Lagos Speaker, others bag chieftaincy titles

The Ologudu of Ogudu, Oba Waheed Fashola, on Wednesday commended the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudasiru Obasa, for his public-spirited and democratic credentials. Fashola, in a notice on activities marking the 10th anniversary of his coronation, said the speaker deserved honour for demonstration such sterling qualities. Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa He said that Obasa, as part of the anniversary, would be conferred with the Jagunmolu of Oguduland title on Thursday. The traditional ruler also identified Mr Tunde Braimoh, lawmaker representing Kosofe II at the Assembly, as another legislator demonstrating such qualities. He said that Braimoh would be conferred with the title of Otunba Atunluse of Oguduland at the event, holding in his palace in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State. According to him, the honour is to encourage the lawmakers and spur them to do even better. Braimoh’s wife, Otunba Yetunde Braimoh, will also bag the title of Yeye Otunba Atunlushe of Oguduland at the event.

Britain to hold street parties to remember slain lawmaker

ON FEBRUARY 22, 201712:32 PMIN NEWSCOMMENTS Britain will hold series of street parties to mark the first anniversary of the death of centre-left lawmaker Jo Cox, her widower, Brendan Cox, said on Wednesday. “Please help me mark the anniversary of Jo’s murder with a celebration of what we have in common,” Cox said in a statement launching the Great Get-Together parties, to be held on June 17-18. Jo Cox  According to the organisers, “we want the anniversary of Jo’s murder to be a big, joyful, national celebration of our shared values”. Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver and Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles, are scheduled to join Cox at a formal launch of the events later on Wednesday. Jo Cox, a pro-EU, pro-immigrant lawmaker in Yorkshire, was shot and stabbed by a white supremacist sympathiser with a history of mental illness days before the country voted to leave the European Union.

No amount of anger or frustration can justify xenophobic attacks – Envoy ON

Abuja – Amb. Lulu Mnguni, High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria said that the attacks on Nigerians negated all the values that that country symbolises, especially the respect for human life, human rights and human dignity standing firmly against racism, xenophobia and sexism.

Mnguni who made this known in an interview on Wednesday in Abuja, condemned the recent attacks on Nigerians saying they were a poor representation of South Africa’s values.

He also said that the South African government had taken measures to ensure that these attacks perceived as hate crimes against Nigerians and other foreign nationals were stopped.

“We are deeply saddened by these acts of violence that have taken place against the foreign nationals, especially the Nigerians affected in these communities.

“The South African Government is sorry for the destruction and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

“We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not xenophobic.

“If they were, we would not have such a high number of foreign nationals who have successfully integrated into communities all over the country.

“No amount of anger or frustration can justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.

“We have dispatched a Ministerial delegation to the affected communities in Johannesburg and Pretoria which is being led by the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, to address the issues in the area.

“The South African government is specifically interested in addressing the alleged claims of illegal activities of undocumented migrants which have been raised by communities

“The police have been directed to work round the clock to protect both foreign nationals and citizens and to arrest looters and those committing these acts of violence.

“The security cluster has been instructed to ensure that these matters are resolved to the satisfaction of South Africans and foreign nationals in the communities bringing about better policing between communities and authorities.

“We urge communities to assist the police by providing information on the incidents that have taken place so that the perpetrators could be brought to justice.

“Our government is doing everything possible to sensitise all South Africans that the country is an integral part of Africa and our success or failures cannot be isolated from that of Africa as a whole.

“We expect any issues of concern to South African citizens and residents to be resolved through peaceful dialogue,’’ he said.

Mnguni added that the complaints made by some South Africans about some undocumented foreigners was not enough to attack all foreign nationals especially Nigerians.

“The underlining cause is the fact that we have had complaints about undocumented and illegal immigrants in the country committing crimes or using small shops and business places to carry out criminal acts.

“However, while some foreign nationals, documented and undocumented, have been arrested in relation to these claims, it is wrong to regard all foreigners as being involved with crime in the country.

“Also, not all foreign nationals in the country are there illegally as many have come to South Africa legally and have contributed to our economy immensely with development skills that we might lack.

“Even those who came as refugees escaping conflict in their home countries have also contributed to the social development of the country.

“As South Africans are expected to respect the rights and freedom of anyone on our shores, we also expect foreign nationals on our shore to abide by the laws and freedoms of South Africa.

“Our government is also emphasising on the need for responsible public comments to be made by all leaders, representatives and public figures so as to prevent situations like these from happening.

“We don’t want these incidents to discourage foreigners from coming to South Africa because we need them to develop a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

“We also want an increase in tourism figures from countries within and outside the continent and to promote sustainable economic development in Africa through business opportunities.

