Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Politics Of Letter Writing Has Reached Kaduna As Gana Writes Namadi


The letter writing politics has reached Northern Nigeria as a strong member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the region Engr. Umar Gana wrote Vice President Namadi Sambo an open letter cautioning him to wake up from slumber and save crumbling PDP in the North. And also tackle serious issues as the region slips away to rival All Progressive Congress (APC).
SaharaReporters obtained a copy of the letter dated 9th December, 2013, from a prominent member who chairs a leading Federal Government agency in Abuja.
The letter was addressed to Sambo was copied to National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Chief Tony Anenih chair PDP Board of Trustees and President Goodluck Jonathan through his Chief of Staff.
Gana in the letter publicly tell Sambo that he is incapable of addressing the creeping collapse of the PDP in the North West Zone and Kaduna State, which he draws immediate attention of Jonathan in view of its being the largest and most populated zone in the country with 28% to 30% of entire voters in the country going by 2011 figures.
He was also quoted in the open letter as saying that, Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna state has skewed misunderstanding of the dangers ahead in their home state of Kaduna, saying, “To me, there is a crucial need for collective concerted efforts to salvage the situation. Otherwise, giving our past ugly experience, we have no alternative than either to join the APC or flee for our dear lives, including the lives of the members of our immediate and extended families."

Source: Sahara Reporters

Oduah Spend N800 On Vehicles In 2014


After spending N643million on 54 vehicles in 2013 the Aviation Minister is proposing to spend at least N800millon on vehicles  in 2014.
The budget proposal, obtained by P.M.NEWS, shows that Oduah will spend N250 million on eight operational vehicles for the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, a small agency of the ministry with personnel cost estimated at N150 million yearly.
The budget provision shows each vehicle will cost N30.125million. Many of the SUV brands available in the Nigerian market sell between N5m and N15m.
The minister, who appears to be a car freak will also shell another N500 million to buy a truck for the agency.
And in her main ministry, She will spend another N50 million on staff buses.
The budget proposal shows that the Ministry of Aviation will spend over N137 million on foreign trips.
Oduah will also spend N100 million on her controversial Aerotropolis Consultants, the city-airports she claims Nigeria desperately needs.
She will then spend another N20 million on other types of consultancies and another N425 million on consultancy of institutional reforms, legal services and commercial.
General consulting and professional services for the Nigerian Meteorological Agency will gulp over N8 million.
On airport internal access roads, Oduah would spend N200 million and another N100 million on Bilateral Air Services Agreements. She will also spend N100 million on security gateways on express roads.
The budget proposal shows that Oduah will also spend N100 million on airport toll gates and another N100 million to paint and repair runways.
Oduah will also equally N820 million on the maintenance agreement for the TRACON support services.
The Ministry of Aviation will spend over N13 million on refreshment and meals and another N9 on publicity.
In all the ministry has earmarked N26 billion for capital expenditure, N18 billion out of which will go into her pet project of ‘remodelling the country’s airports’.
Outside of this, she also plans to spend N250 million to plant flowers in the country’s main airports in Port Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Enugu.
 Her recurrent budget is estimated at N6 billion making the total budget of the ministry to be N32.3 billion.

Source:Sahara Reporters

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Jada’s resignation is contained in a letter dated Dec. 30 and addressed to the state chairman of the party.
The letter did not, however, give reason for the resignation.
“I, Umar Bello Jada, humbly write to formally inform you that I have resigned from my position as the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamawa chapter.
I very much thank you and the party for giving me the rare opportunity to serve in that capacity.
Thanks in anticipation of your kind acceptance”, the letter stated.
When contacted, the state Secretary of the party, Mr Tahir Shehu, confirmed the development, describing it as “something normal”.
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Photos: 2face Idibia Rings Closing Bell For Nigerian Stock Exchange

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Mikel Obi in final three-man list For 2013 African Footballer Of the Year


The Confederations of African Football have shortlisted Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi in the final three-man list for the 2013 African footballer of the year.

Also in the final three are the 2012 African footballer of the year, Yaya Toure and former Chelsea player, Didier Drogba.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan failed to make CAF’s final three-man shortlist for the 2013 Player of the Year.

Gyan was part of the 10 players who were shortlisted following voting from members of the Technical & Development and the Media Committees but failed to get to the last stage of the Gala.

Ghana youth international Ebenezer Assifuah, who won the Golden Shoe Award at the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey, is one of three players for Most Promising Talent.

Samuel Eto'o Apologises to Liverpool's Jordan Henderson


Samuel Eto'o has apologised to Liverpool's Jordan Henderson for his challenge on the England midfielder during Chelsea's win on Sunday.
The Cameroon superstar bagged the winning goal at Stamford Bridge, but some of his other contributions dominated the headlines post-match.
As well as his clash with Henderson, Eto'o also clashed with Luis Suarez and was seemingly fortunate not to concede a late penalty - whilst he also swapped shirts with Mamadou Sakho at half-time.
Asked about his challenge on Henderson, Eto'o told The Sun: "Maybe I should have been sent off."During the match in the first moments, the game was passionate on both sides, but people know I'm not violent. I was really sad to see Jordan on the floor - I want to take this opportunity to say sorry"
However, Eto'o was less than convinced his tackle on Suarez merited a penalty.
He also defended referee Howard Webb, who has been criticised by some Liverpool fans for his performance.He insists that "The ref did not influence the result." contrary to what Liverpool fans believe
He does not understand the fuss about his exchange of T-shirt with Sakho of Liverpool at half time after all even at war there is fair play
About team-mate Eden Hazard  he says,"What a fantastic player he is,"
"He understands that the important games are played by big players with charisma. It's an honour to play by his side."

