Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Monday, 12 February, 2017.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Senior civil servants in Benue, Kogi, and Plateau states are among the highest paid in the country despite their low revenue generation profile, Daily Trust investigations have shown.
The annual total wage bills of the three states are also high compared to the local revenues they generate.   

The three states generated less than N10 billion each as IGR in 2016, according to official data published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Nearly all the states in the country were weighed down by huge salaries and wages bills to the detriment of development projects.
The situation worsened with the dwindling oil revenues as more than two-thirds of the states could not pay workers’ salaries even with the federally-accrued revenue shared to them every month. 
The situation remained unchanged even after a majority of them resorted to securing loans, apart from their IGR, federal allocation, as well as the tranches of bailout approved for them by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Huge budgets for salaries 
A recent report by this newspaper showed that more than half of the N17.5 trillion total budgets of the federal and state governments will be spent on salaries and overheads this year.
Analysis of the budgets revealed that of the N17.5 trillion, N9.35 trillion will go for recurrent expenses, leaving only N8.17trillion for power, roads, rail and other development projects. 
Breakdown of the 2018 estimates shows that the federal government is spending N8.61 trillion, with personnel salaries, overheads, statutory transfers and debt servicing guzzling N5.96 trillion, leaving N2.65 trillion for capital projects. 
The 36 states have a total budget of N8.95 trillion. The sum of N5.52 trillion is for capital and the N3.39 trillion for recurrent.
In 2016 for instance, 30 states of the federation generated a cumulative internal revenue just enough to settle one-third of their workers’ salaries and allowances.
According to published NBS data, the 30 states reviewed, minus Lagos, generated N515.61 billion internal revenues or one-third of the N1.479 trillion they spend on workers remuneration annually.
Despite this apparent fiscal difficulty, very few states are ready to downsize their bloated workforce for fear of political backlash from the public and labour unions particularly as the country moves into another round of elections next year.  
States with huge salary, low revenue
Benue state is paying its director N280, 000 monthly, deputy director (N210, 000) and assistant director (N155,000). The state generated N9.5 billion as IGR in 2016.
The state is also spending N94.8 billion annually as salaries for its 44,000 workers, the third in the country, after Kano and Rivers states.
Plateau state is monthly paying its directors (N236, 456), deputy directors (N186, 420), and assistant directors (N125, 862); despite its poor internally generated revenue base of N9.5billion as of 2016.  Plateau is spending N20.4 billion annually on a total workforce of 21, 000.
Kogi state generated N9.57 billion in 2016, according to the NBS data, but it is paying its directors N230,172, deputy directors N181,106, and assistant directors N131,504. The state is spending N30 billion on its 13,080 workers every year.
States with huge salaries, huge revenue
Lagos with the biggest economic base in the country, generated three-digit IGR of N302.42 billion in 2016, and it pays its directors N347,733, deputy directors N182,253, and assistant directors N147,318 per month. It is spending N72 billion annually to pay its 100,433 workers.
The oil-rich Rivers state is paying directors N285, 000, deputy directors N265, 000, and assistant directors N230, 000. It is spending N100.8 billion on its 25, 000 workers every year. It generated N85.29 billion in 2016, according to NBS data.
Kano, the most populous state in the country, is generating N30.96 billion annually, while its directors get a monthly salary of N150,000, deputy directors N98,000 and assistant directors N98, 000. It is also the state in the country with the highest wage bill, spending N110.4 billion annually to pay 160, 000 workers.
States with moderate salaries, poor revenue
In Katsina state, an assistant director receives N88, 547 monthly; a deputy director, N121, 538 while a director gets N150, 174 per month.
However, in some ministries like the judiciary, there are some little adjustments with a director receiving between N285,879  and N372,562. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The multi-million naira electricity turbines bought by the Federal Government in 1982 for the hydro-power project at Ikere Gorge dam in Iseyin, Oyo State, have since become obsolete, Daily Trust can report.
Daily Trust learnt that the turbines were bought during the Shehu Shagari administration in 1982 from a German company and have been abandoned at the dam since then.