“So many countries helped us in our fight against apartheid so it would be wrong to fight against these same nationals in our country.

“We can’t afford to forget where we are coming from so we are promoting this unity so that we can develop our respective countries and Africa as a whole.’’

Fertiliser companies in the country have the capacity to produce 1m tonnes – Presidential committee

– Thomas Etuh, a member of the committee and National President, Fertilisers Suppliers and Producers Association of Nigeria (FESPAN) says that the fertiliser companies in the country have the capacity to produce one million tonnes

– Etuh said that the federal government’s fertiliser initiative was to encourage local production and ensure affordable fertiliser to farmers across the country

– The FESPAN chairman, however, assured farmers of quality supply of fertiliser across the country

FG’s production of 1m tonnes of fertiliser is achieveable -Presidential committee

The presidential committee on fertiliser initiative says that the federal government is committed to the actualisation of producing one million tonnes of fertilisers in the country.

Thomas Etuh, a member of the committee and National President, Fertilisers Suppliers and Producers Association of Nigeria (FESPAN), made this known in Okpella, Estako East Local Government Area on Wednesday.

Etuh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the fertiliser companies in the country had the capacity to produce the one million tonnes.

He said: “We are working closely with the Federal Government to address the problems associated with provision of fertilisers in the country.

Etuh said that the federal government’s fertiliser initiative was to encourage local production and ensure affordable fertiliser to farmers across the country.

“The aim of the initiative is to encourage local production of fertiliser in order to create more job opportunities for Nigerians, induce reduction of inflation and reduce foreign exchange.

“A bag of fertiliser goes between N8,000 and N9,000 a bag; with this initiative, we will bring the cost of fertiliser down to N5,000 at the plant and N5,500 to the farmers, and that saves a cost of over 30 per cent for the farmers.

“Also it will help bring food prices down, but more importantly, through this one million metric tonnes of fertiliser programme, we are looking at the country saving 200 million dollars foreign exchange yearly from this programme,” he said.

The FESPAN chairman, however, assured farmers of quality supply of fertiliser across the country.

Hatsaniyar Niger Delta: Buhari ya bada umarnin a dawo da takobin Egbesu mai tsohon tarihi

– Shugaba Muhammad Buhari ya bada umarnin dawo da takobin Egbesu mai tsoho tarihi wanda sojoji suka kwace a wani sumame da suka kai yankin su na neman shugaban tsagerun mai suna Tampolo

-Umarnin na shugaban tare da ziyarar da mukaddshinsa Osinbanjo ya kai a yankin wani bangare ne na neman hanyoyin da gwamnatinsa ke bi don dawo da zaman lafiya a Niger-Delta

Hatsaniyar Niger Delta: Buhari ya bada umarnin a dawo da takobin Egbesu mai tsohon tarihi

Hatsaniyar Niger Delta: Buhari ya bada umarnin a dawo da takobin Egbesu mai tsohon tarihi

A shekarar da ta wuce 2016 ne, sojojin Najeriya su ka kwace wani takobin gwal na masauratar Gbaramatu a karamar hukumar Warri ta Kudu cikin jihar Delta.

Shugaba Buhari ya ba da umarnin da a nemo takobin da ita ce alamar masarautar Egbesu, a kuma dawo da ita ba tare da jinkiri ba.

Ci gaban na zuwa ne yayin da gwamnatin tarayya ke kara damara wajen hakurkurtar da yankin na Niger Delta da ke fama da tashe-tashen hankula don inganta fitar da mai daga kasar

An rawaito cewa, sojojin runduna ta 4 ne daga garin Benin suka kwace takobin da a ke bayyanawa a matsayin tambarin karfin ikon masarautar Gbaramtu a watan Mayun sekarar 2016, a yayin da su ke neman tsohon jagoran masu tayar da kayar baya, Government Ekpomukpolo da a ke wa kirari da Tompolo a lokacin da lalata kayayyakin hakar mai ya yi kamari a yankin.

Jaridar Vanguard ta rawaito cewa, baya ga dawo da takobin, fadar shugaban kasa ta amince ta fitar da kudi don gaggauta fara tafiyar da jami’ar Maritime, wacce ta gamu da tasgaro sanadiyyar rikice-rikicen yankin da kuma rashin kudi.

Wata majiya daga fadar shugaban kasa ta fadawa Jaridar Vanguard cewa, shugaba Muhammadu Buhari ya ba da umarnin bincikowa da kuma dawo da takobin da ke zaman alamar fadar Egbesu zuwa masauratar Gbaramatu nan take.

