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Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018
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The momentum generated by the the peoples Democratic party flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election Alhaji Atiku Abubakar continued today as Nigerians in their thousands from all ethnicity and religion followed Peter Obi on Twitter.

As at the time of opening this thread the soon to be unveiled “vice presidential nominee” had garnered over 14.3k followers few hours after joining the social media platform .

In his first tweet Obi wrote :

I want to thank Waziri Adamawa, Alhaji @atiku, for choosing me as his running mate. This is a privilege I will not take lightly. We will work closely together to boost the economy and provide Jobs. Our administration will be far away from anything called “lifeless”.

The emergence of Atiku as Presidential aspirant has generated a lot of excitement among Nigerians and the addition of Obi to the ticket sent many into a frenzy on friday as hope of that the economy will be revived was rekindled.

Source :www.twitter.com/peter_obi

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Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018

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South-East Governors on Saturday expressed shock over Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s choice of Peter Obi as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

DAILY POST reports that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the zone took same stand.

Their position was made known by the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi.

He, however, said that the Presidential candidate of the Party, Atiku will meet with South East leaders over the choice of his running mate.

He announced this in Enugu while addressing journalists after emergency meeting of the PDP stakeholders in the South East.

According to him, the meeting was to brainstorm on the various news making the rounds in the social media concerning purported choice of the former governor of Anambra state as Atiku’s running mate.

He said both PDP governors in the zone and indeed other stakeholders were shocked over the news of a vice presidential slot given to Ndigbo whereas no former notice to that effect was given.

Umahi revealed that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar sent in message during their meeting informing them that he was out of the country on a short period and pleaded with them to remain calm that he will be coming down to the zone to dialogue with leaders.

“We saw news flying up and down saying that our presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has picked a running mate from the zone.

“We were shocked because we were not consulted. While we were meeting, Atiku sent message that he travelled out of the country for a short period. He promised to come down and meet with South East leaders,” he said.

Similarly, the vice chairman of the PDP, in the South East zone, Augustine Umahi, echoed what the Ebonyi governor said, stressing that leaders of the party in the zone saw the news of Obi’s nomination as running mate in the social media.

“Our leaders are saying that we are not yet aware that such a thing (Obi’s appointment) happened.

“We have gotten in touch him (Atiku), he is traveling tonight and he promised that when comes back we shall meet in that.

“Peter Obi is our son, and from South East, we are not rejecting or accepting him but we are saying is that we are not aware, you cannot shave a man in his absence,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, others were members of the National Assembly from the zone and other major stakeholders.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018

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Director-General of Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (DMO), Ms Patience Oniha, has allayed fears of some observers that the country was already in a debt crisis.

However, the debt office boss admitted that the nation was not generating enough revenue to fund some critical operations, but stressed that Nigeria was still capable of servicing her debts.

Ms Oniha, in a chat with newsmen on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group summit in Indonesia, noted that efforts were being done to avert a debt crisis in the Africa’s largest economy.

This, she said, federal government was doing by shoring up the revenue base by diversifying the economy.

“Debt crisis means you are no longer able to service your debts, which is what we are talking about. We can’t stop talking about it, the figures are there.

“I agree that we are not generating as much revenue as we should, but we are not in a debt crisis as many have feared,” Ms Oniha told journalists.

She said further that, “When you compare your revenue to your Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it is low and we cannot run from the fact that we need to generate more revenue.”

“Generating more revenue does not mean we should focus only on increasing production in the Niger Delta or praying for oil prices to rise, we have to generate long-term revenue. How do you generate that?

“You have to enforce compliance, which is all about increasing the tax base and making sure that those who are paying are paying the correct amount and not just paying a small amount to escape. The option that was talked about here about raising taxes,” she added.

Business Post recalls that earlier this month, analysts at FSDH Research had called on government to avert an imminent debt crisis in the country.

The firm had said in its report that the growth in Nigeria’s debt was higher than the growth in revenue, pointing out that Nigeria has the lowest government revenue to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio at 6 percent among some selected countries.

