KWASU-ASUU hails Kwara govt as work begins on collapsed Shao-Malete road culvert, seeks for restoration of varsity subvention

The Kwara State University chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commended the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration for commencing work on the collapsed culvert linking Shao to Malete road.

The statement personally signed by the chapter chairman, Comrade. Abdulganiyu Shehu Salau appealed to the State government to see the need to provide a panacea to the problem through the construction of an overhead bridge at Shao junction.

The dualisation of the the Shao-Malete road will be helpful in putting a total end to heavy traffic being experienced by staff of the university and other road users in the area, the statement added.

In similar vein, the union has appealed to the state government to fulfil her pledges on EAA and subvention to the university.  The union recalled that it met and got the nodding of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on requests for the settlement of the accrued EAA and restoration of subvention to the university.

According to Comrade. Abdulganiyu, these two requests have not been fulfilled as earlier promised as at the time of writing this report. Stressing a particular need for the restoration of subvention to the varsity, the chairman concluded that out of the five varsities in Ibadan zone of ASUU, KWASU is the only institution that has not been receiving subvention from the government.

The union, while assuring the state government of its unshaken supports and cooperation at all times, appeals to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to restore KWASU monthly subvention and effect the payment of the accumulated EAA to save the university and cushion the effect of the current hardship its members are facing.

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Rivers crisis: I didn’t beg Tinubu to intervene – Wike

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has said he was not the one that went to President Bola Tinubu seeking intervention in the crisis rocking Rivers State.

He, however, said that the President should be appreciated for intervening in the political situation in the oil rich state.

Wike spoke during the 20th wedding Anniversary/Thanksgiving of Hon Dr & Dr (Mrs) George-Kelly D.A. Alabo at the Kings Assembly Church, on Sunday.

The former Rivers State governor said it was strange that the same people who went to beg Tinubu to intervene in the crisis are the ones now saying he lacks the constitutional power to do so.

He said, “We must thank Mr President for interfering and intervening, but I was not even the one who went to the President to seek for his intervention.

“They were saying “President intervene, President intervene”, and President intervened, they are now saying Mr President has no constitutional power to have intervened.

“But they were the same people who sought the President’s intervention and he has intervened to bring peace. They are now turning around to say no, the President does not have the constitutional power.”

(Daily Post)

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Emefiele charged with 17 allegations by CBN investigator

The report of Jim Obaze, the Special Investigator appointed by President Bola Tinubu to investigate the activities of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the apex bank has continued to generate reactions among Nigerians. 

The report said the Emefiele used proxies to acquire some new generation bank when held away as the governor of CBN

In the report submitted to President Tinubu on December 20, Obaze detailed a total of 17 allegations against Emefiele including how a bank was acquired in 2019 allegedly by Emefiele and a late  businessman. 

He further disclosed that the bank was acquired by the two individuals without evidence of payment

Here are the 17 allegations laid against emefiele:

1. Unauthorized funded 593 Bank accounts located in the UK, US, and China. 

2. Fraudulent cash withdrawal of $6.23 million from CBN vault under a purported approval of the president to pay foreign election observers. 

3. Gross financial misconduct by Ex CBN Governor and at least 13 other individuals, including his Deputy Governors. 

4. £543.4 million kept in fixed deposit by Mr. Emefiele. 

5. Manipulation of the Naira exchange rate and perpetration of fraud in the e-Naira project of the CBN. 

6. The Naira Redesign was neither recommended by the Board of the CBN nor approved by the then president. 

7. The CBN printed the new N200, N500, N1,000 notes at a total cost of N61.5 billion out of which N31.8 billion has been paid to the Contractor. 

8. The sum of N1.73 billion was spent on questionable legal fees on 19 cases that are directly traceable to the Naira Redesign and reconfiguration agenda. 

9. £205,000 was paid to a UK Firm for Naira Redesign effort – positioning of watermark, presence of QR codes, different numbering style, and other complex security features. 

10. Fraudulent use of Ways & Means to the tune of N26.627 trillion. 

11. Fraudulent intervention programmes. 

12. Fraudulent expenditures on COVID-19. 

13. Misrepresentation of presidential approval on the NESI Stabilization Strategy Ltd.

14. Padding of former president Buhari’s approval with N198.96 billion – approximating N801.04 billion to N1 trillion. 

15. No approvals are received from the former president and yet N500 billion was taken and debited to Ways & Means. 

16. Former CBN Governor and 4 Deputies connived to steal outrightly in order to balance the books of the CBN. 

17. No approval for the breakdown of N22.72 trillion presented to the 9th National Assembly to illegally securitize the “Ways & Means” financing. 

