19 SEPTEMBER 2015
APAPA YENAGOA DPR redeploys 20 officers Dickson lauds peaceful The Department of Petroleum conduct of ward congresses Resources (DPR) has redeployed no
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fewer than 20 of its senior officers nationwide. A statement published on the agency’s website yesterday said the postings and deployment were to reposition the department, enshrine accountability, efficiency and performance for effective monitoring of the oil and gas sector. The statement indicated that the postings and redeployment which were made on Wednesday also affected some divisions at the DPR headquarters. “Mr. Alfred Ohiani, who previously headed the Engineering and Standards Division, has been redeployed to head the Planning Division. While Olugbenga Koku who was Head of Planning is now to replace Mr. Olumide Adeleke, as the new Zonal Operations Controller of Warri."
The average height of football players in Germany in the 2009-2010 season. Source: Football-observatory.com
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, yesterday applauded the peaceful conduct of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward congresses across the state. The governor, who participated in the exercise held at the headquarters of Ward II, Constituency I of Sagbama Local Government Area in Angalabiri town, expressed satisfaction with the level of understanding, which led to the emergence of the ward’s three delegates for the PDP governorship primary, from where the party’s standard bearer for the December 5 governorship election would be formally nominated. He expressed gratitude to all the delegates to the congress for their maturity and commitment, which has again portrayed the PDP, as the leading political party in the state.
The percentage of population under 15 years in Cook Islands in 2012. Source: Un.org
SURULERE Ayo-Vaughan passes on
A former lecturer at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Colonel Adedotun Taiwo Ayo-Vaughan (rtd), is dead. The Army Educational Officer was killed in a ghastly motor accident by a reckless truck driver who drove against traffic along the Ijebu-Ode/Ore Expressway, on September 9 on his way back to Lagos from Benin. Ayo-Vaughan was born on September 24, 1944, in Lagos to the late Chief Adenekan and late Mrs. Bosede Felicia Ayo-Vaughan. He attended Abeokuta Grammar School and proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka for his Bachelor’s degree in education and thereafter bagged a Master degree from the University of Ibadan (UI).
The IGR realized from road taxes revenue sources of Borno State in 2011. Source: National Bureau of Statistics
Oshiomhole: $700m Sovereign Wealth Fund missing Anule Emmanuel
he Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole yesterday raised the alarm that $700 million Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) was missing from the treasury. Oshiomhole said this during an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting with VicePresident Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor who is the chairman of the National Economic Council Ad hoc Committee on Remittances to the Federation Account by revenue generating agencies, said he had it on good authority that only $300 million was left from the $1 billion invested as seed fund by the Federal Government. He dismissed claims by the Managing Director of the Fund, Mr. Uche Orji, that the balance was invested in the Second Niger
l ‘19 states benefit from workers salary bailout facility' bridge and Kaduna-Abuja rail projects. According to him, the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had openly admitted that the Kaduna rail was being funded through a Chinese loan. He said he would be compelled to publish the submission of the managers of the SWF to his committee where this disclosure was made if anybody attempted to deny the allegation. "When I reported to the media that the Sovereign Wealth people in their report to us, which I have in black and white, showed clearly that they have only $300 million left in the SWF account. "We have it in black and white and I can publish it if anybody wants to deny that because it was not submitted to me secretly. It was submitted at plenary of the committee. "And then we asked, be-
cause I knew that the fund was $1 billion. What was done with $700 million? And they said they have made some investments. "We asked them what they invested in and they said the Second Niger Bridge and partially in Kaduna-Abuja rail. That is what they said and I was not alone there. "We were about five governors and it was a full plenary. But we know that the Kaduna-Abuja rail was funded with Chinese loan, which even Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala spoke about, when they said the loan from China was not used for Lagos, she said it was for Kaduna-Abuja. It will be recalled that the Federal Government had three years ago provided $1 billion for the establishment of the fund. Meanwhile, no fewer than 19 out of the 27 states affected have so far benefitted from the workers’ sal-
ary bailout package, which was earmarked to enable them to pay the backlog of workers’ salary. The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Mu’azu, said this in a telephone chat over the weekend in Abuja. Contrary to reports that Ogun State had accessed N20 billion, the spokesman confirmed that the actual amount was N18.9 billion. On the tenure of the bailout facility, he said all the states were having 20 year tenor except Ogun State which opted for a 10-year tenure. Earlier, states like Kwara, Zamfara, Osun, Niger, Bauchi, Gombe, Abia, Adamawa, Ondo, and Kebbi had applied for and received various sums from the bailout facility. Other states include Ekiti, Imo, Ebonyi, Ogun, Plateau, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Edo and Oyo which were granted in the week.
