Politics

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

18:00 Libby Cantrill Pacific Investment Mgmt Co, Exec VP/Head:Public Policy 18:10 Scott Perry (US)House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressman (R) 18:30 Donald S Beyer Jr “Don” (US)House of Representatives, Virginia Congressman (D) 18:40 Alan K Simpson Self, Former Wyoming Senator (R) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-01-19/house-passes-stopgap-spending-bill-video

Trump to Mark One-Year Anniversary With Gala at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair. That amount, according to the invitation, will pay for dinner and a photograph with the president. For $250,000, a couple can also take part in a roundtable. Trump told reporters in November that he had thought about having a celebration that month, a year after his victory over Hillary Clinton, but he was touring Asia at the time. The event, hosted by Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, and the casino mogul Steve Wynn, will benefit the Trump presidential campaign and the RNC. McDaniel’s maiden name, Romney, is not written on the invitation. Trump has had testy relatio...

Oredo LG poll: Former Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, endorse Tom

BENIN-CITY—FORMER Chairman of Oredo Local Government Area, Mr Osaro Obaze, the Oredo Local Government Area chapter of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, Edo State chapter, have endorsed Dr Tom Obaseki for chairman of Oredo Local Government Area in the forthcoming March 3, 2018 Local Government election. INEC PVCs It would be recalled that Obaseki had Wednesday picked his expression of interest form and nomination form for the chairmanship election in Oredo and assured of his readiness to key into the ongoing reforms in the Local Government Areas embarked upon by governor Godwin Obaseki. Speaking to Vanguard, Obaze asserted that “Looking at the people who intends to contest, Tom is one of the most qualified. He has been a constant factor in the ...

200 women graduate from INTELS empowerment programme

The Women Empowerment Programme Scheme Synergy (WEPSS) instituted by oil and gas logistics giant, INTELS Nigeria Limited has produced 200 women graduated for the 2017 session. INTELS According to   INTELS, “100 of the women completed the 20-weeks training in June while another 100 completed it in December 2017. The graduates went through intensive training in fashion design and tailoring under the tutelage of world-class professionals.” The Director of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Silvano Bellinato, said the company established WEPSS in 2013 as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, with the vision of empowering 5,000 community women over a 20-year period through training in fashion design and tailoring. He said INTELS acquired and made available over 300 s...

Blue Star’s Tramontano Sees High Probability of Gov’t Shutdown

12:00 Gina Martin Adams Bloomberg Intelligence, Chief Equity Strategist 12:10 Lori Calvasina RBC Capital Markets LLC, Head:US Equity Strategy 12:40 Lincoln S Ellis Northern Trust Corp (U.S.), Head of Investment Strategy: Global Family Office 13:00 Alan Ruskin Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, Mng Dir/Global Co-Head:FX Research 13:10 Michael M Rounds “Mike” US Senate, Senator:South Dakota 13:30 Thomas Michaud Keefe Bruyette & Woods Inc, Chairman/President/CEO https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-01-19/blue-star-s-tramontano-sees-high-probability-of-gov-t-shutdown-video

Goodbye Sirleaf, We shall not miss you – Owei Lakemfa

LIBERIA, the African country with the motto: THE LOVE OF LIBERTY BROUGHT US HERE, has seen quite bloody successful and attempted coups, and survived two barbaric civil wars. However, one  politician has been  part of  its troubled history for the past 46 years. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the out-going 80-year-old  president of the country has served in every government since 1972 when President William. R.  Tolbert. Jr appointed her an Assistant Minister. Since then, it has been one long story of a political leader that cannot be pinned down to principles. In 1980, a Master Sergeant, Samuel Kanyon Doe staged a  bloody coup in which President Tolbert was killed and some of his supporters, executed. But Sirleaf had no qualms serving as the Fin...

Dogara urges Buhari to sign PIGB

By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA—Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sign into law the Petroleum Industry Governance Bills, PIGB, when it gets to him. Yakubu Dogara It will be recalled that the bill was considered and passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday at plenary. The bill would now be harmonised with a similar one passed by the Senate last year. Dogara said the new legislation would be transmitted to the President as soon as it was harmonised. He explained that the parliament had to move on and pass its own version of the bill, following failure of the executive to present a draft bill to the National Assembly. A statement by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr....

Building Collapse: Lagos demolishes 21 structures

By Monsuru Olowoopejo Lagos—THE Lagos State Government yesterday demolished no fewer than 21 buildings allegedly erected illegally on government’s land in Ogudu axis, to restore original master plan of the community. Property on the parcel of land, 7.6 hectares, at Abule Shoko area, Ogudu, were demolished by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, to develop mass housing. Vanguard gathered that LASBCA officials stormed the slummy area at the early hours of yesterday and commenced demolition, forcing residents to struggle to save their property. It was gathered that the state government had over a year ago, issued quit notices to the occupants and that another notice was served to the owners four months ago before yesterday’s demolition exercise. General Manage...

A-Ibom Fire Service received zero allocation in three years —Umoh

By Chioma Onuegbu Eket—ACTING Director of Akwa Ibom State Fire Service, Mr. Ubong Umoh,  yesterday, said the department received zero allocation in the past three years. Umoh, who disclosed this at the ongoing budget defence, appealed to the state House Committee on Finance and Appropriations to augment the N300 million allocation for the department in the 2018 fiscal year. He attributed the sorry state of the state fire station at Dominic Utuk Avenue, Uyo, to lack of funds, adding that increasing the allocation will enable the department discharge its responsibilities effectively in 2018. Umoh, who is also the Chief Fire Fighter in the state, stressed that the N300 million allocation was grossly inadequate, noting: “For the past three years, nothing has been released ...

Zimbabwe opposition figure Roy Bennett dies in US helicopter crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roy Bennett, a former coffee farmer, was a thorn in the side of President Robert Mugabe Prominent Zimbabwean politician Roy Bennett has been killed with his wife in a helicopter crash in North America. The couple died along with three others when the aircraft crashed on Wednesday in a mountainous area in the US state of New Mexico. One person survived. Mr Bennett, 60, was a former white farmer who became a stalwart of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). His MDC party colleagues have been expressing their shock on social media. After the deaths of Mr Bennett and his wife Heather were confirmed on Thursday, prominent Zimbabwean opposition politician David Coltart tweeted his sympathy to the couple’s loved ones. Skip Twitter p...

Height Securities’ Miller Sees 65% Chance of a Gov’t Shutdown

18:00 Libby Cantrill Pacific Investment Mgmt Co, Exec VP/Head:Public Policy 18:10 Scott Perry (US)House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressman (R) 18:30 Donald S Beyer Jr “Don” (US)House of Representatives, Virginia Congressman (D) 18:40 Alan K Simpson Self, Former Wyoming Senator (R) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-01-19/height-securities-miller-sees-65-chance-of-gov-t-shutdown-video

Why Nigerian Navy budget should not be undermined – Ete-Ibas

By Joseph ErunkeABUJA-THE Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, yesterday, told the National Assembly not to undermine the budget estimate of the Nigerian Navy pending before it for approval. Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas Ete-Ibas said non approval of estimated budget of the servie had grave consequence for the country as it would spend heavier sums of money to contain security, especially within its maritime environments. To this end, the Naval chief tasked the National Assembly to look into the budget of the Nigerian Navy from patriotic point of view and appropriately approve same for the service to adequately contain security threats in the country’s maritime areas. Speaking when he received members of the House of Representatives Committee on Navy, led by its ...