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FG proposes N7.281trn for 2017, pegs exchange rate at N305 to $1 By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke ABUJA— THE Federal Government has proposed a budget of N7,281,361,611,853 for the year 2017. The proposed budget represents an increase of 19.95 per cent over the 2016 Appropriation of N6.07 trillion. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Budget 2016: President Buhari , Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with others during the signing of the 2016 budget into Law on 6th May ,2016. Budget 2016: President Buhari , Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with others during the signing of the 2016 budget into Law on 6th May ,2016. 

This came as President Muhammadu Buhari formally told the Senate, yesterday, that he would present the budget proposal before a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives next Wednesday. In a letter read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at plenary, President Buhari said the 2017 budget would contain proposals and packages that would lead Nigeria out of the present economic recession. An online news portal, Economic Confidential, yesterday, reported that a highly placed Presidency official confirmed the budget details in Abuja, adding that the government pegged the exchange rate at N305 to a dollar. 

According to the online news portal, “the source disclosed that the 2017 budget was based on a crude oil benchmark price of $42.5 per barrel and a production estimate of 2.2 million barrels per day. “In the 2016 Budget, the crude oil benchmark price was $38 per barrel, while production level was 2.2 million barrels per day. Crude oil production level, however, dropped to 1.9 million barrels per day due to the activities of Niger Delta militants. It said: “The 2017 budget is ready and has been considered by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). A total spending of N7,281,361,611,853 is proposed for 2017. “Next year’s budget was also predicated on an exchange rate of N305 to a dollar. The figure was the prevailing exchange rate as at the time the 2016-19 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, (MTEF) was prepared in August 2016,” the official said. 

A glance at the 2017 Budget shows that the government proposed N2.078 trillion as capital expenditure and N2.9 trillion as recurrent expenditure. The 2017 capital and recurrent expenditures rose by 15.44 per cent and 9.43 per cent over the 2016 Appropriation figures of N1.8 trillion and N2.65 trillion respectively. No salary increment for workers in 2017 Budget There was no provision for new minimum wage or salary increment for government workers in the proposed budget for next year. The government, however , retained the social intervention programme of N500 billion in the 2017 Budget. “I don’t think we should be talking about salary increment or new minimum wage. What will really assist Nigerians and the workers are the social intervention programmes and investments in infrastructure.

 “Most of the government policies are targeted at reducing unemployment and poverty and wealth creation. These are areas of benefits for Nigerians and the workers,” the source said. The Presidency official, however, politely declined to give details of the domestic and foreign borrowings in the 2017 Budget, saying the details would be provided by the President during the budget presentation. Economic recovery and growth plan A senior officer of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning also confirmed the budget details in Abuja. The officer revealed that President Buhari would launch a new economic recovery and growth plan for Nigeria before the end of December 2016. He added that the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, would be at the National Assembly within the week to brief the legislators on the new economic recovery and growth plan.

“This is a long term economic plan for the nation. It is a more comprehensive economic plan. It will position Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development. It is not just about growth; it encompasses development,” the ministry’s official said. The source confirmed that the government had achieved a 75 per cent performance ratio of the pro-rated budget for January-September 2016, while the recurrent expenditure had been funded 100 per cent. The 2016 Appropriation, according to the source, will run till May 2017. “The 2016 Appropriation has a legal backing to run for one year from May 2016 when it was assented to by the President till May 2017,” the source said.

Budget padding President Buhari had on November 25, 2016, warned that his government would not allow a repeat of the padding of 2016 Budget in the 2017 Budget. The President gave the warning at a meeting with members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), led by Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The President said: “I am waiting for the 2017 Budget to be brought to us in council. Any sign of padding anywhere, I will remove it.” The President noted that he had been in government since 1975, variously as governor, oil minister, head of state, and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), “and never did I hear the word ‘padding’ till the 2016 Budget.”

