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Wike Ties Security To PIB

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, last Thursday, announced the readiness of the state to host the International friendly match between the nation’s Super Eagles and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka  Stadium, Port Harcourt on May 28, 2018.
      This disclosure came after a meeting between the Rivers State Governor, President  of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick and the coach of Super Eagles, Gernard Rohr in Government House, Port  Harcourt.
Rivers State Commissioner for Sports,  Boma Iyaye who addressed journalists at the end of the high-profile meeting said the state would do everything to keep the stadium in form and commended the Nigeria Football  Federation for collaborating to develop sports in the country.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick in his reaction  thanked the governor for the unflinching support for Super Eagles.
Wike, last Wednesday, called for the passage of host communities bill aspect of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to give the communities a sense of belonging.
The governor made the call when the Senate committee on PIB paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike said: “This is an important aspect of the PIB as it concerns the host communities. The host communities will become a component part of the entire process”.
He regretted that the host communities had been bedeviled by all kinds of environmental challenges and added that the passage of the bill will also enhance security of petroleum pipelines as it would involve the host communities in the process.
He also called for the setting aside  certain  funds for the development of the oil host communities and urged the committee to endeavour to visit the communities to know their peculiar needs .
Chairman of the committee on PIB, Senator Kabiru Marafa said the Senate attaches importance to the passage of the bill and that the present Senate intends to pass the host communities aspect of the bill before its long vacation.
Another major event in Government House last week was Wike’s investiture as the Grand  Ambassador for malaria elimination on Wednesday by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
South-South Coordinator of WHO, Dr Wale Faiyesin said the Governor’s investiture gives  him the mantle to make further investments in eradicating malaria.
In his speech, the governor said the state governor will join all roll back  malaria a partners to develop a formidable platform to  eliminate the disease in the state.
Wike said the fight against malaria  goes beyond providing bed nets or ensuring access to effective treatment.
He called on private sector to join the fight to ensure end to malaria prevalence in the state.
The governor also canvassed for minimum wage approach that would consider the individual financial capacities of different states.
Wike who spoke last Friday during a public hearing organised  by Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage for South -South in Port Harcourt said the past reviews were unrealistic because it made wages across the country a uniform one.
He said the state government has great  value for its workers and supports a review aimed at giving workers a living wage.
Rivers State chairperson of NLC and  a representative of TUC in South -South who spoke on behalf of workers in the zone said they adopted the N66,500 minimum wage as set by NLC and TUC.
They however called for a special package that would put into consideration the peculiar nature of the South- South zone.
Chris Oluoh
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Sanwo-Olu Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill Into Law

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, signed the bill to prohibit open cattle grazing and trespass of cattle on land in the state into laws.
With the law, Lagos has joined some states in southern Nigeria that have anti-open grazing laws in place.
The law is coming more than two weeks after the September 1 deadline set by the Southern Governors Forum for states.
The governor also signed the Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Agency Bill, into Law.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it is committed to tackling the menace of drug abuse frontally to reduce the ravage among youths in the state.
Sanwo-Olu stated this on Monday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during a courtesy visit by the delegates of Anglican Communion Church of Nigeria, led by the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba.
Sanwo-Olu said his government was building a massive rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejirin to tackle drug abuse, adding that his administration would  partner with the Church to ensure that the people lived a better life.
He said governance started from the leadership of spiritual homes, noting that government and church can jointly build a community that would outlive all, while restating the commitment to improve the movement of people on road, water as well as building rail infrastructure to make Lagos a livable city.
Speaking earlier, Ndukuba thanked the governor for partnering with the church in the welfare of the people and commended him for his outstanding performance in tackling Covid-19. 
 Also present at the courtesy visit were the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Tayo Ayinde, Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji, Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, among other dignitaries.

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Okowa Tasks NASS On True Federalism

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Delta  State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the National Assembly to embody in the 1999 Constitution being amended, true federalism and independence of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The governor made the call on Monday at a nationwide sensitisation on the review of the existing revenue allocation formula held at Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
He explained that an independent RMAFC would carry out its functions independently, including laying its proposals directly before the National Assembly for approval.
According to the governor, the current practice where recommendations of the commission are presented to the President has led to the non-review of the revenue allocation formula since 1992 as no President demonstrated the political will to forward the amendments to the parliament.
He commended RMAFC for ongoing sensitisation of the states before a zonal exercise where recommendations from the states would be received.
“For quite some time a lot of talks have gone on in the revenue allocation and it’s very unfortunate that in this country we are still operating a revenue allocation formula that was actually reviewed in 1992.
“As we look forward to a new revenue allocation formula, we hope that you come out with something that is fair, justifiable and equitable.
“But, the challenge is that when you have done all this work, you are going to eventually, by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, lay this before the President and the President ought to lay it before the National Assembly.
“There is a challenge there and there has always been a challenge there, because what is there in our laws that will ensure that the President lays the recommendations of RMAFC before the National Assembly?
“We hope that the National Assembly takes a look at this amendment because RMAFC is supposed to be an independent commission, a commission on behalf of all federating units and component parts of the federation.
“They cannot tie your hands; the constitution ought to be amended to enable chairman of RMAFC to directly lay before the national assembly whatever review it has come up with so that nobody stands it down,’’ he said.
Okowa stated that the National Assembly must do what was right because “a nation is a nation.

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Reps Query Presidential Committee Over Assets Seized From Past Leaders

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The House of Representatives on Monday ordered the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Landed Property to produce reports of all assets seized from former Nigerian leaders.
Members were more particular about the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, whose property and money were recovered by the Federal Government. 
 The chairman, ad-hoc Committee on Abandoned Property, Ademora Kuye, said the House wanted a report on all assets seized from Nigerian leaders in and out of Nigeria, particularly Abacha.
He said this when the Executive Secretary of PIC appeared before the committee in Abuja.
“We need to know the state of those property and to also know if the property have titles of deed,’’ Mr Kuye said.
The committee also queried the sale of federal government’s assets held in trust by the PIC.
Mr Kuye said the committee discovered that some of the property the PIC claimed to have sold were either not sold or were not paid for, contrary to claims made by the PIC.
He added that some of the seized houses which the PIC claimed were vacant were still being occupied.
He directed the PIC to furnish the House of Representatives committee with up-to-date reports of federal government’s assets sold, amount realised from the sales, those yet to be sold and those under litigation.
Mr Kuye also asked that the PIC must state the amount of money remitted to the federal government from the sales with evidence of remittance, adding that all assets pointed out to the committee but not included in its first report should be forwarded to the House of Representatives committee.
Responding to Mr Kuye’s submissions, the Executive Secretary, PIC, Bala Samid, stated that some of the people occupying government quarters had refused to vacate them.
He added that as soon as the occupants were approached for payment or to vacate the houses they went to court to obtain injunctions restraining the PIC.
“We approached the federal government to report them and the federal government said that we should give them time”.

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