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South-south Governors Seek Substantive Board For NDDC



South-south Governor Seek Substantive Board For NDDC

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to inaugurate a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to enable it to effectively discharge its responsibilities. The appeal came from the six governors of the South-south geopolitical zone.

The governors under the South-south Governors Forum rose from their meeting in Government House Asaba, Delta State on Monday night and decried the ongoing management structure of NDDC saying it was shortchanging the region and lacked due process.

The governors, therefore, advised Buhari that in the absence of a substantive board for the commission, funds for the NDDC beyond the payment of salaries should be put in an escrow account.

But Akpabio, who spoke at a press conference to herald the formal inauguration of the new headquarters of the NDDC in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said most of the governors in the zone were running their local government areas with caretaker committees and lacked the moral rectitude to task Buhari on the NDDC.

Akpabio said the governors should first conduct local government elections before insisting that the president should inaugurate the board of the commission.

In a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor of Rivers State, Kelvin Ebiri, he said the Chairman of the South-south Governors Forum and Governor of Delta State , Ifeanyi Okowa read the common position of the governors at the end of the forum’s meeting.

Okowa described as worrisome the running of the NDDC in over a year by an Interim Caretaker Committee, and now, an interim administrator.

He said: “This situation does not augur well for the people of the Niger Delta as an opportunity for all states to be represented as they ought to be represented on the board of the NDDC does not exist.

“So, it means that the NDDC is actually run in such a manner that it is actually not truly beneficial to our people, because there is no stakeholders input in the running of the affairs of the NDDC.

“We do know that there is a forensic audit taking place and if that is the reason the board has not been constituted, our advice is that monies being sent to the NDDC should be put in an escrow account until a board is constituted and then proper processes are followed in the expenditure of the money in a such a way it will be visibly accountable in the best interest of the peoples of the Niger Delta.”

The governors said after the constitution of the board, the advisory council must be called upon to play its role and ensure checks and balances to guarantee value for money expended by the NDDC.

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They said: “A situation where we begin to have emergency projects that possibly will not last three to six months is not right, we don’t feel happy about it and we are urging Mr. President to ensure that if the board is not going to be immediately constituted, then funds for the NDDC beyond the payment of salaries should be put on hold until he constitutes the board and the board can now run the finances of the NDDC as per the law creating the NDDC.

“We feel already short- changed as a people in the Niger Delta and we believe that we do not wish to see this kind of situation continue going forward into the future, because our people feel the pains, we do not want a situation where there is an abuse of processes, neither should we have a situation where we have abuse of funds.

“We believe that it is best for both the country, for the states of the Niger Delta and for the people of the Niger Delta when the due process is followed by the reconstitution of the board and also in reconstituting the board, that the reconstituted funds should come in and have funds to spend as per the law.”

Further reacting, Akpabio said despite the fact that the governors were running their local government areas with caretaker committees, the federal government had never denied them funds.

He said it was abnormal for governors, who belonged to an opposition party to be giving directives to the president in a ruling party.

He said the governors were the ones, who demanded a forensic audit and should be patient to allow the conclusion of the audit before the inauguration of a board.

While saying that the audit would soon be concluded, Akpabio noted that he was not against the constitution of a board but that due process required an end to the audit before it would be put in place.

Akpabio wondered why the governors were asking of a board when such a structure managed the NDDC for 19 years without building a permanent headquarters for the commission.

He said what the ongoing management structure of the NDDC had achieved for a year, boards of 19 years could not accomplish them.

He said: “I am not aware that the governors are the ones that give directives to the president. I want to let you know that the federal government has appealed to the governors to ensure that local governments have elected representatives.

“Some governors for eight years used caretaker committees to run local government and federal government did not deny them funds. So, we are not against the formation of board for NDDC.

“But if in 19 years, an NDDC board as you call it could not produce an edifice of this nature, could not even use N150m to connect the rented office to the national grid, that will tell you that sometimes the constitution of boards have misplaced priorities.

“We are saying that there is going to be a board for the NDDC. Nobody is against the board but let us finish with the forensic audit. Boards have various interests. If I am a contractor and I nominate someone into the board, don’t you think that person will not cooperate with the forensic auditors?

“In a few months, the forensic audit will be over and the board will definitely be inaugurated. I will rather plead with the governors to ensure that they carry out local government elections. Most of the South-south states are PDP. So where is the opposition?

“How can the opposition give instructions and directives to the president who is not in the same party with them and president has a clear vision of what he wants to do? What he is doing is producing results.

“If they were happy, look at the kind of quantum leap in infrastructure across the entire country. It is not going to be easy for them to take power because of the performance of this president. So the only thing they can do is to bring all these kinds of request.

“We agree with them and we are on the same page. The south-south governors are the ones who even requested a forensic audit. Because there was no budget the forensic audit was delayed. So, my appeal is to allow the audit to end and then the board will be inaugurated.

“The board will be run by the Niger Delta people. Even the interim administrator is Niger Deltan and most of the directors are from the region and I think for now they are doing a great job. They are all qualified. If they are working and producing results let them continue to support them till the end of the audit.

“Very soon the audit will be concluded and from Monday, the auditors will be moving to the field to start measurements of abandoned projects. Soon, there will be a board.”

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Full List Of 52 Stations Shut By NBC



Full List Of 52 Stations Shut By NBC

By John Michael Ojo
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), on Friday, took a drastic measure towards 52 broadcast stations across the country over an incurred debt of about N2.6 billion.

