• He’s A Threat To Democracy, PDP Alleges
A mild drama played out, yesterday, at the old secretariat of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) along Ribadu Square Road, Adamawa State, when Mr. Ahmed Gulak, former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), alongside his supporters.
Gulak, while addressing APC factional members loyal to Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow that had gathered to welcome him to the party, said the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gives right to all new members to contest elections on its platform.
But sensing the ambition of Gulak to contest the governorship election in 2019, Bindow, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Abdullraman Abba Jimeta, told the new defectors that there is no vacancy at Government House and that nobody should think of contesting the office on the platform of the APC.
“Let me say this before some people would start thinking of contesting for the office of governor. There is no vacancy. We welcome you all to our party and will consider you in all our activities. But the governor’s office is a no-go area until 2023. So, be aware of this now,” he warned.
Gulak, however, said: “I have read the APC constitution several times and there is no barrier to new members to contest elections. It is unlike in the PDP where new members need a waiver from their state leadership and if they hate your face, there is no waiver for you.”
Gulak, who is believed to be eyeing the governorship ticket, told the party leadership that he and his group would partner with APC on equal basis in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
Reacting to Gulak’s exit from the PDP, the Adamawa State chairman of the party, Abubakar Tahir Shehu, described him as a political prostitute. He said the departure confirms that normalcy has returned to the PDP.
Shehu said: “We in PDP know that Gulak left the party in 2015 after the presidential election. It is a shame that a man like Gulak will be talking of due process when he conspired with others to take our governorship primaries in 2015 to Abuja and imposed an APC member, Nuhu Ribadu, on the party. We decided to vote against our party to prove to Gulak that he has no political value. He is a huge liability to any party he joins.
The Nigerian Army has denied a report (not The Guardian) that said the factional leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has escaped to Cameroon, saying the report is misleading and untrue.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman, in a statement at the weekend, said the army was not aware of the whereabouts of the fugitive leader.
He said the army was in a manhunt for Shekau, adding that N3m was offered as reward for any credible information that could lead to his arrest.
The statement reads in part: “The report alleged that a top Boko Haram commander, Abdullahi Bello, alias Abu Zainab, who was captured by the Nigerian Army on February 14, disclosed that Shekau escaped to Cameroon. This is not true. The Nigerian Army did not arrest such person, neither do we have such suspect in our custody.”
Usman urged journalists to cross check their facts with the Nigerian Army authorities before publication.
Members of the Nigerian Senate during a plenary
Senators that opposed the passage of the bill re-ordering the 2019 election sequence have returned to the drawing board.
The weak resistance, it was learnt, was due largely to public backlash and disappointment from their support base.
When contacted, the arrowhead of the protesting lawmakers, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said: “I don’t want to comment further on the issue. I have confined myself to the majority decision of the hallowed chamber. I’m done with what I have said so far.”
But the political intrigue to stunt the bill looks unrelenting, as Senator Ovie Omo-Agege had vowed, while briefing newsmen, last week, that the bill would never see the light of the day. “It will finally amount to an exercise in futility,” he declared.
Investigations revealed that some senators who were in audience, last week, with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, returned unfulfilled.
According to inside sources, Buhari was suspicious, confiding only in a few members of his kitchen cabinet about his political ambition. His stance was said to be a direct reaction to cracks in the ranks of APC stalwarts.
The key players in the controversial re-ordering are part of the majority lawmakers drawn from the two chambers, who also are members of the ruling party.
The President visiting Daura, his Katsina state hometown may not be unconnected with the smouldering intra-party crisis on all fronts even though Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and chairman, APC governors Forum, had explained that they were in Daura to commiserate with the president on the death of two of his relatives.
However, the protesting senators have latched in at the Daura large political gathering of party faithful to penetrate Buhari and the large APC family, where dominant issues at the strategic meeting were the contentious election sequence, intra-party crisis, re-branding Buhari’s public image and his re-election bid.
A reliable Presidency source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the APC national leadership has agreed to go for broke and ensure that the bill does not succeed, as they prevailed on Buhari not to endorse the bill into law, saying that doing so “would be tantamount to self defeat and eventual sack of APC come 2019.”
