P.M. NEWS Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:27:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Lagos APC will hold a hitch-free state congress – Ajomale http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/lagos-apc-will-hold-a-hitch-free-state-congress-ajomale/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/lagos-apc-will-hold-a-hitch-free-state-congress-ajomale/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:27:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192434 The All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State Chapter, said on Thursday 24 April that it was prepared to conduct a hitch-free State Congress on 26 April. The Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of APC, Chief Henry Ajomale, said that the congress would be strictly limited to state delegates, that would not be fewer than 2,200 in […]]]>

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State Chapter, said on Thursday 24 April that it was prepared to conduct a hitch-free State Congress on 26 April.

The Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of APC, Chief Henry Ajomale, said that the congress would be strictly limited to state delegates, that would not be fewer than 2,200 in number.

“We have done everything possible to make it a hitch-free congress and those who are coming will strictly be the accredited delegates,” he said.

Henry Ajomale: interim chairman of Lagos APC

Henry Ajomale: interim chairman of Lagos APC

He stated that: “The delegates are not part of those who went for the congress at the local government level.”

He noted that members of the State House of Assembly, the House of Representatives, senators, governors and their deputies, would be given automatic access to the congress.

He also said that INEC had been invited to witness the congress, adding that the five-man team appointed by the national supervisory committee of the APC would oversee the event.

“The five-man team is headed by Garuba Abari,” he said.

Ajomale said that the team was trying to see if the delegates could come up with consensus candidates among them, adding if they could not, the team would resort to balloting.

There are about 36 positions to be contested for on that day.

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No LASG Project In LASPOTECH http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/no-lasg-project-in-laspotech/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/no-lasg-project-in-laspotech/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:17:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192432 By Harrison Iyoha The Lagos State Government has been accused of not contributing to the development of one of its state-owned institutions, Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, for over 16 years. This accusation was made by a senior lecturer who was also a former principal officer of the institution in an exclusive interview with our P.M.NEWS […]]]>

By Harrison Iyoha

LASPOTECH Rector: Dr. Abdulazeez Abioye Lawal

LASPOTECH Rector: Dr. Abdulazeez Abioye Lawal

The Lagos State Government has been accused of not contributing to the development of one of its state-owned institutions, Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, for over 16 years.

This accusation was made by a senior lecturer who was also a former principal officer of the institution in an exclusive interview with our P.M.NEWS CampusSquare.

The senior lecturer, who pleaded anonymity, stated that, these issues did not just start with this present administration. “For the eight years that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu spent as the state governor, nothing was released for any capital project. Only monies meant for accreditation exercises and salaries were released.

“All major projects in those years were done either through the Education Trust Fund, ETF or developmental fees and acceptance fees paid by the students of the institution. Tinubu never attended any of the convocation ceremonies conducted in the institution during his tenure,” he claimed.

The senior lecturer also claimed that Governor Babtunde Fashola is really no different. “Apart from the meagre funds released for accreditation exercise and salaries, he only approved the construction of the building for the institution’s School of Technology and the completion of its third gate road.

LASPOTECH relies on the Tertiary Education Fund, TETFUND, and students’ developmental fees for school projects. The sports complex has been abandoned for years. Governor Fashola only visited the school late last year to inspect the School of Technology building which is near completion.”

When asked if the school management ever approached the state government for funds for capital projects, he stated that: “In the days of Tinubu, when we were about to be booted out of the Ikosi Campus, we requested for money to move our furniture fittings and equipment to the Ikorodu campus. But instead of granting our request, we received lorries of mobile police men. You cannot query them,” he quizzed.

“The management makes requests, writes and follows up. For example, LASPOTECH cannot fix a date for convocation without consulting the governor’s protocol to confirm his availability, yet he has never turned up for the occasion. Any government that wants to advance its people technologically should start from human capacity development.”

Asked if the inadequate funding is responsible for the high school fees being paid by the Part-Time students of the school, the lecturer said that, “there is no way we can sustain the polytechnic without the part time programmes. As at today, they are the ones sustaining this school for all I care.”

But the institution’s Deputy Registrar and Public Relation And Information officer, Lanre Kuye, has, however, countered the claims, labelling them as baseless.

Kuye said: “It’s a big lie if anybody tells you the state government has not done anything for LASPOTECH. The state government constructed the new road linking Itokin outward third gate and a new laboratory was built for the school.

“As for the sports complex, the contractor was the one responsible for the abandonment of the project. Because of this, the state governor sacked the contractor and re-awarded the project to another one, who is doing a wonderful job now. I can assure you that the project will soon be completed.

“On the issue of the state governor not attending any of the school’s convocation ceremony, that is true. The governor is a busy man who can’t be everywhere at the same time. Somebody has to be there for him when he is not there that he did when he couldn’t make it to the ceremony.

“It’s true we enjoy the support of TETFUND but that doesn’t mean the school is not getting support from the state government.

Meanwhile, in his speech at the recently held convocation ceremony, LASPOTECH’s Rector, Dr. Lawal Abioye, called for more state government funding.

“We have been able to construct a 700-seater auditorium in the School of Agriculture, a one-storey block of classrooms in the School of Engineering, Banking and Finance Department block in the School of Management and Business Studies, procured books and sundry items/equipment for various departments in the polytechnic, among others with the TETFUND.

“We have not only consolidated on the polytechnic’s legacy of development, we have indeed expanded our scope of operations, re-engineered our structures and intensified physical development on the campuses of the polytechnic but we need more government funding to achieve more,” he said.

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‘Tortured’ Indonesian maid listed on Time’s top 100 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/tortured-indonesian-maid-listed-on-times-top-100/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/tortured-indonesian-maid-listed-on-times-top-100/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:02:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192429 Time magazine has named an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, putting the spotlight on the city’s treatment of its migrant workers. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, reportedly suffered months of abuse in a case which has renewed concerns over the treatment of domestic helpers […]]]>

Time magazine has named an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, putting the spotlight on the city’s treatment of its migrant workers.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, reportedly suffered months of abuse in a case which has renewed concerns over the treatment of domestic helpers in the southern Chinese city and sparked angry protests.

Time magazine hailed Sulistyaningsih’s bravery in speaking out against her employer and pushing for laws that better protect maids in Hong Kong.

“It is brave women like her who speak up for the voiceless who will create lasting change,” Cambodian activist Somaly Mam said of Sulistyaningsih in the list published on Thursday.

“Erwiana is advocating for better laws to protect others who may share her fate, placing a spotlight on the plight of a vulnerable and often invisible population,” Mam said.

Time’s recognition of Sulistyaningsih brings international attention to the treatment of migrant domestic workers in the city, Hong Kong-based Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body spokesman Eman Villanueva said.

“The inclusion itself only proves that the issue of migrant domestic workers, the slavery, the exploitation and abuse is something that the international community should pay attention to,” Villanueva said.

