WIKE DARES BEST APC STATES TO COMPARE WITH HIM ON DEVPT

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has challenged  the national leadership  of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) to present their   best performing states  of the party  for a peer review  against  Rivers State.  Speaking while inaugurating 10 internal Roads  constructed  by  his administration in Ogbunabali area of Port Harcourt  on Friday, Wike said that Rivers  State was the centre of fast  delivery of pro-people projects in the country.  He said: “I challenge them (APC) to bring their states  for a peer review  against Rivers State. Let them attempt to…

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BEN BRUCE ANGRY OVER STATE OF FEDERAL ROADS IN BAYELSA, SEE HIS RESOLVE

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce who is the chairman of the Senate committee on Privatization, led members of his team to inspect some Federal roads in his home state, Bayelsa state yesterday and he was deeply angered by what he saw. Expressing himself via social media this morning, he wrote “Yesterday, committee members and I, went on inspection of federal roads in Bayelsa state. It is sad that there is no federal project ongoing in Bayelsa. The last time a federal road was commissioned in Bayelsa was during the time of Gen. Yakubu Gowon.…

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WHY INVESTORS ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM NIGERIA – PETROLEUM MINISTER, IBE KACHIKWU

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja There is some level of latent difficulty for investors to come and invest in Nigeria due to security concerns, among other issues, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said. This is coming as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum                               Corporation, Maikanti Baru, announced that the country’s current crude oil production had risen to 2.2 million barrels per day. Kachikwu, who spoke at the 6th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries Conference organised by CSR-in-Action on Wednesday in Abuja, noted that although…

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FASHOLA REPLIES GOJE: SAYS SENATOR’S LANGUAGE UNPARLIAMENTARY

FASHOLA TO GOJE : DON’T TRIVIALIZE THE ISSUES RAISED ON BUDGET 2017 · Says Senator’s language is unparliamentary, therefore not deserving of a reply · I need a better budget as a tool to do my work and that is why l am speaking out – Minister The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN on Thursday said it was regrettable that the Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje would seek to trivialize the issues he raised about the unilateral slashing of the budgetary allocation…

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HOUSE OF REPS REPLIES FASHOLA: YOUR BUDGET WAS SECTIONAL

The House of Representatives has said it will not allow the nation’s resources to be unfairly distributed to the detriment of any section of the country. According to the lawmakers, the National Assembly was forced to tinker with the 2017 bAudget document because the proposal presented by the President Muhammadu Buhari for the Ministry of Works,  Power and Housing failed integrity test as it was skewed to favour a section of the country. House Spokesman Abdulrazaq Namdas, in a statement yesterday, said it was time for the Minister, Babatunde Fashola, to…

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NASS INSERTING NEW PROJECTS INTO BUDGET HAS NOCONSTITUTIONAL BACKING SAYS SENIOR LAWYERS

Ade Adesomoju, Success Nwogu, Oladimeji Ramon and Olaleye Aluko Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Tuesday, faulted the claim that a Federal High Court in Abuja had, last year, affirmed the power of the National Assembly to increase budgetary estimates submitted to it by the President. Falana was the plaintiff in the suit in which Justice Gabriel Kolawole delivered the judgment cited by the federal lawmakers that the power of the National Assembly to alter the executive’s budgetary estimates had been recognised by the court. Also, another Senior…

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FASHOLA BOMBS NASS AGAIN, TELLS THEM TO ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUES

Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola said the National Assembly’s response to his observation on the 2017 Budget did not address the issues he raised on the cut of allocation to critical projects. He expressed concern over the recourse to name-calling and personal attack by the lawmakers and insisted that the legislators lack power to insert items in the budget prepared by the executive. The minister said he was worried that spokespersons of the Senate and House of Representatives failed to state the reason the National Assembly cut…

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EL RUFAI DECLARES DEVELOPMENT STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SOUTHERN KADUNA

*Preaches Unity At Sallah By MSUE AZA,Kaduna The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir  El-Rufai, has urged Nigerians to uphold national unity and jointly resist the agents of division. El-Rufai, who spoke shortly after Eid prayers in Kauru town, headquarters of Kauru local government area, said that Nigerians should not allow agents of doom to realize their sinister agenda. el-Rufai,also declared state of development emergency in Kauru local government area in Southern part of Kaduna State, lamenting that 92% of Kauru council area has no access to electricity. El-Rufai said the…

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FASHOLA SPREADING HALF TRUTH ABOUT BUDGET, LAGOS- IBADAN EXPRESSWAY SAYS SENATE

In a statement by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate noted that Fashola did not give members of the public full details about the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which has been on a private finance initiative from the beginning The Senate has cautioned the Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), to stop spreading wrong information and half truth about the 2017 budget as the legislators worked to ensure equity across the country on all new and outstanding projects. In a statement by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu…

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SCANDAL ROCKS NBC AS NIGERIA MISSES DIGITAL SWITCH-OVER AGAIN

By GODWIN APEH Very reliable sources within the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) have confirmed the alleged payment of N2.5b to Pinnacle Communications Limited owned by Mr. Lucky Omoluwa, who is one of the three licensed signal distributors. The payment which was done two weeks ago has been kept secret, and apparently was done without proper due process, and only with the alleged approval of the Hon Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who apparently according to financial rules has no authority to approve payments exceeding 50m. Whilst the digital television…

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