*Edo PDP At Crossroads As Modu-Sheriff Holds Guber Primary *DPR uncovers 2 illegal engine oil factories, arrests 6


Edo PDP At Crossroads As Modu-Sheriff Holds Guber Primary

It is no longer news that the national leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is heading for the iceberg unless something urgently is done to steer the ship of the once powerful political party in Africa from the gathering storm threatening its very foundation. The umbrella of the party is torn between the former Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee and former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, who is laying claim to the Chairmanship of the once ruling party. Read more

DPR uncovers 2 illegal engine oil factories, arrests 6

Efforts to sanitize the lubricants arm of the downstream sector may have started yielding the expected result as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has uncovered two illegal engine oil blending plants in Lagos. The two arrests were carried out in the Marine Beach area of Apapa and Raji Rasaki Estate in Festac Town. Read more

Akinyemi Blasts SGF For Calling Confab Delegates ‘Boys’

A former Minister of External Affairs and Vice Chairman of the 2014 National Conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has criticised the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, for referring to delegates at the conference as boys. Akinyemi also faulted the claim by the SGF in an interview published on Monday that delegates to the conference were paid N7m. Read more

Saraki Should Stop Blaming AGF For His Woes – Agbaje

Constitutional lawyer, Fred  Agbaje on Tuesday said embattled  Senate President, Bukola  Saraki should refrain from blaming the presidency and Attorney- General of the Federation,  Abubakar  Malami for his woes over t his  arraignment alongside three others for alleged forgery of the Senate Rules . Speaking in a chat with Independent, Agbaje said the claim by  Saraki that he is being witch hunted is completely false. Read more

NEITI seeks media partnership to end corruption in oil sector

Irked by the low impact of the hydrocarbon resources on the populace, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has renewed its appeal to the media to support its commitment to end corruption, impunity and mismanagement of the country’s oil, gas and mining revenues. The Executive Secretary, Waziri Adio, made the appeal in Lagos while on a working visit to some media organizations, including The Guardian Newspapers. During meetings with the Boards of Editors of the respective organizations, Adio explained that the mandate of NEITI in the extractive industry is consistent with the role of the media as watch dogs of the society and called for greater partnership and collaboration. He underlined the role of the media in the areas of public education, enlightenment and social mobilization and identified dissemination of NEITI industry audit reports as one major area where the support of the media is indispensable Read more

Appointing foreign Coach for Eagles may cost Nigeria Russia 2018 qualification-Izilein

A former coach of the Super Falcons, Godwin Izilein, on Wednesday in Benin warned against appointing a foreign coach for the Super Eagles now. Izilein told the newsmen that the senior national male football team may not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a result of this. Read more

Woman burns boy’s genitals for stealing N100

The police in Lagos State have arrested a woman identified simply as Saratu, for allegedly burning the private parts of her seven-year-old nephew, Razak Qudus. PUNCH Metro learnt that Saratu allegedly burnt the boy’s private parts with a stove after he was accused of stealing N100. Read more

Drunken cop dies after disagreement with girlfriend

the corpse of a policeman, Sergeant Godspower Okoro, has been deposited at the Mainland General Hospital, Lagos State, for an autopsy to unravel the cause of his death. PUNCH Metro learnt that Okoro, who was attached to the Alausa Police Division, was found dead in his rented apartment on Baale Street, Ojodu Berger, around 8am on Sunday. Read more

NEPC charges business chambers on non-oil export devt

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has urged business chambers in the South-West region to advocate the exploitation of natural resources that give the region comparative advantage as part of measures to boost non-oil export in the country. Read more

FG Will Recover All Looted Funds – SGF

The concept of our budgeting in this government is zero budgeting where government considers only appropriate key projects that are important for the implementation of its key programmes and policies. To that effect, the Ministry of Budget has sent out a request to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to send their request for capital fund releases. All MDAs have replied and the Budget Office has started releasing money for capital projects according to the priority of government. It is important to prioritize because we are all aware that the revenue of government has fallen by about 40 per cent since the budget was approved by the National Assembly. As we all know, budget is a statement of intention, implementation will be based on the reality of the revenue as the years go by. And because of that, MDAs are required to write a request for funds only for those projects that were appropriated by the National Assembly and; secondly, that the ministry considers important as a priority, so to say. Read more

Dealing With Energy Challenges Of Reclaimed Boko Haram Territories

Many of the north-eastern states affected by the violent activities of terror group, Boko Haram have several of their communities loosing almost everything to the onslaught. Families in these communities lost so much to the attacks with their loved ones captured, maimed, separated or killed; homes were razed and places like schools, worship centres, offices within the communities and farmlands destroyed. The people were consequently forced to flee their communities by the insurgents making them internally displaced people in the country. With the successes recorded by the military in the war against the Boko Haram insurgency, quite a good number of these seized communities have been retaken with normalcy gradually returning and the people being encouraged to return home. Read more