It was also gathered that APC governors have been directed to engage with senators and members of the House of Representatives from their respective states for a common agreement against the bill in an event that the National Assembly leadership decides to veto the power of Mr. President.
Oyegun made the call at a grand rally to welcome People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members who defected to the APC on Saturday in Lokoja. The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Saturday called on Nigerians to shun those casting aspersions on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the party.Oyegun made the call at a grand rally to welcome People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members who defected to the APC on Saturday in Lokoja.The National Chairman said the President was God sent to heal the wounds of Nigerians adding that his administration has made tremendous improvement in the socio-economic and political development of the country.He said that the administration has diversified the Nigerian economy from being oil-dependent to being an agriculture-based.He said there was an ongoing expansion of the rail network and power generation has stabilised at 7,000 Megawatts from 3,000 megawatts at the inception of the administration.“It is only the beginning of good things that are yet to come,” he said.Oyegun urged Nigerians not to listen to detractors of the President but be patriotic and support him to achieve more and make life worth living for every Nigerians.“Kogi will be one of the major sponsors on the day President Muhammadu Buhari decides to go for second term. They say we are quarrelling, they say we are fighting, but credible people are trooping into APC”, he added.He advised Kogi people to support the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello, saying the governor has positively affected every facet of the state economy.“I am happy to be here today. I noticed one of the billboards when I was coming in saying, ‘A New Dawn for Kogi State’.“Kogi People, I want to congratulate you for having an energetic governor in Yahaya Bello. This is a governor that is a good organiser, restless, energetic and full of ideas. I can feel a new energy in Kogi State”, Oyegun said.Speaking Gov Yahaya Bello urged Buhari to run for a second term in 2019.“We urge Mr President to run and fly in 2019. Twenty-four APC governors are ready to support you under the leadership of the National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun.”Bello welcomed PDP members from the three senatorial districts of the state who defected.He said the APC was where they belonged in the first place adding, “come and sin no more.”He urged those still in PDP to come back home.Prof. Stephen Ocheni, Minister of State for Labour and Employment said the crowd was a testimony of the strength of the party in the state.Mr Edward Onoja, Chief of Staff to the governor said the party started with nine members of the state House of Assembly and 100,000 members, but now has 19 legislators and 500,000 members.
Ambode expressed the appreciation at the 2nd Corps Marshal Sports Championship held inside the main bowl of the National Stadium in Abuja. Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Saturday, thanked the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for its support and contributions to the development of the state over the years.Ambode expressed the appreciation at the 2nd Corps Marshal Sports Championship held inside the main bowl of the National Stadium in Abuja.The event, tagged “Safety Games 2018 ‘’, is part of activities marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the FRSC, Nigeria’s lead traffic management agency.Represented by the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Kweku Tandoh, Ambode said the FRSC had been a “good partner of the Lagos State Government’’ since the establishment of the agency in 1988.“This has been a very important relationship for Lagos because, as the state which hosts the highest number of vehicles and drivers in Nigeria, road safety has always been paramount.“We will therefore like to thank the FRSC for its support and cooperation over the years which has aided our drive towards becoming one of the foremost metropolitan cities in the world.“The Lagos State Government is particularly interested in this championship because it gives us the opportunity to see the FRSC officers in a much more relaxed mood.’’The governor, who was the chairman of the occasion, congratulated the management, officers and men of the corps for the “exemplary manner’’ in which they had undertaken their mandate over the years.He said the FRSC’s workforce comprised vibrant young men and women with talents that could be harnessed for Nigeria’s success in international sporting activities.Mr Solomon Dalong, Minister of Youth and Sports, who is the special guest of honour, described the FRSC as a blessing to the country.Dalong, who was represented by Tayo Oreweme, a director in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, lauded the FRSC for its commitment to safety of lives and properties on the highways.“I congratulate the management and staff of the FRSC for weathering the storms and coming out as a worthy example of a lead agency in traffic administration and safety management not only in Africa but in the world.