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Chartered Secretaries Seek Autonomy

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The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has initiated plans to commence its independent examination.

The move is part of efforts of the body to review its relationship with, and dependence on its parent body in London while gradually asserting its autonomy.

The new president of ICSAN, Deacon Moses Bamidele Adeisa announced this Tuesday in Lagos during his investiture as the 22nd President and Chairman of council of the institute.

Paying glowing tribute to his predecessor, Pastor Hakeem Ogunniran whom he was stepping into his shoes, as one who positively repositioned the institute, Adeisa said his road map would, of consequence, entail continuity and new initiatives.

He promised to commence the building of ICSAN National Secretariat at Alausa in Lagos, continue the development of the institute’s library and its IT programme and resuscitate moribund chapters.

The new president also pledged to renew alignment with regulatory authorities like the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Securities and Exchange Commission and the Corporate Affairs Commission, enlarge the student population through marketing efforts and ensure regular hosting of the institute’s Roundtable on Corporate Governance.

In his valedictory speech, the out-going president, Pastor Hakeem Ogunniran enumerated his achievements which included the reposition of the institute, restructuring of its secretariat, the commencement of the Roundtable on Corporate Governance and participation in public discourse among others.

Ogunniran who is Managing Director of MDS Plc, a subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria urged his successor to continue with outstanding projects while protecting the charter “to enable us wrestle our profession from the hands of interlopers”.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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