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Osinbajo pledges sustained funding for NDA



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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment towards sustaining the tempo of funding and infrastructural facilities to ensure conducive learning environment at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

Osinbajo made the pledge in a message to the 31st Convocation Ceremony of NDA Course 67 Regular Cadets, postgraduate students and award of honourary degrees, in Kaduna on Thursday.

The Vice President was represented by Defence Minister, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi.

Osinbajo explained that as the foremost military university in sub-saharan Africa, government would spare no effort to sustain the development of the Academy.

“As a nation, Nigeria has always defied the odds.

“Rather than falter or lose hope, we should draw inspiration from the brighter chapters of our history and in a determined spirit engage the reservoir of our resourcefulness, creativity, sense of sacrifice and national commitment.

“Which we as a people can accumulate only from institutions like the Nigerian Defence Academy.

“Since we came on board in this administration, we have had our share of social upheavals, political instability, religious intolerance and economic hardship.

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“These are challenges which most nations face.

“We have invested vital resources in confronting our national problems, and we will continue to do so across all facets of our economy and polity.

“As part of our commitment to this great institution, we shall sustain the tempo of funding and infrastructural facilities to ensure a conducive learning environment,” Osinbajo said.

He noted that the administration has embarked on vibrant educational campaign and pursuing policy initiatives that will create awareness, reduce illiteracy and improve livelihood in the society.

He pointed out that the federal government has been striving to banish child labour, domestic violence, and enforce free and compulsory education for children up to junior secondary school level.

He  urged the NDA to accord priority to modern disciplines that boarder on sound military thought and philosophy relevant to contemporary need rather than curriculum requiring argumentative judgements and mere regurgitation of facts hypothesis and theories.

Earlier, Commandant of the Academy, Maj.-Gen Ibrahim Yusuf said the Academy has made its mark as the foremost military university in sub-saharan Africa through its contribution to human development in military and academic circles.

The Commandant urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of NDA wherever they find themselves.

The newsmen report that total of 2,805 graduands comprising 249 cadets and 2,556 postgraduate students participated in the convocation ceremony.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to deserving cadets and postgraduate students.

Foremost industrialist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote was presented with honorary Doctorate degree in Management Science, while late Ahmed Joda and former Chief of Army Staff, late Lt-Gen  Ibrahim Attahiru received posthumous doctorate degrees in Management Science and Military Science, respectively.

In another development,  the Federal Government says it has commissioned several sites in the six geopolitical zones of the country toward actualising its promise of electrifying five millions homes with solar energy by 2023.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said this while declaring open this year’s Seplat Energy Summit in Abuja.

Osinbajo who was represented by the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, said the effort was part of the country’s direct energy compact.

He said the project, expected to affect 25 million people, would also create 250,000 jobs.

“The implementation of this job is underway with several sites commissioned and being executed by the private sector and support from government,” Osinbajo said.

He noted that the Federal Government was eager to follow to a logical conclusion its national energy system and policy via renewables, to ensure a cleaner source of energy for Nigerians.

“Over the next decade, every aspect of national energy system is expected to be affected by the climate and energy policy.

“However, the transition needs to speed up significantly its scope to achieve SDG 7 in line with the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change but while at the sametime achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

“Nigeria has developed its energy transition plan which has three core objectives of achieving universal access to energy by 2030, zero emissions by 2050 and industrialisation to alleviate poverty and drive economic growth.

“While this plan has given us a roadmap with which we can accelerate our transition, it has also highlighted the skill of effort required.

“Transformation of the energy sector offers ample opportunity for sustainable economic development, social inclusion, energy security, improved health, job creation and other societal benefits, if achieved in just manner.

“Renewables will also create new jobs and spur new industries and can contribute to sustainable urban development,” Osinbajo said.

He said, to achieve all these, policies supporting enabling deployment and integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency must go hand in hand with a broader set of policies.

Osinbajo said these policies must ensure that industrial and other economic capabilities were aligned with the COVID-19 recovery and other environmental objectives.

