Despite Your Lies, Nigerians Still Prefer Buhari- Shittu To PDP

The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has told the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that despite their lies against President Muhammadu Buhari, many Nigerians still prefer his style of governance.

Barrister Shittu, said this in Ibadan while speaking with newsmen during the 50th birthday ceremony of a PDP chieftain in Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde.

The minister, who said the people of the country were neither fools nor ingrates, would appraise the president when he presented his score-card.

He said those who drove Nigeria into a mess through corruption and mismanagement during the 16 years of PDP’s misrule were the ones now accusing President Buhari of non-performance.

Shittu, however, told the PDP leaders that Nigerians appreciated the achievements of the President in the areas of the fight against corruption and insurgency and uplifting agriculture, infrastructure, education, and employment.

The minister said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would come out to showcase the achievements of the president for Nigerians to compare with those of the PDP that ruled it for 16 years at the appropriate time.

He said, “Nigerians voted for President Buhari because he was the only presidential candidate that could be trusted. The president is running a government devoid of greed and corruption. Although the work ahead is enormous, I am happy that a lot of positive changes have occurred in the areas of agriculture, education, infrastructure, and employment.”

The event was attended by the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; a former minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran; a former minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, a former first lady in Oyo State, Alhaja Mutiat Olayinka Ladoja, and many other chieftains of the PDP.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Colourful Photos From Oluwo’s 50th Birthday Ceremony

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi is today celebrating his 50th Birthday anniversary.

The event which is also expected to mark second year of the frontline monarch on the throne had among other dignitaries Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun, the Minister for Communication, Barr Adebayo Shittu,  Etsu Nupe, Imperial Majesty, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar in attendant.

Others are Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Former SSG to Oyo State government, Mr. Olayiwola Adekojo.

Though former Nigeria president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo could not make it to the event but sent representation.

See photos below……

2019: Shittu Desires To Succeed Ajimobi

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu has expressed certainty that he would succeed Gov. Abiola Ajimobi as governor of Oyo State in 2019.

Shittu made an affirmation with newsmen in Ibadan after a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) from Egbeda Local Government and Ajorosun Local Council Development Area.

The minister, who is a governorship aspirant, said he would take over from Ajimobi to improve on the good work already started.

According to him, he is the most experienced of all the aspirants, having held several public offices and learnt politics from late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“I was a member of the State House of Assembly in 1979 and two-time Commissioner in the State. I have also contested the governorship seat in the state twice before I became a minister.

“These are experiences you cannot buy. Oyo is advanced and sophisticated to be handled by inexperienced administrators,’’ he said.

Shittu dismissed the ongoing re-alignment in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party was a non-starter at the state and federal level.

He stated that no fewer than 38 road contractors had abandoned work across the country two years before President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office.

The minister stated that the development had contributed largely to unemployment as several workers, including labourers, bricklayers and iron benders were laid-off.

He alleged that the PDP administration’s negligence and incompetence in handling the Boko Haram at inception were responsible for the magnitude of the present security challenges the country was confronted with.

“Boko Haram would have overrun the country if not for Buhari’s emergence.

“The Buhari administration on assumption of office had evolved several efficient and effective strategies for reducing the threat drastically,’’ he said.

Speaking on the call for restructuring, he stated that the APC was presently collating views of Nigerians so as to ensure the people chart a new course for the future.

He said that the outcome would subsequently be presented to the National Assembly.

The minister said that the National Assembly was the only constitutionally recognised institution vested with the powers to amend the Constitution.

The minister also donated an 18-seater bus and cash to the party in the local government.

FG Sacks Postmaster-General Over Stamp Duty Controversy

The rift between the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, and the Nigerian Postal Service over the collection of stamp duty on Tuesday claimed its first victim as the Federal Government sacked the acting Postmaster General of the Federation, Mr. Enoch Ogun.

Trouble started for Ogun when on Tuesday he was summoned to the Ministry of Communications with his Deputy Postmaster General.

At the meeting which was presided over by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Sonny Echeno, Ogun was told that the minister had approved his retirement and had directed that he should hand over to the most senior officer in the organisation, Dr. Richard Balami.

Although Ogun was due to retire from NIPOST by the end of December 2015, he was directed to remain in office until a substantive Postmaster General was appointed.

The process of appointing a substantive PMG and Chief Executive Officer of the postal organisation has been on and Ogun applied for the job which was thrown open.

He had been seen as the candidate to beat.

Our correspondent learnt that following the development, Balami’s appointment was announced as the new acting PMG via a circular.

Until his appointment, Balami was DPMG, Special Duties.

