NTA News Summary:1st September,2017
President Buhari Will Not Shield Babachir
For those who are wondering what next after the sack of former SGF Babachir David Lawal and the former DG of the NIA Ayo Oke, the presidency says with the administrative action taken by the president, all other actions will be taken by relevant government agencies on the matter. senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity Garba Shehu says the position of the president therefore is that investigative agencies which have already commenced investigations of the two officers removed from office will go on with their work without any interference or hindrance. The president who is fully conversant with the provisions of the constitution will not stop the investigation of anyone because he has no such power under our laws. this is a decision of the supreme court. The president under Nigerian laws can, through the attorney general enter a nolle prosequi to stop an on-going trial.He may upon conviction, order a pardon. beyond these, the president cannot order investigative agencies to not investigate anyone and does not intend to do in this, or any other circumstance. based on his wish and desire for a strict observance of the law, the president expects the EFCC, ICPC and such agencies to proceed with ongoing investigations.. when and where they have reasonable grounds to charge former or serving officers to court under our laws, they do not require the permission of the president to do so.
Tinubu Expressed Confidence With Buhari Lead Government
A chieftain of the all progressives congress and former governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed absolute confidence in the ability of president Muhammadu buhari to transform Nigeria in line with the change agenda. speaking to newsmen after a closed door meeting with the president, chief Tinubu also maintained that the governing APC is not only on course but remains focused on meeting genuine national aspirations.
The Profile Of New Secretary To The Government Of The Federation
The new secretary to the government of the federation Boss Gida Mustapha who replaced the sacked Babachir David Lawal is a lawyer by profession, a management consultant, politician and businessman who has spent many years in the political arena. born in Adamawa state, Mr. Mustapha attended Hong secondary school in Adamawa state and north east college of arts and sciences in Maiduguri, Borno state. He earned his bachelor of law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 and was called to bar in 1980. He was a member of the constituent assembly (1988 -1989). chairman, people’s solidarity party in defunct Gongola state from 1989 – 1990 and state chairman, social democratic party, Gongola state from 1990 – 1991. He was a gubernatorial candidate for the defunct SDP in Adamawa state in 1991 and also deputy national chairman of the defunct action congress of Nigeria [ACN] from 2010 to 2013. He was a member of the APC presidential campaign organization mobilization in 2015 and member APC transition committee in 2015. He is also a member, APC board of trustees.
APC Commended Buhari Over Mustapha Appointment
The all Progressives Congress – APC has commended president Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Mr. Boss Mustapha as the new secretary to the government of the federation. the party believes the president could not have made a better choice. in a statement signed by the national publicity secretary of the APC Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi described the new SGF as a competent, loyal and dedicated leader who over the years has demonstrated that he has a pan – Nigerian outlook.
Buhari Attends APC Caucus Meeting
A crucial meeting of the governing all progressives congress has ended with a firm resolve by members to bury their differences and work towards uniting, strengthening and supporting the party in executing its mandate for the good of all Nigerians
Buhari Hosts Cote d’ivoire President
Nigeria and Cote d’ivoire have resolved to chart a new course towards scaling up existing bilateral relations between the two countries in critical sectors of their economies. this came to light after a high level talks between president Muhammadu Buhari and his Cote d’ ivoire counterpart, Alassane Quattara in Abuja.
Defence Minister On Success Of Crododile Two.
Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike says the success recorded by operation crocodile smile ii in flushing out criminals in the state has erased the initial misconception about their mission. governor Wike stated this in a message to the closing ceremony of the operations in Iguruta Ikwere Lga, rivers state. that the minister of defence Mansur Dan Ali performed the ceremony.
Operation Ruwan Wuta Activities
still on security, the Nigerian airforce says its aerial surveillance will now include towns and villages within and outside the theatre of war. chief of air staff, air marshal Sadiqque Abubakar gave the assurance in Maiduguri during an assessment of operation ruwan wuta two launched about a week ago.
