National Carpentry & Furniture Summit Set To Hold In Abuja Dec 17

In a concerted effort to address the current unemployment challenges in Nigeria and to reposition the carpentry and furniture industry, Dazzle Carpentry Training Limited leads the industry to host the first NATIONAL CARPENTRY Camp, FURNITURE SUMMITS (NACAFS) in the Capital City, Abuja, Nigeria under the supervision of Africa’s leading event and business promotion company Azariah Transnational Synergy limited.

Speaking with the convener, Oji Chukwuemeka, he said the summit, which is the first of its kind in Africa, will provide veritable platform for industry enthusiasts, practitioners, stakeholders, government and its relevant and regulatory agencies to meet and explore relationships that will reposition the industry in Nigeria and thus provide job opportunities for Nigerian youths which is one of the goals of the platform.

He further stressed that the summit will create opportunities for the most important exhibitions in the wood, furniture and furnishings industry: office furniture, home furniture, Industrial furniture, kitchens and bathroom furniture, upholstered furniture, furnishings, lighting fixtures and equipment, woodworking machinery, major appliances, textiles, doors, components, manufacturers, architects, lighting designers, consultants, engineers, hospitality industry professionals, government officials, international entities and more with the sole purpose to promote efficient Carpentry and furniture innovations.

He reiterated that the National Carpentry and Furniture Summit will offer a unique program of plenary and knowledge sessions designed to shed light on the latest development in the furniture and carpentry sector.

He further assured that the summit will give all the practical resources needed to be up to speed with the latest trends in the carpentry and furniture sector, make practitioners’ business even more competitive, and facilitate companies’ expansion into new markets in Nigeria.

The National Carpentry and Furniture Summit 2016 is committed to promoting the Nigerian private sector and offers fortunate participants the unique opportunity to share the vision and experience of very high-profile contributors who are on the cutting-edge of woodwork, furniture and carpentry business issues while providing a platform for exhibition for industry practitioners.

He also highlighted the objectives of the summit as follows; Amongst other desirable achievements such as improving the economy of Nigeria, providing job opportunities and creating enabling environment for SMEs.

He states that the summit will be: “1. A birthing place for advanced applications of technology and innovation to Carpentry Camp; furniture practices.

“2. A meeting point for professionals and start-up entrepreneurs to engage in the pedalling of ideas and create useful interactions that will further position the sector in Nigeria.

“3. A place of unique understanding for investment in carpentry and furniture sector.

“4. A first step in exposing the opportunities in the carpentry camp; furniture sector in Nigeria and campaign for quality and innovation in the sector to encourage local and international patronage

“5. A platform to showcase the creativity and innovation of Nigerian carpenters and furniture practitioners to investors in Africa and around the world.”

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BBOG Group To Hold World Conference On Day 900 Of Chibok Girls’ Abduction

The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has revealed that it will hold a world press conference in September, to commemorate the day 900 of the Chibok girls abduction on September 30, 2016.

In a statement signed by the leaders of the group, Aisha Yesufu and Dr Oby Ezekwesili called on Nigerians and  across the world, to join the group in th commemoration of the day.

“We hereby announce our decision to hold a World Press Conference on Friday, September 30th 2016 – the 900th day of the abduction of our #ChibokGirls.

“Critical areas to be covered during the Press Conference include a chronicle of events and messages, our body of demands and a formal response to the Federal Government’s Press Briefing of Friday, September 16th, 2016.

“We call on all citizens and our friends in the media, from within Nigeria and across the world, to join us,” it said.

Recall that the group has pleaded with the federal government to act fast and rescue the 218 abducted Chibok girls even as 900 days of their abduction approaches.

During it’s sit-out, one of the leaders of the group, Aisha Yesufu  expressed sadness that the girls were still in the hands of their abductors and lamented on the suffering they must have been going through in the hands of their captors.

Yesufu urged the federal government to stop all excuses or delay and bring about result by rescuing the girls whose family are anxiously waiting for them.

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Edo Election To Now Hold September 28- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has finally announced the postponement of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo by two weeks.

Solomon Soyebi, INEC national Commissioner in-charge of voter education and publicity, made the disclosure at a press conference at the commission’s office in Benin on Thursday.

Mr. Soyebi said the election would now hold on September 28, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

He attributed the postponement to alleged security threat as reported by security agencies.

