IGP Set Up 27 Man Committee To Tackle Cattle Rustling

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim  Idris has set up a 27 man committee saddled with the responsibility of offering solutions to tackle cattle rustling.

The Committee, which is headed by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Animal Branch, AIG Charles Ugomuoh and members drawn from all over the affected states, and ECOWAS, is a standing committee, and was tasked to draw up policies and strategies to handle the issue of cattle rustling.

Also, the IGP has directed a high powered investigation team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of DSP Mohammed Alkali and others missing?.

The IGP condoles with the family for this great loss and identify with the grief of his colleagues.

The IGP also expressed satisfaction in the performance of the police officers deployed in the re-run parliamentary elections in Rivers State held on Saturday, December, 10 2016.

The IGP noted that “there is no doubt that some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to foist violence and insecurity on the populace that are generally peace loving. Comparatively, the re-run election was a huge success in contrast to past elections in the state that were usually characterized by violence and wanton destruction of lives and property.?

“The IGP master plan on election security will continue to be improved upon for future elections in the county. This master plan will usher in credible, fair, free and acceptable elections in accordance with the principles of democratic policing and international best practices.”



Senate criticizes committee for shoddy work on FIRS budget.

The Senate yesterday criticised its Finance Committee for approving the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) 2016 budget, which it said was full of ambiguities and duplication of projects.

The lawmakers, while debating the recommendation of the committee during the day’s plenary also criticised the report as lacking in details.

Senate President Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary, asked the committee to work on the grey areas in its report and re-present it in one week.

On the proposed 2016 budget of the FIRS, the report said, “The FIRS projected to collect tax revenues to the tune of N4.082trn in 2016.

“This comprises N484bn oil and N3.597tn non-oil revenues. The projected four per cent cost of collection on non-oil revenue is N143, 904,640,000.

“The total projected available fund for the 2016 budget is N146, 165,108,293, comprising four per cent cost of collection and N2, 260,468,293 or 20 per cent of 2015 operating surplus.”

It therefore rejected the report of the committee, which had approved all projects, provisions and proposals.

Yesterday too, Saraki warned ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs) against violating the Public Procurement Law, which charged them to give preference to locally produced goods in Nigeria.

He also charged Senate committee chairmen to ensure in the course of their oversight duties that MDAs comply with the provision of the law on the patronage of local manufacturers just as he also urged all military and paramilitary agencies to emulate the army by procuring items like boots and other needs locally.

In a statement by Chuks Okocha, Special Assistant on Print Media, Saraki said this when members of the Leather and Allied Products Manufacturers Association of Abia State (LEAPMAAS) visited him to express appreciation to the Senate for its support for the ‘Buy Made in Nigeria’ campaign.

He advised local manufacturers to petition the Senate whenever any government agency deliberately refused to patronise them.According to the Senate president, “Today, we have made it a national project. I also promise you that we will amend the existing laws to give your efforts a legal backing that will ensure patronage of local manufacturers. That has also been done with the amendment of the Public Procurement Act.”

PDP Inaugurates Committee To Regain Power In 2019.

In a bid to regain power, which it lost in last year’s general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a committee to come up with strategies for the 2019 elections. Named the Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee, it has 115 members and is  headed by former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana. It has Mr. Austin Okpara, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, as Secretary.

The committee will consult with various political groups, associations and individuals on the appropriate strategies for the 2019 polls. The committee was handed three terms of reference: explore ways of  engaging  all possible allies with a view to building positive relationships, recommend strategies to reposition the party and prescribe necessary amendment to the PDP constitution.

At the inauguration of  the committee in Abuja on Tuesday, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, said the new committee is expected to submit its report in three months.

“Long before we talked about putting up a number of sub-committees to deal with different aspects of the affairs of our party, but because of litigation we have not settled down to do that,” he said. “Time is going. A lot of things are happening and our men and women are on their own beginning to do all sorts of meetings.

“However, you don’t bring all your flock  together to talk as one family, before long, the good chunk of them would have gone on their own, because nobody will remain inactive for forever,” Makarfi said while explaining the constitution of the committee.

He added that what the committee should come up with is a strategy that ensures the party’s return to power in the next general elections. Senator Makarfi also claimed that many groups have approached the National Caretaker Committee for collaboration and the party was convinced that it should not be only members of the caretaker committee that should be talking to those seeking to collaborate with the party. He explained that the number of members of the strategy committee is huge because of the size of its responsibilities.