Chairman of Seplat Energy, Mr Ambrosie Orjiakor, noted that the company had started increasing production for LPG to replace dirty sources of energy for cleaner environment.

“Our real message for energy transition is the fact that there is a shift from the energy mix that the world requires; that the environment of Nigeria and Africa require.

“So, it means that as the entire globe is speaking to the action plan on climate, there is a consensus of opinion that disasters are as a result of human activities in the planet.

“But it has been identified that carbon dioxide emissions are related gases, particularly the greenhouse gasses are responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer and causing excessive global warming.

“Addressing this problem is why you hear zero emission, carbon neutrality and zero forsil fuel.

“At Seplat, our purpose is to deliver renewable energy solution to the society; that is why we exist. Our vision is transformation of life through energy,” Orjiakor said.

The Group Managing Director, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, said the corporation would continue to take advantage of the time to transform the country’s energy sector.

“We are taking advantage of the time as it has been said that even in 50 years time, we will still have up to 100 million barrels, as we are not out of the oil age.

“We should look for transition that would work for everybody in this part of the world; we are not giving up on gas utilisation, especially the LPG,” Kyari said.

Mr Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB, said the organisation had already keyed into the energy transition instructions and had been acting as catalysts, and also involved in investments that projected gas.


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Tiger’s Tail: PDP reverses decision on Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, others



Tiger's Tail: PDP reverses decision on Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, others

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the acting National Chairman, Amb. Umar Damagum has reversed the referral of Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State to the party’s National Disciplinary Committee.

The NWC, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja on Thursday, also reversed the suspension of former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim, and others.

Ologunagba said that the PDP met on Thursday and extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

He said that the NWC recognised the imperativeness of total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive party, in the overall interest of its teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of Gov. Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following under-listed members of our great Party:

“Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Fayose (Ekiti State) Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State) and Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State)”.

Ologunagba said the decision was without prejudice to the NEC powers to take necessary disciplinary action against any party member at any time, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our Party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity and harmony in our Party at this critical time.”

Ologunagba said the PDP must remain focused as it continued to take every necessary action to recover its alleged stolen mandate and that of its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, through the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

The PDP NWC under the suspended National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, had on March 24 referred Ortom to the party’s disciplinary committee.

The NWC also suspended Shema, Fayose, Anyim, Ityavyar and Aliyu, alleging anti-party activities in the 2023 general elections.

Ayu was, however, on Sunday suspended by the executive members of his ward, Igyorov Ward of Gboko Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State, which he described as an exercise in futility.

He was suspended over alleged anti-party activities, failure to pay his annual subscription fees, and failure to vote during the just-concluded elections, among other offences.

The party, on Tuesday, appointed Deputy National Chairman, North, Damagum as its acting National Chairman in obedience to a Monday court order restraining Ayu from parading himself as the party’s national chairman.

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EFCC, ICPC to respond in Keyamo’s suit against Atiku Abubakar 



EFCC, ICPC to respond in Keyamo’s suit against Atiku Abubakar 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, indicated its intention to respond in a suit filed by Festus Keyamo against Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Feb. 25 poll.

This was also as Oluwakemi Odogun, lawyer to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), told Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court, Abuja of the commission’s plan to file its response in the case.

 Keyamo, a spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), had instituted the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/84/2023 against Abubakar over allegations bordering on money laundering.

Also joined as defendants in the suit include the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), ICPC and the EFCC as 2nd to 4th defendants respectively.

Keyamo had earlier asked law enforcement agencies to arrest Abubakar based on an audio recording released by Michael Achimugu, his former aide.

In the audio, the former vice-president was alleged to have explained how shell organisations were set up to divert public funds.

 Justice Omotosho had, on March 7, threatened to strike out the suit over Keyamo’s inability to diligently prosecute the case.

Upon resumed hearing, Keyamo’s counsel, Okechukwu Uju-azorji, informed that the matter was slated for hearing.

Uju-azorji said that the former vice president, the 1st defendant, served on him a preliminary objection and that they had responded.

The lawyer said Abubakar, however, was not represented in court today to take his application.

