The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, said that buildings within the vicinity of the collapsed building at Ita-Faji, on Lagos Island, would be subjected to integrity tests.
Ambode said this as he visited the scene of the collapsed three-storey building, which housed a primary school.
He said that if any of the buildings failed the integrity test, it would be demolished.
“This area and building here will be undergoing an integrity test. As you can see some of the buildings have been marked for demolition
“We have been receiving pleas from house owners from the area. Notwithstanding, we will go ahead with the integrity test and any building that fails the integrity test will be demolished.
“But the most important thing now is to save more lives before we talk about dealing with the culprit.”
Ahead of May 29 swearing-in ceremony, President Muhammadu Buhari has set up inauguration committee to be chaired by the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha.
The president has also appointed his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, as the chairman of a committee saddled with the responsibility of auditing the policies, programmes and projects inherited and those initiated and executed by the incumbent administration.
A statement entitled, “Constitution of the Inter-ministerial Presidential Inauguration Committee,” and signed by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Olusegun Adekunle, listed other members of the inauguration committee.
These include the Ministers Information and Culture, Interior, Foreign Affairs, FCT, and the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, among others.
The terms of reference for the committee include “planning and execution of all approved activities for the inauguration, co-opting any organisation(s) person(s) relevant towards the successful execution of the programme; document for posterity, all planned activities for the Inauguration; and carry out any other assignment as may be required towards the successful implementation of the programme.”
Similarly, the Osinbajo-led committee, which is billed for inauguration on Friday, March 15, is tasked “to audit and determine the status of implementation of policies, programmes and projects either inherited or commenced by the Buhari-led administration”.
“To identify and highlight a residue of works and challenges that may militate against their successful implementation and prepare and produce a detailed working document that would guide the incoming cabinet members on the direction of government regarding policies, programmes and projects, among other responsibilities,” the statement added.
The release, which was also signed by Mr Adekunle, and dated Wednesday, March 13, listed other members of the committee as the President’s chief of staff, head of civil service of the federation, ministers of budget and national planning, finance, power, works and housing, among others.
Mr Buhari, who won his reelection bid in February is expected to commence his last lap in office from May 29.
Rochas Okorocha, outgoing Governor of Imo State, says his certificate of election as a senator cannot be seized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking on Wednesday when a crowd of youth supporters marched to the Government House to protest the conduct of the just-concluded elections, Okorocha accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) posted to the state of working against him.
According to Okorocha, anyone who decides to go against him would lose.
INEC had removed Okorocha’s name from the list of senators-elect who will be presented certificates on Thursday March 14, 2019. According to the commission, Okorocha was declared winner of the election “under duress”.
However, the Governor has kicked against the move, saying: “In my own case, my Certificate of Return has not been issued and I wonder why INEC will withhold my certificate for a frivolous reason, without hearing from me.
“I am not a violent person and those who know me know that. This is why we have peace in Imo State. The Returning Officer could not have done that under duress under the watchful eyes of the Police, DSS and party agents. I am not unmindful of the fact that those who are fighting me from Abuja are anxious to see me removed as a senator. I urge INEC to do the right thing immediately by releasing my certificate.
“Let me tell every Nigerian that I fought no one and no one should fight me. If anyone fights me, he will be the loser at the end of it all. My INEC Certificate cannot be touched or seized, doing so is belittling democracy in Nigeria. It is only the tribunal that has the right to say otherwise once a result is declared. INEC cannot seize my certificate by mere petition written by somebody in a case I was not given the opportunity to present my own side of the story.”
He also rejected the result of the governorship election in the state, stating that Emeka Ihedioha, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Imo Governor-elect, didn’t have the required number of votes to emerge winner.
He continued: “The REC had acted illegally by ignoring the provision of the Constitution that makes it mandatory for a candidate to have 25 per cent in two-thirds of the local governments in the state by announcing the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha who only met the requirement in 9 Local Governments instead of 18 LGAs, which is two-thirds of 27 LGAs winner.”
Noting that figures from Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ezinihitte, where the PDP candidate got 64,219 votes from Aboh Mbaise alone, were “outrageous”, he stressed that Uche Nwosu, governorship candidate of Action Alliance (AA) won the election and had the required spread by securing 25 percent of the votes in 21 out of the 27 LGAs in the state.
“For the REC to have ignored the Constitutional provision for the announcement of the winner of the governorship election only explains his desperation to announce the PDP candidate winner.
“I say so because going by the actual calculation, the person that won this election is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu. Uche Nwosu won the election in a landslide. If you remove the manipulated results from Mbaise, Uche Nwosu won with over 50,000 votes. If you cannot declare him a winner because you have someone already, then they should go for a rerun because you cannot change the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because you want to favour a candidate.
