Nigeria information minister, smart liar?

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    Lai Muhammed (photo credit: Daily Trust)

He said the president worked from office yesterday, yet he wasn’t in the  FEC meeting today?

Many take the information minister, Lai Muhammed as a propagandist and others dismiss every word of his comments as lies.

The health situation of the Nigerian President has even put the information minister into too much mess that most Nigerians scorn at his job as information minister.

The poor health of President Muhammadu Buhari has caused his absence from the federal executive council meeting (fec), held every Wednesday.
The information minister in his defence to once more the absence of the president from FEC meeting was marred with equivocation and contradiction.

He said the president worked from office yesterday, yet he wasn’t in the  FEC meeting today?

And Lai Muhammed alleged that  journalists reported the president’s presence in his office yesterday. There was no affirmation or denial of this by any journalist in Aso villa. This comes on the heels of denials by the same minister that the president would henceforth, from last week, work from his residential home.

Take a read at what the minister said.

“I know you will want to know why the President was not at the meeting. You are also aware that the President was at his office yesterday and he worked at his office yesterday. A few days before now, we did come out to say he’s been asked to take some rest by his Doctor and he chose today to rest and not to attend the Federal Executive Council meeting….Mr President will stick to his Doctor’s advice so that he can recover much more quickly.”
On calls by some people that President should proceed on medical vacation?
” W‎e thank all of them for their concern. It shows how concerned Nigerians are about the health of the President. All their suggestions are being taken on board.”
On the report that the President is being fed intravenously?
” It is absolutely untrue that he’s being fed. He was in his office yesterday as you all reported and if the doctor says Take a rest, I think you will faster when you rest when you ought to rest rather than by forcing yourself to work when you are not fit to work. All he’s doing is following the doctor’s advice….Whatever is happening today is not any strange development. It’s exactly what he said that he has been advised to take it easy by his Doctor and that he will soon also go back for further treatment.” Source: Vanguard Ng.

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Nigeria’s jollof-rice, best worldwide – Osinbajo

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Nigeria vice president, Osinbajo

Did anyone notice that in all our well-respected lawyer vice-president said that Nigerians are successful of that none of them is done by the government?

Take a read.

Abuja – Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice-President on Monday described Nigerian-cooked jollof rice as “the best in the world”.

The Vice-President while speaking at “The Platform Nigeria,” a Global Media live broadcast LIVE on Channels TV and online convened by Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, in Lagos said: “And by the way, we all know that Nigerian jollof rice is the best, we beat the Ghanaians and the Senegalese hands down.”

“We have everything, and our people are doing incredibly innovative things.

“Our music and entertainment industry is the fastest growing in the world,and of course, nobody is as funny as Nigerians, whether professional or amateur,”he noted.

The VP also extolled Nigerians innovative feats in various fields,especially in recent times.

“Last year Oluyinka Olutoye, a Nigerian surgeon successfully took out a baby from her mother’s womb, operated on the womb, and put the baby back in.

“The baby was carried full term and was born naturally — a feat previously unheard of.

“Only last year, a Nigerian girl Morolake Akinosun won a gold medal at the Olympics.

“Last Saturday, a Nigerian boxer Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua won the WBA, becoming the boxing champion of the world.”

Jollof rice is a staple meal among Africans, however over the years, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Senegalese and other African countries have claimed to make the best of the meal.

Vanguard Ng.

Assassination of Human Intelligence.

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Buhari.

Some groups of people including the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, vowed to make Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s  government ‘ungovernable’. At the end, they made it difficult for the man to realise his agenda.

Few years later, Buhari has become the Nigerian president. Unsurprisingly, his government has become ‘unmanageable’.

One should take a look at decisions and policies of the present government, and what people think about them. Economic and the team of ministers that took months to select, and their perfomances are some of the clear indications to  the poor governance.

Well, BBC and most western media see Buhari as a fighter of corruption. On paper, yes, he is not in reality.

One could ask the president Buhari why he left the country. The whole truth is that nobody including members of APC, Buhari’s party, believes whatsoever the information minister, Lai Muhammed says.

The economy, security and welfare of the people have become unmanageable, but the most worrisome part is the inability to manage information in this communication revolution era.

