Monthly Archives: November 2019

Read How Oba Akiolu, Governor Obaseki, and Others Escaped Thugs Attack At Oshiomole’s House

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Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos and the vice-chancellor of Edo state university Iyahmo, Dr. Aderemi Makonjiola, we’re attacked today by thugs at the house of the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.

Governor Obaseki and others were said to have attended the maiden convocation ceremony of the Edo State University in Idaho, Estako West LGA of the state.

this informati9n was made known by the special adviser to the governor on media and communication strategy Mr Crusoe Osagie,

According to Mr. Osagie, the one of Lagos and governor Obaseki had gone to Oshiomole’s house to honor a lunch invitation when the incident occurred. And it took the intervention of the security men of the Governor to avert what would have been described as blood bad.

Meanwhile, the government has condemned the attack describing it as shameful for such an attack to take place in the house of the national chairman.

Stressing that it was unfortunate that they could not feel safe in the house of their party chairman.

“I am not sure that if I visit the house of the PDP chairman that they will attack me the way they did in the house of the APC chairman”

“It is so unfortunate that things have degenerated to this extent. But we will continue to pursue peace. We cannot afford to lose the gains of the past three years. We will continue to pursue peace” he said.

Cars were vandalized by the attacking thugs.

Source: Channels Television

Kiru/ Bebeji Election Nullified, Fresh Election To Be Conducted

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An Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna has ordered that the election of Kiru/ Bebeji federal constituency has to be freshly conducted.

Reps Abdulmummini Jibrin who was earlier declared a winner in the February2019 election was challenged by his PDP running mate Aliyu Datti Yako.
Justice Ajoke Adepoju who delivered the judgment said the elections conducted in Kiru and Bebeji could not stand as the final result contained in Form EC (8) E was mutilated.

She therefore ordered for another freeh election to be conducted.

Meanwhile, hon. Jibrin has taken to his twitter to call for calm among his supporters.

Read As Government Moves To Shut Down Sub Standard Secondary Scools

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The federal government has initiated a scheme to tighten the noose on operators of substandard secondary schools in the country.

Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made this known in a statement signed by Ben Bem-Goong, deputy director and public relations unit of the ministry of education. He stressed that the National Secondary Education Commission, (NSEC) will foresee that all secondary schools are up to standard.

According to the minister, “such mushroom” schools will not be allowed to operate. “As much as the government is doing everything humanly possible to bring every child of school age on board, quality and standard must not be sacrificed.

“The Federal Ministry of Education will present a memo on standardization and quality assurance for secondary schools at the next National Council on Education slated for Nov. 4th to 8th”.
The memo will also be presented to the Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE)’’.

Mr. Nwajiuba further calls on States, local government, school owners as well as stakeholders to work towards upgrading the standard of education in such schools.

Fashola Pays Tribute to Johnson, Describes Him as an Illustrious Pioneer and a Man of Singular Vision

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Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has expressed deep sadness and condoled with the government and people of Lagos State over the death of the first military governor of the state, Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson.

Fashola, who served as the 13th governor of Lagos State from 2007 to 2015, described Johnson as an illustrious pioneer, a man of singular vision, integrity and unwavering duty whose loss is “one that is shared by an entire nation.”

According to him, “General Johnson was a dedicated soldier and public servant and a loving husband and father. As the first governor of the newly created Lagos State in 1967, he faced immediate challenges in leading a restive federal capital territory. He handled those challenges with tremendous courage and unwavering grace.”

Noting that the late elder statesman established a strong administrative structure for the state, Fashola declared : “Beyond governing a state which was…

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Senate Urged Federal Government To Settle N400bn Pensions Fund

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The Chairman of the Senate committee on Pension Matters, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, has urged the Federal Government to pay the over N400 billion it is owing pensioners under the Contributory Pension Scheme.

Shekarau made the call on Friday in Lokoja while assessing the ongoing data capturing and verification of Federal pensioners in the state by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

He said that the amount represented the difference of 2.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent to 10 per cent in the contribution of the Federal Government which had accumulated over the years.

According to him, it is necessary for the government to remit the amount now before it escalates to the level that the government would not be able to pay.

He said that the outstanding amount was one of the reasons delaying the payment of the first trance of money to fresh retirees under the scheme. ” Payment of pension should be in the first line charge.

It should be paid before other workers receive their pay. “We have listened to the pension bodies during budget defense and we have taken note of the huge outstanding pension yet to be remitted by the federal government.

We have discussed extensively and we intend to take the issue up with the Federal Government so that the backlog is settled without further delay,” he said.

Shekarau, who is also a former Governor of Kano State, also said that the pension of retirees would be reviewed upwardly in line with the new minimum wage, saying that the issue was a settled matter under the Pension Act.

” As soon as the new minimum wage comes on board, we are ready for it and we have instructed all pension paying bodies to start calculating the increase. ” This is why we are graciously appealing to the government to pay all the backlog of unpaid pensions because as a result of the new minimum wage and new pension coming, the burden will keep growing and will be difficult for the government to pay,’” he explained.

Shekarau expressed satisfaction with the verification and data capturing of retirees being carried out by PTAD, urging pensioners under the Direct Benefit Pension Scheme to come out for the exercise.

The PTAD Team Leader for the exercise, Mr. Abubakar Aboki, while briefing the Senator said that 3,200 out of 3,500 retirees targeted for the exercise in Kogi State had been captured and verified as at Oct. 31. Aboki said that the exercise would end on Nov. 2 and urged pensioners who had yet to show up to do so.

Credit: Daily Trust