Nigeria Political News
Blackmail, witch hunt or a thin investigation?
The drama is unfolding . We are seeing power play, party rivalry, blackmail, witch-hunt?
The EFFC investigation is rather thin at the moment. Why is everyone rumoured to have been involve not been investigated?
What is going between Zenith bank and Fayose? It seems bank officials were begging or pleading with him.
The Arms Fund were shared mainly by the PDP’s members because they taught they were going to rule for the next 60 years. They are being investigated for the missing Billion dollar Arms fund. Money earmarked for Arm’s purchase, rumored to have been used to sponsor themselves for political positions and elections which some never spent for that purpose. Now tell me how could any APC member be charged for the offense they knew nothing about? If any APC member is involved, EFCC will find out and bring that individual to justice. Fayose role seems questionable. At the beginning of the investigation, it was reported the EFCC traced a N500 million to his personal account, aware of that. He went back to the bank to withdraw that money then he realized that EFCC has frozen the account. If it a legal money or state money EFCC will never freeze the money.
Fayose have claimed the funds belong to Agbele. Any money found in his account is not his but Agbele plus he stated that Zenith bank financed his campaign which EFCC has since denied. Although that is not what is in question, because no bank will risk its business if there was no collaterals to cover the loss. Let EFCC continue with their investigations. The evidence is now mounting and connected him with others.
But is this an investigation or just a witch hunt to punish Fayose for his loud mouth. They are many tops names implicated in the Arms Deal fund.
Time will tell.
List of states not able to pay workers Salary
The list of some states that are owing their worker
Edo, Lagos, Delta, Ebonyi, Anambra, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kano and Enugu states have paid their workers’ salaries and allowances up to April.
Rivers State has paid March salary and pension up to February
Borno State has paid up to March with the exception of its Hosing Corporation workers
Ogun State, though paid salary, has neither remitted pension deductions from workers’ salaries for months, and has not paid gratuities since 2012.
Indebted stae Ekiti, Kwara, Kaduna, Osun, Plateau, Ondo, Abia, Bayelsa, Oyo, Imo, Kogi and Benue.
Ekiti State is owing not less two months salaries, the number of months owed pensioners have racked up.
Kwara, local government workers and the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, have not been paid between four and five months salaries, staff of the state Water Corporation have not been paid for the past six months, while other paratatals have not been paid in the last two months.
Kaduna State have not been paid about seven months arrears
Osun has unpaid outstanding salaries from July 2015 to January 2016.
Plateau State, pensioners are owed eight months, council workers, four months while other workers are owed three months.
In Ondo State, while pensioners are owed four months, civil servants are owed five.
In the same vein, while civil servants in Imo State were last paid 70 percent of their salaries in January, pensioners cannot even remember when they were last paid.
Workers in Oyo State are owed between two and five months
Kogi owed workers five months
Benue State owed three months.
According to Sunday Vanguard investigation, Edo State has been up to date in the payment of salaries and pension to its civil servants and pensioners.While the workers receive salaries before the 25th of every month, pensioners sometimes receive their pensions before workers.
LAGOS state govt are paying salaries plus different benefits
RIVERS: Rivers State have been paid up to March 2016 though there have been hitches in remitting some components of the salaries, i.e. contributory pension, union dues, federal mortgage housing etc.
Bayelsa, owed four months’ salaries while retirees are owed seven months arrears. The situation is worse in the local governments where workers in some of the councils have lost count of the arrears owed them.
ONDO: the state government is owing pensioners in the state four months pension while civil servants are owed five months salaries.
OSUN: some workers and pensioners are claiming they are owed outstanding balance of July 2015 to January 2016.
EBONYI: Peter Okutu reports, from ABAKALIKI, that Governor David Umahi, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015 has not owed workers a dime as he has made it a duty to pay salaries from the 15th of every month. Also, the administration has on a regular basis ensured that pension is paid.
Kaduna State are lamenting non-payment of emolu
ments, some stretching to seven months. The workers and pensioners claimed they had been verified and gotten their Biometric Verification Number ,BVN, from their various banks, but were yet to get paid. But the state government said that it had paid up to date all workers and pensioners in the state who had been fully verified and have their BVN.
