iDonsabi Breaking News: Presidency says PDP Appointed Amina Zakari First and Amaechi Criticizes Buhari. Continue reading for more…
1. INEC Reaches an Agreement with ASUU
Following the meeting both parties had on Friday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to allow its members work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the 2019 general election.
The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known after the meeting with INEC.
He said despite the ongoing strike, the union would not stop any member from taking part in the electoral process as it is a community service.
The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, expressed delight at the position of the lecturers. He announced that they had a very successful meeting.
2. Presidency Says PDP Appointed Amina Zakari First
The Presidency has debunked the insinuations making the rounds that President Buhari appointed his blood relation (niece) to head the collation centre for the presidential election in February.
“President Buhari and Commissioner Amina Zakari don’t share a family relationship,” Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Buhari, said in a statement on Friday.
He explained that it was only a distant relationship as it was an inter-marriage that took place in their extended families.
Shehu also pointed out that the PDP government had appointed her for similar position in the past.
Before her most recent appointment, Zakari was appointed as National Commissioner in the INEC representing the entire seven states in the North-West under the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2011.
3. Customs Generated N1.2 Tr Revenue in 2018
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced its 2018 operational statistics, which showed 5,235 contraband seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N61, 543,633,401.31.
The Service also said it generated N1, 202,271,240,478.30 as at December 31, 2018.
The revenue figure is N164, 897,273,077.50 higher than the 2017 collection which was N1, 037,373,967,400.80.
4 We’re Willing to Call Off Strike – ASUP
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Zone B which comprises 11 states in the North has announced that if President Buhari can listen to them, they will call off the strike before the February 16 presidential election.
By listening to them, they meant if the President would approve the implementation of their 2013/2014 agreement with the FG among which implementation of NEED assessment report is top priority.
5. Negotiations with ASUU Continues – FG
The FG says negotiations with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will continue on Monday so as to find a lasting solution to the industrial action of the ASUU.
According to the statement, “The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen. Chris Ngige is scheduled to hold a meeting with the Executive of ASUU. “The conciliatory meeting is scheduled to hold on Jan. 7, at Minister’s Conference Room by 3:30 pm prompt.
ASUU commenced their two-month long strike on Nov. 5, 2018 over a list of demands contained in the agreement reached with the government in 2009.
6. Armed Bandits Take Over 8 LGAs in Katsina
Barely 24 hours after Governor Bello Masari of Katsina raised the alarm on the invasion of the state by armed bandits from neighbouring Zamfara State, Katsina has expressed uncertainty about participating in the general elections of February owing to the alarming activities of bandits in the state.
Governor Masari reported that over 8 LGAs in the state have been taken over completely by armed bandits. He made this known on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of an emergency security meeting at the Government House.
7. First Female Nigerian Urologist Gets “Award for the First”
In a one of its kind, a female Nigerian Dr. Abolarinwa has bagged a very prestigious award, “Award for the First’’, popularly known as “Zakilo’’.
The award was presented to her during the Alibaba Annual Concert on Jan. 1.
The Vice -Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU) has identified with Dr. Abolarinwa congratulating her on this unique academic achievement.
Reports say previous “Zakilo’’ awardees included: Wole Soyinka, Michael Adenuga, Leo Stan Eke, Chioma Ajunwa, among others.
8. Amaechi Heard Criticizing Buhari in Leaked Recording
Reno Omokiri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has released a recording of about 10 seconds on twitter of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Director-General of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation criticising the President.
In the clip, Amaechi, who is also the Minister of Transportation, said Buhari neither reads nor listens to anyone.
Amaechi was heard saying, “The President is not listening to anybody. He doesn’t care. You can write anything you want. The President doesn’t care. Does he read?”
Reno Omokiri threatened to release more recording evidence should Amaechi try to deny the authenticity of the recorded voice.
9. Oshiomhole Reveals that Buhari has Plans to Probe Obasanjo upon Re-election
The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole who was in Jos for the opening ceremony of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong’s re-election campaign made very strong statements to suggest that President Buhari will probe former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to him, “Obasanjo said in 1999 that if he was elected President with his Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, he would fix the power sector in six months and that there would be electricity supply all over Nigeria. Many years later, we realized what he meant”.
“He and his Vice-President spent $16bn on power sector, after eight years there was more darkness in Nigeria than when they assumed office.” He continued.
“So when President Muhammadu Buhari took over in 2015, he asked a question: where is the power? If Mr. President pursues the answer to that question to its logical conclusion, he must put Obasanjo on trial,” he said.
10. Police Siege Ends as Dino Surrenders
Three Senators, Senator Murray Ben Bruce, Senator Atai idoko and House of Reps member from Rivers State, Boma Goodhead had gone to Dino’s house in company of his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome and convinced him to surrender to the police and end the over eight days siege on his residence.
They compelled him to report to the police given the weighty allegation of culpable homicide leveled against him by the Inspector General of Police.
Dino, who had earlier vowed never to surrender to the police, willingly came out of hiding and was taken to the police head quarters where he reportedly fainted and was revived and rushed to Police hospital, Abuja.