According to the company, Nigeria’s over-dependency on crude oil revenue, combined with volatility in both the price and production of crude oil are the major reasons for sluggish growth in government revenue.

It said growing non-oil revenue will require that the Nigerian economic environment has inherent structures that can support business growth, noting that such structures include adequate physical infrastructure, policies, legal and regulatory frameworks that will make the economy business-friendly to generate taxable profits.

“Our analysis of the ratio of the interest payment on domestic debt relative to the FGN allocation from the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) shows that the FGN is spending too much of its revenue to pay interest on loans.

“This leaves the government with little resources to spend on critical sectors of the economy that could support strong growth and maintain a healthy economy to generate revenue,” it said.

FSDH Research said further that, “The current high interest payment relative to revenue may also increase the credit risk of the country. Although the government has been able to meet its debt obligations (interest and principal payments) so far, if the current situation is not addressed, the interest rate on government loans may increase because of the perceived elevated risk. This would also lead to higher interest rates for private sector operators.”

The firm disclosed that the external environment was becoming tighter than before because of the rising interest rate in the US.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018

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Facts have emerged why the PDP governors and leaders in the Southeast are kicking against the choice of former governor of Anambra State governor, Mr Peter Obi as the party’s vice presidential candidate. The Atiku action has torn the South East chapter of the party apart.

According to an impeccable party source who pleaded anonymity, the governors and some of the leaders of the party in the zone have accused Atiku of reneging on his earlier promise and vowed to work against his candidacy.

The PDP chieftain told Sunday Sun that Atiku had earlier promised to use the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo as his running mate.

The chieftain who is also a Senatorial candidate in Anambra State said that the Southeast governors and some PDP leaders from the zone were working on endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari, since according to him, Atiku has shown that they do not matter in his political calculations.

“There will be peace if Soludo is made the running mate because that was what we agreed,” he said.

Asked if they still would have protested if former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was chosen by Atiku he said: “There is no problem with her, but Soludo is better. You know the woman is difficult, when you go to her for anything she will accuse you of wanting to be given the resources of the country.

“There was a meeting in Enugu over this. Three governors came – Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi. Ebonyi Governor (Dave Umahi) is the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, he is angry over what happened.”

Governor Umahi had last Friday issued a statement dissociates himself from a release by his Chief Press Secretary, where the choice of Obi was hailed.

He said that the governors and leaders of the zone were not consulted before Atiku settled for Obi.

He explained that yesterday’s meeting by the governors and leaders of the party was to agree that Obi and his people would not have their way.

He disclosed that he had met with Atiku and his wife and told them that Obi’s choice cannot sell in Igbo land.

His words: “I met with Atiku’s wife on this, she said that I am a businessman, that the business environment will be made good, that Atiku will make things good. That is no promise.”

On where Governor Willie Obiano stood on the matter, he said: “How are you asking this type of question? Obiano totally rejects Obi. Obi has lost four governors from Southeast. APC already has Imo, so the entire five Southeast states are in the hands of APC. The zone is for Buhari.”

Asked if Governor Umahi was serious on his threats, he said, “very serious. He is ready to work for Buhari.”

Narrating how they came about Soludo, the PDP henchman claimed that he and some leaders of the party held a meeting three months ago where Atiku promised him to pick his vice presidential candidate from the Southeast.

“He told us that the person he had in mind was Soludo and Anambra governor also supported it.

“I was instrumental to him winning the nomination. We started this spin doctor job months ago. Atiku met with me several times alongside Gbenga Daniel. He came to my house many times.

“After he was nominated, he went back on his promise, he changed completely and now brought Peter Obi instead of Soludo that we agreed upon. This is why all the Southeast governors and PDP leaders are kicking. Everybody is mad at Atiku for that singular decision.

“I heard Atiku said he did not consult us because PDP governors from Southeast voted for Tambuwal, that they did not vote for him.

“He said that Wike agreed that Peter Obi should be his running mate. But in doing that, he jettisoned the promised he made to us that we will choose the person that will take the slot.

