The commissioner, however, enjoined petroleum dealers not to engage in any illegal practice.
“Enugu State Government will sanction any petroleum dealer found short-changing consumers in the state,’’ he said.
The commissioner urged petroleum dealers to always support the state government by complying with the state laws on weight and measures as well as quality and safety standard of their petroleum products.
He also reminded them to promptly pay their registration and renewal of business premises fees for 2017 as enshrined in the state law.
, Chairman of Petroleum Dealers Association, Enugu State chapter, said that the association would leave no stone unturned in supporting the present administration of Enugu State.
Jumia, the leading online retailer in Nigeria says it is partnering with the Estée Lauder Companies to unveil for the first time three of the company’s brands.
The Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Ms Juliet Anammah, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
“With this new partnership on the Jumia platform customers and beauty enthusiasts all over Nigeria can now access the premium products from Clinique, Estée Lauder and Aramis.
“This comes with the assurance of Jumia’s buyer protections.
Each of our visitors will enjoy countrywide delivery, seven-day free returns, and varied payment options including cash on delivery shares,’’ Anammah said.
The statement also quoted Mr Mario Lazzaroni, Country Manager for the Estée Lauder Companies, Sub Saharan Africa as saying, ”the Estée Lauder Companies is excited about this partnership with Jumia in Nigeria.’’
“Many of our consumers currently do not have regular access to our products, specifically in Lagos and Abuja.
“Our fully branded “stores-in-store” on Jumia will provide women and men all over Nigeria with the opportunity to enjoy our brands via an educational and convenient online shopping experience.
“It will also come with full confidence on our products authenticity,” he said.
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The Federal Government, yesterday opened its case against former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Dikko Umar, with shocking revelations of how he collected over N13.3 billion for two years, from N558 million monthly upkeep allowance.
Air Marshal Umar was Chief of Air Staff between 2010 and 2012.
Revealing this yesterday, star prosecution counsel, Air Commodore Salisu Yaushau (retd), who was the Director of Finance and Accounts, Nigeria Air Force (NAF), also told the court how he assisted the retired Air Chief to acquire property across the country worth over N2.3 billion, out of the monthly upkeep of N558 million.
The witness, who was led by prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba that NAF was receiving a budget of about N4 billion monthly, from which between N2.3 billion to 2.4 billion was used for payment of salary and allowances.
He revealed that from the balance of about N1.6 billion, the sum of N558 million was usually set aside for the upkeep of the Chief of Air Force.
The property acquired by the former Air Chief, according to the witness, include a house at No 14, Pistola Close, off Panama Street, Abuja bought N700 million; Plot 1853, Denq Xiano Ping Street, Asokoro, Abuja, worth N860 million; another house at No 14, Ahmadu Boko Street, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Kano, worth N250 million; No 8, Kabala Road, Kaduna State, worth N80 million and a property at Mabushi, Minister’s Hill, Abuja bought N500 million.
Giving a breakdown of how the houses were acquired, Yaushau, who was testifying as PW1, said: “Sometimes between November and December 2010, my boss (AM Umar) asked me to get somebody who could buy him a house around Maitama, where he can settle down after retirement.
“I contacted one Barrister Hussein Umar from Capital Law firm to look for a house. After a couple of days, he came back and told me he had found a house at Pistola Close, off Panama Street in Maitama. I inspected the house and informed my boss that the lawyer had located a very fine house with a guest chalet, swimming pool and boys’ quarters.
“My boss asked me to arrange for inspection of the house. I drove him to the property in the night. We met the lawyer, Umar, and my boss saw the house. He was very happy and gave me the go-ahead to pay. We negotiated for the purchase of the house and the price was agreed at N700 million.
“My boss authorised the purchase and asked me to take money from the N558 million we usually give him monthly for his upkeep. I then directed the Finance Officer, Group Capt. Burka, to pay the lawyer the US dollar equivalent of N700 million.
The witness said the defendant directed that the title documents of the house be issued in the name of Mohammed Maijama.
On the N860 million property at Plot 1853, Asokoro, Abuja, the witness revealed that the house, a duplex of about six bedroom and underground hall for conferences, a boys’ quarter, a gym, swimming pool and two bedroom guest chalets, was also acquired from the N558 million monthly upkeep allowance.