Buhari was expected back to Nigeria after two weeks vacation to London. However, a letter credited to him was sent to the National Assembly informing members that he’s been advised to tarry a while for his test results in a London hospital to be out. Well, in Nigeria, test results do not take more than a day or two. I guess London hospitals should be 65 years backward.

In what one could describe as an assassination of human intelligence, the information minister, Lai Muhammed, told journalists, 8th February, 2017, that the president is ‘not in any hospital’. Nobody, as usual, believed him, not just because Nigerians have heard the president’s being in the hospital and the counters, but moreso because Lai Muhammed, as a federal minister can’t manage information. He’s just a typical present federal minister though.

Those of us who said we should wait on the Lord, pray and fast, hope and wish till the next election or two should recall this era of ‘Change’ when another government would come on board. Then, Rotimi Amechi, transportation minister, Okorocha of Imo state, Lai Muhammed, Buhari would start claiming any good effect of the new government policies as their products which they are ‘currently planting’! This stems from all this claims over Unfounded achievements.

For the meantime, Buhari should come back to Nigeria he has so longed for to rule, and face his duties. And Lai Muhammed should resign, or be reassigned to another portfolio.

Being human beings alone affords Nigerians the ability to discern liars and this government is lying about every little thing like telling us the whereabouts of a president of over 1,60 million peoples. And if he’s tired, it wouldn’t be a crime to be honourable, resigning.

Temporal Relief

Harvest crashes prices of foodstuffs in Kano markets

Prices of food items have begun to come down in markets in Kano following the arrival of newly harvested farm produce. Some markets in the state revealed that the prices of some grains had drastically reduced.

A bag of maize is now selling for N10,000 as against N13, 000 it sold last month, while a measure now costs N357, down from between N470 and N500 previously.

The price of a measure of millet had

equally dropped from N360 to about N250.

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Photo Credit:#PhotoNewqu

Also, a bag of rice, which sold for N19,000, is now selling for N17,500 while a measure now costs N700, Some consumers said that they were optimistic that the prices of food items would crash further before the year ends.

Malam Sani Usman, a consumer, said that the current economic hardship would end with massive food production. He said that when people did not produce but consumed more “ there’s bound to be food shortage and the economy will become weak.”
#PhotoNewqu

This is however not the end to the hunger that is posing a great challenge to Nigeria. There is the poor attitude of saving for the future, therefore, this would only make a temporary change to those regions that produce the food in commercial quantity.

2016 budget: South-East gets lowest allocation for capital projects

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the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT) is the single highest
beneficiary of allocations for capital projects
with the sum of N209 billion (76.99 percent).

President Buhari’s North-West region got
a generous allocation for projects in the 2016
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Appropriations Bill with capital allocation
worth N73.7 billion for the implementation of
802 projects across the seven States in the
zone.

There seems to be no end in sight for cry
about the neglect of the South-East geo-
political zone by the President Muhammadu
Buhari led federal government as it has
emerged that the region received the lowest
allocation for developmental projects.
According to details of the capital allocations
for states as contained in a report of National
Assembly Budget and Research Office
(NABRO) seen by Daily Sun, the sum of
N28.22 billion was appropriated for capital
projects for the five States in the region.
A breakdown shows that , Abia State got
N6.93 billion (24.55 percent); Anambra State
got N3.02 billion (10.20 percent); Ebonyi state
got N4.63 billion (16.41 percent); Enugu State
got N10.15 billion (35.98 percent) while Imo
State got N3.49 billion (12.36 percent).
According to the document, the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT) is the single highest
beneficiary of allocations for capital projects
with the sum of N209 billion (76.99 percent).
For other states in the North Central region ;
Nasarawa State received N14.75 billion (5.43
percent); Kwara State- N5.19%); Niger State
recieved N12.59 billion (4.63 percent); Plateau
State got N6.63 billion (2.44 percent); Benue
got N7.46 billion (2.75 percent) while Kogi
State got N7.25 billion (2.67 percent).
Also President Buhari’s North-West region got
a generous allocation for projects in the 2016

Appropriations Bill with capital allocation
worth N73.7 billion for the implementation of
802 projects across the seven States in the
zone.

