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Nigeria’s immediate past Vice President, Namadi Sambo, is recuperating in the United States after undergoing a complex surgery to save his leg from amputation.

Nigeria’s immediate past Vice President, Namadi Sambo, is recuperating in the United States after undergoing a complex surgery to save his leg from amputation.

Former Vice President Namadi Sambo recuperating from surgery

A source told S.R that Mr. Sambo is currently in the Washington, DC area after a surgery to repair a severe knee ligament disorder that almost resulted in the amputation of one of his legs below the knee. Before becoming Vice President to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Sambo had served as the governor of Kaduna State.

“The former Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo, visited or consulted several hospitals in the US before he was admitted by a DC-area hospital for an extensive ligament reconstructive surgery,” said our source, a Nigerian diplomat. He added that Mr. Sambo’s surgery took place in mid-August. He said the former vice president was in intensive rehab for several weeks after the surgery.

“He was not able to walk for some weeks due to the nature of the surgery,” our source said.

The immediate former governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, visited the recovering former Vice President in September, our source disclosed. Mr. Yero, a close political associate of the former Vice President, in April lost his reelection bid in an election won by Nasir el-Rufai, the current governor of Kaduna State.  

Mr. Sambo remains in the Maryland area where he continues to recuperate and to undergo extensive physical therapy to help restore his ability to walk normally again.


Leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi West Senatorial District have resolved to give an overwhelming victory to the party in the November 21governorship election in the state.

The resolution was reached by critical stakeholders in Kogi West at a meeting held in Kabba, the headquarters of the District. Those in attendance included party executives and leaders in the seven local councils.

The meeting which was chaired by Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, commended the members for their steadfastness and enjoined them to see the forthcoming governorship election as a defining moment for the state’s development.

The deputy governor urged the people to give another opportunity to Capt. Idris Wada to enable him consolidate on the gains of democracy that have been recorded by the administration since inception in 2012.

He said a vote against the governor is a vote against development, urging the people to support a governor who has proven to be a shrewd manager of resources in this very critical period.


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Former governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advised Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State to shun the temptation of initiating new projects unless they are very critical to the well-being of the people, but should rather concentrate on completing ongoing ones before the end of his tenure in November 2016.

Fashola told the governor that he could not completely rebuild Edo State within eight years, as it is practically impossible for any administration to initiate and execute all the projects needed by people in the state.

Speaking as Guest Speaker at a three-day retreat for members of Edo State Executive Council and Permanent Secretaries, holding in Abuja, to brainstorm and re-strategise on raising the bar on governance in the state, with the theme, “Finishing Well”, Fashola said: “This gathering is auspicious because for me, it demonstrates the focus of your government. You are clearly mindful that the time is up. Let me emphasise that time is up, time is not running out, it is up, the government’s tenure is at an end. What you have now is the process to walk out. It is easy to say you have not finished the job. So in that sense, there is work to do, you must accept that and you must also be honest with yourself that you can’t finish the work. The reason is that, it is the work of the people, work of human beings and as long as the human civilization remains, work will never end because it is a continuous undertaking.

“If the work could be finished, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia would have finished it. He had more time than you have and if it could not be finished at that time, the late Ambrose Alli would have finished it and probably John Odigie-Oyegun. So, in that sense, it won’t be finished. In the last few days, there would be a lot of talk about what you did not do, and there will be people asking you, before you go, come and do this, but you must be honest with yourself and be honest with them, having regards to the realities of your resources. The pressure can be enormous, but don’t see that it as negative, it is not. See it as positive because they are asking you to do it only because they trust in your ability to do it that is why they are asking you.”



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Tuesday, called on Nigerians to desist from panic buying of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as fuel, stating that it has about 23 days of product supply in all its depots across the country.

Reacting to the resurgence of fuel queues in some cities across the country, the NNPC, in a statement by Mr. Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, stated that its depots have about 927.461 million litres of PMS which is enough to serve the country for the next 23 days if no drop of the product is imported within the period.

The NNPC blamed the resurgence of queues at petrol filling stations on rumour of an impending scarcity, assuring that it has enough products to meet the demand of the country.

It also warned oil marketers not to engage in sharp practices, stating that anyone found wanting would be dealt with decisively.

The NNPC noted that it recently held a meeting with the members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) to rally them for the uninterrupted fuel supply policy of the administration.

It also stated that it has set up a monitoring team at the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) to check sharp practices that could breach the distribution and supply system.

It warned marketers not to engage in products hoarding and diversion as the PPMC monitoring team is empowered to sanction anyone found defaulting in those regards.

The NNPC had on Monday promised to work with other downstream petroleum sector stakeholders to eliminate obstacles to the free flow in supply of petroleum products across the country.

Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, Group Managing Director of the NNPC had also vowed to work with other relevant Federal Government agencies to fast track the payment of outstanding subsidy claims to oil marketers.

In the interim, Kachikwu had promised to arrange for a meeting with the relevant creditors (bankers) to ease off pressure on marketers and extend the credit lines.

