News Summary August 16, 2016
Strategic Security Meeting Ends in Villa
Issues relating to terrorism, insurgency, militancy and threat of flooding are dominating discussions at a strategic security meeting in Abuja.
The forum is aimed at confronting with greater impetus, the prevailing challenges of security and socio-economic well-being of Nigerians has ended in Abuja.
President Buhari Receives Automotive Manufacturers
says an enabling environment has now been created for massive investment flow in critical sectors of Nigeria’s economy.
Exchanging views with the Executive members of the Association of Automotive Manufacturers, the President said the era of advertising the nation’s potentials is now giving way for action.
Unpaid Salaries and Pensions of Local Government Staff
Outdated revenue sharing formula and misinterpretation of joint accounts have been identified as responsible for unpaid salaries of Local Government Staff in most states of the Federation.
While reiterating that there are no quick fixes, guests on Good Morning Nigeria say to get it right, the nation must return to the drawing board and adhere to constitutional provisions.
Senate Aviation Committee Meets CEOS
The Senate Committee on Aviation has mandated all agencies and parastatals in the sector to propose amendments to their acts that will facilitate the unbundling of the sector in line with International best practices.
This was at an interactive session between the Committee and Heads of the Aviation Agencies and parastatals.
Director General VON Receives Buhari Friends Organization
Nigerians have been urged to exercise patience with the Federal Government as it intensifies efforts to ameliorate the current economic hardship.
Director General, Voice of Nigeria, VON Osita Ikechukwu made this call while playing host to the buhari friends organization network who paid him a courtesy visit.
Youth Council Adopts Petition against Jubrin
The National Youth Council of Nigeria has adopted a petition written to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission urging the commission to investigate Abdulmumin Jibrin, member Representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, and the Federal Commission for Refugees, Migrants and internally displaced person over alleged multi million Naira contract fraud amounting to over four hundred million naira.
Minister of Budget on Medium Term Strategy
The Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udoma Udo Udoma says Government is working out modalities, especially in early preparation of the budget, that will fast-track national development.
The Minister spoke with the media after a sensitization workshop on medium term sector strategy for 2017 to 2019.
Minister of Science and Technology Meets Israeli Ambassador on Technology Collaboration
Constructive engagement with other nations as science and technology development is the key to the fertilization of ideas for the achievement of any meaningful advancement in the sector.
Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu at a Meeting with Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission to Nigeria Nadan Goren said the nation needs to open new windows of collaboration with technologically advanced countries for possible technology transfer.
The Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission Nadan Goren noted that Nigeria has huge potential of becoming the technology hub of Africa.
SDP Call for Electoral Reform
The Social Democratic Party, SDP has called on the National Assembly to further amend the nation’s electoral act by scrapping theStateElectoralCommissions.
This was the position of the party at a media briefing in Abuja.
Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack on Kangaruwa
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at Harbour in Kangaruwa (Sunday) successfully repelled suspected Boko Haram Terrorists attack.
The Troops killed 16 of them and recovered arms and ammunitions from them.
Various weapons and arms were recovered from the Insurgents.
Unfortunately, an officer and eleven soldiers were wounded in action during the encounter. They have however been treated and they are in stable condition.
A statement by the acting director army public relations, Col. Sani Kusasheka Usman says the troop is intensifying vigilance with high level alertness through patrols reconnaissance.
Troops Arrest Youths Vandalizing National Assets in Borno State
In a related development, Troops of Opertaion Lafiya Dole on patrol at the outskirts of Maiduguri Metropolis, Borno Monday afternoon arrested four suspected vandals of critical national assets in the area.
The suspects were caught at silo along Maiduguri-Damboa road while attempting to chart away heavy armored cable belonging to Power Holding Company of Nigeria they vandalized.
The suspects are being interrogated and would soon be handed over to appropriate Security Agency.
This is contained in a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman.
Update on Operation Lafiye Dole
As part of ongoing Operations to clear Remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists in North-East, Troops on Sunday du4ringt a patrol around Mopol and Becos
General area killed a Boko Haram Terrorist and recovered five bicycles, a wheel barrow containing sacks of foodstuff and a Tecno mobile phone.
A statement by the Acting Director of Public Relations Colonel, Sani Usman says with surveillance on IDPS camp in Bama, twenty three persons were intercepted who claimed to have escaped.
23 Prisons Officers Dismissed
Twenty-three Prisons Officers have been dismissed and eleven others suspended by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board.
The action is for the Officers’ complicity in the escape of Prisoners from Kuje Medium Security and Koton Karfe Prisons.
The dismissal was contained in a letter signed by the Secretary to the Board Alhaji A. Ibrahim which considered serious misconduct and
Negligence of duty leveled against the affected Officers.
In a related development, the Officer in charge of Nsukka, Prison DCP Okonkwo Lawrence and ten others have been suspended over the recent Prisoners’ escape from the Facility.