The State Online http://thestateonlinengr.com Get update of News, Sports, Politics, Business, Foreign, Entertainment, Econonny, on www.thestateonlinengr.com Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:13:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 http://thestateonlinengr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-ThestateOnline-Logo.fw_-32x32.png The State Online http://thestateonlinengr.com 32 32 Epitaph of Sen. Buruji Kashamu, By Yinka Odumakin http://thestateonlinengr.com/epitaph-of-sen-buruji-kashamu-by-yinka-odumakin/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/epitaph-of-sen-buruji-kashamu-by-yinka-odumakin/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:13:18 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30068 Senator Buruji Kashamu died of complications arising from COVID-19 on Saturday and was buried on Sunday in his Ijebu-Igbo hometown with our irresponsible society shunning all protocols on coronavirus by allowing a large crowd of hangers-on to mill around his corpse with possibility of mass infections and subsequent deaths. May his soul rest in peace. ...

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Senator Buruji Kashamu died of complications arising from COVID-19 on Saturday and was buried on Sunday in his Ijebu-Igbo hometown with our irresponsible society shunning all protocols on coronavirus by allowing a large crowd of hangers-on to mill around his corpse with possibility of mass infections and subsequent deaths. May his soul rest in peace.

But we will not succumb to the blackmail by two categories of people that we must call a thief a chief in the order of the censure former President Olusegun Obasanjo has come under for grafting an epitaph for the deceased. One, are those under some misleading injunctions that do not elevate societies and the second, are successful crossovers from the world of crime to mainstream who were defending their base and not necessarily the deceased.

This country was shocked years back when Senator Nuhu Aliyu, a former Deputy Inspector General of Police, raised a point of order on the floor of the Senate, screaming: “Mr President, there are criminals in this chamber.” At the end of the day, he was stopped from saying what he saw.

What happened was that he saw on the floor of the Senate, somebody he once arrested for armed robbery but who managed to escape justice in the Nigerian way. He asked the fellow what he was doing and he responded that he was a senator. He had crossed over.

If an epithet was to be written for Lawrence Anini and that man could influence it, you may have something like: “Here lies the remains of Chief Lawrence Anini, an indefatigable entrepreneur.” It is horrifying that criminals have taken over our political space since General Ibrahim Babangida’s search for new breed opened up the space for the new breed. Erstwhile full time criminals now realised that politics is the new crime where the possibility of doing time is so slim.

Kashamu was Eso Jinadu and you will hear Aiyefefele praising him with that name in several records released years back as a stamp of his past world. But like some of his peers in America, he had to drop that name to start a seeming clean life. A lot of Nigerian young people in the early ’70s emigrated to America not to seek the proverbial Golden Fleece but to pursue life in crime. They were mostly drop-outs. Those who were going abroad for serious study were mostly children of the elite who went to England.

By the time our politics became so accommodating of criminals, they found their way back home and used dirty money to take over everywhere. Their modus operandi is captured mostly in a portrait of Kashamu done by SaharaReporters in July 2017 under, “Buruji Kashamu: How Notorious Drug Kingpin Became Senator With Forged Certificates.” According to SaharaReporters investigations: “Mr.Buruji Kashamu, the drug lord wanted in the United States for heroin trafficking and senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, used forged educational qualifications to contest and win election to the Nigerian Senate in 2015.

“Mr. Kashamu, known in the social circles as ‘Eso Jinadu,’ remains the subject of extradition proceedings in the United States. A range of evidence unearthed through SaharaReporters investigations showed that Mr. Kashamu cooked a series of academic qualifications to mask his sparse education background to con the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to accept he was qualified to run.

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“In the affidavit in support of personal details, deposed to before the Commissioner of Oaths at the Ogun State High Court Registry, Ijebu-Igbo on December 15, 2014 and received by INEC three days later, Mr. Kashamu claimed to possess General Certificate of Education, GCE, obtained in 2006; and an Executive Diploma in English for Professionals, EDEP, obtained from the University of Lagos Department of English in 2014.

“In the completed INEC CF 001 forms and sworn affidavit, exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, Mr. Kashamu claimed to have earned seven credits including English Language but tactically blurred the subject section apparently in collusion with INEC officials. His examination number, as shown by the result he claimed to have obtained from the West African Examination Council, WAEC, was 5251320057.

“As proof of his cooked Executive Diploma in English, the wanted heroin baron, manufactured a letter, which he claimed was signed by Mr. Adeyemi Daramola, Coordinator of the University of Lagos EDEP programme. The letter, which bears August 11, 2014, states that Mr. Kashamu participated in the programme in the 2012/2013 academic session and completed his ‘final project’ in May 2014. It lists his Matriculation Number as 12213002.

“He passed by procuring a Merit in the examination. He will be presented with his certificate at a graduation ceremony later this year. Meanwhile, he should be accorded all the privileges of the diploma,” the confected letter states. However, admission requirements into the programme obtained by SaharaReporters from the Human Resources Development Centre of the University of Lagos include the possession of a credit pass in the English Language.

“However, a WAEC modulated examination result obtained by SaharaReporters shows that Mr. Kashamu scored F9 in English Language even though he was reported to have written the exams through a paid mercenary.

“This implies that there was no legally valid way he could have qualified for admission into the programme let alone receive certification. It also offers an uncomplicated indication that Mr. Kashamu lied under oath, an offence punishable under Section 118 of Nigeria’s Criminal Code, and which carries a penalty of 14 years in prison. ”

In January, the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal sitting in Chicago upheld the extradition request of the US Drug Enforcement Administration to bring Mr. Kashamu to the US to stand trial for his role in 1998 heroin case which was later adapted into a television series titled ‘Orange Is The New Black’.

For long, Mr. Kashamu had been well known on the Lagos party circuit, where Fuji musicians sang his praises and those of other dodgy characters, notably fraudsters and drug barons.

He was known as “Eso Jinadu.” He disappeared from view on return from the United Kingdom in 2003, where he managed to wriggle free of a US extradition order. He initially stayed off the radar. But apparently persuaded that going into politics could get the monkey of the extradition off his back, he joined the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where he set up what he called “Omo Ilu Foundation”.

Funded with money made from drugs, the foundation provided copious cash, rice, and even taxis as inducements for prospective voters in Ijebu Igbo, his hometown, to join the PDP. Mr Kashamu claimed that his 1998 indictment by a grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in the US was a case of mistaken identity. He claimed that the person involved in the alleged offences, to which a dozen people pleaded guilty, was his deceased younger brother, who resembled him closely.

