The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Thursday reminisced on the first seven months of the Sixth Assembly, describing it as “wonderful” Igbuya in a New Year message to Deltans at home and abroad said that the period would remain evergreen in his memory.Monday-Igbuya

He listed the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency Law, 2015, Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board Law, 2015, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Law, 2015, Delta State Appropriation (Amendment) Law, 2015 and the Delta State Contributory Health Commission Law, 2015 as major achievements of the Sixth Legislative Assembly. Read More →

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By Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

Fiery Enugu Catholic priest, and founder, Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, in a New Year sermon on Friday said there are plans by unnamed people to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari.Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka

He said many people are plotting to kill the President because of his campaign against corruption.

He said, “I am not a sycophant, but I want to tell you that so far God is happy and he who God has blessed none can curse.

“Many people are planning to kill Buhari – there are many plans on how to eliminate his life so that corruption will continue, so that embezzlement will continue. Read More →

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Simon Ejembi


The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has revealed his prophesies for 2016, predicting that a new sexually transmitted disease will emerge during the year.

The cleric also prophesied that things would get worse in the country before they improve, while on the international scene more natural disasters will occur.Below are the prophesies which were published on his websites: Read More →

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By NAN


The Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Adebola Ademowo, on Friday called on the nation’s political leaders to shun politics-of-promise-without performance but to politics-of-action and service.

Ademowo said this in his New Year 2016 message which he made available to newsmen in Lagos.Adebola-Ademowo

He urged the leaders to serve the country with all sincerity, by putting our nation first and demonstrate their love for the country by living an exemplary live.

The cleric said that the rise in crime due to the increased rate of unemployment and insurgency was worrisome.

He urged the government to rise to the challenges by creating jobs opportunities for the youths.

Right now, Nigeria’s economy is on a tail spin, unemployment in Year 2,000 was 13.9 per cent; it rose to 23.95 percent in 2012. Yet for the past seven years, Nigeria has been reporting a growth of seven per cent. Read More →

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians of better times ahead, saying they will soon get the change they voted for.Lai-Mohammed

”This Government will not give excuses. The painstaking and methodical approach by the Buhari Administration, its deep analysis and understanding of the challenges and the recent inauguration of the cabinet will herald a new dawn,” the Minister said at a meeting with representatives of Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that in the next few days, the administration ”will start firing from all cylinders, starting with the unveiling of the 2016 budget”.

”Nigerians will witness measurable and impactful progress in all spheres of governance. We shall not abandon our social intervention policies such as one meal a day for school children and the payment of 5,000 Naira each to vulnerable Nigerians. We are committed to lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty,” Mr. Mohammed said. Read More →

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Ramon Oladimeji


A Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned till November 19, 2015 to hear a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by KPMG Professional Services against the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and its Executive Secretary, Mr. Jim Obazee.
KPMG, which sued alongside a partner in the company, Mr. Ayodele Othihiwa, is seeking compensation for exemplary and aggravated damages in the sum of N100m from the respondents.

The applicants claimed that the respondents violated their rights to fair hearing in a “wanton, illegal, oppressive and unconstitutional manner.”

They filed the suit following the October 26, 2015 decision of FRC to suspend Othihiwa, pending the outcome of an investigation into the complicity of KPMG into alleged irregularities in financial statements of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc for 2013 and 2014.

The applicants are seeking a court declaration that the respondents or anyone acting under their authority cannot take any disciplinary action against them or give effect to the said October 26, 2015 decision.

They are seeking an order setting aside the said decision of the respondents dated October 26, 2015 and contained in a document titled “Regulatory decision; in the matter of financial statements of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc for the years ended 31st December 2013 and 2014.” Read More →

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By Editorial Board

 

THE mandatory free education programme of Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s administration in Kaduna State is a laudable initiative that should be encouraged and even emulated by all other states yet to see the need for such investment.

Without education, a nation has no future. Nigeria especially needs to secure that future by investing heavily in education from primary to tertiary level.EL-RUFAI

Generally, the Northern part of Nigeria is well-known to be dis-advantaged in education. Successive administrations over the years exhibited a lack of concern, even poor vision by de-emphasising education. Any leader who would transform that part of Nigeria especially must start with education and El-Rufai’s appreciation of this task with his action deserves commendation as well as all the support possible.

In an attempt to promote equity in the polity, such unproductive ideas as “Federal Character” and “quota system,” were introduced into Nigeria’s education system and also enshrined in the constitution. That, notwithstanding, a huge gap still exists between the North and the South and how to close that yawning gap remains a major challenge, which only a leader with vision can tackle.

Against that backdrop, El-Rufai’s initiative should set a pace first for governments in the entire North to emulate, make education a priority and ensure the region lays the foundation for a brighter future. It is, also, an idea that should be bought into by the whole of Nigeria. It is a very expensive but extremely worthy investment to note.

To ensure that no child is left out, El-Rufai also warned that anyone whose school-age child is found hawking or loitering will be arrested together with the child. He said his government has decided to declare an emergency in the education sector and also introduce free feeding and uniforms for students, noting that the sector is his administration’s priority. The governor was emphatic that “no child of school age should be seen on the streets hawking during school hours.”

Interestingly, the Kano State Government had introduced free and compulsory education in 2013 under Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and incumbent governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the other day, reaffirmed that the free and compulsory education policy of the Kano State Government remains part of the effort to improve the literacy level in the state. He added that the focus is “to reduce a lot of social menace in the society often caused by the lack of education.” It may be basic but this is a significant step towards development and prosperity for all. Read More →

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