Governor Willie Obiano Gives Quit Niotice To Okada Riders In Onitsha And Awka

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Mr James Eze, released a press statement after the state exco today, disclosing the state plan to ban Okada riders in two major cities.

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Commercial motorbike (Okada) operators in Onitsha and Awka, the capital city of Anambra State have been given until July 1, 2018 to change to another trade or vacate the two cities for good.

This is one of the many resolutions from the meeting of the Anambra State Executive Council today, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The ultimatum given to Okada operators in the two cities is part of the overall strategy adopted by the state government to deepen its crackdown on crime and restore sanity to Onitsha and Awka.

Similarly, residents of some make-shift structures on the banks of the River Niger stretching from Onitsha to Ogbaru have also been given until August 1, 2018 to relocate from those places along the waterfront as they have been marked for demolition. This is also a part of the campaign against the men of the underworld in the state.

The deadlines given to Okada operators and the shanty-dwellers are intended to offer them enough time to make the necessary adjustments in order to fit into the emerging socio-cultural scenario in the state.

Other far ranging resolutions of the Council include the establishment of a Committee on Environment with a mandate to clean up Anambra State, clearing out garbage dumps and overflowing drainages and demolishing illegal structures that are either obstructing the way or ruining the aesthetics of the Anambra environment. The committee is expected to sustain the on-going campaign to put an end to roadside trading that often leads to avoidable traffic congestion and return sanity to the roads and highways of Anambra State.

Re-inforcing the hard line posture of his administration against street-trading and erection of illegal structures across the state, Governor Willie Obiano specifically commended the agencies behind the on-going demolition exercise in the state, urging them to sustain the momentum until the state begins to wear a better look. He also sent a note of warning to owners of illegal structures along the famous Awka Road in Onitsha, saying that very soon the demolition team would sweep through the area.

He frowned at the current practice by Awka residents who sometimes dump their waste bins right in the middle of Zik Avenue and warned that anyone caught doing that would pay a heavy penalty.

The governor further announced that important public places like the Prof Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Alex Ekwueme Square and the vast premises of the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) would soon be given a facelift and properly remodelled to fit into the dynamics of the day.

According to him, the Amphitheatre of the Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre would be redesigned to serve as a stadium and completed as soon as possible.

The governor also frowned at the spate of daring encroachment on government land in the state by speculators and warned that there would be severe consequences for anyone who wanted to flagrantly break the law.


Any Leader Who Cannot Perform And Provide Good Leadership Should Be Voted Out Of Office, Former President Olusagun Obasanjo Says

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has said any leader who cannot perform and provide good leadership should be voted out of office.

He spoke at the Lagos State University, LASU, Convocation lecture in Lagos, on Tuesday on the topic, “Role of Tertiary Education in Promoting Social Cohesion and Peace: Opportunities and Challenges for Nigeria.”

Obasanjo, who did not mention President Muhammadu Buhari in his speech, however, said leaders who had failed should not think of seeking re-election but should get out of office.

According to Obasanjo, “We need those four things. If for any reason, you, as a leader in any walks of life, you cannot give leadership, maintain good governance; you cannot understand what development is and maintain and cherish values within our cultures, you must ship out no matter any level of leader you are.

“If we continue with business as usual, our chances of development within the committee of nations will be very slim. We have to do things differently in Nigeria for us to get things right. If we do this, we will be reckoned with globally. But if we fail, the world will leave us behind.

“As a leader, you must be ready to Give, or get others to Give (delegate). And if you cannot do either of the two, you must Get out. If we don’t have them, we are deceiving ourselves. God has given Nigeria what it needs. But we will get there if we apply the three Gs.”



Couple Sue Their 30-Year-Old Son For Refusing To Move Out Of Their Home

A New York judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ home after the couple tried and failed for months to evict their son.

At a Tuesday hearing, New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood sided with Mark and Christina Rotondo of Camillus, New York.

The couple have been trying to evict their unemployed only-son Michael for months because he refuses to pay rent or contribute in any way around the house.

Michael left court frustrated, saying he didn’t think the judge read the case fully, according toCNY Central.

He says he will appeal the decision.

‘I am just so outraged,’ he said outside of court on Tuesday.

His parents, Christina and Mark Rotondo, are pictured on the right.

They say they have been trying to kick him out of their house for months.

The Rotondos say their son has been living with them for the past eight years, without paying rent or contributing in any way.

Over the past three months, the couple have given their son five written noticesto move out, but he has ignored their orders.

