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Buhari commissions port Harcourt international airport

After four years of work, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the new international terminal of Port Harcourt Airport, in Omagwa, Rivers State.


 The terminal was built by the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company Nigeria Limited as part of the $500 million concessional loan from the Export – Import Bank of China.

 Buhari landed about 12.30 pm and was driven in a convoy to the location of the new terminal.

Speaking at the ceremony Buhari said the Port Harcourt International Airport terminal will play a significant role in promoting economic prosperity of Rivers State.




Journalists abducted by Gunmen


LAFIA—POLICE in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of staff of the state Broadcast Service, NBS, Keffi office, and his friend by unknown gunmen. The Command’s spokesman, SP Kennedy Idirisu, told journalists in Lafia that the staff of the broadcast station were abducted at about 10p.m., weekend, while returning from work.  Idirisu said a friend of the victims reported at Keffi Police Station that the victims, whom he saw the previous night, after closing from work did not return to their houses. According to Idirisu, the Police began investigation and found the Honda CRV belonging to one of the victims with an iPad abandoned by the road around Dadin-Kowa in Keffi town. Idirisu, who gave the names of the victims as Jerry Gana and Simpson Ogbu, said the Police was still mounting surveillance to locate and rescue the victims from their abductors, while calling for the support of the public with useful information. The PPRO appealed to the families of the victims and management of NBS to remain calm as the command would do everything possible to ensure the rescue of the victims. Meanwhile, General Manager of the radio station, Alhaji Yusuf Musa, claimed that one of the victims is a presenter, a contract staff with the programmes department of station. “I have just returned from a foreign trip and yet to be adequately briefed on the details of the incident, but what I can say is that one of the victims is a presenter, on a contract basis with us,” Musa said.  


“Plans against Buhari will fail”- AMOSUN

Ogun State Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said those trying to cause disaffection between loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari will fail.


In a statement he personally signed and circulated to newsmen, yesterday, Amosun denied allegations attributed to him, against Buhari.

Said Amosun: “The ultimate aim of the purveyors of these unconscionable falsehoods is to drive a wedge between me and the president and tarnish my hard-earned reputation. This hatchet job will not work as Mr. President is discerning enough to know the sources of the pack of concocted lies.

“The relationship between president Buhari and myself transcends partisan politics. I hold president Buhari in the highest esteem and nothing will change that. The target of this grand campaign of calumny is actually our dear president Buhari. For the avoidance of doubt, let me state categorically that the people trying to cause disaffection between those of us loyal and committed to Mr. President and the success of APC, are plotting to strip Mr. President bare, so that their grand design to achieve unfettered domination of the party would be achieved.”


Arsenal star midfielder, Mesut Ozil’s first-half goal against Leicester City has made him the most prolific German in Premier League history, overtaking Tottenham Hotspur legend, Jurgen Klinsmann.


Ozil was back in the starting XI on Monday night win at the Emirates, having missed the trip to Craven Cottage before the international break, and was handed the captain’s armband.

Although Leicester took the lead during the first half, Ozil dragged his side back into the match with a fine goal just minutes before the half-time whistle.

The 30-year-old, who recently retired from national team duty, moved forward from inside his own half and played a one-two with the overlapping Hector Bellerin.

Receiving the ball back from the Spaniard inside the box, Ozil expertly guided the ball into the far corner of the post on the way in to make history.

Ozil had previously been tied with Klinsmann and Uwe Rosler on 29 Premier League goals, but netted his 30th to become the leading German goalscorer in English history.

Nigerian customs service intercepts #27m stew imported from China


Following credible intelligence gathering, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a container full with imported soup (stew) and some other edible items worth N27, 960,000 from China.

The container, sighted at one of the Nigerian ports, was intercepted by the CGC Strike Force team, as a result of information provided by the Customs Intelligent Unit (CIU) of the Service.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Deputy Comptroller and National Coordinator, Comptroller General Strike Force, Abdullahi Kirawa said the system has degenerated to the level that Nigerians are now importing stew into the country. .

He bemoaned that the pots of stew and other edible items imported, which could not be identified as a result of Chinese Language written on their packs could pose serious dangers to human health. .
He added: “Nigerians are hard-working people known for our marvelous delicacies. How can someone import stew into the country? The stew was carefully conceived inside the container. .

I will advise that Nigerians should ignore egocentrism and embrace ethnocentrism. .

Our quest for foreign goods and items must be discouraged and we must work hard to embrace and patronise home made goods, including our delicious stew that are prepared from our homes and not engage in this type of business.

This type of soup posed dangers to public health, to economy and of course, the employment of our teeming youths. If stew would be imported, then what else are we going to do? So this is something we need to reflect on.”

“We will Campaign vigorously for BUHARI” – AMBODE


Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday said he would lead a strong campaign to ensure victory for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate in the State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in the 2019 general elections.

Mr Ambode, who spoke to journalists at the the Muritala Mohammed International Airport shortly after he accompanied President Buhari to perform the official commissioning of the new Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Border Posts at Seme-Krake joint border post in Badagry, said it was important for the APC to retain its leadership positions both in the federal and the State level.

“I have just accompanied Mr. President to the Nigerian-Benin Border Post. So what we have commissioned today is a joint Border Patrol post between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin and it is called Semo-Krake Border Post,” he said.

“But again, just to also use this opportunity to let Lagosians know that we are heavily committed to the re-election of Mr. President and you can see that his continuous visit to Lagos reiterates the fact that he is actually a lover of Lagos State and I am committed to ensuring his re-election.