“You must break sub- committees, talking to different groups. It is also the role of the committee to advice on how to make the party stronger and better,” he added.

He impressed on party members the need to resolve  the legal disputes dogging the party before 2019.

“The truth of the matter is that we are in many courts on different issues. If you don’t lay them to rest, there is basically no peace process.

‘We said that reconciliation committee will draw up the modalities for the withdrawal of all court cases, and the conceptual settlement of those of them that you cannot ordinarily withdraw or set aside.

“The lawyers amongst you know the issues that you need to be settled. If you don’t that, somebody can ?go to court tomorrow. If you leave it hanging, close to the elections, PDP or a member of the party in power can go to court and force you to start all the processes afresh.

“In all these cases, there are  issues that must be laid to rest and only the court can lay these issues to rest. It is either it is so or we can come together and settle them in a conceptual matter, so that all the loopholes are plugged and we don’t go through a vicious cycle,” he said.

Wike Inaugurates Amnesty Programme Committee For Cultists

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike friday inaugurated the State Amnesty Programme and reiterated his warning that the state would not pay for arms surrendered by cultists and militants.

 The governor said the inauguration of the committee was a major move to restore peace across all communities in the state.

The committee has as members, representatives of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Amnesty, Sir Ken Chinda was appointed chairman.

In his inauguration speech, Wike charged the committee to interface with different cult groups for the purpose of retrieving arms from them.

The governor also charged the committee to work out modalities for ensuring the proper integration of cultists and militants who willingly subscribe to the amnesty programme.

He warned the committee members against promising repentant cultists and militants that the state government would pay for arms surrendered in the course of the programme.

He declared: “Anyone who has surrendered his arms and has followed through the process laid out for the amnesty will be pardoned. Such a person will not be prosecuted.

“This committee has 60 days to complete its assignment. After the 60 days, any cultist or militant who fails to subscribe to the amnesty programme will face the full weight of the law.”

The governor reiterated that the amnesty programme was not politically motivated, pointing out that it was designed to promote the security of all communities in the state.

Read More: thisdaylive

We Still Await Committee On Chibok Girls’ Abduction- Community

Indigenes of Chibok community under the aegis of  Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari  to fulfil his promise of  setting up a committee that will investigate the abduction of the Chibok school girls on April 14, 2014.

While briefing the press, the chairman of the association, Tsambido Hosea-Abana stated that during the community’s visit to the president, on July 8, 2015, he had promised to set up a committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls adding that the committee was yet to be set up for over a year after.

Hosea-Abana added that the investigative committee will help to avoid a repeat of such ugly occurrences in the community or anywhere else in the country and to resolve once and for all the unanswered questions surrounding the abduction.

“On January 14, 2016, the Chibok Community along with the parents, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group and others paid visit to Mr. President to re-engage with him after the first meeting of July 8, 2015.

“We were elated by promises he made to us.  One of these is that an investigation committee was to be set up to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls.

“We the affected community felt and believed that this will finally create the opportunity to unravel the mystery surrounding the abduction for two main reasons;  to avoid a repeat of such ugly occurrences in the community or elsewhere; and to resolve once and for all the unanswered questions surrounding the abduction.

“We are still awaiting the constitution of the committee and we assure the Presidency that we shall render all assistance and cooperation the committee needs from us towards achieving its objectives,” it said.

Read More:


El-Rufa’i Raises Committee On Army/Shiites Clash

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has set up a nine-man committee to produce a white paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Army/Shiites clash in the state.

The Army/Shiites clash in Zaria last December had left many people dead.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Samuel Aruwan, Media aide to the governor, in Kaduna on Wednesday.El-Rufai said that the committee would commence work immediately and submit the draft white paper within two weeks.

The committee is headed by Adamu Mansur, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.

The governor also mandated the committee to make any other recommendation that would assist government in addressing issues raised in the report.

The committee members were the permanent secretaries of the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources, Works, Housing and Transport, Local Government, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services.