Among those who pleaded guilty was US citizen, Piper Kerman, whose prison memoir was adapted for Orange Is The New Black. Mr. Kashamu maintained that the UK court saw that the US had withheld evidence that a principal conspirator in the said drug importation had been unable to identify him in a photo lineup. It was on that basis that the UK court refused a request from the US for his extradition in 2003 and freed him after five years in jail.

Fawning supporter

Last year, Judge Richard Posner of the Chicago Court of Appeal 7th Circuit quoted the US Justice Department as saying that the prospects of Mr. Kashamu’s extradition had improved. He added that if it is proved that Kashamu was the ringleader of the heroin cartel, he could face up to life should he end up in jail and challenged him to come to Chicago to prove his innocence in court.

He escaped extradition till he died largely on account of being a fawning supporter of the government in power though a member of PDP. Now that we know that people of his ilk would not want us to write their true epitaphs we must continue our naming and shaming so that our young ones don’t see them as role models.

It’s a shame for my corner of the country that such a man took Senator Abraham Adesanya’s seat at the Senate and represented Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Senatorial District. I was at Pa Adesanya’s burial in Ijebu-Igbo. I was not sure we had the crowd that bade Kashamu farewell; we have a duty to thin them out.

I once asked a prominent Ijebu-Igbo man the meaning of Kashamu and he told me it was the nickname of the deceased father, a local corruption of “Catch am” which he was given jumping fences. This must come to pass!

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NNPC Pledges to Boost Gas Delivery to Domestic Market http://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-pledges-to-boost-gas-delivery-to-domestic-market/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-pledges-to-boost-gas-delivery-to-domestic-market/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:44:18 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30062 … As FG Inaugurates Gas Transportation Network Code to Boost Gas Penetration The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has restated its commitment to working with relevant partners and stakeholders in the Oil and Gas Sector to boost delivery of gas to the domestic market.  ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE reports The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam ...

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… As FG Inaugurates Gas Transportation Network Code to Boost Gas Penetration

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has restated its commitment to working with relevant partners and stakeholders in the Oil and Gas Sector to boost delivery of gas to the domestic market.  ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE reports

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, made the commitment Monday at the launch of the Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC) which is designed to enhance the use of gas as a catalyst for national economic development.

In a goodwill message at the event, the NNPC GMD said the corporation was at the centre of gas delivery to the domestic market, stressing that it was involved in all the available gas delivery infrastructure in the country either directly or indirectly through joint venture partnership.

He said the inauguration of the Network Code was an opportunity to enhance gas delivery and utilization in furtherance of the Federal Government’s objective of transforming gas into a key component of the nation’s energy mix and revenue sources.

“We will continue to give our support to this process to ensure that the full delivery of this process is achieved. We commit to working closely with the DPR to ensure that the target of the government is attained.  This opportunity has provided the right framework for the transportation of gas from the source to the end user in order to get value. We are happy to have this framework on ground and we are ready to collaborate with all our partners, the gas off-takers, gas producers, transportation companies, shippers, and all those involved in the gas value chain,” Mallam Kyari enthused.

Speaking on the significance of the Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC), the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said it would help to grow gas infrastructure, expand gas utilization, curb gas flaring, and provide codes to standardize the gas value chain in line with global best practices.

The Minister said the NGTNC was part of the key reforms instituted by the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration to expand domestic gas-to-power, gas-to-industry and gas-to-manufacturing, thereby mitigating the challenges associated with gas flaring in the country.

He noted that the gas codes would go a long way in deepening economic development, improve gas supply, boost Liquefied Petroleum Gas supply, and attract more investment opportunities in the nation’s gas value chain.

Chief Sylva commended NNPC and its gas subsidiary, the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), for partnering with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to meet the six-month target to bring the Network Code to life.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Director of DPR, Engr. Saraki Auwalu, noted that the Department has emplaced the network code platform and would continue to work with all Industry players for the success of the NGTNC.

The highpoint of the ceremony was the unveiling of the Network Code Electronic Licensing and Administrative System (NCELAS) portal and the supervision of the signing of framework agreements among the NGC, Gas Hub, and Dangote Fertilizer Limited by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.

The Nigerian Gas Company will serve as the transporter while Gas Hub and Dangote Fertilizer Limited will serve as the shippers, with the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria Limited (GACN) in the role of agent as provided by the framework.

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JAMB asks higher institutions to start 2020/2021 admission processes http://thestateonlinengr.com/jamb-asks-higher-institutions-to-start-2020-2021-admission-processes/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/jamb-asks-higher-institutions-to-start-2020-2021-admission-processes/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:00:41 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30060 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday gave heads of tertiary institutions the green light to begin the 2020/2021 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, screening on September 7. The board explained that the shift in the date of admission was meant to allow pupils sitting for the 2020 Ordinary Level examinations conducted by the ...

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday gave heads of tertiary institutions the green light to begin the 2020/2021 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, screening on September 7.
The board explained that the shift in the date of admission was meant to allow pupils sitting for the 2020 Ordinary Level examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Examination (NBTE) obtain the required qualifications.
Prof Is-haq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar, announced this yesterday after a consultative virtual meeting with vice chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of tertiary institutions.
About 1,352,988 candidates, who scored 120 and above in this year’s UTME, are awaiting results.
Oloyede said: “The view of JAMB is that while we go on consulting at a point when it becomes necessary for decision, we should all come together and take a decision. Presently, as you are aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) on August 17, it will go on till September 7.
“Similarly, on September 21 or thereabout, NABTEB will begin its examination that will go on till October 15. Immediately after that, NECO will start on November 5 and will hold till November 18.
Rather than making candidates run, particularly when they will have to write their school certificate examinations in different towns and rush to university elsewhere for post-UTME, like somebody rushing from Sokoto to Ibadan for post-UTME, we believe, as a custodian of the highest sector of the education system, we should avoid that.”
The JAMB boss noted that institutions whose post-UTME screening is mandatory for candidates would have to spread such exercise in two phases.
“For those (institutions) that want to take post-UTME, that cannot be earlier than September 7, and it will be held twice – September 7 to October 4. And then, it will be held for the second time on November 18 to mop up those who are taking their school certificate examinations,” he said.
Oloyede, who hailed the submissions of heads of tertiary institutions during the meeting, said those that conduct admissions without the administration of any post-UTME screening should also ensure that candidates whose SSCE results will be released towards the end of the year are not denied participation in the admission.
Also, he said the board had withheld the results of candidates who sat for this year’s UTME at Correctional Service Centres (prisons) for suspected infractions.
“There are candidates who took exams in the prison yards that we know are not prisoners. So, we wrote to the correctional centres to explain how that happened, because we did not want non-prisoners to take advantage of the concessions we give to inmates,” he said.