He described the situation as “ripe for abuse” in the city, where maids are required to live with their employers.

Villanueva also said Erwiana’s actions and her inclusion on the list will help empower more victims to speak out.

“This would encourage and would strengthen the resolve of many other victims to come out in the open and fight for their rights and seek justice,” he said.

Law Wan-tung, a 44-year old Hong Kong mother-of-two has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Sulistyaningsih.

Prosecutors have alleged that Wan-tung turned household items such as a mop, a ruler and a clothes hanger into “weapons” against Sulistyaningsih.

She was also charged with common assault and four counts of criminal intimidation. The charges were related either to Sulistyaningsih or to her two previous Indonesian domestic helpers.

Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih sits in a wheelchair at a hospital in Sragen after she was allegedly tortured in Hong Kong.

Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih sits in a wheelchair at a hospital in Sragen after she was allegedly tortured in Hong Kong.

The trial has been adjourned to 29 April, with officials awaiting the maid’s medical records from Indonesia.

Sulistyaningsih was admitted to hospital in Sragen, on Indonesia’s main island of Java, in critical condition after returning from Hong Kong in January.

The Asian financial hub is home to nearly 300,000 maids, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines, and criticism from rights groups over their treatment is growing.

Amnesty International in November condemned the “slavery-like” conditions faced by thousands of Indonesian domestic helpers in Hong Kong and accused authorities of “inexcusable” inaction.

Time magazine’s list also included Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban attack in 2012 when she was shot in the head by the militants for campaigning for girls’ education.

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Ogun Honours Faithful Taxpayers http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/ogun-honours-faithful-taxpayers/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/ogun-honours-faithful-taxpayers/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:46:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192426 Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta The Ogun State Government on Thursday honored some organisations, groups and individuals it adjudged to be most faithful in the payment of taxes in 2013. Governor Ibikunle Amosun pledged that the state will faithfully utilize all taxes collected. At a ceremony held at the Hubert Ogunde Cultural Centre, Kuto, Nestle Nigeria Plc […]]]>

Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government on Thursday honored some organisations,
groups and individuals it adjudged to be most faithful in the payment of taxes in 2013. Governor Ibikunle Amosun pledged that the state will faithfully utilize all taxes collected.

At a ceremony held at the Hubert Ogunde Cultural Centre, Kuto, Nestle
Nigeria Plc was presented with the Overall Best Tax-Payers Award, while
the award of the Most Responsive Tax Payers (Corporate) was given to
Lafarge Nigeria Plc. The award for the Most Responsive Tax Payers
Award (Individual) was equally given to Chief Jide Jones.

The even tagged ‘A Day with the Governor’, was themed, “Partnering towards re-building an enabling environment”. Governor Amosun stated that the landmark achievements recorded in various sectors by the administration in less than three years was principally due to the payment of taxes and levies by the taxpayers, noting that, fund constraints was one of the major challenges of governance which could hinder good course.

Gov Ibikunle Amosun

Gov Ibikunle Amosun

Amosun praised his Lagos State counterpart, Governor Babatunde
Fashola for aiding the operations of the Residency Rule law,
which he said has greatly assisted the Internally Generated Revenue.

The governor was equally grateful to several companies and organisations which have employees residing in Ogun State territory who he said have shown exemplary level of cooperation and compliance in the area of tax remittance.

He challenged the non-complying organisations to brace up and do what
is expected and legal.

“A lot still needs to be done in the area of tax remittance. But, I must place on record, the cooperation that we have received from the Government and Governor of Lagos State, my brother Babatunde Raji Fashola for allowing the operation of the Residency Rule law. There are several other companies and organisations that have shown an exemplary level of cooperation and compliance in this area of remittance of tax to Ogun State, where their employees live.

“We must also note that there are still several others who are yet to fully comply or yet to comply at all. We are urging such organisations, companies or agents to please brace up and do what is expected and legal. The position of the law is very clear in this regard. They need to do the needful and the legal.

“The State Government has made it easier for companies operating
within and outside the State but as long as the employees are resident
in Ogun State, they should remit their taxes to Ogun State.

“Let me assure you with all seriousness that we will not mismanage
your funds. All taxes paid will be judiciously used for the benefit of
the state and to create wealth for our people at large. You are
already seeing what we are using your tax for but I want to assure
you that your money, your tax will not be stolen. It will be used for
the general good of the people of Ogun State,” he said.

The Governor further revealed that his administration inherited a tax
bar of N730million in 2011 adding that the government has so far
raised N4billion IGR as at March 2013.

“Forty-three mega companies with about two hundred dollars financial base have arrived this state in less than three years which has made us the largest industrial base in the country today.”

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Ogun State Internal Revenue, Babajide
Odubanjo, said that the government will continue to be responsive to its responsibilities in its quest to achieve a new Ogun.

He noted that the permanent tax payers card recently introduced by the Amosun-led administration has helped a great deal in making tax payment easier.

Responding on behalf of the Overall Best 2013 Tax payers of the State
,Nestle Nigeria Plc, Dr Samuel Adenekan, ‎Corporate Relations Manager, said: “Ogun State is very dear to us as it is the Gateway to Africa’s biggest economy and the world’s fastest growing economy,” adding that, “We will always support the vision of Governor Amosun in his re-building mission.”

Lavender Microfinance was presented the Most Responsive Microfinance Bank 2013 while Late Alhaji Fatai Gbemisola of FatGbems Limited won the Post Humous Award.

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Amosun honours corporate and individual tax payers http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/amosun-honours-corporate-and-individual-tax-payers/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/25/amosun-honours-corporate-and-individual-tax-payers/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:48:05 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192424 The Ogun State Government on Thursday honoured some organizations and groups it considered the most faithful in the payment of taxes last year with a firm pledge by Governor Ibikunle Amosun to faithfully utilize all taxes collected in the state. At a ceremony held at the Hubert Ogunde Cultural Centre, Kuto, Nestle Nigeria Plc was […]]]>

The Ogun State Government on Thursday honoured some organizations and groups it considered the most faithful in the payment of taxes last year with a firm pledge by Governor Ibikunle Amosun to faithfully utilize all taxes collected in the state.

At a ceremony held at the Hubert Ogunde Cultural Centre, Kuto, Nestle Nigeria Plc was presented with the Overall Best Tax-Payers Award, while the award of the Most Responsive Tax Payers (Corporate) was given to Lafarge Nig. Plc. The state award for the Most Responsive Tax Payers Award(Individual) was given to Chief Jide Jones.

At the event tagged ”A Day with the Governor”, with the theme, ‘partnering towards re-building an enabling environment’, Governor Amosun stated that the landmark achievements recorded in various sectors by the administration in less than three years was principally due to the payment of taxes and levies by the people and corporate organisations, noting that, fund constraints was one of the major challenges of governance which could hinder good causes.