The electoral commission had earlier on Thursday rejected the call for postponement by the police and the State Security Service, SSS. The commission had said it would not be “teleguided”, and argued that suspending the polls would be costly after reaching at least 97 per cent readiness level.

Hours after making that announcement, the commission backtracked and said it agreed to postpone the elections based on the security concerns cited by the police and the SSS.

The main opposition party, PDP, and its leaders have been very vocal in condemning the postponement of an election expected to be closely fought.

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10 ‘Big Boys’ Hold Economy To Ransom, Owe AMCON N1tr

Efforts by the Federal Government at shoring up economic activities through debt recovery from individuals and organisations are not adding up. High-profile debtors are using the courts to mount blocks in the way of government.

It was learnt that at least 10 of such individuals, referred to as the “big boys”, are collectively owing the government about N1 trillion, which is about 17 per cent of the N6 trillion 2016 national budget.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr. Ahmed Kuru, told The Guardian that these “big boys with big jets” had perfected the art of going to court to stop the debt-buying agency from taking possession of their assets.According to him, court processes could take up to 10 years, as debtors are willing to go to any length, including getting to the Supreme Court, in delaying suits filed against them. “Obligors in court just want to buy time to continue to live with their lifestyles, which is more important to them than paying up their debts,” he noted.

Kuru, who declined to disclose the identities of the big boys, because he did not “want to fight them on the pages of the newspapers” since the cases are still ongoing, however, vowed that AMCON would recover every penny owed government.

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Mali To Hold Local Polls In November Despite Unrest

Voters in Mali will be asked to go to the polls in local elections across the vast Sahel nation in November, despite the threat of attacks by armed Islamists, the government has announced.

At a meeting led Wednesday by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, the cabinet “adopted a draft decree on convening (the electorate), opening and closing the electoral campaign for … electing local councillors,” an official statement said.

Local councillors and mayors are normally elected for five years in the largely desert west African country, where the last such polls were held in 2009. However, no election was held in 2014 because of insecurity.

Northern and central parts of Mali frequently come under attack by jihadists, despite a peace pact sealed in mid-2015 by the government, armed groups that back it and mainly Tuareg former rebels who battled the army in the north.

The authorities nevertheless decided to call out voters “on Sunday November 20 across the whole of the national territory in order to go ahead with the election of local councillors”, the statement said.

Campaigning will begin on November 4 and close on November 18, the statement added.

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PDP Gives Sheriff Three Months To Hold Convention, Hand Over

The newly-appointed National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Alli Modu Sheriff has been given three months to conduct a national convention and hand over to an elected National Chairman. The three months period was given to Senator Sheriff by the PDP on Tuesday. However, the PDP Former Ministers’ Forum which met also on Tuesday rejected Sheriff as National Chairman and harped on the need for a National Convention of the party before March 28 to elect a new National Chairman and other national officers. It will be recalled that Senator Sheriff had, since his adoption last week by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, been facing various forms of opposition. The BoT of the PDP had, for

The BoT of the PDP had, for instance risen from a meeting on Monday in Abuja with a declaration that Sheriff was unfit to lead the party. In a dramatic U-turn, the same BoT, through its acting Chairman, Senator Walid Jubrin, said on Tuesday that the board is now on the same page with other organs of the party to stand behind Sheriff in steering the affairs of the party. The decision to offer three months life line to the National Chairman came after a meeting between the PDP Governors’ Forum, the BoT, the NWC and the PDP National Assembly Caucus at Ondo State Governor’s Lodge. The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State,

The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko while briefing Journalists after the meeting, said the various organs of the party agreed to work as one family. Mimiko said, “In view of the recent development of our party, I want to let you know that all organs of the party, the Governors forum, National Assembly caucus and BoT have agreed to stand by our national chairman to ensure that our party moves forward. “We have put behind us all the controversies in the last few days and I want to assure you that we are together as a party. “We have also mandated the National Working Committee (NWC) to put in motion immediately the processes of ensuring that within three months the national convention of our party is called. “We will brief all our manners within the next two weeks; the timetabl will be out all culminating in the national convention.

“I want to assure all of you that PDP is ready. Let them know that as one big family we are set and ready to move forward and ensure that we give good governance to the country,” the Governor said. Mimiko pointed out that all organs of the party were represented at the meeting. Speaking on the outcome of the meeting by the former PDP ministers, the Governor declared that every past minister is a product of the state caucus of the party. His words, “They (the former PDP Ministers) emanate from the state. The caucus of the party is all designed that every state is represented by the chairman of the party.

