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[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has recommended ranching as solution to the incessant herdsmen's attacks in the country.
 
Ezeokafor who stated this at the Blessed Iwene Tansi's Catholic Parish, Ebenebe, in Awka North council area of Anambra state, called for a revolution in the system of rearing cattle for livelihood.
 
He also enjoined Southeastern governors to expose youths in the area to mechanized system of rearing cattle by ranching, saying it would help to restrict Fulani cattle herders' encroachment into community farmlands.
 
"Developed countries like Ireland, Israel and Korea with small landmass, adopted ranching in their meat supply. With that improved method, cattle rearing is confined in enclosures which enhances cattle yield in both quality and quantity in meat and milk," he said.
 
According to the cleric, when Igbo youths use mechanized system of rearing cattle, it would motivate their Fulani/Hausa counterparts to emulate them, stressing that such move would also increase mutual advantages and coexistence between herdsmen and farmers.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has assured Nigerian workers of speedy implementation of an enhanced minimum wage.
 
He said the National Tripartite Committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari has swung into action and would likely conclude all arrangement about the minimum wage in the third quarter of 2018.
 
Speaking to newsmen in Awka, at the weekend, the minister said Buhari attached great importance to the committee with a close supervision to it, assuring that the committee would come out with an acceptable minimum wage.
 
"President Buhari is monitoring it strictly, and I am monitoring it too. I wear a double cap as minister of labour, who is the regulator and also as the deputy chairman of the committee.
 
"We had our inaugural meeting on 14th December and we did a frame work for our work. We will finish our job before the third quarters of this year, but we may finish earlier," he added.
 
 
On what Nigerians should expect as the minimum wage, Ngige declined to reveal what he had in mind, but promised to table it before the committee as well as back it up with productivity indices.
 
 
*Photo Caption - Dr. Chris Ngige
 

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Youths from the northern region, said they would back the Southeast region to produce the president of Nigeria in 2019, adding that their support would weaken the agitations for a Biafra Republic in the country.
 
The declaration was made during their summit at Arondizuogu in Imo State. The groups included Arewa Youths Forum, Arewa Youths Coalition for Peace, Northern Central Youth Club, as well as Youths for One Nigeria, among others.
 
This came as the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, said it has successfully launched a new Radio Nigeria Hausa station for the oppressed people of the North.
 
According to IPOB, the new station would start its maiden broadcast by 7pm tomorrow on Short Wave 15110 KHz 19 Meter Band, and would be received in the West, East and Southern Africa.
 
Speaking on their supoort for Igbo presidency, the Spokesperson of Arewa Youths, Alhaji Haruna Waziri, revealed that the convener of the youth summit, Mr. Iheanachor Ezeakor, has been endorsed by the group for 2019 presidency.
 
Part of the reason given by Waziri, was that with an Igbo man as president of Nigeria, Biafran agitations would be slackened, while peace and unity of the country would be strengthened.
 
He said: "Today, we are making history by endorsing a youth to run for the number one seat in Nigeria. Mr. Iheanacho Ezeakor is a youth, who has broken the barriers of ethnicity and religion, a youth the Northern youths believe in; a youth who is a true Nigerian.
 
"We do not believe in things not working out; we believe that this is the time to change the narrative in Nigeria. This community, Arondizuogu is a place where democracy started in the country and that is why we are here today to correct all that had gone wrong.
 
"We made this statement in Enugu, Lagos and Abuja; today the climax of it all is taking place in Ezeakor's village here in Arondizuogu.
 
"We took this step because our leaders have failed us; they are old and tired; we can do it because the youths contribute the major votes.
 
"It is no longer about ethnicity or religion now; it is about who you have confidence in. Ezeakor is a detribalized Nigerian; we don't want fanatics; we want a true Nigerian."
 
Waziri was of the view that Ezeakor's victory will not only quell the agitations for Biafra, but will also further unite Nigerians, whether from the South or the North," he noted.
 
