Crisis rocking the SGF Office with the potential relieving of the Secretary.
The office of the Nigerian Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF controlled by Senator Anyim Pius Anyim is under serious investigations and challenges.
According to our sources within the Nigerian Government, it is believe that President Goodluck Jonathan need to immediately remove him from the office. This is due to among others allegations of mismanagement of Nigerian Centenary events and funds; constant over-ruling of government initiatives and hijacking most for his personal gain.
Other serious pending issues include his lacked of control during National functions and missing important events and speeches at government events. He was also implicated in the confusions and complains by many organisations in the way his office handled the names of delegates to the National Conference. Presently, the office is seen as a liability on the President especially as there could be more intrigues and complains.
The Nigerian President is expected to on his returned within days from Africa-EU Summit in Brussels to wield the axe as he has done in his on-going Transformation of the Federal Executive Council and Ministers.
None the less, the Senator is not leaving things to chance and has been seen seeking others to interfere on his behalf to save his job.
The Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim was appointed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in 2011. He was Senate President under Obasanjo from 2000 to 2003. In 2007, he tried to become the national chairman of the PDP but the governors rooted for and installed Prince Vin Ogbulafor.
New potential leading name to replace him from South East is former Governor of Anambra State Chief Peter Obi. Chief Peter Obi is seen as a hero in the South East, true democrat as well as a technocrat that can surely deliver if called upon.
Nsogbu mkpatụ ahụ SGF Office ndị nwere Ịkwụsịlata nke Secretary .
Ọrụ nke Naijiria Secretary ka Gomenti nke Federation , SGF achịkwa Senator Anyim Pius Anyim dị n’okpuru oké nnyocha na ihe ịma aka .
Dị ka anyị si enweta n’ime Naijiria gomenti , ọ bụ kwere na President Jonathan mkpa ozugbo wepu ya ọrụ . Nke a bụ n’ihi na ndị ọzọ e boro nke mismanagement nke Naijiria Centenary ihe na -enweghị ego ; mgbe nile n’elu – achị achị ọchịchị Initiatives na hijacking ọtụtụ n’ihi na ya onwe ya uru .
Ndị ọzọ dị oké njọ jide okwu na-agụnye ya kọrọ nke akara ke National ọrụ na-efu ndị dị mkpa merenụ na okwu na gọọmenti ihe . Ọ ịkpata ke confusions na ọdọhọde ọtụtụ ndị otu ụzọ ya ọrụ edozi aha nnọchiteanya nke National Conference . N’oge ugbu a, ndị ọrụ na- hụrụ ka ibu nke President karịsịa dị ka e nwere ike ndị ọzọ intrigues na ọdọhọde .
Ndi Naijiria President anya ya si Africa -EU Summit ke Brussels ikama na anyụike dị ka o mere ya na- aga mgbanwe nke Federal Executive Council Ozi .
Ọ dịghị onye na -erughị ya, na Senator agaghị ahapụ ihe oge ma e hụrụ na-achọ ka ndị ọzọ -egbochi ya n’ihi ịzọpụta ya ọrụ.
Onye kpụrụ n’obodo President Anyim Pius Anyim họpụtara ndị odeakwụkwọ Gọọmenti nke Federation ( SGF ) ke 2011. Ọ bụ maka otu President n’okpuru Bara site 2000 2003. Ke 2007 , enye ama odomo ghọọ mba onyeisi oche nke PDP ma gọvanọ gbanyere mkpọrọgwụ ma wụnye Onyeisi anyi Ogbulafor .
New nwere na-eduga aha dochie ya South East bụ Ojukwu Anambra State Chief Peter Obi . Chief Peter Obi na- hụrụ ka dike ke South East, ezi democrat ka a technocrat nwere ike n’ezie, ma ọ bụrụ na a na-akpọ anapụta n’elu .
129,000 people back family’s plea to PM for justice three decades after police shooting of their mother
· Family of Cherry Groce call on the Prime Minister to grant legal aid for her inquest
· Lee Lawrence: “My mother waited her whole life for justice”
The family of Cherry Groce, who was shot by a police office in 1985, will today take their campaign for justice to 10 Downing Street.
Cherry Groce was left paralysed by a police bullet and died of her injuries in 2011. An inquest into her death will take place in June but the family’s request for legal aid in order to represent themselves has been denied.
The petition started on Change.org by the family has already amassed over 129,000 signatures. Lee Lawrence, Cherry’s son who was 11 years old when he saw his mother shot, will lead the group of family members to deliver the petition.
Lee Lawrence said: “For three decades we have trying to get answers to what happened to our mother. Now we have 130,000 people backing us on our Change.org petition, our appeal cannot be ignored any longer. The Prime Minister has the power to say our call for legal aid is in the public interest. It will not bring our mother back but it will bring her justice. She waited her whole life for justice, we owe her that.”