Just like the Maitama house, the title papers and relevant deeds documents were issued in the name of Mohammed Maijama, according to the witness.
He added that after the house was paid for, a mosque was constructed in the compound, while the fence was re-designed by Architect Saka, who also reduced the depth of the swimming pool, all at the cost of N66 million.
In respect of the N250 million property bought by the defendant in Kano, Air Commodore Yaushau narrated that the house located at No. 14, Ahmadu Bako, GRA, was a 7-bedroom duplex with an enclosed swimming pool, three sitting rooms, a study, a lawn tennis court, squash spot and a two-bedroom boys’ quarters.
He said the house belonged to a Sudanese by name Mustapha and was bought by the defendant, who said he wanted to live there after his retirement.
According to the witness, the defendant also inspected the house and gave him money in US dollars to pay for the house through Shuaibu who facilitated the transaction.
He, however, said he could not remember the actual name the defendant gave for the title papers.
At the close of his evidence-in-chief, lead defence counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), asked for an adjournment to enable him cross-examine the witness.
The request was granted, as it was not opposed by the prosecution counsel. The matter was, accordingly, adjourned to February 16, 2017.
Umar was re-arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 7-count charge of money laundering, in violation of the Money Laundering Act, 2011, when he was the Chief of Air Staff.
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Comptroller General (CG), Jaffaru Ahmed, head of the Nigerian Prisons Service NPS on Monday in Abuja during the 2017 budget defence in the House of Representatives, disclosed that it has obtained waiver from the Federal Government to employ 6,545 staff members in different cadre of the service.
Ahmed explained that the service had inadequate personnel, which prompted the waiver for employment, saying that N6 billion was earmarked for the recruitment in 2017 budget.
On the 2017 budget, the CG said that N72.3 billion was proposed, out of which N37.5 was earmarked for personnel with N19 billion for overhead and N16 billion for feeding of inmates and dogs.He said that the service would embark on mechanised agriculture to enable prisoners produce enough food to feed themselves, saying that this would reduce high financial burden laid on the Federal Government.
According to him, the service spends over N16 billon each year to feed about 72,000 inmates in the country.
Ahmed added that in 2016 fiscal year, the NPS had an outstanding of N5 billion owed contractors for the feeding of prisoners.
“We intend to set up specialised farm centres to train prisoners towards boosting food production and make prisoners able to feed themselves.”
He stated that although prison was not a revenue generating agency, yet the service was able to generate about N40.1 million in 2016 which had been paid into the national treasury.
Ahmed said that the service was not allowed to retain any of its revenue unless it was generated from the Prison Industry or workshop, where the inmates were directly involved.
The CG also disclosed that about 27,992 work force of the service could not be paid their salary as when due in 2016.
He explained that only N27.9 billion was released out of N34.9 billion proposed for personnel.
He added that additional N3.9 billion intervention fund was later released by the Ministry of Finance.
The CG said that out of N14 billion appropriated for 2016 Capital expenditure, N3.6 billion was released as the service purchased only 117 vehicles out of 350 proposed.
He reiterated the need to relocate prisons from urban centres, adding that massive rehabilitation was urgently needed in most of the prisons to avoid jail breaks.
According to him, out of 241 prisons in the country, about 200 were constructed in the colonial days, dating back to 1896 and about 139 sandwiched in the metropolis.
“There is need to relocate some prisons from urban centres because there is no room for expansion and some of them are over 100 years old,” Ahmed said.
Chairman of Host Communities of Nigeria Oil and Gas Producing areas (HOSTCOM) Festus Pemu, also asked multinational oil companies 50 per cent of oil blocs awarded in the Niger Delta region.
Pemu said: “At present no oil bloc is owned by an indigene of oil producing communities. This is unfair and needs to be corrected.”
He also called for the immediate approval of pipeline surveillance jobs to the host communities, as they are most suited to do it effectively.
To consolidate on the existing peace, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the United Kingdom and other countries, which have stakes in the region to invest in employment generating ventures.
Speaking when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba, Okowa said: “Anything that will create more job opportunities for the youths should be encouraged.”
The governor said cases of pipeline vandalism were limited to the creeks of the state.
