South-South Governors Forum restate demand for restructuring,13% derivation

The Forum of South-South Governors on Wednesday in Port Harcourt restated its demand for restructuring and 13 per cent derivation from the Federal Government.

Spokesperson for the Forum, Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, said after a one-day meeting that the demand was in the spirit and clamour for restructuring and in line with true federalism.

He said that the forum also demanded for a 13 per cent derivation from the one billion dollars withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government for security.

He said that the demand was in accordance with the constitutional provision.

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Dickson said that the forum was not against the amount withdrawn by the Federal Government to fight insecurity in the country.

He noted that the forum expressed support for the devolution of powers among the federating States.

The forum, he said, called for the withdrawal from the National Assembly a bill on the management and…

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Robbers steal N9m LG workers’ April salary

Gwandu Local Government of Kebbi says suspected robbers have stolen over N9 million meant for the payment of April salary of workers of its Departments of Health and Agriculture.Gwandu Local Government of Kebbi says suspected robbers have stolen over N9 million meant for the payment of April salary of workers of its Departments of Health and Agriculture.

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EFCC receives 240 cases in Borno in 5months

Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it received 240 petitions from individuals and organisations on alleged financial crimes in Borno State between January and May this year.

Head of EFCC Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Aminu Aliyu, told newsmen, in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Thursday, that the commission filed 20 of the 240 cases in courts.

He said the commission was still investigating the remaining petitions.

Aliyu who was on a condolence visit to the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the death of their colleagues, said the petition on allegation of financial crimes over the 2015 elections involving some INEC officials was one OF the major cases being handle by the commission.

He said the case was in court and has been adjourned. He urged journalists to follow up such cases so as “to send the right signal to corrupt-minded persons that corruption is bad.”

He said the commission has…

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Nigeria may lose 11% GDP to climate change – IPPAM

Samuel Bello, Abuja

The Institute for Public Policy Analysis and Management (IPPAM), on Thursday, said that by 2020, the country stands to lose 11 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to climate change if an aggressive climate change policy is not put in place to sustain the social and economic development in the country.

Speaking at the IPPAM One-day public policy round-table series with the theme: “Climate Change, Livelihoods and Public Policy Responses in Nigeria”, Vice Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme University, Ebonyi,  Prof. Chinedum Nwajuiba, said the country’s Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) in some instances is inconsistent with Nigeria’s National Determined Contribution (NDC), which should be the pillar of sustainable development in the country.

According to him, “If the NDC is supposed to be the central pillar, Nigeria’s development policy as envisaged in the draft implementation plan, seems to have a missing link between the ERGP and the NDC.

“The…

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INEC decries declining youths participation in election process

Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has blamed the declining youths’ participation in political process on the failure of candidates to fulfill campaigns promises, loss of confidence in electoral commission, electoral fraud, cumbersome electoral process, insecurity and violence.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, represented by National Commissioner and chairman Board of Electoral Institute during the first Abubakar Momoh Memorial Lecture, in Abuja, on Thursday, assured that INEC would continue to improve on the electoral process.

Reacting to the topic of the lecture, “Youth Empowerment and Political Participation in Nigeria” the INEC boss said: “From the records, youth participation in electoral process is declining.”

“Some of the factors that led to this includes non challant attitude of the citizenry, failure of candidates to fulfill electoral promises made during campaigns, loss of confidence in electoral…

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