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Eight arrested over southern Kaduna killings http://thestateonlinengr.com/eight-arrested-over-southern-kaduna-killings/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/eight-arrested-over-southern-kaduna-killings/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:54:38 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30057 About eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the killings in the southern part of Kaduna state. Addressing reporters in Kafanchan yesterday, Colonel David Nwakonobi, commander of sector 7 of Operation Safe Haven, a special task force drawn from the Defence Headquarters, said six of the suspects were arrested on August 5, 2020, in ...

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About eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the killings in the southern part of Kaduna state.
Addressing reporters in Kafanchan yesterday, Colonel David Nwakonobi, commander of sector 7 of Operation Safe Haven, a special task force drawn from the Defence Headquarters, said six of the suspects were arrested on August 5, 2020, in Lere local government area of Kaduna while two others were arrested at Chawai, Kauru local government area of the state.
He said the arrests were based on intelligence gathering.
Nwakonobi identified the suspects as Abubakar Ali, Ali Amadu, Bawa Idi, Umar Dikko, Mohammed Ibrahim, Garba Damon, William Barnabas and Adamu Joseph.
Nwakonobi said items recovered from the suspects include locally fabricated pump action guns, locally made pistols, 9 mm ammunition, machetes and motorcycles.
He disclosed that one of the militias involved in the recent attack in one of the communities was killed and his body discovered at Kiri village in the area.
Nwakonobi said the suspects had been profiled and preliminary investigations had commenced, adding that they would be handed over to the police for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.
“In a bid to curb the recent attacks and isolated killings in southern Kaduna, our troops have continued to intensify efforts aimed at curtailing the menace and ensuring peace in the general area,” he said.
“On August 5, our troops acting on credible intelligence, apprehended six suspected militias at Lere. One locally fabricated pump action gun, two locally made pistols, one 9mm ammunition, four machetes and two motorcycles were found in their possession.
“Our troops in conjunction with members of vigilante group, apprehended two suspects at Chawai, a village between Kauru and Zango Kataf. We also have information on the identity of some of the hoodlums that carried out the last attack.”

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I was already rich before becoming Minister – Malami http://thestateonlinengr.com/i-was-already-rich-before-becoming-minister-malami/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/i-was-already-rich-before-becoming-minister-malami/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:47:05 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30055 The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining his wealth following calls for his removal over corruption allegations. The Minister in the letter informed the President that he owned lucrative businesses before becoming a minister of the federation. In the letter, Malami listed 27 ...

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The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining his wealth following calls for his removal over corruption allegations.
The Minister in the letter informed the President that he owned lucrative businesses before becoming a minister of the federation.
In the letter, Malami listed 27 properties in his asset declaration form submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
“Among other things, I owned lucrative business ventures of Rayhaan Hotels and Rayhaan Food & Drinks, both in Kano, since December 13, 2013, years before the 2015 election that saw to the victory of President Muhamadu Buhari as the President and long before I was appointed to be a Minister in the first term,” he said.
The AGF, who has been under scrutiny following accusation made against him by the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu said the law “does not preclude me from gaining the fruit of my establishments.”
He also disclosed that he has commenced legal action against people who made the allegations against him.

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L-A-T-E-S-T N-O-W: Majek Fashek for Burial in US http://thestateonlinengr.com/l-a-t-e-s-t-n-o-w-majek-fashek-for-burial-in-us/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/l-a-t-e-s-t-n-o-w-majek-fashek-for-burial-in-us/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:24:01 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30051 From all indications, it has emerged that Nigerian music legend, Majek Fashek, who passed on, June 1, 2020, in the United States, will be committed to mother earth in the Yankee country, after efforts to bring his remains back home had failed. ONYEKA AJUMBI ONOCHIE reports This much was reavealed by his eldest son, Randy, ...

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From all indications, it has emerged that Nigerian music legend, Majek Fashek, who passed on, June 1, 2020, in the United States, will be committed to mother earth in the Yankee country, after efforts to bring his remains back home had failed. ONYEKA AJUMBI ONOCHIE reports

This much was reavealed by his eldest son, Randy, in a video message on Monday, August 10, 2020. Although Randy did not disclose the exact date and time for the burial, he confirmed the internment will be done in New York, USA, where the legend perfected his music career and eventually died.

It would be recalled that soon after the crooner’s death, his Edo State Fasheke family had made a public appeal for financial assistance to enable his body flown home, but it appeared all did not work out fine, thus the decision to inter it in New York, which was seen as the reggae icon’s alternative home.

Particularly, a Majek’s staunch fan and music enthusiast, who is also the owner of U&I Records, Agbonayinma was on the forefront of the effort carrying out the campaign on behalf of Fasheke family.

Agbonayinma who was also a former House of Representatives, standing in for Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency of Edo State, then told newsmen Majek was such a music legend and Africa pride that he would not be allowed to be buried away from home just like a destitute. He said, “with the support of the family, children and other well wishers, we are looking at how we can bring him to Nigeria to be buried here. This is going to cost quite a lot of money, especially with the challenge of COVID-19,” adding, “so we’re trying to raise funds. The only account we have right now to be donated into, is the senior son’s account, Randy. Making this public is not my decision alone; some people came and said we should set this up. They said we should set up accounts both in America and Nigeria. We want him to be buried here in Nigeria, his fatherland and not in some foreign land like a chicken.”

But as the saying goes, ‘man proposes & God disposes ,’ as it appeared the effect of the COVID-19 global pandemic has put a clog in the wheel of proactive plans, especially in the areas of logistics and fund raising. What with the all-round lull in economic endeavors? But the truth remains that Nigerians and continental music pundits remain with the African legend in spirit wherever he is interred, just as they already see him as global citizen. Adieu, the Pangolo Grandmaster.

 

 

 

 

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Zero fatality recorded in Oyo’s Covid-19 isolation centres since inception – Task Force http://thestateonlinengr.com/zero-fatality-recorded-in-oyos-covid-19-isolation-centres-since-inception-task-force/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/zero-fatality-recorded-in-oyos-covid-19-isolation-centres-since-inception-task-force/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 21:53:46 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30046 …2yr-old, 95yr-old, among recoveries …We undertake comprehensive assessment – Prof. Alonge The Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19, said on Monday, that Isolation Centres run by the state has recorded zero fatality since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, in March 2020. This feat, the Task Force noted, is due to the holistic approach ...