Arkwright in his speech said he was in the state to explore areas of economic benefits for the U.K., declaring that Delta was one of the key states in the country
Meanwhile, a non-governmental organization group, Kovenium/mmalah Foundation (KIF) in Delta State has chided government over its failure to stop gas flaring in oil communities.
Executive Director of the NGO, Faith Nwandishi, told journalists in Asaba, yesterday that gas flaring had wreaked havoc in Ndokwa East, West, Ughelli, Ogwashi-Uku and Ozoro, with no fewer than 132 persons feared killed in 2015 and 2016.
The Udefi Oba Oloye of Warri Kingdom in Delta State, Chief Clement Maleghemi has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to fulfill all the promises he made during his meeting with youths.
Maleghemi made the appeal while speaking on the significance of Udefi Day celebration at Ugbolokppso, Uvwie Local Government Council at the weekend.
The head of Disney has warned against a US trade war with China and called for a “fair and just” immigration policy in an apparent broadside against Donald Trump.
Bob Iger’s comments to US broadcaster CNBC put the company behind Mickey Mouse, and owner of the Star Wars franchise, at odds with the White House.
Mr Iger is a member of the new President’s business advisory council, though he did not attend its first meeting last week, saying it clashed with a Disney board meeting.
Mr Trump has threatened to levy tariffs of up to 45% on Chinese goods – risking a trade war with the world’s second biggest economy, the like of which the IMF has already warned could derail global growth.
Mr Iger told CNBC that China was a key market for its films, theme parks and consumer products.
He added: “An all-out trade war with China would be damaging I think to Disney’s business and to business in general and something I think we have to be really careful about.”
The chief executive was also apparently critical of the new administration’s travel ban – which affects immigration to the US from seven mainly Muslim nations and the country’s refugee programme.
Mr Iger stressed the importance to the US of its “openness to the people of the world”.
He said: “I firmly believe that we cannot shut our borders to immigrants.
“I think a fair and just immigration policy is good for our country and good for our society.”
Mr Trump’s travel ban has already attracted the ire of Silicon Valley bosses – including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – who are supporting a legal challenge.
Mr Iger was speaking as Disney published results for the three months to the end of December showing a surprise drop in revenue, though profits were better than expected.
The results pointed to the growing importance of its operations in China, where its Shanghai Disney Resort opened last summer and has already seen more than seven million visitors.
Revenues for the quarter fell 3% to $14.8bn (£11.8bn), hit by a drop in advertising revenue at sports channel ESPN and comparison with the success in the prior year of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While Rogue One, the latest film in the franchise, took $1bn (£800m) at global box offices, it could not match the $2bn (£1.6bn) takings for the 2015 release.
Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at department store chain Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line, again spotlighting the intermingling of the US presidency with Trump family businesses.
The public rebuke, which the White House later defended, called renewed attention to the potential tangle of business interests Trump brought with him on taking office last month.
In a tweet posted moments after he wrapped up an address to US law enforcement, Trump hit out at the high-end retailer for announcing last week it had decided to discontinue sales of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line due to poor sales.
“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom,” Trump wrote. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
Since his surprise victory in the November presidential election, Trump has used his Twitter feed to lambast individual companies — from General Motors to Boeing — be it for off-shoring jobs or allegedly overcharging the federal government for aircraft.
But the latest tweet was different in that it sought to defend part of Trump’s family business empire, which critics have said could be a source of profound conflicts of interest for the White House.
Trump made sure to give his message on Ivanka maximum reach by posting it both on his personal handle @realDonaldTrump and on the official account of the US presidency @POTUS.
Since his November victory, Trump has touted an effort to remove himself from running his business empire, transferring corporate control to his sons. But he has resisted divesting, as a government ethics watchdog had called on him to do.
Critics say the Trump businesses still pose a significant ethical quandary.
Further playing into the running debate, Pentagon officials said Wednesday they were looking to rent space in Trump Tower, Trump’s flagship Manhattan luxury building, to accommodate equipment and staff who accompany the president during his stays there.
That came on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Melania Trump in New York, which claimed that damaging rumors reported by a British tabloid had interfered with her “unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to earn millions of dollars due to her raised profile as first lady.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday defended Trump’s Nordstrom tweet, saying the president was standing up for a family member.
“There’s clearly efforts to undermine that name based on her father’s issues or particular policies,” Spicer told reporters.