For the implementation of ongoing and new
projects in the seven states in the region,
Kano State got N32.14 billion (43.61 percent)
for 166 projects; Kaduna State got N19.82
billion (26.99 percent) for 292 projects while
Katsina State got N9.52 billion (12.92
percent).
Also the sum of N3.56 billion (4.84 percent)
goes to Jigawa State; N3.15 billion (4.28
percent) goes to Kebbi State; N2.53 billion for
execution of 61 projects was allocated to
Zamfara State while N2.97 billion (4.04
percent) went to Sokoto State.
From the total sum of N48.97 billion for the
South West region, Lagos State got the
highest share allocation of N16.14 billion
(32.95 percent); Oyo State got N12.28 billion
(25.08 percent); Ogun State got N7.95 billion
(16.23 percent); Osun State got N6.52 billion
(13.30 percent); Ondo state got N3.77 billion
(7.70 percent) while Ekiti State got N2.32
billion (4.7 pecent) of the capital allocation
for this year.
On the part of the North East geopolitical
zone of N46.69 billion for the execution of
454 ongoing and new projects, Gombe State
got N9.70 billion (21 percent); Taraba state
got N9.23 percent); Bauchi State got N9.23
billion (20 percent); Yobe State got N6.99
billion (15 percent); Adamawa state got N5.98
billion (13 percent) while Borno State got
N5.98 billion (12 percent).
The six South South states also got N35.31
billion for execution of 474 projects out of
which 30 are ongoing projects, 438 are new
projects while six are unidentified.
The breakdown indicates that: Cross River
state got N10.75 billion (30.46 percent); Delta
State got N7.55 billion (21.38 percent); Akwa
Ibom State got N1.92 billion (5.45 percent);
Bayelsa State got N3.21 billion (9.08 percent);
River state got N7.29 billion (20.66 percent)
while Edo State got N4.58 billion (12.98
percent) of the total capital allocation.

