Showing posts with label states. Show all posts
Showing posts with label states. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

United States of Espionage: Timeline of NSA's blatant spy programs - Full Update !!!

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on its world's foes and allies, including Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, Israel, several Latin American countries and Europe: Germany, Italy, Spain and others. Here is Part One of the timeline of the NSA's blatant spy programs from June to September 2013. (INFOGRAPHIC MAP)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

IBB Wants more power to the states and LGs

Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd) has advocated for a genuine federalism where more responsibilities get to the states and local governments.
Speaking once the members of the Revenue Allocation and Fiscal Commission paid him an operating visit in Minna, General Babangida noted that there is of responsibilities on the shoulders of the federal government.
The former military president, who noted that the present revenue allocation formula is lopsided, called on the federal government to cede more powers to the states and local governments which are nearer to the people.  Also speaking throughout the visit, the Chairman Revenue Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Elias Mbam explained that overview of the revenue allocation formula of the country is long overdue and the commission is on the verge of changing it.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Turn By Turn: Rivers State Deports 113 Non-Indegenes To Their Home States

Nigeria’s Rivers state government has sent to their home states, some of the 113 beggars and lunatics removed from the streets of Port-Harcourt, the capital city. And the state has warned it will soon embark on another removal exercise. cart-wheel RIVER STATE The Chairman of the committee, Mr Mina Jamabo, said of the 113 beggars, destitute and lunatics removed from the streets,some had been taken to the state’s rehabilitation centres for treatment.

Jamabo said that non-indigenes had since been repatriated to their various states, while the indigenes would be treated by the government until they were fit to re-unite with their families. Jambo did not give the figure of the destitute sent to their home states. Mrs Stella Toby, Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation however unfurled government fresh plans to remove beggars and destitute from streets in the state.
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) yesterday lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for setting up a

The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, at the weekend arrested a terror suspect (names withheld) in Hausari ward of the metropolis on Dandal Way at about 2.30 p.m. Friday.
Hausari ward, according to JTF sources, is one of the 14 black spot areas identified by the security task force since July, 2011. The terror suspect, according to eyewitness on came on a bicycle to a shop and bought a Coca-Cola drink; and started taking it among other people that just returned from Jumat prayers at Shehu of Borno’s palace mosque.
The source said, “unknown to the suspect, four people in unmarked Honda vehicle immediately alerted the JTF on the ‘presence and exact location’ of the suspected informant on Dandal way taking his drink, and 750 metres to the Shehu’s palace.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

South-South States Are Solidly Behind Jonathan – Uduaghan

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, weekend, assured President Goodluck Jonathan that the South-South states are solidly behind him, saying: “We are giving him all the support we can and by the grace of God, he will succeed.”
The governor, stated this in Asaba the state capital when he hosted the Good Governance team, led by Minister of Information and Communication, Mr. Labaran Maku, to a dinner party.
Uduaghan said Delta State was behind Jonathan and will do its best to support the policies and programmes of the Jonathan administration.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Six states to experience two-day blackout – TCN

Six states of the federation will experience power outage on Saturday and Sunday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria has said.
A statement issued by the Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Mr. Dave Ifabiyi, in Abuja on Tuesday, named the states as Abia, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and parts of Benue.
According to Ifabiyi, the light out will enable the company’s contractors enhance the capacity of the transmission system that serves the affected areas.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

FG, states, LGs shared N6.16tn in 2012 – Report

A whopping sum of N6.16tn was withdrawn from the Federation Account and shared among the three tiers of government in the 2012 financial year, investigations have revealed. The figure is the total amount allocated under various distribution sub-heads, as approved by the legal framework upon which the account is being managed.
They are statutory allocation, which is shared in the following manner: Federal Government, 52.68 per cent; states, 26.72 per cent; and local governments 20.60 per cent; Value Added Tax (Federal Government, 15 per cent; states, 50 per cent; and LGs, 35 per cent); and extra allocation given to oil producing states based on the 13 per cent principle of derivation.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

VIDEO: Go After Corrupt Officers, United States Tells FG

The United States has urged the federal government to show more commitment towards fighting corruption by exposing and prosecuting corrupt public officers.
This was the focus of an interactive session with journalists at the US Embassy in Abuja chaired by an International Narcotics Law Enforcement Officer, Diane Kohn.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Biden, Ryan squabble in vice-presidential debate

United States Vice-President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), late Thursday squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and other issues in a contentious, interruption-filled debate.
“That is a bunch of malarkey,” the vice-president retorted after a particularly tough Ryan attack on the administration’s foreign policy, the Associated Press reports.
“Not a single thing he said is accurate,” Democrat Biden declared after Ryan said U.S Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, had been denied sufficient security by administration officials.
Stevens died in a terrorist attack on the U.S Consulate in Benghazi on September 11.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jonathan begins tour of flood ravaged states on Thursday

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Thursday begin the first-phase of an inspection tour of states affected by the floods.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

He said the president would visit flooded parts of Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

He said before embarking on the tour, the president would inaugurate the National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation on Thursday.

