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Seven Days TALKING POINTS OF THE PAST WEEK NOVEMBER 3, 2013
I know what I want in a relationship –Madam Eba Ano Mama Christy Okonkwo’s name may not ring a bell instantly. But a closer look at her will convince you that she has featured in so many movies and stage dramas. She is popularly known for her motherly and comic roles. In this interview with Adaeze Amos, she speaks about her acting career, relationship with her fans, and dispels the rumour that she was down with a terrible ailment.
Dearth of potable water linked to cholera outbreaks –Experts Cholera is spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the bacterium. The recent outbreak across the country has again brought to the fore governments inability to provide potable drinking water for the citizenry.
President yet to address our grievances –New PDP The seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors under the leadership of Abubakar Baraje faction has given indication that they might soon dump the party for another platform ahead of the 2015 elections. They insisted that they are running out of patience over the inability of President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the party to meet their demands. The governors
Senate threatens zero budget allocation to SURE-P The Senate has threatened to stop appropriating funds for Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, projects if the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, cannot defend the application of the funds so expended. The threat followed the inability of some ministers to appear before the National Assembly to defend the
use of the funds appropriated under the programme. A visibly enraged Chairman of the Senate Ad hoc Committee on SURE-P and Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi, while addressing journalists at the National Assembly chided the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, over his inability to appear before the committee following an earlier invitation.
N255m armoured cars: PDP washes hands of Aviation Minister The embattled Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, has failed to get the support of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the ruling party distanced itself from the N255m armoured cars purchase scandal. The party stated emphatically that it is greatly worried by the scandal. A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP Chief Olisa Metuh, said the position of the
party on corruption was unambiguous while its practical examples in zero tolerance for corrupt practices abound. Hence, the party declared that it had never and would never condone any form of corruption. The PDP said that it would not cover up for Oduah over the bulletproof cars’ scandal, warning that the culprits shall not go unpunished.
N31m bribery scandal rocks Reps’ power committee Once again, the House of Representatives is beaming its searchlight on itself. This time, it is on its Power Committee. The committee has
been accused by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) of receiving a N31 million bribe from it. Chairman of the House Committee
include Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Babangida (Niger) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara). The meeting of the faction of the PDP, which includes the G7 governors, could not hold at an earlier proposed venue, Sokoto Governor’s lodge as the men of the Nigeria Police force barricaded the venue.
Niyi Omogbenigun MD/CEO, RAINBOWLIGHTS PRODUCTION
First of all, Rainbowlights Production is a multi-media outfit and we are into TV production and event coverage. On Mondays, I look at my timetable because I don’t just go to work without checking my itinerary. I do go through my diary to see what I want to achieve on that day. I set a target and on each day, I always have about five targets and I will start with the most important one just as it is in opportunity cost. It is the same thing as my Monday My third working day of the week is also the same as my Mondays and Tuesdays.
…as troubled PDP features no candidate
ity of Nigeria, FAAN, bought two armoured Lexus cars that cost N120m (N60m per one) for Oduah. This is aside two other Toyota Prado cars whose costs were yet to be known. There were also revelations that Coscharis Motors lied to the Minister of Finance, the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, and the Nigerian Customs Service about the real owners of the cars, ostensibly to evade paying customs duty. Documents revealed that the armoured cars were meant for Lagos State government whereas they were the property of Oduah/ NCAA.
tively. The House resolved to investigate the allegation after the NERC Chairman, Sam Amadi, with top officials of the Commission appeared before it over the financial queries raised against it by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation which covered between 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Thursdays are somehow light for me. This is the day I see people who have given me job. Sometimes, I hang out with my friends. People say weekend starts on Fridays, but I disagree with them. My own weekends start on Thursdays. I start gathering momentum for my Friday.
Ngige, Obiano, Ubah go for broke
The scandal rocking the aviation ministry over the purchase of N255million armoured cars for the minister, Ms. Stella Oduah, by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, got messier on Wednesday. At the ongoing public hearing of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Aviation investigating the scandal, it was revealed that the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, granted import waiver for the armoured cars. It was also revealed that the Federal Airports Author-
on Public Accounts have resolved to commence full investigation into the allegation by the NERC for capacity training of its members with no evidence that the training ever took place. The amount, it was learnt, was supposedly paid to the Power Committee in two installments of N18 million and N13 million respec-
I do almost the same thing on Thursdays. I’m an entrepreneur, a boss of myself. By noon or one o’clock I’m already closing my office. That is usually the time my friends start calling because I’m into entertainment industry.
Anambra governorship debate
Oduah: Okonjo-Iweala linked to cars scandal
I go for functions and engagements on Saturdays. I go to church; I don’t miss it. If there is any event to attend later in the day, I go for it. *By Adaeze Amos (0802 301 2293)