President Buhari to sign the 2018 budget next week

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that President Buhari will sign the 2018 budget next week.

Adesina spoke when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President’s Media Aide briefed the correspondents alongside the Ministers of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole and that of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah.

“The position on the 2018 budget is that it will be signed next week. You will be told the specific date, but one thing we are sure of is that the budget will be signed next week,’’ Adesina said. This came more than six months after it was presented before the joint session of the legislative house.

The senate had increased the 2018 budget from N8.612 trillion as proposed by President Buhari to N9.12 trillion. The senate also increased the crude oil benchmark price pegged for the budget from 45 dollars per barrel to 50.5 dollars per barrel.


Don’t return to labour party – party chairman tells mimiko

Nigerian workers on Wednesday declined  the plan by the immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko to return to the Labour Party.
Addressing a press conference at the Labour House, Abuja, Chairman of Labour Party, Dr Mike Omotosho, said it had come to the knowledge of Nigerian workers of Dr Mimiko moved to return to the party he left unceremoniously and wish to put a disclaimer “to this ill-fated adventure.”
Dr Omotosho pointed out that the workers took this position because the former governor only wants to return to the party to use it to launder his sagging political image.
“The Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) is fully aware of plans by Dr Olusegun Mimiko to destabilise the current gains being made by workers to reclaim and reposition the Labour Party”.
He reiterated that Dr Mimiko abandoned the Labour Party for the People’s Democratic Party a few days to Labour Party’s October 2015 National Convention.
He said: “Such a treachery and betrayal of a party that gave the former Governor succour in the darkest hour of his political career especially as manifest in his two-term victory on the ticket of Labour Party is, to say the least, cheap and callous. it also revealed the paucity of knowledge of the philosophy of the Labour Party as a peoples’ rooted party and the dearth of class consciousness on his part.
“The Labour Party the political vehicle for Nigerian workers and the Nigerian poor.
It was founded on the cornerstone of ideological clarity and class consciousness to promote and defend the political cum socio-economic interest of the working people.
“There is no doubt that political journey persons like the former Governor of Ondo had in the past taken advantage of the leadership challenges in the Labour Party to satisfy their fantasies for political opportunism.
He added that the labour movement, in alliance with its civil society partners and other patriotic Nigerians, is now poised to fully reclaim the Labour Party and restore it as a model political institution that does not only epitomise the Values of the working class family but also capable of contesting for power with members of a failed political class, with whom the former Governor dines and wines:
Dr Omotosho said: “While the leadership of Congress continues to work to rebuild the Labour Party especially through the instrumentality of our Political Commission, we urge all workers and indeed genuine lovers of popular democracy to ignore the political theatrics of people like the former Governor of Ondo State.
“He has shown Nigerian workers that he cannot be trusted.
“The Labour Party is no longer a transit bus to strange political destinations particularly under the subterfuge of people like him.”
In the same vein, the NLC has disowned and condemned the recent posturing and proclamations by some politicians in Ekiti State that they are the candidates of the Labour Party in the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti State.
The chairman said the party has no candidate in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State,
 adding that lNEC, workers and the Ekiti electorate should not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by the antics of political impostors.
He also advised all political aspirants in the Labour Party to deal only with the Screening Committee of the party; and warned them not to engage in any form of financial transaction on issues related with the Labour Party with A. A. Salam and Julius Abure.

Dariye found guilty, faces 14 years in jail

A federal capital territory (FCT) high court has sentenced former governor of Plateau state, Senator Joshua Dariye to 14 years in prison.

Dariye, a serving senator, representing Plateau Central will serve a two-year and 14-year jail term concurrently.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko, did not give him an option of fine.

The former governor appeared in court accompanied by family members, friends and political associates.

In 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with money laundering.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko found that Dariye as a public servant entrusted with and having dominion over N1.1billion ecological funds for Plateau state was guilty with the manner the cheque was cleared and disbursed contrary to the real intent of the fund.


