Anambra govt budgets N166. 9b for 2018
Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano, on Thursday presented a budget of N166, 914,489,147 for service in the 2018 fiscal year, a 43 percent increase in last year’s budget.
Tagged, ‘‘Budget of Value for Money, Economic Diversification and Job Creation”, the budget is anchored on five thrusts: Value-for-Money such that it is expected that during the implementation difficult trade-offs will be carried out to ensure focus solely on implementing projects and programmes that provide commensurate value to Anambra people.
Other thrusts are Economic Diversification, Job Creation, Strategic Collaborations and Public-Private-Partnerships.
The outcome of the fifth thrust, the governor said, targets at strengthening and refocusing the Public-Private-Partnership Strategy which resources will be channeled towards targeted promotional processes to attract large scale export-driven investments across key economic pillars in the state.
The budget is capital expenditure based with N103.03 billion devoted to capital expenditure. Obiano also said that such highlights the significant infrastructural development expected in 2018, leveraging on the successful stability in the domestic economy during the challenging periods in 2016/2017.
He added: “This budget is the first meaningful step towards consolidation of our previous performance to transform Anambra into a hub for business and investments as well as the poster-boy for inclusiveness and sustainable development in Nigeria”.
The budget allocated N63.8 billion to recurrent expenditure.
The sectoral breakdown shows that Roads and Infrastructure got the lion’s share of N27.93 billion of which Road construction and rehabilitation will gulp N25.7 billion, completing approximately 150km of roads across the state., the agricultural and related sector got N3.8 b to the Agricultural Sector while education got N9.5 billion for capital expenditure, while N1.1 billon will be devoted to counterpart fund for UBEC, N1 billion for creation of Education Development Fund; and N1.2 billion as counterfund for World Bank Assisted State Education Programme & Intervention Project (SEPIP).
Also, N5 billion was devoted to Youth Empowerment and Development; Health, N7.8 billion; Small and Medium Enterprises Development, N1 billion; Water Resources and Public Utilities, N5.1 billion.
The government also made provision for Community Social Development Programme under which it advances money to communities to build projects of their choice under ‘N20 Million Community-Choose-Your-Own-Project Initiative’, which it allocated N7.5 billion.
Reviewing the performance of the previous budget, Obiano said that his team focused on the realization of his administration’s Vision and Mission Statements through a faithful implementation of the Economic Blueprint, made up of the 5 Pillars and 14 Enablers.
He said that his administration inherited 101 roads from its predecessor and completed 51 of them; six bridges and completed three; awarded 94 new roads and completed 20 of them and awarded 12 new bridges and completed 5 of them.
He said at a most difficult period when Nigeria witnessed the worst economic recession, his administration completed 71 roads and Awka has been transformed into one megacity of light at night. With a water- security and a well-lit and smooth network of roads, the time has come to explore the wonders of Anambra at night.
The Anambra Airport City Project, he said, was one big idea that finally took a definite shape in the outgoing fiscal year.
In implementing the budget, Obiano vowed he would not increase taxes. “Instead, it will be implemented through grants and counterpart funds; Capital Receipts, reimbursements and refunds from Federal Government for works done on Federal roads and Paris Club payments,” he said.
Customs explains why cargo revenue receipts went down in oil, gas
Prevailing recent global crude sales glut has directly impacted on cargo revenue receipts accruing to the federation account from the Onne Port Command, which play host to the nation’s oil and gas terminals, customs authority have disclosed.
The Customs Area Controller of the Onne Port Command, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir noted that whereas crude sales volatility remain a universal trend to which much revenues has been lost in related oil and gas cargoes, he noted that the present government was leaving no stone unturned in its bid to strengthen capacities, raise competences and block all forms of leakages.
Bashir who averred that his command does not however enjoy exclusive right to oil and gas related revenue collections, said revenue receipts from all imports are subjected to thorough customs formalities to ensure all collectable receipts are captured. He said, “Our oil and gas cargo trade is dependent on global market phenomenon, expected revenue from these cannot be treated in isolation. There has been a long tenor international crude market glut and issues of downward sales which again, is not only a concern in Nigeria. So the issue of slow revenue earnings on oil and gas transactions at Onne Port is attributable to the prevailing world order.
“At the same time, I will like you to know that importation of items of goods relating to oil and gas is not exclusively domiciled here. There is an oil and gas free zone which as part of its business is involved in importation and can make their importations through any customs port command, nationwide.”
Nonetheless above clarifications, Bashir said he and his team are sparing no efforts in optimizing revenue collections due from Onne command. To underscore this resolve, the command he said has so far arrested and detained a total of fifteen containers for want of end users certificates. He noted that the present management will continue to strengthen the administration of customs formalities and fiscal policy instruments, even as he threatened to seize and confiscate the said containers unless the owners came up with evidence of approval.
