Maiden ship assembled in Akwa Ibom is expected to be ready come January 23, 2021.

With maritime development as part of the crux of the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The Liberty Free Trade Zone licence and the Ibom Deep Seaport licence recently acquired through the ingenuity of Mr Emmanuel, attest to the readiness of the state to become a melting point in marine transport business.

Subsequently, berthing in Akwa Ibom is the first ship manufacturing yard in Oruk Anam, with capacity to produce security vessels, cargo ships, ferries and barges.

Norfin Offshore Shipyard, located at Oruk Anam local government, is ready to launch its first Nigerian produced vessel on the January 23, 2021. His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel will be on ground to flag it open and further open the vista to more opportunities for the teaming youths of the state.

Charles Udonwa, an Akwa Ibom born ship merchant, is the chairman of the ship manufacturing factory has assured that in the next three years, the factory which is currently engaging 85 will have well over 3,000 young people in its workforce.

Members of Government House Media Team, including the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media (Research and Documentation), Mr. Essien Ndueso, visited the Shipyard to assess the progress of work at the factory.

Conducting the team round the facility, the Chairman and CEO of the company, Engr. Udonwa explained that finishing touches were being put to the vessel by the technical unit of the company, assuring that by next week, the vessel would wear a new look in readiness for its launch into the sea.

Also in the team were the Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Engr. Solomon Eyo and the Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to the Governor, Mrs. Josephine Bassey as well as members of the Research and Documentation Team.

Media Unit
Govt House,Uyo
12/01/21

I set him ablaze because we took blood oath, and I aborted for him 3 times- 17 year old lady narrates

According to a news that was posted by Punch Newspaper early this morning, it has been alleged that a newly admitted law student at the Benue State University, whose name was given as Alex Esther, has narrated the reason why she burnt her boyfriend alive.

According to Punch, it was made known that, the 17-year old lady revealed that the deceased, Chidinma who was her boyfriend, were both in a serious relationship to the extent that they took blood oath and promised never to leave each other in bad times and good times, and they took this blood oath when he wanted to sleep with her for the first time, as she revealed to him that she had never done it before, and that she was afraid that he will leave her.

As time goes on, she got pregnant for the deceased, and he told her to abort it.

Alex Esther revealed that she was living with the deceased, as they have already done their introduction with her family members and due to this, she got pregnant again the second time and her late boyfriend started misbehaving, as he won’t come home at times, telling her to abort the baby, and she did it again in order to please him.

However, she got pregnant for him the third time, as they had serious problem, to the extent that the sister of her late boyfriend will come to their house to beat her up, without anyone rescuing her.

She said after she packed out of his house and he came back on the 9th of January, he came to her house looking for her, but she refused to see him, and he started begging for forgiveness, as he said he had offended her and when he said this, Esther (suspect) told him that there are a lot of things they need to resolve, and her boyfriend told her to come to his house and she went there in the night, the next day.

While she was going there in the night, she bought fuel and matches from a man selling it, because she was thinking that when she gets there, her boyfriend might hurt her again, and when she got there, she left the fuel outside and went inside the house. They talked and the deceased slept with her forcefully again and they both slept.

When she woke up in the night, she could not control herself, as she went outside, carry the fuel and burnt her boyfriend, as she also ran to a church to sleep that night.

Apart from its plan to engage in domestic and foreign borrowings to fund the 2021 budget, the federal government has confirmed that it will also sell some government-owned properties for the same purpose.

The government also said it will sell some non-oil assets to serve as additional source of finance for the year’s budget.

This is contained in a Tuesday presentation made in Abuja by the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, to stakeholders about the signed 2021 budget. We obtained a copy of the presentation.

The presentation, titled, ‘Public Presentation of 2021 FGN Approved Budget – Breakdown and Highlights’ was dated January 12.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 31, 2020, signed the N13.58 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year – about N505 billion higher than the budget proposed in October, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari signing The Nigeria Police Bill, 2020 [PHOTO: Presidency]
President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

In the approved budget, about N496.5 billion was approved for statutory transfers and N3.3 trillion was approved for debt services.

The recurrent expenditure was put at N5.6 trillion with capital expenditure at N4.1 trillion and fiscal deficit at N5.2 trillion (5,196,007,992,292).

Already, many have condemned the federal government’s consistent resolve to borrow to fund budgets annually. For this year, the government is to borrow N5.6 trillion from domestic and foreign resources. The amount being the total deficit for the 2021 budget.

This represents 3.93 per cent of the GDP.

This paper had reported how the deficit will be financed, according to the ministry of finance.

Both the president and Ms Zainab had said Nigeria will borrow money from the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and countries like Brazil to fund the budget.

Besides borrowings…

According to the document, another means by which the government intends to fund the budget is by selling and concessioning government-owned properties and non-oil assets.

“Sales of government property” and “non-oil asset sales” were listed under the “additional financing” section of the document. This section shows an overview of how the deficit will be financed.

