President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari seeks National Assembly’s approval to borrow $30bn

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has asked the National Assembly to approve his administration’s external borrowing plan of 29.96 billion dollars for the execution of key programmes and infrastructural projects across the country. The fund will cover projects between 2016 and 2018.

The President also sought legislative approval for virements totalling N180.8bn in the 2016 budget to cater for needed votes by some sectors of the economy. Buhari made both requests in two separate letters to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, which were read to lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly during plenary on Tuesday.



FCT Minister Muhammad Bello

Abuja bans movement of cattle on public roads

After several months of complaints by residents, the Abuja administration has decided to go tough on movement of cattle within the metropolis of the Nigerian capital.

Muhammad Bello, minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has, therefore, inaugurated a task team led by Abdullahi Monjel to keep the cattle off Abuja roads.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Bello, at a meeting with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, directed the association to nominate some of its educated young men to be part of the committee.

He reiterated that herdsmen must move their cattle out of Abuja city.

“You have to understand that when Abuja Environmental Protection Board says cattle should not roam the city, it is not because they want to prevent cattle breeders from rearing cattle in the FCT. Basically, it is just for safety. It is for safety of your cattle and above all, safety of the citizens.

Cattle blocking major road

“In a modern city, it’s not possible for animals and vehicles to move together on the roads because this could cause accidents which in some cases could be fatal, and it is our duty to protect lives and property,” Bello said.

The decision by the Abuja administration comes a few days after the Ekiti State government inaugurated a security team to enforce its ban on free range cattle grazing in the state.

The law in Ekiti prescribes six months imprisonment without an option of fine for offenders. It also bans movement of cattle in the state after 6 p.m. and mandates that cattle be kept on certified ranches.



momoh-aauAAU honours Channels TV boss, lauds Oshiomhole

The Vice-Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Professor Ignatius Onimawo has paid glowing tribute to the chairman, Channels Media Group, Mr. John Momoh for his invaluable contributions to the development of the broadcast media in the country.

Onimawo was speaking at Ekpoma when the University presented an honorary doctorate degree in business administration to the broadcaster cum media mogul, who began his career as a reporter with the public TV network, NTA.

Momoh was represented at the event by Gimba Umar, a news anchor on his TV station.

The VC was also full of encomium for outgoing Edo state governor Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

“I cannot end this address without glowing tributes for the tremendous support the university received from the Comrade Governor and the Government of Edo State”, Onimawo said.

“The massive interventions of the State Government under the leadership of the Comrade Governor are eloquently manifested in the number of projects that were built from government intervention funds/grants. Undeniably, the Comrade Governor has boldly etched his name in gold letters in the sands of times of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.”

Prof Onimawo appealed to the Governor-Elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to keep alive the spirit of avowed commitment of the Comrade Governor with a view to lifting AAU to a higher level of accomplishments and global ranking.

Speaking at the event, Governor Adams Oshiomhole said education must top the priority list of government at all levels in the country, adding that government must always strive to ensure that schools are not shut down, no matter what.

Oshiomhole said when Nigerian schools are shut, those in other countries remain open and students from shut Nigerian schools are expected to compete on the same level with their peers from other climes where schools remain open.

He said: “There are many universities that are on strike, and ASUU has cleverly reversed the conventional adage or even law which says, ‘no work, no pay’. Now, ASUU finds itself having to now say, ‘no pay, no work’.

“As we speak, I am sure there are a number of universities that are not working because the states have not paid them, and also I am aware of reported cases of some state governments saying straight away to the universities that they are not going to be able to pay more than a fraction of the subvention that they have been paying on account of the current economic challenges”.

He said, “For me, I am clear that if the Nigerian state defaults in every aspect of its obligation to the people, the Nigerian state, federal and state governments, must never default in its obligation to ensuring that teaching and learning never stop”.

Governor Oshiomhole urged the university authorities do things differently and manage its resources prudently without giving room for wastage and leakages.

Also speaking, the Chancellor, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, HRH Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe commended Governor Oshiomhole for his development of the institution.

“Words are inadequate to express our gratitude to you, sir. As your tenure as Comrade Governor of Edo State comes to an end shortly, it is my prayer that the almighty Allah continues to guide, protect and bless you in all your endeavors,” the Chancellor said.

About 8,692 diploma, and first-degree students graduated for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions of the University while 492 postgraduates were also conferred with their awards for the two academic sessions.

NP/Victor Osehobo


Cross River state governor Ben Ayade

Cross River governor appoints 1,106 new political office holders

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, on Tuesday appointed 1,106 persons into various positions in the state.

The positions being filled were in the categories of special advisers, special assistants, personal assistants as well as the chairmen and members of boards, commissions, departments and agencies.

The governor had, in a chat with journalists in August, disclosed that he would make more than 1,000 political appointments for poverty alleviation in the state.

The appointees

A breakdown of the latest appointment shows that 799 were appointed into various boards, commissions and agencies, while the remaining 307 appointees were categorised into special advisers (six), senior special advisers (30), special assistants (75) and Personal Assistants (25).

Others are personal assistants to paramount rulers (16), representatives of each local government in the state food bank unit (90), liaison officers for the 18 local government area and three senatorial districts (21), special assistants on religious affairs (18) and permanent secretaries (26).

So far, there are 28 commissioners in addition to 65 special advisers and more than 100 special assistants, personal assistants and community relations officers.

In a statement issued by Christian Ita, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Ayade said the appointments would take effect from November 1, 2016.





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