“In the course of this manipulation, we all observed that the REC decided not to use the collation officers from Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), which he disbanded for reasons he gave that they have met with politicians. Again, he brought some people whom he introduced from the University of Agriculture, Umudike. They arrived just a night before the election date and we thought we have gotten the collation officers. Again, those ones were disbanded for the same reason that they have met with politicians. I wonder how this is possible having arrived the state after midnight on the eve of election day.
“Now the REC went to his own university in Awka to bring in collation officers. We believed him, not knowing that he brought people he has been training for a hatched job for some weeks now in Anambra State to come and carry out this injustice in Imo State.
“These men arrived with heavy security from Anambra and went straight to the various Local Governments. We never knew that these were relatives of the PDP candidate and from the same Local Government. These are relatives of the PDP candidate, who were already briefed on what to do. This explains the over voting witnessed in Mbaise. Out of the 270,000 votes that he scored, 50 per cent of it or over 130,000 all came from just three local governments of Mbaise.
As far as I am concerned, we still maintain that REC has wrecked democracy in Imo State. Unfortunately for them, they were not smart enough to know that Section 179 requires you to have a spread at least in two-third of the local governments before you can be declared a winner. They ended up with only nine local governments instead of 18 required by law. The Returning Officer was advised by all the senior staff of INEC against declaring a winner without looking at the Constitution. This man in a hurry decided to announce the result against the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This is wrong. In doing so, the Returning Officer didn’t even consider the results cancelled. Total votes cancelled in the different polling booths was enough to declare the election inconclusive as the difference between the PDP and AA would have called for a supplementary election. The speed with which he announced the result tells you that the man is part of the game. This again is unacceptable to all of us.
“It is obvious that this fight is targeted against me by some of those who have decided to fight me from Abuja. I am ready to take this fight as much as I can, but don’t transfer this aggression you have against me to anybody associated with me; that would not be acceptable. Allow the young man who won the election to be so declared.”
Comrade Ezenna Okoro, who led the youth, expressed dissatisfaction with the election outcome and issued an ultimatum to the commission to address the issue.
“INEC should not provoke us and we are giving them 24 hours to reverse the election of Imo North Senatorial Zone won by Emenike, and as a matter of fact give us a date for the rerun between Uche Nwosu and the PDP candidate, having failed to make up the Constitutional requirement,” he stated. (SaharaReporters)
The federal government has banned Boeing 737 Max airplanes from flying into Nigeria’s airspace following a fatal crash in Ethiopia over the weekend.
Hadi Sirika, minister of state, aviation, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, that has been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of airplane,” he said.
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, whose mandate it is to issue advisory, has already issued advisory that nobody should fly into Nigeria or out of Nigeria using Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer, which is Messers Boeing.
“Regardless of the enormous safety records of this plane 737, it has caused concern in the world of aviation and you know aviation is universal, whatever affects one affects the other because aircraft will be flying in and out. So, we have issued directive that no operator with Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 should operate into and outside our airports and this is being carried out.”
Unknown gunmen have attacked the Divisional Police Command at Afuze, in Edo State and killed a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, a pregnant police woman and two others.
Afuze is the administrative headquarters of Owan East Local Government Area of Edo.
The incident occurred at about 8:00pm on Tuesday when many of the officers of the division had gone for outside duty.
The attackers killed the DPO and three other officers, including a pregnant woman police sergeant, who were on duty.
They also attacked the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the local government, where they set ablaze electoral materials and a police Hilux van in the compound.
The officers killed in the attack are, Tosimani Ojo (the DPO of the station), Sergeant Justina Aghomon, Inspector Sado Isaac and Corporal, Glory David.
An Eyewitness, Mr. Godwin Ikpekhia, said: “We only had gunshots and nobody knew what happen until this morning.
“The divisional police officer with three other officers who were on duty were killed on the spot inside the building.
“The hoodlums didn’t stop at that; they went to the INEC office and were shooting sporadically in order to attack men who were on duty.
“Election materials and police van in INEC office were burnt down by the hoodlums.”
The Edo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammed Dan-Mallam, who visited the scene of the incident, said that investigation would commence immediately.
Dan-Mallam vowed that those responsible for the attack would be brought to book.
“Urgent steps will be taken to curb the increasing cases of criminality in Owan axis of the state,” he said.
Attack on officers and men of the Nigeria police has become a regular occurrence in Owan.
It would be recalled that on the 14th of July last year, four police officers were attacked at a check point in the area, killed and their remains burnt and put inside their patrol Hilux van.
Also, on the 23th of January this year, the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate for Owan West, Mr. Ohio Ezomo, was kidnapped while his police orderly was killed on the spot.
Bismarck Rewane, chief executive officer of Financial Derivatives Company, has resigned from the board of FCMB Group Plc.
Before his resignation, Rewane had been an independent non-executive director of the bank since 2002, and serves on the boards of several blue-chip companies within corporate Nigeria.
In a disclosure on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday, FCMB said his resignation was accepted at a board meeting held on March 8.
