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Illegal Schools: RSG Sets Up Taskforce To Enforce Closure

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Rivers State Government, last week, set up a taskforce to enforce the closure of unapproved private schools across the state.
Hon Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed this Wednesday at a press briefing after the first State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Port Harcourt.
According to the Honourable Commissioner, the Council also set up two Market Committees, to handle allocation of stalls at the Ogbum-nu-Abali Fruit Garden Market and the Rumuwoji Market, all in Port Harcourt.
The committees, he said, have  till the end of this month to conclude  the allocation.
Another major event last week in Government House, Port Harcourt, was the swearing-in of four new Judges by the Rivers State Governor , Chief Nyesom Wike. Three were sworn in as State High Court Judges while one was sworn in as State Customary Court of Appeal judge.
The Governor charged the newly sworn-in Judges to be fearless, firm and steadfast in dispensing justice for the development of the state.
Describing the Judiciary as the most powerful arm, with powers to correct or even upturn actions of the Executive, the Governor noted that the country would be better off if the Judiciary plays it’s constitutional roles well.
He also called on Judges interested in the Judges Quarters constructed by his administration to apply through the Commissioner of Justice.
Governor Wike  has restated that he would not impose anybody on Rivers State as Governor as his second tenure expires  in 2023.
Wike said this during the solidarity visit by the leaders and people of Orashi Region in Rivers State , Saturday in Government House, Port Harcourt .
He said: “ I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as Governor in 2023. I will not do it. I don’t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out “, adding that only God has such powers.
He also warnd against politics of bitterness and stressed that it had denied some communities in the state access to development.
“ Don’t allow anyone to sow seeds of discord among you. Politics should not divide us. Politics of bitterness doesn’t make sense”, he maintained.
He advised the people of Orashi Region to form a united front for development and condemned the invasion of Western Ahoada County High School , the Zonal Hospital, Ahoada and the Government Secondary School, Okarki by the people of the area.
Wike thanked the people for their support to his administration particularly during the election.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Chibudom Nwuche, thanked Governor Wike for siting key projects in Ekpeye.
Describing the governor as a man with large heart, Nwuche remarked that Wike was  a beacon of hope who played politics of inclusiveness.
The Eze Egi of Ogba land, Prof Anele Nwokoma, in an address on behalf of Orashi people congratulated the Governor for his victory at the polls despite political gang up against the state.
He also thanked the Governor for the numerous projects, programmes, and positions that were accorded Orashi people by his administration.
Governor Wike , last week, appealed to traders and residents to cooperate with the Rivers State Government to deliver the three ongoing flyover bridges in Port Harcourt.
On Thursday, the Governor moved from shop to shop at Rebisi Flyover Bridge and Rumuogba Flyover Bridge appealing to traders and residents to vacate the buildings marked for demolition.
The Governor urged them to make sacrifices as the projects were in the interest of residents of the state.

 

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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