Saturday, 8 October 2016
Receiving a delegation of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nigeria (ICAN) on a courtesy visit led by its president, Deacon Titus Soetan at his office in Lagos on Friday, Otunba Daniel reiterated the fact that government should place more emphasis on local manufacturing and production most especially in the agricultural sector. "It is criminal to the economy if we spend so much foreign exchange on importation of food into the country to the detriment of our staple food that have more nutritional value. It is high time we banned food importation and curtailed smuggling of such into the Nigerian markets. The total mind-set of our people must change not only in food consumption but in every sphere of our lives", he stressed.
He also charged ICAN as a body to network regularly with its members in government and brainstorm on the way forward towards reviving the economy. Professionals, he said must be given pride of place in policy formulation and it therefore becomes important that in moving the nation forward, the best of the brains must be employed. "Here, the ICAN has a pivotal role to play by creating a forum to brainstorm and come forth with fool-proof agenda and solid recommendations on finding a lasting solution to our economic challenges". Continuing, he said: "it becomes embarrassing and pathetic that our ecomic managers at the highest echelon speak in discordant tunes about the state of the nation's economy. It is avoidable and should be avoided", he quipped.
ICAN president, Deacon Titus Soetan, earlier in his address described Otunba Daniel as an accomplished engineer, a mentor and benefactor who has always supported the accounting body. He also assured of ICAN's readiness to intervene and support the government of the day in matters relating to economic policies. He also took the opportunirty to notify the former governor of the 46th yearly Accountants' Conference holding in Abuja with the theme: "Accountability Now Nigeria" where financial experts will discuss salient economic issues as part of the efforts of the Institute to ensure accountability and good governance in the country.
Press Statement by Islamic Movement in Nigeria
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) wishes to categorically make it clear to the general public that we vehemently reject such an order and declare it a flagrant infringement on our basic rights as citizens of this country to hold an opinion, associate freely without molestation. This is nothing but plot by Governor Elrufa’i to further its diabolic agenda of the massacre of innocent citizens having failed to accomplish it in December 2015.
All the sections cited to premise this decision are wrong. It is noteworthy that the state government based its dubious stance on the so-called recommendations of JCI while conveniently keeping mute on obvious gross violations of rights reported by the same JCI such as extrajudicial murder of 347 people and secretly burying them in mass graves without the consent of their relatives. Why didn’t it also talk of prosecuting the Nigerian Army Generals that were fingered out by the Commission as perpetrators of the genocide in Zaria? We cannot be deceived by the hypocritical stance of Governor Elrufa’i.
The government is fretting having failed to justify the continued detention of our leader and having failed to show any rational basis for the whole attack and are left with no option but to resort to absurdity. We wish to draw the attention of those behind such an illegal order that IMN is not an association or a society but a global concept that cannot be banned by fiat. We are not therefore distracted by this baseless move. Clearly reason, logic, the law and Constitution, conscience and propriety are all on the side of the Islamic Movement. Nothing can take away our right of as individuals or groups to worship and associate.
We will like to assure the general public that the state government will not distract our attention with its ban, into taking the path of violence, which it craves for. We will challenge this using all known peaceful and legal means in the ways and manner we have done for the last four decades. We will keep on demanding that justice be done with respect to Zaria massacre through lawful and peaceful means.
PRESIDENT MEDIA FORUM OF IMN
0805 078 6093
Citing the urgent need to attend to his failing health, the Chairman of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company PLC (nahco aviance), Mallam Suleiman Yahyah (OON), has resigned from the board.
With the resignation of Yahyah, the Vice Chairman, Mr. Denis Hasdenteufel, would take over the leadership of the Board in an acting capacity and will preside over all meetings of the Board pending the approval of regulators and further announcements from stakeholders.
Yahyah who was appointed a director of the Company in November 2006 became the Chairman in July 2012. Yahyah had in recent months come under mounting pressures from his family to step down to enable him undergo a proper medicare.
Credited with the strategic reorganization of the Company to its current modern status, Yahyah had been battling with an undisclosed health issue for a couple of years now.
During his tenure, the Company witnessed unprecedented turnover which grew from 6.92 Billion when he took over leadership of the board to 8.5Billion at Year End 2015. This is in addition to increase in number of employees from about 1,100 to an all - time high of 1,980.
During this period, the asset base also grew from 9Billion to 15Billion.