He added that several financing mechanism are being explored to offset the commitment to oil marketers.

He hinted at the possibility of exploring the monthly payment option, stating that the Federal Government might, in the future, explore some creative means to prevent backlogs.

Kachikwu had also stated that the issue of uninterrupted supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country is of utmost importance to the present administration.

He noted that the Federal Government is willing to do everything possible to ensure that members of the public do not go through any form of hardship in accessing petroleum products particularly PMS.


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Having acknowledged that Delta state has tremendous potentials in agriculture, Governor Okowa within three months set up six new schemes to grow the agro -industrial sector of the economy, namely Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurial Programme (YEGEP), Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP), Tractorisation, Extension of Microcredit and Agricultural Loans and Development of Agro-industries.

The policy objectives of these programmes are aimed at creating jobs and wealth, to diversify the economy, engage the youths in productive enterprise, nurture entrepreneurs and leaders, promote communal peace and security and develop database of employment and unemployed youths for planning purposes.

Another milestone of the Job and Wealth Creation Scheme (OkowaPlus) was achieved with the distribution of production inputs to farmers and transfer of government purchased tractors with implements to farmers' cooperative societies.

Designed for existing farmers, the Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP) is aimed at boosting agricultural production through the provision of more efficient inputs, technologies and technical support.

With the successful take-off of the PPSP, the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration's vision to create wealth and diversify the Delta State Economy is indeed a reality.


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The information has reached the Governor of Delta State, His Excellency,Sen Dr Ifeanyi Okowa that some miscreants and groups of persons have been using his name to erect various Facebook Accounts and other Social Media outlets.

The actual intent and activities of these impostors centre around using the respected name of the Governor to put up promos and bogus charitable packages,solicit funds and assistance and to cajole or hoodwink theunsuspecting General Public into believing that all of these activities of theirs have the approval or imprimatur of the respected Governor.

His Excellency wishes to inform the General Public to please disregard and dissociate from any and all of these Social Media activities.

Moreover,His Excellency Gov Okowa equally wishes to state for the avoidance of doubt,that he does not have or operate any Facebook,Twitter, Instagram or other Social Media Accounts. This further clarification is deemed necessary in the event that these online impostors wish to redirect their shenanigans or acts of shame.

Henceforth,it is the wish of His Excellency to inform and advise the highly esteemed General Public to direct any of their desire for clarification and inquiry to the desks of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media,Patriot Dantes Odogwu and that of the Special Assistant on Social Media, Mr Godspower Omafuvwe Asiuwhu who are the only authorized persons to act on behalf of the Governor in relation to all forms of Social Media issues.

The Governor once again wishes to thank the esteemed public for their usual cooperation and understanding.

Patriot Dantes Odogwu.


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ABUJA – FEDERAL Government, Tuesday, unveiled newly improved National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates to be issued to corps members at the conclusion of the mandatory one year service to their fatherland. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja, the Director General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi said the scheme took the step to wage war against forgery and impersonation.

The DG, represented by the Acting Director of Certification, Alhaji Aliu Daura, explained that the new certificate would be embossed with the carrier’s photograph in line with the global best practices. According to Olawumi, the issuance of the new NYSC certificate would take effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014, who will be passing out on 15 October.

“In our concerted effort to make the operation of the NYSC conform with global best practices, the scheme engaged in the holistic e-nysc solution with effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014 where prospective members register online before proceeding to the orientation camp. This resulted in the enhancement of issuance of NYSC certificates namely; Certificate of National Service, Certificate of Exemption and Letter of Exclusion.

“With effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014, all certificate of National Service bear passport photograph of the corps members at the upper right hand corner of the certificate. “This is to guarantee the security of our certificates from forgery and to block all chances of impersonation. Therefore batch ‘C’ 2014 corps members, who are due to pass-out on 15 October, 2015 will have their certificates embossed with their photograph,” he clarified.

Shielding more light on the categories of the NYSC certificates, the Director of Press, Mrs Abosede Aderibigbe said Certificate of Exemption is issued to a Full-time graduate, who is above the age of 30 at the time of graduation or such corps member is a staff of security agencies like Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Department of State Security, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Recipients of National Presidential Honours Award.

For Letter of Exclusion, Aderibigbe further said that it was designed to take care of corps population, who are graduates of Part-time, Distance Learning and Sandwich programmes, adding that issuance of letter of exclusion commenced in 2001, and that, they would be able to register and print their letters on line. She noted that the scheme had gone digital, therefore verification of NYSC certificate could now be done electronically.



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The Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday, responded to media reports that spokesperson of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has filed a N500 against million suit at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, seeking compensation for alleged defamation of his person by some issues raised by him (Metuh) in response to one of his (Mohammed’s) statements.

Olisa Metuh of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Alhaji Lai Mohammed,

Richard Ihediwa, the special assistant to the PDP Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Tuesday,  said neither the PDP spokesperson nor any of his lawyers was aware of any such suit by Mohammed, adding that they have not been served.

