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Sequel to the recent violence that broke out in some communities in Taraba State, which led to the death of several people, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday summoned security chiefs and ordered them to deploy more troops to the troubled areas.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the Acting President told the security chiefs to deploy an extra military battalion, police reinforcements and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to the affected communities.
Osinbajo is said to have also held a meeting with Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku over the matter and has assured the government and people of the state that those behind the recent violence will never go scot free.
The statement by Akande read in part, “The Acting President has ordered the provision of relief materials to be delivered to the affected communities in Toffi, Mayo Daga, Mayo Sina, Tamiya, Kwara-Kwara, Tungan Lugere, Timjire, Nguroje and other villages in the hinterlands of Mambilla Plateau.
“The Federal Government has also put in motion long time solutions, including mediation between opposing groups in the communal conflict.”
The world’s largest human resource consulting firm, Mercer, has described Lagos State as the 13th most expensive city in the world.
Mercer further placed African, Asian, and European cities as continents whose cities dominated the 2017 list of most expensive locations for working abroad.
These are contained in its 23rd Cost of Living Survey, recently released, which it said seeks to assists multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.
Nigeria Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is ranked 20th in 2016, according to the survey.
Ranking first, is the capital city of Angola, Luanda, which was previously second but overtook Hong Kong in the last ranking as the world’s most expensive city.
The survey named cost of goods and security as factors the survey hinged its criteria on in placing Luanda as the most expensive city.
The survey explained that other African cities that ranked high was based on a reflection of high living costs and prices of goods for expatriate employees.
The African countries include, Victoria, Seychelles in the 14th position, N’djamena, Chad in the 16th position and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo ranked 18th.
African cities listed as least expensive are, Gaborone, Botswana in the 196th position; Cape Town, South Africa ranking 199th and Blantyre, Malawi ranking 205th.
Windhoek, Namibia ranked 206 while Tunis, Tunisia ranked 209 and was found to be the least expensive country globally.
Three cities of Zurich, Geneva and Bern which ranked fourth, seventh and 10th respectively are Europe’s top 10 in the list of most expensive cities for expatriates.
While Moscow ranked 14th and London ranked 30th position, the German cities of Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin dropped significantly ranking 98, 117 and 120 respectively.
Asia recorded five of the top 10 expensive cities with Hong Kong ranking second and the most expensive city in the region because of its currency pegged to the US dollar, which drove up the cost of accommodations locally.
The other four are Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai which ranked third, fifth, sixth and eighth respectively.
According to Nathalie Constantin-Métral, Principal at Mercer, who handled the compilation of the survey ranking, the majority of Chinese cities fell in the ranking owing to the weakening of the Chinese yuan against the U.S. dollar.
In the survey, India Mumbai ranked 57, moving up 25 places, the reason for that was attributed to its rapid economic growth, inflation on the goods and services basket and a stable currency against the U.S. Dollar.
New Delhi and Chennai ranked 99 and 135 respectively.
Tel Aviv ranked 17 in the Middle East, and remained the most expensive city in the region for expatriates followed by Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh ranking 20, 23 and 52 respectively.
Jeddah ranked 117, Muscat ranked 92 and Doha ranked 81 and are among the least expensive cities in the region.
The survey also discovered that cities in the U.S. were the most expensive locations in the Americas, with New York City ranking ninth as the costliest city; San Francisco 22nd and Los Angeles 24th.
“Overall, U.S. cities either remained stable in the ranking or have slightly increased due to the movement of the U.S. dollar against the majority of currencies worldwide, Ms. Constantin-Métral said.
Ranking 107 was the Canadian city of Vancouver overtaking Toronto which ranked 119, to become the most expensive Canadian city in the ranking. Ottawa was found to be the least expensive city in Canada ranking 152.
On the Canadian case, Constantin-Métral explained, “The Canadian dollar has appreciated in value triggering the major jumps in this year’s ranking.”
The 23rd Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey discovered that factors like instability of housing markets and inflation for goods and services contribute to the overall cost of doing business in today’s global environment.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has succinctly told Nigerians that his ministry may not deliver on its mandate, as the National Assembly has drastically reduced his budget.
The minister decried the National Assembly reduction of Lagos/Ibadan Expressway from N31 billion to N10 billion.
He also lamented the reduction of the 2nd Niger bridge budget from N15 billion to N10 billion and another N3 billion reduction from Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road budget.
He said the action of the National Assembly happened regardless of the fact that contractors are being owed N15 billion.
According to Fashola, more worrisome was that the National Assembly, after making those reduction, now went ahead to insert projects outside the purview of his ministry in the 2017 Appropriation Act by the National Assembly.
The action of the lawmakers, the former Lagos State governor said was improper. He argued that for the National Assembly to make such insertions after public hearings on the budget and defense of the fiscal estimates by the ministries have been concluded, was unfair to the Executive arm.
Fashola stated this on Thursday during an interactive session with editors.
He said, “What I have in my budget now is primary healthcare centers, boreholes.
“That was the meeting we had with the Acting President and that was the reason why the budget was not signed on time.
