Gov. Udom Emmanuel harps on more Prayers for Buhari
By Evelyn-A. Ibanga
Governor Udom Emmanuel, has described the recent visit by a team of Governors to President Muhammadu Buhari, in London, as a demonstration of love by all Nigerians.
Emmanuel made the remarks in an interaction with Government House Correspondents shortly on arrival at the Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo.
The Governor explained that the team was carefully selected to reflect the six geopolitical zones in the country, adding that they fervently offered prayers for the President’s quick recovery.
He described President Buhari as the father of the Nation with a deep focus on good governance soon after the 2015 elections, adding that it has spurred other leaders to develop interest in taking up responsibilities for the well being of Nigerians.
The State Chief Executive noted that the visit by the selected governors was done on behalf of all Nigerians to portray the care and love for Mr. President saying, “If you are a good son and your father takes ill, you must care about him and visiting him was not only for ourselves, we did it on behalf of all Nigerians. We needed to show him that Nigerians care and love him as a father”.
Governor Emmanuel called on all Nigerians to make their contributions in prayers for the recovery of Buhari to reflect their love, assuring that development would continue to be the focus of leaders with the mandate of governance.
He indicated that his administration would not relax in attracting progress especially in the provision of uninterrupted electricity supply in the state, reiterating that work is in advanced stage at the Ekim electricity sub station, in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, to further test blueprint of development.
Nigerian Navy moves to step up officers skills in war studies …
The Nigerian Navy has taken steps to equip its personnel with requisite skills in war studies and maritime campaign following the establishment of a Naval War College in Ubima, Rivers State.
The College is the highest Naval training institution in Nigeria headed by the former Chief Staff Officer, Western Naval Command, Apapa – Lagos, and an indigene of Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Rear Admiral Thaddeus Christopher Udofia.
At the inaugural ceremony for Course 1 – 2017 participants of the college, Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali, noted that manpower development in the military remains cardinal in federal government’s renewed vigour to completely wipe out all forms of maritime criminality in the country.
The minister commended the Nigerian Navy for giving priority to the training of its personnel, maintaining that the federal government will always supports any move to develop manpower in the military.
“I enjoin you not to miss the significant, which is the fact that we are stepping into another year in the effort to keep the tradition established by our founding fathers. With this sense of mission, the college courses of instruction are envisage to support the objectives of the Nigerian Navy training efforts, which is to enhance the capability of Naval Officers to make sound decisions in both human and management positions,” the Minister echoed.
Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, acknowledged that the Nigerian maritime is strategic to her national survival and prosperity of her citizens, but “this status of the maritime expands as the economic hub of the Nation has brought about the unintended consequences of attracting criminals….”
Vice Admiral Ibas admitted that several security challenges on land are fueled by proliferation of small arms and light weapons, most of which are illegally imported and smuggled through the sea.
While reiterating the commitment of the Nigerian Navy to end all forms of marine related crime, the Naval Chief said, ” the focus of the Nigerian Navy’s operation has not been to combat the known threats as well as redefine contingencies, but to meet the fleet migration of the threats.”
Earlier, Commandant of the Naval War College, Rear Admiral Thaddeus Christopher Udofia, disclosed that the college was established to develop the critical competencies of selected officers in the ranks of Commanders and Captains for effective command and managerial roles at the operational level of warfare.
He said at the end of the course, participants should be able to interpret strategic objectives effectively while understanding the effect of diplomatic information, military and economic dimensions of national power on the planning and execution of naval operations.
“The Naval War College would groom you through national security and organizational defense as well as inter-agency cooperation and coordination in maritime security. You would also receive intensive training in organization and management, war studies, Naval history as well as operational acts and maritime campaign,” the Commandant added.
High point of the event was the inauguration of 15 pioneer participants of Course 1 – 2017 for a six-month training.
Don’t compare Man United with Real Madrid and Barcelona – Mourinho
Following a defeat Manchester United suffered in the hands of Barcelona Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United should only be compared with their Premier League counterparts.
It is very unusual for Mourinho to accept that any team is better than his team in comparison.
Recently in United States the Red Devils were on the receiving end of a 1-0 loss in Maryland as Neymar’s strike decided the contest.
In a chat with newsmen concerning the battle against Barcelona, Mourinho had this say;
“Well if you want to compare my team with Real Madrid or Barcelona. Em! then it is easy to compare. It is easy to compare the level of the players and quality of the team, it is easy to compare. But we don’t play in the same competition as them unless we meet them in European competitions. So we prefer not to compare us with them. We prefer to compare us with the teams we play week in week out in the Premier League, and we are much more adapted to that very hard competition, which is a competition with a different style and kind of play. I think in this moment, the best players are in these two clubs (Barca and Real) and you have to accept that as a reality.”
Manchester City fans must wait to see Mendy – Guardiola
Manchester City new boy Benjamin Mendy is at least two or three weeks from being fit, according to Pep Guardiola.
After so much pressure from fans concerning Mendy’s injury, Guardiola had this to say;
“Mendy had a tough injury, muscular injury …and eight months he is still injured. He needs two or three more weeks, I think so, but the doctor and the physio told me but we don’t want to take a risk because he is explosive, so fast guy and he needs to be OK, but it’s 10 months upcoming. The season is long so that is why you need to take care as best as possible.”
Benjamin Mendy is a French professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Manchester City and the France national team.
On 24 July 2017, Mendy was signed on a five-year contract from Monaco for a fee reported to be £52m. Presently he is undergoing rehabilitation as a result of muscular injury.