The hallmark of Yahyah’s tenure at NAHCO was the modernization of Company’s equipment to align with world’s standards in modern ground handling service. He was credited with equipping NAHCO with state-of-the-art equipment that made the Company the great force that it is today in groundhandling service in sub-sahara Africa.
The diversification of the Company which the board under his tenure embarked upon led to the establishment of NAHCO FTZ with the granting of a licence for same by the Federal Government. The Mainland Cargo Options also joined the growing list of companies in the group.
Yahyah also promoted a harmonious Company – labour relations which ensure minimal disruption in company’s business operations.
His welfare – oriented policies include the introduction of performance based pay (PMP) to employees and profit – sharing for workers.
He introduced a management succession programme into the Company that ensured a smooth transition from one CEO to another.
Under his leadership, NAHCO became the most successful privatisation story in the history of privatisation programme in Nigeria.
His letter of resignation has been communicated to the regulators.
Official Statement of DSS on Judicial Officers Under Investigation
The Department of State Services (DSS) in the past few days, has embarked on series of special sting operations involving some Judges of the Supreme, Appeal and High Courts. These operations were based on allegations of corruptions and other acts of professional misconduct by a few of the suspected Judges. The Service action is in line with its core mandate, as we have been monitoring the expensive and luxurious lifestyle of some of the Judges as well as complaints from the concerned public over judgment obtained fraudulently and on the basis amounts of money paid.
The judges involved were invited, upon which due diligence was exhibited and their premises searched. The searches have uncovered huge raw cash of various denominations, local and foreign currencies, with real estate worth several millions of Naira and documents affirming unholy acts by these Judges. Meanwhile, some of them have made useful statements while a few have declined even with the glaring evidences that were found against them in terms of material cash, documents and property recovered pointing to their compromise.
In one of the States where the Service operations were conducted, credible intelligence revealed that the Judge had Two Million United States Dollars ($2,000,000 USD) stashed in his house. When he was approached for due search to be conducted, he in concert with the State Governor, mobilized thugs against the Service team. The team restrained itself in the face of unbridled provocative activities by those brought in by the Governor. Unfortunately, the Judge and Governor also engaged the tacit support of a sister security agency.
The Service surveillance team noticed that upon frustrating the operation, the Judge with the active support of the Governor craftily moved the money to an unknown location which the Service is currently making effort to unravel.
Meanwhile, large amount including foreign/local currencies have been recovered. Summaries of these include:
SUMMARY OF RECOVERED MONEY
1. NAIRA - N93,558,000.00
2. DOLLARS - $530,087
3. POUNDS - £25,970
4. EURO - €5,680
Other foreign currencies were also recovered. This were recovered from just three (3) of the judges.
These in addition to other banking documents, including real estate documents have been recovered. Meanwhile preparations are ongoing to arraign them in a competent court of jurisdiction in line with the laws of the nation.
The Service would want to clearly state that it has never invited Justice Walter NKANU ONNOGHEN for investigation, neither is he being investigated by this Service. In addition the Service would like to put it on record, that it has tremendous respect for the Judiciary and would not do anything to undermine it or its activities. The Service will also join hands with this noble institution in its fight to rid it of few corrupt Judges whose actions is undermining not only the Judiciary but the common bond of our national life.
Ladies and gentlemen, this current operation will be sustained and followed till sanity and sanctity is restored to the esteemed third arm of government and public confidence is regained.
Members of the public are also encouraged to avail the Service of any information which could assist in this drive to rid our nation of corrupt practices and tendencies.
Department of State Services,
8th October, 2016.
The Honourable Minister of Defence, Brig Gen Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali has commissioned a 32 Family/Single Officers Transit Quarters on Friday 7, Oct 16 in Jaji Military Cantonment.
The Minister who was earlier taken round other newly commissioned Quarters for students of Commanding Officers Course, Company Commanders Course and Young Officers Course commended the Chief Of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai for the laudable projects, stating that the projects are in line with governments' vision of attending to welfare of the troops.
Present at the event include the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Ambassador Danjuma Sheni, Service Chiefs, Commandant NDA, GOC 1 Div NA, Commander infantry Corps, Senior officers both serving and retired, NAOWA members as well as members of the press.
The Kaduna State Government has issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) an unlawful society. This action is taken in the exercise of the government’s duty to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution. The Kaduna state executive council approved the making of this order following deliberations at its meeting of Thursday, 06 October 2016.
