He anchors “Quest Means Business”, the five-times-weekly business programme and fronts the CNN shows “Business Traveller”, “The Express” and “Quest’s World of Wonder”.
The CNN Anchor, Richard Quest, yesterday paid a courtesy visit on the Management of Fidelity Bank Plc and engaged the team on several issues including SME lending and leveraging digital channels to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria. Here are some of the pictures of the visit……..
One of the leaders of Amotekun, a security outfit, on Monday, visited the Ekiti state house of assembly, dressed in combat regalia.
The Amotekun leader, whose major purpose in the house was to attend a public hearing on the outfit, gave his submission on the security initiative.
The Ekiti Assembly had earlier passed the Amotekun bill transmitted by Kayode Fayemi, the governor, into law.
Amotekun was originally established as a regional outfit but after a series of consultations, including a meeting with Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, the initiative was adopted as a state effort.
The Chief Security Officer to the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr Tony Iwelu is dead.
According to findings by our correspondent, Iwelu died on Monday, February 17 of an electric shock from a shower in the early hours of the day. Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside described Mr Iwelu’s demise as a painful experience that would be difficult to deal with. “One of the most painful experiences in recent times!
How else can we explain that life is like a vapour? “Tony was a wonderful person. May Tony’s soul Rest in Peace,” he said. On his part, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transport, Saibu Zakari, prayed for the repose of Mr. Iwelu’s soul, saying, “May Tony’s soul rest in perfect peace.
We really lost a very good and hardworking friend. I called Tony two times at 7.26 am and 7.30 AM yesterday (Monday) but no response. That indeed was not Tony’s character. “May his soul rest in perfect peace.”
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha on Tuesday criticised those calling for the sack of Service Chiefs.
Mustapha declared the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will not sack the Service Chiefs now.
“We are in a very difficult situation and when we begin to create cracks and divisions, who will be the beneficiaries?
“The adversaries are the ones that are going to exploit those deficiencies and further the cause of destabilising the nation”.
He spoke with reporters in Abuja after a book presentation titled CAN, Religion, politics and power in Nigeria by former General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) Engr Samuel Salifu.
The House of Representatives has resolved to acquire Toyota Camry 2020 model for members as official cars, otherwise called utility vehicles.
The resolution was reached at an executive (closed-door) session held on February 5, 2020, The PUNCH reliably learnt on Friday.
A source in the chamber, who spoke on condition of anonymity as members were forbidden from disclosing details of the discussions at the closed-door meeting, said the National Assembly would purchase 400 exotic cars. The lawmaker, however, kept mum on the cost of each car.
When contacted on Sunday, a representative of Elizade Nigeria Limited, a foremost Toyota brand distributor, said the 2020 model had yet to arrive in the country.
The representative, however, said the 2019 model was N26.75m and N35.75m (for V6 engine).
The 2020 model is expected to be costlier.
A check on the website of Toyota showed that the price of the car, depending on the variants, is between $25,000 (N9,000,000 at N360 to a dollar) and $35,000 (N12,600,000), excluding the cost of shipping, import duty which is 70 per cent of the net cost and other clearing charges and taxes at the port.
For instance, those with higher specification, as the National Assembly usually goes for higher range of vehicles, are XLE at $29,455; XLE V6 at $34,580; XSE at $30,005 and XSE V6 at $35,130.
At the meeting, the lawmakers were said to have rejected Nigerian brands, insisting on foreign ones, preferably imported and not locally assembled.
The lawmaker said a proposal to patronise Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing, a Nigerian brand based in Nnewi, Anambra State, was rejected.
The lawmaker said, “It is Toyota Camry 2020. Manga will supply 300 of the vehicles. The person who supplied the Senate will supply the remaining 100. Someone suggested Innoson. I feel he was being sarcastic. He is from Anambra.”
Already, about 14 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Jeeps were said to have already been shared to the presiding and principal officers as well as chairmen of select House committees.
Giving the breakdown of how the vehicles would be shared, the source said the 400 saloon cars would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff, Chiefs of Staff to the two presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.
Another member of the House, who also declined to be named, said some of the vehicles had been supplied while new members who did not get committee appointments would be the beneficiaries of the first batch. (Punch)
Uche expressed his dissatisfaction at being coupled up with Chris after the live show. He communicated his dissatisfaction to Aunty and requested to be checked out of the Love Pad immediately. However, that did not happen as Aunty needed him to be sure of his request. She then gave him 24 hours to reconsider his decision which would also provide time for certain modalities to be put in place.
Nevertheless, Chris was still fixated on leaving and after a brief visit to the Love Pad on Monday night, Aunty gave her consent to his request. A visibly sad Aunty said this was not what she would have wanted but that the essence of the show was to create a space for couples to find love, willingly. With that said, Uche bade farewell to the love guests and made his way out of the Love Pad.
Meanwhile, the 18 love guests paired up Sunday night according to their wishes are:
Bolanle and Arnold (BOLAR)
Iyke and Theresa (IYKERESA)
Cherry and Michael (MICHERRY)
Presh Talker and David (PRESHDAVID)
Obichukwu and Ebiteinye (OBIEBI)
Nkechi and Jay (JAYKECH)
Louis and Jenny Koko (JELO)
Jerry and Sylvia (JERVIA)
Kachi and Rosie (ROKSIE)
With the couples formed, viewers are keen to see how these budding relationships will play out and which will stand the test of time! Follow the official social media pages of Ultimate Love on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #UltimateLoveNg.
