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No proposal to build N250m gatehouse for Osinbajo

There is no proposal in the 2017 budget to build a N250million gatehouse for the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Senior special assistant media, Laolu Akande made the rebuttal in a statement today.

Opposition senator, Ben Bruce had questioned the item, which he said was included in the budget estimate in 2017. Bruce said the provision is outrageous.

But Akande clarified that the proposed plan of the Jonathan administration to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President, including the controversial gatehouse preceded this administration.

“The project which started in 2010, was initiated and funded by the immediate past administration, but had never featured in the two budget proposals of the Buhari administration: neither in the 2016 nor the 2017 spending plans.

‘Any suggestion therefore that this project benefits our administration or that it reflects our spending style or preferences is not only misleading but blatantly false.

“Besides, the incumbent Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said publicly that he considers Aguda House, which he currently occupies, a befitting official residence for the Vice President and sufficient for his needs.

“While the project is now about 85% complete, the Federal Government, in the circumstances, will decide at the appropriate time what is the best use for the 14 buildings already on the project site.”

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Expansion of Lagos-Ibadan bridge begins

The expansion work on the Lagos-Ibadan bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has commenced with the installation of expansion joints by the contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents who took a trip on section one of the ongoing reconstruction of the expressway project on Sunday, observed that construction works were ongoing on the Lagos bound carriageway of the Long Bridge.

Section one of the project spans from Ojota in Lagos to the Sagamu Interchange and it is being handled by Julius Berger.

Section two of the project, which spans from the Sagamu Interchange to Ibadan, is being handled by the Reynolds Construction Company (RCC).

Workmen were seen welding and using various construction materials on the Long Bridge, with other construction works going on simultaneously on different portions of the highway.

The highway has been completed to the final layers on both carriageways between the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Redemption Camp and the Sagamu Interchange. Read more

Osinbajo signs seven bills into laws

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo  has assented to seven bills passed by the National Assembly. The bills which include Oath (Amendment) Act 2017, Defence Space Administration Act, Veterinary Surgeons(Amendment) Act) have now become Nigerian laws.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senator Ita Enang confirmed Osinbajo endorsement of the bills.

Other bills signed by Osinbajo are National Film and Video Censors Boad, Pension Rights of Judges, Nigerian Institute of Social Science(Establishment ACT and Mortgage Institutions Amendment Act. Read more

Appeal court sacks Makarfi, restores Sheriff

Senator Ahmed Makarfi has lost his position as chairman of the caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Appeal court in Port Harcourt on Friday nullified the PDP national convention in Port Harcourt that established his committee and described the process that led to it as an abuse of the court process.

Two out of the three member-panel, Justice B.G Sanga and Justice A.B Gumel, in their judgment  said the convention disobeyed the court order and the court would not close its eyes on such illegality.

They thus upheld the judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba and set side the  judgment of Justice Muhammed Liman of Port Harcourt Federal High Court .

Delivering the lead judgment, Sanga said that PDP convention of 21 May 2016,  did not follow the provisions of Article 47(3) of its Constitution in the removal of the Sherrif-led National Working Committee.

According to him, no vote of confidence was passed on Sheriff or the committee as provided by the said article, and the national working committee was not put on notice.

He stated that Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, held in error when he said the appellant committed abuse of court process by postponing the PDP convention.

On his part, Justice Gumel, who is also the Presiding Judge of the court, stated that the preliminary objection filed by the PDP was incompetent.

He held that Sheriff and his executive could not be removed until August, 2017, except the party held an election. Read more

FG withdraws charges against Supreme Court’s registrar

The government has withdrawn the corruption charges brought against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, and two others.

Saleh was charged alongside Muhammed Sheriff, the Director of Finance and Rilwanu Lawal, the Chief Accountant of the apex court.

Previous attempts to arraign the three defendants in the past were stalled.

At the resumed session, the Prosecution Counsel, Mrs Hajara Yusuf, informed the court that she was directed by the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the case.

Yusuf, however, did not advance reasons for the withdrawal. Read more

Ambode insists on removing yellow buses (Danfo) from Lagos roads

…reveals new sanitation policy

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday insisted plans are afoot to remove yellow buses popularly known as Danfo from Lagos roads for a more efficient, well-structured and world class mass transportation system that would facilitate ease of movement within the city.

The Governor also said that his administration would soon roll out a comprehensive environmental sanitation policy that would make the city to be clean without much burden on the people in terms of taxes.

Speaking at the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) held at Muson Centre in Onikan with the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge Of Africa’s Future Cities,” Governor Ambode admitted that the present connectivity mode in Lagos was not acceptable and befitting for a mega city, and as such a well-structured transportation mode would soon be put in place to address the challenge.

“When I wake up in the morning and see all these yellow buses and see Okada and all kinds of tricycles and then we claim we are a mega city, that is not true and we must first acknowledge that that is a faulty connectivity that we are running.

“Having accepted that, we have to look for the solution and that is why we want to banish yellow buses this year. We must address the issue of connectivity that makes people to move around with ease and that is where we are going. Read more

President Buhari extends vacation, write national assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.
The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning. The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.
Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
February 5, 2017

Ooni urges states to pay salaries

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has deplored state governments owing workers salaries and described it not good idea.

Ogunwusi host some management staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ile Ife, urged the affected states to think out of the box and pay their workers the outstanding salaries.

He said that state governments should not depend solely on monthly allocations from the federation accounts to run the affairs of their states.

