Presidential Media Chat: The 5 lies of Jonathan

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Efforts made by President Goodluck Jonathan to shield some obvious truths during the fifth Media Chat held last night on national television, have been exposed by P.M.NEWS painstaking investigation.

Contrary to the President’s claim in the televised media chat that prior to the emergence of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the ruling party at the centre in 1999, there was no mobile phone, the truth, according to P.M. NEWS finding, is that mobile cellular services made their debut in Nigeria in 1993 with a “national” service operated by NITEL and a smaller Lagos service operated by Mobile Telecommunications Services (MTS). Continue reading “Presidential Media Chat: The 5 lies of Jonathan”

Presidential Media Chat: The 5 lies of Jonathan

jonathan media chat

 

Efforts made by President Goodluck Jonathan to shield some obvious truths during the fifth Media Chat held last night on national television, have been exposed by P.M.NEWS painstaking investigation.

Contrary to the President’s claim in the televised media chat that prior to the emergence of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the ruling party at the centre in 1999, there was no mobile phone, the truth, according to P.M. NEWS finding, is that mobile cellular services made their debut in Nigeria in 1993 with a “national” service operated by NITEL and a smaller Lagos service operated by Mobile Telecommunications Services (MTS). Continue reading “Presidential Media Chat: The 5 lies of Jonathan”

ASUU strike: Lecturers are only fighting for allowances, not better education – FG

 

The rift between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has deepened even as the FG accused the organization of fighting for its own selfish interests and not for the benefit of  Nigerian students.

The  government has accused the university body of not being honest and sincere about the real motive behind the almost 3-month old strike which has crippled academic activities in the country’s universities. Continue reading “ASUU strike: Lecturers are only fighting for allowances, not better education – FG”

BREAKING NEWS!! NINE NIGERIAN SERVING MINISTERS SACKED

President Jonathan’s administration has sacked nine serving ministers. They are: Education minister – Ruqayat Rufai. Minister of State for Power – Zainab Kunchi. Minister of State for Agriculture – Buka Jinani. Minister for National Planning – Shamsudeen Usman. Minister for Science&Technology – Ita Okon. Minister of Foreign Affairs – Olugbenga Ashiru. Minister for Lands – Ama Pepple, Minister for Environment – Hadiza Mailafia and Minister of State for Defence -Erelu Olusola Obada. 

Mr President wants to re-shuffle his cabinet. More details later…

FG to boost Nigeria’s education with $500m

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Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, said on Monday in Abuja that Nigeria would benefit from a pool of $500m fund targeted at boosting educational development in the country.

The fund, he added, would also serve as additional resources to support the development of the Universal Basic Education in Nigeria.

Brown stated this at the meeting of the Coalition Interventions to support access and quality of education in Nigeria hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House in Abuja.

He said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria has made available $250m for investment in education. What we have managed to do by talking to the individual agencies over the last few days is to match that $250m by the additional $250m thus making possible new investment of $500m in education in Nigeria.”

A breakdown of the fund as stated by Brown indicated that Global Partnership for Education and the United States Agency for International Development, had agreed to contribute $100m every year, for the development of universal education.

Brown said the Federal Government in collaboration with state governments, had already provided $250m for the development of education in the country.

He added that the additional cash transfers would be for training, and the introduction of new technologies that would match the initiatives that had been attracted by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, from the business community.

He added that “Nigeria stands to benefit from a seven-year term European Union grant that will be devoted to the development of education.

“I have talked to the head of the development commission for the European Union and he said he would tell the government of Nigeria to submit an application from time to time for the next seven years, the term that will be devoted to education development in Nigeria.”

Brown added that he also sought further assistance on behalf of Nigeria from the head of Department for International Development, who according to him, said that he would be happy to entertain new application for private support of additional cash transfers from the individual states.

He also promised that he would visit Nigeria in January and would want to meet states that were interested in moving the new innovation forward.

Speaking on behalf of Jonathan on the occasion, Vice President Namadi Sambo, said that the Federal Government had identified access and quality “as the two strategic goals for the four-year Strategic Plan for the Education Sector 2011-2015.”

FG,ASUU meeting end in deadlock

Federal government’s negotiation with ASUU on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has ended in a stalemate.

The meeting which held on Monday, had in attendance representatives of the Senate, the Federal government, as well as the leadership of ASUU. Continue reading “FG,ASUU meeting end in deadlock”

FG to compensate Boko Haram victims –Jonathan

* …inaugurates amnesty, light weapons committees

* Says soldiers indicted in Borno won’t be spared

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said that the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North would be compensated by the Federal Government.

This is even as reports from Baga, Borno State, where more than 185 people were killed in a clash between the Boko Haram Islamic sect and the Joint Task Force, JTF, indicated that scores of people were still missing.

President Jonathan, while inaugurating the committees on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North and Small Arms and Light Weapons, lamented that many people had fallen victims of the insurgency.

The committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North, however, included the President of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, SCSN, Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, and the President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, CRCN, Shehu Sani, two members who had earlier declined their membership of the committee.

The President had on Tuesday also included Barrister Aisha Wakil, to join the committee.

Inaugurating the two committees in Abuja, the President charged them to engage stakeholders to end the lingering insecurity in the country.