The other members were the permanent secretaries Ministry of Justice, Civil Service Commission, and Mr M. Aliyu of the Ministry of Justice, as well as Mr Alexander Sule of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Credit: Guardian

Budget Padding Scandal: Why We Can’t Probe Dogara, Others– House Ethics Committee

The House of Representatives Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions says it is awaiting a petition from a former chairman of House Appropriations Committee chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who has accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and other members of massive corruption.

The chairman of the ethics committee, Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta), sais by phone on Friday that it would need a petition to investigate weighty allegations of budget fraud against Mr. Dogara; deputy, Yusuf Lasun; deputy majority leader, Ahassan Doguwa; and minority leader, Leo Ogor.

He however said it was wrong for Mr. Jibrin to claim that lawmakers “padded” the 2016 budget. He said the budget was merely “amended”.

Mr. Jibrin, who was removed from his position last week, said the speaker, Mr. Dogara, and the other three principal officers, inserted layers of fictitious projects worth N40 billion into the budget for fraudulent reasons.

He has called for their resignation.

“In legislature, you don’t talk about padding,” Mr. Ossai said. “Budget is an appropriation bill and is like other bills that you amend. You know in bills you talk about clauses. Every head in the budget is a clause. So legislators have power to amend it.”

He said lawmakers were allowed to introduce constituency projects as “effective representatives” of the people.

Pressed on Mr. Jibrin’s claim that besides constituency projects, chairmen of 10 committees “padded” over N284 billion through 2000 projects, into the budget, Mr. Ossai said he could not comment because “that is part of investigations”.

“We are waiting for petition and I know pages of newspapers are not petitions,” said Mr. Ossai. ”The ethics committee looks forward to receiving petition. No petition has been brought before the committee; the committee must receive petition before it dabbles into any issue.”

Asked whether his committee could not act proactively given the seriousness of the allegations, Mr. Ossai said a petition would still be better.

“Petition formalises everything. Without recourse to letter that comes from the House (after it received petition), the ethics committee can move into and investigate the matter but it is better empowered if a petition is forwarded to it,” he said.

Credit: PremiumTimes

FG Inaugurates Committee To Negotiate With N’Delta Avengers

The Federal Government on Monday night announced that it has set up a committee to negotiate with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, that has been involved in the destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta region.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who said this in Abuja, explained that the move was aimed at halting the deadly attacks which had made Nigeria’s oil production plummet to 1.5 million barrels per day.

According to him, the team that will engage the militants will be coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

He said other members of the team included himself, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru as well as selected leaders, kings and influential individuals from the Niger Delta.

Kachikwu said, “The President has appointed a team led by the NSA and I serve in one of those, to begin the process of a very intensive dialogue with those caught in the middle of this. I am sure that in the ensuing one week the intensity of that dialogue will wrap up.

“The NSA is going to be working with the various arms of the armed forces to descale the intensity of military intervention in the area within a week or two so that dialogue can take place. We are making contacts with everybody who is involved, the ones that we can identify, through them, the ones that we can’t identify so that there is a lot more inclusiveness in this dialogue. Our prayer is that this works so that we resort to dialogue rather than use of force.”

On the loss recorded as a result of the attacks by the Niger Delta Avengers, Kachikwu said, “Over the last two months, we have probably lost about 600,000 barrels from various attacks of militants in the area. In terms of production, we are roughly at about 1.5 million to 1.6 million barrels a day, down from 2.2mbd which is the basis of this year’s budget and if peace reigns, obviously between now and August we will be able to recover substantial portion of this production so that the budget doesn’t suffer.”


Confusion In Adamawa PDP As Makarfi Committee Withdraws Support For New Exco

The Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced its recognition of Chief Joel Madaki as the party’s chairman in Adamawa.

The recognition was contained in a letter to the party dated May 31, signed by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and Sen. Ben Obi.

The letter, which was copied to Commissioner of Police and Director State Security Service, said the recognition was due to pending litigation over the authentic leaders of the party in the state.

It said in the letter, that it had withdrawn its earlier recognition of the new leaders who emerged during the recent state congress in which Abdulrahman Bobboi and Zira Tumba were elected chairman and secretary.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Madaki group is insisting that its tenure had not elapsed.

The development had led to two separate primaries for chairmanship and councillorship candidates, to represent the party in the June 25 Local Government Election in the state.

The letter signed by Makarfi and Obi titled “Re-New PDP Executives in Adamawa” reads in part:

“Our letter on above subject matter dated 24th May 2016 introducing Barr Abdurahman Bobboi and Mr Zira Tumba Diwe refers.

