12TH JULY 2018

SUMMARY OF  PUNCH                                                                         12TH JULY, 2018

Lawyers, unionists celebrate late SAN

Lawyers, including Senior Advocates of Nigeria, as well as labour unionists will on Thursday (today) converge on Sheba Centre, Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos to celebrate a renowned Labour Law expert, Chief Adetola-Kaseem (SAN), who passed away early this year.

Adetola-Kaseem died January this year at the age of 69.

Buhari’s anti-corruption fight and the rule of law

President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in 2015 after emphasising his track record of tackling corruption and his pledge to stop public officials from looting the country’s treasury, after he rightly declared: “if we don’t kill corruption, this corruption will kill us.”

Buhari has backed his commitment by putting in place some important measures such as the Treasury Single Account, the whistle-blowing policy and the establishment of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, to combat the systemic theft of public resources and by extension, its pernicious effects on human rights and development.

Killings: SERAP wants govs tried for looting security votes

A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for the probe and prosecution of state governors over alleged stealing of security votes.

According to the group, there are widespread allegations about how some state governors have been stealing and mismanaging security votes allocated to their states since the return to democracy in 1999.

Court voids forfeiture of properties wrongly linked to Diezani

The Federal High Court in Abuja has vacated its order of interim forfeiture made in respect of two London properties that were wrongly linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The two properties are Flat 5, Parkview, 83-86, Prince Albert Road, London; and Flat 58, Harley House, Marylebone Road, London.

Plateau Assembly impeaches Speaker, Majority Leader

The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Peter Azi, representing Jos North West State constituency, was on Wednesday impeached by 17 out of the 24-member parliament dominated by the All Progressives Congress.

He was replaced by a former Chief Whip and legal practitioner, Joshua Izang Madaki, representing Jos East constituency.

Drama as Fayose weeps, claims he was beaten by policemen

There was drama in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday as Governor Ayo Fayose said he was brutalised by policemen who allegedly stormed the main entrance to the Ekiti State Government House to stop a rally by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Residents said there were gunshots at the main entrance to the Government House while tear gas canisters were reportedly shot to disperse the crowd at the rally.

Exemption certificate allegedly issued to Adeosun fake Ex-NYSC director

A former Director of Mobilisation at the National Youth Service Corps, Anthony Ani, says the certificate of exemption purportedly issued by the NYSC to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, is fake.

Ani said this during an interview on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday.

Suspected herdsmen kill 42, sack 12 Taraba villages

At least, 42 people mostly women and children are said to have been killed across 12 villages in the Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State, local residents told our correspondent on Wednesday.

Mr Dauda Marafa, who hails from the area, told our correspondent on the phone that armed militiamen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday invaded communities in the local government, killing anybody in sight.

Impeachment: Imo Assembly directs Chief Judge to raise seven-man panel

The leadership of the Imo State House of Assembly has directed the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Paschal Nnadi, to set up a seven-man panel to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct levelled against the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere.

The House leadership said there was a prima facie case against the deputy governor.

Miyetti Allah tackles South-East govs for rejecting ranching

The  Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Wednesday described the rejection of ranches by South-East governors as shocking and lack of discretion.

The South-East leader of the group, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, stated this in a press statement in Awka, Anambra State.

Chiefs elevated by Ajimobi may not become Olubadan Oba Adetunji

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Wednesday described the Ibadan high chiefs elevated to the position of kings by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, as a disgrace to royalty.

He said their continued disobedience to him (the Olubadan) might cost them the opportunity to become the Olubadan one day.

Buhari signs NFIU Act, separates unit from EFCC

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill into law.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters( Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

South Africans attacking Nigerians are common criminals Ramaphosa

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday, said those who were attacking and killing foreigners including Nigerians in South Africa were hoodlums pushed into criminality by the high unemployment rate in the country.

He said the killing of Nigerians in the country should not be seen as intentional actions by South Africans against Nigerians.

FG launches national campaign against fake news

The Federal Government on Wednesday launched the National Campaign Against Fake News, with an assurance that it would not resort to censorship.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the launch of the campaign in Abuja, described fake news as an epidemic sweeping the world.

Ambode urges capacity training for improved services

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said the systematic development of workers’ capacity and the creative use of resources by his administration was to secure the future of Lagos.

The governor, according to a statement, added that the capacity development and innovative use of resources would enable the government to do more with less.

Killings: Be patient, my security chiefs racking their brains, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, urged Nigerians to be patient with him as his administration made efforts to tackle ongoing killings in parts of the country.

He said members of his security teams were racking their brains to come up with a lasting solution.

Nigeria wont go to war Dele Momodu

Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu, has assured Nigerians that the country will not be thrown into war because ‘God is a Nigerian.’