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…2yr-old, 95yr-old, among recoveries
…We undertake comprehensive assessment – Prof. Alonge
The Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19, said on Monday, that Isolation Centres run by the state has recorded zero fatality since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, in March 2020.
This feat, the Task Force noted, is due to the holistic approach adopted by medical personnel managing the COVID-19 situation.
The Task Force added that medical personnel at the state’s isolation centres regularly embark on comprehensive assessment of patients, proper management of any underlying ailment and a robust nutrition and exercise regimen.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, who doubles as one of the Risk Communication Coordinators of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that though 31 deaths have been recorded in the state since the index case of the virus was discovered in March, none of the fatalities took place in the isolation centres set up by the state government.
The statement added that all of the 31 COVID-19 deaths recorded in the state have been due to comorbidities or underlying ailments in the deceased.
All of the fatalities occurred at some private and other medical facilities outside those run by the state government, the statement said.
The statement also quoted the State’s Incident Manager and coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Dr. Taiwo Ladipo, and the Coordinator, Oyo State Isolation Centres, Professor Temitope Alonge, as confirming the development.
Oyo State’s isolation centres include those at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, Ibadan; Chest Hospital, Agbami, Ibadan; Igbo-Ora in Ibarapa; Saki, in Oke-Ogun; Aawe, near Oyo; and the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that Oyo State has not recorded any fatality in any of its isolation centres since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. That’s a fact and it is a landmark achievement,” Dr. Ladipo said.
He said that, though, 31 deaths have so far been recorded among COVID-19 patients in the state, none of the deaths happened at the state’s isolation centres.
He also stated that the state has tested 14,356 samples, recording 2,860 positive cases, 1,420 recovered cases and 31 deaths.
Prof. Alonge also confirmed the development, declaring that medical personnel at the centres adopted a holistic approach to COVID-19 management since inception.
While speaking on what he believes could be responsible for the feat, Prof Alonge said: “Well, many things. There is always the God factor. God has been good to us. Then our treatments actually commence very urgently and we pay attention to every complaint of the patients. “Our health care workers have been very prudent and meticulous, because, most times, when these patients come in and claim they have no symptoms, we take time to clerk them and ask detailed questions.
“So, we found out that in clerking them, many of them that claim they do not have symptoms actually have. So, we address those symptoms and we have added all manners of care to address their symptoms.
“The symptoms they think they don’t have or they think can be ignored, when they present them to us, we pay attention and deal with them. Of course, if we deal with that along with Coronavirus, we capture virtually all their complaints.”
He added: “Again, their nutrition has been very good. They have been on a high protein diet. The environment is conducive. They do exercise. Twice a week, they do aerobics and dance. Health care workers dance across the barrier and the patients are dancing across the other side of the barrier. There is a very good relationship with them. They are very open and they tell us how they feel, because they know we are concerned about every part of their livelihood.
“We have gone beyond just saying a patient is positive. We do baseline investigations to check their liver functions, we check their kidney functions. We check their blood for malaria parasites. We do comprehensive assessment both in clerking and blood tests. So, at the end of the day, some infections in their system that they are not even aware of, which Coronavirus will worsen, are taken care of. We pick them up early and begin to work on them.
“Sincerely, it has been a wonderful experience. We have had a 2-year-old. We have had a 95-year-old, who recovered. We have a wide range of patients. The average range is 34. We have taken a (child) delivery there (at the Olodo Infectious Disease Centre) before and the baby is COVID-19 free. The mother too has tested negative.
“As I speak, there are two pregnant women and one nursing mother there. We have every category of patients; millionaires, the poor, bank managers, directors, deputy directors of parastatals, government agencies. So, it is a mixed thing.
“Patients spend an average range of 10 days or, at most, three weeks. Any patient that is spending more than three weeks has other problems that we are coping with.”

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Makinde sacks Works Commissioner, swaps two others http://thestateonlinengr.com/makinde-sacks-works-commissioner-swaps-two-others/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/makinde-sacks-works-commissioner-swaps-two-others/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 21:46:16 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30044 …As Gov appreciates his contributions Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has relieved the Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja, of his appointment. The governor, in a letter dated August 10, 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the termination takes immediate effect. A ...

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…As Gov appreciates his contributions
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has relieved the Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja, of his appointment.
The governor, in a letter dated August 10, 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the termination takes immediate effect.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the letter titled “Termination of appointment” as saying: “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Honourable Commissioner, with immediate effect.
“Consequent upon the above development, you are hereby directed to hand over all the government items in your possession to the Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Transport).
“I am to add that, your contribution within the time of your sojourn is appreciated and commendable, and therefore, wish you successes in your future endeavours. I thank you.”
In another development, the governor has also approved the redeployment of two Commissioners, who were asked to swap portfolios.
An internal memo signed by the SSG with the subject: “Redeployment of EXCO members” indicated that the Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Bayo Lawal, has been moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while his counterpart who was manning that Ministry, Hon. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, is to move to the Ministry of Special Duties.
The memo indicated that the redeployment takes immediate effect.

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FG Spends N409.9bn to Settle Ex-PHCN workers, Says BPE http://thestateonlinengr.com/fg-spends-n409-9bn-to-settle-ex-phcn-workers-says-bpe/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/fg-spends-n409-9bn-to-settle-ex-phcn-workers-says-bpe/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:08:48 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30039 The Federal Government has, so far, spent N409, 915,331,675.45 on the payment of severance benefits to ex-workers and death benefits of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has said. ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE reports In a statement signed by the Bureau’s Head of Public Communications, Mrs. Amina Othman Tukur, ...

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The Federal Government has, so far, spent N409, 915,331,675.45 on the payment of severance benefits to ex-workers and death benefits of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has said.

ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE reports

In a statement signed by the Bureau’s Head of Public Communications, Mrs. Amina Othman Tukur, she said the payment streams were categorized into two:

  • Severance payments to former active staff of PHCN
  • Payment of PHCN retirees/death benefits which PHCN could not pay before it handed over to its successor companies.

According to the statement, for active, the total number submitted to the BPE by PHCN was 47, 913 and out of the number, 47,275 representing 99 percent have been fully paid. These were forwarded to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) for payment in 36 batches. BPE said out 638 outstanding active staff, there are: 167 duplicate and blank spaces on the list  –   414 never turned up for verification;  25 have been audited and are awaiting cash-backing;  9 with initial documentation problems will soon be audited; and   23 have documentation problems.

The statement notes that in the course of the verification,  81 cases were found to be short-paid which have been corrected  and cash-backed while 180 cases recently treated and recomputed for short–payment are awaiting  cash backing.

The Statement further said:  4,438 PHCN retirees/NOKs have been submitted to BPE in eight batches and to date, 3,131 representing 71 percent of the beneficiaries have been fully paid their entitlements with 1,307 yet to be paid. “This is as a result of 15 of them having error in serial numbering, 66 possible duplicates in submissions which while 14 of them have been recently audited,” she said, adding, “196 have been cleared and are awaiting cash-backing, 392 cleared and sent to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) for pension related benefits and 694 to the Presidential Initiative for Continuous Auditing (PICA) for Gratuities and Deceased Benefits.”

