Month: December 2014
In fulfilment of its promise, Star Lager, Nigeria’s leading beer brand, rewarded excited customers at Star Beer Village, which is setup at Eko Atlantic City (venue of 2014 Lagos Countdown).
Eager fun lovers and consumers were seen trooping to the colourful beer village throughout the week to enjoy the exciting activities Star has prepared for fun seekers as they countdown to 2015.
Apart from a slash in price of beer at the village, Lagosians have also been winning lots of gifts with over 80 consumers going home with prizes ranging from TV sets, Home Theatres, DVD players, fans amongst others.
Saliu Amodu, a 24 year old student expressed his excitement after winning recently, ‘I am happy. STAR has made me happy today. They gave me a home theatre system and I am grateful’.The Star Beer Village is open at Eko Atlantic City, Bar Beach until 31st December 2014.
The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture has assured that self-sufficiency in food production as well as food security in the year 2015 will form the major thrust of its activities.
Towards this end, the Ministry is set to stimulate increase in the production of both plant and animal origin through the cultivation of farmlands and has therefore proposed the sum of N4.690bn as total expenditure for next year.
The Commissioner in the Ministry, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun said this while defending year 2015 budget before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation at the Assembly Complex, Oke – Mosan Abeokuta.
Sokefun said the capital project in 2015 would gulp N4bn, while N690m had been earmarked for recurrent expenditure with a sum of N350m as revenue target for the next fiscal year.
She noted that on capital project to be executed next year, N11.9m would be expended on purchase of agriculture equipment, just as another N108m was set aside for production of farm seedlings.
On its part, the Ogun State Agriculture Development Corporation said it proposed the sum of N181m as its total budget for 2015, of the amount; N122m was meant for capital projects, while N59m would go for recurrent expenditure. The agency put forward revenue target of N175m for the fiscal year.
The Ogun State Ministry of Forestry says it has generated the sum of N128.9m representing 36.85% as revenue as at October 2014.
The Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Mr. Adebayo Fari, who disclosed this while defending the year 2015 budget before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation led by Hon. Akanbi Bankole noted that in the coming year, the Ministry planned to spend N1.568bn as total expenditure for 2015.
Of that amount, N389m was being earmarked for personnel and overhead costs, while N1.179bn had been set aside for execution of capital projects.
He also disclosed that next year, his Ministry would ensure food security, provision of raw materials for industrial growth and expansion of Infrastructural facilities for socio – economic development with emphasis on sustainable environment.
The Forestry Commissioner assured that next year, his Ministry would carry out comprehensive inventory of nine Forest reserve in the State starting with Omo and Olokemeji Forest reserves.
In a related development, the Ogun state Forestry Plantation Project (Area J4) intends to establish additional 400 hectares of Teak and Gmelina Plantations as well as 500 hectares of logged area for regeneration and revenue generation purposes.
To achieve this, the plantation plans to spend N284m as its total expenditure in year 2015, of this amount, N134m had been budgeted for recurrent expenditure, while N150m was set aside for capital expenditure.
In line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s effort geared towards providing stable power supply in the country, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) signed a memoranda of cooperation with Eko Electricity Distribution Company and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company to help reduce electricity losses.
USTDA Director, Leocadia I. Zak said the agency is ready to help improve power distribution with U.S. technology. “The Agency is pleased to strengthen its cooperation with our Eko and Ikeja partners, who have already purchased U.S. technologies that can help them improve power distribution. The next phase of our partnership will introduce them to U.S. industry experts who can assist them in developing comprehensive plans to modernise their electricity networks,” Zak said
Improved power supply has been experienced during President Jonathan’s administration due to the reforms, policies and projects initiated in the power sector, thereby moving Nigeria forward.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja approved N24.2 billion for the rehabilitation of the outstanding section of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway and Amansea-Enugu.
The supervising Minister of Information, Dr. Nurudeen Muhammed, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the project, which would be partly financed through the ministry’s 2014 budget as well as SURE-P 2014 appropriation, when completed, would enhance transportation in the area.
“The project upon completion will enhance transportation, communication, improve the socio-economic activities and standard of living of the citizens; reduce travel time and vehicle operating cost.
“It will also generate employment for not less than 25 engineers, 100 skilled and 435 semi-skilled workers in the course of execution of the project.
“There is a budgetary provision of N400 million in the ministry’s 2014 appropriation and N11billion under SURE-P 2014 appropriation, which is adequate for the takeoff of the project.“
He said that the council also approved the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Yauri-Kontagora-Makera Road in Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger States and Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch in Benue and Cross River State.
He said the projects upon completion would enhance socioeconomic activities as the road projects passed through rich agricultural lands in Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Benue and Cross Rivers.