He promised that such would never happen again under his watch. He assured that the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, but lamented that some people are deliberately turning blind eyes to prevailing realities in the country.
No fewer than five permanent secretaries and five directors have been implicated in the half a billion naira monthly ghost workers’ scandal currently rocking the Kwara State Civil Service.

The revelations were made by highly placed multiple government sources, who spoke with our correspondent in Ilorin under condition of anonymity. The verification committee headed by Alhaji Isiaka Gold, who is also the Secretary to the State Government, had, while submitting its report to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed recently said they uncovered a total of 8,863 ghost workers, who had been illegally drawing over N440 million monthly from the state’s treasury .

A source described the scandal as a very big dilemma for the state government, adding that due to the number of high ranking civil servants indicted, the government had become confused about how best to treat the issue. He said, “At least 3 Permanent Secretaries and 5 directors and a former Head of service of the state are under watch, it is suspected that some of them are in the know and they may be shown the way out.

“The number of the uncovered ghost workers is alarming, was it through connivance or something else, we will find out and everything will be revealed for us to guard against such an abuse in future. Everything in this electronic age can be traced to specifics and adequate solution proffered.

Hopefully, we have a robust properly designed data base for workers in Kwara State.” Speaking in the same vein, a Government House source described the scandal as a major headache for the state
government. “The normal thing expected of the government is to have made the indicted officials scapegoats, but they are super civil servants and that is the dilemma.

“The government has lost billions of Naira to this scam in years in both the state and civil service discovered to be paying monthly salaries, allowances and entitlements to fictitious workers,” he said. However, in his reaction,the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Dr. Muideen Akorede, said that the government was still studying the committee’s report.

“We are waiting for the committee’s recommendations; we are still studying the situation. There is a grace period for those who may have genuine reasons for not turning up for verification. After
that period, which I believe is three months (we will have to check again), the figures will be reconfirmed and necessary measures adopted.

“The government recognises that the 9-month verification period was enough for all genuine workers and pensioners to be verified. There may still be people with genuine cases such as the sick, those living abroad or others. The final decision on perpetrators can only be taken after the buffer period. The new payroll based on the report will form the basis for paying salaries from this month. Claims and objections can then be looked into on a monthly basis,” Akorede added.
The Senator representing Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, has taken a swipe at the Governor of the state, El-Rufai for paying herdsmen to stop killings in Southern Kaduna.

Recall that El-Rufai had recently disclosed that his administration traced violent Fulani herdsmen to their countries and paid them to stop the killings in Southern Kaduna.

Sani, while reacting to the governor’s claim alleged that El-Rufai is a “heap of excrement you may mistake for a bar of chocolate.”

In a statement he personally signed, the Senator said, “Some people said I overreact to El-rufai but it’s not true. I’m been mild. El-rufai is a stinking 16 year unwashed and dirty underwear of the PDP inherited and deodorized by the APC instead of been taken to the laundry.

“He is a mucus you can mistake for a vanilla ice cream. He is a heap of excrement you may mistake for a bar of chocolate. He once licked the anus and sniffed the fart of Obasanjo to prove his loyalty.

“He once licked the Anus and sniffed the fart of Atiku to prove his loyalty; Now he is doing so for Baba. An accidental Governor permanently consigning his state in the emergency ward of pervasive insecurity. A man with perfidious history and patented habit of kneeling down to blow the organs of his masters to prove his fidelity.

“Shehu sani is “Unsuspendable” I dey Kampe, even when I climbed Kufena mountain I still dey Kampe.Try another thing this one can’t silence ZA Comrade.”

“Elrufai gets his political advice from an adviser who serves as his apprentice, who has never won an election; a serial lickspittle, a duffer, a clownish buffoon. A man so chronically despised and dismissed by even the cabinet members of his government and the party members in the state.

“Elrufai has become a hostage of an ‘adviser’, who continuously extort money from the Government in the name of either recalling or suspending Shehu. A project that makes no impact than continuously rubbishing the Governor.

