Igbos Most Truthful, Committed, Yet Misunderstood– Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Monday described the Igbos as “the most truthful, committed and trust -worthy people but often misunderstood in the country.’’

Speaking when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Government House, Owerri, Okorocha said that Imo had witnessed tremendous progress under his leadership.

He described Imo as as “one of the safest states’’ in Nigeria, where there was no more kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and baby factory syndrome.

He attributed the relative peace and security in the state to the efforts of the security agencies, especially the Nigerian army.

He commended the military for the successes being recorded in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the North East.

He noted that such successes had not been achieved in Syria and other parts of the world battling terrorism.

Okorocha also commended the army for the “Exercise Crocodile Smile” and newly introduced “Exercise Python Dance” in the South-South and South-East zone.

He urged the security agencies to do whatever they could to secure the pipelines to enable free flow of oil to generate revenue for the nation.

He promised to continue to support the army.

Earlier, Buratai told the governor that he was in the state for the 2018 Chief of Army Staff Conference.

He told the governor that “Python Dance” was an exercise to update troops in the South- East on their rudiments and basics of their job.

Buratai said during the conference, the army would offer free medical services to the people of the state.

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FG Yet To Remit N63.34b Pension Fund– PENCOM

The Federal Government is still having outstanding accrued rights due its employees that retired between 2015 and October 2016 amounting to N63.34 billion.

Director General of National Pension Commission (PENCOM), Chinelo Anohu-Amazu who disclosed this at a function organised by the National Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Abuja also said the total registered participants in the Contributory Pensions Scheme (CPS) have increased to 7, 240,196 as at September 2016.

The DG further said that a total of 174, 844 persons have retired under the CPS since inception.

Represented by Director of Surveillance at the commission, M.B Umar, she said the number comprised 140,532 retirees on monthly programmed withdrawal and 34,312 retirees on monthly annuity, adding that the monthly pension payment of the retirees were N4.67 billion and N1.72 billion respectively.

According to her, despite the success recorded, the CPS has some challenges especially in funding of accrued rights of Federal Government employees.



Best Beyoncé Halloween Costume Yet? (SEE PHOTOS)

Thought you had the perfect Beyoncé costume all lined up for Halloween? Well, think again. Kylie Rae Brooks the 5 years old, who killed the Lemonade-inspired getup, rocks an all-black outfit, a string of necklaces, and a wide-brimmed hat, obviously referencing the singer’s “Formation” look.

While the posts have garnered a lot of attention from the beehive, Diana admits her obsession didn’t happen overnight. As an avid Destiny’s Child fan herself, Diana told BuzzFeed News she got her daughter hooked on Beyoncé’s music at a young age. “I thought it would just be a phase, but to this day, her love for her just grew,” she said. Long story short, they slayed.

FIN ? #KylieRaeBrooks


Love Drought #KylieRaeBrooks


Ya'll haters corny... #KylieRaeBrooks


Hold up, they don't love you like I love you! #KylieRaeBrooks


Pumpkin patch field trip #KylieRaeBrooks ?

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Atiku Abubakar Welcomes Yet Another Grand Child (PHOTOS)

Look who’s the latest granddad in town. Former vice president to Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, shares his bundle of joy on Twitter as he heartily welcomes yet another grand child.

The businessman/ politician shared photos of himself holding the baby and gushing over the bundle of cuteness. Congratulations to him and more grand kids to come.

8 Million PVCs Yet To Be Collected– INEC

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said that eight million Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by Nigerians.

This is even as he identified non-prosecution of electoral offenders as one of the factors hindering smooth conduct of elections in the country.

He also frowned at the non-existence of strong laws to deter  electoral offenders, saying the absence of such a provision or law has allowed for an abiding culture of electoral malpractices responsible for some of the many hitches the commission has been dealing with.

Yakubu, who spoke with newsmen in Lagos at the weekend, said that only a small fraction of election offenders have been successfully prosecuted in the country.

‘One of the challenges facing us as a commission is the problem we face in prosecuting election offenders.

‘While the police can prosecute those involved in Ballot Box snatching and the likes, what have we done to the real politicians behind such practice?

‘Don’t forget again that some of our staff can also collaborate with politicians to try and upturn the wish of the people but we shall continue to plead with the relevant government agencies to strengthen our laws pertaining to the prosecution of  electoral  offenders.

He said the prosecution of electoral offenders was crucial to successful elections but noted that INEC neither has its own police nor the capacity to investigate infractions during elections.

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No Decision Yet On When 2016 Budget Will Be Signed- FG

The federal government has said that talks to reach a truce between it and the National Assembly on grey areas in the 2016 budget were still ongoing, adding that it could not give any definite date as to when the budget would be signed into law.

The implication of the government’s statement is that the hopes of many Nigerians who were expecting that the 2016 budget would be signed into law anytime soon has been dashed.

This was one of the outcomes of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja wednesday and presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari,

Despite the absence of clarity on the fate of this year’s budget, the government set out the timetable for the submission of the 2017 budget, explaining that this was done to ensure early delivery of next year’s expenditure estimates.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma, who was accompanied by his colleagues in the Ministries of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; Power, Housing and Works, Babatunde Fashola; and Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said that ahead of the eventual signing of the 2016 budget, the federal government had set up a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure that the budget is implemented.

Udoma also dismissed speculations that the budget was returned to the National Assembly to be reworked.

He said: “On the expectation that we will soon have a budget, the monitoring and evaluation mechanism to make sure that the budget delivers what it promises. That mechanism was looked at by the Federal Executive Council and approved.