He made this known at the unveiling of his three books; Pendulum: The Writings of Dele Momodu Vol I, Pendulum: The Writings of Dele Momodu Vol II and Fighting Lions, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of MKO Abiola’s death and to mark the 25th  anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993 election.

Redeemers University gets new registrar, bursar

The Governing Council of Redeemer’s University has appointed Mr Olukayode Akindele as the substantive registrar of the institution.

According to a statement from the university, Akindele is an alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology in 1988.

Gambari, others for 10th Wole Soyinka Media Lecture

A former Minister of External Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, alongside other scholars and diplomats, is scheduled to speak on conflict reporting at the 10th Wole Soyinka Media Lecture series on July 13, 2018, in Lagos.

According to a statement on Wednesday, Gambari will lead conversations to discuss the issues and concerns on the unleashing of violence and conflicts in some parts of Nigeria and the media coverage of the same issues.

Add value to governance

Members of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives and their breakaway colleagues in the Reformed -All Progressives Congress, clashed on Wednesday over the mention of R-APC on the floor of the House.

Although, a quick intervention by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, immediately restored order, the signal of a deepening disagreement between the two factions was passed.

Killings: Gowon asks military to dismiss indicted officers

A former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), has asked the military authorities  to dismiss men and officers found culpable in the killings in the country.

He lamented that after his experiences in the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970), he “never thought such large scale deaths would happen again in the Nigerian history.”



Kylie Jenner Is Self-Made’ People Slam Forbes

Not everyone is pleased with Forbes recent report on Kylie Jenner becoming the 27th richest self-made billionaire. While almost no one can argue on what she has accomplished in the past three years, the problem seems to be with the words “self-made”.

Forbes had described the Kardashian family member as the youngest fourth annual ranking of America’s Richest Self-Made Women and might head on to become the youngest ever if she continues by this time next year to speed up .

PENGASSAN accuses Petrobras of engaging in anti-labour practices

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has sent a warning signal to investors against purchasing of any assets from an oil firm, Petrobras Nigeria Limited, over alleged anti-labour practices.

PENGASSAN alleged that the company has been involved in anti-union practices such as severance of workers without due process, refusal to settle severed workers’ benefits and abuse of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

INTELS empowers 77 women through WEPSS scheme

Nigeria’s oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited has graduated 77 women from its Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS).

WEPSS is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme of INTELS established in 2013 with the vision of empowering 5,000 community women over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring.

Experts charge academic institutions to train students for labour market

Academics and heads of industries have advised educational institutions to train their students in accordance with the needs of the labour market.

This, they said can be achieved through reform of the education system from the primary, secondary to the tertiary level.

UNN elects Okoro as Dean, Faculty of Arts

The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has elected Prof. Nnanyelugo Okoro as the new Dean, Faculty of Arts.

Okoro, who won the election in a landmark victory in June, promised to take the faculty to another level, through facility, academic and administrative upgrade.

Unilorin gets 22 new professors, 15 readers

The Governing Council of the University of Ilorin has approved the appointment of 22 new professors and 15 readers.

The new professors, whose appointments were announced by the Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Folaranmi Modupe Olowoleni, at the 270th Meeting of the University Senate, are Dr. AbdulWahab O. Issa, the University Librarian; Dr. G.B. Adesiji of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development; Dr. Oluyemisi B. Fawole of the Department of Agronomy; Dr. A. S. Abubakar of the Department of English; Dr. S.O. Ikibe of the Department of the Performing Arts and Dr. Hannah Olawumi of the Department of Haematology.

First Choice Leasing boss, Diji bags PINK CEO award

For his sterling accomplishments in the leasing industry in Nigeria, the PINK Awards have conferred the prestigious Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Year prize on the Managing Director of First Choice Leasing, Chief Michael Diji.

According to the organizers, Diji was given the award for promoting the business of leasing and adding value to the industry in Nigeria.

LASG bags outstanding award on capacity development

The Lagos State government has been recognised for its commitment to capacity development of the year by the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD) at its 26th yearly drainers’ conference held in Abuja.

The award was given through the Governor of the state Akinwunmi Ambode,based on his commitment to the transformation of the Lagos State Public Service into the leading public service in Africa.

HR expert seeks personnel managers’ collaboration for effective practice

A London-based Nigerian Human Resources (HR) consultant, Richie Dayo Johnson has advised personnel managers that they could achieve more through collaborative efforts for effective HR practice.

He said HR personnel are to constantly set goals and devise viable approach to achieving the goal through engagement and support of others for its attainment.

NBA, CSOs wade into Kano judge, state’s anti-graft agency’s face-off

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Kano has demanded immediate withdrawal of a statement credited to the chairman of the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, which accused the judiciary of unethical conduct.

