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Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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Top-ranking lawmakers in Nigeria’s National Assembly said they were expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to submit a list of ministers that will form his federal executive council before or by July 2.

The Ahmad Lawan-led 9th Senate would upon resumption from its two weeks recess in July begin a speedy screening and confirmation of persons whose names are expected to have been submitted by the Presidency before the July 2 resumption of the upper legislative chamber.
A ranking senator told The Guardian, however, that at the moment, nothing is on the ground regarding the list of persons to be confirmed as ministers but was optimistic that within the two weeks of the Senate recess, the President would have submitted the list.

Another lawmaker who just got elevated from the House of Representatives to the Senate in the February 23, 2019 election said that although the President is still within a reasonable time if he submits the list before July, expectations are that President Muhammadu Buhari would make up for the time lost during his first term when he delayed the ministerial list for six months.

The lawmaker further noted that it is particularly very strategic and helpful for the President to meet the July timeline because the Senate might proceed on its annual end of session holiday at the end of that month to reconvene in September.

He was however optimistic that within the two weeks of the Senate recess, the President would have submitted the list.

The lawmaker further noted that it is particularly very strategic and helpful for the President to meet the July timeline because the Senate might proceed on its annual end of session holiday at the end of that month to reconvene in September.

“I believe that the President should take advantage of the three weeks the Senate would spend in session between July 2 and the end of that month by ensuring that before we come back from this two weeks recess, the ministerial list is ready so that we simply screen and confirm them within the three weeks that we are going to sit before we go on end of session recess,” the lawmaker said.

“Anything short of that would amount to dragging Nigeria back to the delay experienced four years ago because the Senate won’t resume until around the third week of September.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari named the Abuja national stadium after MKO Abiola, presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Although this has been widely commended, the state of the stadium has left sour taste in the mouth.

The 60,000 capacity stadium is now turning to a shadow of itself, with dilapidated facilities, grass and refuse littering virtually every spot.
The stadium located not far from the FCT gate was commissioned in 2003, and estimated to have gulped a total of $360 million.

Below are pictures of parts of the stadium taken when TheCable visited the facility on Saturday morning

Dried tree branches lying just by the
stadium

Overgrown trees and grass along one of
the paths within the stadium

The football field now a shadow of itself
Flowers along dirty path unattended to
Stadium or grazing field?

No cleaner in sight when TheCable
visited the facility

Bushes encroaching into the stadium area

Just by the entrance gate

Imagine playing football on a field like
this

Untidy premises

Another part of the stadium taken over
by grasses

The stadium fence

The generator area


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has announced the appointment of Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chief of Staff (CoS).

This comes weeks after his inauguration in office, May 29.

While Mr. Olatokunbo Joseph Talabi was announced as Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Shuaib Afolabi Salisu was named Chief of Staff.

In a statement personally issued by the governor on Saturday, he said the appointment is with immediate effect.

Full Statement,

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. Olatokunbo Joseph Talabi and Alhaji Shuaib Afolabi Salisu as the Secretary to the Ogun State Government and my Chief of Staff respectively.

The new SSG comes on board with a rich private sector background as a business development professional, banker and entrepreneur. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos. He also trained at the Citibank School of Banking, Long Island, New York.

Mr Talabi has over 30 years management experience. He is also a boardroom guru, chairing 6 (six) corporate bodies and serving on the board of 7 (seven) other institutions, including those of Bitflux Communications, Olabisi Onabanjo University Development Foundation, ATCO Limited, Fate Foundation and the City of Knowledge Academy. He’s an affiliate of several professional associations, among which are National Association of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (NASME), Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON) and the Entrepreneurship Development Centre of the Lagos Business School.

Alhaji Shuaib Afolabi Salisu, the new Chief of Staff is an award winning information and communications expert and accomplished administrator. He has previously served in the cabinet of my predecessor as deputy (and later acting) Chief of Staff between 2011 and 2014.

He holds a second class (upper) degree in Computer Science of the University of Lagos; from where he also got two masters degrees – an MBA in 2003 and MSc in Computer Science in 2012.