Jami’in da ya nemi a boye sunansa , ya ce yunkurin na fadar shugaban kasa na dannar kirji ga yankin na Niger Delta ya zo daidai da shawarar da gwamnati ta yanke ta kawo dawwamammen zaman lafiya a yankin da kuma kawo karshen lalata kayayyakin harkokin tattalin arziki da ke cutar da kasa.

Majiyar ta tabbatar da cewa a kokarin hakurkurtar da yankin na Niger Delta, shugaba Buhari ya tura mataimakinsa Yemi Osinbajo ya je ya hadu da manyan shugabannin Niger Delta duk da cewa ba ya nan.

Jami’in ya bayyana ziyarar da Osinbajo ke yi a yankin da ‘kamfe din diflomasiyya’ don kawo karshen rikice-rikicen yankin. Vanguard ta gano cewa duk dai a bangaren sulhun, fadar shugaban kasa ta yanke shawarar tsayar da amfani da karfi a kan ‘yan tawayen na Niger Delta don bada damar tattaunawa da kungiyoyin da su ka bayyana, kamar su Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF).

Jami’in ya ce:

“Shugaba Buhari ya umarci mataimakin shugaban kasa ya je ya duba ya kuma kawo cikakkun bayanai game da ziyarce-ziyarce zuwa duk jihohin da ke da man fetur ya tabbatar an duba bukatunsu ba tare banbancin jam’iyya ko kuma kowane irin banbanci ba.”

Idan za tuna, Cif Government Ekpemupolo ya yi barazanar daukar matakin gano takobin gwal din.

Tompolo, a wata budaddiyar wasika da ya rubutawa shugaba Muhammadu Buhari ya ce a wani hari da sojin Najeriya su ka kai kan al’ummarsa sun dauke masa tambarin iko na babban jagoran fadar Egbesu, Oporoza a masauratar Gbaramatu.

Vanguard ta rawaito cewa, tsohon dan tawayen na Niger Delta ya ce lamarin ya faru ne kimanin kwanaki 31 da su ka wuce lokacin da sojojin su ka afkawa Oporoza su na nemansa lokacin ba ya nan, a zargin da su ke masa na saka bom a kayan aikin danyen mai a yankin.

Tompolo, a wata wasika zuwa shugaban kasa ya bayyana burinsa na haduwa da shugaba Buhari. “Bangarena na labaru da dama da aka fada maka a kaina”

Ga ra’ayin jama’a kan lafiyar shugaba Buhari

CAF presidency: Nigeria backs Hayatou’s challenger

Nigeria’s Football Federation is backing a challenge to the long-serving President of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou.

Mr. Hayatou is standing for an eighth successive term of office, but faces opposition from Ahmad Ahmad, the head of Madagascar’s FA.

Amaju Pinnick, president of the NFF, told the BBC the election will be “a defining moment for African football”.

He said Ahmad was “courageous” in coming forward to challenge Mr Hayatou.


Pinnick said CAF needs a “new generation” of leadership, following the change at the top of the world governing body Fifa.

He cited “post election differences between Gianni [Infantino, the new Fifa president] and Issa Hayatou which are irreconcilable”.

Infantino will be in Johannesburg later on Tuesday for a gathering of football federation leaders from across the continent.

He is then due to visit Zimbabwe at the invitation of the head of the southern African confederation, Cosafa – which also backs Ahmad.

Pinnick acknowledged that Hayatou could still win – but said if he did, the veteran Cameroonian would need to be open to different influences.

“You have to listen to a larger audience instead of just a tiny cabal, you have to know it goes beyond you,” Pinnick said.

“I will definitely work with him if he wins but my prayer is we need a bridge builder and that person is Ahmad.”

NUT pulls out of planned NLC strike in Ogun ON FEBRUARY 22, 201711:58 AMIN

NEWSCOMMENTS By Daud Olatunji ABEOKUTA — The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Ogun State Chapter  has pulled out of the proposed protest scheduled for today against the state government over non-payment of 2016 salaries. The NUT also dissociated itself from a purported legal action against the State government over the sack of the leaders of the union. NLC Acting NUT state Chairman, Kemi Solaru who addressed newsmen yesterday at the Union’s secretariat in Kuto,  Abeokuta, said the NUT did not believe in the action by the Nigeria Labour Congress to protest against the government. Vanguard gathered that the NLC may protest following the refusal of the state government to recall the four leaders of NUT including its State Chairman, Dare Ilekoya, out of about 35 that were either sacked or suspended, but, were later recalled. Ilekoya and others were yet to be pardoned by the state government for allegedly running foul of the civil service rules during the celebration of 2016 world teachers day. While speaking on the proposed protest by the NLC, Solaru said, the NUT believes in dialogue rather than the protest,saying the union had been able to get results from dialogue in the past.