Sunday, 15 November 2015
"I have made it very clear time without numbers that the files of my tenure are there for everybody who cares to ask to check. I do not intend to dignify Adams Oshiomhole any longer by joining issue with him. He should explain to the people of Edo State how he spent the federal allocations and internal generated revenues running into trillions naira in seven years. He should tell the people of Edo how much he is paying as land tax for his house in Iyamho worth over N10bn and other properties he has acquired in the last seven years in Dubai, Cape Town in South Africa, in San Francisco, United States of America, a high rise apartment in Atlanta also in America and in London. He is calling everybody a thief but Oshiomhole is the biggest thief in Benin City today. Oshiomhole has failed; the people of Edo State now know him better. Oshiomhole is the least qualified person to talk about corruption in the country today because his actions and programmes in the last seven years in Edo State epitomise corruption. He has called everybody in Nigeria a thief; has called former President Olusegun Obasanjo a thief; called former President Goodluck Jonathan a thief, he called (ex-Minister of Finance, Ngozi) Okojo-Iweala a thief, and others. Yet, he cannot prove his cases. I don’t think he knows the meaning of a thief. He lives in the glass house and throwing stones. President Muhammadu Buhari will soon find out the real Oshiomhole by the time we provide documents against him"the statement read
This seem to be the worst scarcity ever! The ongoing scarcity of petrol has continued to worsen as the commodity now sells for as high as N400 per liter in some states, as against the recommended N87.
On Saturday morning, in Cross River State, a liter of petrol was sold for as high as N400 in Calabar and environs. Many petrol stations in Akwa Ibom State, sold petrol at N200 per litre.
In Uyo, the State capital, although the price fluctuated between N170 and N180 per liter, motorists said many of the filling stations had adjusted their meters regardless of the amount they pay for buying fuel.
n Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the commodity goes for N140 to N150 In Ondo State, long queues of vehicles persisted in many filling stations in many towns on Saturday even as many of them sold petrol at N120 per liter.
In Enugu State, petrol was sold between N130 and N150 per liter. A litre of petrol was being sold between N100 and N110 depending on the distance of the area to the state capital.
SHOCKING VIDEO!!! Two Boys Who Kidnapped 16 Little Boys Were Caught raping Them in a room in Benin city
According to TMZ, the two were in Malibu celebrating the release of celeb pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr's new book. In a video from the party, the two were seen standing together. Justin Bieber, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Omarion were also at the event. Happy they sorted things out...at least enough to be in the same room.
The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, have approved the remuneration packages of each of the 37 ministers sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
According to Punch, a committee chaired by Chairman of Remuneration Committee, Mr. Abdullahi Inde, new packages prepared by the committee, had been ratified at a retreat held for commissioners of the agency, which was concluded recently in Owerri.
The recommendations of the committee concentrated on the allowances of political and judicial office holders as the salary packages will not depart significantly from the status quo.
However, after the preparation of the new packages by RMAFC, it still has to be presented to the Federal Executive Council which has the responsibility to present it to the National Assembly as a bill for enactment as an Act of Parliament.
Chairman of RMAFC, Mr. Elias Mbam, on Saturday said that the new packages would soon be made public. He said the work was “going through a process of editing.”
Presidency sources said that the new ministers would be paid in accordance with the existing statute because the reviewed package was not ready.
According to the current package, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed and other senior ministers will get N4,052,800 as housing allowance. The annual housing allowance is 200 per cent of a minister’s annual remuneration.
Each of the ministers is also entitled to N6, 079,200 as furniture allowance. The furniture allowance is 300 per cent of a minister’s annual salary. Unlike the housing allowance, however, the furniture allowance is paid once in four years. This means the furniture allowance per annum is N1,519,800.
Should any of the ministers desire, they are also entitled to N8,105,600 as motor vehicle allowance.
The motor vehicle allowance is, however, a loan repayable by the end of the tenure of the minister.
The annual basic salary of a substantive minister is N2,026,400. On monthly basis, this amounts to N168,866:66.
Apart from the monthly basic salary, there are other perks that each minister will receive at the end of each month. These include motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance allowance of N1, 519,800 (annual value) with a monthly value of N126,650. The vehicle maintenance allowance is 75 per cent of the annual basic salary.