“No doubt, one of the secrets of such remarkable performance by the corps over the years is the physical fitness and mental alertness of its staff through their active involvement in sporting activities like these championship events.’’Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said the “Safety Games’’ was a biennial event designed partly to produce high-performance athletes that could represent the country in local and international sporting competitions.Oyeyemi said the games were important especially now that the Nigerian Olympic Committee is focusing its searchlight on military and paramilitary agencies, and schools in its scout for new talents.“The Safety Games 2018 is the second of its kind. The first was held in Abuja in 2010 where sports men and women competed in various sporting events and winners were rewarded with various awards and prizes.“The Corps has trained quality sportsmen and women whose performances have been exceptional in Nigeria.“We will continue to train more sports persons, while it is worthy to mention that the Road Safety Football Club is currently participating in the ongoing Nigeria National Professional League, and is still the FCT FA Champion,’’ he said.The corps marshal added that the FRSC Handball Team was currently the Nigerian champions and had represented the country in African club championships.Oyeyemi aid the Corps was poised to ensure that its officers and men remained physically and mentally alert with its attendant health benefits and optimal job performance.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the games featured athletic events such as 100m, 200m and relay; football, raffle draw and tug of war, among others.In attendance were representatives of military and paramilitary agencies, including Customs, Immigration, Prison Service, Civil Defence and Fire Service, among others.
Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh said Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi are two Nigerian players to watch out for at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.
Oliseh who unceremoniously quit the Super Eagles coaching role introduced Ndidi and Iwobi to the national team.
“Iwobi has grown and Ndidi is playing great,” the coach praised the players in a radio interview monitored by SCORENigeria
The former Juventus and Ajax Amsterdam star also said he expects the Super Eagles to fly high at Russia 2018. “We can do well at the World Cup,” simply predicted Oliseh, who featured at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
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BY ROTIMI AGBANA & CHIBUIKE OKAFOR
Bright Ukpabi, better known as ‘Mr. Dutch’ is a young afro-pop musician, record label executive and business man who at a young age had strong passion for music but never had the opportunity to live his passion.
After his success from investments, he decided to establish Dutch Dreams Records, a South African based record company. Mr. Dutch made his music debut in Nigeria with the release of his first official single titled ‘Carry Go’, featuring Yung O.G and followed up with the release of the audio and video of his latest song “She Want”. In this interview with Potpourri, he speaks about his music and more.
You just released a new single “She Want” with the video, why drop it on Valentine’s Day?
Yes, it was planned that way to give lovers something to savour on St Valentine’s Day to spice up their romantic imaginations and expression. It is a love song but I am using the street lyrics to express love for an African woman in a way that everyone can relate to with a slow tempo, RnB, afro-pop feel.
The inspiration came from praising the African woman because all around the world African women are known to have beautiful bodies.
Unlike other women around the world who undergo all sorts of surgery to acquire jaw dropping bodily endowments, African women possess the most attractive feminine endowments and body structure in the world and that is why I don’t mind spending my money just to appreciate them.
Basically, I’m passing a message to African women telling them how beautiful they are, appreciating them because they have the best physique and body structure compared to other women around the world . “She Wants” video is a creation of Dutch Dreams Records, masterfully produced by Kiddominant with a classic performance visuals directed by SOS. ‘She wants’ conveys a cool piano strings, subtle music with that high note in between that chills the ears, producing magical effects and sensational feeling.
How did music start for you?
I’ve been into afro pop music for a while now; my first song was released around 2002 or 2003 and it was in a group called ‘Basket Boys’ in Benue State, but we later changed the group’s name to ‘Three Tribes’ because we were from three different tribes in Nigeria. When we started, there was no money to finance our music; along the line we lost one of our members in an auto accident in Lagos. After that, everyone went back to school.
After graduating from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, I travelled to the United States to stay with my cousins who live there. In 2013, I decided to establish my own record company, that’s when I registered Dutch Dreams Records, then between 2014 and 2015 I signed my first artiste, and from there the story continues.
What is the greatest sacrifice you have made for your music career?