On the two (2) percent Union deductions, the Bureau said a total of  N7,485,291,722.89  has already been  paid to the defunct PHCN  Unions’ account from batches 1-36 while the Bureau has  already written to the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) to credit the Unions’ account  for the remaining deductions. On the ten (10) percent equity shareholding for staff of the defunct utility company, the Bureau explained that, in accordance with the privatisation policy, workers of enterprises that are slated for privatisation are entitled to be allotted some percentage of the outstanding shares of the company which, in the case of the PHCN, the Bureau reserved 10 percent of the balance of 40 percent (4 percent) for workers of the successor companies. “The Ten (10) percent shares due to workers of the Power Companies would be allotted to them after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) completes its assignment on the valuation of the investments done by state in the distribution companies. The valuation would form the basis on which shares will be allotted to each state government,” Othman further emphasized.

Regarding the non-computation of 16 months’ entitlements of staff of the defunct PHCN, the Bureau said that during one of the engagements with the unions on January 13, 2014 at the Federal Ministry of Power, it was agreed that “7.5 percent employer pension contribution of July2012 to 31st October, 2013 will be paid by the Federal Government (Market Operator)”. Though the decision had been communicated to the Market Operator, the Unions suggested that BPE should escalate the matter to the Vice President and the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) for consideration and resolution. Papers to the NCP on the matter are being completed.

On the post-retirement training of the former PHCN staff, BPE said   there was a decision to conduct a post-retirement training for them but that the lack of cohension among the agencies that had the responsibility to organize the training has caused the  non-implementation, adding that  as result of this, funding for the assignment is now in jeopardy.

BPE said some of the ex-workers and pensioners/NOKs are having difficulties to access their entitlements since 2013 when their payments were cash-backed due to invalid account details such as:non-NUBAN account numbers, wrong account names/numbers, and wrong bank names.

For the pensioners/NOKs, it is invalid RSA details such as: wrong RSA Account  names, wrong RSA Pins, wrong account RSA, multiple RSA accounts, failed payments attempted once  by officials of the various paying banks; and, bank account detail dormancy.

According to Othman, the Bureau and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) are working to resolve the problem.

 

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El-Rufai: Anybody who denies rotational presidency is wrong http://thestateonlinengr.com/el-rufai-anybody-who-denies-rotational-presidency-is-wrong/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/el-rufai-anybody-who-denies-rotational-presidency-is-wrong/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:22:07 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30034 …Says I’ll not support a northerner in 2023 Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has stressed the imperative to respect the spirit of rotational presidency in Nigeria to foster national unity among the country’s geopolitical zones that make it truly a nation, noting that anybody who denies the notion is deceiving him or herself. ONYEKA ...

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…Says I’ll not support a northerner in 2023

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has stressed the imperative to respect the spirit of rotational presidency in Nigeria to foster national unity among the country’s geopolitical zones that make it truly a nation, noting that anybody who denies the notion is deceiving him or herself. ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE reports

He said, although rotational presidency is not constitutional, it was a notional belief drawn by the nation’s elders to offer sense of belonging among the various federating units, judging from the country’s complex political structure.

He said, “I believe that no developed country in the world considers leadership based on where someone comes from. However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, and anyone who denies that is wrong.”

According to him, the southern part of the country is now in a better position to produce the president, come 2023, when the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime elapses, although he did not say a preferred region from the South west and South east. South west has joined the north to experience power since the present political dispensation in 199.

On this note, El-Rufai sounded it clear that he will not support any northerner to contest for the 2023 presidential election after Buhari.

He stated this, Saturday, during an interview programme with the BBC Hausa Service, insisting, “the southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I won’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.”

The Kaduna governor’s remarks come against  the backdrop of the recent comments of  President Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, challenging the veracity of the rotational presidency, which has, so far, drawn a deluge of flaks from southern political bloc, which insisted on the imperative for power shift from Buhari (a notherner) come 2023.

Although political pundits view El-Rufai’s comments as hypocritical, bearing in mind that in his Kaduna homestead, reverse is the case with his Northern Kaduna Moslems remaining in power in perpetuity, the governor said: “In Kaduna, I don’t work with people because they came from a particular zone, rather, I work with you based on your capacity to deliver on a task given to you and your ability to keep public trust.”

On his rumoured presidential ambition, he said, “it is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides the future of anybody; whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency

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Community residents share loot stolen by bank robbers http://thestateonlinengr.com/community-residents-share-loot-stolen-by-bank-robbers/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/community-residents-share-loot-stolen-by-bank-robbers/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:00:57 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30031 Some residents of Okeho town, Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, have been accused of stealing huge sums of money they allegedly recovered from armed robbers who attacked the community’s First Bank branch on July 29, PREMIUM TIMES reports. Corroborating the allegation, the traditional ruler of the town, Onjo of Okeho, Rafiu Mustapha, told ...