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By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor MOST of the 23 states that got bail out cash from the federal government for the settlement of arrears of workers’ salaries and emoluments, diverted the funds for other purposes, thereby defeating the purpose of the government’s effort to provide succour for the workers. A comprehensive analysis carried out by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission, ICPC, in conjunction with the Nigeria Labour Congress, revealed last night that many of the states deliberately lied that they were owing their workers huge debts when the reverse was the case. A major feature of the analysis released by the ICPC and signed by its Commissioner for Public Enlightenment, indicated that many of the states failed to apply the amount received from the federal government to settle their indebtedness to their workers, leaving them enmeshed in huge arrears of salaries to the staff despite collecting the bailout cash. A breakdown of the analysis indicates that out of the 27 states that applied for the fund, only 23 had been paid by the Central Bank of Nigeria as at the end of December 2015. The benefiting states are: Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Katsina, Gombe, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Plateau, Sokoto, Kwara, Bayelsa and Imo. Others are: Enugu, Oyo, Delta, Kebbi and Zamfara. Of particular concern to the ICPC, is the case of Zamfara State, which applied for N32.5bn but as at the time of collecting N10 billion from the federal government for workers’ arrears, the state was reportedly not indebted to any of its workers. But after receiving the cash, the state government made overtures to its House of Assembly to approve the use of the money for the settlement of indebtedness to contractors and other purposes. The House of Assembly thereafter approved the disbursement of the money as follows: *Outstanding of payment to 14 LGS of the State: N4,262,560,629.83 * Outstanding payment of fertilizer for 2014 farming season: N3,056,300,000.00 *Outstanding certificate for construction of Bungudu- Nahuche Kyabarawa Road 22.6Km: N265,256,342.76 * Outstanding certificate of Hostel Block at Abdu Gusau Polytechnic. T/Mafara:N55,000,000.00 * Payment of outstanding cost of Vehicles supplied to State: N319,430,000.00 * Outstanding certificate of construction work at K/ Namoda Juma’at Mosque: N20,4 79,100.39 * Outstanding certificate of construction work at Emir’s Palace. Gusau: N6,020,000.00 * Share of 14 Local Government Councils Bailout: N2,035,705,000.00. In a different dimension of misuse, Imo State, which collected the sum of N26,806,430.000.00 from the CBN, paid the amount into two commercial banks and transferred part of the money into uses not related to workers salaries. The ICPC said it discovered that N2 billion was lodged into a Government House Account, N2 billion paid into Imo State Project Account, while another N2 billion was lodged in a micro-finance bank and a ‘management fee’ of N21 million paid into an unspecified account out of the bailout fund received by the state. Similarly, Adamawa State got N9,578,360, 000.00 as bailout cash but disbursed only N2,378,360,000.00 with a balance of N7,200,000,000.00. According to the report, the state could not adduce any reason for the slow process of off- setting the debt as at the time of the report. However, the state claimed not to owe outstanding salaries as at September, 2015. In the case of Bauchi State, the report shows that out of the N8.609.100.000.00 it received as bail-out fund, it disbursed N8.4I4.088,383.26 with a balance of N95.011.616.74. The State claimed not to owe salaries as at September. 201 5. Also, Benue State received N 12.503,439.787. 48 as bailout fund and disbursed N10,852.536.702. 96 with a balance of N 1.650.903.084.52. Analysis of the documents submitted revealed a double payment of N37,760,000.00 in favour of Office of the Deputy Governor. The ICPC said it was investigating the double payment to the Deputy Governor. Cross River State is said to have received N7.856,400.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N3.140.883.040.77 with a balance of N4.715,516.959.23. However the State claimed not to have outstanding salaries to workers as at 19/11/2015. Ekiti State according to the report, received N9.604.340.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N9.213. 816.252.44 with a balance of N390.613.747. 56. The State owed one month salary as at 28th October 2015. Katsina State got Nl1, 086.630.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N2.512.214.530.71 with a balance of N8.574.415.469.29. The State claimed to have cleared all outstanding salaries as at 18lh February, 2016. Gombe State got N11,000,000,000.00 and disbursed N6,321.684.423.67 with a balance of N4,678,315,576.33. The state claimed it was not owing salaries as at September, 2015, according to the report. Nasarawa State received N8,317.167.368.87 in two tranches of N3.956.047.519.60 and N4.361.119.848.27 as bailout fund and disbursed N3.956.047.519.60 with a balance of N4.361.1 19.848.27. The State claimed not to have paid Local Government Workers’ salaries due to an on-going verification exercise. Niger State received N4.396.810.000.00 as bailout fund and the entire amount was claimed to have been expended in off-setting salary debts. Ondo State received N9.443.059.226.92 as bailout fund and disbursed N7.905.484.176.60 with a balance of N1,537.575.050.32. The State reportedly owed one- month salary and several months arrears of gratuity/ pension as at 30th September. 2015. Osun State received N34.988.990.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N18.677.224.582.20, leaving a balance of N16.311,765.418 billion as at November. 2015. The Commission said it was verifying allegations that Osun State public servants had only been paid salaries up to July 2015. Ogun State claimed it received N18,916.208.664.86 as bailout fund and duly expended the entire sum for salary arrears and did not owe workers as at 9th October, 2015. Plateau State received N5.357.570.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N5.330.589.061.15 with a balance of N26.980.938.85. The State was owing two months salaries as at 30th September 2015. Kwara State received the sum of N4.320.950.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N4,291.087.985.08 for staff salaries and emoluments with a balance of N29.862.014.92. The State claimed to have cleared all outstanding salaries as at 20th October. 2015. Bayelsa State applied for the sum of N 1.285.000.000.00 and had concluded disbursement formalities but the Central Bank of Nigeria was yet to release the said fund to the State as at 18th December, 2015. Enugu State was granted N10,174,238,681.19 as bailout fund as at 16th November 2015. Analysis of the documents submitted revealed that, the State disbursed N5, 967,238,681.19 from the bailout fund to settle domestic debts and claimed that funds for the payments of Staff salaries and emoluments was not yet assessed. Oyo State was granted N26,606,944,831.03 as bailout fund and disbursed N25,495,292,422.63 with a balance of Nl, l 11.652.408.40. The State owes four months’ salaries as at 7 April. 2016. Delta State has a total debt value accrued from Staff salaries and emoluments of N36,417,217,601.53. The State was granted N10,936,799,299.36 as bailout fund and disbursed N8,129,888,279.86 with a balance of N2,806,9I1,019.50. However, the state claimed not to owe salaries as at 24th November. 2015. Kebbi State received N7.080.000.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursedN2,617,152,577.20 with a balance of N4,463,975,420.27. The State claimed to have cleared all outstanding arrears on salaries as at September. 2015.

