An Extraordinary Congress of the Nigeria Premier League on Wednesday voted to reverse the decision of its executive committee to award the title sponsorship of the League to telecommunications company MTN.
At its last meeting, the Congress not only commended the board on the process leading to the award of the rights, but also wholeheartedly approved of the decision.
But in a total about-turn, a communiqué after the meeting on Wednesday, the Congress which claimed that “though the Board of the NPL did its utmost best to ensure the selection of a credible Title Sponsor for the League, it frowned at the third party involvement in the whole exercise”.
Consequently, the entire bid process was ‘invalidated’.
The congress further declared that: “In the interest of justice, equity and fair play, machinery should be put in place for the conduct of a fresh bidding process for the selection within two weeks.”
The executive committee was also directed to constitute a new bidding committee.
Last month, the board awarded the rights to MTN, but previous sponsor Glo, who lost out in the bidding, challenged the process, and took the case to court.
FG Engages 70 N-SIP Monitors In Kebbi-Minister
The Federal Government says it has engaged 70 Independent Monitors to fast track implementation of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) in Kebbi State.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, disclosed this at the presentation of engagement letters and devices to the monitors, on Monday in Birnin Kebbi.
Umar-Farouq, represented by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Legal Matters, Aminu Shamaki, said each of the independent monitor was expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the programme.
She said that each of the monitors would be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000, adding that they must meet up to 80 per cent of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for the stipend.
The engagement letters, she said, clearly articulated the scope of work to include; routine monitoring of all programmes under the N-SIP in their assigned Local Government Area (LGA) and provision of evidence-based report on findings in the field.
She listed other services to include the submission of reports in accordance with the set timelines, attending all trainings and meetings as required by the ministry as well as other duties that may be assigned by the ministry.
“Please be informed that independent monitors are not allowed to assign their responsibilities to third parties. Each monitor will be held accountable by the ministry for the task given to them.
“The ministry reserves the right to disengage an independent monitor for misconduct or non-compliance with set guidelines and directives.
“I hereby urge you all to carry out this assignment with utmost sense of patriotism, diligence and sincerity,” she said.
Umar-Farouq said the N-SIP was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions.
She listed the intervetions to include the Job Creation Programme (N-Power); National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), and Government Enterprises and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
The minister said that all the programmes were moved to the ministry in 2019, noting that they were being implemented across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Group Sues For Unity, Peaceful Coexistence
A pro-democracy group, ‘Nigeria Peace Project’, yesterday in Abuja stressed the need for peaceful coexistence among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria.
The convener of the group, Mr Francis Ako, made the call in an interview with newsmen.
Ako, who emphasised that Nigeria is in dire need of peace and oneness, pointed out that the country can only record rapid development in a peaceful atmosphere.
While advocating stronger synergy among security agencies to tackle insecurity facing the country, Ako urged those involved in criminality to desist from their acts.
According to him, the group will embark on a peaceful rally in all the 774 local government areas across the country to canvass for sustainable peaceful coexistence and unity in the country.
He said that the rally tagged ‘Mega rally for peace’ is scheduled for July 17.
“The “mega rally for peace in Nigeria’’ will serve as a platform for we the youth to demonstrate our determination to support security agencies in the fight against criminality in the country.
“It is a call on youths who are involved in criminality to desist from their acts of kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, killings.
“There will be no meaningful development if we must continue this way thus the need to refrain from such acts.
“No doubt, a house cannot stand if it is divided among itself. Even in friendship, if there is no unity, it cannot thrive. So we need to be united,’’ Ako said.
He urged traditional and religious institutions to intensify efforts in sensitising their subjects to understand the need to embrace peace always.
Ako said that members of the group would be forced to apprehend criminals in their communities and hand them over to the security agencies.
“We are issuing this warning because we know that criminal youths live among us.
“We are giving them from now till December 31 after which we will start operation identify your work.
“And those we find to be of criminal elements, we will apprehend and handover to the police for prosecution,’’ he said.
Ako also cautioned separatist groups to stop the clamour for the break-up of the country.
He said: “those who are clamouring for Nigeria’s break-up should know that nothing will make Nigeria to breakup because Nigeria is indivisible’’.
Ako added that the current insecurity facing the country was preventing investors from coming into Nigeria.
“This is also causing us a lot of job opportunities; investors have refused to come in and invest and this is as a result of the insecurity.
“How can investors come and invest where they cannot guarantee their safety,” Ako said.
He said that the group would sponsor a bill that would provide for the compulsory study of criminality in the country’s tertiary education system.
Nnamdi Kanu: Stop Pampering Bandits, Terrorists, HURIWA Tells FG
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to stop “pampering” bandits and terrorists in the country.
The group was reacting to the re-arrest and re-arraignment of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the group’s Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, made this known in a statement titled, ‘If You Can Successfully Arrest Nnamdi Kanu, Then Arrest The Terrorists Killing Nigerians In North-East And North-West – HURIWA’.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had earlier announced the arrest of the IPOB leader, yesterday afternoon.
Malami said Kanu was arrested, last Sunday, but did not give details of where and how the fleeing IPOB leader was captured.
The AGF accused Kanu of instigating violence in the South-East geopolitical zone using various social media platforms.
Kanu was subsequently brought before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, where the judge ordered an accelerated hearing in the matter.
Before he jumped bail in 2017, Kanu was facing 11 charges, including terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods.
The case has been scheduled for July 26, and July 27, 2021, for resumption of trial while Kanu has been remanded with the Department of State Services (DSS).
Reacting, HURIWA said, “If the Nigerian government under Muhammadu Buhari can go as far as arresting the fugitive head of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra whose group has consistently denied embracing armed struggle to achieve self-determination, it is expected that President Muhammadu Buhari should focus also on arresting the real terrorists of ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists responsible for over 32,000 deaths of innocent citizens and the destruction of North-East of Nigeria.
“The Federal Government should stop pampering armed Fulani terrorists and kidnappers who are waging war against innocent school children of Northern Nigeria”, HURIWA added.
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