BORNO: MAIDUGURI, that Since Governor Kashim Shettima assumed the mantle of leadership in 2011 to date, his administration has been paying workers salaries on or before the 25th of every month. According to him, civil servants in the state receive their salaries without hitches, only that of April 2016 that civil servants are yet to receive due to the ongoing verification of staff by a committee set up by the governor. From investigation, only workers who have not been paid their salaries are those working in the state Housing Corporation where they are paid from the revenue they generate. But as a result of insecurity, they found it very difficult to generate enough to sustain their salaries. Sources said they have not received salaries for three months.
KWARA: According to him, SUBEB and council workers “are being owed between four and five months, while workers in the state Water Corporation are owed six months, even as other parastatals are owed two months salaries.”
EKITI: the state government clears two out of the four month arrears it owed workers, today’s May Day celebrations will be devoid of the usual fanfare. Workers in the state are being owed four months salaries, while that of pensioners stand at five months..
DELTA: Festus Ahon reports, from Asaba, that, despite the economic crunch, Delta State government is not owing workers salaries. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as part of his commitment to the welfare of civil servants, ensures regular monthly payment of salaries. Okowa, in line with his prosperity agenda, is also up and doing in ensuring that the state government meets its commitment to pensioners with a view to clearing their pension arrears and entitlements.
ENUGU: Francis Igata reports, from Enugu, that public servants are paid on the 25th of every month. This practice has been in place since the immediate past administration of former Governor Sullivan Chime and sustained by his successor, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The present government inherited about seven month’s pension arrears. Payment of arrears of pension is ongoing following the receipt N4.207 billion bail-out to the state from the Federal Government. . The governor had, on receipt of the money, set up tripartite committee, comprising of labour leaders, government representatives, and pensioners union to oversee the disbursement of the fund.
KANO: Abdulsalam Muhammad reports, from Kano, that workers and pensioners have been enjoying steady and regular pay as and when due since the inception of the current administration in the state. The development followed increased Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR).
AKWA IBOM: Uyo, the State Universal Basic Basic Education Board was allegedly hoarding N395, 308,077.83, meant for that payment.
It seems many states officials are hoarding payments meant for workers hoping after sometime. They can help themselves to the cash if they are able to withstand the pressure from Trade union, media or the FG.
It seems some state govt are out-rightly diverting money meant for workers into their account or for different projects
Many state govt are no longer innovative. They sit on their hands waiting for allocation from FG, ignoring the natural resources they have.
The Buhari Govt prides itself on anti-corruption, what are they doing about on unpaid salaries?
Witch Hunt or Anti-Corruption? Fayose Account Freeze
Nigeria Constitution as amended in 1999, states every new administration must probe the previous one , that is not negotiable. Unfortunately PDP and their padi padi government failed to do that.
Why Fayose Account ? Why not Ameachi, Fashola, Oshiomhole or even Tinubu.
EXTRACTS from EFCC
He added, “Abbey directed the bank to pay N137m into the account of Ayodele Fayose with number 1003126654 and Bank Verification Number 22338867502. The bank teller dated June 26, 2014, was filled by Abbey with teller number 0556814.
“Abbey directed the bank to transfer N118,760,000 to the same account and paid in N50m cash into Fayose’s account.
“On April 7, 2015, several months later, Fayose personally moved N300m to his fixed deposit account at Zenith Bank with number 9013074033 with the same BVN. The account is domiciled at 15 Olusola Abiona Street, Estate, Alapere, Ketu, Lagos.”
The source added that on the instructions of Fayose, Abbey deposited N100m in the account of Spotless Investment Limited, a hotel, which is owned by Fayose and his wife, Olayemi.
Abbey, who was identified as the owner of a firm, De Privateer Limited, paid N100m into the Zenith Bank account of Spotless Investment Limited with number 1010170969 on June 17, 2014.