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Human Rights Abuse: Army Chief, Amnesty International Hold Talks

The Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria, General Tukur Buratai, on Thursday told a delegation from the Amnesty International that the military is making conscious effort to check human rights abuse by officers.

General Buratai’s statement is made in response to accusations by the rights advocacy group that personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces carried out extra-judicial executions.

According to Amnesty International, about 20,000 cases of extra-judicial executions had occurred in Nigeria since 2012.

The Director Of Research Africa, Amnesty International, Netsanet Belay, told General Buratai that there was a serious concern that Nigeria needed to address.

“Its military is implicated in committing serious forms of war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.

“We have looked into various aspects of this. We have documented over 20,000 cases of extra-judicial executions and we believe that over 1,200 men and boys may have been extra-judicial executed since 2012.

But General Buratai insisted that officers were trained to discharge their responsibilities professionally.

He told the group that the Nigerian Army had set up an internal Human Rights Desk to receive reports of human rights violation by officers.

“Before the establishment of the Human Rights Desk in the Army Headquarters, we had established a contact group between the Nigerian Army and the National Human Rights Commission. All issues of human rights that have been forwarded to the attention of the Nigerian Army we have investigated them and followed them to their logical conclusions.

“Similarly, all the issues that were brought to the Army, where human rights were alleged to have been violated, we have equally investigate them,” the Army chief told the human rights advocacy group.

He assured members of the public, the local and international human rights bodies that the Nigerian Army, under his leadership, would investigate all complaints of human rights violation brought before it.

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INEC: Election Reruns To Hold In Eight States On Saturday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Saturday conduct 22 court-ordered rerun elections across eight states of the federation.

These will be among the first set of the 80 court-ordered elections that the commission is scheduled to conduct from January to March.
In a statement by the commission wednesday, it gave a breakdown of these elections to include four senatorial elections, three federal constituency elections, and 15 state constituency elections.

“With preparations in top gear to ensure a hitch-free mini general election, INEC will conduct senatorial, federal constituency and state constituency elections across eight states, namely:  Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba and Imo,” INEC said.
According to the statement, senatorial elections would be conducted in Benue South, Imo North, Kogi Central, and Kogi East Senatorial Districts.

Federal constituency elections will also hold in Okene/Ogori Magongo constituency of Kogi State; Lafia/Obi constituency of Nasarawa State; and Kurmi/Sardauna constituency of Taraba State.

The 15 state constituency elections will be conducted across Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Plateau, Niger and Taraba States. The constituencies are Imo – Isiala Mbano, Oru East, and Owerri West; Kaduna – Lere West; Kogi – Ofu Sc, Ankpa 1, Idah, Dekina 1 and Dekina II (Okura); Niger – Suleja; and Plateau – Langtang South, Pankshin South and Pankshin NorthTaraba-Ardo Kola and Mbamga.

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EFCC Detains Badeh, Gets Order To Hold Amosu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), in connection with his alleged role in the $2.1bn arms purchase scam.

Badeh, who was clad in a brown kaftan and a black cap, arrived at the EFCC office around 10am on Monday.

The former defence chief had visited the commission on Thursday last week but was asked to report to the agency’s office on Monday.

Badeh, who was accompanied by three unidentified men, was escorted into the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC by armed operatives.

He was subsequently interrogated by detectives for several hours.

As of 10pm, Badeh was still in the custody of the anti-graft agency.

An EFCC operative, said, “Badeh arrived at our office at 10am and as of 10pm, he is still with us.”

It was gathered that the commission had assembled two teams of EFCC operatives, who began the interrogation of the former chief of defence staff at about 10.30am on Monday.

It was learnt that he was asked to account for contracts awarded by the Nigeria Air Force when he was the chief of defence staff.

According to reports, contracts totalling $930,500,690.00 were by the military awarded under the leadership of Badeh.

The money is said to be part of the $2.1bn, which was under the control of the Office of the National Security Adviser, then under the headship of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

Badeh is also said to be answering questions on the non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence with provisions of the Public Procurement Act.