Tarokland eulogize late Rev Fr Patrick Tali at his 10th yr memorial service

A 10th year memorial service was  held at St Augustine’s Catholic Church, Langtang in honour of the first Catholic Priest of taroh extraction, The Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Tali, his father Catechist Augustine Tali, who also happened to be the first Taroh catechist and his mother.

Speaking at the occasion , The Bishop of Shendam Diocese, Most Rev. Dung eulogized the various virtues of Fr. Tali, recalling so many fun memories of their interaction. He commended the family for remembering their loved ones even after so many years.

The occasion was attended by Chief of Staff Government House, Jos Chief John Dafaan, commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Ja’afaru Wuyep, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr James Yilnaan

The Long Ta’al, Barr. Puntel, Ponzhi Zinni, Nimnan Langnim

Local Government Chairmen of Langtang North, Hon. Brian Dadi, Shendam Hon Elias Kwaps, Langtang and Hon Nanzing Sauri

Directors from several ministries in Plateau state, the Bishop of Pankshin Diocese, over forty Reverend Fathers among several dignitaries.


Plateau govt to curb cholera, monkey pox outbreak

Health authorities in Plateau State has said its Epidemiological and Surveillance units of the state Ministry of Health was monitoring contacts to curtail further spread of Monkey pox even as it had raised its level of preparedness to contain the cholera outbreak in some parts of the state.
Dr. Kuden Kamshak, the Commissioner of Health in the state made this disclosure in Jos, Thursday, when he briefed newsmen on the development.
According to Kamshak, two cases of Monkey pox were recorded in Shendam Local Government Area of the state where the first victim imported the disease from Port Harcourt, Rivers State and subsequently infected his elder brother with the disease at the course of taking care of the former.
“Both were treated in Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Jos and have since been discharged home”, Kamshak said.
On the cholera outbreak recorded in some wards of Naraguta “B”, Abba Nashehu, Lamingo, Angwan Rogo, Ali Kazaure, Angwan Rimi and Jenta Adamu of Jos North LGA, the commissioner disclosed that one hundred and twenty six (126) cases have been line listed out of which five (5) cases were being confirmed while three (3) fatality cases were also recorded during the epidemic week 21(May 23, 2018 to date).
Kamshak attributed the non-confirmation of the other cases to the industrial action embarked upon by the joint Health Workers Union, JOHESU which was suspended penultimate week, however commended development partners especially “Doctors without Borders” for setting up cholera treatment center at the old site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital, (JUTH), to handle the epidemic.
“The ministry in collaboration with Plateau State Primary Health Care Development Board, World Health Organisation, WHO National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), UNICEF and National Center for Disease Control, (NCDC), has been responding to contain the disease”.
“We however call on the good citizens of Plateau to note that although the government is making efforts in curtailing the outbreak, we need you to join hands with us in observing the necessary preventive measures. Doing this will prevents further spread as effective hygiene measure is the sure and only way to reduce the risk presented by cholera”, Kamshak stressed.
While calling on all health workers to subject fluids and liquids from patients present would such symptoms to laboratory examination so as to get the accurate investigation, the commissioner said rapid test kicks and other consumables were available at all government facilities in the stat adding that the ministry was collaborating with other sister ministries like that of Environment and Water resources to check the outbreak.
“Avoid self-medication and report suspected cases in your vicinity to the nearest health case facility who will in turn call on the disease notification officers. He also gave the following numbers for citizens to call in case of emergencies. 07068240880, 07038757789 or 08065486416.
It would be recalled that last month (May) the state Ministry of Health raised an alarm on the possible outbreak of cholera in some parts of the state which it said if not checked could have devastating effect on the socio-economic lives of the citizenry.

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Nde Hezekiah Dimka tours Mangu and Bokkos to show appreciation

The Plateau central senatorial aspirant under APC, Nde Hezekiah Dimka paid a courtesy call to Bokkos APC Excos, Women and Youths.

