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Abiodun vows to correct haphazard infrastructure in Ogun Central

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*Says Amosun’s neglect of roads shocking

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said his administration will regenerate the six local government areas in Egbaland and address haphazard infrastructural development done by his predecessor.

Abiodun, who spoke at the Ogun Central senatorial district town hall meeting held in Abeokuta on Friday, declared that he was committed to working with Egba leaders and stakeholders towards achieving “the state of our collective dreams.”

He lamented the alleged neglect of township and rural roads under the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, saying his own government will rescue residents agonizing over deplorable state of roads.

Dignitaries at the event include the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; Osile of Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso; Agura of Gbagura, Oba Babajide Bakre; state chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Yemi Sanusi, as well as representatives of market associations, professional bodies, civil society organisations and student unions.

“We are regenerating Ogun Central (comprising six local government areas). This is the capital of the state. We are regenerating the area, but not by way of flyovers,” the governor stated apparently lashing out at his predecessor’s urban renewal programme.

“We are creating a purposeful urban regeneration, not just haphazard regeneration. We are on top of infrastructural development,” he added.

Abiodun, however, said he would not witch hunt anybody in discharging his duties and delivering good governance.

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Defection: PDP considers tough waiver conditions for new members

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it was seriously considering tougher waiver conditions in the admission of new members, who seek for elective positions in order to check excesses and unstable individuals with erratic movements in and out of the fold. Chairman of the PDP in Edo State, Chief Dan Osi Orbih, disclosed this while briefing journalists, after an enlarged meeting of the state executive, leaders and elders, drawn from across the three senatorial districts in Benin, the state capital.

 

He said the measure had become imperative given the manner some persons with unstable minds go about entering and leaving the party without recourse to the sanctity of issues that border on the supremacy of the party’s constitution, unity and peaceful coexistence and progress of the body.

This emerged as the head of Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu ancestral family and South senatorial chairman of the PDP, Owerre Dickson Imasogie, yesterday apologised for the statement credited to Ize-Iyamu that he left the opposition party for the APC because he, “was not treated well while he was in the party.”

 

Imasogie reminded Nigerians and Edo people as well as supporters of the PDP that he (Ize-Iyamu) was the Edo state campaign Coordinator for former President Goodluck Jonathan presidential re-election in 2015, that of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential candidate in 2019 and the governorship candidate of the party in 2016 respectively.

 

Orbih, who spoke against the backdrop of Thursday’s defection of Ize-Iyamu, the party’s former governorship candidate in the 2015 general election and former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and other key members to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), noted that the development has given the body reason for sober reflection because of the conduct of some then actors within the party.

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Jubilation as court upholds Ojezua as Edo APC chair

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Jubilation as court upholds Ojezua as Edo APC chair

…as Imuse is barred from APC states’ chairmen, NEC meetings in Abuja

 

Ojezua admitted into meetings as authentic party chair

 

 

Following the upholding of the standing of Anselm Ojezua as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, his rival, Col. David Imuse, was yesterday barred from the meetings of the Council of APC States’ chairmen and the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party in Abuja.

 

Based on the court judgment, Ojezua was admitted into the two meetings, confirming him as the legallyrecognised chairman of the party in the state. While ruling on the case with Suit No. B/177OS/19, Justice V.O.A. Oviawe of the Benin High Court 10, yesterday granted an order of interim injunction directing that “the status quo as at 10/11/19 with regards to the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo State chapter be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice praying for an order of interlocutory injunction.”

 

The court, therefore, adjourned the case to December 5, for hearing and determination of the suit. The claimants/applicants in the case are Ojezua; Kenneth Asekhomhe (Deputy Chairman, APC, Edo State); Dr. Aisosa Amadasun (State Organising Secretary, APC, Edo State Chapter (for themselves and on behalf of the State Executive Committee, APC, Edo State, save for those who expressly dissent or dissociate themselves).

 

The defendants in the suit are Col David Imuse (Rtd); Lawrence Okah, (for himself on behalf of the members of the purported State Working Committee of APC, Edo State Chapter who purportedly suspended/ removed the 1st plantiff as the Chairman of Edo State chapter of the party and Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu (National Publicity Secretary, APC (For himself and on behalf of the National Working Committee of the APC. The case came up before Justice Oviawe sitting at High Court 10 (Civic Division) Benin City, in Benin Judicial Division on Friday, November 22, in the absence of the parties.