Ezeakor who accepted to run for presidency, said he was not going to do that on the platform of PDP or APC, saying that the parties were for old politicians. He hinted that he was going to tell Nigerians soon the party on which he would vie for the presidency.
 

Ezeakor said: "So, I'm just acting as the catalyst, to motivate the youths; we are not fighting the government, but we want them to understand that we have come of age.

 
"My own as the convener of Nigerian Youth Summit is to make sure that things will not remain the same because we can't continue with the arrangement that youths are the leaders of tomorrow."
 
IPOB launches new Radio Nigeria Hausa Service
 
Meantime, IPOB has said that its new Radio Hausa station would expose all the misinformation and manipulations by northern leaders to keep the Indigenous Populations of Northern Nigeria, IPNN, backward in a bid to continue to oppress and lord over them.
 
This was contained in a statement signed by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful. It also said that those with the illusion that IPOB had been weakened by the absence of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, would be disappointed this year, as it would soon increase the tempo of its activities.
 
 
The statement read, "In keeping with our promise to facilitate the creation of an unbiased and informative platform to take the message of liberation to the down trodden and oppressed Indigenous Populations of Northern Nigeria, we the family members of the IPOB, worldwide and it's indomitable leadership, wish to happily announce the official launch of the much anticipated IPOB sponsored Radio Nigeria Hausa Service. "The maiden daily broadcast will hit the airwaves on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7pm Nigerian time on Short Wave 15110 KHz 19 Meter Band."
 
"The broadcast will have the widest coverage of any radio signal in Africa. It will be received all over West, East and Southern Africa.
 

"Every Hausa speaking community in Africa will be able to receive it. In our opinion, we feel it has become imperative to educate the poor masses of northern Nigeria, whom the ruling class have cleverly enslaved and impoverished... by keeping vital information and knowledge away from them. This information deficit is what Radio Nigeria Hausa Service has come to remedy.
 

"All the hitherto hidden history of the conquest of indigenous Hausa speaking populations of the North will be laid bare for the world to know. More importantly, enslaved minorities of Arewa North, brutally savaged by Fulani terrorist herdsmen, through this unbiased platform, will acquire the necessary education needed to liberate themselves from the suffocating stranglehold of the caliphate or the born to rule class.
 
"What we hope to demonstrate through the launch of this liberation radio station is to prove beyond every conceivable doubt that IPOB is not a selfish movement concerned only about the well-being of Biafrans, but are also genuinely concerned about the plight of all oppressed people in Nigeria as stated by our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on countless occasions. "Regardless of ethnicity, religion or creed, IPOB is pursuing an agenda of freedom for all. Our message is very simple, 2018 will be like no other in the history of Nigeria and will prove to be the year of liberation for those brave enough to confront the evil that Nigeria has become in the lives of millions of people.
 
"Our quest for the total and unadulterated liberation of Biafraland is unstoppable; this we shall demonstrate in the coming months. Those deluding themselves with the laughable and perverse notion that IPOB has been weakened because of the absence of our leader are in for a shock.
 
"This move today is the beginning of a mass revolution against our oppressors that will spread outside the borders of Biafra land.
 
"The coming of this new revolutionary Radio Nigeria Hausa Service will expose centuries old/ dark secrets through education of the oppressed Hausa Fulani youths that IPOB and Biafra mean well for them contrary to the lies being peddled by their corrupt leadership.
 
"We will not fail to let all Northern youths understand that their political leaders, elders and fathers like those in Biafra land are the real oppressors that have, over the years, kept them in the dark through a carefully crafted and systematic regime of misinformation and propagation of falsehood. Every Hausa speaking Northerner is advised to tune to 15110 KHz every night from 7 pm, starting from this Saturday, January 6, 2018, to be educated in order to be liberated."
 
Emeka Mamah and Chinonso Alozie filed above news.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade James Ezema reports ] - In line with the resolve of the leadership of the Nigerian Army to domesticate manufacturing of its wares, Nigeria indigenous motor manufacturing company, Innoson Motors has entered into partnership with the Army for modification of some of its equipment, local production of armoured fighting vehicles and other military hardwares.

