Aggrieved members of staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration on Monday called for the sack of the FCT, Minister Senator Bala Mohammed for ignoring their career development path in their respective offices. The workers of the Administration who blocked the entrance to the minister’s office as early as 8am in the displayed placard reading “Bala must go, Staff welfare zero” even as they chanted "we no go gree o" when the permanent secretary, Engr. John Chukwu came out to address them alongside other senior aides of the minister.
A democracy inclined Non-Governmental Organization-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA[HURIWA] has urged the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency [NDLEA] to increase the intensity and improve on its strategies against drugs trafficking and all traces of drug abuses even as it has canvassed further and better legislation by the National Assembly to provide for stiffer penalties for Drug barons including a life sentence to serve as deterrent.
President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja tonight for Germany en-route to Paris, France where he is scheduled to participate in the Summit on Peace and Security in Africa.
About fifty heads of state and government are expected to participate in the Elysee Palace Summit which will be hosted by President Francois Hollande of France.
….says FG will continue to work with all state governments for the good of the country
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan congratulates Chief Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on his emergence as Governor-elect of Anambra State following the conclusion by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the gubernatorial elections in the state.
Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Governor of Rivers State, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by the Rivers State Local Government Law, 2012, has approved the dissolution of the Obio/Akpor Local Government Council with effect from today, 28th November 2013.
28th November 2013
Independent National Electoral Commission,
Plot 436 Zambezi Crescent,
Maitama District ,
Re: ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION: A CALL TO SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY.
…The Minister, NSC Instructed Us To Disobey Court Order- Mexican Embassy
The Federal High Court Abuja has issued Notices of Consequence of Disobedience/Breach of Lis Pendis popularly known as form 48 against the Minister of Sports Bolaji Abdulahi, Director General of the NSC Gbenga Elegbeye and Alhaji Yusuf Dauda who are all defendants in the suit filed by Veterans and current and former serving elite players of the game of handball in Nigeria.
It is said that when bad things happen, it provides a chance for good people to make things better! The mess that has been made of the Anambra election by the same body saddled with ensuring that it is free and fair is indeed a bad thing.
While the Anambra debacle, in which INEC apparently acted out a script written by the presidency and the PDP, represents a new low in the country's unenviable saga of electoral impropriety, it must now signal the death knell for electoral malfeasance and brigandage in Nigeria.
A democracy inclined Non-Governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has condemned the reported assassination attempt at the weekend on the life of the minister of Aviation Ms. Stella Oduah and canvassed professional and comprehensive investigation of the dastardly act so as to bring perpetrators to swift justice to stop them from achieving their aim and by this way thwart the ongoing comprehensive remodelling and reforms in the nation’s aviation industry.
His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Occasion of the 3rd Edition of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) Programme
Monday 25th November, 2013
A democracy inclined non-governmental body-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) and its parent body-ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN WRITERS ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS (AFRIRIGHTS) have jointly thrown their weight behind the decision of Nigeria’s Attorney General and minister of Justice Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) not to bring charges against Nigeria’s frontline telecommunication services company MTN over alleged perversion of course of Justice as demanded by the erstwhile Osun State governor Brigadier General Olagunsoye Oyinlola (rtd).
Two democracy inclined Non –governmental organizations-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) and the Transparency center Network (TCN) have jointly asked the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)-Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega to apologize publicly to Nigerians globally for the apparent failure and administrative flaws that marred the November 16th 2013 governorship poll in Anambra State.
Convinced that the recent designation as a terrorist organization of Boko Haram and Ansaru by the United States Department, a democracy inclined group-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to step in and take over the prosecution of arrested terrorism masterminds.
For hours, official activities were paralysed yesterday when Staff of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) Abuja, embarked on a peaceful protest over what they termed management’s indifference to staff welfare especially as it concerns payment of claims and allowances and delayed promotion.
The staff, under the auspices of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) as early as 6am, locked the gates to the headquarters of the agency and prevented staff from gaining access.
Barely two weeks after resuming office as the new Executive Director of Commonwealth Handball Association, Barr Mark Jacob recorded a major success on Monday 11th November, 2013 when he formally awarded the Consultancy Right of Organizing 2014 Commonwealth Handball Club Championship in Abuja, Nigeria to a Nigeria firm, Centre for Children and Youth Excellence in Sports.
In keeping faith with his promise, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday night doled out N2 million to each of the 19 Nigerian boys who won the U-17 World Youth Championship in United Arab Emirates on Friday.
The President who hosted the entire team including officials and Supporters' Club to a cocktail party at the State House Banquet Hall, also promised the team and key members of the Supporters' Club an award in the next national award ceremony.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted the leader of All progressives Party (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over his condolence message to the family of the late former Chief of General Staff, Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe.
South East Governance Network (SEGON) received with great shock the news of the death of 28 worshippers at Holy Ghost Adoration Arena at Ukein Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State in the early hours of Saturday, 2nd of November, 2013.