The family’s campaign is being backed by their MP Chuka Umunna.
Chuka Umunna MP said “The Government should act to overturn the decision to deny legal aid to the family of Cherry Groce, as so many people have demanded in this petition. To deny proper legal support to the family of Cherry Groce, in a matter that is clearly in the public interest and when other parties at the Inquest will be taxpayer funded, is both perverse and wrong.
When we deliver this petition to 10 Downing Street, I hope the Prime Minister will make it clear that this is a matter of serious public interest and that this government has heard the voice of the 130,000 people who have signed this petition. This family has suffered through three generations of injustice, they need answers and the support required to get those answers.”
As a result of a landmark Government policy and a key plank of the long-term economic plan, over 3 million people will have been taken out of income tax altogether from this weekend thanks to a series of increases in the tax-free personal allowance to £10,000 in 2014-15.
This means that overnight on Sunday, an extra 200,000 hard-working people will no longer pay income tax.
Over 26 million people – the vast majority of working people – will have benefited from the personal allowance increases over the past four years. This year’s rise means that the typical taxpayer is now paying £705 less income tax than they were in 2010. Over the lifetime of this parliament, the cumulative income tax cut by this government for the typical taxpayer will be £1,824.
Ahead of a visit to the North West today with workers who will benefit, the Prime Minister said:
“A key part of this Government’s long-term economic plan is to cut taxes so that people can keep more of the money they earn and feel more financially secure. Nearly nine out of ten hard-working people across the country will benefit from this tax cut on Sunday – and it’s one of the proudest things I have done in Government.”
As the Prime Minister has said before, it is right that changes to the tax system benefit typical basic rate taxpayers the most. The new changes on Sunday 6th April also mean that:
*Someone currently working full-time on the national minimum wage will pay nearly two thirds less income tax than at the election; and
*Someone working for around30 hours a week will not pay any income tax at all.
This means that we are supporting many of those who work flexibly and part-time. And we are also helping women, who are the majority (54%) of the 3 million people who no longer have to pay income tax thanks to the increases to the personal allowance since 2010.
And as the Chancellor announced in the Budget, the personal allowance will help even more hard-working families next year when it is increased again to £10,500.
NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, on Tuesday, spoke in a positive way towards the commission’ expectation on Diaspora voting in Nigeria. He spoke during an interactive meeting in Abuja, when he accepted an invitation to INEC by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to observe voting by Indonesians in Nigeria, as part of the Asian country’s parliamentary elections.
The Diaspora voting by Indonesians in Nigeria would hold this Saturday 6th April and in Lagos on Sunday at the country’s consular offices.
The voting is part of the country’s parliamentary elections in Mainland Indonesia scheduled for April 9 this year.
H. E. Sudirman Haseng, The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, extended the invitation to INEC when he paid a courtesy visit to Professor Jega in Abuja, Nigeria.
According to the envoy,Indonesia has a total population of about 240 million, out of which 180 million are eligible voters,saying that,” the diaspora voting is applicable only to the Jakarta constituency in the parliamentary election.
He added that besides the parliamentary election, Indonesians would go to the poll for presidential election on July 7 this year.
In his reply, the INEC Chairman, Professor Jega commended the Ambassador for inviting INEC to observe the diaspora voting; noting that Nigeria has a lot to learn from Indonesia’s electoral experience.
“In Nigeria, we are doing our best to open up our system for citizens in the diaspora to be able to vote. Unfortunately, there are presently legal inhibitions, because our laws prohibit diaspora voting. This is not directly so; but there is a provision in our laws that requires every eligible person to cast their ballot at the polling unit where they have registered as a voter. The implication is that for people in the diaspora to participate in our elections, they will have to come home to register as voters, and subsequently cast their votes at the polling units where they registered.
“But we have made recommendations to the National Assembly for an amendment of that provision so as to allow people in the diaspora to vote; and we are hopeful that our recommendation will be taken on board. It is good to know that Indonesia does it, because we are looking out for the best model that can be adapted to our country when the time comes,” he said
The INEC Chairman added that conducting elections in a country like Nigeria was quite challenging; but he restated the commission’s confidence that, given the ongoing preparations, the 2015 general election would be much better than 2011 and would comply with global best standards.
The Presidency on numerous occasions had indicated their support for Nigerians in Diaspora to participate in electing their leaders. The changes required is legal and only minor to the needs of Diaspora whom have been contributing more than $20 billion yearly towards the development of the country through remittances and other projects.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will travel to Brussels Tuesday at the head of Nigeria’s delegation to the Fourth European Union-Africa Summit scheduled to open in the Belgian capital on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
The summit has “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace” as its theme.