“We were asked to complete those abandoned projects; the budget of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was reduced by the National Assembly from N31bn to N10bn.
“We are owing the contractors about N15bn and they have written to us that they are going to shut down.
“Also, the budget of the 2nd Niger bridge was reduced from N15bn to N10bn and about N3bn or so was removed from the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road budget.’
“Everybody is complaining about power supply but they also cut the budget for Mambila power project and the Bodo bridge that connects the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Station was also cut and all these were also discussed.
“If after we have defended the budget and we had gone and the legislature unilaterally changed the budget, what is the purpose of deliberation?’’
Fashola added that the National Assembly was also not fair to Nigerians to have after public hearings were conducted with taxpayers’ money, they went back to alter, cut or padded the budget.
Accusing the lawmakers of giving him additional 100 roads aside the 200 uncompleted roads he inherited from the previous administration he said, “These roads are not federal roads and some of them do not have designs, how do we award roads that were not designed irrespective of the power you have?
“It is unconstitutional for the National Assembly to legislate on state roads.
“A budget is an estimation plan that set in motion what is to be spent, how much will be borrowed and how much will be collected.
“The executive controls all the machinery for collecting taxes and other revenue with relevant data from the Ministries of Finance, Physical Planning and the Budget Office and others.
“I am not saying that the legislature cannot contribute to the budget, but I hold the view that it cannot increase the budget because they do not collect the revenue with which to run or implement the budget.”
He therefore called for interdependence and collaboration among the three arms of government as against their present independence, to ensure a harmonious relationship.
Without interdependence, Fashola said the country would not make progress and would be bogged down by the politics of total separation of power.
“The society benefits more from the power of example and interdependence rather than the example (show) of power; it requires that we show good examples’.’
While the minister called on the judiciary to set the necessary parameters and set things right, he advised the electorate to stop putting pressure on the lawmakers and shun expecting them to do what was outside their constitutional duties of law-making, representation and oversight.
“There is need for mass orientation and enlightenment for Nigerians not to expect their elected representatives to provide roads, water, light and execute capital projects which is the function of the executive arm”’
Some Civil Society Organizations have accused the National Assembly of a plot to legalize the appropriation of national oil and gas assets to some powerful private interests with the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill that was recently passed by the Senate.
While the bill has passed third reading at the Senate, it has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
There is expectation that upon return from Sallah vacation, the lower chamber of the National Assembly will also pass the bill for the third reading.
However, the CSOs, coordinated by the Social Development Integrated Center (Social Action), opposed the PIGB at a news conference in Abuja. While they pinpointed several defects in the proposed bill, they argued that the lawmakers failed to adequately address environment issues and rights of host communities.
The House had also passed two other components of oil and gas industry bills for second reading, which will later be harmonized as a single oil and gas industry law.
The position of the group was disclosed in the text briefing read by the Director, Social Action, Dr. Isaac Asume-Osuoka.
He said the bill was an “attempt to legalize the appropriation of national oil and gas assets to some powerful private interests.”
Further speaking, he said, “Specifically, the ill-advised separation of a hitherto comprehensive bill into bits has created a sufficient setback to a holistic and more effective effort to revamp the oil sector in Nigeria for the benefit of citizens.
“On the provisions of the bill proper, it is strange that the Senate is swift to create new institutions in the industry, including the National Oil Company, the Nigeria Petroleum Assets Management Company, the National Petroleum Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Petroleum Incorporated, and the Petroleum Equalization Fund etc, without first creating the enabling environment on which these entities will thrive.
“The vacuum of the non-effective and clear-cut provision(s) for health, safety and environment in the bill is disturbing and lamentable.”
The CSOs further alleged that majority of the provisions of the present PIGB were not the same as the original Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that allowed more independence.
“The original PIB had made it clear that the Ministry of Environment shall have overriding authority on environmental matters. This neutrality and independence was necessary to appropriately enforce environmental regulations.
“Worryingly, in the PIGB, all provisions giving the Federal Ministry of Environment powers on environmental issues were struck out. By so doing, the Senate is causing the country to lose out on the opportunity of a new legislation to correct the lapses in our regulation of environmental issues in the petroleum sector.
“The logical consequence of this line of action is the exacerbation of environmental crisis and conflicts in Nigeria. We call on the National Assembly to promptly return to the 2015 version of the PIB as regards to the environment as it has clear and effective environmental protection provisions and regulations for the petroleum industry,” they stated.
The participants included Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center; Zero Corruption Coalition; Socialist Workers League; Global Rescue Mission; and Keen and Care I.
OAP Daddy Freeze is giving another story entirely from what Evans’ wife told Nigerians. According to Freeze he discovered today that Evans kids attend the same school as his own kids. He said his friend brought that to his attention. Meanwhile, Evans wife had said he hardly gives her money and the only money she has in her account is N15,000, but now someone is accusing her of driving the latest Lexus! While informing the world, Freeze wrote;
Just found out today, from a friend of mine who lives 2 houses away from Evans, that Evans kids allegedly go to the same school as my kids? Can you imagine?? According to my friend, the latest 2016/2017 Lexus, like the one pictured above, is what he had allegedly seen the wife drive several times. He said that his own wife used to wonder how a woman who couldn’t speak english could drive such an expensive car. He assumed that he was a successful igbo trader.