 

The claimants had sought for “an order of interim injunction directing that the status quo as at 10/11/19 with regards to the chairmanship of APC, Edo State chapter be maintained by the parties pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction and for such further order or other orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make the circumstance of this case.”

 

After hearing the submissions by Ken E. Mozia Esq., SAN, O. J. Isede and Y. O. Odiase, who are counsels to the claimants/applicants, the Judge ordered: “I have carefully considered this application, the affidavit evidence before the court and the legal submissions of the applicants, together with the authorities cited and I have come to a determination that this application of an order of interim injunction finds merit. “I am satisfied that there is a substantial issue to be tried at the hearing.

 

An order of interim injunction which is granted upon an ex-parte application is always granted for a short and limited period depending on the gravity and urgency of the situation, in order to essentially preserve the res or the status quo pending the hearing of an interlocutory application in the same matter. See the cases of 7-up Bottling Company Limited and Ors. Vs Abiola and Sons Nigeria Limited (1995) 3 NWLR (pt. 383) 257. UTB Ltd. & Ors vs. Dolmetsch Pharmacy (Nig) Limited (2007) 16 NWLR (Pt. 1061) 620.”

 

The judge continued: “In line with the authorities, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, the application is hereby granted as prayed. “Accordingly, an order of interim injunction is hereby granted directing that the status quo as at 10/11/19 with regards to the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo State Chapter, be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice praying for an order of interlocutory injunction.” Ojezua was last week removed from office after eleven out of the 16 members of the State Working Committee signed a notice demanding his removal as state chairman of the party.

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FTAN advocates setting up of Tourism Advisory Council

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To ensure a coordinated and result oriented development in the tourism sector, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), has called for the establishment of a Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) while it also urged for a seamless partnership between it and the Ministry of Information and Culture and the various tourism agencies under it.

 

These and many others are contained in the communique released by the body, which is the apex tourism body for the private sector operators, at the end of its yearly tourism investment and exhibition event tagged; Nigeria Tourism Investors Forumand Exhibition (NTIFE) 2019, which held in the course of the week in Abuja. In the eight-point communique signed by its president, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, FTAN said due to the 2013 Supreme Court judgment, which gave state government powers on tourism-related matters, thereby reducing the power of the federal government and its ministry and agencies to mostly immigration and tourist arrivals, the only way round the logjam is to set up a Tourism Advisory Council for Nigeria.

 

According to FTAN: “The Tourism Advisory Council members should cooperatively work towards the improvement of infrastructure at tourist destinations and coordinate the implementation of a common standard in the quality tourist/visitor facilities and services provided across Nigeria.

 

 

“To this end, we recommend that membership of the proposed Tourism Advisory Council should comprise of representatives of each of the 36 State Governments in Nigeria, a representative of the FCT, a representativeoftheNTDCandthatof NIHOTOUR, and representatives of the organized private sector, i.e. FTAN member associations.”

 

On domestic tourism, FTAN called for effective collaboration between the government and private sector operators in order to: ‘‘Embark on massive domestic tourism public awareness and promotional campaigns.

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LGpolls: Vigilancegroup ‘arrests’ vehicle with sensitive materials in Niger

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Barely a week to the local government elections in Niger State, a vigilance group has arrested a vehicle-laden with various election materials in Mashegu local Government Area of the state.

 

The vehicle loaded with sensitive materials was intercepted by youths on its way to Mazakuka ward, a far distant area from the state capital. It took the intervention of community leaders to save the six occupants of the vehicle who would have been lynched on Friday night. In a statement, Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, said moves are already being made to release the arrested vehicle and the culprits.

 

According to the PDP, “we are restating it that the scheming by the rulling APC to rig and, or doctor the local Government election results to favor its candidate will be resisted, all actions will be matched with double reaction.

 

“We call on security agencies not to take side, but side with the law as surreptitious moves are already being made to release the arrested vehicle and the six persons who were arrested which includes the staff of the state INEC (NSIEC).”

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Abia govt proscribes, approves 2 new associations for tricycle operators

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Abia State Amalgamated Tricycle Operators Association (ASATOA), has been proscribed by the state Ministry of Transport. The state Commissioner for Transport, Ekele Nwaohamuo, announced that Aba Tricycle Riders Integrated Welfare Association (ATRIWA) and the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), are the two newly approved associations to replace ASATOA.