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Pope Francis is Esquire Magazine's Best Dressed Man of 2013

Pope Francis
This is definitely 'unconventional' because the Head of the Catholic Church mostly wears his Papal regalia, regardless Esquire Magazine has named him their Best Dressed Man of 2013. 

The magazine said he was picked because of his humility and his simple manner of dressing, which has 'signaled a new era and for many, renewed hope for the Catholic Church'

Monday, 30 December 2013

Geologist Says Discovery of Oil in Bauchi is False

The claim of oil or gas at the Benue trough in Bauchi State has been described as mere political statement rather than an economic fortune, a geologist in the state, Dahiru am Mohammed Kafi, has said.
“Where is the oil or gas in Bauchi State? What evidence do you have? I’m a professional and when you say there is something you have to show me evidence, there is no information whatsoever to indicate the quantity of oil or gas available in Bauchi State,” he queried.
According to him, you can find some quantity of oil or gas which is not economical to exploit, recalling that the last attempt to find oil in Bauchi State was between 15 to 20 years ago,
Kafi, however, admitted: “I pray that there is oil in Bauchi State and I pray also that we can get it. And there has been a lot of improvement in technology today where even in the Delta region, places that have been exploited before and found dry are today finding oil because new technology has been employed.”
Kafi in an interview with journalists in Bauchi, at the weekend, stressed the need for the use of new technology in the state oil discovery bid to ensure that whatever was achieved becomes a reality.

Plot To Remove Tambuwal A Hoax


Contrary to what has been widely reported by some newspapers and online media, The House of Representatives has dismissed reports of a plot, being hatched by the presidency in conjunction with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to remove the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, by bribing lawmakers.
House Committee Chairman on Media and Publicity, Hon. Zakari Mohammed (APC, Kwara), told THISDAY in a telephone interview that the issue was a mere rumour.
Some newspapers and online media had reported, citing sources  that the PDP  and  the presidency had resorted to subterfuge and cash to remove Tambuwal, who is seen as supporting the opposition.
The report had claimed that each lawmaker was allegedly given  $25,000 in the first instance and with a promise that more would be given after the removal of the speaker.
But Mohammed said nobody could influence the removal of Tambuwal, stressing that neither PDP nor the presidency would succeed in engineering such a process.
Insisting that it was all rumour, that they choose their speaker against all odds and would stand by him through thick or thin.

CNPP TO APC: Dont Accept More PDP Defectors!

While there is every likelihood of more Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faithful defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the New Year, the Conference of Nigeria Peoples Party, CNPP, has placed an urgent call on the APC not to admit fresh defectors from the ruling party.
The group argues that the admission of more PDP defectors to the APC fold could bring about a one-party system in the country, which should be avoided.
According to PREMIUM TIMES   , It stated this in  a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu.
Governors Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State and Chibuike Amaechi had hinted that more PDP members and governors would soon leave the party.
Both men were among the five PDP governors who, on November 26, dumped the ruling party for the APC. The other governors were Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).
Similarly, 37 members of the House of Representatives recently left the PDP for the APC, thus making the latter the majority party in the lower legislative chamber.
There were reports that about 22 senators were getting prepared to dump the ruling PDP, which has dominated the National Assembly since the return of democracy in 1999.

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Army Warns Churches Against End- of- Year Service In Adamawa State

Yola - The 23rd Brigade of Nigerian Army in  Yola has advised the Christian community in Adamawa to round off their end of year Church services on Tuesday by 10 pm.

The advice was contained in a statement signed by the Brigade’s Public Relations Officer, Ja'aafaru Nuhu.

He said the early completion of church services by the time was because of the existing 11pm to 5am curfew still in force in the state.

"The Headquarters of 23 Brigade wishes to bring to the notice of the general populace of Adamawa state that the imposition of curfew from 11pm to 5am daily is still in force.

"While we all know the importance of night prayers, especially at the last day of the year, we need to consider the best interest of the general public," the statement said.

It pledged the commitment of security agencies in the state to the safety of life and property and urged the public to sustain its support and cooperation towards the goal.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the curfew has been on force in the state since the declaration of state of emergency in May.



According to Sahara Reporters, the presiding overseer of the Latter Rain Church and the convener of Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare has lambasted the Presidency for giving him a cow as gift this Christmas.

“I had a cow from the Presidency. I didn’t ask for it. They dropped it at the Save Nigeria Group office… But is it cow that we need? If you check their books, one cow could have been bought for $5,000. The rest of the money is pocketed! We don’t need cow, we need a country that will move forward!” he told his congregation in Lagos on Sunday.

He added that “they prevailed on me not to return it. Thanks for the cow, but no thanks! That means no cow for me next year (laughs). But we will have good roads, schools etc! We are the cause of our problems. We feel big when Mr President sends us hampers etc… We go to them for contracts etc… Until we change ourselves, we cannot expect change from those who lead us!”

He said he was giving out the cow, and added that the problem with Nigeria was that low men occupied high places.

tunde bakare, latter rain church


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