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Some residents of Okeho town, Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, have been accused of stealing huge sums of money they allegedly recovered from armed robbers who attacked the community’s First Bank branch on July 29, PREMIUM TIMES reports.
Corroborating the allegation, the traditional ruler of the town, Onjo of Okeho, Rafiu Mustapha, told the paper that investigations were ongoing to arrest “the bad boys and bring them to book.”
A senior official of the bank, who does not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, had told the paper about the gallantry displayed by the community’s vigilantes, local hunters and some members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC).
He said they intercepted the robbers a few metres from the bank, arrested four of them and lynched them.
However, the source added, as soon as the car in which the robbers were fleeing with the cash reportedly loaded in rice sacks was ambushed, leading to an accident, a crowd of young men and women forced the trunk of the car open and emptied the sacks.
The source said; “It is unfortunate that the gallantry displayed by the community men is now being overshadowed by the activities of the unscrupulous men and women in the community who stole what had already been saved by the brave warriors.
“This money is roughly N60 million and nobody has reported that a penny was retrieved. That is unfortunate. So what is the difference between the robbers who attacked us, killed a police officer and stole from the vaults, and those who shared the loot? Who says the robbers are not known to the community, then? Was it a set-up or what? The community needs to redeem its image.”
The bank’s operation manager, Saheed Aiyelagbe, who confirmed the development on Sunday morning, said he could not be categorical about those who stole the money.
He also did not confirm the exact amount stolen from the bank, saying the internal control officials of the bank had visited the branch and “had established the figure.”
“The vigilantes arrested those robbers, but unfortunately when we got to the scene, we didn’t find any cash there. So who stole the money specifically, I can’t say. But if Kabiyesi has confirmed that, he would know better because we were still inside the bank’s premises lying down when those things were happening. So we cannot tell what happened outside our premises.”
The community’s traditional ruler, who decried the development, said he was already mobilising the community to expose the “bad eggs” who may have taken part in the sharing of the loot.
The monarch said; “Yes, those who shared the money are bad boys from our community. They are everywhere here but we are working hard on exposing them, and I am sure God will expose them. We learnt they are already fighting over their shares. But by His grace, they will be exposed.
“If you recalled, on Thursday, July 30, a day after the incident, ahead of the commissioner’s visit, the police had brought one suspect arrested in connection to the incident to the community, and our people had tried to burn the suspect. Maybe it was during an attempt to disperse the crowd that stray bullets hit a resident and one of the drivers of the police escort vehicles. The police officer also later died that day. I went to the police in Ibadan and I was told the bullet retrieved from the late officer was from a double barrel gun. So it is unclear who shot, and that is what we are still battling again.
“So, on Tuesday, I went to see the commissioner of police on the whole matter. So, we are cooperating with the police to get all those that shared the loot.”
The traditional ruler added that to boost the morale of the valiant men, he personally gave N50,000 to the nine representatives of the vigilantes, OPC and local hunters.
Meanwhile police said investigations into the case are still ongoing and that in “a short while, the public will be briefed.”
Police spokesperson in Oyo State, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the report of both the discreet and preliminary investigations will unravel the details of the robbery.
Mr. Fadeyi said; “So after both the discreet and preliminary investigations, we will reach out to the press, and that will be in a short while. This is because we already have some suspects in our custody who are assisting the police in our investigations.”
Apart from the two suspects earlier arrested, the police on Tuesday said they have three more suspected.
A report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted a statement credited to Mr Fadeyi, which it noted confirmed the arrest.
The bank was attacked on July 29 by armed robbers who took away an undisclosed amount of money, NAN had reported.
According to the report, Mr Fadeyi said five suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the robbery, adding that they were “being interrogated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ibadan.”
Meanwhile, the bank official has denied the report that the robbers left the bank in an 18-seater bus, saying instead, the robbers loaded stolen cash in two cars; one belonging to a worker of the financial institution and the second car hijacked from a customer.
The official said; “I don’t know where they got the story of the 18-seater bus. If you look at the picture of the scene of the accident, you would see a blue Toyota Corolla car that was involved in the accident. That belongs to a colleague. The other car was also a Toyota Corolla but was hijacked at the entrance of the bank.
“So apart from the one that had an accident, we have a short video of the escape of the second car. But surprisingly, a few kilometres away, the other vehicle couldn’t move again, maybe its security. So the other members of the gang jumped into the bush to escape. We also didn’t find any money in that car either.”

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JAMB to review commencement date for 2020 admissions http://thestateonlinengr.com/jamb-to-review-commencement-date-for-2020-admissions/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/jamb-to-review-commencement-date-for-2020-admissions/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:41:43 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30028 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said it is considering a new date for the launch of the 2020 admissions process. In a statement yesterday, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the spokesperson of the board, said that JAMB will meet all heads of tertiary institutions on August 10 to discuss the possibility of shifting the ...

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said it is considering a new date for the launch of the 2020 admissions process.
In a statement yesterday, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the spokesperson of the board, said that JAMB will meet all heads of tertiary institutions on August 10 to discuss the possibility of shifting the commencement of admissions to a date that would better accommodate the ‘vagaries of the COVID-19 Pandemic.’
“As a responsive organisation whose mantra is equity and fairness, the Board desires that every aspiring candidate who had taken its UTME be given equal opportunity to compete with his/her peers for the available openings. This is the reason for its call for another meeting with all the institutions with a view to amending the earlier and mutually-agreed date for the conduct of Post-UTME screening and other processes,” he said.
According to him, as intellectuals, it is incumbent on the board and the various tertiary institutions to always provide practical solutions to perceived challenges for the smooth running of the sector without being prompted by the government.
“Such solutions, when arrived at, would then be forwarded to the relevant ministries or agencies for further inputs and necessary approvals. It is in view of this that the Board is working to pre-empt any unpalatable situation that may arise if institutions conduct their admissions without accommodating the vast number of candidates that are about to take their O’level examinations,” he said
The board, he said, will be looking at the possibility of ensuring that institutions either delay or prolong their screening exercises to accommodate candidates who will be taking the 2020 O’level Examinations to be conducted by WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and other entrance examination into tertiary institutions.
“The public will recall that owing to the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 Pandemic, candidates who had sat the Board’s UTME under the Awaiting Results stipulation, were unable to take the Senior School Certificate Examinations conducted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) etc., as scheduled,” he said.

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How Anambra Gov’s aide was assassinated inside govt’s quarters – Report http://thestateonlinengr.com/how-anambra-govs-aide-was-assassinated-inside-govts-quarters-report/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/how-anambra-govs-aide-was-assassinated-inside-govts-quarters-report/#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:31:06 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30023 How Anambra Gov’s aide was assassinated inside govt’s quarters – Report Gunmen on Sunday stormed the residence of Mr Azubuike Ekwegbalu, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Security, leaving him dead after allegedly stabbing him with a kitchen knife. It was gathered the incident occurred early hours of Sunday at his residence ...

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How Anambra Gov’s aide was assassinated inside govt’s quarters – Report

Gunmen on Sunday stormed the residence of Mr Azubuike Ekwegbalu, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Security, leaving him dead after allegedly stabbing him with a kitchen knife.

It was gathered the incident occurred early hours of Sunday at his residence at the Commissioners’ Quarters Awka, a high brow area for government officials.

An eyewitness said the late Ekwegbalu, who hails from Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area of the state, was a close relation to wife of the governor.

“He was murdered by unknown men last night at the commissioners’ quarters, Awka.

“This is barbaric. May his soul rest in peace.

“Security operatives must do all that is possible to bring the killers to justice,” the source said.

Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, SP Haruna Mohammed, said one suspect, who was seen in the premises had been arrested.

“On Aug. 9, 2020 at about 1:30a.m., there was a report of alleged murder of one Azuibuike Ekwegbalu, aged 43 years, native of Ogbunike in Oyi LGA but resident at the Commissioners quarters Awka.

“Following the report, Police detectives attached to ‘B’ Division Awka led by the DPO, CSP Emma Ogbuanya, visited the scene and rushed victim who was found in a pool of blood to COOUTH Awka for medical attention.

“He was certified dead by the medical doctor on arrival while his corpse was deposited at the hospital mortuary for autopsy,” he noted.