Alhaji Salisu has diverse and extensive knowledge of the corporate world, public service and not-for-profit organisations.

I am optimistic that the rich pedigree of the duo and their track record of excellence, commitment and versatility will help in my mission to institutionalise good governance, banish poverty and give dividends of democracy to the citizens and residents of Ogun state.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday said he has approved N208billion as part of 2019 intervention through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for infrastructural and teacher development in public tertiary institutions

The president said the intervention was part of his administration’s effort to address the deficiencies in all the segments of our educational system.

Buhari disclosed this at the 23rd convocation of the University of Abuja on Saturday.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, Buhari said his administration would continue to provide funding that would address some of the challenges in the nation’s public institutions.

The President said that the university system must continue to search for solutions to the nation’s developmental needs.

Buhari said: “There is no doubt that Nigeria will be a global player in the emerging knowledge economy. What is required is to ensure the quality of our human capital and also maintain the desirable balance for sustainable national socio-economic growth and development.

“The present administration will continue to improve on the infrastructural facilities in the universities, promote teacher development and curriculum review.

“It is in furtherance of this that I recently approved the disbursement of N208billion to public tertiary institutions under the 2019 intervention of the TETFUND.

“The government will continue to look into the issues raised by the universities especially regarding physical development and will equally monitor the universities closely. I also seize this opportunity to reiterate the commitment of the Federal Government to addressing youth unemployment.”

Buhari noted that for the country’s education system to favour it, the curriculum must focus on the development of entrepreneurial skills of the individuals and encourage research and innovations.

He said the National Universities Commission has put in place motion to address the country’s curriculum and the minimum qualification for university teachers.

According to him, the combined effect of these measures should improve the quality of “our school system and graduates as well as prepare the products of our educational system to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s work place.

“This certainly impact greatly in the effort to generate employment, reduce the high rate of poverty and the incidence of social deviance in the country,” he added.

Buhari said that his administration would not rest until youth unemployment was reduced to the barest minimum.

Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Michael Adikwu, said a total of 4,946 students graduated from the institution.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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As President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to name his cabinet ministers in his second term in office, the newly inaugurated National Assembly says it is ready to begin screening of the said persons within the next two weeks, reports say.

The Ahmad Lawan-led 9th Senate would upon resumption from its two weeks recess in July begin a speedy screening and confirmation of persons whose names are expected to have been submitted by the Presidency before the July 2 resumption of the upper legislative chamber.

A ranking Senator who volunteered off-the-record information, however, stated that at the moment, nothing is on grounds regarding the list of persons to be confirmed as ministers.

He was, however, optimistic that within the two weeks of the Senate recess, the President would have submitted the list.

Another lawmaker who just got elevated from the House of Representatives to the Senate in the February 23, 2019 election said that although the President is still within reasonable time if he submits the list before July, expectations are that President Muhammadu Buhari would make up for the time lost during his first term when he delayed the ministerial list for six months.

The lawmaker further noted that it is particularly very strategic and helpful for the President to meet the July timeline because the Senate might proceed on its annual end of session holiday at the end of that month to reconvene in September.

“I believe that the President should take advantage of the three weeks the Senate would spend in session between July 2 and the end of that month by ensuring that before we come back from this two weeks recess, the ministerial list is ready so that we simply screen and confirm them within the three weeks that we are going to sit before we go on end of session recess,” the lawmaker said.

“Anything short of that would amount to dragging Nigeria back to the delay experienced four years ago because the Senate won’t resume until around the third week of September.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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The Lagos State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, has revealed the punishment that will be meted to whoever buys a stolen phone in Lagos.

While enlighten Nigerians on the consequences of buying a stolen phone, Bala said the minimum sentencing for offenders is 7 years and the buyer will get more jail years than the thief.

According to him,

“Under our laws, it is quite a serious offence for one to buy stolen phones. The law even regards the buyer to be more culpable than even the thief. The punishment is more for the buyer than the thief. The wisdom behind that is to discourage people from stealing because if there is no market where they would sell those stolen things, they would not steal them but because they have a ready market, they easily steal.

