Sanusi’s claim on Missing $20bn: No presidential order on Kerosene subsidy –NNPC

‘It  is one thing for the President to give a directive, it is another thing  for the directive to be communicated down to the various agencies of  government’  The Nigerian National Petroleum  Corporation has said it never received any presidential order to stop  subsidy payment on kerosene during the late President Umaru Yar’Adua  administration.The acting Group General Manager, Public  Affairs Division, NNPC, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, told Saturday PUNCH in  Abuja on Thursday that the corporation should not be blamed for not  implementing the directive on kerosene subsidy because the NNPC did not  get any instruction to end subsidy payments on kerosene.He said, “The point of contention is  about kerosene subsidy. We do not doubt that there could be a directive.  But what the NNPC is saying is that it is one thing for the President  to give a directive, it is another thing for the directive to be  communicated down to the various agencies of government.“The communication line in matters like  this is between the President and the minister. And the minister will  direct subsidiaries or parastatals working under the ministry. So in a  situation where a directive was given by the President to a minister,  then for reasons that are best known to the minister or the ministry,  that information was not communicated to the parastatals, then you can’t  hold us responsible for not implementing the directive.  As far as we  are concerned, we have not received the directive.”He argued that the NNPC was a structured organisation and would not take decisions based on “hearsay.”Asked to comment on the allegedly  missing $20bn, Ibrahim said the corporation would be able to reconcile  its account before the end of the week. According to him, the NNPC would  brief the Senate on its findings soon, stressing that “a large chunk of  this amount is what we are reconciling now and we believe that by the  end of the week, we should be able to give our report to the Senate.”But sources at the corporation told one  of our correspondents in Abuja that the CBN governor’s statement on the  directive mandating the petroleum ministry to stop subsidy on kerosene  was true.Senior management sources at the  corporation faulted the then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr.  Rilwanu Lukman, for not conveying the directive of  the late President  Musa Yar’Adua to agencies and parastatals under the ministry.An official who spoke on condition of  anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, said, “I will  give you the background.  This is something we are going to present to  the National Assembly. It is true that in 2009, President Yar’Adua gave a  directive. His principal secretary wrote him a memo which he approved  that subsidy on kerosene be eliminated.“When this was brought to the attention  of the Minister of Petroleum Resources at that time, he immediately  consulted with the finance minister, the economic adviser to the  President and a number of other people.“The Petroleum Resources minister said  if government was retaining subsidy on petrol, it would not make  political sense to eliminate subsidy on kerosene.  This is because  petrol is elitist, but kerosene is used to cook essentially by the  masses. So they decided that they would bring this to the President’s  attention.”The source explained that the group argued that if


Northern governors to security agencies: Stop Boko Haram killings now

The Northern States Governors Forum  (NSGF) yesterday challenged security agencies to put an immediate stop  to the spate of killings of innocent Nigerians in the North.Reacting to last Thursday’s killing of  22 persons in Mavo, Wase Local Government of Plateau State, the NSGF  said that the present level of insecurity in the North is unacceptable.The…


6 killed, 39 houses razed as gunmen attack Adamawa community

Yesterday was another day of tragedy in Adamawa State as unknown  gunmen reportedly killed six persons and razed 39 houses in Masu village  in Toungo Local Government Area. An impeccable source from Toungo  disclosed that the attackers were suspected mercenaries hired by Fulani  herdsmen who had problems with the villagers who are predominantly  farmers.“The attackers…


Imo APC targets 1 million members

THE Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo State, Mr Mashal Okaforanyawu, said the party had set a target for one million members in the ongoing party registration in the state. Okofoanyawur, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Owerri, urged party loyalists to make sure they participate enmass in the exercise. He said the exercise would determine fate of the party in 2015 general elections and urged members to guard against any disruption from the opposition. “I call on those who believe in our party to make sure they are duly registered in their various polling units.” He also called on the officials handling the registration to guard against manipulation in the discharge of their duties.


Ex-Minister Nduese Essien, It will be difficult for Nigeria to break up

Nduese Essien, former Minister of Lands and Housing, was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007 during which he served as the Chairman of the South-South Parliamentary Caucus in the NASS. He also served as a member of the Federal Government’s Technical Committee on Niger Delta and Chairman of the House Committee on Anti-corruption, National Ethics and Values. In this interview, Essien takes a critical look at the polity, contending that despite the myriad of challenges staring the nation on its face, it is still better for the people to work and live in peace and describes the preparation and implementation of Nigeria’s budget as a mere ritual that offers little for the ordinary Nigerian but praises President Jonathan for the able way he’s piloted the affairs of the nation so far.

Gov Rochas Okorocha

Cheap Political Popularity via dividing Biafraland, Imo will hold own confab first, says Okorocha.

Gov.  Rochas Okorocha of Imo has said that the state would hold a mini  conference before the National Conference, planned by the Federal  Government. Okorocha made the announcement in a statement by his Senior Special  Adviser on Media, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to newsmen in  Owerri on Thursday. He said that the mini-confab would enable…


I Pray Not To Bequeath Boko Haram To Another President – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan said that he prays every day not  to hand over Boko Haram insurgency to any future president of Nigeria.Jonathan who stated this yesterday at the commissioning of Wuye Ultra  Modern Market in Abuja, humorously said that he had been identified as  the luckiest president to have supervised the celebration of the Golden  Jubilee of Nigeria’s independence, and the Nigeria centenary  anniversary, but, failed to be identified as the luckiest president  managing Boko Haram insurgency.He described the Wuye Ultra Modern Market which is a collaborative  venture between the FCTA and All Purpose Shelters Limited, as a New Year  gift to FCT residents. He said the market would become one of the major  hobs of economic activities in the FCT, saying that the successful  execution of the project demonstrated the commitment and capacity of  government to synergise with the private sector to execute projects that  are beneficial to Nigerians.“We therefore welcome and continue to support active private  participation in the development of this great country of ours. Check  the life line of every economy, market is the centre of every economy.  For an economy to grow, it must trade at several physical levels, it  must trade meaningfully with the wider world, like external trade, trade  robustly with neighbours, like external trade amongst neighbouring  countries and most importantly there must be a robust trade within the  country.“These three pillars are key element in Nigeria’s intending trade  strategy and policies. In this country, we have the history of markets  that have contributed to the growth of our economy and social life. Like  the Onitsha Market, Kano and Ibadan Markets amongst others. Some of  these markets are not used by only Nigerians, but also by neighbouring  countries. The Kano market is a good example of that.