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CROSS RIVER DEVELOPMENT

Still from Cross River State, the FBN Capital Limited has announced the successful conclusion of the series 1 bond issuance offer for the Cross River State government under its N40bn bond issuance program. 

The 7 year tenured bonds with maturity due in 2022 were issued via a book building process by FBN Capital Limited, following its appointment as the Lead Issuing House by the State government in May 2015.

The State in line with its mandate to develop infrastructure, had embarked on several projects including road, water and health facilities which were financed through bank loans. Thr proceeds from the issue were therefore earmarked for refinancing the state’s outstanding obligation to the lending banks.

CROSS RIVER: WIDOWS COMMEND GOVERNOR AYADE OVER PROPOSED MASS EMPLOYMENT

The plan by the Gov. Ben Ayade lead administration in Cross River state to offer mass employment to widows in the  state has received a boost. 

A cross section of the widows made the commendation in Calabar, the State Capital, in a separate interviews with Newsmen.

The present administration has concluded plans to inaugurate the factory to mark the governor’s 100 days in office. The widows who applied for the job, said that the establishment of the garment factory would bring succor to widows in the state.

They also added that this was the first time the state government had a meaningful intervention on widows plight in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Christian Ita, said the state had taken delivery of some equipment for the factory where widows would constitute 85 percent of the workforce.

He added that the government has concluded plans to inaugurate the factory to mark Gov. Ben Ayade’s 100 days in office.

King Ebitimi Banigo

claimed the Chairman of the Kingdom’s council of Chiefs, Benson Adigio Eseni, linked the development to the activities of the Boko Haram Sect in the North East.

Banigo, who spoke at Okpo during a unity rally, said the death toll of travelers by water was becoming worrisome and discerning of attention by relevant authorities. 

SOUTH SOUTHBAYELSA MONARCH SEEKS HELP OVER SEA PIRACY
The Amanayabo of Okpoama Kingdom in Brass Local Council of Bayelsa state, King Ebitimi Banigo has expressed concern over the rising cases of attacks and killings on the waterways and creeks of Brass and Nembe Kingdoms by pirates. 

The monarch, a former minister of science and technology while decrying the manace that 

He stated that since the inception of the contributory pension scheme in the country, the state had continued to be in the forefront of ensuring efficient and effective pension scheme administration.

With the 18th retirement benefits bond certificate presentation, a total liability of N761.82m was absorbed by the state government on behalf of 230 retirees from 12 state government parastatals, the report added. According to the statement, the retirement benefit bond certificates indicates the accured pension rights made up of gratuity and pension rights entitlements for active service rendered before the commencement of the CPs in April 2007.

LAGOS PENSIONERS GET N 2.27bn

Reports from Lagos indicate that the Akinwumi Ambode’s Administration had given Retirement Benefit Bond Certificates worth N 2.27bn to 658 retirees in the State as part of efforts to ensure comfortable future for them.

In a statement from the Lagos State Pension Commission yesterday, said the Governor of the state Akinwumi Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Idiat Adebule, made the presentation to the retirees.

The Secret Service said Dasuki’s arraignment was in line with democratic practice and “our avowed commitment to the rule of law, in which nobody is deemed to be above the law, no matter how highly placed in the society.

FGN VS SAMBO DASUKI

Former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Rtd. Col. Sambo Dasuki will tomorrow Tuesday be arraigned before  a Federal High Court in Abuja for alledgely being in possession of firearms without license.

It will be recalled that the Department of State Security Service had in a statement by one of its officers, Tony Opuiyo, on August 24, 2015, stated that it had charged the former NSA with the alledged  offence.

The DSS had claimed that it searched Dasuki’s homes “based on credible intelligence linking the immediate past NSA with alledged plans to commit treasonable felony against the Nigerian state”.

NORTH WEST: KANO STATE GOVERNOR FROWNS AT CORRUPTION AMONG CIVIL SERVANTS
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State may not be favourable to corrupt Civil Servants in the state any longer following his signing of the servicom and service Compact agreement in the  state. 

He warned that the signing of the agreement, Kano and indeed the government and the entire Civil Srevants have become “born again”. He said it will no longer be business as usual because any officer found violating the civil servants processes will have himself/herself to blame. The governor said a situation where a civil servant assigned to carry out a job will demand for outright bribe will no longer be tolerated.

Mr. Kayode Akinmade

Gov. Akinwumi Ambode

Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd)

Gov. Mimiko

info@e-governancetoday.com

SOUTH WEST: ONDO ALARM

The Ondo State government has raised alarm over what it described as “concluded plan by enemies of the state” , to embark on character assassination, outright falsewood and massive propaganda to undermine the government of the state. 

State Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, in a statement issued in Akure yesterday, said government had uncovered the planned attack which had been scripted to begin with series of petitions to be written against Mimiko and the state government.

Akinmade mentioned that following several failed attempts by adversaries to indict the governor through petitions written against him to the EFCC, a meeting was held in Abuja in the house of a prominient Ondo politician recently where a lawyer was assigned to write frivolous petitions against the governor using framed-up allegations, especially as it concerned the State’s Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC).

The Commissioner urged Nigerians and the people of the state to disregard any attempt by anybody or group of sponsored lawyers to smear the governor’s hard-earned reputation.