 

Nwaohamuo also announced changes in the colours of tricycles in the state different from the previous yellow, which was widely used by ASATOA. He stressed that henceforth; all those under ATRIWA would have white and green as their colour, while those under TOAN would have white, green and brown as theirs as well. Nwaohamuo warned that all tricycle operators in both Aba and Umuahia are given 14 days from the day of the announcement to change to the new approved colours.

 

He added that aside ATRIWA and TOAN, a third tricycle union to be announced by the government would retain the old Abia colour existing at Umuahia (brown and green). He then went further to disclose that the government has the right to increase tricycle unions, warning that it can also proscribe any of them which willfully flouts its orders. He added that the Transport Ministry would upon registration of the association(s) communicate the code of conduct to them as announced by the government. It was gathered that most tricycle operators in Aba saw the announcement as cheering news, stressing that the former arrangement was more of a failed one that disappointed the operators, residents and the government.

 

Recall that so many publications about kidnapping and armed robbery in Aba, the commercial hub of the state and Umuahia, the state capital, have been associated with tricycle operators who are yet to be identified. Speaking to journalists, Mr. Saint Moses Ogbonna, Chairman of ATRIWA, said that the renewal of the right ATRIWA, which was once in operation some years back was proof that its aim of giving tricycle operators a better welfare package and protection would finally be achieved

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Lagos, Zamfara assemblies suspend LG chairmen

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The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday suspended the chairman of the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Council, Mr. Oloruntoba Oke, for administrative incompetence and financial recklessness. Similarly, in Zamfara State yesterday, the state’s House of Assembly reaffirmed that the Shinkafi Local Government Council Chairman, Alhaji Sani Muhammad Galadi, was still under suspension till the conclusion of investigation by the Joint Committee constituted by the house on the petitions wrote against him.

 

However, the Lagos assembly in announcing its decision, ordered the redeployment of the council manager, treasurer and engineer while it also directed the Vice-Chairman, Mr. Usman Hamzat, of the council to take over immediately.

 

The decisions followed the resolution of the House after taken the report of the five-man Ad-hoc committee on the investigation of Ifako- Ijaye Local Government. According to the Committee Chairman, Rotimi Olowo, the investigation followed the petition of concerned residents of the council. The chairman revealed that despite getting loan and payment, the work done such as roads and construction of secretariat were not commensurate with the projects executed. It was also disclosed that the loan of N350 million taken in 2012 during Oke’s first term in office was not appropriately expended.

 

The House pointed out that Oke also failed to abide by the administrative guidelines stipulated by the State Assembly in 2011. In his comment, the Deputy Majority Leader, Muyiwa Jimoh, said the error created was as a result of the bureaucracy in local government and failure to abide by the administrative guidelines set up by the House. He stated that: “The council manager, treasurer and engineers should also be affected.” Hon Abiodun Tobun noted, “from this report, we have observed the heads of the council were working at variance with law of the council. In his argument, the Majority Leader, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, stated that the recommendations of the Committee were predicated on the fact that “the councilors had already passed vote of no confidence in the Chairman.”

 

The second aspect of the recommendations, according to Agunbiade, was the comments of the residents of the area. Meanwhile, Chairman, Zamfara State House Committee on Information, Shamsudden Hassan, said that the Assembly found it necessary to debunk reports by media organisations (Saturday Telegraph excluded) that, the suspended chairman was exonerated, thereby been reinstated

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Group seeks legislation for old people’s welfare, protection

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An Abuja-based Non- Governmental Organisation, The Pause Old Peoples Home, said it has initiated moves to lobby members of the National Assembly to make legislative provisions for the protection and welfare of the elderly people in Nigeria. The group, during its routine free medical outreach and ‘Walk-Out’ exercise for the elderly people in Abuja, noted with dismay that a country as big as Nigeria, with great proportion of aged population, and many retired senior citizens, has no articulated national policies that cater for their healthcare and general wellbeing.

 

The Founder of the Home, Mrs. Hauwa Umar Jibrin, said her group was already working towards correcting the anomalies, by lobbying the lawmakers through a sponsored bill that would adequately cater for the needs of all elderly people in the country.

 

“We are already lobbying the lawmakers to get favourable legislation for the protection of the aged.