“Due to pending litigation at Federal High Court, Abuja in suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2013 and dispute over the recent congresses, we are hereby withdrawing our letter of May 24th 2016.

“The old executive committee under the chairmanship of Chief Joel Madaki and Barr A.T Shehu should continue to be attended to by you, pending the resolution of the matter.”

When contacted on phone, Bobboi said he was in a meeting in Abuja over the matter.

Meanwhile, many candidates who emerged from the separate PDP primaries have expressed concern over the development.

” This issue of party leadership is seriously affecting us, we want amicable resolution of the problem as some members have started moving to other political parties”, a councillorship candidate, who simply identified himself as Mohammed said.



Wike Heads PDP’s Convention Committee

Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike is to head the National Convention Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as chairman.

The Governor of Taraba state, Mr. Dairus Ishiaku will serve as Wike’s deputy while his counterpart in Ebonyi state, Mr. Dave Umahi will serve as secretary.

A statement on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the committee would be inaugurated on Tuesday.

Other committees also to be inaugurated by on Tuesday include the Reconciliation Committee, which will be chaired by the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson.

Senator Ibrahim Mantu is to serve as deputy chairman of the Reconciliation committee.

The Finance Committee has Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo as chairman,while Senator Godswill Akpabio will serve as deputy.

The party has similarly set up a Zoning Committee, to be chaired by the Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom, with and Mr. Kelechi Igwe as secretary

The statement added that the committees will be inaugurated by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Ali Modi-Sheriff at the Abuja national secretariat of the party.

Various stakeholders and interest groups within the party have been mounting pressure on the leadership of the party to set in motion programmes for the national convention tentatively fixed for May 21.

The pressure was a reaction to a directive by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) mandating the National Chairman to set up the committees, for the purposes of conducting the convention.

Credit: Nation

National Convention: PDP Chairman Constitutes Four Committees

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has constituted four special committees to organise the national convention and rebuild the party.


This is contained in a statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh and issued to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.


The statement said that the committees were constituted in line with the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in preparation for the convention.


It named the committees as national convention, reconciliation, zoning and finance.


The statement said that the national convention committee had Rivers governor Nyesom Wike as chairman, Gov. Dairus Ishiaku of Taraba as deputy chairman and Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi as secretary.


“Similarly, the reconciliation committee has Bayelsa governor Seriake Dickson as chairman and Sen. Ibrahim Mantu as deputy chairman.

“The finance committee has Gombe state governor Ibrahim Dankwambo as chairman and Sen. Godswill Akpabio as deputy chairman.

“In the same vein, the zoning committee has Akwa-Ibom governor Emmanuel Udom as chairman and Mr Kelechi Igwe as secretary.”

The statement said that the committees would be inaugurated by Sheriff on April 5 at the party’s national secretariat at 2 p.m.



Kwara PDP Constitutes 10 Committees To Reposition Party

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara has instituted a Stakeholders’ Forum and constituted 10 committees as part of efforts to reposition the party.


The Chairman of the party in the state, Akogun Oyedepo inaugurated the forum and the committees on Thursday at the party secretariat, Ilorin.


He said that the move was also to strengthen the party ahead of the local councils election in the state and bye- election in Oke Ero constituency.


Oyedepo explained that the stakeholders forum was made up of one representative from each of the 193 electoral wards in the state.


“Stakeholders’ Forum is the creation of the executive of the party as an instrument of providing for all inclusive administration in our party.

“There are so many men and women of wisdom outside the executive that we can leverage upon to provide for a strong party that can win elections,” he added.

Oyedepo, who heads the forum, said those selected were die-hards of the party always ready to defend its interest.

“If you are not important to your people in your different domains, you will not be here as member of the forum,” Oyedepo stressed.


The chairman said the forum would meet periodically and serve as a bridge between the executives and members of the party in the state.


According to him, members of the party have always accused the leadership of not carrying them along in decision making and implementation.

“This Forum will not only bridge that gap, it will, as earlier said, make such individuals relevant in the scheme of things in the party.

“This is also a forum where the policies of the party will be rigorously explained and further examined before implementation.

“In that case, nobody will say critical people in the party are not involved in the administration of the party.”