“Since we came to office on May 29th 2015,Elrufai’s Kaduna APC held about 8 Press conferences and all the 8 Press conferences were about ‘suspending Shehu Sani’ or ‘confirming the suspension of Shehu Sani’ or “ratifying the suspension of Shehu Sani or ‘affirming the suspension of Shehu Sani. It has ridiculously reached to a point that each time Kaduna journalist are invited by Elrufai’s Kaduna APC is to write the repeated story of Shehu Sani’s suspension. Shehu-Sani.

“I have been so suspended by Elrufai’s men to the point that my car may not need suspenders again. I am also thinking of opening a private chemistry school to teach students on suspension. I remembered my elementary chemistry where suspension is defined as: ‘A heterogeneous mixture in which the solute particles do not dissolve but get suspended throughout the bulk of the medium’. I’m proud to be suspended by Elrufai, a serpent in the caravan of change.’

“Kaduna APC is a congregation of political appointees of Mr Governor, they want him to sleep, snore and fart without noise from Shehu. If my repeated suspension will earn our Governor a shirt in the Nigerian or American Basketball team, I’ll be happy.

“The very Elrufai’s Kaduna APC that accused Shehu of disrespecting the “party” is the same one that reigned insults and abuses against the National Vice chairman North West who invalidated their cretinous vituperation.

“They are the same people who don’t recognise and respect any Committee set up by the national secretariat of the party including one headed by Katsina State Governor Masari. Their suspension ends in the executive W/C and then the cesspit hole of their Government House where it will converge with the outcome of Suya, Pap and Beans cake meal.”
In what will come across as a rather shocking development, a young boy has been found out to have been set on fire after being drenched in gasoline.
Firefighters at the scene of the incident
A young American boy has been set on fire.
The boy was found burning in his home at night.
According to CBS news, when firefighters responded to a house fire at the boy’s home, they found the 9-year-old boy soaked in gasoline and on fire.

The boy suffered second and third-degree burns.
He was taken by ambulance to the local high school where a helicopter was waiting to transport him to the hospital.
Fire crews responded to the call in Little Axe, OK, in Oklahoma,USA, around 6 p.m. Saturday night. They say they aren’t certain how or why there was gasoline on the boy.
Authorities did not say if there were any other injuries.
Olumide Akinrinlola wrote:
APC And The Scam of Change
I have been inundated by the grumbling and murmuring of some of our brothers who are working with the federal government over delay exhibited by FG in salary payment recently.
November salary has not been paid to federal civil servants as at today. The last time this happened in Nigeria was during the dark days of military rule. With all the billions released for APC in the Ondo State governorship election by FG to induce voters and with another millions released for APC in all the 203 wards in Ondo State for celebration, I still not believe that FG has not paid her workers for the month of November till date. Salaries that were ordinarily been paid by 25th -27th of every month since 1999 has now become a carry over benefits under president Buhari. This is not too good for this country. The era of deceit that Nigeria is broke has gone forever. APC and its promise of change is the biggest SCAM that has ever happened to this country.

Very soon, I am sure they will blame past administration for this responsibility failure. Hypocrite is when you are spending millions on the search for oil in the north and could not pay salary and redeem campaign promises on the excuse that Nigeria is broke. Propaganda is when you budgeted billions of naira for information ministry but abandoned all infrastructural projects in the south with complain that nigeria is broke. Deceit is when you say you are fighting corruption but released billions of naira into a state to Monetise governorship election during a recession when Nigerians cannot afford 3 square meals a day. Nigerians have sinned and our sins seem to be hunting us. I pray God will forgive our sins in Nigeria in Jesus name.
Olumide Akinrinlola is a pastor in Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries
…Gbaramatu people urge Okowa to end military invasion
Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday at Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, said it is unsafe to talk about events and situation of things in Nigeria.
The reluctance of the former president to speak on national issues raises concern about his standing with the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which has accused many of his ministers, aides and party men of barefaced corruption during his six years of governance.
Against Buhari’s sustained onslaught, the expectation is for Jonathan to offer some explanation to dispel the heavy charge of corruption against him and his government. But the ex-President in pleading his constraints, said so much by saying nothing.
Gbaramatu, the hometown of ex-militant leader Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has been under military siege. Tompolo, whose late father was the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, has been accused of short-changing the Federal Government in a contract he signed with the Jonathan administration. The military had invaded the community for at least three times in the last one year.