One World, Sweet Breeze, others to perform at 2017 Old Skool Xmas Re-union
.OCBB Entertainment confirms NB’s endorsement
By Valentine Amanze
Nigerian Breweries Plc has endorsed this year’s Christmas old skuul music jamboree being organised by OCBB Entertainment at the Villa Garden Hotel, New Owerri, Imo State, on December 22, 2017.
Chief Alan B. Onyemaechi, the Project Director of the annual music festival tagged, “Legend & Classics,” disclosed this in Owerri.
While appealing to old skuul music lovers to attend en masse, he disclosed that the bands billed to perform at the rich music festival include One World, Sweet Breeze, Apostles, Wrinkar’s Experience, Soki Ohale and the Cee Jebs from the Old Skool.
He also pointed out that the music jamboree would be spiced with a “New Skool” music sensation, Nigga Raw; and prominent bongo artists.
On the importance of the music show, Onyemaechi said: “It will go down in history as the biggest gathering of Ndi Owerri (Owerri people); that is, those who had something to do with Owerri since 1976 when Imo State was created; so a great feeling of nostalgia will be provoked at the show. Those expected to attend are coming from all over the world. They are drawn from old boys of Emmanuel College, Holy Ghost College, Government College, all in Owerri as well as those who were in tertiary institutions (1976-1986), a period that witnessed rock music explosion featuring those artists.”
It would be recalled that the project director, Alan B Onyemaechi, in the 1970s and 80s, was a major partner of these music legends, whom he popularised through his Radio Disco Theque that revolutionalized mobile Disco East of the Niger at the period.
Meanwhile, Onyemaechi has appealed to music lovers to buy their tickets in advance through its website www.ocbb.com.ng and from Diamond Bank Plc nationwide vide a/c No: 0083713191 to make for proper planning and to avoid over subscribing the admission into the show. Tickets are also available at the hotel front desk.
The organizers appealed to Imo people to be part of the music gathering as it will offer opportunity for useful interactions on general issues concerning those Legends & Stars of yesterdays and to take stock of their past and present as well as the city that provided them huge followers.
Major music promoters of shows during the era such as Super Promotions, Chubby Promotions, Dee Moore and Charlton Promotions have all endorsed the show and are providing support to the organizers, Onyemaechi said.
He assured of tight security at the hotel, venue of the event.
OCBB Entertainment has unveiled the artists that will thrill Owerri Old Skool music lovers in this year’s Legend & Classics Music concert slated for December 22, 2017 at the Villa Garden Hotel, New Owerri.
Speaking exclusively to HORN NEWSPAPER, the Project director of the annual music festival tagged LEGEND & CLASSICS, Chief Alan B. Onyemaechi, disclosed
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British Council Nigeria hosts Capacity Building Workshop for Media
The media's role in educating, informing, entertaining and influencing public opinion in Nigeria, has been more critical in recent times following the digital access where everyone and anyone can assume the role of a journalist. To enhance the capacity of journalists in this fast paced digital era, British Council Nigeria hosted a Capacity Building Workshop for the Nigerian media on November 3, 2017 in Lagos.
The session featured thought leaders in the field of journalism, branding and digital marketing. Speaking on personal branding for journalists at the session, renowned marketing expert Lampe Omoyele mentioned the power of personal branding in differentiation and how vital it is in the global space. Drawing from his over 25 years personal experience in marketing spanning fast moving consumer goods, global brands and currently in advertising, Lampe noted the need for journalists to build perceptions based on experiences people have with them.
Journalists at the session were reminded of the power of collaboration globally by renowned journalist Peter Ogbu Okwoche, a Senior Reporter at the BBC in London. Before his career at the BBC, Peter worked in print and radio media in Nigeria. He drew on his experience with international collaborations, the attendant benefits, opportunities and how to build relationships with international media houses.
The influence of digital in how journalists operate and report news was also a key session at the workshop and was facilitated by Abasiama Idaraesit, Managing Director, Wild Fusion Limited. Abass spoke on the wide opportunities available for journalists, tools available on the internet, and spoke on the value of search engine optimisation for enabling audiences discover good content.
Understanding the role of the media in managing sensitive content was also discussed at the session facilitated by Lauratu Umar Abdusalam, communication specialist and Media Engagement Advisor, Palladium. The content was analysed from a gender and conflict sensitive perspective, where salient issues as it involves gender inequality and content of reports as it affects conflict where discussed.