 
The partnership follows the satisfactory performance of three Innoson vehicles deployed in the troubled North Eastern region found to be durable.
 
According to a statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen SK Usman and made available to The Nigerian online news portal on Tuesday, the partnership was entered during a meeting between the management of the company let by the Chairman, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma and the leadership of the Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
 
Speaking on the essence of the partnership, the Chief of Army Staff said was to formalize the business relationship between the Nigerian Army and Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company.
 
"The Nigerian Army being patriotic and in a bid to encourage local entrepreneurs asked Innoson Motors to supply 3 vehicles early last year which were found to be durable and performing very well as they were employed in combat and proved to be useful, comfortable and convenient in military operations.
 
"Based on that the Nigerian Army acquired over 70 more variants of the Innoson vehicles which were deployed in the North East for Operation LAFIYA DOLE", Gen Buratai stated.
 
He further explained that the Nigerian Army desires to deepens its cooperation by partnering with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to conceptualize, design, modify and produce military hardwares.
 
According to the Army Chief, the specific areas of partnership between the Nigerian Army and the company include immediate supply of 100 vehicles, supply of appropriate gears, engines and chassis required for immediate modifications and repairs of armoured fighting vehicles in the North East Theatre of Operations.
 
Other areas according to the statement include identifying requirements for production of armoured fighting vehicle in Nigerian Army Central Workshop in Kaduna and enhancing capacity of Nigerian Army personnel to actively participate on the successful implementation of the joint ventures.
 
Responding, Doctor Innocent Chukwuma expressed happiness that the Nigerian Army has found his vehicles working perfectly and commended the Chief of Army Staff for his great sense of patriotism.
 
He promised to assist the Nigerian Army in its quest for better vehicles for its troops and resuscitation of its Special Vehicle Plant and Workshops.
 
Dr.Chukwuma further thanked the Chief of Army Staff for the commendation, maintaining that his company would continue to improve and expand its capacity in vehicle manufacturing and commended the Nigerian Army for the critical role it is playing in national development through the fight against insurgency in the North East and Nigeria in general.
 
Highlight of the occasion was inspection and handing over of 3 of the newly manufactured vehicles by the company for trial by the Nigerian Army. These newly manufactured vehicles are; IVM G80 Bigger Jeep, IVM G40 Smaller Jeep and IVM Granite Pickup.
 
Comrade James Ezema ( Email: jamesezema@gmail.com Phone: 08035823617, 08175047979 ) is a veteran journalist, Media Consultant, Social Engineer and Community Development Volunteer. He is also the Director of information at Citizens Rights and Empowerment Advocacy Initiative (CREMA Initiative).
 

*Photo Caption - Innoson Motors Chairman, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma hand over keys of vehicles already paid for by the army to Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai.

 



 

[ Masterweb Reports ] - The Nigerian Army and Innoson Motors, an indigenous vehicle manufacturing company, are to partner for the manufacturing of locally made military equipment and vehicles for the army.
 
In line with the the partnership, the army would acquire 100 variant of utility vehicles from the company to support its operations, especially in the North-East.
 
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, announced this when the management of the company, led by its Managing Director, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, visited the army headquarters.
 
Buratai also said that the army would partner with the company in the modification and production of other military equipment, including armoured fighting vehicles.
 
He said so far, the army had already acquired 40 vehicles from the company after it donated three vehicles to the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
 
Buratai said the the 40 vehicles were acquired after the donated vehicles were tested and found suitable for the North-East terrain.
 
He added that the vehicles were deployed in combat operations and "proved to be useful, comfortable and convenient for military operations."
 
He, therefore, solicited the cooperation of the company in building the capacity of its personnel.
 
The army chief said this was necessary now that the army was assessing its special vehicle plant and central workshop located in Kaduna State and other areas to in order to produce required equipment.
 