“There is a budgetary provision of N1.8billion in the ministry’s 2014 appropriation for the projects and the balance of funds for the project will be provided for in the ministry’s subsequent budgets.“
He said the council also approved the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Yauri Road (186km) in Kebbi State at the cost of N19.8 billion, thereby revising the initial contract sum from N10.5 billion to N30.4 billion with a completion period of 36 months.
Muhammed further disclosed that the council approved an additional N10.6 billion for the completion of the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road: Kontagora-Makera (85km) in Niger State, thereby revising the contract sum from N8.9 billion to N19.5 billion, with a completion period of 30 months.
He also stated that the council approved the rehabilitation of Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch (completion of outstanding 12.5km) in Benue/Cross River states at the cost of N3.3 billion, thereby revising the contract sum from N3.29 billion to N6.6 billion, with completion period of 18 months.
He said the council approved N350.8 million for the procurement of Insurance cover for assets of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
According to him, the insurance cover is required annually for the maintenance of the College’s Approved Training Organisation ( ATO) Certificate issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) which precludes the operation of any aircraft without valid insurance cover.
He further stated that the approval was in line with the Federal Government’s directives that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should provide insurance cover against fire and perils on government’s assets and properties.
He said there was a budgetary provision of N450 million in the Service Wide Vote for the insurance cover for the College’s Asset.
The minister said the council also approved N200 million for the supply of Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS100LL) to the college. (NAN)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today at a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State arraigned nine persons for offences bordering on illegally dealing in petroleum products.
Clement Oguntuwase, Joseph Obie, Ifeoluwa Albert, Adams Amzat Akokhia, Isaac Ndidi Chima, Rafiu Momodu, Rasaq Mahmud, Godwin George, and Thomas Daniel were arraigned before Justice Lambo Akanbi on a 2-count charge of conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.
The accused persons were intercepted aboard MB SKYE by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield on November 14, 2014 in Brass waters, close to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Bayelsa State while transferring suspected crude oil from two vessels, MT CERGEN-D and MT ELIMINA, which were under investigation for alleged oil theft.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
One of the counts read; “that you Clement Oguntuwase , Joseph Obie , Ifeoluwa Albert, Adams Amzat Akokhia, Isaac Ndidi Chima, Rafiu Momodu, Rasaq Mahmud, Godwin George, Thomas Daniel and a vessel, MB Skye and others now at large on or about the 13th and 14th November, 2014 at Brass within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did without appropriate licence deal in Petroleum Products to wit: about 388.53 Metric tonnes of Crude Oil siphoned from two vessels namely; MT CERGEN-D and MT ELIMINA which you conveyed in MB SKYE and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(17) (a) and (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M17 of the Revised Edition (Law of the Federation) Act 2007 and punishable under the same Act”.
In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel A.I Arogha asked for a date for the commencement of trial. But the defence counsel, A.A Adetunji orally presented a bail application and urged the court to grant the accused persons bail.
Justice Akanbi granted the accused persons bail in the sum of five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000.00) each and a surety in like sum, who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
The matter was adjourned till March 11, 2015 for commencement of trial.
Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Morro gave the warning in Abuja on Wednesday at the formal inauguration of Dr. Peter Ekpendo and Engineer Anebi Joseph Garba as new Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) and Federal Fire Service (FFS) respectively.
While charging the two to rise up to the internal security challenges that are making life unbearable for Nigerians particularly, at North-Eastern part of the country, he noted that recent incessant successful breaking of Prisons where hundreds of prisoners escaped was worrisome and an affront on the authorities.
He alleged that the incidences were found to be in collaboration with some senior men of the Prisons Service.
He announced that officers who were found culpable after investigations into the jail breaks including those engaged in other infractions, which compromised the mandate of the service have been sanctioned in accordance with laid down procedures.
‘’You are aware that where jail break occurs and escape has been recorded, internal conspirators involved have been sanctioned, therefore I will hold the new prisons chief accountable for anything that happens to our prison”, said Morro.
Addressing Ekpendo directly, Morro said it will no longer be business as usual, warning that any time there is case of jail break, officers that are in charge of the prisons and found guilty of compromising the mandate will be appropriately sanctioned.
The Minister charged the two newly inaugurated comptrollers general to shun anything that is contrary to the mandates of their establishments as Nigerians are looking up to them for safety and security of lives and property in the country.
To Garba, the new Comptroller General of the FFS, Morro said he was aware of the giant strides being taken by the department to bring modern fire alarm systems to existence in Nigeria and assured him of the willingness of the Federal Executive Council to approve the National Fire Safety Code for the first time in the history of the nation.
He charged Garba to strengthen collaboration with other emergency management outfits like National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in ensuring that the Federal Fire Service perform its responsibilities to the satisfaction of Nigerians.
Thanking President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister for deeming them fit to occupy their new positions, the newly decorated Chief of Prisons assured Nigerians that the confidence they reposed in them will be justified.