Category: NEWS FROM NIGERIA

NIGERIA: BUHARI GIVES DIRECTIVE FOR CAPITAL CITIES TO BE CONNECTED TO ONGOING RAIL PROJECTS

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the directive that all the 36 state capitals should be connected with rail in the ongoing railway projects, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr, Chibuike Amaechi, passed on the President’s directive on Thursday at the meeting with the Chairman Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani.

The meeting which was also attended by the Ministers of Finance; Budget and National Planning; and Power, Works and Housing,  was to address the President’s $5.5billion loan request.

Amaechi said that the central rail line project connecting several communities of northern and southern Nigeria would be completed in June, 2018.

He further stated that 17 coaches are expected to arrive in November and out of the number, 10 will be deployed to Abuja-Kaduna rail line while the remaining seven will be deployed to the Itakpe-Warri rail line.

The Minister said that part of the money being requested now for approval by the senate was to execute the rail projects covering Kano-Kaduna, and Lagos-Ibadan networks.

Sani had earlier advised that if Nigeria “must borrow, it must borrow responsibly”.

Sani added: “the committee has the mandate to examine the merits and otherwise of the President’s current loan request.

“If we must bequeath to the future generation a pile of debt, it must be justified with commensurate infrastructural proof of the value of the debt, he said.

“The payment plan of this debt will undoubtedly last the length of our lifetimes and possibly beyond.

“We must leave behind a legacy that will appease and answer the questions the next generation of Nigerians will ask,” Sani concluded.

Also providing insight into the loan request, the Director-General, Debt Management Office, Mrs Patience Oniha, explained that the loans have sustainable benefits that would live beyond the present generation of Nigerians.

“What we should take away is that we are going into projects whose benefits don’t go away.

“The roads don’t go away, the schools don’t go away, and the hospitals don’t go away but all that we need to do is to maintain them properly and that is the explanation I want to make on that,” she said.

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NIGERIA: SENATE TO PROBE PARIS CLUB REFUNDS TO STATE GOVERNORS

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday resolved to investigate how the Paris Club Refunds and other bailout funds allocated to state governors by President Muhammadu Buhari were approved.

The Senate’s decision followed a point of order raised by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP- Imo), who afterwards, urged the Senate to move a motion on the matter during the next legislative session the following day.

The Senator queried the legality of the funds given to governors by Buhari.

The President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, obtained the agreement of his colleagues and approved that the proper motion be brought by to the floor by Senator Anyanwu on another legislative day.

The Federal Government had released the breakdown of payments to the 36 states as refund of “over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts on the accounts of States and Local Governments (1995-2002).”

The latest payment was the second tranche of the refunds to the states with a total of N243.8 billion released to the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.

Buhari, while releasing the N243.80 billion as second tranche of Paris Club refund to states, urged the governors to use a major part of the funds to offset arrears of salaries, pensions and other allowances of workers.

NIGERIA: POLICE EXONERATES DAVIDO FROM ANY INVOLVEMENT IN TAGBO’S DEATH

The Nigeria Police has cleared pop star, David Adeleke aka Davido, of any involvement in the death of one of his friends, Tagbo Umeike.

Autopsy report revealed that Umeike died from suffocation though it was originally reported that he died of alcohol poisoning after his birthday party at Shisha Lounge in Lekki, Lagos.

Davido was invited by the police following rumors circulating in the social media that he was involved in Umeike’s death.

Tagbo’s girlfriend and actress, Caroline Danjuma, accused him of not being truthful about what transpired the night Tagbo died.

Davido’s legal counsel, Mr. Bobo F. Ajudua, said that Davido was released by the police and was absolved of murder allegations against him, and is free to go about his business as he pleases.

“We’ve been to Panti and my client has given a statement there too. It’s clear from all the investigation, evidence, and statements given so far that David was not at any point with the deceased after he left him alive at Shisha room and as such he’s been released to go about his business.”

“Of course if called on to give any more information he would gladly. But in truth, he only knew so much about the night and has reproduced this time and time again. They’ve also observed the consistency between his statements and those of all the others interviewed, as a result he’s been allowed to go,” he said.

Though Davido has been wrongly accused, and many allegations have been made against him in the media, he says that he has forgiven everyone and anyone that had something negative to say about him during this hard time.

“Thank you, Jesus. Any persons that said false things about me or accused me of what I don’t know, I sincerely forgive you and God bless you.”