He told the dialogue committee, which he addressed as “bigger committee” that Nigerians expected them to perform “magic” and prayed that such “magic” be achieved within the time frame given the committee.

President Jonathan urged the committee to develop a framework for disarmament and work out a sustainable option that could lead to granting amnesty to the dreaded sect.

The President also charged them to develop a comprehensive victims’ support programme, as according to him, a large number of people are victims of the excesses of Boko Haram insurgent group.

FG Blames Power Problem On Military Rule

THE Federal Government, yesterday, shifted blames for the problem of power in the country on the 30 years of military rule, just as it said that planning was relegated to the background during the period.

Speaking when he presented his scorecard to the National Chairman of  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman was pessimistic on achieving the set goal of becoming one of the top 20 most developed economies by the year 2020.

Shamsuddeen Usman said: “During the military era planning was relegated and for more than 30 years we neglected the power sector”.

The minister also disclosed that the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, NIMP, designed for the next 30 years will be ready in July, even as he said 50 percent of the nation’s bilateral agreements were presently not functioning as some of them were already dead.

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He added that the Commission at the moment had reviewed 488 of such agreements, noting that it was quite unfortunate that Nigerians were not getting the full benefit of the signed agreements.

On Vision 2020, Shamsuddeen, who noted that Nigeria was number 44, said if by 2020 the nation rises to number 25 he would be a proud man.

According to him, “Where were we in 2009? We were number 44. By the end of 2011, we were number 39, by the end of 2012, we were in number 36, this is progress. We made quite a lot of progress. In other areas we are not.

“I don’t want any of you to meet me in 2020 and say you are the one telling us that we are going to be among the top 20. But what I am saying is that even if we are not among the 20 by that time, we were number 44 in 2009.

“If by 2020 we are number 25, I will be a very proud man. The reason is because we are consciously moving and doing all the necessary things to move up there”.

He added: “It’s not saying we must be there. What it’s saying is if we get there then these are the actions we need to take as a country. We must do this and that in governance, in human development, in infrastructure. That is what the document is saying and we are actually taking those steps”.

The minister explained that the Federal Government was on its way to transforming the power sector as the telecom sector had already been handled.

Explaining the challenges facing the Commission, Shamsuddeen, however, lamented inadequate funding of programmes and projects as well as capacity gaps in Ministries, Departments, Agencies, MDAs, due to high turnover of staff, the pooling system and current subjective training and performance measures.

Other challenges include “late feedback/communication from MDAs which hinders prompt delivery of actions; many MDAs not using officials NBS statistics; absence of strategic plans in some MDAs; inadequate Information Technology hardware for MDAs networking; National Planning and projects continuity Bill dormant in the National Assembly; absence of a legal framework for the performance contracting system,” among others.

FG plans local manufacturing of motor spare parts in Nigeria

 

 

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Muhammed Sada, said this at Ota, Ogun State, during the inauguration of a new factory, Sun and Sand Industries Africa Limited.

Sada said his ministry would incorporate products from Sun and Sand Limited, ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, and other automobile manufacturing firms to realise the plan, aimed at creating jobs.

He said, “We are currently working on some projects whereby some of the major automobile manufacturers would be invited to the country to speed up activities in the production of basic spare parts for the motor industry with the hope that we would build it to the level where we would be able to produce motor vehicles.

“This is where you come in; we would not be thinking of this kind of programmes without companies like yours, you would be part of the framework with which the automobile framework will be built; your operations are central to whatever achievement that framework is aimed at.

“We are in a strong partnership with your company, which we believe would develop the industry, and most importantly, providing the required jobs for the Nigerian people.”

The minister said the government had decided to leave the development of the steel industry to the private sector, adding that the government would only serve as regulator for the activities within the sector.

“This has led government into privatising most of the operations in the sector. The idea is to ensure that a level-playing field and an enabling environment is created for businesses to progress and grow and be the drivers of the achievements that are found in the sector,” he said.

Sada added Sun and Sand Limited requested for approval to start mining projects that would support the backward integration of their operations.

“We have undertaken quite a number of geological studies and come to realise the abundant natural raw materials, which your company and many others in this country can take advantage of,” he said.

Founder and Managing Director, Sun and Sand Industries Africa Limited, Mrs. Shweta Satija, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for its policies that had helped the company to survive.

She said plans had been concluded for the company to venture into some other projects to boost the nation’s economy and increase job opportunities for Africans.

Source:punch

FG presents National Honours, money & plots of land to Super Eagles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Jonathan at a special reception held in honour of the Super Eagles in Abuja this evening rewarded the Super Eagles with National Honours, millions of Naira and plots of land in Abuja.

Coach Stephen Keshi – Commander of the Order of Niger. N10million. Plot of land in Abuja
Asst Coach Daniel Amokachi – Officer of the Order of Niger. N5m. Plot of land in Abuja
Asst Coach Ike Shorumu – Officer of the Order of Niger. N5m. Plot of land in Abuja
Captain Joseph Yobo – Officer of the Order of Niger. N5million. Plot of land in Abuja
Super Eagles players – Member of the Order of Niger. N5million. Plot of land in Abuja
Technical crew – N2 million 

Billionaire businessmen Tony Elumelu and Jim Ovia donated half a million dollars each to the Super Eagles, while Dangote donated N5m to each player and technical crew of the Super Eagles.