Just NEWS's Blog – September 2010 Archive (33)

2011: Jonathan, IBB supporters in verbal warfare

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—SUPPORTERS of President Goodluck Jonathan for 2011 presidency in Edo State and those of former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, yesterday, traded words over claim that IBB was more experienced to lead the nation than President Jonathan.

It will be recalled that former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Albert Legogie, had Monday, declared that IBB would be the best candidate of the party in the forthcoming 2011 presidential election… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 3, 2010 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

'INEC right on polls in Bayelsa, Ekiti, others'

By Dayo Benson &Okey Ndiribe

LAGOS—PROMINENT lawyers including two former presidents of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, and Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, yesterday, rose in support of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct 2011 Governorship Election in 32 states in January, excluding Edo, Ondo, Rivers and Anambra States.

They said the commission’s decision was perfect and in order, noting that anything contrary will amount to fraud… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 3, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Amaechi berates EFCC over invitation to aides

By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT — THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has

invited three local government area chairmen and two Commissioners in

Rivers State. Those invited are the Chairmen of Obio/Akpor, Ikwerre and

Port Harcourt Local Government Areas. Also invited were the

Commissioner for Finance and his counterpart in the Local Government


Describing the action of the anti-graft agency as intimidation,

Governor Chibuike… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 3, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Cholera epidemic: Govt says it’s in total control

By Chioma Obinna

LAGOS—THE Federal Government, yesterday, said it was in total control of the outbreak of cholera, stressing that no life has been lost in last 48 hours as a result of the epidemic in the country.

It will be recalled that about 352 lives have been lost to the cholera epidemic in the country in the past few weeks.

A statement signed by Mrs. Rekia Zubairu, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the Ministry’s Public… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 3, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Credible election 'll foster stability — Jonathan

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA—PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday affirmed his administration’s continuous support to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in its bid to conduct elections that meet global standards of acceptability next year.

He spoke at an audience with the new European Union, EU, Ambassador and head of delegation to Nigeria, Mr. David Macrae.

President Jonathan said the Federal Government was very aware of the great importance of the… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Groups vow to oppose Sylva's re-election

By George Onah

Port Harcourt—No fewer than five groups in Bayelsa State have indicated their intention to “vigorously campaign against the re-election of Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva.”

They include Committee of Bayelsa Rebirth, Bayelsa Youths Frontiers, Bayelsa Vanguard for Change, among others.

It was learnt that the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission. INEC, that it would conduct the next governorship election in Bayelsa… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Rivers govt to spend N9bn on rural electrification

By George Onah

PORT HARCOURT — The Rivers State Government has approved the release of N9 billion for the take off of the state Rural Electrification Programme, which will give electricity to all communities in the state.

To fast tract the process, the state’s Executive Council directed the Ministry of Finance to release N2.7 billion immediately, representing 30 percent of the total value of the scheme, to the Ministry of Power for the commencement of the… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

Delta commissioners resign to contest Assembly seats

By Austin Ogwuda

ASABA — TWO commissioners in Delta State, formally resigned their appointment, yesterday, to enable them to contest for seats at the state House of Assemby, come 2011.

They are Mr. Raymos Guanah, former Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development and Mr. Ejaife Odebala, former Commissioner in charge of Project Monitoring.

Odebala is contesting the Sapele constituency seat, while Guanah is running for Patani constituency.

Incidentally,… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 8:14pm — No Comments

US, Nigeria dialogue on Niger Delta crisis

By Austin Ogwuda

Asaba—A delegation of the Nigeria/US Bi-National Commission on Niger Delta is discussing with the state government on how to curb youth restiveness by re-directing the energy of youths into productive ventures.

Leader of the delegation and an Under Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador O. Kuku, said the visit was necessitated by the fact that the Niger Delta region had become the window through which the world assesses Nigeria.

Kuku said that any… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Free education in Rivers, Oct 1

By George Onah

PORT HARCOURT—ALL children in Rivers State would be offered free education from October 1, 2010 and any parent who denies his child of school age the opportunity to go to school would be thrown into jail, the state Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said, yesterday.

He added, however, that only four children per parents would be allowed to benefit from the compulsory school arrangement.

Amaechi who disclosed government’s plan at Abonema in Akuku Toru Local… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Iweala, Duke, Utomi blame nation's ills on poor leadership

By Luka Binniyat & Adamu Shuaibu

ABUJA—FORMER Minister of Finance and Managing Director of the World Bank, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo_Iweala, yesterday, joined forces with the former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke and Prof. Pat Utomi of Lagos Business School, among others, to carpet the Nigerian leadership for letting down its people in the past 50 years.

Okonjo-Iweala who was speaking at the public presentation of Next Generation Nigeria Report in Abuja which they took… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 8:30am — 12 Comments

INEC excludes 4 states from Jan guber polls

By Dayo Benson, Samuel Oyadongha & Gbenga Ariyibi

LAGOS—AMID speculations that next year’s governorship election will not take place in states where by-elections were conducted following nullification of elections by Courts of Appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission, yesterday, clarified that governorship poll will take place in only 32 states.

States where governorship election will not take place in January 2011 are Edo, Ondo, Rivers and Anambra. Rivers poll… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

2011 in God's hands — IBB

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—FORMER Military President, Ibrahim Babaginda, said yesterday that he was not afraid of pockets of opposition across the county against his interest for the 2011 Presidential election, just as he said the entire process was in the hands of God.

He, however, expressed confidence in his ability to pick the PDP’s presidential ticket, just as he said he will be a fool to expect everyone in Nigeria to love him.

Answering questions from newsmen yesterday when… Continue

Added by Just NEWS on September 2, 2010 at 8:00am — 27 Comments

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