“We move on, let’s all be better. Thank you, Lord. Thank you to everyone that prayed for me and to those who didn’t, maybe you forgot. We thank God, all in all, now let’s get back to the music,” he said.

TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION TO WORK WITH UNDP TO PROMOTE AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The United Nations Development Programme and the Tony Elumelu Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to express their desire to work together to further promote entrepreneurship in Africa.

The MoU was signed by Tony O. Elumelu, CON, and the Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, Lamin Manneh, on October 14, 2017, at the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurship ecosystem―The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum― held in Lagos, Nigeria.

UNDP and TEF will work together to equip start-ups and existing small enterprises (SMEs) with necessary entrepreneurship skills to enable them to grow their businesses. The two institutions believe that this support will help unleash the entrepreneurs’ potential to create wealth and jobs, and contribute to efforts aimed at reducing poverty and inequality across Africa, thereby helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Equal attention will be paid to developing systems that will enable the partners to monitor the performance of entrepreneurs and their contribution to Africa’s growth and prosperity.

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Tony Elumelu

Speaking on the partnership, Mr Elumelu said, “Since the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme was launched, we have received over 150,000 applications, but every year we are constrained to support only 1,000. We are constantly seeking means to bring help to this much broader universe of deserving entrepreneurs. We want to give this group, that we have been unable to select, a chance too and this partnership with UNDP will help us begin to scale our impact”.

“Investing in Africa’s emerging entrepreneurs does not just address inequality, but also stimulates innovative thinking and helps in developing local solutions to local development challenges on the continent – it will spur innovation and structural transformation in Africa and bring about shared prosperity across the continent,” said Lamin, who added that the partnership with TEF will enhance networking among entrepreneurs through UNDP’s Youth Connekt initiative.

With a special focus on young and women entrepreneurs, TEF and UNDP will also undertake initiatives that will enable start-ups and small businesses to access affordable credit and other financial services they require to grow and diversify their businesses. UNDP and TEF will work together and contribute to efforts aimed at strengthening the enabling environment for private sector development, especially emerging entrepreneurs.

MOU Details:

Both parties agree to cooperate in the following areas of activity:

1.   Promote Entrepreneurship Development in Africa with focus on Startups and existing SMEs;

2.   Provide entrepreneurship skills training to start-ups and emerging African entrepreneurs with greater focus on youths and women;

3.   Deliver Business Development Services (BDS) necessary for start-ups and existing SMEs across Africa for growth and diversification;

4.   Promote innovation, technology development, networks and market linkages among African Entrepreneurs;

5.   Undertake initiatives that promote access to affordable credit, guarantees and other financial services suitable for start-ups and small businesses in Africa; and

6.   Foster partnerships with State and non-State actors to improve policy and business environment for local enterprises development in Africa.

7.   Jointly develop structures for the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the impact on African entrepreneurs.

8.   Engage private sector leaders, corporations and businesses to support the development of African entrepreneurs.

 

To find out more details, visit http://www.tonyelumelufoundation.org

OSINBAJO URGES THE CHURCH TO SPEAK OUT MORE AGAINST CORRUPTION

Professor Yemi Osinbajo has blamed the Church for not speaking out against corruption.

The Vice President was speaking at the Kingdom Summit 2017 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), which took place at Kings Court Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday.

He remarked that corruption in the country still exists because the church has failed to speak against the practice and that is usually because those involved in graft have relationships with the church.

Osinbajo also urged Christians against putting tribal issues above other things.

He said that at creation, there was no difference in the nature of man and everyone related in an atmosphere devoid of tribe or other differences.

“The canal nature of man is that he places his tribe above others but the only basis for the power and unity of the church is that there is no Jew or Gentile.’’

He also advised the faithful to avoid divisive issues as much as they did to foolish disputes.

Osinbajo added that it was wrong to seek vengeance as the gospel did not give Christians the power to habour hatred.

According to him, when the disciple, Stephen, was killed, if the Apostles had retaliated, there would not have been the gospel.

“The gospel of the Lord says you must overcome evil with good.’’

He said God had a purpose for the Nigeria with the kind of persons in authority.

But he warned that the strategic position God had placed the leaders would be meaningless if they failed to live by the gospel.

“There is no wisdom of man that can change men or change nations; it is the power and wisdom of God that can,’’ he stated.

The vice president, who titled his remark “Neither Jew, nor Gentile’’ noted that the gospel of the Lord was transformational, meant to turn the market place around by uniting God’s people.

According to him, the only way to transform the nation is to obey the gospel and to do so that citizens must free themselves from the canal and simply return to the gospel in their practices.