 

We are also working to get government’s attention to the plights of the aged people in our society. “We are already working on getting the government to formulate policies that will protect the interest of the Old people, we want to amplify their voices, since not many of them could come out to speak concerning their needs. Also speaking, Acting Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Social Development Secretariat, Hajia Safiya Umar, stated that she represented FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who was already considering a special programme for the aged within the territory. The secretary noted that beside efforts by FCT administration to domesticate some international treaties for the protection of the elderly people, it was advocating a budgetary provisions and policy formulation that will make healthcare for elderly people from the ages of 60 free.

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Reappoint NAHCON head for second term, CSOs tell Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to as a matter of urgency reappoint Mr. Abdullahi Mukthar, as the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) chairman for a second term to enable him to complete a transformation policy he started at the Commission. The Coalition of Civil Society groups made the appeal in view of the successes recorded by Muktar in the commission.

 

In a statement jointly signed by Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu (Director General, Youth Reformation And Leadership Skills Development Foundation), Umar Uba (Coordinator, Salvage Nigeria Forum) and Ahmad Mohammed Zagi, (Coordinator, Good Governance And Anti-Corruption Advocacy Group), in Kaduna, noted: “We are calling on the Federal Government to reconfirm the appointment of Barrister Abdullahi Muktar to continue with the reformation of the commission.”

 

The coalition pointed out that the National Hajj Commission, which is the apex organisation saddled with the responsibility of Hajj activities in country, is lucky to have Muktar, a visionary leader, with vast records of good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability.

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Buhari promises affordable healthcare for Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration will ensure that all Nigerians have access to affordable, efficient and equitable healthcare services without the risk of impoverishment. The President stated this yesterday while receiving the report on “Funding Universal Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria” by the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru. Buhari directed relevant agencies of government to review the submission and ensure its integration into ongoing policies and programmes.

 

The President recalled that in late 2018 he had approved the study theme for the 2019 Senior Executive Course because of his desire to address the challenges in the country’s health delivery system and improve the wellbeing of the citizens.

“Nigeria is signatory to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage aspirations by 2030. “This government is unrelenting in its commitment to ensuring that all Nigerians have access to affordable, efficient, and equitable healthcare services without the risk of impoverishment.

 

 

“Your findings and recommendations are very innovative and useful. I, therefore, commend the management, staff and participants of Senior Executive Course 41 for this report. “I assure you that the Ministry of Health and all relevant agencies will be directed to review this submission and ensure its integration into our ongoing policies and programmes,” he said. The President also used the occasion to congratulate the board, management and staff of the National Institute on its 40th anniversary.

 

He noted that the Institute, despite its funding challenges, has credibly discharged its responsibilities as the nation’s apex multidisciplinary think-tank. Assuring the school of his continuous support, President Buhari said whatever challenges they had would be addressed properly. The President also congratulated the participants of the Senior Executive Course 41 on successfully completing the programme, felicitating with them in advance of their formal graduation ceremony in Kuru.

 

 

Earlier in his remarks, the Director General, NIPSS, Prof. Habu Galadima, said in exploring the theme, the participants during the t10- months period of the course, engaged in series of lectures and seminars, brainstorming sessions, as well as study tours, both domestic and international, with a view to obtaining clear perspectives on funding universal healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

 

Galadima said: “I can inform Mr. President confidently that this report is a product of thorough and painstaking engagement with relevant stakeholders and critical analysis of the issues and challenges in funding universal healthcare delivery in Nigeria. “It is our prayer that the government will adopt many of the usable recommendations as part of the ongoing efforts at making healthcare accessible and affordable to all citizens.”

 

The Senior Executive Course 41 had 66 participants.’’

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Minister fumes over rickety refuse disposal trucks in FCT

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The Minister, Federal Capital Territory (FCT ), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has sternly warned the Association of Solid Waste Service and Cleaning Contractors to desist from using rickety disposal within the city. Bello who expressed concern over the health harzard which rickety disposal vehicles cause to residents, especially when collected litter the streets, said that contractors who want to retain their refuse collection contract must upgrade their working tools.

 

The minister’s reaction came yesterday when the Association led by its Chairman, Mr. Lawrence Agbasogba, paid him a courtesy visit.

 

The minister noted that: “The trucks used in the collection of refuse were rundown and usually constituted a nuisance to residents and other road users on the road.”

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