The Nigerian Navy w established on the 1st June 1956 has begun its diamond jubilee anniversary with a Navy Day, in Abuja.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations began with a press conference at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja to sensitize the Nigerian public, friends and well-wishers of the service. A medical outreach programme “medical rhapsody “will be conducted in all Commands.
Other activities include commissioning of projects, inter-command sporting activities in all Command and the Central Navy ship Quiz competition in Nigerian Navy secondary schools.
The Nigeria Navy has been a major player in the Gulf of Guinea. The Diamond Jubilee Celebration provides an auspicious opportunity for an international maritime conference on the Gulf of Guinea.
Accordingly, 2 day conference has therefore been scheduled for 24 – 25 May 2016 at the Main conference hall of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos and Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The theme of the conference is “Enhancing Collaboration for effective maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea”. Two distinguished senior officers, Rear Admiral GN Kanu (rtd) and Rear Admiral AA Osinowo will be presenting 2 papers titled “Maritime Security and Regional Development: Challenges for the Nigerian Navy” and “Maritime Domain Awareness. Imperatives for GoG navies”.
The climax of the celebration is the commissioning of boats built locally which will be done by His Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on 1st June 2016.
This will be followed by a Ceremonial Sunset at the “Cradle of the Service”, Nigeria Navy ship BEECROFT command.
Nigeria’s economic nerve centre- Lagos is in festive mood for the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari , now been represented by the Vice President Yemi Osibajo , on a two-day working visit to the State, since he assumed office.
Already, streets of Ikeja metropolis in the state capital as well as Lagos Island have been adorned with banners and colourful inscriptions on boards to welcome Mr President. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde confirmed the visit in a statement made available to the media.
First in 15 years
Although the President will be represented by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbaj Mr Ayorinde stated that the visit would be the first time in about 15years that a sitting President would be visiting the State on a working visit.
He described it as a testimony to the landmark achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in less than a year as well as the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.
High points of visit
Ayorinde added that President Buhari during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi built by the State Government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the State.
“The President will thereafter commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he will pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu (the Lagos monarch) at the Iga Iduganran Palace on Lagos Island; the President will later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the State Government at the Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS) Lagos where he will also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to securities agencies,” he added.
The Commissioner stressed that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded off with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.
He also hinted that President Buhari would on Tuesday participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House, Marina, after which he would have a short session with the public service at the State House, Alausa-Ikeja.
According to the Commissioner, “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is full of joy over this landmark presidential visit to the State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He added that Lagosians were looking forward with excitement to receive the President in the State, just as he urged residents to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities who would affect road diversions in some of the routes that the President’s motorcade would pass through.
Two job registration and labour exchange centres have been inaugurated in Lagos out of five earlier proposed across the five divisions by the state government.
While inaugurating the office, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said eradicating the problem of unemployment remained one of the heartbeats of his administration. Governor Ambode who also commissioned a newly completed road on first avenue, Osapa London and a block of 15 offices at the council Secretariat, Eti-Osa Local Government on the Island of Lagos State.
Represented by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Akinyemi Ashade, the governor tasked ‘Lagosians’ to always respect the rule of law and ensure voluntary compliance in their civic duties. He assured on government’s delivery of 114 roads across the 20 local government areas 37 local council development areas.
The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Abdulhamed Mustapha said the job centres would go a long way in professionalising the informal sector of the economy.
The Executive Secretary, Eti-Osa Local Government, Mr Alaba Ajayi stressed that the block of offices a block of 16 classrooms would benefit the people.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Mr Anofiu Elegushi noted that the projects would enhance the living standard of citizens. A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Gbolahan Yishau lauded the executive for the various projects being completed across the state, describing them as people-oriented.
Folasade Abdul Salami, Abuja,
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now is disarray following two convention held by the party at the weekend in Portharcourt and Abuja by two factions . One faction was led by a former Information Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana has constituted a 57- member steering committee to be co-chaired by for Deputy President of the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu and former Minister of education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, to oversee the affairs of the forum until the court order is set aside and a proper convention held.
The second faction was led by the PDP governors and some party leaders in Portharcourt, produced Ahmed Markafi as interim Chairman and Ben Obi Secretary. The meeting ended abruptly.