The Order, which has been signed by the Governor, draws on powers vested by the Constitution and the laws of Kaduna State. Section 45 (1) of the Constitution categorically vests in the Governor the powers to take such measures and actions as are necessary for the promotion and protection of:
i. public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or
ii. the rights and freedom of all persons in Kaduna State.
Section 97A of the Penal Code (Cap 110, Laws of Kaduna State, 1991) empowers the Governorto declare as an unlawful society any organisation whose activities are dangerous to the security and good governance of the state.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria Clashes of 12-14 December 2015 found that the IMN is not a registered organisation, that it has a paramilitary wing and that its members do not recognise or respect the laws of the country and the duly constituted authorities that have the responsibility to secure and administer the country.
The Declaration Order noted that since the regrettable events in Zaria which resulted in the loss of 347 lives, the IMN “has overtly continued with unlawful processions, obstruction of public highways, unauthorized occupation of public facilities including schools without regard to the rights of other citizens and the public peace and order of the State”.
The Order noted that “these acts, if allowed to go unchecked will constitute danger to the peace, tranquility, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna State”.
The Declaration Order, which comes into effect on Friday, 7 October 2016, provides for the prosecution of persons that may be in breach of its provisions under the laws of Kaduna State:
“Whoever manages, or is a member of the said Society under any appellation or mutation with the propensity of causing the breakdown of law and order, or operates in a manner dangerous to the good governance of the State shall, from commencement of this order, be prosecuted in accordance with the Laws of Kaduna State.”
Sections 97A and 97B of the Penal Code prescribe a penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both for any person convicted for belonging to an unlawful society.
The Kaduna State Government reaffirms its vigorous commitment to upholding the right of citizens to practice the religion of their choice. These are rights fully protected by Sections 38 and 40 of the Constitution.
Such rights to freedom of thought and worship must however be exercised in ways that do not infringe on the rights of others, and should not subject other people to distress and inconvenience.
Friday, 7 October 2016
Thursday, 6 October 2016
The suicide bombers who came through Pulka axis were sighted by members of vigilante from a distance and alerted the troops about the impending catastrophe. The very observant vigilante also noted that the women looked suspicious; walking awkwardly with bulging hijab and distinct from other female farmers.
When the suicide bombers noticed that they were being observed, they hurriedly ran towards troops aiming to detonate it on them. The troops neutralized 2 of the female suicide bombers, while the other ran back into the bush but was pursued. Unfortunately, a soldier sustained injuries due to the impact of the explosion. The wounded soldier is currently receiving treatment at a military medical centre and he is in stable condition.
Watch RMD, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ireti Doyle & Others in 'Good Times' Maka's Original Soundtrack of Jay Franklin's flick, 'Dinner'
New Black Elite films, Str8buttah Productionsand Trogge Urban have come together to give us a beautiful video directed by XYZ for Nigerian soul singer Maka’s song "Good Time".
Produced by Str8buttah’s Teck-Zilla, "Good Time" is taken off Maka’s recently released The Truth EP and is the original sound track for #DinnerTheMovie a dramatic thriller that will change whatever perspective you have of relationships. "Good Time" features an appearance by Jay Franklyn and clips from the movie.
The terrorist who attempted to infiltrate through the troops forward defences at Jidari Polo general area, came in through Alidawari village about 4 kilometres ahead of Jidari strapped with heavy Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) vest.
The vigilant troops on sighting him laid in wait for the intruder when vehemently refused to stop despite several warnings and challenges. A marksman neutralized the suicide bomber.
The combined team of Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) safely detonated the IED laden vest on the suicide bomber.
The State Government said in a release signed on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, that history would remember Senator Tinubu kindly for her thoughtfulness and courage in promoting the bill that sought a special recognition for Lagos State as the commercial capital of Nigeria as well as one per cent of federally generated revenue in view of its socio-economic importance to the entire country.
The statement quoted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as saying that without prejudice to the decision of the Senate to stand down the bill, Senator's Tinubu's informed position and push will remain an important contribution as well as a reference point in the national economic discourse.
"At a time that our country needs courageous voices that seek solutions that can benefit millions of Nigerians irrespective of where they are from, what the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu has done is to draw attention to how Lagos State can provide more succour to Nigerians being the home to the largest assemblage of Nigerians. She has drawn attention to how Lagos deserves to be assisted so that the state can further provide assistance to millions of Nigerians. It is a pity that this import was not seen from that perspective by the majority of her colleagues," the statement quoted Governor Ambode as saying.