He also paid N219,490,000 and N300m on June 18, 2014 and June 19, 2014 respectively into his own company account with Zenith Bank marked 1013835889 while he kept a cash of N260m from the original FUNDS
In total, 1,225,250,000 went to Fayose’s PERSONAL ACCOUNT from the =N= 4,700,000,00.00 from NSA.
If i were him i will attack Buhari more cos he needs plenty Sympathy from gullible Nigeria than he is getting right now.
We waiting for the truth
Constitution Amendment Or Legislative Coup?
In April 2015, former President Goodluck Jonathan declined assenting his signature on the 2015 proposed amended 1999 Constitution citing irregularities in its passage, whittling down the powers of the President by the legislators, and transferring some of these powers to themselves (and to the judiciary).
Three items featured in the 2015 Constitution amendment.
1. LIFE PENSION for the Senate President, Speaker of Representative, Deputy Senate President, and Deputy Speaker of the House.
2. Immunity for the aforementioned office holders from arrest and criminal prosecution
3. Stripping of the President the power to assent or veto any constitution amendment. Meaning, they (legislators) should be the only players in the process.
Nigerians were lucky that the former President not only refused assent his signature but also approached the Supreme Court through the Attorney General of The Federation to halt the proposed bill, which the court did in May 2015.
Now it appears that the legislators have ‘gone mad’ again by reviving such items in the ongoing constitution review.
THEIR IMMORAL DEMAND FOR LIFE PENSION
As at today, many states are having difficulty to meet financial obligations to state workers and execute projects, yet they are still mandated by their states law to pay huge money to former Governors and their Deputies in the name of pension irrespective of the offices these former state executives occupy after leaving office.
It is even funny that some of these Senators like Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sani Yerima, Muhammed Goje, Godswill Akpabio, George Akume etc were not only exGovernors but are heavy beneficiaries of the pension largesse at their respective state level chiefly due to the immoral pension that they proposed and signed into law when they were in office. Yet, they still want more money in the name of life pension to add to their already bloated financial war chest at the masses expense.
The non former Governors among them like Sen Ike Ekweremadu, who is the Chief leader of the proposal seem to want to join the train of those that are feeding fact (for life) on government resources.
Is it not immoral and wicked that after enjoying fat salaries and allowances while in office, the legislative leaders want to keep feeding fat outside office just like the former governors?
THE IMPLICATION IF PASSED
Should the legislators have their way, it means that SP Saraki will be entitled to DOUBLE life pension from Kwara state and federal government.
It also means that people like Governors Aminu Mansari and Saminu Tambawal of Katsina and Sokoto states respectively will be entitled to fat salaries/allowances as Governors, Life pension as Former Speakers, and life pension as former governors when they leave office.
This will also attract more outgoing governors to seek solace in the Senate and fight for SP or DSP offices to ‘enlarge their coast’. This will also attract more former speakers and Deputies to seek election to be Governor or Deputy in order to legally enlarge their financial powerhouse. How sustainable is this?
Let us imagine that a former Speaker/deputy is elected to serve his state as Governor. After serving the state, he was further elected to go to the Senate and eventually made Senate President or Deputy Senate President. Then he moved up to emerge Presidential candidate or running mate to a candidate, and emerge victorious. What is the implication with respect to the controversial proposal?
It simply means the man will be entitled to life pension as former President/Vice, Governor/Deputy, Speaker/Deputy, and Senate President/Deputy. Who says politicians are not smart?
I’m sure that if this is allowed, it won’t take long for Speakers and Deputies at state level to ‘help themselves’ out.
ON ISSUE OF IMMUNITY FOR NASS LEADERS:
In the first instance, the concept of immunity for governors and their deputies is irresponsible and absurd. Even the United States whose democracy we look up to don’t have such arrangement. While we are calling for the stripping of Governors and Deputies of immunity, the legislators are coming with their own immunity demand.
Already, these legislators enjoy immunity from prosecution on anything they say or do on the floor of their respective chambers, why are they seeking for more if not that they have to protect their skeletons?