The Abuja convention converged under the aegis of Concerned PDP Stakeholders, in Abuja on an even centre in the capital city had delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The group said its decision to hold non-elective convention in deference to a court order was to stop the party from electing new National Working Committee (NWC) members insisting that PDP is one as discussions are ongoing with the other PDP leaders who were in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for another convention with a view to resolving the differences between them in order to rebuild, renew and rebrand the party to anchor the dreams of the founding fathers.
Correspondent Folashade Abdulsalami reports that the group further restated the group’s opposition to Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman, lamenting that it was a gross violation of the established procedure for the selection noting that the same trend, led to the party’s loss in the 2015 general election.
Former deputy Senate president , Ibrahim Mantu who spoke for the group stressed that all actions of the Ali Modu Sheriff led executive, including the purported congresses and convention in Port Harcourt are null and void and an exercise in futility.
Speakers from the six geopolitical zones addressed the convention called for justice and level playing ground, and kick against imposition of candidates.
The convention, which started by 10 a.m and lasted for only two hours was graced with the presence of mainly PDP ministers, founding members and former governors amongst which are; Sen Bala Mohammed, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, Taminu Turaki, Prof. Rufai Alkali, former Taraba state governor, Garba Umar, his Adamawa state counterpart, Umar Fintiri, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo, Senator Adefemi Kila, Mrs. Esther Audu and many others. END.
Folashade Abdul salami, Abuja.
Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Mineral, Dr Kayode Fayemi has urged the National Assembly to review the current laws guiding the exploration of solid minerals to enable increased participation of states and host communities across the country.
The Minister said this while speaking at a “Sectoral Debate” on strategies for diversification of the country’s economy organized by the House of Representatives
He said that a review of some obsolete laws would address issues of illegal mining and the environmental effects in the country.
The minister further stated that obsolete laws remain part of the challenges confronting the development of the sector noting that rebuilding the steels and mines will be a key success to the nation.
Earlier, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep Leo Ogor canvassed the need for immediate review of extant laws that empowered the Federal Government to control solid mineral resources in the country.
He added that the review of the current laws would promote the involvement of state governments in solid mineral exploration stressing that it will also encourage diversification in the econony of the country.
Senate Rejects anti Social Media Bill
In a related development the Nigerian Senate has unanimously rejected the social media Bill seeking to criminalise frivolous petitions in the media, following public outcry and condemnations that had trailed the legislation since last year November when it was introduced on the floor of the Senate.
The Bill titled: ” The Frivolous Petitions ( Prohibition) Bill 2015″ which was sponsored by the Deputy Leader of the Senate, senator Bala Ibn Na’ Allah , was earlier rejected by the presidency, which described it as a Bill capable of eroding the fundamental rights of Nigerians.
Effect of public hearings
President of the Senate, Sen Bukola Saraki, there after mandated its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, to conduct public hearing and invite stakeholders on the proposal and report to senate on the way forward.
The chairman of the committee, Sen David Umaru while presenting the outcome of the public hearing on the Bill said there was preponderance of rejection during the public hearing than acceptance on the bill, recommending strongly that the Bill should be withdrawn.
National Assembly correspondent Folashade Abdulsalami reports that the Lawmaker further stated that majority of the stakeholders at the hearing noted that passing the bill into law would take the country back especially now that the world has become a global village and that in democracy stressing any law that is perceived to obviate or has the capacity to unduly abridge the fundamental rights of the citizens to privacy and free speech, should be jettisoned.
Other Lawmakers also supported the withdrawal of the bill to protect the democracy of Nigeria and basic rights of Nigerians adding that the social media act as another way for Nigerians to reach their leaders without administrative hindrances and financial consequences.
Deputy President of the senate, Sen Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, ruled that since there are statutes in the Constitution which has taken care of the relief in the bill, there is no need to duplicate existing laws.
He therefore noted that the rejection of the Bill has shown that it is not all Bills that come to the Senate that must be passed into law.
In another development, the nigerian House of Representatives has mandated its committee on sports to invite all stakeholders including the minster of sports, head legal department of the sports ministry and officials of the Nigerian football federation for the a final solution to the lingering crisis in the football house within two weeks.
This was sequel to a motion raised by Prestige Ossy through a point of order as a matters of urgent public importance.