(Nation)

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Shun ethnic, religious divisions, Peter Obi urges Nigerians

The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has urged Nigerians to tear down the walls of ethnic and religious divisions, stating that these barriers have continuously impeded the nations’ unity and progress.

Obi stated this while celebrating the International Human Solidarity Day in a series of tweet on his X handle on Wednesday.

He wrote, “Today, we join the global community in celebrating  the International Human Solidarity Day which is dedicated to strengthening our global unity in diversity, and to help in fostering international cooperation on the eradication of hunger and diseases at the global level.

“On the national level, Nigerians need to solemnly remind ourselves of the need to tear down the walls of ethnic and religious divisions that have continued to divide us and instead emphasize our unity and leverage our diverse and rich cultural and ethnic identities and strengths to advance our national progress.”

The former Anambra State Governor further stated that Nigeria, as a “result of bad politics and elite insensitivity”, has become more divided than ever, making it difficult for people to work together for national development.

He wrote, “Unfortunately, we have, today as a nation, become more sharply divided than ever. Our dear nation is more polarised today than it has ever been, fueled by overwhelming tribal and religious sentiments among the people resulting in the unwillingness of Nigerians to cooperate and work together towards achieving national growth and development. This is clearly the result of bad politics and elite insensitivity.

“I, therefore, wish to use this occasion to remind Nigerians that the problems of hunger, poverty, and inequality are not specific to a particular ethnicity or religion, but cut across the nation. Thus, the task ahead of us, as political leaders and as citizens, is to continue to beat the drums of unity, social justice, and social equality to form one united front that will stand in solidarity against the many challenges that confront our nation.”

(Punch)

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Nigeria future great despite challenges, says Pastor Adeboye

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said that Nigeria has great future despite its present setbacks.

Pastor Adeboye has also reportedly said that Jesus Christ may return to the world on October 1st, a year that has yet to be known.

Adeboye disclosed this in a video played on Thursday during the homecoming reception ceremony organised for the immediate past Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Sharafa Tunji-Ishola, in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun state.

The video was said to have been recorded when the General Overseer visited Tunji-Ishola during his tenure as the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Ishola, who was a former Nigeria minister of Mines and Steel, was made an ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2021 and was recalled on 31st August 2023 by President Bola Tinubu.

Speaking during the visit, Adeboye in the recorded video eulogised the ambassador for being the first ambassador to invite him to the Nigeria house in the UK.

While explaining God’s special love for Nigeria and Nigerians, the cleric said, God was behind the scene when 1st October was chosen as Independence Day by Nigeria’s fathers of democracy.

Pastor Adeboye said, “Nigeria is a very special country. It will amaze you to know that the most amazing date in the Biblical calendar is 1st October. That is the day that is called – the feast of trumpets – and many Bible scholars believe that the most likely date that Jesus will come back again to earth will be October 1, but the year we don’t know.

“The Bible says when Jesus will come back, it will be with the sound of the trumpet and the day for the feast of trumpet is to start on October 1st.

“Now when you consider that, you will know that God was behind the scene when our fathers (some of whom are now gone) were choosing 1st October as the day for our independence and this could explain why Nigeria has gone through so much turbulence.

“Sometimes when you think by tomorrow, there will be no more Nigeria, you will wake up the next day and still find out that Nigeria is still standing.

“No matter what is happening in Nigeria today, I firmly believe that we have a glorious future. God has a very special interest in our nation Nigeria and I want you to be encouraged.”

(Punch)

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FG waives penalties for tax defaulters

The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has waived accumulated penalties and interests on outstanding tax liabilities.

The decision was contained in a circular by the chairman of the agency, Mr. Zacch Adedeji, in Abuja yesterday.

Statutorily, the FIRS imposes penalties and interests for failure by companies to fulfil their tax obligation as and when due as stipulated in extant tax laws.

But Adedeji said the forgiveness on piled up penalties and interests was “in recognition of the challenges that many taxpayers have faced in settling their outstanding tax liabilities.

According to him, the concession is in line with the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to support businesses to flourish.

The FIRS boss explained that full payment of outstanding original tax liabilities without interest on or before December 31 this year must be done by companies wishing to benefit from the peculiar concession.

He said:  “Taxpayers are advised that the waiver of interest is subject to the full settlement of outstanding principal on or before the 31 December, 2023.

“Please note that the full penalty and interest shall be reinstated after the expiration of this one-off concession window where the outstanding undisputed liability remains fully or partially unpaid.