SEGON is very worried by the allegation that the stampede was the fallout of the political campaign activities of All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in thebuild up to the November 16th Gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
He is usually calm and jovial even while preaching the Word of God. The exactitude of his revelations has made him a household name not only in Nigeria but across the world. He has branches in over 30 Countires in the World. But Apostle Johnson Suleman, founder and overseer of Omega Fire Ministries with headquarters in Auchi, Edo State is angry.
According to Lulu this is in response to various calls from the football stakeholders that he returns to the position he was forceful impeached in 2010. Quoting his words, the former FCT Director of Sports said “once again I have to answer to the clarion call. It is a call to national duty. Football is a game I love with all passion, and my achievements when I was the NFF President from 2006-2010 before I was forceful impeached from office are still very visible. If Nigerians have realized the positive contributions I made towards the game of football in the country, and they wants me to return to my former position, then, I have no option to oblige to their request” he said.
Vexed by the alleged involvement of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in the purchase and deployment of two exotic BMW bullet proof cars for the use of the minister of Aviation Ms. Stella Oduah, a pro-transparency platform – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has called for her immediate suspension pending investigation just as it advocated the suspension of the officials of the NCAA implicated in the alleged illicit purchase.
President Goodluck Jonathan has received with immense sadness and a feeling of immense national loss, news of the passing away of the former governor of Plateau State and founding chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Solomon Daushep Lar.
The Commonwealth Handball Association has named Nigeria’s Barr. Mark Jacob as the Association’s new Executive Director. According to official statement released by the 64 nations’ organization, Mark Jacob is expected to “take over with immediate effect”. The statement which was signed by the Secretary General of the Association, Gen. Ishola Williams (Rtd) stated that the appointment of Kaduna state born Mark Jacob was based on his track records in area of sports development especially handball adding that after wide consultations, it was certain that there was no other better candidate to take up the job of repositioning the Association at this critical period than him.
Former Presidential Candidate of National Conscience Party, (NCP) in the 2011 general elections, Mr. Dele Momodu has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on infrastructural development in the health and education, power and agricultural sectors in the state.
The Associated Airlines have released a list of the survivors and victims of the plane crash which occurred in Lagos.
SURVIVORS OF PLANE CRASH:
1. Agagu Feyi – Survivor
2. Akintunde Taiwo – Survivor
3. Akintunde Akeem – Survivor
4. Akinsanya Femi – Survivor
5. Unknown male – Survivor
Former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Tonye Harry is dead. Tonye died in an air ambulance which was conveying him to France for urgent medical attention.
Tonye Harry was elected to the Rivers State House of Assembly in 1999. He served as deputy to Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for 8 years and in 2007 became the speaker of the House.
An Associated Airlines plane conveying the remains of the former governor of Ondo State, Segun Agagu crashed soon after take off from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.
Unconfirmed reports from FAAN and security sources indicate that the crashed plane, in addition to the remains of the former governor, had on board wife and children of the deceased governor. And also on board were some undertakers.
On the Occasion of
Nigeria's 53rd Independence Anniversary
Tuesday 1st October, 2013
1. Today marks 53 years of our Independence as a nation. First and foremost, I would like to say congratulations to us all. Through thick and thin, we have built this country together. Through triumphs and trials, we have developed a Nigerian identity in our own way.
Vexed by the gruesome mass killings of innocent students of Yobe College of Agriculture in North East Nigeria by suspected armed Islamic insurgents at the weekend, a democracy and development oriented Non-Governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has called for the sack of the Yobe state commissioner of police and state Director of State Security Services [SSS] for the apparent dereliction of duty to protect innocent civilians.
In an early morning Independence Day broadcast today (Tuesday), President Goodluck Jonathan announced the setting up of an Advisory Committee to establish modalities for a national conference aimed at resolving issues that currently cause friction in the polity.
President Jonathan said that the committee which will have Dr. Femi Okurounmu as its Chairperson and Dr. Akilu Indabawa as its Secretary, is expected to complete its assignment within one month.
Following the renewed skirmish communal clash between the Ombatse ethnic militia and Assakio in Eggon and Alago ethnic groups in Obi, headquarters of Obi local government of Nasarawa State leading to the death of no fewer than 30 persons and over 7,000 residents displaced, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) observed as follows:
MORE than 90 oil-polluted communities, and civil society groups in Southern Nigeria, have risen in support of the ongoing campaign by Environmental Rights Action (ERA), a foremost environmental rights advocacy group in the country, to end the era of fossil energy.
The communities that are drawn from Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Rivers states, said on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, that the oil industry has brought them untold hardship and miseries.
Worried that the Federal High Court division across the country have dished out contradictory injunctions to different governorship aspirants in the political parties seeking to run for the November 16th 2013 governorship election in Anambra State, a democracy inclined Non-Governmental organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice (Mrs.) Maryam Alooma Mukhtar to intervene and stop the desecration of the Temple of Justice.
President Goodluck Jonathan has conveyed very warm felicitations to the prominent lawyer, civil rights activist and political leader, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite who joins Nigeria’s club of octogenarians tomorrow.
