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INEC Issues Certificates of Return To Newly Elected Anambra Legislators

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inec presents certificate of return to 23 members of the house of assembly in cross river state

Thirty members of the Anambra State House of Assembly have received their Certificates of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Awka.

Addressing the public at the INEC state headquarters, where the event held, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Edwin Nwatarali, commended the legislators for their comportment during the election, an act which he believes resulted in a violence-free exercise.

He urged them to continue changing the narratives of election in the state positively while living up to expectation in their respective constituencies.

From the first state constituency of Aguata to the last of Oyi constituency, the lucky legislators-elect received their Certificates of Return amidst promises of giving effective representation to their constituencies for the next four years.

The members-elect interviewed by Channels Television reeled out their agenda for their constituencies and most of these bothered on education, empowerment and conflict resolution in local communities.

They were advised to make the most important needs of the people their priority and push them to realization through the laws they make.

The post INEC Issues Certificates of Return To Newly Elected Anambra Legislators appeared first on Channels Television.

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April 30, 2015 |

PDP NWC Not In Dispute With Governors – PDP

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is not in dispute with PDP Governors’ Forum or any other organ of the party.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Thursday said that the “NWC was never asked to resign by the forum of governors or any other organ of the party for that matter.”

The statement reads: “For the avoidance of doubt therefore, the NWC states that at no time was the National Chairman of our great party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu walked out of the meeting of the governors, neither was he in any way ill-treated at that meeting contrary to reports in some section of the media.

“To put the records straight, our National Chairman upon invitation by the governors attended the meeting alongside our Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon and left after a brief and fruitful discussion with the governors. He was not at any time asked to resign and nothing close to such was ever insinuated at the meeting.

“For purposes of clarification, the National Working Committee as a duly elected organ of the party has a constitutionally guaranteed tenure which expires in March 2016. It is therefore focused on galvanizing every organ and interests within the PDP with a view to re-engineering it for the task ahead.

“To this end, the NWC is currently working hand in hand with strategic stakeholders including PDP governors towards repositioning our great party and regaining power at the center by 2019.

“In this regard, the National Working Committee in its meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015 constituted a special committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The committee membership is drawn from all the key stakeholders of the party including members of the forum of …read more      

April 30, 2015 |

Petrol Scarcity Affects Socio-Economic Activities In Kaduna

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petrol marketers on fuel scarcity in Kaduna

Residents of Kaduna State, north west Nigeria, have been battling with the scarcity of petrol across the state as they decry its effect on economic activities in the state.

The non availability of the product has created long queues at many filling stations across the state as independent marketers and black marketers have capitalized on the situation to increase their pump prices.

Only few of the petrol stations in the state have been opened for business since the beginning of the year, as a result of no petroleum product to sell.

Some residents who spoke to Channels Television lamented that the scarcity of petrol has drastically affected their economic and social activities.

Spokesperson for the Department of Petroleum Resources Kaduna zone, Mr Rabiu Bello, in an interview, attributed the scarcity to the inability of the Federal Government to fulfill its promise to pay the arrears of the subsidy claims to marketers.

He said that this situation, coupled with the suspension of production at Kaduna refinery for quite some time, forced the marketers to down tool.

Mr Bello further explained that the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) relies solely on the few bridging that comes from the southern depot to supply states in the North, a situation which he said had drastically affected the distribution of PMS to the state and environs.

Channels TV Correspondent in Kaduna State reported that virtually all filling stations in the state capital have not been dispensing the product since the start of the week due to the drop in supply to the state.

He said that the daily delivery to the state had dropped from 50 trucks per day to as low as 22 trucks daily, noting that the difference is a far cry when compared to the huge demand of the product by residents of the state.

He further reported that many …read more      

April 30, 2015 |

Indonesia Execution: UN Secretary-General Expresses ‘Deep Regret’

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un secretary Ki-Moon has expressed his deep regret over  the Indonesian execution

United Natons (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep regret” over Indonesia’s execution of eight people convicted of drug offences.

