Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hundreds of Thousands of Catalans Join Rally in Barcelona

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans participated in independance rally that was held ahead of regional elections on September 27.

Supporters of an independant state of Catalonia and Republicans display a huge Catalan flag. File photo

 Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona to participate in a mass independence demonstration, called Gateway to the Catalan Republic.
The march began at 17:14 local time (19:14 GMT), a time chosen as a reminder of the year 1714, when Catalonia was defeated during the War of the Spanish Succession.

America's New Nightmare: How to Cope With Russia on the Ground in Syria

No matter how persistent Russia is in insisting that it supports not the mere regime of the Syrian President Assad but rather its fight against the Islamic State, Washington won’t listen: the US media is abuzz with fearmongering over Russia’s military aid to Damascus, trying to guess what it could mean and what to do next.

‘Ige’s Spirit Still Hunting His Killers’

The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, said on Thursday that the spirit of the late Chief Bola Ige, was still tormenting his killers almost 14 years after he was murdered.
Aregbesola said this at Esa Oke, Ige’s hometown, at the inauguration of the Bola Ige Mechatronics Institute at the Osun State College of Technology.
The institution was established to immortalise the late politician, who was the first executive governor of the old Oyo State.

Kano To Sponsor 100 Herdsmen For Training In Turkey

ABOUT one hundred herdsmen are to be sponsored to Turkey for training on modern rearing techniques and artificial insemination by the Kano State government.  This was disclosed by the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, at the weekend during an event marking his 100 days in office.

He added that the state government decided to assist the cattle farmers to teach them modern method of rearing to boost their economic activities.

Okorocha Leads Another 100-Man Delegation To Turkey

• Raises panels on assets recovery, others
IN less than a year, Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has led another 100-man delegation to Turkey to explore business and investment opportunities in that country.
The governor had travelled with a large contingent to the same country some months ago. He said that the gains of the last trip would be seen soon.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General, Mrs. Elma Eluwa, has inaugurated two task force to ensure quick dispensation of criminal cases, recover government assets and other related matters.

Buhari’s 100 Days In Office Brought ‘Changes With Security’, Says Ndume

• ‘2016 budget to meet MDAs policy targets’
THE Senate Leader in the National Assembly, Mohammed Ali Ndume, has said that the renewed fight against corruption in the country is a “big and second war” that could be even harder or tougher than Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in the North-East sub-region of the country.

APC Govs On Assets: We Won’t Follow Buhari’s Example

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have said they will not follow the example laid by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in declaring their assets publicly.
The governors, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH, said it is not compulsory for them to declare their assets publicly and that they would not be pressured to follow the president’s action.
According to them, there is no law mandating the governors to publicly state their worth in terms of property and cash.
Buhari and Osinbajo last week made a public declaration of their assets with the former stating that he had declared his assets four times since 1975.

I’m Joining APC, PDP Shut Me Out Long Ago –Ndoma-Egba

In this interview with MUDIAGA AFFE, the immediate past Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, speaks on the amendment of Senate Rules, allowances for legislators and his planned defection, among other sundry issues

FG Awaits Report On Senator Detained In S’Arabia

The Federal Government has said it is waiting for a full report on the circumstances that led to the detention of a former Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Hassan Barata, in Saudi Arabia.
The spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmedu Ogbole-Ode, said that the government had yet to be briefed by the Nigerian embassy on the arrest and detention of the former governorship aspirant in Adamawa State.

Let’s Change The North, Shetima Tells Northern Governors

The Northern Governors’ Forum, NGF, is holding its maiden meeting in Kaduna since the governors were sworn in last May.

The meeting is taking place at the Hassan Katsina Hall, along Kawo road, with 12 out of the 19 Northern Governors in attendance, while the rest were represented by their deputies.
The Governor of Borno State, Hon. Kashim Shetima, who is the Chairman of the Forum, read his opening address in which he lamented that poverty in Nigeria wears a Northern face.
He however affirmed that the days of lamentation were over, promising to lead the forum to a new prosperous north.

Obasanjo Almost Fainted Day I Shook Hands with Him – Alamieyeseigha

I will expose Obasanjo
TEN years after, the anger arising from the impeachment and subsequent imprisonment of former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamie-yeseigha by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration is still reverberating even though Alamieyeseigha claims he has forgiven Obasanjo.
Alamieyeseigha, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard in his country home in Yenagoa, said that he had forgiven all those who plotted and sent him to jail purely for political reasons even though the experience remains very painful to him.

Obasanjo’s Library A Product Fraud, Extortion And Corruption, Says Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has categorically stated that the library of former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is a product of fraud, extortion and corruption.
Soyinka stated this in a press statement issued on September 11 in response to former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola over the chairmanship and origin of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU).

Develop Niger Delta Or There Won’t Be Peace, Ex-Militants Tell Buhari

•Group wants security agencies cautioned over Tompolo
FORMER Militants in the Niger Delta under the Third Phase Group has called on the Federal Government to aggressively pursue development of the Niger Delta to forestall another crisis in the region. The former militants, who flayed the actions of former Presidential Adviser to the President on the Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, said that the call is timely as such failure in the past led to increase in militancy and unrest, which caused drastic drop in national earning.