The greatest sacrifice I have made since I started my career is pushing my artistes. I remember while I was pushing my artistes I had other businesses I was doing, so at some point I had to stop going to the office and doing my business to focus on pushing them and making sure they get to where they need to be and achieve what they want. It was difficult because if you believe in someone, not everyone believes in them, and you alone know what you see in them and it eventually paid off.
Which song is your debut?
My first official single is ‘Carry Go’.
Your sound and beats are like Davido’, don’t you think you will be criticized for that?
I didn’t intend it that way; if you listen to the beat well you will understand that all afro-beats sound alike and the beat I’m given determines what I’m going to deliver. So, if you give me the best beat I will definitely jump on it because I usually work with what the producer brings up.
So, when Kiddominant went with his own inspiration and made that beat I followed the inspiration that made him make the beat and that was how we made that song. I didn’t intentionally have the mind to copy Davido’s beat, sound like him or any of his artistes at the time when the music was produced.
Do you think you can withstand the current competition in the music industry?
Music is not a competition to me because music is the art of creativity, the art of sending out a message and expressing yourself. My music is me trying to express myself in the way I feel at the moment I’m making the music. I think I have the talent, so, I do not need to be under any pressure because of what other artistes are doing, I just need to deliver what I think people love to listen to.
So you won’t follow the musical wave going on right now in the music space?
My goal is to create sounds that come from deep inside of me, it may not sound like the current wave of sound but the delivery is what matters. I feel if you believe in what you are giving out there will be people who will love it. I seriously don’t need to follow the trend because no matter what, there must be some people who will listen to whatever you put out.
I remember when Davido sang ‘If’, lot of people were like “This is nonsense, what is he saying”, even Davido was skeptical at the beginning but later when the song became a hit; he was so shocked. I feel that is how music is, it’s better to always give what you feel is good, a message people can remember.
What strategy are you adopting to remain relevant?
When you make music you must realise you are not making music for yourself because as a musical artiste, you are painting a picture for yourself and others. You are doing music for everybody; you may do commercial music but it has to be music that appeals to all, not leaving anyone behind. So, I think I will make music for everybody and I believe that will give me an edge over others.
In recent times, live music is becoming the trend, are you inclined to it?
Yes, I’m prepared for it because I actually like live performances. Live performance goes with the reaction of your audience, so you need to present yourself in a way that the people will want to listen to what you have given to them. I believe in live music and I think I will deliver when the time comes.
How has South African music influenced you?
If you listen to my songs you will notice that they have the South African feel because I’ve been able to infuse elements of South African music into mine.
Which Nigerian artiste do you look forward to working with?
I would love to work with Davido; I also want to work with Tekno so bad, while for producers I would love to work with Master Craft.
You don’t want to work with Wizkid?
I love Wizkid’s music but I have not really thought of working with him although it will be great to have a song with him. If I’m given an opportunity to work with Wizkid, trust me I will jump at it.
What is music to you?
Music is supposed to pass a message, heal people, make people happy and feel good. I feel that music is life, it brings about unity, and music is to bring about change, one way or the other.
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Xuda spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja on the sideline of the 2018 Chinese New Year Temple Fair Festival with the theme, “Celebrating the Golden Era for China-Nigeria relations’’. Mr Li Xuda, the Cultural Counselor, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria says the 2018 China New Year celebration is dedicated to strengthening bilateral relationships with Nigeria.Xuda spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja on the sideline of the 2018 Chinese New Year Temple Fair Festival with the theme, “Celebrating the Golden Era for China-Nigeria relations’’.According to him, the theme of this year’s Temple Fair is to further strengthened Sino-Nigerian exchanges and cooperation in all fields“2018 Chinese New Year is being celebrated by Chinese across the globe to mark the start of the Lunar Year of the Dog and the Spring Festival.“The annual cultural event, ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ has become a recognised brand, welcoming our guest and friends to experience cultural traditions associated with the celebration and enjoy art performances,’’ he said.Xuda said that the Chinese New Year celebrations are emblematic of the cultural tradition, heritage and aesthetic aspirations of the Chinese nation, abounding in distinctive Chinese symbols of great emotional appeal.He noted that the tradition of such celebrations in China dated back to more than 4000 years.He said the the celebration also included the display of Chinese New Year couples, fireworks, preparing `jiaozi’ and family reunion, among others.The highlights of the event was the Chinese Cultural presentation by the “12 “China Corners Schools’’ in the Federal Capital Territory.The schools include Model Secondary School, Maitama, Government Secondary School (GSS) Byazhin, GSS Gwarinpa, GSS Jabi, GSS Apo and GSS Mpape.Others are Rahama International School, GSS Garki, Government Day Secondary School, Dutse Alhaji, Army Day Secondary School, Asokoro and Government Girls Secondary School Dutse.
