Elder statesman and foremost northern leader, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai on Monday in Kano declared that the just concluded governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states did not meet the requirements of a viable democracy.
Yakasai who spoke from his Yankaba residence in Kano also called for immediate reforms in Nigeria’s political system, expressing fears that elections in Nigeria will not be any better if action is not urgently taken to establish standards that will ensure viable democracy.
247ureports.com reports that the All Progressive Congress (APC) recorded landslide victories against the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
According to Yakasai, “there are three important pillars upon which democracy survives. One of those pillars is vibrant, strong and independent political party system.
“Political parties ought to be controlled by the members; but in Nigeria today, the story is different.
“The second pillar is the electoral umpire—that is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). If the organization responsible for organizing election can be manipulated, then the whole system is shattered.
“The third pillar is the judiciary. The judiciary should have integrity. The judiciary ought to be controlled by men of integrity. Today in Nigeria, I do not think such is happening.”
Yakasai who was Political Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari of blessed memory, said he was not sure of a credible election in Nigeria in the nearest future if nothing is not done to rebuild the three pillars of democracy as he identified.
According to him, for democracy to strive in Nigeria, there must be reforms that will bring…
The trial of James Nolan, a British national before Justice E.O. Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja continued on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC presenting its first witness against the defendant.
Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), who are directors in Goidel Resources Limited-a Designated Non-Financial Institution (“DNFI”) and ICIL Limited-are facing a 16-count charge money laundering charge before Justice Abang, in the matter that is related to the Process and Industrial Development, P&ID gas processing and utilization contract scam, in which the EFCC has already secured the liquidation of the company and conviction of some of its management staff.
In today’s proceeding, prosecution counsel E.E. Iheanacho made available two prosecution witnesses,…
Dakar, Senegal, November 18, 2019 – Tony. O. Elumelu C.O.N, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and Chairman, United Bank for Africa Group (UBA) proposed job creation for the youth, inclusive growth, and gender diversity as priority areas for Africa’s development agenda to achieve peace and stability on the continent.
He said this while speaking on a high-level panel with His Excellences Macky Sall, President of Senegal, and Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, President of Mauritania. Other speakers on the panel include Florence Parly, Defence Minister of France; and Pierre Buyoya…
The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill also known as the Social Media Bill has passed second reading in the Senate.
The bill on Wednesday passed second reading with support by majority of Senators.
This is despite opposition to the proposed legislation by Nigerian citizens who are of the opinion that the bill seeks to fight free speech.
During the debate, only one lawmaker, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani opposed the bill. He argued that there is legislation in the country namely the Cyber Crimes Act which addresses internet falsehood.
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The Maiduguri Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, November 18, 2019 secured an 18-months prison sentence of Zanna Dalhatu without an option of fine before Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri.
Dalhatu, a prosecuting counsel with the Federal State Ministry of Justice, Maiduguri Office was arraigned on January 10, 2019 and pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge by the Commission.
His journey to prison started when he demanded for N7million bribe and also attempted to obtain the said…
It has become a very bad season for smugglers within Kano and Jigawa axis as
the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) Strike-Force Team in charge of Zone B on Tuesday in Kano showcased assorted seized contraband items, including second clothings, foreign rice, vegetable oil, used shoes, cars and foreign soap, with duty paid value of about N210 million.
Two notorious smugglers who were arrested during the operations are already in Customs custody and will soon be made to face the wrath of the law.
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Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf has taken over as the 6th Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in N’Djamena, Chad.
The Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja.
During the handing over ceremony, the Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission MNJTF, Amb. Mamman Nuhu congratulated the former Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Chikezie Ude for successfully completing his tour of duty.
Nuhu said that the most significant achievement of MMJTF under Ude was the continuous mobile operation concept, which was approved by the Heads of State and Government of Troop Contributing Countries.
He added that the new Force Commander was not new to the mission, having distinguished himself as the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Nigerian Army.
Also, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson, Amb. Zaina Nyiramatama, commended Ude’s efforts in dealing with the military and security threats constituted by Boko Haram Terrorists and wished the former commander success in his future endeavours.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has fulfilled his promise of a brand new bus to the Enyimba International Football Club of Aba as a token of his appreciation and those of the Government and People of Abia State to the team for their giant strides in football and for consistently making the people of Abia State proud.