Jonathan who was special guest of honour at the presentation of staff of office to the 26th Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, HRM Oboro Gbaraun II Aketekpe, Agadagba, said the country is passing through serious challenges and that making comments now about it is not the best thing to do.
He said Gbaramatu has been so associated with violence and militancy that most people would not believe that such a ceremony would be held peacefully in the kingdom. Jonathan said Nigeria is a country of resilient people and that the challenges facing the country would soon be over.
The former President lauded the Pere of Gbaramatu and urged the monarch to use his traditional stool to enthrone peace in the kingdom.
The presentation of staff of office is a follow up to the monarch’s selection, confirmation and installation as Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom after following due process as specified under section 8 of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict of 1979 regulating succession to the throne.
Speaking during the event, the Ibe-Benemowei of Gbaramatu, Chief Godspower Gbenekama in strong terms begged the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, to use his office to stop the daily harassment and invasion of Gbaramatu people by the military.
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, said two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for s exually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
A report published in Human Rights Watch, in October, detailed how government officials abused and r aped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.

The report documented s exual abuse, including r ape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and r aped, while 37 were coerced into s ex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the I-G and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

Police set up a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.

Speaking Tuesday at the Inspector-General of Police Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Idris said police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.

Mr. Idris said after the investigation, any suspects found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and taken to court for prosecution.

“We are going to conduct a thorough investigation and if anyone is found guilty we will dismiss him then take him to court,” he said.

He said the police had put in place some mechanisms, including the deployment of female police officers to IDPs camp, to check future occurrences.
The three men alleged to have kidnapped and killed the human resources manager of the Dangote Industries Limited, Istifanus Bello, have said he was murdered for bringing incomplete ransom.
The suspects – Abdullahi Saliu, Babuga Adamu and Abubakar Gide -said that Bello got them angry after bringing N5.6m instead of the N10m agreed for the release of four expatriates earlier kidnapped by their gang.
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They said Bello was killed after he had been held for three days because he allegedly refused to call his employer to pay the balance of N4.4m.

It had reported that Bello had gone to the Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun State with N5.6m as ransom payment for the four expatriates.

While the foreigners were released, he was abducted and later killed.

His corpse was reportedly recovered from a river by the police.

Investigations by the Abba Kyari-led Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team resulted in the arrest of Saliu, Adamu and Gide in Lagos, Kwara and Ogun states.

The men, who were Fulani herdsmen, were on Tuesday transferred from the Force headquarters in Abuja to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, Lagos, pending the conclusion of investigation.

In an exclusive chat with our correspondent, the suspects, who spoke in Yoruba, said 10 of them carried out the operation.

Twenty-year-old Saliu, an indigene of Kano State, said they were led by one Alti, who fired the shot that killed Bello.

He said, “We were 10 that carried out the operation and we were all fully armed. We had attacked and abducted the four expatriates while they worked in a quarry located in a forest in Ijebu-Igbo; they were guarded by two policemen who had an AK-47 rifle and a pump-action rifle. We surrounded the quarry, overpowered the policemen and took one of their rifles. We didn’t touch them.

“We then moved the expatriates into the forest where we fed them with bread and soft drinks. We made contact with their families and the company and demanded N30m ransom. We later reduced the money to N20m and then N10m.

“Some days later, the man (Bello) brought N5.6m. Our leader, Alti, was angry and after releasing the four expatriates, he seized the man. He said he must call his family members or the firm to pay up the remaining N4.4m or else he would be killed in three days. But the man said he does not have any number to give us and he does not have any money. After the three days elapsed and nobody came for him, he was shot dead.”