Among the broadcast outfits which were asked to shut down their operations are: the African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television and the broadcasting corporations of various state governments.

While briefing journalists on the development, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the  Director-General of NBC, Balarabe Ilelah, said all the television and radio stations affected must halt operations in the next 24 hours.

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See full list:

1. Silverbird TV (Silverbird Communications Co. Ltd)
2. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
3 Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Lagos
4. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Yenagoa
5. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Port-Harcourt
6. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Jos
7. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd) Benin
8. AIT/Ray Power FM (DAAR Communication Itd) Network
9. Greetings FM (Greetings Media Ltd) FM Network
10. Tao FM (Ovidi Communications Ltd) FM Okene
11. Zuma FM (Zuma FM Ltd) FM Suleja
12. Crowther FM (Crowther Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
13. We FM (Kings Broadcasting Ltd) FM Benin
14. Linksman International Itd Keffi
15. Bomay Broadcasting Services Itd Abuja
16. MTV (Murhi International Group Ltd) Ibadan
17. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Port-Harcourt
18. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
19. Classic TV (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
20. Beat FM (Megalectrics LTD) Lagos
21. Cooper Communications Itd Lagos
22. Splash FM (West Midlands Ltd) Ibadan
23. Rock City FM (Boot Communications Ita) Abeokuta
24. Family FM (Kalaks Investments Nig. Ltd) Ilugun
25.Space FM (Creazioni Nig. Ltd) Ibadan
26. Radio Jeremi (Radio Jeremi Itd) Effurun

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27. Breeze FM (Bays Water Itd) Akure
28. Vibes FM (Vibes Communication Itd) Benin
29.Family Love FM (Multimesh Broadcasting Co. Ltd) Port-Harcourt
30. Wave FM (South Atlantic Media Itd) Port-Harcourt
31. Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation
32. State Broadcasting Corporation
33. Niger State Broadcasting Corporation
34. Gombe State Broadcasting Corporation
35. Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation
36. Lagos DSB
37. Osun State Broadcasting Corporation
38. Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation
39. Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation
40. Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation
41. Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation
42. Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation
43. Imo State Broadcasting Corporation
44. Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation
45. Borno State Broadcasting Corporation
46. Yobe State Broadcasting Corporation
47. Sokoto State Broadcasting Corporation
48. Zamfara State Broadcasting Corporation
49. Kebbi State Broadcasting Corporation
50. Jigawa State Broadcasting Corporation
51. Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation
52. Katsina State Broadcasting Corporation


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NBC Shuts Down AIT, Silverbird, Others



Full List Of 52 Stations Shut By NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shut down the African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television and broadcasting corporations run by various state governments.

The NBC which ordered that these stations should stop their operations within the next 24 hours disclosed that they are owing debts amounting to at least N2.6 billion.

The Director-General of the NBC, Balarabe Ilelah, disclosed this to journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

According to the NBC, all the television and radio stations affected must halt operations in the next 24 hours.

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He noted that the stations owe a total of N2.6 billion; adding that some of the stations affected have not renewed their licences since 2015.

“This is the first batch, there are those who have not renewed their licences since 2015, 2016 and 2017. We are asking them to come and pay their licence fees,” he said.

He warned that all stations that have not renewed their licences should do so in 30 days to avoid sanctions.


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After EFCC Hunt For Tompolo, Buhari Awards Him N4b Monthly Pipeline Surveillance Contract



After EFCC Hunt For Tompolo, Buhari Awards Him N4b Monthly Pipeline Surveillance Contract

After the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo wanted some years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari has awarded him a pipeline surveillance contract.

The former militant leader was the Commander of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).

The deal is described as a renewal as Tompolo got a similar deal during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited agreed to engage Tompolo to end illegal bunkering, illegal refining and oil theft in Niger-Delta communities.

It is a reversal of the initial stance which saw the cancellation of the contract months after President Buhari assumed office.

According to a source close to Tompolo, the current deal is worth over N4billion monthly.

“Before the cancellation of his contract, the arrangements he put in place tackled illegal bunkering and increased production quota to over two million barrels per day.

“But the new government cancelled the contract, declared him wanted and he was later exonerated of all wrongdoings.

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“They have realised the need to bring him back because currently, the country is losing over 500,000 barrels per day to illegal bunkering”, he said.

The new deal was brokered by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and top NNPC top officials, including the Group Executive Director, Upstream, Adokiye Tombomelye.

After the signing, Tompolo presided over a meeting in his Oporoza home in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, on Wednesday.

In attendance were ex-presidents of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Chris Ekiyor, Udengs Eradiri and Eric Omare

Others were priests of Egbesu, Ijaw religious organisation, led by Apostle Bodmas Kemepadei; leaders of Niger Delta youth groups, heads of cult groups.

The rest were former MEND commanders – Eris Paul, aka General Oguboss; Pius Wareyal, aka General Pius; Joshua Macaiver, Pastor Reuben Wilson, Young Shall Grow – and second phase “generals”.

In 2016, the EFCC declared Tompolo, wanted.

The anti-graft agency in an advertorial signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said it declared Tompolo wanted following two bench warrants issued against him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he had been charged with N45.9bn fraud.

In the said advertorial which carried a photograph of Tompolo, the EFCC described him as a 47-year-old, dark-complexioned man from Okerenkoko, Gbaramotu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area.


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