Michael left court in a huff on Tuesday, vowing to appeal the judge’s decision


Your Greatest Mistake Was Not To Prosecute And Jail President Muhammadu Buhari For Looting PTF Funds, Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Tells Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Femi Fani Kayode, former minister of aviation says the greatest mistake former president Olusegun Obasanjo made was not to prosecute President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former minister writing on his Twitter page stated that Obasanjo at one time summoned Buhari over billions of dollars belonging to the Petroleum Special Trust Funds, PTF.

Fani Kayode wrote “The greatest mistake that OBJ made was not to prosecute and jail @MBuhari for looting PTF funds.

“I saw the report and it was shocking.Billions of dollars had vanished. Obasanjo summoned him and showed him the damning report.

“Buhari begged like a baby.Sadly Obasanjo let him off the hook.”

This is coming at a time when President Buhari hinted on Tuesday, the possibility of probing Obasanjo over the failed $16 billion power project.

In response, Obasanjo mocked Buhari, noting that he was ready to be probed.


Say No To Religious Terrorism And Ethnic Cleansing, Hundreds Of Catholic Faithfuls Say As They Protest In Uyo, Calls For President Buhari’s Resignation

Hundreds of Catholic faithfuls in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, Tuesday, joined their counterparts in other parts of the country to stage a peaceful protest over the gruesome murder of two Catholic Priests and 13 parishioners by suspected herdsmen in Benue State.

The peaceful protest, which was led by the Bishop of Uyo diocese-Most Rev.Dr. John Ayah, saw the Catholic leaders, Priests, women, youths and children march from the Bishop James Moynagh Pastoral Center at Dominic Utuk Avenue with placards of various inscriptions – to the Government House, where they registered their complaints before governor Udom Emmanuel.

Some of the placards read: “No to religious terrorism”; “Live and let’s live”; “No weapon fashion against Christians shall prosper”; “Say no to terrorism in places of worship”, Christian lives matter”; “No to ethnic cleansing”; “Human life is sacred”, stop the killing in our land, the slaughtered unborn babies are crying etc”.

Addressing journalists, the Bishop, lamented the collapse of security architecture in the country, noting that such lapses led to the invasion of the Catholic Church in Benue, where two Priests and 13 parishioners were killed by suspected armed herdsmen.

He, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to resign in line with the resolution of the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC), noting that “any government that fails to secure lives and properties of citizens has failed and should resign.

“The killings portray lack of security in the country and Buhari should know that there have been too many killings in the country. We should not continue to live in fear in the country.”

In the same vein, the Vicar General in-charge of administration in the Diocese, Donatus Udoette, urged Christians to remain calm in the face of the unprovoked attacks. He admonished adherents to continue to rely on prayers, mass and rosary as their spiritual weapons.

“We want to live in peace. Catholics can’t carry arms for self protection because our only weapons are prayers, rosary and mass. Therefore, we are asking Christians not to take up arms, but fight the battle with prayers and peaceful protest,” he said.

However, Governor Emmanuel commended their peaceful protest and appealed to the Federal Government to step security in the country to forestall further killing of citizens in parts of the country.


Nigeria Spends N1.4Trillion On Petroleum Subsidy, That Can Build Us Many Refineries Or Power Plants, You Need To Prioritise Your Expenditure, Former CBN Governor, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, Tells PMB

Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has called on the Buhari government to prioritise its expenditure.

He said this on Power Lunch, a CNBC programme, on Tuesday.

The monarch said: ”I have looked at some of the deliberate policy decisions that have been taken, such as the continuation of the fuel subsidy, we are spending a trillion naira to 1.4 trillion naira on petroleum subsidies.

“Imagine what we could do with that. How many refineries will be built? How many power plants you could build? How much you could fix on your transmission.

”So we need to decide for ourselves and understand that every dollar we spend, we have made a choice. We need to decide what is our priority and by this we can free up resources from some of these areas and put them into these areas.”

While speaking on how to increase revenues, he said countries that have the highest ratio of revenue to GDP are those that seem to be faring very well on the transparency international corruption perception index.

”There’s a surplus of capital in the world which is why we’ve had many many years of low interest rate. There’s a saving glut, but the reason you’ve got these so much capital is that they are looking for outlets,” Sanusi said.

”But those outlets can only come when the government begins to address the risks associated with investments and dealing with externalities and coordination problems.

”And as I said, If you want someone to come and invest in garment factories, well fix other issues. Make sure you give him electricity, give him the roads, give him security, then he invests and sets up.

”By coming together, identifying those areas and sitting with private sectors and asking what do you want us to do for you as a government? So you don’t force them to internalise all those externalities.”

Also speaking at the 2018 annual meetings of the African Development Bank Group in Busan, Korea, Sanusi said Africa’s economic transformation will be best achieved through fast-tracking regional cooperation and the execution structural reforms.

“Nine out of every 10 countries in Africa have huge trade deficits with China, but Asia developed mostly on domestic investments and resources,” he said.

He called for “deliberate industrial diversification”, noting that China has begun to move its mega-sized manufacturing capabilities out of low-cost industries.

“The African Development Bank has the intellectual resources and clearly is better positioned to negotiate with China on behalf of Africa as a bloc of nations.

“Europe approached global trade as a bloc so why can’t African nations do the same? This is clearly another area in urgent need of the Bank’s intervention,” he said.


Some Of You Have Been Lawmakers For Over 10 Years, What Have You Done, Confront Me Publicly Over Capital Projects, President Buhari Tells Senators

President Muhammadu Buhari has dared the national assembly to confront him publicly on capital projects.

The Cable quoted him as saying this on Tuesday when he hosted the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) led by Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service.

The president wondered what members of the national assembly have been doing, even when some of them have spent over a decade as lawmakers.

“This year and last year’s budget I took to the national assembly was the highest in capital projects – more than 1.3 trillion naira. Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the national assembly,” he said.

“What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing?”

The national assembly had disagreed with Buhari over the purchase of $496 million Tucano aircraft from the US without its approval.

Buhari later wrote to the senate and house of reps on April 13, for approval for the payment of the aircraft.


If I Were You, I Won’t Contest At 70 Years Of age, Custom Boss, Hammed Ali, Tells President Buhari

The Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali has said at 70, President Buhari should not have contemplated seeking re-election in 2019.

He, however, said that it was President Buhari’s love for the country and his integrity as well as his monumental achievement that had spurred him to seek another four year mandate.

The Customs boss, who led the Buhari Support Organization in a courtesy visit to the President at the State House, told Buhari that his administration had saved the country.

He said, “All we want to say on behalf of Nigerians that we are solidly behind you in this second term bid. People may ask why are you so passionate about change? Why were you so committed in 2014 and why are you so committed in 2018.

“This is because you are a man of integrity, of honesty and above all Mr. President you love this great nation. I have said it and I will repeat it here Mr. President with all due respect, at 70 plus, with a good retirement benefits and with your house in Daura, if I were you I will see no reason to be in this arena.

“But why are you here? It is because you love this great country. You left your comfort to serve Nigeria and that is why for those of us who love you for who you are said we must follow you and ensure that your second term in this country becomes a reality.

“Today is 2018. Way back in 2014 for those who did not know when you talked about your integrity, your achievements as a governor, as a minister, those that have gone are the ones who will understand what we are talking. Those of us who have experienced those past years know exactly what it was. But today, 2018, those of us here know that your being president has changed this country.

“Three years into your tenure, the tremendous achievements that have been made, we have laid the foundation; we have started building roads but Mr. President we must complete the building.

“What do we need to do? We must as your loyalists and people who believe in this country tell you that we are with you shoulder to shoulder and ensure that you are elected. And then the building will be completed so that never again will there be cause to destroy Nigeria.

“For me, you have been my mentor in service and out of service and I have been fortunate enough to have worked very closely with you. And so when I say some of these things I am saying it for the bottom of my heart because I know you, I know your commitment and your respect to this great nation.

“Mr. President it is always politics, and when politicians speak they speak with two sides of their mouth. We have seen people that have fortune suddenly. Four years back, some of us from the north east were not praying in the mosque, some of us from the north east had moved from our places of abode to settle somewhere else.

“And Mr. President, here in the city, the seat of government, there were booms going off every day. Today, we can sleep with eyes closed, today I drive at midnight, today we can breathe the air and most importantly, those of us who are Muslims can pray in the Mosque during Ramadan.

“That would never had happened. I remember as far as Kaduna is from north east, we could hardly sleep at night because of security, today we have that security. What else are we looking for?

“Mr. President, on the economy, today our economy has grown all because of the discipline you have instilled in the financial sector. All those non-challenges attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible.

“I tell you Mr. President and I use myself as an example, way back I used to get some funds and I used to use it and buy rice and give to some people. Mr. President today, I have to ration the rice that is fiscal discipline.

“Now, I know how to cut my coat according to my size and that is all because of you Mr. President. What else can we ask for?

“Mr. President, those of us that you gave trust and ask us to go out and work, today, we are working, we are deriving, not because of anything especially in areas like ours, where we step on big men’s toes, we do that because we know nobody will come and ask you to talk us and ask us to stop what we are doing.

“Mr. President, one area that I know touches your heart is that today we are about reaching our rice requirement in Nigeria, today we are seeing physically where people are rejecting foreign rice for local rice, today Mr. President if you go to some of our houses, what you will see is local rice and that is wealth for our people.

“Last year, during the Hajj period when I went home, many farmers came to me that they have never had it so good, so much so that the first 25 people that paid up their money when Hajj fares were announced, were rice farmers.

“What more can we say in terms of growth of wealth. People say we are hungry; of course the lazy must be hungry because if you do not work hard, manner doesn’t fall from heaven. So when people say we are hungry, there was never a times in Nigeria that food is dropped in the mouth of the people and they can never be.

“I can go on and on and enumerate what you have done in just three years of your administration but three is not enough to undo what was done in 16 years.

“The destruction, the monumental stealing that we have witnessed, the destruction of our structures and our system, it takes more than eight years to be able to address them and I believe in three years you have done wonderfully well.”


A President With Proper Understanding Would Not Say $16Billion Was Wasted On Power Project, I Am Ready To Be Probed Over The Issue, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Tells PMB

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he is ready for probe over the $16b Power Project.
He made this known in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

The statement reads, ‘It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari, apparently without correct information and based on ignorance, suggested that $16 billion was wasted on power projects by “a former President”. We believe that the President was re-echoing the unsubstantiated allegation against Chief Obasanjo by his own predecessor but one’.

Obasanjo argued that while it is doubtful that a President with proper understanding of the issue would utter such, it should be pointed out that records from the National Assembly had exculpated him (Obasanjo) of any wrong-doing concerning the power sector and has proved the allegations as false.

“For the records, Chief Obasanjo has addressed the issues of the power sector and the allegations against him on many occasions and platforms, including in his widely publicised book, My Watch in which he exhaustively stated the facts and reproduced various reports by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which conducted a clinical investigation into the allegations against Chief Obasanjo, and the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of the Recommendations in the Report of the Committee on Power on the Investigation into how the Huge Sums Of Money was Spent on Power Generation, Transmission And Distribution between June 1999 and May 2007 without Commensurate Result,” he boasted in the statement.

Obasanjo urged Buhari and his co-travellers to read Chapters 41, 42, 43 and 47 of My Watch for his insights and perspectives on the power sector and indeed what transpired when the allegation of $16 billion on power projects was previously made.

“If he cannot read the three-volume book, he should detail his aides to do so and summarise the chapters in a language that he will easily understand,” Obasanjo added.


No Matter What You Think Of Former Head Of State, Sani Abacha, He Built Roads, Hospitals And Other Infrastructure, President Muhammadu Buhari Says

President Muhammadu Buhari has praised late military dictator Sani Abacha for his work in building infrastructure.

Speaking at the villa on Tuesday when he hosted the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), led by Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Buhari said that regardless of what anyone thinks about Abacha, it must be remembered that subsequent civilian presidents spent billions on naira in infrastructure yet have had little to show for it.

In a comment that appeared directed at former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Buhari specifically noted: “You know the rail was killed and one of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than 15 billion American dollars not Naira on power. Where is the power? Where is the power?”

The President also spoke about the nation’s buoyant crude oil earnings in the past, compared to the meagre earnings during his administration, wondering why past governments ended up in debt rather than a deep purse.

“I have to repeat what I want public to know here. Some of you may not have heard it. Either there is no power in your place or even in the television, I said and I challenge anybody to check from Europe, Asia and America. Between 1999 and 2014, Nigeria was getting 2.1 million barrels per day at average cost of $100 dollars per barrel,” he said.

“It went up to $143. So Nigeria was earning 2.1m million times 100 times 16 years seven days a week. When we came, it collapsed to $37-38 and it was oscillating between 40 and 54 sometimes. I went to the Governor of Central Bank; thank goodness I did not sack him; he is still there! I went with my cap in my hand but there were no savings, only debt.

“And you know more than I do the condition of the roads and some of them were not repaired since PTF days. No matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him and the PTF road we did from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on… On top of other things in the institution, education, medical care and so on.

“You know the rail was killed and one of the former Heads of State between that time was bragging that he spent more than $15billion, not naira, on power. Where is the power? Where is the power? And now we have to pay the debts and this year and last year’s budgets I took to the National Assembly were the highest in capital projects: more than N1.3trillion.

“Let anybody come and confront me publicly in the National Assembly. What have they been doing? Some of them have been there for 10 years. What have they been doing? So, really, this country, luckily for me, I said it about eight years [ago] that we have no other country than Nigeria, we should remain here and salvage it together no matter what you have outside.”