Although the document did not state the companies that have been put up for sale, neither did it state the expected revenue from the sales, this confirms earlier speculations of the government’s plan to sell off some properties.

In November 2020, the Senate committee on privatisation said it was not aware of the government’s plan to sell or concession some national properties through the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). This was during the agency’s 2021 budget defence session.

Documents presented to the committee showed plans by the federal government to sell the Integrated Power Plants in Geregu, Omotosho, and Calabar at N434 billion in 2021.

Also in the document were plans to concession the National Arts Theatre, Tafawa Balewa Square, and all the River Basin Development Authorities at N836 million while the National Stadium in Lagos, the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, and two others were pegged for concessioning at N100 million.

The chairman of the committee, Theodore Orji, had said the panel was not aware of the planned transactions. He also complained that the Director General of BPE, Alex Okoh, “refused to carry members of the panel along”.

However, when contacted, the Clerk of the panel, Sadia Abdullahi, told PREMIUM TIMES Wedneaday that the “matter had been resolved.”

She said Mr Okoh appeared again before the panel to submit the necessary documents containing the list of national properties that are up for sale or concessioning as well as their prices. She also said both the committee, the BPE and the federal government are now all on the same page.

Additional financing

Besides selling off national assets, the federal government also intends to finance the year’s budget through “Borrowing from Special Accounts.”

Although no amount was stated for this purpose, many believe it is the government’s plan to borrow money from dormant accounts, as announced earlier.

Ms Ahmed had disclosed that the government is targeting about N850 billion from unclaimed dividends and dormant bank deposits.

The government will also finance the budget through proceeds from privatisation of some public assets which has been put at N205.1 billion.

Other means are Multilateral/Bi-lateral Project-tied Loans pegged at N709.68 billion and ‘New Borrowings’ of N4.7 trillion (N4,686,775,885,696) which includes borrowing from domestic sources of N2.34 trillion and from foreign sources of N2.34 trillion)

The government also hopes to finance the budget from its share of oil revenue- N2.01 trillion, NLNG Dividend – N208.5 billion, Minerals and Mining N2.65 billion and non-oil at N1.48 trillion.

Others are Company Income Tax (CIT) – N681.7 billion, Valued Added Tax (VAT)-N238.4 billion, Customs – N508.2 billion and Federation Account levies at N60.5 billion.

Source : pulse.ng

Articles of Biden’s impeachment to be presented in the Congress a day after his inauguration.

Biden to be ousted a day after his inauguration.

His expulsion planned after the emergence of claims that he used his son to illegally obtain cash from China and Ukraine.

Donald Junior Trump’s exit faced with lots of hurdles and barriers.

First, the United States President known for his dictatorial reigns was reluctant to concede defeat.

Secondly, he later conceded defeat on condition that he won’t attend Biden’s inauguration.

Thirdly, Biden’s rivals comes up with a scheme to defame and dethrone him.

Orchestrators of the scheme claim that the latter used scheming techniques to wrongfully obtain cash from China and Ukraine.

“Breaking: Articles of impeachment against Joe Biden are being drafted to be presented to Congress on January 21st, a day after his inauguration. Joe is being accused to have used his son to obtain money from Ukraine and China.” Lord Abraham Mutai claims.

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A pastor in Kisii County on Thursday is said to have slit his wife’s throat after going through her phone and finding weird messages.

According to media reports, the preacher is now under police custody after he tried to fake the suspected murder and make it look like a suicide.

People Daily reports that Pastor Joel Mogaka, 40, took his wife Irine Nyakwara, to one of the hospitals in Kisii town with pretence she had taken poison.

Kisii County Police Commander Jebel Munene who confirmed the bizarre incident said the suspect is now in custody pendingpostmortem to determine what killed the woman, who was a secondary school teacher.

The officer also said they are analyzing the suspect’s call history to determine if there were other people involved in the suspected murder incidence

The couple’s neighbours said the two had issues on Thursday after the man found some messages on her phone.

They also said they had other marital issues some time back which were solved by their relatives.

“They had been having marital differences on accusations and counter-accusations over infidelity. Elders attempted to iron out the issue in vain,” Tim Kironchi said as quoted by People Daily.

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan

Former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has emerged as the African Leadership Magazine Africa Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020, ahead of many other distinguished nominees across the continent.

Publisher of the United Kingdom-based magazine, Dr Ken Giami who announced the award at the U.K. Head Office of the group stated that Dr. Jonathan was overwhelmingly chosen by poll respondents because of his “commitment to deepening democracy, peace and security across the continent.”

According to him, the former President “who has led several African Union (AU) and ECOWAS missions across the continent, emerged winner after scoring over 80% of the total votes cast in the category, in a keenly contested poll.”

Dr. Jonathan was announced as the winner in the 9th edition of the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award, alongside 12 other distinguished Africans, including: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization, WHO, as African of the Year 2020; Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, as African Political Leader of the Year; Mo Ibrahim, founder, Mo Ibrahim foundation, as the African Philanthropist of the year 2020; Graca Machel, as African Climate Champion of the Year 2020.

