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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Reps Adopts 2014 Confab report

THE Ad hoc Committee on the review of the constitution at the House of Representatives has adopted the report of the 2014 National Conference organized by ex- President Goodluck Jonathan.

The confab report recommended 54 states, modified presidential system of government, state police as well as a revenue sharing formula whereby  Federal Government gets 42.5 percent, states receive 35 percent and local governments earn 22.5 per cent among others.

The Chairman of the Committee, Yusuf Lasun, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the House, said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Wole Oladimeji, that the report would form part of the working documents of the Committee.

The statement reads: "The decision to adopt the report of the National Conference was taken at a working session/retreat of the committee recently held at Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja

"The meeting was presided over by the Chairman of the committee who doubled as the Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Sulaimon Lasun Yusuf.

"Copies of the report have been circulated to members of the committee‎ to go through and come up with recommendations to the committee while the consultants to the committee have been given the report to advise the committee on how to go about it.

Some of the salient proposals in the report would be turned into draft bills‎ which would be presented to the house for adoption and passage.

"The committee would commence work on the review immediately the House resumes from its Sallah break."


Photos: Presidential fact finding Committee assess Bama IDPs

Presidential fact finding Committee was on an assessment of Bama IDPs Camp as directed by President, Muhammadu Buhari. Continue to see more photos after the cut…


Gov El-Rufai Flags Off Keep Kaduna Green Project(Photos)

Gov El-Rufai yesterday flagged off 'Keep Kaduna Green Project'.Amina Mohammed represented President Buhari at the event.Below is an address presented by him at the event.....

Kaduna goes Green for jobs and the environment - Address by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the flag-off of the Keep Kaduna Green Project; Kaduna, 30th June 2016


Let me begin by welcoming all our distinguished guests to Kaduna. I thank you most warmly for identifying with our project to make our state green by planting at least one million trees every year.

Our government considers the Keep Kaduna Green Project an important intervention. In planting one million trees every year, we intend to achieve many goals. Across our state, we will thereby be checking desertification. We will be creating jobs for the people who will plant and nurture the trees. The trees will ultimately grow and improve the look of our cities and towns. The shade and reassuring feel that leafy neighbourhoods project should be accessible to all residents of our state in their own neighbourhoods.

Trees play such a crucial role in the human drama. They help provide shelter, fuel and food; assist soil stability, protect water sources, and generally improve the environment. Yet too many people treat trees with regrettable indifference, cutting them down without replacements, destroying whole forested areas for purposes ranging from farming to real estate. Like most things with which nature has blessed humanity, there is a need for the necessary awareness and determination to use them in a sustainable way; to realise that these natural endowments need time to regenerate and that human beings are the ultimate losers when we adopt an attitude of unrelenting exploitation.

Therefore, we will accompany our Keep Kaduna Green project with a determined effort of public education. The goal is to foster a keen appreciation for nature across the generations. The projection is to engage about 26,000 persons across the state in the massive tree-planting effort we have embarked on. We trust that they will do their best to nurture the trees. But there is no doubt that our effort to Keep Kaduna Green will succeed only because our communities collectively support the project. I believe that we can persuade our people to invest their effort in protecting our environment, in beautifying our cities and in creating jobs.

Thus our grassroots approach to realising the goals of the Keep Kaduna Green Project involves ensuring that 65,000 trees are planted in each Local Government Area every year. Our communities will be mobilised to take concrete action against desert encroachment so as to preserve valuable arable land and ensure food security. In village and city alike, the cooling effect, and the air-filtering quality of trees are deeply appreciated.

The government will also provide an incentive for protecting and nurturing the seedlings. We have deliberately chosen economic trees for this project so that those who nurture them will have a share when the trees begin fruiting. Trees are valuable in themselves, but we hope the bonus of fruits will help make them much more valuable to many more people.

Ladies and Gentlemen, as we flag-off the Keep Kaduna Green project today by planting trees, I wish to urge all residents of Kaduna State to embrace the idea. In addition to the trees the government is planting, citizens can complement the effort by planting trees and flowers in their homes. Indeed, we have directed KASUPDA that henceforth, no building plans are to be approved for the construction of any building in our state unless the planting of at least four trees for every 900 square meters of land under development. In our schools, health centers and public facilities, aggressive tree planting will also be mandated. There will be further events to take the project across the state, engage our communities and make ours a state that is getting greener as it is becoming great again.

I wish to thank IDC, our partners in this grand effort, for their initiative and technical assistance they are providing for our tree-planting project. Our thanks go to the Vice Chancellor of the Kaduna State University for hosting us today, and all the senior government officials, members of the State Executive Council, our royal fathers and our State House of Assembly for being here to support this flag-off.

I wish to thank my sisters, the ministers of environment, and of budget and planning for being consistently supportive of all our initiatives in Kaduna State. My gratitude goes to Senator Binta Masi Garba, a daughter of Kaduna State who had represented Kaduna South twice in the House of Representatives but now represents Adamawa State in the Senate.

I thank my colleagues, the governors of Kebbi, Taraba, Jigawa and Sokoto States for being here physically or in representative capacity to support our efforts. Finally, the gratitude of Government and people of Kaduna State goes to our leader and mentor President Muhammadu Buhari who has consistently encouraged, supported and guided us in the direction of making Kaduna, his chosen state of residence for decades, a great place to live.

Thank you for listening.
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria


President Buhari & Goodluck Jonathan Mourn Ojo Maduekwe,Elechi Amadi & Justice Obi

President Buhari and former president Goodluck Jonathan have joined growing lists of Nigeria who have expressed their displeasure over the death of Ojo Maduekwe,Elechi Amadi and Justice Obi.