The personal assistant allowance of N506,600 per annum is also payable. This has a monthly value of N42,216.66. This allowance is calculated as 25 per cent of the basic salary.
Each of the senior ministers is entitled to a payment of N1,519,800 for domestic staff. This is 75 per cent of the annual basic salary and on monthly basis amounts to N126, 650.
For entertainment, each of the ministers is entitled to N911,880 annually or N75,990 per month. This is 45 per cent of the annual basic salary.
For utilities, each of the ministers is entitled to 30 per cent of their annual salary which translates to N607,920 per annum or N50,660 a month.
For monitoring, each of the ministers is entitled to 20 per cent of their annual basic salary. This translates to N405,280 per annum or N33,773.33 per month.
For newspapers/periodicals, each of the senior ministers will get 15 per cent of the annual basic salary. This translates to N303,960 per annum or N25,330 per month.
Allowances for their security personnel, medicals and special assistants are also provided. The tour duty allowance is N35,000 per night; the estacode is $900 per night and the leave allowance is 10 per cent of their annual salary or N202,640.
The summation of these annual allowances is N13,374, 240 for each minister excluding the optional vehicle allowance. Yearly, the Federal Government is expected to pay the 24 senior ministers no less than N320,981,760.
Each of the ministers of state, on the other hand, is entitled to N3, 915,160 as housing allowance and N5,872,740 as furniture allowance. Should any of the ministers desire, they are also entitled to N7, 830,320 as motor vehicle allowance, which is a loan repayable by the end of the tenure of the minister.
The annual basic salary of a substantive minister of state is N2,026,400. On monthly basis, this amounts to N168,866:66.
The state ministers are also entitled to other perks. These include motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance allowance of N1, 468,185 (annual value) with a monthly value of N122,348.
The personal assistant allowance of N489,395 per annum is also payable. This has a monthly value of N40,782.91. This allowance is 25 per cent of the basic salary.
Each of the state ministers is entitled to a payment of N1,468,185 for domestic staff. This is 75 per cent of the annual basic salary and on monthly basis amounts to N122,348.75.
For entertainment, each of the state ministers is entitled to N880,911 annually or N73,409.25 per month. This is 45 per cent of the annual basic salary.
For utilities, each of the ministers is entitled to 30 per cent of their annual salary which translates to N587,274 per annum or N48, 939.50 a month.
For newspapers/periodicals, each of the state ministers will get 15 per cent of the annual basic salary. Which is N293,637 per annum or N24, 469.75 per month.
The security personnel, medicals and special assistants are also provided for the state ministers. The tour duty allowance is N30,000 per night; the estacode is $900 per night and the leave allowance is 10 per cent of their annual salary or N195,758.
The summation of these annual allowances for the junior ministers is N12,597,332 for each minister excluding the optional vehicle allowance. Yearly, the Federal Government is expected to pay the 13 junior ministers no less than N163,765,316.
They said with the approval of the N413bn subsidy arrears by the Federal Government still awaiting clearance at the National Assembly, there were other issues that involves some paper work and getting the forex equivalent of the N413bn payment.
The process, they said, could take a number of weeks to complete.
A marketer from Apapa, Lagos said:
“For the fact we have (marketers) stopped importation of product for some time now, there is obviously a huge gap in the supply. This gap must be closed for us to have normalcy in the supply chain. Truly, I don’t see this normalcy returning by December given the current happenings,” the marketer said.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Lagos Zone, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, said the supply situation was unlikely to see much improvement as marketers’ confidence in the government had seriously eroded.
According to him:
“Although approval had been made, the actual payment of the subsidy arrears is a different ball game. With the way things are at the moment, it will take between three and four weeks for us to have a normalised market.
“As we speak, some marketers are still cautious when it comes to importing product under the subsidy scheme. Government needs to build the confidence of marketers so that they can fully go back into the business. Otherwise, the scarcity situation might soon become unbearable.”
One of the marketers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said:
“In recent times, we have been having issues with getting enough forex for our deals. Nothing has changed in the regard. Now, we have a huge sum of N413bn entering the system. Loans will be paid in forex as well as payments for products from international suppliers.
“The Central Bank of Nigeria is not giving us a clear directive in this regard. We will need forex, but we do not know where to get it in this quantum. Right now, the truth is that marketers don’t know how to source forex with the recent CBN provision.”
