VP Osinbajo swears in 5 NPC Commissioners

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Abuja swore-in five new commissioners of the National Population Commission, NPC.


The swearing in of the commissioners followed their successful screening by the Senate, on December 12, 2016, after their nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari.


The appointment of the commissioners was also endorsed by the National Council of State, last year.


They are Benedict Ukpong, Akwa Ibom; Gloria Izonfuo, Bayelsa; Kupchi Iyanya, Benue; Haliru Bala, Kebbi; and Eyitayo Oyetunji, Oyo.


This is the first time the acting president will be administering oath of office on political appointees as President Muhammadu Buhari is on 10-day vacation in London.


The event, which was carried out before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, was witnessed by cabinet ministers and relations of the appointees.


Source: NAN

Nigeria Lost N2.1trn to Militancy – NNPC boss

Nigeria has lost over N2 trillion to militancy and pipeline vandalism since the beginning of the year, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maikanti Baru has said.

He said: “Over 7000kpd of crude oil has been lost due to vandalism this year. A bulk of the loss is from JV assets.

“This implies that 60 percent of oil production lost is NNPC-FGN equity. At an estimated price of $45 per barrel, the total 2016 revenue loss to the Federation Account translates to about $7 billion.

“This loss is equivalent to a new 7,000mw power plant; new 350kpd refinery; over 30 per cent of national budget; and a new 1,700- kilometre pipeline,’’ he was quoted as saying by online newspaper Premium Times

To resolve this, Baru said the NNPC planned to increase the security of oil and gas assets, improve its community social responsibility and the amnesty programme.

He added that the NNPC planned “to renegotiate terms of Production Sharing Contracts with deep offshore operating companies because, with the current agreement, only 17.7 per cent of total revenue comes to government”.

NPC Rules Out Possibility Of Census In 2016

The National Population Commission (NPC) on Thursday said the conduct of a comprehensive National Census in 2016 is not feasible due to factors beyond the commission.

Addressing a media forum in Abuja, the Federal Commissioner representing Enugu State on the Board of the Commission, Dr Festus Uzor, said the commission needs more time to prepare for the census as it requires 1.1 million enumerators and over 50, 000 supervisors to effectively cover the country.

He said the earliest feasible time for the census will be in 2017twenty-seventeen.

Dr Uzor, therefore, appealed to Nigerians and the federal government to support the National Population Commission? in its effort to conduct a credible population census that will be generally acceptable by all.

The commission had earlier made known its intention to adopt the use of bio-metric data technology for the 2017 population and housing census.
The technology will involve the capturing of facial impression and fingerprints of respondents.

Credit: ChannelTV

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning #NewsBits

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. Former leader of the Niger Delta militant, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, AKA Tompolo, held a secret meeting with other former militants yesterday, in Asaba, Delta State. Report says the meeting also had in attendance former top commanders of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, from Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states. It was further revealed that one of the meeting’s agenda was how to mobilize for President Jonathan in next month’s election.

2. Defence Headquarters has faulted a report that over 2000 people were killed by terrorists in Baga, Borno state. The Army in a release on Monday put the death toll from Baga attack at 150, saying majority of the victims were terrorists. This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade.

3. There was a mild drama in Abeokuta yesterday during the campaign rally of President Goodluck Jonathan as both , Obasanjo and President Jonathan avoided themselves. An unconfirmed report however said that both leaders met in the night to address their aged long squabble.

4. President Goodluck Jonathan has said that those in different offices of the First Lady across the country were not spending government money, saying the platform has become an effective meas to mobilize women for national development. The President was defending the offices in a tweet by his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri.

5. Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has appealed to the Nigerian Military authorities to withdraw the death sentence passed on the 54 soldiers as disciplinary measure for misconduct in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the country. While addressing the soldiers during the Armed Force Remembrance Day, held at The Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja, the Governor urged the military to convert the death sentence to jail terms.

6. Report says suspected gunmen on Sunday night stormed the Abuja residence of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun. Police reports showed that the armed men met Odigie-Oyegun’s wife at home and snatched N200,000 from her. The Chairman was however not at home when the incident happened.

7. The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will be in the interest of Nigerians for President Goodluck Jonathan to return after the February’s presidential poll because Nigeria will not be safe in the hands of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). This was contained in a press statement issued by the National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, in Osogbo on Monday.

8. Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his government will bring to an end all kinds of threats against Nigerians if voted into office. He also vowed to end all kinds of impunity by public officers in the country. He said this while commissioning his campaign office in Abuja on Monday.

9. A candidate of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly on the platform of National Conscience Party, NPC, Mr. Lucky Ogbazi, was yesterday abducted by gunmen from his home town in Azikoro, Yenagoa. His wife Grace, who confirmed the report said about four gunmen in two Hilux trucks, broke into their house about 12 midnight and took her husband away.

10. Some youths from Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State yesterday embarked on a protest against the continued attack on members of the All Progressives Congress in the state. The protesters stormed the state Police Command in Port Harcourt on Monday to register their grievances.

Source – Daily Post Ng