced by Nigerians, but expressed optimism that the present administration would deliver on its mandate.
He said that the federal government inherited a difficult economy that would take some time to fix and assured that with good implementation of the 2016 budget, the challenges would abate.
FINANCE MINISTER EXPLAINS FG’S FUNDING PLAN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
Minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has given reasons why the Federal Government wants to use the pension funds to develop infrastructure, saying that the fund needed to earn a return. Adeosun called for more stakeholders engagement and literacy awareness campaign on the importation of the capital markets.
Adeosun explained that the capital markets had potentials to solving most of the nation’s financial problems, adding that the government would leverage on the opportunity and harness the potentials. She said the country needed funds to finance various sectors of the economy and the capital market was the strength needed to support the government.
NIGER DELTA AVENGERS AGREE TO DIALOGUE WITH FG, CALL FOR CEASEFIRE
The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has agreed to dialogue with the Federal Government. The group has, therefore, suspended its “Operation Red Economy”, which has crippled the oil industry since February.
In a statement issued on Monday by its spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mudoch Agbinibo, he called on its members to ceasefire pending the outcome of the dialogue with the Federal Government. The high commander says he is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue. He therefore stated that they want peace with honour and not peace with war.
EFCC QUIZZES CHIME AGAIN, 2 OTHER PDP CHIEFTAINS OVER N450M CAMPAIGN FUND
Former governor of Enugu state, Barr. Sullivan Chime, on Monday kept an appointment with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in continuation of the ongoing investigation. Apart from the former governor who was sighted at the commission’s office located at independent layout, Enugu, other notable chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were seen coming out of EFCC’s office.
It was gathered that Chime and others had already been granted administrative bail during their earlier interrogation but only kept to the terms of their bail to maintain constant contact with the commission by coming to the commission’s office from time to time.
NO GOV HAS EXCUSE TO OWE WORKERS’ SALARY – APC
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Bode Oyewumi, yesterday, took a swipe at state governors owing workers in their States. He said there is no excuse for any governor to owe workers’ salary. Oyewumi, who is an APC governorship aspirant, said the responsibility of any government is to pay the wages of workers.
He said the APC is prepared to take over in the state, adding that the leadership of the party has concluded arrangement to organize a credible primary election for all the aspirants of the party. He said the incumbent administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko has failed the masses of the state. He promised to develop the state through agriculture and improved infrastructure with the mineral resources being developed to cater for the economic needs of the state.
BUHARI’S ADVISER, FALANA, CANVASS POLITICAL, ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING
The Chairman of presidential advisory committee against corruption, Prof. Itsey Sagay and a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, on Monday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate the process that could culminate in the political and economic restructuring of Nigeria.
The duo, who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), demanded that the federal government’s areas of core responsibilities should be pruned down to defence, foreign affairs, immigration, currencies, banks, customs, telecommunications and its own police, among others. They advised the Federal Government to revert the country to what it used to be in the first republic.
STUDENTS SHUT VARSITY FOR ‘POOR ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT’
Following the poor academic environment and near-total collapse of essential infrastructure, students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu campus, UNEC on Monday shut down the school for a week. Within the period, the students insisted there would be no lectures and non-academic staff are not allowed to work in their offices.
Some of the students who spoke during the protest at the University gate lamented that they were angry because they paid for ‘wifi’ services but they are not enjoying it and most of their facilities in school are not working well. They are pleading with the school authority to know and do something about it.