A statement by the magazine indicated that the poll attracted over 120,000 votes on the ALM website, over 7 million active online engagement during the voting period and over 5000 votes via email.

It stated that the winners shall be decorated and presented with honour instruments on February 26th, 2021, during the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award ceremony.

“This year, the event is billed to hold virtually and set to host influential Africans in business, politics, and all spheres of African leadership spectrum”, the statement added.

Giving more details on the selection process, the magazine stated: “The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year which is in its 9th year is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who have blazed the trail in the year under review. A shortlist of nominees are selected from results gathered via a Call for the nomination – traditionally promoted via paid online and offline campaigns across the continent, Europe, and the Americas. The call for nomination is the first step in a multi-phased process.”

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The value of the Naira against the Dollar moved southwards on Thursday at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) and the black market segments of the foreign exchange market.

This was mainly influenced by the significant rise in the demand for forex at the market windows.

Data harvested by Business Post showed that at the I&E window, transactions worth $215.63 million were carried out compared with the $17.23 million recorded the preceding day, indicating a rise of $198.4 million or 1,151.5 per cent.

This put pressure on the local currency yesterday, causing it to depreciate by 0.34 per cent or N1.34 to close the day at N394.67/$1 as against N393.33/$1 it finished on Wednesday.

Also, at the parallel market, the Naira gave up N1 against the American currency as it sold at N475/$1 in contrast to N474/$1 it was exchanged on Wednesday.

At the same unregulated FX market segment, the local currency lost N3 against the Pound Sterling to settle at N640/£1 in contrast to N637/£1 it settled at the day before. However, the Naira remained unchanged against the Euro to close at N580/€1.

At the interbank and Bureaux De Change (BDC) segments of the market, the Nigerian currency further traded flat against the American Dollar, closing at N379/$1 and N395/$1 at respectively.

Meanwhile, at the cryptocurrency market, Bitcoin (BTC) rallied as its value moved up by 4.4 per cent to trade at N18,637,999.99. The Ethereum rose by 9.4 per cent to sell at N591,671, the Litecoin (LTC) appreciated by 5.5 per cent to trade at N73,885.08, while Tron (TRX) gained 1.7 per cent to sell at N14.42.

On the loser’s end, Dash (DASH) depreciated by 2.9 per cent to sell at N63,439.57, Ripple (XRP) went down by 1.5 per cent to trade at N141.97, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) fell by 1.3 per cent to trade at N482.40.

Armed Fulani Men Intercepted
Armed Fulani Men Intercepted

Alleged Revenge Mission – Bus Loaded with Armed Fulani Men Intercepted in Oyo State.

Men of Operation Burst in Oyo State have arrested some armed Fulani men in the Ibarapa area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspects loaded in three buses were arrested by a joint security team which includes soldiers.Our correspondent gathered that the suspects loaded in three buses were arrested by a joint security team which includes soldiers.

The suspects, who were said to have stormed the area some hours after members of Amotekun carried out a raid on kidnappers’ hideouts in the area, were believed to be on a revenge mission–a claim yet to be ascertained.

It was gathered that some weapons including guns, bows, and arrows, and ammunition were recovered from them.

A source told our correspondent that each of the occupants of the three buses was holding a Dane gun but after a search was carried out, more sophisticated guns were found hidden in the vehicles.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State Police Command, Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, was contacted via WhatsApp. He is yet to confirm or deny the arrest as of the time of this report.

But the Coordinator of O’dua People’s Congress in Oyo State, Mr Rotimi Olumo, when contacted said his men in Ibarapa axis briefed him about the arrest.

He said, ” I was told that the Fulani men were arrested by Operation Burst. About 47 of them were arrested and guns were recovered from them.”

Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
File photo of students during a WAEC examination.

The Federal Government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain,” the Federal Ministry of Education said in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong.

This had sparked fears among many Nigerians that schools resumption might be put on hold indefinitely even though many states in the country had set dates for the reopening of the learning centres. 

FULL STATEMENT 

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, 
office of the director (press & PR)
PRESS STATEMENT

SCHOOL RESUMPTION DATE OF 18TH JANUARY 2021 STANDS MINISTER
Sequel to the hint given during the press 12 January 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of 18th January 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation. 
After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including:-
(i) Compulsory wearing of Facemasks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools 
(ii) Temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools 
(iii) Ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers 
(iv) Enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days. 
(v) Avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy 
(vi) Availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities
(vii) Adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed/ approved by the PTF from time to time.
These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.

Ben Bem Goong 
Director, Press and Public Relations 
14th January, 2021

Akwa Ibom State Governor , Mr Udom Emmanuel played host on Thursday , 14th January, 2021 to the 8th Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Nyaudo Ukpabio Ndaeyo, at the Executive Council Chamber, Government House , Uyo.

It’s the first official visit of Prof. Ndaeyo to Governor Emmanuel following his appointment as Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo.

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