In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari said the literary world would surely miss the cultural activist. President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family, friends and government of Oyo state on the passing away of the renowned author, playwright and literary icon, Prof. Akinwumi Ishola.In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari said the literary world would surely miss the cultural activist.President Buhari stated that Ishola’s steadfastness and dedication to the “promotion of the native language as a means of sustaining the culture and tradition of Africans is worth emulating.’’He noted that the love of the departed academician for the Yoruba language was never in doubt as he exhibited this through all his published works and speeches even as a student and throughout his academic life.The President, who joined the entertainment industry in mourning the loss of a producer and director, said Ishola’s contributions to the evolution and transformation of the entertainment industry from a disparaged genre into a major contributor to the nation’s economy would never be forgotten.He called on other academics to follow the sterling qualities of the National Merit Award Winner and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters who was more focused on the development and transformation of minds as opposed to material gains.The President prayed that almighty God would grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest.
The Publicity Secretary of the chapter, Mr Jacob Ogunseye, made the condemnation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN)on Saturday in Abuja. The United Kingdom chapter of All Progressives Congress(APC) has condemned the killing of 48 Nigerians by unidentified gunmen in Birane Village, in Zurmi local council of Zamfara on Wednesday.The Publicity Secretary of the chapter, Mr Jacob Ogunseye, made the condemnation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN)on Saturday in Abuja.According to the statement, the killings in the state have continued in spite of the efforts of the Federal Government to bring the situation of insecurity under control.The statement also quoted Mr Ade Omole, a chieftain of the party in the UK, describing the Zamfara killing as “grossly inhuman and “a deliberate action” aimed at undermining the efforts of the present administration to ensure a lasting peace throughout the country.”These killings are perpetrated by criminal elements in the country who are trying to undermine the efforts of the Federal Government in curtailing the ravaging activities of the bandits across the country.“But the proactive actions of security personnel have raised the hope of our people, Nigerians should be resolute and determined,” Omole saidHe expressed optimism that such lawlessness would soon be over as the President Buhari-led government would do all within its powers to bring lasting peace the country.The statement also quoted another APC chieftain in the UK, Mr Joseph Adebola, as saying that the Zamfara and other recent killings in Nigeria were attempts to bring the country back to where it was a few years ago.According to him, the plan of those perpetrating the killings is to bring Nigeria back to the former situation where the safety of lives and security was not guaranteed.“It will be a different ball game, Nigeria will never suffer any loss again. Our security operatives have shown that they have the capacity to contain such situation.“”opefully the recent military exercise code named Ayem Akpatuma in the region, will curb further criminality within the axis,” Adebola said in the statement.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State
Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has justified his criticism of the Federal Government’s plan to deduct $1billion from the Excess Crude Oil Account (ECA) to fund the fight against insurgency.
It followed an allegation by his Zamfara counterpart, Abdulaziz Yari, that security agencies failed to respond to an alert warning of impending killings in the state.
Fayose, who addressed newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, said money budgeted for security has not been properly used. He regretted that instead of insecurity being curtailed, the nation was witnessing more killings on a daily basis.
In the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose questioned why security agencies should get more funds. “Governor Yari is the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum. He was the one saying we should give $1billion from the ECA to these security people. He said despite alerting security agencies over 24 hours before the needless killings in his state, they failed to act.
“That was not the first time such a thing would happen. Recall that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said the same thing. Also, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State said a similar thing.