Clerk of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Muhammad Ahmad (left) and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, at the signing of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency Amendment Bill (2015) in Sokoto...yesterday. PHOTO: GOVERNMENT HOUSE, SOKOTO
Lagos records more business travellers in July Andrew Iro Okungbowa
fter what looks like a bleak period in travelling to Lagos State following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), terrorism occasioned by Boko Haram and the falling oil price, the city is enjoying a turnaround as a recent survey report shows that bookings for July alone to the city was higher than ever recorded in the last 12 months. An agency, ForwardKeys, analyses 14 million flight reservations each day. This performance, according to the Co-founder and CEO of Forwardkeys, Olivier Jager, is quite impressive and shows that the city has bounced back to reckoning by business travellers. He said: “It looks like
Lagos is back in business after a full year of decline. Our data shows that during the crisis period, business travel was hardest hit. But that segment is now back on track. Although July 2015 shows a higher volume of inbound arrivals than the same period the previous year, improved performance in the summer has not yet matched 2013 levels. But forward-looking trends indicate that the 2013 performance will be met by the end of the year.” However, the analysis on flight reservations shows the impact of Ebola and terrorism on travel to Lagos from the main source markets down 18.8 per cent overall, with the UK down 7.5 per cent, the USA down 20.1 per cent and South Africa down 25.5 per cent.
…partners UNICEF on welfare Peace Morrison
agos State Government in a renewed commitment towards the realisation of her mandate to guarantee welfare of the people with special regards to social welfare of vulnerable children is partnering the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in organising a training programme for its social workers. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by the Director, Social Welfare, Mrs. Olaide Latinwo, said the state government had identified effective costing in budget preparation as playing a key role in ensuring task programme are achieved, hence the need for the workshop. He said Governor Akin-
wunmi Ambode-led government is passionate about the welfare of its people through formulation of appropriate polices, programmes and implementation. Muri-Okunola said: “The workshop will offer practical, tested and effective ways of costing social welfare programmes, thereby imparting positively on social service delivery in the state.” He said the state was poised to realise this objective by partnering relevant agencies in achieving the set goals in line with the state’s Private Partnership (PPP) philosophy. Speaking at the event, the Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Lagos, Mrs. Akinroye Roseleen, said there was the need for such a forum where all relevant agencies come together to review the social welfare activities.
Borno to re-open schools in Oct Ahmed Miringa MAIDUGURI
orno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has constituted a nine-man committee to look into the re-opening of schools in October. Shettima set up the committee while receiving the report of the committee to workout modalities for re-opening public schools within the state capital at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday. He said: “Our decision to set up the committee was largely informed by the need to radically reinvigorate the sector with a view to making it a formidable model of excellence worthy of emulation. “You may recall our earlier attempt at re-sustaining the education system when the education quality assurance task team was
established. However, the work was marred by the extremely complicated and unconventional security challenges we have been experiencing.” The committee has the state Commissioner for Education, Musa Inuwa Kubo as chairman with Commissioner of Higher Education, Usman Jaha, Dr. Shettima Kullima, executive chairman, UBE, Dr Suleiman Bello, chairman, Teachers Service Board, representative of GOC, police commissioner, director SSS, chairman Nigerian Union of Teachers as members, while Justus Zare, director, research and statistics of the Ministry of Education will serve as sectary of the committee. While presenting his report, the chairman, Alhaji Gambo Gubio, said after their inauguration on Augusts 26, they started the assignment in earnest.
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