Saliu said he was paid N150,000 from the ransom after which he left the group.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects dumped the victim’s corpse in a river and tied it to a log to prevent the corpse from floating.

Another suspect, Adamu, 25, said he had persuaded Alti against killing the victim, adding that the leader rebuked him.

“I was given N190,000 for my role. I still have the bulk of the money. When the man brought the ransom, I was the one that led the group to take the money. I was able to do this because I have lived in Ijebu-Igbo for over 10 years; I was brought up here. When Alti insisted on killing the man, I told him to take the man far from where our cows graze; I said it was none of my business if he killed him,” he added.

The third suspect, 24-year-old Gide, from the Gumi Local Government Area of Sokoto State, said Adamu made him to join the group.

He said his role was to buy food for the expatriates.

A source told PUNCH Metro that the police and some vigilance group members had first apprehended Saliu and transferred him to the Ogun State Special Anti-Robbery Squad, adding that when they didn’t have a breakthrough, the IGP team was invited.

He said, “After we intervened, Saliu confessed to us and took us to where the man’s corpse was. It was already decomposing when we found it. Fish had even picked out his eyes. We contacted some council officials, who removed the corpse and deposited it in a mortuary from where some employees of the Dangote company picked it.

“From the information we gathered, we arrested Adamu’s brother, who gave us his address in a forest in Epe, Lagos. We got him arrested around 2am while he was fast asleep with other herdsmen in an open space.

“We later moved to Kwara State to arrest the last suspect, Gide. A policeman had pretended that he had a special assignment and he needed a woman and a hotel to stay in, and since Gide was very familiar with the area, he believed he could help out. After dribbling us for three days, he finally showed up and we arrested him.

“We are still searching for the remaining seven suspects, including the one with the police gun which they took at the quarry; and we will get them.”

The Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunnah, said investigations were ongoing.
Former Super Eagles and Shooting Stars player who is the first Nigerian to play at the old Highbury Stadium of Arsenal Football Club of England, has passed away.

 According to an exclusive report posted on Twitter by the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), former IICC Shooting Stars and Red Devils (now Super Eagles) striker, Dejo Fayemi is dead. He died on Friday morning at his residence situated at Odo-Ona Elewe, Ibadan, at the age of 83
He was part of the National team when they were referred to as the Red Devils, and was among the first set of Nigerians who travelled to England to play football just after Independence.
In 1961, Fayemi wrecked the Independence celebration for Sierra Leone with his goal in a match to mark the country’s attainment of a republic.

He had seven goals to show after his last international cap against Morocco in 1964 where Nigeria lost 2-1.
Pa Fayemi inspired the Ibadan Lions to win the then Challenge Cup in 1959 and 1961 after losing in the 1960 final.
He also played professional football during his stay in the United Kingdom for further studies before he retired from active football in the early 1970s.
Dejo Fayemi is the first Nigerian to play at the old Highbury Stadium of Arsenal Football Club of England.
A random commercial motorcycle rider has vowed to contest the 2019 general election against President Muhammadu Buhari and win regardless of his present unpopularity. The current hardship in Nigeria seems to have boosted the fantasy of some Nigerian ahead of reality.
An Okada man on the street boldly told a journalist attached to Naij about his presidential ambition. The middle-aged man plans to join any available political party in 2019 to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari and beat him to become the President of Nigeria. He promises to seek the face of God for the wisdom of the biblical King Solomon to rule Nigeria. He suggested that Buhari has not been forthcoming in his leadership approach.

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President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal assured the international community that the end of Boko Haram terrorists was in sight, even as he hailed the increased cooperation between Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against terrorism.
Speaking at a Panel of Heads of State at the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, the President also assured the international community that the security situation in Nigeria had improved significantly.

‘‘About a month ago, I spoke with the President of Chad and I was pleased that a number of Chadians and Nigerians that were Boko Haram members are surrendering to him en-masse. The good news I have is that the end of the raining season has come in the North eastern region of Nigeria.