“FIRS appreciates all taxpayers who have been diligent in complying with their tax obligations as and when due, while seeking their continued support and cooperation for a more responsive and robust tax system.”

(Vanguard)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Sunday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Umar Damagum, has said the National Working Committee under his leadership will not suspend nor dismiss any ‘disloyal’ member. This is coming on the heels of the admonition by some stakeholders within the PDP, asking Damagum to sanction former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and many others.

2. There was a fire incident at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja on Saturday. The fire was said to have been caused by an explosion in the electrical utility room. Director of Communications, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Muhammed Ahmed, in a message, explained that the fire was a result of an explosion from the utility room.

3. Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said that Igbo forebears are “the pioneers” and “heroes” of modern Lagos State. Iwuanyanwu stated this in a press briefing video that has gone viral. He was indirectly responding to the comment the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, made in relation to the origin of the state, which generated controversy.

4. No fewer than 11 inmates of the Enugu Correctional Centre have been released under the federal government’s prison decongestion programme. The inmates were drawn from the Enugu, Nsukka as well as Oji River and Ibite-Olo custodial centres.

5. Three-man panel of the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos State, yesterday, upheld the decision of the Abia Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the governor of the state, Dr. Alex Otti as the winner of the March 18, 2023 Abia governorship election.

6. Three Oyo traditional rulers have been reportedly killed, while nine others were injured in a road crash on Friday. The monarchs, all from the Oriire Local Government Area of the state, were said to be going for a social function before the crash.

7. Low turnout marred yesterday’s local government election in Ekiti State as most people stayed away from the polling units across the 16 council area of the state. It was a total departure from the large turnout that was witnessed during the last presidential and state assembly elections.

8. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Sokoto State office, on Friday, arrested one Anas Sani, 32, discovered to be an Indian hemp farmer in the state. The agency’s state Commander, Iro Adamu, in his remarks on Saturday, said the discovery was made last Friday night at the Sanyinna area in Tambuwal Local Government Area of the state following an intelligence report.

9. A worker at Bolorunduro, Ondo East Local Government Area of Ondo State, simply identified as Matthew, has slumped and died in his office. The deceased, according to co-workers, had come to the office on Friday and later proceeded to have his breakfast in his vehicle parked inside the LGA.

10. The Enugu State Internal Revenue Service has sealed some hotels for tax evasion. The action was in compliance with an order obtained from the High Court in Enugu on November 29. It was learnt that guests and workers of some of the hotels were locked in by officials of the agency who were on a revenue drive on Friday.

(Daily Post)

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FG promotes 32,361 NSCDC, immigration personnel, others – Tunji-Ojo

The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration, and Prisons Services Board on Friday promoted a total of 32,361 personnel across all ranks.

Out of the figure,  21,385 personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were promoted out of a total of 25,921 that sat for the promotion examination.

For Nigeria Immigration Service,  4,598 personnel were promoted across various ranks out of 6,544 that sat for the examination.

A  total of 4,498 personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service were elevated out of 7,000 that sat for the examination,  while for the Federal Fire Service 1,680 personnel were promoted out of 1,698 that wrote the promotion examination.

The Minister of Interior,  Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, disclosed this while addressing journalists after the board’s meeting on Friday.

Represented by the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, he described the promotion as unprecedented and a departure from that of last year.

He said, “Today, December 1, 2023, arising from the meeting in the Board of Immigration, the Board of Civil Defense, Immigration, Corrections and Fire Service Board, where the Minister of Interior presided, we approved the following numbers of promotion of personnel for all the services in the ministry.

“The details are as follows: for Nigerian Correction Service, A total number of  4,498 personnel have been promoted to the next rank out of 7,000 that sat for the examination. That is a departure from last year. There’s an improvement in the number of vacancies that were obtained from the service.

“For Nigeria Immigration Service, we have 4,598 personnel promoted this quarter across various ranks. That is out of 6,544. That is also a departure and improvement from last year. The next one is the Federal Fire Service, where we have 1,680 out of 1,698. There is also an improvement from that of last year. And this is across various ranks.

“The last one is the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence, which is
unprecedented. This is the first time we’re having this sizable number promoted in the service. Out of about 25,921 persons who sat for the exam, the Board has been able to promote 21,385. I think this is very unprecedented.”

(Punch)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Wednesday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Barely 40 days to the end of the year, the Federal Government has urged the Supreme Court to grant an extension of time for old naira notes to remain in circulation. The government wants the apex court to lift its March 3 order that old naira notes should remain legal tender along with new notes till December 31.