The president had, on Tuesday, constituted the committee on the ravaging flood during a national broadcast.

The committee was established as part of measures by the Federal Government to provide urgent succour and relief to victims of the floods across the country.

It has Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Mr Olisa Agbakoba as co-chairmen and Dr. Mike Adenuga of Globacom as the chief fund raiser.

It is charged with the responsibility of raising additional funds to support ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to ensure the provision of adequate relief to flood victims.

The committee will also ensure effective post-impact rehabilitation of affected persons and communities.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FG plans grants for flooded states

Federal Government is planning to give grants to states affected by floods.

Our correspondent learnt that the grants would form part of the support promised the affected states by President Goodluck Jonathan in his 52nd Independence anniversary address on Monday.

Jonathan said, “I have received the interim report of the presidential team that I set up to assess the flooding situation across the country. The Federal Government has taken measures to assist the affected states, while considering long term measures to check reccurrence.”

Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, told our correspondent on Wednesday that the move was aimed at assisting the affected states in rehabilitation the victims.

However, he did not disclose how much the grants would cost the government.

He said, “The speech of the President showed concrete steps being taken by the government on the issue of flooding.

“Although it is a global issue, the government considers it important to assist the affected states.

“The government is going to provide grants to support the states in rehabilitating the victims.

“It will also help in putting in place preventive measures in the states where flood may likely be recorded.

“The Federal Government and the states are already discussing and working out the modalities of the grants being planned.”

A government source told our correspondent that sending a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to cater for the intervention might not be ruled out.

The House of Representatives last week Wednesday passed a resolution asking Jonathan to send a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to address the flooding.

Meanwhile, Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Ewa, has asked scientists and technologists to adopt measures to reduce the impact of climate change in the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Ewa, who was represented by Prof. Comfort Ekpo, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, made the call on Wednesday in Uyo at the First World Conference on Applied Science and Technology.

He urged scientists and technologists to find out how fossil fuel, said to be the principal cause of ozone layer depletion, could be made more friendly.

He noted that the change in weather conditions which had caused floods in many parts of the world, including Nigeria, was an indication that man’s activities could ruin entire mankind, if not checked.

Ewa said the floods were a wake-up call that climate change could render man’s developmental efforts useless, if concrete steps in research were not taken to alleviate the menace.

He said, “I want to say that recent events of extreme weather conditions and flooding across the world, including Nigeria, are a wake-up call to us.”

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NUT gives January 2013 deadline for implementation of new teachers’ salary

Nigeria Union of Teachers on Wednesday set January 2013 as deadline for states that have not implemented the new Teachers’ Salary Structure to begin payment or face industrial disputes.

NUT National President, Mr. Michael Alogba-Olukoya, stated this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

The governors’ forum had in 2009 approved 27.5 per cent increase in salary of teachers in public schools, in line with the new Teachers Salary Scale.

Alogba-Olukoya lamented that 18 states were yet to commence implementation of the TSS.

He said that teachers’ welfare must always be held in high esteem, describing it as an important factor needed for the reform in the education sector.

According to the NUT president, the union has displayed enough patience and understanding by suspending its recent strike over the delay in the implementation.

Alogba-Olukoya observed that the affected governments were not showing concern to reciprocate the position of the teachers.

“We only suspended the strike, based on the intervention of the Minister of Education, who promised to prevail on all the defaulting state governments over the issue.

“However, we have started getting some commitments from some of the affected state governments who have promised to capture and commence the implementation of the TSS in their 2013 budgets.

“We, therefore, want to appeal to these state governments to be honourable enough to honour this agreement which we went into in 2009,” he said.

Alogba-Olukoya noted that teachers were not interested in strike because their position in national development was critical and should be treated with respect.

He warned that the union would not be held responsible for actions taken over non-implementation of the TSS by January 2013.

On the World Teachers Day, scheduled for October 5, Alogba-Olukoya said that series of activities had been lined up for the celebration.

“We have set aside a lot of activities to mark our day and celebrate ourselves in this part of the country because, truly we deserve to be celebrated.

“We shall also be using that day to officially co-opt teachers of all the 104 Unity Colleges across the country into our fold.

“You know that before now they had been seeing themselves as civil servants, even though they are all professional teachers,” he said.

Alogba-Olukoya said that the union was hopeful that the Federal Government would use the celebration to come out with policies that would create the enabling environment for teachers to perform optimally.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

US greets Nigeria at 52

United States has sent a message of congratulations to Nigeria on its 52nd Independence anniversary.

The message was delivered by US Secretary of State, Hillay Clinton, and made available to PUNCH in a statement issued by the Department of State.

Nigeria marks its 52nd anniversary on Monday.

The message reads,

“I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day this October 1.

“The strong ties between Nigeria and the United States are grounded in our shared values and mutual interest in fostering good governance, increasing economic growth, and promoting regional stability. We value this partnership and remain dedicated to working together to meet the challenges of the future.

“On the 52nd anniversary of your independence, I wish all Nigerians a peaceful and prosperous year.

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