A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state has suspended Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state, for six months.
El-Rufai’s suspension is coming three days after the faction, known as Kaduna Restoration Group, issued him a queryand suspended three of his aides.
The faction led by Suleiman Hunkuyi, senator representing Kaduna north central, had accused el-Rufai of “anti- party activities and anti-human activities”.
Hukunyi had said if the governor did not respond to the query within 48 hours, “the state working committee will sit down and deliberate”.
In a statement on Sunday, the faction said el-Refai refused to honour the invitation to defend himself over the allegations levelled against him.
It subsequently concluded to suspend him for six months with immediate effect.
“Sequel to the 48 hours ultimatum issued to the Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad Elrufa’i by the Kaduna state working committee of the APC to give explanations and defence on the allegations labelled against him, the SWC under chairmanship of S.I. Danladi Wada on Saturday 17th February 2018 convened, resolved and do consider and ratified the findings and recommendations of the Disciplinary and Fact Finding Committee put before it in accordance with Article 21 (B) (iii) of the APC Constitution, to the effect that having the governor failed to respond accordingly, he stands suspended for a period of 6 months from the APC with immediate effect,” the statement read.
The meeting had in attendance members of the state caucus, members of the national assembly, chairman and members of the state executive and working committees, stakeholders and other prominent members of the APC in attendance.
Efforts by the Lagos government to sanitise the state is reportedly being frustrated by some unknown individuals.
There have been complaints of dirt taking over places in the cosmopolitan city, making residents to underrate the efficiency of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).
The administration of Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, introduced CLI in July.
Ambode said the initiative was conceived to address challenges and as well revolutionise waste management in line with international best practices.
Idiat Oluranti Adebule, deputy governor (middle), Adeniji Kazeem,commissioner for justice, (far left), Samuel Adejare, commissioner for the environment (2nd left), Akintola Oke, commissioner for the establishment, training and pensions (3rd left), and Saka Fafunmi, chairman, house of assembly committee on the environment, during the inauguration of CLI
Some officials of CLI, who preferred not to be named, described as worrisome, the rate at which some people go in sabotaging the efforts to rid the state of filth.
A senior official of the CLI said it was unfortunate that those who felt the new arrangement would affect them adversely were working hard to sabotage it by all means, including deliberate dumping of large waste in public places.
“Take for instance, the picture of heaps of refuse under the Idumagbo pedestrian bridge that was published today in a national daily. The refuse at that spot was evacuated just overnight and the team finished by 3am today (Sunday) and by 3am, the heap of refuse was back there, including a fully-loaded Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) big refuse container that was not there previously,” he said.
Officials clearing the dirt under Idumagbo pedestrian bridge around 3am
“As I am talking to you, our officials have returned to the same spot to clear everything. The commissioner of the environment was also there to see things for himself and he has asked the private sector participant (PSP) operator that dropped the container belonging to the LAWMA on the spot to remove it immediately.
“That has been the challenge. When our officials clear the heaps of refuse from a spot before one could say Jack Robinson, the heaps were back on the same spot cleared by our officials and this really has to stop because a cleaner Lagos is in our collective interest.”
A source said the permutation of those behind the sabotage was that if they kept dumping tonnes of refuse in public places, they would achieve the twin objective of distracting CLI officials from paying adequate attention to other places while projecting the initiative, which is targeted at a comprehensive turn around of Lagos to become one of the cleanest cities in the world, as a failure.
Another reliable source said the situation had also been compounded by members of the public who indiscriminately dump their waste in public places and not the designated spots.
In a video that went viral on social media recently, John Olawale, an official of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, lamented how people were dumping refuse on the same spots in public places, thus frustrating the efforts to rid the state of filth.
Joseph, who is Visionscape’s area manager for Lagos Island West, alleged that heaps of refuse sometimes appear overnight in places already cleared by environmental officials, saying that the deliberate sabotage of the project called for concern.
Speaking at the Obalende area of the state, Joseph said he could not understand why anyone would deliberately dump waste in large quantity just few minutes after the spot had been cleared.
In the video, a man wearing LAWMA uniform was seen fleeing from arrest after illegally dumping waste on the same spot.
The government banned cart pushers from operating in Lagos as part of the measures taken to ensure the success of CLI.
Junaid Mohammed, a second republic lawmaker, says President Muhammadu Buhari has a dangerous attitude of not reading.
The former lawmaker, who is Buhari’s ally, said the president was unable to finish two pages of a book he recommended to him in 2015.
He said he recommended the book to the president because it had to do with economic matters.
But that the president took the book, wrote GMB (short for General Muhammadu Buhari) “and that was all”.
“I suggested the idea of a think tank to Buhari and he agreed and he put together a think tank with quite a number of formidable brains and started meeting in 2015 until I stopped coming,” he said in an interview with Vanguard.
“I suggested a number of books for all of us to read and those books were procured.
“One of the books I recommended to Buhari personally, because it has to do with economic matters especially in dealing with the World Bank and the IMF group, was a book written by a Nobel prize laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz.
“Buhari took the book and opened it, just wrote GMB on it and that was all. Over a year later when I came I found that Buhari had not read two pages out of that book.”