Speaking at the session on the reason the training was designed, Lucy Pearson, Country Director, British Council Nigeria noted the huge role played by the media in Nigeria. “As UK’s international Organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, British Council Nigeria constantly seeks different ways of creating opportunities by providing platforms where knowledge can be shared amongst key stakeholders. For us, this workshop is timely as we constantly seek to develop different sectors in the economy through capacity building initiatives and the media is one of such”.
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2018: U.S to ensure free, fair election in Ekiti
...as ambassador commends Fayose, on infrastructure
The United State of America (U.S.A) ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart
Symington has assured that his country will work with all stakeholders in
order to ensure that July 14, 2018 gubernatorial election in the state is
free, fair and credible. This was also as he commended the governor of
Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on laudable infrastructural development in the
Symington, who visited governor Fayose alongside his aide, Mima Torres, and
was received with pomp at the Ayoba House in the governor office, said he
was impressed with the patriotic zeal of Nigerians, saying: "
Nigeria, are proud to be Nigerians, when you ask them what they love most
about their country, they would say it is our our resilience, energy,
diversity, unity and friendliness"
The U.S envoy who told governor Fayose that his three years in office has
been keenly observed by the U.S, said the infrastructural development
strides of the governor is commendable.
Stating the purpose for his visit to the state, Symington said: "We are in
Ektiti because we believe in Nigeria, every state, every corner matters.
We have seen what you have done in the last three years, it is very
Our concern in U.S is that we want to see leaders who care about others and
Symington also urged Fayose to support to ensure support for Ekiti woman
who are interested in Agriculture, he revealed that the U.S is particularly
interested in what programme governor Fayose has for the Nation as a
He stressed on the need for free, fair and credible elections , and
promised that the U.S will ensure that subsequent elections in Nigeria,
particularly in Anambra and Ekiti States are free and fair and credible.
" The U.S will work with other stakeholders to ensure that elections are
free, fair and credible in Nigeria. We believe that we must have elections
where people will be ready and willing to participate in, that is, a
peaceful and orderly election, "Symington said.
Responding, Governor Fayose said the major problem retarding the growth of
the country was poor attitude by the people and the insincerity of leaders.
He decried a situation where those claiming to be fighting corruption do so
with some people being their targets.
He recalled that despite many allegations and petitions against the
immediate past governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, he has not been
investigated or charged to court because he is a chieftain of the ruling
All Progressives Congress. He also decried the various intimidation,
harassment and illegal detention of Ekiti government officials by ruling
federal government agents.
"Our greatest challenge is not corruption but insincerity of leaders. Those
claiming to fight corruption are not sincere. Without justice, we can't
move forward. There must be equity in the way we do things. Being selective
in the fight against corruption will not take us anywhere.
On his presidential ambition, Fayose assured the U.S envoy that he is
eminently qualified to rule the nation: "I have the required experience to
lead this country. I have worked with the presidents we have elected into
office in this country and am able to manage the economy of my state
despite lean resources. In the US and the UK they ask you your experience
when seeking for a job not your paper qualifications. I have managed a poor
economy in my state and that shows my ability to deliver," he said.
On the coming governorship election in the state, Fayose said the
opposition would not be able to win 10 out of the 177 wards in the state.
He urges the U.S to ensure the Nigerian government allows a free and fair
election. He assures that his government and party would play the game with
"We are in firm control and the people are in our support. We just want to
appeal to America and the international community to keep an eye on the
poll. We don't want INEC to come to our state with preloaded card readers
or manipulate the process. We are sure to repeat the victory of 2014 when
we won on all local government areas," he stated.
The governor also urged the U.S envoy to give special consideration to
Ekiti indigenes who are awarded government scholarship for studies and
training in U.S, saying denying them visas on grounds that they may not
return isn't helping the situation. He assured U.S that all indigenes whose
traveling is okayed by his government are well behaved people.
Also speaking, Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Information,
Dr Samuel Omotoso accused the federal government of punishing the People of
Ekiti State because of the alternate views of Governor Fayose.
"As we all know Your Excellency, Democracy must encourage alternate views.
The people of Ekiti state are suffering unjustly because of the alternate
views of our Governor.
"Twice, the State Allocation has been stopped with serious collateral
damages on emergencies like immunisation and maintenance of the cold chain
system as well as the inability of the State to meet her financial
obligations to the citizens.
"We adopted the American model of democracy in Nigeria where States and
Federal should coexist peacefully but this is not applicable in modern day
"Mr President is supposed to be a father to all after the election but what
we have is the reverse. It’s all forms of segregation and discrimination
across the land.
The Federal Government through the institutions encourages double standards
across boards," he said.
GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA WARNS POLITICIANS WITH ASPIRATIONS AGAINST ADMINISTERING OATH ON IMO PEOPLE
The State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has warned certain politicians in the state especially those with governorship ambition against administering oath on Imo people who are either members or officials of their political parties.