In a congratulatory letter to Dr. Braithwaite on the occasion of his 80th birthday, President Jonathan praised the elder statesman’s life-long commitment to the pursuit of better living conditions for all Nigerians.
Peoples Democratic Party elders in Taraba State have called on non-indigenes of the state to leave the state alone with its internal politics. The elders specifically fingered former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana and Presidential candidate of National Transformation Party, (NTP) Mr. John Dara as those poke nosing into the internal politics of the state.
The group, in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by its Chairman and Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Shata and Sen. Ambuno Sunday condemned none Taraba indigenes over their role in the return of the governor, Danbaba Suntai after seeking medical attention abroad.
Indications have emerged that aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who recently formed a faction under the leadership of Abubakar Bawa Baraje may have 'agreed' to drop their demand that President Goodluck Jonathan forgets his 2015 ambition.
The governors who had met behind closed doors with the President on many occasions since the factionalization of the party had reportedly tabled three key demands which must be met before peace reigns in the party.
...As Amaechi's NGF holds meeting on Tuesday
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has vowed that he would never allow another despot to sit and rule over the people of Nigeria again.
This was as Rotimi Amaechi led-Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) would on Tuesday meet to discuss the issue of oil theft, post election disagreements, Polio eradication, update on 2013 Immunisation and leadership challenge in the country, litigation and other issues.
The blockade of the Rivers State Government House by the Police during which Governor Rotimi Amaechi was denied access to the place has been described as the handiwork of President Goodluck Jonathan by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The opposition party described the President Jonathan as the worst president the nation ever had. It added that President Jonathan's unbridled disposition toward cheap political vendetta has pushed him to commit impunity and unconstitutionality, which is perhaps more than any other President in the country's history.
......WANTS PERPETRATORS OF POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE PROSECUTED;
A democracy inclined Non-Governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has carpeted President Good luck Jonathan for appointing the Information Minister Mr. Labaran Maku as 'supervisory' minister in the Ministry of Defence even when his alleged role in the ongoing fratricidal violence in his home state of Nasarawa is yet to be transparently investigated and issuance of clean bill of health to the serving federal cabinet member done by an independent judicial commission of inquiry to assuage the bottled up emotions of certain persons who feel otherwise. HURIWA asked the President to desist from actions that may be misconstrued to graphically paint his administration as being insensitive to the feelings and complaints of a section of the Nigerian people no matter how speculative or emotional such sentiments may be without clearly justifiable and superior logic by the Government for such actions communicated to the Nigerian people.
His Excellency, President GoodluckEbele Jonathan, GCFR
Occasion of the Passing Out Parade of Officer Cadets of the 60 Regular Course
At the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA) Kaduna
Saturday 14th September, 2013
We consider the reports in a section of the media claiming that the Nigerian government had ordered customized gold iPhones from a Dubai-based company to mark the country’s 53rd independence anniversary in October not only false and misleading, but utterly mischievous.
In what is seen as a massive rejuvenation of critical state sectors, the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that his administration has approved the renovation of all Magistrate courts in the State. This is coming barely 48 hours after the Ekiti State Government flagged off the renovation of All Hospitals in the state, also, this is coming after what is highly regarded as the comprehensive renovation and reconstruction of state secondary schools in a measure aimed at restoring the primacy of education in the state widely regarded as the fountain of knowledge.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has faulted the statement credited to the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo that he risked jail if he travelled to the United States of America on corruption charges.
The Media Adviser to the former Vice President, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued in Abuja said that corruption charges made by former President Obasanjo in an EFCC magazine “Zero Tolerance” that the former Vice President risked jail if he travelled to the United States was wrong.
...He is senile, says Oyinlola
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday took another dimension, as the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the new PDP National Secretary engaged in a verbal war.
While Tukur described Oyinlola as a kindergarten politician, unrepentant dictator of the first-order and the main cause of the crisis in PDP, Oyinlola on the other hand said that Tukur has gone senile.
The Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja was on Wednesday thrown into shock when President Goodluck Jonathan announced to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) after the weekly meeting that nine of the members of his cabinet would bow out of the Chambers for the last time.
...He is senile, says Oyinlola
...Baraje dares IG, relocate headquarters to Adamawa state lodge
The new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Abubakar Baraje has told President Goodluck Jonathan not to allow some party leaders to deceive him, as he cannot win election without the aggrieved states like Rivers, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kwara, Niger and Kebbi.
This is even as Baraje dared the Inspector General of Police and relocate the headquarters of the new PDP to Adamawa state lodge. The new PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said that Tukur and his National Working Committee members cannot under a properly organised free and fair elections win their wards, talk less of making any impact come 2015.
The much touted cabinet shake up by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday finally became a reality and left in its wake nine Ministers sacked as members of Federal Executive Council (FEC).
One of the affected ministers, Professor Ruqqayatu Ahmed Rufai who before the last FEC meeting on Wednesday was the Minister of Education said while handing over to the Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike who is the acting Minister of Education said she would return to Bayero University, Kano where she was a lecturer before her appointment.