N1.2b bonus demand as test for govt’s fiscal reponsibility compliance level

Stakeholders from the financial sector and civil society groups have said that government’s ability to stick to the rules of Fiscal Responsibility Act in the implementation of 2016 budget stands to be tested with the emergence of frivolities in and out of the fiscal document. Besides, they said that the ongoing protest by the workers of the Ministry of Finance over bonus and special overtime allowances estimated at N1.2 billion, which were not part of conditions for engagements and presently not captured in the budget, will serve as a litmus test in government’s compliance level to FRA. The ministry recently floated Efficiency Unit, with the mandate to scrutinise activities and budget spendings as a foil to assessed wastages of public fund, which had some of the protesting workers as its enforcement officers. Read more

Government finalising procurement processes on 3,000MW Mambilla power project

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has raised hope on commencement of construction works on the Mambilla hydro power project expected to add another 3,000Mega Watts (MW) to the national grid. The Mambilla hydro-electric power project has been footdraging since the contract was awarded to two Chinese firms in May 28, 2007, but this administration has promised to undertake the project and deliver power to Nigerians The contract was earlier awarded to China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) and another Chinese consortium, Sinohydro at the sum of $3.2 billion (N508 billion). Read more

NNPC, NIPCO fuel distribution deal hits 1.8 billion litres mark

The storage arrangement otherwise known as thru put operated by the Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company (NIPCO) for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reached a record mark of 1.8 billion litres in the last nine years. The thru put programme, which allowed the NNPC to use NIPCO’s storage facility for storage and distribution of petrol and kerosene commenced in 2007 and has significantly aided smooth distribution of petroleum products in the country. The Group Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, NNPC (Downstream), Henry Ikem Obih, who was on a visit to the company’s premises in Apapa said NIPCO remained a strategic partner with the corporation in the downstream sector, even as the partnership targets two billion litres mark soon. Read more

Court punctures AMCON’s take-over of Multi-Trex Integrated company

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has struck out a suit empowering the Asset management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to take over an agro-related company, Multi-Trex Integrated Foods Plc. Justice A.T. Mohammed at the weekend after hearing a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Deacon Dele Adesina with Ademola Adesina for Multi-Trex and Mr. Olatunde Adejuyigbe, also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, acting for AMCON ordered that the originating summons on which the take over bid stood be struck.
  The order, which is a relief to the foods’ company, came exactly one year ago AMCON acting through its solicitor, Mr. Tosin Shaba, had obtained far reaching exparte orders from the same court, which led to the appointment of Shaba as the receiver-manager. Having rejected the orders, which Multi-Trex claimed to have been procured behind it, the company went ahead to challenge the actions.Consequently, Justice Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, threw out the originating summons on the basis of which Multitrex’s factory had been seized and its workers chased out. Read more

Half Of Recovered Loot Should Be Shared Equally Among States – Akinola

It is not only embarrassing,it is a shock that a Nigeria of 2016 is still behaving as if it was in the infancy of dark age.  I don’t know  how an agency of Federal Government could just bounce on a serving governor and have his accounts frozen ,without any consultation or interrogation. In fact, we read on the pages of newspapers that the reasons given by the anti- graft agency was that it was investigating the governor for certain alleged crimes . Read more

Abortion requests rise amid Zika fears

The mysterious Zika virus has been detected in 61 countries, the majority in Latin America and more pregnant women are considering abortions out of fear of birth defects in their babies. The Zika virus may be driving a surge in interest in abortions in Latin America, according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more

Suspected Islamic State suicide bombers kill 36 at Istanbul

Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul’s main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150. One attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said. Read more

Toyota recalling 3.3 million vehicles over defects

Toyota said on Wednesday it is recalling 3.37 million vehicles globally over a pair of defects, in the latest hit for a Japanese auto industry hit by fuel-efficiency scandals and an exploding airbag crisis. The most affected models in Toyota’s recall include its Prius hybrid and luxury Lexus, with the vehicles mostly sold in Japan, North America and Europe. Read more

Brexit vote is irreversible -Merkel

Britain’s decision to leave the EU is irreversible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says following summit talks in Brussels with British Prime Minister David Cameron and the bloc’s other leaders. “I see no way to reverse that,” Merkel says of the referendum outcome, while adding that the issue was not discussed with Cameron. Read more

UK approves IMO’s marine amendments treaty

The United Kingdom has become the first State to formally accept the 2013 marine ‘geoengineering’ amendments to the 1996 ‘London Protocol’, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea. Information made available by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) indicates that the  amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific marine geoengineering activities to be permitted only when the activity is assessed as constituting legitimate scientific research.  Read more




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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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