Chukwuma expressed delight that the vehicles the company had donated to support the counter insurgency operations were found suitable.
 
He commended the Nigerian Army for its patriotism and the success it had recorded so far in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.
 
He promised to assist the army in its quest for better vehicles for troops and resuscitation of its vehicle plant and workshop.
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the high point of the visit was the presentation of another three utility vehicles to the army by the company. (NAN)
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 

 
[ Masterweb Reports ] - I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE.
 
Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.
 
The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.
 
Such unpatriotism will not divert the Administration from the course we have set ourselves. Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.
 
My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit.
 
We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country.
 
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the drivers of this Government’s commitment to renew and increase Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure in order to achieve global economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
 
With regards to Railways, we have set ourselves ambitious targets. Already in construction stage is the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway.
 
The line should reach Ibadan from Lagos by the end of 2019 and will carry two million passengers per year and five million tons of cargo will be transported every year giving a substantial boost to the country’s economy.
 
Construction of the Kano – Kaduna segment is expected to commence this year and reach Kaduna by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021 the two ends will be joined so that we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route.
 
The Abuja – Kaduna route will be boosted by additional rolling stock next Thursday and will be able to handle one million commuters annually.
 
At the same time I have approved and negotiations will be concluded in the first part of this year for the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri line covering Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Awka, Abakaliki, Makurdi, Lafia, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and Damaturu. The Abuja to Itakpe line will go through Baro and terminate in Warri with construction of a new seaport at Warri.
 
Negotiations are also advanced for the construction of other railway lines, firstly from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic passing through Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibia to Maradi.
 
Secondly, Lagos to Calabar the "Coastal Rail" through Ore, Benin, Agbor, Asaba, Onitsha, Sapele, Ughelli, Warri, Yenagoa, Otuoke, Port Harcourt, Aba, Uyo and Calabar. In the next few years, all these Nigerian cities will be linked by functional modern rail systems, giving enormous boost to the social and economic life of our people.
 
With respect to the Abuja Capital Light Rail, progress has reached 98% completion, as at 64% completion when we assumed office. Only test runs remain before start of operations.
 
This train service will stimulate economic activities in the Federal Capital and provide residents with an efficient and safe transportation system. Twelve railway sub-stations around the capital over a 45.2 kilometre route will serve as a catalyst and a pull factor to the economy of the area. The Light Rail System will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emission in line with the Administration’s policy on climate change.
 
Management of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has been reconstituted and has been charged with a 12 week rapid intervention in road repairs to cover all the geo-political zones. Government is undertaking repairs and maintenance of 44 roads within the six geo-political zones.
 
Twenty five major highways will be funded under the N100b SUKUK facility. Each geo-political zone will benefit by an equal amount of N16.67b. The following major highways are to receive special attention:
 
 
a. Oyo – Ogbomosho,
b. Ofusu – Ore – Ajebandele – Shagamu,
c. Yenagoa Road Junction – Kolo Otuoke – Bayelsa Palm,
d. Enugu – Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Way,
e. Onitsha – Enugu Expressway,
f. Kaduna Eastern Bypass,
g. Dualization of Kano – Maiduguri Road,
h. Dualization of Abuja – Lokoja – Benin Road,
 
i. Dualization of Suleja – Minna Road.
 
In addition, Government has approved work to start on the re-construction of Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano road which is in a state of disrepair. Work will soon start and is expected to be completed in 2019.
 
More Nigerians across the country are experiencing improved power supply to their homes and businesses. However, power remains a concern to this government because too many people still do not have regular and reliable supply.
 
The Payment Assurance Guarantee Scheme which started in January 2016 has enabled the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader to raise so far N701 billion to assure Generation Companies of at least 80% payment for any power delivered to the national grid.
 
Consequently, generation has now reached 7,000MW. On December 8, 2017 the country achieved 5,155MW of power delivered to consumers, the highest level ever recorded.
 
Several moribund projects have been revived. Repairs of Afam Power Station added 110MW in 2017 and another 240MW will be added this year through a private investment partnership.
 
