Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 13 December, 2017.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The United Nations (UN) has raised the alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, saying there are no less than over 350 million in circulation in the country.

It said out of the estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa, 70% of them is domiciled in Nigeria.

Director of UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Mr Anselme Yabouri, disclosed this startling statistics at the ongoing Physical Security and Stockpile Management Standard Operating and Administrative Procedures Validation Workshop in Abuja.

Speaking at the workshop organised by the UNREC and Presidential Committee on Smalls Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), Yabouri stated that the country has been flooded with illicit weapons, which have found their way into unauthorised hands of non-state actors threatening the existence of the country, as well as lives and properties of the people.

He said, “The illicit proliferation of SALW has had a dramatic impact on peace and security in Africa, threatening not only the existence of the state, but also the livelihoods of millions of people across the continent.

“Nigeria is one of the countries experiencing some of the most devastating effects of the proliferation of SALW as a result of spillover effect of the recent crises in Libya and Mali as well as unresolved internal conflicts in different parts of the country, especially in the North East, Niger Delta and southern regions.

“While reliable data on the numbers of these weapons circulating freely in the country is unavailable, analysts have in recent times estimated that of the about 500 million weapons that may be circulating in West Africa in 2010, some 70 per cent of these could be found in Nigeria.”

He warned that as alarming as these figures seem, if left unimpeded, the menace will endanger the developmental gains achieved over the last 50 years, impede the nation’s capacity to achieve its developmental targets and negatively impact on generations to come.

Suggesting ways to nip the scourge in the bud, Yabouri said, “As my predecessor reiterated here in August 2016 during the National Consultative workshop, good laws, procedures, goodwill and even abundant resources are by themselves not sufficient to win the struggle against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

“A strong, effective, resourced representative and appropriately created and constituted national coordinative mechanism is essential if Nigeria is to emerge victorious in this effort.”

The UNREC director noted that the situation underscores, more than ever before, the critical need not only to control the flow of arms in the non-state sector, but also the state owned actors through the effective management of armoury and weapon stockpiles.

“It is widely acknowledged that one of the major factors contributing to the illicit proliferation of arms is the ineffective stockpile management”, he said.

The UNREC boss stressed that unsecured stocks and ineffectively managed stockpiles were a major contributing factor to the trafficking and diversion of arms into the illicit market and their subsequent flow to terrorists and other criminal groups as Boko Haram and Niger Delta militants.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The Court of Appeal in Abuja yesterday remitted three count charges bordering on alleged assets declaration to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to conduct a retrial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The appellate court okayed three-count charge against Saraki out of the 18-count brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) so as to enable him defend himself properly on the charges.

The CCB had dragged Saraki before the tribunal over alleged false asset declaration.

In dismissing the 15 out of 18-count charges brought against the Senate president by the federal government, the court described the charges as being incompetent in the face of the law.

In the appeal filed by the federal government against the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which discharged and acquitted Saraki on the 18-count charge in a ruling on no case submission delivered in June this year, the appellate court said that Senate president has to make some explanations on the three out of the counts.

Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson who read a 70-page unanimous judgment of the panel of justices held that there was no evidence to substantiate the 15 out of the 18 counts as valid charges.

The judge, however, ruled that on counts 4,5 and 6 bordering on the purchase of house 17 A and B at McDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos by the Senate president, the prosecution was able to establish a prima facie case against Saraki.

The court held that the prosecution established that there were discrepancies in the claims on the asset declaration forms as to how the two houses in Ikoyi were acquired.

The appellate court held that the Senate president needs to provide explanations to the discrepancies established by the prosecution that the properties he claimed were bought from sales of rice and sugar in his asset declaration form were bought from loans acquired from a commercial bank.

The court concluded that credible evidence was led by the prosecution on counts 4,5 and 6 to warrant the defendant to be called upon to defend himself on how he acquired the properties disclosed in the three counts.
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The World Bank disclosed yesterday that it is partnering with the Global Covenant of Mayors to lend $4.5 billion to ensure Nigeria and 149 other countries get the funds to implement initiatives to increase sustainability and resilience in the fight against climate change.

This is even as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Paris declared that some fundamental restructuring of the economy is required to fight climate change.

He appealed to the international community to support Nigeria’s commitment to reducing the negative effects of climate change.

Buhari spoke at the One Planet Summit in the French capital attended by over 60 heads of state and governments, as well as representatives of non-governmental and private organisations, with the theme, ‘Climate Change Financing’.

At the Summit, the World Bank noted that its investment of $4.5 billion would ensure cities battling the increasing threats of climate change have the required funds to implement sustainable initiatives and climate resilience programmes.

According to the global bank, the partnership will help countries leverage the private sector by developing bankable business plans, structuring public-private partnerships to crowd in private sector investment, monetizing increases in land values, and designing and implementing credit enhancement mechanisms to allow commercial financing to cities.

The partnership brings together the largest global alliance of cities committed to tackling climate change with the world’s leading development institution to design and structure climate resilient investments and to catalyze new sources of capital to finance them in cities across the globe.