Participants including President Goodluck Jonathan, the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, other Heads of State and Government of the European Union and Africa as well as leaders of the European Union and African Union Institutions will, among other matters, discuss ways of stimulating further growth and creating more jobs in Nigeria and other African countries.
Education and training, women and youth, legal and illegal migrant flows between both continents, investments in peace and ways to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security on the continent are also on the agenda of the summit.
The Brussels Summit will also provide an opportunity for participants to review EU-Africa relations based on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy which was adopted in Lisbon in 2007 and explore options for greater mutually-beneficial cooperation between Africa and Europe.
President Jonathan whose entourage will include the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau (rtd.), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga will hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and some other participating heads of state and government before leaving Brussels for Abuja on Wednesday night.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 31, 2014
The Office of the National Security Adviser has embarked on ‘Exercise Quick Think’, a crisis management exercise in order to continue providing strategic level training to stakeholders. The exercise which was coordinated by Gen TT Waya, Director PC4, was to engage the participants from intelligence and security agencies in situation evaluation, execution of situation evaluation and crisis management. It was also set to test participants abilities in intelligence collation evaluation and dissemination; also set to further practice participants in intelligence sharing and joint operations planning; test the skills of intelligence agencies in analysing information; to further underscore the importance of information sharing between and amongst intelligence and security agencies and to develop plans for multi agency crisis decision making.
The exercise which took place last week(25-27 March 2014), had participants from the following agencies:
– ONSA(CCTD,DLI,& OSR)
– DHQ(Army, Air Force, and DIA)
– Nigeria Police Force(NPF)
– Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA)
– Department of State Services(DSS)
– National Intelligence Agency(NIA)
– Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC)
-Nigerian Customs Service9(NCS)
– Nigerian Immigration Service(NIS)
– Federal Ministry of Information
It will be recall that Section. 1(A) of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 rests the coordinating role in matters relating to terrorism on the Office of the National Security Adviser and further avails the office with the mandate to “ensure the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy, build capacity for the effective discharge of the functions of relevant security, intelligence, law enforcement and military services under the act and do such other acts or things that are necessary for the effective performance of the function of the relevant security and enforcement agencies under the act.
According to Mr. Karounwi Adekunle, Special Assistant Media to NSA confirmed that, the NSA recently did a roll out of the ‘Soft Approach’ with the support of the presidency. In his words ” 18 months ago, I directed the Behavioural analysis and Strategic Communication Unit in my office to develop a program that seeks to implement the PREVENT work strand of our national counter terrorism strategy. They visited Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore, Algeria and Australia to talk with officials from United Kingdom, European Union, academics and members of civil society groups both at home and abroad. Simultaneously, I directed the Economic Intelligence unit in my office to explore the efficacy of economic interventions that will contribute to the PREVENT Programme. The team has investigated what other nations facing terrorism have done successfully in the areas of job creation, poverty alleviation and economic empowerment. Based on these, we identified the need for an economic turnaround initiative in the aftermath of the State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. These activities have given birth to our soft approach to countering terrorism”.
From the foregoing, it is apparent that the ‘Soft Approach’ ,a product of painstaking research and wide consultations should enjoy the confidence of committed Nigerians.
A new International calling sim card is now launched in the UK for calling homes at a cheaper rate.
Lomo in Ngbandi meaning Peace is the newest in the telecom market that is estimated to be in the region of £500 million in the UK alone. The Ngbandi are an ethnic group of the upper UbangiRiver, who inhabit the southern part of the Central African Republic and the northern part of the Congo. We all need peace.
Lomo features latest additions and strongly focus on the customers and clients which they hope will differentiates it from others in the market with a catch phrase of Bringing Light to life!
This is the results of many months and years research, planning and development by the company according to the CEO, Mr. Victor “Finally, through many months of hard work despite poor health and subsequent transplant are here today to proudly launch and present you with your own new International Calling Card and Sim- The Lomo Mobile Sim.
“As I’m sure you’ll realise when you use calling sims, you will like what it said to be on rate, customer services and additional features. Simple put – Lomo is the new sim that is bound by what it says on its services”. The vision to start Lomo Mobile came to me over a year ago when I was on my way to top-up my international sim card. I am always on the phone to families back home. I encountered that the information on rates and other services were not clear or straight-forward. I had noticed a lack of clarity in the market and in advertisement which have often left me baffled to what I was getting for my money. It dawned on I would like to give thanks to the Lomo team who have through hard work and perseverance made this possible.”
1 – Connection to your love ones and businesses at an affordable rate.
2 – It’s the perfect sim that focus on better added customer services.
3 – Lomo Mobile number ranging features means that the rate your loved ones abroad are charged when they call your Lomo Mobile is a lot cheaper and can be compared to calling a local rate.