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Toddler Dies After Getting Hold Of Gun & Shooting Himself

Police in South Carolina say a toddler got ahold of a gun and fatally shot himself.

A report released by York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said that 3-year-old Savion Barrow of Rock Hill died at a local hospital after suffering a gunshot wound just before 3 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Police say no charges have been filed in connection with the death, although the investigation is continuing. Police did not immediately say what kind of gun was involved or how the child may have gotten ahold of it.

Officials say a 10-year-old girl was at the house at the time, as were four women.

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Nigeria To Hold Forum On Displaced Persons

The Federal Government is set to engage local and international stakeholders in a two-day forum on the rehabilitation and restoration of internally displaced persons in the North-Eastern part of the country.

The forum, as announced in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, is scheduled to take place next week in Maiduguri, Borno State, as part of government’s determination to bring relief, restoration and rehabilitation back to the IDPs.

According to Mr. Akande, the forum is to ensure an efficient coordination and create synergy of purpose in the humanitarian intervention efforts for the North-East, between the federal government and non-governmental organizations. Tagged “North-East Humanitarian Multi-Stakeholder Engagement. themed Coordination, Communication and Cooperation,” it is being convened by the Presidency and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

Stakeholders are expected to deliberate on a workable draft that harmonizes the joint efforts concerned with the internally displaced and Nigerian refugees in general, at the forum which is scheduled for October 27 at the Multi-Purpose Hall in the Borno State Government House.

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Nigerian Governors Hold Meeting On Developmental Issues

Governors from the 36 states of the federation under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum have met on how to find lasting solutions to some developmental issues that are calling for attention in their domain.

The meeting, which was held at the old banquet hall in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, was said to have been initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari to keep the governors abreast of the goings on in the government departments and agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said that the briefings were designed to encourage synergy.

“The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, has given us a very interesting presentation of the reforms that are going on in the NNPC.

” We all have renewed confidence that we would have a national corporation that is run like a business outfit with good corporate governance and transparency that people can see through its operations.

“Having listened to all the presentations, we are very excited that the President is providing the right leadership and the GMD is at home with the issues and he’s dealing with all the impurities and the result is already manifesting,” Oshiomhole said .

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APC Governors Meet In Adamawa

APC governors, otherwise referred to as the Progressive Governors Forum have arrived Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, as part of their monthly meetings which rotated among  the 22 APC States.

The Governors arrived at the Government House on Thursday and were ushered into the Government House chambers by the host Governor, Senator Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla.

Governor Jibrilla described the meeting as the first in the State in the history of his administration and prayed that the meeting would be fruitful and wished all present a successful deliberation.

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Police To Hold National Security Summit

The Nigerian Police has concluded plans to hold a national security summit on Monday, August 17, hoping to fashion out new ways to combat the security challenges facing the country.

According to information posted on the Force’s twitter handle, the summit will hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

“The nation is plagued by crimes – terrorism, kidnapping, murder, cattle rustling, cultism, rape, GBV, bribery, corruption etc. These vices which the @PoliceNG have evidenced records on, impact negatively on our national wealth and development,” Nigerian Police says via its twitter handle.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to grace the event as the special guest of honour while the the key note address will be delivered by the Sultan of Sokoto  Sa’ad Abubakar III.

Dr Ken Nwosu, an alternative dispute resolution expert and Prince Tony Momoh, former Minister of Information are expected to deliver papers at the summit, which will be chaired by fomer IGP Ibrahim Coomasie.

With the theme “Community partnership approach to internal security and crime management,” the leadership of the Nigerian Police may be aiming to foster a better working relationship between it and Nigerians.

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INEC To Hold Three-Day Post Elections Review Meeting

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it had concluded arrangement to hold a three-day post election review meeting for Electoral Officers, Administrative Secretaries and Resident Electoral Commissioners.

This is contained in the commission’s Daily Bulletin issued in Abuja on Wednesday which quoted a statement signed by the Director of Secretariat of INEC, Ishiaku Gali.

It added that it would be the turn of the Administrative Secretaries and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on June 17 and 18 respectively, at the Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The statement said that INEC would also validate the 2015 Election Report on June 15, adding that “the validation will be a prelude to the printing and presentation of the Election Report on June 29.”

The statement recalled that the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, had on April 22, inaugurated a Committee, headed by Dr Chris Iyimoga, INEC National Commissioner, to author the 2015 Election Report.

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