The bank noted that the lending will occur over the next three years under the umbrella of the World Bank’s City Resilience Programme (CRP), and will draw on resources from IFC and MIGA to provide financial and technical assistance to 150 cities, including current and future Global Covenant cities, to drive climate ambitions forward and upwards and build greater resilience to climate and disaster risks.

The partnership will be inclusive and open to the full spectrum of investors, from multilateral development banks and international financial institutions, to institutional investors, private investors and local commercial banks.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Concessionaire of Kainji and Jebba Hydro Electric plants, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL), has injected a fresh $26 million (about N9.360 billion) into the Kainji Hydro Power Plant to rehabilitate its Hydro Turbine Generator unit 1 G 7.

The agreement for the rehabilitation project was signed with General Electric (GE) in Abuja, yesterday.

The rehabilitation, which is expected to be completed in 24 months will add 80 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity to the company’s generation raising its power generation from both Kainji and Jebba Hydo Power Plants to about 1, 000 M W. The two plants have a combined installed capacity of about 1, 330 MW.

Speaking at the signing ceremony,  Chairman of MESL, Col Sani Bello (rtd), said his company was committed to the concession of Kainji and Jebba plants with a view to significantly improving power supply to the Nigerian society.

He said negotiations for the rehabilitation of Unit 2 G6 of the Jebba plant was on-going and that shortly, the rehabilitation of that unit would commence to further increase power output from Mainstream’s operations by another 96 MW.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, KadunaThe United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) said it has expended about two hundred million naira (N200, 000, 000) in its effort towards addressing cases of HIV/AIDs among adolescents in Kaduna State.The officer in-charge of UNICEF Field Office, Kaduna, Dr Idris Baba, who disclosed this also informed that the organisation has equally scaled up support to tackle high HIV prevalence among adolescents in seven local government areas of Kaduna State.The UNICEF in-charge of Kadu 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
bY KUNLE OLASANMI, AbujaThe Global Amnesty Watch has exonerated Nigerian troops from the various allegation of complicity in the abuse of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in the North Eastern part of the country.The Country Representative, Africa Affairs of the Global Amnesty Watch, GAW, Helen Adesola, who disclosed this at the public presentation of its report on sexual harassment and exploitations being carried out in various IDPs camp across the country.She said the ugly incidents came to l 

El-Rufai Signs N216.55bn 2018 Budget Into Law
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
By MSUE AZA, KadunaKaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday, signed into law the N216.55 billion for the 2018 budget, saying the full implementation will commence 1st January next year.Signing the budget recently passed by the Kaduna State House of Assembly into law at Government House, Kaduna, el-Rufai, said N131.1 billion is for capital expenditure, while recurrent expenditure stands at N85.44 billion.The governor explained that the budget is consistent with his administration ag 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
By Patrick Ochoga, Benin CityEdo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated his administrations commitment to reforming the civil service, noting that the construction of a wing of the Secretariats offices and institution of training programmes would strengthen service delivery.Obaseki said this when he received the 2016 Annual Report from the Civil Service Commission led by its Chairperson, Princess Ekiuwa Inneh, on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State ca 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
BY Ray Morphy A nation with about 200 million people and 70 per cent unemployment or under-employment, atrocious literacy rate and non-existent infrastructure has really no hope of survival, unless government immediately embarks on agriculture deliberately.It is important to note that only real focus in agriculture will make a difference, and not the haphazard approach, which has not improved the agriculture sector! I mean the sort of agriculture that requires mass mobilisation that will encoura 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
By MBACHU GODWIN NNANNA, AbujaThe Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday said it may revisit the case files of 20 former state governors it indicted for corruption in 2008.The acting chairman of the commission, Hon Abdullahi Bako, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, saying that the case files were dropped due to some legal and financial impediments.Hon Bako further noted that, The cases came up when the governors were still in office, and 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
By MBACHU GODWIN NNANNA, AbujaThe Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday said it may revisit the case files of 20 former state governors it indicted for corruption in 2008.The acting chairman of the commission, Hon Abdullahi Bako, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, saying that the case files were dropped due to some legal and financial impediments.Hon Bako further noted that, The cases came up when the governors were still in office, and 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
By Tunde Oguntola, AbujaThe Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has condemned what it called open bazaar that characterised the recent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention, describing it as unfortunate.A statement issued by the national publicity secretary, APDA, Tosin Adeyanju, said the party watched with total dismay the process leading to the final selection not election of candidates at the just concluded convention.Adeyaju said it was very shameful that the election tu 

Wed, 13 Dec 2017
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, AbujaBarely few weeks after the State House Clinic shot into limelight over lack of drugs, similar allegation is rocking the National Assembly Clinic.The National Assembly Clinic caters for lawmakers, their aides and families.LEADERSHIP checks revealed that the hospital has recorded malfeasance, including scarcity of drugs, disappearance of medical items which are allegedly diverted to private pharmacies.Despite the budgetary allocation to the hospital, the clinic is gra 
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