Mohammed said a careful observation on the deceased body revealed stab wounds while a blood stained Kitchen knife was also recovered as exhibit at the scene.

“Consequently, one suspect who allegedly was in the premises has been arrested and the case is under investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident,” he stated. (NAN)

 

 

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Water Ministry charged to be proactive to Lake Chad Basins http://thestateonlinengr.com/water-ministry-charged-to-be-proactive-to-lake-chad-basins/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/water-ministry-charged-to-be-proactive-to-lake-chad-basins/#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 19:42:11 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30019 The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has been charged to give proactive attention to the Lake Chad Basins with a view to strengthening the river basins in the northeast region for maximum efficiency. Issuing the charge was the Northern Governors Forum, which members gathered in Maiduguri, Borno State, Saturday,  August 8, for the second random ...

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The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has been charged to give proactive attention to the Lake Chad Basins with a view to strengthening the river basins in the northeast region for maximum efficiency.

Issuing the charge was the Northern Governors Forum, which members gathered in Maiduguri, Borno State, Saturday,  August 8, for the second random meeting. The forum asked the ministry to, particularly, be proactive in  doing this  by recharging the Lake Chad through national water bodies, thus strengthening the river basins in the region.

The Forum urged the Federal Government to ensure local content in the execution of the Mambila Hydro Electric Power project and other programmes of the North East Development Commission to ensure synergy with state governments. Additionally, it called on the Federal Government to revoke selected road contracts awarded by Federal Ministry of Works for years without progress and re-award same to more competent contractors and fund it to ensure timely execution. At the meeting also, the forum unanimously elected Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, as its pioneer chairman for a period of two years.

 

An 11-point communiqué issued at the end of the meeting attended by governors of Adamawa- Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Gombe- Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya, Borno- Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, Bauchi- Sen. Bala Mohammed, Deputy Governors of Taraba- Engr. Haruna Manu and Yobe, Idi Barde Gubana, states inter alia: 1. The Forum commends the effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria in fighting the insurgency. However, the Armed Forces should intensify effort to secure hard-to-reach areas in the region and ensure safe access to farm lands. 2. The Forum called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the deployment of state-of-the-art military hard ware to the region. 3. The Forum recommends that the manpower deficit in the Nigerian Armed Forces should be bridged by allowing the Police to carry state-of-the-art weapons where necessary and be provided with strategic equipment like high velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC).

  1. The Forum calls on the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to ensure that attention is given to recharging the Lake Chad from National water bodies and strengthen the river basins in the sub region. 5. The Forum pledges to work together to foster regional integration, growth and development especially in exploitation of its oil and gas potentials, mineral resources, agriculture and industrialization. 6. The Forum called on the Federal Government to revoke selected road contracts awarded by Federal Ministry of Works for years without progress and re-award same to more competent contractors and fund to ensure timely execution. 7. The Forum urged the Federal Government to ensure local content in the execution of the Mambila Hydro Electric Power project and other programmes of the North East Development Commission to ensure synergy with state governments.
  2. The Forum supports the management and Board of the North East Development Commission and agreed to work together in producing comprehensive strategic Master Plan for the region that will ensure sustainable development. 9. The Forum affirmed its commitment to support the Federal Government agenda of transforming the Almajiri system with a view to strengthening both Islamic and western education as well as stopping street begging and prevalence of out-of-school children in the region as agreed by the Northern Governors. 10. The Forum also nominated Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, MNSE, mni, Executive Governor of Borno State as Chairman of the Forum for a period of two years and the Headquarters of the Forum will be located in Maiduguri, Borno State. 11. The next meeting of the Forum comes up on November 7th, 2020 in Yola, Adamawa State.

 

 

 

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Buruji Kashamu for burial at noon today, says spokesman http://thestateonlinengr.com/buruji-kashamu-for-burial-at-noon-today-says-spokesman/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/buruji-kashamu-for-burial-at-noon-today-says-spokesman/#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 00:28:31 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30015 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE Late Sen. Buruji Kashamu who succumbed to Corona Virus pandemic yesterday in Lagos, will be committed to mother earth today at 12 noon in his Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State country home, in line with Islamic rites, a statement by his spokesman, Austin Oniyokor, has confirmed. The statement said the lawmaker, who represented ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

Late Sen. Buruji Kashamu who succumbed to Corona Virus pandemic yesterday in Lagos, will be committed to mother earth today at 12 noon in his Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State country home, in line with Islamic rites, a statement by his spokesman, Austin Oniyokor, has confirmed.

The statement said the lawmaker, who represented Ogun East Senatorial District and was also the Ogun state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 general election, died after a brief illness in a private hospital in Lagos, at the age of 62.

The statement read inter alia: “The Shodipo Kashamu family of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, has announced the death of the patriarch of the family, Senator Buruji Kashamu.

“Kashamu, 62, died today (Saturday) at a private hospital after a brief illness.

“His remains will be interred by 12 noon, Sunday, August 9, 2020, in his Ijebu-Igbo country home, in accordance with Islamic rites.”

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BREAKING: Buruji Kashamu is Dead, Gov Abiodun Wails http://thestateonlinengr.com/breaking-buruji-kashamu-is-dead-gov-abiodun-wails/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/breaking-buruji-kashamu-is-dead-gov-abiodun-wails/#respond Sat, 08 Aug 2020 21:02:15 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30010 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE A former lawmaker and businessman, Senator Buruji Kashamu, is dead, The State Online has gathered. Kashamu, who represented Ogun-East Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019, died at the First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos, confirmed his bossom friend and former colleague at the upper legislative chamber, Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, on his verified Tweeter ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

A former lawmaker and businessman, Senator Buruji Kashamu, is dead, The State Online has gathered. Kashamu, who represented Ogun-East Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019, died at the First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos, confirmed his bossom friend and former colleague at the upper legislative chamber, Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, on his verified Tweeter account (@benmurraybruce August 8, 2020.

The former Ogun State governorship candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was said to have died from Coronavirus complications after he was admitted in the highbrow Lagos hospital for over a week.

The State Online reports that First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos, was the same hospital where high profile Nigerians like the former Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, and law maker representing Lagos-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Sen. Adebayo Osinowo, had died of the same Covid-19 complications, although Kashamu was said to have had other underlying ailments, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Confirming his death in his verified Twitter account, Sen. Bruce said, “I have just lost my good friend of many years to COVID-19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseperable. He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.” Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has mourned the passing of Senator Kashamu, describing it as, not just a great loss to the people of Ogun East Senatorial District, but the entire Ogun State in general. He prayed for the Almighty God to give the people of Ogun state, his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

 

 

 

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NNPC Signs Pact with Partners to Resolve OML 130 Dispute http://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-signs-pact-with-partners-to-resolve-oml-130-dispute/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-signs-pact-with-partners-to-resolve-oml-130-dispute/#respond Sat, 08 Aug 2020 13:35:29 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30005 …Says Resolution Will Immediately Unlock about $510million of Gas Revenue BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE In its bid to meet the target of revving up production to 3million barrels per day and unlock gas revenues to the tune of about $225 million in the short term and $510million in the long run for the Federation,  the ...