“Like I said there is fire at the moment. Governors of Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Abia are angry. Governor of Enugu said he has discussed with a former governor in the Southeast that he will vote according to his conscience. He said that everybody deserves a second term, that Buhari deserves second term. He said that he as governor of Enugu needs second term, so he will not stop the president from enjoying second term. He said he will support the president if he seeks second term.”

Apart from other reasons they adduced for opposing the choice of former Anambra governor, he contended that “Peter Obi is not a liberal politician, he is a conservative. His candidacy will not sell. Many of us who know him very well know that he is unreliable, tricky and selfish. He says one thing and does another.There is a problem in the PDP house and if it is not handled well it will jeopardize Atiku’s ambition.

“I will soon come out to say all that I am telling you publicly. I feel cheated by Atiku. I have complained to friends. Atiku’s wife has begged me, but I refused to accept her pleas.

“I have resolved to work for Buhari and I know that several other people are doing same.”


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018
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The European Union, (EU), Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen has disclosed that in a bid to help curtail the devastating impacts of the floods which has ravaged Nigeria, the union has approved one million euros (400 million naira) to assist three out of the nine states affected.

Karlsen made the disclosure at a press conference jointly organised by the European Commission in Nigeria and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Giving a breakdown of how the fund is to be expended, Karlsen said , it is aimed at providing shelter, medicine and other basic needs for an estimated 60,000 victims in Anambra, Kogi and Delta States

His words, “We have responded decisively to the calls by the Nigerian government which seeked help from international partners , in addressing in the ongoing flooding which according to statistics has affected around two million people.

He said, “The European Union has mobilised one million Euros (N400 million) in support of the ongoing efforts.”

“This funding , he explained, aims at helping victims some affected states, by way of providing shelter, medicine and basic items. ”

This is aside the technical expertise and detail satellite maps provided by EU to aid management services.

The envoy advised the federal government to acknowledge the fact that the adverse effect of climate change is having a critical impact on its people.

He thus, called for a redouble effort to curbing further damages on lives and properties, by urging government at all levels to be proactive rather than reactive.

The Ambassador however added that the EU support was not limited to humanitarian aid but also included efforts to mitigate the effect of flooding through early preparation.

The envoy assured that the Commission would follow up on a clear supervision and monitoring to ensure that the materials are being delivered as urgently to the end users .

This is even as he further revealed that the European Civil and Humanitarian Aid Organisation (ECHO), has donated 48 million euros (€48m) in 2018 alone to support victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east.

The Director General, national Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja in his remark acknowledged that flooding had displaced over two million people, 199 lost their lives and 307,554 hectares of farmland destroyed.

According to Maihaja, the assessment of farmlands could not be completed due to the fact that most affected farmlands were still surmerged.

The NEMA boss lamented that the number of affected persons increases daily due to the fact that the water creates more havoc as it flows down.

While lauding the EU for the support , he gave the assurance that the donated fund would be well utilised , revealing that his agency has put necessary mechanism in place to monitor and ensure even distribution of the relief materials.

While faulting claims that NEMA delivers such items to state government, he “We carry out direct distribution to the people. Our officials go to the remotest parts of Nigeria to distribute the relief items.”

“The EU Commission has provided the agency with data, information and corresponding analysis for the flood situation, metrological situation, dam water release scenario and impact assessment. He concluded.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018
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A ghastly motor accident occurred yesterday in Nasarawa state, leaving many passengers seriously injured.

The group of catholic women were returning from the ordination of a priest before the motor accident which saw also the driver and others badly wounded.

The former Minister of Information and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship aspirant, Mr Labaran Maku, was returning from Lafia where he met the accident.

He stopped his convoy to help and use one of his vehicles to transport the wounded to a hospital in Lafia. He also paid their medical bills.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018
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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has advised Nigerians not to share any news they cannot vouch for.

He stated this on Saturday at the inaugural lecture of the Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria (GPBN), which held at Radission Blu, Ikeja, Lagos.