A Catholic Priest in Enugu, Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka has…condemned the recent agitation and protests for Biafra nation describing the action as `evil.’
Mbaka made the condemnation in Enugu on Friday in a sermon at his weekly Adoration Ministry.
The cleric urged youths in the South East and South-South to go back to their business as the protest could lead to their death.
“Locking up your shops and disrupting economic activities will not add any Naira to your pocket, whatever grievance you have could be resolved through dialogue,’’ the cleric said.
He lambasted those leaders that were behind the agitation and protests, saying that they should use their children for the struggle.
Mbaka commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing ministers from the zone and assigning them with good portfolios.
“President Buhari’s action has proven that the South East has not been marginalized. I would have reacted if no minister emerged from the zone,’’ he said.
He said that the five states in the zone had minister each as prescribed by the Nigerian constitution as well as other key security and protocol officers that serves under president and his wife.
The reverend father attributed the recent free health screening initiative by the Wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, in Enugu to her love for the people of the region.
He blamed the Igbo leaders for not living up to the expectation of the people in the area, adding that past governors, National Assembly members failed woefully in discharging their mandates.
“President Buhari is not the cause of poor roads, unemployment and other decay infrastructures in the south east, we should blame our leaders.
“Most of the roads had been awarded but our leaders squandered the fund, even the university teaching hospital in Enugu is a no-go-area and our leaders are not concerned about it,” he said.
A 35-year-old woman, identified as Christiana, has been nabbed by
the police in Ogun State for forcing her 13-year-old niece into prostitution in Oke-Aro area of the state.
The woman who is an indigene of Oron local government area of Akwa Ibom State, is reported to have gone to her village and requested her elder sister to hand over the girl to her so that she can continue her education, but did the opposite by keeping the girl in a bro*thel and forcing her to s!eep with men while pocketing the money the girl collected from the customers.
The secret was leaked when the police raided the brothel and met the little girl who confessed it was her aunt that brought her to the brothel.
Police in Florida believed Fields but still have to charge him with manslaughter.
He told investigators there was an accident and the woman was shot in the head, according to court records in Florida.
Thecouple had only known each other for a few days when the accident happened.
He informed police she asked him to put a gun to her head as part of their sexual activity. Police say Fields said he took the magazine out of the 9mm semi-automatic hand gun but forgot about the bullet in the chamber, then he pulled the trigger, according to WFLA and she was killed.
Fields later clarified to police that they had not yet began to have sex, but that he was lying on top of her when the gun was fired.
Fields has been formally charged with manslaughter with a weapon, which is a first degree felony. He was also charged with felony discharge with the result of death.
He is currently being held in custody in lieu of a $30,000 bond payment.
In the time that's passed, the website's source claims that Lamar has at times seemed 'empty' and can only use sporadic words.
At the time he awoke from the coma, Lamar reportedly said 'hey baby' to ex-wife Khloe, recognising her instantly, and also squeezed sister-in-law Kim Kardashian's hand as sources claimed he was It making 'slow progress.'
Building up a better picture of his recovery, Khloe revealed the full extent of Lamar's long journey this week.
She said the basketball player does not yet know why he is hospitalized because she feels it would 'set him back' in his recovery process.
Speaking on Ellen, on an episode which will air on Monday, Khloe revealed he is having to learn to feed himself again, and speak, as well as put sentences together.
'He is off all the machines that help his organs but he has such a long way to go,' Khloe revealed. 'He's learning how to walk again and feed himself again and put sentences together.
'Cognitively there is a lot...it's along long road ahead. He couldn't put a words together today. But he understands.'
Khloe also revealed they haven't yet explained to Lamar how he ended up in hospital.
Khloe said: 'I can't tell him. We tell him he had a brain injury, I can't tell him how that brain injury was caused. It will set him back.'
She added Lamar has never asked why he is in the hospital, and they are just taking each day as it comes.
'He's really confused a lot we have to remind him. Every day is different.
'Sometimes he knows who the president is, and his birthday, and other times he thinks he's 26, and I say: "I bet you wish you were 26, so do I."'
'I’m there helping him and I love him and I’ve always loved him. And that will never change and I just feel like it’s a really insensitive thing to fast forward a divorce.'
She went on to clarify: 'I love him and I always will and he’s a fantastic person who deserves support and love and for someone to be by his side, and for me, I’m that to him.