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Rivers Lawmakers Berate Colleague Over Plagiarism …Reject Road Worthiness Bill

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Members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Wednesday accused their colleague, Hon Collins Ordu (Obio/Akpor) of plagiarism as they kicked against the bill seeking to prohibit the use of vehicles without road worthiness certificate in the state.

Contributing in the debate on the bill at a plenary session, Hon Ibani Ikuninyi Owaji (Andoni), Ewor Nname (Ahoada/East I), Ihunwo Victor (PHAGA III), West Ibinabo Micheal (ASALGA I) and Hon Lloyd Chidi (Emohua) berated the intentions of the bill, noting that some portions of the bill were lifted from the existing state road traffic management agency law.

The lawmakers averred that the bill was a duplication of the existing law and lacked the necessary substance to make it pass into law, adding that the bill would require more legislative surgery for its passage into law.

They accused the sponsor of the bill, Hon Collin Ordu, of commiting an act of plagiarism and urged the House not to further waste its time and energy on the bill.

The lawmakers urged their colleagues not to consider making a law that would not stand the test of time, adding that the bill contradicted the functions of the state Road Traffic Management Agency.

The sponsor of the bill, Hon Collins Ordu condemned the actions of his colleagues to kill the bill, describing their actions as myopic to the intention of the bill.

He stated that the objective of the bill was to ensure that road users in the state enjoy a good ride while driving on the roads as well as reduce emission in the state.

Ruling on the matter, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Tonye Harry, who presided over the sitting relying on the standing order of the House committed the bill to the House Committee on Transport.

The Speaker opined that it was not in the powers of the lawmakers to determine which bill would die or live , adding that it was the responsibility of a committee for which the bill was committed into to decide.

The state Vehicle Road Worthiness bill 2010 is a private bill sponsored by Hon Collins Ordu which seeks among other things to establish a motor vehicle inspection unit (MVI) that would prosecute any person that would drive vehicle in the state without road worthiness certificate.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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