Our correspondent had reported that the Ministry of Communications and the Nigerian Postal Services were on a collision course over the appointment of agents for the collection of stamp duties in several sectors of the economy.

NIPOST had last week interviewed about 30 new companies and individuals who had applied to serve as agents to NIPOST for the collection of stamp duties but Shittu in a statement on Monday said NIPOST had not been authorised to appoint any new agent for the collection of stamp duties.

The minister, who has yet to return from a trip to South Korea and China, said the process should be suspended until grey areas surrounding the agency’s claims had been sorted and until a substantive Postmaster-General had been appointed.

He added that before this dispensation, a few corporate bodies and organisations were claiming to have an agreement with NIPOST in respect of the matter.

“It is therefore expedient to tread with caution and ensure that all issues bordering on the administration of the stamp duty by NIPOST are done in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to due process, transparency and accountability,” he had said.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, however, a top NIPOST official who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said the acting PMG had not just appointed a committee on stamp duty.

Telcos Fail To Meet Ministerial Ultimatum On Unused Data

Telecoms companies, Internet Service Providers and other companies offering Information and Communications Technology products and services have yet to commence the rollover of subscribed and unused data/Internet services after expiration.

This was discovered on Friday; exactly two weeks after the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, issued an order for the enforcement of data rollover.

The minister had at a meeting with the telecoms operators asked them to roll over subscribers’ unused monthly data to the new month.

Shittu had told the operators that, “Many Nigerians have sent in petitions to the ministry over unauthorised charges and deductions for unsubscribed or unsolicited messages.”

In the wake of fixed wireless and Global System for Mobile operation in Nigeria, some operators had given subscribers between three and seven days to make use of their unused credit or lose such to the operator. Later, it was moved to 15 days.

Today, credits loaded directly can now be made use of up to 90 days.

However, promo-generated credits still have very short expiry dates.

Reacting to the development, the President, National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers, Mr. Deolu Ogunbanjo, described the operators’ refusal to comply with the minister’s directive as “a bad omen for the industry.”

The NATCOMS president said he was also pained by the failure of the Nigerian Communications Commission to implement the order.

“The operators have been credit depleting and riding on subscribers with the adoption of the Timed Guaranteed Income Policy, which denies consumer the right to satisfaction and the right of choice,” he said.

“The NCC must ensure immediate compliance by all telcos, ISPs and other ICT companies in order to put some smile on the faces of subscribers,” Ogunbanjo added.

Senate Summons Ministers Over MTN Payment

The Senate Committee on Communications has summoned the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to appear before it this week.

The two ministers, according to the chairman of the committee, Gilbert Nnaji, are to explain their roles in the payment of N50bn to the Federal Government by MTN.

In a statement on Sunday, Nnaji also said that his committee had summoned the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta; the Accountant-General of the Federation; and the Chief Executive Officer of MTN.

The committee said it had decided to intervene due to public outcry against the transaction.

It added that it would review the circumstances surrounding the entire process with a view to straightening the records and also ensuring that the country was not short-changed.

The statement read in part, “The committee wishes therefore to state clearly that going by the records of the NCC, whose constitutional mandate it is to superintend the mobile network operations in the country, and also in the prevailing circumstance, reserves the sole right on behalf of the Federal Government, to receive payment of any sort; MTN has unfortunately not in any way complied or shown any commitment whatsoever in this regard.”

Senator Adeola Supports NITDA Boss Suspension

The Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) has thrown his weight behind the recent suspension of the Director General of Nigerian Information Technology
Development Agency, NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack by the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu over employment and contract scams.

In his reaction to the furore generated by the suspension of the boss of NITDA, the senator said that the director general must be further investigated for the period he has held the position as head of the information technology development agency stressing that doing otherwise may lead to total mess up of the agency established by the NITDA Act of 2007.

Senator Adeola said that Mr. Jack has refused to answer to audit queries issued by the Auditor General of the Federation, AuGF, in performance of its constitutional duties as the Auditor General adding that the non-response to such queries raises serious questions about the integrity of the DG as a public officer.

“What most commentators and groups demanding reversal of the suspension do not know is that the issue goes beyond employment racketeering and breach of procurement processes. It also involves the issue of implementation of the constituency projects of legislators at the National Assembly as well as flagrant disobedience to legitimate directives of his supervising ministry in contravention of Section 31 of NITDA Act” the senator said.

Senator Adeola said it is only after a thorough investigation of the agency under the leadership of the incumbent DG that a determination can be made on rescinding the suspension or relieving the DG of his position stressing that doing otherwise will definitely imperil the government  well intentioned policy on information technology development in Nigeria.