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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu for appointment as the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The approval of the Senate followed the presentation and consideration of the screening report of the Senator Smart Adeyemi-led Senate Committee on Aviation at plenary in Abuja.
A power tussle for the control of Nigeria’s security chiefs between the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno and President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari has shown why Nigeria’s security chiefs have been ineffective and yet sitting pretty in office.
Monguno in a letter dated 9 December, 2019 accused Abba Kyari of meddlesome in national security matters. Ordinarily, Kyari should have no role in the area, but it appears, he has been playing the surrogate for President Buhari by holding meetings with the security chiefs, without the involvement of the official that they should normally discuss with.
The letter was published by Premium Times on Monday.
There was no indication of how long this absurdity has been going on, but Monguno appears eager to end the anomaly, hence his warning memo to all service chiefs to desist from taking further directives from Kyari.
Buhari with Chief of staff Abba Kyari, who has been playing his role as commander-in-chief by giving instructions to service chiefs
Mr Monguno said Mr Kyari’s directives to service chiefs were sometimes issued without the knowledge, much less approval of the president, a practice he said has added to government’s failure to contain insecurity.
“Chief of staff to the president is not a presiding head of security, neither is he sworn to an oath of defending the country,” Mr Monguno, a retired major-general, said in the letter.
“As such, unprofessional practices such as presiding over meetings with service chiefs and heads of security organisations as well as ambassadors and high commissioners to the exclusion of the NSA and/or supervising ministers are a violation of the Constitution and directly undermine the authority of Mr President.
Maj. General Babagana Monguno: incensed that Kyari has usurped his duties
“Such acts and continues meddlesomeness by chief of staff have not only ruptured our security an defence efforts but have slowed down any meaningful gain that Mr President has sought to achieve.”
Mr Monguno’s letter comes as insecurity returns to centre stage as a major cause for worry among Nigerians.
The president has repeatedly promised to curb the crises, many of which he met in office, but has largely and embarrassingly failed like his predecessors.
The most importance significance of the letter is that President Buhari, as the commander-in-chief has ceded his job to Abba Kyari, despite photo-ops showing him holding meetings with service chiefs.
PDP, reacting in a statement by its National Publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said Monguno’s statement had validated its position that Buhari had abdicated the responsibilities of his office. The party called on Buhari to resign, since it appears the nation has been on autopilot.
“Following Monguno’s revelation , we reiterate earlier position that President Buhari should waste no further time in relinquishing his position as President since it is now obvious that he has become overwhelmed by official duties.
“The PDP holds that security is the most important element of governance, followed by the welfare of citizens and since President Buhari has relinquished these statutory responsibilities, he has no other reason to remain in office.
“The NSA’s letter further exposes the fact that our nation has been on autopilot under President Buhari, whose abdication of serious matters of state is directly responsible for the untold suffering, anguish, pain and escalated insecurity in the country.
“The PDP describes the Gen. Monguno revelation as a national tragedy which showcases the fact that Mr. President Buhari has become so irredeemably overwhelmed to the extent that the responsibilities of his office, including presiding over very sensitive security matters, have now been taken over by his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who functions as a defacto President.
“Nigerians are invited to note the verdict by the NSA, who, in support of the position of the PDP, affirmed that such situation is responsible for the failure of government to defend Nigerians and find solution to the worsened insecurity under President Buhari’s watch.
“Our party recalls that even the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, had severally alerted that strange elements had usurped the functions of the president and urged Nigerians to speak out for their country.
“It is now clear that the demand by Nigerians calling on President Buhari to resign was borne out of patriotism and love for our country,” the party said.
Love is in the air, but even if heart-shaped chocolates and fluffy teddy bears aren’t your thing, get cosy with DStv this month, because we’ve got plenty of entertainment that’ll get your pulse racing.
Next Sunday, heartbreak turns into brutal revenge on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Our hero, the gruff Logan (Hugh Jackman) has found love, settling down with schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox. Their peaceful existence is shattered when his vicious brother brutally murders Kayla. Logan’s thirst for revenge sees him take on some formidable foes, including Deadpool! Check it out on 23 February at 18:00 WAT on M-Net Smile (DStv Channel 105).
On the sweeter side, there’s October Kiss on Lifetime (DStv Channel 131), also on 23 February at 18:30 WAT. This Hallmark movie stars the free-spirited Poppy, a nanny who’s hired by a career-driven single dad. With Halloween around the corner, she shows the family that life can be joyful.
If you love laughing out loud, don’t miss the 12th season of Impractical Jokers, Monday to Thursday at 20:00 WAT on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122). Q, Sal, Joe and Murr have quite the odd bromance going on – always challenging each other to complete the most awkward and outrageous dares. The results are nothing short of hilarious!
Finally, a relationship that very much deserves the ‘it’s complicated’ label. Prodigal Son features Malcolm Bright, a brilliant criminal psychologist whose father just happens to be a notorious serial killer. When a copycat killer starts using his father’s methods, the dad and son duo must team up to stop him. Catch this highly anticipated series every Wednesday from 19 February at 20:00 WAT on M-Net (DStv Channel 102).
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