The seven foreigners and one Indonesian were executed by firing squad on Wednesday, causing diplomatic fury.

In a statement, the Secretary said that the death penalty had “no place in the 21st Century”, urging Indonesia to spare all other death row prisoners.

Indonesia has firmly defended its actions as part of its “war on drugs”.

The Indonesian Attorney-General, Prasetyo had earlier said that “Execution is not a pleasant thing. It is not a fun job, but we must do it in order to save the nation from the danger of drugs.”

Among the executed prisoners were two Australian men – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, one Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, one Indonesian and four Nigerians – Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe, all convicted of drug smuggling.

Australia has recalled its ambassador in protest.

Mr Abbott on Wednesday described the treatment of the Australians as “cruel and unnecessary”, calling it a “dark moment” in Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.

“We respect Indonesia’s sovereignty but we do deplore what’s been done and this cannot be simply business as usual,” he said.

The Nigerian government has asked the Indonesian Government for the repatriation of the remains of executed Nigerians, in order to be accorded decent burial in their various communities.

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April 30, 2015 |

Boko Haram Hostages: Defence Headquarters Says All Hope Not Lost

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Hostages

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, says the true identity of some of the women and children recently rescued from the Sambisa forest following military operations are yet to be ascertained.

He said that until a comprehensive profiling is done, nobody can confirm whether they are among the abducted Chibok girls or not.

He, however, added that all hope is not lost in the search and rescue of hostages held in the Sambisa forest by Boko Haram insurgents as the counter terrorism operation continues.

According to Olukolade, while the initially rescued women and children are been profiled and given the necessary medical attention, more hostages are being rescued while others are finding their way out of the forest.

As such, it would be hasty to conclude on the outcome of the operations when the entire forest has not been fully combed.

Some 200 girls and 93 women held hostage in Sambisa forest by members of the Boko Haram terrorists group were rescued by Nigerian troops.

The Borno State government later revealed that the 293 rescued hostages are indigenes of Bumsiri Village of Damboa Local Government in the state, dousing hopes that some could be the Chibok girls abducted on April 14, 2014.

The state’s Commissioner of Information, Mohammed Bulama, has confirmed this while briefing reporters on the development.

Mr Bulama said that that the rescued persons would be reunited with their parents soon.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Borno State, Blessing Tunoh, said that the people of the state received the news with mixed feelings. They are asking the military to give them more evidence in form of images.

“For now there are no pictures and some of the people I spoke to were having doubts, saying that they expected that the military should have posted some pictures for the parents and others to begin to identify …read more      

April 30, 2015 |

FG Pays 500bn Naira To Oil Marketers In Five Months

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The Federal Ministry of Finance says it has paid the sum of N156 billion to oil marketers.

This is according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance, Paul Nwabuikwu, dated Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The Ministry explained that the payment was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to prioritise payment to marketers in spite of revenue constraints.

The statement reads; “The payment has two components. The first consists of the cash backing of the N100 billion IOU which the marketers were given in March. The second is N56 billion in interest payments for the marketers according to the PPPRA template.

“This leaves a balance of N98 billion certified by PPPRA as the amount owed the markers.

“The N156 billion is the latest in a series of significant payments made to the oil marketers within the last five months. These include over N300 billion in two installments in December last year and N31 billion in interest differentials recently. In all, oil marketers have received over N500 billion within the past five months.”

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance has urged the marketers to appreciate the efforts being made by the Federal Government to meet up with their payments and reciprocate with some understanding of the situation of Nigerians who should not suffer more.

She urged the oil marketers to sustain the distribution and supply of fuel to end the suffering of Nigerians at fuel stations.

“The Federal Government has made maximum effort, in spite of the well-known fact that the fall in oil prices has significantly reduced national revenues, to prioritise payments to marketers.

“For the sake of Nigerians who are bearing the brunt of fuel scarcity, the marketers should reciprocate in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation in which we have always tried to engage them,” …read more      

April 30, 2015 |
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