MOST of the 23 states that got bail out cash from the
federal government for the settlement of arrears of
workers’ salaries and emoluments, diverted the funds for
other purposes, thereby defeating the purpose of the
government’s effort to provide succour for the workers.
A comprehensive analysis carried out by the  Independent
Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission,
ICPC, in conjunction with the Nigeria Labour Congress,
revealed last night that many of the states deliberately
lied that they were owing their workers huge debts when
the reverse was the case.

A major feature of the analysis released by the ICPC and
signed by its Commissioner for Public Enlightenment,
indicated that many of the states failed to apply the
amount received from the federal government to settle
their indebtedness to their workers, leaving them
enmeshed in huge arrears of salaries to the staff despite
collecting the bailout cash.

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A breakdown of the analysis indicates that out of the 27
states that applied for the fund, only 23 had been paid by
the Central Bank of Nigeria as at the end of December
2015.

The benefiting states are: Adamawa, Bauchi,  Benue,
Cross River, Ekiti, Katsina, Gombe, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger,
Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Plateau, Sokoto, Kwara, Bayelsa and
Imo.

Others are: Enugu, Oyo, Delta, Kebbi and Zamfara.

Of particular concern to the ICPC, is the case of Zamfara
State, which applied for N32.5bn  but as at the time of
collecting N10 billion from the federal government for
workers’ arrears, the state was reportedly not indebted to
any of its workers.

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But after receiving the cash, the state government made
overtures to its House of Assembly to approve the use of
the money for the settlement of indebtedness to
contractors and other purposes.

The House of Assembly thereafter approved the
disbursement of the money as follows:
*Outstanding of payment to 14 LGS of the State:
N4,262,560,629.83
* Outstanding payment of fertilizer for 2014 farming
season: N3,056,300,000.00
*Outstanding certificate for construction of Bungudu-
Nahuche Kyabarawa Road 22.6Km: N265,256,342.76
* Outstanding certificate of Hostel Block at Abdu Gusau
Polytechnic. T/Mafara:N55,000,000.00
* Payment of outstanding cost of Vehicles supplied to
State: N319,430,000.00
* Outstanding certificate of construction work at K/
Namoda Juma’at Mosque: N20,4 79,100.39
* Outstanding certificate of construction work at Emir’s
Palace. Gusau: N6,020,000.00
* Share of 14 Local Government Councils Bailout:
N2,035,705,000.00.

In a different dimension of misuse, Imo State, which
collected the sum of N26,806,430.000.00 from the CBN,
paid the amount into two commercial banks and
transferred part of the money into uses not related to
workers salaries.
The ICPC said it discovered that N2 billion was lodged
into a Government House Account, N2 billion paid into
Imo State Project Account, while another N2 billion was
lodged in a micro-finance bank and a ‘management fee’
of N21 million paid into an unspecified account out of
the bailout fund received by the state.

Similarly,
Adamawa State got N9,578,360, 000.00 as bailout cash
but disbursed only N2,378,360,000.00 with a balance of
N7,200,000,000.00. According to the report, the state
could not adduce any reason for the slow process of off-
setting the debt as at the time of the report. However, the
state claimed not to owe outstanding salaries as at
September, 2015.

In the case of Bauchi State, the report shows that out of
the N8.609.100.000.00 it received as bail-out fund, it
disbursed N8.4I4.088,383.26 with a balance of
N95.011.616.74. The State claimed not to owe salaries as
at September. 201 5.

Also, Benue State received N 12.503,439.787. 48 as
bailout fund and disbursed N10,852.536.702. 96 with a
balance of N 1.650.903.084.52.

Analysis of the documents submitted revealed a double payment of N37,760,000.00 in favour of Office of the Deputy
Governor. The ICPC said it was investigating the double
payment to the Deputy Governor.
Cross River State  is said to have received
N7.856,400.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed
N3.140.883.040.77 with a balance of N4.715,516.959.23.
However the State claimed not to have outstanding
salaries to workers as at 19/11/2015.

Ekiti State according to the report, received
N9.604.340.000.00 as bailout fund and disbursed N9.213.
816.252.44 with a balance of N390.613.747. 56. The State
owed one month salary as at 28th October 2015.

Katsina State got Nl1, 086.630.000.00 as bailout fund and
disbursed N2.512.214.530.71 with a balance of N8.574.415.469.29. The State claimed to have cleared all
outstanding salaries as at 18lh February, 2016.

