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Amaechi denies N53b missing money

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Former Rivers State gover­nor, Chibuike Rotimi Amae­chi, has debunked the al­legation that N53 billion was missing from the state Re­serve Fund, under his administra­tion.

Amaechi had described the Jus­tice Omereji –led Panel of In­quiry, set up by Governor Ezebu­won Nyesom Wike, to probe his administration, as a last-ditch effort to blackmail him.

Amaechi, who spoke through his media office, in a statement signed by Bekee Anyalewechi, said: “The mischief is all the more evident, as the funds referred to are funds from the Rivers State Reserve Fund, which was duly approved by the Rivers State House of Assembly, and whose expenditures were duly captured and accounted for.”

The statement, howev­er, said that the ongoing mud­slinging against him was aimed at diminishing the former governor’s towering stature, as a statesman and honest Nigerian.

According to the statement also, every expenditure made of the Re­serve Funds was approved by the extant laws, adding that Amae­chi also explained the purposes for which they were used.

The statement read in part: “The attention of the media office of former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has been drawn to a statement cred­ited to the chairman of Mr. Nyesom Wike’s invidious panel of inquiry. The statement, credited to the panel’s chairman Justice Omereji of a miss­ing N53 billion is unfortunate and leaves much to be desired. The mis­chief is all the more evident as the funds referred to are funds from the Rivers State Reserve Fund which was duly approved by the Rivers State House of Assembly, and whose ex­penditure were duly captured and ac­counted for.”

It continued: “Ordinarily, we might not have responded to the mis­chief of Mr. Wike knowing that hav­ing failed with his various desperate tactics to stop the nomination of the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as a min­ister, he has embarked on this last-ditch effort, which is his trump card in the hope that it will diminish the for­mer governor’s towering stature as a statesman and honest Nigerian. How­ever, in keeping with former Gover­nor Amaechi’s ethos of transparent and accountable leadership, we will again repeat the facts of the matter.

“Between 2013 and early 2015, revenue accruing to the Gov­ernment of Rivers State was cut in half due to dwindling federal alloca­tion to states. From about an aver­age of N20 billion, the state began receiving between N9 and N10 bil­lion. By the middle of the first quarter of 2015, the state revenue dipped to as low as N6 billion. Salaries alone stood at over N9 billion besides other expenses. Government had set aside, the reserve funds as a rainy day fund and had need to fall back to it to fund salaries and projects. The details of the expenditure were very clearly captured and this information, which was already in the public domain was shared with the incoming administra­tion and the Omereji panel.”

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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