Sunday, 20 January 2019

HEDA WANTS EFCC TO PROBE FASHOLA OVER DIVERSION OF $600M POWER PROJECT

HEDA WANTS EFCC TO PROBE FASHOLA OVER DIVERSION OF $600M POWER PROJECT

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre (HEDA), which is a non-governmental and non-partisan human rights organization, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate an alleged diversion of $600million funds meant for the 3050MW Mambilla HydroPower Project raised against the Minister of Power, Works and Housing,

Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Taking a cue from a leaked report published on the 11th of January, 2019 by Saharareporters, an online newspaper, titled "Fashola Wants to Divert $600m From The 3050MW Hydropower Project to His Pet Project by Leno Adesanya", HEDA said the letter from Mr. Adesanya cannot be waved aside.

According to the petition signed by HEDA's chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, the Resource Centre said it believed that the allegation of diversion against the Minister is grave and should be treated with all sense of importance especially being a public office holder whom utmost integrity, accountability and responsibility is expected.

The petition to the anti-graft agency reads: "It was reported in the publication, vide the letter written by Mr. Leno Adesanya to Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola alleging that the Honourable Minister for Power, Works and Housing is covering realities about loan negotiations between China Exim Bank and the Federal government in connection to the 3050MW Mambilla hydropower project which dates back to 2017.

"The reported letter stated the Honourable Minister refused to put the Mambilla Project on the Bilateral Discussion Agenda to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari China in April, 2016 when he visited China. Mr. Leno Laitan claimed in the letter that he appealed to Governors Nasiru El Rufai and Alhaji Mohammed BadaruAbubakar and the Minister for Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe who went with His Excellency to China to make the Mambilla Project a priority."

HEDA noted further that: "Mr. Leno Adesanya also alleged that on the 30th of June, 2015, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari personally instructed him to report any act of corruption that may want to delay the accomplishment of the Mambilla project.

"He also alleged that he wrote a letter on the 16thAugust, 2017 to His Excellency questioning the treacherous attempt of the Honourable Minister of Power,Works and Housing to get the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to approve a multi-billion Solar Power project without the necessary feasibility studies, EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) report, budget approval by the National Assembly which in turn resulted in no Due Process Certificate."

HEDA also stated that Mr. Adesanya also alleged that the Honourable Minister misled the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari in a memo dated 22ndof May, 2017 to remove Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited from the project.It was stated in the report that the 3050MW power project, when and if accomplished should power thousands of industries in the northern area of our country and generate at least 5 million direct and indirect jobs, hence boosting the economy of the nation on the whole.

"The position occupied by the Honourable Minister of Power, works and housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola being a public office is one that calls for utmost integrity, accountability and responsibility.

"Hence, based on the above conveyed report, we believe this allegation of diversion is grave and should be treated with all sense of importance and in turn, we hereby demand for an immediate and urgent investigationof the said diversion of $600 Million from funds planned for the 3050MW Mambilla Hydropower Project by the Honourable Minister, BabatundeRajiFashola (Mr.) which is alleged that he wants to divert to a multibillion-dollar Solar project that has not gone through the due process to be implemented."

HEDA stressed that, "We as an organization relentless on seeing transparency and accountability actualized, owing to this backdrop, we hereby appeal that you use your good office to ensure that this matter is properly, effectively and painstakingly investigated with a view to ensuring that due process is followed in the actualization of the said project.

"Names were mentioned and letters referenced to support some of the assertions made in the petition and are capable of assisting your commission in the thorough investigation of the allegations, beyond the banter between Mr. Adesanya and Mr. Fashola (SAN)," the petition said.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

BREAKING: John Momoh Quits As Chairman Of BON

BREAKING: John Momoh Quits As Chairman Of BON

John Momoh, Chairman of Channels Media Group (CMG), has left his position as Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON).

This was revealed at the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on Saturday.

Godfrey Ohuabunwa was announced as the acting Chairman of BON.

Officially announcing the new position, Ohuabunwa said: "I want to let you know that John Momoh has just left as the Chairman of BON and I am the newest chairman of BON."

Ohuabunwa is currently the Group Managing Director at Gospell Digital Technology

Friday, 18 January 2019

Senator Uche Ekwunife visits Abatete. assures quality, effective representation

Senator Uche Ekwunife visits Abatete. assures quality, effective representation

In continuation of her tour of communities in Anambra Central, the Candidate of the People's Democratic Party for Senate Anambra Central, Senator Uche Ekwunife visited Abatete in Idemmili North local government.