FRSC Steps Up Medicals Nationwide.
Every federal road safety corps estate nationwide is to have access to health care facilities at their door steps. this follows the inauguration of a new health care facility by the corps marshal FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi for over three hundred staff in Lokogoma districts and other residents to ease access to emergency health care.
Minister Of Information Appraises Geo-spatial Services
Minister of information and culture, Lai Muhammad says the use of the geospatial services will save the country more than two hundred million dollars annually. a “street view digital map” will ease navigation and location of streets has officially take-off in Abuja.
NPC Commences Phase 4 Enumeration Area Demarcation
The national population commission has commenced the phase four enumeration area demarcation exercise in 13 local government areas in the country. chairman of the commission, Eze Duruiheoma speaking at a media briefing in Abuja said the exercise will end on 19th of November this year.
NCPC Pilgrimage Service Providers Sign Agreement.
One air carrier and two ground handlers have signed a contract agreement with the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission NCPC As approved service providers for the 2017 pilgrimage exercise. the executive secretary of NCPC Rev. Tor Uja charged the service providers to ensure they deliver without compromise. Rev. Tor Uja advised intending pilgrims to eliminate the thought of Absconment as Nigeria has everything for a bright future. He encouraged leaders of state pilgrim board to work faster in preparations to catch up with the flag off of 2017 pilgrimage in Gombe state next month.
Nigeria Governors Forum on IGR
23 states in the country recorded overall growth of 20 percent in internally generated revenue last year from 687 billion naira in 2015 to 821 billion naira in 2016. Abdullahi Sulayman Iyaji reports that the director general of the Nigeria governors forum Asishana Okauru stated this at the opening of the 2017 igr national peer learning conference in Abuja.
Reps On Illegal Refineries
The house of representatives has advised security agencies to ensure that experts are involved in the destruction of illegal refineries and boats filled with petroleum products to avoid environmental degradation. this followed a motion moved by representatives Owoidighe Ekpoattai from Akwa Ibom state
Senate & house C’ttees Inspect Abuja Airport
The new international terminal building of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja is to be handed over to the federal airport authority of Nigeria by the end of february next year. this came to the fore when a joint committee of the senate and house of assembly embarked on an inspection of facilities at the Abuja airport.
Senate On Buhari’s New Appointment
The santé president, Bukola Saraki has re-affirmed the commitment of the eight national assembly to work closely with the federal government to tackle corruption in all forms, without fear or favour. National assembly correspondent Denis Adegunloye reports that this came during a point of order raised by the deputy leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah on president Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of a new secretary to the government of the federation The lawmakers also considered motions on the preventable economic loss arising from failure to complete the national library after eleven years. also considered war a motion on the abuse of expatriate quota by foreign multi-nationals
Mrs Buhari Hails NDDC Act
Following the signing into law the north-east development commission bill, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari has congratulated the government and the entire people of the north east on this major milestone. mrs. Buhari particularly commended the role played by the leadership of the national assembly and house committees on IDPS, refugees and north east initiatives under the chairmanship of Sani Zoro. she urged the appropriate authorities to ensure effective implementation of the act with optimism that it will bring the needed Success to the people of north east ravaged by insurgency. mrs Muhari has been a key player in the struggle for the
establishment of the north east development commission. to back this up, she presented a position paper before the national assembly on the 9th of may, 2016.
NAF Medical Outreach In Monguno
The Nigerian military has reassured citizens that its medical intervention in areas of operation is with the best of intentions. chief of air staff, air marshal Sadique Abubakar cleared the air once more as the airforce carries out medical outreach in Monguno.
Minister Of Education Presents Laptops To Selected Unity Schools
A new batch of 330 computer laptops have been distributed to selected federal unity schools across the six geopolitical zones under the federal government/sdg for ICT programme for the girl child. Ogechi Paul reports that the training component of the programme will be sustained to ensure inclusive and quality education.