Amosun praised his Lagos State counterpart, Governor Babatunde Fashola for giving effect to the operations of the Residency Rule law which he said has greatly enhanced the Internally Generated Revenue of the state.

The governor was equally grateful to companies which have been paying the taxes of their employees residing in Ogun state and challenged ‘’the non-complying organisations to do what is expected and legal.’’

According to Governor Amosun,‘’ Although, a lot still needs to be done in the area of tax remittance. But, I must place on record, the cooperation that we have received from the Government and Governor of Lagos State, my brother Babatunde Raji Fashola for allowing the operation of the Residency Rule law. There are several other companies
and organisations that have shown an exemplary level of cooperation and compliance in this area of remittance of tax to Ogun State, where their employees live.

“We must also note that there are still several others who are yet to fully comply or yet to comply at all. We are urging such organisations, companies or agents to please brace up and do what is expected and legal. The position of the law is very clear in this regard. They need to do the needful and the legal.

Amosun

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun: honours tax payers

“The State Government has made it easier for companies operating within and outside the State but as long as the employees are resident in Ogun State, they should remit their taxes to Ogun State.

‘’Let me assure you with all seriousness that we will not mismanage your fund. All taxes paid will be judiciously used for the benefit of the state and to create wealth for our people at large. You are already seeing what we are using your tax for but I want to assure you that your money, your tax will not be stolen. It will be used for the general good of the people of Ogun State,’’Amosun said.

The Governor further revealed that his administration inherited a tax collection of N730million in 2011 adding that the government has so far raised the IGR to N4billion as at March 2013.

He added that ‘’forty-three mega companies with about two hundred dollars financial base have arrived this state in less than three years which has made us the largest industrial base in the country today.’’

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Ogun State Internal Revenue, Babajide Odubanjo, said that the government will continue to be responsive to its responsibilities in its quest to achieve a new Ogun,noting that, the permanent tax payers card recently introduced by the Amosun-led administration has helped a great deal in making tax payment easier.

Dr. Samuel Adenekan who represented Nestle Nigeria Plc, said that, ‘Ogun State is very dear to us as it is the Gateway to Africa’s biggest economy and the world’s fastest growing economy,’’adding that,’’ we will always support the vision of Governor Amosun in his re-building mission.’’

Other award recipients included Lafarge Cement WAPCO Plc which clinched the Most Responsive Tax payers(Corporate), while Jide Jones went home with the Most Responsive Tax payer 2013(Individual). The award for the Most
Responsive Microfinance Bank 2013 went to Lavender Microfinance while Late Alhaji Fatai Gbemisola of FatGbems Limited won the Post Humous Award.

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Federation Cup: NFF warns states to comply with schedule http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/federation-cup-nff-warns-states-to-comply-with-schedule/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/federation-cup-nff-warns-states-to-comply-with-schedule/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:09:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192421 The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has issued a warning to all 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, not to miss the date for final matches of the state preliminaries for the 2014 Federation Cup. Some weeks ago, the NFF rolled out the schedule for this year’s competition, making it clear […]]]>
NFF President, Aminu Maigari

NFF President, Aminu Maigari

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has issued a warning to all 36
States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, not to miss the date for final matches of the state preliminaries for the 2014 Federation Cup.

Some weeks ago, the NFF rolled out the schedule for this year’s competition, making it clear that all states must play their final matches on or before 4 May.

Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, Head of Federation Cup, Ruth David said the NFF would not tolerate a case of some states defaulting on the schedule.

“It is important that all states conclude their competitions this weekend and let us have the two representatives for the national finals. We will not have any state telling us that it has postponed its final match or shifted some games to a different date.

“This year is quite busy for the NFF with so many programmes lined up home and abroad. We want to keep firmly to the schedule and play the final match on Sunday, August 3 as has been announced.”

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Lima strike gives Benfica edge over Juve http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/lima-strike-gives-benfica-edge-over-juve/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/lima-strike-gives-benfica-edge-over-juve/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:57:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192418 Brazilian striker Lima struck a wonder goal with six minutes remaining as Benfica edged Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. After Carlos Tevez tucked away a brilliant equaliser for the Serie A leaders with 17 minutes remaining at the Estadio do Luz, Lima smashed home an unstoppable drive […]]]>
Brazilian striker Lima scored the winner

Brazilian striker Lima scored the winner

Brazilian striker Lima struck a wonder goal with six minutes remaining as Benfica edged Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

After Carlos Tevez tucked away a brilliant equaliser for the Serie A leaders with 17 minutes remaining at the Estadio do Luz, Lima smashed home an unstoppable drive to give the Lisbon outfit a precious advantage heading back to Italy next week.

Juventus must now score at home to keep their bid on track to reach the final at their home stadium on May 14.

In the second semi-final, Sevilla struck twice in three first-half minutes to sink Valencia 2-0 and take a tight grip on their bid to win a third Europa League after victories in 2006 and 2007.

Benfica grabbed the early goal after just three minutes when they forced a corner down the left.

The ball was swung into the heart of the box and Argentine central defender Ezequiel Garay was quickest to react holding off his marker to plant a sharp header past the despairing grasp of Juve’s veteran ‘keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

It was the former Real Madrid player’s first European goal of the season.

The match continued at breakneck speed throughout the opening 45 minutes with former Manchester City striker Tevez and Frenchman Paul Pogba taunting the home defence who refused to buckle.

Jorge Jesus’s well-organised Benfica unit also threatened to increase their advantage and a series of counter attacks led to a clean chance that Serbian international Lazar Markovic failed to convert just before the break.

The second half was equally rich in entertainment with the Portuguese, who were beaten finalists last year against Chelsea, ready to soak up the Italian pressure and then strike on the break.

But it was Argentine veteran Tevez who grabbed the all-important away goal for the Italians.

A mazy run inside the box allowed the 30-year-old space to slip the ball under Artur’s flailing legs.

Then with time running out, Lima fired home his thunderbolt to put the Portuguese back in charge and set up a tantalising second leg next Thursday at the Juventus Stadium.

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Sevilla beat Valencia to edge towards final http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/sevilla-beat-valencia-to-edge-towards-final/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/sevilla-beat-valencia-to-edge-towards-final/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:32:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192414 Sevilla took a huge step towards reaching the Europa League final as they beat La Liga rivals Valencia 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday. The hosts went ahead in controversial circumstances as Stephane Mbia backheeled the ball into the roof of the net despite clearly being in an offside position before Carlos Bacca […]]]>
Ivan Rakitic scored the winner for Sevilla

Ivan Rakitic scored the winner for Sevilla

Sevilla took a huge step towards reaching the Europa League final as they beat La Liga rivals Valencia 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday.

The hosts went ahead in controversial circumstances as Stephane Mbia backheeled the ball into the roof of the net despite clearly being in an offside position before Carlos Bacca doubled Sevilla’s advantage soon after.

