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Breaking News: Reps Order Immediate Suspension Of FG’s $40m Internet Surveillance Contract

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GEJ-House-JonathanThe House of Representatives has ordered that a $40 million (N6 billion) internet surveillance contract awarded secretly by the Nigerian government to an Israeli firm, be immediately suspended.

In a resolution approved Thursday, the House said no further action should be taken on the controversial spy project, which has generated widespread fury and condemnation, until three of its committees complete an investigation in three weeks.

The top secret project, was awarded by the Jonathan administration to Elbit Systems, an Israeli Info tech firm, to spy on millions of Nigerian internet users; which is put at over 47 million. The move was viewed as an act of desperation by a government which is increasingly frustrated by the unrestrained use of the internet to attack government officials and policies.

But the authorities, who have maintained a studied silence since the clandestine project became public knowledge, passed it off as an intelligence gathering effort in the face of growing insecurity and fundamentalist threat.

In a motion moved by Ibrahim Gusau, the House said the project will infringe on the privacy of Nigerians and argued that the so-called intelligence gathering, “may not be the solution” to the nation’s security woes.

The House also frowned at the secrecy surrounding the contract award, which lawmakers agreed contravened federal financial regulations relating to contract awards, as stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.

Three committees, namely, Information and Computer Technology, Human Rights, and National Security, are to conduct inquiry into the project and make its findings known in three weeks.

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  1. Roger

    May 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    See these fools in the house, wthey are turning Nigeria to Boys Scount Company. Every nation in the world have internet security, but in Nigeria everything is poilitics. Tambuwal thinks by being antagonist with every move the President is making will endear him to Nigeria. He and his cohorts are living in fools paradise. Afterward the executive doesn’t ake order from them.

  2. harrynelson

    May 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    What is the problem with aminu tambowa he should stop fooling him self bcos he cannot stop the GOD blessed president jonathan . Tambowa should stop makeing noise in every developmental project the presedency is doing we all no that he his fighting a northan agenda.(BOKOHARAM is a faild project TAMBO)

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

Also Read: Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

Also Read: APC Governors’ Visit To Jonathan Is An Endorsement Of Our Party – PDP

He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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