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NASS Moves To Review BPE Act …As Senate Shuts Down For Late Bukar

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The National Assembly says it may present a motion to amend some of the clauses in the share purchase agreement in the Privatization and Commercialization of Public Enterprises under the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) Act of the Federal Government.
The Chairman, House Committee on Privatization and Commercialization of Public Enterprises in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ahmed Yarima, who stated this when members of the committee visited the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), in Port Harcourt, yesterday, as part of its oversight function, said the committee was determined to ensure that the right steps were taken towards resolving all challenges.
Yarima, who noted that the committee was saddled with the mandate on all matters concerning privatization and commercialization of public enterprises under the Act, said it would send all findings to the National Council on Privatization (NCP) to ensure that the right steps were taken and challenges resolved.
The lawmaker assured that the committee was determined to take necessary steps and find a common ground towards resolving all the challenges faced by the electricity distribution company.
According to him, ’’The committee has resolved to embark on this visit to interact with the investors and find out exactly the reasons why the public privatization and commercialization of public enterprise performance is low.
‘’The National Assembly is determined to send their findings to NCP and ensure that the right steps are taken towards resolving all the challenges, including amendment of some of the affected clauses in the share purchase agreement’’, he said.
He noted that there was need to overhaul the share purchase agreement and create mechanism between the consumers and the distribution company to work together and achieve one goal.
The chairman condemned the restiveness and violence attitude in the Niger Delta region, stating that it does not tell well for the country.
According to him, ’’their attitude is one of the factors that are preventing foreign investors from coming into the region and country to invest.”
Yerima also condemned the killings and kidnapping of workers of PHED who were working to ensure that electricity was distributed to the public, and assured that the committee has noted some of the challenges and will take action on them.
He said the committee would see how to resolve the challenges faced by the company but warned that electricity cannot be free.
Meanwhile, the Senate on resumption from its two-week Easter break suspended plenary in honour of its member, the late Mustapha Bukar who died on April 4.
Until his death, Bukar, 63, represented Katsina-North Senatorial District in the Red Chamber and was Chairman Committee on Capital Market.
Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, moved a motion for suspension of plenary.
A minute silence led by the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki was observed for the deceased.
Saraki, thereafter, said a valedictory service would be held today in honour of their deceased colleague who served the country immensely.
“It is a great loss,” Saraki said.
In separate interview, Sen. Abu Ibrahim (APC-Katina South) said every life will test dead.
“We are in this world as actors on stage: we come and do our action and leave.
“He was a prominent politician, a well known person, he was my in-law, my son is married to his daughter, he was a highly respected person,” he said.
Similarly, Sen. Victor Umeh (APGA-Anambra) prayed God to “spare the National Assembly of these deaths.”
“We carry a lot of stress, a lot of problems of Nigerians here.
“These sudden deaths are signs that those who are in the National Assembly to take things easy.
“Nigerians should pray for the members of the National Assembly,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter to the Senate dated April 4, 2018, said “I was saddened to receive the news of the deaths of Senators Ali Wakili and Mustapha Bukar”.
He said their various contributions to the Senate deliberations and the wider democratic process in the country had been of immense values.
“Please accept Mr Senate President, the expression of my deepest sympathy,” Buhari said.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives suspended all legislative activities, yesterday, just within hours of reconvening after the Easter break.
The action was taken to honour its late Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Buba Jibril.
A formal valedictory session would also be held for Jibril, today.
The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, made the announcement as soon as members re-entered the chambers after the break.
Jibril had died in a Turkish hospital in Abuja on March 30, of an undisclosed illness, aged 58.
The Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) politician represented Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency.
Jibril died a day after the House adjourned for Easter on March 29.
The convention of the House is that members will suspend legislative activities for a day in honour of a deceased colleague.
Before shutting the plenary, yesterday, Dogara had called for prayers to be offered for the repose of Jibril’s soul.
Mohammed Sani-Abdu and Mr. Karimi Sunday said the prayers before all proceedings were suspended.
An architect by training, Jibril first won election to the National Assembly in 2007.
The late deputy leader had formerly been a member of the Kogi State House of Assembly from 2003 to 2007 and also served as the speaker of the state’ legislature..
The 1990 graduate of the University of Jos, was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2003 to 2015 before he defected to the APC ahead of the general elections.
He was elected the deputy leader of the House on June 9, 2015.

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PSC Appoints Three DIGs, Suspends Promotion Of Eight CPs, 11 DCPs

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The Police Service Commission has approved the appointment of three Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, Aji Janga, and Adeleke Bode, to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police.
The new DIGs are expected to fill the vacant duty posts created due to the retirements of three DIGs representing the North-Central, North-East and the North-West geopolitical zones.
The Spokesperson for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, revealed this in a statement, yesterday.
The PSC noted that the approval of the appointments of the new DIGs had also ensured that the defined succession policy in the Nigerian police is sustained.
The Force Secretary, Hafiz Inuwa, will be replacing retired DIG Mustapha Dan-Daura for the North-West slot. Dan- Daura retired on January 15 this year.
Aji Janga from the North-East will replace DIG Zanna Ibrahim who retired on November 26, 2022, while Adeleke Bode of North-Central will replace DIG Sanusi Lemu who retired on January 31 this year.
The new appointments were part of the decisions of the reconvened 18th plenary of the commission which held in Abuja, last week and chaired by the acting chairperson of the PSC, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi.
Meanwhile, the commission has suspended the promotion of eight Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspectors General and 11 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Commissioners due to their failure to appear before it for the mandatory promotion interview.
Ani said, “The PSC had sent invitations to the officers to appear before it for the usual interaction to ascertain their suitability and capability for the new offices.
“The commission expressed surprise on their failure to honour the invitation especially as the 2023 general election is just days away.”
The commission also approved the promotion of 10 Assistant Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Deputy Commissioners; 17 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners and 301 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents.
Meanwhile, 47 skipped Deputy Superintendents of Police from previous recommendations to the commission were also promoted to Superintendents of Police while 665 Assistant Superintendents of Police were promoted to Deputy Superintendents of Police.
The recommendations for ACP Nwamanna Nelson, SP Iliyas Casmir and SP Alheri Mamman were also endorsed and the officers promoted to their next ranks after they were absolved of any pending disciplinary matter.
Justice Ogunbiyi congratulated and wished the officers success, while charging the newly-promoted officers to give their best to the service of the nation especially now that Nigeria will be going to the polls to elect new leaders.