Valencia were thankful to goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for not falling further behind as he made fine saves from Federico Fazio and Bacca.

However, Los Che came within inches of a vital away goal three minutes from time when Eduardo Vargas’ header came crashing off the crossbar.

Sevilla came into the game in great form having won 12 of their last 15 games in all competitions and started brightly.

Valencia were rightly aggrieved by the manner in which the opening goal came about on 33 minutes as Mbia was well offside when he latched onto Daniel Carrico’s flick-on from Ivan Rakitic’s free-kick at the back post and the Cameroonian adjusted his feet well to flick the ball past the helpless Guaita.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 as a lovely one-two between Vitolo and Bacca freed the Colombian to fire home his 21st goal of the season.

Guaita then made fine saves from a Fazio header and Bacca as he was played clean through on goal by Rakitic either side of half-time.

And Valencia came tantalisingly close to halving the deficit twice late on as Jonas’ fierce effort was parried by Beto before Vargas’ looping heder came back off the bar.

Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men will therefore have a mountain to climb next Thursday at the Mestalla, but can take inspiration from their quarter-final comeback against Basel as they overturned a 3-0 deficit with a stunning 5-0 win at home in the second leg.

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INEC prints, distributes 1, 108,495 permanent voter cards in Ekiti ,Osun http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/inec-prints-distributes-1-108495-permanent-voter-cards-in-ekiti-osun/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/inec-prints-distributes-1-108495-permanent-voter-cards-in-ekiti-osun/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:14:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192412 INEC has distributed 1, 108,495 permanent voter cards (PVCs) to people who registered in 2011 in Ekiti and Osun. A statement issued by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, on Thursday 24 April in Abuja said the distributed cards were from 1,913,825 cards printed for the two states. It said the commission […]]]>
Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC chairman.

Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC chairman.

INEC has distributed 1, 108,495 permanent voter cards (PVCs) to people who registered in 2011 in Ekiti and Osun.

A statement issued by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC chairman, on Thursday 24 April in Abuja said the distributed cards were from 1,913,825 cards printed for the two states.

It said the commission had also conducted Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) for those who had just turned 18 years in the two states

According to the statement, the distribution is in preparation for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun scheduled to hold in 21 June and 9 August respectively.

It said that the PVCs were distributed simultaneously in Ekiti and Osun between 7 and 9 March while the CVR was conducted from 12 to 17 March.

“The cards were distributed at the polling unit level, namely at the existing 2,195 polling units in Ekiti and the 3, 010 polling units in Osun.

“The CVR was conducted at the Registration Area Centre (Ward) level of which Ekiti has 177 and Osun, 332,’’ it said.

It added that in Ekiti, the continuous voter registration was conducted in 29 existing polling units with less than 100 registered voters.

“While in Osun, it was conducted in 59 existing polling units where there were no data of registrants from the 2011 exercise, and seven other polling units that had less than 100 registered voters.’’

A breakdown of the exercise, according to the statement, show that a total of 657, 256 cards were printed by INEC for PVC distribution in Ekiti.

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NNPC committed to economic growth through gas value chain – GMD http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/nnpc-committed-to-economic-growth-through-gas-value-chain-gmd/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/nnpc-committed-to-economic-growth-through-gas-value-chain-gmd/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:51:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192410 The Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, on Thursday 24 April, said the corporation was committed to the nation’s economic growth through gas value chain. Yakubu made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of batches 073 to 079 Capacity Building Programme for NNPC chief officers in Abuja themed: “Chief Officers Management Development Programme” […]]]>

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, on Thursday 24 April, said the corporation was committed to the nation’s economic growth through gas value chain.

Yakubu made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of batches 073 to 079 Capacity Building Programme for NNPC chief officers in Abuja themed: “Chief Officers Management Development Programme” (COMDP).

He said the corporation was determined to deliver commercial value to the Federal Government Gas Revolution Agenda “in order to ensure Efficient Gas–to-Power, Gas-to-Industry and Sufficient Gas for Domestic Consumption.”

•Andrew Yakubu, GMD, NNPC

•Andrew Yakubu, GMD, NNPC

NNPC is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the abundant gas value chain in the country is maximally explored.

Yakubu noted that the corporation would do everything possible to make the Gas Revolution Agenda successful in every ramification.

He then challenged participants of the capacity building programme to come up with creative ways of dealing with the target of fully monetising the gas resource endowment of the nation.

“This remains a crucial deliverable of the Federal Government’s Gas Revolution Agenda,” he said.

Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School in his lecture delivered at the occasion explained that the NNPC was required to deliver the mandate of the gas-to-power strategy execution and effectiveness.

His lecture titled: “Gas Commercialisation and Economic Growth” stressed the need for NNPC to build human capital that would ensure domestic gas utilisation and provision of strong gas infrastructure.

He explained that this will protect the environment and make gas available for the people to use.

The Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, Dr Dan Efebo, assured the participants of the preparedness of management to expose them to knowledge that would enable NNPC to deliver its various core mandates.

“They are expected to run a four-module programme which includes leadership, problem solving, research work, oil and gas fundamentals and emerging trends in oil and gas industry.

“The programme, which is mandatory for senior staff has equipped staff with skills and competence for transition to management cadre in the last 24 years of the corporation,” he said.

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Jonathan tells military to rescue abducted schoolgirls http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/jonathan-tells-military-to-rescue-abducted-schoolgirls/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/jonathan-tells-military-to-rescue-abducted-schoolgirls/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:35:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192407 The expanded National Security Council meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, tasked the military to ensure the rescue of the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno. Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State said this after the six-hour meeting held at the Presidential Villa. The state governors, service-chiefs, heads of other security agencies […]]]>

The expanded National Security Council meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, tasked the military to ensure the rescue of the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno.

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State said this after the six-hour meeting held at the Presidential Villa.

The state governors, service-chiefs, heads of other security agencies as well as president of Christians Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar attended the meeting.

“The meeting agreed that the issue of the moment is Chibok and the abduction of the children and we must do everything to ensure that the abducted children are retrieved and rehabilitated and returned to their their parents,” Fayemi said.

The governor said the meeting frowned at the rising partisanship in dealing with security issues and cautioned political leaders against unguided utterances.

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

“As Nigerian leaders, the meeting agreed that it is absolutely important for us to tackle security issues in an objective manner and with restraint, avoiding hasty speeches, and anything that will heat up the polity.”

Fayemi said the meeting also stressed the importance of security agencies being scrupulously professional and non partisan in the way they delivered on their duties.

He said the meeting commended the increasing partnership and collaboration but stressed the importance of data sharing among the security agencies.

He said the meeting also agreed that the country needed a holistic comprehensive response to terrorism.

“Military action is important and the meeting agreed that we must continue to empower the various agencies involved in the level of the military and security sector to do their jobs.

