Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 20 March, 2018.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has slammed former president Goodluck Jonathan who he claimed spent N153 billion on infrastructure in three years but frittered away N150 billion in one single transaction a few weeks to the  elections of 2015.

According to the VP who spoke at the seventh Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for Private Sector stakeholders at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, while the current administration with less revenue has  increased capital funding by 400 per cent in power, works and housing, defence, transportation, agriculture sectors, the Jonathan administration with surplus funds spent N14 billion on agriculture in 2014 and N15 billion on transportation.

“So if your total infrastructure spending is N150 billion and you can share N153 billion, that is completely incredible. That sort of thing doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. And when we are talking about the economy, we must simply understand that that is the problem,” he said.

On what the current administration has down with little resources available to it, Osinbajo said: “Today, with less revenue, we have increased capital funding by 400 percent  in power, works and housing, in defence, transportation, agriculture.

“If we want to do analysis in Nigeria, it is either fraudulent or ignorant if we do not bring money that belongs to corruption into the mass. This is what distinguishes, in my own respectful view, this administration from the other. I can say that with what I have seen, if you have a  president who is not corrupt, 50 percent of your financial problems are over. This is what I have seen, I can demonstrate it with facts and figures.

“If the president is corrupt, the entire financial system is compromised and that is what we have seen with the figures we have just seen. That is something that is absolutely important that we must take into account.

Osinbajo however admitted that the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was yet to completely deal with corruption in the country.

“I am not saying that corruption under this administration has been completely dealt with, no, certainly not. Where corruption has become systematic such as we have in our country today, you cannot deal with it in one full fell swoop, it is not possible. In any event you still have a lot of corruption fighting back. The system fights back and it’s both an internal and external fight back and you have to be steadfast and strategic to win the battle. 

“There’s no way that you have a system such as ours that has consistently thrive on corruption and proceeds of corruption and public financing in particular, that will give up and say guys, the problem has been solved. No. 

“It is a system that has fed on corruption and it affects all aspects of governance, so trying to deal with it is certainly not a walk in the park. 

“But I want to say that that task has already begun and that task is being done consistently and I believe that going forward, in the next few years, no matter how we are criticised, if we stick to policy, especially controlling excesses and corruption in public finance, this country will make the kind of progress that it deserves to make with all the resources at our disposal.

“If we stick to the policy of ensuring that as far as public finance is concern, there is no impunity and that we hold people to account, I’m absolutely confident that this country has what it really takes to make the kind of progress we deserve to make as a nation.”

But in a swift reaction, Jonathan, who spoke through his former aide on new media, Reno Omokri dismissed the statement by Osibanjo.

He said the claim was not only untrue but another desperate effort by the incumbent administration to tarnish the image of the former president.

Omokri argued that it would not be wrong to describe the vice president as a lying pastor.

According to him, “this is not the first time the vice president would make the claim. In October last year, he alleged that Jonathan doled out the sum of N100 billion and $295 million in cash two weeks to the 2015 elections.”

Omokri in his statement which is the same with the response they issued five months ago claimed that Osinbajo lied to divert attention from the seeming non-performance of the administration.

The statement read in part: “My attention has been drawn to claims in the media by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, against former president Jonathan.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
As consumers grapple with high electricity bills across the states, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) yesterday, introduced a new policy that may worsen their plight.

The latest regulation which came into effect on March 8, 2018 and will be enforced by the Commission from April 3, 2018, is aimed at providing  standard rules to “encourage the development of independent and competitive meter services, eliminate estimated billing practices, attract private investment to the provision of metering services in NESI, and close the metering gap through accelerated meter roll out to enhance revenue in NES.

According to NERC’s Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye,  prepaid meters will soon flood the market with the licensing of 87 meter asset providers (MAPs).But those who will get the new meters under the new regulation will have to pay more.

Akpeneye who spoke with newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State,  said MAPs will be independent providers who will be approved by NERC but contracted by the DisCos to bridge the metering gap.

