John Abayomi's Blog – September 2010 Archive (35)

People & Politicas: Nigeria’s riskiest transition

By Ochereome Nnanna



I have yet to come across a prediction that says the impending campaigns, elections and transfer of power to a new government in Nigeria in 2011 will be free, fair, peaceful, acceptable and further our national unity and the growth of our democracy. The signals from almost all corners are downbeat. The only person who keeps ending most of his statements with a pledge to ensure free and fair elections next year is President Goodluck Jonathan; but interestingly, he… Continue

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Nigeria and dangerous leadership

By Tochukwu Ezukanma



RICHARD NIXON once wrote that “in politics and statecraft, power means life or death, prosperity or poverty, happiness or tragedy for millions of people”. And as such, those who seek power must do so with a sense of mission. They should so much believe in their mission and their ability to change the course of history to the point that nothing, not personal gain, not even their own personal survival, matters to them. He wrote that those who seek power without a… Continue

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Viewpoint: Bankole's diabolical sense of humour

By Elijah Ologe



THE reknown journalist and master of sweet prose the late Dele Giwa, who has the copyright to the title above must have the likes of Dimeji Bankole, Speaker of the House of Representatives in mind when the he used the expression in a previous context.



How else should the mischief and conceit of the Speaker be described when without basis he called on new state seekers to ensure the re-election of current members of the House of Representatives from the areas… Continue

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Nigeria's debt profile hits $29bn

ABUJA—DIRECTOR General of the Debt Management Office, DMO, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, yesterday, put the nation’s local and foreign debts at $29 billion while the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, was fixed at between $178 billion and $179 billion.



Nwankwo who spoke at the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Forum in Abuja said: “As at now externally, we are owing $4.27 billion at the end of June 2010. Domestically, at the end of June 2010, Nigeria is owing N3.76 trillion. If you combine the… Continue

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Jonathan, IBB, Atiku woo Ndigbo in USA

*‘Igbo'll be President in 2015'



*I'm one of you — Goodluck



By Clifford Ndujihe, With agency report



LAGOS—THE race for the presidential seat is getting keener as the clock ticks. The front-runners are embroiled in a frenzy rat-race to outwit one another and gain mileage in every quarter. The leading aspirants under the banner of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and their supporters, weekend, took their campaigns to the United States of America, wooing the… Continue

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Workers move to disrupt Nigeria @ 50 celebration

*Plan strike a week to Oct 1 over harmonised salary



By Victor Ahiuma-Young & Temitope Titilope



LAGOS — INDICATIONS have emerged that federal civil servants are planing to sabotage Nigeria’s golden independent anniversary celebration over alleged refusal of the Accountant-General of the Federation to release funds for the payment of workers harmonised salary that was captured and approved in the 2010 supplementary budget.



Vanguard gathered that the civil servants… Continue

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EFCC, corruption, 2011 elections

Editorial



MRS. Farida Waziri, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, must desist from exceeding her powers, particularly in relation to the 2011 elections.



She said “politically exposed persons” (another term for political office holders) whose cases of alleged corrupt practices the EFCC is prosecuting in the courts would not be allowed to contest the elections. Waziri, a retired senior police officer and lawyer,… Continue

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Oil spill threatens $16trn global investments

By Hugo Odiogor, Deputy Political Editor



LAGOS — NIGERIA is at the risk of losing out of the proposed $16 trillion post global recession investment in the energy sector, owing to the growing cases of vandalisation of oil pipeline and spillages across the country.



Sources told Vanguard that Nigeria is in grave danger of being over-looked by the global energy community from the huge economic recovery investment being put forward by the G-8 industrialised nations, to develop… Continue

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Jonathan sets up c'ttee on NAMA, airlines' face-off

By Kenneth Ehigiator



LAGOS — President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to look into the disagreement between the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, and airlines over the agency’s new pay-as-you-go payment mode for en route and terminal navigational charges.



The committee, according to Arik Air Chairman, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, is expected to submit its recommendations as soon as possible.



Arumemi-Ikhide, who spoke at the commissioning of the… Continue

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Fashola, Falana, Muhammed, Odumakin ask Nigerians to defend democracy

*As Lagos immortalises Gani with statue, garden



By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Kingsley Adegboye & Monsur Olowoopejo



LAGOS — GOVERNOR Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, urged Nigerians to rise up and defend the country’s democracy by actively engaging in governance and the forthcoming general elections in the interest of the masses.



