Jonathan inaugurates Kano bridge, names it after late emir.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday inaugurated a multi-million naira bridge in Kano and named it after the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bridge was constructed by the Federal Government at Kundila Roundabout on the ever busy Zaria Road to ensure smooth traffic flow.

Speaking at the ceremony, Jonathan said that the project was in line with the road resuscitation programme of his administration’s transformation agenda.

He said that the new flyover would help to improve commercial activities in the ancient city, adding that the Federal Government was poised to restore the lost glory of Kano as a commercial nerve centre.

According to him, the flyover will also ease traffic congestion and promote socio-economic activities between the state and other parts of the country.

Jonathan said, “This is part of my administration’s commitment toward making life easy for the people in the country.

“I am today commissioning this important edifice with great jubilation and pride.

“I won’t conclude my remarks without paying a glowing tribute to our father, the late Emir Bayero whose immense contribution made Kano what it is today.”

On the forthcoming general elections, the president said the time had come for every Nigerian to make a good choice.

He said the PDP-led government had remarkable achievements, stressing that he had almost fulfilled his mission as contained in his seven-point agenda.

In his remarks, the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, said the completion of the bridge was a landmark achievement which would bring economic development to the state and the region.

Nigerian witches, wizards endorse GEJ, warns Buhari.

The Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria says that they have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan to win the forthcoming presidential elections while warning opponent Gen Buhari to step down in his own interest.

Dr Okhue Iboi, witches and wizards president in Nigeria points the way for GEJ.Dr Okhue Iboi, witches and wizards president in Nigeria points the way for GEJ.

The Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria (WITZAN), has finally spoken on the candidate they have endorsed for the 2015 presidential elections after months of meetings and deliberations: and their man is incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

The President of the nocturnal body, Dr Okhue Iboi, confirms their endorsement of Jonathan during a press conference where he state that after a lot of deliberations with other supernatural powers, President Jonathan was the overwhelming candidate, while also the All Progressives Congress (APC), presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to step down if he values his life.

Hear Dr Iboi:

“I am not supporting any politician but I warned former vice president Atiku Abubakar not to contest against President Goodluck Jonathan four years ago, that he would be defeated and that the action won’t make him return to power again.

Not only him, I also warned General Ibrahim Babangida not to attempt it too, so I hope they know better now.

We just held a meeting of witches in Kogi State where it was revealed to me that Jonathan would win the presidential election. He has the support of all witches to continue in office.”

(Premium Times)

Military says Yobe state cleared of Boko Haram

Boko Haram paradeNigeria’s military on Monday said that it had cleared Boko Haram from the northeastern state of Yobe, after reclaiming the town of Goniri.

“We announced the reclaiming of Goniri today,” defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said on his Twitter account @GENOlukolade. “That was the last stronghold of terrorists in Yobe… #YobeIsFree.”

Three states — Adamawa, Borno and Yobe — have been the epicentre of the six-year-old Boko Haram violence that has killed more than 13,000 and displaced 1.5 million people.

The states were placed under a state of emergency in May 2013, which saw troops and civilian vigilantes force the Islamists out of urban centres into more remote, rural areas.

A move by President Goodluck Jonathan to extend the state of emergency for a third time in November last year was blocked by parliament.

The violence continued and even intensified, however, with the Nigerian military unable to stop a takeover of dozens of towns and villages in all three states.

Nigeria’s presidential election was delayed by six weeks because of the Boko Haram violence and a four-country military operation to secure and stabilise the northeast for voting on March 28.

Last week, the military said Adamawa state had been cleared of Boko Haram fighters.

Olukolade wrote in a separate tweet: “Adamawa is free, Yobe is free, Borno is soon to be freed by our able military.”

With the apparent liberation of Yobe on Monday, only a handful of towns and villages in Borno state are still under the control of Boko Haram.

Last week, the government said 36 towns in the three states had been recaptured as part of the operation.

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STATE-OWNED SECURITY COMPANY TO HANDLE PIPELINE SURVEILLANCE IN BAYELSA…. GOV DICKSON.