The chairman appealed to all party members to pay their annual dues of N600 as stipulated in section 51(2) of PDP constitution.

Oyedepo also called on members to generously donate to the party’s media account to effectively fund its publicity, sensitisation and mobilisation programmes.

He attributed PDP’s woeful performance in the last general elections to late preparations for the race.

“The forthcoming local government election has to be approached like running a marathon race and not 100 meter dash which the PDP is known for.

“Gone were the days in the party, at least in Kwara, when money bags or political gladiators will rush home and fight for party’s flags during elections.

“This time around, we want everybody to be fully involved and committed, as record of performance will henceforth be used to earn patronage in the party”, Oyedepo said.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committees inaugurated include: Media and Publicity, Security, Fund raising, Strategy, Legal, Mobilisation, Discipline, Local Government, Planning and Finance.



Jonathan Did Not Lobby Our Committee To Stop Buhari’s Probe- Kukah

The National Peace Committee on Tuesday dismissed reports that it was lobbied by former President Goodluck Jonathan to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from probing his administration.
Mathew Kukah, a member of the committee chaired by former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, dismissed the report while answering questions from State House correspondents after the committee’s closed-door meeting with Mr. Buhari in Abuja.

He said though everybody is free to contact the committee to intervene in promoting peaceful coexistence in the society, the former president never talked to the committee for any form of intervention.

“Anybody is free to come to our committee, but President Jonathan never by telephone or by any other means sought to see the committee.

“We went to see him, but that was after we had already seen members of the political parties; we saw a few members of the civil society; we planned to see the speaker because we couldn’t see him yesterday.

“So this was a planned series of intervention essentially just to hear out everybody and I think the good news is that Nigerians are committed to a new nation.

“We are committed to ensuring that the gains and the blessings God has given us come to fruition.

“So, it was a very wonderful conversation that we had”.

Read Morepremiumtimesng

Reps Flock Tambuwal’s Homes To Lobby For Committee Appointments

Many members of the House of Representatives now besiege the residences of the Governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, to lobby for appointment as House committee chairmen.

Findings showed that the governor’s official residence in Sokoto town and another house in Abuja were frequently visited by the members, who believed he could still influence things at the House in their favour.

Read Morepunchng

INEC: Zakari Reconstitutes 14 Standing Committees

The acting chairperson of the Independent National Commission (INEC), Amina Bala Zakari, has approved the re-constitution of 14 Standing Committees of the electoral commission.

She however will serve as chairman of three committees namely Information Technology and Voter Registry, Finance and General Purpose Committee, and Security Committee.

According to a bulletin by INEC, the reconstitution was contained in a memo issued and signed by the secretary to the commission, Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu. The committees are expected to commence operation from July 1, 2015.

The committees are; Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committees (APDC); Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku, chairman; Amb M.A. Wali, member; Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, member.

Planning, Monitoring and Strategy Committee (PM&SC); Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, chairman; Prof. M.A. Salau, member; Amb. M.A. Wali, member.

Information and Voter Education/Outreach and Partnership Committee; Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, chairman; Amb. M.A. Wali, member; Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku, member.

Health and Welfare Committee; Dr. S. Abdulkadir Oniyangi, chairman; Amb. M.A. Wali; Prof. M.A. Salau, members.

Operations and Logistics Committee; Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, chairman; Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku, member; Amb. M.A. Wali.

Senate Sets Up Committee To Review Members’ Salaries, Allowances

The Senate has set up a committee to review the salaries and allowances of lawmakers. This was revealed Tuesday by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki.

He said the Adhoc committee was set up to reassess the structure, and review the level of openness, of members’ pay to ensure that the budget is in line with current economic realities.

Mr. Saraki said the step was taken due to controversies in the media on the allowances and salaries of the lawmakers. “In the last few days, there have been different reports on allowances for the National Assembly members,” he said.

“I reckon it to be false and reckless which has prompted the need to stir up transparency in allowances to avoid misinformation,” he said.

He said it was due to the same reason that he met with the officials of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

He stated that it was to ensure that the country gets an accurate presentation on the true state of all salaries and allowances.

He also announced the immediate composition of an 18-man Senate adhoc committee comprising of three senators for each geopolitical zones to develop a legislative agenda for the 8th Senate within the next couple of weeks.

“The task before us is enormous and Nigerians voted for change and we hope that we deliver to them tangible change,” Mr. Saraki said.