“However, the meeting recognises that we need to widen this to include anti poverty strategy and soft approach in addition to the hard approach being expanded by the military,” he said.

At the meeting, they also noted the importance of expanding capacity building of media organisations, particularly in reporting security matters.

Specifically, he said the meeting agreed that the media should be more responsible and careful in presentation of security issues not to affect the sensibility of the public and the image of the country.

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno said the meeting was fruitful and called for more investment in security.

He said the meeting also underscored the need for all levels of government to work together in fighting terrorism.

Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd) who presided over the media briefing, said that the meeting discussed the overall security of the country.

“The security operation in the North East region, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other criminal activities that warrant security attention”.

He stated that they concluded that the Federal Government should do everything within its powers, with the collaboration of the state, local governments and everybody to bring the unfortunate situation under control.

“It was decided that security is everybody’s responsibility, not the responsibility of the government only; every citizen must be security conscious,” he said.

Governors present include Theodore Orji (Abia), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdulazeez Yari ((Zamfara), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi) and Tanko Al-makura (Nassarawa).

Others are Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe).

Governor Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Idris Wada (Kogi) and acting Governor of Taraba, Umar Garba also attended the meeting.

The governors of Oyo, Imo, Jigawa, Rivers, Ogun, Kano, Yobe, Edo and Plateau were represented by their deputies while only Lagos was absent.

Also in attendance were the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd); the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong.

Heads of para-military agencies, including Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Paradang; Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Osita Chidoka and Commandant-General of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC), Olu Abolurin, were at the meeting.

Also at the meeting were Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim and Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Jones Arogbofa.

Ministers present included Bala Mohammed (FCT); Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (Agriculture); Abduljelil Adesiyan (Police Affairs), and Abba Moro (Interior); Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, SAN; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri.

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Osun Speaker denies N400bn debt profile http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/osun-speaker-denies-n400bn-debt-profile/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/osun-speaker-denies-n400bn-debt-profile/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:23:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192404 Najeem Salaam, Speaker Osun House of Assembly, says it is false that the debt stock of the state is N400 billion. Salaam said this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Goke Butika, which was made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday. The statement read that those peddling the rumour were only […]]]>

Najeem Salaam, Speaker Osun House of Assembly, says it is false that the debt stock of the state is N400 billion.

Salaam said this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Goke Butika, which was made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday.

The statement read that those peddling the rumour were only trying to score “cheap political goals”.

Najeem Salaam, Speaker Osun State House of Assembly

Najeem Salaam, Speaker Osun State House of Assembly

He called on the concerned stakeholders in the state to demand proof of the huge debts from those misleading the public.

“We have noticed that some political players are peddling fictitious figures about the debt profile of the state without proof.

“As the speaker of the state parliament, I challenge anyone with proof of N400 billion debt profile to send it to my office or publish it in the national dailies or bury his head in shame forever.

“We cannot afford to be misled by desperate individuals in the name of politics,” the statement read.

It said that the fact sheet before the speaker showed that the bond, bank facility in form of credit line and promissory notes accessed by the state government, stood at N40 billion.

The statement said the N40 billion bond and bank facilities were being expended on development projects in the state.

“The state parliament, under my watch, is in the know of the debt profile of the state.

“We debated the facilities involved and voted on the undertakings and that was why we chose to defend the debt profile.

“We challenge whoever has a proof that is different from what we have at the parliament to provide it within the frame of two weeks or stop the misleading information,” it said.

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Missing Schoolgirls: APC Urges Jonathan To Cancel Rallies http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/missing-schoolgirls-apc-urges-jonathan-to-cancel-rallies/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/missing-schoolgirls-apc-urges-jonathan-to-cancel-rallies/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:55:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192402 The All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to cancel the political rally being planned for him by the Adamawa PDP for Tuesday, saying the President cannot and should not be celebrating when over 200 schoolgirls are missing. “We hope and pray that our daughters are released safely even before Tuesday, 29 April […]]]>

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to cancel the political rally being planned for him by the Adamawa PDP for Tuesday, saying the President cannot and should not be celebrating when over 200 schoolgirls are missing.

“We hope and pray that our daughters are released safely even before Tuesday, 29 April when the rally is to be held, but until then, it is insensitive and indecent for anyone, least of all the President who is the father of the nation, to engage in any celebratory outing under any guise,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

It said the President must not repeat the faux pas he committed less than 24 hours after 75 of his compatriots were killed in the Nyanya bombing.

“All decent men and women were riled that President Jonathan went dancing at an illegal campaign stop in Kano and popping champagne corks at a birthday celebration in Ibadan when the smoke was yet to clear from the scene of the Nyanya bombing.

“The President should not repeat the same mistake, if indeed he considered that to be one. He should see the missing girls as his own daughters and stop forthwith his illegal campaign rallies,” APC said.

The party said the ongoing bickering over the site of the rally in Adamawa, close to the scene of the sad abduction of the girls, is distracting from what should be a concerted national effort to find the girls and reunite them safely with their families.

“For a President whose grovelling aides have likened to Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and other great leaders in a patently blasphemous campaign, he should take time to ask himself how Obama would have reacted to one missing girl from any school in the US, not to talk of over 200 missing girls.

“Does President Jonathan honestly believe that Mandela, in his days as President, would have been campaigning when his compatriots are being daily bombed or abducted? Sycophancy has no limit, especially in an environment where many will disown even their children for pecuniary gains, but President Jonathan must rise above those who are justifying his insensitivity by saying the government cannot shut down so as not to give victory to Boko Haram.

“We are not saying the government should shut down. But the President must shut down all celebratory public outings and all political campaigns until our missing daughters are safely found and returned to their homes,” it said.

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WAFU Cup: Benin set up semi-final clash against Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/wafu-cup-benin-set-up-semi-final-clash-against-nigeria/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/wafu-cup-benin-set-up-semi-final-clash-against-nigeria/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:43:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192400 Nigeria and Benin would meet clash for the first time in six years at the semi-finals of WAFU B Tournament in Togo on Friday 25 April. The match which will kick off at 6:30pm (Nigerian time) is one for the fans to relish. The match takes place immediately after hosts Togo play Mali in the […]]]>

Nigeria and Benin would meet clash for the first time in six years at the semi-finals of WAFU B Tournament in Togo on Friday 25 April.

The match which will kick off at 6:30pm (Nigerian time) is one for the fans to relish. The match takes place immediately after hosts Togo play Mali in the other semi-final at the same venue.

The Golden Eaglets are the only team at the tournament with a hundred per cent record and Coach Emmanuel Amuneke is upbeat that his team would continue with the winning streak.

Emmanuel Amuneke: Golden Eaglets coach

Emmanuel Amuneke: Golden Eaglets coach

“It is our objective to win all our matches here, and we are working towards that target,” the former Barcelona’s winger said.

I’m impressed with the performance of the boys so far and I keep reminding them that we will not reach our target on a platter of gold, as such, we would keep working hard to win this tournament.”