Katsina Power Project is now being tested and producing 10MW of power from wind for the first time in Nigeria. It should be fully operational this year.
 
The Zungeru 700MW Hydroelectric Power Project, stalled by court cases is due for completion in 2019. The transmission and other requirements to operate the 30MW Gurara Phase 1 Hydroelectric Plant, the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydroelectric Plant and the 215 MW Kaduna Gas/LPG/Diesel Power Plant will also be completed this year.
 
A landmark project, Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project is at last taking off. This project has been on the drawing Board for 40 years, but now the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 3,050MW project has been agreed with a Chinese joint venture Company with a financing commitment from the government of China. Completion is targeted for 2023.
 
As I mentioned earlier, the Transmission Company of Nigeria can now distribute all the 7,000MW that can be generated. TCN and the Niger Delta Holding Company have added 1,950MVA of 330 down to 132KV transformer capacity of 10 transmission stations and 2,930MVA of 132 down to 33KV transformer capacity of 42 sub-stations including Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Alagbon, Ajah, Ejigbo, Funtua and Zaria.
 
This Administration is working with the privatised distribution Companies to overcome the continuing challenges of distribution.
 
These massive public works should spearhead the recovery and lead millions back to employment. You will recall that it was not until last year that we got out of the economic recession into which the country had fallen as a consequence of past unsustainable economic policies which projected short-term illusory growth.
 
The government is slowly stabilizing the economy.
 
It was in order to change the steady and steep decline that we adopted the more sustainable policies and programmes captured in the Economic Recovery Plan. Diversification efforts have resulted in improved output particularly in agriculture and solid minerals sectors. The relative exchange rate stability has improved manufacturing sector performance.
 
We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.
 
Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy. Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.
 
By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector. Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate.
 
In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about "Restructuring". No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments. We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.
 
We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes. We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.
 
However, there is a strong case for a closer look at the cost of government and for the public services long used to extravagance, waste and corruption to change for the better. I assure you that government is ever receptive to ideas which will improve governance and contribute to the country’s peace and stability.
 
As the electioneering season approaches politicians must avoid exploiting ethnicity and religion by linking ethnicity with religion and religion with politics. Such must be avoided at all costs if we are to live in harmony.
 
In this respect the rest of Nigeria could learn from the South Western States who have successfully internalized religion, ethnicity and politics.
 
Political discourse should be conducted with civility, decorum and in a constitutional manner. We all have a collective responsibility to strengthen our democracy and entrench the rule of law. We should draw encouragement from the series of bye-elections conducted by INEC last year which were generally violence free and their outcomes adjudged to be free and fair.
 
Before I conclude my address I must reassure my fellow citizens that security of life and property is still top of our government’s agenda. We have since beaten Boko Haram. Isolated attacks still occur, but even the best-policed countries cannot prevent determined criminals from committing terrible acts of terror as we have seen during the past years in Europe, Asia, Middle East, elsewhere in Africa and in America.
 
Our government remains determined to protect all Nigerians in line with our election pledge and promises. On behalf of all Nigerians let me offer our thanks to the Armed forces, the Police, other para-military forces and traditional authorities who are working round the clock to ensure that you and I go about our normal business in reasonable safety.
 
Terrorism and urban crimes are world-wide phenomena and our security forces are continuously adapting their responses to changing threats.
 
With regard to rampant cases of kidnappings, we are taking immediate short-term measures to combat this new evil creeping into our societies. Tighter police methods and swift and severe punishment for those proved to be engaged in kidnapping are on the way.
 
With respect to Niger Delta, Government is still engaging responsible leadership of the Communities to help in identifying and addressing genuine grievances of the region. Our clean-up programme in collaboration with the United Nations is making satisfactory progress.
 
I am grateful to all the Governors and other Political & Community leaders of the Niger Delta States for their part in bringing relative peace to the areas.
 