He expressed worries that if the crisis not resolved in time, Nigeria ‘s chances of qualifying for the next FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018 may be jeopardised.
Contributing to the motion, other members of the house were concerned that it took the timely intervention of officers and men of the Nigeria police to prevent a total breakdown of Law and order at the headquarters of the NFF on the 12th April,2016.
It would be recalled that Amaju Pinnick resumed office as the president of the Nigerian football federation and had been until 8th of April 2016 when a high court sitting In Jos, Plateau state nullified his election and declared Chris Giwa the winner of the election held on 30th of September.
Folashade Abdul salami,Abuja
The code of conduct tribunal has ruled that only one defender counsel can cross examine the lead witness on trial of the Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on false asset declaration .
Tribunal Chairman, Mr Danladi Umar,ruling was necessitated by the records of the Tribunal which showed that there were about 100 counsels for the Defence adding there had been too many counsels cross-examining the witness, a situation he said could make the process untidy.
He ruled that Mr. Kanu Agabi should only be the lead counsel for cross examination and not every other persons in other not to make the process untidy.
The Chairman of the Tribunal further allayed the defence counsel’s fears pledging to be fair in the hearing and to ensure justice noting that during Bola Tinubu’s case the tribunal was under influence to convict him but the right thing was done eventually.
Both the counsel to Saraki and the government agreed with the court ruling.
Chairman of the tribunal, Umar pointed out the fact that his ruling was to ensure national interest.
Folashade Abdul Salam,Abuja
The Senate has given their support to the government action over the recent hike of fuel price across the country, just as it sympathized with Nigerians on attendant hardships being faced as a result of the action.
This resolution arose from the closed door session held before the plenary session for over an hour to deliberate on the increase in the pump price of PMS by the Federal Government and the threats by the organised Labour to embark on a national strike.
Reading out the resolutions, deputy president of the senate, Sen Ike Ekweremadu said giving their support to the federal government they urged for the immediate implementation of the palliative measures contained in the 2016 Appropriation Act to cushion effects of the fuel price increase.
National Assembly corespondent, Folashade Abdulsalami reports that the Lawmakers also advised Federal Government to continue to engage the organised labour and other stakeholders to resolve issues in other not ground the system and impose more hardships on the Nigerian masses.
However, the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen Ben Bruce briefing media after the plenary session declared that the problem at hand was caused by lack of thinking by people in government.
He therefore called for transportation policy with a regulatory agency saying government should have over the years subsidize cost of transportation and not the price of fuel as practiced in other countries of the world.
Sen Bruce further urged that Federal government to begins negotiation with the Niger Delta militants over recent attacks on oil facilities in their region which had unfortunately brought about drastic drop in daily oil production from about 2million barrel per day .
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Lagos State chapter has held its congress ushering in new State executive members.The congress saw the emergence of Moshood Salvador as the new Chairman of the party in the State.
Our correspondent who witnessed the event reports that the new executives were elected in a consensus arrangement. The much awaited congress of the main opposition party in Lagos State was devoid of rancour. Party supporters in their hundreds trooped to the PDP State Secretariat, venue of the congress as early as 8.00am in the morning.
The returning officer for the congress Kayode Ariwayo informed the Independent National Electoral Commission official present and the teeming members of the party that a consensus arrangement had been made by leaders of the party harmonizing elective offices.
He therefore proceeded to announce the names of the new cabinet members led by the chairman Moshood Salvador, deputy Chairman Ola Apena and Secretary, Muiz Shodipe.
The new Chairman in his acceptance speech appealed to aggrieved party members to sheathe their swords and join hands with the new executive to work for the success of the party ahead of the next general election in 2019.
However, the last may not have been heard of the divisions within the Lagos PDP as the faction loyal to the former Minister of State for Defense, Musiliu Obanikoro, was noticeably absent from the congress.
Murtala Adeyemo, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has assured resident of the state of his administration determination to investigate the remote causes of the building collapse in Itoku Market last week
He said every efforts including viability test on all building would be put in place to forestall future occurrence of the building collapse in the state.
It would be recalled that the building collapse in the state capita claimed the life of a woman and several others were injured. The Governor was on hand to coordinate the rescue efforts at the collapse building last Friday.