ON STRIPPING THE PRESIDENT OF ASSENT POWERS:
I think the legislators need to be reminded that the concept of democracy demands checks and balance. Stripping the President the power of Assent simply means introduction and promotion of legislative coup. They want to be the people to make laws and shove same laws down the throat of Nigerians via the instrument of the law. This is highly irresponsible of them, and won’t be allowed to stay.
This is tantamount to legislative coup.
SECTION 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE AMENDED:
Section 9 of the Constitution that deals with process of amendment of the 1999CFRN need to be amended to give the masses role to play in the amendment process.
Specifically, sub sections (2)and (3) that vest power to amend constitution on at least 2/3 members of both Chambers of the National Assembly, and resolution of at least 2/3 States Houses of Assembly should be amended by stripping the states legislators of such of power, and vesting same on the people through INEC organised and well monitored referendum.
This is the only true way Nigerians can be said to be part of the process.
HYPOCRISY OF SOUTHERN LEGISLATORS:
I shall end this piece by expressing disappointment in legislators from the southern region, specifically the south south and southeast.
Before the amendment kicked off, majority of these legislators including DSP Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ben Murray Bruce of twitter fame, and several others were always quick to shout how restructuring and true federalism is best for the country. Instead of these people to be the chief promoters of restructuring and true federalism in this ongoing amendment, they preoccupy themselves with only amendments that would favor them. Very unfortunate…
All you need to know about the $26m Halliburton scam
The Halliburton case relates to an alleged $182m contract involving a four-company joint venture to build a liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island. Earlier in 2009, KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, agreed to pay $402m after admitting that it bribed Nigerian officials, and Halliburton paid $177m to settle allegations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting any wrongdoing.
In mid-December 2010, the case was settled when Nigeria agreed to drop the corruption charges against the company’s former boss, Dick Cheney (and former US Vice-President); and Halliburton in exchange for a $250m settlement.
However, no Nigerian official involved in the scandal has been jailed. Although some people says it dates back to back to 1994 when the Nigerian government launched ambitious plans to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project (BINLGP), had revealed a network of secretive banks and offshore tax havens, used to funnel $182 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in exchange for $6 billion in engineering and construction work for an international consortium of companies that included a then Halliburton subsidiary.
Although, never publicly released, a 2010 Nigerian government document reportedly included three former Nigerian presidents, a vice-president, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate heavyweights in a list of bribery beneficiaries that was allegedly given to the officials by Jeffrey Tesler, a British lawyer who had since pleaded guilty in a London court for serving as the middle man between Halliburton and Nigerian officials.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) had reported severally that the $182 million bribery scandal had three Nigerian presidents, a vice-president, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate titans as beneficiaries. Alas, the past public office holders who were indicted in this scam are now friends and political allies of the new president Buhari.
There are many top Nigeria involved in the case. But their names have been withheld. The case were never investigated in Nigeria. As stated above, no Nigerian was tried.
Therefore, the true test of the president’s anti-corruption war lies on how rigorous he handles the Halliburton case. Not because others are not equally important but as a strong signal to all Nigerians that if these assumed ‘powerful’ individuals can answer for their crimes then truly, nobody is above legal prosecution.
France and United States have completed the investigation and the bribe givers Jack Stanley and Jeffery were given a reduced jail sentence after co-operating with the authorities. Lot of money have exchanged hands.
Nigeria Power supply drops due to Vandalism
The Nigerian national electricity grid has continued its drop to 1,600 megawatts (mw) since Saturday with many
electricity consumers decrying the situation reported by Daily Trust.
The critical drop has caused prolonged power outages across major cities of the country including the federal capital, Abuja and Nasarawa State since Thursday, some residents said.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, had said on Thursday that repair works on a vandalised transmission tower since that day would cause a loss of 300mw from the Okpai power station in Delta State. Fashola said the Kainji/Jebba and Shiroro hydro plants would, however, cushion the affect by maximising output during the two weeks repair period.
However, reporter daily Trust have information that the plants may not have the capacity to cushion the free fall as the grid plunged below 2,000mw after many gas infrastructure were vandalised since last month. Updated daily power generation reports from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator (NSO) on Sunday puts the peak generation at
1,668mw. Many of the affected resident are decrying the situation as appalling.