Addressing the gathering, Senator Ekwunife reiterated the need for Abatete to support PDP in 2019. She noted that she wants to be a Senator who will attract meaningful development to the zone.

Speaking further, she said: "the current occupant of the Senate seat of Anambra Central has spent a year in the Senate with nothing to show for it. As your Senator for six months, I attracted road projects, sponsored bills and motions that passed through the Senate successfully. One of my bills, a bill for the Reenactment of Forestry Institute of Nigeria has been signed into law. With your support, I will do more".

She urged the people of Abatete to support her candidacy, noting that as Senator representing Anambra Central, Abatete will feel the impact of her representation.
Breaking: Court Grants Melaye Bail On Ground Of Ill-health

Breaking: Court Grants Melaye Bail On Ground Of Ill-health

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja has granted bail to Senator Dino Melaye currently being held in a police health facility in Abuja.

In a ruling on an application by Melaye, argued by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) Justice Yusuf Halilu granted bail to Melaye on health ground.

Justice Halilu was of the view the Senator must be healthy to stand trial.

He said since the Senator cannot be arraigned on the stretcher or ‎on his hospital bed, he should be allowed on bail to attend to his health.

The judge asked him to produce three sureties, one of who must be the Clerk of the National Assembly, who must undertake to produce him when he is to be arraigned in respect of a charge already filed against him.

The judge said the other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.

Details later…
SHOCKING: ShGovernor Okorocha Suspended Over 'Gross Anti-APC Activities'

SHOCKING: ShGovernor Okorocha Suspended Over 'Gross Anti-APC Activities'

"The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State.

Announcing his suspension on Thursday, the party accused the governor of "gross anti-party" activities. 

Okorocha was seen campaigning for his son-in-law, a member of Action Alliance, during an APC campaign rally in the state.

The governor did this without recourse to Aisha Buhari, the wife of the president, who was present at the rally.

A faction of the party in the state that suspended Okorocha said a committee was set up to investigate him and claimed his actions are in line with Article 21 (B) I-VI of the APC Constitution (October 2014 as amended).

The Imo State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Prince Marcellinus Nlemigbo, said that a letter conveying the message has been sent to the National Chairman of the party.

"A letter by the Imo State chapter of the APC signed by the chairman conveyed the suspension to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole. We regretted that Okorocha who is the party's candidate for Imo West Senatorial District has vowed to undermine the APC and its electoral interest," he said.

Nlemigbo added that the decision was to save the party from the "machinations of Okorocha", with the expulsion giving him time so that he can fully move to his party, the Action Alliance (AA)

Thursday, 17 January 2019

BENZ PALAVA!! Pant Hijackers At Ijebu Ode Eatery Mosun Cafe , Demands For Female Pants And Forces Pant On Those Who Didn’t Wear Pant For 5mins

BENZ PALAVA!! Pant Hijackers At Ijebu Ode Eatery Mosun Cafe , Demands For Female Pants And Forces Pant On Those Who Didn’t Wear Pant For 5mins


It has been alleged that some young men and young ladies went to a restaurant, mosun cafe at Ijebu ode Ogun state and gathered all the pants of the women and offered pants to those that didn't wear pants to wear for five (5) minute.
A lady identified as @Omotayo_Visuals took to Twitter to reveal the incident. She wrote…
Some boys went to an eatery at ijebu ode Ogun state and collected all the pant of the ladies there no killing or robbery they just went there for the pants, those that didn't wear pant were given pant to wear for five (5) minute.
  
Just in: Present your reason for detaining Melaye - Abuja court tells police

Just in: Present your reason for detaining Melaye - Abuja court tells police

A high court in Abuja has asked the police to present its reason for detaining Senator Dino Melaye - The presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, gave the order on Thursday, January 17, after Melaye's lawyer complained of his client's prolonged stay in police custody - Halilu explained that the police was put on notice to come and show cause why the detained senator should not be granted bail.

 An Abuja high court sitting in Maitama on Thursday, January 17, ordered the police to show cause over its continued detention of Senator Dino Melaye. Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west in the National Assembly, who has been in police custody since Friday, January 4, approached the court for enforcement of his fundamental right, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. 

 Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the order after Melaye's counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), informed the court that his client has been in police custody since January 4, against what the law stipulated. "We are talking about the liberty of a citizen not because he is a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but a citizen, this is contrary to sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution of Nigeria. "If you keep a man for 13 days you have already presumed him guilty," he submitted. Simon Lough, the respondent counsel, told the court that he only got the motion on notice on Wednesday, January 16, and needed five days according to law to reply. He added that he was not aware of the order to show cause. He said though Melaye was in the police custody, he as the counsel does not have the power to effect his investigation which was ongoing, preparatory to charging him to court.

 Lough therefore prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him file and serve his reply before Friday, January 18. The judge explained that the police was put on notice to come and show cause why the detained senator should not be granted bail. "The court was approached by the police for his custody and the court granted it, and now the court ordered that the police should come and explain why he would not be released. I granted an order on Jan. 14, that the police should come and show cause,'' the judge said. 

He, however, adjourned hearing till Friday, to enable the respondent file his reply on the applicant. Both parties agreed to the application for adjournment prayed by the respondent. The judge further ordered the respondent to serve the applicant all the processes on Thursday. Earlier, Legit.ng reported that some masked police officers reportedly stormed the hospital where Melaye was recuperating, carried him into an unmarked vehicle and whisked him off. According to a witness, the officers forced the lawmaker, who was on the hospital bed, into an unmarked vehicle and drove him away on Friday, January 11. The police has however released a statement to announce that Senator Melaye was moved from the Police Clinic in Area 1, Garki, Abuja to one of the medical facilities of Department of State Service (DSS). 
ANAMBRA CENTRAL:  _"Our Vote is for APGA" - Sen. Victor Umeh*_

ANAMBRA CENTRAL: _"Our Vote is for APGA" - Sen. Victor Umeh*_



It amazes me whenever I hear anybody saying he or she would replace Senator Victor Umeh in the 9th Senate. How does he/she intend to do it when the electorates yearn to cast all their votes for their most dynamic and dependable senator, the best in the history of Anambra Central Senatorial District. 

Again, what does he or she believe he could do differently or better if given the chance whereby Senator Victor Umeh has redeemed the zone from the ravishing effects of poor representation under PDP senators.

Today, Anambra Central can boast of a Senator with Consistent, Courageous, Effective and Reliable Voice in the Senate whose Motion has been voted the BEST MOTION OF THE YEAR 2018 and Bill for the Establishment of the Federal University of Education Aguleri, Anambra State considered essential and accelerated, and passed in less than 10 months of presentation (uncommon in the Senate).

From what we had in the past, where senators would be in the Senate as bench warmers, dumb without any bills or motion to impact the parliament; When we had senators who never laid a block in the whole of the constituency nor empowered a youth or woman; senators who sign-off our constituency funds and export them abroad for personal aggrandizement, senators who do not mix up with the constituents but only come back with intimidating wealth to buy their consciences and votes during elections... And recently we have also seen a senators whose only interest in the Senate was to belong to lucrative Senate committees (like the Senate Committee on Downstream) where she could make plenty money for herself while playing tricks on the people's emotion, laying claims on projects that never existed or was never attracted by her...

Today, Senator Victor Umeh's presence in the Senate redeems the presence of a full-fledged and proud Igbo man in Nigeria. He is proud to speak as and for the Igbo man and proud to call himself a Papal Knight of the Catholic Church in a chamber dominated by Muslim majority. He feels better mixing up with his constituents therefore attending numerous functions in his zone where he could easy reach out to them and be reached as well...

Senator Victor Umeh did not seek for lucrative committee but sought committees concerned with Federal Character (where he could impact on the sharing formula in the country) and those involved in trade and commerce, security and job creation to be able to achieve his mission and vision centered on Equity and Fairness for every part of the country. He was never ashamed neither afraid to speak against perceived marginalisation particularly by the Igbos; he condemned the forceful quelling and killing of unarmed Biafran agitators, MASSOB and IPOB to be precise.

ỌHA-MA-DIKE, a name that tells a lot about the bearer, an uncommon name in Igbo land, Senator Victor Umeh has proven himself a DIKE amongst contemporaries. He fought hard to reclaim some of the entitlements of ndị Anambra Central cornered by the former and brought them home to empower the youths and women. 