The governor also advised members and officials of the political parties not to subscribe or allow themselves to be subjected to oath taking for any reason by any politician or aspirant because it is ungodly to do so.
The governor decided to issue this warning vis-à-vis advice following the unfortunate reports from certain party officers that a governorship aspirant from one of the political zones in the state had subjected them to oath taking and that, while most of them refused to take the oath, few of them allowed themselves to be cajoled into taking such fetish action.
The governor regretted that the aspirant in question has become synonymous with oath administration on innocent Imo Citizens and contended that since this idea of subjecting party members and officers to oath taking has never been able to help the particular politician in the past, there is therefore no guarantee that such diabolitical act would help him this time.
The governor explained that one of the first things he did on assumption of office as governor was to build a befitting Chapel in front of the Government House and also erected the statue of a man with the Holy Bible in his hand to show Imo people the direction of his administration.
The governor further explained that one of the reasons he also decided to demolish and relocate Ekeukwu Market was when the unfounded story of a female deity owning the market came up and he resolved that Imo people would never be in a market said to be owned by a deity.
The governor regretted that in this jet age somebody would be administering oath on his brothers and sisters because of political power and contended that any politician with aspiration that administers oath on innocent citizens will never win any election in the state since God can never share his glory with anybody.
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NDDC commissions road in Abia
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commissioned the Ubaha-Umuogba Orindu link road in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.
During the commissioning of the 3.2 kilometre road, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, who was accompanied by the Executive Director, Projects, Mr. Samuel Adjogbe, said that the road was one of the emergency intervention projects undertaken in the last couple of months by the commission.
The NDDC chief executive officer said that as an interventionist agency, the NDDC was ready to rescue failing infrastructure in the Niger Delta region.
Ekere, however, commended the communities for the peaceful way they conducted themselves while the project was in progress.
He remarked: “The contractor never reported being disturbed in the course of executing the project. It means that the community is enlightened and that their youths are disciplined. It also means that they love progress.”
The NDDC boss expressed delight that the road was completed on time, noting that the contractor mobilized and built it with commitment and dedication.
Ekere declared: “The days when NDDC was being associated with sub-standard projects are over. From the inception of the present board and management, the NDDC is committed to delivering quality projects all over the Niger Delta. We will rather work on 1 kilometre road and do it very well than build 10 kilometer and do a shabby job.
“Recently, we invited all the consultants that designed NDDC projects and told them that we will not accept any sub-standard project. The designs for our projects must be world class and they must stand the test of time. We have every reason to insist on high quality projects because the terrain in the Niger Delta is very challenging.”
The NDDC Director for Abia State Office, Mr. George Ero, said that the Ubaha Road provided an alternative link between Abia and Imo states, adding that it had boosted the socio-economic activities in the communities along its path.
He praised the members of the benefitting community for their friendly disposition and cooperative attitude, stating that other communities in the region should borrow a leaf from Abia people.
The traditional ruler of Ekeoba community, Eze Nwoko Nna, thanked the NDDC for building and maintaining the road traversing many communities. According to him, without the intervention of the NDDC, the road would have been impassable by now.”
Eze Nna said: “We are not Oliver Twist, but we wish to tell you that there are more projects begging to be done in our community.”
The NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, cuts the tape to commission the Ubaha-Umuogba Orindu link Road in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State. He is flanked on the left by the traditional ruler of Ekeoba community, Eze Nwoko Nna and Eze Philip Ajomiwe on the right. First left is the NDDC Executive Director Projects, Engr. Sam
Kiki Okewale launches Stitches of hope, doles out uniforms, stationery for Makoko kids
Leading fashion entrepreneur and chief executive officer (CEO) of HOPE Fashion, Kiki Okewale, has started a foundation, Stitches of Hope, to give hope to children plagued by deprivations.
Launched on October 18 with a visit to the Makoko waterside community in Lagos, she donated 40 school uniforms, textbooks and writing materials in support of the Makoko Dream, an educationally empowerment project.
“Stitches of Hope is aimed at providing timely interventions that will restore hope and spread happiness to as many people so that they can look beyond their present challenges and see forward to a better tomorrow,” Kiki Okewale said.
She said that her gesture to the community was not charity but an effort at inspiring the children of Makoko to have education because with education they can dream and pursue their dreams and actualise it.
Kiki Okewale promised that her gesture to the community would be the first of many “stitches” to come.
Emmanuel Agunze, the founder of the Makoko Dream along with other volunteers, received Kiki Okewale.
They expressed appreciation for the fashionista’s noble gesture. They said that it has embolden their commitment to the Makoko Dream of using education as a vehicle to take the children to a better future.
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