The lecture which was titled: ‘Combating Fake News in the Cyberspace’, saw in attendance Lai Mohammed, Prof. Abigail Ogwezzy Ndisika, Head of Department, Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Basil Udotai, an ICT lawyer, Kola Ologbodiyan, National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, who was represented by Richard Ihediwa, Chiamaka Odunze,Head Marketing Diamond Bank,Ramon Nasir Olarenwaju ,Head External Affairs UBA and Kufre Ekanem ,former Corporate Affairs Adviser NB Plc among others.

Speaking at the event, Lai Mohammed expressed satisfaction that the title of the lecture was focusing on combating fake news, just as he noted that the Federal Government has consistently made efforts to create national awareness on the menace of fake news in the country.

He recalled the meeting he had with online publishers and social media influencers on July 24, where he said fake news is not limited to social media and is not new, but what is new is the way and manner that fake news is spreading.

His words: “The war against fake news is a must-win. As a multi-ethnic, multi-religious nation, Nigeria cannot afford an unbridled spread of fake news. This phenomena is exploiting our front lines to aggravate crisis in the country. Of course, you aware of a recent report by the BBC that says fake news circulating on social media is fuelling the farmer-herders clash in Nigeria. Gory pictures from other lands are circulated freely via Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, purportedly being from the killings in Benue and Plateau states.

“Let me repeat what I said at the launch of this campaign the Federal Government will not use cohesion or engage in censorship in order to fight the fake news epidemic. We believe there are enough laws in our books to fight this phenomenon. We, therefore, appeal to you and all Nigerians to join us in the fight against this scourge. We are telling Nigerians to do just two simple things before you share that information on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, please ask yourself how credible the source. Two, don’t share any information which you cannot vouch for.”

The Minister pledge to work hand in hand with the Guild of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria towards eradicating Fake News in Nigeria

Delivering his welcome address, Chris Kehinde Nwandu, the GPBN President, explained why the association was formed.

He said: “Many people come into blogging as journalists, while some simply because they are interested in writing and sharing information. However, one thing that is non-negotiable is the fact that the public must be fed with accurate and factual information and not the fabrication or falsehood called fake news. There was therefore the realisation that there was a vacuum which needed to be filled, and that is the need to have an umbrella body to regulate the activities of bloggers in the country.”

He called on government agencies to see to the registration of the association as they have made several attempts to register it with the Corporate Affairs Commission, but the efforts have been unsuccessful.

In her keynote address, Prof. Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, Head, Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos said the media was powerful because of their capacity to influence others and bring about change. She said it was, therefore, expected of stakeholders in the industry to always uphold the ethics and report the facts. “The fourth Estate of the Realm must never relent in its quest of being the watchdog of the society. ”This duty of the media is one that cannot be underestimated . “In this era of social media, it behoves of the media to ensure that their platforms are not compromised, no matter the cost involved,” Ogwezzy-Ndisika added.

The don, who was the Chairman at the lecture, described fake news as a threat to the society and development. She urged media professionals to pursue conscious efforts to ensure that the threats of fake news were checked. As the 2019 approaches, Ogwezzy-Ndisika urged the media to always verify whatever they were putting out in order not to cause unnecessary tension before, during and after the election. She said most of the “fakes” were disseminated through social media and online platforms. The don advised bloggers to work at the credibility problems in the online media by ensuring whatever they were publishing had all the elements of credibility.

Also at speaking at the event, Kola Ologbodiyan, who was represented by Richard Ihediwa, said fake news has wrecked the lives of individuals and it has led people who cannot bear the weight of the allegation, commit suicide.

He said: “Fake news is a form of deceptive news report comprising of deliberate and outright falsehood with an intent to deceive and misled for political and financial gains. It can be to attract readership and traffic. The catch phrase today is breaking news and some breaking news can just end up breaking everything in sight,” he said.

In their various papers Mrs Chiamaka Odunze and Ramon Nasir Olarenwaju enumerated how fake news affects affect Corporate organizations especially in the financial sectors of the economy .

They urged various financial financial institutions especially the Banks to set active information desk in their banks where the media could verify information relating to their organizations without any hindrance in order to curb the menace of fake news

They opined that fake news has a way of damaging not only the integrity of financial institutions but capable of eroding customers confidence in the system.