Indeed, there would be a lot to play for when Nigeria face Benin. The Little Squirrels eliminated Nigeria in Algeria 2009 African Under-17 Tournament on 3-2 aggregate.

It is against this backdrop that Golden Eaglets would bear their fangs against their opponent who only secured a berth into the semi finals of the competition after Cote d’Ivoire held hosts, Togo to a pulsating 1-1 draw on Wednesday night. The Beninois had earlier beaten Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in the qualifying stage.

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NURTW to install CCTV in Lagos motor parks http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/nurtw-to-install-cctv-in-lagos-motor-parks/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/nurtw-to-install-cctv-in-lagos-motor-parks/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:54:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192397 The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State chapter, said on Thursday that it would install Circuit Camera Televisions (CCTV) to strengthen security in its motor parks. The state’s Chairman of the union, Tajudeen Agbede, said that security officers would also be appointed for the parks. Agbede was reacting to the bomb explosion […]]]>
Lagos motor park

Lagos motor park

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos State chapter, said on Thursday that it would install Circuit Camera Televisions (CCTV) to strengthen security in its motor parks.

The state’s Chairman of the union, Tajudeen Agbede, said that security officers would also be appointed for the parks.

Agbede was reacting to the bomb explosion at Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja on 14 April, which claimed several lives and property.

The union has agreed to appoint a chief security officer in each of its units across the state to beef up security so as to prevent such experience in Lagos.

“We have agreed to instal circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) in every park in the state to ensure that we capture everything that is going on in our parks.

“We agreed to appoint a chief security officer in all units who will go for security training at a government appointed centre.

“We are also to ensure that we fence our parks with wiring and provide electricity to enhance security,” he said.

Agbede explained that the state’s Security Committee in conjunction with the union would be visiting parks to ensure compliance with the plan.

“Already we have metal detectors, but we still need to do more to beef up security so as to prevent loss of lives and property in our motor parks.”

The union leader said it was compulsory for members to comply with the directive, warning that the government had threatened to take over any park that failed to comply.

“As we pray for protection against bad incidents everyday, we must take action on our part to guard against them,” he stated.

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Moses Eyes World Cup Role http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/moses-eyes-world-cup-role/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/moses-eyes-world-cup-role/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:11:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192394 Adebobola Alawode Despite not enjoying enough playing time for Liverpool FC of England, Victor Moses is still upbeat of being on the flight to the World Cup holding in Brazil later this year. Moses is on loan from Chelsea to Liverpool but since his arrival he has not been given enough playing time but he […]]]>

Adebobola Alawode

Despite not enjoying enough playing time for Liverpool FC of England, Victor Moses is still upbeat of being on the flight to the World Cup holding in Brazil later this year.

Moses is on loan from Chelsea to Liverpool but since his arrival he has not been given enough playing time but he has expressed optimism in making the final cut when Coach Stephen Keshi releases his final 23-man list.

Speaking from his base, the former Crystal Palace of England player said he is still in top form despite his being benched in Liverpool.

According to him: ‘‘I’m not match rusty as people may want to believe; I can assure that if I finally make the World Cup team I’ll prove my critics wrong.’’

He further disclosed that he would be delighted if Liverpool eventually wins the 2013/14 English Premier League season and he would do all within his means to ensure that Nigeria clinches the World Cup as well.

In his words, ‘‘I really feel we are doing well at the moment because we are the League leaders, it will be a thing of joy for me if we can win the title because it will be a morale booster for me going to the World Cup.’’

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For Brother Jonathan – A Recipe Beyond The “Fear Of God” http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/for-brother-jonathan-a-recipe-beyond-the-fear-of-god/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/for-brother-jonathan-a-recipe-beyond-the-fear-of-god/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:08:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192392 By Kola Johnson The fear of God as they say, is the beginning of wisdom. At least, that is how its supposed to be. But is it really? Now, let’s begin to think of it. Take Nigeria for instance. It is doubtful whether there could be any country so imbued with citizens with as much […]]]>

By Kola Johnson

The fear of God as they say, is the beginning of wisdom. At least, that is how its supposed to be. But is it really? Now, let’s begin to think of it. Take Nigeria for instance. It is doubtful whether there could be any country so imbued with citizens with as much piety on matters of religion, as Nigerians. No. Not even the supposedly acknowledged bastion of the two popular religions, as epitomized in Israel, the rallying banner of pan Zionism on one hand, and its co-ordinate geo-political landmass of Saudi-Arabia, as the spiritual lynchpin of pan Islamism all over the world.

Yet it cannot be gain-said, that it remains an overbeaten cliché, devoid of any basis whatsoever for debate, that the moral scale here in Nigeria is such that borders on maggotish decadence.

Take for instance, the resume of our class of rulers from post independence Nigeria. Who among the lot did not confess a tilt to one religious persuasion or the other?

Also take for instance, the soldier-turned farmer-politician who presided over the Nigerian polity not long ago. Obasanjo of course. That epoch making occasion that he registered in presence at the popular Redemption ground, along the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway; it was like paradise vacating its celestial abode in heaven, for permanent relocation at that vortex of vigorous spiritual revival, which shook and quaked under the hysteric frenzy of ululant mass of congregation, driven by the mesmerizing spell of Obasanjo’s presence.

But this did not in any way remove even a jot from the ignominious credentials of the elephantine geo-political landmass (Nigeria) rated by the Transparency International at an abysmal all-time low which to worsen it – happened right under his own administration – and even worse still, within the crucial context of a period when he enjoyed the privileged trusteeship of the international anti-corruption body.

This does not yet take into account, the corruption scandal unprecedented in its unsalutary behemoth immensity, which transpired during his regime – of which he (Obasanjo), had for whatever cause – never for a moment, deemed it necessary to essay, even if a terse reply, let alone a credible one.

Now, exeunt OBJ, as Brother Jonathan mounts the centre stage. Like his “God-fearing” predecessor, he set sail on pilgrimage to the Redeemed Holy Land, where he replicated the same “fear of God” in the servile deference which draggled his two knees, square fixed on bare floor of the frontal cynosure stage of the camp ground in readiness for the shower of prayer-magic expected to transmogrify the nation back to the right track.

But little did it dawn on us that this Jonathan of a man, was only playing us a sucker. Of course the yoke of hardship in which the general mass of the down-trodden now languish – remains unprecedented in its draconian magnitude. To be sure, the subsidy removal abracadabra remains still very fresh in memory; in supportive corroboration of the fore-going. And this is just one out of many. Thanks to the callously benumbed heartlessness of the God-fearing president, who fiddled as the entire nation went aflame and its people died in the wake of the fuel riot.

And even December before the last, the same Jonathan came on again. Where? The revered Redeemed Holy land and for what? To exhibit the same outward yearly ritual of the “fear of God”. And to what end?

