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PDP Govs Score High On Projects, Good Governance, Secondus Boasts

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The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has appraised PDP governors for executing various projects that have direct impact on the lives of citizens.

Secondus, who was in Sokoto alongside members of the PDP National Working Committee on inspection, inauguration as well as commissioning of projects tour of the state, said the pass mark given to the governors was due to their high-level of prudence, despite the little resources that accrued to their respective states.

He commended Sokoto State Governor, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for making the party proud by setting the pace for good governance and prudence.

The projects, which were initiated by the Tambuwal administration, include a water scheme, construction of intra-state roads, flyovers, hospitals, schools and diagnosis centre and housing estate.

Speaking at the flagging off of the dualisation of the Tashar Illela-Achida Road, which was awarded at the cost N2.8billion, the PDP national chairman praised the governor for executing various projects that have direct impact on the lives of the citizenry.

According to him, the road project when completed will open the state to economic and tourism prospects.

“I can tell you that all PDP Governors have performed well despite the lean resources in their disposal. They have exhibited high-level of prudence”, he stated.

At the inspection of the ongoing construction of Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital (SOSUTH) and Government Girls Science Academy, Kasarawa, the PDP chairman described Tambuwal as a visionary leader which ‘the party is proud of.’

He noted that among the projects he along with his team inspected, the state university teaching hospital was one of the best projects the PDP can showcase in the country.

The party’s national leadership also inspected the completed Advanced Diagnosis Centre and the on-going 500-unit housing estate at Gidan Salanke, the General Hospital, Wamakko, the dualisation of intra-city Maituta and Waziri Abbas roads in the state capital.

Also commenting on the Advanced Diagnosis Centre, the PDP National Secretary, Senator Umar Tsauri, commended the governor for the giant strides and urged other PDP governors to emulate him.

Also speaking at Government Girls Science Academy under construction, the PDP National Women Leader, Hajiya Mariya Waziri Gwandu, thanked the governor for improving girl-child education, also commending him for allowing the participation of women in the governance of the state.

Speaking at the 1.5m gallons water project located at Wamakko town, Tambuwal said when he assumed office, he realised the need to provide potable water to the people, informing his subsequent actions.

He added that the water scheme is among the 17 water projects so far completed by his administration, while similar ones are being constructed in 21 out of the 23 local government areas in the state.

 

 

 

 

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Reps, NDA Commandant Parley Over Bandits’ Attack

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The House of Representatives Committee on Defence, yesterday, met with the Commandant of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Maj-Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, on the bandit attack on the academy.
It would be recalled that the bandits had carried out an audacious attack against the foremost academy and abducted some military personnel at the institution.
Yusuf informed the committee that the military is working to prevent future occurrence of the attack.
The committee, chaired by Babajimi Benson from Lagos State, had an executive session with the commandant to get the details of the attack.
Also, the committee met with the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, to discuss the impact of the recent military agreement between Russia and Nigeria.
It would be recalled that Nigeria and Russia signed a defence agreement which was announced by the Nigerian Embassy in Russia.
The agreement, which is a technical agreement between the two countries, will involve sales of Russian made equipment to Nigeria.
The committee had the session behind closed doors.

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Ember Months: FRSC Set To Inaugurate ‘Operation Show Of Readiness’

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it is set to inaugurate” Operation Show of Readiness’’ as part of efforts to reduce road traffic accidents during the 2021 ember months.
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem told The Tide yesterday that the operation would involve massive sensitisation campaign ahead of the corps’ annual “Special Patrol’’.
Kazeem said that operation show of readiness followed the review of the FRSC’s 2020 ember months’ performance and the need to break new grounds.
“To achieve this, we have deployed public enlightenment teams to motor parks, Churches, Mosques, town hall meetings and we will use motorcade for awareness where possible.
“From the 2020 review, the corps realised that night travels are prevalent during this time (ember months) with overwhelming negative results.
“Speeding is also known to be responsible for over 60 per cent of crashes.
“As such, the corps will deploy energy to discourage people from indulging in these deadly road use behaviour (night travels and speeding),’’ he said.
Kazeem said that the corps would use Special Marshals, first responders, celebrities, traditional rulers and involve road safety clubs for the special operation in view of the COVID-19 travel advisory.
“Operation zero tolerance to road traffic crash carried out annually by the FRSC is also part of strategies to reduce crashes aside the maiden operation show of readiness,’’ he said
Kazeem said during the exercise, visual acuity test/screening for drivers would be conducted as well as free safety checks on vehicles.

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VAT Bill Scales Second Reading At Ogun Assembly

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A bill for a law to impose and charge Value Added Tax (VAT) on certain goods and services, provide for administration of the tax and for related purposes yesterday scaled second reading at Ogun State House of Assembly.
 Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Deji Adeyemo, read the bill for the first time during plenary session in Abeokuta, while the Majority Leader, Mr Yusuf Sherif, moved the motion for the second reading which was seconded by Mr Ganiyu Oyedeji.
 While opening debate on the bill, Mr Olakunle Sobukanla, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, noted that the bill was an avenue for the state to generate more revenue for its development.
 Sobukanla added that the more internally generated revenue by the state, the more infrastructure development in all sectors of the state.
 In his submission, Oyedeji explained that collection of VAT would allow the state to generate more revenue and meet needs of the people.
 The lawmaker stated that the people’s needs included fixing of bad roads and the construction of new ones, provision of healthcare facilities among others, which all required finance.
 Other lawmakers who spoke supported the quick passage of the bill, saying that it would boost the socio-economic development of the state.
 They noted that passage of the bill would be a financial restructuring and a form of redistribution of internally generated revenue.
 In his response, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker of the house, commended the lawmakers for the deliberation, adding that the VAT law was needed in the state for more economic development.
 The speaker committed the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further legislative actions.
 Also during yesterday plenary, the Ogun State Anti-Corruption Law 2021, scaled first reading.

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