Nwokedi Nworisara's photo.
Nwokedi Nworisara's photo.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State says the decision mandating the state-owned Izon-Ibe Security Company to engage youths in providing pipeline surveillance services was taken in the best interest of the State.
Governor Dickson, who spoke at the 26th meeting of the State Security Council on Monday in Yenagoa, debunked claims made by some ex-militants that, the government hijacked the project, which was meant for them to execute.
He said, rather than allow few persons to benefit at the expense of the generality of youths in the state, the security outfit would drive a community-based recruitment process to engage willing and able young people to secure pipelines and other oil facilities.
According to the Governor, the security company would soon call for applications from interested youths at the grassroots, particularly oil producing communities and give them the requisite training that would enable them to discharge their duties effectively.
He, therefore, called on the youths to be wary of disgruntled elements, who just want to use them as cannon fodders to achieve their selfish interests and create crisis in the state.
His words: ” Let me say that this government is of the view that the state-owned Izon-Ibe security company was set up to make it possible for young people in all the communities and particularly the youths and community leaders of communities that are producing oil resources, including those that harbour other facilities to be carried along.
” We don’t believe that only few people can render that surveillance service in all the local government areas of our state. And, so we’ve taken that decision in good faith, and I like to use this opportunity to again call on the youths of our state, not to be misguided by certain desperate elements, who want to create crisis and unnecessary division and trouble in our State.
Continuing, the Governor said, ” The company will reach out to them (youths) in no distant time, so that those who are interested will apply to be gainfully engaged after training and it is going to be community-driven, because we want to know those, who are protecting our facilities”.
Briefing Government House correspondents shortly after the meeting, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Okafor emphasized the need for aggrieved individuals or groups to explore legitimate means to express their grievances rather than threaten to cause breakdown of law and order.
The police commissioner, who warned the people of the state, particularly the youths to shun violence and other vices, reaffirmed the commitment of the security agencies to maintaining the existlng peace and tranquility in Bayelsa State.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

MEGA FRAUD: APC Leaders At Lagos State House of Assembly Grant Themselves Lifetime Benefits, Opulent Allowances.

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi IkuforijiSaharaReporters has learned about a bill recently introduced in the Lagos State House of Assembly to approve luxurious lifelong benefits to the legislative body’s speaker and deputy speaker.

The bill proposes to grant the two officials, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), pensions that amount to 100 percent of their annual basic salary for life, after their tenure as leaders in the state assembly expires.

The bill also proposes such additional benefits as a free house anywhere in Lagos State and a free vehicle paid for from state funds.

In a move that two APC insiders criticized for being corrupt and selfish, the two legislative officials are also meant to receive unlimited allowance for furnishing their free homes, security personnel for life, and free medical treatment for the officials and their families for life. Other obscene benefits include additional allowances for housing maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and entertainment—each category calculated at 10 percent of the officials’ base salary. The officials’ utility allowance is at 20 percent of their base salary.

In addition, the bill stipulates that the state governor and deputy governor as well as their families would receive free medical treatment for life. All designated members of the state leadership would have pensionable drivers for life as well.

The scandalous bill is cited as “the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law 2007 (Amendment) Law 2015.”

“This bill is a slap on the faces of the hapless residents of Lagos State who pay through their noses for amenities that are mostly inadequate or absent,” said a critic of the bill, an APC member. He added, “This is a senseless war by some decadent APC leaders against the public interest.”

A member of the state assembly, who said he found the bill shocking, said the proposed bill was introduced at a time Nigeria’s public attention was focused squarely on national elections, the counterinsurgency against Boko Haram in the north, and the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to London.

BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK

Olejeme expresses confidence of Jonathan’s re-election; Applauds Nigerians for supporting PDP

Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Presidential Campaign Organization, Dr. Ngozi Olejeme has expressed confidence that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan would be returned to power in the March 28 Presidential Elections.

“PDP will have a resounding victory. That is very clear” she told Niger Delta youths on Saturday in Asaba

Olejeme who sought the support of the young and old to make Nigeria great said President Jonathan would work closely with all Nigerians.

“The youth are Nigeria’s future. To this end, the PDP government will continue to spread employment opportunities across the country and ensure every youth has access to quality education that could secure them a place in a globalized and highly competitive job market. 

Promising that President Jonathan will continue to accelerate the social, political and economic development of Nigeria, Olejeme cited environmental protection, social safety nets for the vulnerable population,  development of the agricultural, livestock and fishing industries,  expansion of infrastructural projects, especially roads, energy and transport, expansion in jobs, food security, national security, people-led governance,  quality education, health care, and national unity as top priority items in the Jonathan led PDP government.

The Jonathan led PDP government; she said, not only put in place transparent systems but revitalized the country’s manufacturing, agriculture and tourism sectors.