Gombe State got N11,000,000,000.00 and disbursed
N6,321.684.423.67 with a balance of N4,678,315,576.33.
The state claimed it was not owing salaries as at
September, 2015, according to the report.

Nasarawa State received N8,317.167.368.87 in two
tranches of N3.956.047.519.60 and N4.361.119.848.27 as
bailout fund and disbursed N3.956.047.519.60 with a
balance of N4.361.1 19.848.27. The State claimed not to
have paid Local Government Workers’ salaries due to an
on-going verification exercise.

Niger State received N4.396.810.000.00 as bailout fund
and the entire amount was claimed to have been
expended in off-setting salary debts.

Ondo State  received N9.443.059.226.92 as bailout fund
and disbursed N7.905.484.176.60 with a balance of
N1,537.575.050.32. The State reportedly owed one-
month salary and several months arrears of gratuity/
pension as at 30th September. 2015.

Osun State received N34.988.990.000.00 as bailout fund
and disbursed N18.677.224.582.20, leaving a balance of
N16.311,765.418 billion as at November. 2015.

The Commission said it was verifying allegations that Osun
State public servants had only been paid salaries up to
July 2015.

Ogun State claimed it received N18,916.208.664.86 as
bailout fund and duly expended the entire sum for salary
arrears and did not owe workers as at 9th October, 2015.

Plateau State  received N5.357.570.000.00 as bailout fund
and disbursed N5.330.589.061.15 with a balance of
N26.980.938.85. The State was owing two months
salaries as at 30th September 2015.

Kwara State received the sum of N4.320.950.000.00 as
bailout fund and disbursed N4,291.087.985.08 for staff
salaries and emoluments with a balance of
N29.862.014.92. The State claimed to have cleared all
outstanding salaries as at 20th October. 2015.

Bayelsa State applied for the sum of N 1.285.000.000.00
and had concluded disbursement formalities but the
Central Bank of Nigeria was yet to release the said fund
to the State as at 18th December, 2015.

Enugu State was granted N10,174,238,681.19 as bailout
fund as at 16th November 2015. Analysis of the
documents submitted revealed that, the State disbursed
N5, 967,238,681.19 from the bailout fund to settle
domestic debts and claimed that funds for the payments
of Staff salaries and emoluments was not yet assessed.

Oyo State was granted N26,606,944,831.03 as bailout
fund and disbursed N25,495,292,422.63 with a balance of
Nl, l 11.652.408.40. The State owes four months’ salaries
as at 7 April. 2016.

Delta State has a total debt value accrued from Staff
salaries and emoluments of N36,417,217,601.53. The
State was granted N10,936,799,299.36 as bailout fund
and disbursed N8,129,888,279.86 with a balance of
N2,806,9I1,019.50. However, the state claimed not to
owe salaries as at 24th November. 2015.

Kebbi State received N7.080.000.000.00 as bailout fund
and disbursedN2,617,152,577.20 with a balance of
N4,463,975,420.27. The State claimed to have cleared all
outstanding arrears on salaries as at September. 2015.

+Vanguard

Spokesperson of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, yesterday again broke down in court with signs of ill-health, repeatedly throwing up at the Federal High Court in Abuja, where he is being tried for alleged corruption. Metuh’s apparent ill-health led the court to adjourn the case.

The PDP spokesperson is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 million of government arms money.

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Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pdp, Chief Olisa Metuh.

His counsel, Etiaba Etiaba, said Metuh’s health condition deteriorated on Wednesday night, forcing his brother-in-law, Andy Aghaji, to rush him to hospital. He said on arrival at the hospital, they found that nurses were on strike. A doctor, who attended to Metuh, directed that he be brought back to the hospital, yesterday. Etiaba said the doctor had warned that the drugs he administered would make Metuh drowsy and that he would have to take another medication at 11 am Thursday.

He said the PDP spokesman left the hospital at 3.30 am, yesterday. Etiaba said he advised Metuh to see if he could manage himself to the court, since he had no understanding about the gravity of his health condition. At the court, the PDP spokesman began to vomit and had to be assisted to the court room by his relatives.

The counsel prayed the court to adjourn the case to enable Metuh return to the hospital. The prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, did not object to the application.

The judge adjourned the case till May 23 and Metuh immediately returned to the hospital.

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