“We are going to campaign heavily for him. I am also committed to ensuring that the APC wins the governorship election come 2019. We support the candidacy of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and we would make sure that APC retains Lagos State and the centre,” Governor Ambode said.

Mr Ambode’s commitment to the election of Mr Sanwo-Olu means the governor and other leaders of the APC in Lagos may have resolved the controversy that preceded the emergence of Mr Sanwo-Olu as the party’s candidate.

Mr Sanwo-Olu, who is backed by the influential former Gov. Ahmed Tinubu, was elected ahead the incumbent, who effectively would become the first Lagos governor since 1999 to be denied a second term.

Ahead of the primary, Mr Ambode assailed his rival, Mr Sanwo-Olu, saying he had unresolved criminal and unfavourable mental health records — allegations Mr Sanwo-Olu denied.

On Tuesday, Mr Ambode received President Buhari at the airport before the duo proceeded to Seme where the President joined his Republic of Benin counterpart, Patrice Talon to inaugurate the Border Post.

With the inauguration, the Seme-Krake joint border, one of the busiest boundary lines not only in West Africa but the whole continent, daily recording huge movement of persons, goods and services, is expected to enhance the free movement of persons and goods in the region and foster integration between the people of Nigeria and Benin.



Amid criticisms and call for slashing of its funds, the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has called for more funding for the National Assembly to enable it perform its duties.

Tambuwal disclosed this on Monday while delivering a lecture at the Second Convocation and Awards Ceremony of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in collaboration with the University of Benin.

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives said that even though it is an unpopular argument, that so long as Nigeria operates a presidential system of government, the funding of the National Assembly remained meager.

Giving insights on how to boost the institutional capacity of the National Assembly, the Sokoto Governor stressed that for the committees of NASS to work effectively, more money must be allocated.

“The constitutional responsibilities of the National Assembly are enormous, especially in the areas of law making and oversight. Adequate financial resources are required for the Assembly to be able to discharge these responsibilities effectively in line with public expectations.

“A study by NILDS observed funding gaps in critical areas of committee activities including meetings, implementation of oversight visits and activities, holding interactive sessions and conducting public and investigative.

“Am sure this may not go down well with a large percentage of the populace but we cannot run away from the fact that the National Assembly requires more funding,” he said.

He said that the issue of funding and procurement of vehicles was strongly argued when President Yar’Adua began the moneytisation policy and wanted to deprive the National Assembly of project vehicles.

The former lawmaker said that building the institutional capacity of the legislature was very key to the development of the nation stressing that strong institutions define a nation.

From Left: House Speaker and Alternate Chairman Governing Board of NILDS Yakubu Dogara, President of the Senate and Chairman Governing Board of NILDS Dr. Bukola Saraki, wife of the Senate President Toyin Saraki and a graduate from NILDS poat graduate school

He however decried that a major challenge facing the legislature was that of high turnover, stressing that the way new lawmakers were elected into office does not give room for professionalism and expertise.

Tambuwal added that interference of the executive in the activities of the legislature must cease so that the legislature can truly be free to carry out its functions.

He called on NASS to legislate on budget cycle in a way that compels the executive to submit the budget on time while also advising them to review the recruitment process for legislative aides to ensure that only professional were employed and not friends or allies of the lawmakers.

“Legislators-constituency relations should emphasise constituency-wide benefits. NASS should also invest in outreach programmes and strengthen linkages with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as they play key roles in civic education.

“Legislature must continue to cultivate public trust in the democratic system through high ethical standards. This underscores the need to strengthen the ethics and code of conduct regime at the National Assembly in order to develop a culture of high etiquette for legislators and to rebuild public trust in the political system,” he said.

The governor congratulated the students who had graduated from the various courses of the Institute.

In an address, Prof Peter Lewis of Johns Hopkins University, commended the 4th Republic Legislature, particularly the 8th National Assembly for being the most independent legislature in the history of Nigeria.

Lewis, Director of African Studies and a Professor of Advanced International Studies, at the University in Washington DC, USA said that the first and second legislatures were basically instruments of the Executive.

He said that the second legislature for instance had only one member sponsored bill unlike the 8th National Assembly where most of the over 200 bills that had been passed were sponsored by members of the legislature.

“The National Assembly in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic – now in its fifth session since the inauguration of democracy in 1999 – is unlike any previous parliamentary institution since independence.

“This is not because of the design of the assembly, which has roots in the British parliamentary tradition rather, it is the roles and functions of the NASS that are distinctive. It is the first independent legislature in Nigerian history.

“In the First and Second Republics, the legislature had little autonomy from the executive, the Assembly was largely a debating chamber and an instrument of the executive.

“Since 1999, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have asserted roles in legislation, oversight and representation. More than 2100 bills have been shepherded through the Assembly during the span of the Fourth Republic,” he said.

For the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki, who is the Chairman Governing Council on NILDS, he said that the National Assembly will continue focus on policies that would advance the people.

He said that the legislature would continue to be effective stressing that “an effective legislature is essential to democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and economic and social development.

“The core legislative, oversight and representative functions of the legislature provide an essential contribution to the quality our democracy and governance as a whole.

“In the 8th Assembly, the legislature has played a greater role in policy formulation and has engaged more robustly with the Executive at the various stages of policy formulation,” he said.

Saraki who presented the certificates to all 78 graduates of the various programmes of NILDS commended the graduands and the institution for the milestones recorded.

The post graduate courses for which the convocation was held were Masters in Legislative Studies and Masters in Legislative Drafting.

Mr Omololu Phillip Ogunmade, a Journalist with Thisday Newspaper formerly assigned to cover the National Assembly, was awarded as the best graduating student for Masters in Legislative Studies.

Source: PM NEWS