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Monday, 5 October 2015

10 things OAU students ask from Buhari at Independence

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President Muhammadu Buhari
On the 1st of October 2015, Nigeria celebrated the 55th independence anniversary from the United Kingdom.
While many Nigerian celebrated, the members of and leaders of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife, Students Union filed out en-masse to protest over the poor fortuned of Education in Nigeria.
Chief among their demands tabled before President Muhammadu Buhari in an Independence Day press release titled 'INDEPENDENCE OR NEW COLONIALISM', was the poor funding of educational sector and the failure of some states governments pay workers' salaries, with emphasis on Osun state and Oyo.
The leadership of the union; President, Omotayo Akande, Secretary General, Oketooto Oluwaseun and Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojedokun, jointly signed the release, urging Buhari to, amongst other things, increase budgetary allocations for education to 26% of the total budget.
Here is a breakdown of their demands:
1. Abolish tuition fees
"The union at this juncture uses this medium to demand an immediate abolition of fee on Nigerian campuses.
“Fee hike on Nigerian campuses have at best achieved magnified poor academic conditions and priced education out of the reach of the children of the poor majority.”
2. Investigate OAU VC, Professor Idowu Bamitale Omole, for corruption, others
"We must however assert at this point that although government allocates an insignificant amount into Nigerian universities, but on OAU campus, out of the little allocated into the university coffers, much is stolen by the Professor Bamitale Omole led administration.
"Immediate probe of the principal officers of Nigerian universities including the Professor Bamitale led Omole led administration on OAU campus."

Youth task Buhari on inclusive governance

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 Youth task Buhari on inclusive governance
President of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), Ahmed Adamu has once again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to engage more young people in his administration.

Adamu in his speech last week during the commemoration of Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom stated that with the first batch of ministers sent to the senate for confirmation, the youth are yet to see one that represented them within the defined "youth age bracket”.

He said "we look to see a young person, but we have not seen any young person within the defined youth age bracket. Therefore, we look forward to the second batch".

Adamu also said that access to quality education should not be an option but a necessity adding that lack of it was the root cause of Boko Haram, cultism and kidnapping in the country.

2016 budget: Expect fresh policies-Buhari

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 2016 budget: Expect fresh policies-Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says his government is currently preparing the 2016 national budget that will include fresh policies and measures aimed at encouraging rapid diversification of the economy.
He emphasised that the fresh policies would be given full effect in the 2016 budget and would be a departure from the nation's current over-dependence on the oil and gas sector.
The president was speaking at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday while receiving a delegation of French investors, the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF), led by its president, Mr. Pierre Gattaz.
The French investors' visit to Nigeria was a follow-up to President Buhari's recent trip to Paris.
A report from daily trust states that The president said the new policies would boost domestic manufacturing and attract greater investment to Nigeria's agricultural and mining sectors.
He urged Gattaz and the French trade mission, comprising over 50 companies with interest in manufacturing, agriculture, infrastructure development and other areas, to return to Nigeria next year and take full advantage of the new policies.
Buhari assured that under his leadership, Nigeria would not fall short of global standards in the protection of foreign investments and the repatriation of returns on such investments.
President Buhari affirmed that domestic security and the in-flow of foreign investment were intrinsically linked

US gives Nigeria N458bn to reduce poverty by 2020

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 US gives Nigeria N458bn to reduce poverty by 2020.
The United States has given the Nigeria $2. 3 billion (N458 billion) to reduce poverty in the country by 2020, report said.
The Federal Government received the money through the US Agency for International Development in a developmental assistance agreement signed by vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and USAID/Nigeria director, Michael Harvey on Tuesday, September 29, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The agreement is expected to cover activities aimed at reducing extreme poverty in a more stable and democratic society between 2015 and 2020.
According to Harvey, these activities will stimulate inclusive economic growth, promote a healthier, more-educated population, and strengthen good governance.
“This agreement will provide a solid foundation for our two countries to partner together to reduce inequalities across the country,” Harvey said.

FCT Perm. Sec. summons emergency security meeting

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 Police bomb squad personnel gather debris for analysis at the scene of a bomb blast in Nyanya, on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, October 3, 2015. Two bombs went off on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja late on Friday, an official said, the first such incident in over a year. There was an unknown number of casualties, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said. He had no more details on the blasts in Kuje and Nyanya. Spokesman Manzo Ezekiel said that the bomb in Kuje went off near a police station while the one in Nyanya detonated in a crowded area not far from the site of two blasts in April and May last year that killed at least 90 people. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Engr. John Chukwu, on Monday, October 5, summoned security agencies and officials for an emergency over last Friday's multiple bomb blasts in Kuje and Nyanya.
Chukwu said the meeting, which took place in Abuja, was aimed at brainstorming on the unfortunate incident and beef up security in the nation's capital.
He urged that surveillance in and around the FCT must be intensified.
Over a dozen people were killed and scores injured in the bomb attack carried out by terror group Boko Haram.