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RSU Commences Academic Activities In Satellite Campuses

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The Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, has commenced academic activities for the 2022/2023 session in her satellite campuses at Emohua, Etche, Ahoada and Sakpenwa.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nlerum Okogbule, DSSRS, disclosed this when he led other Principal Officers of the University, Head of Etche Campus and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture on a courtesy visit to the Paramount Ruler of Abara, Etche, last Wednesday, as part of assessment tour of the various campuses.
Speaking at the palace of the Paramount Ruler, the Vice-Chancellor expressed appreciation to the Ochimba and his Council of Chiefs and the entire community for the support given to the university which, according to him, contributed to the speedy completion of the various structures at the Etche campus.
He said that the satellite campuses had commenced studies with the year one students for the 2022/2023 session, expressing optimism that more accommodation for staff and students will be provided by the university within the year.
He appealed for more support from the community, stating that the Etche campus is a replica of a full fledgef university, which all over the world, is a centre of development.
He explained that the presence of the campus would stimulate economic activities and assist in the development of the host community and neigbouring communities.
He assured the leaders of the community that the iniversity would continue to maintain its corporate social responsibility with her host community.
Responding, the Paramount Ruler and Ochimba of Abara Etche, Eze Jonah Nwala, thanked the Rivers State Government for completing the project and the take-off of academic activities at the Etche Campus of the university.
The paramount ruler said that what the State Government has done for the people of Abara Etche is beyond providing a school, explaining that the campus is an industry which has started impacting on all sectors of the economy within the community.
While appreciating the management of the university for ensuring the take-off of studies, he assured the university of the community’s continuous support for the sustenance of the Etche campus.

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2023: Wike Enjoins Military To Be Apolitical

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has advised officers and men of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt to be apolitical throughout the 2023 general election.
The governor stressed that in the interest of the country’s democratisation process, the military must adhere to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army’s commitment not to interfere in the 2023 general election.
He stated this during the 6 Division West African Social Activities (WASA) 2022, that held in Port Harcourt over the weekend.
Governor Wike, who was the special guest of honour at the occasion, was represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Emeka Woke.
The governor, who commended the military for its active role in fighting crime in the State, urged officers and men of the 6 Division to work assiduously with personnel of other security to provide level playing for all political parties and politicians in the State.
“We want to thank you for the relationship we have enjoyed. You have also contributed a lot in terms of crime fighting. But as you are aware, we are now in election season. It is on public notice that Mr President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces (Muhammadu Buhari) has said at different forums that he will not interfere in the forthcoming election.
“And that he will ensure a free and fair election. The Chief of Defence staff has also said at different forums that the military will be apolitical and they will not interfere in the general election. I want to believe that men and officers of this 6 division will follow suit.
“I want to believe they will follow the position of Mr President, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff not to interfere in politics. I am saying this because of the ugly experience the people who live and do business in Rivers State had during the last election.”
Governor Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, recalled how the Nigerian Army Bori Camp barracks, which is the headquarters of the 6 Division in Port Harcourt, was practically converted to a collation centre during the 2019 governorship election.
He expressed dismay that the military allowed itself to be used to interfere in what ordinarily ought to be a civil exercise.
The governor, however, said that with the level of discipline and focus that the present officers of the 6 Division have shown and exhibited, he is hopeful there would not be a re-enactment of the despicable incidences of 2019 general election.
“Allow the citizens of Rivers state to exercise their civil responsibility in an atmosphere of free and fair election. Work with other security agencies to provide level playing field for politicians”, he said.
He congratulated the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruq Yahaya; the General Officer Commanding, Major General O.O Oluyede, and the personnel of the 6 Division for a successful completion of the training year 2022 and the beginning of a new year, 2023.
Governor Wike extolled the GOC 6 for efforts put in place since his assumption of office to fight all forms of criminality especially in areas of crude oil theft and kidnapping in his area of responsibility.
He said, “Your effort has brought about maintenance of peace in the region. I want to congratulate you and the entire personnel of 6 Division for a job well done and also urge you not to relent in your efforts.
“Let me use this opportunity to solicit for support of all stakeholders to join hands with the 6 Division to eradicate criminalities in our society.”
In his remarks, the GOC 6 Division, Major General O.O Oluyede, who was represented by Brig. General A.A Idris, explained that West African Social Activities (WASA) is customary in the Nigerian Army to mark the end of each training year as well as ushering Nigerian Army into the new year.
Highlight of the event was presentation of awards to some personnel of the Nigerian Army who distinguished themselves in the previous year.

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