People Will Stop Shouting Over What Senators Earn If I Reveal What Governors Earn – Peter Obi

As millions of Nigerians continue to condemn the high allowances paid to Nigerian lawmakers, a former governor has said that if he exposes what governors earn, people will keep quiet.

While speaking as a panelist at The Dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos on Thursday, former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, said that what governors earn in Nigeria is immoderate.
According to TheCable, the influential politician told the audience that if he revealed how much a Nigerian governor earns, the outrage would be hotter than what trailed the N13.5 million monthly pay of senators.
He said; “None of you knows what a governor earns, quote me anywhere if you know you won’t be here.
“It is something you can’t imagine. You just know the one of senators, and you are shouting, but what if you know that of the governors?”
While comparing Nigeria with the United States, Peter Obi spoke of the modesty in the earnings of public office holders in America.
He said; “America’s GDP is way above Nigeria’s but an American senator earns $174,000 (about N50 million) a year and you can imagine what his Nigerian counterpart earns in a month,” he said.
“In America, governors earn according to their state. The governor of California is the highest paid in America, and he earns $192, 000. The smallest state earns $70, 000. But in Nigeria, I can tell you because I’ve been there, the cost of just keeping convoys alone is in millions. And when people ask me why am I saying these things, I tell them that even if we made mistakes yesterday, can’t we correct it today?”
Peter Obi said while in power, he reduced the vehicles in his convoy to four, adding that he never used a bulletproof car.
“I asked them, why are all these vehicles following me, and nobody was able to explain to me. I didn’t stop it because of them following me, but the cost of maintaining them was high. I asked them why do we need to spend about N30 million fueling these vehicles that 60 percent are empty when following me?” he said.
“What is the essence of a bulletproof car? Anyone who wants to kill you would come when you are out of the car. For eight years I didn’t use, and they didn’t kill me.”
Peter Obi also noted that politicians are fond of making promises they cannot fulfil when voted into power.
“You told us that you are going to solve a problem, and we voted you, and now you are telling us that you met a problem, what do you expect to meet?”he asked.
“You shouldn’t tell us the story of what you met there, we do not expect 100 percent result, but 100 percent effort. We voted you because you said you are going to solve this problem.”

Government Has Removed Dichotomy Between HND And B.Sc In Federal Civil Service – FG

There is no more dichotomy between holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor of Science degree holders as it has been removed by the FG.

The Federal Government has said it has removed the dichotomy between holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor of Science degree in the Federal Civil Service.
With this new development, it has enhanced the entry Salary Grade Level for all category of Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the Federal Civil Service from Level 07 to Grade Level 08.
Speaking at the 40th National Council on Establishment holding in Owerri, Imo State capital, the Permanent Secretary, Service, Policies and Strategies Office (SPSO), Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Ndubuisi Osuji.
He said this was in compliance with decisions reached at the 39th National Council on Establishment. This was contained in a statement on Thursday in Abuja by an Assistant Director, Media Relations, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Timothy Akpoli, on behalf of the Director of Communications.
Osuji was quoted to have said that the decisions arrived at the 39th NCE were fully implemented through various circulars conveyed to the relevant stakeholders.
He listed some of these decisions to include uniform Scheme of Service for all category of Nurses with the common nomenclature of ‘Nursing Officers’: Internship for graduate Nurses who do not possess the professional Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife qualification.
Others are enhancing entry Salary Grade Level 08 for all category of Higher National Diploma (HND) holders; and creation of Assistant Education Officers Cadre SGL 07 – 14 for candidates with the requisite qualification in Special Education.
He also said that the meeting would consider a total of eighty memoranda comprising eighteen reference cases and sixty-six new memoranda, submitted by State Governments, Federal Government Agencies and other stakeholders.
In addition, he said the reports and recommendations of both the Standing Committees and Joint National Public Service Negotiating Councils were part of the agenda for the meeting.
According to him, the previous decisions of Council on the creation of new cadres, amendment or elongation of existing cadres, have been collated for inclusion in the on-going review of the Scheme of Service due to be published soon. This, he noted, would achieve the twin objectives of producing a single reference document for all cadres/professional groups in the Civil Service, as well as reduce the numerous requests for clarifications and interpretation on various establishment decisions of Council.
Osuji urged the participants to bring their wealth of experience to bear during the deliberation, saying that the experiences of the officials have place on them a unique position to evaluate the memoranda and recommend measures that would have positive impact on service delivery, as well as improve the processes and system of operations in the Civil Service.
The Head of Service, Imo State, Mr Callistus Ekenze, in his address said that the meeting will signpost a lot of issues and throw up matters that will at the end gladden the mind of workers.
He called on all participants to give their best and contribute constructively to issues that will be raised. The NCE is a forum where the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Head of Service of the 36 states of the Federation and Permanent Secretaries (Establishment) in both the Federal and State Civil Service meet yearly to deliberate on matters affecting the Civil Service, especially the scheme and conditions of service.