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…Says Resolution Will Immediately Unlock about $510million of Gas Revenue

BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

In its bid to meet the target of revving up production to 3million barrels per day and unlock gas revenues to the tune of about $225 million in the short term and $510million in the long run for the Federation,  the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reached an accord with its partners, China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) and South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETROL), to settle all outstanding issues surrounding the development of Oil Mining Lease, (OML) 130. Speaking at the signing of Head of Terms (HoT) agreement with the partners, Thursday, at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the deal was part of the Corporation’s PSC Dispute Resolution and Renewal Strategy of 2017 aimed at securing out of court settlement of all disputes around the 1993 Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) and agreeing on terms for their renewal.

A press release by the Corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explains that the dispute arose from recognition of certain cost and discordant interpretation of the fiscal terms of the PSC by NNPC and the Contractor parties. With the resolution and signing of the Head of Terms (HoT) document which sets out the terms agreed in principle between parties in the course of negotiations, apart from unlocking over $225 million of gas revenues, it will also enable settlement of renewal fees and create an environment conducive to further development of OML 130 with associated benefits to the Federation.

“We are doing this with every other partner in the PSC dispute, we believe that we can close this engagement and conversation with all of you. The HoT will clearly enable us to proceed and have a full settlement, and this will benefit all of us,” Mallam Kyari stated. He commended CNOOC and SAPETROL for their understanding, while expressing delight that the HoT will facilitate the conclusion of all renewal issues.

In his response, the Managing Director of CNOOC, Mr. Xie Vincent Wensheng, said the agreement has opened a new chapter in his company’s relationship with NNPC, stressing that it has provided a win-win situation for all parties.

On his part, Managing Director of SAPETROL, Mr. Toyin Adenuga, said the resolution of the dispute was a very important step towards further development of OML 130 and other new fields as the terms are now clearly spelt out.

The execution of the HoT signals the resolution of a tax dispute that arose from the $2.3bn acquisition of a 45% stake in OML 130 by CNNOC from SAPETRO in 2006. The OML 130 consists of the Akpo and Egina Fields which have been producing since 2009 and 2018, respectively. It is operated by Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd which holds 24% stake, while Petrobras Oil and Gas BV and SAPETRO hold 16% and 15% stakes, respectively.

  • Pix: L-R: Managing Director of SAPETRO, Mr. Toyin Adenuga, NNPC GMD, Mallam Mele Kyari, and Managing Director of CNOOC, Mr. Xie Vincent Wensheng, displaying signed Head of Terms to signal the end of the over 10-year dispute over OML 130.

 

 

 

 

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NNPC GMD Leads FG Delegation to Condole Senegalese Govt over Death of Grand Khalifa http://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-gmd-leads-fg-delegation-to-condole-senegalese-govt-over-death-of-grand-khalifa/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-gmd-leads-fg-delegation-to-condole-senegalese-govt-over-death-of-grand-khalifa/#respond Sat, 08 Aug 2020 12:16:45 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=30000 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, during the week, led a Federal Government delegation on a condolence visit to the Senegalese Government over the passing of Sheikh Ahmed Tidiane Niass, the Grand Khalifa of the Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa. Kyari, who represented President Muhammadu ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, during the week, led a Federal Government delegation on a condolence visit to the Senegalese Government over the passing of Sheikh Ahmed Tidiane Niass, the Grand Khalifa of the Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa.

Kyari, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari during the visit, presented the Nigerian leader’s letter of condolence to President Macky Sall of Senegal in the Federal Government’s delegation that included the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammadu Babandede, among others.

President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, quoted the president

as having told his Senegalese counterpart in the condolence: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Ahmed Niass, has passed away in Senegal.

 

“Sheikh Ahmed Niass, who took over from his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father.

“He will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria,”

 

President Buhari had earlier in the week condoled with the people of Senegal and millions of members of the Tijjaniyya Islamic sect over the Grand Khalifa’s death.

 

  • Pix: NNPC GMD, Mallam Mele Kyari, delivering President Buhari’s condolence message to President Macky Sall of Senegal

 

 

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Benin Witches Lay Curses on Obaseki’s Oppressors http://thestateonlinengr.com/benin-witches-lay-curses-on-obasekis-oppressors/ http://thestateonlinengr.com/benin-witches-lay-curses-on-obasekis-oppressors/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 19:33:01 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29995 The Edo State House of Assembly’s struggle to impeach the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, went gaga, Friday morning, as the state’s witches and idol worshippers invaded the Assembly complex and started laying curses on purported oppressors of the governor, decreeing destruction and calamity on them for this singular act. They saw the attempted plot to ...

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The Edo State House of Assembly’s struggle to impeach the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, went gaga, Friday morning, as the state’s witches and idol worshippers invaded the Assembly complex and started laying curses on purported oppressors of the governor, decreeing destruction and calamity on them for this singular act.

They saw the attempted plot to impeach Obaseki as an act of oppression and wickedness, which they swore, will never happen.

Spokesperson of the group, the priestess of Ekutetebite Negwogho, Princess lnibokun lmasemwenbor, boasted she inherited her amazing powers as juju priestess from her grandfather, noting that whatever she decrees must surely come to pass.

She said, “I was at home when I saw on television the crisis at the Edo Assembly. I heard some of the things said, that some people from other ethnic groups are trying to turn Benin upside down. We, the Bini people, don’t like what they are doing.

“APC is oppressing Obaseki and that oppression will not be allowed for a man who has done so well for people of the state…

“Why I am interested in the matter is that we did not have access road to my community before Obaseki became Governor. We used to spend so much to come to Benin. But now, we can travel in and out of our community with ease and no more commotion.

“For that reason, I must support Obaseki for a second term. Any group of persons who say they will turn the state upside down to rig the election, let the heads of our ancestors torment them.

“Obaseki is a peace maker. He gave us amenities of life and for that reason, I have to back him up with all my strength,” she emphasized, assuring that Obaseki will surely be re-elected Governor again for another four years.

“Nobody will grab it from him and whoever says he will turn the state upside down to subvert the wishes of the people, help us tell them that the head of our ancestors will torment him; all the deities of Benin kingdom will torment him and his cohorts,” she sounded further.

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