“President Jonathan established twelve Federal Universities. His administration through the National Universities Commission (NUC) gave rise to quality international and local private universities across the country. He tarred over twenty-five thousand kilometres of the thirty six thousand kilometres (36, 000 km) Federal Roads. He completed over 90 per cent of narrow gauge rails. He implemented the Nigerian content law in the oil industry, thus improving the participation of Nigerians in the industry. He also implemented the cabotage law with Nigerians now owning ships and more Nigerians employed in the shipping industry. He also established Maritime University for high-powered man-power development in the Maritime Sector”

“President Goodluck Jonathan will continue to advance the rights of the marginalized. He will bring peace and security to the country and fast-track economic development in all parts of the country. He will shape our country for the better, foster unity, ensure economic growth for all and greater transparency in public life, business and civil society,”

“He will continue to provide grants to young people so that they can set up and run their own businesses. He will continue to focus on issues that resonate with the public.

“President Jonathan’s transformation agenda will continue to focus on ways of ensuring a strong, inclusive, non-inflationary economic growth, employment generation, poverty alleviation, and sustained improvement in the well-being of all classes of Nigerians as well as value re- orientation that targets a robust anti-corruption campaign.

His administration will continue to focus on security, the investment cycle, job creation and also meet the great expectations’ of the people. ” she added.

By Fidel Njamanze

You Don’t Change A Commander-In-Chief In The Middle Of A War – Ribadu.

'You Don’t Change A Commander-In-Chief In The Middle Of A War – Ribadu</p>
<p>Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has come out to tell Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in light of the ongoing war against terror, saying it was not advisable to change the Commander-in-Chief in the middle of war.</p>
<p>Ribadu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police made the above assertion when he visited Mubi, a recently liberated town in Adamawa State on Saturday, February 28, 2015.</p>
<p>He said: “You don’t change a commander-in-Chief in time of war. Political stability is key to peace and security, more so at a time of instability like what we are witnessing today. We cannot afford to disrupt this operation midstream. This tide should be allowed to continue.”</p>
<p>Pouring cold water on the criticism of President Jonathan’s tactics in responding to the Boko Haram insurgents, Ribadu said: “The President never wanted to have large number of collateral damage. He is a careful leader who quietly took this very measured strategy without grandstanding. Today, we see the result of this matured way of handling this difficult war, which has pushed out the terrorist with minimal civilian casualty.</p>
<p>“The President took his time to build this strong coalition of bringing together our neighbouring countries. The result is for everyone to see. We have seen that the table is now turned against the terrorists, and they are on the run.”</p>
<p>“Now, it is about consolidation of this success, on how to restore life in these affected communities and bring about stability. The President has already established the Victims Support Fund and he has a marshal plan on how to consolidate on this military successes.</p>
<p>“I have worked in many crisis zones, including Afghanistan, I know what insurgency is all about. It is unfortunate that at a time the country should unite for action against the insurgents we were busy apportioning blame. That is why I refrained from any comment about this all this while.</p>
<p>“No country has succeeded in eliminating terrorism altogether and within a short time. The victory may not be total and immediate. It is a gradual process.”</p>
<p>Ribadu further appreciated the efforts of Nigerian security forces and allied forces of other nations for the recent victories recorded over the Boko Haram insurgents</p>
<p>The Trent'

Nuhu Ribadu

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has come out to tell Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in light of the ongoing war against terror, saying it was not advisable to change the Commander-in-Chief in the middle of war.

Ribadu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police made the above assertion when he visited Mubi, a recently liberated town in Adamawa State on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

He said: “You don’t change a commander-in-Chief in time of war. Political stability is key to peace and security, more so at a time of instability like what we are witnessing today. We cannot afford to disrupt this operation midstream. This tide should be allowed to continue.”

Pouring cold water on the criticism of President Jonathan’s tactics in responding to the Boko Haram insurgents, Ribadu said: “The President never wanted to have large number of collateral damage. He is a careful leader who quietly took this very measured strategy without grandstanding. Today, we see the result of this matured way of handling this difficult war, which has pushed out the terrorist with minimal civilian casualty.

“The President took his time to build this strong coalition of bringing together our neighbouring countries. The result is for everyone to see. We have seen that the table is now turned against the terrorists, and they are on the run.”

“Now, it is about consolidation of this success, on how to restore life in these affected communities and bring about stability. The President has already established the Victims Support Fund and he has a marshal plan on how to consolidate on this military successes.

“I have worked in many crisis zones, including Afghanistan, I know what insurgency is all about. It is unfortunate that at a time the country should unite for action against the insurgents we were busy apportioning blame. That is why I refrained from any comment about this all this while.

“No country has succeeded in eliminating terrorism altogether and within a short time. The victory may not be total and immediate. It is a gradual process.”

Ribadu further appreciated the efforts of Nigerian security forces and allied forces of other nations for the recent victories recorded over the Boko Haram insurgents

The Trent