Abidemi Sikiru, Ado Ekiti,
The National President of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Professor Mike Ogrima has called on government at all levels to provide comprehensive emergency medical service network on Nigeria major roads.
Ogrima made the call in ado Ekiti during endowment fund for the families of six doctors and a driver who lost their lives along Kaduna Abuja expressway while on their way to attend the national conference of the association.
He said that endowment fund would go a long way to cater for the needs of the immediate families of the departed medical doctors and the driver.
Earlier the Ekiti state chairman of the association Dr john Akinbote appreciated the kind gesture of the medical association leader while noting that the endowment fund would be monitored to ensure that the money is used for judiciously.
Education projects worth millions of naira have been inaugurated in Badagry Local Government Area and Badagry West Local Council Development Area by the Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
The projects include a block of 16 classrooms and another block of 8 classrooms in Badagry local council as well as a block of 6 classrooms in Badagry West Council.
Governor Ambode while unveiling the projects said the desire of his administration to bring dividends of governance to the doorsteps of the populace had been underscored.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, the governor stated that the projects which were completed in less than a year were just a few of many more that had been completed in other sectors.
The Executive Secretary of Badagry Local Government, Mrs Kappo Elizabeth Pedetin described the projects as a giant stride by the government to ensure a government of inclusion.
Speaking in the same vein, the Executive Secretary of Badagry West LCDA, Prince Joseph Agoro affirmed that the school projects had brought about increase in school enrollment in Badagry.
Some of the community leaders were full of praises for the government as they also pleaded for more developmental projects such as roads and electricity.
Badagry is a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin and is blessed with historical sites that could be harnessed for tourism.
Mac Paul, Benin
The Governor of Edo state and leader of the All a Progressive Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has blamed the differences in the APC in the state on some fifth columnists who left the opposition PDP but do not wish the APC well.
Speaking while playing host to members of the fact-finding and reconciliation committee of the All Progressives Congress for Edo State, led by Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, at the Government House, Benin City, Governor Oshiomhole said, these are the people that I, along with other leaders of the party, rehabilitated. Having neutralized their own machine, they jumped out of the boat so that they don’t sink with the boat that we had sunk. They jumped out, and because we thought, they were decent people, we brought them to our own boat that was sailing, and even put them on the plane to fly 50,000 feet above PDP sea level. Oshiomole noted.
“They are now the ones, having benefitted from our labour, from our industry and our accomplishments and having neutralized their vehicle, they jumped out to enter our own, they are the ones using the most uncouth, violent and even vulgar language to describe my person. Each time they make a statement, I believe the secretariat should check carefully both published, spoken and in fact printed words, they always say that unless the Comrade wants to return this state to PDP. They always end with that conclusion. This state cannot return to PDP”.
While thanking the national secretariat of the APC for sending the peace committee to the State, Governor Oshiomhole noted that the party in Edo State has enemies within who are worse than those in the opposition party,
“The truth is this might be the wish of our enemies: enemies from within and enemies from without. The more dangerous enemies are those who even purport to have joined the APC, but their soul is in the PDP. By their choice of language and style and tactics, it is clear that they wish to be in APC while actually working in futility, hoping that they can discredit APC so that their own party that we have grounded, dismantled and wrested can hopefully be revived.
“Edo State Government is stable. There is no cause for alarm. I worry about exaggerated propaganda in the media. I am very thankful for your coming. Assure Abuja that they should not worry. I promised myself I will finish stronger. If God has enabled me for seven and half years, he won’t abandon me for the remaining six months. Be assured of my commitment to this party, the democratic values to fight this battle regardless of who wins, and be assured of my commitment to support the national secretariat.”
He assured of free APC primary in the state, saying “the APC Primary will be transparent. Our President went through a transparent primary in Lagos. So if our President went through a transparent primary, who is bigger in APC than the President?
“Things have been blown out of proportion certainly, but also, the hallmark of a free association is the freedom of contestation. The fact that people feel free to speak their minds, they are not afraid of sanction, there is no godfather to impose and decree a particular direction.”
The Governor used the occasion to take a swipe at the PDP Governors in the South-South who, at their recent meeting in Delta State, said the PDP will win the gubernatorial election in the state.