Governor Fashola made the call while unveiling a garden at the triangular lay-by, opposite Owenna Motor Park, Ojota in Kosofe Local Government Area… Continue

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Rehabilitation begins on Lagos-Ibadan rail line

By Ifeyinwa Obi



The rail line connecting Lagos to Ibadan is currently undergoing rehabilitation while the Ibadan Inland Container Depot, ICD, will be operational by May 2011.



President of Oyo State and South-West Shippers’ Association, Dr. Ayo Omotosho, who disclosed this in Ibadan, said some structures on the site, including the stacking bays, were ready but the major challenge facing the project is the need to construct the rail sideline to link Ibadan with the ICD depot… Continue

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We still give drivers' licence - FRSC

By Theodore Opara



LAGOS—The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has said it has not suspended the production of Customised National Drivers’ Licence in Lagos State as reported in the media last week.



FRSC made this known in a statement made available to Vanguard by Mr. Danjuma Aliyu Garba, Assistant Corps Marshal, and Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC.



According the statement, “about 250 applicants are attended to daily, after the compulsory lecture for applicants in FRSC… Continue

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Lekki-Epe Expressway: Fashola ready for public debate

By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Abdulwahab Abdullah, James Ezema & Monsur Olowoopejo



LAGOS—Followwng the controversies trailing the planned tolling of Lekki-Epe Expressway, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has expressed his readiness to engage in public debate to defend the project.

Fashola, who defended the Public Private Partnership, PPP, initiative of his administration, said it could not be avoided if government must be run with efficiency.



He spoke in Agidingbi… Continue

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FG sacks FMBN board

By Chris Ochayi



ABUJA—THE Federal Government has dissolved the board of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN. The board’s dissolution which takes immediate effect, was approved by President Goodluck Jonathan.



Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Chief Nduese Essien, who announced this yesterday, said the dissolution was aimed at repositioning the agency for effective service delivery.



He explained further that the Federal Government took the action… Continue

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ACN blames Nigeria's woes on PDP

By Olasunkanmi Akoni



The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has blamed Nigeria's myriad of problems on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government, saying the 12th anniversary of the Peoples Democratic Party, is a sad reminder of Nigeria’s arrested development since 1999.



National Publicity Secretary of ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the ACN agreed with PDP’s National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo, that the Nigerian economy had witnessed a ‘quantum leap’ under the PDP… Continue

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Nigeria still repaying loans of 1960s — Nwankwo

Abuja—Some of the loans Nigeria is currently re-paying were obtained immediately after the nation attained independence in October, 1960, according to Dr Abraham Nwankwo, Director-General of the Debts Management Office, DMO. Nwanwko spoke at the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, forum yesterday.



“Two major clarifications: After independence, Nigeria did borrow; Nigeria did borrow in the 60s.



“Indeed, if you go to our loan books now, which are available for public scrutiny, you… Continue

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PDP Primaries: Minister predicts landslide victory for Jonathan

By Simon Ebegbulem



BENIN—THE Minister of State for Works, Engr Chris Ogienwonyi, weekend in Benin, declared that with the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan in the area of power generation, rapid growth of the economy, award of contracts for a second Niger Bridge and rehabilitation of Jebba bridge, he will have a landslide victory at the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential primaries.



Ogienwonyi, who was in Benin City, to mobilize support for the… Continue

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12 commit suicide over JTF operation in N-Delta

By Emma Amaize



WARRI—TWELVE indigenes of Ogodobri community in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State have committed suicide as a result of the agonizing pains and psychological trauma they suffered in the last six years, following the invasion of their community by men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta.



Soldiers invaded the community between June 11 and 13, 2004 to smoke out sea pirates that allegedly fled to the area and also recover illegally acquired… Continue

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2011: 3 Commissioners, 4 aides resign from Uduaghan’s cabinet

By Emma Arubi



WARRI—THREE commissioners and four senior special assistants have resigned from the administration of Delta State's Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan in the past one week to enable them contest for elective positions in the 2011 pools.



They are all set to contest for their various interest positions on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.



The former commissioners include those in charge of Lands and Survey, Mr. Raymos Guanah; Project… Continue

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Stop sending agric students to Songhai, Provost tells govt

By Dennis Agbo



ABAKALIKI—THE provost of Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, Dr. Paul Ajah, has told both the federal and state governments to stop sending Nigerians to Songhai in Benin Republic for the purposes of learning different aspects of agriculture.



He disclosed that his college had better facilities and other learning tools required for prospective agriculturists than Songhai.



Dr. Ajah saw as waste of resources and developing of other… Continue

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