Finally let me again express my heartfelt thanks to all Nigerians who prayed for me during my illness last year. I feel deeply humbled by your prayers and good wishes and I am more determined than ever to serve you to the best of my ability.
 
Good morning. And I wish everyone a Happy New Year.
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari
 
 
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assented to the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Bill 2017. The Act is to provide national direction in cancer research, control and treatment; guide scientific improvements to cancer prevention, treatment and care, coordinate and liaise between the wide range of groups and health care providers with an interest in cancer.

 

Buhari also signed the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot and Other Related Matters Bill 2017 which stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit.
 
The Act also states that a person with a gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.
 
Buhari equally assented to the Anti-Torture Bill 2017 which makes comprehensive provisions for penalizing the acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments or punishment as well ad prescribes penalties for the commission of such acts.
 
Alsi signed by the president were the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Bill 2017 and the Federal Capital Appropriation Bill 2017.
 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, said Buhari had earlier assented to the Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment) Act 2017.
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari will complete projects during his second term, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano) said this at the Presidential Villa on Thursday. Gaya was speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with the president.
 
"On road projects, we have to thank President Buhari for putting extra efforts and may Allah continue to give him good health and strength to continue. I know he is going to commission some projects in 2018 and those not completed will be completed during his second term," he said.
 
Gaya, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, said he was in the Villa to, among other things, thank the president for visiting Kano.
 
He said: "We are also very happy that he has awarded the road projects from Kano to Abuja which will cost N165 billion, that is a plus. And also being that I am the chairman of works Committee, no government for the past 16 years has been able to put so much money on road project like this government.
 
"The budget of 2011-2014 it was only N26 billion that was allocated for works but in 2016 when President Buhari came in we had a budget of over N200 billion for works and in 2017 we have over N400 billion and for 2018 we have about N500 billion for works. So we are rehabilitating our roads and those that were abandoned for years the contractors have gone back to site.
 
"I have gone round 26 states of the federation as Chairman Senate Committee on Works, is remaining the states in the south west and three states in the north west for me to visit. We have seen that work are going on, in some places there are issues of payment but the contractors are back to site because the president has orders for them to be paid and I’m sure payment to contractors commenced last week and will continue till next week."
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Brown Justice reports ] - Despite the fact that Nigeria is one of the major oil producing countries in the world, Nigerians still experience fuel scarcity during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
 
This development has forced this reporter to investigate the circumstances that drove the nation in to the current economic ragamuffin.
 
Hence, as a way of finding solution to the intermittent fuel scarcity in the country, the Nigerian government introduced what is called Offshore Processing Arrangement (OPA) and Crude Oil Swap regime which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) allocates crude oil to oil trading companies in exchange for processed petroleum products.
 
But this reporter observed that the Crude Oil Swap regime now known as DSDP lacked total transparency as it only served vested interests as against national interest.
 
Investigation further revealed that the DSDP programme also lacked ethnic balancing as participating companies does not have national spread to distribute PMS to all parts of Nigeria.
 
This is probably why the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) accused the Federal Government of conspiracy against Nigerian Christians. The Christian body in a statement asked why is it that fuel scarcity only resurfaces during Christmas and New Year celebrations in the country?
 
In similar vein, analysts are of the view that Nigeria is at the losing end as it never get real value from the deals. For Instance, the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), an extractive industry watchdog in its 2015 report estimated that Nigeria lost $966 million to crude oil swap deals between 2009 and 2012 as well as billions of naira in subsequent years until it was canceled in 2016.
 
Because of the criticism that trailed the oil swap regime, the NNPC in 2016 replaced it with a new import scheme called Direct Sales and Direct Purchase programme (DSDP) since the earlier OPA and crude oil swap regime short changed Nigeria.
 
However, critics are saying the new DSDP programme is like an old wine in a new bottle because the scheme which means direct sales of crude oil to refineries or consultants who in turn supply NNPC with the refined petroleum products is not effective and error free.
 