Mohammed described this as a “very dangerous leadership position”.
He said unlike Buhari, former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida read and listen, and also “go out of their way to get people to come and advise them”.
“Both of them read. I am scared of a leader who does not read and who does not look for experts and I don’t believe any leader no matter how distinguished, who claims and believes that only his own people have all the knowledge in every subject matter in the world; this is a very dangerous attribute Buhari has,” he said.
‘THE CURRENT ANTI-GRAFT WAR IS A FRAUD’
The former lawmaker alleged that the current administration is not sincere about its fight against corruption.
According to him, “the so-called anti-graft war is a fraud meant to persecute only those in opposition who stole money.”
He said the war is being carried out in a way “to protect and defend some others to loot the treasury and go free.”
“You can see that while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is pursuing those in the opposition who looted the treasury before the 2015 election, some top officials in the present government who have stolen money are either not arrested and detained or at best investigated,” he said.
Yoruba socio political organisation, Afenifere, has thrown its weight behind Prof. Wole Soyinka’s call for the use of hunters and vigilante groups to tackle the menace of herdsmen in Ogun State, in collaboration with the other security outfits.
The Secretary-General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, on Saturday, said all states in the South-West should embrace the idea.
He said the use of hunters and vigilante groups became imperative in view of the fact that the government had failed to protect the people.
He said, “Although the formation of groups for the purpose of policing may not be good enough, our government has failed to provide adequate security and the people have to defend themselves against the killer herdsmen.
“There is nothing wrong in what the local hunters and vigilante groups are doing in Ogun State. Afenifere welcomes the formation of such groups here in Ondo and other South-West states because our people have to protect themselves.”
The Ondo State Police Command has also described the idea as a welcome development.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Mr. Femi Joseph, said, “If we can have this type of collaboration in Ondo State, it will be a good development.
“We need organised groups who can assist us. We cannot be everywhere at the same time, so we need people to work with us.”
The Commissioner for Information in Osun State, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, however, said the state did not need to mobilise hunters and vigilante groups to secure its people and farms from the destructive activities of the herdsmen.
The commissioner said Governor Rauf Aregbesola had set up a committee comprising Yoruba and the Fulani elders about two years ago to ensure that the herdsmen did not destroy farms in the state.
Baderinwa said, “We do not need to gather hunters and vigilante groups to protect the state from herdsmen. We are proactive in Osun State and that is why there is no crisis here.”
About one in three households in Nigeria consume contaminated water, a survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed.
The survey was carried out in 2016/2017 by the NBS in collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) as part of the global Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) programme.
The survey, which is the fifth round of the MICS series, shows that Escherichia coli, also known as E.coli, is a major substance found in water consumed by Nigerians without access to safely-managed drinking water.
E. coli is the name of a type of bacteria that lives in intestines. Most types of E. coli are harmless. However, some types can make people sick and cause diarrhoea. One type causes travellers’ diarrhoea. The worst type causes bloody diarrhoea, and can sometimes cause kidney failure and even death.
The survey estimated the population using safely managed drinking water sources as 58.5 per cent in 2011, 57.8 per cent in 2012, 62.2 per cent in 2014 and 69.6 percent in 2015.
However, between 2016 and 2017, about 64.1 per cent of Nigerians had access to improved drinking water, indicating a decline from 2015 among Nigerians that had access to safely managed drinking water.
According to the survey, North-East states lag behind with 52.4 per cent, while South-West states top the chart with 87.3 per cent of its residents having access to improved water sources.
In her reaction to the report, Maureen Zubie-Okolo, a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with the United Nation’s Children Emergency Funds, UNICEF, expressed worries over water and sanitation situation in the country.
She said it was a known fact that water-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea are some of the major causes of hospital admissions, especially in under-five children.
She however, called for more advocacy to government to make policies that would increase access to improved water sources and sanitation, which will also help to reduce preventable diseases.
MICS is a globally recognised and definitive source of information for assessing the situation of children and women in the areas of health, nutrition; water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), education, protection, and HIV & AIDS, amongst others.
The findings of the survey are used for planning, monitoring and decision making on programmes and policies to address issues related to the well-being of children and women.
ATIBA University, Oyo, one of the new private universities licensed by the Federal Government in December 2017 is set to take off on March 8 with its first set of students for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The University, which promises to provide world-class standard of teaching, learning and research as well as entrepreneurial training and character development, is situated at the ancient town of Oyo in Oyo State.
According to the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Shola Ehindero, all is set for a smooth take-off as academic activities commence March 8.
According to the School’s authorities however, admission of students will continue till 14th of April when the University will conduct the matriculation ceremony for all students. During this period, prospective students who meet the institution’s admission requirements can still register for this academic session.
The university is taking off with Four (4) Faculties namely; Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences as well as Allied Health Sciences Faculty and Faculty of Law.
Degree courses offered by the Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences include English and Literary Studies; Theater, Films and Media Studies; Economics; Accounting and Forensic Sciences; Business Administration; Political Science and International Studies; Sociology and Intelligence Studies as well as Entrepreneurial Studies.
The Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences offers degree courses in Computer Science; Industrial Mathematics; Physics and Energy Studies; Biological and Biotechnology; Microbiology as well as Industrial Chemistry while the Faculty of Law offers Degree in Public and Common Law. The Faulty of Allied Health Sciences will offer Nursing and Medical Laboratory Sciences.
It will be recalled that the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the University, Alhaji Abdulrahman Idris, said, shortly after the Institution received its operating license from the National Universities Commission (NUC) last December, that its founders had made careful preparations over the past fifteen years to ensure the smooth and effective take-off adding that the institution will hit the ground running.
Complimenting this assertion, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ehindero said all the necessary infrastructure for a standard academic environment are in place on the campus. These include standard lecture theaters, laboratories, technical equipment and state of the art library with regular books, e-books and WIFI facilities. There is also an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Unit in the library with access to data based research.
Other infrastructure already in place include standard office accommodation for both academic and non-academic staff as well as conducive hostel accommodation on the campus for students.
The university also has a modern sports arena for recreation and sports development as well as a well-equipped Medical Centre with bed facilities for students and staff.
Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has condemned the habit of state governors visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Villa while their states are in crisis.
The lawmaker wants President Buhari to ban the governors from embarking on such visits.
Mr. Sani made this known in a statement on Saturday.
His comments came as some state governors are being criticised for visiting Aso Villa even in the midst of violent crisis rocking their states.
Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, is currently facing such criticism for his response to the recent killings in his state. He stayed back in Abuja days after the attacks.
Mr. Sani said the new ‘political culture’ of governors visiting the villa, while their states are in crisis, is political and should be banned.
“The new sycophantic political culture of Governors leaving their duty posts, in their respective states, almost on a daily basis to climb the Rock of Aso in order to pledge loyalty, leave their citizens in the hands of moribund and powerless deputy governors and at the mercy of well-armed killers.
“President Buhari must ban state Governors from the daily ritual of visiting the villa while their homes burn,” he said.
Mr. Sani also lashed at northern leaders for their ‘cowardice’ in the face of the crisis.
“The silence and cowardice of the Northern political elites to the mass killings going on in the North is out of fear that they can be labelled or blackmailed as being anti Government,” he said.
He bemoaned the current security situation in the country, ”where lives are no longer cherished.”
“We have become a nation in perpetual mourning and ceaseless funeral mass. In Nigeria today, blood is becoming cheaper than water and petrol. The most tragic of all tragedies is when tragedy becomes a routine in our daily lives.”
President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has invited popular Nigerian comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, to the upper legislative chamber, describing her story as an inspiration.
Mr. Saraki made the invitation in posts on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts on Sunday, asking the seven-year to come to the Senate to discuss how to develop young talents in the Nigerian creative industry.
His invitation is sequel to an announcement Miss Samuel made that she was set to feature in a Disney Hollywood film.
Miss Samuel had written, “Thanks @disneystudios God bless everyone whose support has added to bringing us here. I never dreamed of being here so soon. I miss Success. I love you all,” on her official Instagram page.
“Congratulations Emmanuella! Make sure you make them laugh over there.
“Your story is an inspiration. Come by the Nigerian Senate sometime, let’s discuss how we can develop the potential of our young talents in the creative industry,” Mr. Saraki said.
Adebola Ishola, wife of the late renowned playwright, prof Akinwunmi Ishola has said her husband gave no sign that he was going to die anytime soon.
She told journalists in Ibadan on Saturday evening that Mr. Ishola took a spoonful of custard on Saturday at 9 a.m and repeatedly said: ‘Thank you my wife’, before he gave up the ghost moments after.
Mr. Ishola died at exactly 9.30am in his Akobo residence in Ibadan on Saturday.
His said Mr. Ishola had on Friday night taken “amala (food from yam powder) and bean soup” dished for him.
“He finished everything. My husband did not give any sign that he would die.
“We give glory to God. The children said we should call the doctor anytime we feel that what he could do, he could not do it again. I have been keeping watch on him.
“Early this morning, we had a nurse who came and gave him his bath. I prepared custard for him. I put milo in it. As I was trying to feed him, he was just saying ‘Thank you my wife’ repeatedly.
“He has always been saying that anyway; even when his friends were around, he would ask them to thank me that I am the reason he was not dead yet,” she said.
The widow said she was worried when he took just a spoonful of custard because he used to eat very well, saying that prompted her to immediately call the doctor.
According to her: “I called the doctor. I also called the children, who are all living in Lagos, that their father was just praying and not taking his breakfast.
“He sat on the chair in his room upstairs. He did not say more than ‘Thank you my wife’. The nurse and I laid him on the bed. He immediately gave up the ghost.
“That was around 9:30 a.m. Even, the doctor I called and the children were yet to arrive when he gave up. Two of the children are around now. .”
Among the children of the deceased, Akinjide Ishola, a Lagos-based lawyer and Oluwatoyin Shomefun, arrived Ibadan on Saturday.
Among the early callers at the deceased residence were Toye Arulogun, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ibadan, Ayo Bamgbose, and a businessman, Lekan Are.
The remains of the deceased was taken to the Anatomy Department, University of Ibadan.