Nde Dimka said he came to acknowledge the the support, cooperation and understanding he has been enjoying from them.

He said leadership comes from God, therefore appealed for their prayers most importantly and general support.

“Bokkos people are peace loving people from time immemorial, I pray you continue in that spirit” he said.

Elder Fomson, Chief Amos Maijama’a, (both from Bokkos LGA), Mr Ibrahim Tashi (from Mangu), The DG Campaigns, Mr Adam Mancin, The Bokkos APC LGA Chairman who are present at the occasion all gave goodwill messages.

Elder Fomson during his speech handed Nde Hezekiah Dimka  to the Party Chairman and the Excos on behalf of the people of Bokkos.

Nde Hezekiah Dimka was also in Mangu LGA for the same appreciation visit, with Party Chairman, Excos, and ward Chairmen all in attendance.

Good will messages and assurances of support were showered on Nde Dimka by the stakeholders.


Nig Air Force Inst. of Tech to commence degree programmes by Sept 2019

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna to commence degree programmes by September 2018. The Bill of which was recently assented  by President Mohammadu Buhari,


In a press statement signed and issued by the Director of public relations and information, Nigerian Air force,  Air vice marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya states that this was revealed today, 8 June 2018, during the courtesy visit by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja.


First degree programmes to be offered by the Institute include Aerospace Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Automotive Engineering among others. The Institute will also offer Masters Degree programmes in fields such as Aerospace Vehicle Design with Airframe, Power Plant and Avionics Options, in addition to other programmes.


While receiving the CAS, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its efforts that saw to the speedy passage and assent of the bill establishing AFIT.


He equally lauded the CAS for his vision, doggedness and commitment to the upgrading of AFIT to a degree-awarding institution.


Professor Rasheed acknowledged that there was indeed the need for a specialized university that is geared towards solving some of the peculiar technological challenges of the NAF.


He added that AFIT would be expected to offer degree courses in fields such as computer security and cyber warfare in addition to other related conventional programmes towards enabling the country to develop those skills required for survival in the Twenty First Century.


Speaking further, the NUC boss stated that the Commission was aware of the strides already being made by AFIT in Research and Development as well as its successful collaborations with tertiary institutions within and outside the country. in addition, he stated that the Commission was aware that AFIT admits and trains a sizeable number of civilian students.


He therefore expressed the willingness of NUC to closely work with the NAF to ensure that AFIT meets the criteria for upgrading to a degree-awarding institution.


In his remarks, the CAS praised the painstaking efforts by NUC to ensure standardization of university education in the country.


According to him “the challenges of the Twenty First Century cannot be resolved without proper education”. Consequently, the NAF gives much credence to human capacity development, Air Marshal Abubakar stated. He added that the NAF has continued to train its personnel both locally and abroad, as the Service was aware of the fact that “no one can give what he does not have”.


The CAS expressed optimism that AFIT had what it takes to meet the requirements for the desired upgrading and that the NAF would readily address any gaps that might be discovered by NUC officials, during inspection visits, to ensure the takeoff of the degree programmes by September 2018.


He disclosed that AFIT currently boasts of over 20 members of Staff with doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering and related fields while over 40 members of staff had Masters Degrees in various fields. Besides, Cranfield University of United Kingdom, with which AFIT has several years of relationship, had expressed its readiness to support AFIT in its quest to become a degree-awarding body.


Furthermore, Air Marshal Abubakar observed that, following the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with over 15 Nigerian tertiary institutions, the NAF has continued to find local solutions to complex technical challenges. The upgrading of AFIT to a degree-awarding institution would therefore only enhance NAF’s overall technical competency and research capability.


It would be recalled that on 5 December 2017, the bill establishing AFIT was signed into law by the current Federal Government administration. AFIT was founded in 1977 with the initial name ‘NAF Technical and Support Supply School’ and it has since then been providing technical training to personnel of the NAF, other sister services, members of the civil populace and personnel of the armed forces of sister African countries.


By: Gom Mirian, Abuja.