But some believe the basic problem with the power sector is the high rate of vandalisim. That is what frustrated GEJ’s efforts….and that is what is frustrating this government too.
Also many Nigerians do not want to pay for improved power supply….they pay for improved telephony aka GSM.
We need power at 20000MW at least to get power 24/7. We also need to improve our transmission system. And that costs money. If we want it…we will have to pay for it. Under the old NEPA system….many Nigerians did not pay their bills. same thing is happening again.
If we want 24/7 power….we have to do our bit…just as the power companies too (DISCOS and GENCOS) have to do their bit by supplying us with prepaid meters….and the govt does its bit by repairing the transmission system (which is the only thing it controls now)
We cannot demand for good power without paying for it.
SIMPLE HOW TO CONVERT YOUR COMPUTER UPS TO INVERTER
This simple ‘How To do it yourself article’ explains an interesting topic, how to convert your computer UPS into home Inverter.
If you own a desktop computer, you may have a UPS that can power your computer for 10-15 minutes after power failure.
The purpose of the UPS is to save your work and shutdown your computer properly to avoid potential data loss and hardware loss such as Hard disk of your computer.
Most of us always underestimate the potential of the computer UPS that sits beside your computer. The average computer UPS can deliver around 600VA, which is enough to power your low power appliances such as fan, tube light, computer, television, etc.
If you own more powerful UPS such as 1KVA you can power your home appliances more.
So how much can my computer UPS provide? 600VA means the apparent power, but the real power is 60% of specified value. In other words it provides 60% of the VA rating.
If you have 600VA UPS then 600VA x 0.6 = 360W maximum output.
If you have a 1KVA UPS then 1000VA x 0.6 = 600W maximum output.
If my computer UPS can provide this much power, then why does computer UPS only power 10-15 min?
This is because most of the computer UPS is only powered by 12V 7AH battery which is sitting inside the UPS.
To increase its backup time we need to connect a higher AH battery. The purpose of this article is to make a cost effective home Inverter from a computer UPS.
It works perfectly and I and a few friends have been using this for the past three years and still running…!!!
You can view list of our available inverters for sale in Lagos
Plans to make Nigeria Islamic state will fail –Okogie
THE Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has condemned the recent curriculum crisis in some schools in South West, describing it as a plot to make a particular religious group more prominent than another.
He stated this on Thursday during the celebration of 80th birthday and 50th anniversary of his priesthood ordination at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.
According to him, “I am seeing something that has not yet manifested. They are secretly trying to make Nigeria an Islamic State. But that cannot happen. During my tenure as the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), then Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida tried it by going to Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), meeting secretly and claimed to be an observer. As a Head of state of a country, how could he have gone to such meeting without anyone following him? Who sent him there? And the people he went to meet did not ask him who sent him. But at the end, his plans failed.”
Okogie also cited the activities of Governor El- Rufai of Kaduna State against Christian religious groups, stating that all are centred on religious intolerance and oppression. “What El-Refai is doing in Kaduna is another way they are moving. They move from one place to another. And after sometime, they hid and reappear again, thinking that no one is seeing them.
“In fact, Nigerians are watching their footsteps. And, if they think they will succeed in making Nigeria an Islamic country through all these activities, they are joking, because Christians will not allow that to happen. So, those trying to play such practices should be mindful of the repercussions and have a rethink.”
The Archbishop emeritus, who described the ceremony as extraordinary and one of the best, also called on President Muhammad Buhari to make a quick turn-around on the economy of Nigeria by going back to study his inaugural speech and APC manifesto, then start afresh.
Petrol Station Selling Petrol below N145 per Litre
Below are list of petrol stations – Lagos and Calabar
Almoruff filling stations : N142 naira
Petrocham : N142 naira
NNPC LASU Igando road opposite diamond estate N140 naira
- Mostly NNPC branch standard price)
NNPC Abule Egba : N135 naira
NNPC Alakuko : N135 naira
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar
- Calabar South axis of the Cross River State Mayne Avenue – N139 per litre.
Pictures of flooding in Nigeria Lekki Lagos