2. Minister of Works, David Umahi, says the Federal Government needs $35 billion to kick-start the construction of concrete roads nationwide. According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Orji Uchenna, this was disclosed when Umahi met with Shuaib Audu, Minister of Steel Development, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

3. The Senate Committee on Electoral Matters has said that it will make it mandatory for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to upload election results online. The committee chairman, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, told Channels TV on Tuesday that the current law does not make it mandatory for INEC to upload results, but that the committee is working on amending the law.

4. Former President Muhammadu Buhari has maintained that he did his best in the eight years that he governed Nigeria. Buhari made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). He said Nigerians are a difficult bunch to manage because “they think they should be” in charge “not you”.

5. The former Minister of Interior and a four-time senator, Abba Moro, has been appointed the Senate Minority Leader. His appointment was made known at the plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.

6. Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, on Tuesday, revealed that Boko Haram members held in prisons across the country still carry out their criminal operations through the help of some prison warders. Musa made the disclosure, yesterday, during the sectoral debate with service chiefs organized by the House of Representatives during plenary in Abuja.

7. The New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP), has welcomed the call by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for the merger of opposition parties to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC). The party’s position was made public in a press conference addressed by the Ag. National Chairman of the party, Abba Kawu Ali, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

8. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, vowed to rid the nation’s capital of syndicates who specialise in offering fake Certificates of Occupancy, C of Os, to unsuspecting members of the public. Wike, who disclosed this at a meeting with estate developers in Abuja, also said he had been able to save over N110 billion since he assumed office in August this year.

9. There was confusion in Kano State on Tuesday with the emergence of a Certified True Copy of the Court of Appeal judgment on the state governorship election. While reports earlier indicated that the appellate court upheld the decision of the petition tribunal sacking Governor Abba Yusuf, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Haruna Isa-Dederi, argued that CTC of the judgment showed that Yusuf’s Victory at the poll was affirmed by the Appeal Court.

10. A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Tuesday, sentenced a vandal, Clement Ododomu, to death by hanging and Tiwei Monday to 16 years imprisonment at the Nigerian Correctional Service. Justice Hakeem Oshodi handed down the verdict after he found them guilty of the offences of murder and conspiracy.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Tuesday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The House of Representatives has summoned 83 ministries, departments, and agencies of the Federal Government as it begins an investigation into the alleged mismanagement of over N447.6bn COVID-19 intervention fund from 2020 to 2022. At least 22 of the MDAs got not less than N447.6bn as COVID-19 funds in 2020 alone.

2. The Presidency, on Monday, blamed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the current state of Nigeria’s democracy. The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, noted that the democracy the country currently practises dates back to direct inputs by Obasanjo when he led the country first as military Head of State from 1976 – 1979 and as civilian President from 1999 – 2007.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party has urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to probe the alleged All Progressives Congress influence in the Court of Appeal judgment that sacked the Governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang. The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the party was appalled by a viral video where an APC leader, Yusuf Gagdi, boasted that they know people in the Supreme Court.

4. Following the expiration of the deadline earlier given to land allottees owing ground rents in Abuja, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has extended the payment deadline till December 14, 2023. In the publication signed by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, the debtors were advised to pay up “within two weeks from the date of publication, failure of which such titles may be revoked.”

5. Factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, has said he is ready to die while doing what is right for the interest of the state. He said some powerful individuals were after him because he is standing with the Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and opposing the sinister plot to impeach him.

6. The prospect of German investment in Nigeria’s power and rail sector brightened yesterday after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz. It was the second meeting between the two leaders in one month, both of which focused on German investment in Nigeria.

7. Monthly revenue inflow into the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) fund has risen from N650 billion to N1trillion since the withdrawal of subsidy on petrol, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, has said. He spoke in Asaba, the Delta State capital, at the opening of a four-day retreat organised for FAAC members.

8. The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday affirmed Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the validly elected governor of Benue State. The court dismissed the appeal filed before it by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Titus Uba, and declared Alia the true winner of the March 18 polls.

9. A man, Ade Olowopopo, has taken his two sons, Kunle and Mayowa Olowopopo, to court for allegedly assaulting their sister, Bisi Olowopopo, and for stealing his properties at Lakwe Lekki, Lagos State. The Olowopopos were arraigned on Monday before Magistrate O. M. Ajayi presiding over an Ebute Metta Magistrate’s Court on five counts bordering on breach of peace, assault, breaking, stealing, and threat to life.

10. The Lagos State Police Command has said the autopsy report of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, conducted two months ago has not been given to them. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who made this known on Monday, urged Nigerians to disregard the rumour making the rounds.

(Daily Post)

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