Below are what they wrote.

President Buhari in a statement released through Garba Shehu ,SSA to the President (Media & Publicity) said.....

President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the families government and people of Abia, Delta and Rivers States on the passing away of their illustrious sons Chief Ojo Maduekwe, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice Nikki Tobi, retired Supreme Court judge and Elechi Amadi, a literary icon.
With profound sadness, President Buhari received the passing of Maduekwe, who also served as Nigeria's High Commissioner to Canada.

In all his years of service to Nigeria as a diplomat, minister, politician and ambassador, President Buhari says that Maduekwe was an ardent believer in the unity of Nigeria and gave all to that pursuit.

As Nigeria's Foreign Minister, the President affirms that Maduekwe's relentless call to citizen diplomacy and for Nigerians to be treated with dignity across the globe will continue to inspire other patriotic people to promote a positive international image of the country.

President Buhari also pays tribute to Justice Nikki Tobi, describing him as a brave jurist who served Nigeria creditably and brought his many years of training, knowledge and wisdom to the Bench.

The President also joins the literary and academic community in mourning Amadi whose writings and postulations as a novelist, poet and playwright introduced many generations of the world to the vibrant Nigerian culture.

In paying homage to the Man of Letters, visionary and venerated elder who dedicated his life to values of peace, equality, dignity and the reading culture in Nigeria, the President believes that the passing away of Amadi is as much a loss to Nigeria and Africa as it is to the world.

The President affirms that the outpouring of grief and tribute across Nigeria and beyond is a testament of the high degree of respect and acceptance Amadi commanded around the world.

He prays that God will grant the souls of the departed citizens eternal rest and comfort their families, friends and admirers.

Reacting on the demise of Ojo Maduekwe and Elechi Amadi,Goodluck Jonathan said....

'I have been slow to comment because of my heartbreak. Ojo Maduekwe worked with me and Elechi Amadi comforted us with his literary works. They died at perhaps a time when their wise counsel and fatherly disposition was direly needed by their nation. May God rest their souls. I also condole with the Abia and Rivers state governments and the family of both patriots. They're gone but never forgotten'.


Victor Umeh & Alex Otti Bag International Award In Ireland(Photos)

The Igbo Leadership Awards, a Pan-Igbo cultural organization based in Ireland has announced that two of its Igbo Leadership awards will go to Chief Sir Dr. Victor Umeh OFR (Ohamadike Ndi Igbo) and Dr Alex Otti  (Ugo Ndi Abia).In recognition of their contribution to development and championing the affairs of Ndi Igbo in Nigeria and indeed entire world
The award presentation was done by  Cllr Eithne Loftus,  the Mayor of Fingal County Council, Dublin.
Congratulations to APGA Nke Bu Nke Anyi.
See photos above

Uche Oga Arrives Owerri As Crowd Gather At His Campaign Office In Umuahia To Welcome Him(Photos)

New governor of Abia state(based on High Court order) Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah yesterday arrived Owerri airport en-route to Umuahia.
Crowd gathered at his campaign office in Umuhia to welcome him
Image credit: Kelechi Eze.

Policeman batters man's head with gun-booth in Akwa Ibom (photo)

The man identified as Alex was allegedly butted with a gun booth  along Eket-Ibeno(Ebana by Peugeot Motors) by a policeman. According to the victim, a police officer stopped him and asked for his car particulars which he handed over to him. After checking the particulars and realising that all the particulars were intact, he told Alex that "you suppose know what to do nah!" When the victim insisted that he should return his car particulars the officer out of annoyance butted his head with the gun booth. He then alerted other officers and they all drove away in their Patrol Volvo. 


Today's Bible Teaching: Dear Brethren,Control Your Tongue, Among All The Parts Of The Body, The Tongue Is A flame Of Fire

James 3 Vs 1-6

Controlling the Tongue

1 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[b]


Photos: Tricycle rider dies after crashing into a moving trailer in Abia

A tricycle rider identified as Kelechi Orji, has died after he crashed his tricycle popularly known as Keke into a moving trailer at Niger road by Uwalaka street in Umuahia Abia State capital this afternoon. He died on the spot. The driver of the trailer had to run from the scene of the incident after colleagues of the deceased began attacking his trailer.

Read what Abia Breaking News shared on social media below......

'A Keke driver ran into a moving trailer at Niger road by Uwalaka street in Umuahia Abia State capital around 1:40pm.

ABN gathered that Kelechi Orji the keke driver was rushed to NEW ERA Hospital where the Medical Doctor confirmed his death.

We gathered that late Kelechi Orji hails from Isialangwa and married,he lives with his family in Ohokobe Ndume Ibeku,In Umuahia North LGA.
While the trailer driver is at the Police custody.



lara Oshiomhole Donates N2m To People With Disability(Photos)

Her Excellency, Mrs. Iara Adams Oshiomhole (Wife of the Executive Governor, Edo State) donated N2million to Network Advocacy for Persons with Visible Disability (NAPVID) as part of the 2016 NAPVID disbursement of scholarships and grants to indigent students with disabilities in Edo state.

She also gave NAPVID grants to Shade Ololade (SS2, Ihuogue College),Kindness Idahosa (SS2, Idia College, Benin City) and Tina John Efe (Primary 6, School for The Blind, Benin City).She was also pictured embracing eloquent poet and scholarship recipient, Osaivbie Imasuen (SS1, Queens College, Yaba, Lagos).