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What Is Going On With NTDC?

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he Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) was established to provide additional sources of revenue for the federal government. Specifically, to beyond just a large number of tourists, also attract investment into the country. Attending international expos and organising same are part of its mandate. One such opportunity presented itself at the last World Cup tournament held in Brazil this year. According to the official statement of the NTDC, the corporation had an agreement with a company, ZA Entertainment to, among other things, get sponsors for the Nigerian Football Fans Village in Brazil (NFFV Brazil 2014) and also to construct the NFFV in Sao Paulo, and maintain and supervise it for the duration of the tournament. This did not happen, because ZA Entertainment failed to meet its end of the bargain. The story from ZA Entertainment, however, is that the corporation, specifically the director general, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, allegedly intercepted funds raised by giving a different account number to the sponsors.

In Brazil, it was a show of shame and an unwholesome exhibition of a lack of commitment to project Nigeria. It was bad enough that the Super Eagles had a disastrous outing at the tournament, but the failure to have a NFFV like other countries was disheartening. On the heels of this embarrassment came another show of mediocrity and incompetence, to the chagrin of Nigerians and the rest of the world. The so-called Abuja Carnival; a grand failure if ever there was one.

The director general either does not understand her mandate or simply doesn’t care. Either way, it’s the Nigerian people that bear the fallout of these disasters. Assuming it’s true that ZA Entertainment failed to deliver as agreed, why did the corporation allow the firm to get away with it for as long as it did? Claiming that the DG and her team from the corporation did not realise that there was no NFFV constructed until they got to Brazil is a pathetic attempt to explain away very obvious incompetence. In our view, what the NTDC is admitting to is its lack of a monitoring and evaluation unit to ensure that all contracts are duly carried out to the latter, in accordance with legal agreements signed. This basic requirement could even have been taken care of by a committee, which would have ensured that all was going according to plan.

It is galling that the NTDC could issue such a tepid explanation to Nigerians. This, to us, is disrespect and impunity combined. It is taking Nigerians too much for granted. Mrs Sally Mbanefo needs to go to Calabar and ask how things are done. But first, we need explanations for both these cases.

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My son’s death a test from God – Heartbroken Gov. Sule

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Heartbroken Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Friday said the death of his son, Hassan, is a test from God.

Hassan, 36, died on Thursday after a brief illness.

He spoke while receiving condolences at the palace of his father, the Sarkin Gudi, Alhaji Sule Bawa, in Akwanga LGA.

Sule said he was the one consoling somebody who lost his nine children and 70 cows the previous day and that today God decided to test him, to see whether he was sincere in consoling that bereaved father.

“This is my time to be tested. I see this as a test from God. I was the person consoling somebody that lost his 9 children and 70 cows yesterday, and today God decided to test me, to see whether I was sincere in consoling that bereaved father,” he said in a report by The Punch.

According to him, his son grew up carrying all his siblings along, saying that it was only God that has the power to take him away.

Sule added that his son was the one taking decisions on their businesses, saying that he was always on hand to advice him on what next to do, as his schedule would not allow him to run any business.

The governor insisted that God took him away to test hi resilience and faith.

“God didn’t seek my advice when he gave Hassan to me and he will not seek my advice when he takes him away,” he said.

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Senate summons Kyari, CEO NNPCL over N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo

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The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mr. Mele Kyari, over a N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.
The pipeline surveillance contract was awarded by the Federal Government to Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a private maritime security firm founded by Government Ekpemupolo, an erstwhile Commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) also known as Tompolo.

The Tompolo-owned firm was expected to protect all the oil pipelines criss-crossing nearly all the states in the Niger Delta in collaboration with other major stakeholders in the oil bearing communities in the region.
Specifically, Tompolo is expected to carry out the N4 billion per month contract that covers Delta, Ondo, Imo, Rivers and some parts of Bayelsa State in collaboration with major tribes along the communities that host the oil pipelines.

However the Isoko Ethnic Nationality has petitioned the Senate alleging that their young men were not being carried along in the multi-billion naira project.

The Isoko people under the auspices of Interested Isoko Youth Groups, through a petition sent to the Senate on their behalf by Stanley Okonmah, said they were completely marginalised in the contract award.
The lsoko Ethnic Nationality requested the Senate to probe the award of the contract and prevail on the NNPCL’s management to award a fresh contract to a company owned by an Isoko person.

Specifically, the people urged the Senate to look into the matter and urged the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to correct the anomaly.

They want the NNPCL to award the pipeline surveillance contract to a company to be chosen by stakeholders of Isoko nation.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP – Ondo Central), at a session in Abuja, said the GCEO of the NNPCL was being summoned to the Senate for him to come and assure the Isoko people that the agency would do the needful to avoid economic sabotage by the aggrieved youths of the area.
He said, “The GCEO of the NNPCL is hereby summoned by the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions (to appear before this committee) on January 25.

“We want him to come and assure Nigerians that he would do the needful to calm down the youths so that they will not engage in pipeline vandalism.”

Earlier, the leadership of the Isoko youths told the panel that since oil was discovered in their land and pipelines installed there in 1958, till date, no case of vandalism had been recorded in the area.

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Confusion at Lagos Airport as Workers Embark On Strike…… Passengers Stranded!(Photos)

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Several passengers were stranded this morning at the Murtala Mohammed International airport as airport workers began strike starting from midnight.

passengers were spotted all around with airlines having little information on the way forward.

for instance, virgin Atlantic passengers that were due for London trip this morning were helpless as many had to reschedule their flights and many left loitering around

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