Politics

Canada earmarks $3.5bn to boost women, children’s health in Nigeria

By Edoamaowo Udeme abuja—Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Christopher Thorney, has disclosed that the Canadian government has earmarked $3.5 billion to advance the health of women and children in Nigeria. The High Commissioner spoke during the Multi-Country Dissemination of the Rapid Access Expansion, RAcE, Project on Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illnesses, ICCM, in Abuja. Naira “Canada has a long history of working to improve the health of women and children in Nigeria.” noted Dr Thorney. According to him, collaborative efforts were in the areas of polio eradication and other Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH)  through Canada’s G8 initiative. Thorney said: “The initiative on MNCH was followed by the 2015-2020 commitment to invest $3.5bn...

Armed thugs attack PDP supporters at Lamido’s campaign office

By Ben Agande Kaduna—Armed  thugs yesterday attacked supporters of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who had converged on the Presidential Campaign office of the former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido. *Sule Lamido The former governor had gone to the campaign office to inspect on going work at the building located on Rabbah Road and was welcomed by a crowd of supporters. Lamido, who addressed the supporters before the thugs invaded, lamented that the All Progressives Congress, APC, government of President Muhammadu Buhari had deeply divided the country. He said: “There is so much hate, demonization and persecution, such that you are only accepted as a Nigerian if you are in APC. If you are in PDP, they see you as dirty, a rogue, and Boko Haram and yet, the AP...

How to get loan from BoI (5)

By Emeka Anaeto WE shall be rounding up this series on how to get business loan from the Bank of Industry, BoI, next week with a summary of all the basic information required for the loan application and processing which we have provided in the five-part series. Naira Today we are concluding the part on documentation requirement which we started with the micro-credit documentation requirement. This part is focusing on the documentation for the SME Credit. As in the micro-credit an loan applicant in the SME Credit category is required to have a formal letter of application introducing his business, as well as providing basic information about the business including its products or service lines, owners, management, years of operation, office or business premises locatio...

Arewa youths accuse Buhari’s govt of bias in anti-corruption fight

By Ben Agande KADUNA—Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of selective justice in the fight against corruption. Citing the case of the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, who is standing trial alongside the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), President of the Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, wondered why other people accused of receiving money were let off the hook. President Buhari He told newsmen in Kaduna, yesterday: “There seems to be concerted efforts to turn the tables against Dr. Bafarawa. “To single him out for trial amounts to selective justice, which is harmful to democracy and the Rule of Law. “Records at the disposal of our forum indicate that while the five othe...

Activist faults Amaechi on alleged N19bn scam at MAN, Oron

By Joshua Yousouph PUBLISHER of Shipping World Magazine, Elder Asu Beks, has challenged Transportation Minister, Chibuike Amaechi, to come out with facts and figures that the management of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, squandered N19 billion and also abused its N250 million approval limit. Amaechi Amaechi had said, during a radio programme in Abuja, that the out-gone management mismanaged huge sums disbursed to it while justifying the appointment of a six- man committee headed by Chief Adebayo Sarumi to oversee the institution for six months. The Minister had claimed on the radio programme that there was nothing on ground at Oron to justify the huge funds made available to the institution. Beks challenged the minister to visit the Academy to ...

21 Ibadan Obas: It’s not Ajimobi’s idea, High Chiefs asked for it – Oba Salaudeen

Ibadan—THE Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Amidu Ajibade Salaudeen, yesterday, said that it is wrong to say that Governor,  Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, approved chieftaincy reforms and elevated eleven high chiefs and some Baales to the position of kings for selfish reasons as it was not the governor’s idea but a demand by the high chiefs. •21 Ibadan kings recently installed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State. Oba Salaudeen explained that the high chiefs went to the governor and continued to harass him because it is their right and they had to fight for it, adding that they had to involve Ibadan elders when the governor showed reluctance in granting their requests. “I want to inform people today that the Oyo State chieftaincy reform and the elevation of high c...

Criminals are migrating to the water space- CNS

By Evelyn Usman The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas yesterday in Lagos,  attributed the  rise in sea robberies to the migration of criminals from land to the water, even as he assured that the Navy would  checkmate   the trend. Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette- Ibas, ( 4th right ) and other senior naval officers at the end of his tour of commands under the Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy. Speaking with journalists at  the end of his three days tour round commands   and naval formations under the  Western Naval   Command, the CNS said that the Navy  had been able to block all access in water where criminals used to  source for funds. This he said , led to their migration into sea robberies , all in the bid to get money. He...

Coping with the Monkey pox outbreak

THE current Monkey pox outbreak has again exposed Nigerians to the dangers of preventable and treatable diseases. Lassa fever, Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM and Cholera are just a few of the emergency epidemic outbreaks the country has so far witnessed this year. File: Pupils running away from schools over alleged deadly Monkey pox vaccination On September 22, 2017, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, received a report of a suspected Monkey pox virus disease from the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, NDUTH, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State. In less than a month, the Monkey pox affected 43 people in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT. For 24 days, the disease carried the tag of “suspected” until the Federal Government obtai...

Ebonyi probes alleged extortion of pensioners, retirees

By Peter Okutu ABAKALIKI—GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State, yesterday, ordered full investigation into the alleged extortion of some pensioners and retirees by the staff of the audit unit in the Office of the Auditor-General of the state. Umahi A statement by Governor Umahi’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Emma Uzor, said  the issues surrounding the non payment of pensions and gratuities in the state had been hinged on what he described as criminal padding and inflation of pension and gratuities accruable to some retired civil servants in the state which led the committee set up by the State Executive Council to look into the matter and harmonize the payment. According to him, “this criminal inflation and doctoring of figures as noticed in the payroll of pensioners and ...

$5.5bn foreign loan: FG to settle debts with $3bn —Adeosun

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said, yesterday, that the Federal Government would apply US$3 billion in refinancing the legacy debts of the immediate past government. According to her, the outlay is part of the US$5.5 billion foreign loan being sourced from the International Financial Markets. Kemi Adeosun The minister, who appeared on Arise TV’s news programme, said the proposed $5.5 billion loan was made up of two components, including  refinancing of heritage debts to the tune of $3 billion and new borrowing of $2.5 billion for the 2017 Budget. She said: “Let me explain the $5.5 billion borrowing because there have been some misrepresentations in the media in the last few weeks. The first component of $2.5 billion represents...

Fire razes Fayose’s G-Class in Lagos • We saw driver packing burnt cash from vehicle –Traffic officer

Kamarudeen Ogundele and Samson Folarin The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, escaped death by a whisker on Tuesday after fire consumed his Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos State. The PUNCH learnt that the vehicle had just had a lone accident when the governor fled it and escaped into another car which was in his convoy. It was gathered that traffic officials with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency later responded to the incident. A traffic official and witness said the driver of the G-Class, who waited behind until the fire was put off, later went in to pack some burnt N500 notes and other items in the car. He said, “The accident happened around 1.30pm on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway inward Airport R...

Kenyans vote in controversial election amid tightened security

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKenya’s election re-run explained Security has been tightened in Kenya as voting gets under way in a re-run of the presidential election which is being boycotted by the main opposition. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has urged people to vote and remain peaceful. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has pulled out of the election re-run, has called on his supporters to boycott it. Mr Kenyatta was announced the winner in an 8 August vote but the poll is being held again because of “irregularities”. The polls on Thursday opened at 06:00 (03:00 GMT) with tens of thousands of police and other security personnel deployed to protect voters and polling stations. On the eve of the vote,...