Senate panel blames President Jonathan for illegal N685bn spending

The Senate Committee on Finance has said that President Goodluck Jonathan should be blamed for the unilateral spending of N685.910bn by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation   on kerosene subsidy in 2012 and 2013.The committee which probed the alleged $49.8bn missing oil money, said Jonathan set aside a directive by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2010 that kerosene subsidy payments should be stopped.It added that the President defended the disbursement of the whopping sum   by the NNPC without appropriation by the National Assembly.

Abia is strategic in Nigeria’s industrial development -Abaribe

Senate spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has declared that Abia State, particularly Aba, is strategic in industrial development of Nigeria. Abaribe also said that it required a clear headed personality to sustain the legacy projects by Governor Theophilus Orji.The senator, who is aspiring to govern the state come 2015, made the declaration in Aba, in continuation of his state-wide consultation ahead of his formal declaration.Addressing supporters and stakeholders in Abia South Senatorial District at the weekend, Abaribe said that Abia State was strategically located at a triangle that would attract investors.

Doctors’ strike paralyses health services nationwide

Pregnant women, children, the aged and patients seeking care in public hospitals are bearing the brunt of the three-day warning strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD. The strike was called yesterday to press for payment of outstanding salaries and allowances, and training opportunities for its members, among other demands.In Lagos, the strike took most patients unawares as they arrived early to keep appointments at various clinics, as only skeletal services were available.

We are making the rich richer, the poor to subsidise the rich – Diete Spiff

DELEGATES at the on- going National Conference were sharply divided over the total removal of subsidy on Petroleum Products as recommended by the Senator Adamu Aliero led Committee on Public Finance and Revenue.Meanwhile, the Committee has also recommended on or before September 30 th as time frame for the presentation of the annual budget to the National Assembly preceding the budget year; while the passage and presidential assent must be completed on or before December 31.

Gov Fashola Insecurity threat to 2015 polls

AHEAD of 2015 general election, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday said the level of insecurity in the country was a threat to free and fair elections. The governor, who spoke during a courtesy visit by the students from the Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom, UK led by Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren, at the State House, Alausa Ikeja, said; “Insecurity is a threat every time. It is not only to electoral process, even to human existence and business activities.“I hope we will be done with this in a short time; in a way that it will not impede the ability and desire of Nigerians to

2015: Southern fools warns Northern fools on plot to stop Jonathan’s foolishness

By IHEANACHO NWOSU, ABUJAThe Southern Mandate, a coalition of socio-political groups, yesterday warned that a fresh plot by some northern leaders and the elite to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election in 2015 would plunge the nation into another crisis.It described last weekend’s resolution by some northern groups including the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF),…

Nigerians own most houses on London’s expensive street

About 70 per cent of the most expensive buildings in London are owned by Nigerians, the Chairman, New Nation, an empowerment-oriented group, Mr. Charles Dukwe, has said.He added that citizens of the United Kingdom avoided buying houses in the area due to their expensive prices.The philanthropist spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Saturday shortly after unveiling the Queen of Compassion and Kill the Killers Initiative, a grass roots campaign against diabetes and high blood pressure.

Obama fools Jonathan over abducted Chibok girls, swaps terrorists with US soldier but convinces GEJ not to do so with Boko Haram

In a move that illustrates America’s hypocrisy and double standards, President Barack Obama has swapped five terrorists for one United States soldier despite repeated claims that the country would never negotiate with terrorists.US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009, was released yesterday in exchange for five terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay. The deal was brokered through the Qatari government.