It stated that in spite of the set-back the bill suffered on Wednesday, the fact remains that Lagos State has always played a special role to Nigerians as individuals and to the country as a whole.
" The truth of the matter is that as the most populous Nigerian state and the commercial heart-beat of the entire West Africa; a state that would have been the fifth largest economy in Africa if it were an independent country, Nigeria needs Lagos in order for other parts of the country to continue to benefit from Lagos.
" A special status and a special grant are fair requests that would have encouraged and rewarded Lagos State for what it contributes to the federal purse. A yes for the bill would have provided an opportunity to truly reflate the economy and empower Lagos State in serving as home to more than 21 million Nigerians and as hub to the largest volume of businesses and foreign direct investments in Nigeria. But clearly, a spectacular opportunity has been missed by ignoring this important bill."
The statement quoted Governor Ambode as adding that in spite of the rejection of the bill, Lagos State would continue to be special and will not be deterred in continuing to play the important role of serving as a conducive and secure home for Lagosians as well as local and international visitors where opportunities are limitless and lives and property are safe.
I see Pa Elton’s prophesy on Nigeria’s Restoration being fulfilled soon – Pastor Edokpolo (RCCG Chosen Generation)
At a commemorative special prayer programme organized by the Chosen Generation Parish, Ogba on the following Sunday, the presiding Pastor, Joseph Noruwa Edokpolo, gave a different perspective to the current state of the country when he spoke about the prophesy of a British missionary, Pa S.G. Elton, who had predicted several years ago that the country will face its current challenges.
Pa Elton, regarded as the father of Pentecostal Revival Movement in Nigeria, had foreseen the current situation of things in the country, as well as the subsequent restoration, and had further stated that afterwards however, Nigeria will overcome the predicament, and all countries of the world will defer to it for its success and righteousness.
Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc; Segun Agbaje has emerged the 2016 Ai Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) 30 CEO of the year at this year’s 9th annual Ai CEO Investment Summit which took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Launched in 2007, the Ai Institutional Investment and Capital Market Awards is the only pan-African Awards designed to recognize Africa’s best performing stock exchanges, listed companies, investment banks, research teams, regulators, socially responsible companies and sovereign wealth and pension fund investors. The investment and business leadership awards aim to reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa, whilst recognizing the institutions and individuals improving the continent’s investment climate.
According to Hubert Danso, CEO of Africa investor: We areproud to honour a prolific business leader whose contributions across the continent has raised Africa’s profile as a viable international investment destination. In winning this award, GTBank’s CEO, Segun Agbaje, has displayed astute foresight in positioning the GTBank brand at the forefront of the Africanbanking industry by providing alternative approaches to inclusive banking and economic growth across the continent.
Commenting on the award, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director/CEO of GTBank said “I am humbled and happy to be recognized as the 2016 Ai Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) 30 CEO of the year. This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the amazing team of people at GTBank.
He further stated that, “As a Proudly African and Truly International Bank, we will continue to differentiate ourselves by leveraging Africa's immense opportunities in a way that creates value for all stakeholders.
Under his leadership, Guaranty Trust Bank plc has also received numerous accolades and commendations for exceptional service delivery, innovation, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and management quality. Some of the accolades received by the Bank since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer include Best Bank in Nigeria by Euromoney; African Bank of the Year by African Banker Award; Best Bank in Nigeria by World Finance UK, Most innovative Bank by EMEA Finance; Best Banking Group by World Business Leader Magazine and Best Bank in Nigeria award by the Banker Awards.
Tribes Luxury Waterfront lounge and club in the heart of Ikoyi has opened to thrill lovers of class and panache on the Lagos Island.
The upscale mega 24-hour lounge and club is re-defining the entertainment business has Wednesdays- Extreme Night, Thursdays- Ladies Night, Fridays- Luxury Friday, Saturdays-Parties' After Party and Sundays- Oldies Night all starting from 10p.m.
Tribes also offers Special birthday packages with a live band event at its outdoor bar on thursdays starting from 6pm
Tivoli Gardens, Ikoyi Waterfront offers a unique culinary experience and ambience
Tivoli Garden, 2-3 Olokun Close, By Ademola Str, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi