Oronsaye Report

The effort of the Federal Government over the years to fast-track its developmental plans and programmes devoid of bureaucratic bottlenecks informed the establishment of most of the existing Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies. Over time, with the increase in the number of parastatals their functions became overlapping and, in some cases, duplicated,
thereby increasing the cost of Governance. To check this, particularly in the context of the global economic downturn, the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, constituted a seven-man Committee on the Restructuring and Rationalization of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies on Thursday, 18th August, 2011. Continue reading…

Corruption, most terrible monster confronting Nigeria —Carrington

Former United States ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Walter Carrington has said that until Nigeria begins to rely less on capital intensive sectors of the economy and more on labour intensive ones, the country will find it difficult to meet its ambitious goals of being one of the world’s 20 most important economies.

Ambassador Carrington spoke, yesterday, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while delivering the 29th convocation lecture of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN.

He pointed out that,”diversification is urgently needed to make the economy less vulnerable to downswings in the petroleum prices. Even when oil prices were historically high, the unemployment rate, instead of falling rose from 21 per cent in 2010 to 24 per cent in 2011.” Continue reading…

Bad governance behind Nigeria’s poverty – Ezekwesili

A former Vice-President of World Bank (Africa Division) and former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has blamed the prevailing poverty level in the country on poor leadership and corruption in the public sector.

In a keynote address on the theme: “Literature and the creative economy”, she delivered at the opening of Port Harcourt Book Festival in Port Harcourt yesterday, Ezekwesili said it was sad that Nigeria, which should have blazed the trail of development in Africa and the entire Third World, was still struggling to survive after 53 years of independence.

She described Nigeria as the best example of an African paradox, adding that the enormous revenue the country had earned from oil has become a source of sorrow to the citizens. Continue reading…

Politicians have not hijacked strike, says ASUU

Yenagoa – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Niger Delta University (NDU) chapter, says it will not allowed opposition politicians to hijack the ongoing nationwide strike by the union.

The Chairman of university chapter of the union, Dr. Beke Sese, gave the assurance on Tuesday while speaking at a solidarity rally at the premises of the Law Faculty of the university in Yenagoa.

The union has been on strike since July 1. Continue reading…

Aviation: Authorities change story on N255m car scandal

Nigeria’s aviation authorities on Friday changed an earlier version of a story surrounding the purchase of two BMW 760 Li armoured series cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, for the minister of aviation, Princess Stella Oduah.

The spokesperson for the minister, Joe Obi, had earlier said in an interview that the cars were purchased for the minister of aviation because her life was in danger having stepped on toes while she ‘transformed’ Nigeria’s troubled aviation industry.
However, according to the new version, the cars were not purchased for the minister of aviation. Rather they were procured for special assignments and to protect foreign dignitaries whenever they visit the NCAA. Continue reading…

S/South PDP Senators meet over Jonathan’s 2015 ambition

Worried over threats confronting President Jonathan’s perceived re-election bid in the 2015 presidential election and the seeming sharp division among senators on the development, senators of the South South geo-political zone under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will meet in Asaba, Delta State, tomorrow, to discuss on how to handle the situation.

The meeting, according to Vanguard source, would be held at the instance of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South South zone in collaboration with the national headquarters of the party.

The party is said to be concerned about political developments in the House of Representatives where members of the party from the region had openly demonstrated their resolve to support the House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, to contest against Jonathan in the forth coming presidential election in 2015.

The leadership of the South South PDP Senators Caucus, was said to have been approached by both the leadership of the party in the zone and the national headquarters to arrange a forum where they can all meet to chart a common course, a development that gave rise to the scheduled meeting. …(continue from source)

2015: DPP moves to reposition

The  Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) has, at an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, disbanded its merger committee formed to negotiate how the party could join the proposed All Progressive Congress (APC). It has instead outlined strategies to work with other parties in what the party referred to as a “strong and strategic third party force that will alter the present political map based on better leadership alternatives that the Nigerian people will be presented with.” It also took far-reaching decision to stem what the party called “manifest indiscipline and gross misconduct that is so strange to the DPP”.

In a statement by its National Director, Media and Publicity, Abubakar Ateeku Yusuf, the party stated that the emergency National Executive Committee meeting, presided over by its National Chairman, Major Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), and attended by its prime movers and  state chairmen across the nation, decided to disband the former merger committee.The statement reads in part, “The Merger Committee formed as a result of the resolution of the February 13 NEC meeting is hereby disbanded and a new committee to be appointed to continue the merger negotiations with other political Parties.”

The statement noted that the party  resolved in the meeting to hold its national convention on May 25, 2013 in Abuja to enable the party function effectively. In attendance at the meeting were notable leaders including Chief Great Ogboru, DPP’s gubernatorial candidate in Delta State in the last general elections, and Chief Tony Ezeagwu, the party’s Chairman in Delta State.

CPC dissolves into APC

The National Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday in Abuja announced that the party had dissolved into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari, who made the announcement at the mid-term convention of the party, said the merger process by opposition parties of like minds was on course.

He said, “We must explore every opportunity to save our country. This is a historic moment when several different political parties have resolved to come together to change Nigeria for the better.

“We must seize this moment that calls for patriotism and sacrifice; it is time to sacrifice everything such as time, resources, ambition and ego for greater tomorrow.”

Buhari appealed for support of the merger of opposition political parties, in order to move Nigeria forward.

The CPC National Chairman, Chief Tony Momoh, who also spoke at the convention, said that it was the last convention of the party.

Momoh said, “We have had alliances, coalitions and other arrangements, but not merger in this country.

“That is why the decision by the progressive elite in Nigeria to come together to merger will work as planned.” …(continue from source)

Appeal tribunal upholds Lagos ACN candidate’s election

The Lagos State Election Petitions Appeal Tribunal Thursday quashed the judgment of the state election tribunal which ordered that a fresh chairmanship election be held in Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The Appeal Tribunal subsequently affirmed the election of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate, Jide Jimoh and his deputy, Mrs. Olumegbon Bola Lawal.

In a unanimous decision, the five-man panel headed by Justice Opeyemi Oke held that all the proceedings that led to the judgment of the lower tribunal were conducted without jurisdiction.

The appeal tribunal in its lead judgment delivered by Justice Mojisola Dada held that the lower tribunal lacked jurisdiction to conduct proceedings without any application for extension of time and without any order made extending the proceedings of the tribunal beyond 30 days as provided by Sections 14 and 54 of the Tribunal Law. …(continue from source)

Edo electoral body berates polls monitors

The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) on Wednesday berated some election monitors and observers, who it said, were masquerading for some political interest from reports they have been publishing on the April 20, 2013, local council election.

It, however, promised the people of the state credible election in Esan North-East Council and other wards in some councils across the state where polls were inconclusive.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Benin City, a member of the Commission, Prof. Stanley Orobatror, said many of the self-acclaimed election monitors who had been condemning the election in Abuja, were those who did not meet the criteria for monitoring the polls and also failed to force the Commission to pay them for the exercise.

He said 104 individuals and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) applied to be accredited but that on accepting their applications, “It was discovered that most of the applicants belonged to unregistered bodies while some had forged registration certificates”.