“The clear issues that agitate the minds of the people are the government revenues, the current fiscal crisis in many of our states, the unsustainable cost of governance in the country and the rising cost of doing business in Nigeria.

“This concerns have also agitated our minds individually and collectively and we must provide answers because it can no longer be business as usual.”

He added that the Senate either buckles up and face the realities to forge ahead to ensure a better future for the next generation or turn a blind eye to the extravagant facts that are staring us in the face.”

“Without doing so, we will not have the authority to ensure transparency in ministry and others for public good,” said Mr. Saraki.

Read More: premiumtimesng

FG Inaugurates Committee To Probe NIMC Labour Crisis

The Federal Government has inaugurated an independent committee to address the labour crisis between the National Identity Management Commission and the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria.

Deputy Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Samuel Olowookere, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

The statement noted that the committee, inaugurated by Dr. Clement Illoh, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, would look into the purported certificate forgery and irregular career progression in the commission.

It quoted Olowookere as saying that the upgrade and promotions resulting in proposed dismissal of some staff of the commission were also to be considered by the committee.

He said, “I have no doubt that the outcome of this assignment will put to rest all the suspicious misconceptions, ill feelings, emotional outbursts and tension this crisis has generated in the commission.”

He said members of the committee were drawn from the ministry, NIMC, ASCN, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Other members of the committee were drawn from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission.

He added that the single term of reference of the committee was to ascertain whether the disciplinary actions taken by NIMC were based on due process, transparency and accountability.
Credit: NAN

IG Sets Up Committee On Police Promotion

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has constituted a high-powered committee to screen all junior police officers who have obtained higher educational qualifications for promotion into the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police and Inspectorate cadres.

The State Command interviews are slated for July 1-6, 2015 while Zonal screening is between July 16-22.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Thursday in Abuja, said the exercise “is part of the welfare package aimed at boosting the morale of the Force.”

It said the IG emphasised that the exercise must be fair and transparent, noting that the result of the interview must reach the Force Headquarters on or before July, 28.


Plateau Gov., Lalong, Sets Up Committee To Recover Stolen State Funds

In his efforts to recover state funds allegedly misappropriated by the Jonah Jang administration, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has directed all government agencies yet to submit their financial statements to the debt management office and the transition committee to immediately do so to a newly constituted committee-led by the deputy Governor Sonni Tyoden.

Governor Lalong gave the order on Thursday in a press release through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle.

Mr. Lalong had accused the Jang administration of leaving a N104 billion debt for the state.

The governor also directed that all employments, appointments and contractual obligations made in the last days of Jang administration should be put on hold without further delay.

“The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong has directed all Heads of Boards and Parastatals in Plateau State to stand down on all employment and absorption directives issued in the last days of the Jang Administration pending the completion of the Prof. Sonni Tyoden led Transition Committee report,” the statement said.

He, however, assured Plateau citizens that once the committee’s work is completed and its report submitted to the government, the issue of employment will be revisited.

The Jang administration had placed embargo on employment since assumption of office in 2007.
But the former governor allegedly offered employment to some persons without due process shortly before leaving office, and backdated the appointments.


PDP Establishes Committee To Address Indiscipline

The National Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a seven-man disciplinary committee amid tensions in the party.

Prof. Adewale Oladipo, National Secretary of the party, confirmed the move. He said Micheal Addul leads the committee while Tony Caesar Okeke will serve as Secretary.

Other members of the committee are Mike Ogiadohme, Teslim Folarin, Dr Akilu Indabawa and Dr Hassan Kafayas.

Oladipo added that the committee would be inaugurated on Tuesday next week at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

He said the National Working Committee “called for calm and the understanding of all members and other critical stakeholders including the media at this time of re-engineering process in our great party while directing any member with genuine grievance to channel such through the appropriate organs.”

Tensions have characterised the PDP following its loss in the March/April general elections. The party’s Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, quit the party on Wednesday following pressure to step down.

Credit: CAJ News

APC Sets Up Committee On Youths Welfare

The National Youth Wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday set up a committee that would liaise with the party’s leadership in all youth matters.

Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, National Youth Leader of the party, Dasuki Jalo, said the youth wing would evolve better and more inclusive governance where every youth would be a proud and committed stakeholder.

