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Oil spillage: 33 killed, residents flee homes in Delta

No fewer than 33 persons have been feared killed in 50 communities in Delta State following oil spillage in areas.It was gathered that the devastating oil spillage apart from the havoc it wreaked on the people sources of drinking water, their farm lands, and the alleged deaths of their fish(es),worried residents in the affected areas, have fled their homes for fear of more trouble.

Chevron, Jewels of Africa Foundations donate books to Ondo, Delta

Ugo Amadi
Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and CNL (NNPC/CNL JV), in partnership with the Jewels of Africa Foundations (JOA) have recently donated over 12,000 books on Science, Mathematics as well as English language to thirty-seven (37) public schools in Delta and Ondo States.

How FG, Ondo, Delta, Lagos Freed pupils

.20 kidnappers, one civilian killed, 8 policemen injured –CP
.Students released to deputy gov, aide at 1am
.Ordeal better imagined than experienced –Parent

Facts have emerged of how the Federal Government and the three states of Ondo, Delta and Lagos collaborated to secure the release of the six pupils of Lagos Model Colleges, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos, who were kidnapped from the school compound by yet-to-be-identified gunmen about 6am on May 25.

Chairman of the Indices and Disbursement Committee of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Aliyu Mohammed, has said that the Federal Government of Nigeria has set up a committee aimed at disbursing the 13 per cent Derivation Fund to Lagos State, following the commencement of crude oil and gas production in the state by Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited.

Mixed reactions have trailed the recent appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari which were said not to have reflected the federal character. Three members of the House of Representatives from Delta, Imo and Plateau States give their own perspectives on the appointments made by the President.
There is nothing like federal character in the appointments
Onyemachi Mrakpor, Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, Delta State You have the names of the appointees and you know where they come from, is there anything federal about the character, is there anything character about the federal there. Federal character is clearly stated in the Constitution, it is a general question. The layman should know what is a federal character, is it not to give to Paul what is for Paul and to give to Peter what is for Peter. Let the layman study it to know whether Peter has what should go to Peter and Paul has what should go to Paul.
Southeast has been sidelined
Rep Bede Eke, representing Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency of Imo State. If you look at the appointments made so far by the present government, you will see that South East is virtually sidelined, appointments appear to be concentrated in one area. So, constituency project is conceptualised to correct the imbalance. I am surprised anybody would talk about constituency projects not being a priority. The matter is simple.
He should learn from Yar‘adua
Rep Timothy Golu, Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency, Plateau State In fact, it falls below the requirements of the federal character because you can see it, depending on where you are seeing whether within the military circle, or within the political circle because they are two different things. Going by state by state basis, you will discover that many states are not covered and then there are states that have one or two or three. The president may have exercised the discretion of appointing those he trusted, you need to have dependable people, you need to have people that you trust, but this is politics. If it doesn’t go round, other people will not have a sense of belonging.
I always give an example with the Yar’adua’s PDP administration. Under his administration the ANPP (All Nigerian Peoples Party) and other opposition political parties were considered for appointments. He had special advisers that belonged to other political parties. In Plateau State which was a PDP state, we had an appointee, one of our elders Alhaji Ibrahim Makande who was appointed to represent the state under ANPP. That to an extent was able to build up political unity because it also reconciled the political parties, it reduced the conflict, it brought down tension. So, we expected the President to approach these political parties for political unity.
He has the discretion to do that, he may not necessarily breach any constitutional provision. And for some political positions, the president has his own discretions, he may not have violated any constitutional provision, but for political expediency, for political unity the president should come to terms with the reality that it is not only who voted for him that should be given positions.
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