Obaseki seeks support from palace to revive basic education
Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki has sort the collaboration of the palace of the Benin kingdom on developing basic education and tackling environmental problems facing the state.
The governor sort the collaboration were he paid a courtesy call on the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II on Wednesday.
Governor Obaseki requested the palace to help reach out to communities to take ownership of initiative he is putting forth to revive basic education in the state.
The governor also requested that the palace join hands with his government in his effort to restore the environment by fighting encroachment in forest reserves and making the city clean.
Governor Obaseki also presented his newly inaugurated cabinet to the Oba and briefed him on how far his administration has gone on the area of infrastructure, basic education among others.
He also thanked the Oba for his advice and prayers which were instrumental to his supreme court victory.
In his response, the Oba congratulated the governor for successfully constituting his cabinet and for the achievements so far within a short-while in office.
The Oba promised to set up a committee of palace chiefs to work with the state government in addressing the problems of deforestation, encroachment and other environmental degradation issues in the state.
The Oba also requested the state government to work out arrangements to re-introduce history and Edo language in schools as children are growing without adequate knowledge of their history.
He appealed to the commissioners and other appointees of the governor to cooperate with him in driving his developmental vision for the state.
We must empower youths to take up responsibilities – Dogara
Nigerian Youths, who form the largest portion in Tertiary Institutions, must be fully empowered to take up the mantle of responsibilities adequately without limitations were the words of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
Speaking at a Public Hearing of the House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on 3 Bills referred to it by the House, Dogara emphasized that “as leaders, we must do all we can to strive through effective and result oriented leadership for positive impact particularly on the education sector”.
The Speaker also stressed the importance of constant review and amendment of laws to engender efficiency in the education sector.
Tertiary Education in Nigeria, which had been faced with serious challenges, needs constant amendment of existing obsolete laws and enactment of new ones for better re-positioning and contribution to national development.
While assuring the house of his continued commitment to guiding them in its core duties. He had this to say;
“The present House of Representatives, under my leadership, as you may know, is committed to the core legislative functions of the Parliament which is law making and laws can only be made through Bill processing. The other functions are representation and oversight”.
“Modern legislatures perform a myriad of functions and roles which derive from their Constitutional position in a democracy. We therefore believe that democratic norms must also be employed in bill process to ensure public input and acceptance, hence the essence of the Public Hearing”.
He commended the House leader Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for initiating and sponsoring a bill that will promote easy access to education through interest free loans.
Dogara urges MDAs and relevant stakeholders in the educational sector to be pro-active and open to positive changes. He added “posterity will always judge our actions and inaction, so we must do the needful today and leave the uncertainties for tomorrow. Our youth of today must be given the best to forestall any future calamity”.
Four of the Amendment Bills that were not successful in Nigeria at the upper chamber as they were voted against, include:
1) Devolution of Powers: This seeks to alter the Second Schedule, Part I & II to move certain items to the Concurrent Legislative List to give more legislative powers to the States. It also delineates the extent to which the Federal Legislature and State Assemblies can legislate on items that have been removed to the Concurrent Legislative List.
2) State Creation and Boundary Adjustment: This essentially seeks to alter Section 8 of the Constitution to ensure that only democratically elected Local Government Councils participate in the process of State creation and boundary adjustment. It also removed ambiguities in the extant provisions to enhance clarity with respect to the procedure for state creation.
3) Citizenship and Indigeneship: This Bill seeks to alter Section 25 of the Constitution to guarantee a married woman’s right to choose either her Indigeneship by birth or by marriage for the purpose of appointment or election.
4) Deletion of Land Use Act from the Constitution: This Bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to delete the Land Use Act from the Constitution so that it can be sub
Senate rejects devolution of power in the on-going constitution amendment
The senate on Wednesday rejected four key constitution amendment proposals including the devolution of powers to the State in the on-going constitution amendment exercise.
The upper legislative chamber also rejected deletion of the land use acts from the constitution; states creation and boundary; Citizenship and Indigeneship.
The constitution review committee formulated 33 bills passed 29 successful while 4 failed. A total of 97 senators were in the chamber for the vote. At least two third of the 109 senators are required to pass any of the 33 bills except the bill on procedure for overriding the presidential veto in constitutional alteration.
Seven Governors visits smiling President Buhari in London
Seven governors selected by Nigeria’s governors forum have visited President Buhari who is receiving treatment in the United Kingdom.
Pictures released by the presidency showed a smiling president Buhari receiving the governors with a warm handshake.
The delegates were led by Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari who is the chairman of the governors forum.
The other governors in the delegation are Dave
Umahi of Ebonyi state, Udom Emmanuel, (Akwa Ibom), Abiola Ajimobi(Oyo), Abdullahi Ganduja(Kano) and Samuel Ortom, Benue State and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state.
Osinbajo to inaugurate world largest Urea Fertilizer plant in Port Harcourt
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will on Thursday inaugurate a new fertilizer plant in port harcourt.
The senior special assistant to the acting president on media and publicity Laolu Akande made the announcement in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the presidential aide, the plant with production capacity 1.5 million metric tones of urea fertilizer is considered the world largest single trade urea plant.
In a statements he said the construction of the plant would lead to green revolution in the agricultural sector in Nigeria in line with the economic diversification policy of the Buhari’s administration.
It added that besides making fertilizer available to farmers nationwide at affordable cost, the plant would boost crop yield for farmers and help in minimizing good grain deficit in Nigeria.