Lagos emerges best security, safety conscious State in Africa
The awards were presented to officials of the State Government at the 2016 lecture series of SWA organized in partnership with Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
While receiving the award for the State on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, thanked the organizers for recognizing Lagos State, saying that it was gratifying to note that the efforts of government on security were appreciated.
He said ever since emerging as Governor of Lagos State, Mr Ambode has made safety and security one of the focal objectives of his administration as he believes that there cannot be any development in the absence of security.
“I want to assure this gathering that Governor Ambode is very much committed to the security of lives and property of the people of the State and he is not tired of daily improving on the security situation in the State. The Governor believes that businesses cannot thrive in an environment devoid of safety and security, hence the massive efforts and initiatives geared toward security,” Bello said.
You are the grandfather of corruption- House of Reps members tell Olusegun Obasanjo
In a swift reaction, the House of Representatives members today said the former President is the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and that his main reason for speaking negatively of the house was because his third term agenda was opposed by the house during his administration. The position of the lawmakers was made known today at a press conference by the Chairman, House committee on Media and Publicity, Abdulrazak Namdas.
Seun Egbegbe granted bail as court adjourns case until February 2017
Nollywood movie producer, Seun Egbegbe, has been granted bail.
Egbegbe was arrested on Tuesday, for allegedly stealing nine iPhones from a store in the popular Computer Village in Lagos.
He was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for phone theft.
The judge granted the suspect bail, with two sureties guarantees who have at least N2million in their bank accounts and property in Ikeja, Lagos.
The case has been adjourned to February 8, 2017.
Aliko Dangote pictured with Femi Otedola as he’s honoured by Coventry U.K
Aliko was honoured by Coventry U.K. Doctorate today in London. The billionaire businessmen and close friends were also spotted at Arsenal/PSG match yesterday in London. See that pic after the cut..
$21m Presidential jet handed over to Air Force crashes in Makurdi, Benue state
According to sources at the Air Force base, the flight engineer who was the only one on board, had landed the jet at the base and was to be parked it in the hanger when it suddenly moved up and then crashed. The crash according to sources was not that serious and the flight engineer sustained minor injury.
FG, ASUU to end negotiations in three days
The Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, assured the Senate on Thursday that the issues that led to the face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities would be resolved in three days.
It was gathered that the minister gave the assurance at the meeting the FG had with ASUU at the instance of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Similarly, it was learnt that ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while thanking Saraki and the Senate committee for their intervention, also assured the Senate that the outstanding issues would be resolved within three days.
The Senate had given the FG and ASUU a two-week period within which both parties must resolve the outstanding issues between them.
Saraki, who had been mandated by the Senate to mediate between the two parties to prevent a prolonged strike by the university lecturers, was part of the Thursday meeting held at the National Assembly Complex.
It was learnt that there were three outstanding issues, which bothered on the “earned allowances” for ASUU members.
The Federal Government had on Wednesday said that while it had met seven out of the eight demands by ASUU, it could not meet the union’s demand for earned allowance worth N284bn due to the current economic recession.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the government could not pay the allowance.
He added that the government had conceded to the union the right to exclude endowment funds that accrued to universities from the Treasury Single Account.
He said while the government agreed to ASUU’s demand to exclude endowment funds from the TSA, it did not mean that universities’ councils would not have the right to audit such accounts.
At the last meeting called by the Senate, the Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, which is spearheading the negotiation, had suggested that the government should give universities N1.5bn monthly, a proposal ASUU rejected on the basis that the amount was too meager.
Another issue the meeting failed to resolve was the payment of the salaries and allowances of the staff of universities’ primary schools.
Another issue in contention is the payment of 15 per cent of the education budget of each year to university education committees.
The second meeting between the Senate and ASUU had ended in a stalemate on Monday.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Senator Jibrin Barau, who spoke to journalists after the meeting, said the meeting, which lasted for about eight hours, was able to resolve all the issues raised by the lecturers except one bothering on payment of arrears.
The Senate had last Wednesday failed to stop ASUU from continuing with its one-week warning strike.