PDP- Party blames DSS for Abuja bomb blasts, tasks Buhari to overhaul agency

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 Bomb blasts: NEMA says 26 victims still receiving treatment in hospitals
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the operations and management of the Department of State Security (DSS) to tackle resurgence of terrorism in the country.
The party made the call in a statement signed by its acting National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, on Monday in Abuja, and urged the president to also overhaul operations of other intelligence gathering agencies.
It expressed concern over resurgence of terrorism in the Federal Capital Territory, with Friday’s bombings in Nyanya and Kuje satellite towns.
It said that the coordinated attacks came when the country was already celebrating the success of its security forces in the fight against insurgency.
The statement said that PDP remained steadfast in its commitment to support every policy adopted by Buhari to end terrorism and secure the environment for development.
It noted that bombing was an ill-wind that blew no good to anybody in the community and was scaring away potential investors.

DIEZANI IS WORTH 3 TRILLION NAIRA!!! AND MORE - UK court seizes additional 27,000 Pounds from ex-minister

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The Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London has granted an application to seize 27,000 pounds sterling from Nigeria's former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The application was granted today, October 5 in accordance to Section 295 of Proceeds of Crime Act 2012.
As stipulated by the granted application, the money would be held by the court until April 5, 2016.
Multiple reports said Diezani did not appear in court today, Monday, October 5; but her mother Beatrice Agama, and another woman identified as Melanie Spencer were at the sitting.
A separate application was reportedly filed against Ms. Agama for the seizure of an undisclosed amount of money.

Why FG Should Extend Amnesty Programme Beyond December 2015 – Ex-Militants

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Ex-Niger Delta militant leaders have declared that the December 2015 termination deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the amnesty programme is not feasible.
Speaking under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, the former militant leaders, therefore, demanded an extension of the programme.
The group made the declaration in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Saturday when they met to review the Federal Government Amnesty Programme vis-a-vis the termination date, a statement by its National President, Pastor Reuben Wilson, said.
Wilson also described the performance of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), as commendable so far, but insisted that the timeline proposed is unrealistic.
He attributed the development to the lingering issues of non-payment of outstanding allowances and unfulfilled promises by the Federal Government.
According to Wilson, before the Federal Government could decide on a termination date for the Amnesty programme, it should consider the immediate release of the required funds for the payment of outstanding tuition fees of students in institutions of higher learning and training centres both at home and abroad.
He said, “The Federal Government should release timeously, the allocations to the Presidential Amnesty Office in order to pay the beneficiaries their monthly stipends on time. The Presidential Amnesty Programme should be extended beyond December 2015 as earlier envisaged as an expiry date.

DIEZANI: Presidency confirms arrest of ex-petroleum minister

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Mallam Shehu Garba
Mallam Shehu Garba
 Following the arrest of the former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke by the British National Crime Agency, the Presidency has released a statement, confirming the arrest. According to Sun Newspapers, a Presidential spokesperson, Gar­ba Shehu said “The government is aware of the arrest and all the government inves­tigative agencies are working very closely with the British law enforcement. Nobody wants to give the impression that this gov­ernment is frivolous and unserious."Adding that “For this reason, government is only con­firming active collaboration. Beyond this, we are not saying more. In due course, Ni­gerians will be briefed on updates as appro­priate

Anambra State Governor Dispels Rumour Of Wife’s Death

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 Governor Willie Obiano and his wife, Chief Ebere Obiano
Anambra State government on Sunday dispelled the rumour making the rounds that the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano is dead.
In a statement in Awka, the government said that the governor’s wife is hale and hearty.
A rumour has been making rounds that Mrs Obiano was dead after an online publication reported that Mrs. Obiano passed on at the weekend after a plastic surgery in the United States of America, USA. The rumour seemed believable to some due to the long absence of the governor’s wife from official functions in the state.
In the statement titled “Politicking with Death in Anambra State: The Height of Indecency” the governor’s aide said: “Our attention has been drawn to the vicious rumour injected into the social media by an immoral opposition, alleging that the amiable wife of the governor of Anambra State, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, Osodieme has passed on.

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