Senator Slams President Buhari For Denying Knowledge Of Things Happening In His Government

A Nigerian senator has condemned President Buhari’s habit of always denying knowledge of things going wrong in his government.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party Senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe representing Abia East, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for constantly denying responsibility when things go wrong in his government.
The lawmaker made this known while contributing to a motion on the recent violence killings in Kogi state by suspected herdsmen. He said Mr Buhari is always in the habit of saying, “I don’t know.”
The outpour followed a motion raised by Atai Aidoko Ali on the activities of armed bandits who killed 32 people in two local government areas of Kogi state on Wednesday.
Mr Abaribe said: “I agree with the senate leader who said this is a moment where we have to work with the executive.
“The only thing I don’t agree with is, this executive that you want us to work with, have they accepted that they are the people that have responsibility?
“We have a president that will say I don’t know my IG didn’t even follow my order. A president that says I didn’t even know when this happened. Every little thing he doesn’t know.”

Afe Babalola Speaks On Who Is Responsible For Killer Herdsmen, Boko Haram Menace

Nigerian Lawyer and founder of Afe Babalola University, Afe Babalola, has opened up on who is responsible for the destruction and killings by Boko Haram and Herdsmen in the country.

While speaking in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Thursday where he received an award of ‘Sir Ahmadu Bello Platinum’ by the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Afe Babalola, has ‘absolved’ President Buhari of culpability in the spate of killings and the state of insecurity around the country.
According to PREMIUM Times, the foremost Nigerian legal practitioner, blamed the military for altering the political structure of the country, saying the action had resulted in conflicts occurring in the“forms of herdsmen killings and Boko Haram insurgency”.
The proprietor of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, said the military coup of 1966, which ushered in a “lopsided unitary system” in the country and abrogated the regional system, was responsible for the “unwholesome scenarios playing out”.
“The essence of government is to guarantee the security of lives and property of the people. President Buhari is not to blame for this insecurity but the military,” he said.
“Before military took over in 1966, Nigeria was operating regional system with each region growing and developing faster at its own pace.
“These regions were closer to the people. Killings or insurgency were alien to our culture then. Nigerians love one another, though they were divided politically.
“I want to say that if those regions were allowed then, the country would have had a nation or nations that are well developed today.”
He lamented the state of governance in Nigeria. “Many pensioners have died having been owed several years of pension arrears,” he said.
“Even those in the service were owed seven or eight months salary arrears, so just like I said earlier, our leaders have turned us into beggars.”
He also noted that his university has the vision to build the youth into a reliable future leaders. “There are many rich people in Nigeria who can establish this kind of university with the vision to bring quality education as well as moral and cultural values to the doorstep of Nigerians,” he said.
“If we have this kind of university in each of the six geopolitical zones or every state, Nigeria will change for better.
“Go to the North and propagate the ideals which my university stands for. Nigeria must be united at all cost for us to make a headway and overcome all our challenges.”


The much anticipated and highly publicized event, Nokian Tyres Launch painted the city of Lagos with buzz of glitter and enterprise rave moments.

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Top business men and women, stakeholders from transportation, automobile, logistics and media industries flooded the prestigious Oriental Hotel Lekki Lagos on 23rd of February, 2018 in honor of the new brand set to strengthen the Nigerian auto industry, and provide employment for the youths. The high point was when an honourable member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and a veteran Nollywood Actor/Producer, Hon. Desmond Elliot walked in on the aisle of a special invitation, in his statement told the guests and all that the nokian tyres is the brand everybody should invest in. Also in attendance were the Lagos state Commissioner for culture and Tourism, Commissioner for police; all represented by their delegates, StanbicIBTC, Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, NTA, influence with aquinas media, and a host of other financial institutions and notable personalities. It was a rendezvous of all who matter in the society.

BREAKING: NASU, NAAT, SSANU suspend nationwide strike

The non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities have suspended their strike.

The staff, members of three unions, NASU, SSANU, and NAAT, announced the suspension of the three month and 10 days old strike on Wednesday.

Samson Ugwoke, the national chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the three unions announced suspension on Wednesday at a press briefing.

He said members of the three unions have been directed to resume on March 15, 2018.

“We shall not hesitate to resume the strike if government reneges on the agreements reached or delays in any aspects,” he said.

The workers commenced the strike on December 4, 2017.

We’ll Resist Any Senate Attempt To Veto Buhari – Ali Ndume Says Of APC Senators On Electoral Amendment

A bold move by members of the Nigerian senate to reportedly veto the president, Muhamamdu Buhari on the new electoral amendment, is set to hit the rocks according to new revelation by some determined lawmakers.

Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno South District, has said any move by the National Assembly to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto of National Assembly’s amendments to the Electoral Act would be resisted by him and his All Progressive Congress (APC) colleagues in the upper chamber.
According to SaharaReporters, Senator Ndume said: “If they make any move to override the president, we will block them. We are over 43 and more persons have indicated interest today. We are calling on our colleagues not to push the issue further because it is not in public interest.”
“If the elections are conducted twice, the security implications would be less than when it is spread to three weeks as proposed by the bill.”
He added that the re-ordering of timetable for 2019 election which led to the veto of the amendment is against the interest of the masses, hence the President’s refusal to assent it.
Similarly, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, in an interview with Daily Trust also said he will fight the battle against the amendment.
“I don’t want to ruin this thing on the pages of newspaper. I cross bridges when I reach them. Those who are doing all these, they know that’s not the last on the amendment.
“They haven’t seen the last yet. Just tell them that the last has not been heard on that amendment. By the grace of God, I have made a vow; I will not betray my party,” he said.

Missing Dapchi Girls: Buhari Lands In Maiduguri, Off To Yobe

Weeks after over 100 girls were abducted from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram terrorists, the nation’s president, Muhamamdu Buhari, is finally visiting the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday morning, arrived Maiduguri air force base, in the Borno State capital on his way to Yobe State, his first visit there since over 100 girls were abducted from their school in Dapchi.
The presidential reportedly aircraft arrived the air force base at 11.05 a.m.
It was gathered that after taking the military parade, the president immediately went into a closed-door meeting at the lounge of the air force base with the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, and some top military commanders including the Chief of Air Staff.
By 11:55 a.m., the president and the governor of emerged from the meeting. Buhari was then escorted to the tarmac to board an air force helicopter to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
According to PREMIUM Times, journalists other than those of NTA and the News Agency of Nigeria were practically barred from filming or covering the president’s arrival.

Tension As Nigerian Police And Soldiers Clash With Road Safety Officers In Abuja (Photo)

Officers of the Nigeria Police Force and soldiers have reportedly clashed with Road Safety officers in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to a report by Premium Times, a major fracas has broken out amongst Nigerian security agencies in Abuja.
It was learnt that the violence broke out after soldiers and policemen attached to The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) tried to serve the Road Safety office in Wuze Zone 7 a violation notice.
The policemen and soldiers with the AEBP officials allegedly assaulted a female Road Safety marshal in the process and confrontation ensued.
The AEPB task force members denied assaulting the Road Safety personnel, saying they were resisted from serving the Road Safety the notice they brought.
During the fight, a soldier was reportedly wounded and a civilian staff of the AEPB was “taken hostage” by the Road Safety marshals.
In turn, soldiers and policemen who were part of the AEPB team seized a Road Safety officer.
There is currently a stalemate over the release of the “hostages”, as neither party was willing to free the persons in their respective custodies first.
The Road Safety demanded that its personnel must be released first while soldiers stood their grounds that Road Safety should first release the seized civilian AEPB staff, whom they escorted to serve the notice.
There is currently serious traffic build up around the area.
Acording to Premium Times, effort is currently being made to reach the police, FRSC and the military for comments on this developing story.
Details later…

Olisa Metuh Arrives Court In A Wheelchair, Begs To Travel To UK For Treatment

A former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has been wheeled into court on a wheelchair as his trial continues.

Chief Olisa Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who is facing corruption charges, on Wednesday, arrived for continuation of his trial before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, in a wheelchair.
According to Vanguard, Metuh was wheeled into the courtroom to continue his defence to the seven-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Destra Investment Limited.
EFCC alleged that he had before the 2015 Presidential election, received N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, without executing any contract.
The agency alleged that the fund was electronically wired from an account that ONSA operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to Metuh, via account no. 0040437573, which his firm operated with Diamond Bank Plc.
It told the court that the fund which was released to Metuh and his firm by detained former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd,‎ ‎was part of about $2.1billion earmarked for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency in the North East.
Besides, the prosecution which had earlier closed its case after it called eight witnesses that testfied before the court, equally alleged that Metuh was involved in an illicit transaction that involved the exchange of $2million.
Meantime, at the resumed proceeding on Wednesday, Metuh through his lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, applied to be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
Metuh’s lawyer told the court that his client’s health had badly deteriorated in the past two months, a situation he said would require urgent medical attention from his doctors in London.
He tendered as an exhibit, a letter from one Dr. Adrian T. H. Kasey, a Neurosurgeon at Wellington Hospital in London, which he said emphasized the need for Metuh to be treated urgently.
However, trial Justice Abang requested both the prosecution and defence lawyers to address him on whether the court could grant Metuh’s request considering that he previously dismissed two similar applications on May 25, 2016 and on February, 2017.
Justice Abang who noted that Metuh had yet to appeal both rulings, noted that issues Metuh raised in his present application dated February 23, were the same thing he relied on in the two dismissed applications.
It will be recalled that Metuh was on February 9, brought to court in an ambulance, after Justice Abang threatened to revoke his bail and commit him to prison if he failed to appear for his trial.
The threat followed Metuh’s absence in court on two successive dates, though his lawyers tendered reports indicating that he was hospitalized at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu where he was referred to by Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital Nnewi.
More details soon.