Osinbajo noted that sometimes people thought that God did not achieve His purpose in man because God’s gospel contradicted the purpose of man.

He said that many times, Christians interpreted the gospel to suit their purposes, which explained why it was easier for them to pray against their enemies than pray for them.

“This canal nature cannot save us; we are completely different from God because the gospel is not a canal word,’’ he stated.

The vice president pointed out that the Bible was not just a book but the wisdom of God, which could not be trampled upon.

He noted that the power of the church lay in its unity.

He traced the history of creation where God made man in His own image, and that man fell apart because of sin, but salvation still came when Christ was born.

Osinbajo prayed for the country and the people and asked God to grant Nigerians faithfulness to Him and give everyone the grace to avoid every form of disunity.

The Vice President will be in London, UK on Monday for the Africa Summit

 

NIGERIA: CHIEF GANI ADAMS IS DECLARED AARE ONA KAKANFO OF YORUBALAND

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III on Sunday declared the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo) of Yorubaland.

The prestigious Yoruba traditional title was last held by Late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola the acclaimed winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election,  who died on July 10, 1998.

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Abiola  succeeded Late Samuel Ladoke Akintola, the then Premier of the defunct Western region who was killed on January 15th, 1966 during the first Military coup.

Since the demise of Abiola in 1998, the position of the Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo), head of Yoruba warriors had been vacant until today (Sunday) when a letter of appointment was given to the OPC leader by Oba Adeyemi.

Personal Assistant to Adams, Segun Akanni who confirmed the development to DAILY POST in a telephone conversation at about 7.24pm on Sunday declared that the OPC leader was happy to be honoured with the prestigious Yoruba traditional title.

Akanni said, “Yes. It is true. We just received the appointment letter this evening. “Special thanks to His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Olayiwola Atanda, The Alaafin of Oyo, Iku Baba Yeye Yeye”.

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Chief Gani Adams, the new Aare Kakanfo of Yorubaland is the National Coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress, and the Convener of Oodua Progressive Union.

He is also the Founder of Gani Adams Foundation, The Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation and The Chairman/CEO of Donyx Global Concept.

NIGERIAN AFROBEAT STAR DAVIDO OPENS UP ON HIS FRIEND TAGBO UMEIKE’S DEATH

Nigeria’s music sensation, David Adeleke aka Davido has said that he’ll soon be releasing a statement and footage on his friend Tagbo Umeike‘s demise.

Davido, 24, in his statement on Instagram said that he has avoided speaking on the incident out of respect for Tagbo and his family.

“Enough is enough. God bless you guys!! Everyone be safe please!!” he wrote.

This is coming after the release of the autopsy report which stated that the deceased had died from a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Davido’s Instagram message 

Lagos police commissioner Edgar Imohimi in a press briefing on Monday,  said Davido has been reinvited for questioning. He said that Davido’s previous statement had said that his driver and two others dropped Tagbo’s body at the hospital and left.

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The star with late Tagbo Umeike

According to  Imohimi, the star had told the police he had left Shisha Bar for DNA Night Club in Victoria Island without the deceased and was only informed by mutual friends of his death while he was at DNA.

However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends, took the deceased to the General Hospital Lagos and abandoned him in his vehicle on the instruction of Davido.

Davido was recently awarded the AFRIMA 2017 Artist of the year accolade.

 

Full autopsy report

The Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy has revealed that alcohol was a substantial factor in the death of a 35-year-old Tagbo Umeike, the friend of Davido who died on his birthday.

The result also showed that he had alcohol and drugs in his system capable of easing a person into the early stages of hypothermia and eventual death.

The toxicology tests detected alcohol (Bacardi 151, 75.5% Alcohol) and topiramate, a medication for epilepsy and/or migraines in a man’s system, in Tagbo Umeike.’

Tagbo’s blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) was at 0.112, higher than the 0.08 legal limit for normal human being state, the coroner’s office stated.

While his family claims that Tagbo “didn’t have a prescription for any type of topiramate medication”, the coroner’s office stated that the amount of drug in Tagbos’ system was in the “therapeutic range.”

A statement by the coroner’s office said, “Alcohol and topiramate are synergistic. When combined, the effect of either or both drugs is enhanced.”

“Topiramate, like alcohol, can cause dizziness, impaired memory, impaired concentration, poor coordination, confusion and impaired judgment.

“Central nervous system depression, or impairment, combined with cold exposure can hasten the onset of hypothermia and death.”

 


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