“They are to be saddled with the responsibility of providing meters and replacing faulty devices within 48 hours,” he said.

In Section 10 (5) of the new law, which contains the new provision, an analysis of the Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018 (Regulation No NERC-R-112) shows that those who benefit under the new system will pay a monthly service charge. Under chapter IV, section 10 (“Rights of Distribution Licensees”), subsection 5, the regulation states: “The Distribution Licensees shall include a metering service charge as a clear item on the billing of its customers provided with meters under an MSA with MAPs and shall be separate from the energy charge. The metering service charge shall be based on the outcome of the procurement process for the MAP and subject to the approval of the Commission.”

Meanwhile, the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), has predicted a growth of up to 100,000 megawatts electricity generation in the country by 2030.

ECN’s Director-General, Professor Eli Bala, disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen in Abuja.

Bala said that the projection would be possible with an annual economic growth rate of 7 per cent and steady implementation of the national energy plan by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

“With the incremental power programme, every time, every year, we must have increment in power generation.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has crossed from being a political party of pride to that of shame.

In an open letter to the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, yesterday, Orubebe said the PDP is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder and would need sustainable ideas to bounce back to reckoning.

He said the party is now under the control of certain individuals who are exhibiting “dangerous levels of undemocratic behaviours. PDP is still lost in depression and the platform has crossed the bridge from pride to shame.

“We have gone from a party of pride to a party of shame and gradually receding into the abyss of political reality. For the simple reason that the nation is witnessing calls for the rise of a ‘Third Force,’ we are fast becoming a shadow of ourselves.

“The party is gradually coming under the control of certain individuals who are exhibiting dangerous levels of undemocratic behaviours. One of the biggest challenges that the PDP faces is balancing its needs for funding with established egalitarian values and internal systems.

“If the party continues to be held hostage by few major donors, it will continue to find it difficult to instill the values that will endear us Nigerians.

“We must take our appeal to Nigerians and through our reforms, let the party truly become a people-funded party. Small donations from millions of Nigerians will go a long way in the party’s financial requirements and will create the necessary atmosphere for true ownership among members of the party.”

He added that the necessary reforms should be put in place before “it is too late.”

Orubebe caused a stir when he attempted to disrupt collation of results of the 2015 presidential election at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He had accused Prof. Attahiru Jega, then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, of bias against the PDP.

But, the party’s leadership chose to remain silent over Orubebe’s open letter.

In a telephone chat with Daily Sun, yesterday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, declined comments on the letter and insisted that Orubebe is still a party man.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Tony John, Port Harcourt The People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State said Governor Nyesom Wike 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri The in-house fighting between members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Omodele Adigun The deafening silence emanating from Buenos Aires, Argentina's meeting of Egmont's 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Job Osazuwa The Federal Government has already signed a treaty which will preserve the quality of Nigerian 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Sola Ojo, Kaduna A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) student pilot yesterday force landed a Diamond 40 Trainer 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Gyang Bere, Jos Chairman, Northern Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Yakubu Pam, has said 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed support for restructuring Nigeria's 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Lukman Olabiyi Counsel toformer Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Chief Charles Enwelunta, 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The Management of Enugu State Housing Development Corporation (ESHDC), yesterday, unveiled its in-house 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Dr. Godwin Ikechukwu Chike Nwokedi, who died on February 3, will be interred on Friday, April 6, 2018. 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said he is not in anyway angry with 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Ismail Omipidan Ahead of today's proceedings at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, the National 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
In recent times, not a few keen observations, analytical views and comments on the dynamics of the present 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
The decision, correct decision in my view, by the National Assembly that the presidential election should 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Louis Amoke Born on March 20, 1964, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, to the glory of God, today 

Tue, 20 Mar 2018
A great outcry rose in Nigeria since last week when it transpired that members of the National Assembly, 
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