Oshiomhole said: “I read a newspaper report that PDP governors in the South-South met in Asaba to say that they are strategizing on how to win Edo. And I looked at those who were talking. If I contest election in Delta, I will defeat Okowa. If he tries it and we amend the law, I will go and contest election in Delta, I will defeat Okowa. My pedigree speaks for me. I am not a radio-manufactured or newspaper-created activist. I can communicate vertically and horizontally. My power is not money. It’s the power to persuade and my own pedigree. They are very lucky, but we are waiting for them. This is not the place you destroy the card reader.”
“If I defeated them when they had control of the miltary, I will leave them to wallow in their dreams. If I were to contest with any of them with or without card reader, I will defeat them.
An automobile manufacturing showroom and assembly plant of CFAO-Yamaha has opened in lagos .
Speaking at the inauguration of the plant at industrial estate Amuwo- Odofin, Lagos state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode says the state has what every investor desires in investing in any city.
He stated that the leadership status of the Lagos as the most attractive location financially and socially for investment in Africa puts it in good stead both in Nigeria and on the African
The said the take off of the CFAO Yamaha Plant in Lagos brings the number of assembly plants located in Lagos to over 10, adding that the State still has the capacity to accommodate more plants.
Earlier, the Chairman of CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbenga Oyebode had said that Lagos remained the most appropriate destination for the plant due to its multimodal transportation endowment.
Also, Managing Director of the company, Mr Olivier Levigne said the vision of the firm is to be the grand company and a great organisation that is an open enterprise and a leader in its chosen field.
The CFAO Yamaha Showroom and Assembly Plant has the capacity to produce 70, 000 Motorbikes annually.
Folashade Abdul Salami,Abuja,
The Nigerian Senate leader ,Ali Ndume has reiterated the commitment of the National Assembly to begin work on how to ensure proper Implementation of the 2016 budget through diligent oversight.
Sen Ndume who was speaking newsmen in an interview session in Abuja, said this would be the first time that executive and the legislature are looking at the budget collectively.
He further stated that the 8th assembly will be ready to do all it takes to give the required support and corporation to the government in ensuring good governance.
National Assembly correspondent Folashade Abdulsalami reports that the federal a lawmaker however disclosed that preparations have begun on the 2017 budget to enhance economic growth.
Lifting Ban On Products
Nigerian Government has assured of its commitment to lift the ban placed on some Nigerian products by the European Union in 2016 directing all locally manufactured and imported goods in the country to meet the Nigerian industrial standard as enforced by the standard organisation of Nigeria
Delivering a keynote address at the 2016 celebration of the 4th African day of standardization the minister of state for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar who represented the minister explained, that the measures taken are aimed at improving the ability of locally manifactured goods in the quest by Government to address the challenges of unemployment in Nigeria.
She said the federal Government remains committed to policies that will agender standard and growth in the nation’s manufacturing sector.
The Acting Director General, Standard Organisation on Nigeria, Dr Paul Angaya however stated that the law establishing SON mandates it promotion and patronage of certified made in Nigeria products.
He further disclosed that the theme of conference, “women empowermemt and development towards African Union agenda 2063” was aimed at addressing the role of standards in women empowerment.
In the meantime, ministry of education also gave their contribution by imploring the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to include North-East Women in empowerment.
Correspondent Folashade Abdulsalami reports that Nigerians were therefore urged to take optimum advantage of the opportunity to focus more on a comprehensive African Approach to standardization as a strategic resources to African economic integration and an asset for improving African trade Volume.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria has successfully ended its 68th Shoora- Consultative Council Meeting, at its headquarters in Lagos.
The meeting which is the highest decision making organ of the Islamic organisation was attended by delegates across the branches in the country.
Dubbed Centenary Shoora, far reaching decisions on the way forward for the Jamaat were taken, success stories of previous years were discussed and election of new officers for the next three years were conducted.
The results of the election will be sent to the Markaz, headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslin Community for the approval of the Spiritual head of the organisation.
In his opening remarks, the Amir- Head Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Nigeria, Dr Mashuud Fasola he thanked Allah for the acceptance of prayers over the election of President Muhammadu Buhari He praised the President continue fight against corruption as Nigeria becomes the most upright and blessed Nation in the world soon.
Dr Fasola admonished members of the Jamaat to continue their prayers for the success of the administration to over its challenges as times are hard because according to him’ the corrupt individuals are fighting back in various ways”.