Ihediwa said: “The attention of the Office of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to reports in some section of the media, suggesting that the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has filed a suit against Chief Olisa Metuh.

“The media reports have it that Lai Mohammed instituted a N500 million suit at a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, seeking compensation for alleged defamation of his person by some issues raised by Chief Olisa Metuh in response to one of his (Mohammed’s) statements.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this office wishes to state categorically that Chief Olisa Metuh or any of his lawyers are not aware of any such suit by Lai Mohammed, nor have they been served. Also, none of the newspapers that carried the story published the said suit.

“If it is true that any legal action has been instituted, it should not be limited to newspaper reports, unless it is meant for the media, as Chief Metuh is a prominent Nigerian whose office and residential address are well known.

“We are very much aware that Lai Mohammed as a ministerial nominee may have been nervous and apprehensive of the requirements of his upcoming screening in the Senate, and as a renown propagandist, may have decided to orchestrate reports of the said suit, to plead subjudice as a defence ostensibly to stop queries by senators on issues of integrity.

“This office however, insists that if indeed, Lai Mohammed has instituted any case against Chief Metuh, we charge him to ensure that he prosecutes it to the very end.

“Nevertheless, we invite Nigerians to note the relentless attempt by APC leaders, including Lai Mohammed, to threaten, intimidate, harass and cow Chief Metuh into submissive opposition.

“Our advice however, to Lai mohammed on the issue of Senate clearance, is that he should not panic, but be humble, as his palm kernel in this regard has already been cracked by a benevolent and forgiving Senate President.

“Finally, we counsel Lai Mohammed not to bring his propaganda, divisive and destructive tendencies to national assignment as a minister.”

Odimegwu, Oyinlola, Bello, others on Buhari’s 2nd list

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MINISTERIAL NOMINEES: Odimegwu, Oyinlola, Bello, others on Buhari’s 2nd list

ABUJA— PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday sent the second list of ministerial nominees to Senate President Bukola Saraki. This is coming 12 days after the first list was sent to the lawmakers, who will begin screening of the nominees today.

The second batch of nominees was submitted to the Senate President by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, at 4.25pm.

Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House), was also part of the delegation.

The identities of the nominees were still shrouded in secrecy last night over what highly placed sources attributed to angst in the Presidency over the leakage of the first list to the media.

However, dependable sources said prominent names on the second list include former Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Barr Mohammed Bello (Adamawa); former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun); former Chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, Chief Festus Odimegwu (Imo); former National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN (Ondo); former spokesman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, Osita Okechukwu (Enugu); and former ANPP governorship candidate in Abia, Ikechi Emenike (Abia).

Others on the list include: Hadiza Abdullahi; Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Hajia Bukar Ibrahim, the former first lady of Yobe State (Yobe); Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa);  James Ocholi, SAN (Kogi); Anthony Anwuka, a professor of education administration, who was secretary to the government of Imo state; and Isaac Adewole, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology. Others are Dan Ali, a brigadier-general who was retired in 2013; Okechukwu Enelamah, the CEO of African Capital Alliance; Claudius Omoyele Daramola, a professor of sociology of education, from Ondo state; and Aisha Abubakar.

The submission of the names was in line with President Buhari’s promise to send the second batch of ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

The Senate scheduled today to begin screening and possible confirmation of the nominees.

The exercise is billed to take three days.

Meanwhile, the Senate leadership went into a crucial meeting last night to firm up modalities for the screening. Sources said that Senator Ita Enang was part of the meeting, a move sources said was to pave the way for a soft landing for some of the controversial nominees.

Meanwhile, as senators begin screening of ministerial nominees today, it was gathered that a fresh hurdle has been designed with the Senators toying with the plan of asking ministerial nominees that have been indicted by panels of inquiry to step aside.

The submission of the list has put paid to threat of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators to abort today’s screening unless President Buhari sent the list of nominees from the 36 states of the federation in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution on ministerial appointments.

The additional list of ministerial nominees was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters ( Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

The Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also confirmed receipt of the list by his boss.

However both Enang and Olaniyonu refused to disclose the content of the list as they said it was contained in a sealed envelope which according to them, would only be opened by the Senate President when presenting it to senators today.

Olaniyonu said: “The list has been received by the Senate President. We received it at 4:24pm and the list was brought by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari. He was accompanied by the SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Sumaila Kawu.”


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The Senate has announced that it will be screening 10 ministerial of the 1st batch of 21 ministerial nominees on Tuesday. The ministerial nominees were led into the red chamber by the Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief Odigie Oyegun.

They include:

1. Audu Ogbe

2.  Lai Mohammed

3.  Udoma Udo Udoma

4. Ogbonnaya Onu

5. Osagie Ehanire

6. Abdulrahman Dambazau

7. Kayode Fayemi

8. Amina Mohammed

9. Suleiman Adamu

10. Ibrahim Jibril

Details later