‘‘Members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) are in their respective positions and at an agreed time they will move simultaneously and spontaneously for us to see the end of Boko Haram. We are now operating in the Sambisa Forest and as far as Boko Haram is concerned in the Lake Chad Basin area, I think they are done for,’’ the President declared.

Highlighting the gains of the cooperation among the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries comprising Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Nigeria, the Nigerian leader told the gathering that Boko Haram is no longer holding any territory or Local Government Area (LGA) in his country.

‘‘Those who live in the North East know that Boko Haram is no longer holding a single territory in the 774 LGAs in Nigeria. But they have a system of using IEDs and they indoctrinate mostly teenage girls and send them to soft targets to churches, mosques and market places. That too is becoming very rear.

‘‘I think Boko Haram shot themselves in the foot when they gave their ideology a religious connotation by killing children in their schools, people in the mosque and churches and shouting Allahu Akbar.

‘‘This is a major contradiction as no religion advocates hurting the innocent. You can’t kill people and say Allahu Akbar. You either do not know what you are saying or you don’t believe it,’’ President Buhari said.

Noting that Nigeria is capable of surmounting its security challenges, he appealed to the international community to focus more attention on addressing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and unemployment in Nigeria.

‘‘In the southern part of the country, stolen Nigerian crude is being illegally transported through the Gulf of Guinea and installations offshore are being subverted. We also have the problem of unemployment in Nigeria. With a population of 180 million people of which 65 per cent are under the age of 35, young Nigerians are looking for any kind of job to survive.

‘‘We are addressing the situation (unemployment) by turning to agriculture and solid minerals because we are lucky to be blessed with arable land, water and resources,’’ the President noted.

Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
December 6, 2016.
Governor Ayo Fayose rocked an unusual outfit (military attire) for presentation of Ekiti State 2017 Budget of Consolidation at the Ekiti state House of Assembly. The governor presented the Ekiti State Budget Estimate for 2017 which is N93.45bn...
Members of the State Executive Council, traditional rulers, religious and political leaders, representatives of market women, Okada riders, drivers unions, labour leaders, chairmen of local governments, top government functionaries in the state, civil society organisations and the general public graced the occasion. See More Photos Below...

A suspected notorious gun runner who allegedly supplied AK47 rifle to one herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, has been arrested by the Enugu Police command. The command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Enugu. Amaraizu said the suspect was apprehended on Tuesday through intelligence supplied to police operatives in 9th Mile Police Division, near Enugu.

“The suspect, who gave his name as one Samaila Garuba Alhaji, a.k.a. Bakasi, was earlier implicated by Ibrahim Adamu as the one that sold the AK47 rifle to him. But following Adamu’s arrest, Samaila Garuba Alhaji, escaped when he got the information about the arrest of Ibrahim Adamu. It was gathered that luck, however, ran out of Bakasi, as he is fondly called, when he was trailed to a motor park situated at 9th Mile in Enugu early this morning where he was nabbed after he made several efforts to escape,’’ he said. The command spokesman said the suspect had been helping police in its investigation in relation to his nefarious activities.
Exploration activities in Benue state may be gradually yielding success as a quantity of crude oil has been discovered. It is however not yet known if the discovery would be of commercial quantity, but the deputy governor of the state, Engr Benson Abounu, is urging the federal government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) not to relent. The excitement came as the sole administrator of the Apa local government in the state, Danjuma Solomon, visited the deputy governor to brief him on the discovery of the product in his domain.

According to Solomon, oil seepage was discovered in his local government. He also spoke about the further discovery of exploratory oil wells drilled in the 1960s by Chevron Nig Ltd. Engr Abounu said, based on results of several geological investigations, the government was convinced that the state had oil and that exploration is just what was needed. Benue News reports that Abounu urged the federal government to intensify the search. In August, 2016 President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to search for oil in state.
In what many have described as a decision fast tracked perhaps due to the current economic recession, Dangote Group has dismissed 109 workers at Obajana Cement Company in Kogi State. Mr Abdulahi Magaji who is the coordinator of the company’s patrol team revealed this on Tuesday, December 6 at the Obajana premises of the company.