He is a lover of the youth and has over 200 students currently benefiting from his scholarship program (Victor Umeh Education Foundation - VUMEF) which has produced over 75 graduates in various degrees including masters and PhD, and an additional 70 indigent and intelligent children (10 from each of the local governments) in Anambra Central benefiting from the Anambra Central Scholarship Project initiated by him to promote education in the zone and promises to sustain the gesture as long as he remain. 

After 151 youths benefited from his Youth Skill Acquisition and Empowerment Exercise, another 34 has been uplifted as well with Keke Napep (Tricycle) all in a space of 10 months of his stay in the Senate. 

Compassionate Senator Victor Umeh (Member, Senate Committee of Environment) was at Enekwasump Obosi to witness the devastating effects of erosion in the area, sympathised with affected residents and encouraged contractors for the speedy completion of the project.

Truly, like Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye (Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese) puts it, the achievements of Senator Victor Umeh cannot be chronicled easily; a barely ONE YEAR old Senator has done so much to be used as example for others serving their forth and eighth year term accordingly. 

No matter the propaganda they carry about in their hate campaign and the ridiculous unachievable campaign promises they make, A BIRD AT HAND IS GREATER THAN TEN BIRDS IN THE SKY. Senator Victor Umeh has proven to be reliable, committed to the people's welfare and fearless to represent his people irrespective of all intimidation. 

Therefore NO VACANCY IN ANAMBRA CENTRAL 
#SenatorVictorUmeh4SecondTerm
#ForwardEver_BackwardNever

👉Anticipate: ONE YEAR IN OFFICE of Senator Victor Umeh


 *Charles Ifeanyi Obi*
Fake group stage protest at EFCC against Senator Akpabio*

Fake group stage protest at EFCC against Senator Akpabio*

Following the sponsored protest staged last Monday by a civil right group at the zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Wuse 2, Abuja, against former Akwa-Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio and demeaning allegations leveled against him were mere sabotage and sponsored campaign of calumny.

It has been discovered that the mounting support from different quarters for Akpabio and his adopted APC candidate, Nisma Ekere is a strong defeatist approach by the sitting governor, Emmanuel Udom of PDP. This is coming on the hills of Akpabio changing camp from the PDP to APC with a strong and still growing numbers of supporters in his trail.     

The protest and the allegation leveled against Senator Godswill Akpabio was described as blatant lies and a campaign of calumny orchestrated by the group to pull down the senator, so as to stop him from winning the state to the opposition party in the forthcoming general election.
Little wonder, Gov. Udom feeling jittery about an intending loss at the poll in a few months. Therefore, he has been using every strategy and orchestrated plans to truncate and demobilized Akpabio and party's moving train. But the Senator remains undaunted and unshaken by the false and fallacious allegations by Gov. Udom and his cohorts under the aegis of these baseless and unfounded by this civil right group.

With information at our disposal, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is yet to take any plausible decision against Senate Akpabio purportedly believing that it shouldn't be now that the election is fast approaching that they would now come up with these false allegations.

Even at the live broadcast interview with President Buhari, he declared that he had never interfered in the activities of the anti-graft agencies, EFCC or ICPC on probing anybody including Akpabio. With the civil right group listed properties in the petition as belonging to Akpabio, there are no concrete evidences to support their claim and allegation; even previous petitions had been withdrawn by their originators because of lack of evidence. 
This is not the first time Senator Akpabio has been going to EFCC to respond to petitions against him since he left office as governor four years ago. The protest by the group and the petitioners were pursuing a 'political vendetta'.

According the senator in a recent interview stated that 'I went to the EFCC personally to ensure that I answered to the petition and I answered them. I am the most investigated former governor in Nigeria. Go to anywhere in the world; I don't have a single house that I could sell, whether in the United Kingdom or Dubai. I m one of the few Nigerians who doesn't operate any foreign account. And I challenge anyone from anywhere in Nigeria to prove me wrong. So, forget about the contrived negative story that you heard about Godswill Akpabio.'

It was gathered that at the end of the protest which was allegedly ignored by the anti-graft agency, was said to have ended with disagreement as protesters were spotted at the front of Wuse Central Mosque, fighting over money as the leader of the faceless group as he was said to have shortchanged other members of the group as against the agree sharing formula.