The turbines were expected to produce electricity that would benefit several host communities in Oke-Ogun area of the state. Some of these communities still battle with erratic power supply while some don’t even have access to power supply till date.
When this reporter went to the dam site last weekend, it was observed that the turbines now rot away in a shed erected over 36 years ago.
The dam’s Project Manager, Engineer Akingbade Sunday Isaac, told Daily Trust that the dam, presently being managed by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, was built when Olusegun Obasanjo was military head of state to, among other functions, produce not less than six megawatts of electricity.
He, however, said the electricity components of the dam were only brought to the dam in 1982 during the Shehu Shagari era.
Our reporter observed that the turbines, said to have cost the then government millions of naira, as far back as over three decades ago, were still laying waste where they were kept since then.
Engineer Akingbade told Daily Trust that the turbines were now obsolete and could not be used for the purpose they were procured again.
One of the reasons he gave was that there are numerous new developments in hydro technology that have rendered the old turbines useless. He added that aside from that, the company that manufactured the turbines in Germany had since packed up so even if the equipment were installed, getting its parts would pose a serious problem.
The project manager insisted that the turbines are a waste at the moment, adding that for the project to become a reality, new sets of turbines have to be imported for the dam. 
Residents of Iseyin, the town that hosts the dam in Iseyin LGA of Oyo State, decried successive government’s attitude to the optimal functioning of the dam, which experts said is one of the biggest in the country.
Malam Ganiyu Isah, a resident of one of the settlements near the dam, said the dam environment itself is in total darkness while the turbines that are meant to generate electricity for the host communities are rotting away where they were dumped over 30 years ago.
“I really don’t understand how we behave in this country. We bought equipment for a large amount of money but installing the equipment for the purpose they were meant for has been a problem for over three decades. It is unfortunate,’’ he said. 
Malam Ganiyu said apart from the failed power aspect of the dam, there is no portable water from the dam to the host communities.
“Let me tell you, apart from the fishing aspect of the dam, the project is a total failure as far as we are concerned here,” he added. 
The dam’s project manager, however, disagreed with that position, saying only the power aspect of the dam project could be said to be a failure so far.
He agreed, thought, that the host communities don’t have access to portable water but blamed the development on the Oyo State government, which he claimed failed to reticulate water from the dam to the various communities in the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari ‎to quit as Minister of Petroleum Resources in view of the lingering fuel crisis in the country. 
The party in a statement on Sunday by its ‎National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said Buhari  has "failed" to address the lingering crisis and should  accept responsibility for the "manifest failure in the oil sector." 
The opposition party said the President should hand over the office to a more competent person to steer its affairs ‎in order to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians and improve the state of the nation's economy.  
‎"As we speak, the economy has further dipped in the last two months of this harrowing fuel situation; more businesses have folded up, prices of essential goods are skyrocketing and families are, more than ever before, under intense pressure of meeting economic demands.
"We call on President Buhari to quit this all important ministry of petroleum resources and allow competent hands to save our people from the anguish and pains they have been subjected to in the last few 
"It is disheartening that instead of being remorseful for its failures, the APC - controlled federal government is busy dishing out lies and fabricated indices in an attempt to give Nigerians false hope on issues related to the fuel crisis and the collapsing national economy.
"If President Buhari had heed wise counsel from well-meaning Nigerians, since last year, to quit office as the Minister of Petroleum and allow a more competent and knowledgeable person to run the ministry, the situation would not have degenerated to excruciating pains Nigerians suffer today," the PDP said.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Experts and top Nigerian government officials have said at least N150 billion will be lost to cyber criminals if they eventually carry out their plan to launch a massive robbery attack on the country this year.
Many Nigerians were jolted two weeks ago when the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) raised the alarm of an impending cyber-attack on banks and some other key establishments in the country.  

The agency in charge of IT regulations in the country said it had intercepted plans by hackers to wreak havoc which could make its financial institutions lose billions of naira to the cyber heist.
But the banks are not the only targeted institution. NITDA said the cyber criminals or hackers are also targeting health institutions and other government agencies. And it could be very soon or anytime within the year, according to a statement signed by the agency’s Director General, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
Dr Pantami however said the agency was already working to counter the hackers. He also added that there was need for all stakeholders to take urgent and solid precautionary measures.
Dr Pantami said the agency’s Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT), in conjunction with other industry stakeholders had already intercepted the plans by the hackers.
Speaking with Daily Trust in Abuja, a top government official who is also an expert in cyber security, said if the hackers or the cyber criminals succeeded in launching the attacks, financial institutions, multinationals and many MDAs in the country may have their data taken over and at least N150 billion may be lost.
The official, who pleaded anonymity because he was not cleared to talk to the media on the issue, added that apart from monetary loss, documents and data may also be seized and damaged by the criminals.    
In 2016, he said, Nigeria lost $450m to cyber-attacks alone and the trend has been on the rise since then.
According to him, a total of about 3,500 cyber-attacks were launched on the country in 2017, 75% of which were successful, which led to a loss of about $500 million.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said Nigeria was losing 0.08 of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to cybercrimes and the figure might have risen because a large number of incidents were undetected or unreported. 
“Available statistics put the cost of cybercrime globally at over $700 billion per year, and it is projected to rise to about $2 trillion by 2019, due to the rapid digitization of consumer lives and company records,” he said adding that “the number of incidents in 2016 grew by 38% as against the number reported in 2015.”
Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu said on Monday last week, January 29 that the Federal Government would declare a state of emergency in the education sector in April, this year. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
A political pressure group, the Southern Borno Global Initiative in Borno State, is agitating for a shift of the states governorship seat to the southern part as political activities gather momentum towards 2019. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps), Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has declared intention to contest for Kano South Senatorial seat. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The youth wing of the PDP in the South South has inaugurated coordinators to work for the success of an ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakars, presidential ambition. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The choice of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is right but he is not a magician to resolve the myriad of problems in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the embattled Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank, has said. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The number of governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the July governorship election in Ekiti State swelled on Sunday as Chief Dele Okeya inaugurated coordinators for his political ambition across the 16 local governments and 177 wards in the state. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has declared the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates as winners of the Saturdays Local Government polls in all the 44 councils in the state. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has condemned the increase in toll fees on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Ikoyi link bridge in Lagos state, saying Lagosians have had enough of the daylight robbery by the APC-led government in the state.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Riela Projects GNA Limited, to leverage advanced agricultural technologies from Germany to boost commercial agriculture in the country. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The gas-fired and hydropower Generation Companies (GenCos) have called on the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to improve the transmission networks to save their generating machines from recurring frequency oscillations. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), has commenced the training of 500 farmers on how to increase the production of soybeans in Nasarawa State. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria on Tuesday said it had introduced innovative measures that would boost and sustain cowpea production in Nigeria. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Looking back at the 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions (SRP), what would you say is NiMets degree of accuracy'The major challenge we had in evaluating the level of accuracy of our predictions in the 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) is that we have not gotten the adequate feedbacks from across the country. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The Executive Order on the Planning and Execution of Projects; Programmes and Contracts with science, engineering and technology components recently approved by President Mohammadu Buhari is to reposition science and technology as a major driver of the nations economic diversification process. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The acceptance of the Britains export finance agency last week to add the naira to its list of pre-approved currencies, has no daubt has its pros and cons on trade between the two countries. 

Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will tomorrow (Tuesday) inaugurate the Marketmoni/Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) clinics in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
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