Magaji said the dismissed workers were among the 244 suspects arrested between May and November for illegal haulage, stealing and other activities contrary to the company’s stipulation. He said 115 more workers were awaiting the outcome of investigation and were remanded in prison. Magaji said Alhaji Aliko Dangote directed that misconducts by drivers should be reduced to the barest minimum.
Ahead of the December 10 rerun elections in Rivers state, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reported that the state governor, Nyesom Wike, once identified himself before chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as “the President of the new Niger Delta Republic”, purportedly calling President Muhammadu Buhari his fellow President.
This claim was contained in a statement signed on Monday by the Chairman of Rivers APC, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, which declared that the governor needs to go and see a psychiatrist, as his recent behavior and utterances “do not present him as a person who is still in full control of his mental faculties”.
Citing instances of such utterances, Ikanya said, “Recently at the Rivers state Government House, Wike muttered to PDP Chieftains, ‘apart from the fact that Development creates crime and that since I resumed office as Governor of Rivers state, people are being killed and beheaded in Rivers state and pictures of those killed in the state were littered in social media, too much insecurity in Rivers state I will only try my little best to handle it but as the President of the new Niger Delta Republic,

how can my fellow President, President Buhari of Nigeria withdrew my security and assigned them to Hon Asita O. Asita a small boy besides People should understand that in Rivers State, we have the capacity to resist the security agencies of Nigeria. To worsen our case, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has assigned all the Police SARs in the South-South (SS) to Senator Magnus Abe and those of South East (SE) region to ‘Senators’ Andrew Uchendu and Amachree’.”
The statement added, “To further expose Wike’s unstable mind and thought as Nigerian Master Electoral Rigger and how he rigged himself to power, let us listen to him, “How can APC topple me as master electoral rigger? Na me bi their Oga (for rigging). I no give them this kind thing. Na me bi their oga. I no teach them this kind thing. Na who dey teach them all this kind thing? Trans Amadi Police station, you know we have police barrack there near Michelin. Na there wey the SARS Commander dey live, one Akeem. Every night, you go see them with this Tundra, this big hilux, black. Them go come. Them go tell all the security people wey dey for gate make them comot. Them go comot. Them go put off the light and bring down materials. I go tell them say me, I be professional. This thing wey una dey do, una bi small children”.
The Rivers APC chairman went on to state that “everyday this man who is not fit to be a governor makes Rivers State a laughing stock before the country and the international community. He should be made to get help before it is too late.”
The proposed mega party by some aggrieved opposition politicians of major political parties in the country may already have run into a hitch, following the stringent condition allegedly handed down by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support the new party.

THISDAY learnt that when the notion of the mega party was brought to Obasanjo’s notice, the former president, who was not averse to a new formidable opposition party, was quick to give a condition that his former deputy when he was in office, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, should not by any means whatsoever become the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 elections.

The new opposition party is believed to have the tacit support of some members of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that currently controls 11 states in the country, a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Ahmed Tinbubu, and Atiku Abubakar, a major chieftain of the APC.

The party is being championed to challenge the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election.

However, when Obasanjo, according to sources close to the ex-president, was approached to lend his support to the new party, he informed the proponents of the new party that he was prepared to back it on the condition that Atiku was not picked as the presidential candidate of the party.

According to a source, who was conversant with the outcome of the meeting with the former president, “He (Obasanjo) addressed the group that met with him, informing them that he had made too many mistakes in his life and for the nation, including the blanket support he claimed to have granted the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, and therefore was not prepared to make any more mistakes.”

The THISDAY source hinted that the former president said that although he was quick to support the APC, however, he was not as quick to support Buhari’s bid to become president in 2015, because he had reservations about his capacity to lead the country.