This is coming on the heels of the deepening face-off between the commission and Justice Muhammad Yahaya of the Kano State High Court.

WHO, Adamawa move against cholera in high-risk councils

World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, says the global agency in collaboration with the state government has taken a vaccination campaign to very prone councils in the wake of the recent cholera outbreak in Adamawa.

The affected council areas include Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi South.

Jonathan, PDP, others condemn blockade of Ekiti government house

Armed Policemen yesterday sealed off the Ekiti State Government House, preventing supporters of Governor Ayodele Fayose from gaining access.

A rally scheduled to take place at Fajuyi Park, near Government House, was broken up, as policemen fired teargas canisters into the crowd. They also shot sporadically into the air.

Austria, Germany, Switzerland foresee more foreign investments in Nigeria

Representatives of Austria, Germany and Switzerland have reiterated commitment to expanding business activities and workforce in Nigeria, following the recent ranking by the World Bank Ease of Doing Business index which placed the country among the 10 most improved economies.

The delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, Marc Lucassen, said foreign businessmen were optimistic about the economic climate in Nigeria, noting that German companies were becoming more interested in the market.

Food crisis looms, as herder-farmer clashes hamper crop production

Indications have emerged that Nigeria faces drastic food shortage and price hike in the nearest future if herders-farmers’ clashes in the North Central Nigeria continue unabated.

These are hinged on displacement or killings of farming households in the conflict zones.

Imo Assembly members okay investigation of deputy governor

Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere’s travail got messier yesterday as 19 members of the state House of Assembly, including the Speaker, Acho Ihim, directed the Chief Judge, Paschal Nnadi to investigate allegations of misconduct against him.

The Guardian learnt that Madumere would also be probed for alleged dereliction of duty and conviction for theft in the United States (U.S.), among others, as stipulated in the constitution.

Nigerian ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe is dead

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described the death of Nigerian ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe, Queen Imaria Worlu, as unfortunate.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Olukunle Bamgbose, stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja, on Wednesday, saying that the ministry received the sad news of her death with pains.

Scientists develop blood test to measure lifespan

Scientists have developed a blood test that could measure how long you have left to live. The study is one of countless research programs around the world currently racing to develop the best ‘lifespan calculator’, which would be able to quantify your cells’ age, as opposed to your ‘chronological age’.

The Yale University researchers behind this study insist their measurements offer the most accurate, practical and easy-to-interpret result of any study to date since they largely used factors which are measured in an annual physical.

AviCenna tasks outgoing students on skills, diligence

Authorities of AviCenna International School, Lagos have charged the graduating students to further develop the skill-set they will need to compete and be self-reliant in the remainder of the 21st century.

The Principal, Mr. David Ogburn, gave the advice as the students drawn from five countries, bade farewell to the school where most of them had spent the last 11 years of their lives.



ADP opts out of PDP-led coalition

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has opted out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

ADP National Chairman, Engr. Yusuf Yabagi Sani, who addressed journalists yesterday in Abuja, said the party remained the third force that would provide the credible alternative Nigerians yearned for to end hunger, wanton killings and executive lawlessness.

Labour Party dissociates self from PDP coalition

Labour Party (LP) has disassociated  itself from the coalition of about 40 political parties gearing to defeat the APC come 2019 polls.

The national chairman of the party, Dr. Mike Omotosho, who stated this in Abuja,  said they were not consulted and there was no formal meeting or agreement between the party and any other political party in that regard.

No party backed out of deal IPAC ex-chair

A former national chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and current national chairman of ‎ Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), Chief Peter Ameh, has said none of the 39 political parties which signed a pact last Monday, ‎to dislodge the APC in 2019, has backed out.

Chief Ameh, who is a key player in the deal, in an  interview with Daily Trust yesterday in Abuja, said the African Democratic Party (ADP) which denied being part of the coalition didn’t sign the 2019 power deal and therefore wouldn’t have pulled out.

My impeachment rumour baseless Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has described the rumour of his impeachment as baseless and without an iota of truth.

Ortom stated this yesterday in reaction to media speculations that the state House of Assembly had sat to consider impeaching him.

N/West parliamentarians want Buhari/Osinbajo again

President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to change the tide of an ailing nation through purposeful leadership endeared him to us, the Deputy Chairman of Young serving parliamentarians from the North West, Engr. Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, has said.

Tafoki in an interview with Daily Trust, said President Buhari, alongside Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, deserve a second term, noting that since their debut in 2015, Nigeria’s integrity in the comity of nations had received a boost.

N1.6 trillion idle pension funds

Nigeria’s National Pension Commission (PenCom) recently announced that about N1.6 trillion representing 20% of a total investible pension of N7.94 trillion earmarked for infrastructure and financial instruments, is sitting idle, due to the absence of bankable projects. This revelation was made by the Acting Director General of the Commission Mrs Aisha Dahiru-Umar at the June Edition Breakfast Seminar of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) in Lagos.