He prayed the court for an adjournment to enable the 1st defendant take his objection.

Counsel to the EFCC, Senami Adeosun,, who also prayed the court for a short time to enable them file their process in the suit, said they were still within time to respond.

Odogun, who represented ICPC, spoke in the same vein.

“We were served on March 15 with the originating processes. We sought an adjournment since we are within time to file,” she said.

The judge adjourned the matter until April 18 for hearing of the pending preliminary objection.

Omotosho, who ordered that hearing notices be issued to Abubakar and CCB, that were not represented in court, directed that parties interested in filing any application should do so before the next adjourned date.

In a preliminary objection filed by Abubakar’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the ex-vice president sought an order striking out or dismissing the suit for being incompetent and want of locus standi.

The lawyer, who argued that the suit be dismissed for want of jurisdiction, said the case failed to disclose a reasonable cause of action against his client.

But Keyamo, in a counter affidavit deposed to by Henry Offiah, a litigation clerk in his chamber, averred that the CCB, ICPC and EFCC failed to respond to the allegations he raised against Abubakar and indeed failed to take any steps to invite or arrest him for the purpose of investigating the allegations against him.

He said on Jan. 16, he wrote a petition to the three agencies requesting them to invite the former vice president for the purpose of conducting investigations into the said allegations.

 He said that they refused to commence any form of investigation with respect to the allegations leveled against him

Keyamo said he was aggrieved and instituted the present action on Jan. 20.

“The allegations made against the 1st defendant (Abubakar) are the subject matter of the investigation sought by the plaintiff and the plaintiff seeks reliefs against the 1st defendant,” the document read.

He said it was in the interest of justice for the court to dismiss Abubakar’s preliminary objection.

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Keyamo Petitions SSS, Demands Arrest of Obi, Baba-Ahmed for Inciting Comments



Keyamo Petitions SSS, Demands Arrest of Obi, Baba-Ahmed for Inciting Comments

Mr. Festus Keyamo has petitioned the State Security Services (SSS), demanding the arrest and prosecution of Mr. Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed for making incendiary comments on television.

Keyamo Minister of State for Labour and Employment and also a spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) made copies of the petition available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

He described comments made on television by Obi and Baba-Ahmed, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively of the Labour Party (LP) at the Feb. 25 election as incendiary and capable of causing rebellion.

In the petition dated March 23, Keyamo noted that: “in a post-election period such as this, there is the need to soothe frayed nerves.’’

He noted that whilst exercising their rights to pursue constitutional means of addressing their grievances, the duo had been going from one television station to the other to make inciting statements.

He stated that the latest of such were comments made by Baba-Ahmed on behalf of himself and Obi on a television station on Wednesday.

He added that the LP’s vice-presidential candidate threatened on television that if the president-elect was sworn in on May 29, it would signal the end of democracy in Nigeria.

“Posing as an accuser, a judge and a jury all by himself, he unilaterally declared the return of the president-elect by INEC as unconstitutional.

“I also have it on good authority that Obi and Baba-Ahmed have camped some youths in a hotel in Abuja for posting inciting messages on social media platforms on daily basis.

“The posts are such that could cause panic and fear within the federation and incite people to riot and cause social unrest,’’ Keyamo stated in his petition.

He noted that while Obi and Baba-Ahmed had submitted election petitions to the courts for adjudication, their conduct and utterances amounted to a subversion of the processes they had instituted in court.

He added that their action was also a subversion of the Constitution and the laid-down processes for addressing disputes and grievances.

“These conducts and utterances are a build-up to something more sinister and it is important you rein them in now.

“These comments and claims are made not just within the boundaries of exercising their rights to freedom of speech but have crossed the line to call for the outright truncation of democracy.

“They have been insisting on the adoption of other processes outside the contemplation of our Constitution.

“In some cases, their privies have even called for the establishment of an Interim Government.

“I submit this petition in my personal capacity as a patriotic Nigerian to invite, arrest, interrogate and if necessary charge both individuals to court for their conducts which amount to incitement and treasonable felony,’’ Keyamo stated.

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