This year's DSDP contract kicked off on April 1st and is expected to last for one year. The worth is over $6 billion if the crude oil price remains at $45 per barrel.
 
No fewer than 128 local and international oil and gas companies in February submitted bid to participate in the programme, but only 10 companies were chosen. The yardsticks or parameters used in selecting the 10 companies as well as their terms of engagement remains opaque as there was no atom of transparency in the entire process.
 
The said agreement for the lifting of over 300, 000 barrels of crude oil per day in exchange for imported fuels was signed with a foreign company as a partner.
 
Whether the 10 chosen companies have the capacity to meet the 35 million litres of fuel needed nationwide on daily basis is a different story.
 
The companies are; Vitol - Varo Energy, Cepsa -Oando, Petrocam Trading - Rainoil Ltd, Trafiqura - AA Rano Nigeria, Totsa - Total Nigeria, Socar Trading - Hyde Energy, Mocah - Heyden Petroleum, Mercuria - Matrix Energy, MRS Oil/Gas - Litasco and finally, SIR Refinery - Sahara Energy Resources Ltd.
 
Despite the new import scheme coupled with the fact that NNPC gets 445, 000 barrels of crude oil per day for its local refineries, Nigerians still experience fuel scarcity!
 
Meanwhile, contrary to claims by the NNPC that marketers who hoard fuel commodity are responsible for the current fuel scarcity, the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPA) has come out to disprove the NNPC saying the scarcity is as a result of NNPC's inability to send refined products to their members.
 
According to DAPPA's Executive Secretary, Mr. Olufemi Adewole: ''Our members depots are presently empty. However, if the PPMC/NNPC can provide us with petrol, we are ready to do 24-hour loading to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians and for the fuel queues to be totally eliminated.''
 
Mr. Adewole further stated that ''While all kinds of allegations have been made in the media, it is important to set the records straight as Nigerians first and as responsible business men and women who employs Nigerians ... As at today, NNPC has been the sole importer of PMS (fuel) in to the country.''
 
In similar vein, the Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho said '' The inability of NNPC to create a window for private importers to import petrol also contributed to the scarcity.''
 
The unanswered question is what is the essence of Crude Oil Swap now known as Direct Sales and Direct Purchase scheme when it cannot forestall fuel scarcity in the country?
 
What is NNPC doing with the 445, 000 barrels of crude oil allocated to it daily?
 
Why is our depots empty without fuel when we have NNPC and 10 other companies lifting crude oil from Nigeria?
 
How come the Depots and Petroleum Products Marketers Association whose members controls 65 percent market share in the down stream sector goes without fuel whereas some little known companies without national spread in their distribution capacities get the product at ease?
 
Until some of the questions raised here are answered by relevant bodies, Nigerians will still wallow in intermittent fuel scarcity without hope of elimination.
 
Brown Justice ( Email: brownjustice649@gmail.com ) reports from Abuja.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Joshua Odeyemi reports ] - 36 dangerous prisoners have escaped from Ikot Ekpene Prison in Akwa-Ibom State on Wednesday after attacking personnel on duty.
 
Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Ogbajie J. Ogbajie, in a statement said: "At about 11: 47hrs on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, there was an attack on kitchen staff that were on duty at Ikot Ekpene Prison in Akwa-Ibom State by some prisoners.
 
"They seized an axe from fellow inmate attached to the kitchen, inflicting a deep cut to inmates’ head in the process and immediately made for the rear entrance to the prison. They broke the door with the axe and engaged the staff that chased after them in battle.
 
"At the end of the scuffle, 4 of them that sustained gun shots lost their lives while 7 were recaptured. 36 are still at large," he said.
 
He disclosed that search parties have already been activated to effect their recapture.
 
Meanwhile, the Controller of Prisons Akwa Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah has ordered an investigation into the circumstance surrounding the incident.
 
He appealed to members of the public to assist the authority with useful intelligence that will aid the recapture of the fleeing prisoners.
 
Oditah assured that security has been strengthen in all prison formations in the State to forestall any breach of security.
 
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