Jalo explained that the composition of the 13-member committee was seven leaders and a member each from the six geopolitical zones.

The committee is expected to negotiate on all matters on behalf of the youth of the party and report from time to time, their activities to Jalo in order to effectively champion the interest of the youths.

Jalo charged the committee to be focused as they would be confronted with complex and emotive issues while strong views would be expressed by many people.

“The committee, therefore, will engage in intense introspection about the challenges confronting our youth and to chart the best and most acceptable way for the resolution of such challenges in the overall collective interest of all Nigerian youths.

“I urge the members of the committee to work extra hard to ensure that their deliberations are completed well ahead of the forthcoming handover of power to the President-elect,” he said.

Responding, chairman of the committee, Sobande Sesan, pledged that the members ”will be sincere with genuine commitment of the leadership of APC.

“We’ll pursue the course of action that will involve all segments of Nigerian youths and build the Nigerian project of Muhammadu Buhari, and bring the change that we all want to achieve.

“We promised to effectively discharge our responsibilities as the youth wing of the governing party and there is a need for us to reposition ourselves for the overall benefit of all Nigerians,” he said.

Credit: NAN


El-Rufai Sets Up Transition Committee, Replies Gov. Yero

Kaduna State Governor-elect, Nasir El-Rufai?,? on Wednesday inaugurated the All Progressives Congress transition committee ahead of his May 29, 2015 assumption of office. The committee ?is? chaired by Mr. El-Rufai’s Chief of Staff when he was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007, Balarabe Lawal.

Mr. El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement issued in the state. According to him, the transition committee consists of experienced technocrats, politicians and other professionals.

The governor-elect ?also officially replied incumbent Governor, Ramalan Yero’s congratulatory letter. Mr. El-Rufai was quoted in his reply to have said “Permit me to most warmly acknowledge your congratulatory message on the occasion of our victory in the gubernatorial election. “I appreciate the grace of your letter and the kind words it contains. I must also put on record that we welcome the spirit behind your phone call that preceded the letter.

“Given the short window that exists between now and the handover, it is our intention to swiftly focus on matters of transition.

The APC has established its own transition committee, chaired by our own Balarabe Abbas Lawal.” Governor Yero in his letter to the Governor-elect described Mr. El-Rufai’s victory as overwhelming and symbolizing collective resolve of the citizenry. Mr. El-Rufai, governorship candidate of the APC defeated incumbent Governor Yero of the PDP on April 11, 2015 in a landslide victory across the state.


Okorocha Sets Up Committee To Meet With Oba Of Lagos

Against the backdrop of the alleged death threat issued to Ndigbo residing Lagos by Oba of Lagos if they failed to vote for his preferred candidate in Saturday’s governorship election, the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha yesterday step up a committee of prominent traditional rulers in the state headed by Eze Agunwa Ohiri for a parley the lagos Monarch.

Okorocha has directed that the Eze Ohiri Committee leave for Lagos immediately to meet with the Oba to enable them have one-on-one discussion over the said threat by the traditional ruler, and extract some commitments from him.

The chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum said although the traditional ruler was reported to have denied the report, it should not be enough to accept that refutal without traditional rulers from the South-East meeting with him to discuss the controversy and the way forward, to ensure that the long existing cordial relationship between the Igbos in Lagos and their host community remain harmonious.

“No serious Igbo man or Yoruba man would like trouble to exist between the Igbos and the Oba of their host community, and limiting the attendant actions to comments on the pages of newspaper won’t solve the ripple”.

Read More: sunnewsonline

Rivers Elections: INEC Sets Up 3-Members Investigation Committee

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday set up a three-member investigation committee to ascertain allegations of discrepancies in the conduct of  the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers.

The information is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Commission, Augusta Ogakwu, in Abuja on Monday. “This committee is in furtherance to the allegation made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the call for the cancellation of the March 28 elections,” the statement said.

The statement said the panel comprised three National Commissioners –  Thelma Iremirem, Colonel M. K Hammanga and Professor Lai Olurode, Supervisory National Commissioner for Rivers.

It stated that the committee would advise the commission and the Chief of Commissioner/Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections. “They have departed for Rivers State and it is expected they will submit their report before the end of the collation of results of the states.

“Following consideration of their report, the commission will make its decision known,” it said.

Credit: NAN