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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Senate withholds NIS recruitment tragedy report

Nine months after the Senate Committee on Interior submitted its report on the investigation of the March 15, 2014 tragedy that attended the recruitment by the Nigeria Immigration Service, the upper legislative chamber has refused to release the findings of the panel.

No fewer than 21 people reportedly died during the stampede that occurred at the NIS recruitment centres across the country.

The Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, who hails from the same local government area with the Senate President, David Mark, was widely accused of being responsible for the poor conduct of the nationwide aptitude test for the Nigerian job seekers.

The Senate on March 18, following persistent public outcry, directed its Committee on Interior to conduct a public hearing to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the stampede at the NIS recruitment centres.

The committee was to report back to the chamber within two weeks to enable it to take appropriate action that would discourage such recklessness during future exercises.

However, more than nine months after the committee, led by Senator Abubakar Bagudu, concluded investigations and submitted its report to the Senate, the leadership of the upper chamber had remained silent despite calls for deliberation on the report.

There were insinuations that the report of the panel might have been secretly implemented when President Goodluck Jonathan, about seven months ago, directed that three family members of each of the deceased applicants should be offered slots in a fresh Immigration recruitment exercise.

However, the committee empanelled by the President had yet to comply with the order while the controversy over the payment of hospital bills of the victims was yet to be cleared as the interior ministry was accused of failing to fulfil its promise to settle the bills.

Moro had at the Senate investigative hearing admitted his negligence in the NIS recruitment exercise.

The Benue-born minister had said, “With regards to the ill-fated day, I cannot abdicate responsibility; the buck in the entire exercise ends on my table.”

The Secretary of the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board, Mr. Sylvester Tapgun, and the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr. David Parradang, who testified before the panel, accused Moro of unilaterally contracting the exercise to the consultant, Messrs Drexel Technology Nigeria Limited.

Parradang had said that he protested the recruitment modalities by suggesting staggering of the exercise to be held in applicants’ state of origin, while the payment of N1000 for forms should be discouraged but that the minister did not listen to him.

Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma – Egba, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, who spoke with our correspondent on the issue on Monday said the report had not been swept under the carpet.

Ndoma – Egba said all reports before the Senate would be treated whenever they were presented for consideration.

Enang also assured members of the public that all legislative businesses pending before the Senate would be attended to before the expiration of the 7th Senate in June next year.

Meanwhile, apart from the report of the NIS recruitment saga, our correspondent learnt that the Senate Committee on Police, which investigated the teargas attack on Senator Magnus Abe by the police had yet to submit its report to the upper chamber.

Other reports, like the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Petroleum Industry Bill, Review of the 1999 Constitution and treatment of the 2014 National Conference report are all pending before the Senate.

Source Punchng

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Embrace peace, Adeleke urges defeated APC aspirants

The first civilian Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on Wednesday, appealed to aggrieved politicians in the All Progressives Congress in Osun State to embrace peace and cooperate with the party.

The former governor, in his Christmas goodwill message, felicitated with Christians in the state as they mark the festival, urging them to continue to live in harmony.

He called on the people of Osun-West senatorial district to give him another chance to serve them, promising to make life better for them.

Adeleke also enjoined the people of the state to vote massively for all the candidates of APC in the 2015 general elections.

He said he was eyeing the senate to consolidate on the economic empowerment projects he initiated during his first period at the senate.

He expressed optimism for a quick resolution of the Boko Haram crisis in different parts of the country while urging Nigerians to maintain eternal vigilance.

Adeleke said, “The cooperation and unalloyed loyalty of Osun citizenry for Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s government at this crucial time of economic downturn, cannot be overemphasized, stressing that, tough time don’t last, tough people do. Despite the lean financial resources of Osun State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola is determined to see all ongoing projects to timely completion for the benefits of the people, much against the wrong insinuation been peddled by the opposition.” He further appealed to Osun citizens, to take their destiny in their hands by not allowing self-centred, short-sighted and politicians of low repute, to infiltrate their rank, “as such people have nothing good to offer the state, except self aggrandizement and unruly conduct.”

Also, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, promised to improve all sectors of the economy such security, education, health, transportation and provide job opportunities if elected.

Makinde, in his goodwill message to Christians in the state, urged Nigerians to continue to make personal sacrifices for the good of others.

“By the grace of God, as your trusted servant if I am elected as governor of the state on the platform of SDP, my administration will do all within its powers and abilities to transform Oyo State and make it one of the best states in Nigeria and ensure better life for the people.

“Everybody will have every opportunity and encouragement to make significant contributions towards forging the required consensus for sustained peace, unity and progress of Oyo State.”


Monday, December 15, 2014

Nigeria’s high speed rail is ‘world-class’



Nigeria’s high speed rail project initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan has been rated among the global top 100 world-class infrastructure projects by KPMG. The rail will connect Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Warri, Bauchi, Abuja, and Port Harcourt and will cost the country $13 billion, much of which will be financed with a loan from the Export Import Bank of China. The China Railway Construction Corporation has secured the contract to build the 3,218-kilometre network, which will be digitally operated using fibre-optic cables, radio communication and wireless services. The project is designed to cover 54 stations and will take 25 years to build.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Nigerian Billionaire Buries Late Mum with Hummer SUV and $10000

Is this a case of too much money and nothing better to spend it on? Or too much love for one’s parent? We can never tell.

A Nigerian billionaire based in Enugu recently buried his mother using a Hummer Jeep. Rather than the conventional coffin, the billionaire decided to use an automobile to give his mum her final resting.
He also sprayed the hummer jeep with over 10,000 dollars.

Well, strange things abound

- See more at: http://gistreel.com/2014/12/03/enugu-based-billionaire-buries-mum-inside-hummer-jeep-alongside-10000/#sthash.1DlwG1Ng.dpuf