Imagine for instance, the sadistic humour implicit – when at the height of the opprobrium which greeted the alleged corrupt committal of the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah – Jonathan pretended as if nothing was happening, and before you knew it – pronto he zoomed off in his jet, on touristic razzmatazz of pilgrimage to Israel. Indeed only recently, he was a guest of the Pope at the Vatican. Yet in spite of all this fear of God, the country has continued to degenerate at an ever increasing rate.

While you blame Jonathan for his celebratory high octane singing and dancing, at Kano even barely 24 hours after the conjurative river of blood in Nyanya, even in spite of his “fear of God” – the fault may not necessarily be his. When like a naïve brainless simpleton, you scold him to no end, for fiddling – like Emperor  Nero in Rome – in ecstatic rivalry, while Nigeria burnt; in spite of the same fear of God the fault, to repeat again – may really not be his.

Empirical evidence has shown that the so-called fear of God, has proved to be anything but a deterrent to bad government. But the fault on a second thought, may really not be in our rulers. This is because how can you plunge into an endeavour without an enabling orientation of the essential brass tacks involved in grappling effectively with that endeavour.

How can you expect to lead successfully without prior empowerment with at least, the fundamental prerequisites, necessary for effective governance. And above all, how do you know where the pains pinch without you experiencing the pains, and how do you cultivate the passion and requisite empathy?

After all, was it not Plato, who learnt under the feet of the legendary Socrates, and was also the teacher of Alexander the Great, the greatest conqueror of all times; who advocated a preparatory spell of tutelage for philosopher kings?

And for the love of Brother…..oh! Jonathan the “prezy”, I mean – my recommended regime of training is this: let’s for once strip him of all protective paraphernalia of state power. By this, I mean all the security details, orderlies, aide de camp, dispatch riders, SSS among others.

Mind you, this regime of denial should only stretch within a temporary spell of four to six months and for 24 hours of the day, to boot – during which the President will be left bare knuckles, to confront the recurring decimal of security challenges, daily staring the defenceless body of citizens across the nation, in the face; including of course, the Boko Haram father of them all.

After this spell of tutelage, the security ubiquity around the president could then be restored because by this time, it is expected that the president would have been properly equipped in the intricacies of the defence against terror and sundry security challenges as kidnapping and armed robbery, and of course, the Boko Haram father of them all.

And even beyond the question of terror and security as a whole, it is also important for Jonathan to have such experiential grounding as is essentially elemental to the provision of good transportation for the down-trodden.

This is to say that for once, the president, his family and the minister of transport and family, will have to slug it out – whether day or night – in rain or sunshine; on endless queue for bus, as they contend for the spine – hacking potholes litering the roads; the death trap dilapidation of the vehicles, and the traumatizing ambience of the body, including the 49 sitting 99 standing metaphor of human cargo, tightly stacked within like sardine.

Needless to say of course, that same thing must be replicated in the sphere of education – which is to say that the president’s children and ward, and those of the minister of education, must be barred from attending any private school within the city or abroad – as this would afford the president and his education minister, a first hand experiencing of the academic calendar, via the ever recurring decimal of the students crisis and the ASUU agitations among others – apart from the abysmal absence of essential facilities and general decadence of the university environment, including of course, the viciously traumatizing menace of students cultism.

It is expected that the president and his ministerial aides, having gone through this buffeting regime of psycho-mental orientation, would never remain the same again.

Some may quite argue, as perceived indeed in my mind’s eye, that the president having tasted power, is not unlikely wont to revert to his old callous detachment.

Well, on this, they might have a point, after all, was it not a whole “Baba”, I mean OBJ the chubby-cheeked pot-bellied, soldier turned ex-president, and now farmer by “profession”, who swore with the consuming passion of his whole soul, to dedicate his entire life to the onerous task of a fundamental prison reform – at that time when his cherubic cheek and protruded belly atrophied under the iron bar of the Abacha gulag?

Was it not the same OBJ, under whom the scenario in the nation’s prison degenerated to such all-time low – unprecedented in the annals of the Nigerian prison system?

So, while they might be right in this respect, they must however concede that this presidential prescription offers a redeeming recipe of pragmatic consequence for eternal change. No aspiring leader will experience it, and remain the same.

For those who are wont to dismiss this as a farrago of nonsensical effusion, they need be reminded after all that in the renowned Egyptian mystery schools of those days, considerable premium was placed on poverty – in the belief that poverty was a catalytic essence necessary for the liberation of the soul to attain the highest form of consciousness. Hence, a compulsive theme of inviolable import for the initiates of those mystery schools to take a vow of poverty. This it was believed, and on a good authority too – as explaining the extreme poverty of Socrates, the legendary Athenian philosopher described by the highly revered oracle at Delphi, in ancient Greece, as the wisest man on earth.

It’s perhaps interesting to know, that Socrates, the teacher of Plato, himself passed through the portals of the Egyptian mystery schools, in the formative years of his tutelage in philosophy and the mysteries – just like Pythagoras the great Greek mathematician, who also attended the Egyptian mystery school at that epoch when Egypt was the citadel of learning and civilization.

St. Francis of Assisi was from every indication, a man of means, if not of noble birth; who renounced worldly riches and also took a vow of poverty, and went ahead to form a band of mendicant friars in ancient Italy – same also with Gautama Budha, the privileged Indian Prince, who disenchanted with the wealth and splendour of the royal palace of his father – disappeared to the larger world for the life of a commoner in the course of which he experienced a flash of cosmic illumination that inspired him to found one of the most popular religions in the world.

Let it here, be emphatically clear, that no one is asking Jonathan to establish a religion. The point being stressed is for him to endeavour to experience even if a little dose, of the traumatizing buffeting, which on daily basis, has become the recurring ritual of daily living of the body of the populace over whom he claims to preside. It is only in this way that he would understand where the shoe pinches. After all was it not Jimmy Cliff who in one of his epic hits in the 70s sang that “who feels it knows it”?

Of course who feels it indeed knows it, after all the full course of violence that attended the total destruction of Fela’s Kalakuta republic, was all it took for Beko of the illustrious Kuti family, to launch; and with demonic obduracy too; into the turbulent sphere of militant socio-political activism.

Similarly, it took the killing of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria to trigger the horrendous conflagration of the world war, as the cataclysm raged in its unabated fury, fraught with the possibility for massive global destruction.

And as the second world war raged, America had locked into an isolated spell of hermitage – standing aloof as if nothing was happening – until the devastating attack of the American fleet at Pearl Harbour by the Japanese air force which drew the venomous fang of American fury, as the proverbial grass of the Japanese landmass became the eternal casualty, via the terrimotive blitzkgrieg of the fire power of army even to date.

Similarly, it took the killing of a relation very dear to Dora Akunyili – the indefatigable Iron Lady of NAFDAC – by the grotesque monster of fake drug – to draw her into a vicious duel against the patron saints of the drug biz.

