Saturday, October 11, 2003

National Roundup

Compiled by Abdullahi M. Gulloma

Exploiters behind fuel price hike, says Senate

A clique out to exploit Nigerians has been identified as the brains behind increase in fuel prices.

Senate spokesman and chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Sanusi Dagash who disclosed this also absolved the presidency of any complicity in the act.

Abuja police chat up PDP chieftain

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command has quizzed a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Engineer Goodnews Goodman Agbi, over allegations of fraudulent land deals.

It was gathered that Agbi’s interrogation by the police came on the heels of a three-page petition written by Chief John Ogwu to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Tafa Balogun, accusing him of (Agbi) of "forgery, theft and misappropriation."

Quicken LG election –ANPP senators urge FG

Senators of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), have urged the federal government to quicken the return of democratically elected local government system in the country.

The senators led by the Deputy ANPP leader, Professor Daniel Saror, told journalists in Abuja while reviewing state of the nation that government must urgently check the level of poverty and failing infrastructure in the country.

Ladoja advises Nigerians to forget differences

Governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State has urged Nigerians to put aside ethnic, religious and political differences, to chart a new course for the nation.

In his 43rd independence anniversary speech in Ibadan, Ladoja said the country was endowed with intelligent people of whose patriotism and vision could lead to greater heights.

Nigerians in diaspora meet in US October 17

Issues pertaining to the interest of Nigerians in the Americas will form a key focus at this year’s Annual Diaspora Dialogue and Convention of Nigerians based outside the country’s shores.

The event which holds under the auspices of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) and billed for October 17 and 18 this year in Atlanta, Georgia, United States (US), is expected to be graced by about 2,000 participants.

Corruption delays recovery of looted funds, says Obasanjo

But for its fears that the funds might go down the drain of corruption, the Swiss government is ready to release $618 million (approximately N80.3 billion) as a first instalment of Nigeria’s stolen money stashed in its banks.

President Olusegun Obasanjo disclosed this in Abuja at a dinner for political officer holders and other elected members to mark the 43rd anniversary of the country’s independence.

Okadigbo: My life is in danger, Nwodo cries out

Chief John Nnia Nwodo (Jnr), Nigeria’s ex-information minister who was with the late Dr Chuba Okadigbo during the teargas episode at the solidarity rally of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in Kano on September 23, 2003 has alerted the nation about threat to his own life.

In a chat with newsmen, Nwodo revealed that unidentified gunmen had earlier attacked his Enugu home less than 24 hours after his police orderlies were withdrawn and wondered why he should be targeted for elimination.

Axe dangles over Senate’s key officers

Barely four months after inauguration, indications emerged that the Senate may soon move against some of its principal officers.

The problem is not unconnected with the allegation by the minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir, el-Rufai that some Senators demanded N54 million gratification from him to confirm his ministerial appointment.

Reps probe Anenih over N10bn PAP funds

Former minister of works and housing, Chief Tony Anenih, is now under probe by the House of Representatives on how N10 billion meant for Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) which he co-ordinated was managed.

Deputy chairman, committee on poverty alleviation in the House. Rev John Adamu Langhor who disclosed this in Jos said the former works minister has not been able to give account of how the money was expended.