“To make sure that 2017 budget is done on time, a timetable was approved for the 2017 budget.
“In addition, council noted the report of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), which in partnership with National Planning Commission organized an economic summit last year and made various recommendations; these recommendations were presented and noted.”

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Why Buhari Is Yet To Disclose Recovered Loots- Aide

The presidency has said monies recovered from corrupt government officials and their accomplices cannot be made public now because they are to be used as evidence against the looters during prosecution.

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media to the President, Malam Garba Shehu, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja at the weekend said the recovered funds, which he noted was running into billions of naira, have been kept in a special account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Shehu said the delay in making public what has been recovered was engendered by the need to ensure that those who stole public funds are made to face the wrath of the law.

His words: “On the issue of how much has been returned, let me state that the money so far retrieved is money to be used as evidence in court, and this is in line with the position of President Muhammadu Buhari who said two things; we will recover and we will prosecute. So as it is now, you don’t go and bring out all these millions returned. I am aware that there is an account in the CBN where some of these funds are being kept, but they are evidences for a judge to see, they are not for public display. I think that is the challenge we have at the moment.”

Assuring Nigerians yearning for employment opportunities that the good times are around the corner with the passage of the budget, Shehu said Buhari-led administration was living up to its campaign promises to Nigerians.

He disclosed that Vice President Yemi Osibajo would soon begin a town hall meeting which would accord him the opportunity to educate Nigerians on the policies of the current administration. “I want to congratulate Nigerians for supporting the administration and especially, during the period most people consider to be a difficult one. A lot of people had expected jobs by way of key appointments in boards, ministries and the parastatals and so on, that have been held back by the fact that the president has promised a major restructuring of the executive arm of the government, including the reduction of ministries from 42 to about 24. That will not go without concomitant challenges on the existing parastatals and agencies of government, which obviously have to be modified to fit into the existing ministerial structure.

“Also, I congratulate Nigerians on the achievements the President has recorded fighting Boko Haram terrorism. The military has said its technical victory. I think that as citizens of this country, we must be able to say something and defend that, this is well beyond technical victory; no city in the country is under curfew now, all military roadblocks have been removed except when they are necessitated by a crime situation and people are freely moving, and normal life is been restored to the Northeast geo- political zone.”

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Woman Who Spent $38,000 On Breast Implants Says She Is Yet To Achieve Her Breast Goals

?Thirty-nine-year-old Blondie Bennett has reportedly spent $38,000 on Botox, cheek implants, chin liposuction, and five boob jobs in an effort to become a “human doll.” According to the Daily Mail, the California resident already wears a 30JJ bra but wants to go even bigger so she can look, as she put it, “like tits on a stick.”

Bennett recently appeared on the plastic surgery show Botched to talk about the possibility of going under the knife again to enlarge her breasts. Upon seeing her, the doctors immediately showed some skepticism on the advisability of that kind of procedure.

“She’s a little bit too skinny,” Dr. Dubrow said in the Botched episode, “If there’s a strong wind it’s going to knock her over, but at least she’s got cushions for her fall.”

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Acting EFCC Boss Yet To Resume

The newly appointed acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu is yet to take over from the recently removed former Chairman Ibrahim Lamorde.

Inquiries reveal that Magu is yet to resume office after his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to take over the leadership of the anti corruption agency.

The spokesman of the Commission Wilson Uwujaren said the handing over date will be communicated to journalists when the date is set.

However, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Lamorde is expected back to the Police Force after his stint as Chairman of the anti graft commission.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olabisi Kolawole said that Lamorde would return to the Police to take up another assignment.

She said the redeployment of Lamorde who is a Commissioner of Police (CP) is at the discretion of the Inspector General of Police.

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300 MDAs Yet To Comply With TSA Directive- AGF

About 300 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government have yet to comply with the directive to deposit remittances into the Treasury Single Account, Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation, has said.

Speaking Tuesday after the Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting in Abuja, he said that the exact number of MDAs that had enrolled could not be ascertained yet.

“As at today, I can tell you about 600 out of about 900 MDAs have keyed in.

“For the number of accounts I cannot categorically tell you because even the MDAs and indeed the Federal Government never knew the number of accounts.

“However the accounts are going on to the Central Bank of Nigeria and I believe very soon a position will be made available on the number of accounts that have been swept up,’’ he said.

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15 Ex Ministers Yet To Return Govt. Vehicles

Some ministers in the last administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan have not returned their official vehicles. Such vehicles include pilot cars with which they get easy passage on the highway and cars attached to their families.

The Federal Government has, however, written some of the ex-ministers to return  the official vehicles to the ministries. Some of the former ministers claimed they had not returned their official vehicles because of outstanding salaries, claims and severance package.

Fifteen former ministers are yet to surrender the vehicles assigned to their former  offices. The government is believed to have asked permanent secretaries in the ministries to write the former ministers. The government threatened to compel the ex-ministers to handover the vehicles or face sanctions.

A Presidency source said: “Some of the ex-ministers are yet to return their official vehicles, especially the Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), which they were using. It is amazing that some of them are still using pilot vehicles for passage.

“While some of them claimed they are still entitled to such perks for about three months after leaving office, a negligible few handed over their vehicles before May 29. Some of them said they had not fully disengaged because they had outstanding eight-month salaries, allowances, claims and severance package to collect from the government.

“We have about 15 of them who have not fully complied with the directive to hand over their official vehicles. The government has no choice but to write the affected ex-ministers. Or else, we may be forced to buy new vehicles for the incoming ministers.”

Responding to a question, the source said: “Some former ministers assumed that they were entitled to some of these vehicles because of the monetization policy of the government.

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