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Lawmaker Backs Demand To Rewrite Constitution

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A member of the House of Representatives, Abiodun Balogun on
Tuesday, said the call, to rewrite the constitution should be seen as a
legitimate call that would enable Nigerians make their inputs.

Balogun, who made the remark in an interview with newsmen in
Abuja, said those calling for a new constitution had a genuine reason for doing
that, since the current constitution was drafted without contributions from
most Nigerians.

He, however, said that any decision to draw up a new
constitution should follow a resolution of the National Assembly as well as
inputs from Nigerians.

“Drafting of a new constitution is a decision that should be
taken by the whole National Assembly and Nigerians as a whole.

“But even if we are drawing up a new one, we are still going
to rely on aspects of the existing constitution.

“If we do a new one, we will also come tomorrow and amend
it, because constitutional amendment is a continuous exercise all over the
world,’’ Balogun said.

He noted that the 1999 constitution (as amended ) was not
perfect due to some loopholes, saying, however, that there was no law that was
perfect in its entirety.

“Nigerian constitution may not be perfect , but at least we
are making progress. For now, if we have a situation where we can draw up a
better constitution, I am for it,” he said.

On the Central Bank of Nigeria’s plan to introduce N5,000
note into the nation’s economy, the lawmaker said that it was “a wrong and
contradictory policy.”

He queried the CBN’s rationale for introducing N5, 000 note
haven said it wanted a cash less economy.

“What we need now as done all over the world is encouraging
money transfer, so we should even be working to discourage the idea of carrying
cash , and that is even the essence of the CBN cashless policy.

“We don’t need it, (N5, 000) notes, what the CBN needs to do
now is to pursue a cashless programme.

‘’Let us go bank transfer; with bank transfer, you don’t
need to carry cash, you can transfer money from your account and then do your
businesses,’’ he said

He noted that the disadvantages of the new notes outweigh
the merits.

The lawmaker said the newly introduced notes could be used
to perpetrate corruption and money laundry among other social vices.

He urged the CBN to jettison the idea of the new notes as it
might not achieve its objective in the long run.

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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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