Performing the function today at the Government House Umuahia, the Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr-acb Agbazuere assured the club of his consistent support to the Management and entire staff of the team to ensure that they continue to fly high…
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Donald Trump’s secretary of state has reportedly told three prominent Republicans that he is planning to resign from the White House to run for a Senate seat.
Mike Pompeo had planned to stay at the State Department until early spring 2020 but he is now concerned that his connection to Mr Trump, particularly through the impeachment inquiry, is hurting his reputation, according to a Time report.
The Republicans quoted in the piece reportedly include a former Trump administration employee and another who remains in the government, while the third has served in several high-ranking posts.
The report claims Mr Pompeo’s resignation from the White House will be timed to allow for the “smoothest possible exit” from the administration.
However, State Department officials said Mr Pompeo has dismissed the story as “completely false” and insisted he is “100 per cent focused on being President Trump’s secretary of state.”
Mr Trump is not thought to have been told about any plans for the exit.
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In 2017 budget which was valued at N470billion, Governor Wike earmarked N30billion for providing educational infrastructure and improving the quality of education. The budget was approved by the House of Assembly on 30 December 2016 and signed into law by the governor on 13 January 2017. In 2019, another N40billion was earmarked for educational infrastructure.
Prior to becoming the Governor of River State, Governor Wike was the Federal Minister of State for Education under the Jonathan administration.
On June 2019, Gov Wike declared free education for all state owned primary and secondary schools.
He said “From today henceforth, no child either in primary and secondary schools should pay fees and levies in any school across the state. The monies you collect from these children are just used for your personal purposes. If I hear that any school head collects any fees or levies, be they examination, NECO or WAEC fees, that school head would be sanctioned. We shall not only dismiss the school head who collects fees or levies, we will prosecute the person involved. Government will work out grants that will be sent to the schools for their regular management and operations.’’
He directed the Ministry of Education, the Senior Secondary Schools Board and the Universal Basic Education Board to monitor all public schools across the state to ensure full compliance. The governor also noted that his administration funded the salaries, allowances, examinations and equipment of all public schools. He assured parents that his administration was commitment to the provision of quality education and accessible to the less privileged.
Dr. Kaniye S. A. Ebeku, a Professor of Law and pioneer Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is the current Rivers State Education Commissioner. He became commission on December 2015.
Ebeku was formerly Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria; Head of the Department of Law at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria. He is a practicing barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
In February 2018, Students in public Secondary Schools in Rivers State staged a protest tover the poor conditions in their schools.
The students of Rivers State Comprehensive Secondary School, Olanada in Rumuola area of Port Harcourt said they have been neglected by the state government. The school pupils also complained that the State Government under Governor Nyesom Wike has abandoned Public Education.
One of the pupils said, “We have not had teachers for a long time. Only Youth corpers have been coming to teach us. We have been learning in only two classrooms. We are almost writing WAEC but nobody has been teaching us. We have not done practical. We don’t have laboratories. The government is not doing anything”.
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Recently a heated debate over sharing of Nigeria resources and the necessity for diversification of revenue earning avenues was raising hell amongst the bloggers of a yahoogroup. The heat was sparked by the remark that “the northerners have managed to out-maneuver the southerners in Nigerian national affairs repeatedly”. A blogger in response questioned how one can say that just because somebody suggested setting up agricultural development commission in the North? and another blogger chimed in to state that northerners aren’t as smart as the southerners. He continued to explain that the reason for his assertion is that southerners are numerous in the movies and in Medical/Health and Computer related businesses, doctors, nurse, X-ray technicians, Physical Therapy business, Home Health Care etc. He referred to them as the creative class.
The fact is the northerners have outperformed the southerners time and time again -politically and otherwise as a group. The assertion is not based on a suggestion either but on the reality on the grounds. Northerners have had an edge over the southerners ever since the early 1900s and not just due to the perils of the recent war but long before the war. The south has always taken a backseat in the arena of national affairs. In fact since the inception of Nigeria, southerners have stayed second class citizens while the northerners stayed first. The question is, why this imbalance? Is it possible to really understand that southerners may have in fact played the biggest role in creating this imbalance on herself? Could it possibly be that southerners got out maneuvered as alleged? If so, are southerners too ashamed to attest to…