“On all those occasions, the security agencies failed to act. More than 73 people were killed in Benue, scores killed in Taraba. And we now have the Zamfara issue. Regrettably, the killings have not stopped. If as a country we spend so much money on security, with practically no result, where is the justification for another round of funding? Fund an inept security apparatus?”
Fayose noted: “The Zamfara issue is not only inhuman but unfortunate. This must not continue. And we must tell the Federal Government to do something. The killings we have witnessed in this country from 2015 till date are unprecedented and perhaps never seen in the history of our country since independence. Are we in a war?
“We must stop wasting people’s lives and use the $1billion for the welfare of our people in other sectors. The All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government has lost it.”
Fayose also challenged President Buhari to tell Nigerians how many culprits have been arrested or prosecuted, adding: “It is like Buhari is living on another planet. He is disconnected from the people and the reality on ground. He does not seem to be in tune with reality. People are tired of lies and cheap propaganda. His government has failed the nation and he should just throw in the towel.
She told newsmen in Ibadan on Saturday evening that Ishola took a spoonful of custard on Saturday at 9 a.m and repeatedly said: ‘Thank you my wife’, before he gave up the ghost moments after. Adebola Ishola, wife of the late renowned playwright, Prof. Akinwunmi Ishola has said her husband gave no sign that he was going to die anytime soon.She told newsmen in Ibadan on Saturday evening that Ishola took a spoonful of custard on Saturday at 9 a.m and repeatedly said: ‘Thank you my wife’, before he gave up the ghost moments after.The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Ishola died at exactly 9.30am in his Akobo residence in Ibadan on Saturday.The widow said that Ishola had on Friday night taken ‘ amala (food from yam powder) and bean soup’ dished for him.“He finished everything. My husband did not give any sign that he would die.“We give glory to God. The children said we should call the doctor anytime we feel that what he could do, he could not do it again. I have been keeping watch on him.“Early this morning, we had a nurse who came and gave him his bath. I prepared custard for him. I put milo in it. As I was trying to feed him, he was just saying ‘Thank you my wife’ repeatedly.“He has always been saying that anyway; even when his friends were around, he would ask them to thank me that I am the reason he was not dead yet,” she said.The widow said that she was worried when he took just a spoonful of custard because he used to eat very well, saying that prompted her to immediately call the doctor.According to her: “I called the doctor. I also called the children, who are all living in Lagos, that their father was just praying and not taking his breakfast.“He sat on the chair in his room upstairs. He did not say more than “Thank you my wife’. The nurse and I laid him on the bed. He immediately gave up the ghost.“That was around 9:30am. Even, the doctor I called and the children were yet to arrive when he gave up. Two of the children are around now.”NAN reports that two among the children of the deceased, Akinjide Ishola, a Lagos-based legal practitioner and Mrs. Oluwatoyin Shomefun arrived Ibadan on Saturday.Among the early callers at the deceased residence were Mr Toye Arulogun, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ibadan, Ayo Bamgbose and a businessman, Dr. Lekan Are.The remains of the deceased had been taken to the Anatomy Department, University of Ibadan.
The group said in Kaduna that such initiatives would help in spreading love and understanding among various communities in the country. Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network, on Saturday urged the youth to embark on ventures that would be beneficial to their communities.The group said in Kaduna that such initiatives would help in spreading love and understanding among various communities in the country.Mr Daniels Akpan , Kaduna State Coordinator of the Network, said this during a discussion programme tagged `YALI Love Story’, organised to share love stories to motivate youths towards community development.“The youth should volunteer to start doing something good for their communities.“We want to show love by sharing our experiences, which would motivate our young brothers and sisters to start something that will impact positively on their communities.“The youth have the power to bring change that would impact greatly on their communities Akpan said.Miss Oluwadara Adekunle, an entrepreneur, said she ventured into agric business, helping farmers market their farm produce.According to her, young people should not be driven by making profit only in business, but must also have the passion to make impact on the lives of people around them.“We all know that businesses are set to make profit, but that shouldn’t be the only thing driving youths into businesses but the passion to make impact to people, community and society at large”.Mr Jonah Yahya, a community development expert, said community services do not necessarily require money, as there were numerous activities one can volunteer for which would make positive impact on the people.Anas Muhammad, a participant, described the programme as interesting, saying he has been motivated to pursue his dream of setting up lesson sessions for the less privilege children in his community.