“This is why the law makes the punishment stiffer for the buyer. The person who steals may get three years punishment, while the buyer could get seven years imprisonment and at the end, he will lose the property once we trace it to him. For a person to avoid buying stolen property, it is advisable that he buys things in the open market and not on the street or people who are just passing and not dealing in such wares.”

Explaining how a case of purchasing stolen phones can be checked, Elkana said:

“The most important thing when we charge a buyer to court is to look at whether he has knowledge that that thing he bought was a stolen property. How do we test the knowledge? What is the market value and how much did he buy it? If the market value is N100 and you buy it N10, automatically, you will know that you are buying a stolen property.

Secondly, we would check where he bought it. Was it in a regular market where such items are sold or he just bought it on the road from somebody?

“That is enough for him to know that he is not buying something that is genuine. Thirdly, we would check the time of the day that he bought the phone. These are important things we look at when we are investigating to check whether the person has knowledge that the phone was stolen or not.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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There was jubilation in Enugu State, yesterday as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi finally settled the age-long inter-communal hostilities between Oruku and Umuode communities in Nkanu East Local Government Area, as leaders of the two communities signed agreement on land ownership and boundary delineation, at the Government House, Enugu.

The two communities had disputed land ownership for over two decades, leading to persistent civil unrest despite interventions by past administrations.

Gov. Ugwuanyi who had led successive peace interventions to the hitherto warring communities, promised that his administration will resolve the crisis in line with its peace and grassroots development initiatives.

Announcing the final resolution of the inherent issues responsible for the conflict, shortly after the agreement was signed, the Permanent Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer to the Governor, Barr. Emma Ugwu, said the development was “consequent upon series of conciliatory meetings between the parties at the instance of His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State”.

He added that Gov. Ugwuanyi delightfully congratulated the people of Oruku and Umuode communities, especially their leaderships and representatives for their contributions towards the “consensus building project” and the realization of peace in the area.

The governor also acknowledged and appreciated the sacrifices made by good-spirited indigenes of the communities in ensuring the success of the peace initiatives.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II were seen together at the 35th Convocation ceremony of Bayero University, Kano.

The Governor And the Emir were not in good terms since after 2019 governorship election. The state government was reported to have accused Emir Sanusi of Involvement in partisan politics.

Governor Ganduje splitted Kano Emirate into 5 and is currently probing the Emir on misappropriation of the Kano Emirate Funds.

However, Despite their misunderstanding the two prominent personalities were seen having good time together at the Convocation ceremony which held today, Saturday 15 June 2019.

Dignitaries at the event include the Former Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon, Chancellor of the University King Alfred Papapereye Diete-Spiff, Executive Secretary NUC Prof Abubakar Adamu Rashid and many More.


Akeem ReachnaijaJune 16, 2019
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I am amongst the strongest critics of northern hegemony and domination and nothing is happening today that I did not say would happen if Buhari was elected President both in 2015 and 2019.

Yet the truth is that we cannot blame everything on the north because southern leaders are their own worse enemies. We are weak, divided, petty, ignorant, gullible, naive, petty and cowardly.

Worse of all we behave like crabs in a basket: always pulling one another down and always attempting to eclipse and destroy our own brightest stars.

Northern hegemony and northern domination is manifest in every sphere and sector of the Nigerian space only because the ever-grovelling, ever-slavish, ever-quivering, ever-quarreling and ever-snivelling southern leaders, who are so comfortable with betraying and abandoning their own mid-stream, gladly allow it.

If we want things to change the first thing that we need to do is to accept the fact that southern unity, southern commanality of purpose, southern fraternity, southern co-operation and southern cohesion and understanding are fundamental pre-requisites to southern emancipation.

The secret to the remarkabke success of the north is their wholehearted appreciation of the power of unity and the importance of furthering their collective interest regardless of political party affiliation.

This is something that the south appears to be simply incapable of appreciating, achieving or enjoying. We are our own worse enemies.