“FCMB Group Plc hereby announces the retirement of Mr. Bismarck Rewane from the Board of the Company. This follows the acceptance of his retirement by the Board, at the Board of Directors’ meeting held on Friday, March 8, 2019,” the disclosure read.
“The Board and Management of FCMB Group Plc appreciate his valuable contributions and for always being available whenever called upon.”
Speaking with TheCable, the renowned economist said he is happy to be leaving the bank stronger than he met it.
“I have been on the board of at least four banks in Nigeria– Lion Bank, Intercity Bank, Fidelity Bank and FCMB, my fourth,” he said.
“My time had come to an end, Central Bank allows non-executive directors some terms and so I had to retire.
“The bank is in very sound shape, so I’m happy I left it stronger than when I came in many years ago.
“FCMB is a super brand and it will continue to do very well.” (The Cable)
Following the building collapse at Baden Private Primary School at no 10 Dagara Street, Itafaji area of Lagos Island, six persons, including a pregnant woman, have been confirmed dead, while 59 persons have been rescued alive.
The three-storey school building collapsed at about 10am, killing some pupils and trapping hundreds under the rubble. The pupils were said to be in their classrooms when the building suddenly caved in and buried them underneath.
Many of the pupils rescued by first responders were rushed to the Marina General Hospital. As expected, parents have stormed the school in search of their children.
Personnel of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are on ground and currently working to
rescue the over 100 pupils, who are said to be trapped trapped under the rubble.
THISDAY also gathered that operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) led by ACP Tunji Disu are on ground to maintain law and order.
Among those rescued alive were a teacher, the landlord of the building and eight tenants of the three-story building.
Checks revealed that the school occupied the third floor while tenants occupied the second floor. The ground floor consist of a block of shops.
The casualty rate was on the high side because the building has over 20 rooms with about eight persons living in a room.
However, emergency workers told THISDAY that the casualty rate for pupils may not be high side as speculated because the pupils of the school were doing their Physical Exercise, so some teachers took the pupils out in batches.
Those who were outside were lucky.
According to eyewitness, the school is about four years old and used to occupy a building in front of the collapsed one before it recently moved into the collapsed building.
Preliminary investigations revealed that there were plans to construct a drainage around the old building which had just recently been dug round the building few days ago. This was what likely weakened the foundation.
Speaking with newsmen, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed that as at 2pm, 50 pupils and eight tenants had been rescued.
He however declined to disclose the casualty figure, adding that rescue operations were still ongoing.
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday thanked Lagosians for voting its flagbearer, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as governor.
The party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Joe Igbokwe, assured that the incoming governor will not dissapoint them.
The statement reads: The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has expressed its heartfelt appreciation to the good people of Lagos State for massively voting its candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Olufemi Hamzat in the gubernatorial election held last Saturday. The party said that such long-standing fidelity was responsible for the success of the party in all the elections conducted this year and the huge success story which the APC has become in Nigeria and in Lagos.
“Lagosians know the reliability of the Leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of APC. It says that Lagosians have continued to trust the leadership of Asiwaju Tinubu because he had not disappointed them and such confidence was shown in the comprehensive victory APC scored in Lagos last Saturday.
“We commend Lagosians for receiving well the decent and robust campaign of our candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which hinged on furthering the development of Lagos and ensuring better life for all Lagosians irrespective of religious, tribal or political affiliation. We know this resonated with the good people of Lagos who responded with their massive votes on the 9th of March to elect him as Governor of Lagos State.
“We note that while our party was focused on showcasing its achievements in Lagos, our rivals concentrated on waking and feeding primordial sentiments in a bid to divide Lagosians on tribal, religious lines. We are happy that Lagosians accepted our message based on our achievements in the past 16 years and through that massive endorsement, expressed their willingness to continue to stick with our party as it continues to deliver the dividends of democracy for the good of all Lagosians.
“Lagos APC notes that our victory is a product of hard work, determination and good service delivery and we promise we will do more to justify this solid and impregnable confidence in the years to come. We want to assure Lagosians that we know that the reward for hard work is more work and we are determined to do more in the next four years. We assure Lagosians that in the Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat team, we have two potential governors in one team and that will ensure that Lagosians get double ration for their unflinching trust and support to our great party.
“Thank you Lagosians and please continue supporting APC for the good, progress and welfare of all Lagosians”.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has opened its portal for recruitment of fresh graduates and experienced professionals into the system.
Mr Ndu Ughamadu, its Group General Manager, (Public Affairs Division), confirmed this in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the portal for the recruitment was opened on Wednesday.
The recruitment portal address is https:/careers.nnpcgroup.com.
“The portal was opened today and I have received hundreds of inquiries whether it is correct or not.
“We are going to recruit people from different engineering fields, especially fresh graduates and equally in the administrative areas,” he said
Ughamadu said that recruitment would be in three categories of fresh graduates, senior officers/ supervisory cadre and managerial cadre.