President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja
wrote a letter to the Senate President requesting approval to
borrow about $7.9 billion for pipeline projects.
The President said the request was coming under the medium term
(2012-2014) external borrowing plan for these projects which were
at various stages of finalisation.
``I present herewith a total external pipeline borrowing in the
amount of $7. 9 billion or $2.4 billion a year.
``This being cumulative facilities offered by the World Bank,
African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Exim Bank of
China and Indian lines of credit.’’
The President asked the Senate President to note that the
objectives of the projects conformed to the transformation agenda
of the current administration and cuts across various sectors of
According to the President, the initiatives are meant to put the
economy on tract through growth and employment.
He urged the Senate President to approve the list of pipeline
projects for inclusion in the Medium Term (2012-2014) external
borrowing plan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Briefing journalists after plenary session, Senate Spokesman, Sen.
Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia) said the details of the request would
be clearer when the Senate debated the matter.
``The request to borrow this money doesn’t mean Nigeria is broke.
However, the details will be made known when we debate it on the
floor,’’ Abaribe added.
``Make Yoruba language compulsory varsity admission requirement,’’
Educationists urge FG.
Some educationists have urged the Federal Government to make
Yoruba language one of the compulsory subjects required for
admission into tertiary institutions by students from Yoruba
speaking areas of the country.
They said in Osogbo that the measure would improve the study of
Yoruba language at the tertiary level.
Miss Odunayo Olawore, an official of Osun State Ministry of
Education, said Yoruba language should be made a course to be
taught and spoken from primary to tertiary levels in South West
She suggested that all private schools in Yoruba land should be
required to have classes in Yoruba language from nursery to
secondary school levels.
Miss Olawore said government should make it mandatory that any
student who failed to secure a pass in Yoruba language should not
be allowed to graduate.
Mr. Peter Oloyede, the Head of Department, Political and Civic
Education, National Orientation Agency (NOA), said that Yoruba
language should not be neglected, because of its richness in
culture and civilisation.
He said God had given the Yoruba race a language to be proud of
anywhere in the world, noting that the Yoruba race could only
retain its great achievements through the study of the language,
stressing that ``Yoruba language must not die''.
Mr. Oloyede appealed to parents to save the language from
extinction by inculcating the habit of speaking it daily in their
Mrs. Florence Oladoye, the Secretary, Osun State Board for
Technical and Vocational Education, suggested that Yoruba language
should be used as the medium of instruction in schools in the
Yoruba speaking areas of the country.
She said efforts must be made by governments as well as
traditional and academic institutions in the South-West to develop
Meanwhile, Members of the northern traditional leaders forum have
pledged to ensure total eradication of polio in the zone in 2012.
The chairman of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on
Primary Health Care delivery, Kyari Umar El-Kanemi, made the
announcement in Birnin Kebbi on Monday at the 2012 quarterly
meeting of the committee.
The committee was formed in 2009 with each of the 11 northern
states having representatives at the meeting that would produce
action plan for the total eradication of polio.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Cared
Development Agency, Dr. Ado Muhammad, commended the traditional
leaders for supporting the Federal Government in its eradication
drive on polio.
He said the agency would work closely with traditional rulers to
end the polio scourge this year.
“We would launch the Polio-free Torch campaign in high risk areas
to wipe out Polio".
Dr. Muhammad called on traditional leaders to ensure that every
child was vaccinated against polio especially in non compliant
The executive director said the agency” would work with donor
agencies to implement Polio eradication plans".
He urged the traditional rulers to sustain the fight against
polio, especially by monitoring and supervising immunization days
to ensure compliance.
Gov. Saidu Dakingari, who declared the meeting open, said his
administration would ensure improvement of the primary health care
at all levels and urged traditional rulers to support efforts at
The ongoing burial arrangement for the Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief
Odumegwu Ojukwu, on Monday, stalled the prosecution of the Igbo
Community Welfare Association, President, Chief Augustus Amachi in
Mr. Amachi was to appear before a Kaduna Chief Magistrate court
for alleged Breach of Trust.
The Counsel to the accused, Mr. Fabian Nwokwe told the court that
his client was not available because he was invited to represent
the Igbo community in Kaduna at the Ojukwu burial arrangement
which was fixed for this week.
When the matter came up for mention, the Counsel to the
complainant, Mr. Chima Ochu, told the court that the accused had
been served with a summon on Dec.19.
Mr. Ochu said the accused later responded by appearing before the
court on Feb. 1, 2012 serving a Notice of Preliminary Objection on
the complainant for the court to strike out the case.
Mr. Ochu urged the court to take action as it was an offence to
disrespect a court order.
He urged the court to issue a bench warrant against the accused as
he was not willing to appear before the court.
The Chief Magistrate Nasiru Idris, said the case would be
adjourned on the basis of fair hearing as a result of the
preliminary objection filed by the accused to enable parties
involved resolve the matter.
He also ruled out the issue of bench warrant against the accused
as he has never disrespected the court order.
The magistrate, however, adjourned the case to Feb. 21, 2012 for