According to the PenCom DG who was represented by the Commission’s Head of Contribution and Bond Redemption Department, Olulana Loyinmi, out of the N1.6 trillion, just a little over N1 billion or 5% is being utilised.

Provide level-playing field for Ekiti poll, Atiku tells Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked President ‎Muhammadu Buhari to provide a level-playing field for opposition parties to participate in next Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.

Atiku in a statement on Wednesday by his Media Office said it is not the responsibility of government to harass, intimidate, hound or humiliate political opponents because of elections.

Political Parties Merger: Sowore distance Self

One of the Presidential aspirants in the 2019 general elections Omowole Sowore has distanced himself from the 39 political parties and movements led by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Reformed – All Progressives Congress (R-APC) that announced the formation of a Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) to wrest power from the Buhari-led APC in 2019.

Constituents asks Rep Sarki to seek reelection

Hundreds of people from the Lafia/Obi Federal Constituency under the auspices of Lafia Youths Progressive Awareness Group in Nasarawa state has called on their member at the House of Representative Hon Abubakar Sarki Dahiru to seeks for reelection in 2019 election.
The group made their position known on Wednesday in Lafia during a political symposium on The Role of Nigerian Legislators in Nigerian Politics to sensitised members of their constituency on role and responsibilities of elected legislators.

AMAC moves to curb conflicts with govt agencies

The chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has set up a committee to resolve grey areas in the council’s bye-law and ensure it is in tandem with the constitution.

Candido, while inaugurating the seven-man committee urged its members to identify grey areas and contentious clauses in the bye-law that create conflict with other agencies and also review contractual agreements made with private organisations.

FCT minister breaks 32-year jinx

Some Abuja natives have said FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello has broken a 32-year jinx with the rehabilitation of the Abaji-Rubochi road.

The youths, under the aegis of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment, while commending the minister said the rehabilitation of the 10.2 kilometres road will boost economic activities in rural communities in Kuje and Abaji area councils.

2018 Hajj: FCT commences biometric exercise

The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced biometric registration exercise for pilgrims in the territory.

A statement by the board’s spokesman, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu, said the registration is carried out by a firm assigned by the Saudi Arabian government for the exercise in Abuja before issuance of visas.

NEWS FLASH: Police, peace corps clash in Abuja

Reports reaching us that some officers of the Nigeria Police clashed with members of the Nigerian Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN).

The alleged clash was said to have happened this morning in Abuja.

FCT gives party offices 30 days to quit illegal plots

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello, has issued a 30-day quit notice to all political campaign offices occupying buildings located within residential plots and diplomatic zones in the territory.

The minister, in a publication yesterday signed by the Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, said owners of political offices illegally run on residential plots should relocate to plots designated for such purposes in the Abuja Master Plan.

Bello commissions China model school in Abuja
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has commissioned a China Assisted Model Primary School in Nyanya, Abuja.

While commissioning the two-block of classrooms, Bello expressed satisfaction with the school’s ambience, cleanliness as well as the pupils’ performance, saying the school would be the face of public primary schools in Abuja.

FCT NUT demands burial allowances for teachers

The chairman of FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Stephen Knabayi, has demanded for burial and repatriation allowances to be included in allowances for primary school teachers in the territory.

Knabayi spoke yesterday when he led members of the standing committee of the union on a visit to the FCTA Secretary of  Education, Senator Isah Maina, in his office with the directors of UBEB and SEB and the board chairman in attendance.

Declare state of emergency on family planning, agriculture, MODACS tells FG

The Ministry of Defence Staff  Agricultural Cooperative Society (MODACS) has appealed to the federal government to declare a state of emergency on family planning and agriculture  in order to eradicate poverty, achieve sustainable development.

MODACS President, Babatunde Gbadamosi stated in Lagos at the weekend while delivering a lecture at a seminar organised to commemorate the United Nations International Cooperative Alliance Day.

Nigeria, China build friendship on seed, tissue culture

Nigeria and China are expanding their friendship in the areas of rice, seed development and tissue culture.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and the Governor of the Provincial Peoples Government of Hunan Province of China, Mr. Xu Da Zhe, exchanged this commitment recently in Abuja.

We plan to support 1m smallholder farmers MD Babban-Gona

Kola Masha is the Managing Director of Babban Gona – an agriculture franchise that seeks to improve the productivity of smallholder farmers. He is also the MD of Doreo Partners, an agriculture-focused African impact investing firm. In this interview, he shares why Babban Gona (Great Farm) focuses on smallholder farmers

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