Truly, who feels it knows it. Jonathan or future potentates wishing to Lord it over us must be made to feel it, in order to know it. They need to have a taste of the bitter pill, to know in the truest sense of it; where the shoe pinches.  Should Jonathan accede to this body of recipe, I can assure him of my automatic support for his second term bid. I will even campaign for him.

•Johnson is a writer and journalist

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Emergency Rule Extension And The Fate Of Three Governors http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/emergency-rule-extension-and-the-fate-of-three-governors/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/emergency-rule-extension-and-the-fate-of-three-governors/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:04:25 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192390 On May 14, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a six-month state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states following incessant attacks  by Boko Haram. After unsuccessful attempts by the military to curtail the insurgency in the three states, the president sought and got the National Assembly’s approval to extend the emergency rule in November […]]]>

On May 14, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a six-month state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states following incessant attacks  by Boko Haram. After unsuccessful attempts by the military to curtail the insurgency in the three states, the president sought and got the National Assembly’s approval to extend the emergency rule in November 2013 for an additional six-month period. That extension expires next month and Nigerians are anxious to know what the president will do next.

Since the emergency rule was put in place, its effectiveness in checking the insurgents have been in doubt. While the military authorities claim that they are winning the war against the outlawed sect, the boldness and viciousness with which the insurgents carry out their attacks create doubt about the military’s claims. In recent times, the attacks have increased and many lives and properties have been destroyed. Hundreds of female school children abducted by the sect are yet to be found while families of dead victims of the recent Nyanya bomb blasts are still mourning.

As the president and security chiefs seek ways to end the Boko Haram attacks, there are rumours that the president may suspend the three governors; Murtala Nyako(Adamawa), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), and Kashim Shettima (Borno) – to further allow the emergency rule to work.

While we do not lend ears to rumours, it is pertinent to remind the president that the emergency powers granted him under Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and under the Emergency Powers Act 1961 does not vest in him the power to remove an elected governor in whose state a state of emergency is declared.

Under the present constitution, an elected state governor can only cease to hold office by impeachment, resignation, permanent incapacitation, death and by expiration of tenure. Any attempt to remove an elected state governor under the guise of declaration of the so-called “full state of emergency” will be unconstitutional.

Though such action is supported by the precedent set in Plateau State during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, it remains an illegality and we all know Obasanjo with his military background and had an unenviable record of illegalities and disdain for democratic norms and rule of law during his despotic days in power.

Although the Supreme Court had declined to make a definite pronouncement on this vexed issue in the case of Plateau State of Nigeria versus President of the FRN & ors, on technical ground, the spirit and letter of the law does not envisage the removal of a governor during the declaration or period of a state of emergency.

One practical basis for this submission is that there are executive functions under the Constitution that are gubernatorial in nature, that is, exclusive to and only domiciled in the

governor as they are exclusively exercisable by the governor. Such functions cannot be delegated, not even to the deputy governor. All that happens in a state of emergency is that certain overriding measures are taken to restore calm, public order and protect life and properties. It allows for limited violation of individual liberties, such as freedom of movement.

Those clamouring for the removal of the elected state governors affected by the state of emergency declared in the three North East states are obviously suffering from post-military trauma. They are yet to fully disentangle themselves from the devastations which the three decades of military rule brought on us as a nation.

While we are favourably disposed to the renewal and continuation of the subsisting state of emergency, we dismiss as legally, morally and rationally indefensible the call for the removal of the governors of the three states affected by the state of emergency.

There are many other ways of tackling the insurgency including the use of Information Technology, and we suggest that government use such options.

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Gov Akpabio Sacks 2 Aides http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/gov-akpabio-sacks-2-aides/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/gov-akpabio-sacks-2-aides/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192388 Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom has relieved two commissioners of their appointment. This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, in Uyo on Thursday. It stated that the minor reshuffle was to reinvigorate the machinery of government and drive further the Uncommon Transformation Programme of the […]]]>

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom has relieved two commissioners of their appointment.

This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, in Uyo on Thursday.

It stated that the minor reshuffle was to reinvigorate the machinery of government and drive further the Uncommon Transformation Programme of the state.

The commissioners, who were directed to hand over to the permanent secretaries, were Mr. Bassey Akpan, Finance; and Mr. Effiong Abia, Rural Development.

The statement also announced the removal of the chairmen of six state-owned parastatals and agencies.

The chairmen are: Mr. Sunny Udom, Akwa Ibom Property and Investment Company Limited; Mr. Patrick Ifon, Akwa Ibom Water Company Limited; and Mr. Dan Akai, Akwa Ibom Newspapers Corporation.

The others are: Mr. Alex Nyong, Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation; Mr. John Asikpo, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Management Board; Mr. Tony Esu, Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development.

The statement said the governor appreciated the former commissioners and board chairmen for their contributions to the development of the state and wished them success in their future endeavours.

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Land Use Charge Fraudsters Sent To Kirikiri Prison http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/land-use-charge-fraudsters-sent-to-kirikiri-prison/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/04/24/land-use-charge-fraudsters-sent-to-kirikiri-prison/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:56:34 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=192384 Kazeem Ugbodaga Two suspected fraudsters have been sent to Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, for allegedly forging Land Use Charge documents. The suspects, Tunde Dunmoye and Bakai Shafau, were arrested sometime ago for allegedly forging the documents to defraud members of the public at Onigbongbo area of Lagos State. They were charged before […]]]>

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Two suspected fraudsters have been sent to Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, for allegedly forging Land Use Charge documents.

The suspects, Tunde Dunmoye and Bakai Shafau, were arrested sometime ago for allegedly forging the documents to defraud members of the public at Onigbongbo area of Lagos State.

•The two suspected Land Use Charge fraudsters.

•The two suspected Land Use Charge fraudsters.

They were charged before Ikeja Magistrate’s Court 1 on Wednesday by the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit.

They were arraigned on a three-count charge of forgery and defrauding members of the public.

The first count charge accused the suspects of conspiring to commit a felony to wit, forgery of Land Use Notices, which is contrary to Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

The second count charge had it that the accused between 2012 to 22 January, 2014 at the Onigbogbo Local Council Development Area forged Land Use Charge Notice reference number 80024526 in respect of property situated at 13 Rev. Ogunbiyi Street, Ikeja GRA, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 363 (1) Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

The third count charge said the suspects fraudulently  used fake blank Land Use Charge Notices and committed an offence contrary to Section 364 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011 and punishable under Section 363 (1) Law of Lagos State.

The two accused pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by Magistrate B.A. Fabanwo with two sureties each in like sum of N200,000.

The judge ordered that the sureties must not be civil servants and adjourned the case till 28 July, 2014.

The suspects were, however, sent to Kirikiri Prisons when they could not meet the bail conditions.

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