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Group Lauds Council Boss’ Performance …As Ace Entertainer Dubs Him Face Of Wike

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A group known as the Degema Political Forum (DPF) has lauded the performance of the Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, noting that his actions showed that he came prepared.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Chairman at the Council headquarters, Chairman of DPF, Dr. Oteiva Mokie Frank, noted that the Chairman had justified his election through his numerous people-oriented projects littered across the LGA.
“Judging from the steps you have taken as Chairman, we are happy to say that the people of DELGA did not make a mistake by putting you in the saddle of the local government as the Chief Executive.
“The actions you have taken so far have shown that you came prepared to give the good people of the local government purposeful and eventful leadership.
“You came to replicate the outstanding performance of our indefatigable and workaholic governor, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike in the LGA.
“In less than three months of assumption of duty, you have littered the entire LGA with visible and verifiable projects, not on paper, that have direct bearing on the existential well-being of the people,” Dr. Frank stated.
The group thanked the Council Boss for the appointments given to their sons and daughters, pledging the continued support of the Degema people to his administration.
The elitist group also used the occasion to appeal to the Council Chairman to assist the Degema people with the construction of a Community Hall for social gatherings, procurement of two 500 KVA transformers for improved electricity distribution as well as completion of their uncompleted Youth Development Centre. 
In his response, the Council Boss commended the DPF for their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his administration, assuring that Degema Town will surely get a good project from his administration.
He noted that the delay in embarking on a project in Degema Town was due to the fact that several groups from the community had met him with different requests, adding that he was taking his time to identify the immediate need of the people, and would execute same in the shortest possible time.
In the area of electricity, he apprised that Degema Town and the Axis area were the first to receive power supply upon his assumption of office, adding that he was aware of the transformer challenge, but that efforts were on to resolve it.
He reiterated his campaign promise that every community in Degema LGA will be touched by his administration, calling on Degema people to remain steadfast in their support for the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP, as that would guarantee a better future for them.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a portrait and roll-up stand to the Council Chairman.
Meanwhile, ace comedian, Prince Hezekiah, has extolled the Chairman of Degema Local Government Area, Hon. Michael John Williams, describing him as the face of Governor Nyesom Wike in Kalabari Land.
Prince Hezekiah, who spoke, when his team paid a courtesy call on the LGA Chief Executive at Degema, headquarters of the council added that the Chairman was a true replica of the governor due to his developmental strides in the LGA.
The Kalabari-born entertainer, stated that the essence of the visit was to intimate the Chairman of his forthcoming event, tagged: Prince Hezekiah MADE IN PORT HARCOURT, slated for September 5, 2021, at the Aztec Arcum Event Centre, Port Harcourt.
Prince Hezekiah noted that the event, which is first of its kind, is aimed at showcasing Port Harcourt-based talents to the world.
While calling for support from relevant stakeholders for the entertainment industry in the State, the veteran comedian noted that Port Harcourt had potentials to compete favourably with other big cities of the world.
He appealed to the Council Boss to support the event by buying and distributing free tickets to Degema people to go and watch the show.
Responding, the Council Chairman commended him for being a worthy Ambassador of the Kalabari Ethnic Nationality, thanking him for coming up with such a laudable idea to revive the ailing entertainment industry in the State. He stated that the present Chairmen of the three Kalabari speaking LGAs were working in synergy to promote the unity, peace and development of the Kalabari Nation. 
The Council Boss assured the entertainer that, as one of their own, he and his counterparts would collaborate and give all necessary support to him to ensure that the event turned out successful.

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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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