But because the APC to which he had declared his support had also settled for Buhari, he had no option than to tag along.

However, given the current state of the nation and political developments, he informed his guests that it would be foolhardy of him to rush into taking yet another critical decision, especially on the presidency of the country.

It was for this reason he was said to have reluctantly supported the idea of the mega party, but added that he would only identify with it if Atiku does not emerge the presidential candidate of the party.

He was said to have pointed out that Buhari’s obvious unimpressive stewardship to date had lent credence to his initial hesitation to support him and that having worked with Atiku, he could tell where his presidency would head.

Obasanjo made it clear to the proponents of the mega party that their presidential candidate could be anybody with the minimum requisite qualifications and experience, but certainly not Atiku.
List of courses that have not been accredited in Nigerian universities have been released – A certificate issued for those courses will be considered void
– The university of Abuja has the highest number of unaccredited courses The National Universities Commission (NUC) has released a list of some courses that have not been accredited.
The unaccredited courses pose serious danger to students who study them as the certificates issued by these universities for the courses will not be officially recognised.
Premium Times reports that 2016 accreditation status report indicated that these unaccredited courses were taught in 37 out of 143 universities in the country. The Quality Assurance Department of the NUC is in charge of accrediting courses in the universities.
The NUC insists that for a course to be accredited, it must meet the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) that has been stipulated by the commission. Some of the requirements include: “qualified faculty members, good learning environment and adequate teaching materials – equipment, books and journals”.
According to the NUC, accreditation is necessary to ensure “employers and other members of the community that Nigerian graduates of all academic programmes have attained an acceptable level of competency in their areas of specialization.” It also says it is also important to certify courses to assure “the international community that the programmes offered in Nigerian Universities are of high standards and that graduates of the institutions are adequate for employment and further studies.”
According to the commission, the pre-accreditation process include “drawing up a list of academic programmes to be certified, compilation of list of panel chairmen/members, time-tabling, budgeting and organizing the accreditation coordination meeting for panel chairmen and members in a simulation workshop.”
The post-accreditation activities include “analyzing accreditation reports (technical and administrative), ranking of programmes and universities based on their accreditation status, publishing of accreditation status of programmes, issuance of certificates to programmes that earned Full and Interim accreditation results.”
According to Premium Times, 13 federal universities, 16 state universities and eight private universities were running courses that had not been accredited. Some of the high profile institutions include University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Benin, University of Jos, University of Calabar. The biggest casualty seems to be the University of Abuja which has 15 of its courses, including Law, unaccredited. See full list of unaccredited courses and their universities in the table below: S/No School Course
1.University of Nigeria, Nsukka
2. University of Benin
3. University of Calabar
Business Management
Theatre and Media
Public Health
4. University of Jos
History and International Relations
Medical Laboratory Science
Science Laboratory Technology
5. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
6. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
7. Federal University of Technology, Minna
Biology Education
Chemistry Education
Geography Education
Industrial and Technical Education
Mathematics Education
Physics Education
Facebook Account Its tragic how one loses an important person,still going through pains of the lost soul the worst happens........Today being the 6th of December 2016 a final year student of OGUN STATE COLLEGE OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DENTAL THERAPY was on her way back from the bank to withdraw her project money and the little feeding allowance attached to it, got crushed by the NIGERIAN CONSOLIDATED BREWERIES TRUCK loaded with lots of alcoholic drinks i.e 33,Goldberg...... 
Funny enough before the arrival of the students down to the accident scene,the Nigerian Consolidated Breweries officials had called the attention of soldiers of ILESE Barracks who shot speedily at students,as a matter of fact students got injured especially females students,as if that wasn't enough the soldiers of ilese barracks invaded the school premises and still shot at the
students...............CORRUPTION which was the leading theme in Nigeria as a whole was evident in the DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS OF OGUN STATE COLLEGE OF HEALTH....How much longer do we have to live like this??
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