Even it was said the sponsored protest was hurriedly put together by a top member of federal executive council in person of minister of transportation Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who is believed to be scary of Akpabio growing popularity in the South-South and this might have an effect on Amaechi's established leadership role and authority in the entire south-south region; such that this leadership role will not be consumed by Akpabio in the final analysis.
BOOBS??? I want to use my breast bag design to create more awareness for cancer – Christine Kato

BOOBS??? I want to use my breast bag design to create more awareness for cancer – Christine Kato

Christine Kato is reative director and founder House of Christine Art and Designs a Nigerian based company which creates Art inspired designs. The young northern based designer was born on May 2nd 1994 in Makurdi,Nigeria; a sociology graduate of the University of Abuja,Nigeria. Christie is an avid writer, artist, designer, a human and animal right activist, and a feminist who uses her design for notable causes. She is presently using her bag designs to create awareness for breast cancer awareness. In commemoration of the breast cancer awareness month I bring you the inspiring story of a young woman whose breast bag initiative isn't only helping to educate people on cancer but also advocate for more Health reforms as it relates to treatment and medical help.
Childhood Influence 
I wouldn't say I had this planned but I had a good foundation to prepare me for what I was to expect in the future; I always knew I could achieve anything I wanted as long as I put my mind to it. I was fortunate enough to have the basic things I needed to help me succeed.
Being an animal right activist
I believe animals are Gods special angels on earth; God placed them into our care for us to honour them: We lose more of our humanity when we are cruel to animals; we are the only true voices animals have; we must fight for them; we must save the animal; we must save our planet.
House Of Christine 
House of Christine Art and Designs is a Nigerian based Art/Fashion company which creates unique art pieces.
Our Art designs are form of one expressing himself: an essential ingredient to empowering the hearts of people they are a remarkable way of depicting culture all over the world, they act as therapy to convey memory, hope: to remind us that we can strive to see it appreciate it and have. it self appreciating art tells stories reflection of the society garnering attention to people about causes that are otherwise ignored.
They are pure works of art so they are delicately crafted so every ornamental detail, structure and functional property matters,so as to convey the message about the inspiration of the design.All designs are the first of its kind they are all intellectual properties of house of Christine arts and designs and are subject to patents
House of Christine Art and Designs is all about creating Art that people can relate to and showcase with confidence.
Inspiration behind breast bag for Cancer 
"The inspiration behind the design emanates from a feminist view: a revolution; the need to empower women to reclaim, celebrate and embrace their bodies, sexualities: to display the power of feminity: to create awareness about issues affecting women; to make feminity look fierce to celebrate womanhood." October is breast cancer awareness month and there is no better time to celebrate the design than now!
The reception so far 
There has been a lot of contention and controversy over the breast handbag design; some received it positively others negatively; some see it for what it really stands for while others have a different perspective of what it is; causing a lot of stir with attacks here and there. My staffs are also under attacks; and are told to cut ties with me.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm stubborn. I go for what I want! I fight for what I believe in! I'm an artist! I love what I do! I am unique! I am bold and daring!The more attacks I receive the more I'm motivated I am to push on.This is my world I rule it!.
Challenges
I would say an idea is just an idea until it is executed; also new ideas take sometime to be accepted but i would say what motivates me in life and my craft is the hunger to overcome a hurdle a difficulty, a problem a challenge. When I have an idea and seems so impossible to create and others think it's weird and crazy. I keep pushing no matter how long it takes in order to actualize what I have in my imagination: ironically when the piece has been created it receives appreciation and that's the best feeling ever. The road can very lonely but it later ends in victory learning from so many mistakes and finally creating a masterpiece. It's such a satisfying and fulfilling feeling.
Reward 
The greatest reward i have ever gotten lies in knowing that my consistency, persistence and hard work has finally paid off despite the odds; its such a fulfilling feeling knowing that I'm able to undertake any challenge and successfully achieve it.
My brand in 5 years 
In 5 years, my brand would be on a global level impacting and changing lives; breaking barriers competing among top world brands.
On Giving up
A few times in few seconds but I knocked some sense right back into me; I have got the heart of a fighter; nothing ever good comes easy and if it did it wouldn't be cherished as much as if one worked hard for it; I see every problem as a new opportunity to make positive impact.
Being a Woman of Rubies 
I'm strong, passionate, bold and daring powerful beautiful woman! I'm a trendsetter, I break the norms; I set the trend! I'm a woman of substance.
Advice to women battling with breast cancer
Women should see themselves for the magnificent beings they have been created to be; they must tap into their potentials and transform it in power; they must learn to embrace their true uniqueness and love themselves; chase their dreams and soar high! For those battling with Cancer, please don't give up the fight.