News Summary: 19 October 2016, Sale Of Airports, Prison De-Congestion

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VP At Legislature Anti Corruption Conference

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the fight against corruption cannot be won by just a few people but by the will and commitment of all Nigerians.

Speaking at a national conference on the role of the legislature in the fight against corruption organized by the National Assembly and the presidential advisory committee against corruption, the vice president said those given leadership role  must eschew corruption or risk creating chaos in society.

GMN: On Anti Corruption War

Still on anti-corruption, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Professor Etannibi Alemika says the judiciary is not under attack but that only few alledged corrupt officers within the system are being subjected to the rule of law.

Professor Alemika was shedding light on the present administration’s anti-corruption war in the judiciary on NTA’S Programme Good Morning Nigeria.

Justice Ademola Withdraws From Dasuki Case

Meanwhile, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja, who was among judicial officers recently arrested by the Department of State Services, over alleged corruption, has withdrawn from the trial of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Justice Ademola announced his decision to withdraw from the case before the court today, hinging the reason for his action on the allegations of corruption leveled against him by the DSS, which is the prosecution in the case.

The Department of State Services had on October 7 raided Ademola’s house, and arrested him as it claimed that huge sums of money including foreign currencies were found in his possession.

Anti- Corruption March For Buhari -new

Nigeria youths have thrown their weight behind the present administration’s anti-corruption crusade.

Adebola Brookslyn Sunday reports that the young Nigerians in a solidarity march believe the move will go a long way in ensuring a better future for them.

Prison Decongestion

The FCT High Court is to set up a judicial panel of inquiry consisting of judges and other stakeholders in the justice sector, to review cases of awaiting trial with a view to fast tracking their timely disposal.

The chief judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello who stated this in Abuja, during a visit to Kuje Medium Security Prison, frowned at the snail-speed at which prosecutors handle their cases, contrary to the provisions of the 2015 criminal justice act.

GMN: On Rehabilitating Released Chibok Girls

As the nation and indeed Chibok community continue to bask in the joy of the release of 21 out of the abducted Chibok school girls by boko haram, Guests on Good Morning Nigeria have urged the Federal Government to constitute a team of health professionals to carry out a holistic psycho-social rehabilitation of the girls.

The guests stressed the need for Nigerians to support government to ensure that all the remaining girls and indeed other captives are set free.

Release Of Chibok Girls

The release of twenty one out of the over two hundred abducted Chibok girls in April 2014 has received wide commendation.

This they attribute to governments commitment to the entrenchment of security for development.

A thirty minutes programme on the celebration of the released Chibok girls comes up this evening at half past six on the network service on the NTA.

Information Minister At AFRICAST 2016

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed says the broadcast industry is a veritable tool that has the potential to grow national economies especially with the current digitization project underway.

The Minister was speaking at the opening of the eleventh edition of the International Conference for African Broadcasters in Abuja.

House On Agric Credit Fund

The House of Representatives has passed for second reading, a bill for an act to provide for a regulatory framework for   agriculture credit fund.

National Assembly Correspondent Ignatius Nkwoh reports that the bill has already passed third reading in the senate.

Min. Of Aviation On Sale Of Airports

The Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika says the Federal Government has no plans to sell any Airport in Nigeria.

He stated this at the public hearing of the House of Representatives committee on aviation.

SDGs: un engages youth on poverty eradication

The United Nations SDGs action campaign has initiated a platform intended to empower Nigerian youths to drive the sustainable development goal 1, which is on ‘eradication of poverty by the year 2030’.

Un SDGs action campaign, acting Regional Coordinator for Africa, Hilary Ogbonna said at a youth policy dialogue in Abuja, that the platform will include establishment of SDGs club at the secondary school level.

FCTA receive national defence college

Federal Capital Territory Administration has invited the organized private sector to harness the territory’s huge agriculture potentials into a viable business hub in the country.

Permanent Secretary FCTA, Babatope Ajakaiye said this during an interactive session with participants of course 25 of the National Defence College who are on study tour of the Federal Capital Territory.

Inauguration Of C’ttee For 2016 IDPWDs In Nigeria

The Buhari Administration has set machinery in motion to fully involve Nigerians with disabilities in its development programme.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on persons with disabilities, Dr Samuel Ankeli inaugurated a seven-man committee to plan the 2016 International Day for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.

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