Thursday, May 23, 2019

PTAD begins payment of New Nigerian pensioners

PensionThe management of the New Nigerian led by the Acting Managing Director, Mary Ibrahim, yesterday paid a courtesy visit to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) in Abuja to express appreciation for the placing of the newspaper’s ex-workers on the pension list.
The NNN officials told the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Sharon Ikeazor, that they were very happy at the speed at which PTAD was able to resolve, compute and pay their pensioners.
They acknowledged the competence and diligence of PTAD staff in putting the pensioners first.
PTAD had in October placed 470 New Nigerian pensioners on monthly pension payment for life.

Court revokes Kalu’s bail for traveling without permission

Orji Uzor KaluFor travelling to Germany without permission, Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday revoked the bail granted to the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.
The court ordered him to submit himself and his passport to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) within 24 hours after his return to the country upon the conclusion of his medical treatment abroad.
The trial judge had last week given Kalu a seven -day ultimatum to return to Nigeria from Germany, where he was said to have gone for a surgical operation, or risk the revocation of his bail.
Kalu, the Commissioner for Finance during his tenure, Udeh Jones Udeogu, and his company, Slok Nigeria Limited are standing trial on an amended 39- count charge brought against them by the EFCC.
They were alleged to have used some banks to perpetrate N3.2billion fraud contrary to sections 17(c) 16, 14(1)(b)17(a) and 427 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2003.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the count charges
When the matter was called yesterday, the former governor was absent in court, but was represented by his counsel, S.E Eleme who tendered a medical report from Kalu’s doctors in Germany, stating that the accused person would require 12 weeks to recuperate from the surgical operation.
Justice Idris, therefore, reminded him of the terms of his client bail, which state that he must deposit his Nigerian passport and any other passport that he owned to the court, adding that he could not travel outside the country without the leave of the court.
Eleme said his client travelled under an emergency situation, which did not permit him to apply for the court’s permission, but did not respond to how the accused person got the passport with which he travelled outside the country.
Rather, the counsel pleaded with the court to have mercy on his client and also consider the fact that he had so far conducted himself properly before the court since his trial started in 2007.
The prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) said that when the case was adjourned indefinitely on September 27, the accused person through his counsel approached him that their client was sick and he needed to travel outside the for treatment.
Jacobs said they agreed that he should go and treat himself, but instead of doing so, the former governor was engaged in politicking.
“He contested and won his political party’s primary in his home state, so it was his fault that he did not treat himself before the trial resumed.
“Though I later got information that they wrote to the chairman of the EFCC informing the agency of the trip, if the letter had been brought to my knowledge, I would have advised them to seek the permission of the court as the anti-graft agency does not process the power to grant him leave to travel abroad.”
Justice Idris, therefore, held that although he recognised the right of the accused person to free movement, he breached the term of his bail, adding that no one is above the law.
” It is not acceptable that someone would break the law and expect that nothing would happen. It is a serious offence for someone to travel outside the country in violation of a valid court order.
“I will allow the accused person to enjoy his treatment without any harassment or intimidation from the court or security agencies, but upon his arrival in the country, he must submit himself to the EFCC. If we must have peace and stability in this country the law must be enforced and the court must not be afraid to enforce the law to ensure sanity in the society.
“So the bail of the accused person is hereby revoked and he must submit himself and his passport to the EFCC at the point of entry until further orders of the court are made,” the judge ruled.
He subsequently adjourned continuation of trial till January 23, 2019.

FUOYE lecturers shun ASUU strike, join CNAU

ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun OgunyemiLecturers at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have backed out of the ongoing strike.
The lecturers announced that they have switched their membership and allegiance to the newly formed Congress of Nigerian Academia of Universities (CNAU).
The leader of CNAU in the university, Ayodeji Ige, disclosed this to The Guardian.
He said they are currently discharging all their lawful duties, “because we are no longer members of ASUU.”
He disclosed that the second semester examinations started is ongoing and was neither halted, nor disrupted by any individual or groups.
He stressed that no one was coerced into taking the decision, even as no one has also been harassed for keying into the choice.
The leadership of FUOYE Students Union, which said their exams were ongoing, also confirmed the steps taken by the lecturers.
Vice President of the students union, Bisiriyu Ayomide, in an interview with The Guardian, commended the lecturers for being independent-mined and not following the crowd.
He stressed that each university has its own unique peculiarities in terms of issues and challenges.
Ige had said ASUU was in decaying stage and no efforts could revamp the body, adding that FUOYE teachers now take directives from CNAU headquarters in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Prior to this development, FUOYE ASUU had been at loggerhead with the branch chairman, Dr. Akinyemi Omonijo, and the zonal leadership of the union, who were accused of misrepresenting happenings in the university.
They claimed that the chairman misled both ASUU national leadership and the Federal Ministry of Education to take some decisions against the university.

Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, dies at 95

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes has  died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday.
These comics became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office.
As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book, titan, in the 1960s.
He then, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers.
“He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating.
“He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living. His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable,” his daughter, J.C. Lee, said in a statement to the media.
She did not mention Lee’s cause of death but the TMZ celebrity news website said an ambulance was called to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday and that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee,  thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel’s archrival.
Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes.
His characters were not made of stone – even if they appeared to have been chiseled from granite. They had love and money worries, and endured tragic flaws or feelings of insecurity.
“I felt it would be fun to learn a little about their private lives, about their personalities and show that they are human as well as super,” Lee told NPR News in 2010.
He had help in designing the superheroes but he took full ownership of promoting them.
His creations included web-slinging teenager Spider-Man, the muscle-bound Hulk, mutant outsiders, The X-Men, the close-knit Fantastic Four and the playboy-inventor Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man.
Dozens of Marvel Comic movies, with nearly all the major characters Lee created, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century.
They grossed over 20 billion dollars at theaters worldwide, according to box office analysts.
Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever.
He has soared through the New York skyline as a giant inflatable in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Lee, as a hired hand at Marvel, received limited payback on the windfall from his characters.
In a 1998 contract, he wrestled a clause for 10 per cent of profits from movies and TV shows with Marvel characters.
In 2002, he sued to claim his share, months after “Spider-Man” conquered movie theaters. In a legal settlement three years later, he received a 10 million dollars one-time payment.
Hollywood studios made superheroes the cornerstone of their strategy of producing fewer films and relying on big profits from blockbusters.
Some people assumed that, as a result, Lee’s wealth had soared. He disputed that.
“I don’t have 200 million dollars. I don’t have 150 million dollars . I don’t have 100 million dollars or anywhere near that,” Lee told Playboy magazine in 2014.
” Having grown up in the Great Depression, Lee added that he was “happy enough to get a nice paycheck and be treated well.”
In 2008, Lee was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest government award for creative artists.
Lee was born as Stanley Martin Lieber in New York on Dec. 28, 1922, the son of Jewish immigrants from Romania.
At age 17, he became an errand boy at Timely Comics, the company that would evolve into Marvel.
He got the job with help from an inside connection, his uncle, according to Lee’s autobiography “Excelsior!”
Lee soon earned writing duties and promotions. He penned Western stories and romances, as well as superhero tales.
He often wrote standing on the porch of the Long Island, New York, home he shared with his wife, actress Joan Lee, whom he married in 1947 and who died in 2017.
The couple had two children, Joan Celia born in 1950 and Jan Lee who died within three days of her birth in 1953.
In 1961 Lee’s boss saw a rival publisher’s success with caped crusaders and told Lee to dream up a superhero team.
Lee at the time felt comics were a dead-end career, but his wife urged him to give it one more shot and create the complex characters he wanted to, even if it led to his firing.
The result was the Fantastic Four. There was stretchable Mr Fantastic, his future wife, Invisible Woman, her brother, the Human Torch and strongman, The Thing.
They were like a devoted but dysfunctional family.
“Stan’s characters were always superheroes that had a certain amount of humanity about them or a flaw,” said Shirrel Rhoades.
Rhoades was a former Executive Vice President of Marvel and its publisher in the mid-1990s.
“As iconic as Superman may be, he is considered a Boy Scout. He doesn’t have any real flaws,” Rhoades said.
“Whereas you take a Spider-Man, kids identify with him because he had his problems like they did.”
Lee involved his artists in the process of creating the story and even the characters themselves in what would come to be known as the “Marvel Method.”
It sometimes led critics to fault Lee for taking credit for ideas not entirely his own.
He described his creative process to media in outlining how he came up with his character Thor, the god of thunder, borrowed from Norse mythology.
“I was trying to think of something that would be totally different,” he said.
“What could be bigger and even more powerful than the Hulk? And I figured: why not a legendary god?”
To give Thor more rhetorical punch, Lee gave him dialogue styled after the Bible and Shakespeare.
As for Tony Stark-Iron Man, he was based on industrialist Howard Hughes, Lee told interviewers.
Lee became Marvel’s publisher in 1972.
He went on the lecture circuit, moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and pursued opportunities for his characters in movies and television.
Through it all, he kept connected with fans, writing a column called “Stan’s Soapbox” in which he often slipped in his catchphrase “‘Nuff Said” or the sign-off “Excelsior!”
In his later years, he gave constant updates via Twitter.
“Stan was a character. He was a character as much as any he ever created,” Rhoades said. “He created himself, in a way.”
He also made cameos in most Marvel films, pulling a girl away from falling debris in 2002’s “Spider-Man” and serving as an emcee at a strip club in 2016’s “Deadpool.”
The Walt Disney Co bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for four billion dollars in a deal to expand Disney’s roster of characters, with the most iconic ones having been Lee’s handiwork.
By that point, Lee had all but parted ways with Marvel after being made a chairman emeritus of the company.
But even in his 80s and 90s, Lee was a wellspring of new projects, running a company called POW! Entertainment.

Court again stops Kano Assembly from investigating Gov. Ganduje

A Kano High Court on Monday upheld its earlier order halting the state House of Assembly Investigative Committee from investigating the bribery allegation against Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.
The court also ordered all other parties involved in the investigation of the bribery allegation to maintain status quo ante, pending the determination of the originating summon.
NAN reports that the originating summon was filed by Mr Mohammed Zubair, the National Coordinator of Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria.
When the case came up for hearing, counsel to the plaintiff, Kalid Abdullatif, said that going by Order 29, Rule 1 and Order 28, Rule 1 and 4 of the Rules of the Court, 2014, the application filed on behalf of the plaintiff on Nov. 5, restraining the defendants, Kano state House of Assembly, Baffa Babba Danagundi and the state Attorney-General from further investigation of the bribery allegation, still subsist.
“The application still remains an Order of interlocutory injunction, restraining the defendants, either by themselves, agents, privies, or officials, or other persons, whosoever, from further inviting anybody, questioning, examining, making any further Press Releases, releasing or playing any further video tapes, investigation or further proceedings, with the, or any bribery allegation against Gov. Ganduje, or anybody, whatsoever, therewith, pending the determination of the substantive suit before this Honourable Court, “he said.
He further argued that the act of the defendants to have constituted a Committee to investigate the bribery allegation against Governor Ganduje remains, “unconstitutional.”
However, counsel to the Kano state House of Assembly (first defendant) and Investigative Committee Chairman, Hon. Baffa Babba Dan Agundi (second defendant), Mohammed Waziri, described his clients as law-abiding citizens who would not breach the law in any way.
“I wish to state that the First and Second defendants are law-makers and law-abiding citizens. The Order came a day to the date slated to listen to witnesses at the Investigative Panel.
“Since then, no step has been taken by the state House of Assembly or the Investigative Committee to breach the law. “This is to tell you that Kano state House of Assembly is law-abiding.
“The Assembly has no intention whatsoever to take any further steps until the subsisting matter is decided upon because constitutional issues are being raised.”
The Third Defendant who is also the state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, aIbrahim Muktar did not object to the prayers of counsel to the plaintiff.
In his ruling, the presiding Judge, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, ordered all the parties involved in the case to maintain the status quo ante, pending the determination of the Originating summon.
Badamasi commended counsel to the defendants for advising his clients wisely and adjourned the case to Nov. 21, for hearing of the originating motion on summon.

LG Autonomy Will Foster Development At Grassroots – Obasanjo

 
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the strengthening of the local government as the third tier of government in Nigeria saying that the current practice has continued to hamper real development at the grassroots.
He said this on Monday while receiving members of the Friends of Democracy group at his residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The former president maintained that people at the grassroots are better served if the local government is strengthened.
He said, “The Local Government is meant to be autonomous from the state government.
“What has happened from the briefing I have received from you and what we know is that by design, most states have incapacitated the local government. They have virtually stolen their money. And what they call joint account, they were to contribute 10 per cent which they never contributed.
“What has come from the state governments have been appropriated by them, so what we have in most parts of the country is a local government that has functions but cannot perform the function”.
The former president also noted that only nine states so far have signed the Local Government Autonomy bill which requires the signature of 24 states before it is passed into law.
He, therefore, called on states who have not signed the bill to do so in the interest of development.
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Again! Court stops Kano Assembly from investigating Gov Ganduje

The court also ordered all other parties involved in the investigation of the bribery allegation to maintain status quo ante, pending the determination of the originating summon. A Kano High Court on Monday upheld its earlier order halting the state House of Assembly Investigative Committee from investigating the bribery allegation against Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.The court also ordered all other parties involved in the investigation of the bribery allegation to maintain status quo ante, pending the determination of the originating summon.NAN reports that the originating summon was filed by Mr Mohammed Zubair, the National Coordinator of Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria.When the case came up for hearing, counsel to the plaintiff, Kalid Abdullatif, said that going by Order 29, Rule 1 and Order 28, Rule 1 and 4 of the Rules of the Court, 2014, the application filed on behalf of the plaintiff on Nov. 5, restraining the defendants, Kano state House of Assembly, Baffa Babba Danagundi and the state Attorney-General from further investigation of the bribery allegation, still subsist.“The application still remains an Order of interlocutory injunction, restraining the defendants, either by themselves, agents, privies, or officials, or other persons, whosoever, from further inviting anybody, questioning, examining, making any further Press Releases, releasing or playing any further video tapes, investigation or further proceedings, with the, or any bribery allegation against Gov. Ganduje, or anybody, whatsoever, therewith, pending the determination of the substantive suit before this Honourable Court, “he said.He further argued that the act of the defendants to have constituted a Committee to investigate the bribery allegation against Governor Ganduje remains, “unconstitutional.”However, counsel to the Kano state House of Assembly (first defendant) and Investigative Committee Chairman, Hon. Baffa Babba Dan Agundi (second defendant), Mohammed Waziri, described his clients as law-abiding citizens who would not breach the law in any way.“I wish to state that the First and Second defendants are law-makers and law-abiding citizens. The Order came a day to the date slated to listen to witnesses at the Investigative Panel.“Since then, no step has been taken by the state House of Assembly or the Investigative Committee to breach the law. “This is to tell you that Kano state House of Assembly is law-abiding.“The Assembly has no intention whatsoever to take any further steps until the subsisting matter is decided upon because constitutional issues are being raised.”ALSO READ: Kano Assembly moves to impeach Ganduje over $5m kickback The Third Defendant who is also the state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Muktar did not object to the prayers of counsel to the plaintiff.In his ruling, the presiding Judge, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, ordered all the parties involved in the case to maintain the status quo ante, pending the determination of the Originating summon.Badamasi commended counsel to the defendants for advising his clients wisely and adjourned the case to Nov. 21, for hearing of the originating motion on summon.

FCT Police nabs four ‘One Chance’ suspects

The FCT Police Command has arrested three suspects for alleged involvement in “one chance” robbery.
The suspects according to the Police specialise in robbing their victims of valuables and using dangerous weapons to inflict injuries on them.
The suspects are; Onyebuchi Ifeanyikwu ‘m’ 40 years, Anthony Sunday ‘m’ 35 years and Usman Ali ‘m’ 19 years and Sani Bala ‘m’ 19 years.
Items recovered from them include; four sharp knives, one nail, one wood containing a nail, one screw driver, some female under-wears, one infinix phone, some jewelries, one bag containing women clothes belonging to one of their victims and a golden colour Honda Accord car with registration no: FST 662 BG.
Others items are; “Two daggers, one Samsung phone and one tricycle used for their robbery operations.”
Stating how they were arrested,  the Command’s Spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah said: “On 10 November, 2018 at about 0200hrs following a discreet investigation, operatives of the Anti-One Chance Squad arrested one Onyebuchi Ifeanyikwu ‘m’ 40 years and Anthony Sunday ‘m’ 35 years at their hideouts in Tungan Maje.
“The suspects robbed and inflicted serious injuries on a lady who boarded their car as a passenger en-route Nyanya from Arab road Kubwa on 9th November, 2018 at about 0530hrs.
“Few minutes into the journey, the suspects diverted their victim to Zuba axis where she was robbed of her cash, phone, two ATM cards and other valuables before she was abandoned. She was rescued and taken to Police hospital Deidei Barracks where she was treated and discharged.”
The Police said it has intensified efforts to recover items robbed from their victims which are said to be with one of their cohorts who is currently at large.
On the other suspects, Manzah said: “On 2nd November, 2018 at about 0900hrs following a compliant, Police operatives from the Command Anti-One Chance Squad arrested Ali and Bala who operate in a tricycle to rob unsuspecting members of the public.
“The suspects were arrested after one of their victims who were robbed by the gang at Gwarimpa axis complained to the Police operatives.
The Police said the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

LASU: 32,000 certificates ready for collection

The Lagos State University (LASU) has begun issuing backlog of certificates to its graduates.
Over 100 graduates showed up Monday to collect their certificates at the university’s main auditorium where the certificate unit of the Registry has set up shop until January 1, 2019.
The Principal Assistant Registrar/Head, Certificate Unit, Mr Olabode Akinrimade, said in a statement by the university’s centre for information, press and public relations (CIPPR) that 32,522 certificates were ready for collection by those who could prove they had attended the university.
Even if they cannot present the requisite document, Akinrimade said the university had measures to help identify the graduates.
He debunked claims that the university was withholding the certificates.
“Over 100 graduates turned up on the first day of the first day of the certificates release/collection exercise.  It is very untrue that LASU is not releasing certificates,” he said.
The university’s Registrar, Olayinka Amuni, monitored the exercise on Monday.

Minister commends revamp of PHCs in Edo

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has commended the revamp of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Edo State, noting that such reforms will allow for proper referral system as a catalyst to develop the health system in the country.
Adewole said this while delivering his keynote address at the 2018 Alagodaro Summit in Benin City, organised by Edo State Government to celebrate the second anniversary of the state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
He commended the Obaseki-led administration for focusing on health care, pledging the commitment of the federal government in ensuring that the state achieves her aim of having 200 primary health centres in the state by the year 2020.
Adewole, while buttressing the importance of PHCs to the society, decried that their nonfunctional status has overstretched the general and teaching hospitals which are meant for complicated ailments.
The health minister advised the state government that as it revamps the health centres, attention must also be given to preventive medicine, especially on provision of safe water in communities as well as sensitization on proper hygiene.
According to him, “We spend a lot of money in curative treatment when our problem is at preventive state. We need to change the paradigm and put emphasis on preventive care, health education as well as improving our way of life.”
He added that health care system must move beyond just care, and involve a comprehensive care.
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“PHC is closer to the people, and if properly invested in, it would provide care for 80 percent of the people while 10 percent would go to secondary and less than 10 percent would go to tertiary health care centres,” he said.
The health minister said countries around the world that have recorded improvement in their socio-economic sectors are those that have improved their health indicators.
He commended the Obaseki-led administration for investing in the health sector, assuring him that the return on investment for the health care would be huge.
Adewole also drew attention to the population explosion in the country especially as majority of the population falls below the working age.
The minister congratulated the state for having the highest rate of skilled birth attendant which he said has reduced maternal and infant deaths.

Court Issues Restraining Order On Committee Investigating Bribery Allegations Against Ganduje

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A Kano State High Court has issued a restraining order on the state Assembly ad-hoc committee investigating allegations of bribery against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The presiding judge, Ahmed Tijjani on Monday, asked both sides to maintain status quo pending the hearing before the court, which was adjourned till November 21.
The development comes about a week after a group known as Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria, filed a petition before the court challenging the legality of the committee.
Both the legislature and the executive have agreed to take no further actions as directed by the court.
Governor Ganduje is facing the state assembly’s investigation following the release of a video allegedly showing him collecting kickbacks from contractors.
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2019: I will build a prosperous Nigeria – Ezekwesili

Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby EzekwesiliThe presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, on Monday said she would work to build and deliver a prosperous Nigeria if elected.
Ezekwesili, a former Vice-President of World Bank, made the pledge while speaking with newsmen in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidential candidate spoke on her blueprint to lift 80million Nigerians out of poverty.
She said the country was blessed with great people, and a country with great potential like Nigeria should not be associated with high poverty rate.
Ezekwesili explained that the poverty narrative had been predominant owing to the consistent dearth of the leadership to build the right capacities to empower the people.
The candidate identified inequality, infrastructural deficit, high rate of illiteracy and poor economic focus as some of the causes of high poverty rate.
She said Nigeria needs a leader who would tackle all these to build a prosperous nation.
Ezekwesili said her promise to lift 80million Nigerians out of poverty if elected was not an empty one, as she had a well thought-out plan to achieve it.
Giving details of her blueprint, Ezekwesili said she would massively invest in human capital development of more educated citizens who would be economically empowered.
She also said she would pursue a robust housing programme to deliver affording homes to most Nigerians in order to increase access.
“Education and skills development of healthy Nigerian people shall be my number one priority.
“No matter what we do, we would never win the war on poverty without investing massively in human capital development.
“That is why in our ACPN government, education will be the new oil. Education will be the new economy.
“My vision for education is one that will nourish the mind and create a progressive society that competes globally.
“ If our current and future human capital are not educated, they will most likely end up in poverty and our economy will lose the productivity that they would have added.
“We shall launch a root and branch reform of all the levels and phases of education. Early Childcare Education, Basic Education, Secondary Education.
“Special Needs Education and Adult/Informal Education will all be systemically reformed to achieve universal access to quality and relevant education by all Nigerians.
“ Education, training and skills development remain the most potent tools of economic and social mobility in all progressive societies.
“Breaking the vicious circle of poor education is crucial for promoting inclusive economic growth and decent jobs for all,” she said.
Ezekwesili promised a national housing programme to reduce the cost of a starter home for families.
“ In partnership with the private sector, we will reduce cost of these homes by 50% while increasing quality.
“ Within my first 100 days, I would launch a Naija Home Competition that will call for the design of a standard, affordable Nigerian home design which will include two bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom and toilet, and a kitchen.
“At least 80 percent of the homes we will build will be low-cost housing whereby allocation is based on income.
“The recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants through lottery,” she said.
Ezekwesili said she would drive prosperity in the country by giving the necessary support to start-ups and small-scale enterprises for massive job creation.
The candidate also said she would embark on total oil industry and power reforms to stimulate efficiency in both sectors for economic development.
“Also we will pursue a Produce More, Earn More vision that will result in higher productivity, greater competitiveness, higher income, more diversified export earnings from wider sources of economic growth in the economy,” she said.
The ex-minister said she would invest massively in agriculture to diversify the economy and provide more jobs, while health care would receive the needed attention.
Ezekwesili urged Nigerians to trust in her capacity to deliver, saying she had the track record and experience to make the country an economic giant.

Business: Teleology finally takeover 9mobile

Teleology says it has appointed new directors to run Nigeria’s fourth-largest telecoms company, 9mobile. Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, has finally approved the takeover of 9mobile by a new investor, Teleology Holdings.Teleology has appointed Nasiru Ado Bayero (Chairman), Stephane Beuvelet (Acting Managing Director) and 5 other directors to run Nigeria’s fourth-largest telecoms company, 9mobile.This comes after the company was finally taken over by Teleology Holdings Limited.Mohammed Edewor, the company’s spokesperson said Teleology “is pleased to announce the constitution of a new Board of Directors”, following “the successful completion of the tenure of the former Board appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and in fulfilment of the consequential transfer of final ownership to the new investors, Teleology Nigeria Limited”.“We thank all out-going members of the Board for helping to shepherd 9mobile through the critical transition phase it has passed through since July 2017 and wish them the very best in their future assignments.“For us, the composition of the new Board of Directors is another significant milestone, and this follows the issuance of final approval of no objection by the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the effect that the technical and financial bids Teleology submitted for 9mobile met and satisfied all the regulatory requirements.“This is indeed the dawn of a new era in the evolution of the 9mobile brand in the Nigerian market”.Teleology, an investment firm led by the former MTN Nigeria chief, Adrian Wood, emerged as the preferred bidder in February 2018, following a bid process arranged by Barclays Africa, after a debt default forced Etisalat out of the country.

President Buhari assents to Extradition Act, 4 others

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to five bills, including the Extradition (Amendment) Act 2018, Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Act, 2018 and Nigerian Centre For Disease Control And Prevention ( Establishment ) Act, 2018.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday.The presidential aide disclosed that the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act 2018, and the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geo-sciences, Jos, (Establishment) Act 2018, were also assented to by the president.On the Extradition bill, Enang said that the Act vested jurisdiction on extradition proceedings now on the Federal High Court and no more the Magistrates Court or Magistrates.He explained that the amendment further introduced a new section 15(2) preventing double jeopardy as protected by Section 36(9) of the Constitution.“The new section prevents a person surrendered to Nigeria in accordance with extraction treaty, obligation from being arrested, detained, extradited or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria or any other country within the Commonwealth or any other country having same extraditing agreement with Nigeria, if the proceedings relate to an offence for which he has been previously  convicted or acquitted in the requesting country for which extradition is sought by the Nigerian authorities.’’According to Enang, the Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Act 2018, allows aggregate capital and Recurrent Expenditure of N371,532,518,887 up to the financial year ending Dec. 31.He said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Act 2018 was aimed at promoting, coordinating and facilitating the prevention, detection and Control of Communicable diseases and other public health emergencies in Nigeria.Enang said that the Act, submitted by President Buhari as Executive Bill on Oct. 17, 2017 to the National Assembly, was to develop, maintain and coordinate surveillance systems to collect, analyse and interpret data on diseases of public health importance.He said this was meant to detect public health threats, guide health intervention and set public health priorities and to lead the response to disease outbreaks, public health emergencies and disasters to minimize the impact on health.He said the Act was also to develop and maintain a network of reference and specialised laboratories for pathogen detection, disease surveillance and outbreak response.The presidential aide said it would also develop and maintain guidelines and processes for specimen collection and transportation to reference laboratories, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard reference laboratories in Nigeria.“It would provide information to the public through multiple platforms on diseases and public health events and provide support and coordinate the control of national and trans-border responses to mass public health emergencies, such as mass casualties, floods, nuclear, biological and chemical terrorism, disease outbreaks and heavy metals poisoning, among others,’’ he added.He said the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act 2018, was an amendment to the 2007 Act.According to him, the Act more succinctly defines matters of appointment to the council, empowers the Agency or appropriate person to cause immediate abatement of imminent environmental pollution while appropriate warrant or court order is sought to ensure public safety, among others.ALSO READ: PDP accuses Buhari of ordering security agents to harass AtikuHe said the Nigerian Institute Of Mining and Geo-sciences, Jos (Establishment) Act “establishes the institute to provide courses of instruction, training and research in Geo-sciences and mining and produce technicians and such skilled personnel normally required for the mining and related industries.’’He revealed that the law was to  provide for “both the public and private sectors alike, laboratory services for rock and mineral identification, sampling and mineral beneficiation, mineral and metallurgical analysis“ It is also meant to Conduct research in mining, quarrying and related industries and to provide skilled training for the artisanal and small scale mining operators, among others.

Peter Obi reacts Atiku’s alleged harassment by security agents

Speaking on the incident, Obi said Atiku’s sin is that he is the presidential candidate of the PDP. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice-Presidential candidate, Peter Obi has reacted to the alleged harassment of the party’s presidential flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar by security agents.Atiku, on Sunday, November 11, 2018, alleged that he was subjected to a search by security agents which he said was aimed at intimidating him.He said “I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff.“I am committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them. Together, #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain.”  The former Vice-President returned to Nigeria from Dubai, where he held series of meetings with leaders of the PDP.Atiku’s sinSpeaking on the incident, Obi said Atiku’s sin is that he is the presidential candidate of the PDP.Vanguard reports that the former Anambra Governor also called on politicians to embrace peace, adding that Nigeria will be a better place if people show love to one another.He said “His only offence is that he is the presidential candidate of an opposition party. It is not as if you are not allowed to do a routine check.“What I am saying is that we have a country and what we need now is to be showing each other love and show the example to the younger ones that we are not divided, that we are together, that we want the country to work. It’s about the country. ALSO READ: PDP accuses Buhari of ordering security agents to harass Atiku“All these divisions are not necessary for our future. But what we do is that we are dividing the country. But you see people coming to a programme chanting war songs. It shouldn’t be.”FG dismisses Atiku’s claimIn its reaction, the Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika said that Atiku was subjected to the normal screening exercise at the airport.Sirika also described the PDP presidential candidate’s claim as a mischievous attempt aimed at attracting media attention.The minister also called on Nigerians to obey the laws of land, adding that VIPs should not seek to be treated specially.