4 – Lomo Mobile will be providing a money wallet. A money wallet allows you to easily top up the phones of your loved ones abroad within minutes.
5 – Lomo Mobile from the market and many features are coming soon.
6 – A better call rate performance technology
7 – Lomo Mobile is a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) providing affordable pay as you go text and 3G from the United Kingdom to around the world.
For more information, visit their site at www.lomomobile.com
PRESIDENT JONATHAN NEVER CONFIRMED WITHHOLDING OF $10 BILLION FROM FEDERATION ACCOUNT
Reports in some domestic media today which quoted President Goodluck Jonathan as “confirming” in Amsterdam that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) wrongly withheld $10 Billion from the federation account are completely false and a total distortion of the President’s comments during his meeting with the Nigerian community in the Netherlands.
At no time during the well-attended reception did President Jonathan also confirm any “irregularities” in the NNPC.
Sensational reports in the media to that effect are reckless, mischievous and unprofessional misrepresentations of the President’s restatement to the Nigerian community of the Federal Government’s position on the allegation that $20 Billion is “missing” from the NNPC or the Federation Account, by reporters who were not at the event or even in Holland at all.
President Jonathan’s verifiable words while responding to questions from members of the community on the allegation and other domestic issues were clear and unambiguous.
After asserting that allegation that various sums – $49.8 Billion, $12 Billion or $20 Billion – were missing are inconsistent and lacked credence, the President’s exact words were as follows:
“As at the time, the Finance Ministry was saying they had not been able to reconcile only 10 billion dollars. There are issues in NNPC but we are on it.”
President Jonathan went on to say that to reassure Nigerians of his administration’s continued commitment to openness, transparency and probity in the aftermath of the unsubstantiated allegations, the Federal Government had authorised a professional forensic audit of NNPC accounts to clear the air.
The Presidency deplores the mischievous and unethical distortion of his comments in the media today.
Once again, we urge the media to show greater regard for truth and accuracy when reporting on the President.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 26, 2014
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
In his statement to the third global security summit which opened in the city today, President Jonathan said that while Nigeria will continue to support all efforts against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, the world must respect the right of countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.
“As a developing country, Nigeria needs to harness nuclear technology for socio-economic development. It is for this reason we subscribe to the view that international and regional cooperation efforts should be based on the principle of maintaining a balance between nuclear non-proliferation obligations and the inalienable right of States to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy for development purposes.
“While this is important, we would also like to draw attention to the need to maintain the highest standards of nuclear safety and security in establishing peaceful nuclear facilities,” the President said.
He told the gathering that in keeping with Nigeria’s commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the peaceful use of nuclear technology, the Federal Government has submitted an executive bill to the National Assembly to accommodate the country’s obligations under international treaties on nuclear safety and security.
“Nigeria accords high priority to all global efforts towards ending the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, including nuclear weapons. To this end, Nigeria has since the last Summit in Seoul, strengthened the legal framework for fighting terrorism through the adoption in 2013, of an amendment to its Terrorism (Prevention) Act, thus ensuring the implementation of more robust counter-terrorism measures in the country.
“Nigeria’s ratification of some international treaties and conventions in the realm of nuclear safety, security and safeguards has necessitated the review of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority Act resulting in the recent decision of the Government to submit a new Bill to Parliament for consideration and passage into law in order to accommodate our obligations under these instruments.
“Furthermore, as part of the outcome of the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul, South Korea in 2010, States Parties were urged on voluntary basis, to embark on the process of converting their reactors from the use of Highly Enriched Uranium to Lowly Enriched Uranium. Consequently, Nigeria is working in collaboration with the United States of America and China for the conversion of Nigeria’s limited stock of Highly Enriched Uranium used in its research reactor to Lowly Enriched Uranium,” President Jonathan said.
Noting that one of the main objectives of the Nuclear Security Summit was to reduce the amount of dangerous nuclear materials in the world by preventing materials that can be used to produce nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists and unauthorized non-state actors, the President said that Nigeria supports the immediate commencement and early conclusion of negotiations on a “non-discriminatory, multi-lateral and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty banning the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons”.
“Nigeria shares the view that fewer nuclear weapons translate into more nuclear security while at the same time reducing the risk of proliferation.
“But it is even more important that States as represented at this Summit demonstrate the necessary political will to embark on the path towards the ultimate goal of total and complete nuclear disarmament under strict and effective international control,” President Jonathan concluded.
He thanked the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte for hosting the summit and commended President Barack Obama who was present at the opening ceremony “for his continued leadership of this important project”.
Other world leaders participating in the summit include President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, the President of South Korea, Ms. Park Geun-hye and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 24, 2014
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