On his own part Mr Kufre Ekanem was of the opinion that emergence of GPBN will separate the grains from the shafts.

He believed it will bring a whole lot of confidence into the system .He urged the Association to remain above board in setting ethical standards for not only it’s members but on how the profession could be practiced using global best practices.

Mr Udotia on his part congratulated the Association for their steering efforts at sanitizing the industry .He took the audience down memory lane on how information narratives have changed since the advent of Social media.

The event was attended by several dignatories including the Executive Director Daar Communications Plc ,Mr Johnson Onime,the Group Head Corporate Communications ,Dangote Group Mr Anthony Chiejina,Veteran broadcaster Seun Olagunju ,PR expert Cornell Udofia amongst others.


Akeem ReachnaijaOctober 14, 2018
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In consideration of requests made by property owners in Enugu and in consonance with its commitment to the wellbeing of the people, the administration of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, has approved a 50 percent discount on accrued land use charges in the state.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome for the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, the Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA), Barr. Chid Aroh, who expressed the council’s delight at the huge success the state government recorded in its education sector reform, following Master Anthony Okeke’s wining of the Prestigious NNPC prize for the best student in science, stated that only debtors who pay their land use charges on or before December 31, 2018 will benefit from the discount.

Barr. Aroh also stated that the council also approved immediate completion work on the abandoned Agbani District Hospital, stating that the state government had commenced similar projects in the two District hospitals in Udi and Enugu North Local Government Areas.

Shedding more light, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji noted that the health institutions in the state have continued to receive tremendous improvement under the present administration.

Engr. Nnaji therefore, disclosed that “the Poly Clinic Asata, Enugu has been completed and functioning”, adding that “at the last EXCO, various state-of-the-art medical equipment required to make it function fully were approved”.

He further disclosed that the Udi District Hospital is 95 percent completed, stressing the approval for commencement of completion work on Agbani District Hospital was another demonstration that the present administration is committed to the completion of projects started by past administrations.

The Commissioner for ECTDA, further told newsmen that the council equally approved the conduct and release of promotion exercise for staff of the Local Government Areas for 2017 by the Enugu State Local Government Service Commission, requesting that the report of the exercise should thereafter be presented to EXCO for further consideration and directives.

Barr. Aroh also said that the council directed all MDAs of governments, institutions and organizations to ensure they pay their taxes promptly, including VAT and withholding taxes to enable the state government meet all its obligations to the people as a responsible body.

He equally stated that the EXCO further directed the state’s Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to immediately commence “the construction of 1km near-inaccessible road from 9th Mile Corner-Opi road” leading to the new site at Okpatu hills, where the TV/Radio mast of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) was being relocated to from Ngwo for aviation safety. The state’s Ministry of Housing, according to Barr. Aroh, was asked to construct perimeter fence, transmitter and generator houses, and a four-bedroom apartment staff quarters to ensure urgent relocation of the transmitting station and mast.

The ECTDA commissioner revealed that the council, in keeping with the determination of the administration of Gov. Ugwuanyi to uphold the vision and monumental heritage of the Hotel Presidential Enugu, approved the immediate reconstruction of the perimeter fence and the three gate houses, directing that three consultants be invited to present cost estimates for the renovation of the main building of the hotel as well as other facilities including the lawn tennis court, the swimming pool, the pool bar and the pool chalets.

Other council approvals, according to the commissioner include the approval granted to state’s Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to commence the procurement processes for the award of contracts for water harvesting project works at the estimated cost of $500,000; the revalidation of the on-going consultancy service for the supervision of the rehabilitation/construction of roads in the state (phase one) awarded to National Engineering Services Pakistan Ltd/Allot Nigeria Ltd and HS Group, Jordan by Enugu RAMP II, amounting to $992,760.50; the payment of the sum of $73,077.90 due to three companies; and the publication of the Specific Procurement (SPN) for bids for the 21 numbers River Crossing in two national dailies.

Enugu State is truly in the hands of God! #amokelouis