“State governments should also think of what they can do on their own to generate additional revenue to complement whatever comes monthly to them from the federation account. Read more

Lagos residents task Ambode on kidnapping law

Some Lagos residents on Thursday described the signing of the Lagos State Kidnapping Prohibition Bill, 2016 into law by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode as “a step in the right direction’’.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Lagos that the state government should ensure strict enforcement of the law.

The governor had on Wednesday assented to the bill which provides life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping and death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody.

Mr Anthony Bassey, a civil servant, commended the state government for the law, saying that it would no doubt chase kidnappers away from the state. Read more

YELOTO awards scholarships to the best students at MayFlower School

 

Dr. Oluyemi Olawaiye, Founder YELOTO

As a part of its 2017 activities, YELOTO African Children Foundation awarded scholarships to the best male and female students from junior and senior categories on Wednesday, 25th January 2017 at the Mayflower School Ikenne, Ogun State Nigeria.

This is the second in the series.
The scholarships were awarded to 15 recipients and were presented with cheques.
YELOTO was represented by Idowu Olasunkanmi, the Director of Public Communication

 

I sat and spoke with the C.E.O of Yeloto African Children Foundation, Dr. Oluyemi Olawaiye, and was immediately taken by his strong sense of motivation to excel in his personal life and his equally passionate desire in supporting enterprising students. Read more

Ambode okays death penalty for kidnappers

…Signs Anti-Kidnapping, Sporting Bills into law

…Gov’s assent direct response to kidnapping, says Speaker

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday signed into law the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly, with a pledge to ensure its full implementation to eradicate kidnapping once and for all in the State.

The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping Law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom. The law also stipulates that where a victim dies in the course of kidnap, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at Lagos House in Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the spate of kidnapping in the State had gotten to a level that required decisive action from government, hence the need for the enactment of the law to send serious message to perpetrators of such heinous crime.

He said aside the enactment of the law, the State Government was also putting in place appropriate measures particularly in the schools and other vulnerable targets to prevent kidnapping and other security breaches.

The Governor said: “Security is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos. Read more

MAPOLY to become university

The Ogun House of Assembly  on Tuesday passed a bill upgrading Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) to a University of Science and Technology.

Mr Adeyinka Mafe, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill during plenary in Abeokuta  and was  seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr Olawale Alausa.

The bill was  entitled : “ A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology and for Matters of Administration and Discipline of Students Connected  Therewith.’’

Mr Victor Fasanya, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, moved the motion for the adoption of the committee’s report and seconded by Mr Adejuwon Olufowobi

Presenting  the report of the committee, Fasanya said that a stakeholders forum was held on the bill and the inputs of the stakeholders were put into consideration.

He described the bill as historic, adding that it would encourage the people of the state to  venture  into science and technology.

” We need to encourage our people to go into science and technology so that we have entrepreneurs like they do in other advanced country.

“The university will have two deputy Vice Chancellors , academic and administration, while the Registrar should be the Secretary of the Governing Council.

“The compulsory retirement age of academic staff of the university shall be 65 years except for persons on professorial cadre which shall be 70 years, ” he said.

Also during plenary, the assembly passed the bill for a law to provide for the establishment, incorporation, constitution and function of the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.

Mafe moved the motion for the third reading while it was seconded by Mr Adebowale Ojuri.

Presenting  the report of the Committee on Education, Science and Technology  to the House, Fasanya explained that the polytechnic would run a multi campus system with the main campus in Ipokia town.

Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker, ordered that the clean copy of the bills be forwarded to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.

Mafe thereafter moved the motion for the adoption of the day’s plenary and this was seconded by Alausa. -NAN

UNICEF to Trump: Consider 28m child refugees

The UN Children’sFund (UNICEF) has appealed to the U.S. that the 28 million children who are uprooted by conflicts need to be helped.

UNICEF, in a statement issued on child refugees on Monday in New York, said the needs of regional had never been greater than now.

The call was not unconnected with the recent Refugee Order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, temporarily banning refugees into the U.S. from seven countries.

The statement said “the needs of refugees have never been greater.

“Worldwide 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. They need our help. Read more

Chadian elected AU Commission’s Chairman

Chadian Foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected the African Union Commission chairman.

Moussa Faki Mahamat

Africa Review reports that he will replace South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Mr. Mahamat beat four others in the contest at a session of the 28th African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

“The Chairman was elected in the fourth round,” said former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya.

Mr Mahamat won after a final round battle with Kenyan Foreign minister Amina Mohamed.

Kenya immediately pledged to support the new AU Commission boss. Read more

Lagos commences implementation of child protection policy

The Lagos State Government has commenced implementation of the Executive Order ratified by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on December 16, 2016 which established the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
The Executive Order highlights the importance and priority which the State Government placed towards protecting the lives of children and it applies to all State Government organisations, all schools, child centred institutions, orphanages and child related institutions located in the State, both public and private.

Speaking during the annual general meeting and intervention programme put together by the Office of Education Quality Assurance which was attended by over 1,000 participants, Coordinator of Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), an agency under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the State Government was determined to implement the Executive Order to ensure the protection of children.
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No substitute to Nigeria’s unity – Ambode

…Underscores need for remembrance of fallen heroes
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday stressed the need for the continuous remembrance of the fallen heroes who laid their lives for the unity of the country, saying that the country must remain united to celebrate and honour them.


Speaking after performing the laying of wreath and release of pigeons in commemoration of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, Governor Ambode said the import of the celebration could not be overemphasized as it signified the great sacrifice put in by the fallen heroes to ensure the unity of the country. Read more

Photo News: 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day

President Buhari participates at the Wreath Laying to Mark the end of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations at the National Arcade, Eagle Square Abuja on 15th January, 2017.


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