Idris made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Gusau after a condolence visit over Thursday’s attack in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government area in which over 40 people died. Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has said that three additional mobile police units would be deployed to Zamfara to beef up security.Idris made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Gusau after a condolence visit over Thursday’s attack in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government area in which over 40 people died.The IGP also said the police had set up a committee to investigate the incident and suggest measures to end such attacks.Idris added that the Federal Government has approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen in 2018, to further strengthen security in the country“We believe the recruitment would assist in the government efforts to address security challenges facing the country.“We are here to commiserate with Zamfara State Government, Zurmi Emirate Council over this incident.“We received complaints of shortage of personnel from the stakeholders; we are going to deploy additional three units of police mobile to the state to strengthen the state police command in tackling security challenges.“We are going to set up a committee to investigate the incident aimed at avoiding the re-occurrence of the menace in the future; the committee is coming to this state next Monday Insha Allah.’’He commended the state government for its support to the police and urged stakeholders to assist all security agencies with relevant information to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the state.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IGP was received by the state Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala at Government House, Gusau.He had earlier paid similar visit to Emir of Zurmi to commiserate with the families and relatives of the deceased.
President Muhammadu Buhari (second right) presenting the 2018 budget to the National Assembly.
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The face-off between the Senate and ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) over the latter’s failure to make budget details available to the National Assembly, may have dimmed any hope of an early approval of the N8.612t national budget.
Now, the upper legislative chamber is insisting that until it gets details of the MDAs budgets, the 2018 budget stands delayed.
Just last week, the Senate gave a one-week ultimatum to all MDAs to submit the details of their budgets. It disclosed that of the 64 federal agencies captured in the 2018 budget, only one has submitted its budget details to the National Assembly.
A member of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, in an interview with The Guardian last Friday, disclosed that the MDAs failure to submit the details might stall its early passage.
Ibrahim, who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, further disclosed that the Senate might also ignore the MDAs and proceed with the submissions already made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the budget estimates, pointing out that the Senate would not continue to wait for the MDAs indefinitely.
Ibrahim said: “The speed at which the budget will be passed will depend on the seriousness of the MDAs. And that is why the Senate gave an ultimatum. But if the MDAs fail to come forward, the Senate will do the budget the way we feel is best for Nigeria. We can even ignore them and proceed to prepare the budget based on the President’s submission. You know that the president has already submitted his own budget proposal to us. So, if they don’t come to defend, we will deliver the judgment ourselves, working with the president’s estimate.”
He dismissed complaints by some ministers against figures allocated to their ministries saying that their complaints amounts to nothing since they have failed to honour invitations extended to them to defend their allocations.
Already, some senators are mobilising to seek more stringent sanctions that could result to halting further release of funds to the affected MDAs.
Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who gave the hint while ruling on a motion sponsored by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, last Wednesday, condemned the affected MDAs for their non-cooperation with the lawmakers, stressing that the parliament would be forced to move against them if they failed to meet up with the deadline.
All these notwithstanding, the House of Representatives may have concluded arrangements to ensure the passage of the budget by the end of next month.
Already, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has instructed the entire 96 standing committees to work round the clock to meet the deadline.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Joseph Akinlaja, said the directive followed deliberate attempts by some MDAs to defend their budgetary allocations.
Akinlaja who spoke to The Guardian described the development as a clear attempt to portray the National Assembly as not living up to its responsibilities in the passage of the budget timeously.
According to him: “This is another form of blackmail that is intended to suggest that it is the parliament that is delaying the passage of the budget. Only one of the MDAs has submitted its details, while majority of them are yet to do the needful.
“This development is capable of delaying the passage of the budget, but we have a target. The Speaker has told us that all of us should work round the clock and make sure that we conclude work on it before the end of March.
“If the MDAs don’t come to defend their budget, we already have a budget proposal from Mr. President. So we can go ahead without them… if they are reluctant to come and defend their budgets, we would work on Mr. President’s proposal and amend where necessary and send it for assent.