Social media was yesterday in Kenyan,moved by a story of a police officer who went ballistic on his girlfriend following their sudden fall out. The Administration Police officer who has been identified as Nur Nucho and stationed at Korogocho, is said to have fallen out with his girlfriend, Carol a few days ago, a move that left him bitter, Tuko.co.ke reports.
But instead of moving on, Nucho ambushed Carol and gave her a thorough beating, disfiguring her face while at it.
The officer did not wrap it up at that, he went ahead to leak the lass’s indecent photos on Whatsapp and Facebook.
The incident was first revealed by a Facebook user who goes by the name Loyd Selemani. In a post shared on the popular Facebook women group Kilimani Mums, Lloyd exposed Nucho’s evils and even shared his photos.
‘’This is Nur Nucho (facebook names),a Police Officer from Korogocho who has fallen out with his girlfriend Carol..beaten her up and disfigured her face then amempokonya Simu yake,logged into her FB page,and uploaded inappropriate photos ,same applies to her WhatsApp. Guys really, mwanaume amekaa Administration POLICE Training College in Embakasi for 6 months anaweza behave hivi? Let’s give him a shame guys!!’’Llyod wrote.
The Oyo State government has promised to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in strategic locations across the state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi said yesterday.
The move, the governor said, would place Oyo among the league of states and communities under the “safe city project”.
Ajimobi spoke in Ibadan, the state capital, when he hosted the United States (U.S) Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington.
Addressing the ambassador and his entourage, Ajimobi said the state, hitherto known for violence and brigandage, changed its course when his administration came in in 2011.
According to him, CCTV cameras will be installed at strategic locations known to be red spots or crisis-prone for close monitoring of the state.
The elder brother of Mrs. Uchenna Precious Onwuamadike, wife of the dreaded kidnap kingpin, Mr. Chidumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, Mr. Chukwuemeka Okoye said yesterday that his sister has not visited her village at Awo Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State since she got married in 2006.
He told Vanguard yesterday that even when their father died in 2014, Uchenna, who is the last of 13 children of the Okoyes, and her husband, Evans, did not attend the burial.
When shown the photograph of his sister and her five children, Chukwuemeka, a farmer and a daily paid job man at Oraifite market said he would not be able to identify his brother in-law, Evans, if they meet.
He said: “Our father was very sick when Uchenna got married and he was bedridden for eight years before he died in 2014.
It was her father in-law that came for the burial. Once she got married, nobody heard from her again and sometimes we heard that she was living abroad.
“My elder brother who is living abroad once told me that he communicated with her and there was no way I could know their present predicament because I do not watch television, neither do I have a mobile phone that can be used for browsing.”
He said that despite the poverty in his family, Uchenna and her husband never cared and said that he had not even heard that his sister’s husband was a kidnapper.
Their aged mother, who is said to be diabetic, is presently staying with one of his brothers in the North and has been away for over one year.
Uchenna’s cousin, a Reverend of the Anglican Church, who preferred anonymity said they did not know much about Uchenna because she was not communicating with the family, adding that he only knew about their present situation from the internet.
Community housing Evans den starts residents’ profiling Meantime, Community Development Association, CDA, heads in Bungalow section of Jakande estate , Oke-Afa, Isolo area of Lagos where Evans, had one of his hide-outs have begun to profile residents with a view to ascertaining their identities and means of lively hood.
The action, is coming on the heels of the confessional statement by kidnap kingpin, that he used one of the bungalows on Green street to keep abducted victims.
Evans, led operatives to the building weekend, where some left over food used to feed abducted victims were seen.
Vanguard gathered that two members of the gang who acted as watchmen to abducted victims, occupied the bungalow.
They however fled when news of Evans’ arrest reached them. When Vanguard visited Green street yesterday, residents were amazed that they had been living with a criminal without having an inkling. One of them, Fatai Owolola said: “We never knew that the building was used to keep abducted victims.
I usually saw two young men coming in and out of the building, without suspecting anything bad was going on there.
The only time cars came in was at night and they drive out almost immediately.” The kidnappers were said to have taken advantage of the quietness of the vicinity.
Everybody goes out in the day time and comes back at night without prying into other peoples business.”
Another resident Mrs Chikwendu Odinaka who claimed to have been in the area for over 10 years, said: ”Community leaders of all the bungalows streets have printed forms for residents.
This is aimed at documenting the identities of all the residents and their places of work, in order to know where to look for them in case of eventuality.
‘’We were shocked when policemen brought Evans, that we had been reading about, to one of the bungalow buildings on Green street on Sunday.
‘’Why he chose there instead of better high brow areas, remains a question only him can answer,“ she said. The streets where the profiling will be done are: Brown, Purple, White, Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Gold and orange. Blue and White streets community started distributing the forms yesterday.